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January 2, 2014 - 8:39pm
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Harris English
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Harris English is making his debut playing Callaway and Odyssey gear this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui.
Harris English has signed an endorsement deal with Callaway Golf, company officials announced Thursday.
 
English is making his debut playing Callaway and Odyssey gear this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui. Callaway hasn't yet revealed the specific clubs in his bag.
 
"I've been really happy with the new Callaway clubs, and the team at Callaway has been fantastic,'' said English. ''In a short period of time I've been able to take advantage of the resources they have and I'm excited about the start of the 2014 season."
 
 
English is coming off a breakout season in which he earned his first PGA Tour win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last summer, and backed it up with another win at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at year's end. English was a four-time All-American at the University of Georgia, and won on the Nationwide Tour as a college amateur in 2011. 
 
English, 24, is just the latest young talent to join the Callaway tour staff. In recent days, the company also signed Thomas Pieters, James Erkenbeck and Chase Seiffert.
 
Pieters, a native of Belgium, won the 2012 NCAA individual championship at the University of Illinois and has earned status on the European Tour. Erkenbeck was the Mountain West Player of the Year at the University of New Mexico and a member of the victorious U.S. Palmer Cup team. And Seiffert was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at Florida State University as well as the winner of both the 2012 Florida Open and the Florida Amateur.
 
Harris English signs endorsement agreement with Callaway Golf
Ernie Els
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Ernie Els moves to Adams Golf after previous stints with Lynx, TaylorMade and Callaway.
Ernie Els has signed an equipment agreement with Adams Golf, meaning the Big Easy is making yet another big change. 
 
The four-time major champion will use a variety of Adams gear and wear the Adams logo on his bag and on his headwear, company officials have announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 
 
Els has won three majors with different equipment companies: Lynx (1994 U.S. Open), TaylorMade (1997 U.S. Open and 2002 British Open) and Callaway (2012 British Open). 
 
 
Adams Golf was acquired in 2012 by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, so the 44-year-old South African is in a sense returning to a company that sponsored him earlier in his career. Els, who last month signed a footwear deal with Ecco to wear its street shoes, could wind up using a variety of clubs throughout his bag as the specific clubs he'll use have yet to be finalized.
 
Els was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. He is No. 27 in the world going into the 2014 season, which he is scheduled to begin on the European Tour's Middle East Swing in late January.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
Ernie Els signs equipment deal with Adams Golf after few years with Callaway
December 24, 2013 - 8:39am
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Sun Mountain
Sun Mountain
Sun Mountain's new ClubGlider Golf Travel Bag.

New for 2014, Sun Mountain has introduced its ClubGlider Golf Travel Bag -- the only golf travel bag that offers extendable legs and wheels to support 100 percent of the weight, while eliminating the repeated bending and lifting required with traditional travel bags.

Sun Mountain explains that ClubGlider glides from parking lot to luggage counter thanks to legs that extend and support 100 percent of the weight and pivoting caster wheels that handle corners and curbs with ease. Once checked-in, the legs easily tuck away securely for carefree travel. ClubGlider offers all of the protection and storage space of a traditional golf travel bag while eliminating the heavy lifting and the need to bend over to pick up and set down every time the check-in line moves three feet.

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Making the cut from over 1,000 entrants in the Golf Channel "Fore Inventors Only" reality show, ClubGlider was named one of five finalists in this search for the next great golf invention. Following a successful introduction, Sun Mountain increased the offering to include additional models. ClubGlider Meridian is the name of the original ClubGlider. ClubGlider Pro is the largest of the models made to accommodate tour players' oversized staff bags or two lightweight carry bags. ClubGlider Journey is a smaller and lighter version and the new for 2014 Tour Series was designed to coordinate with the new Tour Series line of golf bags.

ClubGlider includes heavy-duty two-way zippers, thick foam padding extending down the travel bag to protect clubheads and shafts, storage pockets, internal cinch straps, reinforced wear areas, and a lift-assist handle.

ClubGlider is available in four different models: Pro, Meridian, Journey and the new Tour Series -- offering protection for golfers ranging from weekend warriors to touring professionals. Retail prices are $349, $289, $219, and $319 respectively. For the retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

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Sun Mountain offers new ClubGlider Golf Travel Bag for 2014
December 19, 2013 - 6:08pm
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TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver
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The TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver incorporates the same innovative sliding weight mechanism as in the original SLDR 460, but in a smaller head preferred by better players.
TaylorMade is wasting no time growing its family of SLDR drivers. The original SLDRs made their debut in July, with fairway woods and hybrids following in October and then the 14-degree SLDR driver being announced just a few weeks ago.
 
Now comes the SLDR 430 – a more compact version of the original SLDR. The ''430,'' of course, indicates that the head has a 430cc volume as opposed to the larger 460cc heads on the original SLDRs. The smaller head, generally preferred by better players, is designed to help shape shots without sacrificing distance.
 
The SLDR 430 incorporates the same innovative sliding weight mechanism TaylorMade introduced in the SLDR 460. The blue, 20-gram movable weight allows the golfer to shift the clubhead's center of gravity horizontally toward either the heel to promote a draw, or toward the toe to promote a fade. 
 
The weight slides along a 21-point track on the front of the sole, and never comes loose from the clubhead. To position the weight at any of those points, the golfer simply loosens the screw, slides the weight to the desired point, then tightens the screw – a process that make as little as 10 seconds. The SLDR's adjustability, TaylorMade says, promotes a shot-dispersion range of up to 30 yards. 
 
