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December 03, 2010

Videos: Westwood on putters and Nike pros on the SQ MachSpeed Black driver

Posted at 3:58 PM by David Dusek

YouTube is loaded with lots of golf equipment videos. I've decided to start dropping interesting clips into The Shop blog starting, well ... today. No commericals allowed, but since each of the YouTube videos will be produced by the manufacturers themselves, you can expect a fair amount of chest thumping.

First up, Ping  staff pro Lee Westwood gives you some basics on finding the ideal putter.


Next, Nike staff pros talk about the new SQ Machspeed Black driver.

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March 19, 2010

Video: Nike Pros on the ONE Golf Ball

Posted at 10:04 AM by David Dusek

In this video provided by Nike Golf, Stewart Cink, Paul Casey, Michelle Wie and other staff pros talk about the Nike ONE ball.

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February 26, 2010

Video: Nike Athletes on SQ Machspeed STR8-Fit Driver

Posted at 9:21 AM by David Dusek

In this video, provided by Nike Golf, staff players including Justin Leonard, Trevor Immelman and Lucas Glover talk about the performance, look and feel of the new SQ Machspeed STR8-Fit driver:

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January 07, 2010

Video: Nike Golfers Explain Their Goals for 2010

Posted at 11:37 AM by David Dusek

In this video provided by Nike Golf, several of the game's top players explain what they hope to achieve this season:

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October 01, 2009

Nike's SQ Machspeed Driver Uses Better Aerodynamics to Add Yards

Posted at 3:23 PM by David Dusek


Nike Golf has announced that the square-headed SQ Machspeed driver will be in pro shops in March, 2010. But company representatives say Justin Leonard doesn't want to wait that long and might put the driver in his bag next week at Harding Park Golf Course during the Presidents Cup.

The company says a system it developed called Total Swing Aerodynamics helps the Machspeed increase a player's clubhead speed and add yards to tee shots.

Tom Stites, Nike Golf's director of product innovation, said in a release: "The number one thing that makes the ball go farther is faster ball speed. We've accomplished that through looking at the orientation of aerodynamics throughout the total golf swing, not just a portion of the swing."

Stites compares a club swinging toward a ball to a parachute. "The wider the parachute is, the slower it comes down because air separates around the parachute and causes drag. The same thing applies to the golf club."

By rounding certain areas of the clubhead and designing it to allow air to move more smoothly across it, Nike says the square head of the Machspeed actually has reduced drag.

For shot-shaping flexibility, Nike equipped the Machspeed with the adjustable STR8-Fit system introduced last year in the SQ Dymo drivers. Using an included torque wrench, golfers can unscrew the head and reattach it in one of eight different settings to change the face angle, loft and lie angle of the club. 

The Nike Machspeed driver will retail for about $360.

May 13, 2009

Justin Leonard adds yards with new shaft

Posted at 5:39 PM by David Dusek

Justin Leonard Last week at the Players Championship, Justin Leonard switched to a 66-gram UST Mamiya ATTAS shaft in his Nike Str8-Fit SQ Dymo driver. For the week, he hit 67.9% of the fairways and averaged 289.9 yards per drive. That's 10 yards longer than Leonard's season's average.

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(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

June 09, 2008

Justin Leonard's Winning Clubs

Posted at 3:29 PM by David Dusek

Justinleonard_600x400After going winless for more than two years on the PGA Tour, Justin Leonard has now won the Valero Texas Open and the Stanford St. Jude Championship in the span of eight months.

After Leonard reunited with his former coach Randy Smith last season, he made a minor adjustment to his driver. To add distance, Leonard had Nike build him a SasQuatch Sumo 5000 driver with a 47-inch shaft, an inch longer than standard.

With the longer driver, Leonard averaged eight more yards per drive in Memphis last weekend than he did on the same course a year ago. But that longer driver can be tough to control; Leonard hit 15% fewer fairways this year.

It's also interesting to note that in a golf bag filled with Nike gear, Leonard carries a circa-2002 Callaway Big Bertha 4+ fairway wood. Many Tour players develop a deep faith in a particular fairway wood's ability to produce a specific distance, so they are loathe to find a replacement. According to his Web site, Leonard hits the club 245 yards.

Driver                 Nike SasQuatch Sumo 5000 (9.5°)
Fairway woods    Nike SQ2 (17°), Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead 4+ (19°)
Irons                   Nike Pro Combo Tungsten (3), Nike Forged Blades (4-PW)
Wedges              Nike SV Tour (54° and 58°)
Putter                 Titleist by Scotty Cameron Del Mar 3.5
Ball                     Nike One Platinum

(Photo by Marc Feldman/Getty Images)

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