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February 11 2011

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Equipment roundup: PGA TOUR

Mark Wilson has 52-degree and 60-degree Ping Tour-W wedges in his bag. With two wins in his first three starts this year, he's obviously feeling good about his equipment.

"Ping has been really good with me working with my wedges trying to dial in the grooves just right," Wilson said after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. "I spin the ball more than most guys, so the whole groove thing last year was supposed to be good for me, but I still was spinning it back too much from the fairway. So Ping has been working with me good. I've got some good equipment now." ...

Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia will be in Manhattan on Tuesday for the NYC WhiteOut at a custom-built driving range on 54th and Lexington. They will be using TaylorMade's new R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0 white drivers to benefit Operation Game On, a charity to help raise money for wounded veterans. TaylorMade and Golfsmith are combining on the event. The first 500 people at the event will receive a free R11 hat, and 10 R11 drivers will be given away as prizes.

Sergio’s R11 driver, by the way, has 9 degrees of loft with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 73-X shaft ...

Geoff Ogilvy used a Scotty Cameron R&D Concept 1 putter during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, reports GolfWorld magazine. "The blade-style putter features heel and toe weights as well as the 'Tour Rat' logo engraved on the sole," the magazine noted in its Feb. 16 edition. 

Ogilvy also has tested a Titleist 910F 5-wood, although for now, the Cobra S9-1 remains as the fairway wood in his bag, reports Golf.com's David Dusek. "I'm not after length, really," Ogilvy told Dusek while testing the 910F at the Titleist Performance Insitute. "You're after versatility. In this day and age, having a wood you can hit out of the rough is pretty important." …

Golfweek's James Achenbach writes: "While most TaylorMade players are using the company’s new Tour Preferred forged MB or MC irons, Sean O’Hair has switched to the Tour Preferred forged CB irons (3-9). The CB irons have many game-improvement features and originally were earmarked for golfers with handicaps of 15 or better. O’Hair said he likes the ball flight, feel and forgiveness of the CB irons."

Dusek tweeted that O'Hair has also switched to a 9.5 degree TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0. …

While shooting an opening 63 at TPC Scottsdale, Tommy Gainey said he "took a chunk out of my 56 (degree wedge) hitting off rocks." That forced him to put a new Cleveland wedge in his bag. Gainey was in contention for his first TOUR win until the 72nd hole. …

Jarrod Lyle used a Titleist MB 8-iron for his ace at the 16th at TPC Scottsdale. Brendan Steele used a Titleist MB 7-iron to ace the 12th hole. Both players used the Titleist Pro V1x ball. …

Luke Donald reports on his Twitter feed that he’s been testing Mizuno’s new MP T11 wedges. He plans to put the high-performance forged wedges in his bag for next week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Last year, Donald led the PGA TOUR in sand-save percentage (66.39 percent) …

In a Q&A with Golf Digest, Ryan Moore said his decision to sign with Adams Golf at the end of the 2010 season was an easy one. "I've been playing their driver, a fairway wood and hybrids without getting paid for two years," he told the magazine.

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