Nick Faldo's Equipment
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:37 AM
I always thought he was anything but mechanical in the way he swung the club. The thing that really stood out about his swing was the perfect rhythm and tempo that it had. It was always a very 'flowing' motion. He may have had a very technical approach to swinging the club, but it never manifested itself in a robotic or contrived motion. That smooth rhythm, always hitting within himself was, I think, one of the keys to his great ballstriking.
His course management and strategy may have been a bit robotic (very cerebral and with an emphasis on playing the percentages) but his remodelled swing was just about the best out there in my opinion, and in his prime he was one of the best ballstrikers, in terms of control and consistency of flight, that I've ever seen.
Edited by mat562, 24 September 2011 - 03:31 PM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:48 AM
I've got a programme, somewhere, from a European Tour event in mid/late 1987 - the Lawrence Batley at Royal Birkdale - and Faldo (from memory) is listed as something like 81% for bunker saves. It would have been well into the season in, I think, August, so it's not an early season, off-to-a-flier anomaly of a statistic.
Sandy Lyle is, not surprisingly, right up there in the top three or four for Driving Distance, too. At 267 yards...
Edited by mat562, 23 December 2011 - 04:43 PM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:15 PM
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)
I always hated him, out of pure respect, because he was the villian for across the pond. I can totally understand why the Euros loved him. Looking back he was the best player in the world between the Tom Watson, maybe Seve, and then Tiger eras. If he could have won a US Open his status would be even more ledgendary. Greatest Ryder Cupper ever IMO. I was always a Seve fan though....his sytle totally mesmorized me, I wish I could have seen him play in person. A guy I know from South Africa watched him play several times at Sun City and his stories are great to listen to.
Mat your knowledge of clubs in Euros players bags never ceasses to amaze me, I think you know what Faldo had in his bag better than Faldo did.
Callaway V-Series 3w, HW
Ping G 4-U
Ping Glide SS 54
Ping Glide 2 SS 58
Odyssey Pro #1
Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:31 PM
BTW- I also saw Faldo at Doral in the late 90s using the T Zoid Pro IIs.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:16 PM
Nick Faldo Joins TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Six-Time Major Championship Winner and Current European Ryder Cup Captain, also known as a Talented Course Designer and Television Analyst, Will Contribute to the Company in a Variety of Ways
CARLSBAD, Calif. (February 21, 2008) – World golf icon Nick Faldo has entered a long-term relationship with the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company (TMaG) in a role that touches on marketing, product innovation and creation, product testing, player evaluation and more.
"Nick Faldo is one of the game's true champions, and we're excited to add such an amazing asset to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf family," said Mark King, TMaG president and CEO. "Nick's knowledge of the game, his passion, winning attitude and connection to the best players in the world will help our business continue to flourish."
As a TMaG team member Faldo will contribute in a variety of ways. In addition to playing TaylorMade® clubs and balls and wearing adidas Golf apparel and footwear, he will be involved in the design and testing of TMaG products. He will also act as a sounding board on marketing and advertising campaigns, help evaluate the talent of up-and-coming players, contribute content to TMaG's consumer websites, and collaborate in the upcoming redesign of the golf range at TMaG headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.
"I've always been impressed with TaylorMade-adidas Golf and I'm proud to join a team that's at the top of the industry. I've seen first hand that their technology and design is second-to-none," said Faldo. "I've been a student of the game for 35 years and I can't wait to start working with the leadership team, product team and Tour Staff players."
Known during his competitive playing days for his focus and precise all-around game, Faldo won 43 times on tour worldwide and captured the European Tour's Order of Merit twice. He dominated professional golf from 1987 until 1998, an era in which he won the Open Championship three times and the Masters Championship three times. He was a member of 11 European Ryder Cup teams from 1977 until 1997, which included the stretch from '85 to '97 when Europe won the matches four times and retained the Cup once with a tie. One of the greatest competitors in Ryder Cup history, Faldo is the all-time leader in matches played, matches won and points won. He will captain the European team in September at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., site of this year's competition.
In addition to his playing achievements, Faldo has become recognized as a talented golf course architect with 23 completed designs to his credit and 18 under construction, located at all four corners of the globe. He also serves as lead analyst for CBS Sports' golf coverage, sharing the 18th tower with noted anchor Jim Nantz, and the lead analyst on PGA Tour events televised on the Golf Channel.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:43 PM
Edited by stealthontour, 22 April 2008 - 03:44 PM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:08 PM
He may be the only announcer that, if he put his mind to it and practiced like a fiend, could make a serious run at any tournament.
Plus, he's a guy I'd like to have a few pints with, unlike some of the other guys on tour who seem like total stiffs.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:57 PM
who did well with some ping zing 2's in his bag?
Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:20 AM
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:38 AM
Nick Faldo was one of the first players to really worry about matched shafts.There was story that he turned up at a certain factory with 100 shafts in each length of his favourite X100's to get them frequency matched.
I believe he left with 3-4 sets and the rest were just left there.
But for him,one less piece of the puzzle to worry about.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:01 AM
who did well with some ping zing 2's in his bag?
Faldo was always a purist and he came from a time when iron play won tournaments. He used to practice hitting shots which he called a 1 inch fade and a 1 inch draw. You'd never see the ball turn in the air but he could hold it against the wind and it would spin right or left respectively when it hit the green.
Faldo's Masters was only 12 years ago (Tiger won it the following year!). Hard to believe how much equipment has changed since then.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:43 AM
Westy actually did play some i3's for a while. He actually won at Cran-sur-Sierre playing the first couple of rounds with i3s (badly) and then with some 'rapidly-flown-halfway-across-Europe' Zing 2s for the last two rounds that were hurriedly retrieved from a pantry near Worksop after a 'phone call home...
He did also bag some S59 Tours for a while too - albeit they also bit the dust after a bit of tournament play. I'm surprised he's stuck with the i10s for the best part of a season now.
Going back to Sandy Lyle's 1 iron (a favorite subject of mine) he actually played several in his time - mostly Ping. He had an old Karsten III that he played in the mid/late 80s with a matching 2-iron until he chopped in the deuce for a Mizuno TP-9. He won the US Masters with a steel-headed, green dot Ping Eye 2 that he apparently donated to Augusta's bar afterwards, and subsequently played the rest of the '88 season (including his World Matchplay win) with a beryllium one. A fine 1 iron if I may say so.
Faldo's control with the irons was incredible to watch. I remember watching him at Wentworth one year hitting 3 irons on the range. He hit about 30 balls with little cuts and draws that landed one after the other in a circle about 10 yards in diameter. Incredible.
Lyle was the greatest exponent of the 1 iron I've ever seen. I never saw Hogan or Snead, or Nicklaus in his prime, but if they were better with it than Sandy, then I wish I could have seen them. The towering flight he was able to get with what most people consider to be a terribly unfriendly club was truly awesome to see. Even next to other accomplished strikers in the pro game, his long iron play was in another class entirely.
Edited by mat562, 26 August 2011 - 10:42 PM.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:46 AM
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:08 AM
Those Stylo Matchmakers were a bit of an eyecatcher in their time. I think he signed with them for the '89 season (he certainly had a snowy white pair on his feet when he leapt into that bunker at Wentworth that year when he won the PGA in a horrendous red and blue Pringle ensemble.
If I remember rightly, he wore them for a couple or three years until that Footjoy Classics incident you pointed out. I think he then signed with Florsheim and wore their shoes for a time including that last Masters win.
Speaking of dodgy Pringle clothing, I found this little beauty in the wardrobe. Unfortunately (or maybe not) there's no sign of my Geometric George jumper or the Masters-winning 'Christmas Tree' jumper I also wore back in the day... I've also found a pair of still-wearable Adidas Langer shoes (with that funny 'Torsion' sole in the garage too...
Edited by mat562, 24 September 2011 - 03:37 PM.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:20 AM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:31 AM
Another great ballstriker of that era was Fuzzy... I remember watching him and Daly at the TPC some years back, and the crack of the ball off of his irons and the resulting shots were phenominal. This was before he parted ways with Kmart, so he had his own brand of irons in the bag.
Back to Faldo though, all the best to him with the Ryder Cup and Addidas... they've got some solid shoes, so no need to run around in something else and I'm sure they can keep him reasonable happy with a selection of sticks for the bag.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:46 AM
I still say his 2-iron at Wentworth to win the Suntory final against Woosnam was he purest shot I've ever seen.
Some of the finest golf I've ever seen with my own eyes was the Lyle/Faldo final the preceding year. Absolutely amazing golf from both players. Faldo hit one laserlike iron shot after another, and Lyle alternated between literally hitting it sideways on occasion, and shooting -5 for the last five holes and what-have-you.
It shows you how times change. Back in '88 Lyle hit Wentworth's 570 yard 17th, in the damp autumnal conditions, with a drive and a 3 iron, and we all stood in amazement at such a display of power hitting. I bet a few of the decent plus-handicap junior players at Wentworth can do that now.
Edited by mat562, 26 August 2011 - 10:48 PM.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:04 AM
What amazes me is he was one of the first real golf 'atheletes' along with Greg Norman, and is still as physically fit now at 50 as he was in his prime 15 years ago...
Tiger and the current crew have unknowingly used the Faldo/Norman model to take professional golf to a new level
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