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July 31, 2011

TaylorMade unveils the R11 Irons

Posted at 9:49 PM by David Dusek

By Rob Sauerhaft
Managing Editor (Equipment), Golf Magazine

TaylorMade's new R11 irons (available in September) are disciples of both the Burner 2.0 and Tour Preferred irons.

The one-piece stainless steel cast heads boast a thin, lightweight face design like the Burner 2.0. The weight removed from the clubface has been shifted low and back to create a higher launch angle, faster ball speed, increased distance and more forgiveness. The result is comparable launch, ball flight and length to the Burner 2.0, as well as 15-yard distance gaps between clubs. (Company testing with low handicappers indicates that the R11 and Burner 2.0 4-irons produce identical carry distance; the R11 6-iron is 1 yard shorter than Burner 2.0.)

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The “Precision Weight Port” system (a plug similar to those found in Tour Preferred irons) is used in the R11 irons to dial in desired head weights and swing weights, and to ensure each club’s center of gravity is in line with the sweet spot. The fixed (red) plugs — 2.5 to 17 grams — are made of aluminum, steel or tungsten and can not be adjusted by consumers. In addition, a light and lively face combines with “inverted cone technology” to deliver more consistent ball speeds and forgiveness on mis-hits.

At impact, the R11 feels and sounds more muted (quieter) than the loud-ish Burner 2.0 because the R11's clubface is slightly thicker in the impact zone and where it connects to the sole.

Lastly, the R11’s short irons have a shallow undercut channel between the face and rear to control feel and CG location (you can see it easily in the photo of the 5-iron below), the mid-irons have a moderate undercut, and the long irons have a progressively larger undercut that pulls weight farther back from the face for added forgiveness.

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The new R11 irons will cost $799 with steel shafts and $999 with graphite shafts. You can learn more about them at taylormadegolf.com and watch Mark King, TaylorMade's CEO, introduce them to TaylorMade employees in the video below.

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Winner's Bag: Scott Stallings at the Greenbrier Classic

Posted at 9:18 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 70 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83 shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (19°) with a with Matrix Ozik Altus shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 AP2 (4-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts 
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°, 52°, 56°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Walberg/SI)

July 24, 2011

Winner's Bag: Sean O'Hair at the Canadian Open

Posted at 7:24 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with Matrix OZIK HD7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner TP (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83X shaft; r7 TP (17.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 83X shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP (21°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki AXH 500 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MB (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (52°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Fastback
BALL:  
TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Ben Nelms/Reuters)

July 17, 2011

My Bag: Phil Mickelson at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 11:06 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki A70 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
HYBRID:
Callaway prototype (18°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Thump shaft
IRONS:
Callaway X-Forged (3), RAZR X Forged Muscleback (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade
BALL: Callaway Tour i(z)

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(Photo by Tim Hales/AP Photos)

July 16, 2011

Winner's Bag: Darren Clarke at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 12:35 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with a Project X 8A4 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with a Project X 8A4 shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°) with a Project X HA1 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged MB (4-PW) with Project X Monaco prototype shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (50°, 54°, 60°) with Project X Monaco prototype shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Tour Rat prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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(Photo by Andrew Reddington/Getty Images)

My Bag: Dustin Johnson at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 9:35 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (10.5°) with a Motore F1 2.0 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (15°) with an Aldila RIP 90X shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged CB (2), MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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My Bag: Lucas Glover at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 9:15 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Nike SQ Sumo2 (9.5°) with an Matrix F7 M2 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike SQ II (13°) with Grafallow Epic shaft
IRONS: Nike VR Pro Combo (2-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Nike VR (54°), VR Pro (59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Nike Method 003
BALL: Nike ONE Tour D

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(Photo by Mike Egerton/Landov Images)

My Bag: Tom Lewis at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 9:00 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5°) with an Aldila Voodoo XNV6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G5 (15.5°, 18.5°) with a Aldila XVS7 and NV75X shafts
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-S (52°) Tour W-TS (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Scottsdale Wolverine
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Owen Humphries/Landov Images)

July 14, 2011

My Bag: Thomas Bjorn at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 1:22 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Hawk (9.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7X07 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Diablo Octane (15°) with a Aldila NV Protopype 70X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway Big Bertha Heavenwood (20°) with an Aldila NV Protopype Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway Tour Authentic X Proto (3-9) with True Temper Tour Issue S400 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (48°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Tour Issue S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Black Series Tour #1
BALL: Callaway Tour i(z)

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(Photo by Paul Childs/Zumapress)

 

My Bag: Miguel Angel Jimenez at the 2011 Open Championship

Posted at 12:07 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5°) with an Aldila RIP shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G20 (15.5°, 18.5°) with Aldila RIP shafts
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Anser Forged (52°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Scottsdale Pickemup
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

