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October 18, 2012 - 12:57pm
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Tommy Hilfiger Golf Spring 2013 collections
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The women's collection (l) for Spring 2013 from Tommy Hilfiger Golf contains about 75 different options, while the men's collection (r) has about 100 pieces to choose from.

The Spring 2013 collection from Tommy Hilfiger Golf is inspired by the preppy heritage and spirit of the Tommy Hilfiger brand.

"Golf represents the ultimate prep lifestyle," said Tommy Hilfiger. "Our golf collections are inspired by the integrity and tradition of the sport. We've added a twist to the classics through an innovative use of fabrics and details, delivering performance, comfort and style in golf sportswear that can be worn on and off the course."

The collections for men and women include three different lines:

--The first draws inspiration from the wide-open Arizona desert with a neutral palette that emphasizes strong graphic details. Pieces include lightweight cardigans, cotton zip-neck sweaters, shorts and classic slacks.

--The second incorporates the summer vibe of Bar Harbor. Nautical stripes, sleeveless polo shirtdresses and red, white and blue plaid pants give a classic New England shoreline feel.

--The third, inspired by the sun and sand of Palm Beach, features shades of sun washed yellows, pinks, blues, and greens paired with subtle patterns.

Key to the collections are designs that incorporate three technical performance fabrics -- TH Comfort Tech, TH Tech and TH Cotton. TH Comfort Tech is a hybrid cotton fabric that combines style and comfort with the functional properties required in performance-driven garments.

TH Tech is a polyester fabric with moisture-wicking capabilities that keep garments dry and provide anti-odor properties. And TH Cotton is a cotton fabric designed for superior quality and comfort.

The men's collection, with approximately 100 styles, offers a wide selection of garments with suggested retail prices ranging from $65 for short-sleeved polos to $120 for more sophisticated outerwear options. The women's collection includes about 75 styles with suggested retail prices ranging from $65 for bermudas and polos to $120 for knits and outerwear.

The men's and women's golf lines are available in the United States, Canada and Europe at golf clubs, golf specialty stores, sport specialty stores and select resorts, as well as on www.tommy.com.

October 17, 2012 - 10:20pm
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Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrids and irons
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The Idea Tech V4 irons and hybrids feature the latest versions of Adam Golf's Velocity Slot Technology to help the ball jump more efficiently off the clubface.

The new Idea Tech V4 hybrids and irons represent the latest generation of Adams Golf’s Velocity Slot Technology, which adds slots to the clubheads to help make the clubfaces springier and propel the ball farther.

This latest iteration includes Velocity Slots in both the crowns and soles of the clubs, as well as a Thru Cut channel sliced through the clubhead from the top slot to the bottom, enabling even more face deflection. The channels must be sealed for the clubs to comply with USGA regulations, Adams engineers said, so the backs of the Idea Tech V4 hybrids include a TPU insert that also improves feel and gives the clubs a crisp sound similar to that of an iron.

When Adams designers introduced the original Velocity Slot Technology in their Idea a12 OS hybrids, they saw a 20 percent increase in CT (“Characteristic Time,” a measurement of clubface flexibility) versus the Idea Tech V3 hybrids. And now, in the new Idea Tech V4 hybrids, they have achieved a 67 percent increase in CT – equivalent to the springiness found in titanium drivers, but accomplished here in stainless steel hybrids.

"With refined Velocity Slots, we were able to produce a CT around 240, which is what golfers will find in today's drivers," said Senior Design Engineer Justin Girard. "This is something the industry hasn't seen in a standard stainless steel hybrid. The increased CT is going to deliver a higher launch angle and higher ball speeds. Golfers will quickly notice that these hybrids are as hot as their driver."

To further improve their hotness, the Idea Tech V4s use a multi-material construction with tungsten heel/toe perimeter weighting in the long irons to improve increased forgiveness and higher launch.

And because the Tech V4 line is offered in two distinct sets -- a forged iron set and an all-hybrid set -- featuring high-performance stainless steel, the V4s cover a wide range of golfers looking to launch the ball higher and gain more distance. The forged set features a 3-hybrid (19 degrees), 4-hybrid (22 degrees), 5-hybrid (25 degrees) and 6-iron through pitching wedge using forged 8620 carbon steel with nickel plating. The all-hybrid set is 4-hybrid through gap wedge.

Both sets feature a premium PVD finish for a sleek, non-glare look, and are available in both mens’ and women’s models, and in right-handed and left-handed editions. The iron sets carry a suggested retail price of $899.99 (steel shafts) and $1099.99 (graphite shafts). The hybrids carry a suggested retail price of $249.99 per club.

For more on the Idea Tech V4 hybrids and irons, visit www.adamsgolf.com

October 17, 2012 - 1:10pm
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Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
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Dove Mountain opened in 2009 in Marana, Ariz., and has hosted the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the only match-play event on the PGA Tour schedule, ever since.

Escalante Golf has acquired the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, company officials have announced. The club will be renamed "The Golf Club at Dove Mountain," and will continue its relationship with the Ritz-Carlton hotel, The Residences and the PGA Tour.

Dove Mountain opened in 2009 in Marana, Ariz., and has hosted the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the only match-play event on the PGA Tour schedule, ever since.

"We are honored to be a part of the exceptional Dove Mountain community and to be stewards of this world-class club," said Escalante Golf President David McDonald. "We will continue to provide our members and guests the same high level of personalized service and attention to detail that is the standard at Dove Mountain."

