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April 27, 2011

Adams releases Idea Pro a12 hybrid

Posted at 12:09 PM by David Dusek

Adams-IdeaProa12Hybrid_600x450 Three players at last week's PGA Tour event, the Heritage, had the new Adams Idea Pro a12 hybrids in their bags, including Brandt Snedeker, the eventual winner. Tom Watson and Ryan Moore also currently play the Idea Pro a12.

On May 5, when the clubs begin arriving in pro shops, you can play them too.

With the Idea Pro a12, the Plano, Texas, company continues its trend of producing hybrids with a high toe area, compact head, square face and dark color for reduced glare.

The a12 also features a steel sole plate and a weight screw that rests flush along the bottom of the club. The sole plate helps the a12 work through the turf more effectively, and the added weight helps launch the ball on a higher trajectory.

The Idea Pro a12, which will have a suggested retail price of $299, will be available in lofts between 16 and 26. Players can chose between regular, stiff or x-stiff versions of two stock shafts, an Aldila RIP VS Proto or a Matrix OZIK Altus.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Adams clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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April 25, 2011

Luke Donald using Mizuno's new MP-T11 wedges

Posted at 3:36 PM by David Dusek


Luke Donald is one of the best bunker players in the world. This season he's playing with new wedges, changing from Mizuno's MP-T10 to the company's newest model, the MP-T11.

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Like its predecessor, the MP-T11 wedges are forged from 1025 carbon steel and feature Mizuno's Quad Cut Groove technology. The company says the process allows Mizuno to precisely control the width, depth, draft angle and shoulder radius of each groove more precisely.

When Golf Magazine asked several "regular Joes" to try the MP-T11 wedges, they said that the clubs seemed to produce as much spin with their new, USGA-conforming grooves as old, big-grooved wedges did. Testers also noted that the clubs easily handled a variety of lies and were extremely versatile, providing excellent distance control on chips and pitches along with a soft feel.

The only knock against the MP-T11 wedges heard was voiced by a few testers who said the clubs felt a little light and were not as forgiving as some other wedges on the market.

Learn more about the MP-T11 on Mizuno's Web site.

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(Photo by Shaun Best/Reuters)

Winner's Bag: Brandt Snedeker at The Heritage

Posted at 9:44 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (10.5°) with a Fujikura Morore F1 2.0 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73 shaft
HYBRID: Adams Pro A12 Proto G (20°) with an NVentix Nunchuk GH 2660 shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone Tourstage GR C-1 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J38 (54°), Cleveland 588 (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone B330-S

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway/Odyssey and TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

April 22, 2011

Acushnet says Pro V1 patent dispute with Callaway 'closed'

Posted at 11:27 AM by Golf.com

The Pro V1 patent dispute between Acushnet and Callaway appears to be over after Callaway's request for a new trial was denied. Here's the press release from Acushnet, which says the case is now "officially closed." 

U.S. DISTRICT COURT PROVIDES FINAL JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF ACUSHNET COMPANY IN PATENT DISPUTE WITH CALLAWAY GOLF

Four Callaway Golf Ball Patents Determined Invalid

Fairhaven, MA (April 21, 2011) – Acushnet Company, the golf business of Fortune Brands, Inc., announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware provided its final judgment in Acushnet Company's favor today in a long-running patent dispute with Callaway Golf.  The judge denied Callaway's request for a new trial, and the case is officially closed in the U.S. District Court more than five years after Callaway filed a lawsuit asserting that Acushnet's Titleist Pro V1 golf balls infringed on four Callaway patents.

"Today's positive ruling substantiates what our contention has been throughout this process, that the patents in question were invalid and should never have been issued," said Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President Corporate and Legal, Acushnet Company.  "We had confidence that once we had the opportunity to present all the evidence, and as we continued to receive favorable rulings from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO), we would prevail.  The confirmation by the U.S. District Court is another significant step in finalizing this case."

The dispute began in January 2006 when Acushnet requested that the PTO reexamine the four patents in question.  Callaway filed a lawsuit in February 2006 asserting that Acushnet's Titleist Pro V1 golf balls infringed certain claims of those patents.  In March 2010, a jury determined that all four patents were invalid as obvious and anticipated.  Last month, the PTO affirmed the patent examiner's decision that the claims of four Callaway Golf patents were invalid.  Today, the judge upheld the jury verdict on obviousness and rejected Callaway's request for a new trial.  Callaway has the option to appeal the case to the Federal Circuit.

