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October 30, 2011

Winner's Bag: Bo Van Pelt at the Asia Pacific Classic

Posted at 7:50 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910Fd (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 80 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (17°) with a UST Mamiya Proforce V2 104 shaft
IRONS: Titleist CB (4); MB (5-PW) with Nippon NS Pro shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (51°, 55°, 60°) with Nippon NS Pro shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade and Titleist clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Lai Seng Sin/AP Photos)

October 24, 2011

Scotty Cameron revamps his California putter line

Posted at 9:47 PM by David Dusek

The Scotty Cameron California putters first appeared on the practice green at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Their classically shaped heads were far from radical, but they did came with a unique gold finish that Cameron called, "Honey Dipped."

In the latest generation of Cameron's California putter family, that finish has been washed away and replaced with a more conventional, non-reflective chrome look called, "Sea Mist."

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A second noticeable difference in the new model can be seen in the face. The original California putters had a smooth face, but the new California line features deeper milling that produces a noticeably lower and deeper sound at impact. Cameron says that the deeper milling has no effect on the ball and doesn't make it roll any differently.

Scotty Cameron California line has five different models:

• Monterey: A classic heel-toe weighted blade with an plumber's neck and one sight line. (above)

• Monterey 1.5: An identical head to the Monterey, but featuring a smaller, curved neck.

• Del Mar: A heel-shafted mid-mallet with a slightly enlarged toe section and one sight line.

• Fastback: A beefy blade that is slightly shorter from heel to toe and comes with a rounded back flange and three sight lines.

• Sonoma: A compact, D-shaded mid-mallet that features a round neck that curves directly into the head.

Like the Studio Design putters, the California putters now feature three red dots (which “Cameron crazies” refer to as Cherry Bombs) on the back. Each putter is milled from a block of 303 stainless steel and available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch versions. To ensure that the head weight is optimized to the putter's length, weight screws are affixed into the sole of each club at the factory. Golfers cannot adjust the weights, but they can order heavier versions of some models.

Shape eyes will also notice that Cameron has decided to build the California putters using a step-less shaft and positioned the shaft band in a position so it is hidden from view in the address position. These adjustments were made to reduce visual distraction and let your eyes naturally focus on the ball.

The black pistol-style grip was inspired by handle of a hammer that Cameron picked up at a hardware store. Not only is it larger than the pencil-thin Cameron grips of old, the budging area at the top naturally engages the pinky and ring finger of your top hand, encouraging your wrist to stay firm throughout your stroke.

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All of this style doesn't come cheap. Look for Scotty Cameron California putters to retail for $375 in pro shops starting in November. To help you get over the sticker shock, remind yourself that you'll be using a putter made by the same guy who creates flatsticks for Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney and lots of other PGA Tour stars.

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October 23, 2011

Winner's Bag: Luke Donald at Children's Miracle Network Classic

Posted at 5:54 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with a ACCRA XC65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R9 (13°) with an ACCRA XC75 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (17°) with an Aldila NV Hybrid 85 X shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-11 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Mizuno, Odyssey, TaylorMade and Titleist gear, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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October 17, 2011

Cleveland's CG Black Driver

Posted at 6:13 AM by David Dusek

The ultimate boxer would be as quick as welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao but would hit like heavyweight titleholder Wladimir Klitschko. Golf club makers have a similar goal when it comes to making drivers: build something that's light and easy for the average player, but make it pack a wallop.

With its new CG Black driver, Cleveland Golf hopes that it has created this combination for players whose swing speed is less 100 mph.

The CG Black features a head that is aerodynamically shaped to slip easily through the air, with a crown that slopes down in the back section more sharply than last season's Launcher Ultralight drivers. Cleveland's head of metalwood development, Nate Radcliffe, says that the shape of the crown decreases the club's drag throughout the downswing, which in turn helps players generate more clubhead speed.

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At the same time, the 460-cc head has one of the lightest and thinnest faces Cleveland Golf has ever designed. Radcliffe says the faceplate is very thin on the perimeter, which not only saves more weight, but also broadens the CG Black's sweetspot.

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Add to that mix a new Golf Pride grip that Cleveland says is half the weight of a typical grip and a special edition Miyazaki C. Kua Gold shaft and you've got a driver on Weight Watchers.

