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April 13, 2014

Bubba Watson's winning gear at the Masters

Posted at 8:52 PM by Michael Chwasky
Bubba Watson's Clubs
Credit: Getty Images

 

Driver: PING G25 (8.5°) with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X-flex shaft

Fairway Woods: PING G25 (16.5° bent to 15°) with Tour Spec 8.2 X-flex shaft

Irons: PING S55 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: PING Tour Gorge (52°, 56°), PING Tour-S (64°bent to 62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: PING Anser Milled 1 (34.5" length)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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April 08, 2014

Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan Sport Under Armour Gear at Augusta

Posted at 1:11 PM by Michael Chwasky

Under Armour's been making major headway into golf in recent years and will have a pretty noticeable presence at August National this week with players like Jordan Spieth and Hunter Mahan (among others) donning their gear. Check out Jordan's and Hunter's clothing scripts for the week below: 

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Jordan Spieth:

Thurs: Elevated Heather Stripe Polo $69.99, Elevated Twill Pant $89.99, custom belt and hat 

Fri: Performance Polo $49.99, Elevated Twill Short (customized into pants) $69.99, custom belt and hat

Sat: Coldblack Embossed Polo $64.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, Casual Leather Belt $54.99, custom hat

Sun: Elevated Heather Stripe Polo $69.99, Elevated Twill Pant $89.99, custom belt and hat

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Hunter Mahan: 

Thurs: Performance Polo $49.99, Elevated Twill Short (customized into pants) $69.99, UA Canvas Belt $29.99, custom hat

Fri: Elevated Space Dye Stripe Polo $69.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, Casual Leather Belt $54.99, custom hat

Sat: Essential Stripe Polo $59.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, UA Canvas Belt $29.99, custom hat

Sun: Elevated Heather Stripe Polo $69.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, UA Canvas Belt $29.99, custom hat

(Photos: Courtesy of Under Armour)

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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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True Linkswear Masters Wingtip Golf Shoes

Posted at 11:42 AM by Michael Chwasky

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In celebration of the first major championship of the year, True linkswear has introduced a limited edition shoe called the True gent wingtip ($149). Featuring a combination of traditional style with True's unique Flex-Feel outsole, heavily cushioned heel and wide toe box that allows the foot to function naturally through the swing, the True gent is geared specifically for the Masters. 

“There are several iconic stops on the PGA TOUR each year, and with spring upon us and a revamped line of shoes at our disposal, this was a great opportunity to do something really fun and really creative,” said Jeremy Moore, president of the company. “Given the tradition and history of the season’s first major, we knew the TRUE gent was the perfect shoe from our collection to really celebrate it.”

Other features of the True gent wingtip include premium leather construction, 360-degree waterproof performance, and a faux heel that looks more like a traditional shoe but still provides True's "zero drop," advantage of having the foot close to the ground. 

Available at truelinkswear.com

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(Photo: Courtesy of True Linkswear)

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Ashworth Major Series Starts With Masters Champion Fred Couples

Posted at 11:14 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Ashworth's new majors series apparel collection features a series of six golf shirts ($100 per shirt) that are designed to honor Ashworth major champions including Fred Couples, Justin Rose, Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard, Paul Azinger, and Retief Goosen. The first shirt available, not surprisingly, is one dedicated to '92 Masters champion and long time Ashworth player Fred Couples, and is limited to only 275 units (Freddie's winning score, not coincidentally).

“I’ve worn Ashworth on tour since they started in 1987 and believe it’s the best shirt ever made,” said Couples. “Wearing Ashworth is very special to me and I’m excited to wear this new golf shirt at The Masters, where I won my first championship.”

Othe features of the Fred Couples Ashworth major series shirt include a button that displays the date of Freddie's Masters victory, a limited edition majors series patch on the right sleeve, and Freddie's signature embroidered on the inside of the neck. Look for him to be wearing the shirt in the opening round on Thursday this week. 

