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David Dusek

ORLANDO – Titleist has announced that the Scotty Cameron Select line of putters has been updated, with five models arriving in pro shops starting on April 18.

While there are some subtle difference between this version of the Select line and the previous one, they’re not radical. Think refinement, not revolution.

Each of the three blade-style putters and two mid-size mallets are machine milled from a single block of 303-stainless steel. They feature adjustable weights positioned in the toe and heel areas of the sole. Golfers can’t adjust them, but fitters can swap out weights to ensure the putter ...

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January 22, 2014 | 12:09 p.m.

Titleist adds 3 Scotty Cameron GoLo putters

David Dusek

ORLANDO – Scotty Cameron made the original GoLo putter, a mid-size mallet with a rounded shape, available to golfers about three years ago.

At the PGA Merchandise Show on Wednesday, Titleist announced GoLo has become its own family of putters. Four GoLo models are going to arrive in pro shops starting April 18, and golfers who like circular shapes and simple alignment systems should find these appealing.

All of the GoLo putters, which will cost $349, are milled from 303-stainless steel. They feature a single black alignment line and deep-milled faces, and they appear slightly asymmetrical at address. Cameron said that ...

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David Dusek
The Titleist DT SoLo golf ball is updated for 2014.
The Titleist DT SoLo golf ball is updated for 2014.

Titleist released the new 714CB and 714MB irons a few months ago. They are designed with accomplished players in mind, and the company says that one of the mandates it received from PGA Tour pros during the prototype phase of development was, "Don't screw these up."

The same goes for the Titleist DT SoLo ball. It is not a ball you are going to find on the PGA Tour, but Titleist's Bill Morgan, senior vice president of golf ball research and development, said his company gets a similar message from users of this distance-oriented, two-piece, ionomer-covered ball.

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David Dusek
The Titleist NXT Tour and NXT Tour S golf balls are updated for 2014.
The Titleist NXT Tour and NXT Tour S golf balls are updated for 2014.

Titleist debuted new versions of its NXT Tour and NXT Tour S balls Wednesday at the PGA Merchandise Show, with a focus on feel.

"Our goal with the NXT Tour was to make a softer golf ball," said Bill Morgan, Titleist's senior vice president of golf ball research and development.

To help make that possible, Morgan said Titleist re-proportioned the polymers used in the Fusablend cover material applied to the new three-piece NXT Tour, making it softer than its predecessor.

Typically that would make ...

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David Dusek
The Titleist Velocity golf ball is updated for 2014.
The Titleist Velocity golf ball is updated for 2014.

The original version of the Titleist Velocity ball debuted two years ago at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show. It was the first all-new ball the company released in 10 years. Today the second generation Velocity was unveiled at the show.

As the name suggests, the two-piece Velocity is designed to deliver maximum distance on all full-swing shots. And after listening to the feedback of golfers, Titleist decided the goal for this updated version would be to maintain the length off the tee but give the updated model a softer feel and a slightly lower ball flight.

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David Dusek

ORLANDO – The seeding process for the newest Titleist Vokey Design wedges, the Spin Milled 5 (SM5), began last October on the range at the Shiners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. Today, at Demo Day at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, Titleist announced those wedges would be in stores starting March 14.

All of the SM5 wedges, which cost $129, are cast from 8620 carbon steel for soft feel at impact and feature a unique, face-roughening treatment to enhance spin. A series of circular micro-edges are milled into the empty face of each wedge to increase friction, which Titleist ...

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January 21, 2014 | 10:13 a.m.

Bridgestone 2014 Tour Hydro Core B330 golf balls

David Dusek

ORLANDO – As long as the game of golf has been played, golfers have tried to avoid the water, but now Bridgestone has announced that water is at the heart of the updated Tour B330 ball line.

Bridgestone's Japanese research and development teams create prototype balls that are sent to the United States for testing. According to Cory Consuegra, Bridgestone's manager for ball fittings and golf clubs, one batch of prototypes had water mixed in with the other liquids that are added to a dry mixture that activates the rubber in the ball's core.

Consuegra said that of ...

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January 21, 2014 | 7 a.m.

Achenbach: True Temper’s dynamic history

James Achenbach
The Dynamic steel golf shaft was introduced in 1942. Today, 72 years later, it is still manufactured by the same company, True Temper, and remains the most popular iron shaft on the PGA Tour.
The Dynamic steel golf shaft was introduced in 1942. Today, 72 years later, it is still manufactured by the same company, True Temper, and remains the most popular iron shaft on the PGA Tour.

The Dynamic steel golf shaft was introduced in 1942. Today, 72 years later, it is still manufactured by the same company, True Temper, and remains the most popular iron shaft on the PGA Tour.

In the early days of the Dynamic shaft, the company was known as American Fork & Hoe. Because the golf swing is intended to be slightly more graceful than a slash-and-gash stroke with a yard implement, the name was changed to True Temper in 1949.

Another new name: In 1980 the Dynamic name was expanded to Dynamic Gold.

Dynamic was a heavy, solid, stable shaft from the ...

