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September 27, 2011

My Bag: Scott Stallings at the Justin Timberlake Shrinners Hospital for Children Open

Posted at 4:00 PM by David Dusek

"My favorite club is the driver. It gets me going. For me it’s about consistency more than distance." — Scott Stallings

ScottStallings-Titleist_450x600 DRIVER: Titleist 910 D3 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana ’ahina 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909 F2 (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910 H (19°) with a Matrix Ozik Altus X shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 AP2 (4-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°, 52°, 56° and 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron 009
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)


 

September 26, 2011

Nike’s Drone putter adds modern look to Method series

Posted at 8:00 PM by David Dusek

Nike's Method and Method Core putters have all been classically shaped blades and mild-mannered midsize mallets. Those words can't be used to describe the new Method Core Drone, the first Nike putter to combine the company's unique face technologies with a high MOI (moment of inertia) design.

NikeMethodCore-Drone The Drone's radical shape is meant to help the club resist twisting on off-center hits so putts struck near the heel or the toe roll the same distance as a putt struck in the sweet spot. Repositioning weight far from the face and behind the heel and toe helps to make this possible and explains why so many high MOI putters look so unique.

With the Method Core Drone, Nike has shifted weight to the end of wing-like extensions that sprout from the face. The shape is reminiscent of last season's Nike Everclear E-33.

While the Drone doesn't look anything like other Nike Method Core putters at address, the Drone’s face features the same polymer groove technology. Inside the red aluminum face insert are a series of channels that have been partially filled with a polymer. According to Nike, the unfilled areas within the grooves grab the golf ball at impact and start it rolling forward more quickly. At the same time, the polymer softens impact and enhances feel.

Suzann Pettersen has won two events this season using a prototype of the Method Core Drone—the European Tour's Ladies Irish Open and the LPGA Tour's Safeway Classic. In Ireland Pettersen tweeted a photo of the putter and a message saying: “My new best friend from Nike. The Drone!”

Look for left- and right-handed 33", 34" and 35" Method Core Drone putters to arrive in pro shops starting Nov. 1 for $204. A right-handed 41" belly putter version will be available for $228.

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September 25, 2011

Winner's Bag: Bill Haas at the 2011 PGA Tour Championship

Posted at 7:35 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (8.5°) with a Fujikura Speeder 757 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (13.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC 8.1 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 CB (2); 710 CB (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Mill (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Kombi (belly)
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Dave Cannon/AP Photos)

September 22, 2011

Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver coming in November

Posted at 4:34 PM by David Dusek

Lucas Glover put Nike's VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver in his bag at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August. Anthony Kim started using one at the PGA Championship, and Paul Casey also switched to the club late this season.

Soon you'll be able to try the club, as the VR Pro Limited Edition will begin popping up in pro shops starting Nov. 1.

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Like the current version of the VR Pro driver (VR is short for Victory Red), the Limited features a red channel that goes around the sole of the club that allows the face to flex back slightly at impact. According to Nike, this broadens the sweet spot and helps maintain ball speed on off-center hits.

There are some notable differences between the VR Pro Limited and its predecessor:

1. It has an updated face. According to Robert Boyd, a long-term research manager for Nike Golf, the company used computer simulations to engineer the new NexCOR face was engineered to work more in conjunction with the channel. "Because of the shape of the head and the shape of the channel, the geometry on the back of the face has to actually change a little bit," he says. The NexCOR face is thinnest in the center and slightly thicker in the heel and toe areas.

2. It's not adjustable. Last season's VR Pro came with Nike's STR8-Fit system, which allows players to set the club into one of 32 different positions to change the face angle and loft. VR Pro Limited does not have STR8-Fit, so the shaft is glued into the hosel and can't be adjusted.

3. It's smaller. Last season's VR Pro has a 460 cc head, but the VR Pro Limited Edition, designed for better players who like to shape their tee shots, has a head that measures 430 cc. That's not a big difference, but it's enough to produce a lower ball flight and less spin.

The VR Pro Limited will be offered in 8.5-, 9.5- and 10.5-degree lofts and will come standard with a Mitsubishi Rayon 'ahina shaft for $419.

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September 18, 2011

Cleveland's brings back the iconic 588 wedge

Posted at 8:00 PM by David Dusek

The last thing the engineers at Porsche want to do is mess around with the 911. Give it a more-powerful engine, add ceramic brakes, tweak the suspension…fine, but the guiding principle is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Today's 911 looks very similar to the first one that rolled out of the factory in Stuttgart, Germany, back in 1964.

When Cleveland Golf recently decided it was time to update the 588 wedge—so named because in 1988 it was the company's fifth wedge offering—it took the same approach. The 588 has been used to win 26 major championships and 335 PGA Tour events, and it's not a stretch to say that the club is the foundation of the entire company.