Avaialble exclusively at ashworthgolf.com 

(Photo: Courtesy of Ashworth)

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April 04, 2014

Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson's Oakley Masters gear

Posted at 6:43 PM by Michael Chwasky

Everyone's getting amped up for Augusta next week, including Oakley's two main men, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson. Check out their scripts for next week - look's like Bubba is going for a bit more color while Zach will be a bit more subdued, which makes sense. Though Oakley is probably best known for hi-tech eyewear like the golf specific Fast Jacket model (outfitted with G30 lenses) that Zach wears, high performance clothing is also up their alley, at least according to Bubba. 

“I want to look good and have no restrictions in my swing,” says Bubba. “I swing the club at 126 mph, and the new Oakley Swing Engineered Technology really allows me to move freely and crush every drive!”

Here's Bubba:

Bubba-Watson

 

Here's Zach:

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Rickie Fowler's 2014 Masters Puma Look

Posted at 1:24 PM by Michael Chwasky

The Masters is known for its own style, which normally includes a lot of genteel spring colors mixed with green and gold.

Rickie Fowler is also known for his own SoCal style with flat brim hats, bright colors, and matching shoes.

At this year's Masters, Puma has Rickie decked out in a mixture of designs, some a bit subdued, some not at all. Check out Rickie's clothing lineup for next week including the par-3 contest on Wednesday and some Oklahoma State orange for Sunday and think about which look you'd like to add to your closet. Or not. 

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(Photo: Courtesy of Cobra-Puma Golf)

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April 03, 2014

Nike Scripts Rory McIlroy's 2014 Masters Apparel

Posted at 2:24 PM by Michael Chwasky

If you've been waiting with anticipation to see what Rory will wear at Augusta, the wait's over. According to the folks at Nike, Rory will be wearing one of their "key styles," of the season, the Lightweight Innovation Color polo ($75), all four days. Features of the shirt include bonded shoulder seams, laser-cut armholes, placket, and pocket, and perforated collar for enhanced breathability and cooling.

“These polos are really lightweight and comfortable,” says McIlroy. “I like that I know how it’s going to feel day to day, and there’s no distracting seams or material – I can just focus on my game.”

His other gear will include Nike's Modern Tech Pant ($80), Tour Mesh Cap ($30), Modern Plaque Belt ($50), and Lunar Control shoes ($200). Of course, Rory will also carry a full bag of Nike clubs including a VRS STR8-FIT driver and RZN Black golf ball.

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(Photo: Courtesy of Nike)

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April 01, 2014

ECCO's Fred Couples Signature Masters Shoe

Posted at 4:16 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Starting today ECCO has made available 275 pairs of its limited edition Fred Couples Signature BIOM Hybrid golf shoe ($275). Scheduled to be worn by Freddy at the 2014 Masters, the shoe features a white and green color combination and a laser engraving of his autograph (as well as a limited edition serial number). 

“This project is a testament to our remarkable relationship with Fred and his dynamic, longstanding connection with golf fans around the world,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “Fred’s power to capture the popular imagination ignited the hybrid footwear revolution, so it’s fitting that we commemorate his latest trip to Augusta National with a very special shoe.”

The Couples Signature model has all the same features as the original BIOM Hybrid shoe including ECCO's Dynamic Traction System (100 molded traction bars and 800 taction angles in the sole) and Natural Motion technology, which provides supports along the entire foot and absorbs impact throughout the walking motion. Other features include a low-profile design, Direct Injection for added cushioning, HYDROMAX weather protection and a triple-component climate control system for interior comfort. 

ECCO's Fred Couples Signature Model will be available at golfsmith.com, pgatoursuperstore.com, carlsgolfland.com and eccousa.com.

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March 27, 2014

Nike's limited edition shoes ready for Augusta

Posted at 6:13 PM by Michael Chwasky
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Courtesy of Nike

Available starting March 27th, Nike Golf is offering three limited edition shoes that will be worn by Nike athletes at the Masters. Each of the models feature white uppers and a variety of colors on the outsoles, Swooshes, laces and eyelets. The limited edition models are available at select retailers and on Nike.com. 

