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June 30, 2010

Adidas 'Wear in the World' Job Interview Begins in Germany

Posted at 3:19 PM by David Dusek

By Woody Hochswender

The latest adventure by Adidas Golf takes two candidates on the road to nine nations as part of  "The Ultimate Job Interview" pitting two carefully selected (and very lucky) candidates, Chris Dukeminier and Steve Olsen, against each other at various great golf venues in places like Norway, Scotland, Dubai, Thailand, Japan, and Canada. At the conclusion of this edition of Adidas' Wear in the World series, one of these guys, who are already Tweeting and Facebooking like mad, will be hired as a "media catalyst" for the company.

This week Dukeminier and Olsen are at the Adidas corporate headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, where Dukeminier has apparently injured himself (playing rugby), according to his Facebook page. They also played in a pro-am tournament and showcased some of the Adidas high-performance golfwear, including Climacool Mesh Plaid Polo shirts and ClimaCool shorts (caddies these days always seem to wear shorts). In case of windy weather they toted along an Adidas' Climalite Warm 3-Stripes Jacket, with a half zip front, and a Performance zippered sweater. For rainwear, they carried Climaproof Wind Soft Shell Jackets.

Next stop is a golf date in Norway. The whirlwind tour ends at Bandon Dune Golf Resort on the Oregon coast.

Read more at golf.com/wearintheworld, a collection of Golf.com blog posts following Adidas Golf's "Wear in the World" adventure.

June 29, 2010

Titleist Debuting New 910 Drivers at AT&T National

Posted at 5:06 PM by David Dusek

Titleist 910 Drivers NEWTON SQUARE, Pa. — This week at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia, Titleist staff players are getting their first chance to play the company's newest drivers — the 460cc 910D2 and 445cc 910D3.

What sets the new drivers apart from previous Titleist models is the Sure Fit Tour adjustment system. Using a torque wrench that comes with each club, golfers can set the clubhead into one of 16 different playing positions to customize face angle, lie angle and the playing loft.

The standard face-angle setting for the drivers is .5° open, but it can be made up to 1.5° open or 1.5° closed. As you adjust the clubface left or right, the effective loft changes within a 2.25° range.

According to Stephanie Bezilla, Titleist's metal woods development manager, the adjustable-head system is a natural advancement of Titleist's Sure Fit system that has been in place to expedite the custom-fitting process.

"With the 909 series, we developed Sure Fit as a system to really optimize fit through shafts," Bezilla says. "When we started to think about the ability to adjust loft, lie and face angle, we really wanted to replicate the Tour bending experience. So with the Sure Fit Tour, which is incorporated into 910 products, we now have the ability to adjust loft and lie independently."

She says now golfers can more easily optimize a drivers' launch angles and spin rates to help players maximize distance, then adjust lie angle to improve impact efficiency and dispersion control.

In addition to the adjustability features, the titanium crown of the 910 drivers is thinner and lighter than the crown in the 909 drivers. That automatically lowers the center of gravity. A new face insert in the club also helps to help increase ball speed. The weight plug on the bottom of the club is also adjustable, with the drivers coming with a 7 gram weight, but lighter and heavier weights will also be available.

Compared to each other, the 910D2 has a lower and deeper center of gravity than the 910D3, so it should naturally help players hit a slightly straighter, higher tee shot. It should also provide more stability.

Golfers who are looking for a boring trajectory and slightly more roll after the bounce will likely prefer the 910D3.

"We effectively wanted to create a D3 that was more playable and more stable for golfers, but still a viable low-spin option to increase distance," Bezilla says.

Information regarding stock shafts, as well as lofts that will be available at retail, has not be finalized but you can expect to see the 910 drivers arriving in pro shops later this year.

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June 27, 2010

Winner's Bag: Bubba Watson at The Travelers Championship

Posted at 7:28 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy prototype shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G15 (17°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS: Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°, 63°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

June 21, 2010

TaylorMade Live Chat Transcript

Posted at 2:40 PM by David Dusek

Taylor To get inside TaylorMade's high-tech product development and testing facility in Carlsbad, Calif., you not only need to score an invite, but also sign a confidentiality agreement as long as War and Peace. It's a place where the company's engineers and master club builders work with the game's elite players and dream up the clubs of tomorrow.

On June 22, GOLF.com took reades inside The Kingdom for a chance to ask two of TaylorMade's head honchos anything they liked during a live chat.

