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March 25, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Boccieri Secret Grip Midsize

James Achenbach
Boccieri Golf's Secret Grip Midsize.
Boccieri Golf's Secret Grip Midsize.

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

The Secret Grip returns in 2014 with a new Midsize version, as well as three new colors (red, white, blue) for the original grip. The original and the Midsize weigh 92 grams, including a 17-gram tungsten plug in the butt end of the grip. This counterbalancing reduces the swing weight of any club, so the clubhead should feel lighter to many golfers while the overall weight of the club is heavier. The three new colored grips are made for Boccieri ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Matt Every used to win the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational:

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha (9 degrees with a Fujikura Motore SPD VC 7.0X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X2 Hot (15 degrees with an Aldila Tour Blue 75 TX shaft); TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (18 degrees with an nVentix Nunchuk shaft)

IRONS: Callaway Apex Pro (4-PW with KBS V-Tour 125 shafts)

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (52, 56, 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)

PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Pro #9

BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3

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March 21, 2014 | 6 a.m.

TaylorMade Ghost Spider Si putter

James Achenbach
The newest member of TaylorMade's Ghost Spider family of putters – the white-headed Ghost Spider Si mallet.
The newest member of TaylorMade's Ghost Spider family of putters – the white-headed Ghost Spider Si mallet.

The newest member of TaylorMade's Ghost Spider family of putters – the white-headed Ghost Spider Si mallet – is a high MOI (moment of inertia) putter with a counter-balanced grip.

The head weighs 380 gram. The grip is 15 inches long and weighs 150 grams (a standard putter grip weighs about 50 grams).

The $199 putter has a PureRoll Surlyn face insert. Stock lengths are 35 and 38 inches. To determine the proper length for a counter-balanced putter, TaylorMade recommends golfers add two to three inches to their normal length.

Ghost Spider Si has been used on tour by Rory Sabbatini ...

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March 20, 2014 | 12:37 p.m.

Callaway X2 Hot Deep fairway woods

James Achenbach
The new Callaway X2 Hot Deep fairway woods.
The new Callaway X2 Hot Deep fairway woods.

Phil Mickelson raised the profile of Callaway's Deep series of fairway woods in 2013, when the X Hot Deep fairway club was available in lofts of 13 and 14.5 degrees.

X Hot Deep has become X2 Hot Deep for 2014. Along with the slight name change, there are new options in lofts: 12.5 (2Deep), 14.5 (3Deep) and 18.5 (5Deep).

For golfers who prefer a deeper face or who want to use a fairway wood off the tee for accuracy, the Deep series is a legitimate choice.

All the distance-enhancing elements of the regular X2 Hot ...

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March 18, 2014 | 11:02 a.m.

Patrick Reed practices with wooden driver

David Dusek
Patrick Reed has used a persimmon Ben Hogan driver as a training aid for the past month. His normal Big Bertha Alpha is at left.
Patrick Reed has used a persimmon Ben Hogan driver as a training aid for the past month. His normal Big Bertha Alpha is at left.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Golf’s newest three-time winner has gone old school in practice: Patrick Reed has used a persimmon Ben Hogan driver as a training aid for the past month.

"It teaches you to hit the center of the clubface, especially with the driver," he said inside Callaway's PGA Tour trailer Monday.

Asked how far he can hit a modern ball, such as his Callaway Speed Regime 3, Reed said, "I can still hit it out there about 290, maybe 280. I've noticed that you don't lose distance with it if you hit it in the center ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs John Senden used to win his second PGA Tour event, the 2014 Valspar Championship:

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR 430 (12 degrees with an Aldila Tour Green 70X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RBZ Tour (14.5 degrees with an Aldila RIP Phenom 70X shaft)

IRONS: Titleist 712U (2), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (3-PW, with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 extra-stiff shafts)

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (54-, 58-degree with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour WV 125 shafts)

PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Monte Carlo

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

• SHOE: FootJoy ICON (size 13 ...

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March 14, 2014 | 10:38 a.m.

KBS Shafts succeeding on pro circuits

James Achenbach
KBS shaft wizard Kim Braly
KBS shaft wizard Kim Braly

It is not often that one shaft manufacturer receives a rave review from another shaft company, but what the heck, shaft wizards Kim Braly and Gawain Robertson are buddies.

"Except for (True Temper) Dynamic Gold," said Robertson, co-founder of Accra Golf Shafts, "just about every iron shaft on the PGA Tour was designed by Kim. He really is amazing."

Braly designed Rifle and Project X shafts before creating the KBS brand. Considering there was no such thing as a KBS shaft before 2008, Braly's achievements with his most recent shafts are staggering.

