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September 11, 2013 - 7:40am
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Stitch Golf
Stitch Golf
Stitch Golf head covers are handcrafted by skilled leather workers in North Carolina.
One of the coolest accessories going these days that can add instant spice to your golf bag and leave your playing partners envious are head covers. 
 
There are many great head cover-makers out there -- some have been covered in this space. This time, we bring you Stitch Golf, makers of beautiful American-made, 100 percent leather and knit head covers. All head covers are handcrafted by skilled leather workers in North Carolina. 
 
Stitch was founded by Steve Pena and Charlie Burgwyn -- a PGA Professional and former designer for Callaway Golf -- in 2012 and is the product of their mutual passion for golf, fashion and functional beauty. The name itself was born from the labor of love that goes into producing each head cover -- the stitching.
 
As you've probably noticed, the trend in golf bags in recent years has been to go smaller -- stand bags, or any kind of lightweight bag, really. Stitch recognizes this and its head covers are designed with a slimmer fit in mind. 
 
With a variety of color schemes to choose from -- and styles inspired by classic lines of 1950s roadsters and gallant keelboats -- you'll have no problem finding the perfect Stitch head covers to match your bag. Stitch has created custom covers for many major events across the country. The company recently finished custom covers for Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama.
 
Stitch head covers are available in 500 green grass locations across the country, including most of the top 100 courses, as well as many top retailers. Overseas, Stitch has distributors in Japan, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, with more on the way including the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Korea.
 
Stitch head covers retail from $29.99 to $54.99 for individual covers and $99.99 to $184.99 for sets.
 
To see all that Stitch has to offer, visit www.stitchgolf.com.
 
You can also find Stitch on Facebook and on Twitter, @StitchGolf.
 
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September 10, 2013 - 11:44pm
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John Holmes
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Phil Mickelson's putter, Jason Dufner's box
Roger Cleveland via Twitter (left) and Jason Dufner via Twitter (right)
Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner received small but significant souvenirs of their major wins.

The equipment companies that support many of golf's biggest winners often create keepsakes to celebrate their golfing glory. On Tuesday, we saw two of the latest creations.

On the left of the photo above is a gold Odyssey Versa putter commemorating Phil Mickelson's victory in the British Open. On the bottom, it says ''Phil Mickelson, 2013 Champion, The Open Championship.'' Callaway Golf club design guru Roger Cleveland tweeted out the photo, and I'm presuming that's his hand holding the magic wand.

On the right side is a box from Titleist marking Jason Dufner's victory in the PGA Championship. Up top is Dufner's signature in gold, and the box contains a golden Titleist #1 ball and more commemorations of Oak Hill. Jason Dufner tweeted out this photo on Tuesday as well, and Titleist added another shot that proved that Dufner didn't get his souvenir for free – no, the other shot showed him hard at work signing pin flags in the Titleist trailer at The BMW Championship!

Major champions get an awful lot for their victories – historic trophies (and sometimes green jackets), a ton of money, years' worth of exemptions, and more fame (and marketing opportunities) than they know what to do with. I bet, however, that these personal keepsakes, created and presented to them by people so intimately involved in their on-course success, mean as much to them as anything.

 

September 10, 2013 - 9:36am
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Bridgestone Golf
Bridgestone Golf
Bridgestone is now the official licensee of collegiate teams logo golf balls.
Last week, we asked PGA.com Facebook Nation to offer up some of the best locales across the country to take in golf and a college football game in the same day.
 
If you missed it, check it out here. There's certainly a lot of school pride whenever you're talking college athletics. With Bridgestone, you can now take your school pride a step further... to the golf course.
 
Here's the release from Bridgestone this morning announcing it is now the official licensee of collegiate teams logo golf balls:
                                                                           
COVINGTON, Ga. -- Just in time for football season, Bridgestone Golf, the #1 Ball Fitter in Golf, announced today that on September 10, it will kickoff a college team logo golf ball program.  Bridgestone has entered into an agreement with 19 major colleges and universities to produce officially licensed team logo golf balls.  Under the agreements, Bridgestone has been granted the right to manufacture and sell golf balls and golf ball packaging bearing the official team logos. Financial terms and length of the agreements are undisclosed at this time.
 
Bridgestone’s collegiate team logo offering will feature Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Louisiana State, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Washington. The team logos will be available on any model of Bridgestone Golf’s robust golf ball lineup through its Custom Logo department. Also, a Special Edition Custom Team Package of Bridgestone’s award-winning e6 ball will be available at retail locations around the U.S.
 
