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February 21, 2010

Video: Stewart Cink on His Nike Clubs

Posted at 9:03 PM by David Dusek

In this video produced by Nike Golf, PGA Tour star Stewart Cink talks about the clubs in his bag and his new driver, Nike's Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour.

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February 09, 2010

Video: Robert Garrigus on TaylorMade's R9 SuperTri Driver

Posted at 1:09 PM by David Dusek

In this video provided by TaylorMade Golf, big-hitting Robert Garrius, who led the PGA Tour in driving distance in 2009, gives his first reaction to the new R9 SuperTri driver.

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February 08, 2010

Video: Nike Pros on Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour Driver

Posted at 10:28 PM by David Dusek

In this video provided by Nike Golf, Stuart Cink and Paul Casey talk about their experience with the new Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour driver. Tom Stites, Nike's director of product creation, also explains what makes the club special.

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February 02, 2010

Gear Notes: Michael Sim's Titleist Hybrid, TaylorMade's New Drivers, Ping's Irons and Callaway's New Tour i(z) Ball

Posted at 10:14 AM by David Dusek

Michel-Sim-Torrey-Pines-Titleist_600 Titleist
Michael Sim (right), who in 2009 won the Nationwide Tour money title and Player of the Year award, as well as a battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour, spent some time at the Acushnet Test Facility before the start of last week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

According to Titleist's Blog, Sim felt that the distance gap between his AP2 9-iron and his pitching wedge was too large, so he sought the help of some Titleist fitters. By switching from a 47° Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C to a club with 48°, the gap shrank from 18 yards to 12 yards.

Sim also told fitters that while his 695CB 2-iron worked well on the sandy, dry courses in his homeland of Australia, PGA Tour courses demanded shots that fly higher and stop quickly. After trying various hybrids, he put a prototype 503i with a Project X 6.5 shaft into his bag and took out the 2-iron.

Sim also asked Titleist reps to look at his putting stroke using the company's high speed cameras at the Scotty Cameron putting studio. "It wasn’t as good as what it was last year when I went in there," he told Titleist. "But we managed to correct that in probably 20 minutes."

Sim finished tied for second at Torrey Pines. Here is a complete list of his clubs:
DRIVER: Titleist 905R (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White 83 shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 93 shaft

HYBRID: Titleist 503i with True Temper Project X shafts

IRONS: Titleist AP2 (3-9) with True Temper Project X shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Project X shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport Squareback
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

You've had a chance to read all about TaylorMade's newest drivers, the R9 SuperTri and the Burner SuperFast. Last week at Torrey Pines, PGA Tour pros had their first chance to hit the clubs on the range. The video below, provided by TaylorMade, shows some of their reactions:

There has been a lot of talk about Ping Eye2 wedges recently, especially after John Daly and Phil Mickelson used the venerable clubs in PGA Tour events. The grooves on the Eye2 wedges would be non-conforming with the USGA's new rules, except they were grandfathered to be legal in perpetuity thanks to a lawsuit Ping won 20 years ago. However, Ping cannot make more Eye2 irons and wedges with the old grooves, but on eBay the clubs are selling like hotcakes.

KJ Choi Ping Irons What was interesting to see at the Farmers Insurance Open was that there were 24 sets of Ping irons in play. Twelve sets were used by Ping staff players, and 12 were used by players NOT on Ping's staff, including K.J. Choi (right) who used a set of the company's new G15 irons. Choi, who is no longer a Nike staff player, also played with a TaylorMade r7 Limited driver.

According to the company, Spain’s Alvaro Quiros switched to Callaway's new Tour i(z) ball at last week's European Tour event in Qatar, where he finished second behind Robert Karrlson. Callaway officials pointed out that the switch may have helped the longest hitter in Europe get a touch longer off the tee. Quiros averaged  317 yards per drive at this year's Qatar Masters; at the same event last season, he averaged 314 yards on his way to victory.

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(Photos: Sim/Lenny Ignelzi/AP Photos; Choi/Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

January 29, 2010

UST Mamiya Releasing ATTAS Shafts

Posted at 10:46 PM by David Dusek

ORLANDO, Fla — The next time you have a great sushi meal and want to sound cool as you leave the restaurant, say, "Attas" (pronounced, Ah-Taas). According to Robb Schikner, UST Mamiya's vice president of sales and marketing, it's a form of Japanese slang meaning "thank you."

It's also the name of the company's latest premium graphite golf shaft, and it will be arriving in better golf pro shops this season as an after-market upgrade for your driver, fairways woods and hybrid clubs.

