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Cobra Tour Trusty limited-edition wedge
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Only 1,600 Tour Trusty wedges were made with Rickie Fowler’s famous #GoTime hashtag set off by his trademark orange paint fill.

Coming this fall, Cobra Golf will release a full line of Tour Trusty wedges. To get a little buzz going, the company has come out with a pretty unique teaser – a limited-edition Tour Trusty with stamping created by Rickie Fowler.

They're available now, but only 1,600 were made. All of them are 55-degree models stamped with Fowler’s famous #GoTime hashtag set off by his trademark orange paint fill.

This Fowler-stamped club, like all the other Tour Trusty wedges to come, was designed for better players with feedback from Fowler, Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt. They're made of 8620 Carbon Steel that is nickel plated and finished in matte satin to enhance the feel and reduce glare. 

The compact head features a teardrop shape with no offset, and its grooves have been enlarged to the USGA allowable limit for more spin and control. Cobra's new Tour notch K-Grind provides significant heel and toe relief for versatility around the greens, while the company's proprietary Variable Feed Rate (VFR) milling creates a rough surface to maximize spin on even the shortest and softest of shots.

The limited-edition Tour Trusty is outfitted with a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet BCT Cord grip. It carries a suggested retail price of $149.

For more information, visit www.cobragolf.com.

 

 
BLUNT USA
The BLUNT Golf_G2 golf umbrella will keep you and your equipment dry.
One of the most important pieces of equipment in a golfer’s bag is one they hope to rarely use --an umbrella.
 
But, when the time comes and Mother Nature decides to unleash her fury, you’d better be prepared. Nothing spoils a round of golf quicker than soaking wet grips.
 
Offering a new take on the traditional golf umbrella, a company called BLUNT USA has gone to extreme lengths to ensure that its new GOLF_G1 and GOLF_G2 umbrellas provide you with all the protection you need to stay dry.
 
BLUNT umbrellas can withstand winds up to 72 mph. And, let’s face it, if it’s ever windier than that chances are you won’t be on the course!
 
The most notable difference between a BLUNT umbrella and a traditional golf umbrella is the design, which was developed with input from caddie Steve Williams, the former caddie of Tiger Woods and current looper of Masters champion Adam Scott. 
 
While still round in shape, the BLUNT umbrella provides a better canopy than traditional umbrellas because its edges are smooth as opposed to the sharp spokes you're used to seeing on the traditional variety.
 
“What BLUNT has achieved is simply game-changing,” Williams said. “They have revolutionized a product that I have always had an issue with. During my 30+ years of caddying all over the world, I’ve experienced every possible weather condition and used many different umbrellas. You fight the wind to hold onto a normal umbrella. The difference with the BLUNT is that you don’t have to fight with it -- it’s effortless to control in the wind and lasts much longer than all other, so called, golf umbrellas.”
 
The GOLF_G1 is the ultimate performance golf umbrella for carrying around course. It provides a generous 60-inch diameter canopy on a 37-inch shaft, but weighs just 1.95lbs.
 
The GOLF_G2’s canopy is 4 inches larger in diameter with an extra 3 inches in shaft length. This creates the perfect shelter system for attaching to your golf cart, with enough coverage to keep you and your equipment dry, whatever the weather.
 
Both incorporate BLUNT’s revolutionary canopy-strengthening RTS Technology, which redirects, transfers and distributes the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout the entire canopy surface. As the BLUNT canopy unfurls, specially-designed struts redirect the user’s effort into telescopic ribs that reach out like fingers stretching into a glove. These transfer the opening force into the patented BLUNT TIPS on the end of each rib, which open like miniature umbrellas inside specially designed pockets. The result is that tension is evenly distributed right to the canopy’s edge.
 
The BLUNT GOLF_G2 also features Duel RTS, which incorporates additional tensioning struts to maintain ideal tautness across the larger canopy area.
 
Both are delivered with a sleek carrying sleeve for easy care, transport and storage.
 
The GOLF_G1 retails for $99.95, while the GOLF_G2 retails for $119.95.
 
For more information, visit www.bluntusa.com.
 
You can also visit Blunt Umbrellas on Facebook, or follow Blunt Umbrellas on Twitter, @BluntUSA.
 
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.
 
Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods will be sporting the Nike "swoosh" for many years to come after he signs an anticipated new deal.

Tiger Woods and Nike are nearing the completion of a new endorsement agreement that will "emphatically" keep Woods as the highest-paid endorser in golf, according to a report on ESPN.com.

"We're down to the very, very short strokes right now,'' Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN golf writer Bob Harig. ''I would expect we would come out with some sort of joint announcement when we get the paperwork signed. I hope this is viewed as a pretty bold statement."

Woods could sign the new deal as soon as the next couple of weeks, Harig wrote.

Woods signed with Nike for a reported five years and $40 million when he turned pro back in 1996, and Nike stuck with Woods during his personal troubles. His current equipment and apparel contract is said to be roughly $20 million per year.

Earlier this year, of course, Nike signed Rory McIlroy to a major deal worth a reported to be anywhere from $10 million to $20 million per year. Steinberg didn't give any indication of the figures involved in Woods' new agreement, except to say that it would ''emphatically'' keep Woods as the king of the golf endorsement mountain.

Steinbeg did indicate to Harig that the new deal would be for multiple years.

"Tiger started his professional career with Nike in 1996,'' Steinberg said. ''He has a long way to go in his career, but I feel with the type of deal we've constructed … I feel confident that he will be with Nike for his entire career."

 

Davis Love III, tattoo
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Does this tattoo look like Davis Love III to you?
A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
 
Well, in this case, it might be worth a thousand laughs too. Sometimes you have to wonder what people are thinking when they get certain tattoos. 
 
