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October 12, 2013 - 12:16pm
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Cleveland Smart Square putter
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The key to the Smart Square is what Cleveland calls Dual Axis Alignment. Two squares, outlined in white, mounted on the putter's matte black crown create parallel lines that frame the ball at address and provide a clear visual path to the hole.

Some of the best ideas are also the most simple. That's how Cleveland Golf feels about its new Smart Square putter. 

Its concept: That using squares instead of circles – such as those found on the popular Odyssey 2-ball models – as alignment aids would help golfers line up their putts better. In fact, Cleveland said, its designers and engineers found that golfers aligned the Smart Square 23 percent more accurately than competitive putters.

The key to the Smart Square what Cleveland calls Dual Axis Alignment. Two squares, outlined in white, mounted on the putter's matte black crown create parallel lines that frame the ball at address and provide a clear visual path to the hole. They also generate two perpendicular lines that, Cleveland says, easily highlight when the putter is misaligned – even by a fraction of a degree.

The end result, the company says, is that golfers can get lined up more quickly and accurately than ever before. 

The Smart Square is a high-MOI putter, meaning it has a large (360-gram) mallet head designed for extra stability throughout the stroke and to minimize the loss of distance on mis-hits. It also features a copolymer face insert that promotes a consistent roll and enhances both feel and sound at impact.

The Smart Square comes in both heel-shafted and center-shafted models in traditional lengths (33, 34 and 35 inches), with the heel-shafted available in left- and right-handed models (the center-shafted model is only available in right-handed). There is also a 39-inch Almost Belly model with a heavier (400-gram) head and a heavier grip for counter-balanced weighting, which adds stability and consistency to your stroke without anchoring. Cleveland also offers custom belly-length models. 

The Smart Square has three degrees of loft and a 70-degree lie angle. It features a stepless double-bend steel shaft and Winn grip. It will be available at retail on Nov. 15, and carries a suggested retail price of $139.99 for the standard-length models and $179.99 for the Almost Belly.

For more on the Smart Square, here is a video from Cleveland Golf:

October 11, 2013 - 2:30pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Ryan Dempster
Joe Giza
During a workout at Fenway Park on Friday afternoon, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster took the opportunity to work on his golf game.

Late Thursday evening, the Boston Red Sox found out that their American League Championship series opponent will be the Detroit Tigers.

On Friday, the Sox were getting some work in at Fenway Park in preparation for Saturday night's Game 1 of the ALCS.

RELATED: See postseason MLB coverage on TBS

Not everyone, however, was getting in baseball work.

Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster was instead working on his short game hitting wedge shots from near the third-base line.

Joe Giza (@JoeGiza), a sports producer for WBZ-TV in Boston, tweeted out this photo of Dempster Friday afternoon:



Keeping it loose -- it's what the Red Sox have been doing all season long.

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October 11, 2013 - 1:07pm
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Jim O'Brien
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Jim O'Brien, a fully blind man, made a hole in one on Wednesday.

A 71-year-old blind man from Leicestershire made a hole-in-one at Surrey's Hindhead Golf Club in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, while playing in the Peter Alliss Eye2Eye Challenge.

Jim O'Brien, a fully blind man who has been playing golf for 16 years, is believed to be only the third blind golfer to make a hole in one, according to a report by the BBC.

"It's every golfer's dream, to do a hole-in-one especially if you're totally blind," O'Brien told the BBC. "When I teed off, I hit the ball nicely. The only thought I had in my head was, 'Let's hope it makes the green.'"

RELATED: Man, dressed as dog, makes hole-in-one and wins car

O'Brien was helped at the tournament by his guide, John Grindal.

"After a few seconds, the guys I was with said 'It's in the hole,'" O'Brien said. "It was a great feeling -- it's unbelievable."

The BBC report also states that Hindhead Golf Club secretary, Chris Donovan, said the odds of a fully-sighted golfer hitting a hole-in-one were between 12,000 and 14,000-to-1.

Just an all around great story.

h/t CBS Eye On Golf Blog

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October 11, 2013 - 11:01am
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golf bag
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We offer up some tips to make sure your lightweight golf bag stays just that.

Is there anything better than walking the golf course? I don't think so. But, if you're not going to take a push-cart, heaving a golf bag that feels as though it's weighted down with cinderblocks is no fun.

It doesn't have to be that way.

If you're interested in getting more exercise and carrying that lightweight bag, we've got a list of tips to make sure it stays lightweight, aside from those 14 clubs you've got.

