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November 1, 2012 - 3:04pm
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John Holmes
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Nike Golf driver
Nike Golf via Twitter
Nike Golf's new driver features a low-profile face and a rich, red paint job.

Last week, we saw lots of sneak peeks of new utility irons from Titleist, a new version of X Forged irons from Callaway and the new RocketBladez irons from TaylorMade. This week, Nike Golf is is dropping some hints at what’s to come in the form of spy shots of a new driver.

We don't know much more than we can discern from the photos -- it's hard to read in the photo, but it says "High Speed" on the back of the head in the photo on the right. But we love the shape of the face and that deep red paint job.

Nike Golf has a pretty cool 30-second promo video entitled "Threat Indentified" on its home page and on its Facebook page, but it doesn't offer any details. They promise to reveal all on Nov. 5, and we can't wait to see what they've got.

Also, of course, Nike unveiled its new line of Method Core Weighted putters earlier this week. To read all about them, click here.

 

November 1, 2012 - 1:54am
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John Holmes
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David Toms and family
Davids Toms via Twitter
Who's that fine southern gentleman? Why, we do declare, it's 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms and his fabulously attired family.

Some of the game’s top players are grinding away at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in China this week, but an awful lot more spent Wednesday night enjoying Halloween with their friends and families. Many of them posted photos of their trick or treat fun on Twitter, and we’ve put together a photo gallery of some of the best.

You can see it here.

Hope you had a happy and healthy Halloween, too!

 

 

 

 

October 31, 2012 - 3:31pm
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John Kim
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Charles Barkely CDW
Courtesy CDW ad
Charles Barkley's erratic golf skills have finally found a place in the business world according to a new ad.

Charles Barkley has been the subject of so much derision and mocking when it comes to golf. But like any warrior, he can turn his weakness into a strength - as the latest ad from CDW shows.  And they did a great job of it.

Check out the ad here.

October 31, 2012 - 8:56am
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John Holmes
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Nike Method Core Weighted putters
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The MC01 blade and MC11 mallet show the weights in the bottom of the clubheads of the Nike Method Core Weighted putters.

The latest putter innovation from Nike Golf is its line of Method Core Weighted putters.

These putters – of which there are five models --  utilize fixed weights on the heel and sole of the clubhead to provide proper weighting by putter length. The weights help to lower the center of gravity as well as move the center of gravity away from the face.

"Most people don't realize that they are about 3/10ths of an inch above the ground at impact," explained Nike Golf Master Modelmaker David Franklin. "You need to keep the center of gravity of the putter as low as you can so that it never gets higher than the center of gravity of the ball. This stops the putter from driving the ball down and creating backspin on the ball."

The Method Core Weighted solved this potential putting inconsistency with their strategically designed weighting system.

"With the Method Core Weighted technology, we worked to get the center of gravity lower than the ball, enabling the putter to rise up at impact, lift the ball and turn it over quickly," said Franklin.

The putters feature a milled face and Polymetal Grooves for a more true and consistent roll, keeping putts on target, Nike says. In the faces is the Method Core insert – a blend of aluminum face and polymer grooves to lessen impact and vibrations for enhanced sound and feel. The five Method Core Weighted putters include four blades and a mallet, each with a lustrous tour satin chrome finish, and all are built with 2 degrees of loft.

The MC01 blade comes in right- and left-handed models, with lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, while the other models are only available right-handed. The MCO2w, MC03w and MCO4w blade all come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, while the MC11 mallet comes in shaft lengths of 33, 34, 35, 41 and 43 inches.

The putters carry a suggested retail price of $169, and will be available beginning November 1.

 

October 30, 2012 - 4:13pm
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John Holmes
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Oak Hill
Nate Waldron, director of operations for the 2013 PGA Championship, posed with this fallen tree at Oak Hill in one of the more dramatic images of golf course damage from Sandy.

Among the many targets of Superstorm Sandy’s wrath are the golf courses up and down the East Coast, especially those in the Northeast.

--The Metropolitan Golf Association has been collecting images and reports of damage on courses in the greater New York city area, and you see their coverage here.

--Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., has posted a gallery of images from the aftermath of the storm at that famed facility, which will host the 2013 PGA Championship next August. You can see it here.

--Also, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has notes and photos in its Twitter feed today. You can see it here.
October 30, 2012 - 9:29am
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Merion GC, by Linda Hartough
Courtesy of Linda Hartough
The blaze of blooming scotch broom helped artist Linda Hartough decide to paint the 16th hole at Merion.

Linda Hartough, among the world’s best golf-landscape artists, has introduced her newest painting, “16th Hole, East Course, Merion Golf Club,” in commemoration of the 2013 U.S. Open. The tournament is set for June 13-16, and will return to historic Merion in Ardmore, Pa., for the first time since 1981.

This is the 24th painting in Hartough’s U.S. Open series, which is commissioned by the U.S. Golf Association. Offered in a limited edition of 850 prints and an additional 85 artist proofs, each is signed and numbered by the artist.

"The rest of the course looked wonderful in the spring air, and it was really hard to limit the choice to one hole," said Hartough of her decision to paint the 16th hole. "But the sight of the Quarry Hole ablaze with yellow-flowered scotch broom did it for me."

The Quarry Hole is one of the most demanding in golf at one of the most historic courses in America. Designed by Hugh Wilson, the East Course opened in 1912. It perhaps is best known as the place where Bobby Jones won the 1930 U.S. Amateur to complete his career Grand Slam.

In this rendering, Hartough captures Merion on a beautiful spring day. The panorama invites inspection of the dramatic undulations, stone ledges and elevations marking the difficult approach shot to the iconic two-tiered green.

"Linda has done a wonderful job capturing the drama of Merion's famous Quarry Hole -- the 16th," said Merion PGA Head Professional Scott Nye. "The vibrant yellow scotch broom in the quarry and the famous orange wickers provide eye-catching pop that brings out the scenic beauty of the hole.

"The long afternoon shadows across the fairway coupled with the clubhouse in the lower left remind golfers that they are truly fortunate to walk where the legends of the game have played over 100 years of championship golf at Merion," he added. "The pencil sketch depicts the original farmhouse and barn, reminding players that the land was a farm long before Hugh Wilson's gem was created."

Hartough painted the first of her U.S. Open series in 1990, when Hale Irwin won at Medinah Country Club. In 1984, Augusta National commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, an event that propelled her toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. Since then, her work has achieved a distinguished status, displayed in the permanent collections of such legendary clubs as Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley, as well as in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd. Her paintings also hang in the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga.

For more information, visit www.hartough.com.