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August 7, 2015 - 9:38am
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T.J. Auclair
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Michelle Wie
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Bored while sidelined with a hip injury that forced her withdrawal from the Ricoh Women's British Open recently, Michelle Wie decided to go for a new look.

Do blondes have more fun? Michelle Wie is going to find out.

Wie, the 2014 U.S. Women's Open champ, has been suffering through hip injuries all year. Because of the injury, she was forced to withdraw from the Ricoh Women's British Open two weeks ago.

So what do you do when you're bored and unable to work on your craft?

For Wie, the answer is this...

So what do you think?

Bored while sidelined with a hip injury that forced her withdrawal from the Ricoh Women's British Open recently, Michelle Wie decided to go for a new look.

August 7, 2015 - 8:54am
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Rory McIlroy
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Friday morning on Instagram, Rory McIlroy posted a photo of the inside of a jet with emojis suggesting his final destination is the U.S. -- perhaps Whistling Straits?

For the third consecutive day, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy has dropped another big hint that he's going to give it a go next week in the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Two days after posting a video to Instagram of his workout and one day after posting a photo and a video to Instagram of his healing ankle and swing with a driver, respectively, McIlroy posted this on Friday morning:

It's not just a great-looking private jet. It's also a message with emojis left for us to decipher.

RELATED: McIlroy's recovery seems to be progressing well | McIlroy works out on ankle

We're not rocket scientists in these parts, but upon examination it sure looks like McIlroy is telling us he has boarded a flight in Portugal headed to the U.S., he's happy about it (the thumbs up), we can't make out the next two emojis, but that last one of a golf flag has us pretty excited.

As I wrote in this space yesterday -- I can't wait until Rory is back on the course, but I just hope he isn't coming back too soon. For golfers of his caliber, missing a major championship must be like a child having to miss Christmas morning.

If there are any more hints forthcoming, we'll keep you posted.  

Jordan Spieth logo
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
This Jordan Spieth could soon be seen on a wide variety of Under Armour golf apparel and accessories.
 
Will Jordan Spieth become the next Tiger Woods? In at least one way, he will.
 
For years, Woods has sported Nike gear with his own TW logo. And now, Under Armour has applied for trademarks of a logo for Spieth, the company's star client.
 
In a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Under Armour submitted the design you can see above – it is essentially a pair of "J"s that together make an "S." 
 
 
The company plans to use the logo on a wide variety of apparel and accessories, it said in the filing, which was first reported by Darren Rovell at ESPN.com. 
 
Spieth signed with Under Armour in 2013, and recently signed a new agreement that keeps him with the up-and-coming sports apparel company through 2025. Spokesmen for Spieth and Under Armour didn't comment on the fiiling, but apparel and accessories featuring the new Spieth logo are expected to hit the market next year.
 
With the official unveiling of his new logo, Spieth will join the roster of Under Armour athletes with their own line of personalized products that also includes Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
 
August 6, 2015 - 8:59am
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T.J. Auclair
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy -- sidelined since early June after suffering a "total rupture of an ankle ligament" -- is using Instagram to show us all he might be back sooner than we think.

Rory McIlroy is either going to Whistling Straits to defend his PGA Championship title next week, or he's a master at teasing the world of golf.

Just yesterday, McIlroy posted a video to Instagram of a workout while putting all of his weight on his injured left ankle -- an injury he suffered while playing soccer in early July that resulted in a total rupture of a ligament in his ankle.

RELATED: Rory McIlroy collaborates with Bryan Bros. for epic trick-shot video

And today?

Not long after posting a photo of the progress his ankle has made from 4 1/2 weeks and 3 1/2 weeks (as you'll see below, 4 1/2 weeks looks like someone stuffed a small cantaloupe in his ankle), McIlroy also posted a video of himself ripping a driver.

 

4 and a half and 3 and a half weeks ago respectively... I've come a long way since.

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

 

Feels good to hit the driver again!

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

 

So what are we to make of all this? Why would McIlroy be posting it if he's not playing next week?

I, for one, am delighted to see his recovery appears to be going incredibly well. That said, I sure hope he's not rushing himself back from injury. Hopefully he's learned from Tiger Woods that, ultimately, that can only make things worse.

If you're reading this, Rory, we can't wait for you to get back on the course, but please only come back when you're 100 percent! 

