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December 7, 2016 - 12:37pm
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December 7, 2016 - 11:47am
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TaylorMade has released its new line up of equipment for 2017 -- additions to its popular M Family of clubs.

We've hit that time of year where golf manufacturers begin introducing the new toys they'll be releasing for the new year.

Tuesday was that day for TaylorMade.

At an event in West Palm Beach, Fla., the company unveiled the new M1 & M2 drivers, fairways and hybrids, as well as re-engineered M2 irons and the introduction of the all-new M1 irons.

Let's take a look at each of the new products as well as their availability.

M1 Driver: Available on January 27, 2017 at $499.99 USD, the M1 460 driver will be offered in 8.5*, 9.5*, 10.5* & 12* loft options, while LH models will be offered in 9.5* and 10.5* lofts. The M1 440 driver (RH only) will be offered in 8.5*, 9.5* & 10.5* loft options.

M1 Fairway Metals: Available on January 27, 2017 at $299 USD, the M1 fairway will be offered in 15* (3), 17* (3HL) and 19* (5) loft options while LH models will be offered in 15° and 19° options. Premium componentry comes standard in the M1 fairway, with an MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70g fairway shaft in R, S & X flexes as well as 60g A flex. All models come equipped with a Lamkin UTx cord grip.

M1 Rescue: TaylorMade's most adjustable hybrid to date, the M1 Rescue, will be offered in 17* (2), 19* (3), 21* (4) and 24* (5) options while LH models will be offered in 19* and 21* options at $249 USD.

M1 Irons: Available at retail on March 1, 2017, M1 irons ($999 steel; $1,199 graphite) will be offered in 3-iron through SW. Players will have a choice of True Temper's popular XP95 steel shafts or MRC Kuro Kage Silver graphite shafts in addition to numerous additional custom shaft options.

M2 Driver: Available on January 27, 2017 at $399.99 USD, the M2 driver will be offered in 9.5*, 10.5* & 12* loft options, while LH models will be offered in 9.5* and 10.5* lofts.

M2 Fairway Metals: Available on January 27, 2017 at $249.99 USD, the M2 Fairway will be offered in 15* (3), 16.5* (3HL) & 18* (5), 21* (5HL) and 24* (7HL) loft options, while LH models will be offered in 15*, 16.5* & 18* lofts.

M2 Rescue: Available on January 27, 2017 at $199.99 USD, the M2 Rescue will be offered in 19* (3), 22* (4), 25* (5) and 28* (6) lofts while LH models will be offered in 19*, 22* and 25* lofts.

M2 Irons: Available at retail on January 27, 2017, M2 irons ($799 steel; $899 graphite) will be offered in 4-iron through LW. Players will have a choice of the REAX HL 88 by FST steel shafts (S,R)or the M2 REAX graphite shafts (75-45g / S,R,A,L) in addition to numerous additional custom shaft options. 

December 7, 2016 - 9:18am
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Bryson DeChambeau
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Bryson DeChambeau might just be the most interesting player in golf today. This week at the Shark Shootout, he might be breaking out a side-saddle putting stroke.

If there's anything we've learned about Bryson DeChambeau over the last few years it's this: He is is own man -- one interesting dude.

He wears the Ben Hogan-style cap. He plays a single-length set of irons. And, now, he's doing this on the greens:

 

 

 

 

That, folks, is the side-saddle putting stroke that DeChambeau is expected to put in play when he teams up with Lexi Thompson this week in the Shark Shootout.

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"It feels foreign to me. I'm totally conventional -- no cross-handed grip or anything like that," PGA Professional Rob Labritz said. "Anything out of the norm is weird to me. That said, I'm intrigued with Bryson DeChambeau. I spent a lot of time looking at the video of what he's doing right now and noticed a few things. His head, shoulders and lower legs were almost fixed. He was as solid as could be swinging that putter in a direction we're not used to looking at. If you can get it in the hole and it's fundamentally sound, then go for it."

And if things aren't working out right-handed for DeChambeau, it also looks as though he could flip to the other side of the ball without issue. Check out his sweet left-handed swing:

 

That's just not fair.

Sam Snead -- the PGA Tour's leader in career wins with 82 -- also used the side-saddle putting style later in his career.

 

 

December 6, 2016 - 12:26pm
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John Daly
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While waiting to play his tee shot during a pro-am tournament for the Folds of Honor this week, John Daly sang his song, "Hit it Hard" with one of his playing partners strumming a guitar.

John Daly played in the Ken Duke Celebrity Pro-Am, which benefited Folds of Honor and Volunteers in Medicine, via The Ken Duke and Friends Charity Mission earlier this week.

Since you never know what's going to happen during a round with Daly, this was pretty cool...

One of the players in the group had a guitar in his cart (totally normal). On one tee box, the player starts strumming the chords to Daly's "Hit it Hard" when Daly pipes in to sing.

Check it out:

 

 

Daly also took the stage the night before at a fundraiser for the Folds of Honor:

 

 

"Hit it Hard" took to the airwaves in 2014 and recently got more traction when ESPN used it heavily in its "30 for 30" mini-documentary on Daly.

