Here's What I Play: Tim Clark

Here’s What I Play: Tim Clark

Tim Clark's golf clubs
Fred Vuich

32-year-old Tim Clark has played on the International side on two Presidents Cup teams and is a staple among the world’s top 50. He has three worldwide victories, earned $2.6 million on Tour in 2007 and $1.5 million this year.

Tools of His Trade
Here’s how to outfit yourself just like Tim:

Driver TaylorMade r7 Limited, 9.5°, Fujikura Rombax TP 55 graphite shaft, X-flex, 281 yards; $399/graphite
3-wood TaylorMade Burner TP, 14.5°, Grafalloy Prolite graphite shaft, X-flex, 245 yards; $249/graphite
5-wood *Callaway Steelhead Plus, Aldila RCH 36 graphite shaft, strong flex, 230 yards
Hybrids TaylorMade Rescue Dual, 19°, UST graphite shaft, X-flex, 210 yards; $99/graphite
TaylorMade Rescue Dual, 25°,
200 yards; $99/graphite
Irons *Srixon I-404 (5-9), Rifle 6.0 steel shaft, 0.5-inch shorter than standard; 5-iron: 0.5° upright lie angle; 6-8: standard lie; 9-PW: 0.5° flat lie
5-iron 175 yards
6-iron 165 yards
7-iron 155 yards
8-iron 145 yards
9-iron 135 yards
Wedges Cleveland CG 14 Black Pearl, 48°, S400 steel, 125 yards;
$109/steel; CG 14 Black Pearl, 56°, 105 yards; CG 14 Black Pearl, 60°, 90 yards
Putter *Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball, 3.5° loft, 45 inches
Ball Srixon Z-URC, $39/dozen
*Not available at retail

“Amateurs should use hybrids in place of long irons. My first iron is a 5-iron. You shouldn’t carry a 3-iron, and probably not a 4-iron, either.”

Clark’s putting average in 2008, placing him 13th on the PGA Tour. (through September 24)

Switching to a long putter
“Changing to the long putter 10 or 12 years ago helped me a lot. It took me a while to get used to it—I had to work pretty hard at it. In the end, I’ve become a better putter than I was before.”

Old school 5-wood
“My 5-wood’s been in there
for 10 years or so. I don’t think
technology has done much
in terms of fairway woods.
You’re not carrying a 5-wood
to hit it far. You’re carrying it
for accuracy and control.”

My favorite club
“It varies, but it’s probably between my 5-wood and my putter. This putter has been in my bag for seven years now.”

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