Harris English shot 65 in the fourth round Sunday at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to earn his second PGA Tour victory. Here’s a complete list of the clubs the former Georgia Bulldog used in Mexico:
- DRIVER: Ping G25 (9.5 degree, with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 63X shaft)
- FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G5 (15 degree, with an Aldila RIP 80X shaft); Ping G20 (18 degree, with a UST Mamiya Proforce VTS Black 8X shaft)
- IRONS: Ping S56 (3-9, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
- WEDGES: Callaway Mac Daddy 2 (47, 52, 58 degree, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)
- PUTTER: Ping Scottsdale Hohum
- BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
TaylorMade is touting the distance-enhancing benefits of a unique sole design and a lower, more-forward center of gravity (CG) in the new JetSpeed drivers and fairway woods. According to the company, the JetSpeed Rescue clubs also benefit from those features.
The original RocketBallz Rescue club had a channel designed in the sole called a Speed Pocket that allowed the face of the club to flex more at impact, which TaylorMade said created more ball speed. The company enlarged the channel for last season’s RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue and claimed it hits shots even farther.
For the JetSpeed Rescue, TaylorMade refined the Speed Pocket again.
“You can see that the new Speed Pocket stretches back in the heel and toe areas,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of metalwood creation. “But what you can’t see is that it goes straight through the body of the club. That opening allows the face to flex even more at impact; it’s a better mechanism for creating ball speed.”
Bazzel said the new Speed Pocket not only allows the club to flex more effectively, it flexes more when golfers mis-hit the ball in the most common way.
“The new Speed Pocket ...
When TaylorMade released the original RocketBallz fairway woods two years ago, the company claimed it had created the longest-hitting fairway woods ever thanks to a channel designed into the club’s sole. Last year, with the RocketBallz Stage 2 fairway woods, TaylorMade increased the size of the channel and said it was able to eke out even more distance. Now, as it prepares to release the new JetSpeed fairway woods, TaylorMade said it has made even more improvements.
Two features are key to JetSpeed fairway woods: A slot in the sole of the club and a lower, more-forward center of gravity (CG) position.
TaylorMade called the slot in the sole of the RocketBallz and RocketBallz Stage 2 fairway woods a Speed Pocket. In the JetSpeed fairway woods, the Speed Pocket is no longer a channel; it’s an incision that slices through the bottom of the head and is covered with a black polymer. According to the company, the Speed Pocket allows the face to flex more at impact, especially on shots hit lower in the face, so it enlarges the sweet spot and helps golfers maintain ball speed on mis-hits.
“We don’t have to dip into the middle ...
TaylorMade touted the distance-enhancing properties of a channel designed into the sole of the RocketBallz and RocketBallz Stage 2 fairway woods for the past two years. The company said the channel, which it referred to as a Speed Pocket, let the face flex more at impact, creating more ball speed and more distance, even on mis-hits. However, TaylorMade never designed a channel into a driver.
Now, with the December release of the JetSpeed driver, the company says it has enhanced the channel and built it into a big stick.
“The JetSpeed driver represents the first time we have incorporated a Speed Pocket inside a driver,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of metalwood product creation. “The reason why we did that, and really the benefit, is that it creates a larger sweet spot, lower in the face. In fact, the sweet spot is 25 percent larger.”
Bazzel said that as players’ handicaps increase, the more likely they will hit the ball low in the face, which often results in excessive spin and lower ball speeds.
Because the face of the JetSpeed driver is designed to flex more at impact, especially on low hits, it reduces spin and helps maintain ...
John Senden, who contended at the McGladrey Classic, used a new counterbalanced TaylorMade Ghost Tour Series Monte Carlo putter. . . . Scott Verplank has more TaylorMade SLDR clubs in his bag than any other PGA Tour player. At the McGladrey, Verplank carried four SLDR metalwoods: driver (10.5 degree), 3-wood (15 degree), 5-wood (19 degree) and hybrid (21 degree). . . . Nike’s Covert 2.0 driver has not been released yet, but already the company’s touring pros are flocking to the new driver. At the McGladrey, five of the nine Nike staffers used the Covert 2.0: Stephen Ames, Scott Brown, Kevin Chappell, David Duval and Seung-yul Noh. Six of the nine played Nike’s new 2014 RZN ball, which also has not been released to the public. . . . At the McGladrey, Aldila captured the manufacturer wood shaft count, driver shaft count and hybrid shaft count.
