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July 04, 2011

Limited Edition Callaway Diablo Octane Drivers

Posted at 2:28 PM by David Dusek

Callaway is offering an all-black, Limited Edition Diablo Octane Tour driver, the same club used by Fredrik Jacobson, who won the Travelers Championship two weeks ago, and Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters champion.


If you decide to put this club in play, expect it to perform like any other Diablo Octane Tour. Both drivers feature a 450 cc head made with Forged Composite, a lightweight carbon material that allows engineers to make lighter, stronger and more-powerful clubs, according to the company. 

There will only be 5,000 of the drivers made, all right-hand models with 9.5 degrees of loft. To complement the all-black head, the club will come with a black, 45 1/2-inch Project X 7C7 shaft, along with a black-and-white Golf Pride New Decade grip.

To get your hands on one of the limited-edition drivers, which will cost $379, contact your local Callaway dealer. You can see a list of them here.

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April 08, 2010

Nike Makes Unique Sneakers, Jackets for Masters Staff Players

Posted at 11:10 AM by David Dusek

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Nike has several golfers in the field this week at the Masters. And each of them received some very unique gifts from the company on the eve of the tournament, including a green-and-yellow pair of Nike sneakers. Each player's first name was stitched on the back of the left shoe, and the last name was on the right. Below is a photo of the shoes given to Francesco Molinari.


But wait, there's more. Several players were also given a green track jacket with their name embroidered on the front. However, as past champions, Trevor Immelman and Tiger Woods were given white jackets. Above Immelman's name was a single star to symbolize his 2008 victory; there were four stars placed above Tiger's name to represent each of his wins.

Inside, discreetly screened into the back of each jacket, is an image of the famous oak tree that stands behind the clubhouse at Augusta National.


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(Photos by David Dusek)

March 02, 2010

Gear Notes: Trevor Immelman's New Nike Driver, Hunter Mahan's Day at Ping, and TaylorMade's Vecino Spider Putter

Posted at 3:35 PM by David Dusek

Mathew Goggin, who tied for fourth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, had a great week on the greens. Last season, Goggin averaged 29.53 putts per round, ranking him 142nd on the PGA Tour. But last week at TPC Scottsdale, using a new Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball Blade putter for the first time, the Aussie was more than one stroke better, needing just 28.3.

Adding those four strokes to Goggin's final score would have dropped him into a tie for 24th and cost him more than $200,000 in prize money.

Trevor Immelman made his 2010 debut last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and he did it with a new driver. Immelman, who won the 2008 Masters using a Nike SQ Dymo STR8-Fit prototype driver, played at TPC Scottsdale with a new SQ Machspeed STR8-Fit.

Hunter Mahan Ping Man Ping
Hunter Mahan went to Ping's factory in Phoenix last Tuesday to meet with the company's engineers, club builders and tour department. To say thanks for all the work they have done for him, Mahan even brought lunch for 30 people.

While at Ping's headquarters, Mahan worked with a master club builder and tour rep to improve the performance of a new EYE2 lob wedge that he started using during the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Unlike the EYE2 lob wedge he'd previously been using, Mahan's new wedge has grooves that conform to the new USGA standards. He felt the ball was rolling up the face too much on full shots, so material was welded to the sole and 3° of bounce were added to the club. The result for Mahan was more control and a flatter trajectory while keeping the 59° of loft.

On Sunday, en route to winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mahan had to overcome a problem with his Ping Rapture V2 driver.

"My gamer had a little crack in it on 2," he said Sunday evening. After talking with officials and confirming that he could take the club out of play and replace it with a new driver, Mahan's girlfriend, Kandi Harris, ran back to his car and got his back-up.

Monza_Spider_Vicino"Luckily the rules staff ran her out to the car and she got it and I got it before the next tee shot, which was nice, because the next hole is a par 5," he said. "I really didn't want to hit a 3-wood off the par 5."

The new Vecino Spider (right) arrived on tour last week at TPC Scottsdale. Both Martin Laird and Joe Ogilvie immediately put the new putter in the bag, and according to the company, J.B. Holmes, Kenny Perry and Scott McCarron all requested that Vecino Spider putters be made to their specifications for testing.

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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 19, 2010

Video: Nike Athletes on Groove Rule Changes

Posted at 5:37 PM by David Dusek

In this video provided by Nike Golf, Stepen Ames, Trevor Immelman, Stewart Cink, Anthony Kim, Suzann Pettersen and Amanda Blumenherst talk about how the new USGA groove rule changes are going to effect their game.

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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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January 29, 2009

Trevor Immelman's golf bag

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Golf Magazine's Rob Sauerhaft and's David Dusek caught up with Trevor Immelman on Wednesday at the PGA Show's Demo Day, and the Masters champ gave them a tour of his bag.

January 08, 2009

Immelman talks about his STR8-Fit driver

Posted at 2:35 PM by David Dusek

Trevorimmelmannikestr8fit_600 Only now, nine months after Trevor Immelman won the Masters, is the South African coming clean about the driver he used to win at Augusta National.

In a video conference with, Immelman explained that he began using a Nike STR8-Fit driver at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral, two weeks before 2008's first major. Specifically, he was using a Nike SQ 5000 driver that had been adjusted using STR8-Fit to be 1° open and slightly more upright. (The STR8-Fit drivers that will be available to consumers starting in April will have the new Dymo and Dymo2 heads.)

"I was wanting to draw the ball with greater ease off the tee for the crosswinds at Doral," Immelman said. "Also, looking ahead to Augusta, I wanted to be able to draw the ball a little bit more on some of those par 4s. And that's what this technology allowed me to do. It allowed me to change the face angle so I could draw the ball easier"

Immelman's average drive was 17-yards longer at the 2008 WGC-CA Championship at Doral than it was in 2007, although his accuracy percentage dropped by nine percent. For the season, Immelman averaged almost five more yards off the tee in 2008.

Rob Sauerhaft, GOLF Magazine's managing editor (Equipment), asked Immelman if he adjusted the face of the driver during the season. "No, I did not," he said. "When I am playing my best, I play with a very slight draw, but when my swing is a little bit off I fade the ball or lose it to the right. Normally I like a fairly lofted driver, and I would have the face about 2° to 2.5° open, but with this technology we closed the face down a little bit so I was between .75° and 1° open. So when I was coming into the ball the face was slightly more square, and it gave me the opportunity to draw the ball with greater ease. And I'm still using that exact same setting."

Immelman said he has been testing the new Nike Dymo STR8-Fit driver for a few months, but in the Mercedes Benz Championship this week, he will still be using an SQ Sumo 5000 (10.5°) with a 44 7/8-inch Mitsubishi Fubuki X-Flex shaft.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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