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United Arab Emirates Air Force

Aerial warfare branch of the United Arab Emirates' military

United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence
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Badge of the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence

Founded1968; 53 years ago (1968)
Country United Arab Emirates
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Aerial defence
Size552 aircraft [1]
Part ofUAE Armed Forces
Vice Marshal Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi
RoundelRoundel of the United Arab Emirates.svgRoundel of the United Arab Emirates – Low Visibility – Type 1.svg
Fin flashFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svgFin Flash of the United Arab Emirates – Low Visibility.svg
FighterF-16 Fighting Falcon, Mirage 2000
HelicopterCH-47, Bell 214, Bell 412, AS 350, AS 550, AS 565, Puma, Super Puma, AS 365
Attack helicopterAH-64D, UH-60M
ReconnaissanceDash 8MMA, CN-235MPA, Raytheon Sentinel
TrainerHawk, MB-339, PC-7, PC-21,, G 115, Alenia Aermacchi M-346
TransportC-130 Hercules, CN-235, Cessna 208, C-17 Globemaster III, Airbus A330 MRTT

Military unit

The United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) (Arabic: القوات الجوية والدفاع الجوي الاماراتي‎, romanized: al-Quwwāt al-Jawiyah wa al-Defa' al-Jawiy al-ʾImārāty) is the air force of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), part of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. Its predecessor was established in 1968, when the Emirates were still under British rule. Since then, it has undergone a continual reorganisation and expansion in terms of both capability and numbers of aircraft. Currently, the UAEAF has around 4,000 personnel and operates approximately 538 fixed wing and rotorcraft.


The UAEAF's history starts in May 1968, with the formation of an Air Wing of the Abu Dhabi Defence Force (ADDF) under British rule. Its key roles being to provide both a transport service and a ground attack support capability for ADDF land forces.[2] Major investment in the early 1970s assured an expansion in terms of capabilities, quality and quantity of aircraft.[3] It also led to the renaming of the Air Wing to the ADDF Air Force in 1972. Training and instruction was provided by the Pakistan Air Force. During the 1973 Arab-Israel War (6-25 October 1973), the ADDF Air Force's Caribous served as air ambulances in Jordan.[4]

The Emirate of Dubai maintained its own air component, the Dubai Defence Force Air Wing, until 1999, when the two were effectively merged to become what is now the United Arab Emirates Air Force. Although the integration of the two independent forces has been complete, a small degree of autonomy exists at the operational command level, with the Western Air Command being headquartered in Abu Dhabi and the Central Air Command in Dubai.[3]

Since the 1980s, a combination of regional instability and high oil prices has resulted in an ambitious modernisation of the UAEAF, with the goal of attaining a level of capability matching the highest NATO standards.[3]

In the 1991 Gulf War, the UAE helped other countries by carrying out airstrikes against Iraqi forces.

In 2014, the UAE Air Force along with the Egyptian Air Force carried out airstrikes in Libya against Islamist factions in Tripoli.[5][6][7]

In September 2014, UAE Air Force aircraft joined in US-led air strikes against terrorist targets in Syria and Iraq that later became known as Operation Inherent Resolve. These operations were suspended after a Jordanian pilot was captured by Islamic State militants in late December 2014; pending improvements in US search and rescue capabilities in the region.

In 2015, UAE Air Force dropped bombs on ISIS targets in Syria. One of them was Major Mariyam Al Mansouri, the first female UAE Air Force pilot.[8]

The UAE military is also part of the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.

Personnel and training[edit]

The UAEAF consists of about 4,000 personnel.[9]

In the 1970s and 80s, the UAEAF was instructed by Pakistan Air Force pilots on Dassault Mirage 5s, the backbone of the UAEAF at the time. Even today, many of the personnel are ex-Pakistan Air Force officers and technicians.[citation needed] Most of the flying instructors at Al Ain are from Pakistan, training pilots using Grob G 115, Pilatus PC-7, Aermacchi MB-339, and BAE Hawk 63 aircraft. A few officers of No. 12 Squadron (Hawk 102) at Al Minhad Air Base, are also from the Pakistan Air Force. Some of these officers are on deputation (active service), but most are on civilian contracts with the Air Force Headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Numerous officers of other nationalities have also trained UAE pilots, among them Pakistanis, Moroccans, Canadians, Jordanians, and South Africans.

