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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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August 31, 2012

My Bag: Jonathan Byrd at the Deutsche Bank Championship

Posted at 11:02 AM by David Dusek

 "I had a hybrid that I liked, but I didn't like it as much off the tee, so I got one of the driving irons made up and loved it. This year I added a four-iron also." —Jonathan Byrd

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (10.5°) with a UST Mamiya ATTAS T2 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Mizuno MX-700 Steel (15°) with a with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86 shaft; Mizuno MP-650 (18°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86 shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP Fli-Hi (3, 4), Mizuno MP-59 (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Nike VR (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Studio Select Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

GALLERY: Close-up images of Byrd's clubs

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(Photo by Carols M. Saavedra/SI) 

June 24, 2012

Winner's Bag: Marc Leishman at the 2012 Travelers Championship

Posted at 9:07 PM by David Dusek


Marc-Leishman

DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (7.5°) with a UST Mamiya AXIV Core 79 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ilima shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP Fli-Hi (2), Titleist Forged 712 AP2 (3-4), 712 MB (5-9) with True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scott Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 SLT T10
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Photos: See pros' bags at Olympic

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(Photo by David Dusek)

May 29, 2012

My Bag: Luke Donald at The Memorial

Posted at 4:38 PM by David Dusek

"I'm using the new irons. They've got technology, a bigger sweet spot, and tey look good." — Luke Donald

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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-59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-11 (54, 60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

October 23, 2011

Winner's Bag: Luke Donald at Children's Miracle Network Classic

Posted at 5:54 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with a ACCRA XC65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with an ACCRA XC75 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-11 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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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 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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April 25, 2011

Luke Donald using Mizuno's new MP-T11 wedges

Posted at 3:36 PM by David Dusek


Luke Donald is one of the best bunker players in the world. This season he's playing with new wedges, changing from Mizuno's MP-T10 to the company's newest model, the MP-T11.

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Like its predecessor, the MP-T11 wedges are forged from 1025 carbon steel and feature Mizuno's Quad Cut Groove technology. The company says the process allows Mizuno to precisely control the width, depth, draft angle and shoulder radius of each groove more precisely.

When Golf Magazine asked several "regular Joes" to try the MP-T11 wedges, they said that the clubs seemed to produce as much spin with their new, USGA-conforming grooves as old, big-grooved wedges did. Testers also noted that the clubs easily handled a variety of lies and were extremely versatile, providing excellent distance control on chips and pitches along with a soft feel.

The only knock against the MP-T11 wedges heard was voiced by a few testers who said the clubs felt a little light and were not as forgiving as some other wedges on the market.

Learn more about the MP-T11 on Mizuno's Web site.

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(Photo by Shaun Best/Reuters)

March 23, 2011

My Bag: Charles Howell for the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Posted at 10:03 AM by David Dusek

"The lob wedge is mys most important club. It can save a round or it can make a round." — Charles Howell

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 7 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fabuki Tour 80 X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (19°) with an Aldila Voodoo NV8 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno JPX-800 Pro (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP-T11 (52°, 56°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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

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(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno/SI)

March 04, 2011

This Week in Gear: Adams Idea Pro Black CB1, Mizuno JPX-800

Posted at 5:22 PM by David Dusek

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

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February 27, 2011

Luke Donald: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 6:03 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9.5°) with a ACCRA XC65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with an ACCRA XC75 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-11 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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(Photo by Darren Carroll/SI)

January 09, 2011

Winner's Bag: Jonathan Byrd at Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Posted at 11:32 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP (10.5°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Mizuno MX700 (15°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86X shaft
HYBRID:
Mizuno MP CLK (17°) with a UST Mamiya V2 Hyrbid 89 X shaft
IRONS:
Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Nike Victory Red Forged (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER:
Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Tour prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Mizuno, TaylorMade, Nike and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTec.

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(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno/SI)

December 16, 2010

Videos: Mizuno's JPX-800 irons, Ping putters, and TaylorMade forged irons

Posted at 3:42 PM by David Dusek

As we head into the homestretch of the holiday season, golf equipment makers are continuing to produce and release videos on YouTube. The rule here in The Shop is, "No commercials allowed," but a little chest-thumping is allowed.

In the video below, TaylorMade staff players show their first reactions after hitting the just-released Tour Preferred Forged irons. This video was shot in August at Firestone Country Club, but made available to the public about a week ago.

Next, a video produced by Ping that shows you how a new putter is assembled, gripped, tagged and shipped before it lands on the wall at a pro shop near you.

The video below, produced by Mizuno, explains some of the design philosophies and technologies used in the creation of the new JPX-800 irons.

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November 14, 2010

Winner's Bag: Robert Garrigus at the Children's Miracle Network Classic

Posted at 8:39 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (8.5°) with an Oban Kiyoshi 75 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Tour Burner (14.5°) with a Matrix OZIK XCON 82M, (19°) with an Aldila RIP 80 shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (3-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP-T10 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Newport Squareback
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

 

October 24, 2010

Winner's Bag: Jonathan Byrd at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open

Posted at 9:19 PM by David Dusek

Jonathan Byrd Vegas

DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP (10.5°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Mizuno MX700 (15°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce V2 86X shaft
HYBRID:
Mizuno MP CLK (17°) with a UST Mamiya V2 Hyrbid 89 X shaft
IRONS:
Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Nike Victory Red Forged (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER:
Scotty Cameron Newport Tour prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Mizuno, TaylorMade, Nike and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTec.

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(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)




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