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July 03, 2014

PING G30 Complete Line - FIRST LOOK!

Posted at 9:59 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Ping

PING has a quick and easy answer for getting the distance you desire - with no swing changes needed.

The entire PING G30 line, including two drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons, is aimed at providing players with more distance and accuracy while maintaining plenty of forgiveness. This approach begins with the G30 driver ($385), which features a CG location that is lower and deeper in the clubhead than the previous G25, providing a higher MOI and more stability on off center hits. This alteration is accomplished through the use of a lighter and stronger face material that moves 4 grams of weight away from the clubface. A high balance point shaft also contributes to a higher MOI by allowing for a head weight that is 5 grams heavier than that of the G25. 

To balance the added forgiveness with more distance, aerodynamic ridges (PING calls them PingG30“turbulators,”) are positioned in the crown of the clubhead. This unique design feature helps increase swingspeed by helping the clubhead move more efficiently through the air. Other features of the G30 include a new hosel design that allows for loft adjustments of up to 1-degree (in half degree increments) in either direction, and sole louvers that improve impact sound while also saving additional weight in the clubhead.  

The G30 is available in a standard model that comes in 9- and 10.5-degree lofts as well as a SF (Straight Flight) TEC model that is available in 10- and 12-degree lofts. The SF TEC has more weight positioned in the heel of the clubhead and also has a lighter swingweight than the standard model, making it a bit easier to square at impact (a helpful characteristic for those who tend to lose the ball to the right). 

New fairway woods ($275) and hybrids ($242.50) are also included in the G30 lineup. The fairway woods (available in 14.5-, 18-, and 21-degrees) are built with thin Carpenter 475 steel clubfaces that increase ball speed due to more flex at impact. Adjustable hosels allow for loft adjustments up to 1-degree in half-degree increments while high balance point shafts increase head weights by around 3 grams for a higher MOI and increased forgiveness. CG locations are progressive – farther back in lower lofted models and more forward in higher lofted models – for optimized trajectory. 

G30 hybrids (available in 17-, 19-, 22-, 26-, and 30-degrees) provide a more square appearance at address than G25 hybrids and contain most of the same design features as the G30 fairway woods but have non-adjustable hosels. 


The new G30 irons ($799 steel, $899 graphite) Pingg30iron
are built with a thinner clubface than the previous G25 model to increase ball speed and distance without sacrificing feel (due to an improved elastomer insert in the cavity). Slightly stronger lofts and longer progressive shaft lengths also contribute to increased distance - when all the elements are combined the G30s are between three and seven yards longer than the G25. In addition, longer blade lengths and an undercut cavity along the bottom half of the club combine to lower the CG for increased launch and improved MOI for more stability at impact. A new sole design that has 2.5-degrees more bounce than the G25 improves turf interaction and promotes more consistent contact from all types of lies. 

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June 30, 2014

Justin Rose's Winning Gear at 2014 Quicken Loans National

Posted at 11:31 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Ashworth, Justin Rose, TaylorMade

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DRIVER:
TaylorMade SLDR 430 (10.5°) with Matrix Ozik Black shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade SLDR (16°) with Matrix Ozik Black shaft

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI (20°), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (4-PW) with KBS C-Taper shafts

WEDGES: TaylorMade Tour Preferred ATV Grind (52°, 58°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: TaylorMade White Smoke Prototype

BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

SHOES: Adidas adicross gripmore

APPAREL: Ashworth

(Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

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June 25, 2014

New Nike Lunar Waverly, Lunar Mont Royal Golf Shoes

Posted at 11:03 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Golf Shoes, Nike

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Nike Golf has added two new models to their Versatility footwear family, the Lunar Waverly ($140) and the Lunar Mont Royal ($100), both of which are designed to be equally comfortable on and off the course.  

“The Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal were really inspired by classic Nike footwear styles, and we adapted those designs for athletes who want a golf shoe with versatile appeal,” says Carl Madore, Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead. “These are shoes with incredible performance technology that are great for playing 18 holes or wearing before or after the round, too. You can hit balls at the driving range on your lunch break without ever changing your shoes. These styles are modeled after some of Nike’s first shoes but modernized to perform specifically for our sport.”

