Amateur Championship

We’re all tasting success at amateur level

Equipment editor Hannah Holden rounds up the week's best gear news, including a solid showing from Titleist at the Amateur Championship

Hi all. Before I get to the week’s gear news featuring Titleist, Under Armour and Puma, I’ve been away for the last week playing for Yorkshire Ladies in the North of England County Matchweek. Six counties competed to be North of England champions and win a spot at England Golf’s County Finals.

It was a tiring week playing nine matches in five days. Three foursomes games are played every morning before six singles in the afternoon.

It was made even more interesting when my foursomes partner managed to lock not only her clubs in her car but the clubs of two other players. Once we overcame that problem – her dad had to drive from Sheffield to Seaton Carew – we had a great week and Team Yorkshire ended up victorious after beating Lancashire 6-3 on the final day.

Anyway, lots has been going on in the equipment world while I’ve been away. Here are a few things that caught my eye…

Titleist’s amateur domination

Titleist have proved their dominance across all levels of the game, after securing the No. 1 position across every major equipment count at this year’s Amateur Championship. This follows on from numerous clean sweeps of equipment counts across the PGA Tour this season

For the 124th Amateur Championship, the world’s best amateurs turned out to tackle the demanding layout of Portmarnock. Titleist was the field favourite brand in the ball (79.5%), driver (36.1%), fairway wood (39.2%), hybrid (48.5%), irons (42.7%), wedges (57.1%) and putter (34.7%) categories.

James Sugrue, who went on to win amateur golf’s most prestigious title, had the Titleist TS3 driver and fairway wood, Titleist 718 CB irons and Titleist SM7 wedges in the bag – which he put in play only a few days before the tournament started – as well as the Titleist Pro V1 ball.

You have to be straight off the tee here. I got a new driver just on Saturday at the range. Titleist fitted me, and it was just way better than my old one. It doesn’t spin the ball half as much and it goes further. 

Titleist’s amateur success also follows victories earlier in the year at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and in the Women’s NCAA Division 1 Championship. Titleist are striving to offer amateurs the same tour level performance and consistency with every product in its tour-validated line-up. 

Basketball megastar launches golf range

Steph Curry unveiled a new golf range while in China on the 2019 Under Armour Basketball Asia Tour. Obviously.

The range is all about bringing his style and personality on to the golf course and includes a variety of bold items.

The collection features 14 items including the Curry 6 spikeless shoe. This is a variation of the Curry 6 basketball shoe, it features a spikeless version of the UA Rotational Resistance outsole for lockdown, lightweight traction.

I wanted to try to blend my personality, my joy, my style off the court into a golf capsule – when you look good, you feel good and you play good golf.

They will be available in autumn and prices start at £24. You can find more information on the Under Armour website.

Puma go for a Suede look

The Puma Suede shoe first launched in 1968 and last year the brand introduced a popular golf version. For 2019 the brand are releasing two new versions of the classic shoe featuring modern performance technologies for the golf course with the same original classic styling.

The Puma OG shoe is unisex and utilises premium Atlantis leather on the upper. The shoe is built on a hidden traction outsole which provides the appearance of a fashion-forward sneaker off the course, while offering excellent recessed spikeless traction for unrivaled grip and stability on any surface on the course. 

The Suede G Patch shoe can be customised to allow players to bring their unique style to the course. It sports a suede leather upper with a tonal hoop-and-loop formstripe. The shoe is accompanied by six interchangeable, woven label patches that can be changed out as often as you’d like. The shoe features a hidden traction outsole for stability on the course. 

They are available now and are priced at £90 or £100 for the Patch version. You can get more information on the Puma website.

Reed’s putter problems

After having some putting problems over recent weeks and dropping to 65th in Strokes Gained: Putting, Reed decided to book a club fitting at Club Champion.

The company that specialise in fitting have a base in Royal Oak, Michigan, not far from where Reed was taking part in the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. The facility features a SAM PuttLab which is a putt analysis and training system which measures multiple aspects of the putting stroke.

Amateur Championship

Reed ultimately found out his putter specs were correct and it was his alignment that was out. Reed was addressing the ball with the clubface 1.2 degrees closed to his intended target line. This degree of error means even with a perfect stroke every putt outside eight feet would miss the hole.

He tested a few different putters but ultimately stuck with his Odyssey White Hot Pro 3 which he used for his Masters win.

That’s enough from me this week. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below, or you can tweet me.

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