Above you'll see the photo of what a reader named, Alex, sent into Deadspin.com. Alex claims that the photo you're looking at is a tattoo tribute to 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and 1997 PGA Champion Davis Love III.
 
Love is one of the greatest people in golf, so I'm not going to come down too hard on a guy who is such a fan that he'd want an image of Love forever inked on his body.
 
The tattoo artist though? Come on, you couldn't do any better than that? In keeping with the golf theme, this thing is at least a triple bogey.
 
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.
 
 
Rukket, golf, net
Rukket
The RukkNet by Rukket is a great tool for practice at home when you can't make it to the golf course or the driving range.
Ask anyone on the golf course, "So, how often do you play?"
 
More often than not, the reply will be, "Well, not as often as I'd like."
 
It doesn't matter if you're talking to the weekend hacker, or the guy who plays 30+ rounds per year. We all love golf and no matter how often we play, it's not enough.
 
Plus, with busy work schedules and family, it's often difficult to even find time to get to the driving range.
 
Thanks to the folks at a company called, "Rukket," however, now the driving range can come to you.
 
Rukket are the makers of the RukkNet Golf Net. The company introduced its net at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, but at the time had no inventory to sell. Rukket returned to the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show -- this time with product to sell -- and it didn't last long.
 
When you see Rukket's net, it's easy to understand why.
 
Let's face the facts: arguably the biggest issues with golf nets are flimsy frames and low-quality netting (you know, if you catch one just perfect, it might rip right through the netting).
 
Rukket solves this problem. Not only that, but you can take it literally anywhere.
 
Here's how the company describes the net on its site:
 
The RukkNet is simple and fast to set up and take down, generous in size, durable, light-weight, and versatile. It pops-up instantly to let you practice multiple sports anywhere. Use one practice net for golf, baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and football. Use it indoors or outside, in backyards, basements, garages, on patios, at practice fields, or league games.
 
The RukkNet is ideal for perfecting your swing before the next trip to the driving range or golf course. The ball returns after each shot so no more bending down or having to carry a bucket of golf balls. Stay in position and find your groove. Correct repetition is the key to a great golf swing. Also a great tool for warm ups before a round.
 
The RukkNet is made from high quality netting and a durable spring steel frame (no more fiberglass poles). The net is double stitched and built of the heaviest materials available. In other words it is built to last. Carrying case is thick canvas with double zippers for long life, capable of carrying a hitting mat, golf balls, attachments and a golf club, it also has a thick comfortable shoulder strap for long hikes to your favorite practice spot. Very portable at 14 lbs. Folds flat into a 32" diameter.
 
The RukkNet now comes with a 4-ply, knot-less ball returning net. No more mesh like cheaper golf nets. Knot-less netting allows the power from each impact to disperse efficiently and will not wear out or get holes. An added benefit of the heavier inside netting is the ball is returned with more force.
 
This is the ultimate in ball returning technology. As usual it attaches using T-bars that fit into large grommets attached to the frame. We have yet to find a tougher system.
 
The RukkNet retails for $199.99.
 
And good news, too, for those of you looking to improve your short game at home. One of the many attachments Rukket offers for the RukkNet is the ChipIt! ($29.99). It simply attaches to the RukkNet with T-bars and provides three holes to chip into. It can be adjusted to various heights so you can practice virtually all the short-game shots you'll encounter on the course.
 
For more information on the RukkNet and all the products Rukket has to offer, visit www.rukket.com.
 
You can also check Rukket our on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter, @RukketSports.
 
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.
 
 
Allan Kournikova
Allan Kournikova showed off his 2012 US Kids Golf European Championship trophy before he added the 2013 edition to his collection.

Tennis champion Petr Korda's daughter Jessica is quickly making a name for herself on the LPGA Tour. Ivan Lendl has three daughters who are or were prominent collegiate golfers. And soon, they might have some company in the realm of championship golf-tennis families.

Tennis star Anna Kournikova has an 8-year-old brother named Allan, who just won his age group in the US Kids Golf European Championship. That victory is just the latest of many titles Allan has amassed in his young life – in fact, he won the 7-and-under category in that same event last year.

This year's tournament ran May 28-30 at Longniddry Golf Club in Gullane, Scotland – not far from Muirfield, where the British Open will be played next month. Kournikova and the rest of the 8-and-unders played three nine-hole rounds, and he won by four shots with scores of 35-37-33 on the par-36 course that stretched about 1,700 yards.

According to a 2011 story on the youngster in The Palm Beach Daily News in Florida (Allan lives with his mother, Alla, in Palm Beach), Allan began playing competitively at age 5 and quickly started collecting trophies.

He often practices at The Breakers in Palm Beach, and has worked with PGA Professionals Valerie LaPapa and Kevin Compare.

''He's an amazing athlete,'' LaPapa told the newspaper. ''He has a natural ability. ... He will ask you questions and wants to learn more, which definitely sets him apart. He pushes us to push him. He truly loves to play the game. For such a young little boy, he asks a lot of questions, which shows he loves what he is doing. That's what sets him out from others. We also make it a lot of fun so he doesn’t get burnt out.''

Allan is also featured in a new documentary called ''The Short Game,'' which profiles some of the world's best child golfers. (It won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in March, and you can see Allan in a preview of it here).

As part of the promotion of that film, Playmaker Magazine interviewed Allan and some of the film's other subjects.

In that interview, he said he began swinging a club at 18 months, and that his favorite players are a couple of other child golfers who went on to success: Lexi Thompson and Tiger Woods.