The Lunar Waverly (pictured) was created through a concerted effort between Nike Golf and Nike Sports Research Lab and features waffle traction lugs that are reminiscent of Nike's earliest shoes. Other features include Dynamic Flywire technology that provides outstanding lateral support, premium waterproof full-grain leather uppers, anti-microbial cork sock liners, and full-length Lunarlon foam cushioning. 

The Lunar Mont Royal is a bit of an homage to the Nike Montreal, which was introduced in 1975 as Steve Prefontaine's signature shoe. Featuring the same famous color pattern and running-style design as Prefontaine's model, the Mont Royal is built with Lunarlon foam in the heel for extreme cushioning and a traditional Nike waffle sole for excellent grip in a variety of turf conditions. 

Both models are available July 1st.

(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

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June 24, 2014

New Titleist 915 Driver Spotted at Congressional

Posted at 11:28 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Drivers, Titleist

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Some Titleist staff players have been testing the new 915 D2 and D3 drivers on the range at Congressional CC this week in preparation for the inevitable replacement of the current 913 series. Though the folks at Titleist are keeping tight-lipped about the new product line it's evident from the photos that a major design change has taken place.

Check out the slot in the sole right behind the clubface -- if this looks familiar it's because a similar design has been used by TaylorMade and Adams in recent years to produce better ballspeed and lower spin on shots struck low on the clubface, right where most recreational players tend to miss. Assume that this design feature will make the 915 series more forgiving and playable than the 913 series drivers, which were excellent in their own right. 

Another feature of the 915 series appears to be similar adjustable hosel technology to the 913 series, which allows for independent loft and lie tuning. Expect a 460cc D2 model as well as a slightly smaller, more pear-shaped D3 model. If you're interested in Titleist's new drivers you can look for them to be available sometime in the late summer or fall.

(Photo: Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated)

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June 23, 2014

Kevin Streelman's Winning Gear at the 2014 Travelers Championship

Posted at 11:45 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Kevin Streelman, Wilson, Winner's Bag

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Kevin Streelman picked up his second PGA Tour win by making a record seven consecutive birdies to post a 64 and beat out K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia by one. Here's a complete list of his gear from the Travelers Championship: 

DRIVER: PING G20 (9.5°) with Oban 65X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour (14.5°) with Oban 85X shaft

HYBRID: Adams Idea Super 9031 (20°) with Oban 100X shaft

IRONS: Wilson FG V2 Tour (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts

WEDGES: Wilson FG Tour (48°, 54°), Titleist Vokey TVD-K (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Carlos M. Saavedra/Sports Illustrated)

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Michelle Wie's Winning Gear at 2014 U.S. Women's Open

Posted at 11:27 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Michelle Wie, Nike, Winner's Bag

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Michelle Wie's breakthrough at the U.S. Women's Open didn't come without drama. After taking a drop on the 16th hole that lead to a double bogey, she headed to the 17th tee with a slimmer-than-slim one stroke lead over #1 player in the world Stacy Lewis. Lewis, who shot a final round 66 to post even par for the tournament, was hitting balls on the range in preparation for an impending playoff when Wie drained a 15-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th, extending her lead to two shots with one hole to play. After a stress-free par on the 18th, Wie walked away with her first major championship which, by the looks of her game, could be the first of many. Here's a complete list of her winning gear from Pinehurst: 

DRIVER: Nike Covert 2.0 (9.5°) with UST Mamiya Proforce 69X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike Covert 2.0 (13°) with UST Mamiya Proforce 75X shaft

HYBRIDS: Nike VR_S Covert (17°, 23°) with Fujikura Motore Speeder shaft

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Combo Split Cavity (5, 6), Nike VR Pro Blade (7-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold HL shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR X3X Dual Wide (52°), Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold HL shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

(Photo: Getty Images)

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June 19, 2014

Check out Lexi Thompson's Look at Pinehurst

Posted at 5:15 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Lexi Thompson, Puma

