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April 12, 2013 - 11:17am
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T.J. Auclair
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Masters
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Could it be that a ticket to today's second round of the Masters is the hottest Masters ticket ever? Some think so.

 

Just last week, we brought you this story about how tickets to the Masters are the most prestigious in golf and among the most prestigious and sought-out in all of sports.
 
Today, Yahoo.com's Shane Bacon has a story suggesting that today's second-round tickets may just be the hottest Masters ticket ever.
 
Why?
 
 
It makes sense when you start looking into it.
 
First, Tiger goes late on Friday, meaning if you wanted to see his entire round you could get out a little later and follow him. Second, the early groupings mean you can see a ton of guys that either have big names or are in contention right out of the gate. Sergio Garcia is already on the course, as is Dustin Johnson and Fred Couples, so right there you can hit up some of the leaders early on in your Friday viewing experience.
 
I'm sure there have been weekend tickets that have been tougher to come by, but for a Friday this is pretty exciting, and we haven't even mentioned 14-year-old Tianlang Guan trying to make the cut.
 
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April 12, 2013 - 10:57am
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ECCO Golf
ECCO Golf
The ECCO Men's BIOM Golf Hybrid retails for $190.

 

Ask anyone and they'll tell you -- Fred Couples is the coolest golfer that's ever lived.
 
Aside from owning a golf game people could only dream of possessing, Couples is also a trendsetter even at the age of 53 (he's in the hunt at this week's Masters, again). 
 
Several years ago, Couples and his tennis-shoe looking golf spikes were all the rage. People wondered if he was actually wearing sneakers out there. Whether he was or wasn't, everyone wanted what Couples had.
 
As it turns out, those were in fact golf shoes -- ridiculously comfortable and cool-looking -- made by ECCO.
 
Not surprisingly, ECCO's quality golf line has grown thanks to the company's soaring popularity. And ECCO isn't resting on its laurels either.
 
This year, the company has expanded its evolutionary BIOM hybrid collection to include new colors and upper patterns. Like Fred Couples, ECCO's offerings are still the epitome of cool.
 
Here's what the Danish brand had to say about its 2013 shoes in a press release:
 
Golf’s first and only performance hybrid model, BIOM Hybrid was famously worn in competition throughout 2012 by Fred Couples, including his Senior Open Championship win at Turnberry. Combining patented ECCO Natural Motion and Golf Street outsole technologies, it pairs the body’s system for absorbing impact with a non-cleated shoe bottom that provides superior durability, comfort, traction and stability on or off the golf course.
 
“With no exaggeration, BIOM Hybrid presents a footwear experience that’s unlike anything else the walking golfer has ever experienced,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “The difference is huge and immediately noticeable, which is why this style has been such a massive global success.”
 
Initially developed for the premium running market, Natural Motion technology relies on a completely anatomical last developed by scanning the feet of 2,500 athletes. It provides exceptional insole support and encourages players to land more toward the mid-foot than heel.
 
Additional features of the ultra-lightweight BIOM Hybrid include:
 
ECCO dynamic traction system (E-dts) – The original hybrid outsole is patent-protected and remains golf’s most durable, versatile and stable
 
Extremely Low Profile – Brings a golfer’s weight closer to the playing surface for unmatched stability, ground feel, traction and swing power
 
Direct Injection – A process unique to ECCO in the golf industry provides superior cushioning, stability and comfort via a one-piece shoe that’s built without glue or stitching
 
Superior Durability & WeatherResistance – Naturally soft, smooth, breathable and strong Tibetan Yak leather uppers are treated with Hydromax™ for superb weather protection
 
Climate Control – Triple-component ECCO Comfort Fiber System insole guarantees a cool, dry  shoe interior
 
Along with other styles from the 2013 ECCO men’s golf collection, BIOM Hybrid will be worn in competition by Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Stuart Appleby, Andreas Hartø, JB Hansen and scores of other Tour stars worldwide.
 
ECCO offers a variety of styles that retail between $130-$285.
 
To learn more about ECCO Golf, click here.
 
April 12, 2013 - 10:33am
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T.J. Auclair
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Fila Golf
Fila Golf
The men's London (left) and women's Victoria (right) are part of the new waterproof wind jacket offerings by Fila Golf for 2013.

 

Fila is making noise in the golf business these days with offerings for men, women and children.
 
Part of Fila Golf's 2013 line, includes waterproof wind jackets for both men and women.
 
The London men's jacket and the Victoria women's jacket include the following features, according to Fila:
 
Waterproof critical seam sealed wind jacket (3,000mm waterproofness / 3,000gm breathability) with mesh lining and detachable hood, microfleece lined mockneck, kissing welt zipper front, self adjustable sleeve closure with velcro, front zipper pockets with microfleece lining, E-Zip Embroidery System, liquid metal F-box logo on right sleeve hem, imported.
 
Both jackets retail for $110 and are just as useful and stylish on the course as they are off it.
 
To learn more about the jackets and all that Fila Golf has to offer, click here
April 12, 2013 - 9:08am
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Pimento Cheese, Masters
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Lovers of the Masters pimento-cheese sandwich aren't impressed with this year's version.

 

If you've ever been to Augusta National for the Masters, you know the pimento-cheese sandwich is as much a staple of the tournament as a green jacket (OK, so maybe that's pushing it a little).
 
