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August 31, 2010

Ping's new K15 driver emphasizes straightness

Posted at 4:16 PM by David Dusek

Ping-K15-Driver_600x450 Last year Ping released two new drivers, the i15 for players who like to work the ball off the tee and the G15 for players who wanted slightly more forgiveness and a higher launch angle for more distance.

Now, for players who simply want to cream the ball as far and as straight as possible, the company has released the K15.

When Ping's club designers and engineers, including Vice President John K. Solheim, decided to make a new super game-improvement driver, they saw that most of the clubs already on the market have closed faces. That made sense because many golfers in the market for super game-improvement drivers are slicers.

"But what we thought these players really wanted was to aim at a target and hit the ball in that direction," Solheim said. "So when we designed the K15, that's what we had in mind. Let's just create a driver that is really easy to hit straight."

Ping-K15-Driver_Weight The key to making that happen is Ping's Straight Flight technology, which is essentially a weight positioned near the heel of the club (in red in the graphic on the right) which encourages the face to square at impact.

"As you start to swing down, the weight wants to rotate the clubhead and close it to square," said Solheim. "The nice thing is that the K15 doesn't have a draw face or a closed head, so it really doesn't want to go past the square position. It really just wants to go back to square and stay there."

To lower the club's center of gravity and help golfers get the ball into the air more easily, the crown of the K15 was made especially thin. In some areas it is about the width of two business cards.

Ping-K15-Driver-2_600x450 "We've tried other stuff, but we keep coming back to the traditional shape that's been evolving since the Ping G2 driver," Solheim said. "We've been pretty successful with that shape and haven't seen a big reason to go too far from it."

While the K15 and the G15 are both 460cc heads, the K15 will play bigger. "It's got a larger profile when you look down at it," Solheim points out. "It's face is also larger."

The K15 drivers are arriving in pro shops now in 9.5°, 10.5° and 12° lofts. They come standard with Ping proprietary TFC 149D graphite shaft for about $300, but custom shaft options are available.

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(Photos by David Dusek)
August 29, 2010

Winner's Bag: Matt Kuchar at the Barclays

Posted at 7:06 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Bridgestone X Drive J38 Prototype 435 (10°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB2 (16°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD MD-7X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway Big Bertha 3H Heavenwood (20°) Aldila NV 95X shaft
IRONS: Fourteen Golf (4), Bridgestone J38 (5-PW) with Aerotech 95 shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J38 (52°, 58°), Fourteen MT-28 VS Forged (62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Rife Barbados
BALL: Bridgestone B330S

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
August 23, 2010

Winner's Bag: Arjun Atwal at the Wyndham Championship

Posted at 1:20 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (9.5°) with a Matrix Ozik HD6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner (13°) with a Matrix Ozik HD6 shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 22°) with UST Mamiya ProForce V2 Hybrid 89 shafts
IRONS: Ping S56 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Fourteen MT-28 V4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Craz-E
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

August 15, 2010

My Bag: Martin Kaymer at the 2010 PGA Championship

Posted at 8:52 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 70 Alpha shafts
FAIRWAY WOODS:
TaylorMade R9 (13°), Burner (17.5°) and with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Tour shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RAC TP (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (54°), TP with xFT (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Stewart Franklin/Getty Images)

My Bag: Bubba Watson at the 2010 PGA Championship

Posted at 5:30 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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

My Bag: Dustin Johnson at 2010 PGA Championship

Posted at 4:56 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 (10.5°) with Fujikura Motore F1 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (15°, 19°) with Aldila RIP 90 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP with xFT (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

My Bag: Rory McIlroy at 2010 PGA Championship

Posted at 4:02 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (8.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 906 F2 (13.5°) with a Project X 7A3 shaft, (18.5°) with a Fujikura FitOn 11 Pro 95 shaft
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (3-4), Titleist MB (5-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (48°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Select prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
August 13, 2010

My Bag: Matt Kuchar at the 2010 PGA Championship

Posted at 5:14 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Bridgestone X Drive J38 Prototype 435 (10°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB2 (16°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD MD-7X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway Big Bertha 3H Heavenwood (20°) Aldila NV 95X shaft
IRONS: Fourteen Golf (4), Bridgestone J38 (5-PW) with Aerotech 95 shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J38 (52°, 58°), Fourteen MT-28 VS Forged (62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Rife Barbados
BALL: Bridgestone B330S

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My Bag: Nick Watney at the 2010 PGA Championship

Posted at 3:35 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
Titleist 909D2 (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 906F2 (15.5°) with a ZCOM Pro95 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with a Aldila Voodoo VS9 shaft
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°), TVD (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 009
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Adidas' Wear in the World job competition hits Bandon Dunes

Posted at 12:03 PM by David Dusek

By Woody Hochswender

Wearintheworld-scoreboard If you have been following Adidas Golf's summerlong "Wear in the World" event, in which two guys compete to win a job with the company in "social media," then you know that this is kind of like "The Apprentice" crossed with "Mad Men" (emphasis on mad).

In recent weeks, the contestants have dressed up as geishas, samurai, and hockey goalies; held putting contests on ice and in public squares; and created ads and product videos about Adidas apparel, including testing their Adidas ClimaProof 3-Way Storm golf jackets while riding jet skis on choppy water (the clothes actually kept them dry).

As well-documented on Twitter and Facebook, the two fortunate fellows, Chris Dukeminier and Steve Olsen, are back in the U.S. playing Bandon Dunes, on the Oregon seacoast, where the caddies wear Adidas apparel. The wind, rain, and fog tend to give their ClimaProof Storm Ultimate jackets and pants a serious workout. Wednesday they played Pacific Dunes and Old Macdonald and today they're on Bandon Trails.

