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September 28, 2012 - 7:27pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Mitt Romney, Jack Nicklaus
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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney got a Golden Bear of an endorsement in Columbus, Ohio as Jack Nicklaus hit the stump and offered his unmitigated support.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney got one of central Ohio’s most important endorsements this week.

Jack Nicklaus went out on the stump for Romney at a Columbus, Ojio, event, and he encouraged all his native Ohioans to vote for the Republican in November.

"When I won, I certainly didn't apologize for my success," Nicklaus said in reference to one of the criticism levied toward President Obama from the Romney campaign.

"I once said that the worst thing you can do in golf is dwell on a bad shot, because it will affect your next swing," Nicklaus went on. "We are too late to change recent history, but we can write a better future for ourselves, for our children and for their children, beginning by putting Mitt Romney in the White House."

September 27, 2012 - 7:44pm
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Ryan Lord and Davis Love III
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Ryan Lord had a chance to offer Team USA captain Davis Love III some thoughts on Thursday.


Ryan Lord, a former lance corporal in the U.S. Marines, is like many of us - he loves golf. Unlike many of us, Ryan doesn't just call it the passion of his life - he credits golf with saving his life. 
After suffering a traumatic brain injury while stationed in Iraq, Ryan returned to the states and found his recovery and rehab painful, difficult and quite honestly, depressing. There's a great recap of his injury and recovery as well as golf's pivotal role that can be found here.
Enter Robin Meade and HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade."  
Robin has a daily "Salute to Troops" on her 6a - 12 noon weekday show where she shows photos and videos sent in by loved ones of those in the military.  But one in particular struck her - in part because of her new found passion for golf. Ryan's fiancee, Emily Dipple, sent in an impassioned plea to the Morning Express crew talking about how Ryan's battle and trauma as well as how much his love of golf had not only helped heal him, but also gave him a great mission.
Robin and her team were so moved, they contacted Emily and they coordinated a surprise trip to the Ryder Cup!
Ryan was not only walking the grounds of Medinah today (as he will all week), but he spent time with PGA President Allen Wronowski, four-star general Edward Rice, Major Dan Rooney and Major Ed Pulido from the Folds of Honor Foundation and even spent some private time with USA team captain Davis Love III. Lord even offered the captain some advice, though he won't share the details with others. 
"That's between us," he smiled.
I walked around a little with Ryan and Emily today - even had a chance to have a quick lunch with them. They are a true testament to the power of golf, not only as a sport but as a culture and community that supports, loves and heals. 
So watch the video of Robin Meade talking to Emily and Ryan, and try to keep a dry eye - don't think you can. But then realize that one hero who was willing to sacrifice it all for this country, and then battled back again from the lowest of the lows, has used golf to heal and recover, used golf to inspire others and enjoyed golf today in a way that will many can appreciate, but few could truly understand.  It was an honor to witness it. 
Friday morning, Ryan will be on with Robin Meade to talk about his incredible experience thus far. And when you watch the Ryder Cup this weekend, and you hear fans shouting "USA! USA!" - remember that the cheer represents more than one team playing golf - it is an ideal that we can all rally around, and golf can play a role in that. One fan doing the chant can attest to as well as anyone. 
September 27, 2012 - 12:40am
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John Holmes
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Cobra AMP Cell driver line
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The new AMP Cell drivers from Cobra will come in a variety of splashy colors, and feature a Cell band that wraps around the clubhead.

Heads up, Rickie Fowler! Cobra Golf is rolling out its new AMP Cell line of drivers -- the AMP Cell, AMP Cell Offset and AMP Cell Pro. These big sticks feature Cobra's new MyFly technology, which allows golfers to select from six different loft and trajectory settings depending on factors ranging from their swing to the weather to course conditions.

And, of course, they couldn't be contemporary Cobra clubs unless they're as colorful as they are adjustable – and so they come in four eye-popping shades: Silver, Directoire Blue, Barbados Red and Vibrant Orange for the AMP Cell, and Vibrant Orange and Silver for the Pro model. The clubs' soles boast a curved Cell band in the featured color, while the crown color is solid. The Offset model is Revolver Grey with hints of Barbados Red.

Using a wrench, golfers can adjust the AMP Cell and Offset drivers to 8.5 degrees, 9.5 degrees, 9.5 degrees Draw, 10.5 degrees Draw and 11.5 degrees. The AMP Cell Pro, designed for players with faster swing speeds, can be adjusted to 7.5, 8.5, 8.5 Fade, 9.5, 9.5 Fade and 10.5 degrees. All versions utilize Cobra's proprietary SmartPad technology to deliver a square face at address regardless of the loft setting and still allow the face to be slightly open or closed as desired.