Nike TW '14 Limited Edition ($180)

The shoe is the result of a collboration between Tiger and Nike's footwear design team and features a natural-motion engineered outsole that is designed to closely mimic the natural motion of the foot. Dynamic Flywire technology helps provide further stability and mobility. You've seen Tiger wear these plenty of times, but not in this color combo. 

Nike Lunar Control Limited Edition ($160) 

Features include Nike's full-length Lunarlon tehnology for extra comfort and support and Nike Flywire, which wraps the midfoot to the heel for improved stability.  

Nike Lunar Clayton Limited Edition ($250) 

Waterproof leather uppers are combined with lighweight Lunarlon technology to provide a traditional look and modern performance. The leather uppers are connected to the outsole with a leather welt to guarantee no water can penetrate the shoe. 

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March 05, 2014

First Look: Cobra's Limited Edition Masters Driver

Posted at 10:06 AM by Michael Chwasky
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Courtesy of Cobra Golf


Just in time to drive down Magnolia Lane is Cobra's new Limited Edition Green BIO CELL driver ($399). Available March 15, the club comes standard with all the usual BIO CELL features including MyFly8, SmartPad, and E9 face technology but with the addition of a matching green and white shaft, grip, and head cover. 

“There is so much buzz in the golf community surrounding the first major of the year, and the Limited Edition Driver helps bring some of that excitement to the COBRA Brand,” said Tom Olsavsky, vice president of R&D. “This driver showcases our game-changing technologies, including MyFly8, SmartPadand E9 Face, that delivers increased distance, while the Limited Edition Green allows us to celebrate one of golf’s premier events.”

The Limited Edition Green BIO CELL driver can be adjusted to 9-, 9.5-, 10.5-, 11.5-, and 12-degrees of loft and features three draw-bias settings (9.5-, 10.5-, and 11.5-degrees). Aldila ATX Tour Green shaft (R, S, or X-flex) and COBRA Lamkin Ace 3GEN grip come standard. 

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March 31, 2011

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's golf equipment

Posted at 10:55 AM by David Dusek

President Dwight D. Eisenhower didn't start playing golf until he was in his 30s, but he fell hard for the game. During his eight years in office he played more than 800 rounds. Over his lifetime Ike's handicap very between 14 and 18, and he broke 80 on a handful of occasions. When it came to equipment, the President was a Spalding man, in deference to his good friend Bobby Jones, says Art Kennel, a former superintendent of Gettysburg (Pa.) Country Club, where Ike was a member. Kennel became Ike's personal Gettysburg caddie from 1955 to '66. Upon his death in 1969 Eisenhower left two sets of clubs to Kennel. The set pictured below dates from the '50s and is one that Kennel gifted Ike's golf buddy Arnold Palmer, who loaned the clubs to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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DRIVER: Spalding Model 15. According to Kennell, when Ike was in his prime, he could hit his driver 250 to 260 yards.

FAIRWAY WOODS: Spalding Model 15. "Ike liked all of the fairway woods," Kennell says. "But the 4-wood was his favorite club. A lot of times he teed off with it."

IRONS: Spalding Robt. T. Jones Executive. Ike would carry as many as 18 clubs, as long as they said BOBBY JONES. "Once, a new set came," Kennell says. "I said, 'Ike, these don't say BOBBY JONES on 'em.' He said, 'Pet 'em back then. I'll play with the old ones.'"

10-IRON: Ike's 10-iron was the equivalent of a pitching wedge. His clubs always had GENERAL IKE or five stars or both engraved on them.

Ikes 10 Irons

PUTTER: "That putter was a 'personal' gift from Arnold," Kennell says, "but the Bulls Eye was Ike's favorite."

Ikes Putter

BALLS: Spalding Dot. In 1968 at El Dorado Country club in Palm Desert, Calif., Ike accomplished a longtime dream—a hole in one. He sent the ball to Spalding president Edwin Parker as a thank you.

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HEAD COVERS: "When Ike went to Augusta after Arnold's Masters win in 1960," Kennell says, "they gave him head covers with the club's logo and his name on them."

