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September 29, 2012

My Bag: Luke Donald at 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 7:45 PM by David Dusek

Luke-Donald

DRIVER: TaylorMade RocketBallz (9.5°) with an Accra XC 65 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°) with an Accra XC 75 X shaft
HYBRID:
Mizuno CLK FliHi (17°) with an Aldila NV 85 X shaft
IRONS: 
Mizuno MP-64 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
WEDGES:
Mizuno MP-T4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
PUTTER:
Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

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My Bag: Ian Poulter at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 7:45 PM by David Dusek

Ian-Poulter

DRIVER: Cobra ZL Encore white (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP Phenom 50X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra AMP (14°) with Project X 7B3 shafts
HYBRIDS
: Cobra Baffler Rail (17.5°) with Matrix Ozik 85X shaft, Titleist 909H (21°) with Aldila NV 85X shaft
IRONS: Cobra S3 Pro CB (4-6), Cobra S3 Pro MB (7-PW) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 62°) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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My Bag: Jason Dufner at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 6:01 PM by David Dusek

Jason-Dufner

DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 60 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (13.5°) with Mitsubishi I'ilima 80 X shaft, Titleist 906F2 (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 (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 6 prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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

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September 28, 2012

My Bag: Keegan Bradley at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 7:04 PM by David Dusek

Keegan-Bradley

DRIVER:Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 61X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher (14°) with a Kusala Black 83X shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland DST 2i (18°) with a Project X HB2 shaft, Cleveland Mashie Hybrid 3i (20.5°) with a Miyazaki C.Kua Hybrid 83X shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Sabertooth belly
BALL: Srixon Z-Star prototype

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

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September 24, 2012

Cobra Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo Set

Posted at 3:31 PM by David Dusek

Cobra Golf used a 40-year-old concept to create a new set of irons for golfers who have trouble getting the ball airborne, don’t hit it very far and rarely make solid contact.

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Because long irons are challenging to hit -- even for the game’s best players -- the Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo set doesn’t have any. Instead, the stock set comes with hybrids in place of the 4-, 5- and 6-irons. These Baffler hybrids have shallow faces to make it easier to get the ball up and two rails in the sole that are reminiscent of those found in the first Baffler utility woods built in the 1970s. If you hit the ground behind the ball, the rails help the clubs skim across the turf instead of digging, which should result in a better shot.

Cobra’s new Baffler irons compliment the hybrids have a unique face that’s slightly angular, but Cobra's vice president of research and design Tom Preece said the company eliminated unnecessary material in the toe. That meant the company could lower the center of gravity in the Baffler irons and move it farther back to help golfers get the ball in the air more easily.

As the set transitions from the mid-irons to the short-irons and wedges, the faces transition into a more-traditional shape.

In addition, all the irons have a wide-sole and rails like the hybrids to help offset the effect of hitting the ground before you hit the ball. Cobra has also positioned a thermoplastic vibration dampening system behind the face, that enhances feel and improves the sound at impact, Preece said.

Below is a video produced Cobra Golf that explains more about the clubs.

The Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo set (4-6h, 7-PW, GW) will cost about $599 with graphite hybrids and steel-shafted irons and $699 for an all graphite-shafted set.

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September 23, 2012

Winner's Bag: Brandt Snedeker at the Tour Championship

Posted at 8:45 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
 TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
HYBRID: Ping Anser (20°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 100 X shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW) Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 56°) with a  True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330 

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

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

September 13, 2012

Mickelson using 9-year-old fairway wood

Posted at 5:06 PM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson continued his hot play last week at the BMW Championship and finished tied for second, two shots behind Rory McIlroy. While most onlookers noticed that Mickelson was putting with the claw grip, sharp-eyed equipment junkies might have noticed another change.

Mickelson continued to use his Callaway RAZR Fit driver (9.5°) and his Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Octane 3-wood (15°), but the Hall of Famer replaced his Callaway RAZR Fit 5-wood (18°) with a Titleist 980F 5-wood (17°) with a Graphite Design PM 902 shaft.

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Titleist's 980F line of fairway woods debuted in 2003, while Mickelson was a Titleist staff player. Before the start of the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, Mickelson signed a deal with Callaway and switched to the company's gear before the start of the matches against Europe.