July 13, 2011

Nike’s Open shoes evoke classic British tailoring

Posted at 9:57 AM by Golf.com

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To celebrate the British Open this week, Nike Golf developed a limited edition of its new Lunar Control golf shoes. The all-black shoes take their style cues from British dress shoes and briefcases, with tumbled leather and patent-leather accents. The herringbone tweed on the shoe collars is inspired by tailored suit fabrics; the lining was derived from polka-dot handkerchiefs. On the technical side, Nike's Lunar Control shoes are built to be exceptionally lightweight, utilizing the company's "flywire" saddle support design: ultra-thin nylon fibers wrap the midfoot and hold it in place. These shoes also have the Lunarlon heel cushioning system for softness and walkability.

The Lunar Control limited edition shoes, to be worn at Royal St. George's by Nike athletes Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover, Justin Leonard, Francesco Molinari, and Charl Schwartzel -- go on sale in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States beginning July 13 (at nikestore.com, $190).

[Image courtesy of Nike]

 

Scotty Cameron 2011 Open Championship headcover

Posted at 7:52 AM by David Dusek

For every major championship, Scotty Cameron creates a commemorative putter headcover and gives one to select Titleist staff players. Here at Royal St. George's, Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy have already starting using it.

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July 12, 2011

Darren Clarke's winning putter to get a makeover

Posted at 5:06 PM by David Dusek

SANDWICH, England -- Last May, Darren Clarke used an 11-year-old Scotty Cameron for Titleist Teryllium Santa Fe putter to win the Iberdrola Open Golf Championship in Son Servera, Spain. It was the Northern Irishman's first win since 2008. Clarke brought the putter to Royal St. George's this week so Titleist representatives could send it to Cameron's studio in San Marcos, Calif., to be restored. Rust will be removed and the club will be repainted and bent back to its original specifications.

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While Clarke continued to use the putter for a while after his win in Spain, he now plans to retire the Santa Fe to his home trophy case, according to the Titleist reps. He’s now using a black-finished Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport prototype putter.

Clarke says that Scotty Cameron gave him the Santa Fe putter at 4 p.m. on the Monday of the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. He loved it from the start and stayed on the practice green until 8 p.m. that night, and he went on to tie for second that week.

Clarke continued to use the putter after that Open, but eventually the love affair cooled and he put it in the closest. It stayed there until Clarke brought it out in the days leading up to this year’s win in Spain.

The putter is especially unique because it is one of the first Cameron putters made with a Teryllium insert. The copper-colored alloy is extremely soft and extremely expensive. The Teryllium insert Cameron subsequently used is set in an elastomer membrane to dampen vibration. But in Clarke’s putter, the insert is set directly into the head and held in place by four small screws. You can see them in the photo below, set among the white dots in the back of the putter. (The screws would normally be covered by white dots as well.) On early Cameron putters like this, the number of white dots matched Cameron's age when the club was made, in this case, 32.

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If you want to see what Clarke's putter will look like when the restoration is complete, click here.

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Deciphering TaylorMade's 2011 Open Championship logo

Posted at 6:12 AM by David Dusek

SANDWICH, England — Since 2003, TaylorMade has been creating unique, symbol-filled logos to put on the commemorative golf bags, hats and accessories that celebrate major championships.

This week at the Open Championship, you’ll see this image on the bags of Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen:

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Here's a key to the logo’s hidden meanings:

1. The "LP" at the bottom of the logo is inside a stethoscope (notice the ear pieces extending into the side of the tower in the logo's center). This is a reference to the man who designed Royal St. George's, Dr. Laidlaw Purves. Royal St. George's was the first course designed by Purves, who was a surgeon originally from Edinburgh, Scotland.

2. The tower depicted in the center of the logo represents St. Clement's Church in Sandwich. According to the R&A, Purves was in town with his brother to survey the spot where the Roman emperor Claudius had landed in A.D. 43. He climbed the church’s tower and, upon seeing the land, said, “By George, what a place for a golf course!”

3. The weathervane at the top of the logo represents the strong winds that players have to contend with at Open venues. The "V" and the "6" symbolize Harry Vardon, the Englishman who is still the only player in history to win the Open Championship six times.

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July 10, 2011

Winner's Bag: Steve Stricker at The John Deere Classic

Posted at 7:25 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:  Titleist 909 D3 (8.5°)  with UST Proforce V2 86 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:  Titleist 906F2 (13°)  with UST Proforce V2 95 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (19°) with UST Proforce V2 104 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710 AP2 (3-PW) with KBS Tour Prototype shafts
WEDGES:  Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Sensicore shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #2
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Kevin E. Schmidt/Zumapress.com)




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