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David Dusek
TaylorMade Limited Edition SLDR White driver
TaylorMade Limited Edition SLDR White driver

Beginning with the R11 in three years ago, TaylorMade started producing white-crowned drivers exclusively. According to the company, the contrast created by the white crown and the darker hitting surface of the face helped players improve their alignment at address.

Then, last summer, after the successful release of the white-crowned TaylorMade R1 driver, the company released the Limited Edition R1 Black. The dark crowned SLDR and JetSpeed drivers soon followed.

At last week’s Masters, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and a host of other TaylorMade staff players swung drivers that were black.

Today, TaylorMade announced that the Limited ...

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April 13, 2014 | 12:22 p.m.

New TPA XVIII putter nearing production

Adam Schupak
Nick Faldo holds his TaylorMade TPA XVIII putter he used in the final round of his 1989 Masters victory.
Nick Faldo holds his TaylorMade TPA XVIII putter he used in the final round of his 1989 Masters victory.

At the PGA Merchandise Show in January, I bumped into former Web.com Tour pro Tee McCabe on the PGA Show floor, who is jumping back into the family business.

Tee is the son of Terry McCabe, designer of the TaylorMade Burner and Tour Preferred woods, the first commercially successful metal woods. Later, he and Gary Adams teamed up again to start Founders Club and McCabe had yet another hit designing the 975D driver during his stint as head of R&D for Titleist.

Terry died on April 12, 2013 at age 67, but not before finishing a few last ...

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April 13, 2014 | 11:57 a.m.

Leader's bag: Jordan Spieth at 2014 Masters

David Dusek
The clubs that Jordan Spieth has used at the Masters.
The clubs that Jordan Spieth has used at the Masters.

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Jordan Spieth is using at the Masters:

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

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Tour (14.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 72X shaft )

HYBRID: Titleist 913H.d (18 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95X Hybrid 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

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x ...

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April 11, 2014 | 9:27 p.m.

Winner's bag: Bubba Watson at 2014 Masters

James Achenbach

— Bubba Watson, who posted five birdies in a row in Friday's second round of his 2014 Masters win and showed steady play down the stretch Sunday to earn his second green jacket at Augusta National, is using a bag configuration unchanged from February, when he won the Northern Trust Open.

Going into the 2014 season, though, Watson made the most extensive changes of his career.

He switched into Ping S55 irons, leaving behind the S59 model he used for almost 10 years.

He also put into play a Ping G25 driver intended to be his backup.

"The ...

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David Dusek
First-round leader Bill Haas' bag for the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
First-round leader Bill Haas' bag for the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Bill Haas used to shoot 68 and take the first-round lead at the 2014 Masters:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees with an Aldila Rogue 70X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F.d (15 degrees with an Aldila Tour Blue 85 TX shaft)

HYBRID: Titleist 913H (17 degrees with an Aldila Tour Blue 105 TX shaft)

IRONS: Titleist 714 AP2 (3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (54, 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Select Newport 2

BALL ...

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James Achenbach
After discretely being added to the USGA's list of conforming driver heads Feb. 17, the TaylorMade SLDR MiniDriver could appear in pros' bags during the Masters at Augusta National.
After discretely being added to the USGA's list of conforming driver heads Feb. 17, the TaylorMade SLDR MiniDriver could appear in pros' bags during the Masters at Augusta National.

— TaylorMade’s SLDR MiniDriver already has gotten a workout on Tour, and it might find its way into several bags this week at Augusta National. On Monday, TaylorMade announced the small-headed wood becomes available to consumers May 2.

The size of the MiniDriver head is 260 cubic centimeters. It is made of stainless steel. Lofts of 12, 14 and 16 degrees will be available. The normal SLDR head is 460 cc, and TaylorMade also offers a 430 cc model.

Golfweek reported on the MiniDriver at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, but at that time TaylorMade would not answer ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the club Matt Jones used to win the 2014 Shell Houston Open:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (9.5 degrees with a UST Mamiya ATTAS Elements MK 7X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F (15 degrees with a UST Mamiya ATTAS Elements MK 8X shaft)

IRONS: Mizuno Fli-Hi (2) Titleist 712 MB (3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54) and SM4 (58 bent to 60 degrees), both with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2 prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

SHOES: Custom ...

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David Dusek
D.A. Points brought his trusty, five-year-old Ping i5 irons to the 2014 Shell Houston Open.
D.A. Points brought his trusty, five-year-old Ping i5 irons to the 2014 Shell Houston Open.

The divots that D.A. Points creates on the driving range are each about the size of a playing card and about a half-inch deep. After he has finished hitting a bag of balls, the grid of dirt that remains is testament to his consistency.

