Dudley Hart's Bag

Posted: April 10, 2007

Thought you all might enjoy a peek inside Dudley Hart's bag as he prepares for this week's Verizon Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links. The R.A.R. on Dudley's bag are the first initials of his triplet children - Ryan, Abigail, and Rachel - whose names you may also notice stitched on his putter cover. You'll also notice that Dudley, who was born in upstate New York, is a proud University of Florida Gator and huge Buffalo Sabres fan. Here's what Dudley is playing with this week:

Golf Ball New Titleist Pro V1x
 
Driver Titleist 907D2 10.5°
Shaft Aldila VS Proto 60
 
Fairway Titleist PT 906F4 prototype 13.5°
Shaft Aldila VS Proto 80
 
Utility Titleist PT 585.H 19°
Shaft Graphite Design YS Hybrid
 
Irons Titleist 735.CM 3-iron
Titleist 695MB 4-P
Shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold Sensicore
 
Wedges Vokey Design Spin Milled Sand Wedge 56°
Vokey Design Spin Milled Lob Wedge 60°
Shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold
 
Putter Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa 62 No. 2
 


A close-up view of Dudley's bag.


Another close-up view of Dudley's bag.

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Nation


I am surprised that Dudley carries a 3-iron and a 19° hybrid. I would think that leaves a large gap between his 13.5° fairway and the hybrid.  I tend to hit my 19° hybrid about the same distance as a 3-iron.

What am I missing?

THANKS!

Mike

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Mike-

I hit my hybrid about 230 yards and my 3-iron 210 yards.  If I go with any more loft on my hybrid, it goes too high.  My current setup just seems to work well for me.  Take care.

-- Dudley Hart

Nation


Dudley, I have a driver that has 10.5° loft and a 65g shaft in it. I hit my driver about 270 yards and a little high. I am strongly considering a 907D2, but what shaft and loft do you think will fit me best?

Thanks!

Mike

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I see Dudley Hart has a different shaft in his hybrid vs. fairway metal.  Do players typically play a shaft in their 585.H that is similar to their fairway metals or their irons?

Nation


It really depends on the player and the type of ball flight that they'd like to achieve with the utility. If you're trying to determine which shaft to use in your utility club, we recommend consulting with an <a href="www.fittingworks.com/FindaFitter.aspx" rel="nofollow">Authorized Titleist FittingWorks Partner</a> outfitted with a selection of long game fitting clubs.

Nation


As always, we recommend consulting with an <a href="www.fittingworks.com/FindaFitter.aspx" rel="nofollow">Authorized Titleist FittingWorks Partner</a> to determine the correct specs for your new <a href="www.titleist.com/.../907D2.asp" rel="nofollow">907D2</a> or other Titleist golf club.

Nation


<a name="set_comp" rel="nofollow"></a>I am wondering if most pros like Dudley find a large gap between their pitching wedge (48°) and 56° sand wedge? In asking, I've noticed other Tour players compensating with a 54° and 60° wedge combo in lieu of adding a 52° with the 56° and 60° and pulling out the 2-iron. Thanks.

Nation


Set composition is largely a matter of personal preference, one aspect of which is eliminating unwanted yardage gaps between clubs.  For players who are comfortable playing less than full-swing shots with their pitching wedge, a gap from 48° to 56° is easily overcome and allows for an extra long game club.  Players looking for more options in their wedge game will, conversely, need to sacrifice a long game club and could face a yardage gap between those clubs. A thorough review of set composition is one of the benefits of being fit by an <a href="www.fittingworks.com/FindaFitter.aspx" rel="nofollow">Authorized Titleist FittingWorks Partner</a>.

Nation


Do players change equipment based on the temperature up or down?  In other words, does certain equipment react better in cold or hot weather (including balls)?  It would seem that a cavity back and a softer ball might be a better choice in colder weather and a muscle back and harder ball in warm weather. Pure guess though.

Thanks.

Nation


You might think players would change, but honestly, none of my players on Tour change any of their equipment (other than apparel) due to temperature.

-- Steven Felix Mata