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May 26, 2014

Rory McIlroy on how the Nike VR X3X Toe Wedge helped him win the BMW PGA and his ideal driver-ball combo

Posted at 12:08 PM by Michael Chwasky

X3xRory McIlroy is known as one of the greatest drivers in the game, but his short game was the key to his win at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, when he overcame a seven-shot deficit in the final round.

During his back-nine 32, McIroy chipped in for birdie on the par-3 10th, got up-and-down from the short side to save par on the par-3 14th, got up-and-down from the greenside rough for birdie on 17 and then got up-and-down from a bunker on 18 for another birdie and a two-shot lead. McIlroy made all these shots with a club that wasn't even in his bag at the start of the year: his 59-degree Nike X3X toe-sweep wedge [photo, right].

The unorthodox wedge -- with a wide sole near the toe and a narrow sole width at the heel -- looked a little unusual to the traditional-minded McIlroy when he first saw it, but he tried it out at Quail Hollow and loved how it played out of the rough.

"I'm pretty confident and can play all the shots," McIlroy said, "but [the toe sweep] is easier to play on some shots when you need to work really hard to keep the club open. This club really slides through the thick grass and that really gives me confidence to stay aggressive when I miss the green."

VIDEO: How Nike's Flop-Friendy Toe Sweep Wedge Works

McIlroy credited his new wedge for his up-and-downs from the rough on Sunday and also his bunker shot on 18.

"I’ve always been someone with not a lot of bounce to my wedges but I think it’s helped my bunker play as well," he said.

During the week McIlroy averaged more than 294-yards in driving distance. He said that his ideal driver-ball combination is "something that launches the ball at the right angle with good ball speed and a good spin rate." He doesn't try to lower his spin rate because that spin helps him find the fairway.

"I know some guys want less spin," McIlroy said, "but for me a little extra spin keeps the flight tight for me and with my high swing speed I can get away with it."

Known as a superlative feel player, McIlroy also talked about how his ball -- the Nike RZN Black -- feels at impact.

"It feels solid, and it feels softer than the ball I was playing last year," McIlroy said. "It performs well in the wind and rarely gets touched by the wind. Days with a little wind like yesterday you don’t have to aim too much off-line because the wind won’t move it."

Rory_clubs_300_december2013DRIVER: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Kuro Kage XTS 70X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VRS Covert (15°, 19°)

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9) with Project X steel shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47°, 52°, 56°), Nike VR X3X toe sweep (59°) with Project X steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

APPAREL: Nike Tour Performance Collection

SHOES: Nike Lunar Control

Photo: McIlroy's clubs in December 2013 (Kohjiro Kinno/SI).

Golf.com's Mike Walker contributed to this report.

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May 05, 2014

J.B. Holmes' Winning Clubs at the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship

Posted at 10:36 AM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR 430 (12°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade SLDR  (15.5°) with UST Mamiya Elements Wind shaft

HYBRIDS: Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro (19°, 21°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 RTX (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled Versa #7

BALL: Srixon Z-Star

(Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images)

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April 27, 2014

Don't touch that putter! Seung-Yul Noh's favorite gear at the Zurich Classic

Posted at 10:53 PM by Michael Chwasky

Noh_putt640Seung-Yul Noh lines up a 14-foot putt for par on the 17th hole Sunday. Noh made the putt and won by two (Getty Images).

It's hard to pick a favorite golf club, especially when you've just won your first PGA Tour event.

"All of them are my favorite," a cheerful Seung-Yul Noh said after his two-stroke victory at the Zurich Classic.

But if his car was on fire and he could only grab one club, he'd take his putter, which was the key to one of his biggest shots Sunday: a 14-foot putt to save par-- and his two-shot lead -- on the 17th hole.

"That putter helped me to stay in the lead today," Noh said of his Nike Method 005 putter.

With his win, Noh joined a talented group of young players who nabbed their first PGA Tour win this season, including Patrick Reed and Russell Henley. In his modest way, Noh suggested he might just be getting started.

"My first PGA Tour win was very important," Noh said. "I’m not sure when my next chance is going to come -- hopefully next week -- but when I have a chance to win, I might feel more comfortable because of my experience today."

Here are the clubs Noh played at the Zurich Classic:

DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Graphite Design Prototype shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR_S Covert (15°) with Graphite Design Tour AD 8 shaft 

IRONS: Nike VRS Forged (2), NIke VR Pro Combo (4), NIke VR Pro Blade (5-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts

WEDGES: NIke VR Forged (47°, 51°, 56°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 005

BALL: Nike RZN Platinum

SHOES: Nike Lunar Control 

--Golf.com's Mike Walker contributed to this report.

