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November 6, 2012 - 5:52pm
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Adam Scott
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Adam Scott thinks golf's governing bodies should leave long putters alone and concentrate their energy more on dealing with the ever-expanding distances that modern clubs can hit the ball.

Before long, it seems, every player who uses a long putter will have come out against the proposed rule change to banish them. The latest to speak up is Adam Scott, who said on Tuesday that he spoke with European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady last week to stress his opinion that a ban on the long putter he has used since 2011 would be unfair.

"It is very hard to find a good reason to do that (get rid of long putters) at this stage, so my conversation was to find out where things sit because it is very hard to get information," Scott told Reuters at the Barclays Singapore Open. "My opinion would be I don't think it is in the best interests of the game to ban the long putter. I think there are some more important issues that probably should have time spent on them than putting."

Scott went out of his way to shoot down a suggestion from Tiger Woods that the putter should be the shortest club in a player’s bag.

"His voice carries some weight on the issue -- a lot of players have been quite outspoken about it and certainly when Tiger Woods speaks about it generates a lot of interest," said Scott. "But I'm not necessarily sure his views on what the putter should be are correct at all. I don't think the putter should be the shortest club in the bag -- that has never been a rule in golf so I don't know why it should be now."

Instead of worrying about putters, Scott would prefer to see golf’s governing bodies focus more on reining in the distance that contemporary clubs are capable of hitting the ball.

"I think that it is fairly well acknowledged that length generally is probably the biggest issue in the game and it doesn't just mean how far pros hit it,” Scott told Reuters. "Some of our courses, great courses, are too short these days.

"If we are talking about equipment side of things, the length issue is probably the most important because tees are moved back," he added. "Greens are not changed because people are putting with a long putter."

 

November 6, 2012 - 1:57pm
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Nike VRS_Covert driver
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The new Nike VR_S Covert drivers feature a rich red paint job, and give golfers the ability to choose from 15 different options of loft and face angle.

Nike Golf unveiled its latest driver on Monday, and is unabashedly billing it as "the most innovative club" the company has ever produced. 

The new VR_S Covert driver is the first to bring high-speed cavityback technology to a driver that conforms to USGA and R&A rules, company officials said. It features three proprietary technologies (High Speed Cavity Back, FlexLoft adjustability and NexCOR face) that combine to enhance distance, control and forgiveness, they added. 

"With the VR_S Covert, we have created a game-changing piece of technology that has already begun a growing industry buzz," said Rob Arluna, Nike Golf’s Global Golf Club Business Director. "It is visually exciting, it feels and sounds amazing and, most importantly, it creates powerful results with a high degree of control. Golfers and our Nike Golf Tour athletes are going to have a lot of fun with this driver."

The High Speed Cavity Back is a technology used in irons and now brought to drivers, fairways and hybrids for the first time in a conforming driver. This leads to more stability at impact, Nike says, and that delivers more energy to the ball, resulting in more distance and control. The Cavity Back is only visible from the sole view, but is covered and hidden by the crown to make the club more visually pleasing at address – hence the name VR_S Covert.

By incorporating this new hidden geometry into the driver, Nike Golf engineers have been able to move the weight of the club to the heel and toe, increasing Moment of Inertia (MOI) to increase forgiveness and add even more distance to off-center shots.

The FlexLoft system is a simple pull, turn, and push/tighten mechanism that allows for an intuitive adjustment system. The patented Dual Axis adjustment allows golfers to choose their loft (between 8.5 and 12.5 degrees) and face angle independently of each other by decoupling loft from face angle. This creates 15 different options to suit their game and course conditions.

Finally, the NexCOR face technology featured in the VR_S Covert line is designed to deliver faster ball speed and longer shots from a wider area of the face. NexCOR creates more speed at impact by employing a variable face thickness that moves the sweet spot higher from the heel of the club to the center high, where most golfers are likely to make impact.

Featuring a deep red paint job, the VR_S Covert driver will be offered in two models, the VR_S Covert Tour and VR_S Covert. The VR_S Covert Tour features a 430cc head and features a deeper face and a fixed weight screw. The VR_S Covert has a larger 460cc head and has a wider breadth. Both models will come with Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Kuro Kage shafts that are produced with higher carbon fiber density for superior control and power.

The drivers will be available in golf stores throughout North America and Europe on Feb. 8, 2013, and in the rest of world starting Feb. 15, 2013. The VR_S Covert Tour will carry a street price of $399, while the VR_S Covert model will carry a street price of $299.

 

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November 6, 2012 - 12:23pm
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Datrek Go-Lite 14 stand bag
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Made of durable diamond ripstop nylon material, the new Datrek Go-Lite 14 stand bag boasts a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top.

The latest addition to the massive Datrek stable of golf bags is the Go-Lite 14 stand bag, which weighs in at only five pounds yet features both a 14-way mesh padded top and full-length individual dividers.

"The Go-Lite 14 stand bag is the perfect bag for the golfer looking for a multipurpose stand bag -- light enough to carry and full-featured to use on a cart," said Craig Ramsbottom, president of Datrek parent company Dynamic Brands.

Made of durable diamond ripstop nylon material, this new bag boasts a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top. There is ample storage room with five pockets, including a large garment pocket, fleece-lined valuables pocket, insulated beverage sleeve and an oversized ball pocket.

An additional feature is its cart-friendly base adaptable for both push carts and riding carts. It also has a towel ring, umbrella holder, Velcro glove holder and external tee holder, along with a padded double shoulder strap to make walking and carrying easy and comfortable.