Chris Kirk’s victory gave the new Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro fairway wood its first victory.
This new club is turning heads because of its unique sole design. Rather than being smooth on the bottom, the club has individual ribbons, or ridges, of steel. Between these ribbons are channels or slots.
Who says all touring pros use X shafts? Kirk, who possesses a smooth, rhythmic golf swing, plays True Temper’s Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 in his irons and wedges.
It was a huge weekend for Titleist, as staff members Adam Scott and Victor Dubuisson won on different continents with all-Titleist bag configurations.
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In the bag of Scott, winner of the Australian PGA Championship (all Titleist): 913D3 driver (9.5 degree, with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 shaft); 910 F.d Low Spin 3-wood (15 degree, with Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft); 2-iron (712U, with KBS Tour X shaft); Irons: 714 MB (3-9, with KBS Tour X shafts); Vokey Design SM4 wedges (48 and 54 degree, with KBS Tour X shafts), Vokey Design TVD-K wedge (60 degree, with KBS Tour X shaft) and a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X long putter. He played a Pro V1 golf ball.
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The setup used by Dubuisson, champion of the Turkish Airlines Open (all Titleist): 913D2 driver (9.5 degree, with Aldila RIP Alpha 60 shaft); 913F.d Low Spin 3-wood (15 degree, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai’li shaft); 913H hybrid (21 degree, with Project X Graphite Tour Issue shaft) ; AP2 irons (3-9, with Project X shafts); Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C wedge (48 degree, with Project X shaft), Vokey Design SM4 (54 and 58 degree, with Project X shafts) ; and a ...
Chris Kirk, winner of the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, carried a mixed bag: Callaway FT Optiforce 440 driver (9.5 degree, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 62X shaft); Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro 3-wood (13.5 degree, with Mitsubishi Diamana ’ahina 80X shaft); Ping Anser hybrid (17 degree, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 92X shaft) ; Callaway Razr X Muscleback irons (3-9, with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts); and Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges (47, 54 and 58 degree, with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts). He used an Odyssey Tour Milled No. 1 putter that is 38 inches in length with 3.5 degrees of loft and a 70.25-degree lie angle; it was counterbalanced, and the grip was a 15-inch Winn model. He played a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
Look past the five colors, the fancy crown graphics and the fact that Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter and Lexi Thompson are probably going to use a Cobra BiO Cell or BiO Cell+ driver in 2014. Beyond all that sizzle, Cobra thinks both clubs are loaded with technology to deliver more yards.
Last season Cobra debuted drivers with a technology called AMP, which stood for Advanced Material Placement. This technology removed mass from non-critical areas in the crown, making it thinner in some spots and thicker in others. The goal was to reduce weight where it didn’t serve a purpose and redistribute it to areas where extra weight could improve performance.
With the BiO Cell line, Cobra took the AMP design principle a step further. The company’s engineers have made the crown even thinner, shaving a few more grams from the top of the club. The pattern created by this weight-reducing technology resembles a honeycomb, and Cobra replicated the pattern graphically on the crown.
However, Cobra didn’t stop at the crown in its quest to fight the fat. The BiO Cell drivers also feature an updated version of Cobra’s E9 face, which is designed to create more ...
Any discussion of Callaway Golf’s new family of clubs revolves around the word hot.
Hot as in extra distance. Hot as in generating consumer interest. Hot is even in the name.
Some highlights of the new Callaway X2 Hot lineup of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, scheduled to be available at retail Jan. 17:
- Callaway predicts the X2 Hot hybrids will make the same kind of impact as did the popular X Hot fairway woods in 2013. “A point of emphasis for us,” said Callaway president and chief executive Chip Brewer. “We think these hybrids are really, really good.”
- The X2 Hot Pro irons will feature the same professional wide-spaced grooves found in Callaway’s new Apex Pro irons. These grooves are designed to produce less spin from the rough, thus promoting a higher trajectory and greater carry distance. According to Callaway, its research showed that pros and skilled amateurs often lose height and distance on full shots from the rough when their irons create too much spin.
- Phil Mickelson’s Phrankenwood club from the 2013 Masters is alive and well as the inspiration for an X2 Hot Pro 2Deep fairway wood. Also available are 3Deep and 5Deep ...
