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April 24, 2013 - 5:19pm
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Callaway and LinkedIn team on Hit the Links
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In "Hit the Links," you and a foursome of your connections from LinkedIn could win a trip to Callaway headquarters for a round of golf and a custom club fitting.

We all know how integral to our lives social media has become, and if you've been paying attention in the golf space, you know that the big equipment companies have mastered social media about as well as anybody in any industry.

But here's a first: Callaway is teaming with LinkedIn for ''Hit the Links,'' a social networking contest in which golfers and a foursome of their LinkedIn contacts can win a trip to Callaway headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., for a round of golf and a custom clubfitting.

Here's how it works: You log into the LinkedIn Connect API. It then looks through your contacts and recommends a foursome for you.

The three connection types that the API looks for to fill out your foursome are:

--The Company Insider: Someone within your company. The API seeks out a golfer first, but if one isn't available, then it selects the person with the most appropriate title.

--The Business Contact: Someone in your network and industry that you have the most connections in common with.

--The Golfer: To find the passionate golfer in your network, the API references attributes such as interests and group membership. The person with the highest number of connections in common will be selected.

And if you don't like the API’s recommendations, Callaway says, you can ''mulligan'' them out and pick your own foursome.

''We are disrupting the traditional influence models in golf because golfers' expectations about how they experience brands has changed dramatically,'' said Callaway Senior Vice President Harry Arnett. ''This partnership and concept are exciting because no other company has used LinkedIn's API in this way before, and we're using it to connect passionate golfers.''

For Callaway, the ''Hit the Links'' campaign follows the ''Tweet to Unleash'' introduction of its RAZR Fit Xtreme driver earlier this year. In that Twitter-based campaign, Callaway used real-time social conversation to unlock information about the driver, breaking ranks with traditional product announcements and marking a first for the golf industry. And before that, Callaway's ''Holiday Hit the Pin'' sweepstakes on Pinterest was the first time a golf manufacturer had meaningfully connected with golfers on that space, by encouraging them to create a board with their dream bag of Callaway clubs.

''Hit the Links'' launched yesterday and runs through May 24. For more information and complete rules, visit CallawayHitTheLinks.com.

 

Callaway partners with Linkedin for social networking contest
April 19, 2013 - 8:44pm
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TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs putter
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The TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs putter contains 16 different pieces made of eight different materials. It features a PureRoll face insert, a white leading edge and a single black alignment line.

One reason golfers miss putts is because they can't keep their putter completely steady and on line throughout their stroke. One way TaylorMade is trying to solve that problem is by counterbalancing – adding weight to the grip end to counter the weight of the clubhead. 

"We started researching ways to keep the head from wavering from the intended swing path during the stroke," said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade's product category director for putters and wedges. "We recognized that if we could make it easier to swing the putterhead on-path, we could help players roll the ball down their intended line. Counterbalance helps solve that problem."

As a result, both the new Daddy Long Legs mallet and the forthcoming Spider Blade are counterbalanced.

Adding weight to the grip end changes how the putter behaves when the golfer swings it. The grip on these new putters weighs in at 130 grams, more twice the normal weight of a grip. And properly adding that weight increases the Moment of Inertia (MOI, essentially a measure of stability) of the entire club, which makes it easier to keep the head on path during the stroke. 

In fact, says TaylorMade, counterbalancing these putters makes them 60 percent more stable than a putter that isn't counterbalanced.

To get the most out of counterbalancing, you should keep about three inches of the top end of the grip above your top hand when you assume your normal stance, posture and grip, says TaylorMade. To make that possible, both the Daddy Long Legs and the Spider Blade come in two lengths: 38 inches (for players who favor a 35-inch length) and 35 inches (for players who favor a 33-inch length). Players who favor a 34-inch length putter could select either longer length, the company says.

Speaking of MOI, the Daddy Long Legs features the highest MOI of any putter TaylorMade has ever made, measuring in at 8500+ MOI. By contrast, the original TaylorMade Spider and Ghost Spider boast an MOI measurement of 6800, with the Ghost Spider S coming in at 6038 and the Itsy Bitsy Spider measuring 5375 MOI.

