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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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David Dusek

Bubba Watson shot 64-64 on the weekend at Riviera to win the Northern Trust Open. Here's a complete list of the clubs in Watson’s bag:

DRIVER: Ping G25 (8.5 degrees bent to 8.2 with a Grafalloy BiMatrx shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G25 (16.5 degrees bent to 15 with a Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 8.2X shaft)

IRONS: Ping S55 (3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Ping Tour (52-degree Tour Gorge, 56-degree Tour Gorge bent to 55, and 64-degree Tour-S Thin Sole with a Rustique finish bent to 62 degrees; all with ...

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David Dusek
Adams Pro, Pro DHy and Pro Mini hybrids
Adams Pro, Pro DHy and Pro Mini hybrids

Adams Golf adopted a slogan this season, "Own The Second Shot," and it reflects the company's desire to be known for making the best hybrid clubs. With the release of three new Pro hybrids, which should hit shelves on March 14 for $199.99, Adams believes it has models that should appeal to every player.

Here's the scoop on each of the new hybrids:

Pro Hybrid

Adams quietly completed the creation of this club in the fall of 2012, according to Justin Honea, Adams' senior design engineer.

"Typically what we are trying to do in R&D is ...

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February 9, 2014 | 9:10 p.m.

Winner's Bag: Jimmy Walker, Pebble Beach

David Dusek

It wasn't smooth sailing Stillwater Cove for Jimmy Walker on Sunday, but the Texan was able to hold on and win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by one shot. Here's a complete list of the clubs that Walker used to win at Pebble Beach:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (8.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Diamana+ Blue 72X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d (15 degrees with an Aldila Tour Blue 85 shaft); Titleist 913F.d (18 degrees with a Fujikura Motore VC8.2 TS shaft)

IRONS: Titleist 714 MB (3-9 with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts ...

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David Dusek

This week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, an (a) next to a player's name on the leaderboard denotes that he or she is an amateur, not a professional golfer. Kid Rock, Andy Roddick, Kelly Slater, Wayne Gretzky – they all get an (a) next to their name.

So it makes sense that TaylorMade chose this week to release a new ball specifically designed with amateurs in mind, the Project (a).

"Our engineers wanted to create the best performing golf ball for amateurs," said Lindsay Main, TaylorMade's product marketing manager for golf balls. "In studying those players ...

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David Dusek

Kevin Stadler came from behind to win his first PGA Tour event on Sunday after he shot a closing-round 68 at the TPC Scottsdale. Here's what he had in his bag at the Waste Management Phoenix Open:

DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (9.5 degrees with a UST Mamiya VTS shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead III (17 degrees with a Matrix OZIK XCON8 shaft)

HYBRID: Ping i15 (17 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD X Hybrid shaft)

IRONS: Cleveland 588 Forged CB (4-9 with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (48 ...

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James Achenbach
Miura MB001 forged iron.
Miura MB001 forged iron.

— Miura, the Japanese manufacturer known for forged irons and wedges, has introduced its first new blade iron in nearly seven years. According to Miura, the MB001 features sole refinements that enable it to cut cleanly and effortlessly through all varieties of turf.

“Assuming, of course, that the iron is properly fit,” said Adam Barr, president of Miura.

Miura is a longtime proponent of expert fitting for all of its clubs, and Miura products in the United States are available through a network of certified clubfitters and clubmakers.

In the forged-blade category, the new muscleback MB001 joins the Tournament ...

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David Dusek

Sergio Garcia won the Thailand Golf Championship in December and the 2014 Qatar Masters Jan. 25 using the new TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball. Today, the company has announced it will start selling that ball, along with the updated Tour Preferred ball. Both will be available March 1 for $45.99 per dozen.

According to TaylorMade, the playing qualities designed into both balls are based on feedback from numerous discussions with staff pros, including Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Garcia. Because the company received so much input from its players, TaylorMade is anticipating that at least 80 ...

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James Achenbach
Bridgestone True Balance putter
Bridgestone True Balance putter

— Among the golf-equipment manufacturers attracting the most attention at the PGA Merchandise Show was Bridgestone Golf, a company known for slow, steady, quiet growth.

There was nothing quiet about Bridgestone’s presence at the recent PGA Show at the Orange County Convention Center. The Bridgestone booth remained jam-packed, thanks to a revolutionary putter named True Balance and a new golf-ball formulation called Hydro Core technology.