Women have started training as pilots. The first batch consisted of engineers given approval for flight training. So far, only three women have become actual fighter pilots and one a transport pilot. One woman pilot was grounded due to an ejection from a training flight in a Hawk 63. Instructors at Al Dhafra Air Base are now mainly from the US, as the UAEAF has retired its Mirage 5s in favour of F-16s.

Currently there are five main air bases operational, split between the Western and Central Air Command. The Special Operations Command has its own airbase and operates a wide range of helicopters.

Candidates apply to the Khalifa bin Zayed Air College, which is located at the Al Ain International Airport in Al Ain. They first go through a rigorous schedule of academics (Basic Level: Military Sciences), fitness and officer training. Those who are selected as cadets then start the second phase of academics: Flight Sciences (Aeronautical Science). Cadets who pass the assessment period of the second phase are designated aviation cadets and start flight training. The first aircraft cadets get to fly is the Grob G115 TA. Those who qualify then go on to fly the Pilatus PC-7. On this aircraft, they learn the basics of flying, take-off and landing techniques and procedures followed by a bit of aerobatics. Following the Primary Flying Course is the Basic Flight Course, piloting the Hawk 63. Graduates are graded and assigned accordingly to one of three options: the Advanced Strike course at Minhad on the Hawk 102 aircraft, transport aircraft, and helicopters. At Minhad, the new pilots learn Basic Fighters Manoeuvres, drop bombs and learn to fly cross-country to a neighbouring country, commonly Bahrain or Kuwait. Upon completion of the Advanced Strike course, officers are selected either for the F-16 (Block 60) or the Dassault Mirage 2000-9, both at Al Dhafra AB. A few pilots are selected to learn to fly the F-16 with the United States Air Force's 162d Fighter Wing in Tucson, Arizona.


2007 marked the culmination of the largest procurement programmes ever undertaken by the UAE Air Force, with the final deliveries of the 80 F-16E/F Block 60 "Desert Falcons" and approximately 60 upgraded Mirage 2000-9, giving the air force a considerable multirole capability.[10] These two investments represented a total expenditure of around $10 billion, with additional money spent on infrastructure and logistics.[3] A $6.4 billion contract with Lockheed Martin for the supply and support of the 80 F-16s was signed in March 2000, while a $3.4 billion deal for the purchase of 30 new Mirage 2000-9 and retrofitting of the 33 older UAE Mirage 2000s was signed earlier in 1998.[11] Missiles were also purchased: 160 AGM-88 HARMs, 1,000 or more AGM-65 Mavericks, about 500 AIM-120 AMRAAMs, 270 AIM-9 Sidewinders and 52 AGM-84 Harpoons.[11] In November 2017, the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces announced their intention to sign a contract with Dassault Aviation for the upgrade of its Mirage 2000-9 aircraft. French newspaper La Tribune reported the modernization would cost roughly €300 million.[12]

After a competition between the BAE Hawk, KAI T-50 Golden Eagle and Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master, the UAEAF announced the acquisition of 48 trainer and light attack aircraft, with the first deliveries to take place in 2012.[13] The other training types that are thought to be near replacement are the 30 Pilatus PC-7s and five Aermacchi MB-339s serving with the Air Academy at Al Ain.[14] The MB-339 is also in use with the UAEAF flight display team, Al Fursan.[15]

The UAEAF has operated 20 IAR 330 Puma helicopters since the late 1970s. These have been recently upgraded to the IAR-330SM standard by IAR Ghimbav in Romania in cooperation with Eurocopter.[16] These aircraft, supplemented by a further ten ex-South African Air Force reworked SA-330s, are expected to remain in service for at least 15 years.[17] Although no replacement for the Puma fleet is required in the immediate future, the force will be supplemented by 26 SikorskyUH-60M Battlehawks, with 390 AGM-114N Hellfire II missiles.[18] 30 AH-64A Apache helicopters were modernised as well, to the AH-64D Longbow standard, and a dozen Eurocopter Fennecs were recently acquired for special forces use.[14]

