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My Bag: Jordan Spieth at the 2014 Ryder Cup

David Dusek

A list of clubs Jordan Spieth is using at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland:

DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (8.5 degrees), with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 63X shaft.

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 915F (15 degrees), with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft.

HYBRID: Titleist 915H.d (20.5 degrees), with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 95X shaft.

IRONS: Titleist 714 AP2 (4-9), with Project X 6.0 shafts.

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (46, 52, 56 and 60 degrees), with Project X 6.0 shafts.

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009 Tour Prototype.

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x.

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Ellis tabs Koehler to resurrect Hogan clubs

James Achenbach

In many ways, he is much like Ben Hogan: serious, inventive, a golf fanatic. His swing isn’t quite as repeatable as that of Hogan, but nobody’s perfect.

Terry Koehler, former director of marketing for the Ben Hogan Co., is the man chosen by Perry Ellis International, owner of the Hogan brand, to bring back Ben Hogan irons in 2015.

Koehler was a Texas boy who grew up idolizing Hogan. Koehler’s father played golf with Hogan and introduced Koehler to Hogan clubs when he was a junior.

Today Koehler is president and chief executive of Eidolon Brands, maker of SCOR wedges, and his office is something like a Hogan museum – or in his words “an absolute shrine to Mr. Hogan.”

In less than a year the golf world should see exactly how this hero worship translates into irons with the Ben Hogan name.

“Barring derailments, the first deliveries could come in the January-to-March time frame of 2015,” said Koehler, who said he is not following an exact timetable.

“I can promise you this,” he said. “It won’t be on the market until it’s perfect. It has to be true to the legacy. The Hogan Co. was ...

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Callaway Big Bertha irons, hybrids

James Achenbach

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Callaway president and CEO Chip Brewer would like golfers to think of Big Bertha as a comprehensive family, not just a collection of drivers. The technology-driven family includes the new Big Bertha irons and hybrids.

The irons promise more distance, with a large dose of forgiveness added to the recipe. To achieve this jump in distance, Callaway says it is the first major manufacturer to use a cup-face design in irons.

This design, called 360 Face Cup Technology, refers to a face that wraps around strategic portions of the body. The face and body are welded together. Callaway says this maximizes stability and distance, particularly on off-center hits.

Cup-face design has become an industry staple in hollow metalwoods but not irons.

The entire face of the BB irons is more flexible than the face of previous Callaway irons. In concert with 360 Face Cup Technology, this produces higher ball speeds across the face, even on off-center hits, Callaway says.

Callaway also touts its Internal Standing Wave, which has been used in recent Callaway metalwoods to lower the center of gravity and maximize the trajectory. Now it has made the transition to irons.

The irons will be available Oct ...

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McGinley OK with McIlroy's driver change

David Dusek

In the practice rounds for this week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, European team member Rory McIlroy has used a prototype Nike Vapor Pro driver instead of the Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour driver he used to win the Open Championship and PGA Championship this summer.

Some have speculated that going with a new club at the Ryder Cup would be a risky move for the world's No. 1, but European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is not one of them.

Asked in a press conference Wednesday if he's concerned Rory may use the new club for the first time in competition at the pressure-packed Ryder Cup, McGinley said, "It doesn't concern me at all. I trust Rory with his decisions.

“He spoke to me, and the first thing he said to me when he got here is, 'I've been testing something new . . . this is where I am at with it . . . do you have any problems with it?’ I said I don't have any problem; you make your own decisions. You've got your team around you. You are the best player in the world, you make your own decisions. I'm certainly not ...

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McIlroy using prototype Nike driver at Gleneagles

David Dusek

While Rory McIlroy may not have Nike's new Vapor Pro irons in his bag yet, it appears the world's No. 1 player is on the verge of making a driver change at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Auchterarder, Scotland.

On the practice range at Gleneagles on Monday, McIlroy was spotted using what appears to be a prototype Nike Vapor driver.

Throughout the past season, McIlroy used a Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour driver and averaged 310.5 yards off the tee, finishing third in the PGA Tour distance category behind Bubba Watson (314.3) and Dustin Johnson (311). McIlroy finished first in the PGA Tour's new Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green statistic (1.993) and used the Covert 2.0 Tour driver to win both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

On Monday, four new Nike drivers appeared on the USGA's Conforming Golf Club list, one labeled Vapor Pro (left) and three labeled Vapor Speed (right).

According to the USGA's description, they have an adjustable hosel system that allows players to change loft and lie orientations. The clubs also appear to have a channel running from the toe to the heel area, behind the leading ...

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Winner's bag: Derek Fathauer at Web.com Tour Final

Adam Schupak

The clubs Derek Fathauer used to win the Web.com Tour Championship and the Web.com Tour Finals money title on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.:

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Pro (8.5 degrees), with a Fujikura Motore Speeder X-flex shaft.

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (16 degrees), with a UST Mayima Elements Chrome shaft.

HYBRID: Callaway X2 Hot (20 degrees), with a Graphite Design Tour AD shaft.

IRONS: Callaway Apex (4-PW), with KBS Tour shafts.

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (50 degrees; 54 degrees bent to 55); Titleist Vokey Design prototype (60-degree).

PUTTER: Odyssey Tank #7

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x


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In the bag: U.S. Senior Am semifinalists

James Achenbach

The golf clubs of the four semifinalists at the U.S. Senior Amateur, played this week at the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.:

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Pat Tallent, winner

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR (9.5 degrees, adjusted to a higher loft setting)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RBZ (15 degrees)

HYBRIDS: TaylorMade RBZ (18.5 degrees, bent to 17.5); TaylorMade Rescue 09 (19 degrees, bent to 21)

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (4-PW)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60 degrees, bent to 58; 56 degrees, bent to 53)

PUTTER: Yes! Natalie long putter

BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

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Bryan Norton, runner-up

DRIVER: TaylorMade R7 425 (10.5 degrees)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R7 3-wood (15 degrees)

UTILITY IRON: Ping G2 HL (2)

IRONS: Ping G15 (4-PW)

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (56 degrees); Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (60 degrees with K Grind)

PUTTERS: Odyssey 2-Ball long putter, conventional-length Ping Zing 2

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

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Randy Lewis, semifinalist

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (10.5 degrees)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F (15 degrees)

HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro (23 degrees), Adams Idea Super S (19 degrees)

IRONS: Titleist 712 AP2 (5-PW)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (54 degrees; 58 degrees; both with K Grind)

PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio ...

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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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