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April 30, 2012

Winner's Bag: Jason Dufner at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Posted at 8:11 AM 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 AP2 712 (4-PW) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 6 prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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April 22, 2012

Winner's Bag: Ben Curtis at the Valero Texas Open

Posted at 7:59 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910Fd (13.5°) with an Aldila RIP 80 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Titleist 910H (18°, 20°) with Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shafts
IRONS: Titleist 712 AP1 (4-PW) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (52°, 58°) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Design Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x 

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April 16, 2012

My Bag: Ryan Moore at the Valero Texas Open

Posted at 11:00 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Adams Speedline Fast12 LS (7.5°) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.2 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Super XTD (15°, 17°) with Matrix Radix HD8 X shafts; Idea Pro a12 (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder X shaft
IRONS: Adams Idea MB2 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Lite X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey ProType 2 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1 

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

(Photo by David Walberg/SI)

April 15, 2012

Winner's Bag: Carl Pettersson at the RBC Heritage

Posted at 7:48 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Nike VR Pro STR8-FIT (11.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki Alpha shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner (14.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki Alpa 70 X shaft
HYBRIDS:  Nike VR Pro (21°) with a UST Mamiya ATTAS 85 Hyrbid shaft
IRONS: Nike VR_S Forged (4), VR Pro Combo (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Nike VR Pro Forged (49°, 55°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Nike Method prototype belly putter
BALL: Nike 20XI S

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

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April 12, 2012

My Bag: Matt Kuchar's Bridgestone gear

Posted at 12:57 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Bridgestone J40 (9.5°) with a Graphite Design DJ-6X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (14.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 73X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping i15 (20°, 23°) with Matrix Ozik Program 95 shafts
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (5-PW) with SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight S shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 60°) and Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTERS: Rife Barbados Belly
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330-S

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

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

April 11, 2012

Take a look at President Obama's golf clubs

Posted at 5:11 PM by David Dusek

In the days leading up to the Masters, with tulips blooming in a White House garden and spring bathing Washington, D.C., in sunshine, President Barack Obama, like so many other golfers, couldn't resist dusting off his clubs.

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Being a gear nerd, I couldn't help spending a few moments studying the equipment the most powerful man on the planet packs in his bag, which you'll notice has an embroidered presidential seal and "44" on it.

The first thing I noticed was the number of clubs in this bag. I counted 17. If you'd like to be the person who tells the commander in chief that the Rules of Golf only allow 14 clubs, be my guest.

The president also appears to be a lover of lumber, carrying not only a TaylorMade R11 driver, but also a Nike Dymo 3-wood and what appear to be three Nike SQ Sumo2 hybrids.

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Nike's VR Full Cavity irons are a solid choice for a mid- to high-handicap player who is looking for distance and forgiveness. It's also interesting that Obama has two putters—a Ping Redwood Anser with a black satain finish (stamped with his name on the neck) and what appears to be an Odyssey White Ice #1 —but does not appear to be carrying a sand wedge or lob wedge.

Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love gave the president golf clubs last summer along with a personal invitation to the 2012 Ryder Cup in Chicago, but none of those clubs appeared to be in his bag.

When Watson received a congratulatory call from Obama on Tuesday, he asked to play basketball with the president, not golf. Maybe Obama should see if the new Masters champ is interested in a round at Augusta National instead. We hear it sets up great for lefties who play a fade.

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

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Callaway udesign: With new customization engine, you can pimp your driver

Posted at 7:59 AM by David Dusek

If you wanted to buy a Model T from Henry Ford, he'd sell it to you in any color you wanted, as long as it was black. In recent years, golf companies have started offering white drivers, as well as clubs with bright orange, red and green trim, but Callaway's new udesign personalization and customization engine is a quantum leap forward.

Golfers can now go to callawaygolf.com/udesign and create a customized Callaway RAZR Fit driver, choosing from one of four lofts and eight colors.

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But the personalization doesn’t stop there. Using udesign, you'll also be able to choose from more than 100 customized shaft options, in lengths ranging from 2 inches longer than standard to 2 inches shorter than standard. You can pick any of the 24 different grips currently available and have up to eight wraps of tape added underneath the grip.

According to Callaway, there are more than 70,000 possible clubs combinations.The image below shows the website's interface.

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In a release, Jeff Colton, Callaway's senior vice president of global brand and products, said, "The opportunity to design your very own driver in the colors of your favorite team, alma mater or whatever you happen to feel looks best has never been offered on a mass scale. Our research and instincts show that this level of personalization and customization is what golfers want, and we’re excited to be the first brand in golf to offer it.”

Phil Mickelson, in Callaway's PGA Tour van last week at Augusta National, held a RAZR Fit designed in blue in honor of his beloved San Diego Chargers.

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According to Callaway, Alvaro Quiros requested a RAZR Fit in every color so that he can match his driver with his apparel.

While the standard RAZR Fit driver retails for $399, customized RAZR Fit drivers will cost $50 more, with certain customized shaft and grip options pushing the price even higher. Orders created in udesign will begin shipping May 1.