READ: Golf equipment you're excited about adding to your bag

1. Leave the umbrella, rain gear and headcovers in your car trunk. Assuming it's nice out, of course, all they're doing on a nice day is weighing you down.

2. Just because your awesome new bag has 50 pockets doesn't mean you need to use all of them. Take advantage of the lined valuables pocket though for your cell phone, keys and wallet.

3. Carry only the number of golf balls that coincide with your handicap (within reason). For instance, if you're a 9-handicap, do you really need more than nine golf balls in your bag for 18 holes? Likewise, if you're a 30-handicap -- surely, or at least hopefully -- you're not losing 30 golf balls per round. You don't want to run out of golf balls, but you don't need two dozen in your bag for a single round either (we hope).

READ: Your biggest golf course pet peeves

4. A Sharpie marker. Not to sign autographs after your round, but to mark your golf ball to make it easily identifiable. Better yet, mark your golf balls in advance and leave the Sharpie in the trunk too.

5. Have a clean towel, wet on one end, along with a brush. It'll keep your clubs and golf ball clean, resulting in more solid contact and hopefully lower scores.

6. A ball marker. This could be as simple as a coin from the spare-change cup in your car. But don't forget it -- keep one in your bag at all times. There's nothing more annoying than a playing partner on a green who uses a tee to mark their ball -- like you weren't having a hard enough time negotiating the green on a putt -- and says, "Sorry, I don't have a ball marker." Don't be that person.

7. A divot tool. It weighs practically nothing, but everyone playing in your group and all those playing behind you will appreciate you fixing the marks your ball leaves on the greens.

8. A GPS device or rangefinder. Level of ability doesn't matter here. For the higher-handicap player, the GPS -- some of which come in the form of a watch now -- are the better option. They give you a very good idea of how far you are from the hole or from trouble. The rangefinder is great for better players, as they provide pinpoint accuracy. Both save you the time of having to walk off yardages, allowing you to keep moving forward with that bag on your shoulder instead of backtracking and zig-zagging. They're light too.

9. A snack of some kind -- trail mix, an apple, a banana, a peanut-butter sandwich. Whichever you'd like. It'll give you some energy out there during a long round.

10. A bottle of water. Stay hydrated.

Now enjoy that walk.

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October 11, 2013 - 7:33am
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Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
The Tri Color Raker Sweater (left) and 1/4 Zip Textured Argyle Vest are just two of the fine items Bobby Jones apparel is offering this Fall.

With temperatures dropping in many parts of the country, it's about time to start dressing a little warmer on the golf course.

Bundling up doesn't have to mean sacrificing style, though.

Bobby Jones apparel can keep you warm and looking sharp as you stroll the fairways with its 1/4-zip textured Argyle vest and tri-color Raker sweater this fall.

RELATED: Bobby Jones unveils Spring 2014 line

The vest features a 1/4-zip front with tonal diamond pattern, contrast stripe collar, banded bottom and is 100 percent pima cotton. It retails for $135.

The sweater, meanwhile, is a 1/4-zip pullover with a mock neck. There's a knit-in pattern on the front with a stretch rib knit collar, cuffs and hem. The sweater is made of 75 percent silk, 20 percent cotton and 5 percent cashmere. It retails for $195.

Both offerings are cozy and comfortable and perfect for both the boardroom and the golf course.

They're just a couple of the stylish garments you'll find by Bobby Jones this Fall.

Head over to to check out all the great styles in sports shirts, sweaters and more available now.

October 10, 2013 - 5:26pm
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John Holmes
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Rory McIlroy, Bill Clinton and Bono
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Rory McIlroy, President Clinton and Bono converged on a Dublin restaurant on Wednesday, then Clinton and McIlroy played golf together on Thursday.

It's only Thursday, but this has got to be my favorite photo of the week.

President Clinton has been over in Ireland for a few days on a philanthropic tour, and went to dinner Wednesday at the Fire Restaurant in the Dublin city center. Coincidentally or not, Rory McIlroy and U2 lead singer Bono also were there. Hard to believe that Bono forgot his ''indoor shades.''

Then today, Clinton and McIlroy hit the links together. 

''Fantastic day in Ireland golfing w/@McIlroyRory and getting to know the great work of the @roryfoundation,'' Clinton tweeted.

McIlroy retweeted Clinton's tweet, adding ''Thanks for the lesson, Mr. President!''

McIlroy, by the way, set up his foundation to aid children’s charities around the world. After not qualifying for the Tour Championship last month, he is scheduled to return to competition next week in the Kolon Korea Open.