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Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5
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The Big Bertha 1.5 Mini is smaller than a driver but larger than a fairway wood, and designed for players of all swing speeds.
The latest addition to Callaway's expansive Big Bertha family is the Mini 1.5 driver, which is now available at retail.
As its name suggests, the Mini 1.5 is smaller than a standard driver but bigger than a typical fairway wood. Specifically, its head is 235cc, making it about half the volume of a standard 460cc driver head but 35 percent larger than Callaway's XR fairway wood.
Callaway bills the Mini 1.5 as a new type of weapon off the tee for players of all swing speeds. Its size and construction make it capable of generating more ball speed than typical 3-woods, while also making it more forgiving than than many drivers.
The club contains Callaway's Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup and a Forged Composite crown, both of which are bedrock features in Callaway's best drivers. The crown is strong and lightweight, and allows Callaway to move extra weight to the clubhead's perimeter for more stability and forgiveness. The Face Cup, meanwhile, flexes more than other clubfaces, especially on shots hit low on the face, and boosts ball speeds over a larger area of the face.
It also has a cambered Warbird Sole to make it easy to hit off the turf as well as off the tee, as well as a shaft that is 44 inches long – two inches shorter than a standard driver shaft. And it features an OptiFit Hosel that lets golfers choose from eight different combinations for their loft and lie angle configurations.
The Bertha Mini 1.5 is available in 12- and 14-degree lofts, and carries a suggested retail price of $299.99 per club. Here's a video from Callaway about the club:
Hunter Mahan
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If Hunter Mahan ever needs a mental-game coach, he probably could turn to young Celeste Rivera.
Hunter Mahan played in the pro-am at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Wednesday, and on the 17th hole, he met up with a junior caddie named Celeste Rivera. Mahan autographed a golf ball for her, and she immediately wrote him a letter of thanks.
She also shared some words of wisdom with him.
"I have some advice on how to calm down and stay focused on the golf course," she wrote in her letter, which Mahan shared on Instagram. "First, is by taking deep breaths. Try blocking out all the cameras and people and just do your own thing."
That is some very good advice – and it shows how mature and aware Celeste is. 
The young lady concludes her hand-written letter by thanking Mahan for playing in the pro-am, and wishing him well in the tournament. Very nice.
You can see the letter below. And if you're wondering, the Momentous Institute is a Dallas-based service organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk kids. It is one of the charities that the AT&T Byron Nelson supports and, judging by Celeste's letter, its efforts are paying off.
May 29, 2015 - 1:41pm
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Gary Woodland
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Gary Woodland was the first to ace the rain-shortened No. 14 Friday at TPC Four Seasons.

Ever wonder what PGA Tour professionals would do at a pitch-and-putt course? 

Because of nearly five inches of overnight rain that made the 14th fairway unplayable Friday, PGA Tour officials shortened the hole to 104 yards and turned it into a 'chip shot' par-3.

And Gary Woodland showed exactly how good Tour pros are from that distance with this shot:




Woodland is one of the long hitters on the Tour, but he obviously has some short-game skills as well.


May 29, 2015 - 12:46pm
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Shane Lowry
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Shane Lowry putted with his wedge Friday after snapping his putter earlier in the round.

Anger and frustration can get the best of us, even profressional golfers like Shane Lowry.

Struggling with a balky putter in the cold and rain of tough Royal County Down, Lowry let his temper get away from him. Unable to take it anymore, he broke the putter against a metal fence post during the second round of the Irish Open. The only problem: He did it on the third hole, meaning he still had 15 holes remaining in his round.

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Forced to use his wedge as a replacement, Lowry made the best of a bad situation -- and then some. He made three birdies en route to a second-round 74, good enough to make the cut.

Afterward, he was apologetic:



Lowry's definitely not the first golfer to let his emotions get away. Consider Rory McIlroy's club-flinging antics at the Cadillac Championship at Doral earlier this season.

And Henrik Stenson's well-documented temper could fill up at least one golf bag full of clubs snapped in frustration during the heat of battle.


May 29, 2015 - 10:57am
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TPC Four Seasons
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This is what TPC Four Seasons looked like Friday morning after nearly five inches of rain overnight.

Because of heavy overnight rains -- up to five inches in some areas of the Metroplex -- PGA officials have taken an unusual step at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic.

They've declared the No. 14 fairway at TPC Four Seasons unplayable and moved the teeing ground 104 yards from the flag. And after originally deciding to leave it as a par-4, switched it to a par-3. So now the second round is playing as a par 69.

Whether the hole returns to its original length over the weekend is up to Mother Nature. If the fairway dries out significantly, PGA Tour officials say they'll resume regular play. If not, it may stay as a pitch and putt par-3 for the rest of the tournament.

Here's a series of tweets explaining things:








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Definitely no reason to lay up today. And can you imagine being able to say you hit a wedge to the green on a "par-4?"

Caleb Watson
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Caleb Watson pulls off a golf trick many adults probably couldn't do.

Can your kid do this? Bubba Watson's son Caleb can. Of course, he's had a golf club in his hand almost since the day he learned to walk.

Bubba Watson posted this video Thursday to Twitter of Caleb's first golf trick. It's pretty impressive how well he pulls off the stunt -- and even funnier afterward:


Did you notice that Caleb's driver was pink? Like father, like son -- in many ways.