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain features 27 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus featuring vistas of the nearby Tortolita Mountains. The 45,000-square-foot clubhouse contains a member's locker room and grill, a pro shop, outdoor lounges and Cayton's restaurant.

Established in 1991, Escalante Golf owns and operates 16 properties nationwide, including in California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana and New Mexico. They include Crosby National in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in Silverthorne, Colo.; the Club at Grand Haven in Palm Coast, Fla.; and Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.

October 17, 2012 - 1:53am
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Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy
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Rickie Fowler is taking some extra time off right now, while Rory McIlroy plans to trim his schedule for 2013.

Rory McIlroy is doing whatever it takes to try to win the money titles on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour this year – and what it takes is playing a whole bunch of tournaments. He won’t be trying it again anytime soon, though.

McIlroy has played 21 tournaments so far this season, and that doesn’t count the Ryder Cup. He’ll probably play four to six more times before the end of the year – meaning he’s on the course about every other week. Next year, he’s planning to knock that number down.

"I would just love to cut my schedule back even further and I think next year I will cut it down again to a max play of 22 or 23," he said in an interview published Tuesday on Golf365.com.

"It has been a great season and I am ready to be done," he added. "It is just such a long season these days."

Cutting approximately four events off his 2013 calendar would give him essentially another month off, and put him closer to the kind of schedule that his frenemy Tiger Woods plays – meaning that he’ll focus on the majors and other top events, and sit out almost everything else. That’s a shame for the fans who won’t get to see him play, but is probably smart for a fast-rising star focused on maximizing his incredible potential.

Also Tuesday, buried near the bottom of the Associated Press' weekly golf notebook was the relevation that Rickie Fowler didn’t go to the Korean Open this week to defend his first professional title because of back issues. Fowler also has withdrawn from the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic next week in Malaysia.

Fowler has been dealing with back problems in recent months that, the AP said, aren't believed to be serious. However, his doctors have told him that traveling overseas and playing tournaments are not in his best interests right now.

Fowler has played 23 tournaments so far this year, including all four of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoff events. The Tour Championship in late September was his last start, and he gave no indication as to when he’ll return to action.

October 16, 2012 - 5:19pm
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Courtesy of Loudmouth Golf
The knickers are available in pattern ranging from "Surfin' Santas" to the Norwegian flag.

You knew this was coming -- it was just a matter of time: Loudmouth Golf has released its first collection of custom-made knickers.

"Knickers are a golf staple and our customers have been asking for them since the beginning of time," said Loudmouth Golf CEO Larry Jackson. "We finally pushed this product to market because we don't want our customers to get their knickers in a wad."

As bad as that pun is, the knickers look like a winner. After all, if you're attracted to Loudmouth's bold design palette, then you're probably the kind of guy who'll wear knickers on the course, too -- and as anyone who's been to the course lately can tell you, there's no shortage of Loudmouth wearers out there these days.

The knicker line is available in more than 40 of Loudmouth's popular patterns, ranging from "Captain Thunderbolt" to "Shamrocks" to "Dixie." They are made of 97 percent cotton and three percent Spandex, and come in waist sizes up to 60 inches.

The knickers' release comes in the wake of the unveiling of Loudmouth's first collection of windshirts. They're available in more than 20 different designs -- including, shockingly, a few solid colors -- as well as popular patterns like "Stars & Stripes" and "Oakmont Houndstooth."

They're made of 100 percent micro-polyester and are available in sizes S-3XL, and come in four different styles: V-Neck Long Sleeve, V-Neck Vest, Half Zip Long Sleeve, and Half Zip Vest.

For more information on the knickers and windshirts, visit the made-to-order section at www.LoudmouthGolf.com

 

October 15, 2012 - 12:48pm
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Pinnacle Bling golf balls
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Each sleeve in a box of Pinnacle Bling balls contains a different color of balls.

Several golf ball makers offer colored spheres these days, but the Acushnet Co.’s Pinnacle brand is taking color to a whole new level. When you buy a dozen-ball box of Pinnacle’s new Bling balls, you get four sleeves of three – and each sleeve is filled with a different color of balls.

The four shades – which Pinnacle calls High Optix colors – are orange, yellow, pink and violet, and they most definitely are high in optics.

The hues were designed by the Pinnacle research team to provide ultra-high visibility against blue and green, the colors golfers see during every round of play. The High Optix orange, pink and violet colors are brand-new additions, exclusive to Bling. High Optix yellow is also available in the brand's flagship Pinnacle Gold balls.

"Pinnacle Bling golf balls offer a unique and exciting preference option without sacrificing the extra distance and great feel that Pinnacle golf ball players rely on," said Michael Mahoney, the director of golf ball product management for Acushnet. "Bling provides the same excellent performance, quality and value of our Pinnacle Gold models but in four bright color choices."

The Bling balls utilize a high-energy core and soft cover to deliver long distance with a consistent ball flight, which is a trademark of the Pinnacle family. The Bling models feature a large, high-velocity, soft compression core wrapped in a soft ionomer cover blend with a 332 spherical icosahedral dimple design with seven different dimple sizes. This blend of attributes, says Pinnacle, gives golfers long distance on all shots as well as soft touch around the greens.

The balls are available now with a suggested retail price of $24 per dozen.

For more information, visit www.pinnaclegolf.com.