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Tour Chief Wants the Same Equipment for All Golfers

Golf enthusiasts are still waiting from the governing bodies of the golf sport with regards to the use of long putters. Many are curious on what the final decision will be – whether the equipment will finally be banned or not.

However, European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady has been vocal about his opinion saying, “Speaking personally on behalf of the Tour, one of our great facets is that we are connected to the game that every amateur can play as well. We could go separately. I would urge the Tour to follow the rules as laid down by the governing bodies.”

O’Grady is a prominent person in the world of golf and has been encouraging the pros not to take drastic actions even if the decision would not conform to their wishes. He also looks forward to see the professional golfers playing their games with the same rules and equipment, just how any other golfer does. O’Grady also admits that the year has been filled with lots of discussion between the concerned parties including the United States Golf Association (USGA), the Royal and Ancient Club (R&A), as well as the PGA Tour.

He also emphasized that the USGA and R&A, golf’s two rule-making bodies, have to do what they believe is right for the game. “The view of our leading members and our players must be listened to, but I haven’t heard one of our members want to break away at the moment. They want to be connected to the game,” he concluded.

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The Right Golf Equipment for You

the right golf equipmentGolf is a sport that calls for precision and perfection. To achieve ultimate results, it is important to get the right golf equipment suited for the player. Choosing the right golf equipment will allow you to play and experience ultimately satisfying round of game. With all these in mind, don’t allow yourself to settle for anything less than perfectly fit golf equipment. But, the question that may pop out of your mind is… Which golf equipment is the right one for you?

First, let us discuss what is not. Getting the most expensive brand and model of golf equipment does not assure you of delivering the performance you need. Yes, it may be good but it may not be the best for you. It just doesn’t work that way. There are also cheaper brands that work as good as the famous brands.

Another misunderstanding about getting the right golf equipment is the principle that the more golf clubs there is, the more chances of winning. The important thing is focusing on what you need and getting the right one for you.

Before you can find the equipment best suited just for you, it is important to understand your body measurements, swing characteristics, and mode of playing. These factors will give you the specifications on what type of golf equipment you need. Understanding this information beforehand will prevent you from buying expensive golf equipment and find them useless later on. It will also not hurt you at all if you will go and seek out advice from professionals in golf outlets and online stores.

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Modern VRS Covert Driver by Nike Golf

VRS Covert Driver By Nike GolfNike Golf’s never-ending effort to provide its customers with innovative products is once again proven at the Global Innovation Summit held in Orlando, Florida. The event hosted by the company was filled with modern technology and innovative designs which have also become the talk-of-the-industry. Historically, Nike Golf is the first company that produced the high-speed cavity back drivers that conforms to the Rules of Golf.

Adding to the company’s long list of dependable products is the new VRS Covert driver, the design and engineering of which put the customers in awe. The new driver’s FlexLoft adjustability system allows the user to change lofts and face angles easily, at any time. This single driver can provide up to fifteen different options giving golfers wider chances of meeting their swing characteristics and needs.

The Global Golf Club Business Director of Nike Golf, Rob Arluna, boasts of their new product, saying, “With the VRS Covert, we have created a game changing piece of technology that has already begun a growing industry buzz. 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 overall design of the new driver delivers more stability, higher energy, farther distance and greater control during and after impact. All these are aside from its visually pleasing and easy adjustment features. The VRS Covert driver will be available in golf stores by early 2013.

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Spin Control Is What the New Cleveland Wedge Offers

cleveland golf's new wedgeHere is something new from Cleveland Golf. The newest wedge by Cleveland, the 588 RT XTM CB, offers the combined features of the original 588 line of wedges and Rotextm technology.

The superb performance of the 588 wedge fused with the forgiveness provided by the Rotextm technology make up the new 588 RT XTM CB. Rotextm is the most modern spin technology developed by Cleveland Golf.

Aside from these prominent features, the 588 RT XTM CB wedge also has grooves which is 16% larger among its class. The strictly defined manufacturing process allows its U-grooves to be larger than the Tour Zip Grooves. This enhancement gives better contact and maximum spin during hits.