Unlike many premium graphite shafts that maintain a specific diameter through the butt section and then slowly taper to a narrower diameter near the tip, the ATTAS continuously tapers along the shafts entire length. The benefit of the continuous taper design is a smoother delivery of power as you swing down to the ball.

"Because we are seeing a lot of benefits to that, we are working on some next generation ProForce products [UST/Mamiya's other popular premium shaft line] that will also have the constant taper design," Schikner said.

It's also not a spin-killing shaft. The ATTAS is designed to promote a moderate ball flight that should appeal to many players. In fact, Stewart Cink put a prototype ATTAS shaft into his 5-wood midway through last season, and had lots of good things to say about it.

The new ATTAS shafts will retail for about $350 at better pro shops and golf specialty stores.

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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 08, 2010

Odyssey Releases New Black Series Tour Design Putters

Posted at 3:05 PM by David Dusek

Odyssey, the company that makes putters for both Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els, is set to release its next generation of tour-inspired flat sticks, the black series to her design family of putters.

Each of the four models in the Black Series Tour Design family is milled from 1025 carbon steel and features a tungsten weight flange behind the face. They hear thing dampening layer works to soften the feel and impact.

In a release, Austie Rollinson, principal designer for Odyssey Golf, said, "In creating the Black Series Tour Designs putters, we consulted with some of the greatest players in the game, including Phil Mickelson."

Weights in the heel and the toe area of the Black Series Tour Design putters allow Odyssey to adjust the swing weight of the putters based on the club's length. The 35" putter weighs 340 grams, while the 33" and 34" models weigh 350 grams total.

You can see and hear Rollinson explain more about the new putters in the video below:

Each of the new Odyssey Black series tour Design putters will retail for $269.

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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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December 10, 2009

Video: Tiger Woods, His Brand, and His Endorsments

Posted at 10:56 AM by David Dusek

On Wednesday afternoon I had a chance to appear on CNBC to briefly discuss how Tiger Woods, the brand, and his endorsement deals will be affected by his current scandal. Here's a clip of the segment:

November 25, 2009

Wear in the World: Our Idea of Golf Heaven

Posted at 1:27 PM by David Dusek

After viewing the latest tweets and blogs from a pair of extreme golfers playing at the world’s highest golf course (10,800 feet) in Bolivia, we gotta say we really like the idea of playing a 7 iron off the tee on a 217-yard par three. In the ultra-thin air of the Bolivian Andes, the ball carries an extra 30-40 yards, according to the golfers, Josh Sullivan and Lindsay Knowlton, who are traveling the world for Adidas, testing their equipment in harsh golf environments. This is almost like golfing on the moon. Can we make the La Paz Golf Club our home course? Any place you can hit a 7 iron like that is our idea of golfing heaven.

Meanwhile, it was raining and hailing the morning the two TaylorMade-adidas players went out, but, in case there were any doubt whatsoever concerning their Adidas equipment in such extreme conditions, they had no problem.  Their ClimaProof Provisional rain gear and Tour 360 shoes left both body and spirit undampened. You can see for yourself in this amusing little videos they have posted.

josh and Lindsay will be are continuously blogging about their adventures at  and here on, as well as filing Twitter  and Facebook  updates. — Woody Hochswender

November 16, 2009

Video: TaylorMade Staff Pros on the Penta TP Ball

Posted at 5:58 PM by David Dusek first told you about the five-piece TaylorMade Penta TP golf ball in August. In this video from TaylorMade, Dean Snell, senior director of ball research, explains how he got the company's staff pros—including Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Retief Goosen—to try it.

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November 02, 2009

Odyssey White Ice Putters

Posted at 12:01 PM by David Dusek

The December issue of GOLF Magazine features an excellent look at the Odyssey White Ice putters. In a nutshell, the insert of the new White Ice putters has been designed especially for softer, high-performance golf balls preferred by professional players and skilled amateurs. The putters also feature a new, darker finish.

In the video below, Odyssey's Austie Rollinson goes into more detail about the new line.

July 21, 2009

Video: This Week in Gear - July 21, 2009

Posted at 10:27 AM by David Dusek

In this eisode of This Week in Gear, learn all about the clubs that Stewart Cink used to win the 2009 British Open, as well as Mark Calcavecchia's new Ping driver, the Ping G15.

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May 19, 2009

Video: TaylorMade's New Burner Irons

Posted at 4:22 PM by David Dusek

This video is a part of the new TV series, Inside GOLF Magazine, which is now airing on Fox Sports. Check your local listings for channels and times.

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