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November 15, 2013 - 12:47pm
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TaylorMade Golf's new JetSpeed family of clubs.

TaylorMade today announced the release of JetSpeed, touted by the company as, "a breakthrough line of metalwoods that includes the company's first driver to feature Speed Pocket technology."

In addition, JetSpeed fairway woods and Rescue clubs combine an enhanced Speed Pocket, an extremely low-forward center of gravity (CG) location and extremely light overall weight to promote faster swing speed, clubhead speed and ball speed for more distance.

"We expect 'low and forward CG' to represent the next great innovation in metalwood performance," said Sean Toulon, Executive Vice President. "With our SLDR and JetSpeed products, we're giving golfers of all types the opportunity to increase their launch angle and reduce their spin-rate, which ultimately leads to more distance."

Initially, the Speed Pocket was designed to increase the speed at which the clubface flexes and rebounds to promote faster ball speed. TaylorMade engineers discovered that incorporating a Speed Pocket into the JetSpeed driver promotes less spin, as well as greater ball speeds on shots struck below the center of the clubface. TaylorMade reports that research suggests 72 percent of all golf shots are hit below the center of face, so the JetSpeed driver is designed to minimize the ill effects of shots struck below center.

"With most drivers, low impact generates too much spin, making the ball fly too high and land short," said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade's Senior Director of Metalwood Creation. "JetSpeed's Speed Pocket is engineered to dramatically reduce that added spin to promote more distance on that very common type of mis-hit."

The JetSpeed head features a matte black crown with a unique decal that promotes accurate face alignment at address. The matte finish also reduces glare and provides a stark contrast to the silver clubface, further making face alignment easier.

JetSpeed fairway woods and Rescue clubs each incorporate a radically redesigned Speed Pocket that's smaller and accounts for less weight, while remaining just as efficient at boosting the speed of the clubface.

READ: TaylorMade's SLDR family of driver, fairway woods and rescue clubs impress

The improved Speed Pocket is filled with a polymer that keeps debris out, improving turf interaction while absorbing unwanted vibration without slowing down the clubface.

Equipped with the Matrix Velox T 49 shaft (46"), the JetSpeed driver is available in three lofts -- 9.5, 10.5 and HL (13). Loft Sleeve Technology allows golfers to easily adjust their loft +/- 1.5 degrees to find their optimal launch conditions. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $299 per club. An upgraded TP shaft, the Matrix Velox 60, is also available for a $100 upcharge.

The stock JetSpeed fairway wood shaft is the Matrix Velox T 69 shaft. At 69 grams, it's a heavier shaft than TaylorMade has used in previous fairway wood models, which promotes better club control during the swing. Five fairway wood lofts are available: 3 wood (15 degrees), 3HL (17 degrees), 5 wood (19 degrees), 5HL (21 degrees) and 7 wood (23 degrees). Each fairway wood retails for $229.

Matrix's Velox T shaft powers the JetSpeed Rescue Clubs, with the weight determined by shaft flex: S/75 grams, R/65 grams, M/55 grams and L/45 grams. There are four lofts available: 3 (19 degrees), 4 (22 degrees), 5 (25 degrees) and 6 (28 degrees), each retailing for $199.

JetSpeed metalwoods will be available at retailers nationwide starting December 13.

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November 15, 2013 - 10:14am
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Jarrod Lyle
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Two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle accomplished his goal of making the cut in the Australian Masters -- his first start in 20 months.

Australian Jarrod Lyle accomplished an incredible feat that should be a late entry for "golf moment of the year" honors, if such a thing exists.

Lyle, after 20 months away from professional golf to battle a second bout with myeloid leukemia, made the cut in the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne on Friday.

This week has been emotional for Lyle, but for all the right reasons.

RELATED: Jarrod Lyle's emotional opening tee shot

Following a 1-over 72 in Round 1, Lyle shot an even-par 71 in Round 2. He's at 1-over 143 through 36 holes and in a tie for 39th.

"I've done it," Lyle, smiling, told reporters after his round. "I came here and achieved my biggest goal."

Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard is in Australia for the tournament and had this nugget in his Friday column on Lyle:

Stamina was Lyle's greatest concern this week as he recovers from last year's bone-marrow transplant and he said he had little trouble sleeping after Thursday's round. The weekend promises to be even more physically demanding, but Lyle said the hard part was over.