Ikes Headcovers

GLOVE: Ike wore a red glove to match his unbrella.

  Ikes golf glove

GAUZE: "Ike had very big hands," says Kennell, "and he used tape to build up his grips."

  Ikes gauze

CART: "When he was in office, Ike used a motorized cart to play fast, in two or three hours. But later he usually walked. Still, he always had a cart that he would let guests or Secret Service agents ride in.

Ikes golf cart

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(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)

 

June 14, 2010

Augusta National Says Charity Jacket is Not Real

Posted at 2:07 PM by David Dusek

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif — I received an e-mail this morning from Augusta National Golf Club that pointed out subtle difference in the Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned for charity and the famous jackets presented to winners of the tournament.

"You'll notice the jacket for auction has a replica Masters logo on the left breast. Green Jackets carry the Augusta National map/flag logo with no text (left in photo). The auction photo also shows an unauthentic button. Green Jackets have gold buttons with the map/flag logo (also no text)."

Masters Jackets

The folks at Augusta National also likely reached out to charitybuzz.com, the company conducting the auction, to inform them of the irregularities in the jacket. The item is no longer listed among the items available on the company's Web site.

The business of sports memorabilia is tricky, and it seems that this is another case of something simply being too good to be true.

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(Photos: Fred Vuich/SI, left); charitybuzz.com, right)
June 11, 2010

Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned

Posted at 4:31 PM by David Dusek

**Update, June 14: Augusta National says this jacket is not real**

Sportswear comes in all shapes, styles and colors, but the green jackets worn by the members of Augusta National Golf Club—as well as Masters champions—are the most coveted by golfers. Only the greatest players in the history of the game have earned one, but now, one can be yours if the you've got the cash.

An online auction going on now through next Wednesday afternoon at charitybuzz.com—a site that runs fund-raising auctions for charities—features a Masters jacket that has been autographed by three-time winner Phil Mickelson.

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According to the Web site, the money raised in the auction will go to the Music for America Project. As of Friday afternoon, the highest bid for the jacket was $1050.

Among the other items available as part of the site's Dads & Grads Auction are two badges for the Monday and Tuesday sessions at the 2011 Masters (including lodging); dinner with Joe Montana at his home; and two VIP tickets to the next Victoria's Secret fashion show, including backstage passes and invites to the after party. Are any dads or recent grads actually worthy of this stuff?

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April 29, 2010

Odyssey to Offer Limited Edition Phil Mickelson Blade Putter

Posted at 3:41 PM by David Dusek

On the night that Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters, I wrote in detail about his custom-made Odyssey blade putter. As I noted that evening, Phil's putter is not currently in Odyssey's lineup. But Odyssey recently announced that 82 right-handed and 82 left-handed models of the Mickelson-inspired ProType 82 blade putter will be made available to the public.

Beginning May 10 at 11:00 AM ET (8:00 AM PT), those interested in owning one of these limited edition putters can sign up to be eligible for purchase on a first-come basis at OdysseyGolf.com. Each of these 164 individually numbered, limited-edition putters features a green highlight on the sole, a nod to Mickelson’s win at Augusta earlier this month.

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According to a release, the ProType 82 features a face insert that is identical to the insert in the White Ice family of putters, a tungsten weight in the rear section and a single white alignment line—just like Mickelson's. The putters will come with special headcover and a Black Series grip that is identical to the one Phil used at Augusta.

Each of the putters will be numbered and sold for $500.

"I'm very excited that the designers at Odyssey have produced this limited edition putter with the same design as my gamer," Mickelson said in the release.

Austie Rollinson, Principle Designer for Odyssey Golf, said in the release, "Phil came to us a few years back to develop this particular model and he’s obviously had great success with it on the PGA Tour. The ProType 82 Putter was developed due to the large number of requests we receive from people interested in the product that Phil uses on the game’s biggest stage."

Don't be surprised to see more ProType putters released from Odyssey in the future.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Odyssey and Callaway, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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