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James Achenbach

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Hanzel adds overdue Florida Azalea Senior title to resume

Doug Hanzel adds overdue Florida Azalea Senior title to resume

Doug Hanzel is widely regarded as one of the most skilled senior amateurs in the world, even though he plays just “10 or 12” senior amateur tournaments each year. On March 15, he won the Florida Azalea Senior.

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History lesson: Equipment through Golfweek's 40 years

Equipment through Golfweek's 40 years provides a history lesson

In the past 40 years, gains in equipment and technology have helped shape a new area.

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Living the dream: 40 years of storytelling at Golfweek

Living the dream: 40 years of storytelling at Golfweek

From humble beginnings in a Florida garage to national coverage of the game’s biggest events, Golfweek celebrates 40 years of storytelling.

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Meet Dean Knuth, the man behind the High Heat driver

Meet Dean Knuth, the man behind the High Heat driver

Designers who specialize in putters and wedges often find themselves in the club spotlight. Scotty Cameron and Bob Vokey, for example, have secured their territory in the worldwide golf vocabulary. Enter Dean Knuth.

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Watson shares thoughts on parenting, mentoring

Bubba Watson shares thoughts on parenting, mentoring at Northern Trust

Speaking at Riviera Country Club, Bubba Watson shared his joy in being a dad for a second time and in influencing children beyond the ropes who might need a little encouragement.

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Ishikawa gains feel with new Secret Grips

Ryo Ishikawa gains feel with new Secret Grips at PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open

Ryo Ishikawa installed Secret Grip counterbalanced grips on every club in his bag except the putter on the eve of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

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Ryan Moore shows up at Riviera with Parsons Xtreme Golf driver

PGA Tour pro Ryan Moore shows up with Parsons Xtreme Golf driver at the Norther Trust Open at Riviera

The development of Parsons Xtreme Golf added another chapter Tuesday when Ryan Moore showed up on the Riviera Country Club practice tee with a new PXG driver.

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Aldila's Rogue shaft becomes widely popular on PGA Tour

Aldila's Rogue Shaft becomes widely popular on PGA Tour

Why has Aldila's Rogue shaft become popular on the PGA Tour? Victories by PGA Tour players using a Rogue driver shaft total 14. Our James Achenbach explains more.

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In the bag: Jamie Sadlowski, Colombia Championship

What's in the bag: long-drive golfer Jamie Sadlowski at Web.com Tour's Colombia Championship

Long-drive golfer Jamie Sadlowski is playing this week's Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour. Here's a look at what's in his bag for the tournament in Bogota, Colombia.

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PGA Tour pros seek feel with lighter wedge shafts

PGA Tour pros seek more feel with lighter, softer wedge shafts at Farmers Insurance Open

Many PGA Tour golfers at the Farmers Insurance Open, such as Brooks Koepka, are opting for lighter, softer wedge shafts in order to gain more feel around the greens.

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Dustin Johnson adds new driver, fairway wood in Tour return

Dustin Johnson adds new TaylorMade driver, fairway wood in PGA Tour return

Dustin Johnson showed up on the range Tuesday morning at Torrey Pines with a new TaylorMade AeroBurner driver and new AeroBurner 3-wood in his bag.

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OnCore MA 1.0 golf ball offers unique design

OnCore MA 1.0 golf ball offers unique design

The new OnCore MA 1.0 golf ball is unlike anything else in the golf marketplace. It has a hollow metal core, which allows some of the weight to be redistributed toward the perimeter of the ball.

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Hollow irons trend upward at PGA Show

Hollow irons trend upward at PGA Merchandise Show

One of the themes of the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show was hollow irons, which have a hidden interior cavity much like hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.

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Tour View turns heads at PGA Show

Tour View training aid turns heads at PGA Merchandise Show

Tour View, a wonderfully simple but effective training aid, won the Most Innovative Concept Award at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show.

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Woods ups ball speed with Nike's RZN Black

Tiger Woods picks up ball speed with switch to Nike's RZN Black ball

Tiger Woods, who recently switched to Nike’s RZN Black ball, has picked up 2 to 3 mph in ball speed with the switch.

