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April 16, 2013 - 7:11pm
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John Holmes
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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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T.J. Auclair
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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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T.J. Auclair
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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
April 12, 2013 - 10:57am
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T.J. Auclair
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ECCO Golf
ECCO Golf
The ECCO Men's BIOM Golf Hybrid retails for $190.

 

Ask anyone and they'll tell you -- Fred Couples is the coolest golfer that's ever lived.
 
Aside from owning a golf game people could only dream of possessing, Couples is also a trendsetter even at the age of 53 (he's in the hunt at this week's Masters, again). 
 
Several years ago, Couples and his tennis-shoe looking golf spikes were all the rage. People wondered if he was actually wearing sneakers out there. Whether he was or wasn't, everyone wanted what Couples had.
 
As it turns out, those were in fact golf shoes -- ridiculously comfortable and cool-looking -- made by ECCO.
 
Not surprisingly, ECCO's quality golf line has grown thanks to the company's soaring popularity. And ECCO isn't resting on its laurels either.
 
This year, the company has expanded its evolutionary BIOM hybrid collection to include new colors and upper patterns. Like Fred Couples, ECCO's offerings are still the epitome of cool.
 
Here's what the Danish brand had to say about its 2013 shoes in a press release:
 
Golf’s first and only performance hybrid model, BIOM Hybrid was famously worn in competition throughout 2012 by Fred Couples, including his Senior Open Championship win at Turnberry. Combining patented ECCO Natural Motion and Golf Street outsole technologies, it pairs the body’s system for absorbing impact with a non-cleated shoe bottom that provides superior durability, comfort, traction and stability on or off the golf course.
 
“With no exaggeration, BIOM Hybrid presents a footwear experience that’s unlike anything else the walking golfer has ever experienced,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “The difference is huge and immediately noticeable, which is why this style has been such a massive global success.”
 
Initially developed for the premium running market, Natural Motion technology relies on a completely anatomical last developed by scanning the feet of 2,500 athletes. It provides exceptional insole support and encourages players to land more toward the mid-foot than heel.
 
Additional features of the ultra-lightweight BIOM Hybrid include:
 
ECCO dynamic traction system (E-dts) – The original hybrid outsole is patent-protected and remains golf’s most durable, versatile and stable
 
Extremely Low Profile – Brings a golfer’s weight closer to the playing surface for unmatched stability, ground feel, traction and swing power
 
Direct Injection – A process unique to ECCO in the golf industry provides superior cushioning, stability and comfort via a one-piece shoe that’s built without glue or stitching
 
Superior Durability & WeatherResistance – Naturally soft, smooth, breathable and strong Tibetan Yak leather uppers are treated with Hydromax™ for superb weather protection
 
Climate Control – Triple-component ECCO Comfort Fiber System insole guarantees a cool, dry  shoe interior
 
Along with other styles from the 2013 ECCO men’s golf collection, BIOM Hybrid will be worn in competition by Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Stuart Appleby, Andreas Hartø, JB Hansen and scores of other Tour stars worldwide.
 
ECCO offers a variety of styles that retail between $130-$285.
 
To learn more about ECCO Golf, click here.
 
ECCO Golf continues to grow Performance Hybrid category
April 12, 2013 - 10:33am
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T.J. Auclair
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Fila Golf
Fila Golf
The men's London (left) and women's Victoria (right) are part of the new waterproof wind jacket offerings by Fila Golf for 2013.

 

Fila is making noise in the golf business these days with offerings for men, women and children.
 
Part of Fila Golf's 2013 line, includes waterproof wind jackets for both men and women.
 
The London men's jacket and the Victoria women's jacket include the following features, according to Fila:
 
Waterproof critical seam sealed wind jacket (3,000mm waterproofness / 3,000gm breathability) with mesh lining and detachable hood, microfleece lined mockneck, kissing welt zipper front, self adjustable sleeve closure with velcro, front zipper pockets with microfleece lining, E-Zip Embroidery System, liquid metal F-box logo on right sleeve hem, imported.
 
Both jackets retail for $110 and are just as useful and stylish on the course as they are off it.
 
To learn more about the jackets and all that Fila Golf has to offer, click here
Fila Golf has golfers covered with new waterproof wind jackets
April 12, 2013 - 12:59am
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John Holmes
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US Kids Golf Tour Series V clubs
Courtesy of U.S. Kids Golf
The new Tour Series V clubs "will allow advanced young players to realize more of their potential,'' says U.S. Kids Golf Founder and President Dan Van Horn.

The new Tour Series V line of clubs from U.S. Kids Golf is made from the same high-tech materials as leading adult equipment, but sells at much lower prices.

''We are extremely excited about the Tour Series V clubs,'' said U.S. Kids Golf Founder and President Dan Van Horn. ''The enhancements offered will allow advanced young players to realize more of their potential.''

The new driver features a 460cc titanium head – the same size as the top adult drivers – and comes with a stylish white matte crown and black face that aids alignment and eliminates glare. The new woods are heavier and the new shafts have a slightly stronger flex. 

The irons feature an improved head design with optimal weight distribution to produce straighter shots, and the new wedges incorporate the latest in high-spin technology. All the clubs conform to USGA standards.

The clubs in the Tour Series V are offered for golfers of five different sizes – 51, 54, 57, 60 and 63 inches tall – and each set is designed with unique shafts and head weights to optimize the results. The clubs for 51-inch and 54-inch golfers are 10 percent lighter than adult clubs, while the sticks for 57-, 60- and 63-inch golfers are five percent lighter than their adult counterparts.

For more information and pricing, visit www.uskidsgolf.com.

 
U.S. Kids Golf's new Tour Series V clubs closer than ever to adult gear
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