“We are very happy,” said Dan Murphy, Bridgestone Golf’s vice president of marketing.

The buzz surrounding the new putter started Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Demo Day and continued for three days at ...

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James Achenbach
Cleveland 588 Custom and 588 Altitude drivers
Cleveland 588 Custom and 588 Altitude drivers

Trivia question: What does the 588 stand for in Cleveland 588 golf equipment?

Answer: It stands for the 5th model created in 1988. Thus, Cleveland celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 588 line in 2013.

In the beginning, 588 consisted only of wedges – famous wedges, because many PGA Tour players and several major champions have used 588 wedges.

Later, Cleveland added irons. Today, the 588 line includes five iron models: 588 MT (Mid Trajectory), 588 TT (Tour Trajectory), 588 Altitude (a complete set of hollow-headed irons), 588 CB (Cavity Back) and 588 MB (Muscle Back).

Cleveland has expanded the 588 ...

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David Dusek

Scott Stallings was able to make a birdie on the final hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines on Sunday evening to win the Farmers Insurance Open. Here is a complete list of the clubs Stallings had in his bag:

DRIVER: Titleist 913 D2 (8.5 degrees with an Aldila Rogue 70X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F (15 degrees with Aldila Rogue 70X)

IRONS: Mizuno MP Fli-Hi (2) with an Aldila RIP Tour shaft; Titleist 714 AP2 (4-PW) with KBS Tour shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey SM5 (50 bent to 52 degrees, 54 bent to 56 degrees, 58 bent to ...

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January 24, 2014 | 10:11 p.m.

Golf cart roundup, 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

Martin Kaufmann
Golf carts from the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando
Golf carts from the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Getting your clubs around the course wasn't a forgotten part of the game at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. Here are some products from the floor of the Orange County Convention Center:

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Bag Boy C3 Push Cart

In three steps, the C3 folds down to dimensions of 21.5 x 13 x 18 inches. It has a handle-mounted parking brake and its support arms accommodate stand and cart bags. The C3 has a one-step handle adjustment and is outfitted with an umbrella holder, mesh storage bag and smartphone holder. It weighs 15 pounds and includes a one-year ...

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January 23, 2014 | 7:56 p.m.

Ping Ketsch putter

James Achenbach
Ping introduced its Ketsch putter at the PGA Merchandise Show.
Ping introduced its Ketsch putter at the PGA Merchandise Show.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Ping introduced its Ketsch putter at the PGA Merchandise Show, a club named after the town in Germany where Ping maintains its headquarters for that country.

This mallet-style putter has an aluminum body with a stainless steel plate in the sole. It features Ping's TR (True Roll) grooves in the face.

An adjustable length shaft (31 to 38 inches) is optional. Lie adjustability is plus or minus two degrees.

Shafts bends are available to fit Straight, Slight Arc and Strong Arc putting strokes that have been identified by Ping.

The putter has three white, contrasting alignment aids ...

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James Achenbach
Phil Mickelson showed up in Abu Dhabi in January with a new 18-degree X2 Hot Pro hybrid in his bag. He tied for second.
Phil Mickelson showed up in Abu Dhabi in January with a new 18-degree X2 Hot Pro hybrid in his bag. He tied for second.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Phil Mickelson, a certified distance hound, loves golf clubs that produce outrageously long shots. It's no secret that his irons are bent strong. He made headlines in 2013 by switching among several 3-woods, essentially auditioning them for length (along with accuracy, of course).

Mickelson, a Callaway staff player, ended up with that company’s X Hot Pro 3-wood in his bag. The club earned a reputation as a long-distance weapon. People were talking. Callaway fairway wood sales increased substantially.

For 2014, Callaway took the X Hot fairway wood technology and used it in its line of X2 ...

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January 22, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.

Adams XTD Cross Cavity iron

James Achenbach
Adams XTD Cross Cavity iron
Adams XTD Cross Cavity iron

ORLANDO, Fla. – The new XTD Cross Cavity iron from Adams Golf reminds me how much I hate the term game-improvement. Or worse, super game-improvement.

The XTD, introduced here at the PGA Merchandise Show, has been called a game-improvement iron. Baloney, I say. This is a full-blown performance iron that just happens to be easy to hit.

When I asked Justin Honea, senior director of research and development for Adams, about the game-improvement label, he just laughed.

Honea is a gifted golfer. He regularly carries a plus handicap. He plays in tournaments. And you will find the XTD Cross Cavity in ...

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