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April 29, 2013 - 8:43pm
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Ping Nome TR putter
Courtesy of Ping Golf
The Ping Nome TR putter features True Roll variable-depth grooves, which are deepest in the center of the face and get gradually shallower toward the edges.

In the spring of 2012, Ping Golf rolled out its Nome putter – a mallet-style high-MOI flatstick designed to be easy to aim and stable throughout the stroke.

A year later, the company has issued a TR version of the Nome, which features Ping's True Roll variable-depth grooves. The grooves are deepest in the center of the face and get gradually shallower toward the edges – this, Ping says, helps to makes the ball roll the same distance regardless of where on the face the putt is struck.

"Variable-depth grooves have caught on exceptionally well with the average golfer and with many Ping tour pros," said Ping Chairman and CEO John A. Solheim. "In addition to precision-milled grooves, the Nome TR's distinctive alignment bar with a contrasting sightline gives golfers added confidence to sink more putts. The combination of distance control, accuracy and extreme forgiveness will be exciting to golfers. Plus, they're able to optimize the fit by choosing a standard or adjustable-length shaft."

The semicircular head shape of the Nome TR is similar to that on the original Nome, but there are some significant differences. For one, the TR version features a non-glare black matte finish, while the original Nome model comes with a "nano-nickel" satin finish.

And for another, the alignment aid on the crown of the new Nome TR has a large white alignment bar with a contrasting black sightline down the middle. The original model has a black alignment bar with a white sightline, but Ping says the black head combined with the white aligment bar makes the sightline stand out for easier alignment.

The head on the Nome is made of lightweight aircraft aluminum with tungsten-composite sole weighting. This combination, Ping says, helps to optimize the Center of Gravity and keep the putter steady during the swing.

The Nome TR comes in three different shaft bends to fit every type of stroke: Straight, Slight Arc or Strong Arc. Additionally, the Nome offers the option to include a USGA-approved adjustable-length shaft that telescopes from 31 to 38 inches by using a Ping wrench.    

The Nome TR is the second putter to include True Roll technology, following a dozen models in the Scottsdale TR line. The Nome TR will be available at retail in mid-May for $305 with a fixed-length shaft, and $340 with an adjustable-length shaft.

For more information on Ping clubs, visit www.ping.com or see the Ping brand pages on PGA.com.

 

Ping Nome TR putter features True Roll grooves
Kikkor Masterer
Kikkor
The Kikkor Masterer shoes above sold for $1,025 in an eBay auction. Every penny will be sent to charity.

 

 
Kikkor explained that 100 percent of the proceeds would go to the charity of the purchaser's choice. 
 
The starting bid on the one-of-a-kind shoes via eBay, was $200. The "buy now" price was $5,000.
 
Our friends at Kikkor sent out a press release today to say the final price on the shoes came in at $1,025, which, if you've seen these puppies (look above), is an absolute steal -- luckily, all of that is going to a great cause.
 
Here's the press release from Kikkor:
 
Vancouver, Canada, April 24, 2013 -- The Limited Edition Kikkor Masterer pair of golf shoes, hand painted by Social Statement, recently auctioned for a final price of $1,025 to the winner, Ross Sheard. 100% of the proceeds were donated to Canucks for Kids Fund, Sheard’s charity of choice.
 
It is perhaps the most epic golf shoe Kikkor has ever made, maybe even the most epic golf shoe ever made. The Limited Edition Kikkor Masterer was hand painted by Social Statement, featuring two of golf’s most notable Masterers, Jack and Arnie, along with the unmistakable Masters Leaderboard, and unique Kikkor-Masterer branding. The was only one pair made, but most notable, 100% of the sale went to the charity of the buyer’s choice.
 
“We wanted to create something that was exceptionally unique to the Masters, rather than a simple pair of green and yellow shoes,” explains Kikkor Founder, James Lepp. “In my mind, there’s nothing much more unique than a hand-painted pair with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.”
 
