Golf Channel - Equipment Insiderhttp://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/Find the latest on golf equipment news and reviews. en-USCopyright 2013 Golf ChannelWed, 20 Mar 2013 09:25:30 ZBlogsGolf Channel RSS Generatorhttp://www.golfchannel.com/rss?feedID=Blog&ID=8ca04ed7-0699-48b3-a222-52b93fc9e74d8ca04ed7-0699-48b3-a222-52b93fc9e74dFalseStory:573391680http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-lewis-streelman-frost-aiken/BlogsWhat's in the Bag: Lewis, Streelman, Frost, AikenTake a look inside the bags of last week's winners on their respective tours: Stacy Lewis, Kevin Streelman, David Frost and Thomas Aiken.Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:28:00 Z2013-03-19T11:28:00Z573391680http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-lewis-streelman-frost-aiken/#commentsStacy Lewis

LPGA: RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

Driver: Mizuno JPX-800 (9 degree; Fujikura Rombax shaft)

Fairway Wood: Mizuno MP-650 3-wood (15 degree; Fujikura Rombax shaft)

Hybrid: Mizuno JPX-825 (17 degree)

Irons (4-PW): Mizuno JPX-825 Pro

Wedges: Mizuno MP T-11 (52, 56 and 60 degree)

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost TM-110 Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: Women's FootJoy Sport with BOA

Glove: FootJoy StaSof


Kevin Streelman

PGA Tour: Tampa Bay Championship

Driver: Ping G20 (9.5 degree; Oban Kiyoshi shaft)

Fairway Wood: Ping G25 3-wood (15 degree; Oban shaft)

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue TP (17 degree; Aldila NV 105x shaft)

Iron (3): Wilson Staff Ci11 (Project X 6.5 shaft)

Irons (4-9): Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 (Project X 6.5 shafts)

Wedges: Wilson Staff FG Tour TC (48 and 54 degree; Project X 6.5 shafts) and Cleveland 588 PF 60 Rotex (60 degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft)

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo

Footwear: FootJoy Icon


David Frost

Champions Tour: Toshiba Classic

Driver: TaylorMade R1 (9.5 degree; Matrix Ozik HD6 shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree; Matrix Ozik shaft)

Irons (3-PW): Mizuno MP-68

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (54 and 58 degree)

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Footwear: FootJoy Icon


Thomas Aiken

European Tour: Avantha Masters

Driver: Cleveland Classic 290 (7.5 degree)

Fairway Wood: Nike SQ 3-wood (15 degree)

Iron (2): Callaway X Forged

Irons (3-9): Nike VR Pro

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design (48, 54 and 60 degree)

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost DA-62

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: FootJoy Icon

Glove: Titleist

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Story:572983680http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/top-trends-from-tampa-bay-spectator-fashion/BlogsFashion: Tampa's top spectator trendsAt this week's Tampa Bay Championship, spectators showed you don't have to sacrifice fashion for functionality.Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:08:00 Z2013-03-14T18:08:00Z572983680http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/top-trends-from-tampa-bay-spectator-fashion/#commentsPALM HARBOR, Fla. – It's something women struggle with all the time – the delicate balance between dressing fashionable yet functional when heading out to watch a golf tournament.

It seems a commonly held notion that spectators have to somehow mimic what the golfers wear, but that's simply not true. In fact, several PGA Tour wives and girlfriends I've met over the years – who are out and about following their significant others on a regular basis – have told me quite the opposite is true. It's completely acceptable and encouraged to bring your everyday stylish wear to the golf course – sans stilettos, ladies.

I took to the grounds at the Tampa Bay Championship and found that apparently, word travels fast, because these women certainly had a handle on the top trends to wear to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook.

1. Brianne Shoby

Brianne said she had no trouble deciding what to wear this morning – she simply went with an outfit she'd wear any other day, to any other event. She also proves that fashion doesn't have to break the bank – her coat and scarf are from Forever 21 and her boots are Old Navy.

Brianne Shoby

2. Juli Ogilvy

As a PGA Tour player's wife (Geoff), Juli has plenty of experience deciding what to wear on the golf course ... and it shows. She couples her chambray top with cuffed black jeans and flip-flops, which she says she wears no matter what, because she can't stand for her feet to be hot.

