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Metal Age in the Golf World

metal golf clubsSanta Cruz, California has become a haven for golfers having several golf locations in town. You can find two golf courses, a mini golf course and another golf emporium in the county aside from the world renowned Pebbles Beach. These scenic spots and golf locations set the stage for competition over the use of the most advanced golf technology.

Carroll County Times mentioned in its April 2012 article that club manufacturers are focusing in restraining the golf club’s ‘moment of inertia’. The term ‘moment of inertia’ of a golf club is the measurement of its resistance during contact with the golf ball. Modern golf clubs are usually made of metals and help golfers to deliver swing shots of 2 to 4 miles per hour faster ball speed compared to using wooden golf clubs. Golf used wooden clubs since it started evolving in the 19th century. All female members of the UCSC golf team are currently using metal clubs. Metal clubs allow the golfers to hit the ball further and therefore brought forth tricky golf courses and longer fairways.

UCSC’s golf coach for women, Paulette Pera, remembered learning golf and played using wooden clubs. She said, “Because new technology makes play longer, they are building longer courses and tougher greens. Everyone had wood clubs when I started. When I switched from wood to metal clubs, I couldn’t get used to the new sound they made.”

Pera added that none of her team members has ever played using wooden golf clubs. She also said that her team required new equipment to become more competitive compared with other college teams. She admits that playing with metal clubs becomes a big advantage for a golfer.

Pasatiempo Golf Club assistant golf professional Matt Mackey said, “Technology has done a lot for the game in terms of amateur playability. The equipment and physical ability in the game today have both improved exponentially.”

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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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Callaway Launches New Adjustable Driver

RAZR Fit XtremeJust 13 months after it launched its first adjustable driver, Callaway introduced its second one, the new RAZR Fit Xtreme! The newly released driver boasts of its construction and design with claim that the new product “will not be matched”.

Alan Hocknell, Callaway Senior Vice President of Research and Development, says that the new RAZR Fit Xtreme started peeking in the market piece-by-piece through a Twitter campaign. Its hashtag ‘#LongestDriverInGolf’ became a trending topic in about an hour.

The unique promotion technique exposed the new driver’s look and technology. The new RAZR Fit Xtreme carries the combination of Callaway technologies found in both the FT Tour and RAZR Hawk drivers but innovated with its adjustable hosel and weights technology.

The RAZR Fit Xtreme, which has been included in the list of USGA’s conforming drivers, allows golfers to adjust driver settings in two aspects: in face angle and weight placement. The face angle can be set to either open, square or closed while the weight placement can adjusted away from the center of gravity to improve ball flight. While the RAZR Fit comes with four lofts, the new RAZR Fit XtReme’s head design now comes with five lofts. Each loft allows the bulge radius to change giving golfers of different handicaps and speeds some flexibility.

“We worked tirelessly to improve on the best distance characteristics of our longest drivers and the result is incredibly fast ball speed, plus the lowest CG of any adjustable driver in golf,” Hocknell assured. The new RAZR Fit Xtreme can be grabbed in the market starting January 18, 2013 at around $400.

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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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The Golf World Welcomes A Better ECCO

Ecco Golf ShoesECCO already gave a glimpse of what customers can expect from the footwear giant, come 2013. Both men and women golfers are foreseen to be hollering once the new product line of this Danish golf shoes enters the market.

The newly introduced footwear is impressive, from its style to its quality and technicality. A newer and better ECCO, indeed! “Each year, our innovations set the bar even higher and gain ECCO legions of new fans worldwide who appreciate the unique comfort, performance and style characteristics of our shoes,” says Michael Waack, Ecco’s Head of Global Golf.

The men’s line comprise of the new Tour Hybrid model that features a classic style and spikeless soles. The shoes are built based from the company’s award-winning Street EDTS (ECCO Dynamic Traction System) outsole which is also found in the BIOM Hybrid line. Approximately 100 traction bars comprise the configuration of this patented shoe. More than 800 traction angles made from TPU gives better grip in both wet and dry conditions apart from being highly durable and water resistant.

The women’s line, on the other hand, features mixed styles, colors and technology. Both amateur and professional golfers are expected to enjoy and benefit from the modern features of the new ECCO shoes. The golf shoes are designed to maximize the performances of the golfers during the game while elevating their fashion sense in and out of the golf course.