August 6, 2015 - 8:14am
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U.S. Kids Golf
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We all love a good flop shot. Check out this one where a 7-year-old girl flops it right over the head of a brave woman standing just a few feet in front of her.

Is there a cooler shot in the game of golf than a perfectly executed flop shot?

Didn't think so. While Phil Mickelson has proven himself a master of the flop over the years, he's certainly not the only player in the world who can pull it off.

RELATED: Spieth makes kid's day | McIlroy workout video encouraging?

To prove that, we turn to this video posted to Facebook by U.S. Kids Golf:

 

Her name is Vinny, she's 7 years old...and she hits flop shots like this. #USKidsGolf

Posted by U.S. Kids Golf on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

 

That was a little girl named Vinny, just 7 years old, flopping it over the head of a woman standing just a few feet in front of her. And kudos to the woman (her mom, perhaps?) for standing still even when Vinny received last-second instructions to, "think about fnishing high, Vinny."

Well done.

 

Callaway Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond drivers
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The new Great Big Bertha driver (l) has a sliding weight around the sole's perimeter, while the Big Bertha Alpha 816 DBD has two gravity cores.
 
Callaway made a great big splash last year with the release of a brand-new generation of Great Big Bertha drivers – the Great Big Bertha, the Great Big Bertha Alpha 815 and the Great Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond. This week, the company unveiled the 2016 editions of these clubs.
 
The new drivers are the result not only of technological advances but also of Callaway's study of thousands of golfers that it custom-fits each year. The company's research shows that many golfers are forfeiting considerable distance off the tee because of three specific factors: Low ball speed, poor direction, and poor launch angles and spin rates.
 
So, Callaway designed its new drivers to address these shortcomings in golfers' swings. In fact, the company says these 2016 clubs have more distance-enhancing features and technologies than any they've ever created – and that the new Great Big Bertha drivers have a blend of aerodynamics and multi-material construction unlike any other drivers they've ever  built.
 
The standard Great Big Bertha – which Callaway says is best for the vast majority of golfers – features a 10-gram sliding weight that moves on a track around the perimeter of the sole. Golfers can set the weight wherever they prefer along the track, giving them the most options yet for dialing in their shot shape. The Bertha also features Callaway's Optifit Hosel, which provides eight different configurations to fine-tune loft, lie, and face angle.
 
In its studies, Callaway discovered that the one area where most golfers have the greatest room for improvement is the "smash factor." To help golfers generate more ball speed, even on mis-hits, Callaway's R•MOTO clubface technology employs a system of internal ribs that run from the center of the interior sole to the clubface, adding strength to the perimeter of the face. The heads also have Callaway's Variable Face Thickness, in which the face is thinner in strategic places to expand the area in the middle of the face that delivers fast ball speed.
 
 
The Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond – Callaway's Top-Fuel dragster – doesn't have the sliding perimeter weight because golfers good enough to handle this club don't need that. Instead, it features what the company calls Dual Distance Gravity Core Chambers.
 
Callaway pioneered the gravity core in the original Big Bertha Alpha. One end of the core – essentially a small stick – has a heavier weight while the other has a lighter weight; golfers can move the club's center of gravity up or down depending on which way they insert the gravity core into the head. 
 
The new 816 Alpha DBD has two gravity cores, one in each hemisphere of the sole. This, the company says, provides even more options for golfers looking to fine-tune their ball flight to increase their ball speed and distance along with their shot shape. The DBD also features the standard Big Bertha's upgraded R•MOTO Face and Opti-Fit Hosel, buthas a deeper face and a low center of gravity for a blend of forgiveness and workability that elite golfers are seeking. 
 
Callaway is offering a wide variety of custom shaft options to help golfers find their optimal blend of swing speed and control. These shafts range in weight from 295 grams to 325 grams, and come from such prominent shaftmakers as True Temper, Mitsubishi, Matrix and Aldila.
 
The new Big Bertha driver will be available for pre-order beginning August 14, and will arrive in stores on August 28 with a suggested retail price of $449.99. The Big Bertha Alpha 816 DBD also will be available for pre-order on August 14, and will hit stores on September 18 with a suggested retail price of $499.99.
 
Here's a video on the Alpha 816 DBD driver: