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September 24, 2014 | 12:22 p.m.

Callaway Big Bertha irons, hybrids

James Achenbach
The new Callaway Big Bertha irons (left) and hybrids.
The new Callaway Big Bertha irons (left) and hybrids.

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Callaway president and CEO Chip Brewer would like golfers to think of Big Bertha as a comprehensive family, not just a collection of drivers. The technology-driven family includes the new Big Bertha irons and hybrids.

The irons promise more distance, with a large dose of forgiveness added to the recipe. To achieve this jump in distance, Callaway says it is the first major manufacturer to use a cup-face design in irons.

This design, called 360 Face Cup Technology, refers to a face that wraps around strategic portions of the body. The face and body are welded together. Callaway ...

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David Dusek
Rory McIlroy is using the new prototype Nike Vapor Pro driver at the Ryder Cup.
Rory McIlroy is using the new prototype Nike Vapor Pro driver at the Ryder Cup.

In the practice rounds for this week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, European team member Rory McIlroy has used a prototype Nike Vapor Pro driver instead of the Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour driver he used to win the Open Championship and PGA Championship this summer.

Some have speculated that going with a new club at the Ryder Cup would be a risky move for the world's No. 1, but European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is not one of them.

Asked in a press conference Wednesday if he's concerned Rory may use the new club for ...

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David Dusek
Rory McIlroy was spotted using what appears to be a prototype Nike Vapor driver in preparation for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Rory McIlroy was spotted using what appears to be a prototype Nike Vapor driver in preparation for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

While Rory McIlroy may not have Nike's new Vapor Pro irons in his bag yet, it appears the world's No. 1 player is on the verge of making a driver change at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Auchterarder, Scotland.

On the practice range at Gleneagles on Monday, McIlroy was spotted using what appears to be a prototype Nike Vapor driver.

Throughout the past season, McIlroy used a Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour driver and averaged 310.5 yards off the tee, finishing third in the PGA Tour distance category behind Bubba Watson (314.3) and Dustin Johnson ...

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September 21, 2014 | 10:37 p.m.

Winner's bag: Derek Fathauer at Web.com Tour Final

Adam Schupak
Derek Fathauer's winner's bag for the 2014 Web.com Tour Finals
Derek Fathauer's winner's bag for the 2014 Web.com Tour Finals

The clubs Derek Fathauer used to win the Web.com Tour Championship and the Web.com Tour Finals money title on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.:

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Pro (8.5 degrees), with a Fujikura Motore Speeder X-flex shaft.

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (16 degrees), with a UST Mayima Elements Chrome shaft.

HYBRID: Callaway X2 Hot (20 degrees), with a Graphite Design Tour AD shaft.

IRONS: Callaway Apex (4-PW), with KBS Tour shafts.

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (50 degrees; 54 degrees bent to 55); Titleist Vokey Design prototype ...

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September 19, 2014 | 11:22 a.m.

In the bag: U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalists

James Achenbach

The golf clubs of the four semifinalists at the U.S. Senior Amateur, played this week at the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.:

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Pat Tallent, winner

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR (9.5 degrees, adjusted to a higher loft setting)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RBZ (15 degrees)

HYBRIDS: TaylorMade RBZ (18.5 degrees, bent to 17.5); TaylorMade Rescue 09 (19 degrees, bent to 21)

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (4-PW)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60 degrees, bent to 58; 56 degrees, bent to 53)

PUTTER: Yes! Natalie long putter

BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

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Bryan Norton, runner-up

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Billy Horschel used to win clinch the 2013-14 FedEx Cup on PGA Tour with a Tour Championship victory Sunday in Atlanta:

DRIVER: Ping G30 (9 degrees adjusted to 10.5), with an Aldila Rogue 60X shaft.

FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G25 (15 degrees bent to 13.9, 18 degrees bent to 17.6), with Oban Kiyoshi Black 75X shafts.

IRONS: Ping S55 (3, 5-PW), with Ping Z-Z65 shafts.

WEDGES: Ping Tour with Gorge Grooves (50 degrees bent to 52, 56 degrees bent to 57, and 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 ...

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September 8, 2014 | 12:34 p.m.

Adams Tight Lies Titanium fairway wood

David Dusek
Adams Tight Lies Titanium fairway wood
Adams Tight Lies Titanium fairway wood

Adams gave its new Tight Lies Titanium fairway woods two significant upgrades over last season's Tight Lies fairway wood, and neither can be seen.

First, the cut-through slot in the crown of last season's New Tight Lies fairway wood, which helped the face flex more at impact, is gone. Sort of.

While many players told Adams they loved what the slot did for shots, some players did not like the looks of the club at address. So the company designed the Adams Tight Lies Titanium with Ghost Slot Technology, covering a slot in the crown with a soft ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Billy Horschel used to win the 2014 BMW Championship:

DRIVER: Ping G30 (9 degrees adjusted to 10.5), with an Aldila Rogue 60X shaft.

FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G25 (15 degrees bent to 13.9, 18 degrees bent to 17.6), with Oban Kiyoshi Black 75X shafts.

IRONS: Ping S55 (3, 5-PW), with Ping Z-Z65 shafts.

WEDGES: Ping Tour with Gorge Grooves (50 degrees bent to 52, 56 degrees bent to 57, and 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts.

PUTTER: Ping Karsten TR B60

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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September 7, 2014 | 12:11 p.m.

Srixon Z 545, Z 745 drivers

David Dusek
Srixon Z 545 and Z 745 drivers
Srixon Z 545 and Z 745 drivers

With the release of the Z 545 and Z 745 drivers, Srixon hopes to attract American players who want modern performance in a classic package.

"We think that it's time to show how well our clubs can perform in the U.S. market," said Chris Beck, Srixon's North American brand manager. "We thought that some consumers were not getting access to what's possible, so we want to bring 80 years of innovation to the U.S. market."

With the 460cc Z 545, the Japanese company targets the game-improvement category and players with a handicap below 20. At ...

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James Achenbach

Here is Chris Kirk’s bag from his win at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship on PGA Tour during the FedEx Cup playoffs:

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha V Series (9 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon D+ 62X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X2 Hot 3-wood (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ’ahina 80X shaft

HYBRID: Ping Anser (17 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon D+ 92X shaft

IRONS: Callaway Razr X Muscleback (3-9), with KBS Tour 125 steel shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (47, 54 and 58 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled Versa No. 9 ...

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September 1, 2014 | noon

Mizuno MP-T5 wedges

James Achenbach
Mizuno MP-T5 wedges
Mizuno MP-T5 wedges

In the wedge world, Mizuno champions wider, shallower grooves in the high-lofted wedges and narrower, deeper grooves in the low-lofted wedges.

This emphasis continues in the new MP-T5 wedges. The wedges offer three sole grinds and 25 combinations of possible loft and bounce. Lofts range from 49 to 62 degrees.

The retail cost is $129.99 per wedge. They will be available Sept. 19.

August 31, 2014 | noon

Mizuno MP-H5 irons

James Achenbach
Mizuno MP-H5 irons
Mizuno MP-H5 irons

Mizuno’s new MP-H5 irons advance the company’s attempts to provide forgiveness in irons.

The preceeding MP-H4 irons attracted a large contingent of converts, particularly in the long irons. The idea behind the MP-H4 was to combine a higher ball flight with a softer landing.

"I've tried to restrain myself, but from the beginning I thought this was an amazing set of clubs," said David Llewellyn, Mizuno’s manager of hardgoods research and development.

Now the MP-H5 moves the concept forward. The 1-iron through 6-iron have a fully hollow design. The face is made of distance-enhancing maraging steel ...

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August 30, 2014 | noon

Mizuno MP-15 irons

James Achenbach
Mizuno MP-15 irons
Mizuno MP-15 irons

The new MP-15 from Mizuno is the latest advancement in Mizuno's design concept of combining titanium and steel in an iron clubhead.

Mizuno has plenty of expertise in the combination of titanium and steel. The MP-58 and MP-59 – blending lightweight titanium in the back cavity with heavier forged carbon steel in the body and perimeter – were forerunners to the MP-15.

For the MP-15, Mizuno used grain-flow forged 1025E "Pure Select" mild carbon steel to produce the body of the iron. Next a Titanium Muscle insert is forged directly inside the 1025E steel framework.

"It forms a very rigid mechanical ...

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James Achenbach
Mizuno MP-15 irons
Mizuno MP-15 irons

Mizuno has divided its clubs into two distinct families: MP and JPX.

The MP line is famous for irons that appeal to highly skilled golfers, and some models in this line have incorporated various modern measures of forgiveness. Meanwhile, the JPX line is aimed at players who seek additional forgiveness on offcenter hits.

Two new MP irons for 2015, plus a collection of MP wedges, go on sale Sept. 19. There also is a new full line of JPX irons and woods.

New MP models include MP-15 and MP-H5. The MP-15 is an updated combination of titanium and forged carbon ...

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August 26, 2014 | 12:19 a.m.

Mizuno introduces JPX-850 hybrids

James Achenbach
MIzuno JPX-850 hybrid
MIzuno JPX-850 hybrid

Mizuno's Shock Wave Sole, introduced in the new JPX-850 fairway woods, carries over into JPX-850 hybrids as well.

It looks something like a wave and is intended to allow the clubhead to contract then expand upon impact. In other words, according to Mizuno, it works like an accordion. The purpose is to deliver more energy to the ball.

Like the fairway woods, the hybrids benefit from a lower center of gravity. Lofts in the hybrids are 16, 19, 22 and 25 degrees (Mizuno marks them 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively).

Available Nov. 3, the hybrids cost $199.99 ...

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