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GolfWRX is live this week from the Champion Course at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Jack Nicklaus redesigned the course in 1990, which introduced the “Bear Trap,” consisting of holes No. 15, 16 and 17. The trio of holes has accounted for 18 percent of all bogeys and 32 percent of all double bogeys at the event since it began hosting in 2007.

The field this week features each of the top-seven golfers in the world rankings, and 13 of the top 25. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson headline the event after sitting out at last week’s match play, while Adam Scott returns to competition in his first tournament since the Sony Open in Hawaii.

At last year’s Honda Classic, defending champion Michael Thompson held off a strong field with par saves down the stretch and a closing birdie to win his first PGA tournament by two shots over Geoff Ogilvy.

Rory McIlroy will seek revenge at PGA National after he withdrew last year citing a toothache. He won the event in 2012 by two shots over Tiger Woods and Tom Gillis.

Check out our photos from PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

Monday

2014 Honda Classic Photos: Mon. Pt. 1
2014 Honda Classic Photos: Mon. Pt. 2
2014 Honda Classic Photos: Mon. Pt. 3

Tuesday

2014 Honda Classic Photos: Tues. Pt. 1
2014 Honda Classic Photos: Tues. Pt. 2

Wednesday

2014 Honda Classic Photos: Wed. Pt. 1
2014 Honda Classic Photos: Wed. Pt. 2
2014 Honda Classic Photos: Wed. Pt. 3

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2014 Honda Classic Photos: Thurs. Pt. 1
2014 Honda Classic Photos: Thurs. Pt. 2

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  1. Jeremy

    Mar 3, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Can someone identify the putter in photo 2 for me?

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Callaway launches new Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X, Superhot balls (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)

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“The ball that changed the ball” is back.

Callaway announced new Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X balls for 2018, as well as a retooled Superhot, which it is offering in some bold colorways.

Chrome Soft

Callaway promises innovation at every level with the new Chrome Soft. That starts with a new Graphene Dual SoftFast Core. The company touts the new Chrome Soft as a fast, soft, high launch, low spin ball. But let’s dig a little deeper.

According to Dr Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Callaway, Graphene is an “atomic-scale honeycomb lattice made of carbon atoms and was first produced in a laboratory at the University of Manchester in 2004 by Russian-born scientists, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who went on to be awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work.”

The material is stronger than diamond and 200 times stronger than steel, however, it’s also elastic and can be stretched a substantial amount. It sounds like Callaway thought the material was interesting and decided to see how to incorporate it into a golf ball, which is cool.

“We had to assess which part of our golf ball we could mix it with to get a strength advantage and where in the golf ball we would want it…We looked at various parts of the golf ball and the functions of each, and we quickly decided that if we were going to use a material that made any part of our golf ball substantially stronger it would be in the outer core, because its role is partly to allow the inner core to be soft. What we wanted to produce was an outer core that was much stronger, effectively a thinner but stronger ‘crash helmet’ for the inner core and that would allow us to make the inner core bigger.”

“If you think of this inner core as the engine of the golf ball, the inner of the new Chrome Soft is now bigger and softer because it is protected by the stronger outer core, which allows us to pump up the speed, pump up the spin-reducing characteristic of the soft core, and still retain the soft-feel benefits.”

Hocknell says the new Chrome Soft is similarly, well, soft to the original ball. However, feel around the green is crisper and there is a “clickier” sound on those shots. As expected, the new ball features higher ball speeds and lower spin on driver shots relative to the previous incarnation.

Chrome Soft balls are also available in yellow and Callaway’s Truvis pattern. $44.99/dozen.

Chrome Soft X

We’ll let Dr. Hocknell explain the reworking of Callaway’s tour ball for higher swing speeds.

“The X ball has undergone the bigger transformation of the two…In the new 2018 Chrome Soft X we have dramatically reduced its spin profile through the bag so, in many ways, it is similar to the standard Chrome Soft ball of 2017, but what you will find now is a firmer overall feel, while still retaining excellent spin properties around the green.”

“The differences between both golf balls are mostly focused on feel and then if you have a swing speed in the higher ranges – roughly 105mph and above – you might be an ideal candidate for the X, as its increased firmness will convert more driver head speed to ball speed, compared to standard Chrome Soft.”

Superhot

Callaway is also releasing a new version of its three-piece Superhot ball ($29.99/dozen). The new Superhot features improved aerodynamics for low drag and optimal lift, according to the company. Additionally, Callaway is introducing Superhot Bold colors in matte red, yellow, and orange.

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Titleist launches 2018 Scotty Cameron Select putters (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)

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Note: This story will be updated with in-hand photos from Demo Day as soon as possible.

Titleist has launched its new line of 2018 Scotty Cameron Select putters that have new “four-way sole balancing,” along with other refinements compared to its previous Select putters. Also, as we spotted earlier in January, the 2018 line includes a blast-from-the-past Laguna model.