If you were inspired by Martin Kaymer's stellar performance at last week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst you really don't want to miss this week's U.S. Women's Open at the same venue. And while the women's game is chock full of talent these days, there's nobody who bombs the ball quite like budding superstar Lexi Thompson. Already a major champion, Thompson tears up golf courses and entertains fans with a style that, like Rickie Fowler's, is provided by Puma Golf. Check out the look she'll sport over the next four days of grueling U.S. Open competition here: 

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(Photo: Courtesy of Puma Golf)

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June 16, 2014

Martin Kaymer's Winning Gear at the 2014 U.S. Open

Posted at 12:28 PM by Pete Madden | Categories: Martin Kaymer, Ping, TaylorMade, U.S. Open
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Martin Kaymer tees off on the 11th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 / Credit: Getty Images

 

DRIVERTaylorMade SLDR 460 (9.5 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODTaylorMade SLDR (14 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft)

IRONSTaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts); TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 3-iron (bent to 2-iron)

WEDGESTaylorMade TP with xFT (54, 58 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts)

PUTTERPing Karsten Anser 2

BALLTaylorMade Lethal

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June 11, 2014

Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson Are Decked Out in Oakley Gear at U.S. Open

Posted at 5:01 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Bubba Watson, Oakley, Zach Johnson

It's fair to say a lot of folks will have their eyes on both Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst this week. Though they play totally different games, both guys have a legitimate chance to contend and both will be decked out in fashion-forward Oakley gear. Here are their clothing scripts for the week: 

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Bubba Watson

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Zach Johnson

(Photos: Courtesy of Oakley)

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Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland Are Wearing Under Armour at Pinehurst

Posted at 4:57 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Gary Woodland, Jordan Spieth, U.S. Open

Under Armour has made a big splash on the PGA Tour in recent years as evidenced by two of their biggest names, Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland, both of whom will be fully decked out in the company's performance gear this week. Check out their clothing scripts for Pinehurst below in case there's something that catches your fancy: 

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Jordan Spieth

Thursday: Performance Polo ($55), Bent Grass Pant ($80), UA Tour Cap ($30)

Friday: Heather Stripe Polo ($70), Bent Grass Pant ($80), UA Tour Cap ($30) 

Saturday: Coldblack Emboss Polo ($65), Bent Grass Pant ($80), UA Tour Cap ($30) 

Sunday: Heather Solid Polo ($60), Bent Grass Pant ($80), UA Tour Cap ($30) 

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Gary Woodland

Thursday: Performance Polo ($55), Bent Grass Pant ($80)

Friday: Coldblack Emboss Polo ($65), Bent Grass Pant ($80)

Saturday: Easy Money Stripe Polo ($60), Bent Grass Pant ($80) 

Sunday: Coldblack Emboss Polo ($65), Bent Grass Pant ($80)

(Photos: Courtesy of Under Armour)

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TaylorMade Players Celebrate Father's Day at US Open

Posted at 11:36 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Jason Day, TaylorMade

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In celebration of Father's Day many TaylorMade players at the U.S. Open this week will be carrying staff bags with the name of their father or their child (or children) emblazoned on the back panel. It's a nice way for contestants to say hello to their loved ones. Below is a list of some of the players and who they'll honor on Sunday: 

John Senden - his son Jacob 

Brendon Todd - his father Martin Todd

DA Points - his father Steve Points

Boo Weekley - his children Parker and Aiden

Stephen Gallacher - his father Jim Gallacher

Stewart Cink - his father Rob Cink

Darren Clarke - his children Connor and Tyrone

Jason Day - his son Dash

Sergio Garcia - his father Victor Garcia

Lucas Glover - his father Chille Glover

Justin Rose - his children Leo and Lotte

Retief Goosen - his father Theo Goosen

Casey Wittenberg - his father James Wittenberg Jr. 