April 24, 2014

Matt Kuchar's Winning Gear at the 2014 RBC Heritage

Posted at 1:34 PM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER:
Bridgestone J40 430 (9.5°) with Accra M4 shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: PING G25 (15°) with Fujikura X shaft

HYBRIDS: PING Anser (20°) with Aldila Tour Blue 105 TX shaft, PING Anser (23°) with Aldila Tour Blue 85 TX shaft

IRONS: Bridgetone J40 Cavity Back (5-PW) with Aerotech SteelFiber i95 shafts

WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide (51°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts, Cleveland 588 (57°) with KBS Wedge black nickel shaft, Titleist Vokey Design (62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts

PUTTER: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 

BALL: Bridgestone B330-S

(Photo: Getty Images)

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April 07, 2014

Matt Jones' Winning Gear at the 2014 Shell Houston Open

Posted at 9:44 AM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER:
Titleist 913D2 (9.5°) with UST Mamiya 7X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (15°) with UST Mamiya 8X shaft

IRONS: Titleist 712 MB (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey SM4 (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts

PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2 prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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March 24, 2014

Winner's Bag: Matt Every's Gear at the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Posted at 10:30 AM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER:
Callaway Big Bertha (9°) with Fujikura Motore SPD VC 7.0x shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: X2 Hot Pro (15°) with Aldila Tour Blue 75x shaft, TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (18°) with nVentix Nunchuk shaft

IRONS: Callaway Apex Pro (4-PW) with KBS V-Tour 125 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (52° S-grind, 56° S-grind, 60° C-grind)

PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Pro #9

BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3

(Photo: John David Mercer-USA Today Sports)

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March 16, 2014

Winner's Bag: John Senden's Gear at the Valspar Championship

Posted at 8:33 PM by Michael Chwasky
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Credit: Getty Images

 

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR 430 (12°) with Aldila Rogue 70 Tour X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RBZ Tour (14.5°) with Aldila RIP Phenom 70X shaft

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (2011 model) (3-PW) with Nippon Pro Modus 3 shafts

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (54°, 58°)

PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Monte Carlo

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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March 10, 2014

Winner's Bag: Patrick Reed's Gear at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship

Posted at 10:42 AM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (9°) with a Fuel 75X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (16°) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (3-4) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts; Callaway RAZR X (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50°,56°, 60°) 

PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6

BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3

(Photo: Chris Condon/Getty Images)

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February 24, 2014

Winner's Bag: Jason Day's gear at the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 10:11 AM by Kevin Cunningham

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DRIVER:
TaylorMade SLDR (10.5°) with a Matrix Ozik TP7HD shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RBZ Tour (17.5°) with a Matrix Ozik TP7HD shaft

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 2014 (3-PW) with True Temper Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts; TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 2011 2-iron with a True Temper Project X Rifle 6.5 shaft

WEDGES: TaylorMade ATV (52° & 60°) with True Temper Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts

PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Monte Carlo prototype putter

BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball

(Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images)

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February 10, 2014

Winner's Bag: Jimmy Walker's Gear at 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Posted at 9:54 AM by Kevin Cunningham

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DRIVER:
Titleist 913D2 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue +72 X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913Fd (15.0°) with Aldila Tour Blue 85 shaft; Titleist 913Fd (18.0°) with Fujikura Motore VC8.2 TS X shaft

IRONS: Titleist 714 MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2 prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

 

(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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February 03, 2014

Winner's Bag: Kevin Stadler's Gear at 2014 Phoenix Open

Posted at 9:55 AM by Kevin Cunningham

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DRIVER:
TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (9.5°) with a UST Mamiya VTS shaft shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead III (17°) with a Matrix OZIK XCON8 shaft

HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD X Hybrid shaft

IRONS: Cleveland 588 Forged CB (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (48°, 51°, 54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Ping Scottsdale TR Carefree Long

BALL: Srixon Z-Star XV

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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January 27, 2014

Winner's Bag: Scott Stalling's Gear at 2014 Farmers Insurance Open

Posted at 9:18 AM by Kevin Cunningham

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DRIVER:
Titleist 913D2 (8.5°) with Aldila Rogue X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F (15°) with Aldila Rogue X shaft

IRONS: Titleist AP2 714 (4-P) with KBS Tour shafts; Mizuno Fli-Hi Utility Iron (18°) with Aldila RIP Tour 115X shaft

WEDGES: Vokey Design SM5 (50°, 54°, 58°) with KBS Tour shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport 2.6

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: AP)

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January 20, 2014

Winner's Bag: Patrick Reed's Gear at 2014 Humana Challenge

Posted at 11:09 AM by Kevin Cunningham

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DRIVER:
Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (9.5°) with a Fujikura Fuel 85x shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha (16°) with a Mitsubishi Ahina 80x shaft

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (3-4) with Dynamic Gold shafts; Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (5-PW) with Dynamic Gold shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50°, 56°, 60°)

PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6

BALL: Speed Regime SR-3

(Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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January 13, 2014

Winner's Bag: Jimmy Walker's Gear at the 2014 Sony Open

Posted at 9:04 AM by Kevin Cunningham

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DRIVER:
Titleist 913D2 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue +72; X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913Fd (18.0°) fairway metal with Fujikura Motore VC8.2 TS X shaft; TaylorMade SLDR (15.5°) with Fujikura shaft

IRONS: Titleist 714 MB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2 prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

(Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images)

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January 07, 2014

Winner's Bag: Zach Johnson's gear at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Posted at 8:55 AM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913Fd (15°) with Fujikura Motore VC7.0 X shaft; Titleist 913F (17°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue B80 X shaft

HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21°) with Fujikura Speeder 904 S shaft

IRONS: Titleist AP1 (4-iron) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft; Titleist AP2 714 (5-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: SeeMore FGP Black

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)




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