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August 01, 2014

TaylorMade Releases Three New Putters

Posted at 3:52 PM by Michael Chwasky

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TaylorMade has expanded it's premium putter line with three new counterbalanced models - the Daddy Long Legs ($249), Spider Blade ($229) and Spider Mallet ($229). All three models feature a Tour-inspired color scheme which TaylorMade's staff players prefer as well as a matte black shaft. In contrast to last year's Spider and Daddy Long Legs models, each new puttter has a black leading edge with white compliments that highlight the rear weights. According to the company's Tour staff, this color scheme is easier to aim and simply looks better at address. 

Of the three new models the Daddy Long Legs offers the highest level of stability, featuring an MOI of more than 8500. The unique Spider Blade, which has an MOI of 5200, is said to be approximately 50% more stable than the typical blade putter. All of the new counterbalanced models are built with a heavy steel body with tungsten heel and toe weights. Heavy weight, overlength grips that weigh as much as 130g help produce the added stability associated with a counterbalanced design. A surlyn, "Pure Roll," face insert further improves the performance of each putter by providing improved feel at impact and a smoother roll. 

All three models are available in 35" and 38" standard lengths. 

(Photos: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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July 28, 2014

Tim Clark's winning gear at the Canadian Open

Posted at 10:01 AM by Michael Chwasky
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Credit: Getty Images

 

Tim Clark captured his second career PGA Tour victory at the RBC Canadian Open with a back-nine 30 to edge Jim Furyk by one shot. Here's the equipment he used to get the job done:

DRIVER: Titleist 913 D3 (9.5°) with Accra M4 55 shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913 Fd (15°) with Fujikura Motore VC7 2 TS shaft, Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead Plus (18°) with Callaway RCH Pro shaft

HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue (19°) with UST iROD Tour shaft

IRONS: Titleist CB (4-9) with Aerotech i95 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48°, 56°), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey 2-Ball Long

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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July 14, 2014

TaylorMade Unleashes Ultimate Driving Iron

Posted at 5:55 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Just in time for the Open Championship TaylorMade has officially introduced the new Tour Preferred UDI ($199). Expected to be in the bags of a dozen or more TaylorMade staffers this week including Justin Rose, who carried the club for both of his recent wins, the UDI is aimed at players who want the distance of a hybrid club with the control and workability of an iron. 

Tomo Bystedt, director of product creation at TaylorMade, comments: 

We designed the Tour Preferred UDI for players seeking a versatile club that delivers incredible distance off the tee and a high-performance alternative from the fairway. The clean, traditional look at address inspires confidence and the Speed Pocket technology provides amazing distance and consistency.

The UDI produces plentiful distance thanks to a Carpenter Steel clubface and TaylorMade's Speed Pocket Technology, which increases ballspeed and reduces spin on shots struck low on the face. The club is available in 16, 18, and 20-degree models and comes standard with a KBS C-Taper Lite shaft. 

(Photos: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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Brian Harman's Winning Gear at 2014 John Deere Classic

Posted at 11:21 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Brian Harman shot 65, 66 over the weekend to hold off Zack Johnson by one stroke and capture his first PGA Tour Victory at the John Deere Classic. Here's the TaylorMade gear he used to get the job done: 

DRIVER: TaylorMade JetSpeed (9.5°) with Accra Tour Z shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade SLDR (15°) with Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec shaft, TaylorMade Burner TP (17.5°) Fujikura Motore shaft

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

WEDGES: TaylorMade XFT (52°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Spider S

BALL: TaylorMade Lethal

SHOE: Adidas pure 360

(Photos: Getty Images)

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Justin Rose's Winning Gear at the 2014 Scottish Open

Posted at 10:56 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Justin Rose fired a final-round 65 to win the Scottish Open by two strokes and notch his second win of 2014. Here's the TaylorMade gear Rose used to cement himself as one of the favorites at the upcoming Open Championship: 

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

(Photos: Getty Images)

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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

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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 16, 2014

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

Posted at 12:28 PM by Pete Madden
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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

TaylorMade Players Celebrate Father's Day at US Open

Posted at 11:36 AM by Michael Chwasky

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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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May 29, 2014

5 Distance Questions With TaylorMade's Brian Bazzell

Posted at 4:35 PM by Michael Chwasky

Bazzell_300Q: From an equipment perspective, what does the average player need to know to drive the ball as long as possible?

A: To maximize your driving distance you need three things – speed, launch, and spin. The swingspeed portion of the equation is obviously up to the individual, but launch and spin are things we can really help optimize. The key is to launch the ball high with low spin – actually the ideal target for maximum distance is 17-degrees of launch with 1700-rpm of spin. Clubs like our SLDR and SLDR S that feature a low, forward CG location produce lower spin, which also increases ball speed. All you have to do is play more loft, maybe a lot more than you’ve ever played before, like 14-degrees in some cases, and you can get a lot closer to those magic distance numbers.

Q: Are there some common misconceptions among average golfers regarding driving distance?

