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Ecco Golf and Rick Shiels Collab on Special Edition Biom C4 Drop

Global footwear pioneers, ECCO GOLF, and the world’s biggest golf YouTuber, Rick Shiels, have dropped a special ‘RICK SHIELS’ EDITION BIOM C4, with Rick Shiels himself collaborating with ECCO Golf’s design team to create the model. 

Limited to just 500 pairs, the Rick Shiels edition of ECCO GOLF’s best-selling BIOM C4 captures the ECCO ambassador’s personality and style, without losing any of the unwavering comfort or performance properties of the original design.

Ecco Golf x Rick Shiels: Modern style with sporty comfort

Inspired by the colour palette for his popular golf YouTube channel and branding, this contemporary, sneaker-style hybrid shoe comes in white with red and black accents, and the design also incorporates Shiels’ logo on the heel and tongue. 

With its breathable comfort and innovative performance, this limited-edition shoe has the same functionality as the regular BIOM C4, which Shiels lauds as his favourite style from the current ECCO Golf collection.

“I’m thrilled to have joined forces with the ECCO GOLF design team to create this Special Edition version of the BIOM C4,” commented Shiels. “The design really reflects my individual style and passions, and I couldn’t have asked for a better model in which to showcase those aspects of my personality.

“I was lucky enough to visit ECCO GOLF HQ in Denmark earlier this year and witness first-hand everything that goes into designing and crafting every pair of shoes that the company makes – it was absolutely mind-blowing. I can’t wait to see my design come to life, and to be able to get the shoes out on the golf course!”

Rick Shiels presents his limited edition Ecco Biom C4 golf shoe. (Photo: Ecco Golf)

The technologies in the Ecco Biom C4 golf shoe

Shiels’ stylistic elements of the shoe are complemented by some of ECCO’s world renowned performance technologies, including 360-degree breathability and waterproofing provided by a GORE-TEX SURROUND construction, which is combined with the ECCO EXHAUST GRID that enables air ventilation towards the sole of the foot. 

Crafted from ECCO Performance Leather and a new, super-stretchy mesh sock, this hybrid is set on the progressive ECCO MTN GRIP outsole and is powered by BIOM® NATURAL MOTION® Technology. The limited edition golf shoe is available in men’s sizes: 39-48.

ECCO GOLF shoes are worn in competition around the world by Henrik Stenson, Thomas Bjørn, Erik van Rooyen, Lydia Ko, Alison Lee, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Freddy Schott, and Esther Henseleit, among others. For further information about ECCO GOLF, please visit golf.ecco.com.  

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WITB Scottie Scheffler 2024: The Winning Equipment

After an exciting final day, Scottie Scheffler secured his victory back at the Players Championship 2024. For the Masters Tournament 2024 and the RBC Heritage Scheffler continues to rely on TaylorMade and the new Spider Tour X putter, which his Tour colleague and TaylorMade staff player Rory McIlroy recommended to him in March.

WITB Scottie Scheffler 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (8°)

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3 wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15°)

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Driving Irons: Srixon ZU85 (3, 4)

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Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW)

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (50, 56)

Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Proto (60.5)

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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WITB: Nelly Korda Wins First Major and Fifth Consecutive Tournament

Once again, Nelly Korda came out on top, winning her first major title of the season and the fifth tournament in a row. At the LPGA Tour’s Chevron Championship 2024 Korda captured the win with two shots ahead of Swedens Maja Stark. A strong driver and 13 out of 18 greens in regulation secured her final round score of 69. This is her set of club choices by TaylorMade, helping her with this insane winning-streak.

WITB: Nelly Korda 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 Max (10.5°)

Nelly Korda on why she plays the Qi10 Max Driver: “The reason why I picked the Qi10 Max driver is the look of it compared to the other models. When I put it down and look at it I feel like I can hit any shot I want with the subtle blue face and silver topline. When I look down at it I feel like I can aim it really well and I know where the center of the clubface too. For a golfer, if you don’t like the look of the club, you’re never going to be able to it hit. Once I put the Qi10 Max down and teed it up, I feel like I could hit any shot I wanted to.”

