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James Achenbach
The new Scotty Cameron Gallery in Encinitas, Calif.
The new Scotty Cameron Gallery in Encinitas, Calif.

ENCINITAS, Calif. – I spy. I’ve been snooping around the Scotty Cameron Gallery, trying to figure out the mystery of putter designer Scotty Cameron, especially why he has been able to sell putters for as much as $16,000 apiece and putter headcovers for $1,200.

“Yes, those numbers are accurate,” Cameron said with a smile.

The Cameron Gallery opened to the public July 9 in downtown Encinitas. It includes all things Cameron, including individual putter fittings for $350, but it won’t be a retail outlet for clubs other than custom-fit Titleist putters designed by Cameron.

In fact, much ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs that Angel Cabrera used to win the 2014 Greenbrier Classic on PGA Tour:

DRIVER: Ping G30 (9 degrees) with an Aldila Rogue 80X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G30 (14.5 degrees) set at 13.5 with an Aldila Rogue 80X shaft

IRONS: Ping i25 (2), S55 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Ping Anser (54 degrees), Tour with Gorge Grooves (60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2B

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

SHOE: FootJoy Icon (size 11.5 Medium)

GLOVE: FootJoy StaSof ...

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James Achenbach
The new Ping G30 driver.
The new Ping G30 driver.

Ping, mostly a quiet and conservative family-owned club manufacturer, is unusually enthusiastic about the official July 3 introduction of the G30 family of clubs. The family includes irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.

"Very inspirational," said Marty Jertson, senior design engineer at Ping.

Perhaps such inspiration has something to do with the fact that two-time major champions Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera have quickly switched from their G25 drivers to the new G30. Cabrera made the decision after one day of testing at the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic.

"He picked up 3 miles an hour of ball speed and ...

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July 3, 2014 | 8 a.m.

Ping G30 irons

James Achenbach
The new Ping G30 irons.
The new Ping G30 irons.

In addition to drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, new Ping irons carry the G30 name.

Ping is talking about stronger lofts in the irons. Many manufacturers avoid conversation about stronger lofts, but Ping is quick to point out that the height and trajectory of shots with the longer irons have been raised as well. This avoids the line-drive effect present with strong-lofted irons that do not achieve a proper flight pattern.

"We are beyond excited about the irons," Jertson said. "One of our big goals was to help with gapping as a golfer goes down in the iron set."

Jertson ...

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July 3, 2014 | 8 a.m.

Ping G30 hybrids

David Dusek
The new Ping G30 hybrid.
The new Ping G30 hybrid.

To compliment the release of the new Ping G30 drivers and fairway woods, the Phoenix-based company also has unveiled hybrids designed to increase distance and provide more forgiveness.

The G30 hybrids have been cast from 17-4 stainless steel, and Ping gives it a unique heat treatment.

"We've made the face a uniform thickness to allow for more bending, but we can only do that because we've applied the strongest heat treatment we can to 17-4. Really, it effectively makes it like a high-strength steel."

According to Jertson, the face of the G30 hybrids flex enough to increase the ...

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July 3, 2014 | 8 a.m.

Ping G30 fairway woods

David Dusek
The new Ping G30 fairway wood.
The new Ping G30 fairway wood.

The trend on the PGA Tour and among accomplished club players is to view a 3-wood as a secondary driver and hit it primarily off the tee.

Think about it: While players may hit a 5-wood or a hybrid on the second shot into a long par 5, how often do accomplished players need a 3-wood?

With the release of the new G30 fairway woods, Ping is trying to blend the ball speed of today's driver-alternatives with forgiveness.

"We have a club that serves as a 2-wood, or a driving fairway wood, in our Rapture," said Marty Jertson, senior ...

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James Achenbach
Ping G30 driver
Ping G30 driver

Bubba Watson will use a new Ping G30 driver in the Greenbrier Classic, which starts Thursday in White Sulphur Spring, W.Va.

Ping began the process of introducing the G30 driver and fairway woods at The Greenbrier and also at the European Tour’s Alstom Open de France.

Watson used a Ping G25 driver in winning his second Masters in April. Like the G25, his new G30 driver (9 degrees loft) features a clubhead and shaft that are predominantly pink.

Ping is expected to begin selling the G30 driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons in early August. At this point ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Justin Rose used to win the 2014 Quicken Loans National:

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR 430 (10.5 degrees, with a Matrix OZIK 6M3 Black Tie X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade SLDR (16.5 degrees, with a Matrix OZIK 7M3 Black Tie X shaft)

IRONS: TaylorMade UDI (3) and Tour Preferred MB (4-PW) with KBS Tour C-Taper X shafts

WEDGES: TaylorMade Tour Preferred ATV Grind (52, 58), TaylorMade ATV (60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

PUTTER: TaylorMade White Smoke DA-62 prototype

BALL: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

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James Achenbach
True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx Tour Issue wedge shaft
True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx Tour Issue wedge shaft

PINEHURST, N.C. – There seems to be a certain allure to black golf shafts made of steel, whether they are found in putters, wedges or irons.