Juil Ogilvy

3. Heather Wilson 

Heather had a bit more trouble deciding what to wear out to the course, and said she asked her fiancée "800 questions" about what to wear. He and/or she got it right with this look, keeping things casual and cute. I especially love the purse and the Keds.

Heather Wilson

4. Not wild about being named

This lady preferred not to be named, but her outfit was too cute not to include. When you live in Florida – or come to Florida to watch a golf tournament – wearing white jeans is acceptable year-round. Not to mention, she pairs it perfectly with this cheetah sweater from Club Monaco and Gucci purse.

Cheetah Print

5. Amanda Dick

I found this lovely lady following Camilo Villegas, then learned she's friends with him – they used to play golf at the University of Florida during the same time. Her linen white pants (again, completely acceptable year-round) look comfortable and chic, and I love the bright green striped top. Her shades are Kate Spade.

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6. Pat Gaydos

I love Pat's outfit because it looks like something you could wear anywhere and yet, when I asked her what brands she was wearing, she said the top and bottoms were Nike. Combined with a cute Michael Kors purse, a Coach fedora and Sperrys – because they're her most comfortable shoes, she said – it's a sporty and stylish look for watching golf.

Pat Gaydos

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Story:572884020http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/puma-style-caddie-app-is-virtual-dressing-room/BlogsPuma Stylecaddie app is virtual dressing roomNext time you are wondering what to wear to the golf course ... there's an app for that. Puma Golf have developed a brand new Puma Stylecaddie app that acts as a virtual dressing room.Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:27:00 Z2013-03-13T14:27:00Z572884020http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/puma-style-caddie-app-is-virtual-dressing-room/#commentsNext time you are wondering what to wear to the golf course ... there's an app for that. The brilliant minds over at Puma Golf have developed a brand new Puma Stylecaddie app, essentially a virtual dressing room that allows users to create their own look from head-to-toe.

The app allows both male and female users to select a silhouette to dress in all the latest Puma Golf gear, mixing and matching any assortment of shirts, bottoms, shoes and accessories for a truly one-of-a-kind look. Users can also upload an image of themselves to the app allowing them to see exactly how the outfit would look on them. Check it out in the video below.

Another great feature is the "look book" displaying some Puma Golf athletes' favorite get-ups, including Rickie Fowler, Jonas Blixt, Lexi Thompson and Blair O’Neal, allowing users to style themselves after some of the game's biggest stars if they so choose. It also has the capability to share the outfits created immediately via social media.

The Puma Stylecaddie app is available on the iPhone and iPad for free in the Apple app store. It will be released for Android on April 1.

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Story:572804220http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/aveo-tailors-to-big-and-tall-golf-market/BlogsAveo tailors to big and tall golf marketA new clothing company, Aveo, is on a mission 'to help big & tall golfers look and feel confident.'Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:17:00 Z2013-03-12T16:17:00Z572804220http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/aveo-tailors-to-big-and-tall-golf-market/#commentsFinally, someone is looking out for the big and tall golfer. Golfers come in all shapes and sizes, and new clothing company Aveo has realized this, and is on a mission “to help big and tall golfers look and feel confident.”

According to a National Golf Foundation study, 46 percent of the golf population is overweight while 27 percent of the golfing population is obese. In addition, 15 to 20 percent of men are at least 6 feet tall. That is a lot of golfers looking for something comfortable and fashionable to wear. Well they can stop looking, Aveo has what they need.

Aveo

Currently specializing in both trousers and shorts, the secret to Aveo’s style is a hidden comfort flex waistband providing 2 inches of stretch, fuller thighs along with a slightly widened calf/ankle area and less taper promoting a more aesthetically pleasing look. The quick-dry, high-stretch polyester material used in their products gives golfers a great level of mobility and comfort.

Aveo is quickly expanding but currently offers the trousers and shorts in khaki, black and blue and in waist sizes 38, 40, 42 and 44 with an inseam of 32 or 34. Double rear belt loops are also featured for extra stability. The cost for the trousers is $74, while the shorts retail for $69.

For orders or more information please contact Aveo at dhicks@aveogolf.com or (704) 293-8298. A website is under construction and coming soon.