However, Cleveland put a little bit of that saved weight back into the head, adding a weight screw to the back of the sole plate. By adding weight to this key area, Radcliffe says the CG Black should naturally hit the ball on a higher launch angle to maximize carry distance, which is essential for slower-swinging golfers who want more distance.

"The overall package is a club that is designed to generate speed and be really easy to hit," says Radcliffe.

That's music to the ears of distance-hungry golfers looking to land a few haymakers on their opponents.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cleveland clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. 

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October 16, 2011

Winner's Bag: Ben Crane at the McGladrey Classic

Posted at 8:11 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara W 50 for Titleist shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade V Steel (15°) Titleist 910F (17°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93 shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with a UST Mamiya ProForce AXIVCore 100 shaft
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (51°), Spin Milled C-C (55°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #5 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Dusek)

October 09, 2011

Winner's Bag: Bryce Molder at the FRYS.com Open

Posted at 9:46 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Blue Board 73 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi Rayon White Board 83 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 CB (3-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (47°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Newport
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Titleist clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Erik Lesser/ZUMAPRESS.com)

October 06, 2011

Sun Mountain outfitting United States Presidents Cup team

Posted at 11:24 PM by David Dusek

Matt-kuchar-rc_300x341 Sun Mountain announced Wednesday that it has been chosen as the official outerwear provider for the 2011 United States Presidents Cup team. This is the second consecutive time Sun Mountain has been chosen to outfit the team.

Last year, the company provided the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team with outerwear that became a big story at soggy Celtic Manor in Wales. After heavy rains on the first day, the American players abandoned their leaky rain suits and purchased another brand's suits in the merchandise tent.

After the Ryder Cup, Rick Reimers, Sun Mountain's founder and owner, said it was "highly unlikely that water came through the fabric." He suggested that the suits stuck to players during the heavy rain, making them feel wet; that water had run down players' necks and entered through the suits' cuffs; and that players had taken the suits on and off, exposing the inside to water.

Taking no chances, Sun Mountain says that it worked with the United States team to design jackets and pants that will protect players from wind and rain while remaining breathable. The new woven material being used also stretches in four directions so players can make an unencumbered swing. Sun Mountain says it is fully waterproof and has a water-repellant finish.

Members of the U.S. team will each get a full-zip rain jacket, short- and long-sleeve rain pullovers, short- and long-sleeve wind pullovers, rain pants and a bucket hat.

Like its agreement with the PGA of America for the Ryder Cup, the official gear made for the Presidents Cup team will not be made available to the public.

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(Photo: Matt Kuchar in his Sun Mountain raingear at the 2011 Ryder Cup; Angus Murray/Golf Magazine) 

October 03, 2011

Greg Norman parent company buys apparel maker Dunning Golf



Posted at 9:31 AM by David Dusek

The corporate parent of the Greg Norman golf clothing company has reached an agreement to acquire Dunning Golf, the performance apparel brand founded by Ralph Dunning.

Tharanco Lifestyles LLC, which bought the Greg Norman brand in 2009, announced the deal Monday morning.

According to the announcement, Mr. Dunning will maintain a partnership in the new company and continue to design the collection.

“Ralph Dunning revolutionized the golf industry in 2001 when he launched the very first apparel line for golf comprised entirely of performance fabrics,” said Michael J. Setola, the president and chief executive officer of Tharanco Lifestyles. “We’re confident that with Ralph’s brand vision and our operational platform we’re poised for this acquisition to be a success.”

A former Ironman competitor, Dunning made a mark in the 1990s with his Rip N Hammer line of technical clothing for triathletes and cyclists. His golf clothes are known for traditional, preppy styling and solid performance features. Dunning Golf clothing is sold in country club pro shops and at select specialty stores.

— Woody Hochswender

October 02, 2011

Winner's Bag: Kevin Na at the Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospital for Children Open

Posted at 8:16 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with a Matrix Ozik HD6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (13.5°) with a Matrix Ozik Code 7 shaft, (17°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with a Matrix Ozik Altus shaft
IRONS: Titleist AP2 710 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Concept 1 prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Titleist clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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 (Photo by David Dusek)




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