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James Achenbach
Lucas Glover used a new graphite-shafted, Bridgestone True Balance TD-03 putter at the U.S. Open (not pictured here).
Lucas Glover used a new graphite-shafted, Bridgestone True Balance TD-03 putter at the U.S. Open (not pictured here).

PINEHURST, N.C. – Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is a mercurial golfer whose career has been earmarked by hot and cold streaks. However, after he missed the cut at Pinehurst No. 2 with rounds of 79 and 69, he seemed remarkably composed.

Glover can be a thoughtful golfer, and here at the 2014 U.S. Open he perhaps established himself as something of an equipment trendsetter.

Glover’s putter had a graphite shaft. Although graphite shafts are used in many full-swing clubs, they are practically never found in putters, where steel shafts are standard issue in most ...

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June 12, 2014 | 7:42 p.m.

Leader's bag: Martin Kaymer, U.S. Open

David Dusek
Martin Kaymer uses nearly a full bag of TaylorMade gear, with the exception of his Ping putter.
Martin Kaymer uses nearly a full bag of TaylorMade gear, with the exception of his Ping putter.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Martin Kaymer has at the 2014 U.S. Open:

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (9.5 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade SLDR (14 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft)

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (2-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts)

WEDGES: TaylorMade TP with xFT (54, 58 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts)

PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser 2

BALL: TaylorMade Lethal

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Around the green, Scott relies on these Titleist Vokey Design SM5 wedges he brought to Pinehurst for the 2014 U.S. Open.
Around the green, Scott relies on these Titleist Vokey Design SM5 wedges he brought to Pinehurst for the 2014 U.S. Open.

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Here is a complete list of the clubs Ben Crane used to win the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 (9.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara 50 X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 (14.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board +72 X shaft); Titleist 913F.d (18 degrees with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board +82 X shaft)

HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21 degrees with a UST Mamiya Proforce AxivCore Hybrid 100 X shaft)

IRONS: Titleist 712U (4), 714 AP2 (5-9) with Aerotech SteelFiber i95 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48 ...

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David Dusek

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – There are a lot of players who can hit Tour-caliber golf shots, but to contend at major championships a player must know more than how to feather a 7-iron or hit a power fade with a driver.

At the ripe old age of 25, Rory McIlroy can hit every shot in the book and has plenty of major experience.

He opened with 63 at the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews to take the lead, and followed it with an 80 in windy conditions the next day.

He led the Masters in the final round in ...

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June 4, 2014 | 11:06 a.m.

Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind Wedges

David Dusek
Feedback from the PGA Tour guided the design of Callaway's latest wedge, the Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind.
Feedback from the PGA Tour guided the design of Callaway's latest wedge, the Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind.

It's no secret the pros on the PGA Tour can be awfully finicky about their way their wedges look at address, slide through the sand and feel from the fairway. If it's not perfect, it's not going in the bag.

Based on the feedback of staff players, Callaway has created the new Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedges and announced they will be in stores starting July 18 for $129.99 each.

Forged from 1020 carbon steel, the Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind wedges feature the same grooves found on the original Mack Daddy 2 wedges that ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the club that Hideki Matsuyama used to win the 2014 Memorial Tournament:

DRIVER: Srixon ZR-30 (9.5 degrees, with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 TX shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Razr X Black (15 degrees, with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 TX shaft)

HYBRID: Tour Stage X-UT (19 degrees, with Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 shaft)

IRONS: Srixon Z-945 (3), Z-925 (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic gold S400 shafts

WEDGES: Cleveland 588 RTX CB (48), CG-17 prototype (54, 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport ...

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James Achenbach

In winning the BMW PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy carried no iron longer than a 4-iron. He also had no hybrids, although he did use two fairway woods. A look at his bag:

DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5 degrees, neutral position, with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XTS 70X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR_S Covert (15 and 19 degrees)

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9)

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47, 52 and 56 degrees) and Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep (59 degrees)

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

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Cameron Wilson's winning clubs at the NCAA Men's Championship, where the Stanford senior outlasted Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans in a playoff for the individual title.
Cameron Wilson's winning clubs at the NCAA Men's Championship, where the Stanford senior outlasted Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans in a playoff for the individual title.

A look inside the bag of Stanford's Cameron Wilson, who won the NCAA men's individual title on Monday at Prairie Dunes.

