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December 13, 2013 - 6:38pm
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Odyssey Metal-X Milled putters
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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
December 11, 2013 - 11:00pm
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Duck Dynasty golf balls from Srixon
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''Duck Dynasty'' golf balls, made and marketed by Srixon Golf, are Blaze Orange – just like hunting vests – and come festooned with the faces of some of your favorite cast members.
By now, we're all too familiar with the phenomenon that is ''Duck Dynasty.'' The bearded brethren and their kinfolks have one of the highest-rated shows on TV, and their licensing machine has been in overdrive lately – you could, if you want, buy everything from ''Duck Dynasty'' sleepwear to bandages to Halloween costumes for dogs.
 
And, I have just discovered, there are also official ''Duck Dynasty'' golf balls. Made and marketed by Srixon Golf, these two-piece balls are Blaze Orange – just like hunting vests – and come festooned with the faces of some of your favorite cast members. But as goofy as they might look, these are balls are the real deal.  
 
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Made for the vast majority of golfers, Srixon says these spheres promote a high launch angle and penetrating trajectory for greater distance. The strong, piercing ball flight produces a shallower descent for greater carry and roll, the company adds, noting that they also provide soft feel for added control.
 
 
I admit I haven't seen every espisode of the show, and can't say that I've ever seen Willie and the boys out on the links. But we know for a fact that they do like golf – they're buddies with Bubba Watson and hung out at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans last spring. And, of course, we learned this year that Si fancies himself a golf instructor.
 
The golf balls would make a fun stocking stuffer for your favorite golfer. And no disrespect to Si, but I'd recommend you see your local PGA Professional for lessons.
 
There's Duck Dynasty golf balls, for goodness sakes
December 11, 2013 - 2:30pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Lexi Thompson
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Cobra Puma Golf announced on Wednesday an extension to its partnership with LPGA star Lexi Thompson.

Cobra Puma Golf and LPGA star Lexi Thompson announced today an extension between the two that will see Thompson serve as a brand ambassador and continue to have a prominent presence throughout Cobra Puma Golf activities in 2014 and beyond.

"Lexi Thompson has been an instrumental global force for the company's growth over the past three years," said Bob Philion, president of Cobra Puma Golf. "We are thrilled to continue our work with her in the coming years and watch her evolve as a world-class golfer and trend-setter on and off the course."

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Since turning professional in June 2010, Thompson has been a key brand ambassador, sporting Cobra Golf equipment and Puma Golf attire on and off the course. Over the course of the partnership, Thompson has also developed her own signature look -- The Sunday Blue -- which features Puma Golf's seasonal hue of blue apparel from head to toe.

"Being part of the Cobra Puma Golf team has played a huge role in the success of my professional golf career, and I'm excited to continue our partnership," said Thompson. "I'm looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges the coming years will bring with the Cobra Puma Golf family behind me."

Since joining the brand, Thompson has compiled five professional wins, including her most recent win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. In 2014, she will look to continue her winning streak with Cobra Golf's BiO CELL Driver, BiO CELL+ Irons and Tour Trusty wedges.

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Cobra Puma extends partnership with Lexi Thompson
December 5, 2013 - 2:55pm
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Sun Mountain
Sun Mountain
The new V1 Sport push cart from Sun Mountain.

The newest version of Sun Mountain's Speed Cart golf push cart, the V1 Sport, combines the most popular features of past Speed Cart models with new colors and graphics plus it folds and unfolds easier than ever, has an improved brake system, and mag wheels.

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The new for 2014 Speed Cart V1 Sport features a quick-release E-Z Latch System to allow easier folding, unfolding and handle height adjustment. V1 Sport also features maintenance-free synthetic wheels with solid foam tires and a new pin brake system, which replaces the former caliper brake, to securely lock the wheels in place.

Additional features on the Speed Cart V1 Sport include adjustable brackets that secure a golf bag without using straps or cords, an umbrella mount that secures an open umbrella to shield you (and your clubs) from rain (or sun) and an accessories tray with a scorecard holder, drink holder and a mesh headcover tray.

The patented fold down design of Speed Cart allows the lightweight 17 lbs. cart to fold down in seconds and conveniently fit into a car trunk. Optional accessories for the Speed Cart include a Sun Mountain UV golf umbrella, Speed-Paq™ bag for extra storage, cart seat, sand and seed mix bottle, a storage cover, and cart mitts that smartly attach to cart handle. Speed Cart V1 Sport colors for 2014 include white/lime, silver/pink, black, blue, gunmetal/red, silver, and gunmetal/orange.

Speed Cart V1 Sport is in stores now with a suggested retail price of $199. To find your most convenient retailer, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

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Sun Mountain introduces new and improved Speed Push Cart
December 5, 2013 - 8:20am
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Titleist
Titleist
Titleist has introduced the new Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance Putter.

Titleist has announced that its Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance putter is now available worldwide through Titleist authorized golf shops (MSRP, $399).

The new Futura X Dual Balance mallet, a product of comprehensive putting research and golfer testing, provides maximum stability through the stroke and at impact from a high MOI, counterbalanced design, Titleist says.

