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June 23, 2014

Kevin Streelman's Winning Gear at the 2014 Travelers Championship

Posted at 11:45 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Kevin Streelman picked up his second PGA Tour win by making a record seven consecutive birdies to post a 64 and beat out K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia by one. Here's a complete list of his gear from the Travelers Championship: 

DRIVER: PING G20 (9.5°) with Oban 65X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour (14.5°) with Oban 85X shaft

HYBRID: Adams Idea Super 9031 (20°) with Oban 100X shaft

IRONS: Wilson FG V2 Tour (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts

WEDGES: Wilson FG Tour (48°, 54°), Titleist Vokey TVD-K (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Carlos M. Saavedra/Sports Illustrated)

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February 14, 2014

How to get free Wilson Staff golf balls

Posted at 10:13 AM by Michael Chwasky

Wilson_staff_300UPDATE, Feb, 18, 2014: This promotion has ended.

There might not be such a thing as a free lunch in this world, but for the social-media savvy, there are free golf balls.

That's right, for a limited time anyone familiar with the use of social media can get a free two-ball pack of Wilson Staff FG Tour golf balls. Officially starting on Friday, Feb. 14th, all you have to do is refer a friend on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by hashtagging #FTTourward and both you and your friend will recieve your free ball sample (mailed to you after you provide an address). Called "Pay it #FGTourward", the initiative provides a nice opportunity to try some premium tour golf balls without shelling out any cash. 

In order to participate simply go to one of the three social media outlets mentioned above and post the following: 

Facebook: I want insert friend's name here to try the world's softest tour ball from Wilson Staff. I'm paying it #FGTourward. 

Twitter: I want @insert friend's twitter name here to try the softest tour ball from @WilsonGolf so we both get a free 2-ball pack! I'm paying it #FGTourward. 

Instagram: I want @insert friend's twitter name here to try the softest tour ball from @Wilson_Golf so we both get a free 2-ball pack. I'm paying it #FGTourward. 

Wilson will contact you directly via social media to acquire your mailing info -- the balls will be sent out within 30 days. 

Only one entry per person across all platforms, while supplies last. 

 

January 08, 2014

First Look: Wilson Staff FG Tour golf ball

Posted at 4:18 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Aimed at better players, the new Wilson Staff FG Tour golf ball ($44.99/dozen) is designed to be the softest urethane-covered ball around. Featuring a 4-piece construction with a very soft core for low driver spin, distance, and enhanced feel, the FG Tour is also built with an inner mantle that delivers spin performance on scoring shots and an outer mantle that maximizes distance. A cast urethane cover helps provide tour-level performance around the greens. 

After conductng research with low-handicap players, Wilson's R&D department concluded that most better players desired a softer feel from their golf ball and lowered the compression of the FG Tour to 70, which is 20 to 40 compression points lower than most urethane-covered tour models. A new 318 dimple pattern helps stabilize the ball in flight and provides a more boring trajectory in windy conditions. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Wilson)

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May 03, 2013

Win Wilson's pink wedge for Mother's Day

Posted at 2:57 PM by Mark Dee

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Here's a public service announcement from your friends at the Shop Blog: Mother's Day is right around the corner. And what better way to reward yourself for remembering to show your love for dear ol' Mom than by winning her one of Wilson's limited edition pink wedges, which are up for grabs from May 3 through May 10. It's like sending her carnations, except way better from the sand.

These 60-degree FG Tour TC wedges feature a pink grip and an iridescent pink finish with gold accents to give it what Wilson calls a "premium, female look," which, incidentally, is perfect for Bubba Watson. Or, for that matter, anyone here at the Shop. It just looks cool.

The wedge is cut down to 34.25", and weighs less than the standard FG Tour to fit the specs for women's clubs. What's more, the good people at Wilson will hand stamp your lucky lady's name or initials onto the winning club. Probably so Bubba won't steal it.

But enough about the club. Here's what you need to do to win it, straight from Wilson's corporate mouth:

The giveaway will run from May 3 until May 10 on Twitter, where @WilsonGolf followers can tweet a favorite memory of a special woman in their lives (the intended recipient) and tag it #fgtourtc, and on Instagram, where Wilson_Golf followers can upload a picture of a special woman in their lives and tag it #fgtourtc.