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Story:572790420http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/ping-adds-adjustability-to-g-series-with-g25-driver/BlogsPing adds adjustability to G series with G25 driverPing has waded even deeper into the adjustability pool, this time with its G25 driver. Released right after the PGA Merchandise Show, it is the first in the G series to have that feature.Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:27:00 Z2013-03-12T12:27:00Z572790420http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/ping-adds-adjustability-to-g-series-with-g25-driver/#commentsPing has waded even deeper into the adjustability pool, this time with its G25 driver. Released right after the PGA Merchandise Show, it is the first in the G series to have that feature, and it gives golfers the ability to tweak lofts half a degree, either up or down.

As was the case with its Anser driver, which the Phoenix equipment maker released last year, Ping took its time in adding adjustability to this popular line.

“Once again, we wanted to be sure we would not impact performance in the process,” said Brad Schweigert, director of engineering at Ping. “Adjustability had to add value.”

As far as Schweigert is concerned, it does just that. For starters, the company created a hosel design for the G25 that boasts the same outer diameter and mass of fixed hosels. As a result, engineers didn’t have to add weight to that part of the club and were free instead to use it in places that improved performance. Utilization of Ping’s ultra-thin crown technology helped in those regards as well.

“We were able instead to drive the Center of Gravity (CG) lower and farther back in the 460 cc head to produce that optimal high launch/low spin performance for greater distance,” he said. “At the same time, we distributed more weight to the perimeter for better forgiveness and higher Moment of Inertia (MOI).”

A variable-thickness face is designed to deliver a powerful energy transfer for faster ball speeds and greater distances, while a charcoal, non-glare club head finish is made to assist with alignment and eliminate reflections. They come in four lofts, which run from 8.5 to 12 degrees.

Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood have all switched to the G25. “Lee only saw a slight increase in distance on center hits,” Schweigert said. “But he found he lost much less yardage on his mishits. Bubba had similar results, while Hunter says the G25 added 10 yards to his drives.”

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Story:572790300http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/mcilroys-nike-ball-features-faster-speed/BlogsMcIlroy's Nike ball longer and softerWith all the talk about Rory McIlroy switching to Nike golf clubs at the start of the year, the fact that he also started playing Nike golf balls was almost overlooked. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:25:00 Z2013-03-12T12:25:00Z572790300http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/mcilroys-nike-ball-features-faster-speed/#commentsWith all the talk about Rory McIlroy switching to Nike golf clubs at the start of the year, the fact that he also started playing Nike golf balls was almost overlooked. But he decided to go that route as well, and his choice was the Nike RZN 20XI X. It is one of two models that represent the latest iteration of that line, first released two years ago.

As was the case with the original RZN 20XI, these golf balls feature a proprietary resin core made of a highly neutralized polymer the company developed with a team of material and science experts at DuPont. Only this version is designed to deliver an even faster ball speed, thanks to advancements in RZN chemistry.

In addition, Nike has made the core in this premium line, which now includes the RZN 20XI and RZN 20XI X, larger and softer. According to Rock Ishii, the company’s product development director for golf balls, that improves feel off all shots as it maintains driver distance and forgiveness. In addition, Nike engineers added a RZN mantle to encourage greater length off irons while providing a softer feel for shots around the green.

The idea, Ishii says, was to create a more balanced tour model golf ball that is as accurate as it is responsive and long.

Both versions of the new RZN 20XI feature four-piece construction. Each has a urethane cover, but the one used for the 20XI X, which Ishii describes as the “distance-oriented tour model,” is slightly firmer for enhanced distance and accuracy.

