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Winner's Bag: Billy Horschel, Tour Championship

David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Billy Horschel used to win clinch the 2013-14 FedEx Cup on PGA Tour with a Tour Championship victory Sunday in Atlanta:

DRIVER: Ping G30 (9 degrees adjusted to 10.5), with an Aldila Rogue 60X shaft.

FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G25 (15 degrees bent to 13.9, 18 degrees bent to 17.6), with Oban Kiyoshi Black 75X shafts.

IRONS: Ping S55 (3, 5-PW), with Ping Z-Z65 shafts.

WEDGES: Ping Tour with Gorge Grooves (50 degrees bent to 52, 56 degrees bent to 57, and 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts.

PUTTER: Ping Karsten TR B60

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Adams Tight Lies Titanium fairway wood

David Dusek

Adams gave its new Tight Lies Titanium fairway woods two significant upgrades over last season's Tight Lies fairway wood, and neither can be seen.

First, the cut-through slot in the crown of last season's New Tight Lies fairway wood, which helped the face flex more at impact, is gone. Sort of.

While many players told Adams they loved what the slot did for shots, some players did not like the looks of the club at address. So the company designed the Adams Tight Lies Titanium with Ghost Slot Technology, covering a slot in the crown with a soft material before painting over it.

"When you look down, you can just barely see it through the paint and make out a faint outline of the slot," said Michael Fox, Adams' director of product creation and marketing. "You can see it from a foot or two away, but from the address position it almost completely disappears."

The second upgrade is apparent in the club's name. Adams gave the club a brazed-titanium face along with a 48-gram, high-density steel sole plate. Adams said the titanium face boosts the club's characteristic time to 223, which means it has nearly as ...

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Winner's bag: Billy Horschel at BMW Championship

David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Billy Horschel used to win the 2014 BMW Championship:

DRIVER: Ping G30 (9 degrees adjusted to 10.5), with an Aldila Rogue 60X shaft.

FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G25 (15 degrees bent to 13.9, 18 degrees bent to 17.6), with Oban Kiyoshi Black 75X shafts.

IRONS: Ping S55 (3, 5-PW), with Ping Z-Z65 shafts.

WEDGES: Ping Tour with Gorge Grooves (50 degrees bent to 52, 56 degrees bent to 57, and 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts.

PUTTER: Ping Karsten TR B60

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Srixon Z 545, Z 745 drivers

David Dusek

With the release of the Z 545 and Z 745 drivers, Srixon hopes to attract American players who want modern performance in a classic package.

"We think that it's time to show how well our clubs can perform in the U.S. market," said Chris Beck, Srixon's North American brand manager. "We thought that some consumers were not getting access to what's possible, so we want to bring 80 years of innovation to the U.S. market."

With the 460cc Z 545, the Japanese company targets the game-improvement category and players with a handicap below 20. At address, its black crown has an understated pear shape, and on the sole are a pair of weight plugs. The weight in the middle is fixed, while the plug in the back-toe area can be adjusted and filled with three different screws.

"The weight in the back changes launch conditions," Beck said. "It comes standard with a 7-gram weight in place, but you can change it to an 11-gram weight or a 3-gram weight. When you make it heavier, you're going to increase the launch angle, and when you make it lighter you're going to decrease the launch ...

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Winner's bag: Chris Kirk at Deutsche Bank

James Achenbach

Here is Chris Kirk’s bag from his win at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship on PGA Tour during the FedEx Cup playoffs:

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha V Series (9 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon D+ 62X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X2 Hot 3-wood (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ’ahina 80X shaft

HYBRID: Ping Anser (17 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon D+ 92X shaft

IRONS: Callaway Razr X Muscleback (3-9), with KBS Tour 125 steel shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (47, 54 and 58 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled Versa No. 9 HT putter.

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x ball

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Mizuno MP-T5 wedges

James Achenbach

In the wedge world, Mizuno champions wider, shallower grooves in the high-lofted wedges and narrower, deeper grooves in the low-lofted wedges.

This emphasis continues in the new MP-T5 wedges. The wedges offer three sole grinds and 25 combinations of possible loft and bounce. Lofts range from 49 to 62 degrees.

The retail cost is $129.99 per wedge. They will be available Sept. 19.


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Mizuno MP-H5 irons

James Achenbach

Mizuno’s new MP-H5 irons advance the company’s attempts to provide forgiveness in irons.

The preceeding MP-H4 irons attracted a large contingent of converts, particularly in the long irons. The idea behind the MP-H4 was to combine a higher ball flight with a softer landing.

