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February 22, 2008

New Scotty Cameron Studio Select Putters

Posted at 10:48 AM by

Scotty Cameron putters are used by many of the game's best players, and they are also hoarded by collectors. An eBay search will bring up lots of models that go for thousands of dollars.

But if you're in the market for a new Scotty Cameron putter that won't dent your kids' college fund, you may be in luck. Titleist has just released the new Studio Select line. These Newport-style putters are milled from stainless steel for a soft feel and have circular weights in the heel and toe to make them more forgiving on off-center hits. The new Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2 and Newport 2 Mid Slant are all available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths.

The head shapes of all four putters are similar, but three neck configurations are available -- plumbing, short flair and mid slant. Each putter's lie angle can be adjusted two degrees above or below the standard 71 degrees, and further customization is available through Scotty's Custom Shop.

In a press release, Scotty Cameron says, "Different golfers require putters of different lengths, weights, body and neck configurations. However, most putter heads are only weighted for 35-inch shafts and therefore, are much too light for shorter lengths, or too heavy for longer lengths. Too often the same heads are placed in shafts of all lengths. The result is the golfer having to hit at the ball instead of being able to stroke the ball, and that creates distance control problems. The Studio Select putter line delivers a wide range of specifications and options, designed to accommodate a wider range of golfer requirements." Ssnewport2weights_400x400

Left-handed Newport 2s are available in all three lengths.

D. J. Trahan used a Newport 2 Studio Select to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and led the field in putting for the week.

Cameron Crazies will have to wait until March 15 to get one of the new Studio Select putters, which will have a suggested retail price of $325.

Sundog H DriveIII Sunglasses

Posted at 10:40 AM by

HdriveiiiSunglasses tend to fall into one of two categories: 1) stylish frames designed for everyday wear and 2) technically advanced frames with lenses that can help your vision.

If you're in the market for a pair of sunglasses that fits both categories, and may even help you on the golf course, Sundog's new H Drive III glasses are worth a look.

Designed with the assistance of Hunter Mahan (right) —a rising star on the PGA Tour and a member of the 2007 Presidents Cup team — the H Drive III's lenses are designed to sharpen your vision without distorting colors in low light  or bright sunshine. So, there's no reason to take them off to read putts. The lenses also protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays.

One last golf-friendly feature: The light-and-flexible frames do not extend below the lenses, so they won't distract you when you're trying to keep your eye on the ball. --David Dusek (Images: Sundog Eyewear; Mahan, Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography)

February 05, 2008

TaylorMade's New Rossa Monza Spider putter

Posted at 4:49 PM by

Spider_400_2 J.B. Holmes gets a lot of attention for his powerful drives, but his putting was crucial at the FBR Open. He hit only 1.608 putts per green in regulation at TPC Scottsdale, second lowest for the week. During the 2007 season, Holmes averaged 1.796 per green, 121st on Tour.

One reason for the improvement could have been his new putter, the TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider.

The Spider's head uses a steel frame to move the weight back, away from the hitting area. This design increases the moment of inertia, which is supposed to make the putter more forgiving on off-center hits. The Spider has ports behind the heel and toe to hold a variety of removable weights, a popular feature in TaylorMade drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. Concentrating weight in small areas away from the face helps the putter resist twists on mis-hits, and the removable weights allow players to tinker with the feel of the putterhead.

An insert on the putter's face has 14 polymer-filled, anti-skid grooves that are supposed to grip the ball at impact and encourage a smooth roll.

The Rossa Monza Spider will cost $240 and be in stores in March, but several other Tour pros have already switched to it, including Sergio Garcia and Sean O'Hair. According to TaylorMade, 12 pros used the Spider during the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. -- David Dusek

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