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Story:572787720http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-woods-pettersen/BlogsWhat's in the Bag: Woods, PettersenTake a look inside the bags of last week's winners on their respective tours: Tiger Woods, Scott Brown, Kevin Kisner and Suzann Pettersen.Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:42:00 Z2013-03-12T11:42:00Z572787720http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-woods-pettersen/#commentsTiger Woods

WGC-Cadillac Championship

Driver: Nike VR Tour (8.5 degree; Graphite Design DI 6X shaft)

Fairway Woods: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood (15 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103X shaft) and Nike VR_S Covert 5-wood (19 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103X shaft)

Irons (3-PW): Nike VR Pro Blades (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Wedges: Nike VR Pro (56 and 60 degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Putter: Nike Method 001

Ball: Nike One Tour D

Footwear: Nike TW '13

Glove: Nike

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord


Scott Brown

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open

Driver: Nike VR Pro LTD (8.5 degree; Mitsubishi Ilima 60x shaft)

Fairway Woods: Nike VR Pro LTD 3-wood (15 degree; Mitsubishi Fubuki Alpha 80x shaft) and 5-wood (19 degree; Mitsubishi Fubuki Alpha 80x shaft)

Irons (3-PW): Nike VR Pro Blades (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Wedges: Nike VR Pro (54 and 60 degree)

Putter: Nike Method 001

Ball: Nike 20XI

Footwear: Nike Lunar Control


Kevin Kisner

Web.com Tour: Chile Classic

Driver: TaylorMade R1 (Oban Kiyoshi 65x shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree; Oban Kiyoshi 75x shaft)

Hybrid: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour Rescue (18.5 degree; Ozik Series shaft)

Irons (3-9): Ping i20 (Project X 6.5 shafts)

Wedges: Fourteen Golf RM-12 (48, 52 and 58 degree)

Putter: Odyssey White Ice #7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2013)


Suzann Pettersen

Ladies European Tour: Mission Hills World Ladies' Golf Championship

Driver: Nike VR_S Covert Tour (9.5 degree, neutral position)

Fairway Woods: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood (15 degree)

Hybrid: Nike VR Pro (18 degree)

Irons (4-5): Nike VR Pro Cavity

Irons (6-PW): Nike VR Pro Combo

Wedges: Nike VR Pro (48, 52 and 59 degree)

Putter: Nike Method Core 3i

Ball: Nike 20XI X

Footwear: Nike Lunar Links

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Story:572183040http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-thompson-lewis-cantlay/BlogsWhat's in the Bag: Thompson, Lewis, CantlayTake a look inside the bags of last week's winners on their respective tours: Michael Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Patrick Cantlay and Dawie Van Der Walt.Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:44:00 Z2013-03-05T11:44:00Z572183040http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-thompson-lewis-cantlay/#commentsMichael Thompson

PGA Tour: Honda Classic

Driver: Ping i20 (9.5 degree; 45 inches; Grafalloy ProForce Red shaft)

Fairway Wood: Ping G25 3-wood (15 degree; 42.5 inches; Grafalloy ProLaunch Red Fwy-X shaft) and Akira 5-wood (Grafalloy ProLaunch Red Fwy-X shaft)

Irons (3-9): Ping S56 (+1/2 inch; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Wedges: Ping Tour-S (47 degree; +1/2 inch; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft) and Ping Anser Forged (52 and 58 degree; +1/2 inch; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Putter: Ping Anser 4

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2013)

Footwear: FootJoy FJ Icon

Glove: FootJoy StaSof


Stacy Lewis

LPGA: HSBC Women's Champions

Driver: Mizuno JPX-800 (9 degree; Fujikura Rombax shaft)

Fairway Wood: Mizuno MP-650 3-wood (15 degree; Fujikura Rombax shaft)

Hybrid: Mizuno JPX-825 (17 degree)

Irons (4-PW): Mizuno JPX-825 Pro

Wedges: Mizuno MP T-11 (52, 56 and 60 degree)

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost TM-110 Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: FootJoy Sport with BOA

Glove: FootJoy StaSof


Patrick Cantlay

Web.com Tour: Colombia Championship

Driver: Titleist 910D3 (9.5 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 73 shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Burner 3-wood (13 degree)

Iron (3): Titleist 712U

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 (True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54 degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft) and Vokey Design SM4 (58 and 60 degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts)

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: FootJoy FJ Icon


Dawie Van Der Walt

European Tour: Tshwane Open

Driver: TaylorMade R1 (Oban Kiyoshi 75x shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour 3-wood (14.5 degree; Oban Kiyoshi 85x shaft)

Hybrid: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour Rescue (18.5 degree; Oban Kiyoshi 100s shaft)

Irons (4-9): TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48, 52, 56 and 60 degree)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2.6

