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April 17, 2014 - 8:39pm
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TaylorMade White SLDR driver
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The white version of the TaylorMade SLDR driver is identical to the original black edition in every way but color – meaning it also includes a 20-gram weight that slides along a track on the front of the sole to let golfers to dial in their preferred trajectory.

It's no secret that TaylorMade has gone all in on its SLDR driver, and the latest evidence of that came Thursday as the company released a white-crowned version.

The white edition of this best-selling big stick follows other white clubs in the TaylorMade stable such as the R11, R1, Rocketballz and Rocketballz Stage 2 drivers. The full-size SLDR driver debuted last summer with a charcoal-gray crown, and was followed by a 14-degree version, a smaller 430cc version and, just recently, the SLDR Mini with a 260cc head.

"The white crown with black button-back delivers a remarkable appearance at address," said Brian Bazzel, the senior director of metalwood product creation. "Many golfers fell in love with white when it came out in 2011, and now we are delivering a limited edition white SLDR with low and forward CG for more distance when you loft up."

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The white version is identical to the original dark-headed edition in every way but color – meaning it also includes a 20-gram weight that slides along a track on the front of the sole to let golfers to dial in their preferred trajectory by placing the weight at any one of 21 points along the track. The SLDR allows for six millimeters of movement – that's 50 percent more than on the R1 driver – promoting a shot-dispersion range of up to 30 yards. 

It also includes the low and forward Center of Gravity that promotes low spin and faster ball speeds, as well as TaylorMade's Loft-sleeve Technology, which permits the loft to be easily adjusted. Golfers can choose from 12 positions within a range of plus-or-minus 1.5 degrees of loft change. 

The SLDR White driver will be available on May 2, and carry a suggested retail price of $399. 

 

TaylorMade unveils white SLDR driver
Keegan Bradley's Nike golf shoes
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This pair of Keegan Bradley's Nike golf shoes features the Michael Jordan "Jumpman" logo along with a Masters-inspired green and white color scheme.
Keegan Bradley is a friend of Michael Jordan and his Airness' frequent golf partner down in Jupiter, Fla. Over the last several months, Bradley also has been wearing various editions of Nike's Air Jordan golf shoes.
 
Keegs is sporting some brand-new models for Masters Week, and they are in my opinion the best looking so far. They are, from my understanding, cleated reimaginings of the Air Jordan 11 basketball shoes.
 
 
Earlier this week, Bradley showed off a black-and-white pair that is very similar in design to some of Jordan's most famous basketball shoes, but the green and white ones I've pictured above are my favorites.
 
Bradley's good buddy and fellow PGA Champion Jason Dufner is sporting some cool new Nike kicks this week, too. As you can see below, however, there's no way you'll confuse them with Bradley's.
 
Check 'em out:
 
 
Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner are wearing some awesome Nike golf shoes at the Masters
April 3, 2014 - 12:08pm
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Ashworth
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Fred Couples is scheduled to wear this limited-edition Ashworth shirt commemorating his victory in the 1992 Masters in the first round of next week's Masters.

Ashworth Golf unveiled its Majors Series Apparel Collection today -- a set of six limited-edition golf shirts designed to commemorate the major victories by six of the company's Tour staff professionals: Fred Couples, Justin Rose, Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard, Paul Azinger and Retief Goosen.

The first Ashworth Major Series golf shirt in the collection is dedicated to Couples' victory at the 1992 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Only 275 of the shirts were made, a number that matches Couples' winning total at the 1992 Masters. The second button on the shirt features the date Couples won the Masters and there's also a limited edition Majors Series patch on the right sleeve, as well as Couples' embroidered signature inside the back neck.

"I've worn Ashworth on tour since they started in 1987 and believe it's the best shirt ever made," said Couples. "Wearing Ashworth is very special to me and I'm excited to wear this new golf shirt at The Masters, where I won my first championship."

Each player is scheduled to wear their respective piece during the first round of the major they claimed in 2014.

The Fred Couples Ashworth Majors Series Collection will be available exclusively at www.ashworthgolf.com beginning Monday, April 7, at an MSRP of $100.

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Ashworth launches Majors Series Apparel Collection
April 2, 2014 - 3:46pm
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Ground Force Trainer
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The Grounder Force Trainer, which uses a square rotational disk, power pole and lead leg support foam pad, helps golfers hone and strengthen their backswings.
How do you hit the ball farther forward? By strengthening your backswing.
 
So says Dr. Jenni Martin, an LPGA Professional with 30 years' experience in fitness and training. She's come up with the Ground Force Trainer, a four-week program of balancing and exercises that she says will add distance to any golfer's drives.
 
Her Ground Force Trainer package includes a square rotational disk, power pole, and lead leg support foam pad along with a DVD, instruction manual and mesh carry bag. With it, golfers can hone and strengthen their backswings, which she says is where power is developed.
 
