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October 15, 2013 - 11:45pm
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John Holmes
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Cobra Baffler XL driver
Courtesy of Cobra Golf
The Cobra Baffler XL driver's high-MOI sole combines with the offset design to helping to correct slices, increase stability and maintain distance on off-center hits.

It's a little hard to believe that Cobra Golf's Baffler line of clubs is 40 years old. To mark the occasion, Cobra is extending its Baffler brand with the new Baffler XL driver, along with Baffler XL fairway clubs, hybrids, irons and even a combo set. 

The new clubs all fall into the game-improvement category, and an offset design runs throughout the set to help correct slices. In addition, pronounced sole rails – a longtime staple of Cobra's Baffler offerings – on the XL fairways, hybrids and irons makes it easier to get the ball up in the air.

Where does the XL in the name come from? For starters, the XL driver features Cobra's largest face design ever.

''We increased the effective face area, lowered the CG [Center of Gravity] and designed our largest driver face ever to deliver an easy-to-hit driver,'' said Vice President of Research & Development Tom Preece. ''The Baffler XL driver is an easy to hit driver packed with technology to hit it far and straight.”

The Baffler XL driver has a 5,000-square millimeter face (17 percent larger than the AMP Cell Offset driver) in addition to a 21 percent increase in effective face area. More of the face is located above the Center of Gravity to help optimize spin and provide a more distance and a more consistent launch. 

The larger face also creates an enhanced trampoline effect, giving the golfer more consistency with hits across the face. And a new high-MOI sole combines with the offset design to helping to correct slices, increase stability and maintain distance on off-center hits. 

The Baffler XL driver features a Legion Blue cosmetic that is found throughout the new Baffler XL product line. The driver, fairways, hybrids and combo set also are available in women's models in Purple Pearl with Dahlia Purple accents.

The new driver is available in 9.5-, 10.5- and 11.5-degree lofts, in Stiff (65 gram low torque/mid kick), Regular (55 gram mid torque/mid kick) or Lite (55 gram mid torque/mid kick) flexes in right-handed models. Left-handed models are available in a 10.5-degree loft in Stiff, Regular or Lite flex. All models come stock with a Cobra Lamkin REL EPDM Reminder Grip.

The Baffler XL product line will be available at retail on Nov. 15. The driver carries a suggested retail price of $249, while the fairway clubs carry a suggested retail price of $179 and the hybrids carry a $159 suggested retail price. The combo set carries a suggested retail price of $599 for steel shafts and $699 for graphite shafts, and the iron set carries a suggested retail price of $499 with steel shafts and $599 with graphite shafts.

 

October 15, 2013 - 7:13am
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T.J. Auclair
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3 Up Golf
3 Up Golf
For every dozen golf balls sold, 3 Up Golf donates $3 to a charitable cause.

In April of 2012, a man by the name of Rob Zimmerman suffered a mild heart attack from a severe arterial blockage.

The Nashua, N.H., resident survived. And, what Zimmerman did next might surprise you. With a new lease life, the certified golf-aholic, who plays to a 2-handicap and enjoys competing in amateur events, launched a company called 3 Up Golf with his wife, Danielle.

While it offers some accessories, 3 UP Golf's primary product is a golf ball -- the 3F12. Can you think of a golf ball on the market today that's not made by a huge corporation?

We didn't think so.

But Zimmerman's vision wasn't simply to create a golf product. He wanted to merge his love of the game and desire to grow the game with helping others after his big health scare. That's why 3 Up Golf is actually a vehicle that drives charitable contributions to golf-related charities.

To that end, every dozen balls sold equates to $3 going directly to a charity, which 3 Up Golf has built into its cost structure. Every time the company reaches a 333rd dozen sold, the Zimmermans write out a check for $1,000 to the current charity that's on their radar -- causes like cancer research, junior golf programs, golf environmental charities, military support and children's hospitals.

Here's how the witty Zimmerman describes his plan, which he calls, "Rob's simple guide to making golf balls for fun and profit":

1. Create a product that he'd be proud to put his name on
2. Charge a reasonable price
3. Pay 3 Up's bills from step 2
4. Give the rest back to charity
5. Create an even better product and repeat!

We are all so fortunate to be able to play golf. I'm sure a lot of you out there feel the same way that I do and personally give back to charities that are near and dear to your heart. I want 3 Up to be a brand you can be proud to purchase from not only for our high quality products but for what we do above and beyond our product offerings.

With that kind of plan, Zimmerman has created a golf ball that not only can you feel good about purchasing, but one you ultimately won't feel bad about inevitably losing on the golf course. It's a win-win!

Or, as Zimmerman eloquently puts it, "So the next time you hit a 3F12 into a pond, just remember you donated 25 cents to charity! Losing balls isn't so bad now, is it?"

And about the golf ball -- the 3F12 is a premium 3-piece golf ball built for the amateur golfer who doesn't want to compromise distance or feel. Zimmerman started from the putting green and worked his way backwards to the tee to create a great sense of feel to help your performance.

In this video, Zimmerman describes the 3F12 ball:

 

 

Here are the details on the ball:

- Cast Urethane cover provides maximum spin and feel
- Ionomer mantle layer
- Polybutadiene core for maximum distance off the tee, regardless of your swing speed
- 318 dimple count
- Player preferred alignment aid
- Conforms with USGA rules

As if all that weren't enough, the Zimmermans also include a special and useful packaging. Instead of the standard box, each dozen of 3 Up Golf balls comes in a pouch -- one you can use as a valuables pouch for your watch, wallet and phone. Also in the pouch are a few branded accessories, which Zimmerman calls, "our thank you for joining the 3 Up family."