Acushnet Company is the industry leader in developing golf ball technology and has over 700 active golf ball patents – more than any other manufacturer.  Titleist Pro V1 golf balls are the product of technology developed and accumulated by the Acushnet Company over the past 20 years, and over 65 Acushnet Company patents are related to the Pro V1 family.

 

April 15, 2011

Cobra releasing limted edition white S3 driver

Posted at 4:12 PM by David Dusek

Ian Poulter won the Hong Kong Open last fall using a very unique driver, a white Cobra ZL Limited Edition. The company made 500 of them, and Poulter, after being presented with one, decided that instead of putting it on his wall, he'd put it into play.

Today, Cobra Golf announced the release of a white S3 driver. Like the ZL last year, there will be a limited number available. Read what Golf Magazine ClubTesters think of the S3 driver or go to Cobra's Web site for more information on the club.

White Cobra S3 Driver_600


The driver will come standard with a white Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip, and white Aldila RIP Beta shaft, for  $475 when it becomes available in early May. Right-handers will be able to chose between 9.5° and 10.5° lofts, while the 9.5º model will be the only choice for lefties. The 9.5° model will only be available in stiff flex; the 10.5° model will come with either a stiff or regular-flex shaft. 

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cobra clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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Adams releasing the new Redline iron set

Posted at 2:23 PM by David Dusek

Adams Golf is releasing a new hybrid-iron set, the Redline series, max-game improvement clubs designed specifically for golfers who want to hit the ball farther.

The eight-club Redline sets will be available with either one, two or three hybrid clubs that can replace the 3-, 4- or 5-irons. The heads of the hybrids are slightly oversized and come with longer shafts. Combined with a thin steel face and a sole designed to reduce turf interaction, they should help golfers swing faster and create more ball speed.

The irons in the Redline set have wide soles that allowed Adams engineers to move more weight down and away from the face, making them more forgiving. A polyurethane insert is designed to soften impact and improve feel.

Redline Irons Set_600x400

Look for new Adams Redline iron sets to start arriving in pro shops April 20 for $899 with UST Mamiya ATTAS-T2 graphite shafts and $799 with Redline Performance 85 steel shafts. Those prices will be the same whether you decide to go with one, two or three hybrids.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Adams clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC and Golfsmith.

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April 13, 2011

My Bag: Cameron Beckman at the Valero Texas Open

Posted at 12:37 PM by David Dusek

"I love my putter the best because it's the moneymaker." — Cameron Beckman

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DRIVER: Callaway Diablo Octane (9.5°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DJ 60 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-iZ (15°) with a Fujikura Motore F3 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Callaway Diablo Edge (21°) with an Oban Revenge Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4-PW) with Aerotech Steel Fiber Composite shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X-Series JAWS (52°, 56°), X-Forged (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #2
BALL: Callaway Tour (i)z

April 12, 2011

TaylorMade releases new Ghost Series putters

Posted at 4:27 PM by David Dusek

The R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0 drivers were not TaylorMade's first forays into the world of white golf clubs. The Rossa Corza Ghost putter, a mallet that featured a triangular head and a hole in the back to aid in alignment, was available last season. Today, TaylorMade is adding three more putters to the Ghost family, two more mallets and a blade.

The Ghost putters stand out sharply at address against greens, which the company says helps with alignment. The three black lines on the top of each putter should also help to ensure that your aim is true.

But it's the face of the Ghost putters that might make the biggest impact on golfers. Whereas the original Ghost Corza featured TaylorMade's red AGSI+ face insert, these Ghost putters come with a new Pure Roll insert that is designed to get its grooves in contact with the ball to reduce skidding and help the ball start rolling even faster. TaylorMade says the grooves also help to soften the feel of the insert. The photo below shows the insert in detail.

Pure Roll Face
In addition to an updated Corza Ghost, golfers can now also try the Ghost TM-Tour 110. This heel-toe weighted blade is the putter that Paula Creamer used to win the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, and it has adjustable weight ports in the back to customize feel.

The Ghost TM-Tour 770 is the mid-size mallet Rory Sabbatini used to win the 2011 Honda Classic in March. It features a single-bend neck and small weight ports in the heel area. The TM-Tour 880, a small mallet design, has the same weights but a slightly different hosel and neck shape.

TaylorMade Ghost Putters


All four putters should be available now in pro shops for about $160.