It's not unusual for pros to hold on to old, trusty fairway woods. Tiger Woods uses a Nike SasQuatch II 5-wood, a club that was released in 2007, and Geoff Ogilvy has been playing a Cobra S9-1 5-wood since 2009.

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

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(Photo by Brian Spurlock/US PRESSWIRE)

September 10, 2012

Adams releasing Idea Tech V4 Hybrid irons

Posted at 10:26 AM by David Dusek

Adams has been rolling out top-selling hybrid-iron sets for years. In new Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons, the stainless steel hybrids unquestionably steal the show. For starters, these sticks have re-engineered “velocity slots” in the crown and sole to boost face deflection at impact. The slots extend through the head, from crown to sole, while TPU badges hide the openings. In addition, a new heat treatment process strengthens high stress areas in the head and allows for a thinner clubface.

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These updates combine to generate significantly faster ball speeds than standard hybrids—3% faster than the Idea Tech V3 Hybrid equates to 13 yards more carry distance—while tungsten weights in the heel and toe contribute to higher launch and more forgiveness.

According to Adams, the Idea Tech V4 hybrid produces similar “Characteristic Time” (CT) numbers to a driver. (CT is the USGA’s measurement to determine the springiness of a clubface.) That’s no easy feat considering driver heads and clubfaces are so much larger than hybrids.

Positioned as “game-improvement” sticks, the Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons consist of three hybrids (3-5) plus forged mid- and short irons (6-PW) made from 8620-carbon steel. A more forgiving, all-hybrid set features three hybrids (4-6) and hollow-headed stainless steel irons (7-GW).

Both set makeups will sell for $799 with True Temper’s Performance Step steel shaft, or $899 with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Bassara graphite shaft. Clubs will be at retail beginning September 26. -- Rob Sauerhaft

September 09, 2012

Winner's Bag: Rory McIlroy at the 2012 BMW Championship

Posted at 8:43 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (13°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft; (18°) with a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft
IRONS:  Titleist 712MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts 
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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September 07, 2012

For True Linkswear, team pride is par for the course

Posted at 3:08 PM by Jessica Marksbury

Sports fans, rejoice! With the NFL season now officially underway, Scottsdale-based footwear maker True Linkswear has unveiled a series of limited-edition color options for its popular “phx” golf shoes. With 12 new combinations to choose from, ardent fans can now show their team pride both on and off the course.

TRUEphx_TEAM COLORwhiteyellowburg         TRUEphx_TEAM COLORwhiteredgrey         TRUEphx_TEAM COLORwhiteburntorange         TRUEphx_TEAM COLORRed-Black TRUE phx
 
Worn on the PGA Tour by endorsee Ryan Moore, the phx made its debut earlier this year in five traditional colorways (white/navy, black/grey, brown/tan, grey/charcoal/electric blue and black/electric blue), and is True Linkswear’s first shoe with a sneaker profile.

Featuring all the bells and whistles of True Linkswear’s other shoes—a “Barefoot Platform,” memory foam heel, wide toe box and “ErgoTraction 2.0” outsole—the phx is also lightweight, breathable and water-resistant.

The best part? The $99 spikeless hybrid transitions easily from the course to a tailgate party. You can find your team colors at truelinkswear.com.

Shoe images courtesy of True Linkswear. Pictured colorways include, from left to right: white/yellow/ bugundy, white/red/white, white/burnt orange and white/red/black).


 

September 06, 2012

Flag Waving: True Temper releasing Ryder Cup shafts

Posted at 2:23 PM by David Dusek

Golfers competing in the Ryder Cup who use True Temper Dynamic Gold and Project X iron shafts will be making a quick swap before the start of the matches at Medinah.

True Temper has made limited edition "flag" branded versions of the shafts and golfers on both teams will replace their standard True Temper models to commemorate the biennial clash between the United States and Europe. 

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You can show your colors by getting your clubs re-shafted with these special sticks—with no special upcharges added—by visiting participating Golfsmith, Hireko Golf, The Golf Works, Swing Science and Performance Fitting Center dealers.

Learn more: Dynamic Golf Ryder Cup shafts | Project X Ryder Cup shafts

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September 03, 2012

Winner's Bag: Rory McIlroy at the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship

Posted at 7:11 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (13°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft; (18°) with a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft
IRONS:  Titleist 712MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts 
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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