The most important facility of the UAEAF is the Al Dhafra Air Base, with almost the entire fighter aircraft fleet located there. However, in order to prevent all of the air defence and strike assets being located at a single base, a $1 billion, completely new facility has been constructed deep in the Abu Dhabi desert,[3] near the border corner with Saudi Arabia and Oman, near Al Gharbia, housing at least one Mirage 2000 unit. Al-Safran is believed to have opened between around 2008.[19] It is 3,000 m long and has aircraft parking nearly the same size as in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. A 4,000 m runway at Al-Safran Air Base was built around 2008.[19]


As of 2008, the structure of the United Arab Emirates Air Force is as follows:[17]

Western Air Command - HQ at Abu Dhabi[edit]

  • Fighter Wing - Al Dhafra Air Base
    • 1st Shaheen Squadron - F-16E/F Block 60 Desert Falcon
    • 2nd Shaheen Squadron - F-16E/F Desert Falcon
    • 3rd Shaheen Squadron - F-16E/F Desert Falcon
    • 71st Fighter Squadron - Mirage 2000-9EAD/DAD
    • 76th Fighter Squadron - Mirage 2000-9EAD/DAD
    • 86th Fighter Squadron - Mirage 2000-9EAD/DAD (Al Safran Air Base)

Central Air Command - HQ at Dubai[edit]

  • Al Minhad Air Base (helicopter base)
    • 102nd CAS Squadron - BAE Hawk Mk.102
    • Transport Squadron - C-130H-30, L-100-30 Hercules
    • Special electronic missions Squadron Saab 340 AEW&C
    • Air-to-air refueling Squadron Airbus A330 MRTT
  • Dubai International Airport (transport aircraft)

Special Operations Command - HQ at Abu Dhabi[edit]

Army Command - HQ at Abu Dhabi[edit]

  • 10th Army Aviation Brigade - Al Dhafra AB - AS.550C3 Fennec and AH-64A Apache


Current inventory[edit]

A Lockheed C-130H Hercules

Joint Air Command[edit]


Previous aircraft operated by the Air Force were the Dassault Mirage 5, Boeing 707, Aeritalia G.222, CASA C-212, SF.260T, Alouette III, SA 342 Gazelle, Bölkow Bo 105, Bell 206 & Bell 214 helicopter.[24]

Future equipment[edit]

Future programs include the Next-Generation Fighter, request for proposals has been sent to BoeingF/A-18 Super Hornet, DassaultRafale, EurofighterTyphoon, Lockheed MartinF-35A Lightning II and SukhoiSu-57.[25]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  • Yates, Athol (2020). The Evolution of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates. Warwick: Helion & Company. ISBN 9781912866007
  • "Force Report: UAE Air Force & Air Defence", AirForces Monthly magazine, January 2008 issue.
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  2. ^Yates, Athol (2020). The Evolution of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirtates. Warwick: Helion & Company. ISBN .
  3. ^ abcdeAirForces Monthly, p. 60.
  4. ^Yates (2020). The Evolution of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates. p. 213.
  5. ^"Egypt, UAE carried out Tripoli air strikes: U.S. officials". Reuters. 25 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  6. ^"Libya crisis: US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes". BBC News. BBC. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  7. ^Kirkpatrick, David; Schmitt, Eric (25 August 2014). "Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S."The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  8. ^"UAE fighter pilot awarded at UN".
  9. ^"Background Note: United Arab Emirates". US Department of State. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  10. ^"UAE eyes France's Rafale fighter". AFP. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  11. ^ abAirForces Monthly, p. 61.
  12. ^Tran, Pierre (14 November 2017). "Dassault to modernize UAE's Mirage fleet for a reported $350M". Defense News. Paris. Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  13. ^"UAE Gives M346 a LIFT". Defense Industry Daily. Archived from the original on 2009-08-27. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  14. ^ abAirForces Monthly, p. 62.
  15. ^"Pictures of the Day: 4 February 2018". The Telegraph. 4 February 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-09-30. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  16. ^"Eurocopter Romania awaits UAE contract". Jane's Intelligence Weekly. Archived from the original on August 7, 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  17. ^ abAirForces Monthly, p. 63.
  18. ^"UAE Ordering Weaponized UH-60M 'Battlehawk' Helicopters". Defense Industry Daily. 17 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  19. ^ abOsborne, Tony (2 April 2015). "UAE's Mysterious Airbase". Aviation Week & Space Technology. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  20. ^ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzaaabacadaeafagahaiajakalaman"World Air Forces 2021". Flightglobal Insight. 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  21. ^"SIPRI Arms Transfers Database". SIPRI. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  22. ^"UAE awards contracts for CH-47 upgrade". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  23. ^"World Air Forces 2020". Flightglobal Insight. 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  24. ^"World Air Forces 1983 pg. 374". 1983. Archived from the original on 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  25. ^"". Archived from the original on 2018-12-24. Retrieved 2019-02-04.