The Kikkor Masterer shoes were auctioned off on eBay, ending on April 17th, with Ross Sheard winning the bid at $1,025. Sheard describes his rationale behind the bid, “I decided to bid on the shoe first and foremost because I knew the money was going to a good cause, whether I won it or not. Secondly, the shoes are the most unique golf thing I have ever seen, and instantly had visions of what they would look like in an encasing of some sort for years to come.”
 
When asked why he selected the Canucks for Kids Fund as the charity, Sheard responded, “The Canucks for Kids Fund represents everything you'd like in a charity. It dedicates itself to providing support for children's health and wellness, they help develop for grassroots hockey, and heavily promote and encourage education in our wonderful province of BC. As a former junior hockey player, I personally know how much it costs to support your love for the game, and anything to help the kids out is fantastic. Not to mention, I am a Canucks fan through and through.”
 
Shane, the artist behind the Kikkor Masterer and Social Statement, stated, “I am honored Kikkor Golf reached out to me on this project knowing the proceeds would benefit such a worthy cause. Art and charity work in harmony. They are both mediums that transcend language, ethnicity and culture. To know my talents can bring people together for a worthy cause is humbling.” Talks between Kikkor Golf and Shane have already begun regarding other one-of-a-kind shoes.
 
To conclude, Lepp from Kikkor Golf explains, “At the end of the day we couldn’t be more pleased with how things turned out. The Kikkor Masterer pair looks stunning, the winning bid exceeded our expectations, and the chosen charity of Canucks for Kids Fund is close to our hearts.”
 
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Limited-edition Kikkor Masterer shoes sell for $1,025
April 25, 2013 - 12:03pm
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SeeMore
SeeMore
One feature that stands out on all SeeMore putters is the alignment of two parallel lines with a centered red dot that sits on top of the putter's heel, just behind the shaft.

 

SeeMore, a company based out of Franklin, Tenn., are the makers of some of the most interesting looking, and most effective putters you'll ever see.
 
In 1999, the late Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 using a SeeMore putter. Zach Johnson has been a longtime SeeMore user and won the 2007 Masters weilding a SeeMore wand.
 
While SeeMore produces several putter models in blade and mallet varieties, the one feature every SeeMore putter has in common are the two white lines with a red, centered dot that sits on the top of the putter, just behind the shaft.
 
The idea is that once you address the ball to hit a putt, your alignment is correct if when you look down, the putter shaft aligns perfectly in the middle of the two white lines, hiding the red dot.
 
Recently, we had a chance to sit down with SeeMore Co-Owner and CEO Jim Grundberg for a little Q&A to learn more about SeeMore putters.
 
PGA.com: Can you explain the design of your putter to our readers? Specifically, talk about the red-dot alignment that sits right behind the shaft. 
 
Grundberg: SeeMore is known for the simple alignment system where the player hides the red dot on the top of the heel of the putter behind the shaft of the putter. When the two parallel lines on either side of the red dot (always white or black) are perfectly lined up on either side of the shaft as the player is looking down at address, and the red dot is hidden, the putter face is square to the target, and the putter is square to the player's posture and set up. This allows the same consistent stroke every time. 
 
SeeMore calls this system RifleScope Technology, or RST. It's like locking radar onto a target. And this simple reference point allows the player to self correct as needed to make sure that the putter is in the same position for every stroke, eliminating variables and allowing practice time and time on the course to be more productive and enjoyable, leading to improved scores.
 
PGA.com: Your putter has had success at the highest level. The late Payne Stewart -- it might be fair to say -- put the putter on the map when he used it to win the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters with your putter. First, how satisfying is it to see your product get results at the highest level? And secondly, how did the popularity of your products grow as the result of those victories?
 
Grundberg: For a small independent brand like SeeMore, where all we focus on is putting improvement, it is ultimately very gratifying to see two of the greatest final-round putting performances and most satisfying wins in U.S. Open and Masters history involving our putter. And certainly each victory on tour leads the club pros, teaching pros, and average golfers to take notice that this is a game-improvement technology that leads to better putting.  
 
But the best testimonials then come from those average golfers themselves, who are able to execute the same simple system and get the same great results. They tell their friends, or their playing partners see their improvement, and word spreads. This is the way SeeMore is growing. And it is also being driven by a team of believers who are certified fitters and instructors at the club and store level. But more on that later.
 