Justin Leonard - his dad Larry Leonard and his kids Luke and Skylar

Joe Ogilvie - his father Pip Ogilvie

Robert Allenby - his father Don Allenby and his kids Harry and Lilly

Graeme Storm - his grandfather William Trueman

(Photo: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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June 10, 2014

Ashworth Pays Tribute to Justin Rose and Retief Goosen's U.S. Open Wins With Commemorative Shirts

Posted at 10:45 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Ashworth

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Ashworth has released the second and third limited-edition shirts in their Majors Series, both of which were inspired by U.S. Open victories (the first shirt celebrated Fred Couples' Masters win). Of the two new models, the first commemorates Justin Rose's win at at Merion last year and is limited to 281 units. The shirt features Rose's signature inside-the-back neck area and has white contrast piping on the chest and sleeve cuff. 

“I wore Ashworth when I won my first major championship at Merion and I’m proud to wear it on tour every week,” said Rose. “I’m honored by this special piece commemorating my U.S. Open Championship and look forward to having it on as I defend my championship at Pinehurst this year.”

The second new model commemorates Retief Goosen's U.S. Open victory at Shinnecock in '04, which was his second U.S. Open win. The shirt has Goosen's signature in the back neck area and contrast coloring on the collar and is limited to 276 units. 

“I genuinely love the style and feel of Ashworth Golf apparel,” said Goosen. “To have a golf shirt designed to celebrate my major victory is an honor, and I’m proud to wear it on the tenth anniversary of my second U.S. Open Championship victory.”

Rose and Goosen will wear their respective shirts in the first round of the upcoming U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Both models are available exclusively at ashworthgolf.com for $100.  

(Photo: Courtesy of Ashworth)

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June 09, 2014

Ben Crane's Winning Gear at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Posted at 10:24 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Ben Crane, Titleist, Winner's Bag

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DRIVER:
Titleist 913D2 (9.5°) with Mitsubishi Bassara 50 X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour (14.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana White 72 X shaft, Titleist 913 F.d (18°) with Mitsubishi Diamana White 82 X shaft

HYBRIDS: Titleist 910H (21°) with UST Axiv Core 100 X shaft

IRONS: Titleist 712U (4), Titleist AP2 714 (5-9) with Aerotech i95 S shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey SM4 (48°) with Aerotech i95 S shaft, Titleist Vokey SM4 (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #5

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Getty Images)

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June 06, 2014

Ogio's golf shoe debut a natural extension of its design sensibilities

Posted at 2:36 PM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Ogio

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Ogio's progressive design philosophy that's produced the company's well known collection of golf bags and luggage is clearly reflected in their first line of golf shoes. Comprised of four distinct models including the Race (above, $174.99), City Spiked ($154.99), City Turf ($134.99), and Sport ($104.99), the entire line features a unique "Synkfit," insole technology that stabilizes foot momement during the swing. 

“We are thrilled to announce our much-anticipated line of footwear is now hitting store shelves.” said Tom Gocke, Global VP of OGIO Golf. “This new category for OGIO will enhance a golfers experience in, yet, another part the game. We’ve already had our shoes worn in several PGA Tour events this season and have several more players already committed to wearing shoes on tour later this year. We had one player say he would wear them in one round of a professional event, for fear of new shoe blisters, and he was so impressed with them, he wore them the next 3 days as well.”

Here are the other models:

City Spiked:

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City Turf:

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Sport:

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For more information visit www.ogio.com

(Photos: Courtesy of Ogio)

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June 02, 2014

Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind Wedges combine new groove technology with a traditional look and feel

Posted at 10:52 AM by Michael Chwasky | Categories: Callaway

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The new Callway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedge in chrome and non-glare slate finish.

Created by legendary wedge designer Roger Cleveland, the Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedges are forged from soft carbon steel for a traditional look and feel.

Based on extensive work with Callaway Tour pros these additions to the Mack Daddy 2 line feature a slightly straighter leading edge for sharper turf interaction and a higher toe for a more Tour-preferred appearance. Grooves that are approximately 40 percent larger than original Mack Daddy wedges combine with laser-milled microgrooves (for additional surface roughness) to provide more spin and control out of the rough. A new, shallow C-grind sole features less material in the heel and toe areas to make it easier to lay the clubface open for enhanced versatility around the greens.

The Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedge ($119) is available in chrome or non-glare slate finish. For more information visit Callawaygolf.com.

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