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

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April 10, 2012

Ping selling 5,000 all-pink G20 drivers to support Bubba Watson's charity

Posted at 7:59 AM by David Dusek

Since Bubba Watson began swinging a pink Ping G20 driver at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January, Ping has donated $10,000, plus $300 for every 300-plus-yard drive Watson has struck using the club, to the "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million" initiative. That brings the company's total donation to $61,600. Watson and Ping hope to raise $1 million and give it to Phoenix-area charities chosen by the company with Watson's support.

On Tuesday morning, Ping announced that it will sell 5,000 limited-edition all-pink G20 drivers for $430 in local pro shops starting on June 1. Five percent of the proceeds from the sale of the drivers will go to "Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by Ping," which is the company's portion of "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million."

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"Bubba is already approaching the target of 300 drives of 300 yards or longer, and we wanted a way to provide ongoing support for his generous cause," said John A. Solheim, Ping Golf's chairman and CEO, in a media release. "Even prior to his win at the Masters, golfers were requesting pink G20s. Through word of mouth, social media, and phone calls, the interest was extremely high. We want to satisfy that demand while bringing even more visibility to Bubba's goal of raising $1 million."

In GOLF Magazine's March issue, the G20 was reviewed alongside several other game-improvement drivers. Testers said it was, "One of the top-rated models. A worthy descendant to a long line of great drivers." You can read the complete review here.

The pink G20 drivers will be available in right-handed 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12° models and 10.5° for left-handers. Each will come with a pink headcover and a pink Ping TFC 169D shaft labeled, "Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by Ping." A ladies 12° model will also be available.

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

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April 08, 2012

My Bag: Bubba Watson at the 2012 Masters

Posted at 7:05 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (16.5°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS: Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°) Ping Tour-S Rustique (64°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

**Ping will sell 5,000 limited-edition pink G20 drivers starting June 1. Read how you can get one.

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My Bag: Louis Oosthuizen at the 2012 Masters

Posted at 5:59 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (9°) with a Project X Black 6B7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Rocketballz Tour (17.7°, 19°) with Project X 6B7 shafts
IRONS: PING S56 (3-9) with True Temper X100 shafts
WEDGES: PING Tour S (47°, 54°) Tour-S TS (60°) with True Temper X100 shafts
PUTTER: PING Scottsdale ZB
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

 

My Bag: Phil Mickelson at the 2012 Masters

Posted at 2:18 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi 'ahina 70 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73X shaft; RAZR Fit (19°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki 60X  shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), RAZR X Forged Muscleback (5-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Series JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade Prototype
BALL: Callaway Hex Black Tour

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

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My Bag: Peter Hanson at the 2012 Masters

Posted at 12:32 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
TaylorMade R11S (8°) with an ACCRA Tour Z shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0 (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 80 X shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue (18°) with an Aldila NV 105 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (4-PW) with KBS C-Taper shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (52°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMadeGhost Itsy Bitsy Spider
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP 5

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

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(Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)

April 02, 2012

Ping introduces adjustable-length belly putter

Posted at 8:33 AM by Golf.com

Ping_belly_msPing released an adjustable-length belly-putter shaft, the company announced in a statement last week.

The adjustable putter shaft, offered exclusively with the Nome 405 putter, allows players to adjust the length of the putter within a 9-inch range. Ping said it is the first major golf company to introduce a USGA-approved adjustable putter shaft.

Belly putters have surged in popularity since to Tour pros like Adam Scott and Webb Simpson used them in victories in the 2011 season. At the 2011 PGA Championship, Keegan Bradley became the first major winner to use a belly putter. In February, a New York Times article called belly putters, "the hottest product in golf equipment." 

“At PING, custom fitting is our priority, and with the popularity of belly putters we saw a unique fitting opportunity because shaft length is so critical to performance,” Ping CEO John A. Soleim said in a statement. “Adjustability is key because the standard 42-inch belly putter fits a narrow range of people. When the shaft is too long or too short, it alters your distance from the ball, your eye position, and the path of your stroke. Adjustability lets you experiment until your posture is comfortable and your eyes are over the ball, which helps you make a consistent stroke and solid impact. We’re pleased to have USGA approval of this easy-to-use, innovative technology. Golfers are going to find it will help improve their putting.”

According to Ping, the putter's length can be adjusted from 37.5 to 46.5 inches. How does it work? Here's how Ping explains it:

The player changes the length using a Ping adjustment tool that threads into a locking ring on the shaft. Turning the tool loosens the ring, allowing the shaft to slide telescopically. The player then adjusts the shaft to the desired length. Turning the adjustment tool in the opposite direction and removing it locks the ring and secures the shaft so it’s ready for play.

As one more fitting step, the shaft is available in three different bends to match Straight, Slight Arc, and Strong Arc stroke types. This coincides with PING’s Fit for Stroke™ putter-fitting concept.

The standard-length Nome arrives in pro shops this week, but it had an impressive debut on the PGA Tour when Hunter Mahan used it during his winning run at the Accenture World Match Play in February. He also used it en route to his win at the Shell Houston Open. The Nome long putter with adjustable shaft will be available May 1 for $320.




April 01, 2012

Winner's Bag: Hunter Mahan at Shell Houston Open

Posted at 9:27 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5°) with a Fujikura Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (13°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 85X shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Forged Anser (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Nome
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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(Photo by David Dusek)

 




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