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Ben Hogan Golf debuts new irons, wedges

Ben Hogan Golf debuts new Fort Worth 15 irons, TK 15 wedges

At the PGA Merchandise Show, Terry Koehler, president and chief executive of the new Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, ended months of speculation by lifting the veil on a modern incarnation of Hogan irons and wedges.

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SeeMore to debut fitting system at PGA Show

SeeMore Putter Company to debut Custom Fit Click System at PGA Show

The SeeMore Putter Company will unveil the SeeMore Custom Fit Click System at the PGA Merchandise Show this week at the Orange County Convention Center.

Wilson boasts extra softness with Duo Spin ball

Wilson boasts extra softness with Duo Spin golf ball

Wilson’s Duo Spin golf ball officially will be unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., and will go on sale after the show.

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Accra targets softer tips with Fx fairway wood shafts

Accra targets softer tips with Fx fairway wood shafts

Accra will introduce its family of Fx fairway wood shafts on Feb. 1 with shafts that are heavier than comparable driver shafts, and they have softer tips for real-world playability.

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Achenbach: Most underappreciated golf clubs

Achenbach: The five most underappreciated golf clubs

Golfweek equipment writer James Achenbach names the five most underappreciated clubs, including the 9-wood, gap wedge and 60-degree wedge.

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Callaway introduces Chrome Soft golf ball

Callaway introduces Chrome Soft golf ball

Golf balls are getting softer. As a whole, compression ratings are going down. Callaway introduced its Chrome Soft, a 65-compression ball with three-piece construction and a urethane cover, on Dec. 16.

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Trending: Standalone, affordable launch monitors

Standalone, affordable launch monitors trending

Standalone, affordable launch monitors comprise one of the newest trends in golf. Some of these devices are available for less than $500, and a few of the basic models cost less than $300.

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Woods will return to competition with new Nike clubs

Tiger Woods will return to competition with bag of new Nike clubs

Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf at his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge, with an assortment of new Nike clubs in his bag.

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Bobby Jones Golf to unveil new putters in January

Bobby Jones Golf to unveil new putters in January

Bobby Jones Golf is about to add limited-edition adjustable putters to its lineup of golf clubs. At least six new putters will be unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

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TaylorMade AeroBurner Rescue clubs

TaylorMade expands Speed Pocket in AeroBurner Rescue clubs

Like the AeroBurner fairway woods, the AeroBurner Rescue clubs have a matte white head and an expanded Speed Pocket.

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TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway woods

TaylorMade AeroBurner fairway woods feature 'largest Speed Pocket ever'

The AeroBurner fairway woods have, in the words of senior director of product creation for metalwoods Brian Bazzel, "our largest Speed Pocket ever.

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TaylorMade R15 fairway woods

TaylorMade R15 fairway woods are most adjustable yet

TaylorMade’s R15 fairway woods are the most adjustable fairway woods ever introduced by the company.

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TaylorMade R15 Rescue clubs

TaylorMade returns to smaller clubhead shape with R15 Rescue clubs

Harkening back to the shape of the original Rescue club, the new R15 Rescue has a smaller “peanut” head shape (99cc), commonly preferred by tour staff professionals and amateurs who want to shape shots.

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Mizuno JPX-850 drivers, woods, hybrids

Mizuno debuts JPX-850 line of drivers, woods, hybrids

For 2015, Mizuno is focusing more intently than ever on the metalwood market with its new JPX-850 line, which went on sale in November.

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TaylorMade R15 driver

TaylorMade R15 driver

TaylorMade will release its new driver, the R15, in January with enhanced sliding-weight technology features for golfers.

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TaylorMade AeroBurner driver

TaylorMade AeroBurner driver

Over the years, Burner became one of those iconic, easy-to-remember golf club names. Now it’s back.

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Catching up with Rugge, godfather of adjustability

Catching up with Dick Rugge, godfather of golf-club adjustability

More than any other person, Dick Rugge was responsible for creating and sustaining the concept of adjustability in golf clubs. But that’s the past, and Rugge would rather talk about the present.

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Flagg rips winning drive with UST-Callaway combo

Flagg rips winning Re/Max drive with UST-Callaway combo

Despite fierce crosswinds and chilly temperatures, 29-year-old former professional baseball player Jeff Flagg of Pelham, Ala., won the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship with a drive of 365 yards.

