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Montgomerie switches to Callaway ball

Seven times European number one Colin Montgomerie has made two crucial changes ahead of his biggest three weeks of the season -- a new ball and a relaxed manner.

The Scot tries the fresh approach and the latest ball in the European Open, starting at the K Club on Thursday. He has never played well in the tournament.

Montgomerie will then defend the Loch Lomond Invitation title next week before making another bid for that elusive major at the British Open at St Andrews.

"I've signed a new extended contract with Callaway Golf and now it incorporates the ball, so this is the first tournament I'm using it," said Montgomerie.

"It comes off the clubface with a lot less spin, and it's important to get the loft on the driver right, so I've been working hard on it.

"That's because I don't want to miss out, I want to try and win this tournament. It would be a good start for the new ball.

"The iron distances are pretty similar but the ball goes further off the tee, that's it's main difference, and being as I've just turned 37 I need all the help I can get!

"Around the greens it's a different feel, so I've been working on the putting and chipping mainly."

Montgomerie's second significant change is a relaxed approach to tournaments which he plans to extend to the British Open.

"I was very disappointed with the way I performed in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, so I had three days in Houston with my coach going through everything overall, but particularly my irons because while I drove well, my greens in regulation was poor when it's usually my strength.

"But I'm trying to go into tournaments relaxed.

"If I'm relaxed I usually perform well. I was in the French Open and I did it at Wentworth.

"I haven't won a major, so we'll try it a different way."


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