"I've tried to restrain myself, but from the beginning I thought this was an amazing set of clubs," said David Llewellyn, Mizuno’s manager of hardgoods research and development.

Now the MP-H5 moves the concept forward. The 1-iron through 6-iron have a fully hollow design. The face is made of distance-enhancing maraging steel. The 7-iron through pitching wedge, featuring grain-flow forged carbon steel, have a half-hollow design without the maraging steel face.

The notion that a modern manufacturer offers a 2-iron and 1-iron (both are custom orders) is somewhat unusual. These long irons are meant to be used ­– not just carried – and some Mizuno disciples are utilizing them in place of hybrids.

One of the hallmarks of these clubs is the ability to achieve a high trajectory with the long irons.

Mizuno started the project that led to the H4 and H5 with the belief that long irons could be as easy to ...

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Mizuno MP-15 irons

James Achenbach

The new MP-15 from Mizuno is the latest advancement in Mizuno's design concept of combining titanium and steel in an iron clubhead.

Mizuno has plenty of expertise in the combination of titanium and steel. The MP-58 and MP-59 – blending lightweight titanium in the back cavity with heavier forged carbon steel in the body and perimeter – were forerunners to the MP-15.

For the MP-15, Mizuno used grain-flow forged 1025E "Pure Select" mild carbon steel to produce the body of the iron. Next a Titanium Muscle insert is forged directly inside the 1025E steel framework.

"It forms a very rigid mechanical bond between the carbon steel and titanium," said David Llewellyn, Mizuno’s manager of hardgoods research and development.

The results of this process, Lewellyn said, are an extremely solid feel and additional forgiveness because of the placement of more weight on the perimeter.

Llewellyn also explained the function of a new lightweight badge in the back of the MP-15.

"It's multi-piece, and it fills a larger volume," Llewellyn said. "We're able to move around even more weight."

The use of titanium, plus the new badge, makes 38 grams of weight available for precise placement by Mizuno engineers, Llewellyn ...

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Mizuno MP-15, MP-H5 irons, MP-T5 wedges

James Achenbach

Mizuno has divided its clubs into two distinct families: MP and JPX.

The MP line is famous for irons that appeal to highly skilled golfers, and some models in this line have incorporated various modern measures of forgiveness. Meanwhile, the JPX line is aimed at players who seek additional forgiveness on offcenter hits.

Two new MP irons for 2015, plus a collection of MP wedges, go on sale Sept. 19. There also is a new full line of JPX irons and woods.

New MP models include MP-15 and MP-H5. The MP-15 is an updated combination of titanium and forged carbon steel, while the MP-H5 is Mizuno's latest version of a hollow iron that looks traditional at address.

Mizuno has plenty of expertise in the combination of titanium and steel. The MP-58 and MP-59 ­– blending lightweight titanium in the back cavity with heavier forged carbon steel in the body and perimeter – were among the forerunners to the MP-15.

For the MP-15, Mizuno used grain-flow forged 1025E "Pure Select" mild carbon steel to produce the body of the iron. Next, a Titanium Muscle insert is forged directly inside the 1025E steel framework.

The results of this process, according to Mizuno, are ...

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Mizuno JPX-850 hybrids

James Achenbach

Mizuno's Shock Wave Sole, introduced in the new JPX-850 fairway woods, carries over into JPX-850 hybrids as well.

It looks something like a wave and is intended to allow the clubhead to contract then expand upon impact. In other words, according to Mizuno, it works like an accordion. The purpose is to deliver more energy to the ball.

Like the fairway woods, the hybrids benefit from a lower center of gravity. Lofts in the hybrids are 16, 19, 22 and 25 degrees (Mizuno marks them 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively).

Available Nov. 3, the hybrids cost $199.99 apiece.

Read about the entire Mizuno JPX-850 line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.


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Mizuno JPX-850 fairway wood

James Achenbach

Mizuno has introduced new technology to its JPX-850 fairway woods that the company calls Shock Wave sole and promises greater distance.

It looks something like a wave and is intended to allow the clubhead to contract then expand upon impact. In other words, according to Mizuno, it works like an accordion. The purpose is to deliver more energy to the ball.

Modern fairway woods focus on distance, but accuracy is still a must. David Llewellyn, Mizuno's hardgoods research and development manager, talked about the concept of building distance and accuracy into the same club.

"It's definitely a challenge, but we've done it, and I'm incredibly excited about JPX fairway woods and the entire JPX line," Llewellyn said.

The JPX-850 fairway woods have a 4-degree range of loft adjustment in the 3-, 5- and 7-woods. And with additional mass built into the 2015 fairway woods, the center of gravity has been lowered, which should help most golfers get the ball in the air more easily.

