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Last weekend we saw a tremendous back nine battle at Augusta National between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera. There was so much to note, that little was made of the fact that Adam had a brand new driver in his bag – the Titleist 913 D3 (9.5 degree) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 shaft.
Adam has used this shaft for a few years now and only upgraded the clubhead to the latest Titleist model. His shaft is the only one of its kind – built especially for him. The shaft is built in the same manner and includes the same technology as all other Tour AD DI 8 X flex shafts, but he requested the color pattern and they agreed to build it, but just for him. Legend has it that even Tiger Woods, who uses the Tour AD DI 6 ( a lighter version), asked for the same color pattern and was turned down!
Adam’s driver shaft weighs in at a trimmed weight of just over 80 grams and measures out to a playing length of 44 3/4″. Here is Ian Fraser from Modern Golf sharing a few interesting notes on the club:
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Congratulations to Angel Cabrera on winning the Masters and his second major. It’s true what they say about the Masters, “It all comes down to the back nine!” The difference this year was that it all came down to the final two holes. Seventeen and eighteen favor a straight or left to right ball flight and I believe that really made all the difference in the outcome. The major players were Cabrera, Perry, Campbell and Mickelson. Cabrera was fading the ball comfortably all day, Perry and Campbell are known drawers of the ball and Lefty had his fade working.
Mickelson attempted three draws on the back nine, all with poor results – tee ball @ 11 (trees), tee ball @ 12 (water) and tee ball @ 18 (bunker). Every other tee shot on the back nine played into his fade perfectly.
Perry and Campbell started to come unglued down the stretch with typical mistakes that drawers of the ball make – blocks and hooks. They both hit a few of each and it was clear that the recent constriction of 17 and the fade required off 18 did not fit their eye. Now, they both hit the 18th fairway in the playoff, but the doubts raised by their earlier mis-steps remained and eventually proved to be their undoing.
Cabrera was a different story. His fade seemed to hold up when he needed it most (18 in regulation and the second at 10) and with a few saving par putts he was able to keep himself in the game. What a beautiful shot he hit into 10 for his second!
Here are a few points that caught my eye during yesterday’s broadcast:
- A fade holds up better under pressure as there is less timing required
- There is no such thing as a perfect swing, only a functional one
- Never give up! No matter how many trees your ball hits you are never out of a hole
- Once the Tiger and Phil show ended it was nice to watch the Masters
- I like Billy Payne – I think he will do a great job for Augusta National
- Phil is now officially longer than Tiger (even when he fades it!)
- Tiger curses on live television more than anyone I have ever seen!
- I would like to play Augusta National every day!
Remember this – draws go further, but require more timing and are thus less consistent. Fades finish straighter, require less timing and are thus more consistent! Every good golfer I have ever taught is seeking consistency.