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January 20, 2013

Winner's Bag: Brian Gay at the Humana Challenge

Posted at 11:37 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R1 (9°) with an Oban Kiyoshi shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Adams Speedline Super LS (13°) with an Oban Kiyoshi shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rocketballz Tour (16.5°) Rescue TP (19°) with Aldila NV shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade RocketBladez (4), Mizuno MP-60 (5-8); Mizuno MP-32 (9, PW) with Project X 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Bettinardi BB8 TOUR prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x 

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

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(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

 

January 15, 2013

My Bag: Mark Wilson at the Humana Challenge

Posted at 3:58 PM by David Dusek

"I can launch this driver a little bit better, hit it a litle bit longer and get a little more ball speed with the dame accuracy." -- Mark Wilson, defending champion at the Humana Challenge

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DRIVER: Ping Anser (8.5°) with a Grafolloy Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland HiBore XLS (13°) with an Aldila NV 95X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping Anser (17°, 20°) with Mitsubishi Kura Kage 80X shafts
IRONS: Ping i20 (4-PW) with Ping CS Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with Ping CS Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58 Rib
SHOES: FootJoy Icon

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

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November 29, 2012

Putter makers react to the pending anchored putter ban

Posted at 2:11 PM by David Dusek

P1-Keegan1-USGA Executive Director Mike Davis made an important distinction about the ban on anchored putting that was announced Wednesday and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. 

"This is not an equipment rule," he said. "The equipment rules are based on facts, research. There's a formal notice and comment period that we go through with manufacturers. In this case, this is simply us clarifying what a stroke should not be."

So golf manufacturers can keep making and selling long and belly putters, even after the ban goes into effect. That's good news for companies like Odyssey Golf, the world's top-selling putter-maker, which saw sales of belly and long putters triple from 2010 to 2011. Today those putters consitute 12% of sales. At TaylorMade, anchor-style putters represent almost 15% of sales.

Here are some reactions from leading putter brands to Wednesday's announcement:

Odyssey Golf
Regarding the USGA and R&A proposal today, Odyssey has long held the belief that confidence with the putter is good for the game, particularly regarding player retention and growth potential. But one of the beauties of putting is that there are so many ways to do it.

Notwithstanding the final ruling in 2013, it is Odyssey's pledge to ensure golfers have the same level of confidence when they line up a putt with one of our products – regardless of the putting technique. We have anticipated this proposal for some time now and have been busy exploring several alternative options.

It should be noted that Odyssey will continue to offer belly and long putters in the short term for golfers who want to continue using them recreationally.

We'd like golfers everywhere to know that Odyssey has an optimistic approach to the proposal regardless of the outcome. As the #1 Putter in Golf, we have more tour players around the world playing and winning with Odyssey putters than any other company, and we will continue to work with those players to innovate new products and new, alternative methods to putt at the highest level.

The Acushnet Company (parent company of Titleist)
We intend to review the announcement regarding anchoring issued today by the USGA and R&A and, as a matter of process, appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to them during the comment period.

Mark King, CEO, TaylorMade Golf
Because the proposed change to the Rules of Golf bans the act of anchoring the putter to the body, and not long and mid-length putters themselves, we’ll continue making them. Does it mean the demand for these kinds of putters would drop? Maybe. But at the end of the day I don’t think we would sell one more or one less putter if the change to the Rules is made.

It’s definitely possible to use a broomstick putter without anchoring it, and I speak from experience. I use one and I hold my left hand in a stationery position a couple of inches away from my sternum. So I think we would definitely see players who currently anchor the putter who will find ways to use a long putter without anchoring it, so they can keep playing by the Rules.

Yet I also think that there will be plenty of amateur golfers who won’t give up anchoring the putter. Anybody who’s played this game knows that good putting requires an extremely precise stroke, and anchoring the putter helps a lot of golfers do that. It will be hard to give up anchoring if your putting is a lot worse without it.

