FedEx Cup champion . . . and Piretti distributor
Henrik Stenson is vested in his Piretti putter in more ways than one. Not only did he make clutch putts with it throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs, he serves as the company’s Scandinavian distributor.
Piretti may sound Italian, but it’s a fictional name created by Mike Johnson, who started the putter company in 2008. His shop is located in Spring, Texas, where he makes high-end putters. (Most models cost $315, although a yet-to-be-released copper inlay version of Stenson’s putter will sell for about $950.)
Stenson has been using a Piretti putter since early 2011, and his current model is the Piretti Cottonwood II Prototype. It has the prototype designation because Johnson added a quarter-inch to the neck of the standard version, creating less toe hang and allowing Stenson to fully release the putter during the stroke. The Cottonwood II putter head weighs 365 grams, and the loft is 2.5 degree.
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What’s in Stenson’s bag?
In addition to the Piretti putter, Stenson used the following gear during his dominant play down the season’s homestretch: TaylorMade SLDR driver (10.5 degree, with Grafalloy Blue X shaft tipped 1.5 ...
Golfers who are in the market for super game-improvement irons – clubs that are designed to maximize forgiveness and distance, especially for slower-swinging players – are confronted with many options at their local pro shops.
Adams Golf wants to simplify their selection with the New Idea irons. The company says its new offering gives mid- and high-handicappers more of what they're looking for.
"New Idea stands for our easiest hitting clubs," said Mike Fox, Adams' product line manager. The irons go on sale Oct. 15.
According to Fox, Adams' research of 50,000 6-iron fittings discovered that more than 80 percent of golfers with handicaps of 15 or higher typically mis-hit shots at least 1/2 inch toward the toe side.
With that in mind, Adams' designers focused on making the New Idea irons more forgiving on mis-hits.
They began by scrapping the concept of one homogenous set of traditional irons, electing instead to make the New Idea a composite set of the following: hybrid long irons (3-5), hollow-bodied mid-irons (6, 7) and extreme perimeter-weighted short irons (8-PW).
"We actually own a patent on the transition of using three different golf clubs to create one set," said Justin Honea, Adams' senior ...
Henrik Stenson has been the hottest player in golf since mid-summer and he capped off his 2013 season by winning the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup, and hauling in $11.44 million Sunday. Here’s a complete list of the clubs Stenson used at East Lake.
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DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR (10.5 degree) with a Grafalloy Blue X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour (13 degree) and X Hot Pro (17 degree) with Grafalloy Blue X shafts
IRONS: Callaway Legacy Black Irons (3-PW) with Nippon Pro Modus3 120X shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 RTX (52 and 58 degree) with Nippon Pro Modus3 120X shafts
PUTTER: Piretti Cottonwood II Prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
SHOES: FootJoy FJ Icon
GLOVE: FootJoy Pure Touch Limited
TaylorMade has updated the Ghost Tour putter family, originally released in 2012, with three new blades and four new mallet-style models.
Each of the seven Ghost Tour putters is made from 304 Stainless steel and will retail for $149.
Named for locations of famous speedways and racetracks – Daytona, Sebring, Maranello, Fontana, Corza and Monte Carlo – the white putters are trimmed in black.
"The hosel bends have been changed slightly so that they morph a little better into the head," said Brain Bazzel, TaylorMade's product creation manager. "Only some of the top-level guys are going to notice that, but the insert is also a littler different now, too. It's actually a combination of materials."
According to Bazzel, the new PureRoll insert is made from a blend of 80 percent Surlyn and 20 percent aluminum.
"We went through all sorts of combinations and blends, and this was the winner because it gave this sound that was so solid," he said. "In this particular case, we were experimenting with adding different metals to give us an insert that gave more feedback, because the Surlyns that we've used in the past have been really soft and muted. We wanted this one ...
A new terminology has emerged in the forged-iron lexicon, according to Mizuno: the Luke Donald sole. The newest Mizuno iron with the signature sole is the MP-4.