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With an updated logo, the back of the new 588 has received a facelift, but the shape of the club and the form it takes at address have not been altered at all. Still forged from 1025 carbon steel to give it a soft feel, the new 588 has Cleveland's Tour Zip grooves for the first time along with the company's new laser-milled surface-roughness treatment. First applied to the CG15 wedges, the tiny lines etched into the club's face are designed to help maximize spin.

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"This treatment helps to create a lot of friction between the ball and the face on every shot, from the rough and from the fairway," says Scott Carlyle, Cleveland Golf's business unit leader for irons and wedges.

The 588 Forged wedges will be available in lofts ranging from 46° to 64°. "We've provided all these lofts so you can optimize the gap spacing between every wedge in your set," Carlyle says.

The 588 will also be available in low-, standard- and high-bounce offerings to ensure you'll have the ideal amount of bounce for the sand and conditions you face most often.

Both the satin chrome-finished and mirror chrome-finished 588 Forged wedges will come standard with a True Temper Tour Concept wedge shaft for about $140. Look for them to arrive in pro shops in November

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

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Winner's Bag: Justin Rose at the BMW Champinship

Posted at 7:20 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (8°) with a Project X X7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with a Project X X7A3 shaft; R11 (17°) with a Project X X8A2 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (3-PW) with KBS Tour C-Taper shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (54°); Titleist Vokey Design Spin Mill (60°) with KBS Tour C-Taper shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Corza Ghost
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

*The image above shows two 60° wedges because Rose was testing wedges with different bounce angles when it was taken.

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

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September 12, 2011

Cobra's Long Tom driver built for explosive distance

Posted at 9:30 PM by David Dusek

During World War II, the United States Army used massive 155 mm Gun M1 cannons that could hit enemy targets with a 94-pound shell from 14 miles away. Nicknamed “Long Tom,” they were serious heavy hitters. This fall, Cobra Golf will release two new drivers inspired by those cannons—the Long Tom and the limited-edition Long Tom RAW—for golfers who want serious firepower on the tee.

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Measuring four feet in length (the USGA length limit is 48” for all clubs except putters), the face of each Long Tom driver is made from a new titanium alloy that is stronger than previous materials used by Cobra. This alloy makes the face thinner, and in the process, creates 20 grams of discretionary weight that has been redistributed low and deep in the 460-cc head. This discretionary weight lowers the center of gravity and helps to create a higher launch and, according to Cobra, more distance.

Like last season’s S3 driver family, Long Tom drivers also feature an elliptically shaped sweet spot that helps to maintain ball speed on shots hit in the low-heel and high-toe areas, where Cobra says players mis-hit most often.

Weighing in at a scant 269 grams, the Long Tom will come standard with a Grafalloy Blackbird shaft. Grafalloy says that a unique black paint on the Blackbird improves aerodynamics. Even the club’s grip, a Winn Ultra Light/Shorty, is geared toward adding yardage—it's so small that you can't choke down on the club!

While the standard, all-black Long Tom driver will be released in late November for $349, there will be 500 limited-edition Long Tom RAW drivers sold by authorized Cobra dealers starting in mid-October for $499 each.

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Straight from the factory floor, the Long Tom RAW is unfinished, with no paint or cosmetic treatments. Aside from the titanium alloy, the only marks on the clubhead are testing measurements and the club’s serial number.

You may fire when ready.

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

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September 05, 2011

Bridgestone releases the spin-zapping J40 drivers

Posted at 9:15 PM by David Dusek

Depending on the player, spin can either be a blessing or a curse off the tee. For slow-swinging players, adding a little more spin can increase carry and overall distance. But for heavy-hitters, too much spin can balloon tee shots and cost serious yards.

Bridgestone prides itself on making spin-killing drivers for better players and the company is set to release two new offerings for fast-swingers.

The J40 445 (below) is made by fusing four pieces of titanium and repositioning the discretionary weight saved in the process to the perimeter of the head to increase the moment of inertia. Coupled with a face that is thicker in some areas and thinner in others to expand the sweet spot, the 445-cc head produces a mid- to high-launch with low spin for longer drives.

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The J40 430 (below) has a slightly smaller head but uses the same four-piece construction and face technology. While it's still forgiving on mis-hits, accomplished players should be able to maneuver the ball off the tee more effectively with the 430-cc head. The ball flight of the J430 is also lower than the J40 445's and it produces even less spin.

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"In the J40 445, we've made forgiveness the most important aspect of the driver design," says Corey Consuegra, Bridgestone Golf's club manager. "With the J40 430 we focused our efforts on workability and control. We now have high-launch, low-spin offerings for two very different types of players, both of whom value increased distance and consistency."

Look for the J40 445 in 9.5°, 10.5° and 12° lofts in pro shops starting in October. The J40 430 comes out in January, 2012, and will be offered in 8.5° and 9.5° heads. Both will come standard with a Project X graphite shaft and cost $399.

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Winner's Bag: Webb Simpson at the Deutsche Bank 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 910F (13.5°, 17°) with a UST VTS 8X 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

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

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(Photo by Anthony Nesmith/Cal Sport Media)




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