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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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January 9, 2014 | 3:03 p.m.

Q&A with Adams Golf's John Ward

James Achenbach
Adams Golf recently added Ernie Els to their stable of players.
Adams Golf recently added Ernie Els to their stable of players.

John Ward, a veteran sales executive with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, was named president of Adams Golf in June 2012.

After 1 1/2 years at the helm, Ward offers candid observations about his company, the state of golf and the future of the game.

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GOLFWEEK: You recently added Ernie Els to the Adams touring pro staff. How important was that?

WARD: In a big way, he represents to us the manner in which we want the world to look at Adams. Whether it’s his nickname (the Big Easy) or his personality, he’s friendly and he’s inviting. He will ...

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James Achenbach
TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB iron.
TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB iron.

• TaylorMade’s new JetSpeed driver offers another choice to touring pros, and Ken Duke, Ryan Moore and D.A. Points used the driver at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The JetSpeed driver offers the same low/forward center of gravity as TaylorMade’s SLDR driver, albeit with a shallower face and matte black finish.

• Dustin Johnson put the new TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB irons (3-PW) in his bag at Kapalua.

• Johnson and Brian Gay played the new Tour Preferred X golf ball from TaylorMade. This is a five-layer ball with a cover that is softer than TaylorMade’s Lethal ball.

James Achenbach
The Nike RZN White golf ball for 2014.
The Nike RZN White golf ball for 2014.

At the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Nike’s Scott Brown played the new RZN Platinum golf ball, while Russell Henley used the new RZN Black ball.

What’s the difference? Both are four-layer balls, but the Black is low-spinning and the Platinum is mid-spinning.

Nike says the RZN Platinum is 10 percent softer than the 2013 20XI ball, but Paul Casey went further.

“I think that’s a conservative number,” Casey said. “It feels a lot more softer to me.”

David Dusek

In July, when Phil Mickelson stood on the 18th green at Muirfield and raised his arms in triumph, knowing he was going to win the 2013 Open Championship, the putter in his hand was an Odyssey Versa #9. Now, with the release of the Versa Jailbird, the company is trying to extend the success of the Versa line, literally and figurative.

According to Austie Rollinson, Odyssey Golf's principal designer, the black and white pattern that makes the Versa series so distinctive was created when a member of his team tinkered with a multi-material prototype putter. Each of the materials ...

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January 7, 2014 | 12:45 p.m.

Winner's Bag: Zach Johnson at Hyundai TOC

David Dusek

Zach Johnson won the winners-only 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions using these clubs:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D2 driver (8.5 degree) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913F.d fairway wood (15 degree) with Fujikura Motore VC 7.0 X shaft; Titleist 913F fairway wood (17 degree) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 80X shaft

HYBRID: Titleist 909H hybrid (21 degree) with Fujikura Speeder 904 S shaft

IRONS: Titleist 712 AP1 (4), 714 AP2 (5-9) irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 wedges (48, 54, 60 degree) with True Temper ...

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David Dusek

Justin Rose won the 2013 U.S. Open using a set of irons comprised of two models. The Englishman's long and mid-irons were TaylorMade's RocketBladez Tour irons while his short irons were Tour Preferred MBs.

Now, with the release of the new Tour Preferred MC irons, TaylorMade brings a similar, pre-blended set to the masses.

The Tour Preferred MC 8-iron, 9-iron and pitching wedge feature a muscleback design and are forged from 1025 carbon steel for enhanced feel and softness. The cast stainless steel 3- through 7-iron have a pocket-cavity design and a slot in the sole that ...

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David Dusek

Of the three new Tour Preferred irons that TaylorMade has released, the cavity-backed CB is the most player-friendly, forgiving set of the bunch. But don’t confuse them with traditional game-improvement clubs – loaded with game-enhancing features, they are designed to amplify feel and control.

"This iron is designed fairly similarly to the SpeedBlade in terms of the performance package," said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade's director of product creation for irons, wedges and putters. "The difference is that this is a more compact head shape, so this will require a little more precision from the player in terms of ballstriking. The ...