"If I have to crawl those last 18 holes, I'll crawl," he said.

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November 15, 2013 - 9:51am
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Lynn Swann
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Member Lynn Swann has been named the new Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, who helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl wins in the 1970s and 1980s, has been named the new Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors.

Swann, who sits on the Board of Directors of several corporations and owns a marketing and consulting company, will be formally sworn in by delegates at the 97th PGA Annual Meeting, on Nov. 23, in San Diego. He replaces John Jacob, of Aventura, Fla., and will serve a three-year term.

RELATED: PGA's oldest living member -- Errie Ball -- turns 103

"The PGA of America is very pleased to welcome Lynn Swann, one of America's most celebrated athletes, to the PGA Board of Directors," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "Lynn's legendary career of performing on a global stage extends to his expertise in business, where he has connected with leaders of organizations in this country. We believe that he brings that same invaluable insight and commitment to excellence as a member of the PGA Board of Directors."

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, Swann -- a resident of Sewickley, Pa. -- earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in 1974. He was an All-American for the Trojans, including the 1972 squad that went undefeated and won the national championship. Swann was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974 and was a major contributor to their dynasty.

"I am looking forward to the next three years of serving The PGA of America and the game of golf," said Swann, 61. "I came to the game late in life, but hope over the next three years to help the PGA bring golf to so many more people early in life."

The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association's president, vice president, secretary, honorary president, and 17 directors. The directors, who each serve three-year terms, include representatives from each of The PGA's 14 districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour.

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November 15, 2013 - 9:51am
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Cross Golf Apparel
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The new Pro Loft Jacket by Cross Golf Apparel is perfect for those cold-weather rounds of golf.

One of the biggest gripes for those who have to deal with frigid temperatures on the golf course this time of year -- aside from the freezing or near-freezing conditions -- is the layering of clothes required to stay warm.

Sure, it comes with the territory, but let's be honest -- golf just isn't all that much fun when you're dressed up like Ralphie's little brother in "A Christmas Story" and you can't even put your arms to your sides.

Cross Golf Apparel for men and women, may have the solution thanks to its new Pro Loft Jacket.

RELATED: Winter Golf -- it can be done and enjoyed

Swedish-inspired Cross draws upon its heritage in the ski industry with this lightweight yet heavy-duty jacket that's perfect for a cool day on the links or other chilly outdoor activities.

The Pro Loft jacket has a water-and wind-repelling shell that keeps you dry while a PrimaLoft synthetic microfiber insulation lets perspiration release for a constant, comfortable inner climate.

The featherweight polyester ripstop stretch panels offer superb durability while increasing range of motion -- perfect for the golf swing -- while the drawstring hem adds customizable comfort.

RELATED: Your best cold weather golf tips

Best of all, it's not bulky. The Pro Loft folds into its own back pocket for added packability making it ideal for travel.

The Pro Loft men's jacket comes in black and retails for $239. For women, the Pro Loft is available in Carmine (a pink color) and also retails for $239.

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November 14, 2013 - 4:17pm
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Errie Ball
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Errie Ball, the oldest living member of the PGA of America, turned 103 years old today.

PGA Life Member Errie Ball of Stuart, Fla., turned 103 today.

Ball is the oldest living member of The PGA of America and the lone surviving member of the original Masters Tournament field of 1934.

Bob Denney, Senior Association Writer of The PGA of America, passed along word (and photo) that Ball celebrated his birthday a day early at the Yacht & Golf Club in Stuart, with his family and friends.

RELATED: Errie Ball inducted into PGA Hall of Fame

The guest list included former PGA District 6 Director Bruce Patterson of Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Ill., and PGA Director of Golf Gerry Knebels of Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart. Patterson worked under Ball for 13 years and Knebels four at Butler National.

In 1990, Ball was inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame and in 2011, he was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame.

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November 14, 2013 - 2:54pm
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For those just starting the game, you might think one would want to avoid a hook at all costs.

That, however, is simply not the case -- especially when windy conditions come into play.

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Matt Kluck instructs how the hook shot is used for more roll and comes out of the bunker lower. Also, PGA Professional Joe Plecker shows that in windy conditions, you should dig your feet a little deeper in the sand with your weight forward.