The clubs that make those divots, his Ping i5 irons, helped the former University of Illinois star win last season's Shell Houston Open. What makes them unique is their age. Many players hesitate to change equipment, but by PGA Tour standards Points' irons are antiques.

"Ping clubs, their grooves don't wear out so ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Steven Bowditch used to win the 2014 Valero Texas Open:

DRIVER: Cleveland Classic XL (7.5 degrees with a Miyazaki Kusala Tour Issue 56X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X Hot 3Deep (14.5 degrees with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X Tour Spec shaft)

HYBRID: Callaway X2 Hot Pro (18 degrees with a Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 9.8X Tour Spec shaft)

IRONS: Cleveland 588 Forged MB (4-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (50, 54, 60 degrees with Project X 7.0 shafts)

PUTTER: Rife ...

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March 28, 2014 | 9:33 a.m.

Odyssey Tank Cruiser putters

David Dusek
Odyssey Golf's new Tank Cruiser putter
Odyssey Golf's new Tank Cruiser putter

Last year during the Florida Swing, Odyssey released a counterbalanced putter called the Tank. With a 400-gram head, 30 to 40 grams of additional weight beneath the top of the grip and a heavy shaft, the name must've been easy to develop.

Now Odyssey has a putter that can be thought of as the Tank Lite: the Odyssey Tank Cruiser.

Heavy, counterbalanced putters are designed to slow a player’s hands during the stroke and provide belly putter-like stability. However, making a transition from a traditional putter that tips the scales at around 340 grams to something like the ...

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March 25, 2014 | 6 a.m.

TaylorMade 14-degree SLDR driver

James Achenbach
The new TaylorMade SLDR 14-degree driver.
The new TaylorMade SLDR 14-degree driver.

TaylorMade loves to bring new drivers to the marketplace. At times it is difficult to keep up with all the introductions.

The introduction of the 14-degree SLDR driver has presented one of TaylorMade's biggest challenges, because most golfers identify 14 degrees with a strong 3-wood, not a driver.

Before discussing the 14-degree SLDR, though, here is a rundown of the entire SLDR family:

First there was the adjustable SLDR 460 driver, accompanied by fairway woods and hybrids. Then there was the adjustable SLDR 430 driver with a slightly smaller head (460 and 430 are a measurement of size in ...

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March 25, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Golf Pride CP2 Pro, CP2 Wrap Grip

James Achenbach
Golf Pride CP2 Wrap grips on display at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
Golf Pride CP2 Wrap grips on display at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

The golf grip is the one point of contact between the golfer and the club, yet grips rarely get recognition. Many players take grips for granted, never changing grips until they get slick. This can be a mistake.

The most interesting feature of the CP2 Pro and CP2 Wrap grips is Golf Pride’s new Control Core, a 2.5-inch stabilizer cap underneath the top of the grip at the butt end of the golf club. According to Golf Pride, torque is reduced 41 percent compared to a similar grip without the Control Core. The company said these grips are ...

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March 25, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Winn DuraTech Midsize

James Achenbach
Winn DuraTech golf grip
Winn DuraTech golf grip

The golf grip is the one point of contact between the golfer and the club, yet grips rarely get recognition.

Larger midsize grips often are preferred by golfers with big hands or those who want to emphasize a fade. The upper part of Winn’s multimaterial DuraTech Midsize grip (for the top hand) is composed of Winn’s proprietary rubber compound, Elastom ETX, while the lower part of the grip (bottom hand) is made of Winn’s latest performance polymer, WinnDry XT. DuraTech is a durable all-weather grip designed to appeal to skilled players.

Cost: $9.59 Midsize (54 grams ...

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March 25, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Lamkin Utx

James Achenbach
Lamkin Utx golf grip
Lamkin Utx golf grip

The golf grip is the one point of contact between the golfer and the club, yet grips rarely get recognition.

This is an eye-catching all-weather grip available in three colors (black, blue, red). The grip consists of three functional layers.

The foundation is a super tacky and softer ACE 3Gen material. The middle layer is a moisture-wicking fabric weave that contributes to surface traction. The outer layer is a firmer ACE 3Gen compound.

Cost: $8.99 standard (52 grams), $9.49 midsize (63 grams)

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March 25, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Champ C8 golf grip

James Achenbach

The golf grip is the one point of contact between the golfer and the club, yet grips rarely get recognition.

The new 49-gram Champ C8 grip has Kevlar in it for durability, longevity and torque control. It comes stock in five colors: black, white, blue, green and orange. Other colors can be custom ordered.

This is an all-weather grip with an anti-shock, anti-vibration wrap for comfort.

Cost: $15.99. Availability: March.

Many players take grips for granted, never changing grips until they get slick. This can be a mistake. Some touring professionals change their grips every month or so. Their ...

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