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Nike Air Force 270 Utility

Nike Air Force 270 Utility History

Merging the silhouettes of two of the most popular models of Nike brings into light the Nike Air Force 270 Utility. Without straying too far away from its Air Force 1 and Max Air roots, hints of the futuristic-looking sneaker were first unveiled on February 1, 2018. To further illustrate the inspirations behind the release of this particular sneaker that features Nike’s biggest Max Air unit to date, let us first recall its early beginnings as a basketball sneaker in the Air Force 1.

                 Design Inspirations

Veteran footwear designer Bruce Kilgore was instrumental in the release of the highly successful and still relevant sneaker up to this day – the AF 1. It is such a highly sought-after basketball kick during its heydays being the first to feature an air cushioning technology embedded in its midsole. The shoe was named after the presidential plane of the United States and in honor of the US troops. This leather sneaker was a success given its many iterations over the years and was offered in low, mid, and high-top versions. The mid to high top releases came with a Velcro strap securing the upper part.

In the 1980s up to 1990s, the shoe slowly made its way from the courts to the street-style appreciative crowd that gave it the moniker as the “Uptowns.” In the ghettos, the Air Force 1 became a favorite among street basketball enthusiasts who sport the kicks from the court to the streets as its style versatility makes it a comfortable and wearable sneaker for any casual clothing. The soles of the shoe also had several transformations from its simple herringbone pattern with circular patterns in the bottoms added to aid basketball players and its regular wearers make quick movements and maneuvers on and off-court. As an OG Nike classic, Air Force 1 became a favorite silhouette to be given new colorway treatments, materials, and design through collaborations with artists, athletes, musicians, among others.

Another design element added to the highly marketable Air Force 1 silhouette is the use of a big air cushioning unit. Released a few months before Air Max Day 2018, the new Max Air cushioning pays homage to the Nike Air Max 180 and Air Max 93. As a Nike lifestyle sneaker, the big air cushioning at the back allowed for superior comfort on the feet meant for all-day wear. The 32-millimeter compact visible Air-Sole cushioning unit was the brainchild of Dylan Raasch and his team as Creative Director of the Nike Air Max. The release of the Nike Air Max 270 and Nike Air Force 270 became a success with several colorways of the silhouettes released in the succeeding months.

                 All-Weather Upgrade

After several colorways of the Nike Air Force 270 were released like the Safari, Phantom, Bred, Sherbet, Medium Olive, Court Purple, the brand released the Nike Air Force 270 Utility on November 1, 2018. With the makeover, the first Utility release was dropped in Sequoia/Black hues more popularly known as the Triple Black with red hits in the midfoot strap. The quick one-push buckle strap goes on top of the zipper and intricate shoe lacing secures the forefoot all the way to the tongue.

The high-top shoe was further enhanced as an all-weather sneaker ready to battle out with the elements. With TecTuff material used in its upper, the Nike Air Force Utility sneaker is water and abrasion resistant.