Todd Beach As TaylorMade's senior director of research and development for metalwoods,Todd Beach is the man who developed clubs like the r7 family of drivers, as well as the new the Burner SuperFast driver and R9 family of drivers. His name is on 60 golf patents, and another 50 are pending.

Bret Wahl Bret Wahl, TaylorMade's senior director of research and development for irons, wedges, and putters. He led the team that created clubs like the Burner irons, the Rossa Monza Spider putters and the new replaceable-faced TP wedges with xFT.

See all the questions and answers in the 'Comments' section below

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June 18, 2010

Winner's Bag: Graeme McDowell at 2010 U.S. Open

Posted at 5:59 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
Callaway Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 (9.5°) with an Aldila Voodoo SVS 6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Diablo Edge Tour (15°) with an Aldila RIP Beta 60 shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro (18°) with an Aldila NVS 85 shaft, (21°) with an Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
IRONS: Callaway X Forged (4-9) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged Vintage (48°, 52°, 58°) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

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(Photo by John Biever/SI)

June 16, 2010

Video: Steve Stricker Switches to Titleist's CB Irons

Posted at 11:05 PM by David Dusek

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Despite being ranked No. 4 in the world, Steve Stricker still doesn't get much attention at major championships. But with a solid iron game and a great putting touch, a lot of people think he has the game to conquer Pebble Beach and contend at the 110th U.S. Open.

If he is going to win this week, Stricker will do it using a new set of Titleist 710 CB irons. He had been playing Titleist's Forged 755, and planned to make the change earlier this season, but a win at Riviera in February convinced him to keep the old clubs in the bag a little longer.

However, while at home resting in Wisconsin and recovering from a shoulder injury, Stricker finally made the change. In the video below, he explains the difference in feel between the two sets.

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Hidden meaning in TaylorMade's 2010 U.S. Open logo

Posted at 4:00 PM by David Dusek

TaylorMade has been designing unique logos to adorn the bags and hats of staff players who compete in major championships for years. Here are the secret meanings of the company's 2010 U.S. Open logo:

TaylorMade US Open Logo

The '8' in the middle of the logo represents the layout of Pebble Beach Golf Links, which coils over and around the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean in a path that looks like an eight.

The clam shell at the bottom symbolizes the annual Clam Bake hosted by Bing Crosby that eventually became the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The center of the design features the grill from a 1936 Duesenberg, a classic American car. Each year on the third Sunday of August, along the Pebble Beach's 18th fairway, the resort hosts the Concourse d'Elegance, a vintage car and motorcycle competition.

The angel-shaped hood ornament with a flame in the center represents the Lone Cypress Guardian Angel. In 1984, the famous 'Lone Cypress,' a 200-hundred year old tree that sat solemnly atop a rock on the Monterey, caught fire. A woman living nearby noticed the blaze, alerted Pebble Beach Security and the tree, was saved.

Under the car's grill and the angel is a wall—similar to the seawall that runs alongside the 18th fairway and green. It's that made from five stones which represent the five U.S. Opens that Pebble Beach has hosted (1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010).

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Scotty Cameron 2010 U.S. Open Commemorative Headcover

Posted at 3:10 PM by David Dusek

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Titleist staff players who use a Scotty Cameron putter are getting a gift at this year's U.S. Open. Once again, Cameron has designed a special headcover for the pros, as well as members of clubcameron.com. This one was in the bag of Jason Dufner.

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June 15, 2010

Ping brings the new S56 Irons to Pebble Beach

Posted at 2:22 PM by David Dusek

Ping-S56-Irons-3_600x450 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — During the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, several Ping staff players had a chance to see and try clubs the company plans to release later this year.

Hunter Mahan liked the company's yet-to-be-released S56 irons so much he said that he'd put them in his bag that week. Unfortunately, the S56 irons hadn't been approved for play by the USGA at that time, and Ping was not ready to release the clubs to the world, so Mahan (who won that week at TPC Scottsdale) and other Ping pros had to wait ... until now.

Ping brought several sets of S56 irons to Pebble Beach this week; the clubs are an updated-version of Mahan's beloved Ping S57 irons and feature several of the same design features.

The S56 irons have a compact head, minimal offset and only a touch of perimeter weighting. A weight cartridge nestled behind the face absorbs vibrations and allows Ping to adjust the swing weight of each club to match a golfer's preferences.