A dozen of the 3F12 golf balls retail for $39.99.

To learn more, visit www.3upgolf.com. You can also find 3 Up on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter, @3upgolf.

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October 15, 2013 - 6:22am
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T.J. Auclair
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Garmin S4
Garmin
The S4 is the latest golf watch GPS offering as part of the Garmin Approach Series.

Garmin, a global leader in satellite navigation, announced today a new addition to its Approach Series golf watch with the S4.

The Approach S4 has a high-res touchscreen display that is sunlight readable and offers a dedicated Green View button. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery can last for up to 10 hours in golf mode. The S4 comes preloaded with more than 30,000 international courses (Currently, there are no golf courses available in Asia for Approach S-series devices sold outside of Asia) with free lifetime course updates. That means no additional fees or subscriptions.

The Approach S4 also has Smart Notification technology when paired with a compatible Apple smartphone, allowing the watch to wirelessly receive information from the phone’s notification center such as emails and text messages, so golfers can leave their phones in their bags while on the course.

Here's a video with an in-depth look at the S4:

 

 

Like other Garmin Golf GPS devices, the S4 gives precise distances to the front, middle and back of the green, and incorporates layup, dogleg and shot distances all while keeping score and tracking statistics on the digital scorecard. While the Approach S4 is useful on the golf course, it's also stylish enough to serve as your everyday wristwatch.

"The Approach S4 is the natural evolution of wearable golf technology," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. "The hi-res touchscreen display makes it easier than ever for golfers to stay on top of their game, and the Smart Notification functionality allows them to stay connected while on the course. Plus, the extended battery life allows for a full weekend of golf on one charge. The Approach S4 will give golfers a competitive edge on the course, but the sleek form factor and smart watch technology makes it appropriate for everyday wear."

The Approach S4 will be available in Fall 2013, and will retail for $349.99. It will be available at specialty golf retailers and golf course pro shops. The Approach S4 is the latest addition to Garmin’s outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' outdoor experiences.

For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to www.garmin.com/sports and www.facebook.com/garmin.

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October 14, 2013 - 11:45pm
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John Holmes
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Zach Johnson in math problem
Austin Adams via Twitter
Does Zach Johnson's 2007 Masters victory compute? Use the Law of Syllogism to figure it out.

How do you know when you've made it – finally become a big-time celebrity?

For Zach Johnson, he figures he's made it because he's become the subject of a problem in a high-school math textbook.

Zach got a tweet from a student named Austin Adams on Monday telling him that ''my math textbook showing you some love!''

In case you can't read the print in the photo above, the challenge is this:

''Zach Johnson won the Masters Tournament in 2007. Use the Law of Syllogism to draw a valid conclusion from each set of statements, if possible, If no valid conclusion can be drawn, write 'no valid conclusion' and explain your reasoning.''

1. If Zach Johnson's score is lower than the other golfers at the end of the tournament, then he wins the tournament.

2. If a golfer wins the Masters Tournament, then he gets a green jacket.

So, does Zach's Masters victory add up? It's been a real long time since I took algebra and geometry, but in simple terms the Law of Syllogism involves deductive reasoning – or as we used to call them, ''if/then'' exercises. Specifically, if you know that the first part of a statement is true, then the second part also is true.

In this case, we know that Zach's score at the 2007 Masters was lower than his competitors, so he won the tournament. And because he won the tournament, he got a green jacket. So, the correct answer is: Zach Johnson won the Masters, so he got a green jacket.

So there you go, Adam. Thanks for sharing – and now that this assignment is done, get on that history.

 

October 14, 2013 - 1:48pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Padraig Harrington
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Padraig Harrington is in Bermuda this week to try and defend his title at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington is in Bermuda this week to take on Masters champ Adam Scott, U.S. Open winner Justin Rose and PGA Champion Jason Dufner in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course.

On Sunday, Harrington -- the defending champ of the event reserved for major winners -- put on a little show at the driving range with his impersonation of Happy Gilmore.

Have a look:

Chances are you won't be seeing Harrington break out that swing in the actual tournament, which takes place Tuesday and Wednesday.

RELATED: Join PGA.com's Grand Slam Live!

You can follow PGA.com's exclusive coverage of the Grand Slam here and you can also watch on TNT from 4-7 p.m. ET on Tuesday and 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday.

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October 14, 2013 - 8:54am
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T.J. Auclair
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missing golf ball
City of Dublin
This golf ball sculpture went missing last week, but was returned on Saturday.

There's finally somewhat of a happy ending in the odd case of the 200-pound golf ball sculpture that went missing near the entrance to Muirfield Village last Monday -- the day after the famous course hosted the Presidents Cup.

If you remember, immunity was offered to those responsible for the theft provided they return the missing golf ball -- undamaged -- by midnight this past Saturday.

According to a report by 10TV.com in Ohio, the ball was returned late Saturday morning... but not without some damage. The ball had a foot-long crack and scratches.

In the report, 10TV.com said that Dublin Police discovered the ball at the 8200 block of Dublin Road. The City's community relations director said the city will pay to have the ball repaired.

The art work is worth about $2,500.

A second ball was also stolen last week, but was returned.

There's still no word on whether those responsible have been apprehended.

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