There you have it. Get sappy. It's for Mom.

(Photo: Courtesy of Wilson)

January 04, 2011

Kevin Streelman signs with Wilson Golf

Posted at 1:37 PM by David Dusek

   KevinStreelman_600 Wilson Golf sent me a release this morning that announced that Windy City native, Kevin Streelman, has signed an endorsement contract with the Chicago-based company.

“Wilson Golf is excited to welcome Kevin Streelman to the Wilson Golf team,” said Tim Clarke, general manager of Wilson Golf. “Kevin is truly entering the prime of his career and we are excited to be a part of that process. We couldn’t be more proud to have a native-Chicagoan representing our Chicago-based brand on the PGA TOUR.”

Streelman will play the Wilson Staff FG Tour irons and the Wilson Staff FG Tour wedges in all tournament play, as well as carry the distinctive red and white Wilson Staff bag and wear Wilson Staff headwear through the 2012 season.

“You can’t say enough about the history of Wilson Golf and what the company has meant to the game,” said Streelman. “I look forward to great success in the future while playing the Wilson Staff FG Tour irons and am proud to represent a company with such a great legacy.”

Streelman ranked 24th on TOUR with five top-ten finishes and finished 25th in the 2010 FedEx Cup standings. Notable PGA TOUR finishes include a T3 at The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club where he shot a tournament-low 63, a T7 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and a T9 at the year-ending TOUR Championship at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, Ga. His recent success in 2010 has qualified him for the upcoming 2011 Masters, 2011 U.S. Open and 2011 British Open.

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

May 18, 2010

My Bag: Ricky Barnes at 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship

Posted at 12:16 PM by David Dusek

From the May 24, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated Golf +

"Changing all the grooves in my wedges and irons was a big deal for me. I'm a creature of habit and do not like to change much."

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DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (8.5°) with an Accra DyMatch 93 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway X Hot (15°), Diablo Edge (18°) with Accra DyMatch 93 X shafts
IRONS: Wilson FG Tour (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Wilson Tw9 (48°, 56°, 60°) with Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Ice #9
BALL: Callaway Tour i

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(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)

August 14, 2009

Padraig Harrington's 2009 PGA Championship Clubs

Posted at 8:06 PM by David Dusek

Padraig-Harrington-Wilson-PGA_600 Here is a complete list of the clubs that Padraig Harrington is using this week at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 460 (9.5°) with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (13°), Wilson Staff FYbrid  (18°)
HYBRID: Wilson Staff (3, 4)
IRONS: Wilson Staff Pi5 (5-PW)
WEDGES:  Wilson Tw9 (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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June 22, 2009

Ricky Barnes' 2009 U.S. Open Clubs

Posted at 12:23 PM by David Dusek

Ricky Barnes The irons that Ricky Barnes brought to Bethpage Black for the 2009 U.S. Open are Wilson prototypes called Staff FG. According Wilson, they are designed to enhance feel and control, but with a small cavity-back design, they're more forgiving than the muscle-back Wilson's Staff FG59 irons. Wilson plans on releasing the Staff FG irons late in 2009.

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Ricky Barnes is playing:

DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (8.5°) with Accra SC shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway X (13°, 18°) with Accra SC shafts
IRONS: Wilson Staff FG prototype (3-PW) with True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Wilson Staff Tw9 (54°), Callaway X Forged (60°)
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Tour #9

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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

May 08, 2009

Harrington still searching for the perfect driver

Posted at 5:25 PM by David Dusek

Padraig Harrington Callaway Players So far this season, Padraig Harrington has not played like a guy who has won three of the last seven major championships.

"When you win something, especially when you have success, I see that as a reason to stop and start changing things to get better," Harrington said in a press conference earlier this week. "I'm not trying to play as well as I played last year to win the two majors. I'm trying to play better than that."

To that end, Harrington is not just tinkering with his game; he's also continuing his search for a new driver.

During much of 2008, Harrington used a Wilson Dd6+. In January and February, he was swinging a Wilson Smooth. But as we reported, he switched to a TaylorMade R9 with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft at the Shell Houston Open.

That club was pulled out of the bag in Augusta the following week, when Harrington put a Titleist 909D3 (9.5°) into play. Last week at Quail Hollow, he used a Titleist 905TR (9.5°), and in a practice round this week he tried a Callaway FT-9 (photo).

