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Winner's bag: Rory McIlroy at WGC-Bridgestone

David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Rory McIlroy used to win the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:

DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (8.5 degrees, with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XTS 70X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (15 degrees) and VR_S Covert (19 degrees), with Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shafts

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9, with Project X 7.0 shafts)

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (46, 52, 56 and 60 degrees, with Project X 6.5 shafts)

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

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Tiger reveals "new" driver in play at Bridgestone

Nick Masuda

It's no secret that Tiger Woods has been struggling with his driver since returning from back surgery, but he revealed that he also has put a "new" driver in play this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

According to Nike, Woods is using a Nike VR_S Covert Tour 9.5-degree driver with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73X shaft – the same one he used last year to win at Bridgestone.

In recent tournaments, Woods had been using the Nike VRS Covert 2.0.

"I went back to my old driver from last year. (It) has a lighter shaft in it. I like the driver I’ve been using, but I didn’t want to tinker around with it and put a new shaft in and ruin the club," Woods said after posting a 2-over 72 on Saturday that dropped him to 1 over for the tournament.

"I figured the lighter shaft should help me out a little bit, get some speed back, because I’m just not quite as explosive as I need to be."

Woods is struggling to find the fairway off the tee - mostly with driver – hitting just 18 of 42 through three rounds, including three on ...

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TaylorMade updates counterbalanced putters

David Dusek

TaylorMade announced August 1 that it has updated three counterbalanced putters using feedback from PGA Tour staffers such as Sergio Garcia, Jason Day and Boo Weekley. The clubs are available immediately.

The putters come standard with matte-black shafts and high-polished black soles trimmed in red.

In a release, Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of iron, wedge and putter creation, said, "The new tour-inspired cosmetic is visually stunning, while also delivering the ultimate in stability and performance. Each of these putters promotes an extremely stable putting stroke to help golfers deliver a consistent roll time after time."

TaylorMade says the Daddy Long Legs, a high-MOI mallet, is the most stable putter it has ever created. For players who don't hit the sweetspot consistently, it resists twisting on off-center strikes so putts roll more consistently.

The Spider Blade is a heel-toe-weighted design that offers mallet-like stability in a shape suited for players who prefer traditional putters. The Spider Mallet, Garcia's choice, is a classically rounded midsize mallet.

All three putters have a black-painted steel frame that is stabilized by white tungsten weights in the heel and toe.

To achieve the counterbalance effect, TaylorMade encourages golfers to use a club that ...

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Dusek: Two different Nike MMProto irons on way?

David Dusek

There is plenty of speculation running around golf these days, fueling debates in grillrooms from Montauk Downs to Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Is Tom Watson going to give Tiger Woods a Ryder Cup captain's pick? Does Rory McIlroy have a better chance of eclipsing Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships than Tiger? And what is Fox Sports going to do next year with the U.S. Open?

But why should the feature writers have all the fun? Equipment is my main beat and I usually avoid conjecture, but after seeing some images that have recently surfaced in social media, I couldn't help myself.

Rory McIlroy posted the following photo of his new Nike MMProto 2-iron on his personal Instagram account as he prepared to play the Scottish Open. The image's caption reads, "A little something new this week. #mmproto"

After McIlroy won at Royal Liverpool, an image of several Nike MMProto 2-irons appeared on the company's Instagram account, along with the following caption, "Before the Claret Jug made its way into Rory McIlroy's hands, one of these 2 irons made its way into his bag. #mmproto"

Two days ago, Thorbjorn Olesen posted a shot ...

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Winner's bag: Tim Clark at RBC Canadian Open

David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Tim Clark used this week to win the 2014 RBC Canadian Open on PGA Tour:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (9.5 degrees with an Accra M4-55 Tour Proto shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (18 degrees adjusted to 16.75 with a Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 TS shaft); Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead+ (18 degrees with an Aldila Callaway RCH 36 Pro Series shaft)

HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue Dual (19 degrees with a UST Mamiya IROD Hybrid 100 X shaft)

IRONS: Titleist 714 CB (4-9 with Aerotech SteelFiber I95 S shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48, 56 degrees) and SM5 (60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey 2-Ball long

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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Winner's bag: Princess Mary Superal, U.S. Girls' Junior

Julie Williams

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A look inside the bag of Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines, who won the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on Saturday at Forest Highlands Golf Club:

DRIVER: Tour Stage X-Drive 707 (9.5 degrees)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G25 (3- and 4-wood)

HYBRID: Ping G25 (20 and 23 degrees)

IRONS: Ping i20 (5-SW)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60 degrees)

PUTTER: Bettinardi Queen B 5 (31 inches)

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x


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Winner's bag: Will Zalatoris, U.S. Junior

Brentley Romine

A look inside the bag of Will Zalatoris of Plano, Texas, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Saturday at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degree, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin (15 degree, Fujikura Motore F3 shaft)

HYBRID: Titleist 913H (19 degree, Fujikura Speeder 904)

IRONS: Titleist AP2 (4-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (52, 56 and 60 degrees, all with True Temper Dynamic Gold x100 shafts)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport

BALL: Titleist Pro V1


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Post victory, McIlroy talks gear with Golfweek

David Dusek

A day after Rory McIlroy won the Open Championship, he took a few minutes to answer some equipment questions for Golfweek via email:

What feedback did you give Nike when you were first shown the MMProto iron, and what made you decide to use it during the last two weeks?

