Nick Faldo's Equipment
Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:48 AM
That punched 5 iron to a yard on #15 was a belter, as was the second into 17. A high draw off the tee, and then a faded 4 iron into the heart of the green.
That 3 iron at #18 that nearly knocked the flag down wasn't too shabby either.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:06 PM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:35 PM
I've got a programme from a Euro event in '87 and Faldo (from memory) is something like 81% for bunker saves at the mid point of the season. Then again, Sandy Lyle is right up there in Driving Distance at 267 yards...
I remember following him round at Muirfield in a practice round before the '92 Open Championship. He got to the 13th (par three) and hit his tee shot in the greenside bunker. He went in there and holed it for a two. Someone in the crowd called him a lucky b***ard. Faldo turned round and smiled and asked for another ball. Threw it down in the bunker and then proceeded to hole that one as well. Cue much laughter.
Faldo was my idol growing up. I bought all his videos, his books, had a set (two in fact) of TP19s. Still have them now (one of them anyway). I also noticed someone mentioned Audemars Piguet. He mentioned them on one of his videos and so I found out that they made watches. Saw some in Harrods one day while I was there with my mum. Asked the lady behind the counter how much they were. She looked down her nose at me and said "they start at two and a half thousand pounds". It had the desired effect. I was looking at some of them at Heathrow a couple of weeks ago and they are gorgeous watches, but my god are they expensive. Cheapest one was I think 4,800 pounds. Ouchie.
Titleist 910F 15° Ahina 73x
Titleist 714CB 2, 3, 4
Titleist 714MB 5-PW
Scor 52 and 56
Machine M2A Converter
Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:18 PM
Well where to begin. Like many my age he is still my sporting hero despite his quirks and "difficult" temperament.
Mat is right. Although my view was from the sofa at home his final long iron into the 18th at Wentworth in the World Matchplay was right up there with the best shots I've ever seen. That was back when the tournament actually meant something too.
Very much the modern athlete in a time before they all worked out. I once read an article where he had been for testing with sports scientists and his body fat was athlete standard and reactions racing driver standard. Although I read an article with him recently that said during testing they had the running machine up so fast he fell off the back!
I cant tell you how many times I watched the Nick Faldo's Golf Course video (video remember those) with him and Leadbetter at Valderama. This of course in the days when they were still speaking.
In fact for Faldo stuff there is a guy on here who has a huge collection of Faldo putters (cant remember his name but he is an Irish guy who plays out of Bearwood Lakes) What a collection he has.
Oh the memories...
Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:51 PM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:04 PM
That makes sense - I got clobbered that August by a 90 compression Maxfli HT at Birkdale during the Lawrence Batley. I always thought he won the Open with a Titleist that year. Second time I've been wrong in this thread...
Posted 23 April 2008 - 11:20 PM
Posted 24 April 2008 - 04:56 AM
My only ace came with a liquid-center Rextar!!! I recall that it was a good ball and my favorite at the time.
Tim, me too. 1996 maybe was my only ace and with a Rextar ball. Still have it. It's like putting with a soap ball. So soft compared to todays balls.
Posted 24 April 2008 - 07:28 AM
Your all forgeting one of the classic Faldo act's of all on 15 at Pebble Beach in the 90s, when he hit his shot to the right near a tree, he climbed into the tree and yells "Where's Jane" acting like tarzan, all caught on the air by NBC TV. The guy's humor is fantastic. It always matched his game.
Edited by freddiec, 24 April 2008 - 07:29 AM.
Posted 24 April 2008 - 07:45 AM
Posted 24 April 2008 - 08:03 AM
I caddied for Nick in his first ever round as a pro...A qualifier for an event at Kings Norton near Birmingham at a course called Fulford Heath..where I was the junior champion and as such got first choice of the players to caddie for...it was a toss up between Nick and Mark James who was also trying to qualify...I beklive it was the matchplay event they used to have there...in fact the same year that an unknown called Kevin Bayliss beat Seve in the secind round.......anyway...I caddied for this lanky spotty faced kid..he qualified..but I had to go back to school the next day....cool little ditty....