When it came time to tee it up on Thursday, the  Wilson Smooth Harrington used through much of 2008—including at Royal Birkdale and Oakland Hills—was once again in his bag.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

April 07, 2009

Padraig Harrington switching drivers, again

Posted at 11:43 AM by David Dusek

Padriag Harrington AUGUSTA, Ga. — Padraig Harrington played last week with a TaylorMade R9 driver, but he said in his Masters press conference on Tuesday morning that it won't be in his bag this week.

"It looks like it's got the sack now," he said as the assembled reports laughed.

Harrington won the 2007 British Open, 2008 British Open and 2008 PGA Championship using 8° Wilson drivers, but because he has been making subtle swing changes, he has needed to add loft.

"At the moment, the driver I used here two years ago is going into the bag," Harrington said. That driver is a Wilson Dd6+. "I actually don't think I ever had as good a driving tournament as I did two years ago, so hopefully I can replicate that."

April 04, 2009

Padraig Harrington testing a new driver

Posted at 9:41 AM by David Dusek

Padraig Harrington TaylorMade R9 Just a few days before the Masters, Padraig Harrington appears to be doing some driver testing. At last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, the winner of the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship used a Wilson Spine driver, but this week at the Shell Houston Open he is playing a TaylorMade R9 with a Grafalloy ProLite 35 shaft.

Through the first two rounds on Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course, Harrington had hit 50% of the fairways and averaged 293 yards per drive. For the season on the PGA Tour, he is hitting 52% of the fairways and averaging 279 yards per drive.

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

August 10, 2008

Padraig Harrington's PGA championship winning clubs

Posted at 8:47 PM by David Dusek

Harrington_driver_450x600 You might think that after winning a major championship the last thing you would want to do is make an equipment change.

But after successfully defending his British Open championship by winning at Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington was spotted tinkering with a new driver two weeks ago at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. It was a new Wilson prototype called the Smooth, but at the PGA Championship he was once again swinging a Wilson Dd6.

Here is a list of the clubs that Harrington used to win the PGA Championship.

Driver:                          Wilson Dd6+ (9°)
Fairway woods:           TaylorMade Burner (13°), Wilson Staff Fybrid  (18°)
Irons:                           Wilson Staff Ci7 (3-4) Wilson Pi5 (5-PW)
Wedges:                       Wilson Tw9 (54°, 60°)
Putter:                          Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
Ball:                             Titleist Pro V1x

August 04, 2008

Wilson Staff Tw9 Tour Milled wedges

Posted at 9:58 AM by David Dusek

Wilson_wedges_600_3 Padraig Harrington won his second British Open championship using prototype 54° and 60° wedges made by Wilson. The company just announced in a media release that those prototypes, the Wilson Staff Tw9 Tour Milled wedges, will be available later this month.

According to Wilson, the Tw9 wedges are designed to increase spin, and therefore distance control and stopping power on the greens.

"I saw them for the first time two weeks ago and put them straight in the bag," Harrington said at the press conference after his win. "The Tw9 wedges were superb, a lob wedge and a sand wedge, so they worked great."

The Tw9 Tour Milled wedges have a grooved face and will be offered in both a satin finish and a black chrome finish. Both finishes will be available in 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° lofts.

July 30, 2008

Padraig Harrington's British Open clubs

Posted at 11:37 AM by David Dusek

July19_g_padraig1_399x600 At the beginning of the week, Padraig Harrington was battling a wrist injury, and there were whispers that he might not be able to defend the title he won last year at Carnoustie.

However, after 54 holes he's found himself in the final pairing with Greg Norman. And at the end of the tournament, Peter Dawson, the R&A Chairman, called his name as the Champion Golf of the year.

Here are the clubs he that he had in his bag this week during his successful British Open title defense:

Driver:                          Wilson Dd6+ (9°)
Fairway woods:        TaylorMade Burner (13°), Wilson Staff Fybrid  (18°)
Irons:                           Wilson Staff Ci7 (3-4) Wilson Pi5 (5-PW)
Wedges:                       Wilson Tw9 (54°, 60°)
Putter:                          Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
Ball:                             Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo by Bob Martin/SI)




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