Phil Mickelson has no qualms switching clubs. Case in point: At the Presidents Cup he carried no driver on the first day, using a Callaway X Hot 3Deep off the tee, then on Day 2 played the TaylorMade SLDR.
In recent decades, two dominant figures have emerged in long driving, both from Alberta, Canada, and both bombers of the highest order.
Bridgestone staff players Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar used unnamed prototype golf balls at the Presidents Cup; the manufacturer didn’t try to hide their identity.
Apex irons, soon to be revitalized by Callaway, have a rich history that dates back to Ben Hogan's clubmaking days. The brand's legacy is a long line of Apex models and memories for those who played them.
The new KBS Tour-V shaft touts tight dispersion and already has won the support of Phil Mickelson and Callaway, which will make it the stock shaft for the Apex Pro irons.
Having won the main, senior and super-senior titles in the World Long Driving Championship, Mike Gorton says big hitters by their nature must be more accurate than others.
Tom O’Toole Jr., nominated to become the next president of the U.S. Golf Association, has gone out of his way to increase the transparency and effectiveness of golf’s governing body in the U.S.
Fred Hooter, 70, lives in Auburn, Ala., where he amazes golfers young and old with his tee shots. Just about everybody hits it shorter than this septuagenarian. PGA champion Jason Dufner, also an Auburn resident, is lucky to drive it within 50 yards of Hooter.
Mizuno's new MP-54 irons balance a classic forged look and modern design, including a milled pocket cavity for better trajectory control.
David Mobley, 48, also is one of a few long drivers able to make this claim: He supports himself entirely through long driving.
Resurrecting the venerable Apex name, Callaway is unveiling irons designated as the company's premier entry in the 'distance forged' category.
In the beginning, many long-drive fans cheered him wildly yet didn’t even know his name. He was “The Beast,” and that was enough. Sean “The Beast” Fister is now 51 and has undergone four back surgeries in the past three years. Incredibly, he still competes.
Henrik Stenson is vested in his Piretti putter in more ways than one. Not only does he make clutch putts with it, he serves as the putter company’s Scandinavian distributor.
Golf instructor and long-drive champion Gerry James, 53, has come a long way from his days of pro football, bodybuilding and wrestling.
Lee Brandon, a women’s world champion in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, can look back on an accident that nearly cost her an arm as having helped set the tone for her life.
Bobby "The Sheriff" Wilson, 57, of Southlake, Texas, also is a prominent example of the many long drivers who are excellent golfers.
Give Luke Donald a forged iron and a grinding wheel, and he becomes a golf surgeon. His handiwork is evident in Mizuno's new MP-4 irons, which feature his signature sole.
Dick's Sporting Goods, which now owns Maxfli, is unveiling a golf ball under the iconic brand, and it's certainly distinctive: The Maxfli U/6 is a six-piece golf ball.
The phenomenon of long driving might not even exist without Mike Dunaway. His fingerprints are all over the sport and the growth that has occurred in the past 25 years.
Mizuno's directive to designers for the latest JPX irons: "Let's take this thing to another galaxy." The result? The JPX-EZ and JPX-EZ Forged models feature advanced technology – and orange cosmetics.
At the BMW Championship, Bubba Watson switched irons for the first time since 2004, embracing Ping’s newest model – the S55.
Brandt Snedeker is believed to be the first player to lead a PGA Tour event with a sub-50 gram graphite shaft in his driver.
Andrew Svoboda said hello to TaylorMade’s new SLDR driver, putting it into play for the first time at the Web.com Tour’s Chiquita Classic. He won and earned a first-place check for $180,000.
The venerable Apex name, linked to the glory days of the Ben Hogan Co., apparently is about to resurface as a Callaway reincarnation.
Cobra Puma Golf, which had announced its intent to compete more aggressively in the wedge market, released details of its new Tour Trusty line.
At the Deutsche Bank Championship, Sergio Garcia used for the first time the Ghost Tour Maranello 81, a heel-shafted mallet.
William C. Campbell, one of the most accomplished amateur golfers of all time, died Aug. 30 at his home in Lewisburg, W.Va. He was 90.
The acclaimed resource for golf fitness, Titleist Performance Institute now is offering performance apparel conducive for just about any workout regimen.
Tour Edge is unveiling a pair of new drivers – the Exotics XCG7 and XCG7 Beta – to help golfers find optimum spin for maximum distance.
Kenny Perry is a long hitter on the Champions Tour, but he continually places a premium on accuracy as well. So when his driver shaft was damaged in travel, it had the veteran pro exclaiming.
Taking a cue from Phil Mickelson's creative set makeups, Patrick Reed won the Wyndham Championship with an unusual bag configuration: He carried neither a fairway wood nor a hybrid.
At the Solheim Cup, Europe’s Caroline Hedwall accomplished what no other woman had done before at the biennial event: post a 5-0 record. Plus more in our Toy Box notes.
Jim Furyk's recent equipment changes – an Odyssey Versa No. 1 Wide putter and a Callaway FT Optiforce driver – served him well at the PGA Championship.
Matrix has four Altus hybrid shafts – the classic Altus plus three new models, Black Tie, Red Tie and White Tie.
Mizuno staff player Stacy Lewis won the Ricoh Women's British Open at the Old Course, earning her second career major.
The Aldila Tour Green and Tour Blue golf shafts are modern versions of Aldila’s highly successful NV shaft, containing the same taper profile as the original NV with a balance point that is slightly higher.
Since its launch in Japan in 1997, the Fujikura Speeder 757 has become one of the most recognizable names among shafts.
The UST Recoil iron shaft recently became available to consumers, and wood shafts are expected to follow.
A Canadian changed putters for his homeland's open; a driver has won over two converts; some recent 59 shooters have some common equipment; and more in our Toy Box short shots.
At the RBC Canadian Open, Brandt Snedeker used the new TaylorMade SLDR driver for three rounds and finished off the victory with his old standby, a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast.
Nearly a decade ago, TaylorMade revolutionized its drivers with movable weight technology. Its newest model, the SLDR, advances the concept with a sliding weight that makes adjustability easier than ever.
Tom Stites, Nike's director of product innovation, has retired. But he'll remain with Nike as a consultant and work on the company's biggest projects.
Graphite shaft maker Matrix has made a name on the PGA Tour, especially for its hybrid shafts. Now, the company is expanding its hybrid line and helping golfers get custom-fit.
Carl Pettersson, who used a long putter for 16 years, played all four rounds of the Open Championship with a 38-inch counterbalanced Rife Aruba putter.
Tiger Woods, although he hit his driver only twice, carried a new Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver at the Open Championship. So did Rory McIlroy.
Phil Mickelson appears to be the first golfer in the modern era to win a major championship without a driver in his bag. He may claim another distinction as well: winning a major with five wedges.
"Every one of us needs to be conscious of drinking lots of water," Peter Jacobsen says of his dehydration battle at the U.S. Senior Open. "There are no special exemptions.”
Fujikura's Speeder shafts have accounted for more than 50 worldwide victories. The company hopes to add to that total with an updated 757 model. Three other versions are on their way, too.
Using mostly Titleist equipment, Jordan Spieth earned his first PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic, displaying an all-around game that’s quickly becoming his trademark.
Kenny Perry, winner of the U.S. Senior Open, has an unusual three-wedge setup, using 8-degree increments among his 48-degree pitching wedge, 56-degree sand wedge and 64-degree lob wedge.