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August 18, 2014

Callaway Apex Muscleback Irons: First Look

Posted at 9:08 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Callaway, Irons

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Built with significant input from Callaway's Tour Staff, the new Apex Muscleback ($1099) features the traditional look and feel that the best players in the world often prefer with a bit of playability mixed in. Considered to be Callaway's premium forged iron, the Apex Muscleback is "quad forged," from Carbon steel for the ultimate feedback at impact and also features an optimized sole camber that provides greater versatility than a standard muscleback design. Apex-mb-iron-address-2014

The same wide spaced grooves used in the Apex Pro irons provide more consistent spin rates from varying turf conditions, making them easier to control for players who can handle a true blade. 

The Apex Muscleback will be available through custom order on September 12. 

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August 04, 2014

Ashworth Releases Limited Majors Series Golf Shirt Honoring Paul Azinger's PGA Win

Posted at 4:44 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Ashworth

Ashworth-azinger_640The final installment of Ashworth's Major Series shirts ($100), which celebrates Paul Azinger's 1993 PGA Championship victory, is now available. Limited to 272 units in honor of his winning score at Inverness, the Azinger shirt features a stamp of the date of the victory on the second button and also has an Ashworth Majors Series patch on the right sleeve. 

"I'm truly humbled that Ashworth has designed a golf shirt commemorating my PGA Championship, one of the greatest accomplishments of my career." - Paul Azinger. 

The Azinger commemorative Ashworth Majors Series shirt is available exclusively at ashworthgolf.com

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Limited Run Nike MM Proto Irons Available Now

Posted at 2:24 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Nike

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Just 40 sets of Nike's MM Proto blade irons ($1500) are available starting today. Designed in conjunction with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlory (who used one of the irons in his Open Championship win), each set of the MM Proto blades are laser engraved with The Oven logo and are individually numbered. Personalized stamping and a wide variety of custom options are also avaialble. 

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Orders can be placed (one order per customer) on nike.com until 4pm PST on August 6th and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. 

(Photos: Courtesy of Nike)

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Rory McIlroy's Gear at 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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Rory McIlory shot a pair of 66's over the weekend to capture his first WGC event and overtake Adam Scott as the top player in the world. Here's the Nike gear he used to edge Sergio Garcia by two strokes: 

DRIVERNike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 70 TX shaft

FAIRWAY WOODNike VR_S Covert 2.0 (15°), Nike VR_S Covert (19°) with Fujikura Rombax 95 X shaft

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9) with Project X 7.0 steel shafts

WEDGESNike VR Forged (46°, 52°, 56°, 59°) with Project X 7.0 steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006 Prototype

BALL: Nike RZN Black

SHOES: Nike Lunar Control 

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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August 01, 2014

Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver Spotted at Firestone

Posted at 4:06 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Callaway

Big-bertha-v-series_640A new Callaway driver, the Big Bertha V Series, showed up this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Though company representatives are officially mum on the new design, there's talk that the Big Bertha V Series is a lighter weight driver, similar to the FT OptiForce from a couple of years ago. It's safe to expect the new big stick will likely feature some of Callaway's premium technologies like a forged composite crown, "Hyper Speed" face (like the one used in the Big Bertha Alpha driver), and OptiFit adjustable hosel design. 

Keep an eye out for the Big Bertha V Series in retail shops in the near future. 

(Photo: Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated)

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TaylorMade Releases Three New Putters

Posted at 3:52 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Putters, TaylorMade

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TaylorMade has expanded it's premium putter line with three new counterbalanced models - the Daddy Long Legs ($249), Spider Blade ($229) and Spider Mallet ($229). All three models feature a Tour-inspired color scheme which TaylorMade's staff players prefer as well as a matte black shaft. In contrast to last year's Spider and Daddy Long Legs models, each new puttter has a black leading edge with white compliments that highlight the rear weights. According to the company's Tour staff, this color scheme is easier to aim and simply looks better at address. 

Of the three new models the Daddy Long Legs offers the highest level of stability, featuring an MOI of more than 8500. The unique Spider Blade, which has an MOI of 5200, is said to be approximately 50% more stable than the typical blade putter. All of the new counterbalanced models are built with a heavy steel body with tungsten heel and toe weights. Heavy weight, overlength grips that weigh as much as 130g help produce the added stability associated with a counterbalanced design. A surlyn, "Pure Roll," face insert further improves the performance of each putter by providing improved feel at impact and a smoother roll. 

All three models are available in 35" and 38" standard lengths. 

(Photos: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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July 28, 2014

Tim Clark's winning gear at the Canadian Open

Posted at 10:01 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Callaway, TaylorMade, Tim Clark, Titleist, Winner's Bag
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Credit: Getty Images

 

Tim Clark captured his second career PGA Tour victory at the RBC Canadian Open with a back-nine 30 to edge Jim Furyk by one shot. Here's the equipment he used to get the job done:

DRIVER: Titleist 913 D3 (9.5°) with Accra M4 55 shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913 Fd (15°) with Fujikura Motore VC7 2 TS shaft, Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead Plus (18°) with Callaway RCH Pro shaft

HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue (19°) with UST iROD Tour shaft

IRONS: Titleist CB (4-9) with Aerotech i95 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48°, 56°), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey 2-Ball Long

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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July 18, 2014

Rory McIlroy's Winning Gear at The British Open

Posted at 1:32 PM by Robert Sauerhaft | Categories: British Open, Nike, Rory McIlroy, Winner's Bag
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Rory McIlroy tees off the 4th hole during the second round of the 2014 Open Championship. (Getty Images)

 

DRIVER: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver X TS 70 shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VRS Covert (15°) with Fujikura Rombax 95 X shaft

IRONS: Nike MM Proto (2), Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9) with Project X 7.0 steel shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47°, 54°, 59°) with Project X 6.5 steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

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Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day to wear Adidas apparel at Open Championship

Posted at 11:00 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Adidas, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia

Three of the most dynamic swingers in the Open Championship will be benefitting from clothing technology provided by Adidas Golf. Jason Day, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson will be sporting a combination of Adidas puremotion apparel that features bonded shoulder seams and flex rib panels on the sleeves, shoulders or back for enhanced freedom of movement. Garcia will wear adizero shoes throughout the tournament, while Johnson and Day will wear more traditional pure 360 shoes.

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New Callaway Apex Utility Iron Spotted at Hoylake

Posted at 10:36 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Callaway, Gary Woodland, Phil Mickelson, Ryo Ishikawa
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The Open Championship is known for many things, including traditional links layouts, variable weather conditions and long-irons off the tee. When Tiger won at Hoylake in 2006, he dismantled the hard and fast track with long-iron stingers, and while this year's conditions appear to allow for a few more drivers, a ton of players -- including Tiger -- are still banging a variety of long and driving irons off the tee with regularity.

In light of this fact, Callaway has introduced a new Apex Utility iron at this week's Open Championship, and so far seven players are carrying it in their bag, including Gary Woodland, Branden Grace, Ryo Ishikawa, and Thomas Bjorn (Phil Mickelson experimented with it in practice rounds but hasn't gamed it yet).

Though the folks at Callaway aren't disclosing any details at the moment (the official release should be coming soon), it's pretty easy to see the resemblance to the company's existing X Utility Prototype, which features a relieved sole for improved performance from tough lies, a deep CG location for added forgiveness and a thin, forged face for increased ballspeed and enhanced feel. Safe to say the new Apex Utility contains many of the same features along with some improvements. Keep your eye on Callaway staffers this week and you should get a glimpse of one.

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