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The Nike Air Force 1 High Utility 2.0 Is Arriving In Essential Black And Gum

The Nike Air Force 1 High was designed for basketball, but it’s grown into a lifestyle staple over the last 39 years. And while hundreds of special collaborations and modifications demonstrate the model’s cachet within casual wear, its winter-ready Utility-variant drives the point home.

At quick and uneducated glance, the newly-surfaced pair resembles the high-top version of the ever-memeable all-black Air Force 1. Yet, closer inspection reveals handfuls of updates to Bruce Kilgore’s original design from 1982. For starters, tumbled leather makes up the entirety of the sneaker’s upper, with suede and canvas entering the mix at the upper heel panel and lockdown strap around the ankle. The sport-inspired attachment around the shoe’s collar is reworked with a “combat” aesthetic, boasting a much more barebones build and rugged hardware. Underfoot, sole units indulge in a “Black” and “Gum Red Brown” color combination, with both midsole and outsole components donning more protective and rugged construction than normal. The tread pattern and length promise improved grip in inclement weather conditions.

No release date has been confirmed by the brand, but that’s likely to change soon. In the meantime, enjoy official images of the pair ahead.

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The Nike Air Force 270 Utility Arrives In Military Tones Of Sequoia And Black

In the wake of its popularity, Nike continues to flesh out its ever-popular 270 family, growing it to encompass a wide breadth of different aesthetics through many an innovation. Reinventing the idea of the traditional lace unit, we’ve seen the Beaverton brand adopt a few new systems found on the Air Jordan 33 and a few utilitarian revisions. Following that same scheme, the enlarged air bubble gets the Utility touch on the Air Force 270. Taking on an overall Sequoia/Black palette with a contrasting hit of red along the midfoot’s aggressive strap, the colorway subtly infuses the militaristic themes found on the iconic MA-1. Underneath the fastener, you’ll find an intricate lacing system alongside a zipper down the tongue, further enhancing the user experience. The Air Force 270 Triple Black will be releasing on November 1st at a retail of $175 USD.

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Release Date: November 1st, 2018
Style Code: AQ0572-300

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Women's Nike Air Max 270 trainers

One of Nike's best-sellers, the Air Max 270 is a leading lifestyle silhouette, and arrived in 2018 as part of the brand's Air Max Day celebrations. The sneaker has gone from strength to strength following its debut, and has launched in a trend-focused selection of women's exclusive colourways, as well as the popular Air Max 270 React.

Some of the most popular renditions include the Triple White, Crimson Pulse, and Barely Rose, while additional colourways include smoke grey, volt, anthracite and metallic silver. The most eye-catching feature of this unisex shoe however, is that it boasts a 270-degree Air Unit, which is the biggest of Nike's entire Air Max series.

The Nike Air Max 270 has also released in Flyknit renditions, which feature oversized branding and a breathable summer-ready upper. This shoe is not only stylish, but also promises premium cushioning, with its 32mm tall Max Air Heel Unit.

Mesh and neoprene creates a futuristic look across the upper, along with mini-Swoosh branding on the sidewall and toe box. If you're a fan of the Air Max 180, Air Max 93, Air Max 95 or even the classic Air Force 1, then think about adding a pair of 270 to your wishlist.

As the perfect pair of kicks for running those essential errands, swap your running shoes for some 270s; pair with your favourite sportswear, hoodie or tracksuit for a stylish on-the-go get up. Sometimes we even pair ours with some cosy loungewear, too!

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Wall-to-Wall Equipment: How Ping helped Harris English save his trusty putter grip

By: Jonathan Wall

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Welcome to Wall-to-Wall Equipment, the Monday morning gear wrap-up in which GOLF equipment editor Jonathan Wall takes you through the latest trends, rumors and breaking news.

Back from the dead

For about 5 minutes on Monday afternoon, Harris English figured his trusty, well-worn Ping Palm Lock putter grip would have to be put out to pasture. A couple weeks prior to teeing it up in Las Vegas, English was informed by Ryder Cup officials that the grip affixed to his Ping Hohum putter was non-conforming and would need last-minute surgery before his singles match against Lee Westwood.

Davis Love III came to the rescue in a pinch, but even English admitted the grip would likely need to be replaced.