I have seen and tested versions of the MMProto 2-iron for the past few months and worked with Nike to perfect this club for me. They brought me this 2-iron to try out at the Nike Performance Fitting Center at Archerfield (Edinburgh, Scotland) on Monday July 7th and I loved it. It was an instant hit and I immediately put it in the bag

On Tuesday, Nike Golf’s Instagram account posted the following close-up shot of seveal MM Proto 2-irons:

David Dusek's note: While Nike has not released any official details about the club, it appears to have a lot of mass low in the heel and toe, along with a pocket cavity that has been filled with a black polymer. Perimeter weighting in the heel and toe not only lowers the center of gravity (CG), which makes the ball get in the air more easily, it increases ...

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Winner's bag: Rory McIlroy, 2014 British Open

David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Rory McIlroy is using at Royal Liverpool during the 2014 British Open in Hoylake, England:

DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (8.5 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XTS 70X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VR_S Covert (15 degrees) with a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft

IRONS: Nike MM prototype (2), Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47, 54, 59 degrees) with Project X 6.5 shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black


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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy talks about his Nike driver

David Dusek

Rory McIlroy talks about his Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 driver with Golfweek's David Dusek.


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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy talks about his Nike putter

David Dusek

Our David Dusek sat down with Rory McIlroy to talk about his Nike Method putter. Watch the video above.


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Titleist releases Vokey SM5 wedges in indigo

David Dusek

Bob Vokey, Titleist's master craftsman and wedge guru, celebrated his 75th birthday Tuesday, and fans of his creations were given a present with the release of the new Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 (SM5) Indigo wedges.

Available for a limited time starting today, these are the same SM5 wedges that were released at PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., in January, but the Indigo models have been plated and treated with a special PVD finish to create an iridescent blue look. They won't rust, but according to Titleist the blue finish will wear off over time in in the hitting area and where the sole scraps against sand.

Titleist said the SM5 wedges are the most-played model on the PGA Tour and are used by Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson.

The most significant update the Spin Milled wedges received this year was the new, deeper TX3 groove pattern. According to Vokey, the grooves in the SM5 wedges are 7 percent larger than the grooves in the SM4 wedges. This helps them channel away water and debris more effectively, so the SM5s should generate more spin from the rough.

The limited-edition Indigo wedges cost $185 and are ...

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Mickelson adds Callaway Apex UT at Hoylake

David Dusek

Callaway club designer Roger Cleveland said Phil Mickelson's name can be added to the list of players who will carry a driving iron in this week’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

In an interview that was conducted in the Callaway tour van parked at Hoylake and that appeared on the app @Open Live, Cleveland said, "We have a new utility iron that utilizes the high-strength stainless steel that we have in our fairway woods and hybrids. It's a 455 Carpenter and creates a lot of ball speed. It's got a beautiful cradle and a lower CG (center of gravity) and a very hot face. So that's what (Phil) has put in and a lot of people have put in because of the firmness of the conditions and the potential for wind. You can knock this down and roll it a long, long ways."

Cleveland was shown in the video holding two utility irons, one labeled as having 18 degree of loft and the other with 21 degrees. Both clubs were labeled Callaway Apex UT.

Callaway released the Apex and Apex Pro irons earlier in 2014.

Like the Callaway X Utility Prototype Irons, the Apex UT ...

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Cobra, Poulter team with Arsenal Football Club

David Dusek

The World Cup may be over, but Cobra Golf has just announced the release of gear decorated in the colors and logos of the Arsenal Football Club.

Ian Poulter, who is at Royal Liverpool for the Open Championship this week, took to social media to show off the Arsenal-themed golf bag he will use.

Cobra Golf even made a video featuring Poulter and scores of raucous fans to celebrate the release of more gear themed after the Premier League soccer team based in London.

The titanium Arsenal Limited Edition BiO Cell driver ($349) comes in official red and white Arsenal colors and features the Arsenal shield logo and the Arsenal Canon. Like the original BiO Cell drivers, it can be adjusted into eight loft settings. Only 500 are being made.

The Arsenal Form Stripe Stand bag ($200) has an 8-way top with designated, lined putter and driver wells and an integrated soft-touch grab handle.

The collection also includes footwear and apparel. For more information, go to cobragolf.com/pumagolf/arsenal

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If it's the British Open, it must be driving iron time

David Dusek

Tiger Woods famously chose a conservative strategy and won the Claret Jug last time the Open Championship was contested at Hoylake, in 2006. He used his driver only once on a baked and brown links, opting for his 2-iron numerous times off the tee so as to avoid pot bunkers scattered throughout the fairways.

There are two main reasons driving irons could be especially popular at this week’s Open Championship, again at Hoylake. The first is the weather, and the second is the increasing ability of manufacturers to make strong-lofted irons that are playable.

By definition, links golf courses are situated in areas between the sea and the land. They're sandy, dune-filled places where the wind blows shots into gorse, heather and pot bunkers. Royal Liverpool is on the edge of the River Dee and the Irish Sea, and golfers in practice rounds over the weekend had to contend with 20- to 30-mph breezes. A key to success at Royal Liverpool, and at any links course, is to control ball flight and keep shots below the wind.

Hybrid clubs typically hit shots higher than a long iron of the same loft, because hybrids have a lower center of ...

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