A: There are definitely two big myths. The first one, that slower swingspeed players need more spin to maximize their distance, is prevalent and it’s totally wrong. To hit the ball longer, players with moderate swingspeed do not need more spin, they simply need a higher launch angle. And players with slower swings tend to produce less spin to begin with, making it easier for them to reach the desired 17-degree launch, 1700-rpm combination. Get a driver with more loft and you’ll hit it longer. The second myth is that clubs with deeper CG locations are better for average players because they’re more forgiving. While it’s true that a more forward CG location tends to produce a slightly lower MOI, we’ve found that the significant distance gains that come from lower spin and higher ball speed far outweigh whatever slight forgiveness gains a deep CG driver might provide.

Q: Some players seem to hit their 3-wood as long or even longer than their driver. Why is that and what can they do to get more out of their driver?

A: There are several factors involved but by far the biggest cause of that situation is launch angle. Most 3-woods are around 15-degrees, which obviously produces a much higher launch angle than a 9- or 10-degree driver. Though a fairway wood spins more than a driver the added spin is not what produces the distance. Actually, the higher spin rate hurts these players but the higher launch is so valuable in terms of distance gains that they still hit their 3-wood better than their driver. Another factor is shaft length. Drivers tend to be over 45” while 3-woods are more like 43.5”. Though you lose some swingspeed with a shorter shaft it makes it easier for many players to make solid contact, which produces better ball speed and a higher launch. Our SLDR Mini driver addresses this exact issue – it’s 43.5”, produces very low spin, and is available in higher lofts. If you hit your 3-wood as long or longer than your driver you need to check out a club like our SLDR Mini.

Q: So are a lot of players better off trying to swing under control and make solid contact, or do they still need to go after it if they want to drive it long?

A: There’s no doubt that solid contact is key to maximizing distance. In fact a lot of Tour players will give up a bit of speed in order to hit it solid. But with all the technologies we put into our woods, especially the 430cc and 460cc drivers, the average player can swing aggressively and still make the type of contact required to hit long shots. I say go for it and give it a healthy rip.

Q: The original SLDR, which was introduced last year, quickly became the most popular driver on Tour, yet TaylorMade just introduced the SLDR S. Is the new model actually a better choice for some players?

A: The SLDR S has a little bigger footprint and a bit friendlier look at address, which simply gives some players a bit more confidence. The original SLDR is a fantastic product and has an adjustable hosel but it’s also more expensive. The SLDR S driver is offered in a lot of higher lofts, so finding a model that fits your swing isn’t a problem. It’s also a slightly lighter club, which makes it easier to swing for the average player. The fairway wood and hybrid are a bit more low profile than the original SLDR making them easier to launch. If you were interested in the original SLDR but thought it was too expensive or too Tour-centric, the SLDR S is for you.

-Brian Bazzell is TaylorMade senior director of product creation, metalwoods 

(Photo: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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May 05, 2014

TaylorMade SLDR S Metalwoods

Posted at 12:02 PM by Michael Chwasky

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The new SLDR S line of TaylorMade metalwoods all feature the same low and forward CG as the original SLDR line, which is aimed at producing faster ball speeds, higher launch angles, lower spin rates, and more distance. Unlike the original SLDR, the SLDR S metalwoods do not feature adjustable hosel technology, but with a wide variety of lofts available they can be fitted to just about any player. SLDR S metalwoods also feature shallower clubfaces and slightly more low-profile clubheads to make them more playable for players with non-Tour swing speeds. However, like the original SLDR line, the new clubs provide added benefits when played with higher lofts.

“It’s no secret that high launch and low spin maximize driver distance, but some players think that only Tour pros can benefit from lofting up with low forward CG,” said TaylorMade Chief Technical Officer, Benoit Vincent. “This is simply not true. By lofting up, you can generate serious distance regardless of swing speed with SLDR S, which has low and forward CG properties, along with a sliding weight that assists shot shape.”

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The SLDR S driver ($329) is available in 10°, 12°, 14°, and 16° models with Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft. It comes with the same SLDR sliding weight technology as the original SLDR, allowing for customized shot shape control. 

SLDR S fairway woods ($229) are available in 15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, and 23° models with Fujikura Speeder 65 graphite shafts.

SLDR S Rescues ($179) are available in 19°, 22°, 25°, and 28° models with Fujikura Speeder 72 graphite shafts.

The entire line of TaylorMade SLDR S metalwoods will be available on May 16th.

(Photos: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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TaylorMade SLDR Irons

Posted at 12:01 PM by Michael Chwasky

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The new TaylorMade SLDR irons ($899) are aimed at players who prefer the looks of a traditional clubhead but with the advantage of signficantly enhanced distance. The added distance largely comes from the same Speed Pocket design featured in previous RocketBladez and SpeedBlade irons but with the addition of a new ThruSlot technology (a 2mm-wide slot located behind the clubface). The combination of the two technologies expands the area of the face that flexes at impact, creating faster ball speeds and higher launch angles.  

