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October 30, 2013 - 2:26pm
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Jamie Sadlowski
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Long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski crushed a 328-yard drive from his knees on a visit to Callaway Golf this week.

Jamie Sadlowski, a former two-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion (2008, 2009), visited his friends at Callaway Golf this week.

Prior to the visit, Callaway Senior Vice President of Marketing Harry Arnett (@HarryArnettCG) had been teasing a long-drive contest on Twitter, where he would take on Sadlowski. The rule was Arnett would hit driver, while Sadlowski would hit a 6-iron. Arnett hit driver 262 yards. Sadlowsk hit his 6-iron 278 yards.

That wasn't all for the fun though. The Callaway folks put out the Instagram video below where Sadlowski hits a driver -- from his knees -- 328 yards!

For a little perspective, the 25-year-old Sadlowski stands just 5 feet, 11 inches and weighs 170 pounds.

Late last year, Sadlowski visited Golf Channel's Morning Drive, where host Gary Williams challenged him to a long drive contest on the studio's simulator. That didn't end well... In fact, the contest was over before it even began when Sadlowski broke the simulator with a single shot.

Check it out:

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October 30, 2013 - 12:49pm
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Sun Mountain's new Cumulus rain jacket and pants.

Sun Mountain has a new rain suit offering for 2014. It's called the "Cumulus" -- the company's most breathable golf rain suit to date, offering the light weight of 2.5 layer technology with a two-year waterproof guarantee.

Cumulus has a woven shell laminated to a waterproof, breathable membrane, with a protective inner layer. The slick inner layer makes the Cumulus easy to put on and take off and there's virtually no resistance when you swing.

Features of the Cumulus Jacket include a pleated back which allows an expanded range of motion, a two-way front zipper that lies flat and out of the way when putting, adjustable hem and cuffs, zippered hand warmer pockets, and a stand-up collar.

Sun Mountain says the Cumulus rain pants offer the same ultra-lightweight, 2.5 layer, guaranteed waterproof and breathable construction as the jacket along with a partial elastic waist and zipper fly, zippered hand warmer pockets and wallet pockets, deep lower leg zippers, and a snap system that allows length to be shortened by 2 1/2 inches.

The Cumulus is available now in men's full-zip jacket ($129) and pants ($119).

For more information, visit www.sunmountain.com.

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October 30, 2013 - 11:29am
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Your putter requires a shorter swing/stroke than any club in your bag. Because of that, one might think it's a breeze to make solid contact. However, that just isn't the case.

And is there anything more maddening on the course than leaving putt after putt short of the hole?

In today's golf tip, Mike Bender, Director of Instruction at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, talks about why people have trouble hitting putts solidly and offers a way to help make better contact with the ball.

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October 30, 2013 - 11:14am
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Is there a less charismatic (we say that affectionately), more photogenic person in the world than Jason Dufner?

Not a chance.

This latest photo of Dufner isn't as good as the initial Dufnering snap, but, well... it's pretty good.

 

 

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October 30, 2013 - 9:50am
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2009 and is hoping to do so again this week in Shanghai.

Many of golf's biggest stars -- including Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy -- are in Shanghai this week for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC.

The 78-player field boasts 36 PGA Tour winners who account for 157 wins overall. Ian Poulter is the defending champion.

The WGC-HSBC Champions is the fourth event of the 2014 season on the PGA Tour.

SCORES: Follow the WGC-HSBC Champions leaderboard on PGA.com

Here's a closer look at five players to watch this week.

5. Justin Rose.
Best finish in 2013:
Winner of the U.S. Open
Reason to watch: Few players were better than Rose in a 2013 season that included his first major championship win. Rose has become one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour (he missed the cut just twice in 17 starts last season) and always seems to be a contender, evidenced by his 13 top-25 finishes during the 2013 season. Rose sports one of the prettiest swings in golf and, as he's proven lately, it holds up well under pressure. After notching that first major, expect Rose to start adding loads of hardware to that trophy case.

4. Jordan Spieth.
Best finish in 2013:
Winner of the John Deere Classic
Reason to watch: Forget the fact that the 20-year-old was the runaway PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013. Since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August, Spieth has made five starts. Here are those results: playoff loss at Wyndham Championship; T19 at The Barclays; T4 at the Deutsche Bank Championship; T16 at the BMW Championship; and T2 at the Tour Championship. Spieth was also a member of the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team, playing as one of Fred Couples's two captain's picks. Spieth is becoming a force. And, in case he needed any added incentive (he doesn't), there was a funny picture making the rounds on Twitter -- via Spieth's Instagram account -- this week. Spieth's locker at Sheshan identified him as "Jonas" instead of "Jordan." Maybe he'll give the folks in Shanghai a reason to never forget his name again.

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3. Rory McIlroy.
Best finish in 2013:
Second at the Valero Texas Open
Reason to watch: Is there any player in the world more looking forward to a new season than McIlroy? Not a chance. The funny thing is, as bad as 2013 was for the two-time major winner, it still wasn't awful. He made the cut in 14 of 16 starts and finished in the top-10 on five of those occasions. The problem was... he wasn't Rory-like. So, he enters the new season (and the remainder of the 2013 European Tour season) feeling like he's got something to prove. I think we'll see McIlroy making it a point to enjoy himself and have a little more fun on the course in 2014 (and starting this week). With this week's event counting toward both the PGA and European Tours, McIlroy has a chance to kill two birds with one stone -- salvage an otherwise forgettable 2013 and jump out to a fantastic start for 2014.

2. Phil Mickelson.
Best finish in 2013:
Winner of the Waste Management Open and Open Championship
Reason to watch: Mickelson tied for 19th at last week's CIMB Classic, where he pretty much said it was the worst he can remember hitting the ball in a long time. In fact, he claims he hit only three shots on the center of the clubface. Is that Mickelson hyperbole? Probably. But it's also a testament to just how scary good Mickelson is. He had far from his best stuff and still grabbed a top 20. Then there's this week. In a Golf Channel interview, Mickelson said he's hitting the ball much better. What will Phil do next? I don't know -- maybe win the HSBC Champions for the second time in four years.

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1. Keegan Bradley.
Best finish in 2013:
Second at HP Byron Nelson Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Reason to watch: Bradley is itching to get back out for another tournament. He built a healthy 36-hole lead in Malaysia a week ago, but stumbled in the third round with a disappointing 76. Still, he managed a tie for 10th. And, as noted last week, Bradley's probably a little more pumped than usual -- if that's possible -- seeing as his Boston Red Sox have a chance to win their third World Series since 2004 this week.

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October 29, 2013 - 12:01pm
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Not all golf balls are built the same. For very specific reasons -- i.e. your level of ability -- manufacturers make golf balls that fit whatever kind of game you play.

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Suzy Whaley offers up some advice on how you should go about choosing your golf ball.

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