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February 12, 2014 - 11:48am
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson shows that gravity works - every time. His catching hand - not so much.

Callaway Golf is doing all it can to promote the return of the iconic Big Bertha driver. And of course, part of that is bringing out their heavy hitters to talk about - well, their heavy hitter (see what I did there?).

Anyways, Callway's biggest name is Phil Mickelson and as we all know, he LOVES the new Big Bertha. Of course, if you play like Phil Mickelson, it's easy to love a good golf club. But you know what's not always easy? Filming an ad talking about how much you love a new driver.

The ad is about the new technology of the club's "gravity core." To illustrate the importance of the center weight, Callaway is using imagery of Sir Isaac Newton and the famed falling apple. Mickelson attempts to talk about the gravity core and then catch a falling apple. The ad isn't out just yet.  But Callaway Golf is having some fun by sharing the outtakes from the shoot. 



Mickelson is currently ranked No. 4 in the world. It's a good thing Phil is better at catching birdies than apples. Just sayin'

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February 12, 2014 - 1:55am
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John Holmes
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Piers Morgan with Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson (r) told Piers Morgan that he'd be less nervous hosting a talk show than standing over a three-foot putt.
Bubba Watson has been a busy dude lately, appearing on both ''The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'' on CBS and ''Piers Morgan Live'' on CNN in the last couple of days.
The two appearances could hardly have been more different. With Morgan, Watson took on weighty topics including his criticism of the Olympics and the announcement by football player Michael Sam that he was gay. 
''It's sad that somebody has to feel like they have to come out,'' Watson said. ''I don't believe you should be compelled to come out. They're just people like me and you trying to make a dollar and have a good living.''
Speaking of making a living, Morgan and Watson jokingly discussed switching jobs. 
Hosting a talk show ''would be more fun for me,'' said Watson. ''I wouldn't be as nervous in your chair as I am over a three-foot putt.''
Watson's appearance with Ferguson was light-hearted from beginning to end. He and Ferguson – a new and enthusiastic golfer about whom we have written before – bantered back and forth about Watson's shiny silver shoes, his son Caleb, golf etiquette and much more.
Watson revealed that one of his golf superstitions is that he has to have three tees in his pocket at all times out on the course. ''As soon as one breaks, I have to get another right away,'' he said. ''I make my caddie stop and I get one out of the bag.''
Near the end of the eight-minute segment, Ferguson asked Watson if he'd ever hit a bad shot in a tournament that he wished hadn't been televised.
''If you notice [in the clip that Ferguson played of Watson's famous recovery shot at the 2012 Masters], I was in the woods,” Watson said with a grin. ''I had my my head down, I was pouting just like everybody does.''
Here are the two videos. The Piers Morgan excerpt is a little more than a minute, while the Ferguson segment runs more than eight minutes. The Ferguson video is of the entire show, but Watson comes on at about the 30:30 mark.
February 11, 2014 - 7:15pm
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John Holmes
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Hubert Green and Tom Watson at the 1977 Ryder Cup
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Tom Watson (right) was surprised at the gallery reaction to a missed putt at the 1977 Ryder Cup, but it certainly didn't slow him and partner Hubert Green down.
It seems like every time I hear Tom Watson talk, he's in complete command of the sitation. But, he revealed Tuesday, he got caught by surprise once on the golf course – and, to this day, he remembers the moment vividly.
It was the Friday of the 1977 Ryder Cup – Watson's first Ryder Cup – at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in England. Watson was paired with Hubert Green in four-balls and they got off to a great start, building a 5-up lead after 10 holes against Tommy Horton and Brian Barnes. Then came the par-5 11th.
''I knock it on in two. … I leave my putt about five feet short, Tommy Horton makes it and I miss – and when I missed, there was a cheer that went up. 
''That was the first time I had ever missed a putt and somebody really cheered,'' Watson explained on Tuesday as he announced Ray Floyd as a vice captain for his 2014 team. ''I got the feeling what the Ryder Cup's about right there. … It surprised me.'' 
And after the initial shock wore off, Watson was left with one other feeling.
''It angered me,'' he said. ''Yeah, I looked at it rationally pretty much, pretty much rationally, but I still had some anger. I didn't like to be cheered against. But I said, wait a minute, it's us versus them here. Figured it out pretty quick. But it surprised me.''
The surprise wore off pretty quickly, though. Watson and Green went on to a 5&4 victory and the United States won the match by a convincing 12 ½ to 7 ½ points.
February 11, 2014 - 2:49pm
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Sea Bear Golf Museum
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The Sea Bear golf museum will house several significant golf trophies and artificacts

Golf's greatest treasures have been set adrift.