This MyFly adjustability is Cobra's next step up from the Adjustable Flight Technology found in current drivers such as the ZL Encore. That allows golfers to select from three different face angle settings (Closed, Neutral and Open).

These new drivers also contain Cobra's E9 Face Technology with dual roll, which is found in current models including the AMP and ZL Encore. This gives the clubface a 12 percent larger, elliptical sweet spot that improves distance and accuracy on mis-hits from heel to toe and above and below the centerline.

At Cobra, AMP stands for Advanced Material Placement, which is the company's way of thinning the clubhead walls and redistributing up to 15 grams of mass deep and back in the head, while Cell technology saves and redistributes weight to the Cell band that wraps around the clubhead to the crown. This band also shows the golfer where the weight is distributed.

The AMP Cell Driver has its Center of Gravity optimized for low-mid handicap players, while the AMP Cell Pro uses a lower, more neutral Center of Gravity position for better players. The AMP Cell Offset has a heel-biased Center of Gravity to help correct slices.

The AMP Cell carries a suggested retail price of $299 and will be available in both right- and left-handed models. It comes in Stiff, Regular and Lite flexes and features a Fujikura Fuel shaft (60g S and R, 55g L and 45.75-inch length) and a 460cc head. The Pro model carries a suggested retail price of $399, and comes in right- and left-handed models with a MRC Kurokage shaft (65g and 45.25-inch length) and a 440cc head. The Offset, whch retails for $249, will be available in a 10.5-degree loft in Stiff, Regular or Lite flexes for both right-hand and left-hand models, as well as a right-hand, 11.5-degree model in either Regular or Lite flexes.

These drivers will be available at retail on Feb. 8, 2013.

Also coming out early next year are AMP Cell fairway clubs and hybrids, also containing Cobra’s MyFly adjustability. The fairways will be available in a 3-4 model and a 5-7 model that can be adjusted to eight different lofts. The hybrids will come in 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5 models that can be adjusted to 10 different lofts.

This, says Cobra, will give golfers a never-before-seen ability to effectively dial in distance gaps and manage trajectories for their individual long-game needs, as well as turf and weather conditions. These clubs will come in the same colors as the AMP Cell driver, so golfers can create a matched set or a personalized, mixed look.

The fairway clubs will carry a suggested retail price of $219 per club, and will come in right- and left-handed models with MyFly technology in 3-4W and 5-7W models. The 3-4W model allows golfers to adjust between 13 degrees, 14 degrees, 14 degree Draw, 15 degrees, 15 degree Draw and 16 degrees while the 5-7W model adjusts between 17, 18, 18 Draw, 19, 19 Draw and 20-degree models.

The hybrids will carry a suggested retail price of $199 per club, and will come in both right- and left-handed models with MyFly technology in 2/3H, 3/4H and 4/5H models. The 2/3H model adjusts between 16 degrees, 17, 17 Draw, 18, 18 Draw and 19 degrees, while the 3/4H model adjusts between 19 degrees, 20, 20 Draw, 21, 21 Draw and 22 degrees. And the 4/5H model adjusts between 22, 23, 23 Draw, 24, 24 Draw and 25 degrees.

And rounding out the new line will be the AMP Cell Irons, which feature a metalwood face-weld construction, E9 Face Technology and AMP Cell technology as well as a V-Skid sole design, vibration management system and speed channel to help provide enhanced distance, forgiveness and accuracy.

The AMP Cell 4- through 7-irons feature a metalwood construction with a thin, high-strength steel face that is welded to a softer 431 stainless steel body. This optimizes the irons, says Cobra, and helps to generate faster ball speeds for improved distance and forgiveness. The clubs also contain E9 Face Technology to optimize the performance of each individual iron and improve distance, feel and forgiveness based on golfers’ most common impact patterns.

The internal cell weighting in the AMP Cell irons enables precise Center of Gravity placement, while the V-Skid sole combines a higher-bounce leading edge with heel-toe relief, resulting in a sole that is versatile for better players, yet forgiving for mid- and higher-handicappers. This works with the vibration management system to reduce unwanted vibration and sound for exceptional feel.

Just like the AMP Cell drivers, fairways and hybrids, golfers will have a choice in color when selecting their irons. While silver will be the stock option, AMP Cell Irons with Vibrant Orange, Directoire Blue or Barbados Red details also will be available.

The new irons (3-iron through lob wedge) will come in right- and left-handed models in both steel and graphite shafts. Eight-piece sets (4-iron through gap wedge) will carry a street price of $699 for the steel set and $899 for the graphite set. The steel irons will feature True Temper Dynalite 90 shafts and the graphite irons will use Cobra MRC AMP Cell shafts. All irons will feature Lamkin REL .600 grips designed specifically for them.

September 26, 2012 - 4:17pm
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13th Man
To a man, every player in the Ryder Cup has talked about how crowd enthusiasm will make a difference.

One theme is developing as every player takes a turn at the podium here at the 39th Ryder Cup.  The crowd matters.

Here at Medinah, the volume and the enthusiasm are intense - and online, it could get even moreso.  The players want - no, NEED - to hear and read the support.  Phil Mickelson talked of "feeding off the crowd."  Steve Stricker says "..we need the 13th man on our side."  Even European players, whom you'd think would hope for smaller crowd influence, have spoken highly of the crowd participation and support. 

Well folks, your chance is here to get in on the fun.

The Ryder Cup has an official "13th Man" page that will track tweets - the number of and the best of.  Join in on the fun and show your support.  You may get featured with a great line. And most of all, let your team (either side) know that you have their back and will be cheering them on from no matter where you are watching.



September 26, 2012 - 2:59pm
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John Holmes
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Tom Watson and Andy Williams
Tom Watson is one of many high-profile champions of the Andy Williams San Diego Open at Torrey Pines.

The obituaries for Andy Williams in the papers and websites today are rightfully focused on his singing career, but he also played a key role in boosting golf’s popularity in southern California and around the nation.

Back in 1968, Williams agreed to become the celebrity host of the San Diego Open Invitational on the PGA Tour – this was the golden era of celebrity golf events, like the Bing Crosby Pro-Am, the Bob Hope Desert Classic and the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open. Williams was an avid golfer, and frequently played in the pro-am portion of these celebrity-filled events.

The San Diego Open was founded in 1952, but hop-scotched around southern California for its first 16 years, never really finding a home. Williams came aboard in 1968 -- the same year that the tournament moved to Torrey Pines, and the combination of celebrity clout and first-class venue proved to be a real game-changer. The event has remained at Torrey ever since, and become one of the most successful on the PGA Tour – and no doubt that success helped to pave the way for Torrey to be awarded the 2008 U.S. Open, won by Tiger Woods in his memorable 18-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate.

Williams served as celebrity host of the San Diego Open for 21 years – only the Hope and Crosby affiliations with their events lasted longer. Williams eventually shared title billing with sponsors like Isuzu and Shearson Lehman Brothers, and his name finally disappeared from the title in 1989. The tournament, of course, is now known as the Farmers Insurance Open.

Williams died Tuesday at age 84 in Branson, Mo., after battling bladder cancer. He’s most famous for his rendition of “Moon River,” and the venue he owned in Branson is called the Moon River Theater. He amassed 18 gold records and a pair of platinum records, and was a mainstay in Las Vegas for several decades. He hosted “The Andy Williams Show” on NBC from 1962 to 1971, and starred in a number of other variety shows over the years. He also headlined several Christmas specials, and hosted the Grammy Awards a record 13 times.


September 25, 2012 - 11:13pm
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John Holmes
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Feel Golf 73-degree wedge
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The 73-degree wedge from Feel Golf allows players to hit a very high, soft-landing shot with ease.

What does Feel Golf have in common with Apple? Both sold out of their most recent offering in almost no time.

For boutique clubmaker Feel Golf, the hot product is its new 73-degree wedge. Feel launched the wedge (which comes in USGA conforming and non-conforming editions) about a week ago, and they proved so popular that they’re already sold out.

"This is the biggest rush order Feel Golf has seen since first introducing the original non-conforming shot-saving wedge," said Feel Golf CEO and PGA Professional Lee Miller. "Both conforming and non-conforming 73-degree wedges are on back order and are scheduled to arrive around the end of October."

The new model is the latest revelation from Feel Golf, which introduced a 64-degree wedge in the early 1990s. That club was thought to be too extreme at the time, says Feel Golf, but many players – most famously Phil Mickelson -- now regularly use 64-degree wedges. These clubs, though, might be better suited for mid- to high-handicap players who lack confidence with nuanced shots close to the green.

"The 73-degree wedge allows players to hit a very high, soft-landing shot with ease from 50 yards in," said Miller. "Just like the 64-degree wedge, our 73-degree wedge allows the golfer to take their full swing, which is a golfer's most repeatable swing, and simply aim it right at the pin."

Feel Golf's 73-degree wedge helps eliminate most of the short-game guesswork of open stances, open faces and half swings, company officials say. One of the most common problems for recreational players is that they lack the touch and confidence to fully commit to the shot, they explain, so they decelerate, producing inconsistent results.

"With good rhythm, players can take a full swing with the 73-degree wedge," said Miller. The wedge glides through the ball, landing very softly from a tight lie or a bunker making it easier to score just like the pros."

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