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Golf Pride
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Golf Pride's new line of CP2 grips are available in two models -- the Pro and the Wrap. The Pro is pictured here.

Back in January at the PGA Merchandise Show, Golf Pride introduced its newest performance grip -- the CP2 line.

Defined by their comfort, control and performance attributes, the CP2 grips are the softest performance grips in Golf Pride history. The company says it's new proprietary Control Core technology allows for a softer feel without compromising performance.

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"Consumer testing validation was instrumental in the performance development of the CP2 line," stated Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing manager for Golf Pride. "As soon as players took a swing, they could feel the Control Core benefits. Players commented that the fantastic feel and control immediately transferred to a high level of confidence as they stepped up to the ball. The innovation in the CP2 grips delivers softer feel with the control and durability that golfers expect from Golf Pride."

The CP2 line is available in two models -- the CP2 Pro in red and the CP2 Wrap in blue.

I recently had a chance to try out the Pro model. I've been a longtime fan of Golf Pride's Multi-Compound grips because of the feel. While the CP2 Pro looks significantly different from the Multi-Compound, I was impressed to not sacrifice any feel on the new grip, which features a straight, texture grip pattern.

They were distinctly softer than Golf Pride's Multi-Compound offerings -- which will always be my favorite -- but were much easier on the hands, especially at the start of a new season as any regular golfer tries to work through blisters.

And what, exactly, is that proprietary new Control Core technology? It's a 2.5" inner control core stabilizer located at the top of the grip where the greatest amount of swing pressure is received. It reduces torque by 41 percent compared to the same grip without the core. A straighter taper in the lower section, Golf Pride explains, encourages even hand pressure for a more stable and consistent swing.

If you're in the market for new grips -- and you probably should be at the start of a new season -- these are worth a try. And they're friendly on the wallet too.

Available now, the CP2 line comes in three sizes -- standard, midsize and jumbo -- with a price of $6.99, $7.49 and $7.99, respectively.

To learn more, visit www.golfpride.com.

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May 3, 2014 - 12:03pm
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Jason and Amanda Dufner
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Jason and Amanda Dufner dressed in their Kentucky Derby finest for the year's biggest horse race.

PGA Champion Jason Dufner and his wife Amanda spent the weekend at the Kentucky Derby, and attended the parties as well as the race – and we followed them throughout their two-day tour of one of the country's most exciting sporting events. In a few months, Dufner will be back in Louisville at Valhalla Golf Club to defend his title in another signature event: the PGA Championship.

During his days at the Derby, Jason met celebrities like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and horse trainer Bob Baffert, and even showed off his Wanamaker Trophy alongside the NHL's Staney Cup. We've put together a special photo gallery of the Dufners' big weekend, and below you can see our exclusive social media mosaic recapping some of their highlights:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 3, 2014 - 10:31am
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Morgan Hoffman
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A closeup of one of Morgan Hoffman's new wedges shows the quote "Shake 'n Bake" from "Talladega Nights."

Morgan Hoffman broke out a new set of wedges for this weekend's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Since the Queen City is the home of Charlotte Motor Speedway, it's only fitting that Hoffman's new sticks feature some unforgettable quotes from the movie "Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Check out his tweet:

Unfortunately, Hoffman shot 73-76 to miss the cut. He eagled the 15th hole Friday, only to double bogey No. 18. In Talladega parlance, that's "getting caught up in the Big One."

At least he'll have time to watch all the action from Talladega this weekend.

 

 

William Rainey
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College of Charleston golfer William Rainey loves to incorporate many non-golf props into his trick shots.
If you read the Golf Buzz on any kind of regular basis, you know we love trick shots. And I mean we loooovvve them.
 
You know who else loves trick shots? Our friends at the fabulous Pinehurst Resort, that's who. They've posted an item on their blog highlighting William Rainey, a freshman golfer at the College of Charleston with quite a knack for jaw-dropping trick shots.
 
In that post, they included Vine videos of three of Rainey's best shots – including one that features a football and a baskeball hoop and another that utilizes a variety of household items set up strategically in a hallway.
 
We encourage you to drop on over to the Pinehurst blog to read more about Rainey, who helped the Cougars win their first conference title in a dozen years this spring. To whet your appetite, here are a couple of his trick shots for you to enjoy:
 
 
 
Jason Day
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The Players Championship will mark the fourth tournament that Jason Day has withdrawn from in the last two months.

Citing a nagging thumb injury that has sidelined him for much of 2014, Jason Day has withdrawn from the Players Championship.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Day aggravated the injury at the Masters and will miss at least a few more weeks.

Currently No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, the 26-year-old Aussie becomes the fourth top-50 player to drop out of next week's Players: World No. 1 Tiger Woods recovering from back surgery, while Victor Dubuisson (No. 23) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (No. 33) both have decided not to enter.
 

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Martin Flores has made five cuts in 10 events this season, finishing in the top 25 each time.

Making an eagle on a par 5 is rare. Making one on a par 4 is rarer still.

Martin Flores on Friday became one of the fortunate few to accomplish the later.

Flores, a nine-year professional from Fort Worth, Texas, who opened with a solid 67 on Thursday, vaulted to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with a torrid start to his second round that was highlighted by an eagle-2 at the 426-yard, par-4 11th hole at Quail Hollow.

Flores, who began his round with a birdie on the par-5 10th, flew his wedge-shot approach at 11 just below the hole, then watched as the ball hopped past the pin a few feet and spun back into the cup. The eagle improved his score to 9 under par and lifted him into the lead.

Watch his incredible shot here.

 

Amazingly, the above was Flores' second hole-out for eagle this season. At the Shell Houston Open he did it on the par-4 eighth hole.