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October 13, 2014 - 11:19am
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Vapor Fairway Woods
Nike Golf
Nike engineers reimagine fairway woods design to promote speed and forgiveness for the golf athlete.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Nike Golf innovation begins with the golf athlete in mind – always. Nike engineers and designers took the inspiration and insights from Nike athletes to drive the technology of Nike’s new Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods, available on January 30, 2015.

“Athlete insights drove significant chassis refinement in the Vapor fairway woods.” said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering for Nike Golf. “Our athletes wanted tighter but forgiving leading edges, fuller profiles and added ball speed. We’ve delivered that with the synergy of our FlyBeam and compression channel technologies.”

The Vapor Speed fairway woods have a 25% larger footprint with a lower and deeper Center of Gravity (CG) than previous Nike models.

“Athletes including Tiger Woods requested larger face profiles in fairway woods, but it was vital that we do that without compromising ball speed or optimal launch conditions,” said Radcliffe. “We successfully modified the chassis by sloping the crown to lower the CG which optimized launch characteristics across the family.”

Like the new Vapor drivers, the Vapor Speed fairway woods feature Nike’s new FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and a NexCOR face – all combining to stabilize the chassis, maximize ball speed and promote longer and straighter distance. The low CG provides a high launch with a lower-spin flight.

The Vapor Flex fairway woods highlight the same technologies found in the Vapor Speed on a more compact chassis, except the Vapor Flex has added Nike’s FlexLoft 2 adjustability system, allowing the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings.

The new, improved FlexLoft system is five grams (30%) lighter without compromising function, which leads to a CG that is up to 2mm lower on the Vapor Flex fairways. The redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. Another benefit of FlexLoft 2 is its forward and backward compatibility. Golfers with previous generations of Covert can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa.

Nike Vapor Speed Fairway Woods:

Availability: January 30, 2015
Specifications: 3W: 15° (RH/LH); 5W: 19° (RH/LH): MRC Fubuki Z 60 shaft: X, S, R, A, W
MSRP: $240.00 Street Price: $199.00

Nike Vapor Flex Fairway Woods:

Availability: January 30, 2015
Specifications: 3W: 13° - 17° (RH/LH); 5W: 17° - 21° (RH/LH): MRC Diamana S+ Blue Board 70 shaft: X, S, R
MSRP: $300.00 Street Price: $249.00

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October 12, 2014 - 7:11pm
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Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan celebrates after his chip-in eagle Sunday at No. 13.

How do you deal with a day when your putting is inconsistent? If you're Hunter Mahan, you hit the ball where you can't miss. That way you can keep the flat stick in the bag.

From 91 yards out on the No. 13 hole at Silverado, Mahan stepped up and did this:



Score that as an eagle.

Mahan had an odd round going Sunday, almost from the start. He bogeyed the par-3 second hole, only to get that shot back one hole later. He made birdie on the par-5 fifth hole, only to give that back one hole later. Then he birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to finish the front nine in 2 under 34.

But then he bogeyed No. 11 before coming up big two holes later. When leader Sang-Moon Bae also bogeyed the 11th, that pulled Mahan to within three shots of the Open lead at that point.

October 12, 2014 - 5:35pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods and his blue jeans spent some quality time with the Oakland Raiders fans on Sunday.

Tiger Woods is sure making good use of his free time. And wearing out those blue jeans.

One day after visiting Stanford, Tiger Woods made a trip to watch the Oakland Raiders play the San Diego Chargers.

Unfortunately, Woods didn't dress up like some of the more intense fans in the 'Black Hole.' Who wouldn't lke to see Woods in black-and-silver face paint with spiked armor? 

Woods also got to spend some time with former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown before the game.

It's still odd to see Woods wearing a color other than red on a Sunday.

Woods' trip comes one day after he visited Stanford to see his fellow golfer Notah Begay inducted into the school's hall of fame.

While there, Woods also spent some time with the current crop of golfers at Stanford. So if they win the national title this year, we can certainly give some credit to Woods. 



October 12, 2014 - 11:51am
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Tropical Storm Fay
Julius Mason/PGA of America
Julius Mason of the PGA of America sent this photo from Bermuda of the wind and rain Sunday morning.

The island of Bermuda is approximately 21 square miles and sits smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So what the odds that a tropical storm could make a direct hit on it in mid-October after a quiet hurricane season?

Pretty good, apparently. Mother Nature has exceptional aim.

Dear PGA Grand Slam of Golf ... Tropical Storm Fay would like to play through, please.


On Friday, the National Hurricane Center spotted a tropical depression forming in the Atlantic, some 500 miles south of Bermuda. Reconnaissance airplanes on Saturday found that the storm had intensified. Now known as Tropical Storm Fay, the storm made a beeline for Bermuda, striking the island Sunday morning with near-hurricane force winds.

The PGA of America's Julius Mason tweeted a photo from his location on the island:

And Martin Kaymer added a photo to his Facebook album, showing some of the damage near the Fairmont Southampton hotel with the comment: "Not exaaaaaaactly what you expect in Bermudas."

According to Bermuda Electric Light Company, as many as 27,000 customers were without power Sunday morning because of numerous downed trees. Port Royal Golf Club, host course for the two-day tournament featuring winners of this year's major tournament, canceled play for the remainder of Sunday, according to this tweet:

PGA historian Bob Denney found out this tidbit of information:

However, the weather is expected to improve significantly for the rest of the week, once Fay moves farther to the east and begins to dissipate. The forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.

October 12, 2014 - 10:14am
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Australian trick shots
Brandon and Bryce from Spimoni Productions put together a great trick shot video.

Australia has had its fair share of world-class golfers -- Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, for example -- so it's no surprise that Aussies are more than capable of putting together some clever trick shots of their own.

MORE TRICK SHOT ARTISTS: Meet the Bryan brothers

Check out this video from Spimoni Productions, who list themselves as South Australia's resident basketball trick shot specialists. Brandon and Bryce obviously know their way around a golf course as well. And don't we all wish we had this kind of hand-to-eye coordination?



Impressive production skills as well: background music, shots from a drone, slow-motion ...

In case you're wondering, Balaklava Golf Club is located about an hour north of Adelaide. 

Winter Club tips
TJ Auclair
One of the best things to do with your clubs during the offseason is to clean and polish them.

It might be one of the saddest days of the year, from a golfer's perspective anyway.

Not everyone lives in a climate where playing golf can be a 365 days-a-year option, and there comes a time when golfers have to put away their clubs for the winter. What should you do if you find yourself in that position? We talked to PGA Professional Brian Crowell of Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford, N.Y. to get some advice.

1. Don't 'store' them

There’s nothing worse than wanting to go practice only to realize that your clubs are tucked away somewhere inconvenient.

Crowell: "Keep them accessible, keep them nearby and available in case you want to practice some putting or chipping in the living room, or go to an indoor range or take a golf trip."

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2. Treat them well

Sure, you might not be using your clubs as often as you are during the summer, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect their condition.

Crowell: "A golfer's clubs are like his or her close friends. Clean the grooves, polish them nicely and store them at room temperature. Keep them in your life, grip them now and then, take some practice swings – don't just chuck them carelessly in a cold garage or a dark basement. Show some respect. Winter is also a great time to re-grip your clubs for the upcoming season."

3. Give them a good home

If you can’t keep your clubs at home, there are some places where you can safely store them. 

Crowell: Some private facilities feature bag storage that allows a golfer to store equipment at that facility throughout the winter. But again, that makes it more challenging to "stay in touch" with the game. I prefer points 1 and 2.”

Do these things and your clubs will be in tip-top shape the next time you can head out to the course.