However, golfers who continue to anchor the putter would be breaking the Rules, which would exclude them from holding a legitimate, USGA-sanctioned handicap, which means they couldn’t compete in tournament or event where the Rules of Golf apply. Because of that I think we would see a lot of golf leagues and golf clubs making their own exception to the anchoring rule, which essentially means that they wouldn’t strictly be playing by the Rules of Golf.

But the truth is that most golfers don’t play strictly by the Rules of Golf when they play with their friends, anyway. I don’t mean they cheat, I mean that they often go ahead and flatten spike marks even though the Rules forbid it. And how many golfers are okay with hitting a mulligan off the first tee? And that’s fine, because the game is about having fun for 99 percent of the golfers who play it, not grinding out a score in tournament play.

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November 11, 2012

Winner's Bag: Charlie Beljan at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic

Posted at 7:08 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
Cleveland Classic (9.0°) with a Miyazaki B Asha 5 shaft
HYBRIDS:
Adams XTD (15°) with a Graphite Design G Series shaft; Srixon Z-TX (20°) with a Nippon prototype shaft
IRONS:
 Cleveland 588 CB (4-PW) with Nippon prototype shafts
WEDGES:
Cleveland 588 Rotex CB (52°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER:
Scotty Cameron for Titleist Select GoLo
BALL:
Srixon Z-Star 3 prototype

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

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

November 05, 2012

Winner's Bag: Ian Poulter at the HSBC Champions

Posted at 10:10 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cobra ZL Encore white (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP Phenom 50X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra AMP (14°) with Project X 7B3 shafts
HYBRIDS
: Cobra Baffler Rail H (17.5°) with Matrix Ozik 85X shaft, Titleist 909H (21°) and Titleist 909Hd (23°) with Aldila NV 85X shafts
IRONS: Cobra S3 Pro CB (5-6), Cobra S3 Pro MB (7-PW) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 62°) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

November 02, 2012

Mickelson playing stealthy TaylorMade fairway wood in China

Posted at 2:54 PM by David Dusek
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Before the start of the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, Phil Mickelson pulled out his Callaway Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood and added a TaylorMade RocketBallz 3-wood to his bag.

According to Callaway's senior vice president of marketing, Harry Arnett, Mickelson arrived at a Callaway photo shoot last week in Fort Worth, Texas, and told Callaway designers that the Mission Hills course in China presented a problem.

"He said, 'Here's my dilemma: Because of the course set-up, I'm not going to be able to hit driver. I need to have something that I can hit 290 off the tee. My 3-wood goes about 275 to 280 and my driver goes 305. I can't hit my driver there because if I do I'm in all the junk, but I don't want to hit it 270 because in some cases I may not be able to reach some of the par 5s. What do we have?'"

Arnett explained that Callaway is releasing a new fairway wood in a few weeks, but the company didn't have one ready to give to Mickelson for his trip to China.

Mickelson brought a TaylorMade fairway wood to Fort Worth and Arnett said he saw the club. While the off-the-rack RocketBallz fairway woods feature a white crown, Mickelson got one from TaylorMade that is black.

Arnett said, "We told him, 'Play whatever you want. We've got the prototype coming in a few weeks. If you really feel like this is the best way for you to compete and win, then go for it!'"

When Callaway releases its new fairway woods, Arnett said he was confident that Mickelson, who has already tested prototypes of the new Callaway woods, would take the TaylorMade club out of his bag.

Before the start of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in September, Mickelson pulled his Callaway RAZR Fit 5-wood and added a 9-year-old Titleist 980F 5-wood to his bag. The Titleist 5-wood made the trip to China and Mickelson is still using it.

The four-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member shot 66 on Thursday and 69 Friday, putting him tie for sixth, six shots behind Louis Oosthuizen.

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

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(Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

October 30, 2012

Rory McIlroy and Titleist parting ways at end of year

Posted at 8:30 AM by Golf.com

P1-Rory-TitleistTitleist announced on Tuesday morning that its relationship with Rory McIlroy will not extend beyond Dec. 31. Will a move to Nike be next?