Posted 24 April 2008 - 08:30 AM
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 07:45 PM
Back end of the thread.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:19 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.
Not quite true.
When Faldo's game went south in the mid eighties and he lost his contracts Glynwed engineering etc he played with a set of Be copper Pings for many months In fact he played for England at the Dunhill team championship with a blank bag with Pings in it .
Faldo also won majors using a Mizuno Driver which is in the Golf Museum in St Andrews. Regarding his putter it was a Taylor Made which Wilson bought the copyright to later
Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:27 AM
Yes -- This was right before he rebuilt his swing with Leadbetter.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:58 AM
Yes -- This was right before he rebuilt his swing with Leadbetter.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:15 AM
I can remember seeing pictures of him working with Leadbetter at Lake Nona (or, if I remember rightly, initially at Grenelefe) but never with any Pings.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:28 AM
Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero 15.0 degree 3 wood/Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff (or Matrix 8M2 Stiff)
Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero 18 degree 5 wood/Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff (or Matrix 8M2 Stiff)
Callaway Apex 20.0 Hybrid/Kuro Kage 80 Stiff
Callaway Apex Combo Forged irons 5-GW/Project X Pxi 5.5
Callaway MD3 54 and 58 "W" grind Matte Black wedges/KBS Tour V Wedge Stiff (or PXG 0311 54 and 58 degree with KBS Tour V Wedge shaft)
Odyssey #7 O Works Tank 35" putter
Titleist Pro V1 2017 ball
Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:36 AM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 10:20 AM
Adams Super LS Fwy 13°, 18° Kuro Kage X
Adams Super LS Hyb 22°, 25° Kuro Kage X
MP-4 5-pw kbs tour X 9/25/13
Betti DASS Signature Model One 4/1/14
Mack Daddy forged chrome 52°,58° DG S 4/14/17
Grips Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G white
Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:09 PM
Another Faldo fan here. I can't think of him without thinking of the TPA XVIII, and that brings on mild shaking as my TPA XVIII was "the one that got away"
I played one night using the TPA, and started triple bogey, double bogey, then had another bogey at the fifth. My first par of the round came at the ninth. The rest were birdies. Five over after two holes, one over at the turn. Five single putts, each one over 15ft. And yet, I traded it in shortly after. Dunno what came over me! Regardless, when I came to my senses it was gone. I've been forever looking for a replacement. Tried the Del Mar, didn't cut it! When I heard Wilson were re-launching it I was ecstatic, then they stuck an insert in it. D'oh.
I've had one or two other bits of Faldo related gear. Had a brief flirtation with TN-87's, but they were too tough for me. Had the Pro II's too, which I loved, but which wore out rather quickly. I still have a couple of the TP wedges (Mizuno TP, none of that TM nonsense!) which have a tiny bit of life left in them, and I'm looking for somewhere trustworthy to restore them. The Adams driver (with EI-70) was ok-ish.
The Faldo wedges weren't actually played by the great man, I think they were cast, and were priced and placed below the TP range.
I played the Rextar for years, and was gutted when it went out of production. Anyone remember the remark made at the Ryder Cup by Faldo's partner in the foursomes ? Monty I think it was, something along the lines of "Faldo uses those bloody Japanese balls, that are made from tyres or something". Incidentally, the Rextar was designed to "avoid excessive backspin", somewhat different from todays products!
Ah, those were the days! Think I'll go lie down and try to get the TPA out of my head again.
Edited by Wayside, 09 June 2008 - 07:11 PM.
Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:38 PM
The TP19s are an interesting model as well, and as best as I've been able to tell were very similar to the Japan market MS-203. Mizuno also produced a model called the Super-11, which looked to be almost identical to the MS-203 as well, and completely different from the compact, rounded toe MS-11. I've owned MS-11s, MP-14s, MP-29s, MP Grads and MS-203s, and I have to say the 203s have almost a unique feel to them. I think they might well have been the best forged irons ever made. The only other iron I've felt that was close were the TM X-300 FCIs. Neither set of 300 forged irons I have is remotely close. The MS-203 is the only iron I've ever hit that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end...convincing me that the feedback from a great set of blades far offsets the forgiveness of anything else.
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