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Barr to be named USGA director of communications

Barr to be named USGA director of communications

Adam Barr, a longtime golf journalist and current president of Miura Golf, will be announced Monday by the United States Golf Association as its new senior director of communications, Golfweek has learned.

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Cobra Fly-Z family takes flight

Cobra Fly-Z family takes flight

The Fly-Z lines includes three drivers, three fairway wood models and two hybrids. There are two distinct sets of Fly-Z irons as well.

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Krank takes longer-is-better approach to clubmaking

Krank Golf takes longer-is-better approach to clubmaking

Krank Golf designs drivers with long driving competitions in mind and will be a common sight at the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship Nov. 4.

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Breathe properly, maintain posture for lower scores

Fitness summit: Breathe properly, maintain posture for lower scores

At the World Golf Fitness Summit, a presentation was made Tuesday on the best techniques for breathing and posture. The implication was that individuals play better golf and shoot lower scores with correct breathing and posture.

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Faxon among key speakers at Fitness Summit

Brad Faxon regales World Golf Fitness Summit crowd with career tales

The World Golf Fitness Summit has attracted an impressive contingent of players and golf instructors as well as trainers and fitness professionals ever since it debuted in 2006.

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Amateurs could learn from Sieckmann, Pernice bond

Amateurs could learn from James Sieckmann, Tom Pernice partnership

Telling the truth is not always a high priority in professional golf. Why? In the heat of battle, nobody wants to unnecessarily criticize or offend other players or coaches.

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TaylorMade hires longtime club designer Clay Long

TaylorMade hires designer Clay Long to develop wedges, putters

TaylorMade Golf hired longtime club designer Clay Long, who will concentrate on the development of wedges and putters.

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Channeling Gilmore: Powers' move all about fitness

Channeling Gilmore: Connor Powers' move all about fitness

It’s the new golf, and it’s all about power and speed. The fastest swingers aren’t worried about traditional golf swings.It’s the new golf, and it’s all about power and speed. The fastest swingers aren’t worried about traditional golf swings.

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Loomis graphite iron shaft

Loomis graphite iron shaft

The Loomis graphite iron shaft, used by Davis Love III to win four tournaments in the early 1990s, is back after an absence of some 20 years.

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Sandy Lyle champions hickory golf movement

Sandy Lyle champions hickory golf movement

Sandy Lyle is among the group of golfers taking up the game with hickory-shafted clubs.

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Tour Edge E8, E8 Beta lines

Tour Edge E8 and E8 Beta lines includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons

The Tour Edge E8 family of golf clubs includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons -- with the base version touting higher trajectories and E8 Beta versions offering lower trajectories in general.

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Tour Edge Exotics E8 irons

Tour Edge Exotics E8 irons feature deep undercut cavity

The new Exotics E8 irons feature the deepest undercut cavity ever produced by Tour Edge.

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Tour Edge Exotics E8 hybrids

Tour Edge Exotics E8 hybrids seek more flex in face

Behind their face, the Tour Edge Exotics E8 hybrids feature the Power Grid, generating increased flexing of the face at impact.

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Tour Edge Exotics E8, E8 Beta drivers

Tour Edge Exotics E8 and E8 Beta drivers vary CG for trajectory

Sharing adjustability and face features, the Tour Edge Exotics E8 and E8 Beta drivers vary in size and CG to help golfers get the trajectory that fits their game.

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Tour Edge Exotics E8 fairway woods

Tour Edge Exotics E8 and E8 Beta fairway woods

Tour Edge's E8 fairway wood is designed as an easy-to-hit club with a higher trajectory, while the E8 Beta model has a slightly smaller clubhead with a deeper face.

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TaylorMade RSi irons

TaylorMade RSi 1, RSi 2 irons

TaylorMade took all that it has learned about flexible faces with its Speed Pockets in the sole of previous irons and created Face Slots in the company’s newest irons, the RSi family.

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Wilson Golf D200 drivers, irons, hybrids, fairway woods

Wilson Golf D200 drivers, irons, hybrids, fairway woods

Wilson will introduce the D200 family in 2015, promising even more distance than its recent D100 line and will include irons, drivers, fairway woods and hybrids.

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