The new driver also incorporates TaylorMade's Loft-sleeve Technology, which allows the golfer to easily adjust the loft by choosing from 12 positions within a range of plus or minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. The more loft added, the more the face closes, and vice-versa.
 
The SLDR 430 comes in lofts of 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees, and is equipped with a Fujikura Speeder 67 graphite shaft and TaylorMade high-traction grip. The Tour Preferred version, called the SLDR 430 TP, combines the same clubhead with the tour-caliber Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 7.3 graphite shaft. A variety of custom shafts are also available. The club carries a suggested retail price of $399. 
 
TaylorMade rolls out SLDR 430 driver with smaller head
December 18, 2013 - 11:41am
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18 GREENS Apparel
18 GREENS
The new GSTAR Track Jacket and an assortment of headwear are among the new offerings by 18 GREENS Apparel.

Earlier this year, we profiled PGA Professional Doug Timmons, who doubles up as a golf instructor and is the founder and designer of a clothing line called, "18 GREENS Apparel."

As noted in that initial piece, Timmons is on, "A mission to take fashion to the fairways at an affordable price."

The pieces -- which are just as fitting and comfortable for the golf course as they are for an early evening stroll on the beach -- include lightweight pants ($75), shorts ($65), polo shirts ($39.50-$49.50), hats ($25) and now, the new "18 GSTAR Track Jacket," which sells for $65.

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"One of our favorite clothing articles at 18 GREENS is a comfortable, functional and stylish jacket," Timmons said. "I think everyone needs the go to jacket to play and lounge in, we hope this is going to be one of those for our new customers. The cotton, polyester and spandex blend makes it soft, holds the shape and has just the right amount of stretch in the fabric to make it very easy to move in. One of the most important things about making a jacket or any piece is getting the weight correct. It needs to be just heavy enough to stay warm, but light enough to not get too hot. The patch work on the sleeves and the woven label on the back neck makes it ours. We also ride motorcycles so it is very essential to have zippers for the side pockets so stuff doesn't fall out when we are cruising down the road. Most track jackets use 100 percent polyester. We wanted a cotton-based jacket for style and comfort. The goal is always to make product that is versital, functional for the course and stylish for the everywhere else."

And, if you're waiting to see the offerings for 2014... wait no more. Timmons is so excited about what's new at 18 GREENS that he released it all early.

"We have some pretty cool stuff coming for 2014," he said. "We couldn't wait so we released them a little early. But we designed a hybrid fabric Casual Water Technology that some jumped in on early. Pants and shorts with 4-way stretch that are wrinkle resistan. The shorts have mesh pocket lining and a side pocket zipper so you can wear them in the water too. They have to be one of the most comfortable bottoms out. We got so excited that we couldn't wait and brought them in 5 months early!"

Along with the track jacket, pants and shorts, Timmons is also excited about the company's headwear.

"We have some fresh new hats that are custom made," he said. "The front panel is unlike any other. We are adding cotton-based blends and 100 percent cotton into the collection for 2014. We have a very cool hidden pocket design that we think people will really like. The line is growing and I'm hoping everyone tries it out."

And if you'd like to try out 18 GREENS, Timmons is offering a 30-percent discount if you use the code "PGA18" at checkout.

To learn more about 18 GREENS, visit www.18greens.com.

You can also find 18 GREENS on Facebook and on Twitter, @18GreensApparel.

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18 GREENS Apparel expands line with new offerings for 2014
December 13, 2013 - 7:38pm
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John Holmes
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Odyssey Metal-X Milled putters
Courtesy of Odyssey Golf
The Odyssey Metal-X Milled putters have a pattern milled into their face that increases the friction between the face and the ball.
Odyssey Golf has been having a lot of fun over the past few months with its ''Mystery Milled'' campaign on social media. Odyssey teased the impending arrival of its new putters with a number of photos of head covers festooned with question marks.  
 
Now, the ''mystery'' is solved. Odyssey has revealed its new line of Metal-X Milled putters, which it calls the most technologically advanced milled putters on the market.
 
The Metal-X Milled putters differ from the original Metal-X line in one significant way. Where the original Metal-X putters have a face insert with the Metal-X pattern milled into it, these new Metal-X Milled models have the Metal-X pattern milled across the entire face.
 
 
As Odyssey explains it, the oval dimple Metal-X pattern on the face increases the friction between the face and the ball by forming what it calls a ''mechanical lock'' during the time the ball is in contact with the face. This works best with an ascending stroke to add forward roll to the ball and help produce a lower launch angle.
 
And becase the dimple pattern minimizes the contact area on the face, Odyssey says, the Metal-X Milled models produce a quieter and softer sound as well as a truer, more consistent roll.
 
The Metal-X Milled putters also feature three sets of customizable weights to help golfers fine-tune their preferred weight. The removable weights – two 10-gram, two 15-gram and two 20-gram – on the sole complement the stabilizing crossbar on the back to help stiffen the face without adding much weight.
 
The new Metal-X Milled putters will be available at retail on Jan. 17, 2014. The #1, #6, #9HT and 330 mallet will carry a suggested retail price of $299.99, while the #7 and Rossie models have a suggested retail price of $349.99.
 
Odyssey unveils Metal-X Milled putters with advanced face milling
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