Edited by Shah G, 22 April 2008 - 01:30 AM.
Nick Faldo's Equipment
Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:24 AM
He is currently using a set of MP60's (without Mizuno sponsorship) hand ground by himself on the seniors tour
Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:40 AM
He used the Ping i3 Blades in the early 2000's before going to Nike using the Pro Combo's, then the MP-60's as stated above and now the Taylor Made r7 TP irons as seen using at the 2008 US Masters Par-3 Contest.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:56 AM
Mizuno TP19 irons
MacGregor driver at one stage
Mizuno Hot metal fairway wood
Ping B60 BeCu putter
This was his c1992 kind of set up.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:26 AM
I know Mizuno poached him after his second masters victory.
Edited by lotbean21, 22 April 2008 - 06:27 AM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:39 AM
Not sure if anybody can confirm this but you would have thought being sponsered by Wilson in his early days that it would have been that version.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:02 AM
Mizuno used to have a clubmaker called Turbo who personally ground all of Nick's clubs for him during the late 80's / early 90's. As Jebb rightly said, Nick used a Macgregor wooden driver and Mizuno Hot Metal 3 wood up until the point when Mizuno released the T-Zoid range. He then went on to use the T-Zoid T3 woods (notably at his Masters win in 1996). He also used a 5 wood that week but because of the difference in lofts compared to modern clubs, he still carried the 2 iron.
Nick then had a short spell with Adams in the late 90's. They spent a fortune getting him and even released their own line of Faldo wedges and a Faldo driver (which I owned, it was rubbish) though he still had Mizuno irons in the bag. He then had a break before joining Nike where as someone pointed out, he used the Pro-Combo irons. I read in an article that he left one of these companies because they were forcing him to use a driver that he didn't like. Not sure who it is though.
Since then he's played whatever he wants (MP-60's, i3 blades, TM TP's etc). He said he liked to use Ping because he could phone them from home and they would deliver exactly what he wanted the following day.
I've heard both said about the TPA putter that he used to use. I don't think anyone's sure whether it was a Taylor Made or Wilson. He also used the Ping B60 to good affect for some years but most notibly, the Odyssey Rossie Dual Force was possibly the one he's most famous for. I've heard people from Odyssey say that they don't know where they'd be without the sales boom that came from Nick's wins with that putter. It was shortly after this that Callaway bought Odyssey. All he asked of them was to make him a gold one like Ping did when he won with the B60.
Edited by villa, 22 April 2008 - 07:17 AM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:50 AM
His best years were with an old MacGregor persimmon driver and a variety of fairway woods - he used an old Taylor Made 16 degree Raylor bent to 13 degrees for a long time, and won at St Andrews in 1990 with a Tour Brassie Taylor Made and a prototype, deeper-faced 8-degree Hot Metal Mizuno driver with the old Exsar Gold shaft in it. In the late 80s he was using an old Wilson Staff JPII sand wedge and I remember seeing him at Wentworth in '89 with a 60 degree 588 in the bag. His driver at Augusta in '96 was a beige-hued T-Zoid. He also played the T-Zoid Pro irons for a while (I think he won in LA with a set for his last victory in the US).
Iron-wise, his major victories were with what were reported to be Mizuno MS-1 blades but appeared to be TP-9 blanks at Muirfield in '87; with Mizuno TP-9 irons in the '89 Masters; and TN87s for both majors in 1990; In 1992 he won the Open with Mizuno TP-19s, and he won at Augusta with MP-29s, after playing TN-87s and TP-19s for most of the early 90s. Putter-wise, his majors were won with a Ping Pal 2 BeCu, a TM TPA XVIII for the '89/'90 seasons, a Ping B60 BeCu and a Odyssey Dual Force Rossie II.
As Villa pointed out, he entered into a deal with Adams and debuted their bag at Birkdale in 1998. NIce bag. Full of Mizunos though. TP19s and Mizuno wedges. He did have that horrid Faldo-model driver though, and an Adams 3 wood. He then faffed about with Nike for a while and also bagged some WRX i3s for a while too as I remember. In recent times, he's been bagging a mishmash of clubs, but the irons have been MP60 and, latterly, TM R7s.
