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Garcia Wins First Major at the Masters

Earlier in the year executives at TaylorMade Golf must have been looking forward to the Masters with anticipation of the opportunity to show off their products to a worldwide audience. After all not only would Tiger Woods be there playing their woods and irons but world number one Dustin Johnson would be showcasing everything from the M1 driver to the 5-layer TPx golf ball.

Then the week before the tournament Woods announced he couldn’t play due to his continuing back problems and Johnson, the night before the first round, slipped and fell down flight of stairs. Both superstars out and TaylorMade management could be forgiven if they felt a little disappointed. As it turned out, they shouldn’t have been. Domination by TaylorMade players and equipment came about without Tiger or DJ.

TMaG endorsers Justin and Sergio gave the green and white TMaG logoed bags final round exposure that probably couldn’t be bought at any price.

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TaylorMade M2

The Sunday head to head duel between Justin Rose and the eventual playoff winner Sergio Garcia was not just a final round major pairing but match play at its best. Olympic Gold Medalist Rose against the former boy-phenom, close friend and Ryder Cup teammate Garcia for the privilege of being the next one to wear the green jacket.

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Spider Tour Red

From an equipment standpoint both play the 2017 model of TaylorMade’s M2 driver, their forged P-750 Tour Proto irons and the TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges.

The putter Garcia used to take the win was the Spider Tour Red that first gained recognition as the one Jason Day used on his way to the top in the world golf rankings. Not only Garcia and Day play with the Spider Tour but so do current world number one Dustin Johnson and rookie sensation Jon Rahm. It has a high density steel frame for the 355-gram head with an aluminum core. The face insert is also aluminum but with thermoplastic urethane and the grooves are slanted downward at a 45-degree angle. The combination helps get the ball rolling without excessive hopping off the face.

The Spider Tour comes in red and black versions for $300 and there’s a platinum finish model for $220.

Garcia’s Winning Bag:

  • Driver: TaylorMade ’17 M2 / 9.5° / MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80XTS
  • Fairway woods: TaylorMade ’17 M1 / 17° & 19° / MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80XTS
  • Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto Irons / 3-PW / Nippon N.S. Pro Modus Tour 130x
  • Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind / 54° and 58° / Nippon N.S. Pro Modus Tour 130x
  • Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
  • Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Golf Ball (#49)

Notes:

  • In case you were wondering exactly how difficult Augusta National is, though the course has never been rated by the USGA, at 7,435 yards informed guesses put the course rating at 78.1 and the slope at 137.
  • No surprise, Titleist Pro V1/Pro V1x won the ball count at the Masters with 57 players and TMaG won the driver count with 33 out of 92 players.
  • This was the fifth win on the PGA Tour this season for the new TP5/TP5X ball, with Garcia having a sixth at the Dubai Desert Classic.
  • Garcia started using the Spider Tour Red putter at the WGC Match Play two weeks ago. The Spider Tour has been number one model used on Tour for eight weeks.
  • Garcia started using the Spider Tour Red putter at the WGC Match Play two weeks ago. The Spider Tour has been number one model used on Tour for eight weeks.
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