Prior to "Hit it Hard," Daly's tune of choice to cover whenever he had the chance was "Knockin' on Heaven's Door":

 

 

 

December 6, 2016 - 9:52am
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Golfers are a stubborn people. They'll do just about anything to save strokes on the course even if it risks bodily harm.

Whether you're the No. 1 player in the world or the world's biggest hacker, there's one thing we all have in common: We hate dropping unnecessary shots.

Rather than take our medicine in a lot of cases that call for it, we'll instead try to hit that "hero" shot. A ball half-submerged in water? No problem -- did you see what Bill Haas did at the Tour Championship with 10 million bucks on the line? Stuck in the pine straw with obstructions everywhere? Ummm... remember what Phil Mickelson did at the Masters on No. 13? Trees are in your way? No problem. I can find that small window that the pros always seem to find.

After all, trees are 90 percent air.

Unfortunately for one young man, he found himself faced with one of those "thread the needle" and "put it through the uprights" type shots. Surprise, surprise, it didn't go quite like it does for the golfers playing on our TVs every weekend.

Here's what happened:

You think this guy will think twice next time he's in a spot like that? I think it's safe to say he'll be punching out. 

December 5, 2016 - 12:17pm
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Ryder Cups produce loads of great moments. Here are 15 of our favorites from the Ryder Cup USA victory at Hazeltine in 2016.

It's a bummer that the Ryder Cup is played only once every two years.

Thanks to all the highlights the matches produce, however, I think it's fair to say there's enough to look back on to hold us over for 24 months. Don't you think?

With the year winding down, we figured it was a great chance to look back at the incredible week that was at the end of September-beginning of October in Chaska, Minn., at Hazeltine National, which saw Ryder Cup USA win for the first time since 2008.

The matches had countless great moments, but here are 15 of our absolute favorites.

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15. The American heckler who drained a putt in Thursday's practice round and taking $100 off Justin Rose in the process. We'd never condone heckling on the course (unless you're with buddies -- then it's encouraged), but this was all in good fun. We're not saying the putt the spectator made here set the tone for the USA at Hazeltine, but we're not saying it didn't either.

 

 

14. The atmosphere on the first tee. What a spectacle. Thousands of fans filling the stands, lining the ropes and singing, cheering and chanting all week long. It was fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. The Arnold Palmer remembrance wall attached to the merchandise tent and his bag from 1975 on the first tee. Sadly, Ryder Cup week began just as we learned that the King passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 87. Both teams, as well as fans, made sure the King's spirit was remembered throughout Ryder Cup week. All of it was such a nice touch -- especially the aforementioned wall where those on site could leave a personal message to Palmer... The wall also traveled to New York for the PGA of America's Annual Meeting in mid-November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, onto particular shots and reactions we loved.

12. Brandt Snedeker fired up. You don't see Sneds like this every week.

 

 

 

 

11. The USA's Friday morning, opening session sweep -- something that hadn't been done in a Ryder Cup since 1975... when Arnold Palmer was the captain (which made this extra special).

 

 

10. When Spieth and Reed removed their hats and placed their right hand over their heart as fans serenaded them with the National Anthem right in the middle of a match. How cool was that?

 

 

9. Bubba Watson's post-win interview. It wouldn't be far-fetched to call the omission of Watson on the USA team a "snub." He was the No. 7-ranked player in the world and did not receive any of Captain Davis Love III's four captain's picks. Instead of moping about it, Watson asked to be a vice captain so he could help the team in any capacity that was needed. He lived up to those words. And he gave a touching interview after the victory for a guy who probably should have deserved to be playing that week instead of driving a golf cart around.

 

 

8. Matt Kuchar's long birdie putt at the par-3 13th hole in Saturday afternoon's Fourballs session. The putt. The reaction. Awesome.

 

 

7. Spieth's, "that's really good, guys" call of an approach shot he hit first thing Saturday morning in the foursomes session. I guess he knew.

 

 

6. Spieth's reaction to pretty much everything his partner, Reed, was doing throughout the week... including this one on No. 7 Saturday.

 

 

5. Reed's hole-out on No. 6 Saturday and the ensuing celebration. Should Reed not qualify for a team on points in the next 10 years, I'm pretty sure he locked up his captain's pick based on his 2014 and 2016 performances. Just off the charts good.

 

 

Let's keep the Reed trend rolling...

4. Reed and Rory McIlroy's epic Sunday singles match. Most notably, the two trading birdies and antics at No. 8.

 

 

3. Reed's 1-up win over McIlroy in that singles match to secure the first point for the USA in the Sunday singles. Reed wanted Europe's best player. He got him. And he beat him.

 

 

2. The Mickelson/Sergio Garcia halved singles match. In all, it saw a mind-blowing 19 birdies made between the pair in 18 holes, including this one from Mickelson on No. 18 (his 10th of the day) to secure the halve.

 

 

1. The USA celebration. Pretty sweet that the decisive point for the USA was secured by Ryan Moore, an 11th hour captain's pick. And, when you haven't won since 2008, the celebration is going to be special.