“I thought I’d have to put a new grip on before Sunday’s round, which I was not pumped about,” he told the Fore the People podcast. “Luckily they allowed this, but I’ll probably have to put a new grip on pretty soon.”

In between shots, English continued to monitor a conversation between Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates, English’s coach Justin Parsons and PGA Tour rule official John Munch.

“[Harris] was really defeated on Monday,” Oates told “We kept asking John questions for about 20 minutes to determine if there was a way to save the grip. Harris initially thought it was over, but you could tell he started to believe it could be salvaged.”

When you’ve won more than $20 million with the same putter and grip, every conceivable option is on the table.

“The reason [the grip] wasn’t conforming was that it wasn’t the same uniform thickness up and down the handle,” Oates said. “And that grip, unbeknownst to us, has a bunch of rubber layers before it gets to the core of the grip — and those rubber layers were fraying.”

After conversing with Munch, Oates and the rest of Ping’s Tour team went to work dissecting the grip. Once the gauze Love applied to the end of the grip had been removed, Ping reps took off the final layer of frayed rubber that sat on top of the firmer core material.

“The butt cap is also a different piece because it’s so big,” Oates said. “We didn’t realize that either until we started dissecting the grip. So now you have a situation where you’re on the core of the grip, but you have a perforated line that houses the butt cap because it sits on top.”

To keep the grip a uniform thickness, and the butt cap intact, Oates considered adding tennis overgrip, but the wraps were too long and wide. That’s when they looked at a tape popularized by Tiger Woods.

“Why not athletic tape? It’s thinner and easy to unapply and reapply,” Oates said. “It’s the exact same stuff Tiger wraps on his fingers. We quickly found out it was the perfect fit for the grip. “

Using the athletic tape allowed English to achieve a uniform grip thickness and keep it in the bag. It should be noted that English isn’t the only pro to apply athletic tape to his grip. J.B. Holmes has used the tape on his putter grip since 2017 to combat sweaty hands.

Even with a long-term solution in place, Ping has already found some potential solutions if English ever needs a backup. One of the reasons why English balked at the idea of using a new grip was because he couldn’t get used to the initial “slickness of the grip” when it came out of the box. Ping was able to solve the issue by running a few grips under a sandbelt to remove the sheen and give it a slightly worn look and feel.

“We already have a few of those as backups,” Oates said. “Of course, it’s not Harris’ original grip, but we’re trying to give him some suitable options if he ever needs it. For now, though, we’re in a good spot.”

Harris would certainly agree.


When Ping released its Glide Forged Pro wedges in the spring on Tour, staffer Joaquin Niemann recevied a set to test. The thing is, Niemann isn’t quite sure where the wedges ended up. Playing recently with fellow Chilean and PGA Tour rookie Guillermo “Mito” Pereira, Niemann had an opportunity to take the wedges for a spin and was instantly hooked.

“He calls me up wondering why he hasn’t seen Glide Forged Pro yet,” Oates said. “I know we gave him a set, but he assumed Mito was using something brand new.”

Instead of asking Oates for a set of wedges to test in his specs, Niemann made an odd request: He wanted them built exactly like Mito’s.

“Joaco plays True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 in his wedges and Mito plays S400 Black shaft,” Oates said. “It didn’t matter, he wanted the black shafts. Eveything identical. As I’m typing up the order, I figured he’d want the same Tour Velvet grips he always uses. Nope. He wanted Mito’s Golf Pride MultiCompound grips on there. It was kind funnny.”

According to Oates, what Niemann liked most about Mito’s wedges was the heavier D4-D5 swing weight — Niemann typically plays D2-D3 — that allowed him to feel the club head more during the swing.

“I’ve seen guys copy another player because they have something that’s working,” Oates said, “but rarely do you ever seen guys ask for exact builds down to the grip, shaft and swing weight. Whatever works.”

Bomb it like Bryson

Harry Hall not only dresses like Bryson, he pushes the limits with unconventional equipment setups specifically designed to take advantage of his speed. According to Callaway PGA Tour manager Jacob Davidson, Hall “picked up a lot of head speed in the past two years and noticed the advantage Bryson has off the tee,” so he decided to do some tinkering in an attempt to add a second Callaway driver to the bag, a la fellow staffer Phil Mickelson.