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David Dusek

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry famously wrote in "Airman's Odyssey" that

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

That adage holds true in many things, especially irons intended for golf's elite players. With the release of the Tour Preferred MB irons, TaylorMade does not espouse distance gains or new technologies. Instead, the story is about giving accomplished players the tools they demand to control the ball more effectively.

"With the Tour Preferred MB, we really wanted to work on the workability, feel and aesthetic appeal for the ...

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January 2, 2014 | 9:20 p.m.

Ping i25 irons move weight throughout set

David Dusek

Game-improvement irons need to be forgiving when a player makes a bad swing, playable with lots of feel when the same player makes a good swing.

That's a tall order, but Ping is replacing its i20, which appealed to players ranging from mid-handicappers to Lee Westwood, with a model it feels is even better, the new Ping i25 irons.

Each i25 iron is made from 17-4 stainless steel and has a pair of stabilizing bars on the back of the face. The bars on the long irons are thin, but they get thicker as they progress into the mid ...

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Nick Masuda

Only months after completing a breakout season that including seven top-10 PGA Tour finishes -- including a pair of third places -- Graham DeLaet will be rocking some new gear in 2014.

DeLaet joined Puma Golf for the next three years, the company announced on Thursday. He'll wear the hat, shirt and pants, while maintaining his shoe contract with FootJoy.

He'll continue to wear the FJ glove as well, while also re-signing with Titleist to play its clubs and ball for the next three years.

In a pair of tweets separated by less than an hour, DeLaet said:

"Really excited ...

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January 2, 2014 | 8:55 p.m.

Harris English moves to Callaway Golf

Nick Masuda
Harris English poses for a portrait, showcasing his new Callaway digs, during the pro-am round prior to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Harris English poses for a portrait, showcasing his new Callaway digs, during the pro-am round prior to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Harris English, coming off a season in which he won more than $2.2 million on the PGA Tour that included a win and three more top-10 finishes, will tee it up at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday with new gear in hand.

English has joined Callaway, the company announced on Twitter on Thursday.

@CallawayGolf: After a breakout #PGATOUR season, excited to welcome @Harris_English to #TeamCallaway.

English also took to Twitter to say: "Just finished up my Pro-Am at Hyundai TOC and excited to officially be a part of the Callaway Team. Can't wait to get 2014 ...

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January 2, 2014 | 6:09 p.m.

Report: Lydia Ko to sign with Callaway Golf

Nick Masuda
Lydia Ko (file photo)
Lydia Ko (file photo)

Lydia Ko is piling up the endorsement deals, but this one could be the most promising.

According to NewsTalkZB in her native New Zealand, the teenage LPGA star has signed with Callaway to use the company's clubs and equipment.

Ko will be coached by Sean Hogan, who is affiliated with the David Leadbetter Academy. Leadbetter is a Callaway guy, too.

Ko has been busy in the past two months after having turned professional in October:

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David Dusek

For years, the thinking was players looking for a Ping driver that would maximize distance went with a G-Series driver. Better players who liked to work the ball went with an i-Series driver. With the introduction of the i25 driver, Ping is continuing to change those ideas.

"From a design standpoint, but really more from a perception standpoint, we've transformed the i-Series from being a better-player's product to being products that just provide less spin and a more boring trajectory," said Marty Jertson, Ping's director of product development. "Certainly in the driver category, the concept of workability ...

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January 2, 2014 | 8 a.m.

Ping i25 fairway woods seek height

David Dusek
Ping's newest i-Series fairway woods are forgiving, launch the ball higher and reduce spin more effectively.
Ping's newest i-Series fairway woods are forgiving, launch the ball higher and reduce spin more effectively.

In some ways, creating a good fairway wood is more challenging than creating a good driver.

"What makes fairway woods so tough to design is that you have a really small window to get your launch and spin just right," said Marty Jertson, Ping's director of product development. "Even from a PGA Tour player's standpoint, if they get a fairway wood that spins a little bit too much, it just doesn't feel good and the ball balloons. If you get a fairway wood that just fractionally does not spin enough, shots will just fall out of the ...

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