The newest line of wedges is created from heavy-duty laser milling. The rougher surface of the wedge is sturdier and has better spacing to provide more friction during shots. Its face pattern is milled directionally to add more roughness which helps deliver the maximum spin after an impact.

The back of the wedge is designed with undercut cavity to enhance perimeter weighting that provides more forgiveness in case of a mishit. The reverse C sole of the wedge helps improve bunker and deep shots. Reverse C sole is the evenly spaced sole originally inspired by the CG14TM and CG16TM wedges, also by Cleveland Golf.

The 588 RT XT CB wedges are available in eight different lofts, from 46-degree to 60-degree loft angles. You can also find them in two colors, Satin Chrome and Black Pearl and cost around $119.99.

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Webb Simpson, Prepared Even if Long Putters are Banned

webb simpson on long puttersAmerican golfer and long putter user Webb Simpson is not bothered at all about talks that the club will be prohibited though he is vocal of his disagreement about the issue. This US Open Champion is one of the three Major winners who use the controversial golf club. The governing bodies of golf, the USGA and R&A, are already in discussion on the clamor and consider all views about the matter.

Simpson has started playing using a short putter as a preparation for the possible change in the Rules of Golf. “There’s a bunch of arguments going around but I haven’t heard a good one yet. I’m friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It’s nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game, but I don’t think it’s a good decision,” he said.

It was in 2004 when Simpson started using the belly putter but he strongly implies that there is no statistical basis that the use of such gives golfers more chances of winning. “Last year there was no one in the top 20 in strokes gained category that anchored a putter. So the argument of, ‘it’s an advantage’, you have to throw that out there. It’s going to be tough if they do ban it. It’s going to be tough for a lot of people, not just players. It’s going to be tough for committees to really have a stance on it and explain why,” he added.

Aside from Simpson, the other two Major winners who used the long putters are 2011 USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley, and 2012 Open winner Ernie Els.

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“Don’t ban long Putters,” says Adam Scott

adam scott on long puttersWorld number 6 Adam Scott speaks about issues on banning long putters and asked the governing bodies of golf to focus on the more relevant concerns in the sport. The use of long putters has become more popular among professional golfers and the clamor about using the club has also become stronger.

Scott became very bold and admitted speaking to George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour, that banning long putters would be unfair. “It is very hard to find a good reason to do that at this stage so my conversation was to find out where things sit because it is very hard to get information,” he said during an interview before the Singapore Open.

Critics of belly putter use believe that the club gives players advantage during a game. This is because securing the club in the golfer’s belly will bring more stability to the body, resulting to lesser body movements and swing errors compared to players using the short putters.

Scott believes that both USGA and R&A should look more carefully on setting limitations with other equipment designs. Modern golf equipment, he believes, allow golfers to hit the ball into very far distances which result to extended courses. “We certainly don’t need that sort of carry-on going on in the game of golf. I think it is all unwarranted, all of it, and there are more important things to worry about,” he said.

“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. 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. Greens are not changed because people are putting with a long putter,” Scott added.

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TaylorMade’s Latest and Biggest Innovation on Irons

taylormade driverBoth golf players and followers have been anticipating the new golf club TaylorMade has in its doorstep. The curiosity of many sparked when Sean O’Hair was spotted using TaylorMade’s prototype iron at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

The president and CEO of TaylorMade, Mark King, ended all inquiries and speculations by officially announcing the company’s new product, the RocketBladez iron. The club is said to be the biggest innovation in the history of irons.
Though RocketBladez is in its early stage in the market, its ‘Speed Pocket’ feature is already intriguing. Speed Pocket is a slot located at the sole of the 3- through 7- irons. Its width is about two millimeters and is filled with a polyurethane material which flexes upon impact. This concept was inspired and adapted from the company’s RocketBallz line of fairway woods and hybrid.

Intensive study by the company’s set of design engineers revealed that almost 70% of iron impacts do not hit the center of the club face but instead, below the center of the club face. The RocketBladez’s face, therefore, is designed to be 11% thinner than the previous iron faces with Speed Pocket that enhances the ball speed and driving distance during and after impact. The thin iron face also helps golfers achieve a better launch angle and faster ball speed.

TaylorMade has indeed made another great contribution in the golf technology and equipment.

