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Jason Day's putter
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Welding the hosel into the proper position is a key part of the construction of Jason Day's TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider putter.
Jason Day could probably sink putts with a monkey wrench these days, but the fact is that he's won three of his last four starts – the RBC Canadian Open, the PGA Championship and the Barclays – with a prototype model of TaylorMade's Ghost Itsy Bitsy Spider mallet.
Earlier today, TaylorMade posted a video that shows how its technicians build Day's putter from scratch. It is definitely worth the 152 seconds it'll cost you to watch it.
TaylorMade describes the putter as an Itsy Bitsy Japan model whose hosel is cut off and then hand-welded with a #3 short slant neck. Day prefers no sightline, TaylorMade says, so the technicians hand-weld in the existing line and buff the top until it's smooth. The head is then coated with a custom acrylic to give it its grey finish. 
The face insert is the 80/20 insert from the Ghost Tour line, TaylorMade explains. However, the insert must be hand ground to fit into the head, which is slightly smaller than other similar models.
The most interesting thing to me is how many individual parts and pieces TaylorMade uses to create this one putter. More specifically, I should say, I'm impressed with how well all these individual components fit together and work together. I don't yet have the details on Day's Itsy Bitsy Spider prototype, but the Daddy Long Legs  – also a large, high-MOI mallet– includes 16 different pieces made out of eight different materials ranging from carbon steel to Surlyn.    
The video is also a welcome reminder of the creativity and craftsmanship it takes to produce not only these putters but all of today's best golf clubs. And I'm glad to see that the TaylorMade technicians who assemble these putters get to take a bow at the end of the video – they, and their counterparts who make high-quality equipment at companies large and small around the world, deserve some recognition.
By the way, TaylorMade hasn't yet announced any plans to bring Day's putter to market. The company did create 20 exact replicas (since Day set the PGA Championship scoring mark of 20 under par) for sale at $750 apiece, but as you might guess they sold out awfully fast.  
Here's the video:
September 1, 2015 - 10:43am
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Tiger Woods
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A bronze statue of Tiger Woods (at least that's what the description says) is for sale on Craigslist. We don't really see the resemblance.

It's absolutely amazing the stuff you can find on Craigslist. There really is something out there for everyone.

And, as it turns out, there's someone in Japan who's hopeful there's someone out there looking for a "Tiger Woods bronze statue."

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Click here to see the actual ad for the, "Tiger Woods statue, bronze, 5 feet 3 inches tall. Removable driver."

I certainly don't possess a keen eye when it comes to art, but this statue looks like Tiger Woods about as much as this pumpkin carver's rendering of Rory McIlroy from last year:


In other words, with all due respect, not even close.

The Woods statue is going for ¥1200. Our friends at ran the conversion for us: "We're not sure if it's Japanese Yen or Chinese Yuan. We’ll assume it's the Japanese Yen, which would convert to approximately $9.90 American currency. If that sounds too cheap, 1200 Chinese Yuan converts to approximately $188.13."

At $9.90, it might not be a bad investment.

September 1, 2015 - 8:51am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jase Robertson
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Jase Robertson, one of the stars of Duck Dynasty, went where few golfers would go recently in an effort to save a stroke or two -- knee deep in a pond.

How far would you go to save a stroke on the golf course?

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Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson would go knee-deep in a swamp... and there's video to prove it:


That's some dedication to your score, but it looks like poor Jase will be taking a penalty for hitting the wrong ball.

August 31, 2015 - 10:25pm
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Dash Day
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Dash Day takes some enthusiastic cuts at the driving range.
Thanks to Jason Day's amazing run of success this summer, we've all gotten to meet his young son, Dash. Not surprisingly, Dash seems to have the same love of the game that has propelled Jason to the top of the golf world.
Ellie Day – Jason's wife and Dash's mom – posted a little video of father and son out on the range, with Jason serving as caddie to Dash, who was working on his iron game. We're not sure he goes through the same pre-swing visualization routine that Jason has perfected, but it doesn't matter – he makes good, solid contact, and his enthusiasm is undeniable.
Given the stories we've all heard about Jason's difficult childhood and adolescence back in Australia, seeing him out on the range with Dash just feels extra special. It's great to know that the Day family will enjoy our great game together for decades to come.
Here's Dash taking some cuts, with some parental commentary in the background:
Nina Agdal
Nina Agdal via Instagram
Supermodel Nina Agdal has been working on her golf game, and it's clearly paying off.
We first noticed that supermodel Nina Agdal was interested in golf late last year, when she began posting social media photos and video of herself out on the course.
Now, we're pleased to report, not only is the Danish darling still playing the game, she's developed a pretty nice swing – at least, judging by the quick video she just posted on Instagram.
"So happy I had some time to take a lesson this weekend," she wrote about her video. "Long way to go but working on it," she concluded, with a thumb's up emoji.
Compared to the swing video she posted eight months ago, she's making tremendous strides – for starters, she looks much more confident over the ball. It's also encouraging to note that she says she took a lesson over the weekend. She, like the rest of us, can get much better with the help of a PGA Professional.
And now we're impressed with her for one more reason: On her earlier swing video, she included the hashtag #2015resolutions. She's obviously sticking with her resolution to get better at golf and, for that, we salute her with a virtual golf clap.
Here's her new swing video, with a couple of older swing videos below. Check 'em out:

So happy i had some time to take a lesson this weekend Long way to go but working on it @evancathergolf

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Bringing my Aries game tomorrow, watch out @irie! @iriefoundation cant wait for @irieweekend #IWXI

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Still learning #onthegreen @nikegolf #2015resolutions

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