Okay, a bit melodramatic - but my pal @RyanBallangee over at has floated a story that I think is sure to make waves.

A Malaysian developer has set sail to a dream, a golf museum on a boat. Yes, a boat.

The name of the boat is "Sea Bear" and if you think that has any connection to the the Golden Bear; well, you'd be right. Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara, hand-picked 36 items from the Jack Nicklaus museum at Ohio State University to go on board the ship.

For more on the story and some of the items that can be seen on the yacht, visit here.

February 10, 2014 - 9:06pm
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John Holmes
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Adams Golf XTD irons
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The Adams Golf XTD irons have a thinner topline, as well as a cross cavity that runs from the top of the sole to the bottom and is enclosed by an X-shaped piece of metal that helps to redistribute weight to the rear of the head.
We've all seen muscleback irons and cavityback irons. In pursuing improved distance and forgiveness in its new XTD irons, Adams Golf has come up with a cross-cavity design. 
This cross cavity – a cavity that runs from the top of the sole to the bottom and is enclosed by an X-shaped piece of metal – helps to redistribute weight to the rear of the head, which was a priority of Adams engineers. This, the company says, helps get the ball in the air faster and stabilizes the club at impact, especially on off-center strikes. 
It also helps to generate a ''gear effect'' – essentially a corrective spin to straighten off-center hits. In fact, Adams says, the gear effect that the new XTD irons produce is comparable to that usually found in a hybrid.
In addition, these new irons contain the Cut-Thru velocity slots that the company has implemented in several of its other new clubs. These slots give the thin face more ability to flex – and therefore provide more ball speed to generate extra distance. Adams' parent company, TaylorMade, of course, has implemented slots in such irons as its Tour Preferred and JetSpeed models.
''As opposed to the standard practice of strengthening irons lofts, we're providing distance while retaining optimal ball flight,'' said Senior Director of Research and Development Justin Honea. ''By integrating thinner faces and Cut-Thru Slot technology into irons, we're making it much easier for players to produce higher, longer, straighter and more consistent shots.''
Adams also improved the alignment aids on the new irons. The topline is thinner than previous models, and framed scorelines include a polished finish to set the club on its correct line at address. After contact, a pressure piston dramatically decreases vibration, while direct pressure on the back of the face produces a crisp sound.
The new XTD irons are designed for players of all skill levels, but Adams stresses that better players can get as much out of them as mid-handicappers. They will be available at retail on March 28, with a seven-club (4-iron through pitching wedge) carrying a suggested retail price of $599.99 with stock KBS Tour 90 steel shafts. Aldila graphite shafts can be included for an extra $100.
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February 10, 2014 - 2:39pm
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Kevin Stadler at the Waste Management Open
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Kevin Stadler will defend his Waste Management Phoenix Open crown at a renovated TPC Scottsdale in 2015.
Now that the PGA Tour circus has vacated TPC Scottsdale for another year, the Stadium Course – home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – will get a serious facelift. The course was built 27 years ago by architects Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, and Weiskopf is handling the makeover. 
Much of the work will focus on the green complexes – all the greens and tees will be resurfaced, six greens will be recontoured and three will even be repositioned. A total of 70 yards will be added to the course's length, the landscaping will be upgraded and the clubhouse will be renovated. 
''TPC Scottsdale was part of former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman's vision for a chain of Tournament Players' Clubs,'' Weiskopf's manager Chris Roderick told Golf Course Architecture Magazine. ''The site was a retention basin for the city, and totally flat. It was very stark, and there was a shortage of cash for landscaping at the time, so it isn't as visually attractive as it might have been.”
Among the holes getting the least amount of attention are the 15th, the enclosed par-3 16th and the 17th. The lake and the green on the closing hole will remain the same, but Weiskopf plans to tuck the rough in closer to the left side of the fairway to make the fairway narrower.
The work is scheduled to be finished before the PGA Tour circus rolls back into town in early 2015.