Nike square driver wins US Open

Golf's first major for 'square head' technology

Bob Warters
Wed, 24 Jun 2009
Nike square driver wins US Open

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Cool to be square: Glover tees off with the Nike Sumo SQ2 Tour driver in the final round

  Just when you thought square drivers were maybe fading in popularity among club golfers, like a 28-handicapper's slice into the hay, up steps Lucas Glover to win the US Open.

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Nike Sasquatch Sumo2 Tour driver in the hands of Lucas Glover

The Nike Sasquatch Sumo 2 Tour driver is a club with a distinctive sound and futuristic looks that's built for accuracy as well as distance and without the use of interchangeable weights and an adjustable face, will undoubtedly be given a boost by Glover's triumph.

Glover becomes the first player to carry a square-shaped driver to victory in a major, averaging 291 yards off the tee despite the wet and heavy conditions at the Bethpage Black Course. It underlines his position as No.1 on the PGA Tour in total driving distance.

Glover also carried Nike SQ2 Tour fairway woods, Nike CCI forged irons and Nike SV Tour wedges.

Another key to his success was his use of the Nike's prototype putter also played by Paul Casey, Stephen Ames and Justin Leonard. Since switching to it at the Bob Hope Classic earlier in the year, he has jumped from 116th in putts per round to 23rd and 107th in putts per greens in regulation to 32nd.

He also used the Nike One Tour D golf ball.

What's in Glover's bag

Driver: Nike SQ Sumo2 Tour (9.5 degrees; Matrix Apache Ozik shaft)

Fairway Woods: Nike SQ2 3-wood (13 degrees); Nike SQ2 5-wood (19)

Irons (3-PW): Nike CCi Forged

Wedges: Nike SV (54 and 59 degrees)

Putter: Nike prototype

Ball: Nike One Tour D

Footwear: Nike Air Zoom Elite II

FOOTNOTE: For the 61st successive year, Titleist was the most played ball at the US Open, with 89 players (81 per-cent) using either the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x ball.