Jack Nicklaus is introducing a line of golf balls that the Golden Bear says can help simplify your golf game and help sick children as well.
The line of three balls – the Nicklaus Black, Nicklaus Blue, and Nicklaus White – was designed to accommodate three skill levels of player, using the tees from which they typically play. A percentage of the proceeds from every ball sold will be donated to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide, and visitors to Nicklaus.com can support the foundation by making a voluntary contribution.
''We are trying to simplify the decision-making process of selecting the right golf ball and at the same time provide consumers the highest-quality golf balls and at a price that encourages charitable support,'' Nicklaus said of the balls, which will be available this fall. ''By buying these balls, players will get the added benefit of supporting these wonderful charities that help children in need as well as the families that dearly love them.''
The Nicklaus White ball is designed for the players who typically play from the white (forward) tees. The Nicklaus Blue is designed for players who usually play the blue (middle) tees, and the Nicklaus Black is for the single-digit handicapper who generally plays from the back (black) tees.
Nicklaus and members of his family tested and perfected the balls, and Nicklaus says the new spheres will outperform other top-of-the-line golf balls. Each ball, Nicklaus explains, incorporates the most cutting-edge multi-layer technology to achieve the optimal compression for the level of player it is designed for.
''For more than three years, we have contemplated entering the golf ball business, so over that time, I have been researching and testing golf balls,'' Nicklaus explained. ''There are a lot of very good balls on the market, but I was not able to find a ball that fully met my expectations and hopes – not just for me or other professionals, but more important, for the everyday golfer.
''So I simply decided not to enter the business until I found that ball,'' he added. ''Well, I found that ball. Actually, I found three.''
Nicklaus' ball strategy is based on a simple principle: Skill level is an extremely important factor when selecting the right ball. ''From the tees you play, we know your swing speed; this is paramount when choosing a golf ball,'' he said. ''But no matter the percentage of players who know their swing speed, 100 percent of them know the tees they play.''
The Nicklaus Black will sell in golf shops for $50 a dozen, while the Nicklaus Blue and Nicklaus White will retail for $46 in golf shops. By ordering directly from Nicklaus.com, however, golfers will pay only $32 for the Black and $28 for the Blue and White, and will be able to make a voluntary contribution of up to $20 if they so choose. And during a month-long pre-order period, customers can order the ball for the discounted introductory prices of $30 (Black) and $26 (Blue and White) per dozen.
For more information and to place your order, visit www.nicklaus.com.
Bubba Watson appeared on ESPN's ''College GameDay'' show before the Georgia-LSU game at Sanford Stadium Saturday afternoon, and had about as good a day as you can have.
He appeared before a huge – and hugely enthusiastic – audience of his fellow Georgia Bulldogs, correctly called for a Dawg win, spent some time on the sideline during the game, and even got a little game ball as a souvenir. Most likely, however, his most memorable moment came when he and wife Angie got to hold Uga, the Georgia mascot.
In the photo above that Watson tweeted, Uga doesn't look too impressed – though this is likely the first time he's been held by an actual Masters champion, not to mention one with a University of Georgia connection.
As for Watson, might this be the second-best thing that's happened to him in the state of Georgia? He helped the Bulldogs win the SEC Championship in 2000 and, after turning pro in 2001, he returned to school and completed his degree in 2008. He also met Angie while both were in school in Athens.
So okay, holding a big ol' slobbery dog probably doesn't rank second on his list. But it might round out his top five.
Bubba Watson doesn't seem to get in on the college football trash-talking on social media like some of his PGA Tour colleagues. But he's a proud Georgia Bulldog – and on Saturday, he'll be one of the guest pickers on ESPN's ''College Gameday'' as the popular pre-game program sets up shop at Sanford Stadium for the LSU-Georgia game.
Making things even more interesting is that Watson's partner in prognostication partner will be his new buddy, Willie Robertson of ''Duck Dynasty,'' who's a big LSU fan. They’ve gotten to know each other over the past year or so, and even hung out together at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans back in April.
Watson and Robertson will even be a little part of history – according to ''GameDay'' producer Lee Fitting's Twitter account, this will be the first time the show has featured a pair of celebrity pickers. That might be new territory for ''GameDay,'' but one thing Fitting can count on is that Bubba and Willie will put on a good show.
Watson, of course, has become a mainstay at ESPN in recent weeks, as he leads off the network's newest SportsCenter commercial. And here's a little video ESPN put out on Instragram to tout his "College GameDay" appearance.