Ball: TaylorMade Lethal

Footwear: Adidas Golf AdiPure

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Story:572097480http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/tour-edges-cb5s-geared-to-better-players/BlogsTour Edge's CB5s geared to elite playersTour Edge has introduced its Exotics CB5 fairway metals, which are designed for advanced players.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:58:00 Z2013-03-04T11:58:00Z572097480http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/tour-edges-cb5s-geared-to-better-players/#commentsTour Edge introduced its Exotics CB fairway metals in the fall of 2006, and it didn’t take long for touring professionals to begin putting clubs from that series into their bags. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, for example, a number of players relied on what was then the latest iteration of that line, the CB4, when they teed it up in competition, among them Matt Kuchar, Brian Gay and Kevin Streelman.

In fact, Brandt Snedeker was using a CB4 metal when he captured the FedEx Cup in 2012 – even though he was not a paid Tour Edge endorser – and was still playing one when he got off to his fast start this year, winning once and finishing second twice in his first five tournaments of 2013.

As happy as Tour Edge engineers said they are with the success of the CB4, they insisted this is no time to rest on their laurels. So, they brought out the CB5 at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show.

Like earlier series offerings, the CB5 is designed for better players. The company uses what officials describe as “no-weld technology” to “combo-braze” a beta-titanium cupped face with a heavier hyper-steel body. As a result, they said they have eliminated every single gram of excess weight from the face and shifted it to the rear skirt and sole for a deeper center of gravity. That is designed to give the club a deep, high center of gravity, and by extension, a more explosive and penetrating launch angle.

In addition, Tour Edge technicians said that the CB5’s swept wing moves weight to the heel and toe for a larger sweet spot. And it employs the CB4’s trampoline-face design that combines multiple levels of face thickness and encourages a powerful rebound effect.

The CB5 comes with Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty and is available in four lofts: 13 degrees (3+ wood), 15 degrees (3-wood), 16.5 degrees (4-wood) and 18 degrees (5-wood). Mitsubishi Fubuki Tour Graphite and Aldila RIP shafts are stock.

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Story:572096820http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/cobra-amp-cell-drivers-more-than-flashy/BlogsCobra Amp Cell drivers more than flashyCobra technicians say there is a lot more to the Amp Cell driver line than the overt flashiness that has been an integral part of Cobra products since it was bought by Puma in 2010.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:47:00 Z2013-03-04T11:47:00Z572096820http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/cobra-amp-cell-drivers-more-than-flashy/#commentsIt’s hard not to focus first on the colors of the new Cobra Amp Cell drivers. After all, the hues that bear the names Vibrant Orange, Barbados Red and Directoire Blue are pretty flamboyant. So is the one known simply as Silver. But technicians at the California equipment maker said there is a lot more to this line than the overt flashiness that has been an integral part of Cobra products since it was bought by Puma in 2010.

Start with the fact that the Amp Cell driver has one 460 cc head on which the lofts can be adjusted with a simple wrench into six positions: 8.5, 9.5, 9.5 Draw, 10.5, 10.5 Draw and 11.5 degrees. That means there is no more shopping for different heads with different lofts. And thanks to its so-called SmartPad technology, Cobra technicians say they can deliver a square face at address regardless of the loft setting, while still allowing for workability by letting a player slightly open or close the clubface.

With the Amp Cell driver, Cobra also utilizes what it calls Advanced Placement Material and Cell technology to enable a 12 percent larger elliptical E9 face to produce faster ball speeds (for greater distance) on mis-hits and high Moment of Inertia (MOI) for enhanced forgiveness. Company engineers said the Cell technology, which is visible in the bands that wrap around the driver crowns, saves and redistributes weight in a granular way.

In an effort to appeal to the broadest possible range of golfers, Cobra is offering two other versions of the Amp Cell. One is the Amp Cell Pro driver, which Rickie Fowler has put into play. At 440 ccs, the clubhead in that model is slightly smaller but can also be adjusted to six different lofts: 7.5, 8.5, 8.5 Fade, 9.5, 9.5 Fade and 10.5 degrees. And while the Amp Cell has an optimized Center of Gravity (CG) for low-mid handicap players, the Amp Cell Pro uses a lower, more neutral CG position for better players.

