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December 4, 2013 - 10:57am
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Caleb C
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Six-year-old Caleb C's "Pint-Sized Putter" rap video is a must see.

Remember that time at the 1999 Ryder Cup when U.S. Captain Ben Crenshaw pointed his finger and said, "I've got a good feeling about this?"

Well, I've got a good feeling about this -- you're going to enjoy the video below by 6-year-old golfing rapper Caleb C.

Golf Digest posted this video on Tuesday, dubbing Caleb C as the "World's Cutest Golf Rapper" and we can't disagree with that statement.

Among the best lines in Caleb C's "Pint-Sized Putter" rap are the following:

When Putting there's a lot to be knowin',
Like how to play the slope and which way the wind's blowin'.
Hit it hard enough and if your ball starts slowin',
The only thing that you can do is yell -- KEEP GOIN'!

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There's a lot of different putters some are white, some are black,
But Anchored Putters are WICKY WICKY WACK!

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Class is in session for a lesson,
The putter that goes first is the one that's furthest from the pin.
Not sayin' I'm the best at golf,
Just sayin' I'm a pint-sized rapper who putts like a Boss.
Just sayin' NO SLOW PLAYIN'
Set up and putt with NO DELAYIN'.

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My ball lives in the cup... it's a resident,
I play more golf than the president!

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I think it's safe to say that Caleb see has put the Golf Boys on notice. There's a new golfing rapper in town.

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December 4, 2013 - 10:08am
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Verne Lundquist
PGA of America
Verne Lundquist said last Saturday's Auburn/Alabama game is up there with Jack Nicklaus' incredible 1986 Masters victory when it comes to greatest sports moments the 73-year-old play-by-play man has ever seen.

When it comes to great sports moments, few have seen more in person than CBS play-by-play man Verne Lundquist.

In a Newsday article on Monday, the 73-year-old Lundquist said, "For 27 years, having experienced [Jack] Nicklaus winning at Augusta in '86, I have been consistent and I've always said that that was the single greatest sporting event I've ever seen."

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Well now, Lundquist says, there may just be another moment on par with what Nicklaus did at the '86 Masters at age 46.

Lundquist was in the booth at Auburn with color-analyst Gary Danielson calling the college football rivalry game between the Auburn Tigers and the two-time defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide this past Saturday.

The game was tied 28-28 with one second remaining in regulation when Alabama head coach Nick Saban sent out his kicker to attempt a 57-yard, game-winning field goal, likely figuring -- at worst -- a miss would mean overtime.

RELATED: Jason Dufner really wants to see Auburn/Missouri game, pleads with Tiger Woods

The attempt came up woefully short. Auburn's Chris Davis caught the ball in the end zone and ran it back 109 yards for an unthinkable, last-second, game-winning touchdown to knock off the No. 1 team in the country.

In case you missed it, you can watch the video here:

 

 

Among those other notable events for Lundquist? Christian Laettner's shot for Duke over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Championship.

Initially, Lundquist told Newsday that the Davis return tied for second-best sports moment he'd ever seen with the Laettner prayer. But, after thinking about it some more, Lundquist changed his mind.

"This one is right up there equal to it," said Lundquist, comparing the Davis return to Nicklaus in '86. "And that takes into consideration a lot of different events that I've been lucky enough to be a part of. From start to finish, especially the finish, this was an extraordinary afternoon and evening."

According to the report, Lundquist said that after Saturday's game, Danielson wrote him a note that read: "So you go from Nicklaus at the Masters to the greatest college basketball game ever played to what ultimately might be regarded as the greatest college football game ever played. What's next?"

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December 4, 2013 - 9:27am
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ECCO Street EVO One
ECCO Golf
The new ECCO Street EVO One is part of ECCO's Spring/Summer 2014 men's golf collection.

Danish company ECCO has announced the launch of Street EVO One, a performance hybrid golf shoe combining the award-winning ECCO Dynamic Traction System (E-DTS) with an array of proprietary stabilization features.

Street EVO One (MSRP $160) boasts a Direct-injected midsole with an integrated shank piece. This design cups and cushions a player’s heel, delivering comfort and torsional support while creating an exceptionally stable platform from which golfers can power through each shot.

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Offering a slightly wider platform than previous versions of the best-selling Golf Street model, Street EVO One is built atop a patented outsole configuration of approximately 100 moulded traction bars and 800 traction angles. Constructed from TPU -- a highly durable, wear-resistant material – these elements provide superb, Tour-quality grip.