Blade putters, because of their rectangular design, have a lower MOI, but counterbalancing can help increase their stability as well. The Spider Blade has a 5200 MOI measurement, says TaylorMade.

"The higher the head's MOI, the more resistant it is to twisting on off-center hits, helping you roll the ball your desired distance, and on your desired line, on mis-hits," said Bazzel. "The exceptionally high MOI of the Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade heads makes them a terrific choice for golfers seeking forgiveness in a putter."

To elevate the MOI, the head of the Daddy Long Legs consists of 16 different pieces made of eight different materials – stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, titanium, tungsten, polycarbonate, Surlyn and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). The Surlyn is included in the PureRoll face insert, which is designed for enhanced feel. In addition, the Daddy Long Legs features a white leading edge and a single black alignment line running perpendicular to the face to make aiming easier, along with a heel-mounted, one-bend steel shaft.

It is available at retail now, with a suggested retail price of $199. 

The Spider Blade's head construction consists of 11 parts made of eight materials – 304 stainless steel, 17-4 stainless steel, aluminum, 3M Foam, tungsten, polycarbonate, Surlyn and TPU. It will be available at retail on June 1, also with a suggested retail price of $199.

 

TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs designed to smooth out putting strokes
April 17, 2013 - 8:36pm
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Antigua summer 2013 collection
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Antigua's Summer Performance Golf Collection for men and women continues the bolder and brighter color stories introduced this spring, and uses these trending pop colors as subtle details in the summer line-up.

If you're looking to put some pop into your golf wardrobe this summer, Antigua might have just the clothes for you.

The Arizona-based company's Summer Performance Golf Collection for men and women continues the bolder and brighter color stories introduced this spring, and uses these trending pop colors as subtle details in the summer line-up.

"For Summer 2013, the focus of pop accent colors on less conspicuous fabrications throughout the collections shows off the styling and design features of the individual garments," said Sean Gregg, director of product development for Antigua. 

This season, Antigua developed new performance fabrics with finer yarns to create ultra-lightweight knits in textures and in flat jerseys and interlocks that update the appearance of the traditional polo. And by using the finest denier yarns available, the company has achieved super-soft, super-lightweight fabrics that provide the same coverage as other polyknits but with faster wicking, more breathability and less restriction in movement. 

The men's color palette includes such creatively named hues as Lapis, Margarita, Apple, Melon, Phlox and Zest, with Light Melon, Kiss, Pansy, Fountain, Margarita and Light Apple in the women's line. All the summer clothes incorporate Antigua's proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite moisture management technology to keep golfers as cool and dry as they are colorful.

In the men's collection, Antigua has added a pair of hybrid pullovers, known as Style Flare and Style Omega, which have the design lines of mid- to lightweight outerwear while utilizing the short-sleeve styling found on performance polos. They also feature a ¼-zip placket with a stand-up collar. The Style Flare comes in neutral colors such as Smoke, White, Black, Silver and Steel, and feature pop color contrast stitch detail. Style Omega features pop color contrast on the shoulder and polyester jacquard side insets.

Other new men's styles include the Style Balance and the Romeo. The Balance is a moisture management jersey polo with contrast printed engineered stripes, while the Romeo two-color jacquard polo comes in the entire range of this season's colors.

New styles for women include Style Gem, a short-sleeve geometric pattern jacquard polo with a five-button placket, and Style Reflect, a striped shortsleeve polo with pop color contrast underarm and on the cover stitch detail at the princess seams. In addition, the Style Escape is a lightweight interlock polo with an open V-neck placket and pop color contrast cut and sew color block details. 

Two new sleeveless polo shirts join the women's collection for summer. The Jive pique sleeveless polo has a dyed-to-match flat knit collar and contrast piping detail. And for a blast of color, the Utopia sleeveless polo comes in every color of the women's color palette, and features a solid pop color on the front and a white jacquard contrast back panel that wraps around the shoulder. 