The fairway woods are available Nov. 3, and the retail price is $249.99.

Read about the entire Mizuno JPX-850 line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.


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Mizuno announces JPX-850 irons

James Achenbach

The theme for Mizuno’s new JPX-850 irons, which are cast and not forged, is added distance without sacrificing accuracy.

Mizuno hardgoods research and development manager David Llewellyn puts it this way: "Simply increasing ball speed is not our goal. Making it happen within a manageable head size is the real challenge."

Llewellyn likes to talk about the presence of feel and workability in these irons, which are the longest in the Mizuno lineup.

Still, the difference between the JPX-850 and the new JPX-850 Forged is clear: The forged iron probably will appeal to better players who like the forged feel, while the cast version has a slightly firmer feel and is all about that elusive combination of distance and forgiveness on offcenter hits.

It's interesting that iron lofts in JPX-850 and JPX-850 Forged are identical. For example, the 4-iron is 22 degrees, the 6-iron is 28 degrees and the 8-iron is 36 degrees.

True Temper’s XP steel shaft is standard in both models, although the Fujikura Orochi graphite shaft also is available stock in the JPX-850.

The retail price of the JPX-850 is $799.99 with steel shafts and $899.99 with graphite shafts. That includes eight ...

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Mizuno JPX-850 Forged irons

James Achenbach

It took Mizuno six years to develop the concept found in the new JPX-850 Forged irons, which feature boron added to forged carbon steel.

Mizuno says the new material is 30 percent stronger than traditional 1025E steel billets, allowing for a thinner face and improved ball speeds.

Furthermore, the thinner face is reinforced by a Power Frame cavity, placing weight at the extreme corners of the clubhead for maximum forgiveness along with increased distance. Mizuno said added benefits include higher launch and faster ball speeds in the 4-iron through 7-iron. A CNC milled pocket in these irons accentuates the launch angle and ball speed.

The message from Mizuno: Previous JPX Forged irons were long, and the new JPX-850 Forged takes the performance to another level.

These irons are available Sept. 19. The cost of eight clubs (4-iron through gap wedge) is $999.99. The stock shaft is True Temper's XP steel shaft.

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Mizuno JPX-850 drivers, woods, hybrids, irons

James Achenbach

Mizuno is known for its MP forged irons, but the company’s eclectic JPX-850 line of clubs has emerged with its own distinct personality and features to shake things up. This gives players a choice between more traditional MP clubs and more contemporary JPX offerings.

The upcoming JPX-850 line offers a comprehensive lineup of clubs, from a new driver with three sliding weight tracks to a set of forged irons combining boron with carbon steel in the clubheads.

The JPX-850 release dates are staggered. Two sets of irons (JPX-850 and JPX-850 Forged) are scheduled to be in stores and golf shops Sept. 19. This is the same availability date as the company’s new MP irons. Meanwhile, JPX-850 metalwoods will not be sold at retail until Nov. 3.

The new JPX-850 driver is a potential star of this show. In 2007, Mizuno introduced a sliding weight system called Fast Track. For 2015, Fast Track is back.

The blue JPX-850 driver head features three tracks for the sliding weight system. Golfers can manipulate twin 8-gram weights on either the central sliding rail or two lateral slots. There are 10 different potential weight settings (four neutral, three draw, three fade).

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Winner's bag: Hunter Mahan at Barclays

James Achenbach

The PGA Tour playoffs have started, with Hunter Mahan winning the first event, The Barclays.

Is Mahan a legitimate contender to be a captain's pick for the United States Ryder Cup team? Absolutely. He has experience on his side, already having been named a captain's pick for two Ryder Cup teams and two Presidents Cup squads.

Heading into The Barclays, Mahan made one change in his bag: He substituted a Ping i25 hybrid in place of the Ping Anser hybrid he had used. Here's a complete list of his clubs:

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DRIVER: Ping G25 (9.5 degrees adjusted to 10.5), with an Aldila Rogue 70X shaft, tipped 1 inch, D4 swingweight.

3-WOOD: Titleist 913F.d (15 degrees), with Fujikura Motore Speeder 757 X shaft.

HYBRID: Ping i25 (17 degrees loft, bent to 18), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ White Board 90X, D3 swingweight.

IRONS: Ping S55 (3-PW), 1/2 degree upright, with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts, D2 swingweight.

WEDGES: Ping i25 sand wedge (54 degrees) with standard grind; i25 lob wedge (59 degrees) with bounce grind; both with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts (D4 swingweight for SW, D5 swingweight for LW);

PUTTER: Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2.

GOLF ...

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