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Nike releases three limited-edition Masters golf shoes

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Now is the time of the year when things start turning green in the golf world. Many golf courses across the Midwest and Northeast are finally shedding the remnants of the winter’s snow, and with Masters week only 11 days away the final rush of Augusta-inspired gear is hitting the shelves at golf retailers.

One of the most sought after Masters-inspired products for this year could be Nike’s limited-edition Lunar Control, Lunar Clayton and TW ’14 golf shoes.

“Last year we released a limited edition version of the TW’ 13, and it was a huge success,” says Lee Walker, Nike Golf Footwear Product Director. “For 2014, we wanted to expand that unique offering to include three of our most popular models – the TW’ 14, Lunar Control and Lunar Clayton – featuring an infusion of color in a trio of powerful yet understated designs.”

Understated is the key word. The limited-edition Lunar Control ($160), Lunar Clayton ($250) and TW ’14 ($180) pay homage to the season’s first major without going overboard, which is easy to do with Augusta green and yellow. While buyers will likely save the limited-edition shoes for special occasions, their white uppers and tasteful green accents make them a potential everyday option.

Nike athletes will be sporting the shoes at Augusta, but golfers who live in colder climates might want to keep them in the box until their courses dry up. Plenty of things look good with Augusta green, but mud stains are not one of them.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Dave Gebhardt

    Mar 31, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Look like poorly made Etonic running shoes from the ’80’s. Sorry but golf shoes are golf shoe and track shoes are track shoes. I have trouble with students all the time because “track” shoes have poor lateral and linear support. Maybe the reason Tiger’s back has become an issue.

    • marcus cunningham

      Apr 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Lol, seriously Dave? Nike is the leading producer of shoes in the world. I’m pretty sure they have a good idea as to how to put a quality shoe together. Tiger is highly specific as to what he wanted out of his shoe. And if you try them on, they fit like a glove and feel awesome. Nike shoes provide me with great stability compared to the Adidas that I tried. I’m not going to sit here and say that Nike’s quality is the best, compared to a FootJoy, for example, but my experience with Nike golf shoes has been very good.

      Is Kobe’s ankle injury a result of his shoes too?

  2. Rich

    Mar 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Just pulled the trigger on the Lunar Control. Will be my third pair of those shoes. Really enjoy them. Plus my knee’s don’t swell after walking 18 (tore acl three years ago.)which I can’t say about a lot of shoes.

    • Blair

      Mar 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I tore my ACL a few years back also and have been having trouble with swelling. Did you put an insert in the shoes or wear them out of the box? trying to find a shoe that helps with swelling after a round.

      • Jerret

        Mar 28, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Gents, if you’re experiencing swelling with your ACL’s after golf, you aren’t doing enough IMO off the course to ensure that doesn’t happen. I have had 2 full reco’s on both knees over the last 5 years on mine, and have no issues at all with golf. At least once per week I knock out the rowing machine for 45 minutes and then the gym day consists of controlled squats, extension, hamstring curls, weighted hip swings, lunges, leg press and calf raises. I would highly recommend working on both and you won’t experience any swelling. Also club-head speed is 107-110mph with no issues stabilizing…

  3. HD

    Mar 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Disagree, the Claytons look like they belong in boogie nights. Pushing towards the Latin audience imo

    • Jack

      Mar 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Hahahaha wow, comments like these show you how ignorant our work really is.

      • Jack

        Mar 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

        World***

      • HD

        Mar 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

        Reading Jack’s comment as “I disagree with you and am outraged at your opinion!”

    • Jerret

      Mar 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Absolutely bush-league and ignorant. You clearly are an idiot and have ZERO sense of style…stick to what you know…whatever that may be.

      • HD

        Mar 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Oh you guys are all right now I see how wrong i am! The Claytons would look great with my orange puma pants white belt and painter’s hat! I love dressing like a douche!

  4. Sam

    Mar 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I just noticed that the Lunar Claytons don’t have spikes? Is that odd? They are a great looking shoe, but why no spikes?

