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Callaway Mack Daddy 3 wedges
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They circular weight ports in the back of each Mack Daddy 3 wedge allow Callaway the company the freedom to reposition weight for better shot-making.
 
Callaway's Mack Daddy family of wedges has become so popular on the PGA Tour and among everyday golfers that its next generation is both bigger and better.
 
The Mack Daddy 3 Milled wedges, of course, follow the current Mack Daddy 2 generation, and offer three different sole grind options, along with a variety of custom choices for finishes, shafts and grips. As with the previous Mack Daddy wedges, the new MD 3s were designed by Callaway's famed club builder Roger Cleveland, and the company calls this the most complete wedge line it has ever produced. 
 
They have a high toe profile and a semi-straight leading edge, and the circular weight ports in the back of each wedge allow the company the freedom to reposition weight for better shot-making, especially out of the deep rough. They also have what Callaway calls Progressive Groove Optimization that optimizes spin for each loft.
 
The grooves milled into the faces are designed to create a smoother spin transition from irons to these wedges. The narrower 30V grooves in the pitching and gap wedges are best for shots that require a steep angle into the ball, while the 20V grooves in the sand wedges are designed for full shots and bunker shots. And the wider 5V grooves in the lob wedges provide better control for shots out of the rough and around the green.
 
 
Callaway also has focused on the sole grinds as much as the face grooves. The three available are:
 
--the C-Grind creates a thinner contact area on the sole, and is designed for firmer conditions and versatility around the green. The grinding on the heel and toe allow for a number of shots, Callaway says, especially those shots where you need to open up the face and keep the leading edge low.
 
--the S-Grind is the line's most versatile option. Callaway says it's best for a wide range of conditions, shot types, and swings ranging from steep to sweeping. It'll dig a moderate-sized divot.
 
--and finally, the W-Grind creates a slightly wider sole, which the company says its preferred in softer conditions – bunkers, most notably – and for golfers with a steeper swing. It'll take a larger divot.
 
A handful of players have put the MC 3 wedges in play at this week's John Deere Classic. They'll be available for pre-order in mid-August in lofts from 48 to 60 degrees, and will be available at retail on Sept. 4. 
 
Here's a video:
 
 
Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez gave a golf lesson to a group of kids after his second round at the Scottish Open.

The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, has a lot of interests as you might expect. He's a dance aficionado. He's a beast in the gym. He's a savvy shopper. He even knows how to plan the perfect wedding.

Now you can add shaper of golf's future. 

After Jimenez posted a second-round 65 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Friday, Jimenez stayed at the course to give a lesson to a group of young golfers. 

 

 

 

 

We can only hope that Jimenez showed these kids the proper way to warm up. 

 

 

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Jordan Spieth posted an even-par 71 in his first action in two weeks.

It took a while for Jordan Spieth to get things going at the John Deere Classic.

Spieth was even par through 22 holes and was on the wrong side of the cut line. He admitted that he struggled through a "rusty round" with his even-par 71 on Day 1, and made par on his first four holes on Friday. Of course, it's hard to keep a golfer of Spieth's caliber down for too long so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he then went to card a birdie on four of his next six holes, then followed that up with an eagle to move into the top 10. 

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The scary part of Spieth's start is that it shows just how powerful of an enemy that rust is. If it can happen to Spieth, it can happen to you. Maybe it already has.

In the case that you find yourself not touching your clubs for a while, what's your best shot at getting your game back up to speed as quickly as possible? We reached out to PGA Professional David P. Grier at Yinglings Golf Center to get some tips for your warm-up to help you knock off the rust quickly. 

Of course, doing these won't guarantee instant success -- "It all depends on the student and on the situation," Grier said -- but following this advice should help get you primed for your next round after a layoff.

1. Start with pitch shots. These shots will help make the difference between having a short putt for birdie and having to double- or triple-putt for bogey or worse. Grier recommends hitting as many of these shots as possible before your round. "These shots will lengthen your backswing and build to your fulll swing," Grier said. "... If you can't pitch, you can't play."

 

 

2. Get in a lot of stretching. After taking some time off, your body will probably not be used to all the motions that are needed for a complete golf swing. Stretching will get you loose and limber for your round, regardless of how much time you've taken off. "You'll need to get your body in shape for more golf," Grier said. 

 

 

3. Make sure your short game is ready to go. If you have your pitch shots working well, you'll need to make sure you are able to make the putts to keep your score low. Grier also recommended this since working on this area, as well as pitch shots, will help you transition into full swings. "This should be part of your standard warm-up as well," Grier said. 

 

 

Par-6 hole at Penati Golf Resort
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This marker on the tee box of the 15th hole of the Legends course at the Penati Golf Resort warns of what lies ahead.
 
