Furyk trades TaylorMade gear for Callaway

Posted in What's News by on March 19th, 2012

Jim Furyk may have come up a bit short of his 17th PGA Tour victory on Sunday, but the 2010 FedEx Cup champion certainly won’t blame his equipment for his inability to sink a long birdie putt on the first playoff hole at the Transitions Championship. Indeed, Furyk, who has a deal to pitch Callaway Hex Black Tour golf balls and the adjustable RAZR Fit driver — the same ball and big club that Phil Mickelson uses — credits his new gear with enhancing his ball-striking and play around the greens.

“I’ve kind of been saying all year I’ve been feeling comfortable about my game. The results on paper might not show it before this week, but I felt good about the way I’m hitting it — the way I’m shaping the ball well, my short game feels good, I’m really happy with my equipment,” Furyk told reporters Sunday night after losing — along with Robert Garrigus and Sang-Moon Bae — to newly reanointed world No. 1 Luke Donald in a four-way, sudden-death playoff. “I’m really happy with my equipment. I switched a lot of equipment in my bag this year but never felt better with it.”

Furyk is a known tinkerer who famously bought a used Yes! putter from Boston golf retailer Joe & Leigh’s Discount Golf Pro Shop for $39 during the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. He acknowledged, after a less-than-stellar 2011, that he had made too many changes in his quest to rediscover the form that earned him three wins and the $10 million FedEx Cup paycheck in 2010.

Jim Furyk switches back from a belly putter to a conventional flat stick (Photo: Wikipedia)

“I made mistakes fitting myself equipment that I could have done better,” Furyk, who swapped his TaylorMade ball and driver for those from Callaway before last year’s Presidents Cup, said Saturday. “It was a product of maybe trying to get a little bit longer, maybe trying to find new ways to improve and maybe then hurting my strengths. Trying to make my weaknesses better but in doing so, hurting your strengths, which is rule No. 1. You don’t do that.”

Furyk, who took some lessons from belly putter-maestro Keegan Bradley during last year’s Deutsche Bank outing at TPC Boston, also traded his Odyssey White Ice Dart belly putter for a standard-length Odyssey White Hot XG #7. Furyk, who has toyed with belly putters off and on for years, said he was now committed to the shorter model. We’ll see….

 Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. View all her articles here. You may also follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer

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