The Go-Lite 14 stand bag is available in six color patterns -- red/black/white, white/charcoal/black, royal/black/white, charcoal/black/white, orange/black/white and lime green/black/white. It is now available, and carries a suggested retail price of $149.99.

For more information, visit www.Datrek.com.

November 2, 2012 - 4:59pm
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy has more than 200 million reasons to smile, if the stories about his Nike deal are correct.

Rory McIlroy has signed a deal with Nike Golf worth more than $200 million, according to a report on FoxSports.com posted late Friday afternoon.

McIlroy, who has played Titleist equipment for the first five years of his professional career, is switching to Nike for perhaps as much as $250 million over 10 years, Robert Lusetich wrote in the post.

He also reported that, “although no one involved would officially confirm the signing,” FoxSports.com has learned that McIlroy has already filmed his first Nike television commercial, which will debut next year, when the deal takes effect. In the ad, he said, McIlroy appears with Tiger Woods, Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley.

If true, the deal would make McIlroy by far Nike Golf’s highest-paid player, and very likely the highest-paid player in all of golf.

Earlier this week, Titleist and McIlroy agreed they would part ways at the end of the year, freeing the popular young Northern Irishman to pursue a lucrative endorsement contract, with strong indications that he would sign with Nike.

October 31, 2012 - 7:56am
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Nike Method Core Weighted putters
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The MC01 blade and MC11 mallet show the weights in the bottom of the clubheads of the Nike Method Core Weighted putters.

The latest putter innovation from Nike Golf is its line of Method Core Weighted putters.

These putters – of which there are five models --  utilize fixed weights on the heel and sole of the clubhead to provide proper weighting by putter length. The weights help to lower the center of gravity as well as move the center of gravity away from the face.

"Most people don't realize that they are about 3/10ths of an inch above the ground at impact," explained Nike Golf Master Modelmaker David Franklin. "You need to keep the center of gravity of the putter as low as you can so that it never gets higher than the center of gravity of the ball. This stops the putter from driving the ball down and creating backspin on the ball."

The Method Core Weighted solved this potential putting inconsistency with their strategically designed weighting system.

"With the Method Core Weighted technology, we worked to get the center of gravity lower than the ball, enabling the putter to rise up at impact, lift the ball and turn it over quickly," said Franklin.

The putters feature a milled face and Polymetal Grooves for a more true and consistent roll, keeping putts on target, Nike says. In the faces is the Method Core insert – a blend of aluminum face and polymer grooves to lessen impact and vibrations for enhanced sound and feel. The five Method Core Weighted putters include four blades and a mallet, each with a lustrous tour satin chrome finish, and all are built with 2 degrees of loft.

The MC01 blade comes in right- and left-handed models, with lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, while the other models are only available right-handed. The MCO2w, MC03w and MCO4w blade all come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, while the MC11 mallet comes in shaft lengths of 33, 34, 35, 41 and 43 inches.

The putters carry a suggested retail price of $169, and will be available beginning November 1.

 

October 29, 2012 - 9:23pm
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Courtesy of Allen Edmonds
The First Cut golf shoes feature Allen Edmonds' new Spikeless Versatility (SLV) sole.

Allen Edmonds is expanding its Honors Collection of golf shoes and expanding its Clubhouse Collection of casual shoes as well as its lineup of belts and performance socks.

The Honors Collection shoes now feature Allen Edmonds new proprietary Spikeless Versatility (SLV) sole, a lightweight and hard-wearing sole featuring multiple traction studs for a sturdier grip. The SLV is in addition to the Honors Collections' classic 11-spiked shoe.

"The SLV shoes are the first, and only, spikeless golf shoe made in USA," said Allen Edmonds CMO Colin Hall. "Now, golfers have the option of wearing gorgeous golf shoes featuring classic spikes or the spikeless sole that reflects a current trend in golf. Both styles are also available for our recrafting service.The SLV sole makes an Honors Collection shoe perfectly suitable for all environments including play, teaching and the clubhouse."

The shoes featuring the SLV sole are available for order now with a price of $295. The spiked shoes are priced at $345.

The Clubhouse Collection shoes were hand-picked to provide a range of off-course styles.

"From slip-on styles to casual boat shoes or driving moccasins, the collection offers stylish shoes to wear around the club, work or in more casual environments," said Hall. "We are getting positive feedback from our green grass customers about this expanded offering of golf and casual shoes and how it's bringing a new and sustainable revenue stream into their shops."

There are eight new shoes in the Clubhouse Collection, many of which can be recrafted in the legendary Allen Edmonds process highlighted by:

--Chukkamok: Featuring a classic Chukka boot silhouette, this is part of the new line of unconstructed footwear offering the more comfortable fit from an unlined shoe, and allowing the leather to hug the foot. More fashion-forward than many boots in this genre, this model features a long wingtip, perking and pinking, and a toe medallion. The more classic elements are balanced with added contrast midsoles and Vibram red rubber soles.

--Patriot: This made-in-the-USA penny loafer is a faithful interpretation of a timeless design. The shoe is improved with a brand new last, making them roomier in the forefoot but also featuring Allen Edmonds' trademark narrow heel. Allen Edmonds calls this shoe its consummate country club shoe.

--Sedona: A celebration of a leisure lifestyle, this versatile model is offered in a choice of unlined uppers. It is available in five vibrant colors and a pair of two-toned distressed styles. It combines the classic look of the American penny loafers with distressed rough leathers and a new, lightweight box sole.

--Duke. This handsewn, beefroll penny slip-on is handcrafted with actual brown football pebble grain calfskin with a Vibram mini-lug sole to create a clever weekend shoe.

For more information, visit www.allenedmonds.com

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