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Kevin Na signs equipment deal with Callaway; Gary Woodland to Wilson?

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As always at this time of year, speculation and interest around the equipment changes of Tour professionals are rife. This week, however, any rumors surrounding Kevin Na’s future were put to bed, with the two-time winner on the PGA Tour revealing that he had signed with Callaway Golf.

Na had played the majority of 2018 without a club deal, after breaking his equipment ties with Titleist at the beginning of last year. However, the 35-year-old had been spotted during 2018 using Callaway’s Epic driver and sported a big smile when revealing his new deal with Callaway this week on Instagram. According to Titleist, Rose will continue to play the Pro V1x ball.

Na joins Justin Rose, who confirmed his switch to Honma this week, in being one of the first high profile players to announce their latest equipment deal for 2019.

The rumor mill continues to spin with regards to other players, and a post from the PGA Tour’s Instagram account showing Gary Woodland at this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions wearing a Wilson Golf hat suggests that the 35-year-old may well be one of the next few in line to reveal his latest move.

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That first round of the year feeling. ????

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Woodland experimented with a set of Wilson prototype blades at last month’s Hero World Challenge and judging by the shot taken of him in Kapalua this week; the clubs impressed Woodland.

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  1. Jokes Slinger

    Jan 2, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    And Tiger will play with other players wives.

  2. Tom Stevens

    Jan 2, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Na will continue to play the Pro V1. The story says Rose

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Jimmy Walker spotted testing L.A.B. Blade, graphite putter shaft at Valspar Championship

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The putting green at a PGA Tour event is always full of interesting things as players get ready for the week ahead, and this week at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, is no different.

One of the biggest trends in golf is technology-packed graphite shafts for putters, and we continue to see them in more players’ bags week after week. Louis Oosthuizen had a BGT Stability Tour in play last week at the Zurich Classic, and this week, we spotted 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker working with a L.A.B. Blade putter fitted with an LA Golf Shafts Prototype graphite putter shaft.

Although we don’t have the specs of the exact shaft Jimmy is using, LA Golf shafts are well recognized as being one of the leaders in creating ultra-stable graphite shafts for the tour’s biggest hitter Bryson DeChambeau, who not only uses their Texas Rebar shafts in his irons but also a specially designed shaft for hit putter too.

As for Jimmy, this is an interesting move since one of the bright spots of his 2021 stats is his putter where he currently ranks 40th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting.

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Bridgestone launches special First Tee edition e6 ball

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Bridgestone Golf has launched a special First Tee edition e6 golf ball, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf.

The special First Tee edition ball is available now exclusively through PGA Tour Superstore and comes in both white and optic yellow color codes.

“We’re very pleased to offer this special First Tee edition e6, exclusively at PGA Tour Superstore. For decades, First Tee has done very fine work, helping young people learn and grow through the game of golf, building strong individuals and communities. It is an honor to create a dedicated product where the proceeds from the sales will bolster their charitable endeavors.” – Dan Murphy, President and CEO, Bridgestone Golf

As a reminder, the e6 is the longest-running model in Bridgestone’s current lineup. The latest model, new for 2021, features a larger, softer core in design for a more responsive feel added distance for moderate swing speed players.

The new design, which is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a very soft feel at impact, retails for $21.99 per dozen.

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Adidas unveils new Stan Smith golf shoe in classic colorway

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Adidas Golf is bringing the classic Stan Smith colorway to the course, with the new unmistakable white and green golf shoe.

Building upon the new PimeGreen upper made with high-performance recycled materials1 as part of Adidas’ mission to End Plastic Waste, this version is also waterproof (one-year warranty) to help keep golfers dry both on and off the course.

The new Stan Smith golf shoe features a PU cushioning in targeted areas in the midsole to go alongside a PU die-cut sockliner in a bid to provide maximum comfort.

The shoe also contains an adiwear spikeless outsole that features lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design, offering some added traction for all course conditions to go along with their style.

“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the original white and green colorway was a must-have as part of our planning. The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we’re excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course, now in a more sustainable way.” – Masun Denison, global footwear director, Adidas Golf.

As an ode to the traditions of the past, Adidas has also included a removable white kiltie to provide players another way to wear their shoes and give off some added flair for their round.

This classic white and green colorway of the Stan Smith Golf will be available on adidas.com, through the Adidas app, and at select retail partners worldwide beginning Saturday, May 1.

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