Donald long has been preoccupied with the interaction of the sole and the turf. Give him a forged iron and a grinding wheel, and he becomes a golf surgeon. The sole has to be perfect. It has to glide through normal turf without digging or bouncing. It has to have just the right amount of camber, or roundness, in the sole. It has to be just the right width.
Mizuno started selling the Luke Donald sole on some of its MP family of forged irons. MP is Mizuno's designation for tour-oriented clubs. Mizuno MP-62 irons have the Donald sole. So do MP-64 irons, which are currently used by Donald.
The Donald sole is for skilled players. An average golfer might want a sole with slightly more bounce to add versatility for a variety of conditions and lies.
Now comes the MP-4.
In the opinion of Mizuno’s director of golf club marketing, Chuck Couch, the new iron is a “pure club, intended for purists, as in feel, trajectory control, ball control and ...
For decades, Maxfli was one of the grand old names of golf.
The brand formerly included clubs and golf balls, although Maxfli was best-known for the latter. Thus Dick’s Sporting Goods and its sister company, Golf Galaxy, have brought back the Maxfli ball.
The latest model is distinctive. The Maxfli U/6 is the first widely available six-piece golf ball; none of the top U.S. manufacturers have gone to six pieces.
What does six pieces mean? In the jargon of the trade, each part of the ball is counted as a piece. The core is one piece, and a dual core is two pieces. The outer cover is another piece, and each of the mantle layers in-between the core and the cover are counted as pieces.
So the Maxfli U/6 has a large core, four separate mantle layers, and an outer cover. Add them up, and the total is six pieces.
The big question, of course, is this: Does a golf ball really need six pieces? Some existing balls have five-piece construction, the newest being the Lethal ball from TaylorMade.
“We just didn’t pull six out of a hat because other people had been doing five ...
JPX is Mizuno’s name for its most modernistic irons. Though MP is Mizuno’s flagship family, JPX has been coming on strong. At the recent Women’s British Open at St. Andrews, for example, Stacy Lewis staked a 5-iron for a decisive birdie on the 71st hole. Her iron? JPX 825 Pro.
Among its four new iron models for 2014, Mizuno has high expectations for the two new JPX irons. One, the JPX-EZ, is cast. The other, the JPX-EZ Forged, is, as the name implies, a product of Mizuno’s grain-flow forging process.
Chuck Couch, director of golf club marketing for Mizuno, described the effort behind the JPX-EZ: “We took the gloves off. We told our designers, ‘Don’t worry about making things look the same. Let’s take this thing to another galaxy.’ ”
The result is an iron with more offset than any other Mizuno iron. It also has the thickest top line and the widest sole of any Mizuno iron. If a golfer sacrifices some workability, what he gains in return, according to Couch, is greater distance and accuracy.
The cosmetics are different, too. Although MP irons retain Mizuno’s longstanding blue color for golf club accents ...
Pinnacle long has promoted the distance-enhancing qualities of its golf balls, but with the release of the new Gold, Gold Ribbon and Bling balls that will be in stores starting in October, the company is touting softness.
The Pinnacle Gold ball is designed using two pieces: a high-velocity, low-compression core housed within a soft ionomer cover. According to Pinnacle, the core delivers the horsepower off the tee while the soft core and cover material combine for better feel and control around the greens that players wouldn't ordinarily find in a distance-oriented ball.
The Pinnacle Gold is available in white and a high-visibility yellow. The Pinnacle Gold Ribbon ball, which is available in white, features a "running ribbon" to show support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and raise awareness for breast cancer research. Both models cost $20 for a 15-pack.
For an even bolder look, Pinnacle is offering golf balls in "High Optix" colors aptly called, the Bling ($24/dozen). This two-piece, ionomer-covered ball is available in boxes that feature a 3-ball sleeve each of high-visibility white, pink, orange and yellow (12 balls total). Golfers also can choose a dozen-ball box of one color.
Watson switches irons for first time since ’04
At the BMW Championship, Bubba Watson switched irons for the first time since 2004, embracing Ping’s newest model – the S55. Watson had been using the S59 since 2004, when the S series was introduced. He won the 2012 Masters with the S59. He received an S55 set (3-9) at The Barclays in August and began practicing with them. He used them in a corporate outing at The Greenbrier, but was drawing them a bit more than he wanted, according to Ping tour rep Matt Rollins. More adjustments were made, including a lie angle that was 1 degree flatter. The irons hit retail Nov. 1.