DRIVER: Ping i20 (8.5 degrees, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Series shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (14 degrees, with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Series shaft)

HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 (18 degrees, with Matrix Ozik Altus Tour Hybrid shaft)

IRONS: Miura LH-Blade (4-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Slate (56 degree and 60 degree; both with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts); Nike VR Forged (52 degrees, with ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Adam Scott used to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (9.5 degrees with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F.d (15 degrees with a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft)

IRONS: Titleist 712U (2); Titleist 680 (3-9 with KBS Tour X shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (48, 54 degrees with KBS Tour X shafts); Titleist Vokey Design TVD-K Grind (60 degrees with a KBS Tour shaft)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Futura X Long

BALL: Titleist Pro V1

SHOES: FootJoy D ...

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Jeff Babineau
USC's Doris Chen's bag at the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.
USC's Doris Chen's bag at the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championships at Tulsa Country Club.

A look inside the bag of USC's Doris Chen, who won the individual title at the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Women's Championship on Friday at Tulsa CC:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R11S (9 degrees, Aldila RIP Phenom shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RBZ (15 degrees); Adams Speedline SuperS (18 degrees)

HYBRID: TaylorMade RBZ Rescue (21 degrees)

IRONS: TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour (4-PW, Nippon NS Pro 950 shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey SM4 (54 and 58 degrees)

PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Monte Carlo 12

BALL: Titleist ProV1x golf ball

May 22, 2014 | 11:52 a.m.

Win Phil Mickelson's Pinehurst paycheck

David Dusek
Phil Mickelson at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
Phil Mickelson at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

Phil Mickelson didn't win last season's U.S. Open at Merion, coming in second for a record sixth time. But his account was still happy because Lefty earned $696,104 for that second-place finish. This year, thanks to a promotion from Callaway, your account might become a Phil fan.

If you demo a new Callaway Big Bertha driver, Big Bertha Alpha driver or Big Bertha fairway wood at a participating dealer, you will be given a code that will let you enter Callaway's "Big, Big Bertha Payday" event. The contest winner will be awarded a check for ...

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May 22, 2014 | 11:52 a.m.

Nippon N.S. Pro Zelos 7

James Achenbach
Nippon's new shaft is called N.S. Pro Zelos 7, and it is a lightweight steel shaft that may address the desires of many amateur golfers.
Nippon's new shaft is called N.S. Pro Zelos 7, and it is a lightweight steel shaft that may address the desires of many amateur golfers.

Nippon changed the lightweight steel shaft landscape in 1999 by introducing the revolutionary 95-gram N.S. Pro 950GH steel shaft. And in 2013, Henrik Stenson dominated professional golf with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus steel shafts in his irons.

The world of golf went crazy over Stenson, but not necessarily his shafts.

Meanwhile, Nippon kept plugging away. Maybe now, with the introduction of an new shaft, the company will reap more recognition.

The new shaft is called N.S. Pro Zelos 7, and it is a lightweight steel shaft that may address the desires of many amateur golfers.

What do ...

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James Achenbach
Among the manufacturers who are aggressively marketing golf balls in an array of colors for U.S. golfers is Volvik.
Among the manufacturers who are aggressively marketing golf balls in an array of colors for U.S. golfers is Volvik.

Many golfers have a love-hate relationship with colored golf balls.

They sometimes love the color because it adds variety and is highly visible. They sometimes hate the color because its appearance is non-traditional and it can make golf look something like a croquet match.

In the Japanese market, about 40 percent of all ball sales are a color other than white, according to Corey Consuegra, Bridgestone’s director of golf ball marketing.

The corresponding figure in the United States, Consuegra said, is “somewhere in the 15- to 20-percent range.”

Love them or loathe them, colored golf balls seem to be ...

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James Achenbach
Volvik Vista iV golf ball
Volvik Vista iV golf ball

With seven ball models, Volvik says it can provide a choice of performance characteristics to match every swing and every game. For better players, that choice might be the Vista iV.

For years, Volvik, with global headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, and Volvik USA offices in Orlando, Fla., was known for its distinctive three-piece Crystal ball and a wide palette of colors.

The colors are still there – orange, yellow, pink, green and white – in the Vista iV. The four-piece Vista iV has emerged as a player’s ball with optimal distance. The ball is popular with female touring pros on ...

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