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September 29, 2010

Tiger Woods practices with a Nike putter, again!

Posted at 11:04 AM by David Dusek

At the last tournament Tiger Woods played across the pond, the 2010 British Open, he surprised a lot of golf fans by using a Nike Method 001 putter instead of the trusty Scotty Cameron he'd used to win 13 of his major championships. Woods explained that he'd always had trouble putting on slow greens, and he felt that the Nike putter would help him handle to greens at St. Andrews more effectively.

The experiment lasted three days, and Woods switched back to the Scotty Cameron putter for the final round.

This week at Celtic Manor, as he and his teammates prepare to defend the Ryder Cup, Woods has been spotted not only using his heel-toe weighted Scotty Cameron putter (left in photo), but also a Nike Method 003 putter, a mid-size mallet (right in photo).

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We'll have to wait and see which putter makes its way into Woods's bag on Friday.

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(Photos: Jon Super/AP Photos)

September 28, 2010

My Bag: Rickie Fowler at the Ryder Cup

Posted at 10:30 AM by David Dusek

"My favorite recovery club is my 59° Vokey. I hit a variety of shots with it, and it's my go-to club."

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DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F2 (13.5°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea a7 (17°), Idea Pro Black (20°) with Matrix Ozik XCON HM2 X shafts
IRONS: Titleist 710MB (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa 62 No. 3
BALL:  Titleist Pro V1x

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Titleist and Adams clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

September 26, 2010

Winner's Bag: Jim Furyk at the Tour Championship

Posted at 6:58 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
TaylorMade Burner TP (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83 X shaft
HYBRID:
Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 Graphite X shaft
IRONS:
Srixon Z-TX Forged (3, 5-PW) with Apollo Hump X shafts
WEDGES:
Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°), Callaway JAWS, ( 60°) with Apollo Hump X shafts
PUTTER:
Yes! Sophia
BALL:
Srixon Z-Star X

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

September 24, 2010

Scotty Cameron Hollywood putter added to California Series

Posted at 9:42 AM by David Dusek

In 2009, at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Scotty Cameron walked me through the newest line of putters he'd created, the California Series. The four putters—the Monterey, Del Mar, Sonoma and Coronado—all feature a unique gold-hued finished that Cameron called "honey dipped."

When I first saw the dark, circular area on the sole, I thought the finish on the bottom of the putters had been damaged by a sticker. It occurred to me later than the circle is actually a sun, setting into the Pacific with a white seagull flying past. Now you know why I didn't do well in Art Appreciation in college.

A fifth putter has now been added to the California Series, the Hollywood, which you can see below.

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Anther heel-toe weighted blade design with a high toe profile, the Hollywood looks similar to the Monterey, but the back flange flows smoothly down and away from the topline instead of going back in steps. The neck is also round and goes directly into the shaft, like the Coronado's.

The Hollywood features the same 303 Stainless Steel head and gold finish other California putters have, as well as the sole weights that allow Titleist to customize the swing weight based on the club's length.

The Hollywood, which should retail for about $300 in pro shops, will come standard with a single sight line, 3/4 shaft-width of offset, 71° lie angle and 4° of loft.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Titleist/Scotty Cameron clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

September 21, 2010

Reader Question: Should I add a hybrid or a wedge?

Posted at 3:13 PM by David Dusek

Answering a reader's golf equipment question on Twitter is tough because a good, thoughtful explanation usually requires more than 140 characters. So here is a video I created to answer a question I was sent by a 16-handicap player who can't decided whether to add a hybrid or a gap wedge to his bag ...

If you have a question that you'd like me to answer, send it to me on Twitter.

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September 19, 2010

My Bag: Jim Furyk at the Tour Championship

Posted at 9:00 PM by David Dusek

"I love my 60 wedge. I use it for tight lies around the greens and bunker shots, but not much out of the rough."

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83 X shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 Graphite X shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX Forged (3, 5-PW) with Apollo Hump X shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°, 60°) with Apollo Hump X shafts
PUTTER: Yes! Sophia
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about ClevelandSrixon, TaylorMade, and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

September 12, 2010

Winner's Bag: Dustin Johnson at BMW Championship

Posted at 7:41 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 shafts
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)

September 10, 2010

TaylorMade releases Burner 2.0 irons

Posted at 9:22 AM by David Dusek

Burner-2-Irons CARLSBAD, Calif. — For more than a year, TaylorMade's Burner irons have been among the best selling irons in the game. The combination of distance and ease of use made them especially popular with mid- and higher-handicap players.

Tinkering with that success was not without risk, but Brett Wahl, TaylorMade's senior director of product development for irons, says that the new Burner 2.0 irons are simply better than their predecessors — for several reasons.

"In a way, we took the concept of developing eight individual clubs a little more seriously this time," Wahl says. "Each of these clubheads have more beneficial features built into them than the previous Burner irons."

For example, the faces of the Burner 2.0 long-irons are thinner than the faces of the original Burner long-irons, which should help golfers create more ball  speed and distance. The weight saved by making the faces thinner has been redistributed to the lower section of the clubs, near the heel and toe areas, which Wahl says should make them more forgiving too.

At the same time, the faces of the short irons are thicker than the original Burner's, and the heads are smaller and feature thinner top lines. Doing this puts a greater emphasis on accuracy and control at address, but also puts more weight directly behind the ball to enhance feel.

The multi-material badge on the back of the Burner 2.0 is also an upgrade over the original Burner's. "It has a softer material integrated with the aluminum which gives it better dampening, in terms of managing vibration," Wahl says. "And in the long-irons, there is a stiff nylon layer of material that you can't see that really helps to improve the sound."

Wahl says that the sound-enhancing layer was not used in the mid- and short-irons, and the badge used is thinner because their heads have thicker faces. They naturally create a more-pleasing sound.

 ICP In addition to the badge, on the back of all the Burner 2.0 irons you'll see a circular piece of metal that is part of TaylorMade's Inverted Cone Technology (ICT). But once again, it's been upgraded.

"The ICT has been re-shaped and re-positioned slightly in the long-irons in order to ensure the clubs deliver faster ball speeds, but also have consistency on mis-hits," Wahl says.

The soles of the short irons, like the 9-iron, are also thinner than the long irons because golfers swing a 9-iron more vertically into the ball. In contrast, most players sweep the ball using a flatter swing when hitting a 4-iron, so a wide sole is beneficial.

Each of the eight iron shafts flexes in a slightly different area, or kick point. The long irons have a lower kick point to help players get shots higher; the short irons have a higher kick point to encourage a slightly lower trajectory; and the mid-irons' kick point is in between.

Brett Wahl explains the technologies that went into the Burner 2.0 irons in the video below:

The Burner 2.0 irons should start arriving in pro shops on Oct. 8 and will sell for about $700 with steel shafts and $900 with graphite shafts.

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September 09, 2010

TaylorMade unveils new irons during Webcast

Posted at 6:09 PM by Golf.com

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf CEO Mark King unveiled the new TaylorMade 2.0 Burner irons during a live Webcast on Thursday. Watch the video to learn about the new irons, and check back for more information on the event from Golf.com's David Dusek.

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September 06, 2010

Winner's bag: Charley Hoffman at Deutsche Bank Championship

Posted at 7:08 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910 D3 (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard 83X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X Hot (15°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 96 shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Tour prototype (18°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 Hybrid 89 shaft
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Sensicore shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Red X
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)




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