“Golfers want to hit their irons far, which has put us on a path to engineer iron sets that have driver-like face speed,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Director of Product Creation for Irons, Putters and Wedges. “To find that speed, we created ultra-thin faces, introduced Inverted Cone Technology and now an enhanced Speed Pocket with ThruSlot Technology. The ThruSlot extends all the way through the bottom cavity, and works in conjunction with the ultra-thin clubface and deep undercut to promote tremendous face-flex at impact.” 

The new SLDR irons also feature improved sound and feel over past models with Speed Pocket technology due to a vibration dampening system that features a shock-absorbing badge in the cavity and a polymer that fills each Speed Pocket. SLDR irons are available in 4-AW with either KBS Tour C-Taper 90 steel shafts or Fujikura graphite shafts. 

Available at retail starting June 6th. 

(Photos: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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April 17, 2014

TaylorMade SLDR Now Available in White

Posted at 2:39 PM by Michael Chwasky

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If you were a fan of some of TaylorMade's past white drivers but like the distance and technology provided by the SLDR, you're in luck. Avaialable for pre-order now, the SLDR ($399.99) white driver provides the same low and forward CG, sliding weight design, adjustable hosel (add or subtract loft by up to 1.5-degrees), and overall TaylorMade bling as the traditional SLDR but with a white paint job and black button-back alignment aid.

The white crown with black button-back delivers a remarkable appearance at address. Many golfers fell in love with white when it came out in 2011, and now we are delivering a limited edition white SLDR with low and forward CG for more distance when you loft up.

-Brian Bazzell, senior director of metalwood product creation, TaylorMade Golf

The SLDR white driver is available in 10°, 12°, 14°, and 16° models with Fujikura Speeder 57 lightweight shaft.

(Photo: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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TaylorMade-adidas Names New President and CEO

Posted at 2:09 PM by Michael Chwasky

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The adidas Group has appointed TaylorMade-adidas Golf CEO Mark King as President of adidas Group North America as of June 1, 2014. The new position wil place King in command of all adidas and Reebok operations in North America. King will continue to oversee TaylorMade-adidas Golf in conjuction with adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer and will also serve on an advisory board for the company. The new CEO of TaylorMade-adidas Golf will be Ben Sharpe, who is currently exectuve vice president of adidas Golf and Ashworth. 

“Mark King’s appointment underlines our clear commitment to the North American market-place”, says Herbert Hainer, CEO of the adidas Group. "Mark has a proven track record of success and leadership excellence. In turn, TaylorMade-adidas Golf is in best hands with Ben Sharpe who has been part of the successful TaylorMade leadership team since 2006. I am convinced that Ben will lead our golf business into the next era of growth.”

Since King became President of TaylorMade in 1999 the company's business has grown from $349 million to $1.7 billion in 2013. Ben Sharpe, the current executive vice president of adidas golf and ashworth was previously the company's managing director in Europe, where he doubled the size of the business during his six year stint in the position. 

“Ben’s business savvy, vision, charisma and competitive drive make him the right man to lead TaylorMade-adidas Golf into the future,” said King. “My role on the board will allow me to stay connected with the golf business while focusing my efforts on ensuring adidas Group reaches its full potential in North America.”

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April 08, 2014

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Wedges

Posted at 11:47 AM by Michael Chwasky

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The new Tour Preferred wedges from TaylorMade ($129) were designed by industry veteran Clay Long in combination with the company's extensive Tour staff. The result is two different sole grinds that will appeal to the full gamut of players: 

Classic Grind: Aimed at players who want a traditional design and shape. Available in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60-degree models with tour-proven bounce options. Features include slight progressive camber that increases with loft, ample heel relief, and Micro Texture face for enhnaced spin and control. 

ATV Grind: Based on the previous ATV design but with an improved, slightly narrower sole design. The new and improved shape provides less bounce on full shots and sand shots but maintains higher bounce performance on open-face shots. Available in 54, 56, 58, and 60-degree models, all with the same Micro Texture face as the Classic Grind. 

The Classic Grind will be available on 4/18 while the ATV Grind hits retail on 6/15.

(Photo: Michael Chini)

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April 07, 2014

Justin Rose Tries TaylorMade SLDR Mini Driver at Augusta

Posted at 12:43 PM by Kevin Cunningham
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via @justinprose99 on Instagram

Justin Rose got to Augusta National early this year to prepare for the first major of 2014. The 2013 U.S. Open champion is looking for his second major title this week, and he'll try anything to improve his chances, including possibly putting the new TaylorMade SLDR Mini driver in his bag.

Rose instagrammed a photo collage of the club with the following caption: "Been working with the amazing NEW @taylormadegolf #Mini driver this week, may have the #SLDR and #Mini driver in the bag at Augusta. Will keep you posted during the week. #LoftUp."

The new TaylorMade club is 260cc as compared to the 460cc SLDR driver and the 150cc SLDR 3-wood, and comes with a 43.5" shaft. It is designed as a 3-wood replacement for the player that desires the distance of a driver but the accuracy of a 3-wood off the tee and was first spotted on the range at this year's WGC-Cadillac Championship.

You can learn more about the SLDR Mini in the video below:

The TaylorMade SLDR Mini driver can be pre-ordered here for $279.99.

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