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Woods: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (15°, 21°)

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Irons: TaylorMade P770 (5)

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Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (6-PW)

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Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 4 (50°,54°,60°)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Squareback 2 Proto

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Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

“Nelly was looking to bring the spin down, especially on her driver, so we did some testing in September,” said TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager Ressa. “We saw the benefits of TP5x in her driver and irons bringing the spin down a couple hundred RPMs. Then, around the greens, her launch on chips was a little bit lower and she generated more spin around the greens with TP5x than TP5. She produced a lot more check in a preferred trajectory coming off of the TP5x versus the TP5. She’s been happy with the ball ever since.” 

Text created with Quotes from TaylorMade Golf.

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Duca del Cosma Signs LPGA Tour Players to it’s Ambassador Team

Luxury Italian golf fashion brand Duca del Cosma has today announced the signing of LPGA Tour players Jasmine Suwannapura and Polly Mack to wear its latest premium handcrafted golf shoes on a global basis from this week. The new members of Team Duca will all be seen wearing the latest styles at The Chevron Championship in Texas this week and they join a growing list of Tour ambassadors that includes Major Winner and Solheim Cup star Georgia Hall, fellow LPGA Tour golfer Kelly Tan, plus six-time DP World Tour winner Joost Luiten and Dutch Tour professional Daan Huizing.

Duca del Cosma signs two LPGA Tour Players

“We’re thrilled to be supporting yet more top Tour players and believe our new ambassadors will help attract more women golfers to our distinctive golf shoe range offering unmatched performance and style,” said Frank van Wezel, Chairman of Duca del Cosma. “We’re so proud to be supporting all the players that make up Team Duca and we’ll be cheering our superstars on as the first women’s major of the year gets underway this week,” he added.

Three-time Tour winner Jasmine Suwannapura will be looking to add to her two top-10 finishes already this year and has selected the sporty Wildcat and vibrant Giordana shoes to depend upon throughout the season. The Thai star’s career highlights include wins at the 2018 Marathon Classic and 2019 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on the LPGA Tour, 2013 Hero Indian Women’s Open on the Ladies European Tour, plus a 2 nd place finish at the 2020 AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon.

Promising talent Polly Mack turned pro two years ago after an impressive Amateur career that saw her represent the University of Alabama Crimson Tide women’s golf team between 2019 and 2022. The 24-year-old German went on to secure both her LPGA Tour and LET cards in an impressive rookie season where she achieved a T3 finish at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational with an top scoring average of 65 over four rounds. Mack has also chosen to wear the chic Giordana shoe during her busy playing schedule.

Duca del Cosma supports Korn Ferry Tour players

The brand will also be supporting Australian Brett Drewitt and American Evan Harmeling on the Korn Ferry Tour for the forthcoming season as both players look to secure their playing rights on the PGA Tour for next year. Drewitt has two professional wins to his name including most recently the Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS in 2020, while Harmeling captured the Savannah Golf Championship in the same year to secure his first Tour victory. “Brett and Evan are making great strides in their playing careers and we’re delighted to play a part in both their journeys. We can’t wait to see even more Duca del Cosma shoes being worn on Tour this year and we’ll be rooting for Team Duca each week,” added van Wezel.

Duca del Cosma sells its premium shoes in more than 40 different countries and operates from four offices around the world – The Netherlands (HQ), the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa.

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Ogio Presents New Premium Golf Bag Range

Taking inspirations from the aerodynamic lines and details of a luxury sports car, the Shadow is the latest addition to Ogio’s portfolio. The new bag combines modern design with a timeless aesthetic, including a perforated hip pad for maximum comfort and a magnetic pocket for accessories. To personalize the luxurious look of the bag, golfers have the choice of four different color options – the classic “White”, the silver-coloured “Moon”, the rich blue “Earth” and the sleek black “Midnight”.

Ogio presents new Shadow Bag for the 2024 season

In line with the philosophy that has made Ogio one of golf’s leading manufacturers, Shadow bags are exclusively crafted with premium materials to ensure maximum durability and performance. Michael Birch, sales and marketing manager, said: “The Shadow Bag has been a real passion project for us and something we’re very excited about adding to our portfolio. Creating something that is so aesthetically unique – without compromising the high standards of quality, performance and longevity that we hold all of our bag to – has been an incredibly rewarding journey for our brand and feels like the next step in our evolution as a manufacturer.”

The new Shadow Bags. (Source: Azalea Group)

The launch of the new Shadow Bags is set to continue the brand’s recent hot streak of market-shifting and eye-catching new ranges – including the chic Ogio Rise collection and a new wave of the popular Alpha Backpack, both of which debuted last year. It has been an eventful start to 2024 for Ogio, who unveiled an array of new golf accessories in January and a first-ever range of lightweight carry bags to be launched in Europe in February – the hugely popular Fuse.

 
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Owned by Callaway Golf Company, OGIO sits alongside a portfolio of global brands, including Odyssey, Topgolf, Toptracer, TravisMathew and Jack Wolfskin.

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TaylorMade Golf Introduces Team TaylorMade Junior Set

TaylorMade Golf introduces the Team TaylorMade Junior set, the results of extensive research and engineering by the same engineers that design equipment for Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Nelly Korda. The Team TaylorMade Junior Set is unisex and was designed to be offered in three different sets by age groups of 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

TaylorMade: Exclusive content from the World’s best Golfers

Team TaylorMade athletes and ambassadors created exclusive content for juniors available to those who purchase the Team TaylorMade Junior Set. Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwoodand Brooke Henderson, as well as brand ambassadors Gabby Golf Girl, Chris Trott and Grant Horvat help unlock the secrets of the game with tips, tricks and drills to help junior golfers jumpstart their golf journeys.

The Team TaylorMade Junior Set is unisex and available for three different age groups. (Photo: TaylorMade Golf)

This makes the set a blend of introductory golf content for parents looking to get their kids into the game of golf, while also being a high performing product specifically designed for different age groups.

Junior Equipment designed with a purpose

Led by a 400cc 17° Titanium driver with a large flexible face and a low Centre of Gravity (CG) designed for maximum distance and forgiveness, each club in the set is built to allow for proper fundamentals to be developed from an early age. The set has the appropriate weight, length and loft to avoid poor technique arising from having to counteract for improper equipment.

The Team TaylorMade Junior Set 1 Driver. (Photo: TaylorMade Golf)

Fairways and hybrids feature a low-profile face, ample loft and low CG to make the clubs as easy to hit as possible. Team TaylorMade Junior Set irons and wedges are both designed for high launch and playability. The irons are equipped with TaylorMade’s inverted conetechnology seen in Qi Irons featuring a flexible face and lightweight components.

The Team TaylorMade Junior Set 3 Wedge. (Photo: TaylorMade Golf)

Compared to P·Series irons at 270g, the TaylorMade Junior Set heavy 7-iron is 248g and the light 7-iron is 205g. The TaylorMade Junior Set putter measures 315g compared to the average TP Collection Blade at 350g.

The Team TaylorMade Junior Set 3 7-iron. (Photo: TaylorMade Golf)

The bag and headcover colours are blue and white with the Team TaylorMade Junior Set logo. The stand bag itself is water and stain resistant with a large ball pocket, water bottleholder and adjustable double strap to make it easy to carry.

The Team TaylorMade Junior Set 2 Bag. (Photo: TaylorMade Golf)

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The Masters Tournament 2024: Tony Finau With Unusual Equipment Choice

When looking at Tony Finau’s golf bag, some long-established Masters Tournament fans might be reminded of an edition 18 years ago. Back then, in 2006, Phil Mickelson won his second green jacket at Augusta National. And he did so with a special set of clubs. Like Finau this year, “Lefty” relied on two drivers back then.

The reason behind Tony Finau’s unusual bag at the Masters Tournament 2024

The explanation for this “double lotto” in Finau’s bag is relatively simple. During his tournament preparation, the American realised that he could only use his 3-wood on a single hole (hole 8) and set about looking for an alternative. The solution presented itself in the form of a second driver. In addition to the Ping G430 LST with 7.75 degrees of loft, Finau will be adding another Ping G430 LST to his bag for the Masters Tournament 2024, but this one has around 9 degrees of loft and a shaft that is three-quarters of an inch shorter. According to Ping, Finau can use it for his tee shot on five holes (holes 2, 7, 10, 14 and 17). The driver is also more forgiving than the comparable 3-wood and even with the higher loft, the long hitter still manages 300 yards or 275 metres.

Putter patent for Tony Finau

Although not in his tournament bag, Tony Finau now uses a specially designed putter for training rounds at home. Together with his equipment supplier Ping, Finau has designed a prototype that fulfils his special requirements. The American relies on his putter particularly for short shots from the first cut around the greens and turns it 90 degrees for these shots so that he catches the ball with the heel. The new putter is said to have a cube shape, placing the weight directly behind the golf ball. The patent, which was presented on Wednesday ahead of the Masters Tournament 2024, features Finau himself as well as Tony Serrano, Head of Putter Design at Ping, and CEO John A. Solheim.

“When Tony turns his putter over and hits a putt with the toe, all the mass is directly behind the ball,” Serrano said. “So he came to us and said, ‘How can we make a putter that has some of these feelings and attributes and sounds that I get when I turn this putter over?’”

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WITB Jon Rahm: The Equipment for the Masters Tournament 2024

Last years Masters Tournament Champion Jon Rahm returns to Augusta National. In his golfbag is an array of old and new club from his longterm partner Callaway. With the new Ai Smoke series and the new Chrome Tour golf ball Rahm trusts the 2024 innovations coming from Callaway in Augusta National.

WITB Jon Rahm at the Masters Tournament 2024

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Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke (10.5°)

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Fairways Woods: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (16° and 18°)

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Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4)

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Callaway Apex TCB (5-PW) 

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Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (52-10, 56-12, 60-10)

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Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Rossie S 

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Ball: Callaway Chrome Tour X 

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WITB Rory McIlroy: The Equipment for the Masters Tournament 2024

Rory McIlroy attempts his 16th run for a Masters Tournament victory and the completion of his career Grand Slam. Take a look at the equipment of the Northern Irishman for the first major of the 2024 season. As always McIlroy trusts his longterm sponsor TaylorMade from driver to golf ball.

WITB Rory McIlroy at the Masters Tournament 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (9°)

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3 wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15°, 18°)

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Driving Irons: TaylorMade Stealth UDI (16°)

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Irons: TaylorMade P760 (4)

Irons: TaylorMade P730 Rors Proto (5-9)

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Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 (46, 50, 54, 60)

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

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Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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WITB Akshay Bhatia 2024: Victory with Callaway and Odyssey

The 22 year old Akshay Bhatia secured his top spot on the leaderboard early on. But in a stunning final round Denny McCarthy closed Bhatias lead and forced a playoff. But Bhatia stayed cool and secured his second PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open 2024. In his Bag is a mix of Callaway Classics and new models of the 2023/24 season.

Akshay Bhatia WITB fpr April 2024

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Max LS (9°)

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3-wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max (15°)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW prototype (19°)

Utility iron: Callaway X Forged UT (21°)

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Irons: Callaway Apey TCB Raw (5-PW)

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Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (50, 54, 60°)

Putter: Odyssey Versa Jailbird 360

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Golf ball: Callaway Chrome Tour