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Major No. 2 for Pettersen
Nike Golf tour pro Suzann Pettersen won the Evian Championship using the following: VR_S Covert driver (9.5 degree), VR_S 3-wood (15 degree), VR_S hybrid (18 degree), VR Pro Cavity irons (4-5), VR Pro Combo irons (6-PW), VR Pro wedges (48, 52, 59 degree) and a Method Core 3i putter. She played a 20XI X ball.
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Tools of the trade for shooting a 59 on Tour
En route to his 59 during the second round of the BMW Championship, Jim Furyk navigated ...
Zach Johnson won his 10th PGA Tour event on Monday by coming from behind to capture the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club outside Chicago. Here is a complete list of Johnson's clubs:
DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (8.5 degree) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (15 degree) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.0 shaft; Titleist 913F (17 degree) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (21 degree) with a Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 AP1 (4) and 712 AP2 (5-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48 degree) and Spin Milled (54, 60 degree) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
PUTTER: SeeMore FGP Black
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
SHOES: FootJoy DryJoys Tour
GLOVE: FootJoy StaSof
Here is a complete list of the clubs that Jim Furyk used to shoot 59 at Conway Farms Golf Club during Friday's second round of the BMW Championship:
- DRIVER: Callaway FT Optiforce 440 (9.5 degree) with a Fujikura Speeder 6.2 X shaft
- FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme (13 degree, bent to 13.3) with a Fujikura Speeder VC 8.0 X shaft
- HYBRID: Ping Anser (20 degree, bent to 19) with a UST Mamiya VTS Black 100X shaft
- IRONS: Callaway Razr X Forged (4-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
- WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (50 degree), Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (56 degree) and Titleist Vokey Design K Grind (60 degree) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
- PUTTER: Odyssey Versa #1 Wide
- BALL: Callaway Hex Black Tour
Among the first products Nike produced when the company began making golf clubs in 2002 was a set that combined cavity-back long irons with blade-style short irons.
The concept of blending different types of clubs to create a single set has been embraced on the PGA Tour, and now Nike hopes to popularize that strategy even more among amateur golfers with its new VR Forged Pro Combo iron set. The latest version, best suited for mid- and lower-handicap players, will arrive in stores Nov. 1.
Like previous iterations of Nike's Pro Combo sets, the long irons of the new set feature a pocket-cavity design that positions added mass in the bottom-half of the head to lower the center of gravity, making it easier to get the ball in the air. While last season's Pro Combo set offered pocket-cavity design in the 3- to 5-iron, this year's set offers that construction in the 3- to 6-iron.
The 7-iron through pitching wedge are designed as perimeter-weighted, cavity-back irons.
But what's really new is the addition of a polymer in the cavity that Nike says enhances feel and improves sound.
"When we first started prototyping these irons, we were ...
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As the weight of graphite driver shafts continues to go down, the quality and durability of these lightweight shafts continues to go up. Which takes us to Brandt Snedeker, who seized the first-round lead in the BMW Championship with a TaylorMade SLDR driver equipped with a 45-gram UST Mamiya Proforce VTS 4 X shaft.
Snedeker is believed to be the first player to lead a PGA Tour event with a driver shaft weighing less than 50 grams. Most PGA Tour players use driver shafts in the 60- and 70-gram range.
The VTS 4 is a high-launching, high-torque shaft that is developing a reputation for tight dispersion. How can a shaft with 5.9 degrees of torque deliver straighter drives? The answer: A high-tech combination of modern materials, construction techniques and quality control.
The landscape of driver shafts is changing rapidly. Another example of a prominent high-torque shaft is provided by Graham DeLaet, who is leading the PGA Tour in total driving with a UST Mamiya VTS Red X shaft that has 5 degrees of torque.
Snedeker has shown no reluctance to experiment with different shafts. His Bridgestone irons are outfitted with Aerotech SteelFiber shafts (a ...
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