The Futura X Dual Balance putter features advanced perimeter stability weighting in the head and a standard length of 38 inches with a large diameter 15-inch grip that reduces hand action for a smoother, more stable stroke. A 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the putter shaft helps golfers make a proper stroke with the butt of the shaft pointed at the midsection.

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"We've found, through our last 20 years of high speed video research with tour players, that the best putters in the world point the butt of their putter at their midsection throughout the putting stroke," said Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron, whose putters have been the No. 1 choice of players on the PGA Tour since 1997 and counting. "From address, to the backstroke, at impact and through the forward stroke -- the butt of the putter remains pointed to about the same 1- or 2-inch circle in their belly area.

"With Futura X Dual Balance, the goal was to slow down the butt end of the putter and keep it stable. If you have quick hands, drag the butt away, or you struggle to make a consistent stroke with a conventional putter, Futura X Dual Balance is a great option."

The proper length of a Dual Balance putter is three inches longer than a golferʼs conventional putter length. Accordingly, the standard length of Dual Balance is 38 inches, three inches longer than the standard length of a conventional 35 inch Scotty Cameron putter. The large diameter Cameron Flat Front Winn grip has a colored section at the top that indicates the proper hand placement at 35 inches, which keeps the 50-gram counterweight above the hands for maximum effect. The 15-inch grip length also allows for multiple hand placement options and the ability to grip up or down, depending on the player's preference.

"The higher we can get the butt weight, the more counterbalance effect there is," Cameron said. "The additional three inches provides stability but keeps the putter unanchored."

Precision milled from high-grade 6061 aluminum, the Futura X Dual Balance head utilizes a heavy stainless center section and stainless heel and toe to deliver a precise counterbalance with an extra 50 grams in the head and a 50-gram weight in the shaft. The overall headweight is 400 grams, 50 grams heavier than the standard Futura X.

"We developed numerous prototypes using various counterbalance weighting techniques and tested them with golfers at the Putter Studio and on the PGA Tour," Cameron said.
"When we introduced dual balance technology, the player feedback was extraordinary. Itʼs very balanced, itʼs very controlled. It slows everything down and promotes a more flowing, lethargic stroke without the putter feeling too heavy. Some players have said it feels like an SUV versus a sports car."

The Futura X Dual Balance head also features advanced perimeter stability weighting with four stainless heel-toe weights, two 20-gram weights on the rear balance bar and two 10- gram sole weights in the front corners of the putter. The resulting deep CG plus the perimeter weighting under the face creates forgiveness and solid feel for a great roll.

"That rear balance bar allows us to add considerable weight a fairly long distance away from the shaft axis, which is really what drives the high MOI," said Cameron. "Can you get it too far back weighted? Absolutely. We put the balance point so it sets well and maximizes the MOI and the resistance to twist at impact on off center hits."

The putter has a Frozen Titanium finish that helps reduce glare, two black sightlines and red cherry-dot weights in the sole and balance bar. The mid-milled face texture draws a crisp sound from the aluminum face and body.

A double-bend, stepless steel shaft with one shaft of offset provides a square, technical visual at address.

The original Futura X head design was the direct result of Cameron's extensive work with Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott, who used a prototype version of the putter in winning the 2013 Masters Tournament. Scott, who has been using Cameron putters for more than a decade, calls his Futura X "the most stable putter I have ever played."

For more information, visit www.titleist.com.

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Titleist introduces Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance Putter
December 4, 2013 - 9:27am
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ECCO Street EVO One
ECCO Golf
The new ECCO Street EVO One is part of ECCO's Spring/Summer 2014 men's golf collection.

Danish company ECCO has announced the launch of Street EVO One, a performance hybrid golf shoe combining the award-winning ECCO Dynamic Traction System (E-DTS) with an array of proprietary stabilization features.

Street EVO One (MSRP $160) boasts a Direct-injected midsole with an integrated shank piece. This design cups and cushions a player’s heel, delivering comfort and torsional support while creating an exceptionally stable platform from which golfers can power through each shot.

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Offering a slightly wider platform than previous versions of the best-selling Golf Street model, Street EVO One is built atop a patented outsole configuration of approximately 100 moulded traction bars and 800 traction angles. Constructed from TPU -- a highly durable, wear-resistant material – these elements provide superb, Tour-quality grip.

"The way Street EVO One looks, feels and plays puts it in a class by itself," said Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. "It's yet another example of the advantages that come with our foot-first approach to designing and producing premium golf shoes."

Street EVO One is offered in high-grade cow leather and genuine camel leather versions, both of which include the exclusive ECCO HYDROMAX tanned-in treatment for remarkable weather resistance.

Showcasing an eye-catching, two-color outsole and modern classic upper, Street EVO One is part of the Spring/Summer 2014 men's golf collection that will be worn in competition by Tour stars like Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Marcel Siem, Wu Ashun, Andreas Hartø and JB Hansen.

For more information, visit www.eccousa.com.

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ECCO Street EVO One expands horizons of hybrid golf shoe performance
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