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August 27, 2011

Winner's Bag: Dustin Johnson at The Barclays

Posted at 2:31 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (10.5°) with a Motore F1 2.0 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (15°, 19°) with an Aldila RIP 90X shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Forged 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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August 24, 2011

A new Adams Idea a12 hybrid appears at the Barclays

Posted at 9:23 PM by David Dusek

EDISON, N.J. – Adams Golf tour reps made a new, 17° Idea a12 hybrid for James Driscoll on Monday at Plainfield Country Club. Like the Adams Idea Pro a12 and Idea Pro Black hybrids, there is a place in the sole for a weighted screw to be added to lower the club's center of gravity, but gearheads will notice in the photos below that unlike other hybrids, this one features a channel in both the sole and the crown. Adams has only featured channels like these in the Speedline F11 and Speedline LP fairway woods.

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Adams calls these channels duel velocity slots, and according to Christen Cervantes, an Adams tour rep, they allow a larger area of the face to flex back as the club hits the ball. "That expands the hot spot farther across the face," Cervantes says.

Does the technology actually work? During GOLF Magazine's most recent ClubTest, golfers who tried the Speedline F11 fairway woods said the clubs, "sacrificed little in terms of direction or distance on off-center hits."

Plenty of golfers would like to say that about their hybrids, too. As we learn more about the club, we'll be sure to let you know.

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Dustin Johnson delivers 1 millionth TaylorMade metal wood

Posted at 2:41 PM by Golf.com

Here's Johnson, showing off his acting chops while donning a FedEx uniform, delivering a special gold-plated driver to an unsuspecting golfer.

August 22, 2011

Mizuno releases the MP-59 irons

Posted at 9:23 PM by David Dusek

Golf club makers fell in love with titanium because it's stronger and lighter than steel. That means designers can make thinner driver faces, which creates discretionary weight that can be repositioned in other areas to improve performance.

But with the release of the new MP-59 irons, Mizuno uses titanium for a completely different purpose—forgiveness.

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While the MP-59 is made from steel, 12 grams of titanium are forged into a pocket behind the face of each club. (It's the slightly darker material in the photo above.) Mizuno says the titanium allows the clubs to maintain the ideal amount of thickness behind the impact area for solid feel while automatically redistributing the weight to the heel, toe and sole of the club.

"The more you push the weight out to the perimeter and the thinner you make it in the middle, there's a trade-off with feel," says David Llewellyn, research and development manager for Mizuno USA. "But by using a lower density material we can maintain thickness here and build in a little bit of forgiveness."

Llewellyn says that like all the other MP irons, the MP-59 has very little offset and a thin topline because that's what better players demand.

In fact, the heads of the MP-59 irons are slightly smaller than last season's MP-58, the first irons released with this feature that Mizuno calls Ti Muscle. Yet Mizuno claims the clubs have a sweet spot that is 5 percent larger.

"The MP-58 has a titanium piece that is fairly uniform along the back," says Llewellyn. "On the MP-59 we focused the titanium right in the middle." That should make them perform better on mis-hits than their predecessors, he said.

The MP-59 irons will come standard with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts for $999 and start arriving in pro shops Sept. 6.

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August 21, 2011

Winner's Bag: Webb Simpson at the Wyndham Championship

Posted at 7:23 PM by David Dusek


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DRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (10.5°) with a UST AxivCore 69 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 909F3 (13.5°) with a UST AxivCore 79 shaft; 910F (17°) with a UST AxivCore 89 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 680MB (4-P) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Vokey Design TVD (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Craz-E (long)
BALL:  Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Chuck Burton/AP Photos)

August 13, 2011

My Bag: Brendan Steele at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 6:51 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 6 65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F3 (15°) with an Oban Devotion 8 85 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with an Oban Devotion 8 85 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway Tour Authentic X-Tour (3), Titleist 710 MB (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (52°, 58°, 62°)* with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza (long)
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

*The 60° wedge in the photo was bent to 62°.

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My Bag: Jason Dufner at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 4:31 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 60 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (13.5°) with Mitsubishi I'ilima 80 X shaft, (18°) with Grafalloy Prolite shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with Project X Hybrid shaft
IRONS: TItleist 710 AP2 (4-PW) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
BALL: Titelist Pro V1
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 6 prototype

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

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Scotty Cameron 2011 PGA Championship headcover

Posted at 1:33 PM by David Dusek

Several golfers who use Scotty Cameron putters were presented this week with a headcover that commemorates the 2011 PGA Champiosnhip. With the event being played at the Atlanta Athletic Club, the them of Midnight Train to Georgia seems appropriate.