Here's a first: The course hosting the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge on the European Challenge Tour – Europe's version of the Web.com Tour – has a hole that this week is playing as a 783-yard (716 meters) par 6.
 
Needless to say, it's the first par 6 ever on either the Challenge Tour or the European Tour. It also measures out as the longest hole either of those two tours has ever tackled – besting the 705-yard, par-5 16th hole on the North Course at GreenEagle Golf Club, which hosted the 2010 ECCO Tour Championship in Germany.
 
The hole is the 15th on the Legend Course at the Penati Golf Resort in Senica, Slovakia. That course hosted the event last year, too, but tournament organizers played the hole as a long par 5.  This is the first time it's played to its full 783-yard length.
 
 
There are precious few par-6 holes elsewhere in the world, so almost none of the players have any experience on how to play this particular one. The prevailing view seems to be to think of it as a loooonnng par 5 and consider it a huge birdie opportunity.
 
"If you don't mess it up, there's going to be a lot of low scores there this week," Ricardo Gouveia, who won last week's Challenge Tour event, told EuropeanTour.com. "It's pretty much the same as playing the par 5, you end up playing in from more or less the same area."
 
And in fact, the hole was the easiest on the course in Thursday's first round, playing to a 5.36 stroke average. The players carded 14 eagles and 82 birdies along with 50 pars and 10 bogeys. No one scored worse than a bogey, but almost everyone had something to say about their experience.
 
 
Robert Streb
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Robert Streb's sand wedge, after serving as his putter last week, now boasts an encouraging message.
 
All of us golfers love our clubs, but few of us love them as much as PGA Tour player Robert Streb loves his. We found this out a couple months ago, when Streb showed up at The Players Championship with a 60-degree wedge festooned with an image of TPC Sawgrass' famed "island green" 17th hole.
 
And though that wedge is clearly a work of art, Streb doesn't hesitate to make his wedges work overtime. We found this out on Sunday, when he accidentally broke his putter on the ninth hole of the final round of the Greenbrier Classic and had to use his sand wedge to putt for the rest of his round.
 
Most of us would have been doomed. Streb, however, wedge-putted like a champ – he made five birdie putts, and wound up tying for the lead before finally losing out to Danny Lee in sudden death.
 
That was an amazing feat, and wedge wizard Aaron Dill of vokey Wedges commemorated it by adding a special inscription to it. As you can see below, it’s quite motivational:
 
 
Hell Bunker at St. Andrews
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Course workers laid in new sod faces and dropped in 60 tons of new sand during the rebuilding of the Hell Bunker at St. Andrews.
 
The Open Championship returns to St. Andrews next week, and the grounds crew has been busy for months getting the Old Course into tip-top shape. Atop the to-do list was rebuilding as many as 50 of the course's 112 bunkers – including the famed "Hell Bunker" on the par-5 14th hole.
 
The Hell Bunker is the second most famous bunker on the Old Course, behind only the "Road Bunker" on the 17th hole. It is also one of the world's biggest – it is 6 ½ feet deep and covers more than 300 square yards – and has captured more than its share of golfers who dared to challenge it. 
 
Among them is Jack Nicklaus, who made a quintuple-bogey 10 on the hole back in the 2000 Open Championship after straying into its cavernous maw. Small consolation, but Nicklaus wasn't in contention at the time. Back in 1933, though, Gene Sarazen was trying to defend the Claret Jug when he entered Hell and came out with an 8 – and missed out on a playoff by a single shot.
 
"Rebuilding such a vast bunker differs from the others on the course," Greenkeeper Martin Turna explained in a post on the St. Andrews Trust website. The Hell Bunker's sod face is so tall, and the bunker itself so big, that refurbishing it is a multi-step process that began with removing all the sand, digging out the sod in the face and lifting the turf above the bunker.
 
 
The workers used a "spirit level" to make sure the layers of sod in the bunker's face were laid in evenly – "this was a hugely important consideration throughout the build," he wrote. The bunker was built up to about three quarters of its height and then left for couple of weeks to bed in before the reconstruction was completed.
 
If you've ever been in any of the big bunkers at St. Andrews, they feel like their faces are straight up and down. In fact, they're slanted at a 65-degree angle, which Turna said is the standard angle for rough and fairway bunkers on the Old Course.
 
And though the Old Course is, well, old, the Hell Bunker was rebuilt in a state-of-the-art fashion. Its new floor contains more sand – 60 tons of sand, in fact – and less clay to aid in drainage and help it dry up faster after it rains. 
 
Also, the bunker got its own TV camera. Until now, only the Road Bunker had a TV camera embedded in its face, but several of the bunkers remade over the past year – including the Hell Bunker – were outfitted with camera ducts as well.
 
Here's a very cool time-lapse video of the Hell Bunker rebuild: