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November 6, 2012 - 2:57pm
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John Holmes
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Nike VRS_Covert driver
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The new Nike VR_S Covert drivers feature a rich red paint job, and give golfers the ability to choose from 15 different options of loft and face angle.

Nike Golf unveiled its latest driver on Monday, and is unabashedly billing it as "the most innovative club" the company has ever produced. 

The new VR_S Covert driver is the first to bring high-speed cavityback technology to a driver that conforms to USGA and R&A rules, company officials said. It features three proprietary technologies (High Speed Cavity Back, FlexLoft adjustability and NexCOR face) that combine to enhance distance, control and forgiveness, they added. 

"With the VR_S Covert, we have created a game-changing piece of technology that has already begun a growing industry buzz," said Rob Arluna, Nike Golf’s Global Golf Club Business Director. "It is visually exciting, it feels and sounds amazing and, most importantly, it creates powerful results with a high degree of control. Golfers and our Nike Golf Tour athletes are going to have a lot of fun with this driver."

The High Speed Cavity Back is a technology used in irons and now brought to drivers, fairways and hybrids for the first time in a conforming driver. This leads to more stability at impact, Nike says, and that delivers more energy to the ball, resulting in more distance and control. The Cavity Back is only visible from the sole view, but is covered and hidden by the crown to make the club more visually pleasing at address – hence the name VR_S Covert.

By incorporating this new hidden geometry into the driver, Nike Golf engineers have been able to move the weight of the club to the heel and toe, increasing Moment of Inertia (MOI) to increase forgiveness and add even more distance to off-center shots.

The FlexLoft system is a simple pull, turn, and push/tighten mechanism that allows for an intuitive adjustment system. The patented Dual Axis adjustment allows golfers to choose their loft (between 8.5 and 12.5 degrees) and face angle independently of each other by decoupling loft from face angle. This creates 15 different options to suit their game and course conditions.

Finally, the NexCOR face technology featured in the VR_S Covert line is designed to deliver faster ball speed and longer shots from a wider area of the face. NexCOR creates more speed at impact by employing a variable face thickness that moves the sweet spot higher from the heel of the club to the center high, where most golfers are likely to make impact.

Featuring a deep red paint job, the VR_S Covert driver will be offered in two models, the VR_S Covert Tour and VR_S Covert. The VR_S Covert Tour features a 430cc head and features a deeper face and a fixed weight screw. The VR_S Covert has a larger 460cc head and has a wider breadth. Both models will come with Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Kuro Kage shafts that are produced with higher carbon fiber density for superior control and power.

The drivers will be available in golf stores throughout North America and Europe on Feb. 8, 2013, and in the rest of world starting Feb. 15, 2013. The VR_S Covert Tour will carry a street price of $399, while the VR_S Covert model will carry a street price of $299.

 

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November 6, 2012 - 2:32pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Bob Toski
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Bob Toski is still as sharp as ever, on and off the course.

It might be a record. It is certainly the kind of achievement that deserves recognition.  

Noted teacher and timeless professional Bob Toski shot a routine 73 over the weekend at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.: 35-38 from just under 6,500  yards.  

What makes the feat noteworthy is the fact that Toski is 86 years old. He doesn't know if 13 shots under your age is a record, and he doesn't care. "I don't play for records," Toski said. "Now, I'm playing customer golf and giving golf lessons when I'm out there. But I still love it and can still get it around pretty well."  

 Toski was the leading money winner on tour in 1954 and was the first living professional inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.  

 

November 6, 2012 - 1:51pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Jack Nicklaus is hitting the campaign trail for Mitt Romney in the final days of the presidential race. Jack greeted fans before the Bengals game on Sunday and hit four Ohio cities on Monday.

 

With the presidential campaign coming to a close, and with Ohio being the central battleground, it should come as no surprise that both sides are bringing out their biggest guns in the final day.  

 

For Mitt Romney, having one of Ohio’s greatest sporting icons on the stump could make the difference. 

 

Jack Nicklaus spoke to an overflow crowd of Cincinnati Bengals tailgaters in the parking lot of Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. And today (Monday) the Golden Bear, along with Olympic figure skater and Ohio native Scott Hamilton, are on a six-city campaign swing throughout the state, finishing in Jack’s hometown of Dublin, outside Columbus.  

 

"I just don’t like the direction we’re heading," Jack told the L.A. Times when asked why he was so active in this campaign after never getting involved in politics before. "I don’t like the divide we have in the country. I’ve never seen our country get split like this, and I really dislike that."

 

He also referenced his father and grandfather. Jack’s grandfather had been a railroad worker and had implored his son, Jack’s father, Charlie, to work hard and strive for a better life. Charlie Nicklaus became a successful pharmacist, and his son became the greatest golfer of all time.  

 

"They all had the American dream, the ability to be able to have their own businesses, the same as I’ve done," Nicklaus said to the Times. "I don’t see our kids, our grandkids, having that ability under what’s happening with the government. I want them to have that opportunity. This is more about my family than anything else."  

 

This is the first, and perhaps the last time Jack will be active in presidential politics. And he is taking on this task with the same focused determination that won 18 professional major championships.  

 

He also regrets not getting involved 36 years ago when his friend, President Gerald Ford, asked for his help. 

 

"I said, 'Mr. President, I’ve always stayed away from politics. I deal with people on both sides.' And he respected that and he never had an issue with that, and we played a lot of golf after that. But I didn’t help him and he lost Ohio by several thousand votes. Had he won Ohio, he would have won the election. I’ve always had big regrets about that."

 

Jack has no regrets this time. If Mitt Romney wins Ohio – and the polls are very close – he will owe a great deal of the efforts of our game’s greatest ambassador. 

 

November 6, 2012 - 1:23pm
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John Holmes
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Datrek Go-Lite 14 stand bag
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Made of durable diamond ripstop nylon material, the new Datrek Go-Lite 14 stand bag boasts a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top.

The latest addition to the massive Datrek stable of golf bags is the Go-Lite 14 stand bag, which weighs in at only five pounds yet features both a 14-way mesh padded top and full-length individual dividers.

"The Go-Lite 14 stand bag is the perfect bag for the golfer looking for a multipurpose stand bag -- light enough to carry and full-featured to use on a cart," said Craig Ramsbottom, president of Datrek parent company Dynamic Brands.

Made of durable diamond ripstop nylon material, this new bag boasts a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top. There is ample storage room with five pockets, including a large garment pocket, fleece-lined valuables pocket, insulated beverage sleeve and an oversized ball pocket.

An additional feature is its cart-friendly base adaptable for both push carts and riding carts. It also has a towel ring, umbrella holder, Velcro glove holder and external tee holder, along with a padded double shoulder strap to make walking and carrying easy and comfortable.

The Go-Lite 14 stand bag is available in six color patterns -- red/black/white, white/charcoal/black, royal/black/white, charcoal/black/white, orange/black/white and lime green/black/white. It is now available, and carries a suggested retail price of $149.99.

For more information, visit www.Datrek.com.

November 6, 2012 - 1:16pm
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November 5, 2012 - 10:26am
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T.J. Auclair
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Guan Tian-lang
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China's Guan Tian-lang -- just 14 years old -- won the Asia-Pacific Amateur on Sunday. In doing so, he received an invitation to the 2013 Masters, where he will be the youngest ever competitor in the tournament's history.

 

By now, you've surely heard about the incredible feat accomplished by 14-year-old Guan Tian-lang in the Asia-Pacific Amateur over the weekend.
 
The young golf prodigy from China -- an eighth-grader who barely weighs 125 pounds, according to an AP report -- capped off an incredible week by holing a gutsy 5-footer on the final hole to win the Asia Pacific Amateur on Sunday. With the victory comes an invitation to play in the 2013 Masters. 
 
On Thursday of Masters week next April, Guan will become the youngest ever participant in the tournament at 14 years, 5 months, 17 days. Previously, Italy's Matteo Manassero was the youngest Masters competitor in 2010 -- more than two years older than Guan -- at 16 years, 11 months and 20 days.
 
Tommy Jacobs was 17 years, 1 month and 21 days when he made a Masters start in 1952 and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa was just 17 years, 6 months and 23 days in 2009. 
 
So, we have to ask: What were you doing when you were 14 years old? Playing video games? Pick-up football games with kids in the neighborhood? Perhaps hoping that dad would have a vacant spot in his weekend foursome and ask you to tag along? Hey, maybe you were on the practice green stroking putts, dreaming, that -- if holed -- would one day win you the Masters. Here's Guan, who's actually going to have that opportunity at 14!
 
What Guan accomplished is absolutely incredible. It's mind-blowing, really. 
 
Early in the week at Augusta National, there's no question Guan will be the early story and rightfully so. No matter what that week holds in terms of a finish, the week is certain to be an unforgettable one for Guan.