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August 12, 2011

Winner's Bag: Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 6:31 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher UltraLite TL 310 (10.5°) with a Miyazaki Kusala 61 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with a Miyazaki Kusala 83 shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with a Project X XHB6 shaft; Mashie TM3 (20.5°) with a Miyazaki C Kua 105 shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (52°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabretooth
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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My Bag: Scott Verplank at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 6:02 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9.0°) with a UST Mamiya ATTAS S6 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade 200 Tour (13°, 17°) with Aldila Tour Gold X shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold with Sensicore X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold with Sensicore X-100 shafts 
PUTTER: Ping Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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

(Photo by Darren Carroll/SI)

Mitsubishi releasing the Fubuki K Series shaft

Posted at 2:19 PM by David Dusek

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Two PGA Championship winners, Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer, are using a Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft in their drivers. Specifically, they each use the second-generation Fubuki Alpha, but as of last week there's a newer version of the white and black shaft that is decorated with ninja throwing stars.

The new Fubuki K Series shafts have a stiffer butt section thanks to a thin layer of metal positioned below the layers of graphite. The photo below shows a Fubuki K Series shaft with a portion of the butt section cut away so you can see the steel area.

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According to Mitsubishi's Mark Gunther, the steel section adds stability and helps distribute energy more efficiently on the downswing. He says that early tests with tour players like Lucas Glover and Davis Love are indicating that it launches the ball lower than previous Fubuki shafts, but with about the same amount of spin and slightly more ball speed.

While the butt section was upgraded, the technology in the tip section remained the same. Like previous Fubuki shafts, two different types of high-modulus graphite are fused together, and then encased by another layer of graphite. By having a stiffer area right next to a more flexible section, a hinge-effect is created in the tip that launches the ball higher and decreases spin for greater distance.

The Fubuki K Series shaft will start appearing in pro shops in October for $400.

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My Bag: Jerry Kelly at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 2:03 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher TL310 (8.5°) with an Oban Devotion 6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 906F4 (13°) with a Graphite Design Pershing 75 X shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland Launcher DST (15.5°) with a Miyazaki CKua 83 X shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG1 Tour (3-PW) with Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (53°, 60°) with Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER: Cleveland Classic 3
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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August 11, 2011

Deciphering TaylorMade's 2011 PGA Championship logo

Posted at 7:27 PM by David Dusek

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The folks at TaylorMade who construct the company's symbol-filled commemorative logos pulled out all the stops for the 2011 PGA Championship. Here is a cheat sheet to help you decipher it.

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The curls and lines of the logo itself are meant to be in the Art Nouveau style that was popular when the Atlanta Athletic Club was founded in 1898.

The last major championship played here was the 2001 PGA Championship, won by David Toms. The "265" at the top of the logo represents his winning score.

In the center of the logo is a four-leaf clover with an "02" in the middle. This is a tribute to Bobby Jones, whose statue sits in front of the Atlanta Athletic Club's clubhouse. He was born in Atlanta on St. Patrick's Day in 1902.

During Jones's career, the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur championships were considered majors, along with the U.S. Open and British Open. He won 13 of those events, and if you look carefully you'll count 13 rays emanating from the four-leaf clover.

Jones retired from competitive golf in order to pursue a legal career at 28. Stamped onto TaylorMade staff bags is the image of a scale, which represents the Scales of Justice.

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My Bag: Steve Stricker at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 3:00 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

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

August 10, 2011

Mizuno's new MP R-12 wedges

Posted at 4:04 PM by David Dusek

MizunoMPR12-Wedge_600x450 JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The new Mizuno MP R-12 wedges, which are set to arrive in pro shops in early September, have two unique features that should appeal to golfers who are trying to seamlessly blend their irons and wedges.

First, the sole grinds on stronger-lofted wedges are different from the sole grinds on the higher-lofted models. For example, the 50° gap wedge has a “triple cut” sole design that features a beveled leading edge, the sole itself and then a beveled trailing edge. This sole design makes the wedge behave and feel like an extension of your irons.

"If there is one thing that this club is good at, it's being an 11-iron," said David Llewellyn, manager of research and development for Mizuno Golf.

The 56° and 58° wedges have a modified C grind that removes bounce from the toe but leaves it in the heel to help golfers get out of the sand and rough more easily and stop the club from digging. The bounce in the toe and the heel is aggressively ground off the MP R-12 long wedges to maximize versatility.

MizunoMPR12-Wedge-Grooves_600x450In addition, by studying full and half shots closely, Llewellyn and Mizuno engineers discovered that a narrower and deeper groove is more effective at creating spin on stronger-lofted wedges. Armed with that information, they built the MP R-12 gap wedges (50°-54°) with a slightly different version of the company's Quad Cut grooves than the higher-lofted wedges (56-64°).

"The closer you get to the greens, like on a 30-, 40- or 50-yard pitch shot, the shallower and wider grooves actually give you more bite," Llewellyn says.

The MP R-12 wedges will come standard with True Temper's new DG Spinner shaft and will be available in either a satin chrome or black nickel finish for $120.

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

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