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January 21, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.

Fujikura's MCI shaft

James Achenbach
Fujikura’s MCI (Metal Composite Iron) shaft recently became widely available through the certified network of Fujikura dealers. This iron shaft is a blend of graphite and steel. The objective is better balance, feel and stability.
Fujikura’s MCI (Metal Composite Iron) shaft recently became widely available through the certified network of Fujikura dealers. This iron shaft is a blend of graphite and steel. The objective is better balance, feel and stability.

A Fujikura golf shaft played a large part in one of the longest – if not, the longest – drives hit last year.

Tim Burke, 26, used Fujikura’s FlyWire shaft to blast a 427-yard drive to win the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship in Las Vegas.

There was no wind, so the winning drive was totally legitimate. Burke, a former pitcher at the University of Miami, was swinging a Krank Formula 5 driver with 3 degrees of loft. Krank, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., specializes in long-drive driver heads. Burke’s FlyWire shaft, which weighed 54 grams, is made specifically for ...

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January 21, 2014 | 6 a.m.

UST Mamiya's Recoil shafts

James Achenbach
The UST Mamiya Recoil Prototype is made with 19 layers of carbon-fiber material and is offered in 18 combinations of weight, flex and torque.
The UST Mamiya Recoil Prototype is made with 19 layers of carbon-fiber material and is offered in 18 combinations of weight, flex and torque.

Ernie Els wasn’t paid to stick Recoil Prototype graphite shafts in his irons. He did it as an experiment and tied for third at the Macau Open in China in October.

UST Mamiya makes the Recoil Prototype. To complete the Recoil project, it almost seemed that UST Mamiya engineers locked themselves in a laboratory and emerged months later with a solution.

The result, said UST vice president and shaft designer Mike Guerrette, is the company finally mastered the ovaling process. During the golf swing, a shaft changes shape.

“We know a steel shaft does that (he makes an oval ...

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January 19, 2014 | 8:41 p.m.

Winner's Bag: Patrick Reed, Humana Challenge

David Dusek

After shooting three 63s, Patrick Reed held on to win the 2014 Humana Challenge. The low-scoring week gave Reed his second career PGA Tour victory. Here is a complete list of the clubs he played this week in La Quinta, Calif.

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (9 degrees with a Fujikura Fuel 85 X shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (16 degrees with a Mitsubishi ahina 80X shaft)

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (3, 4), Razr X Muscleback (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50, 56, 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 ...

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January 19, 2014 | 9:04 a.m.

Cobra BiO Cell, BiO Cell+ irons

David Dusek

Like the woods and hybrids that Cobra Golf recently introduced in the BiO Cell family, the BiO Cell and BiO Cell+ irons were designed to create more ball speed for a wide range of players and deliver plenty of forgiveness.

Cobra engineers gave the BiO Cell irons a deep undercut behind the hitting area that shifts weight back, away from the face. This creates a hitting area that is unsupported and free to flex more effectively at impact, which Cobra says should provide players with more ball speed and more distance. The company says that the BiO Cell irons have ...

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David Dusek
Phil Mickelson has used a Ping Eye2 XG lob wedge at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The wedge is a 60-degree model bent to 61 degrees, and it has a KBS Tour V2 shaft.
Phil Mickelson has used a Ping Eye2 XG lob wedge at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The wedge is a 60-degree model bent to 61 degrees, and it has a KBS Tour V2 shaft.

Phil Mickelson has used a Ping Eye2 XG lob wedge at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The wedge is a 60-degree model bent to 61 degrees, and it has a KBS Tour V2 shaft. The wedge’s grooves conform to all of the USGA's groove rules.

Mickelson, who is sponsored by Callaway, also switched to a Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver, Callaway X2 Hot fairway wood and hybrid, and Callaway Apex Pro irons. He also is playing the new Callaway Speed Regime 3 ball.

Mickelson has played some non-Callaway gear in the recent past, including a ...

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January 18, 2014 | 8:04 a.m.

TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver

David Dusek

The original TaylorMade SLDR 460 driver appeared on the PGA Tour in mid-summer of 2013, before the start of the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic and European Tour's Scottish Open. It featured a unique sliding weight system and an adjustable hosel, and the center of gravity was pushed more forward than the CG location of previous TaylorMade drivers.

For golfers who prefer the look of a smaller head or who like to work the ball more off the tee, TaylorMade now offers a 430-cc version of the club, the SLDR 430.

On the sole of the SLDR 430 ...

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January 12, 2014 | 10:15 p.m.

Winner's Bag: Jimmy Walker, Sony Open

David Dusek

Jimmy Walker won the first event of the wrap-around 2013-2014 PGA Tour season when he captured the Frys.com Open. On Sunday, after shooting a final-round 63, Walker won again. Here is a complete list of the gear he used to get the job done at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade SLDR (15.5 degree with a Fujikura Motore VC8 shaft); Titleist 913F.d (18 degree with a Fujikura Motore VC8.1 X shaft)

IRONS: Titleist 714 MB (3-9 with ...

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