PGA.com: There's a whole fitting system involved with SeeMore putters. What does that entail?
 
Grundberg: We understand that golfers all have their own ideas about what shapes and specs they like. We provide guidance and pretty in-depth fittings for those that are open to change, those who really want to find the best putting of their lives. And we provide a wide variety of options, and looks, literally something for everyone, but all with our own unique and patented RST alignment system.  
 
That is what separates us. And we custom assemble all of our putters at our headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., and we will literally build anything our customers want. We are totally custom built for those who want that. Custom lengths, lie, grips, swingweights, overall weights, headcovers, we love to help golfers create the best putter they've ever owned.
 
PGA.com: Where can people get more information about going through a SeeMore putter fitting?
 
Grundberg: Our web site, SeeMore.com, is pretty extensive and we also identify the growing list of our certified instructors (who will combine a tour-level putting lesson with a world-class putter fitting), and other certified club fitters. This is the team that is fully trained to give every golfer the SeeMore studio and tour experience. 
 
The team of PGA teachers and instructors that are going through our instructor certification process is nearly 300 strong worldwide, with another group of certified fitters at the store level who do not offer full instruction like the teachers but are certified in helping golfers find the right SeeMore and the proper fit. 
 
SPi is about a year old, and the response from instructors and students and customers has been fantastic. We also have a SPi forum along with SPi blog linked to our site, which deals with all things putting and draws upon the knowledge of our full global base of certified instructors to help students find everything they might be looking for.
 
PGA.com: Word has it that SeeMore's customer service is second to none. How important is that in a business as competitive as the golf equipment industry?
 
Grundberg: We believe we have the best technology in the putter world with our simple alignment system. And we believe it is proven, or validated, with dozens of tour victories and two major championships, all without having any endorsement deals with any of the players.  
 
They play SeeMore because they believe it makes them better. But our greatest asset is that our No. 1 goal as a company is to become known by our consumers and our trade partners for a level of service that is above and beyond expectations in every way. We will personally interact in a timely manner with every single customer who reaches out to us. We care. We love the dialogue. We truly enjoy helping golfers find something they love and helping them find more enjoyment in the game. We never rest in this pursuit.
 
PGA.com: Talk to us a little about your current offerings -- both equipment and accessories.
 
Grundberg: On the equipment side, we have the most extensive putter offering in the world.  
 
Our entire lineup is best viewed on our website for starters. All of our putters feature milled faces for the ultimate in feel and precision. Our prices range from $150 to $400+.  
 
We start with face milling, with our $150 and $165 offerings, then move to Precision Tour milling in our $175-$195 offerings, which includes milling other key parts of the putter for even more perfection. And then we have models which move toward a combination of 100 percent milled investment grade metals and multiple materials and custom milling patterns for the ultimate in feel, perfection, beauty, confidence, and pride of ownership. These are the $250-$500 putters.  
 
They are the most perfect, beautiful putting instruments in the world, and the golfers who can make this type of investment will find putting nirvana. To point out two of our newest offerings, the PTM Precision Tour Milled line (PTM1 and PTM3), as well as the Precision Tour Milled xSeries, are a new generation of milled putters which we have been able to engineer so that they are able to still sell for $200 or less.  
 
We are very proud to offer this new line. And our new zSeries Tour Limited putters at the high end offer an exciting new head design, and also the ultimate personal fitting experience with each 100 percent milled putter also offering included weighting options for the golfer to be able to customize swing weight, and toe release dynamics, to meet individual needs. And as mentioned before, every putter can be custom ordered with a wide variety of grip and headcover sizes and colors, which our customers love.
 
To learn more about SeeMore putters, click here.
 
You can also visit SeeMore on Facebook and Twitter (@SeeMorePutters).
 
 
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SeeMore putters make proper alignment simple for all golfers
April 24, 2013 - 4:19pm
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Callaway and LinkedIn team on Hit the Links
Courtesy of Callaway Golf
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 - 7:44pm
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TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs putter
Courtesy of TaylorMade
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 - 7:36pm
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Antigua summer 2013 collection
Courtesy of Antigua
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
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