"The way Street EVO One looks, feels and plays puts it in a class by itself," said Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. "It's yet another example of the advantages that come with our foot-first approach to designing and producing premium golf shoes."

Street EVO One is offered in high-grade cow leather and genuine camel leather versions, both of which include the exclusive ECCO HYDROMAX tanned-in treatment for remarkable weather resistance.

Showcasing an eye-catching, two-color outsole and modern classic upper, Street EVO One is part of the Spring/Summer 2014 men's golf collection that will be worn in competition by Tour stars like Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Marcel Siem, Wu Ashun, Andreas Hartø and JB Hansen.

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December 3, 2013 - 5:02pm
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TaylorMade 14-degree SLDR driver
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TaylorMade plans to release a SLDR driver with 14 degrees of loft, giving it several degrees of loft more than standard drivers.

For as long as I can remember, driver lofts have ranged from about 9 degrees to about 11 degrees. Better players usually fell in the lower end of that range, and some big-hitting tour pros even would go as low as 8 or 8.5 degrees to keep their tee shots from ballooning. Many of the rest of us settled in at the higher end of the range, needing that extra bit of loft to make up for our relative lack of swing speed.

Recently, though, TaylorMade has been exploring drivers with higher lofts, and has announced that it will produce a version of its new SLDR driver with 14 degrees of loft. I've never seen a driver with that much loft – heck, most 3-woods I've seen have about 15 degrees of loft.

''We have been chasing a driver that delivers high launch and low spin, a coveted combination off the tee sought after by all golfers,'' says TaylorMade Golf Chief Technical Officer Benoit Vincent. ''Having made significant industry strides with innovation advancements like movable weight, larger faces, adjustable shafts and improved aerodynamics, we are confident that we have cracked yet another code to more distance. And it's through loft.'' 

GOLF BUZZ: TaylorMade unveils SLDR driver with many adjustability options

TaylorMade's SLDR driver, launched in August, features a low and forward center of gravity placement, making it the lowest spinning driver in company history. Because of its construction, TaylorMade says, it is encouraging golfers – including PGA Tour players – to ''loft up.'' And in fact, the company says, several tour pros have raised their SLDR driver loft by a degree or more over their prvious drivers.

''Everything we thought we knew about engineering drivers has been turned on its head,'' says Vincent. ''I have never been more convinced that building a driver with low and forward CG is the future in metalwood construction.''  

TaylorMade's engineers have calculated that 17 degrees of launch and 1700 rpm of spin create the perfect combination for maximizing driver distance. The new 14-degree SLDR driver, they say, is another step closer to achieving the optimal ball flight.   

TaylorMade hasn't yet announced a retail date or a price for the 14-degree SLDR, but the company says it is working to produce enough 14-degree heads to release in the coming months.

 

December 3, 2013 - 10:56am
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Everyone wants to hit longer drives. But, wouldn't it be nice if your drives not only went long, but also straight?

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Kevin Weeks walks you through a couple of drills that are sure to help you hit the ball longer and with more accuracy.

December 3, 2013 - 8:45am
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Wayne Rooney, Rory McIlroy
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A fun new commercial from Nike Golf features Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy.

Over the years, Nike Golf has had a knack for creating great golf commercials.

Recently, there's been the Dick's Sporting Goods ad featuring Tiger Woods as a salesman; the "The Sport of Golf" commercial, where Woods hits shots with various other sports (boxing, baseball and more) in the background; the Woods/McIlroy "No Cup is Safe" commercial and more.

RELATED: Rory McIlroy snaps out of funk with Australian Open victory

Well now, there's another brilliant spot thanks to the Swoosh -- this time featuring McIlroy alongside English soccer star Wayne Rooney.

Watch it here:

In the ad, the two sports superstars play a round of golf -- McIlroy with his clubs and a golf ball, Manchester United's Rooney with a soccer ball and his powerful right foot -- matching one another shot for shot (or, shot for kick, if you prefer).

At one point, McIlroy looks over at caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, who is in the process of getting Rooney's autograph. McIlroy stares in disapproval and Fitzgerald responds in a give-me-a-break tone, "It's Wayne Rooney."

It's a fun commercial, but what makes it even better is the tune playing in the background. It's Bing Crosby's, "Straight Down the Middle," which was made for a 1948 short film called, "Honor Caddy" with Crosby, Bob Hope, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. It's believed to be the first ever song written about golf (and might be our new favorite).

You can hear the whole song here:

h/t to Ben Alberstadt (@BenAlberstadt) on the find.

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