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New Golf Store for Patrick Collins Golf

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A new golf store was opened by Patrick Collins Golf at the New Malton Golf Club. The store also offers detailed and precise golf equipment fitting as well as swing analysis and assessment for avid golfers.

The fitting center also provides golfers with wide variety of services with the help of the latest club fitting software to ensure perfectly fit golf equipment suitable for each player. The latest equipment of swing analyses is also used to help golfers improve their swings.

Reliable and dedicated professional staff will meet you at the center. They are trained to be customer oriented to ensure that players are involved during the process of custom fitting.

“Custom fitting of golf clubs makes a huge difference to the way a player is able to play the game. No golfer has the same swing and that uniqueness makes this sport such an interesting and challenging field in which to work,” Patrick Collins said. “Through custom fitting you are able to have clubs made to work with you and your swing to allow you to play to the best of your ability and improve your enjoyment on the course,” he added.

Aside from the above mentioned services, the store also features many top brands in golf equipment including Lyle & Scott, Cleveland Golf, MD Golf, Kikkor Golf, JS International, Srixon and Rife putters.

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Putters – Long or Short?

long or short puttersGolf enthusiasts go with never-ending discussions about golf and the technology involving it. Just like the heated debates regarding the use of long putters.

The ruling authorities of golf, both R&A and USGA, already admitted that the current Rules of Golf is “firmly back on the radar”. Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of R&A, emphasized that a final resolution is yet to be discussed and worked on.

Professional golfers also have their respective opinions about the matter. Ernie Els once said that although using a long putter makes him feel like cheating, he would still take advantage of it since it is not prohibited. He has won four major tournaments in his career.

Tom Kite strongly stated, “Belly putters are legal and are both wonderful ways to putt. But I don’t think they are good for golf.” Kite is the 1992 US Open Champion and has won the Ryder Cup seven times.

Steve McKenna of the City of Newcastle Golf Club says, “The conventional method of putting is playing with a standard-length putter and holding it with an orthodox grip. It is still the preferred method of good golfers. As long as the golfer’s technique, feel and ability to read greens is sound there is no need to move away from convention.”

While Brian Rumney of the Arcot Hall Golf Club says, “Anchoring the putter against the chest, chin or whatever and requiring only one hand for the stroke is not how the game was designed to be played. There’s currently a huge debate on these types of putters and my prediction, for what it’s worth, is that the USGA and the R&A believe they should do something about them.”

Indeed, all matters will settle once the USGA and the R&A do something about it. In the meanwhile, let us all look forward to what they have to say, hopefully, soon.

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An All-COBRA PUMA Gear for Jonas Blixt at Frys.Com Open

cobra puma golf equipmentJonas Blixt secured his first PGA Tour win at the Frys.com Open. The victory came after finishing in the top ten four times and ranking third at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open even as a rookie in the PGA Tour.

Blixt, who is also a COBRA PUMA Golf Ambassador, won with a score of 16 under par using his COBRA Golf Equipment. He began competing in the final round at the second place but pulled through five birdies. Tying with three other players at eight more holes, he secured an outright victory after shooting that impressive birdie at the 17th hole.

COBRA PUMA GOLF’s President, Bob Philion, said, “Jonas’ rookie year on the PGA Tour has been excellent and he has been a perfect fit with COBRA PUMA GOLF. He has been with COBRA Golf for two years while he graduated Q-School and secured his first PGA Tour win this week.”

Blixt’s complete golf gear was composed of a Raglan Jacquard Golf Polo paired with a white 5 PKT Tech Pants, a COBRA Tour cap and Super Cell Fusion Ice Shoes in Tomato. The polo is constructed with lightweight materials with absorbent fibers that keep the golfer comfortable all throughout the game. Its modern seaming lessens friction during movements at golf swings. The pair of shoes Blixt wore features the newest S2Quill technology that gives the wearer superior traction and comfort.

Blixt’s golf bag is also composed of an all-COBRA golf equipment including a black ZL EncoreTM Driver with UST Attas T2 6X shaft, Baffler® T-Rail 2H with Graphite Design DI 105X and an S3 Pro Irons MB 3-P with DYG X100.

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