 

Antigua summer clothes are bold and bright
April 16, 2013 - 7:11pm
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Adam Scott's Scotty Cameron Futura X prototype putter
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In this close-up shot from Masters Saturday, you can see the semi-circular head of Adam Scott's new Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter with weights on the far corners of the head.

With Adam Scott earning his first green jacket, Titleist certainly had a Masters to remember.

For starters, Scott played with a brand-new Titleist 913D3 driver – in fact, he put it in his competition bag for the first time at Augusta National, though he had been testing it for a month or so. He also was using a new Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter (and both Scott and Angel Cabrera played Titleist balls, Scott the Pro V1 and Cabrera the Pro V1x).

Scott switched to his new driver from a Titleist 910D3 – the model that preceded the 913D3. His new 913D3 9.5-degree driver has an A-1 (neutral) SureFit Tour Hosel setting with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8, X flex graphite shaft at 44.75 inches, according to Titleist. 

Scott was custom fit for the new driver on the Wednesday before the Tampa Bay Championship, according to Titleist, then continued to play his old driver while working with the new one in practice leading up to the Masters. 

"Adam came to Augusta ready to put it in play and was extremely confident in his performance with it following several practice rounds,'' said Titleist. ''Scott cited that he was getting a higher ball flight without increased spin for longer carry distance with the new driver – which would be beneficial to him at Augusta National and going forward.''

Scott had been famously playing a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi long putter, but switched to the Futura X prototype for the Masters. Switching flatsticks for those daunting greens at Augusta National seems like a risky proposition, but Scott had been working with Cameron on the new model since December and the Futura is, generally speaking, quite similar to the Kombi.

The big difference, according to Titleist, is that the new one adds stability through the stroke thanks to the design of its head, and the fact that the head is perimeter weighted. The semi-circular head is made of aluminum and includes a balance bar running perpendicular to the face. In addition, four tungsten weights are positioned under four adjustable stainless steel weights in the far four corners of the head. The one Scott is using is 49 inches tall, and has a 79-degree lie angle and 3 degrees of loft.

In an interesting bit of trivia, Scott's victory completed the career Grand Slam for long putters – Scott at the Masters, Webb Simpson at the 2012 U.S. Open, Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open and Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship – and four of the last six majors now have been won by long putters.

Scott was asked whether he thought yet another major won by a long putter might have an impact on the USGA and R&A's decision to ban the anchored putting stroke.

"I don't know that this is going to impact any decisions at all. You know my feeling on it all; that it was inevitable that big tournaments would be won with this equipment, because you know, these are the best players in the world and they practice thousands of hours,'' he said. ''They are going to get good with whatever they are using.  It's inevitable. I don't know that is going to have any impact on any decisions upcoming.''

To see this week's edition of What's in the Winners' Bags, click here. And to see a photo gallery of Scott's Masters-winning clubs, click here.

Two new Titleist clubs in Adam Scott's Masters-winning bag
April 16, 2013 - 8:31am
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adicross Tour
adidas Golf
Here's a peak at the new adicross Tour golf shoe, which is available May 1.

 

adidas Golf has been front and center this year, promoting the company's new footwear beginning with the popular adizero.
 
Now, adidas is at it again with the introduction of its adicross Tour golf shoe, which will be available on May 1.
 
The adicross Tour is described as an, "anatomical–inspired performance through natural motion and stability. adicross tour features state-of-the-art outsole construction aimed at freeing the foot and body in a way it was inherently meant to, from the ground up to the shoulders."
 
Here's the press release we were sent about the new shoes: 
 
CARLSBAD, Calf. (April 16, 2013) -- adidas Golf, an industry leader in innovative, technologically-advanced high-performance footwear, has announced the release of the new adicross tour footwear line. Engineered with revolutionary materials and state-of-the-art construction methods, adicross tour was designed to allow for stability with flexibility, freedom of movement without sacrificing support, and provide lightweight comfort.
 
“With adicross tour, we created a lightweight golf shoe specifically-designed to allow the foot and body to work the way it was naturally intended to move, “ said Bill Price, Vice President of adidas Golf Footwear. “With this revolutionary new shoe, a golfer can freely flex and rotate from the ground up to the shoulders, resulting in a more efficient, natural swing.”
 
