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August 25, 2014 | 11:50 p.m.

Mizuno announces JPX-850 irons (cast)

James Achenbach
Mizuno JPX-850 irons
Mizuno JPX-850 irons

The theme for Mizuno’s new JPX-850 irons, which are cast and not forged, is added distance without sacrificing accuracy.

Mizuno hardgoods research and development manager David Llewellyn puts it this way: "Simply increasing ball speed is not our goal. Making it happen within a manageable head size is the real challenge."

Llewellyn likes to talk about the presence of feel and workability in these irons, which are the longest in the Mizuno lineup.

Still, the difference between the JPX-850 and the new JPX-850 Forged is clear: The forged iron probably will appeal to better players who like the forged ...

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August 25, 2014 | 11:44 p.m.

Mizuno adds JPX-850 Forged irons

James Achenbach
Mizuno JPX-850 Forged irons
Mizuno JPX-850 Forged irons

It took Mizuno six years to develop the concept found in the new JPX-850 Forged irons, which feature boron added to forged carbon steel.

Mizuno says the new material is 30 percent stronger than traditional 1025E steel billets, allowing for a thinner face and improved ball speeds.

Furthermore, the thinner face is reinforced by a Power Frame cavity, placing weight at the extreme corners of the clubhead for maximum forgiveness along with increased distance. Mizuno said added benefits include higher launch and faster ball speeds in the 4-iron through 7-iron. A CNC milled pocket in these irons accentuates the launch ...

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James Achenbach
Mizuno JPX-850 driver
Mizuno JPX-850 driver

Mizuno is known for its MP forged irons, but the company’s eclectic JPX-850 line of clubs has emerged with its own distinct personality and features to shake things up. This gives players a choice between more traditional MP clubs and more contemporary JPX offerings.

The upcoming JPX-850 line offers a comprehensive lineup of clubs, from a new driver with three sliding weight tracks to a set of forged irons combining boron with carbon steel in the clubheads.

The JPX-850 release dates are staggered. Two sets of irons (JPX-850 and JPX-850 Forged) are scheduled to be in stores and golf ...

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James Achenbach
Hunter Mahan started the final round of the Barclays a shot off the lead.
Hunter Mahan started the final round of the Barclays a shot off the lead.

The PGA Tour playoffs have started, with Hunter Mahan winning the first event, The Barclays.

Is Mahan a legitimate contender to be a captain's pick for the United States Ryder Cup team? Absolutely. He has experience on his side, already having been named a captain's pick for two Ryder Cup teams and two Presidents Cup squads.

Heading into The Barclays, Mahan made one change in his bag: He substituted a Ping i25 hybrid in place of the Ping Anser hybrid he had used. Here's a complete list of his clubs:

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DRIVER: Ping G25 (9.5 degrees adjusted ...

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David Dusek
Nike Vapor irons: Pro (from left), Pro Combo and Speed.
Nike Vapor irons: Pro (from left), Pro Combo and Speed.

NEW YORK – With Manhattan’s late-summer evening skyline serving as a backdrop, Nike Golf brought out its big names to help launch its newest family of irons Monday evening. Cindy Davis, Nike Golf’s president, introduced Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon to a crowd under a tent on the driving range at Liberty National Golf Club.

After videos flashed on oversized monitors, Fallon and McIlroy hit a few shots at glowing swooshes positioned in the range while Tiger made a few jokes about the comedian’s swing.

Tuesday morning the company was down to ...

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David Dusek
Camilo Villegas
Camilo Villegas

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Camilo Villegas used to win the 2014 Wyndham Championship:

DRIVER: TaylorMade JetSpeed HL (13 degrees, with Matrix VLCT 60T shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade SLDR (17 and 21 degrees, with Matrix Ozik Code 8X shafts)

HYBRID: TaylorMade SLDR Rescue (24 degrees, with Project X HB6 shaft)

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (5-PW, with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts)

WEDGES: TaylorMade Tour Preferred ATV Grind (52, 58 and 60 degrees, with Project X Rifle shafts)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Select Squareback+ prototype

BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred

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August 17, 2014 | 10:07 p.m.

Winner's bag: Gunn Yang at 2014 U.S. Amateur

Adam Schupak
The clubs Gunn Yang used to win the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.
The clubs Gunn Yang used to win the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Here's the complete list of clubs Gunn Yang used to win the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club:

DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai’li 70 Flex X shaft

3-WOOD: Titleist 910F (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ’ahina 72 low-mid flex X shaft

IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (2-iron); Titleist 714 AP2 Forged (3-PW), with KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey SM4 (54 and 60 degrees), with KBS Hi-Rev shafts

PUTTER: TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs putter

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

August 15, 2014 | 5:39 p.m.

Callaway Apex Muscleback irons

David Dusek
Callaway's Apex Muscleback irons are designed to make it easier to get shots with the long irons up in the air while helping players flight short irons lower.
Callaway's Apex Muscleback irons are designed to make it easier to get shots with the long irons up in the air while helping players flight short irons lower.

