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Monday
Sep242012

Brandt And His Bargain Bin Driver, Putter

Mike Stachura explains that Brandt Snedeker has a nice mix of clubs in his bag and plays what gets the job done for him, including a discontinued driver and putter.

Snedeker has been using a version of the driver for the last two years and he won with it earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open. He cracked the face midway through the season and was using a TaylorMade R11 for awhile before TaylorMade found one leftover model of the discontinued clubhead he could use to match his original.

"Some of the Taylor Made guys found one for me. They found it where it had been hidden away somewhere,'' Snedeker told WKRN-TV in his home of Nashville.

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"The putter that won all that money? You can find the exact model on Ebay going for about $27."
Now, that's funny right there, I don't care who you are. Scotty, are you listening?
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Wait a second...you can sink putts without a $300 Scotty Cameron putter?!?!
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManku
'It's not the arrow, it's the Indian'---completely true at the highest level.

'99 per cent of the game is half mental'
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterT Money
Snedeker was 18th in the field in driving distance! Maybe the ball isn't so out of control when the pros play a well-designed golf course.
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShort Knocker
I have that exact driver, and irons, in my bag right now ;-) Since acquiring the driver I've used several others for stints but none of them are as long as the Superfast TP. Another buddy in my regular group has had the same experience with that driver, it just won't allow itself to be knocked out of the bag. As for the irons, if you've never seen a set do yourself a favor and check 'em out next time you are at a shop that has them. The isn't a better designed, or looking, forged cavity back out there (including Mizuno, TaylorMade & Titleist).
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Del, the irons are fantastic, I got the PCavity version, not much difference from the CB which I bagged for a few months. Brandt better get on EBay for multiple backups for his driver and putter, I know if I just won 11.5 million with my clubs I would have about 5 identical sets of everything just in case of airline mishaps. Still don't get why he does not bag a J40 driver, that thing is a rocket launcher and made by his sponsor. But he won 12 million and I didn't.
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterA3
When I get to playing agian I'll give the irons a go. I love my Mizunos-- a feel is so soft...man.

And I use an r7 and a R9...it's in the shaft.
09.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Same driver in this bag as well. Is being different a character flaw? Hated to give up the trusted Cleveland Comp but the face cracked.

Digs.....FYI I went through the complete Mizuno line with the rep on the range. Nice clubs that feel great, but they didn't have better feel, top line "look" or outperform the Adams A3 forged in my bag. I'm surprised you weren't at the Fall Nationals sniffing fumes this weekend instead of watching golf ;-)
09.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
I have already forwarded a czech version of this news item to some of my...err..."spoiled" jr golfers who if they decide to switch irons, then demand that their parents buy a matching bag, driver, etc....exactly as a previous poster said:

"It's the Indian, not the arrow"

...although the arrow does need to be well built (small caveat)

As for those Bridgestone irons...yup, they're nice and feel solid and love the how the CB and MB models look practically identical when over the ball to the point I was going to get outfitted last year but bailed because I couldn't get used to the rather sharp toe and slightly "squarish" look. I like my irons to have a teeeny tiny bit of curve/flow from the toe along the topline and into the hosel....hence Mizunos are just plain awsome irons from an aesthetic point of view...for me.

That said, I have also been known to throw in a very OLD square looking 300+cc 7deg Ping ISI....it helps me line up a bit better and it has an upright hosel setting to boot...but only for the driver, all my other clubs need to have a little bit of curve to em...just like I prefer my women, mounting/looking over a rack of antlers can get old after awhile.
09.25.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
@Del -

My 2001 Apex Edge Hogans are a better-lookin' forged cavity back. :)
09.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine
johnny, hear what you are saying about the curved vs. square toe. I've kind of always preferred a little curve too but these aren't too sharp in the toe and after a little bit of reflection I think they are perfect! But obviously personal taste come into play... I have an old 7* ISI tucked away ;) Maroon Pro-Lite-X, upright lie, 7*!!

Pepperdine, we're just gonna have to agree to disagree ;-) Was always a fan of Hogan's blade offerings and there was one cavity back that I came close on, but never actually owned a set. The Hogan Personal commemorative set that came out in the early 80's was about the best the ever did...new sets of those still pop up on e-bay too.

Here's another great club you can get inexpensively, and with a great shaft -- Adams A12 Idea hybrid -- get 'em while they last because TM is sure to disappear the company before too long!!
09.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
@Del -

Agree to disagree? I suppose. :)

I also have added Apex '99 blades (there's a sweet writeup on the web about their design/creation) into my set for the scoring (8,9,PW) irons .. pretty snazzy lookin', and decent deals as well.

I've heard good things about the Adams hybrids ... I have Hogan Edge 3h/4h ... I think they're basically the precursor to the TaylorMade line. Easy as hell to hit - Apex regular steel shaft (across the board) seems to suit me alright, although I may look to reshaft this offseason since I'm starting to hook everything, lol.
09.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine

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