People who are lucky enough to be on the hallowed grounds this year might be noticing that the 2013 version of the pimento-cheese just doesn't taste like it used to.
 
Turns out, there's a reason -- the recipe isn't the same.
 
ESPN.com's Wright Thompson was so disappointed by the change, that he did an investigative piece, which you can read here, into why things have changed.
 
Thompson wrote:
 
This is a year of profound and controversial change for the Augusta National Golf Club, and I am, of course, talking about the curious case of the pimento cheese recipe.
 
It's different.
 
There's definitely more spice, and some think there's more mayo. The consistency has changed, sometimes leaving soggy bread gummed up around a big blob of the spread. From the outside, it seems like a combination of legal liability issues and stubborn pride has left the Masters concessions staff trying -- and failing, in a rare moment of fallibility -- to re-create the same recipe that generations of golf fans have enjoyed.
 
"I am fine with adding the female members, and I am tolerating the belly putters," fan Paul Jones said, "but changing the pimento cheese recipe is taking change too damn far. We actually spent a lot of time trying to re-create the recipe."
 
Thompson's piece -- whether you love or hate the pimento-cheese sandwiches -- is definitely worth the read.
 
He got to the bottom of the matter: it tastes different this year because it is different this year... But, Thompson couldn't get anyone on record to reveal the ingredient that's missing.
 
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April 12, 2013 - 12:59am
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John Holmes
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US Kids Golf Tour Series V clubs
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The new Tour Series V clubs "will allow advanced young players to realize more of their potential,'' says U.S. Kids Golf Founder and President Dan Van Horn.

The new Tour Series V line of clubs from U.S. Kids Golf is made from the same high-tech materials as leading adult equipment, but sells at much lower prices.

''We are extremely excited about the Tour Series V clubs,'' said U.S. Kids Golf Founder and President Dan Van Horn. ''The enhancements offered will allow advanced young players to realize more of their potential.''

The new driver features a 460cc titanium head – the same size as the top adult drivers – and comes with a stylish white matte crown and black face that aids alignment and eliminates glare. The new woods are heavier and the new shafts have a slightly stronger flex. 

The irons feature an improved head design with optimal weight distribution to produce straighter shots, and the new wedges incorporate the latest in high-spin technology. All the clubs conform to USGA standards.

The clubs in the Tour Series V are offered for golfers of five different sizes – 51, 54, 57, 60 and 63 inches tall – and each set is designed with unique shafts and head weights to optimize the results. The clubs for 51-inch and 54-inch golfers are 10 percent lighter than adult clubs, while the sticks for 57-, 60- and 63-inch golfers are five percent lighter than their adult counterparts.

For more information and pricing, visit www.uskidsgolf.com.

 
April 10, 2013 - 3:01pm
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John Holmes
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Callaway Phrankenwood
Courtesy of Callaway Golf
The 'Phrankenwood' that Phil Mickelson will use at the Masters blends the heat of a driver with the workability of a fairway wood.

Phil Mickelson famously won the 2006 Masters using two slightly different Callaway drivers. This week, he's trying a similar strategy.

No, Mickelson doesn't have two drivers in the bag, but close. Along with his Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver, he's got what Callaway is calling the ''Phrankenwood.''

Essentially, it's a 2-wood (remember those?!), based on Callaway's X Hot fairway wood technology. Mickelson's prototype model has 8.5 degrees of loft with a 250cc head, and is outfitted with a Fubuki k 70X prototype shaft, says Scott Goryl of Callaway.

Like other X Hot fairway woods, the Phrankenwood has a stainless steel head with a Speed Frame Face Cup made of high strength Carpenter 455 stainless steel. The face cup – the front piece on the head, including the clubface – is 40 percent thinner than previous Callaway fairway wood faces, and contains a 90-percent larger sweet spot.

At his news conference at Augusta National on Tuesday, Mickelson said he began playing the X-Hot 3-wood earlier this year and was immediately impressed.

''I hit it as far as my driver,'' he said of the X Hot 3-wood. ''I couldn't believe it, it like shot off the face. It had, you know, the optimum spin that a driver would have, and I hit it as far as my driver. And if you've noticed, as I've played Doral and I've played Houston and I've played these last few weeks, I hit it off almost every tee because it's so easy to hit, and it just bores through the air and I don't have to manipulate it and it just goes so far. 

''So I asked the engineers to take that technology in that club, in our 3-wood, and just put it on steroids,'' which he joked was probably not the best way to phrase that. ''But I wanted to make it more like a driver.''

So the Phrankenwood, Mickelson explained, ''looks like a 3-wood, but it's bigger than our 3-wood. And it's almost like a small driver, but it's the 3-wood technology of our X Hot into a driver. What it's done is taken a lot of spin off of it. And if you watch, you'll see a lot of the shots off the tee that I hit have a lot more scoot on them.''

Mickelson said his practice with the club so far this week has produced exactly the results he had hoped for.

''Tee shots on 9 are getting down to the bottom of the hill, and I haven't been able to do that in years,'' he said. ''Tee shot on 10 is getting another 15 to 20 yards, giving me a club or two less than I've had in years. And the tee shot on 15 is getting down to where I have one or two clubs less, and because it comes off fast, as well as low spin, it's running, which is exactly what I wanted here.''