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

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April 10, 2011

My Bag: Geoff Ogilvy at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 6:44 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with an Aldila RIP 80 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (15°) with an Aldila RIP 90 X shaft, Cobra S9-1 Pro (18°) with a Fujikura Saphire shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged 710 MB (3-9) with KBS Tour X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (50°, 54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

My Bag: Adam Scott at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 5:52 PM by David Dusek

Adam-Scott-Sunday-Masters

DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910Fd (15°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 X shaft
IRONS: Titleist Forged 710 MB (3-PW) with KBS Tour X shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 60°) with KBS Tour X shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Stainless Kombi (49")
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by John Biever/SI)

My Bag: Tiger Woods at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 4:28 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
  Nike Victory Red Tour (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73x shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:
  Nike VR Pro (15°), SQ Sumo (19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103g shafts
IRONS:
 Nike Victory Red Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
  Nike VR Pro (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER:
  Nike Method 003
BALL:
  Nike One Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Nike  clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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Winner's Bag: Charl Schwartzel at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 3:28 PM by David Dusek

  Charl-Schwartzel-Masters-Sun-2_600x450

DRIVER: Nike VR Tour (8.5°) with a Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike SQ Sumo (13°, 19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 83 shafts
IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Nike VR Pro (54°,  60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Nike Method 004
BALL: Nike ONE Tour D

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Nike  clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

April 08, 2011

For Choi and Yang, hybrid clubs are helping to tame Augusta

Posted at 7:42 PM by David Dusek

KF-Choi-Fri-Masters_600 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The most famous hybrid club in golf history is Todd Hamilton's Sonartec MD, which he used all over Royal Troon en route to winning the 2004 British Open. A close second would be Y.E. Yang's TaylorMade Rescue TP, the club he used to stiff his approach shot on the 72nd hole at Hazeltine and win the 2009 PGA Championship.

This week at Augusta National, there are plenty of hybrids in K.J. Choi's bag that could become just as famous if he can win the Masters. Choi, who finished third in the 2004 Masters, used four in the opening round on Thursday.

"Three weeks ago, I felt that to contend at major championships, I had to be able to get the ball up in the air, higher, and to stop the ball on the greens better," Choi said through his interpreter Friday afternoon. "That's why I put the hybrids in the bag. When I tried it, it made playing the par 3s much easier. I still don't feel that I'm 100-percent comfortable with those hybrids, but I still plan to continue using them."

The longest iron in Choi's bag Thursday was a 7-iron, but on Friday he put his 6-iron back in the bag and went with only three hybrids.

YEYang-Masters-Fri_600x450 Yang, who shot an even-par 72 Friday to finish at five under par, carries four hybrid clubs all the time. The longest iron in his bag is a 6-iron.

Yang's coach, Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brian Mogg, said Yang had a lot of confidence in the clubs after his PGA Championship win, adding a 4-hybrid to the 2- and 3-hybrids he already carried. Then, at last season's Byron Nelson Championship, a 5-hybrid was added.

"We started calling him grandpa," Mogg said Friday, "because his bag looked like something an old man would carry."

But Mogg quickly pointed out that Yang grew up on Jeju-do Island, South Korea, which is a really windy place. His inclination is to keep the ball low. The hybrids, along with the hard work Yang and Mogg have put in on the range over the last few seasons, have helped him develop a higher ball flight that is helpful on the PGA Tour.

When I asked Yang if he thought about using an iron instead of a hybrid this week because the course is playing firm and fast, he said no.

"I've tried it a few times, especially when it's dry," Yang told me through his interpreter. "But even if it's a logical decision, sometimes it's a confidence issue. I'm just more confident with a hybrid than an iron right now. I've thought about it, but in the end I think I hit my shots very well with my 5-hybrid rather than my 5-iron, which would have been the logical choice if I was going to take one out. So, I'm going to stick with the hybrids for now."

Mogg said that while he can't think of any other pros that carry more than four hybrids, no one is snickering or laughing about Yang's set make-up behind his back.

And if Yang or Choi makes another hybrid famous en route to winning a green jacket, they never will.

Learn about the newest hybrids in ClubTest 2011: Hybrids

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(Photos: Choi, John Mabanglo/Getty Images; Yang, Harry How/Getty Images)

My Bag: Jason Day at 2011 Masters Tournament

Posted at 6:48 PM by David Dusek

  Jason Day Friday Masters_600x450

DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (10.5°) with a Matrix OZIK TP7HD shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R11 (17°) with a Matrix OZIK TP7HD shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue (21°) with a True Temper Project X Rifle Hybrid shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-5), R9 TP (6-PW) with True Temper Project X shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP xFT (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Project X shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Spider
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

April 07, 2011

My Bag: Rory McIlroy at the 2011 Masters

Posted at 4:14 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (8.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (13.5°) with True Temper Project X X7A3 shaft; (17°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Select prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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(Photo by John Biever/SI)




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