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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TaylorMade R15 fairway woods are most adjustable yet
TaylorMade’s R15 fairway woods are the most adjustable fairway woods ever introduced by the company.
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.
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.
TaylorMade R15 driver
TaylorMade will release its new driver, the R15, in January with enhanced sliding-weight technology features for golfers.
TaylorMade AeroBurner driver
Over the years, Burner became one of those iconic, easy-to-remember golf club names. Now it’s back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandy Lyle champions hickory golf movement
Sandy Lyle is among the group of golfers taking up the game with hickory-shafted clubs.
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.
Tour Edge Exotics E8 irons feature deep undercut cavity
The new Exotics E8 irons feature the deepest undercut cavity ever produced by Tour Edge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sang-Moon Bae goes completely Callaway in Frys.com Open victory
There is a trend on the PGA Tour of players exhibiting absolute loyalty to their golf equipment manufacturers, with 14 clubs from one company. Sang-Moon Bae is the latest example.
Tour Velvet extends Golf Pride's historical run
The Tour Velvet is Golf Pride's most popular grip model. Family members include Tour Velvet BCT Cord, Tour Velvet 360 and Tour Velvet Super Tack, in addition to the original Tour Velvet.
Achenbach: No need to ride bench in Ryder Cup
There is no good reason – other than failed history – to continue a Ryder Cup format in which only eight of 12 players on each team are on the course at a time during the first two days of the competition, writes Jim Achenbach.
Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 and 815 Double Black Diamond drivers
Callaway unveiled its new Big Bertha Alpha 815 and Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond drivers Oct. 1.
Mike Dunaway, long-drive specialist, dies at 59
Mike Dunaway, one of golf's most popular and influential long-drive specialists, died Sept. 29 in Rogers, Ark., of complications related to diabetes. He was 59.