On the outside, designing golf clubs for mid- and high-handicap players would seem like a tougher job than creating irons for single-digit players with fast, consistent swings.

After all, companies stuff their game-improvement irons with the latest technologies, while muscleback blades looks so . . . simple. But discussions with people such as Alan Hocknell, Callaway's vice president of research and development, quickly lead to the conclusion that making clubs such as the new Callaway Apex Muscleback irons can be very tricky.

"This is really an exercise in attention to detail," Hocknell said. "We've taken feedback from tour players and advanced ...

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August 15, 2014 | 5:10 p.m.

Callaway Apex UT Irons

David Dusek
A forged face cup and low CG make the Callaway Apex UT Irons long-iron alternatives.
A forged face cup and low CG make the Callaway Apex UT Irons long-iron alternatives.

In the days leading up to the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Callaway made a new, hollow-bodied long iron available to staff players. With it, players could hit shots off the tee that wouldn't balloon in the wind.

That club, the Callaway Apex Utility Iron (UT), found its way into the bags of several players, including Branden Grace and Phil Mickelson.

The company announced Friday it will make the Apex UT available to consumers through custom order starting Sept. 12. The clubs also will be available at select Callaway dealers after that date.

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August 15, 2014 | 11:34 a.m.

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedges

David Dusek
The Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedges' updated grooves and more sole options mean better performance around the greens.
The Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedges' updated grooves and more sole options mean better performance around the greens.

It has been four years since the USGA and R&A's 2010 groove rule changes went into effect for manufacturers. Soon after, spin created by new wedge models decreased, but designers are crafty.

Now, with the release of its 588 Rotex 2.0 wedges, offered in blade and cavity back versions, Cleveland Golf promises more spin and control for golfers.

Like the previous version of the Cleveland 588 RTX wedge, the new clubs feature the company's Tour Zip Grooves. However, in the 588 Rotex 2.0 line, the grooves are 8 percent deeper. Cleveland also says the sidewalls ...

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David Dusek

Adams Golf’s headquarters in Plano, Texas, will be closed, and TaylorMade-Adidas Golf faces restructuring as part of a broader strategy by parent Adidas Group to counter sagging sales.

In its “First Half Year Report,” Germany-based Adidas Group cited a sales slowdown and internal 18-month forecasts calling for continued challenges in the golf division.

Revenues at TaylorMade-Adidas Golf (which includes TaylorMade, Adams, Ashworth and Adidas Golf) decreased by 27 percent on a currency-neutral basis, compared with the first half of 2013, according to the report.

“The pronounced decrease is due to a continued weakness in the golf market, where retail ...

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August 10, 2014 | 11:59 p.m.

Winner's bag: Rory McIlroy at PGA Championship

David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Rory McIlroy used to win the 2014 PGA Championship:

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

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (15 degrees) and VR_S Covert (19 degrees), with Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shafts

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9, with Project X 7.0 shafts)

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (46, 52, 56 and 60 degrees, with Project X 6.5 shafts)

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

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August 10, 2014 | 9:22 p.m.

My Bag: Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship

David Dusek
Phil Mickelson's equipment at the 2014 PGA Championship.
Phil Mickelson's equipment at the 2014 PGA Championship.

Here is a complete list of the club Phil Mickelson used at the 2014 PGA Championship:

DRIVER: Big Bertha Alpha (8.5 degrees, with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki J-Series 60X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X Hot 3Deep (13 degrees, with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki prototype shaft)

HYBRID: Callaway X2 Hot Pro (18 degrees, with a Mitsubishi Diamana Fubuki AX Hybrid 450 shaft)

IRONS: Callaway Razr X Forged (2), X Forged (4-PW), all with KBS Tour-V 125 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (56 degrees) and Mack Daddy 2 (60 degrees), all with KBS Tour-V 125 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey White ...

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August 10, 2014 | 7:16 p.m.

My Bag: Rickie Fowler, PGA Championship

David Dusek
Rickie Fowler's bag from the 2014 PGA Championship.
Rickie Fowler's bag from the 2014 PGA Championship.

Here's a complete list of the clubs Rickie Fowler is using at the PGA Championship:

DRIVER: Cobra BiO Cell (9.5 degrees, with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra BiO Cell (13.5, 18.5 degrees with Aldila Tour Blue TX 75 shafts)

IRONS: Cobra AMP Cell Pro (4-9 with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Cobra Tour Trusty (47, 51, 55, 59 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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August 10, 2014 | 3:09 p.m.

My Bag: Bernd Wiesberger, PGA Championship

David Dusek
Bernd Wiesberger uses a full bag of Titleist gear.
Bernd Wiesberger uses a full bag of Titleist gear.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Bernd Wiesberger is using at the 2014 PGA Championship:

DRIVER: Titleist 915D3 (7.5 degrees, with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 80 X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F.d (13.5 degrees, with a Fujikura Rombax P95 X shaft)

IRONS: 712U (3), 714 CB (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (51 degrees, with a Project X 6.5 shaft), TVD (56) and SM4 (60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron X5 prototype

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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