MARANA, Ariz. – Stewart Cink was the runner-up last year at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He defeated Angel Cabrera, Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Justin Leonard before losing, 8 and 7, in the 36-hole final to Tiger Woods.
Twelve months later, Cink is hoping a new club will help him earn the title here.
"I've got a brand-new putter," he told me with a grin. "I've been using that Never Compromise putter for about six years, but now I'm going with a putter from Yes! Golf. I really like their ideas, and the guys who work for them, so I'm experimenting."
The putter Cink is using is a Lizzie, and like his Never Compromise, it's a belly putter. The Yes! Lizzie is a mallet forged from 303 stainless steel that is available in four different hosel styles. Cink has gone with a toe-down balanced model with half a shaft's width of offset. (For a better look, click on the top photo.)
But the most interesting club in Cink's bag is his Nike Victory Red 54°sand wedge.
"Because I'm so tall, I am trying to get my clubs a little bit longer," he said. "They're standard length, but I'm trying, and my first little toe in the water is that wedge, which is a little bit longer."
It's just 1/4-inch longer, but that slight difference increases the swing weight of the club, making it feel heavier. To offset that added swing weight, two small holes have been bored into the back of the head. (Click on the bottom photo for a closer look.) Reducing the overall weight of the club cancels the extra swing weight to match Cink preference.