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November 23, 2011

My Bag: Sergio Garcia

Posted at 8:52 AM by David Dusek

"For me, it's all about feel. If I like it and it looks good and then when I hit it I feel I can control the ball and the flight, that's good enough for me." – Sergio Garcia


DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with an Aldila RIP Beta 90 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (15°, 18°) with Aldila RIP Beta 90 shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (3-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP w/xFT (50°, 58°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Corza Ghost
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

November 21, 2011

Brazen power: Tour Edge’s XCG5 driver uses chemical bonding, not welding

Posted at 11:26 AM by David Dusek

Paint, graphics and clever designs mask the fact that your driver is not made from a single piece of material. The face, the part that actually hits the ball, is welded to the body, and in many cases the crown is yet another separate piece.
According to Dave Glod, founder and owner of Tour Edge Golf, welding is fine but the process adds weight to the club and makes some areas too rigid. So instead of welding the pieces of the new Tour Edge XCG5 driver together, his company is brazing them. The brazing process chemically bonds the titanium crown of the club to the body so no welding is necessary.
In this video, Glod explains the process:


According to Tour Edge, the combination of no welds and the super-light titanium crown allowed designers to create six Weight Pads that concentrate more mass in the bottom and rear sections of the club. This added weight lowers the center of gravity and helps to create a higher ball flight.
Tour Edge also claims that because there are no welds to stiffen the edges of the face, which has been made 12 percent larger than its predecessor, the XCG4, the XCG5 driver should help golfers maintain ball speed on mis-hits and increase forgiveness.


To help golfers increase swing speed, the top of the XCG5 slopes down from the face to the rear section for improved aerodynamics. But for players who really want to squeeze out every last bit of power, Tour Edge is making a super ultra-light version of the club available that features a 40-gram Graphite Design Tour AD shaft and a lightweight Winn Lite Exotics grip. The whole club weighs in at a scant 271 grams. Slightly heavier stock shafts—including a 50-gram Fujikurea Blur and a 60-gram Aldila RIP Sigma—are also available.
Look for the Exotics XCG5 in pro shops now for about $329.

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

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November 14, 2011

Cleveland's Classic driver combines timeless looks with modern technologies.

Posted at 10:28 AM by David Dusek

Late at night, after everyone else has left the Huntington Beach, Calif., headquarters of Cleveland Golf, the engineers and clubs designers must be using a Wayback Machine to go back in time.
Last season they released the Mashie, a retro-looking hybrid with an unfinished crown. Sure, it's made of stainless steel, but the Mashie looks like something your great-grandfather used, right down to its pom-pom-topped knit headcover.
If you liked the Mashie, check out the Classic, which Cleveland plans to release in early 2012. The Classic is made using a modern material, in this case titanium, but it's the club's old-school look that will get everyone talking.

With a mahogany-colored crown, a brass-colored sole (complete with a "1") and a faux face insert designed, the Classic looks like a driver Ben Hogan or Byron Nelson might have used. 

Even the script "Classic" on the crown, which should help golfers position the ball in the sweet spot at address, harkens back to a time when swings were homegrown and clubs were hand-carved.

But while the Classic’s retro styling recall the Golden Age of America car culture, under the hood the Classic is a thoroughly 21st century club. Nate Radcliffe, Cleveland Golf's metalwoods development manager, said there is a lot of technology built into the Classic. 

"It's got the biggest face of any driver we've ever made," Radcliffe said. "It's deeper and it has more surface area. That gives it a lot of forgiveness. It's also got variable face thickness, and the thin areas around the outside of the face really help you maintain ball speed when you hit the ball off the center."
Two versions of the Classic will be available, one weighing 270 grams and the other weighing 290 grams, a trend Cleveland established when it made three versions of the Ultralight drivers, each tipping the scale at a different weight. The idea is to offer drivers that appeal to a broader range of players; slow swingers will be able to swing the lightest models faster for added power, but hard-hitters will get a little more stability from the slightly heavier models.
The stock shaft for the Classic driver will be a Miyazaki C. Kua and you should start to see the club in your local pro shops in late January for about $299. 

Click here to watch a video featuring Cleveland Golf's Nate Radcliffe discussing the Classic driver.

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

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November 09, 2011

Palmer gets 20th ace using new Callaway RAZR XF irons for the first time

Posted at 4:30 PM by David Dusek

Callaway-RAZR-XF-Iron-Set_640Arnold Palmer recorded his 20th career hole-in-one on Tuesday on the seventh hole of the Charger Course at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

What made this ace even more unique was Palmer's choice of clubs: He used a set of Callaway RAZR XF irons for the first time, and he hit a 5-iron on the fateful 163-yard par-3.

“It was into a cross-wind from the left," Palmer said in a release provide by Callaway, the equipment company Palmer has endorsed since 2000. "The ball landed 10 feet short and politely rolled up into the hole.”

Golf Magazine wrote about the Callaway RAZR XF in its November issue:  

Supercharged RAZR XF irons are engineered for higher-handicappers who seek more distance and need help getting the ball in the air. The multi-material, 2-piece forged construction consists of a 1020 carbon steel body with a high strength Carpenter 455 steel face that’s designed to generate extra ball speed. 

Click here to watch an exclusive video on the Callaway RAZR XF .

Yup, it's good to be the King.

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

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(Photo by Schecter Lee)

Tiger Woods using Nike VR-S Forged iron in Australia

Posted at 2:22 PM by David Dusek

During practice rounds before the start of the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney this week, Tiger Woods was spotted using a yet-to-be released Nike VR-S Forged long iron. For several seasons, Woods has been using Nike Victory Red Blades (3-PW), occasionally adding a 2-iron and removing his Nike VR Pro 5-wood.

As you can see in the photo below, the VR-S Forged is a perimeter-weighted cavity back iron that has an undercut behind the face. It should help Woods hit the ball higher and land it on a more vertical trajectory, which should help Tiger stop the ball faster on the quick Australian greens.


Woods also appears to have switched to a new Nike VR Pro Limited 3-wood. On the greens in Sydney, Woods putted with a Nike Method 001 putter

Interestingly, when I was at Nike Golf's club-testing facility in Ft. Worth, Texas, last week, one of the club-builders told me that Tiger's specs (lofts, lie angles, shaft lengths, etc.) have not changed since the company started building clubs for him. Whether he was working with Hank Haney to flatten his swing plane, or Sean Foley to make it more vertical, he never adjusted his equipment.


You'll be able to learn much more about the Nike VR-S Forged irons soon in Golf Magazine's annual ClubTest Irons issue.

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

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(Top Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images; Lower Photo: Torsten Blackwood/Getty Images)

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