Gear On Tour: Sony Open
A glimpse of what players are using at the season's first full-field event
January 09, 2013
New Odyssey Versa putter #9
Odyssey's new Versa putter may look like a zebra, but the technology is designed to help players better line up their putts. Charles Howell III is using a blade version of this club at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Ryo Ishikawa will be using the #9 half-mallet shown here to start the season.
Scotty Cameron's new CT Knucklehead GoLo putter
This Cameron GoLo features the "Knuckle Head" neck design. In layman's terms that's a plumber's-neck style that allows the length of the shaft below the "knuckle" to be customized to control toe flow.
Scotty Cameron's new GoLo M3 CT putter
Another Cameron, the GoLo M3 CT, is a prototype that features Cameron's Tour Silver Mist finish and a deep-mill face.
Odyssey White Hot Pro #7 putter
Odyssey's #7 mallet with its "fangs" has been used successfully by players such as Luke Donald and Tom Watson. Although you can't see the face here, the White Hot Pro version boasts a new insert designed for greater consistency.
TaylorMade R1 driver
Although the crown graphics on TaylorMade's R1 driver are sure to grab most of the attention, its deep face (shown here) is designed to appeal to better players. Dustin Johnson won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in his first event using the club.
TaylorMade R1 Adjustable soleplate
The adjustable soleplate on the TaylorMade R1 looks a bit like a compass. That's fitting because, used properly, it can help you find your way off the tee. The soleplate is designed to help alter face angle to a player's desired position.
New 2013 Golf Pride grips styles & colors
Increasingly tour pros are looking to add their own personal touch to their equipment. Golf Pride has responded by offering many of its grips in numerous colors. One player on tour, Robert Garrigus, actually has a different color grip for each club in his bag.
TaylorMade Stage 2 RBZ fairway wood
The best-selling fairway wood of 2012 was TaylorMade's RocketBallz, which came with a promise of adding up to 17 yards. This year's RocketBallz Stage 2 ups that claim by another 10 yards. Key to the distance: The velocity slot in the sole of the club.
New Adams Yes Stacy 12 putter
The Stacy 12 putter from Yes! Golf was being shown on the green at the Sony Open. Some might look at the white color and claim Yes! Is ripping off TaylorMade. Relax. TaylorMade bought Adams and Yes! earlier this year.
2013 Scotty Cameron CT Tour Only Hula Girl putter cover
Scotty Cameron has an affinity for specialty headcovers. For the first two events of the year his "Hula Girl" putter cover seems apropos.
Callaway's Razr Fit Xtreme driver
Tour pros are an exact bunch and like to know their specs down to the decimal. Although the loft of the bottom of this Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver says 9.5, notice the 9.4 marked with a Sharpie. That's the actual measured loft of the club. The 13-gram weight in the heel area says the owner is likely seeking a slight draw bias (as more weight in the heel produces a draw bias).
Cobra's new AMP Cell irons
Cobra's new AMP Cell Pro irons have a compact clubhead aimed at low-handicappers and professionals. Although clubmaking has risen to a state-of-the-art science, notice a little old-fashioned lead tape on the back of the 7-iron has been used here to dial in the swingweight to the player's liking.
TaylorMade's Tour only White Smoke Big Fontana putter
The "White Smoke" Fontana putter from TaylorMade utilizes some of the alignment and visual technologies first seen in the company's early Ghost models.
Nike's Method PolyMetal Groove Technology Prototype 003 putter
The face of this Nike Method 003 prototype putter features the polymetal groove design of the original Method. Tiger Woods dabbled with this style putter in 2010-11 for a few tournaments.