In addition, Cobra has released an Amp Cell offset with a heel-based bias for slice correction. It comes in two lofts, 10.5 and 11.5 degrees.

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Story:571674540http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/mcilroy-signs-endorsement-deal-with-bose/BlogsRhythm and blues: McIlroy signs deal with BoseAnnounced ahead of this week's Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy will serve as a global brand ambassador for Bose headphones, portable speakers, home and automotive systems.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:29:00 Z2013-02-27T14:29:00Z571674540http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/mcilroy-signs-endorsement-deal-with-bose/#commentsIt’s been a slow start to the season for Rory McIlroy in 2013, but off the course, the 23-year-old has been singing a different tune.

McIlroy joined team Nike last month for an estimated $200 to $250 million, and has now signed a new endorsement deal with audio specialists the Bose Corporation.

The multi-year deal, announced in Florida ahead of this week’s Honda Classic, will see McIlroy serve as a global brand ambassador for the company’s headphones, portable speakers, home and automotive systems. The financial terms of the deal were not released.

"I'm a huge headphone guy," said McIlroy, "and Bose headphones are the best I've found. I use their in-ear headphones to work-out, and their noise cancelling headphones to travel. Whether I need motivation, or to tune-out, I reach for Bose. Their headphones go with me everywhere."

"Rory is a once-in-a-generation athlete," said Bob Maresca, president of Bose Corporation. "Just like his millions of fans around the world, we're amazed by his talent and his passion. We know a lot goes into his game even when he's off the course. He loves music, just like we do, and we're thrilled to be a part of how he competes and relaxes."

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Story:571581960http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/titleist-unveils-913-metals-and-hybrids/BlogsTitleist unveils 913 metals and hybridsTitleist has introduced the 913 F and 913 F.d fairways and the 913 hybrids to go along with its 913 driver that was released last fall.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:46:00 Z2013-02-26T12:46:00Z571581960http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/titleist-unveils-913-metals-and-hybrids/#commentsComing on the heels of last fall’s introduction of the Titleist 913 driver is the release of metals and hybrids that are part of the same line – the 913 F and 913 F.d fairways and the 913 hybrids.

According to Titleist technicians, the 913 fairways are designed to produce more distance from both turf and tee shots largely due to an improved Center of Gravity (CG) location. Part of that, they said, is a result of a thinner crown that allowed them to move the CG lower. And tests show that these new metals impart less spin and greater ball speed than those from the previous generation 910 line.

At the same time, company engineers found a way to lower the shape of the sole profile of the 913 F, giving the SureFit Tour hosel structure a leaner look, all the while ensuring the club remained extremely adjustable, with 16 different settings and the ability for golfers to tweak lie and loft independently.

As for the Titleist 913 F.d, it is designed to promote less spin and a more penetrating ball flight with a flatter trajectory. That version is available only in three lofts, 13.5, 15 and 18 degrees, while the 913 F comes in 13.5, 15, 17, 19 and 21. And the 913 F.d has a slightly larger clubhead than the 913 F, 188 cc in size versus 157 cc.

More distance was also a factor in the development of the 913 hybrids, which come in five lofts – 17, 19, 21, 24 and 27. Here, the clubmaker employed progressive CG locations, with it being positioned toward the back of the lower-lofted clubheads, for greater forgiveness on off-center hits, and closer to the face on higher lofts to keep spin in check.

Titleist also utilized a slight progressive offset through the lofts to promote confidence and proper ground contact. Visually, company engineers softened the toe shape of these hybrids and also gave the adjustable hosel a more tapered look.

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Story:571580460http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/callaway-adds-irons-to-x-hot-series/BlogsCallaway adds irons to X Hot seriesCallaway incorporated the Speed Frame Face Technology it has used with great success in its drivers to its X Hot irons.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:21:00 Z2013-02-26T12:21:00Z571580460http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/callaway-adds-irons-to-x-hot-series/#commentsCallaway engineers used the word “aggressive” a lot when they discussed one of the California clubmaker’s latest offerings, the X Hot and X Hot Pro irons. They also like to laud the “measurable distance gains” they said these new clubs provide, as well their superlative feel and accuracy. As far as they’re concerned, the X Hots have it all.