Looking at the official survey results from ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Patrick Reed used to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship:

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (9 degrees with a Fujikura Fuel 75 X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (16 degrees with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft)

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (3, 4), Razr X Muscleback (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50, 56, 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)

PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6

BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3

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March 5, 2014 | 4:25 p.m.

TaylorMade SLDR MiniDriver at Doral

David Dusek
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.

DORAL, Fla. – With its diminutive size and silver crown, TaylorMade’s SLDR MiniDriver easily could be overlooked on the range at Doral, especially with reps keeping it under a headcover most of the time.

After discretely being added to the USGA's list of conforming driver heads on Feb. 17, the club arrived in the TaylorMade PGA Tour van this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The SLDR MiniDriver does not have an adjustable hosel, and as the name implies, it is significantly smaller that the original 460-cc SLDR and the SLDR 430. However, there is a curved line on the ...

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March 4, 2014 | 5:40 p.m.

Cobra BiO Cell driver, Masters edition

James Achenbach
The newest Cobra collectible driver is a green BiO Cell model in celebration of the year's first major championship, the Masters.
The newest Cobra collectible driver is a green BiO Cell model in celebration of the year's first major championship, the Masters.

Do people actually play golf with the limited edition drivers that Cobra regularly creates? Or, in a world of collectibles, do they stash them away or display them scratch-free and dirt-free?

The answer appears to be both of the above. One big clue: Cobra Puma Golf sells the drivers in both right-handed and left-handed versions. This would indicate that at least some of them are headed for the nearest golf course.

The newest Cobra collectible driver is a green BiO Cell model in celebration of the year's first major championship, the Masters.

Cobra says only 2,014 will be ...

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David Dusek
Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 putter
Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 putter

Getting the ball into the hole blends two skills. Players need to determine how hard to strike the ball and, based on that speed, the ideal path. With the release of the new Staff Vizor Level 2 putters, Wilson hopes to make it easier for golfers to achieve both.

The first thing golfers will notice about the four Staff Vizor Level 2 putters is the unique alignment mechanism. Instructors have been telling golfers for years that a player’s eyes need to be over the target line at address. Thus, Wilson has developed I-Lock Technology. If the player’s eyes ...

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David Dusek

Russell Henley won a four-man playoff at PGA National on Sunday evening to capture the 2014 Honda Classic. Here is a complete list of the clubs he used to earn his second PGA Tour victory:

DRIVER: Nike VRS STR8-Fit (9.5 degrees, with a Graphite Design HD-7X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 (15 and 19 degrees, with Fujikura Rombax P95X shafts)

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6); VR Pro Combo (7-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Pro (48 and 53 degrees); VR Forged (59 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts ...

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February 27, 2014 | 1:09 p.m.

Ping Rapture 3-wood targets larger sweet spot

David Dusek

Distance is great, but if you want to shoot lower scores, you need to hit the fairway off the tee. To help golfers do it more often, Ping has created the new Rapture 3-wood.

“We really had our handcuffs taken off, from a technology standpoint, and we plugged in a lot of technology to really maximize the performance,” said Marty Jertson, Ping’s director of product development.

All that technology won’t come cheap, with the Rapture slated to cost $495 when it arrives in pro shops April 1.

The club features a 219cc titanium head, less than half the ...

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David Dusek

Jason Day won his first World Golf Championship on Sunday evening, outlasting France's Victor Dubuisson in 23 holes to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Here's a complete list of the clubs Day used at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR (10.5 degrees with a Matrix Ozik TP7HD shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RocketBallz (17.5 degrees with a Matrix Ozik TP7HD shaft)

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (2-iron, 2011 edition); Tour Preferred MC (3-PW) with True Temper Rifle 6.5 shafts)

WEDGES: TaylorMade ATV (52 and 60 degrees with True Temper ...

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James Achenbach
Bubba Watson used a pink Grafalloy BiMatrx Tour Prototype shaft in his Ping G25 driver in winning the Northern Trust Open.
Bubba Watson used a pink Grafalloy BiMatrx Tour Prototype shaft in his Ping G25 driver in winning the Northern Trust Open.

Bubba Watson’s victory in the Northern Trust Open again focused attention on his pink driver head and shaft.

The Ping G25 driver used by Watson is one of golf’s most popular drivers, but not with a pink head. That’s a custom paint job for Bubba.

However, the Grafalloy BiMatrx Tour Prototype shaft is available in pink as well as black, neon orange, white, lime green and neon blue. Furthermore, the shaft is a bargain – $79.99 at retail.

The BiMatrx concept is more than 15 years old. The shaft was introduced by True Temper in the late ...

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