Here is a complete list of the clubs Patrick Reed used to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship:
DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (9 degrees with a Fujikura Fuel 75 X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (16 degrees with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft)
IRONS: Callaway X Forged (3, 4), Razr X Muscleback (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50, 56, 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6
BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3
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DORAL, Fla. – With its diminutive size and silver crown, TaylorMade’s SLDR MiniDriver easily could be overlooked on the range at Doral, especially with reps keeping it under a headcover most of the time.
After discretely being added to the USGA's list of conforming driver heads on Feb. 17, the club arrived in the TaylorMade PGA Tour van this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The SLDR MiniDriver does not have an adjustable hosel, and as the name implies, it is significantly smaller that the original 460-cc SLDR and the SLDR 430. However, there is a curved line on the sole that appears very similar to the covered slot cut into the SLDR fairway woods. TaylorMade calls that slot a SpeedPocket. It is designed to allow the face to flex more effectively at impact, which the company says creates more ball speed and distance.
The club making the rounds in the practice area at Trump National Doral has 12 degrees of loft.
Roberto Castro and a few other TaylorMade staff players have tried the club, but it likely would appeal to only the longest hitters, such as Dustin Johnson. It is not anticipated any players will use the club this ...
Do people actually play golf with the limited edition drivers that Cobra regularly creates? Or, in a world of collectibles, do they stash them away or display them scratch-free and dirt-free?
The answer appears to be both of the above. One big clue: Cobra Puma Golf sells the drivers in both right-handed and left-handed versions. This would indicate that at least some of them are headed for the nearest golf course.
The newest Cobra collectible driver is a green BiO Cell model in celebration of the year's first major championship, the Masters.
Cobra says only 2,014 will be produced, and each will have its sequential number laser-etched on the sole. They go on sale March 15 at select Cobra retailers around the world. The price is $399.
These are genuine BiO Cell drivers, including eight adjustable loft settings: 9.0, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 and 12, in addition to 9.5 D, 10.5 D and 11.5 D. The D settings are draw biased.
This green driver is visually striking. The head is green with black, white and yellow accents. The grip (Lamkin Ace 3Gen 360) is green. The shaft (Aldila ATX Tour Green) is ...
Getting the ball into the hole blends two skills. Players need to determine how hard to strike the ball and, based on that speed, the ideal path. With the release of the new Staff Vizor Level 2 putters, Wilson hopes to make it easier for golfers to achieve both.
The first thing golfers will notice about the four Staff Vizor Level 2 putters is the unique alignment mechanism. Instructors have been telling golfers for years that a player’s eyes need to be over the target line at address. Thus, Wilson has developed I-Lock Technology. If the player’s eyes are inside or outside the target line, he will see black and white in the alignment window. Only when addressing the ball with eyes over the target line will the player see only black.
To enhance feel, Wilson has given all the Staff Vizor Level 2 putters a soft urethane-face insert. According to the company, it gets the ball rolling faster and was designed especially to work well with firm golf balls.
There are four Staff Vizor Level 2 putters. The M1 has a blade-style head with an elongated center section that houses the alignment aid. The M2 and M3 ...
Russell Henley won a four-man playoff at PGA National on Sunday evening to capture the 2014 Honda Classic. Here is a complete list of the clubs he used to earn his second PGA Tour victory:
DRIVER: Nike VRS STR8-Fit (9.5 degrees, with a Graphite Design HD-7X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 (15 and 19 degrees, with Fujikura Rombax P95X shafts)
IRONS: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6); VR Pro Combo (7-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
WEDGES: Nike VR Pro (48 and 53 degrees); VR Forged (59 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Nike Method 006
BALL: Nike RZN Black
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Distance is great, but if you want to shoot lower scores, you need to hit the fairway off the tee. To help golfers do it more often, Ping has created the new Rapture 3-wood.