The adicross tour, created with anatomical-inspired performance through natural motion, features a new PUREMOTIONTM construction TPU outsole for greater stability and PLUSFLEXTM technology for greater flexibility and ground contact to promote more force and power.  Seven-spike configuration with THINTECH® low-profile technology ensures optimal traction and added stability for every condition.
 
Combining performance with style, the upper touts stand-out design with a new iconic blucher toe, deco-stich detail and is made of premium, full-grain aniline leather complemented by a new ripstop nylon saddle to further increase flexibility. Inside, there is an ultra-light CLOUDFOAMTM sockliner that provides lasting comfort and cushioning with every step.
 
“The new adicross Tour has all the performance and support I need in a tour shoe plus a look that fits my style, “said Tour Staff Professional Dustin Johnson. “ The bold colors are great and I knew it was for me the moment I saw it.”
 
Available in four colorways beginning May 1, 2013: BLUEBERRY / RUNNING WHITE / METALLIC SILVER, RUNNING WHITE / ALUMINUM / BLACK, BLACK, RUNNING WHITE / UNIVERSITY RED, and WHEAT / RUNNING WHITE / LEATHER carrying a MSRP of $200 USD.  Two-year waterproof warranty.
 
Also new is the adicross tour spikeless, which utilizes the same waterproof upper as the adicross tour with a versatile, spikeless outsole. Unique to the adicross tour spikeless is the “x-shaped” performance torsion bar in the midfoot that extends into the heel for added lateral support and stability. Also, like the adicross tour, it is designed with a new anatomical last that provides enhanced volume in the forefoot for increased comfort and stability.
 
The adicross tour spikeless will be available in two colorways beginning June 1, 2013: TAN BROWN/RUNNING WHITE/LEATHER and RUNNING WHITE/ALUMINUM/BLACK carrying a MSRP of $150 USD.  Two-year waterproof warranty.
adidas Golf introduces new adicross Tour footwear
April 14, 2013 - 11:57am
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Bushnell Tour V3
Bushnell
The Bushnell Tour V3 and Tour V3 Slope Rangefinders provide the most accurate yardages you can get on a golf course.

 

Bushnell has long been known to be the makers of the No. 1 Rangefinder on Tour -- so much so, that's actually its slogan.
 
Go figure!
 
If you've never used a rangefinder or golf GPS, you might want to try one out. It doesn't matter what exactly your level of ability is. The fact is, using a rangefinder will speed up the pace of play. 
 
Instead of walking off yardages, or searching the fairway for the nearest sprinkler-head, right at the tip of your fingers you can almost instantly get the precise yardage for your shot.
 
With Bushnell's latest models -- the Tour V3 and Tour V3 Slope -- it's never been easier to nail down the exact yardage for every shot you face.
 
Here are the details on the Tour V3, along with its features:
 
With its new ergonomic design and its award-winning PinSeeker with JOLT Technology, the Tour V3 sets the standard for being the complete laser rangefinder package - design, performance and feel.
 
JOLT Technology eliminates all doubt by delivering short vibrating bursts to reinforce the laser has locked onto the flag. Use what the Pros use, feel the exact distance.
 
Features:
 
- PinSeeker Technology with JOLT Technology to zero-in on the flag
- Accuracy within 1-yard
- 5 yards - 1,000 yards ranging performance. 300+ yards to a flag
- 5x Magnification
- Ergonomic design provides a stable grip
- Posi-Thread™ Battery Door
- 3-Volt Battery and Premium Carry Case included
- Rainproof Construction
- 2-Year Warranty
 
The Tour V3 retails for right around $299.
 
The Tour V3 Slope, meanwhile, retails for about $399. This version consists of all the great features you get on the Tour V3, but also includes Bushnell's patented Slope Technology, providing the golfer with compensated swing yardage depending on the degree of incline or decline.
 
To learn more about Bushnell's golf offerings, click here.
 
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Bushnell's new Tour V3 and Tour V3 Slope sure to help your game
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