    • Billy

      Mar 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      From Nike’s website, don’t know if it will answer your question or not?

      “A molded rubber outsole (Integrated Traction) makes the Nike Lunar Clayton a versatile, wearable shoe both on and off the golf course. “

    • PBGS

      Mar 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

      They were originally made as “Teaching Shoes” is what I was told by a nike rep

  5. Billy

    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Ordered TW and Lunar Clayton;s

  6. Jordan

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Those Lunar Clayton’s are the best looking shoes in golf

  7. R

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Those Lunar Claytons are BEAUTIFUL

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Jimmy Walker spotted testing a Titleist prototype driver?

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As spotted by GolfWRX Forum Member “anthony007,” Jimmy Walker was shown on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive hitting an unidentified driver at the Warrior Open.

In anthony007’s forum post, along with the photo, he asks the question “Is this a new Driver from Titleist?”

Well, it’s hard to tell from the grainy photo exactly what the driver says on the sole. But then Jimmy Walker himself posted on Twitter saying: “Great catch! Its always fun to test new prototypes and the [Titleist on Tour] guys have given me some cool toys to play with that are incredible – but unfortunately I can’t talk about them yet!”

While the response is a bit cryptic, it does seem that Walker confirms he was indeed testing a Titleist prototype driver.

What do you think?

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the photo.

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UNLV Rebels WITB: 2018 NCAA Men’s Championship

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The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Men’s Golf team is participating in the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 25-30. Representing the Mountain West Conference, the team is led by Head Coach Dwaine Knight.

To see the team’s full roster, click here

Below, we highlight the clubs and shafts that each of the players on the team are using at the championship.

Shintaro Ban

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Callaway Epic (20 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Steel 115

Irons: Callaway X Forged (4 and 5 iron), Callaway Apex MB (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Fourteen RM Raw wedge (50, 55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50 and 55), S400 (60)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 7S

Harry Hall

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917 F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

5 Wood: Titleist 917 F2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (3-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 120X

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Putter: Evenroll ER5 Hatchback (36.5 inches)

Jack Trent

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX

Hybrid: Titleist H2 818 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: Titleist T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5R
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 (35 inches)

Justin Kim

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 8TX

Driving Iron: Titleist 712U (3 iron)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS $-Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm6 (50, 54 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Justin Chong

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

5 Wood: Ping G30
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: TaylorMade M1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD 85X

Irons: Miura CB-57 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-09 F Grind and 58-08 M Grind)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey V-Line Fang O-Works

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Garrick Higgo

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 60X 120MS

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Black 70 TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 85H X-Flex

Driving Iron: Titleist TMB (2, 3 and 4 iron)
Shaft: KBS C-Taper 130X

Irons: Titleist AP2 (5-PW, GW)
Shafts: KBS C -Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Matte Black (55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 130X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X7M Black Tour Only

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Spotted: New Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI shaft

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The official Tour launch of the Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI shaft is this week at the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial, and we were able to snap a few photos on the range. MSI stands for millions of pounds per square inch, and basically, it refers to how stiff the fiber is — the higher the number, the greater stiffness it has.

Headed to retail later this summer, according to Aldila, the lower-launching, lower-spinning Rogue Silver 130 MSI is the successor to the Rogue Silver 125 MSI.

Per the company, the new Rogue Silver 130 MSI will feature the same tapered butt-counter-balanced design as the 125. The stronger 130 MSI carbon fiber produces slightly lower torque, however, and is the strongest material in a Rogue shaft to date.

Several Tour pros have already made the switch to the new shaft:

  • Jimmy Walker put the 70 TX in his driver for the first time at The Players. He had been gaming the 80 TX in his fairway wood since the Masters.
  • Kevin Chappell has been playing the 80 TX in both his 3 and 5-woods.
  • Martin Flores has put the 70 TX in his driver
  • Chez Reavie put the 60 TX in his driver at the Masters.

We’ll bring you more details as they become available closer to launch. Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the new shaft in our forums.

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