It’s not easy to create an iron set that’s easy to hit yet provides power and feel for golfers who don’t make a consistent swing. However, Callaway says its X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro irons have accomplished that ambitious goal.
“This is a game-improvement iron, and it’s designed for mid- to high-handicap golfers who want distance out of an iron, who want forgiveness out of an iron,” Matt Haneline, Callaway’s associate marketing manager. “It’s for people who don’t hit the ball on the center of the face every time, but when they do hit the ball well they want to be rewarded.”
To increase distance over last season’s X Hot irons, Callaway designed the X2 Hot irons with an extremely deep undercut behind the face that not only goes along the bottom, it also goes underneath the topline. This extreme perimeter weighting shifts more mass away from the face and drives down the center of gravity, which increases forgiveness and makes the X2 Hot less susceptible to twisting on off-center hits.
Callaway also made the face and ...
Between Callaway's X Hot, the X Hot Pro and the X Hot 3Deep (to say nothing of Phil Mickelson’s Phrankenwood), 2013 was a banner year for Callaway fairway woods. The tricky part now is to follow it up. With the X2 Hot family of woods, Callaway attempts to do just that.
“We knew given the success of the X Hot fairway woods, designing this club is going to be a challenge,” said Evan Gibbs, Callaway Golf’s manager of performance analysis. “So we went back to the drawing board and tried to improve upon some of the core technologies that made those fairway woods so exceptional.”
Callaway said that internal studies revealed golfers with a handicap of 10 or higher only hit the ball in the sweet spot 65 percent of the time, so the company’s engineers set out to create a face designed to increase ball speed on off-center hits. The result: the new 455 Carpenter steel Hyper Speed Face Cup.
According to Gibbs, the new face cup is not only extremely thin and lightweight, it is especially good at maintaining ball ...
These days, drivers seem nuclear powered and fairway woods could double as howitzers. So it’s not surprising that as Callaway’s designers set out to make the new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro hybrids, they focused on distance.
Callaway decided that for the first time it would put a forged face cup on a hybrid. According to Evan Gibbs, Callaway Golf’s manager of performance analysis, the Hyper Speed Face Cup on the new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro hybrids are the lightest and thinnest the company has made. It’s 28 percent thinner than last season’s X Hot hybrid face.
According to Callaway, the 455 Carpenter steel face cup helps the new hybrids achieve a characteristic time (the measurement of the club face’s springiness) that is 22 percent higher than the X Hot’s in the sweet spot and 30 percent to 40 percent higher outside the sweet spot. Callaway says that robot testing showed the sweet spot in the new X2 Hot is 13 times larger (not a typo) than the X Hot’s and shots travel almost 11 yards farther.
The translation: the new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro hybrids should ...
Callaway's new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro drivers are all about ball speed. Both drivers are highlighted by Callaway’s Hyper Speed Face made of 455 Carpenter steel.
In 2013, Callaway used 455 Carpenter steel in the face of its X Hot fairway woods. The clubs were so successful at retail that Callaway decided to use the material in the faces of all its X2 Hot metalwoods (drivers, fairway woods and hybrids) for 2014.
Both drivers include Callaway’s OptiFit adjustable hosel. Not only does this mean that golfers easily can change shafts, OptiFit also provides independent loft and lie adjustment as well as shot-shape adjustment (neutral or draw). There are eight settings.
The loft range varies from 2 degrees up to 1 degree down from the stock loft of each driver. Lofts for X2 Hot are 9, 10.5 and 13.5 HT. For X2 Hot Pro, only one loft is available: 8.5 degree. With loft adjustment, the Pro model can be lowered to 7.5 degree or raised as high as 10.5 degree.
A 7-gram nonadjustable external weight screw can be found in the back of the X2 Hot Pro.
The X2 Hot head ...
Chris Kirk punched his ticket to the 2014 Masters by winning The McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course at Sea Island in Georgia. Here's a complete list of the clubs Kirk used to win his second PGA Tour event:
• DRIVER: Callaway FT Optiforce (9.5 degree) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Plus White 62X shaft
• FAIRWAY WOOD: Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro (13.5 degree) with a Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 80X shaft
• HYBRID: Ping Anser (17 degree) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Plus White 92X shaft
• IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (3-9) with True Temper Tour Issue shafts
• WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (47, 54, 58 degree) with True Temper Tour Issue shafts
• PUTTER: Odyssey Tour Milled #1
• BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
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