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STARTING IN STYLE
Among Titleist’s new staff players this year is Geoff Ogilvy, who switched over from sister company Cobra. To win the 2010 PGA Tour kickoff event, the SBS Championship, Ogilvy was locked into his driving game playing a Titleist 909D3 driver (9.5º loft), a club he calls “a pleasant surprise. I have driven it really well. That was a brand new driver made up for me on Tuesday. Normally, I've been hitting a driver very similar…Generally it takes me a few weeks of practice to put it in…The first win of the year, first week with new golf clubs, brand new driver, brand new irons, perfect…I grew up with Titleist. It’s sort of like coming home. Titleist made me a set of (MB) irons to my exact specifications and they came out exactly right.” Also in his bag were a Pro V1 ball, Cobra S9-1 fairway metals (15º and 18º), Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C wedges (50º, 55º and 60º, and a Scotty Cameron Newport prototype putter. Ogilvy also carried a Titleist bag, wore its hat and its FootJoy shoes and glove.
Callaway Diablo Edge Irons
Categorized as super game-improvement irons, these are billed by Callaway as its longest-ever stainless steel irons. Upon discovering that the masses of amateur golfers tend to hit the ball low on the clubface, Callaway’s club designers lowered and deepened the center of gravity (CG) on these so that those golfers would still get a lot of meat behind the ball at impact. The end result: You’ll find your shots soaring higher. And further, too. Moving the CG also allowed the company to strengthen the lofts for more distance without sacrificing trajectory. These forgiving irons also boast a wider sole, so that the leading edge is kept low and gets through the ground at impact and then back up during your follow-through. This helps smooth out ball contact along the way, which contributes to a really nice soft feel at impact. You can also buy these in combo sets that feature matching hybrids in lieu of long irons.
Callaway Tour i(z) Golf Balls
Callaway Golf is offering several new distance ball models, including the Tour i(z). The manufacturer has high hopes for this ball, and that's completely understandable because of its advanced technology. The cover and core construction form the ideal combination for faster ball speed with plenty of accuracy. You want longer tee shots? Check. More control around the green? No problem. Nice and satisfying tour-level feel? You got it. A new and refined HEX Aerodynamics pattern on the cover features six sub-HEX geometries, to boost distance by reducing drag and cutting through wind with a strong, penetrating flight. A resilient second-generation Dual Core construction increases ball speed for a vast array of swing speeds, so no matter what your game is like, you'll notice the difference. Finally, the soft urethane cover uses a new proprietary blend that plays soft, is durable, and generates plenty of greenside spin.
HOT GEAR NEWS
Bo Van Pelt swapped his Nike clubs for Titleists this year, and has been playing an 8.5º 909D2 driver, 909F3 3-wood, 909H hybrid, Titleist CB and MB irons in a mixed set, Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C wedges, and Pro V1 ball. Van Pelt, who called the transition easy, reportedly wanted to keep a sponsor’s logo on his hat, while Nike wanted its swoosh on there…SeeMore Putter Company debuted the offset mSeries DB4 blade putter with platinum finish and RST2 alignment technology. It’s also available in 100% milled carbon steel with a multi-layer black satin finish, called mSeries CS Gunmetal Black… Izzo Golf debuted its next-generation SWAMI 1500 Golf GPS with improved firmware, auto-shut off feature to preserve battery life, and low-charge alert…CHAMP introduced Zarma spikes that feature a soft cushion layer sandwiched between a durable traction layer and a rigid attachment layer. All three are held together with advanced polymer molding techniques that helps soften the impact of walking and inevitably make playing golf more comfortable… Odyssey unveiled its Black Series Tour Designs line of milled putters. Sporting a black look, the putters are milled from soft 1025 carbon steel and have updated shapes and multi-material Advanced Roll Technology that helps generate true roll by moving the CG back and low in the putterhead…Nick Watney tells Equipment Insider that the only clubs he changed in his bag this year from last are his wedges – and that was because of the groove rule change. “I’m not big on changing clubs just to get five extra yards,” he says. “I pretty much find something I like and stick with it. I play all Titleist clubs, including the 909D2 driver and AP2 irons.”… Brian Gay reportedly switched some of his Mizuno clubs to TaylorMade, including the R9 driver. He's still playing Mizuno irons, for now... According to Tour reports, five players used TaylorMade’s new Penta TP ball at the SBS Championship. Speaking of TaylorMade, the company unveiled its 460cc, high-MOI Burner SuperFast driver that weighs just 284 grams, helping deliver more clubhead speed and distance. It will be in Edwin Watts Golf shops soon…Adams Golf introduced new integrated sets for women and seniors, that include an aerodynamic driver, low-profile fairway woods, Idea a7OS Hybrid Irons, mallet-style putter and bag…Nike announced its VR STR8-FIT Tour fairway woods with adjustable face-angle technology, split compression channel on the sole, and ultra thin steel clubface. Lucas Glover used the 3-wood at the SBS Championship, and led the event for three rounds.