Let’s start with the X Hot irons, which are game-improvement products that employ a Deep Undercut Cavity design with Speed Frame Race Technology. The cavity design allowed the company to more precisely position the Center of Gravity (CG) and move the hottest part of the face lower, where more golfers make contact more often with the golf ball.

At the same time, Callaway incorporated the Speed Frame Face Technology it has used with great success in its drivers to its X Hot irons. They said that advance optimized stiffness across the face for more efficient energy transfer. It also produced more ball speed and more consistent distance, even on off-center contacts. In addition, the equipment maker applied a dual-material medallion to promote better feel and sound and made the True Temper Speed Step 85 lightweight steel shaft its stock offering.

For the X Hot Pro irons, they feature J-Face Dynamics, a face technology that combines precise face thickness control and undercut depth for the sort of power and feel that Callaway believes better players desire. These versions of the X Hot also employ the company’s 20-degree Close Spaced V Grooves, which are typically reserves for its forged player irons and are designed to provide more backspin on shots out of the rough.

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Story:571576920http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-kuchar-park-foley-giles/BlogsWhat's in the Bag: Kuchar, Park, Foley, GilesTake a look inside the bags of last week's winners on their respective tours: Matt Kuchar, Inbee Park, Kevin Foley and Matt Giles.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:22:00 Z2013-02-26T11:22:00Z571576920http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/whats-in-the-bag-kuchar-park-foley-giles/#commentsMatt Kuchar

World Golf Championships: Accenture Match Play Championship

Driver: Bridgestone J40 430 (9.5 degree; Accra M4+ 55 shaft)

Fairway Wood: Ping Anser 3-wood (14.5 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 73x shaft)

Hybrid: Ping Anser (20 degree; Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 90x shaft)

Iron (4): Fourteen Golf HI Type 3 (Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight S-flex shaft)

Irons (5-PW): Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back Black (Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight S-flex shafts)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide (52 and 57 degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 steel shafts) and Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (62 degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft)

Putter: Bettinardi Signature Model 1

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330-S

Footwear: Ecco Biom Hybrid


Inbee Park

LPGA: LPGA Thailand

Driver: Srixon XXIO7

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood w/Tour AD (14.5 degree; Graphite Design Tour AD shaft)

Hybrids: TaylorMade Rescue 11 (16 degree; Graphite Design Tour AD shaft) and TaylorMade Rescue TP FCT (22 degree; Graphite Design Tour AD shaft)

Irons (5-PW): Srixon XXIO Forged

Wedges: Cleveland TA 588 TZG (47, 51 and 57 degree)

Putter: Odyssey White Ice Sabertooth

Ball: Srixon Z-Star

Footwear: Srixon

Glove: Srixon


Kevin Foley

Web.com Tour: Panama Claro Championship

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degree)

Fairway Wood: Titleist 910Fd (10.5 degree)

Iron (2): Titleist 712U

Iron (3-5): Titleist CB

Irons (6-PW): Titleist MB

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (54 and 60 degree)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2013)

Footwear: FootJoy FJ Icon


Matt Giles

Australasian Tour: Victorian Open

Driver: Titleist 913D2

Fairway Wood: Titleist 913F 3-wood

Hybrid: Titleist 913H

Irons (3-PW): Titleist CB

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Story:571140180http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/fashion-focus-who-wore-it-better-match-play-cold-weather/BlogsFashion Focus: 'Wear It Better' Match Play editionIn this edition of 'Wear It Better,' the 'Morning Drive' team talks orange crushes and cold-weather fashion from the WGC-Match Play.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:03:00 Z2013-02-21T10:03:00Z571140180http://www.golfchannel.com/news/equipment-insider/fashion-focus-who-wore-it-better-match-play-cold-weather/#commentsMore than 3 inches of snow blanketed the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., Wednesday, forcing players to pack on the pounds ... of layers. 

Did Poulter's gloves win hands-down? Whose toboggan won top honors? And who was everyone orange crushing on – Gary Williams, Rickie Fowler or Lauren Thompson?

Find out all these answers and more in this edition of 'Wear It Better,' in which the "Morning Drive" team talks cold-weather fashion from the WGC-Match Play.

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