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 »

Hey, President Obama, give golf a boost, buy me a set of Pings

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I was in the midst of breaking down the economic stimulus package over morning coffee and getting ready to call President Obama with the solution when this story came across the wire. Actually, it was buried in my email. But one look at the headline… more »

Catching Tiger Woods: Arnold Palmer says foes better ramp it up for his return

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Even the King thinks kids today need to work harder. Specifically, the PGA Tour's other 150 or so guys most people couldn’t name without Google-ing Wikipedia. Assuming they even had a page there. Arnold Palmer, didn’t actually call out players fo… more »

Major issues: Tiger Woods will have 'em, Phil Mickelson won't in 2009

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It's finally over. Actually, it was over so long ago, the Fat Lady is hoarse from singing about the woes of 2008. So here's to '09, which I'm optimistically declaring the Year of Redemption only because I hope the last 365 days were as bad as things c… more »

How to pack for trip to Las Vegas golf or resort destination

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Freak snow storms. Crazy cold snaps. Wild winds. A wife, or girlfriend, who hates golf. Oh, and those obnoxious airline baggage fees ... It's enough to make you not want to play, much less haul your clubs to a favorite golf destination. So as I heade… more »

Tiger Woods v. Phil Mickelson: Caddie Steve Williams takes golf rivalry to next level

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Rivalry? What rivalry? In order for one to exist, opponents have to be evenly matched and beat each other's brains out over a period of time. It helps if their records against each other are about the same. Phil Mickelson v. Tiger Woods does not qu… more »

Pine Needles seeks another U.S. Women's Open

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It's never too early to lobby the USGA when it comes to hosting a major championship. If you're Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, it should be a matter of simply filling out the paperwork. Kelly Miller, president of Pine Needles and affiliated Mid Pin… more »
 
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