The last full launch of Scotty Cameron Select putters came in 2016, with a line extension of mostly mallets that came in 2017. Now, the new 2018 line features seven new head shapes that include blades and mid-mallets.

Each of the new putters — Laguna, Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2.5 blades, Fastback and SquareBack mid-mallets, and a heel-shafted, mid-mallet Newport 3 — are made with multi-material constructions. As with the previous line of Select putters, the new putters have either 303 stainless steel face inlays or 6061 aircraft grade aluminum inlays, and stainless steel bodies.

According to Titleist, refinements have been made to sight, sound and feel for the 2018 Select line. Here’s what Titleist has to say about each of those improvement categories:

  • Sight: “Contours and sight cues were refined to enhance alignment opportunities and instill confidence. Scotty focused on thinning topline appearances by giving each a slightly rounder radius. Plumbing neck dimensions, edges and angles have been squared up for a cleaner look from address.”
  • Sound: “Improved sound and feel are the result of up to 30 percent more vibration dampening material connecting face inlays with putter bodies. The connecting screws are slightly larger to account for the increased material and the surface compression necessary to produce the softer sound, while preserving the feedback demanded by the best players in the world to aid in distance control and diagnosing mishits.”
  • Sole: “For the first time ever, Scotty has introduced a four-way balanced sole
    design for a faster setup and easier alignment at address. The balance point of each 2018 Select putter’s sole has been shifted forward to account for the weight of the shaft and grip and their impact related to how the putter sits at address. This results in a putter that sits perfectly square at address to promote easier alignment on virtually any lie.”

Scotty Cameron says that this line of putters, and the refinements that went into them, are a collection of everything he has learned through his years of putter making.

“Everything I’ve learned from refining and redesigning Newport-style putters over the last two decades has gone into this 2018 Select line,” said Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron. “I always strive to raise the bar by incorporating new materials, milling and manufacturing techniques. I’m at the point with the Select line of putters that now I’m hyper-focused on the finest details. Tour players pick up on things most people don’t but those details can make a big difference in how a putter performs.

Scotty Cameron also discusses the four-way sole balancing design, and how it’s made to help golfers find better alignment.

“We’ve reengineered the sole to account for the shaft and grip weight by actually moving metal in minute increments to help the putter align perfectly. I call it four-way sole balancing because we’ve balanced the putter from face to cavity, and from heel to toe.”

The putters, which will sell for $425 starting on March 23, have a raw, stainless finish that is bead-blasted. They come with two, customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights, and Black/Silver Matador mid-size grips.

Below is a more in-depth look at each of the putter models, as described by Titleist. See what GolfWRX members are saying about the putters in our forums.

  • Newport: The iconic “three-step” Newport shape was designed to sit evenly at address and enhanced with four-way balanced precision milling. Updated graphics extend Scotty’s iconic three red dot theme to the face heel and sole.
  • Newport 2 (right- and left-handed): With subtle refinements to topline radius milling, the Newport 2 appears slightly thinner from address for a Tour-preferred setup favored by the world’s top players.
  • Newport 2.5: The Newport 2.5 employs softer milling of the flare neck that provides players with 3?4 shaft offset and higher toe flow, while incorporating the line’s four-way sole balancing setup and improved vibration dampening material connecting the face to the body.
  • Newport 3 (right- and left-handed): The heel-shafted Newport 3 brings together a teardrop shaped design with high toe flow. Flange milling has been smoothed for more sculpted contours with updated four-way sole balancing and improved vibration dampening. A left-handed Newport 3 option joins the 2018 Select line, offering a heel-shafted, higher toe flow small mallet option to the line.
  • Laguna: Scotty’s newest, re-engineered Laguna brings back a popular head shape with 2018 Select line technology, including a mid-milled stainless steel face inlay, four-way balanced sole milling and improved vibration dampening technology.
  • Fastback: The 2018 Select Fastback features a single milled flange line giving it a cleaner, Tour-preferred look at address while allowing for more vibration dampening material to be placed between the sole and the flange of the putter. The 6061 aircraft grade aluminum face-sole inlay has been refined to allow for weight to be distributed to the perimeter of the putter head for enhanced forgiveness.
  • Squareback: Scotty’s 2018 Select Squareback has a milled sightline for a clean look at address. The milled line versus prior pop-through alignment allows for more vibration dampening material to be placed between the sole and the flange of the aircraft grade aluminum face-sole. This design also extends our multi-material methodology with softer contours, subtle shape refinements and a new face-sole configuration.
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Bud Cauley WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge (1/16/18).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Prototype

3 Wood: Titleist 915F 3+ (13.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila 80 Tour-X

Driving Iron: Titleist 718 AP3 (3 iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 AMT Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (4-9 iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Wedges: Titlest Vokey Sm7 (46-10F, 52-12F, 56-14F) Titleist Vokey Prototype (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T SSS-340
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol Grip

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