And like the S57, the S56 irons also feature a tungsten weight in the toe area to extend the sweet spot that direction. To help maintain balance, Ping lengthened the hosel of the S56 (thereby adding weight to the heel area), which also broadens the sweet spot in that direction too. The result is a slightly more forgiving blade that will still allow better golfers to carve and shape their shots.

According to Matt Rollins, a PGA Tour rep for Ping golf, the sole of the S56 has been designed to work more effectively through the turf -- a feature that tour players who hit the irons in February all noticed and liked.

Don't look for the S56 to add yards to your game. Like other iron sets designed with accomplished players in mind, they were built with an emphasis on consistency and accuracy instead of power.

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Look for the clubs to arrive in pro shops in mid-September for a cost of $127 per club.

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Video: Dustin Johnson Talks Equipment at Pebble Beach

Posted at 12:24 PM by David Dusek

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Dustin Johnson has won the last two PGA Tour events played at Pebble Beach Golf Links. I had a chance to chat with him for a few minutes on Monday, and I asked him about his equipment plans for this week.

Here is a complete list of the clubs he used to win the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with Fujikura Motore F1 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (15°) with Aldila RIP 90 shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP (22°) with a Matrix Ozik Altus shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (48°, 54°), Cleveland 588 Chrome (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta

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June 14, 2010

Winner's Bag: Lee Westwood at St. Jude Classic

Posted at 2:20 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G10 (9.0°) with a Aldila PGA Tour Only Prototype XNV6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (14°) with a UST Mamaya V2 76X shaft, Rapture V2 (19°) with Aldila NV75 X shaft
IRONS: Ping i10 (3-PW) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (54°, 58°) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Augusta National Says Charity Jacket is Not Real

Posted at 2:07 PM by David Dusek

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif — I received an e-mail this morning from Augusta National Golf Club that pointed out subtle difference in the Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned for charity and the famous jackets presented to winners of the tournament.

"You'll notice the jacket for auction has a replica Masters logo on the left breast. Green Jackets carry the Augusta National map/flag logo with no text (left in photo). The auction photo also shows an unauthentic button. Green Jackets have gold buttons with the map/flag logo (also no text)."

Masters Jackets

The folks at Augusta National also likely reached out to charitybuzz.com, the company conducting the auction, to inform them of the irregularities in the jacket. The item is no longer listed among the items available on the company's Web site.

The business of sports memorabilia is tricky, and it seems that this is another case of something simply being too good to be true.

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(Photos: Fred Vuich/SI, left); charitybuzz.com, right)
June 11, 2010

TaylorMade releasing limited run U.S. Open golf shoes

Posted at 4:32 PM by David Dusek

Companies will be handing out plenty of schwag to staff players competing at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Adidas will be presenting a pair of limited edition Tour360 4.0 golf shoes to players like Sean O’Hair, Kenny Perry, Dustin Johnson, and 2003 U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk. The white shoes with blue and red trim feature an American flag on the rear quarter and the company's THiNTech low-profile technology. You can read more about the shoes here.

TaylorMade Tour360 4.0 US Open

Only 3,500 pairs will be produced, but if you'd like one, mark July 12th on your calendar. That day, 300 pairs will be made available at shop.adidasgolf.com for $180.

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Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned

Posted at 4:31 PM by David Dusek

**Update, June 14: Augusta National says this jacket is not real**

Sportswear comes in all shapes, styles and colors, but the green jackets worn by the members of Augusta National Golf Club—as well as Masters champions—are the most coveted by golfers. Only the greatest players in the history of the game have earned one, but now, one can be yours if the you've got the cash.

An online auction going on now through next Wednesday afternoon at charitybuzz.com—a site that runs fund-raising auctions for charities—features a Masters jacket that has been autographed by three-time winner Phil Mickelson.

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According to the Web site, the money raised in the auction will go to the Music for America Project. As of Friday afternoon, the highest bid for the jacket was $1050.

Among the other items available as part of the site's Dads & Grads Auction are two badges for the Monday and Tuesday sessions at the 2011 Masters (including lodging); dinner with Joe Montana at his home; and two VIP tickets to the next Victoria's Secret fashion show, including backstage passes and invites to the after party. Are any dads or recent grads actually worthy of this stuff?

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June 06, 2010

Winner's Bag: Justin Rose at 2010 Memorial Championship

Posted at 8:08 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (9.5°) with a Project X X6A4 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with a Project X X7A3 shaft, (17°) with a Project X X8A2 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (3-PW) with Project X shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP xFT (54°), Cleveland 588 (60°) with Project X shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Imges)



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