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Robert Allenby is trying everything he can to get his game back

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As golfers, we’ve all been down the same dark path Robert Allenby’s currently walking down. With his game in shambles and his confidence shattered, Allenby decided it was time to make a change this week at Riviera — site of his last PGA Tour win ten years ago.

Instead of going to the tour van for a new driver or a putter, Allenby decided to make a trip … to his garage. He was in search of an old set of TaylorMade Burner woods to put in play. While the article in The Australian doesn’t specify what version of the woods he’s playing, they have to be old if he’s trying to recreate some of the good vibes he had a decade ago.

Having missed the cut in two of his opening three events in 2011 and finished in a tie for 62nd in the other, Allenby needed to make a change.

While most players are scrambling to get the latest equipment releases into play, Allenby has opted to move back to his older TaylorMade Burner woods after being ranked an unfamiliar 173rd in driving accuracy so far this season.

“I have put my old woods back in the bag and I feel a lot more comfortable now off the tee,” he said.

Hey, whatever works. I remember going back to an old Titleist 975D driver after years of having it sit in my golf locker and collect dust. While it wasn’t near as long as my current stick at that time, it did bring back a level of confidence that we as golfers crave when he put the peg in the ground. I’m sure it’ll look really silly to see Allenby’s obsolete driver next to clubs like TaylorMade’s new R11, but assuming it works, does it really matter if the club looks like it belongs in the same time period as CD players and Playstation 2?

For a guy whose game has fallen off the map of late, I’m pretty sure Allenby would use a wooden spoon to hit the ball, so long as it helped him contend again.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

02/16/2011 at 8:00 am

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