“We really had our handcuffs taken off, from a technology standpoint, and we plugged in a lot of technology to really maximize the performance,” said Marty Jertson, Ping’s director of product development.
All that technology won’t come cheap, with the Rapture slated to cost $495 when it arrives in pro shops April 1.
The club features a 219cc titanium head, less than half the size of most drivers. The face is thicker in the center and thinner around the edges. Ping says this enlarges the sweet spot and increases forgiveness. The Rapture 3-wood has 13 degrees of loft, and thanks to an adjustable hosel system golfers can increase or decrease loft by .5 degrees.
“The main structure of the head is made from Ti 8-1-1, which is the same alloy that we’ve used in our drivers for the past few years,” Jertson said. “It’s a lighter-density titanium alloy compared to a 6-4 or traditional titanium. Using that alloy itself helps us save ...
Jason Day won his first World Golf Championship on Sunday evening, outlasting France's Victor Dubuisson in 23 holes to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Here's a complete list of the clubs Day used at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
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DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR (10.5 degrees with a Matrix Ozik TP7HD shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RocketBallz (17.5 degrees with a Matrix Ozik TP7HD shaft)
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (2-iron, 2011 edition); Tour Preferred MC (3-PW) with True Temper Rifle 6.5 shafts)
WEDGES: TaylorMade ATV (52 and 60 degrees with True Temper Rifle 6.5 shafts)
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Monte Carlo prototype
BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
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Bubba Watson’s victory in the Northern Trust Open again focused attention on his pink driver head and shaft.
The Ping G25 driver used by Watson is one of golf’s most popular drivers, but not with a pink head. That’s a custom paint job for Bubba.
However, the Grafalloy BiMatrx Tour Prototype shaft is available in pink as well as black, neon orange, white, lime green and neon blue. Furthermore, the shaft is a bargain – $79.99 at retail.
The BiMatrx concept is more than 15 years old. The shaft was introduced by True Temper in the late 1990s and was considered a revolutionary shaft at the time. With its steel tip section and ultralight graphite body, it has remained unchanged over the years.
From the beginning, there was a hurdle: The shaft was too strong for some golfers. Watson and other big hitters had no such trouble.
When Watson won the 2012 Masters with the BiMatrx in his driver, retail sales had been discontinued. But True Temper brought it back, and golfers with high swing speeds are the beneficiaries.
Flexes are regular and stiff (65 grams each) along with extra stiff (80 grams).
Although extremely stable, the ...
Bubba Watson shot 64-64 on the weekend at Riviera to win the Northern Trust Open. Here's a complete list of the clubs in Watson’s bag:
DRIVER: Ping G25 (8.5 degrees bent to 8.2 with a Grafalloy BiMatrx shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G25 (16.5 degrees bent to 15 with a Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 8.2X shaft)
IRONS: Ping S55 (3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52-degree Tour Gorge, 56-degree Tour Gorge bent to 55, and 64-degree Tour-S Thin Sole with a Rustique finish bent to 62 degrees; all with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
PUTTER: Ping Anser Milled 1
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
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Adams Golf adopted a slogan this season, "Own The Second Shot," and it reflects the company's desire to be known for making the best hybrid clubs. With the release of three new Pro hybrids, which should hit shelves on March 14 for $199.99, Adams believes it has models that should appeal to every player.
Here's the scoop on each of the new hybrids:
Adams quietly completed the creation of this club in the fall of 2012, according to Justin Honea, Adams' senior design engineer.
"Typically what we are trying to do in R&D is get ahead of the game," he said recently. "We want to test it and validate it on Tour, and then take that momentum to the marketplace. That's how it's done, but we typically get into this crazy cycle of launching products quickly, so it's hard to do that.
“With this one, it never saw the light of day at retail, but it's been on Tour for about a full year. It caught fire, and we never had a plan to launch this product."
According to Honea, Adam's New Idea and Super S hybrids were ideal ...
