Archives for: January 2009

PGA Show: TaylorMade-adidas takes the collar roll out of golf shirts

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ORLANDO -- Sure, there’s a buzz here, but it’s a dull one. No spectacular product rollouts, no revolutionary advances in club technology. It’s been more about best practices in business and instruction, not new toys. With all the great stuff of… more »

PGA Show: G24 wants you to Go Green with solar golf bags

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ORLANDO -- Solar golf bags … it makes perfect sense! Heck, if I’m ever going to “Go Green,” now was the time as I wandered aimlessly around the exhibits after lunch Friday. I literally stumbled into the G24 Innovations booth … and there… more »

PGA Show: SkyCaddie SG5 is top dog in GPS device wars

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ORLANDO -- Guys wearing mini-backpacks with antennae sticking up wandered around the SkyCaddie exhibit Friday. Kinda weird, because you got the feeling they might zap you with a stun gun or something. But the GPS device wars are heating up, and SkyC… more »

PGA Show: Has Titleist improved on Pro V1 golf ball perfection?

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ORLANDO -- The Pro V1 brand owns 40% of the ball market, so what the heck is Titleist doing trying to tinker with the people’s choice of balls? The Titleist crew explained it at a slick presentation in the Chapin Auditorium this morning. Cutting t… more »

PGA Show: Callaway, Cleveland top this golf hotlist for 2009 irons

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ORLANDO - It's a tie when it comes to the new irons between Callaway's X 22 and Cleveland Golf‘s CG7 (both classic cavity-backed designs). I'm not sure how to break this deadlock, but the Project X shaft might give Callaway the edge. Still withhold… more »

PGA Show: Tiger Woods chipping off last of rust, Hank Haney reports

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ORLANDO -- The golf industry convened here to discuss business and unveil products for 2009. An hour or so ago, we received an update on the game’s single BIGGEST industry. That would be Tiger Woods, who according to his coach Hank Haney has nearl… more »

PGA Show: Cleveland Golf appears ready to soar with new Launcher

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ORLANDO -- Rarely does a sequel match the original. Maybe that’s why Cleveland Golf waited so long to re-launch its Launcher driver. But after the geometrically challenged Hi-Bore models didn’t become as popular as hoped, the company tapped back into… more »

PGA Show: If this adidas golf shoe fits, wear it

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ORLANDO -- Remember the golf shoes that looked like wing tips? Or the ones that were spiffy enough you could wear them with a tuxedo? Gone, thankfully, and the trend toward models looking like athletic or running shoes marches on, albeit with high-t… more »

PGA Show: Entrepreneurial golf spirit alive with Cleatskins

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- The PGA Merchandise Show's Demo Day was like a state fair, only without a Ferris wheel and bumper cars. Still, amid the crowd’s hum and cracking noise of the latest drivers and fairway metals, how could you not overhear this conv… more »

PGA Show: Titleist wants you to re-Vokey your golf game

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Beginning, say, RIGHT NOW, if you can’t fit yourself into a Titleist Vokey wedge, just pick up your ball and don’t bother playing from 100 yards in. Vokey wedges used to stop at 60 degrees loft, covering every inch of yar… more »

PGA Show: Cutters Gloves crosses from football into golf

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- I came here to hit golf balls, not grip the football like Edgerrin James or catch passes like Anquan Boldin. According to Cutters Gloves, I can now do both. Talk about a bonus twist of fate. Cutters Gloves, which has made foo… more »

Curious about golf gear for '09? PGA Show's Demo Day has answers

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So what’s hot and shiny and new for golf this year? Heck if I know, that’s why I’m headed to Orlando for the PGA Merchandise Show (click for preview story). First stop … Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge (more than 90… more »

PGA Tour needs to toughen up, starting with golf in La Quinta

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Congrats to Pat Perez. My condolences to Arnold Palmer. Yeah, I know the Bob Hope Classic isn't a major, and the four La Quinta, Calif., golf courses they used won't be confused with TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course and Bethpage Black. They played fi… more »

Amelia Island Plantation covers all bases of true golf destination

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Resort destinations typically carry a theme throughout their numerous golf courses. Watch the Bob Hope Classic this weekend in La Quinta, Calif., and you’ll see shot after shot with desert and mountains as backdrops. At Amelia Island Plantation tu… more »

Until Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are on ballot, World Golf Hall of Fame votes are tough to figure

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Usually it’s a no-brainer filling out my World Golf Hall of Fame ballots. Each year, a Vijay Singh or a Raymond Floyd or Se Ri Pak tops the list, and debate centers around one or two candidates. That hasn’t been the case the past couple years. It… more »