"A lot of golfers really, really like them," said Chad Hall, global head of tour operations for True Temper. "We've had many (PGA Tour) reps and players asking for this for a long time."

Hall was referring to True Temper's new black steel wedge shaft, the DG (Dynamic Gold) Onyx Tour Issue. This shaft, introduced recently in Memphis at the St. Jude Classic and at the U.S. Open, could be a ...

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June 26, 2014 | 6 a.m.

Matrix Ozik TPHDe wood shafts

David Dusek
Matrix Ozik TPHDe golf shaft for woods.
Matrix Ozik TPHDe golf shaft for woods.

PINEHURST, N.C. – The new Matrix Ozik TPHDe wood shaft is made without compromises of any kind, and it has a price tag to prove it. At $1,200, this is not a driver shaft for everyone.

Joe Miera, Matrix's director of tour operations, said the Ozik TPHDe represents the highest quality shaft Matrix can make today.

Like the original TPHD shaft, the new Ozik TPHDe features Interply, which Matrix describes as a hybrid technology that increases ball speed and decreases sidespin. It involves wrapping a layer of high-modulus carbon under two layers of boron mesh, then a layer ...

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David Dusek
Michelle Wie had zero three-putt greens over 72 holes at the U.S. Women's Open.
Michelle Wie had zero three-putt greens over 72 holes at the U.S. Women's Open.

A week after Martin Kaymer ran away from the field at Pinehurst No. 2 and won the U.S. Open, Michelle Wie broke through to win her first career major.

We caught up with Wie after her whirlwind Sunday to chat about her winning Nike equipment (check out her complete bag breakdown here):

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Congratulations on winning the U.S. Open. Do you thinking hearing that is going to get old?

Nope, never.

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A lot of the guys who played in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst took out a fairway wood or a hybrid and added a long iron for ...

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June 23, 2014 | 4:06 p.m.

Titleist 915 driver family

David Dusek
Titleist unveiled the 915 driver family on Monday at the Quicken Loans National.
Titleist unveiled the 915 driver family on Monday at the Quicken Loans National.

BETHESDA, Md. – For the past few years, Titleist has used the Quicken Loans National (formerly known as the AT&T National) as the place where it debuts new clubs to PGA Tour players. Last season, the 714 irons appeared on the range at Congressional Country Club, and in 2012 it was the 913 woods. On June 23, Titleist unveiled the 915 driver family.

Although Titleist’s PGA Tour reps declined to talk about specifics, the biggest difference between the 915D2 and 915D3 drivers and their predecessors, the 913D2 and 913D3, is the addition of a channel in the sole of ...

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James Achenbach
Michelle Wie is using a full bag of Nike equipment at the U.S. Women's Open. She holds a share of the lead after 54 holes.
Michelle Wie is using a full bag of Nike equipment at the U.S. Women's Open. She holds a share of the lead after 54 holes.

PINEHURST, N.C. – A look at Michelle Wie's complete bag of equipment at the U.S. Women's Open, where she is tied for the lead after 54 holes.

DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (9.5 degrees loft with UST Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore Red 69X graphite shaft);

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VR_S Covert Tour 3-wood (13 degrees loft with UST Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore Green 75X graphite shaft).

HYBRIDS: Nike VR_S Covert (18 and 24 degrees loft, each with Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec Hybrid graphite shaft).

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Combo (5-6), VR Pro Blade (7-PW), all with True ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Kevin Streelman used to win the 2014 Travelers Championship:

DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5 degrees with an Oban Kiyoshi Purple 65 shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 (14.5 degrees with an Oban Kiyoshi Purple 85 shaft)

HYBRID: Adams Idea Super 9031 Hybrid (20 degrees with an Oban Kiyoshi Purple Hybrid 100 shaft)

IRONS: Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 (3-9 with Project X 6.5 shafts)

WEDGES: Wilson FG Tour TC (48 degrees with a Project X 6.5 shaft, 54 degrees with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft); Titleist ...

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June 19, 2014 | 6:29 p.m.

My bag: Lucy Li at the U.S. Women's Open

James Achenbach
Lucy Li, 11, during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Lucy Li, 11, during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

PINEHURST, N.C. – Here is the bag of 11-year-old Lucy Li, who shot 78 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open.

All of her shafts are men's R flex. All the woods, hybrids and irons are C9 swingweight. Although her driver and fairway woods are an inch shorter than men's standard, her irons, according to TaylorMade, are a half an inch longer than men's standard.

DRIVER: TaylorMade JetSpeed (10.5 degrees with Oban Devotion 6 graphite shaft);

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade SLDR (3HL and 5 with Oban Devotion 6 graphite shafts);

HYBRIDS: TaylorMade JetSpeed ...

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