It wasn't smooth sailing Stillwater Cove for Jimmy Walker on Sunday, but the Texan was able to hold on and win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by one shot. Here's a complete list of the clubs that Walker used to win at Pebble Beach:
DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (8.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Diamana+ Blue 72X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (15 degrees with an Aldila Tour Blue 85 shaft); Titleist 913F.d (18 degrees with a Fujikura Motore VC8.2 TS shaft)
IRONS: Titleist 714 MB (3-9 with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48, 54 and 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Tour Rat 2 prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1
SHOES: FootJoy Icon (size 11.5M)
GLOVE: StaSof (size Cadet Medium-Large)
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This week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, an (a) next to a player's name on the leaderboard denotes that he or she is an amateur, not a professional golfer. Kid Rock, Andy Roddick, Kelly Slater, Wayne Gretzky – they all get an (a) next to their name.
So it makes sense that TaylorMade chose this week to release a new ball specifically designed with amateurs in mind, the Project (a).
"Our engineers wanted to create the best performing golf ball for amateurs," said Lindsay Main, TaylorMade's product marketing manager for golf balls. "In studying those players, we learned that they spin the ball at half the rate that Tour players do into the green, so they need a ball that spins the ball a lot more from 100 yards and in."
Main said that off the tee and with long irons, the three-piece Project (a) is designed to maximize distance by reducing spin, but with mid- and short-iron shots the Project (a) spins more.
"Because they don't generate spin, amateurs can't stop it close to the pin," Main said. "So this ball, being a three-piece construction with a cast urethane cover, generates a lot ...
Kevin Stadler came from behind to win his first PGA Tour event on Sunday after he shot a closing-round 68 at the TPC Scottsdale. Here's what he had in his bag at the Waste Management Phoenix Open:
DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (9.5 degrees with a UST Mamiya VTS shaft)
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead III (17 degrees with a Matrix OZIK XCON8 shaft)
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17 degrees 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 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
PUTTER: Ping Scottsdale TR Carefree Long
BALL: Srixon Z-Star XV
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Miura, the Japanese manufacturer known for forged irons and wedges, has introduced its first new blade iron in nearly seven years. According to Miura, the MB001 features sole refinements that enable it to cut cleanly and effortlessly through all varieties of turf.
“Assuming, of course, that the iron is properly fit,” said Adam Barr, president of Miura.
Miura is a longtime proponent of expert fitting for all of its clubs, and Miura products in the United States are available through a network of certified clubfitters and clubmakers.
In the forged-blade category, the new muscleback MB001 joins the Tournament Blade and Series 1957 Small Blade.
“We don’t automatically bring out a new blade every year, so this is a big event,” said Barr, noting that the Small Blade came out in 2006 and the Tournament Blade in 2007.
The MB001 project was led by Yoshitaka Miura, eldest son of company founder Katsuhiro Miura, along with his brother Shinei Miura.
The MB001 is a little shorter heel to toe than the Tournament Blade and a little longer than the Small Blade.
The sole’s shape and size, subtly adjusted from successful designs of earlier models, is designed to efficiently get through ...
Sergio Garcia won the Thailand Golf Championship in December and the 2014 Qatar Masters Jan. 25 using the new TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball. Today, the company has announced it will start selling that ball, along with the updated Tour Preferred ball. Both will be available March 1 for $45.99 per dozen.
According to TaylorMade, the playing qualities designed into both balls are based on feedback from numerous discussions with staff pros, including Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Garcia. Because the company received so much input from its players, TaylorMade is anticipating that at least 80 percent of its playing staffers will switch into one of these two new balls.
Both balls feature a new cast urethane cover that TaylorMade claims is significantly softer, which should translate to more greenside spin and control on shots hit with wedges and short irons. The 322-dimple pattern that covers the balls has been designed to decrease drag and help shots bore through the wind and hold their line more effectively.
“We went softer with the cover, and it has a tendency to keep the ball flatter and keep it a little lower, with a little more spin,” said Dean ...
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