Category: General

Nike improves its golf game with new STR8-FIT driver

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Look, regardless of what kind of golf clubs you think Nike makes, just having Tiger Woods endorse your products guarantees a large number of sales. But Nike has done wonders with its new SQ Dymo2 STR8-FIT driver as it tries to grab more market share. Nam… more »

Fore! Tiger Woods plays through PGA Tour return with C-plus game

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Yes, Tiger Woods won his first match at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. But if you bothered to look beyond his birdie-eagle start Wednesday, you saw a golf superstar so far off his game that I bet it even surprised Woods. Did you see some o… more »

Checking out the new TaylorMade R9 Driver

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Just got the new TaylorMade R9 Driver late Tuesday, and dude, it is a hot piece of machinery! Don't bother running down to your local golf shop to get it, either. It won't be in stores for at least a couple weeks, or as TaylorMade so succinctly put in th… more »

Return of Tiger Woods? Doral Golf Resort & Spa offers ringside rooms and seats

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You might not be able to play the famed Blue Monster course during this particular stay at Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Seems Tiger Woods likely will have a tee time that weekend while trying to win another World Golf Championships -- CA Championship tit… more »

Rosen Shingle Creek resort salutes military members with special Orlando golf rates

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Tough times for the golf industry hasn’t stopped Rosen Shingle Creek resort from saying thanks to those who serve our country. From now through September, the Orlando golf destination has put in special rates for active duty, reserve and retired milita… more »

Golf can wait, trip from Callaway Gardens to FDR's Little White House can't

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PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - I really didn't feel like going. But I'm glad I did. Any trip to a golf destination or vacation resort includes one of those moments. Golf might be the first priority, but you've got to put the sticks down occasionally and enjoy… more »

Travelers, check this: Baggage, butterflies and Callaway Gardens golf

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Random thoughts on the first day of a trip to Callaway Gardens (Lake View and Mountain View courses) in Pine Mountain, Ga.: There are no bounds to the idiocy of our airlines. And the Japanese Paper Kite is a very cool butterfly. Did AirTran, Del… more »

Travel trend: Golf destinations and resorts open wallets to renovations

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Seems a good number of golf destinations and resort hotels have been renovating, refurbishing, remodeling (or whatever you want to call it) their properties lately. Which could be a hopeful economic indicator for the industry and the travelers they want… more »

Can expectations possibly be too high for Tiger Woods’ return to golf?

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Another day, another Tiger Woods update. He’s going full bore in practice sessions, his knee is stronger than ever, surgery hasn’t changed his swing … Yawn. Meanwhile, television, tournaments and the PGA Tour wait for the bailout that only… more »

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 »