The famous TPA putter was a Taylor Made model - predating the buyout of the design by Wilson. As far as I remember, he first used it on the Sunday of the Masters in '89 after putting like a dog with a Titleist Bullseye for three days - apart from that 100-footer on #2.
Ball-wise, his best years were with Bridgestone/Rextar - albeit he was a Titleist player early in the day. Strangely, after winning at Muirfield with a Titleist, he then played in the 1987 Lawrence Batley event at Royal Birkdale in August '87 - and managed to clobber me from the 18th tee with a 90 compression Maxfli HT... At least he shouted 'Fore!' though.
Edited by mat562, 26 August 2011 - 10:09 PM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:33 AM
Good info Mat, loved the read forgetting about that knocked down Raylor he used to carry and then the Brassie ! I owned both, nice clubs back in the time.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:45 AM
If I remember rightly, those Spaldings that Villa mentioned were hand ground with a file in his dad's shed in Welwyn Garden City...
Edited by mat562, 22 April 2008 - 09:47 AM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:00 AM
Edited by The Gachet, 22 April 2008 - 10:02 AM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:01 AM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:08 AM
I was watching the '96 Masters on ESPN Classic a couple of weeks ago and saw him pure that breadknife 2 iron on 14.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:11 AM
It's a pity that any photos of him leaping in the air after he holed the putt will always feature a horrendous red 'Geometric George' Pringle sweater...
Edited by mat562, 23 December 2011 - 04:40 PM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:17 AM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:22 AM
I actually bought a really nice set of TP19s, only to then foolishly sell them on soon afterwards in about '95 or so. That was probably the biggest mistake I ever made where clubs are concerned (apart from buying an engagement ring instead of some Cobra Greg Norman blades). The 19s were lovely irons, but I preferred my MP14s and someone I knew wanted the 19s, so I let them go for a song. D'oh!
I was at the PGA at Wentworth as a spectator around the early 2000s, too, and remember him hitting the Ping i3/Mizuno blade combo into play. I couldn't get over the sight of Faldo with a PIng CB in his hands. It just looked plain wrong. If I remember rightly he was 'overspinning the short irons and wedges' - hence the somewhat odd mixed set of i3OS long and mid irons and Mizuno short irons.
Regardless of what bag he carries, I always associate Faldo as the ultimate advertisement for Mizuno irons. He just looked 'right' with that tri-coloured Mizuno bag.
Edited by mat562, 26 August 2011 - 10:17 PM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:29 AM
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Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:42 AM
I remember when Faldo signed one of the first 'big money' contracts with Mizuno, If memory serves, I think it was for the '91 season. Woosie's Maruman deal in late '87 set the ball rolling for the silly money club deals, but Faldo's contract was reportedly for something ridiculous as I remember. The joke was that he could just sling the Wilson bag in the nearest skip and keep playing with his Mizunos in a new matching bag. I think I saw Faldo playing Wilson irons once in all the time I watched him as a youngster, photo calls aside, whilst carrying the old red and white Wilson bag. He had some Staff Fluid Feel irons at the British Masters at Woburn one year and he actually moaned audibly to Andy Prodger 'I think we'll have the old ones back in Prodge..' as he left one tee.
This thread's brilliant. It evokes great memories of a misspent youth gawping into pro's bags and memorising pointless facts instead of doing schoolwork.
Edited by mat562, 26 August 2011 - 10:22 PM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:00 AM
One of the only times he was never sponsored or paid by a manufacturer he chose the following clubs...
Driver: Taylormade R5 TP
Irons: Mizuno MP60
Wedges: Ping MB and Mizuno MP
3 wood and Putter chopped and changed, but he said the best putter he had was the TPA XVIII
Faldo is the reason I love golf, my sporting idol, I'm lucky I get to work with him a few times a year. Many like him, many hate him, but one thing you can't deny is he was the best player in the world for 5 years. 6 majors, the best Ryder Cup record of any player on either side and had the abilty to hit the right shot when it counted. I bet 80% of the tour pro's now days couldn't hit the shots he hit with those clubs (persimmon drivers, tiny butter knife long irons)
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:05 AM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:14 AM