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

August 12, 2010

My Bag: Y.E. Yang at the PGA Championship

Posted at 2:35 PM by David Dusek

"I recently upgraded my driver and irons to new ones, and I really like the new driver—the TaylorMade SuperFast." — Y.E. Yang

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with Aldila NV X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (13°), V Steel (18°) with Aldila NV X shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°, 23°) with Aldila NV X shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (6-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC TP (50°), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Spider Vicino
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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Eagle/Parrot Headcover: "We can't figure out what it is, but I thought it was an eagle, and eagles are always good on the golf course."

Hand Warmers: "I need them, especially in Europe. I used a whole bunch at Pebble Beach and also in Scotland."

Camera: "I decided to get a camera with video to check on my swing on site. My caddie or manager takes the video. Primitive, but efficient."

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(Photo by William Rutledge)

TaylorMade's 2010 PGA Championship commemorative logo

Posted at 12:30 PM by David Dusek

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — As it has for years, TaylorMade has designed a special logo to appear on the golf bags and hats of the company's staff players at the PGA Championship.

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The top of the logo features a Scottish Blackface sheep. There are flocks of these sheep in the area, helping to make golfers feel like they are playing an old, traditional links course.

The gusts of wind coming from the sheep represent the breezes that come off Lake Michigan. The blue swirls below the "2010" symbolize the Straits Course's close connection with the lake itself. Eight holes are played directly along the shore and the lake is visible at some point on every hole.

The AA in the center of the logo stands of Anti-Aircraft. From 1949 to 1959, the land where Whistling Straits now sits was Camp Haven, a U.S. Anti-Aircraft training range. Machine guns and heavy artillery where fired over the lake from the base in training exercises, and the soldiers who took part in them wore an AA patch on their uniforms.

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Ping brings new Scottsdale putters to Whistling Straits

Posted at 12:24 PM by David Dusek

Ping-Tomcat-Scottsdale-Putter_600x500 SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — K.J. Choi and Kenny Perry have recently been using new putters that are part of Ping's latest putter line, the Scottsdale series.

There are 14 different models in the new line, and first thing golfers will notice is the finish, which is much darker than previous Ping putters. That should help the maroon and white alignment aids and sightlines stand out more.

But Ping hopes it's the white insert found in face of all Scottsdale putters that will make them stand out.

Matt Rollins, a Ping PGA Tour rep, said, "We feel this is the best-feeling insert we've had in a putter in a while." He says the polymer insert is softer than the insert used in the i-Series putters, so Ping hopes that it will match well with today's mutli-layer golf balls.

The line features such Ping standards as the Anser and the B60, but there are some new headshapes too, including the blade-style TomCat (above) and the extreme perimeter-weighted Y Worry (below).

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Look for the new Scottsdale series of putters to arrive in pro shops this fall with a price of about $140 to $180, depending on the model.

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August 10, 2010

Tiger Woods says he played Monday's practice round with training putter

Posted at 11:10 AM by David Dusek

Editors' Note: At his press conference on Tuesday, Woods said that he had not changed putter grips Monday, as we reported earlier today. He said that his caddie, Steve Williams, accidentally put a training putter in the bag for Monday's practice round. Both the putter and the grip were different from the Scotty Cameron he uses in tournaments.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Tiger Woods, who took 128 putts in four rounds last week en route to a tie for 78th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, missed out on some much-needed practice with his tournament putter on Monday.

His caddie, Steve Williams, accidentally put a training putter in the bag for Monday's round. Woods said they were "too lazy" to go back and get the Scotty Cameron model that he usually uses in tournaments.

In the photos below, Woods is shown during Monday's practice round at Whistling Straits, left, and during Sunday's final round at the Bridgestone.

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His normal putter, with the black Ping grip, was back in the bag on Tuesday.

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(Photos: top left, John Biever/SI; Carlos M. Saavedra/SI; Below: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

August 09, 2010

Cobra Golf suing TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and Camilo Villegas

Posted at 3:22 PM by David Dusek

HAVEN, Wis. — The legal wrangling over the recent announcement that Camilo Villegas plans to become a TaylorMade staff player and use Adidas footwear and accessories got more complicated on Monday. Cobra Golf is suing Villegas and TaylorMade to stop any additional announcements about the new relationship.

Acushnet, the parent company of Titleist and FootJoy, announced a similar suit again Villegas and TaylorMade on Thursday. (In March, Acushnet sold Cobra to Puma.) Both suits allege that TaylorMade interfered with the Colombian star's contracts with the companies. Villegas is currently under contract to use Cobra clubs, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, and FootJoy shoes and gloves.

A copy of the media release issued by Cobra is below:

Carlsbad, California (August 9, 2010) — Cobra Golf Inc. announces that on August 5, 2010, the company filed a suit in the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against TaylorMade-adidas Golf (TMaG) and PGA Tour Player Camilo Villegas. The preliminary injunction filed by Cobra Golf seeks to enjoin TMaG and Villegas from any additional announcements concerning future partnerships between the two parties.

Villegas, who is ranked 25th in the world, is contracted to play with Cobra golf clubs and for exclusive use of name and likeness in golf club products.

The suit alleges that TMaG interfered with Villegas’ agreement with Cobra Golf by issuing a press release on August 3, 2010 stating that Villegas will join the TMaG Golf Tour Staff, approximately five months prior to the expiration of Villegas' agreement with Cobra Golf. The company will also seek damages in addition to its claim for a preliminary injunction.

"Camilo is under contract to Cobra Golf until the end of 2010 and we object to a competitor announcing its intentions to work with Camilo during his contract term with Cobra Golf," said Bob Philion, President of Cobra-PUMA Golf. "This lawsuit aims to prevent TMaG and Camilo from making any additional statements about the relationship between the parties."

PUMA AG, the parent company of Cobra Golf, is not involved in the legal case.

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