The purpose of the trainer is to help golfers strengthen their backswings by increasing their "coil" or rotational strength. To use it, a golfer takes his stance with his front foot (left foot for right-handed golfers) on the foam pad and his trail foot on the rotational disk. He grabs the power pole using his golf grip and slowly takes his backswing. If his technique isn't perfect, the trail foot will rotate on the disk; if it is correct, the trail foot will remains in its proper position.
 
 
"The Ground Force training disk creates instability, causing a specific muscular reaction that exactly mimics the sensation and strength necessary to motor-learn the proper load in the backswing and feel the connection with the ground," explains Martin, who has advanced certification in Orthopedics, Sports and Recreational Injuries as well as a Master's degree in biomechanical trauma and training in chiropractics and physical therapy.
 
"The rotational square disks act similarly to a 'lazy Susan' found in the kitchen," she adds. "They're used in Pilates to teach exercises that require movement of the lower and upper body in opposite directions, and to exercise the balance muscles." 
 
Mastering the technique the trainer teaches strengthens the core muscles and the glutes and enhances balance. Critically, it also heightens the golfer's awareness of what these muscles do during the swing and improves the muscle memory needed to groove a more balanced, consistent and powerful swing.
 
Using the system a few minutes per day for four weeks, Martin says, is guaranteed to increase a golfer's driving distance by five to 15 yards. It retails for $119 and is available from the Golf Gapper at www.thegolfgapper.com
 
Ground Force Trainer improves backswing for extra distance
March 31, 2014 - 11:33pm
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Nike golf TW '14, lunar control and lunar clayton golf shoes
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The new TW '14, Lunar Clayton and Lunar Control golf shoes from Nike Golf feature premium white uppers and colorful design details.

The Masters isn't until next week, but the Nike Golf staff players already know what they'll be wearing at Augusta National. They'll be modeling the 2014 editions of the TW' 14, Lunar Control and Lunar Clayton shoes.

All three models feature premium white uppers and a range of colorful design details, from the outsole to the lace eyelets to the Swoosh. All three designs blend Nike's performance technology with pops of iconic color.

"Last year we released a limited-edition version of the TW' 13, and it was a huge success," said Nike Golf Footwear Product Director Lee Walker. "For 2014, we wanted to expand that unique offering to include three of our most popular models – the TW' 14, Lunar Control and Lunar Clayton – featuring an infusion of color in a trio of powerful yet understated designs."

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For the TW' 14 footwear, Tiger Woods collaborated with Tobie Hatfield, Nike’s Athlete Projects Innovator in the company's Innovation Kitchen, and Nike Golf footwear designers. The natural-motion engineered outsole is designed to mimic the innate movement of the foot while delivering all the protection and traction of a lightweight performance golf shoe. These shoes also feature Nike's Dynamic Flywire technology, which moves with the foot to provide stability and mobility during the swing.

The Lunar Control Limited Edition footwear features Nike's proprietary full-length Lunarlon technology, a lightweight cushioning system that is highly responsive to provide enhanced comfort and support. Nike Flywire, another proprietary technology, wraps from the midfoot to the heel for targeted support in a lightweight structure within a premium full-grain leather upper.

To create the Lunar Clayton shoes, Nike Golf footwear designers combined a handcrafted, waterproof leather upper with lightweight Nike Lunarlon technology underfoot to maximize responsive cushioning. A leather welt joins the upper to the outsole while protecting the foot from the elements. The molded rubber outsole makes this model wearable both on and off the course.

The TW '14 shoes carry a street price of $180 per pair, while the Lunar Control models have a street price of $160 and the Lunar Clayton shoes have a street price of $250. They're available at retail now.

 

Nike Golf introduces three new models of golf shoes
March 27, 2014 - 9:09am
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Fila Golf
Fila Golf
Fila Golf's Auckland jacket (for men) and Rockingham (for women) are new for 2014.

New for 2014, Fila Golf has introduced its Auckland and Rockingham Waterproof Performance Jackets.

The men's Auckland jacket ($110) features mesh lamination and a detachable hood, a mockneck with fleece lining, contrasting color collar, as well as shoulder, side seam and under sleeve panels for easy flexibility that won't interfere with your swing.

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Other features include a technical zipper front, self-adjustable sleeve closure with Velcro, two hip pockets with technical zippers, security pocket, shock cord and drawstring with plastic toggles, FILA linear logo embroidered tonal on right back shoulder and extended sport hem.

The Auckland comes in four colors: Silver / Atomic Orange; Black / Viva Red; Black / Silver; and Viva Red / Silver.

It's a jacket that's not only perfect for the golf course, but also for off the course.

Put to the test on a recent trip to the range on a chilly day, the Auckland jacket provided all the warmth you'd need without restricting your swing. The sport hem ensures that the jacket remains close to your body, staying away from your hands at address.

For women, the Rockingham jacket ($110) includes all the same features and waterproof performance of the men's Auckland and is also available in four colors: Silver / Atomic Orange; Black / Viva Red; Black / Silver; and Viva Red / Silver.

To learn more about Fila Golf's Auckland and Rockingham jackets and more offerings for 2014, visit: www.shopfilagolf.com.
 

Fila Golf offers new, waterproof men's and women's jackets for 2014
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