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Callaway signs Ryo Ishikawa to multi-year deal

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Callaway has signed 10-time Japanese Tour winner Ryo Ishikawa to a multi-year deal that includes equipment, apparel, hats, gloves and footwear.

Ishikawa, 21, was previously signed to Yonex. The Saitama, Japan native is one of golf’s most promising young talents, becoming the youngest golfer to win a men’s tournament on the Japan Golf Tour at the age of 15. Ishikawa turned professional in 2008, and in 2009 became the youngest golfer ever to be ranked in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings (he is currently ranked No. 75 in the world).

“I am very happy to join the Callaway team,” Ishikawa said. “I believe the wonderful innovation and support Callaway gives to its many great staff players with help me grow as I compete on the PGA Tour this year.”

Ishikawa will likely play Callaway’s Razr Fit Xtreme driver, X Hot Pro 15-degree 3 wood, 18-degree X Utility Prototype, 2013 X Forged irons, X Forged wedges and HEX Black golf ball, as well as an Odyssey putter that he has used throughout his career. More information will be added about Ishikawa’s equipment as it becomes available. 

Ishikawa officially became a member of the PGA Tour in March 2012, and played 18 events on the PGA Tour last year. He make the cut in 10 tournaments, earning $727,051. His best finishes came at the Farmers Insurance Open, the Puerto Rico Open, and Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, where he finished T13, 2nd and T9, respectively. His best finish in a major came at the 2011 Masters, where he finished T20.

Ishikawa announced in March 2011 that he would donate his entire 2011 tour earnings, plus an additional 100,000 yen for every birdie he made, to Japanese earthquake relief efforts.

“Ryo is an exciting, young international talent who has proven he can compete and win at the highest level,” said Chip Brewer, president and CEO of Callaway Golf. “And not only is he an accomplished golfer, Ryo is an extraordinary and generous young man. We are proud that he has chosen our products for their exceptional performance, and we are excited to welcome Ryo to Team Callaway.”

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  1. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    It’s a good arrangement up for Callaway to the raise the profile of the brand.

    Ryo is huge in Japan and the country love their golf. His profile alone will give Callaway plenty of exposure and hopefully get more people playing golf.

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Driver/shaft combinations of the 5 longest hitters on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s longest golfers use to bomb their tee shots? Now that the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season on hold, we can do a thorough examination.

Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2019-2020, the specifics of their drivers, shafts and how far their average tee shots flew.

5. Sergio Garcia

Driver: TaylorMade SIM
Loft: 9.0 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX
Grip: SuperStroke S-Tech
Average driving distance: 316.6 yards

4. Bubba Watson

Driver: Ping G410 Plus
Loft: (9 degrees @ 6.8)
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X AKA Project X Bubba Watson Prototype
Grip: Ping 703 Gold
Average driving distance: 318.6 yards

3. Cameron Champ

Driver: Ping G410 LST (9.5 degrees)
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 TX
Grip: Custom Lamkin Black 58R
Average driving distance: 319.8 yards

2. Rory McIlroy

Driver: TaylorMade SIM
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Average driving distance: 320.2 yards

1. Bryson DeChambeau 

Driver: Cobra King LTD Pro
Loft: 8 degrees
Shaft: L.A. Golf B.A.D. Prototype 75 TX
Grip: JumboMax JMX UltraLite
Average driving distance: 321.6 yards

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best hybrids that cost sub $100

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best 4/5 hybrids from the last few seasons that can be picked up for sub $100. WRXer ‘jadedennill’ asks fellow members for their thoughts on the best models and options and WRXers oblige with plenty of suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • hoosier84: “I would suggest the Cobra F7 4/5 hybrid. It’s adjustable and seems less susceptible to hooks that other hybrids that I have used.”
  • wgpinc: “Callaway X2 Hot. I like mine a lot.”
  • Whit1969: “Titleist 818 hands down. Do some searching, and you can find them at $100 or less.”
  • Golf64: “Ping, Cobra, Cally are where I would look. Easier to launch.”
  • Bridges: “Honma hybrids do not get much love, but they are fantastic and cheap.”

Entire Thread: “Best hybrids for sub $100 from the last few seasons?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about different face angles for drivers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing different face angles for drivers and the benefits of an open, closed and square driver face. WRXer ‘BNgolf70’ asks which face angle is most popular amongst fellow members and why, and WRXers have been having their say in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • gvogel: “I happen to like a slightly closed face. I also happen to like to play a draw.”
  • NoTalentLefty: “Open . Severe dislike for closed face clubs. Looks unnatural.”
  • St Jimmy: “I have a tendency to grip strong with my woods, so for that reason, an open face usually has a pretty straight ball flight for me. I tend to hook closed faced clubs.”
  • retrogolfer36: “I prefer square. My normal driver flight is a slight fade, so I try to start the ball on the left side of the fairway and let it fade back to the middle or to the right side of the fairway. With a closed face driver, I get pulls, and with an open face driver, my fade becomes a slice.”
  • Tar_Heel_93: “Slightly open face works best for me. Square face is ok, closed doesn’t work.”

Entire Thread: “Open, closed, or square face driver?”

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