“College football brings out passion in people like few other things, so we’re excited to offer golfers the ability to show that team pride on the golf course this fall,” said Corey Consuegra, Golf Ball Marketing Manager - Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “With more than 190 million college sports fans across the country, we believe our college offering will be a great addition to Bridgestone’s already successful collection of industry-leading golf products.”
 
For information on Bridgestone Golf’s entire portfolio of award-winning golf balls, that will now be available with collegiate team logos, visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.    
 
September 9, 2013 - 10:57pm
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John Holmes
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Nick Faldo and Greg Norman at the 1996 Masters
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Greg Norman's loss to Nick Faldo in the 1996 Masters remains one of the most infamous moments in golf.

Greg Norman's loss to Nick Faldo in the 1996 Masters remains one of the most famous – or infamous – moments in the history of golf. Norman has spoken very little about that devastating defeat over the years, but recently offered up something of an explanation for his poor play that fateful Sunday to the Australian TV network ABC.

''The result was in my hands basically,'' he told the network for a two-episode program called ''Driving Greg Norman'' that aired as part of the biographical series ''Australian Story.'' The second part, which aired Monday night in Australia, deals with the Masters loss and other aspects of Norman's life.

''Again, there's more to it than people realise. Um, cos I did have bad back issues that morning and I tried to walk it off but I couldn't,'' Norman is quoted in a transcript on the ABC site. ''I told my coach; today's not going to be easy.''

And, of course, it wasn't. Norman, who had led after each of the first three rounds, struggled to a final-round 78 while Faldo carded a 67 to turn his six-shot deficit into a five-shot victory. The win was Faldo's third at Augusta National and sixth overall major, while Norman suffered a third heartbreaking loss in his quest for a green jacket.

"I disappeared down to the beach after the U.S. Masters and lay on the beach and cried, because I felt like I'd completely screwed up winning a tournament that I wanted to win," Norman told ABC. "That would be about the only time that I would have brought the emotion of a golf tournament back home."

Norman doesn't elaborate on his back issues in the program. After some comments from Australian golfer and golf writer Mike Clayton and 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, the program quotes Norman as saying that ''I really don’t go back and relive you know, good or bad, because the next step in life is your first step in life, so you just got to keep advancing forward.''

Click here to watch Part 1 of "Driving Greg Norman," which aired Sept. 2, and click here to watch Part 2.

 

 

September 9, 2013 - 9:37pm
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John Holmes
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TaylorMade SpeedBlade iron
Dustin Johnson via Twitter
TaylorMade staff player Dustin Johnson took to Twitter to show off the back of a SpeedBlade iron, which boasts a brushed silver finish with blue accents.

TaylorMade took a deep breath during the PGA Tour's off week, and kicked off BMW Championship Week on Monday night with an event to take the wraps off its latest creation – SpeedBlade irons.

The SpeedBlades continue the TaylorMade trend of cutting Speed Pockets into their clubheads, as found in such clubs as the RocketBladez irons and RocketBallz woods. The Speed Pocket is a deep slot that runs from heel to toe on the sole just behind the clubface that allows the face to flex and rebound faster. 

That, TaylorMade says, increases ball speed and elevates the launch angle to boost distance, and provides more control because shots land on a steep angle. In addition, TaylorMade lowered the SpeedBlade's center of gravity to further increase the launch angle and to put more power behind shots hit low on the clubface – which the company says happens almost three-quarters of the time.

The new irons will be available in October.

 

September 9, 2013 - 2:44pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Most people go to the golf course to relax. That will likely never be the case again for Long Island, N.Y., golfer Edward Lunger.
 
Lunger was recently on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, when he decided to take in a round at the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club. 
 
After hitting a bunker shot, Lunger was attacked by a crocodile.
 
 
The 50-year-old engineer took a couple of practice swings and then chipped out of the bunker. He heard leaves rustle.
 
“All of a sudden, his arm went back, and his head went back,” pal Mark Martin recalled. “I saw the crocodile leap up.”
 
The angry female chomped down on Lunger’s left arm up to his elbow, using its tail and claws to drag Lunger to the sand, the men said.
 
“She pulled me back and flipped me, and I went to the ground,” Lunger said.
 
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Holtsville resident managed to brace himself by getting a knee on the ground.
 
“The crocodile was holding me down, and I pulled myself out,” he said. “I don’t remember even doing that.”
 
Lunger is suing the resort as a result of his ordeal.
 
 
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