McIlroy, 23, has played Titleist equipment since turning pro at the age of 18, but reports of a 10-year, $250 million deal with Nike have been circulating in the golf press. So far, neither Nike nor McIlroy has confirmed those rumors, and McIlroy refused to discuss them on his recent trip to Shanghai.

RELATED PHOTOS: McIlroy’s Career | Tiger and Rory's Head-to-Head Battles

Titleist and McIlroy seemed to be parting on good terms.

"Our goal has been to provide Rory with the best equipment and service that would help him be the best player he could possibly be," Wally Uihlein, chief executive officer of Acushnet, said in today's statement. "He has been a great ambassador for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and in turn, we are proud of how our equipment has contributed to his success. We wish Rory all the best, both personally and professionally, going forward."

McIlroy thanked Uihlein and the Titleist and FootJoy staff and added: "I have enjoyed five very exciting and successful years with the company and I will always appreciate the contribution Titleist has made in helping me become the player I am today."

RELATED: Nike Homepage | Titleist Homepage | See-Try-Buy

(Photo: Hong Wu / Getty Images)

October 28, 2012

Winner's Bag: Nick Watney at CIMB Classic

Posted at 6:11 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
 Titleist 913D3 (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (15°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93X shaft; (19°) with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 AP2 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts 
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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October 14, 2012

Winner's Bag: Jonas Blixt at the FRYS.com Open

Posted at 8:21 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cobra ZL Encore (8.5°) withy a UST Mamiya Attas T2 6X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°) Graphite Design Tour AD shaft
HYBRID: Cobra Baffler T-Rail (18°) with a Graphite Design DI Hybrid 105X shaft
IRONS: Cobra S3 Pro MB (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (52°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: YES! Donna 2
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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(Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

 

October 08, 2012

Winner's Bag: Ryan Moore at the Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospital for Children Open

Posted at 9:21 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade RocketBallz (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft 
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°, 19°) with Fujikura Motore shafts
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 (20°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (4-PW) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cobra Trusty Rusty (55°); Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60°) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
PUTTER: YES! Sandy-12 White 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

September 29, 2012

My Bag: Luke Donald at 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 7:45 PM by David Dusek

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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-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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(Photo by David Dusek)

 

 

My Bag: Jason Dufner at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 6:01 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 60 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (13.5°) with Mitsubishi I'ilima 80 X shaft, Titleist 906F2 (18°) with Grafalloy Prolite shaft
HYBRID:  Titleist 910H (21°) with Project X Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Titleist AP2 712 (4-PW) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 6 prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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

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(Photo by David Dusek)

 

September 23, 2012

Winner's Bag: Brandt Snedeker at the Tour Championship

Posted at 8:45 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
 TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
HYBRID: Ping Anser (20°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 100 X shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW) Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 56°) with a  True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330 

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

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

September 13, 2012

Mickelson using 9-year-old fairway wood

Posted at 5:06 PM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson continued his hot play last week at the BMW Championship and finished tied for second, two shots behind Rory McIlroy. While most onlookers noticed that Mickelson was putting with the claw grip, sharp-eyed equipment junkies might have noticed another change.

Mickelson continued to use his Callaway RAZR Fit driver (9.5°) and his Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Octane 3-wood (15°), but the Hall of Famer replaced his Callaway RAZR Fit 5-wood (18°) with a Titleist 980F 5-wood (17°) with a Graphite Design PM 902 shaft.

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Titleist's 980F line of fairway woods debuted in 2003, while Mickelson was a Titleist staff player. Before the start of the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, Mickelson signed a deal with Callaway and switched to the company's gear before the start of the matches against Europe.

It's not unusual for pros to hold on to old, trusty fairway woods. Tiger Woods uses a Nike SasQuatch II 5-wood, a club that was released in 2007, and Geoff Ogilvy has been playing a Cobra S9-1 5-wood since 2009.

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

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(Photo by Brian Spurlock/US PRESSWIRE)

September 09, 2012

Winner's Bag: Rory McIlroy at the 2012 BMW Championship

Posted at 8:43 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (13°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft; (18°) with a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft
IRONS:  Titleist 712MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts 
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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