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Nike Vapor Speed TW driver
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In addition to its eye-popping color scheme, the Nike Vapor Speed TW driver features a new Compression Channel that Tiger Woods helped to design.
 
Tiger Woods is back in action this week at the Memorial – and so is his driver.
 
Nike Golf is selling limited quantities of its Vapor Speed TW driver made to Woods' specifications, and they are available beginning today at Nike.com, and at select retailers beginning June 15.
 
"Stability has always been the most important thing to me when choosing a driver," said Woods, who put the driver in his bag at the Hero World Challenge in Decembrer. "I like the pear shape. It is appealing to my eye and it also has a slightly lower MOI (Moment of Inertia) that allows me to shape shots easier."
 
 
The Vapor Speed TW driver combines Nike’s FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design and a new Compression Channel in a smaller head – 420cc as opposed to a standard 460cc head. 
 
Woods' insights led Nike's design team to re-design the Compression Channel, which increases the spring-like effect off the mid-to-low portion of the face to increase overall distance. The cavity back design spreads weight toward the heel and toe to help stabilize the head at impact. This  redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster ball speeds.
 
The Vapor Speed TW driver features a 10.75-degree loft and a Diamana Blue Board 73 shaft with a bonded hosel. It caries a retail price of $399.
 
Dustin Johnson
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Dustin Johnson sets up for his chip shot on No. 3 Sunday at TPC Four Seasons.

Greens in regulation? Over-rated.

That is, if you have Dustin Johnson's short game skills.

Check out this "routine birdie" on the par-4 No. 3 in Sunday's final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson:

 

 

When Steven Bowditch missed his par putt, the two-shot swing created a two-way tie at the top of the leaderboard between Johnson and Bowditch.

Unfortunately, it all came apart for D.J. three holes later:

 

 

The quadruple bogey 8 knocked Johnson well down the standings.

May 31, 2015 - 8:36am
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Zac Efron
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Zac Efron nearly pulled off the famous Tiger Woods golf ball juggling trick.

Actor/singer Zac Efron obviously has some free time on his hands, as evidenced by a video he posted to his Twitter feed over the weekend. Watch as he shows off his golf ball juggling skills, ala Tiger Woods:

 

 

Not bad, although he missed the show-stopping finale, where Tiger hits the ball straight down the fairway. Still, a pretty good effort.

Efron, known for his starring role in the Disney Channel's High School Musical, is known to carry his clubs around -- just in case he gets a break from shooting.

How much does Efron love golf? According to a 2013 story written by Golf Digest, Efron spent his 26th birthday at the Callaway Golf Center in Carlsbad, Calif. Here's video proof:

 

 

 

May 31, 2015 - 8:15am
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Danica Patrick
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Danica Patrick watches her putt roll toward the hole in a recent charity outing.

Well-known race car driver Danica Patrick admits she's not ready for the LPGA Tour, but after making a long putt in a recent charity event, she definitely knows how to take a victory lap.

Watch:

 

 

What's really funny is that she made her trip around the practice green counter-clockwise. Once an oval driver, always an oval driver.

Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. likes golf, so Patrick began to play more, as evidenced by some of her golf-related tweets:

 

 

 

And she came very close to recording her first ace a year ago:

 

 

 

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth prepares to hit his tee shot at the 17th hole Saturday.

The big crowd following hometown boy Jordan Spieth all day Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson hadn't had much to cheer for all day, until this shot at the par-3 17th:

 

 

It almost goes in on the fly. As the commentators said, Spieth was somewhat unlucky to have the ball spin so far from the hole. And to top things off, he missed the short putt and had to settle for par.

Spieth looked to be in perfect position to make a third-round charge, but never put together a string of birdies. He birdied the sixth, only to give that stroke back two holes later. He made a pair of birdies on the back side, including hole at the 16th after bogeying the 15th. That added up to a 68 on a course playing par-69, leaving him six shots behind leader Steven Bowditch.