When Hall went from a KBS driver shaft to Mitsubishi’s Tensei Orange AV Raw (45.25 inches) this season, he saw a tighter dispersion, which made him think he could add distance by going longer without sacrificing accuracy.

“He tested 46 inches and 46.5 inches, but the 46 was better overall,” Davidson said. “Once he confirmed he loved the 46-inch driver, he felt that a driver going 350+ was too long at timea, but at same time didn’t want to go from 350-plus yards to a 270 yards with a 3-wood, especially when he feels like he can hit the Epic Max LS driver just as straight as a 3-wood.”

Similar to DeChambeau’s decision to use a 2-wood to fill the same gap, Hall opted to employ a second Callaway Epic Max LS driver at 45.25 inches that went 285-310 yards, giving him a lengthy “fairway finder” in the process. From there, Callaway replaced Hall’s 7-wood with a 5-wood to fill the 245-265 yard gap.

Hall finished T8 in his first start with the two-driver setup.

Fly high

For two years, Ping tried in vain to get a 7-wood in Viktor Hovland’s hands. “It was pretty much pointless,” Oates said. “He was content using a driving iron club, but we knew the 7-wood offered him some definite benefits.”

Last week in Las Vegas, Hovland approached Oates with a request: He wanted a club that went 250-255 yards but offered better versatility in the rough. Hovland tested a longer length 3-iron and hybrid, but neither provided the launch and spin numbers he needed on mishits.

“He just felt like if it wasn’t a perfect lie he’d have trouble stopping it on the green,” Oates said.

Oates once again floated the idea of testing out a 7-wood, but Hovland shook him off. While the conversation was going on, Tour winner Lanto Griffin interjected.

“The 7-wood is where it’s at,” Griffin told Hovland.

A positive club review from fellow pro was all Hovland needed to reconsider his options. After hitting a ball with Griffin’s 7-wood, Hovland departed the range. Later that same day, he reached back out to Oates to see if a G425 7-wood (19 degrees) could be built for testing.

“It only took a few balls for him to see the beneifts,” Oates said. “He was hitting it 250 to 255 yards with the more launch and spin, which is what you’re looking for when you’re playing at altitude. He’s finally embraced the 7-wood.”

Winning combination

Shriners winner Sungjae Im inserted a Titleist T200 (utility build) 3-iron after working with Titleist Tour rep J.J., Van Wezenbeeck on his lie angles early in the week at TPC Summerlin.

“As we were working through his lie angles, moving up through the bag, we got to his 3-iron, and it was just flying a little bit too low and the ball speed gapping off his 4-iron wasn’t quite there,” Van Wezenbeeck said. “We built him a T200 3-iron and he saw the ball speed increase, the launch increase, the land angle increase and the gapping fit better. He took it out to the course on Tuesday and said it provided a bunch of shots that he didn’t have before.”

On the rise

Callaway’s Apex UW was front and center over the weekend on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Phil Mickelson notched his third Champions win with the utility wood in the bag, and Kevin Kisner became the latest high-profile name to add a 19-degree head to his regular setup.

“On Tour we are constantly seeking player feedback and looking for ways to make sure every club in their bag is filling its need,” said Davidson. “We listened to the feedback and asked our R&D department to design a club that addresses the challenges between a 3-wood and 4-iron. The Apex UW offers players a higher launch and steeper land angle versus a hybrid. It spins more than a hybrid but less than a 5-wood and has a very neutral CG. These performance objectives are giving players a new option in the top of their bag that allows them to fill gaps. Since we’ve launched this on Tour it has received nothing but positive feedback and players are continually gravitating to it because of it’s unique versatility.”

Quick-hitters: Rory Sabbatini finished T3 with a new set of Mizuno Pro 223 irons in the bag. … Jin Young Ko claimed her second LPGA title and fourth top-6 finish in four starts since putting a Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 putter in play.

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Jonathan Wall

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

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