Waack added, “Our golf business was initially built through the women’s market and 2013 marks a glorious return to these roots with a collection that is undoubtedly our strongest yet. Whether she is a traditional or fashion-forward dresser, no woman will have trouble finding her latest shoe obsession in this amazing collection.” Both the men’s and women’s collection will hit the global market by early January.

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New Golf Course for Uluru?

Proposed Golf Course in UluruThere is an existing proposal to open a new golf course at the Ayers Rock Resort in Uluru. The new golf course aims to attract more tourists and eventually, to boost employment in the area.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, the operator of the resort, already filed its application in the federal government. The proposal includes the provision of training and employment for the indigenous employees of the resort, for the building of the 28-hectare, 18-hole golf course. Currently, the resort has 170 indigenous employees and is expected to increase up to 350 employees by year 2018.

Koos Klein, Managing Director of Voyages, said, “There is not much to do there in the eye of many tourists other than visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta [the Olgas], which for many of us should be enough, but we are talking here about the average tourist who is looking for things to do.” He also added that tourists need to visit the resort longer than the usual one-night stay to make it financially sustainable.

The site of the proposed golf course is 10 kilometers from Uluru, directly east of the resort and privately owned by Voyages. Local Communities and the Central Land Council will still be consulted even though the area does not contain any sacred site. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities still has not made any final decision about the proposal.

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World Top Golfers Goes to Durban

2013 Volvo Golf ChampionshipCaptain Jose Maria Olazabal and the rest of the European team who won the Ryder Cup will head to Durban for the 72-hole Volvo Golf Championship from January 10 to 13, 2013. Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari, Paul Lawrie and Thomas Bjorn complete the line-up of the team.

Defending champion Branden Grace of South Africa has already confirmed his participation in the event. The 24-year-old golfer also won this year’s European Tour defeating Ernie Els and Retief Goosen at the Fancourt Resort. He also bagged the 2012 Volvo China Open victory and currently stands number 4 in the European money list, ranking after Rory McIlroy, Peter Hanson and Justin Rose.

Grace’s fellow South Africans Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen will also be at the Durban Country Club for the said tournament. Oosthuizen is this year’s runner-up at the US Masters. Els, Darren Fichardt and Jbe’ Kruger are all expected to participate though there is no confirmation yet as of this writing.

Volvo Golf Championship is open only for this year’s European Tour winners as well as professional golfers who have won more than ten European Tour events according to Volvo Events Management President Per Ericsson.

Colin Montgomerie, former Ryder Captain, and English golfer Paul Casey have both confirmed their participation. However, defending Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Lee Westwood already declined the invitation due to a family commitment.

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Gainey Aims for a Back-to-Back Win

Tommy GaineyWith just three weeks after winning his first PGA Tour, Tommy Gainey is working for a back-to-back win in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic to be held at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Gainey, who is popular with his unconventional swings, scored a 7-under-par 65, closing the first round with a lag of one hit. Two of the final three holes were birdied by the American golfer, finishing the round in tie with Camilo Villegas of Colombia and one-shot away from the leading South Korean golfer, Charlie Wi.

The sensation created by Gainey in the golf world last month is still afresh. Golf enthusiasts can still recall how he closed the McGladrey Classic with a score of 10-under-par 60.

Gainey was happy to start even a windy day in Lake Buena Vista. “It’s playing kind of tough out there. The wind’s blowing 10 to 15 mph steady, gusting up to 20 at different times, and when you catch that gust on the wrong side, you can make some bogeys pretty fast. I’ve got off to a great start, so I gotta focus on maybe trying to win another tournament this week. It’s all about winning again for me, because my goal has not been achieved yet,” he told the reporters after the round.

The 37-year-old golfer has a definite goal. He is working to be in the top 30 of the PGA Tour’s money list and to be able to play at the Augusta National by next year. “When I’m playing at Augusta, that means I’m also playing in the other majors, so that’s my goal,” he said. Gainey is currently at number 56 in the money list. “I’m just trying to play my game and just go from there,” he concluded.

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Ian Poulter is About to Breakthrough

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Ian Poulter’s sharpness in match-playing is popular and proven by his incomparable record of winning stroke plays. He has just set a new record of 12 European Tour wins and 2 PGA victories after winning the World Golf Championship recently.

Poulter has been a decent golfer even before playing professionally in the 90s but not considered great. He turned to be a professional player even at 5 handicap. A handicap of 5 may sound good for casual golfers but not for the pros. Golfers at this level may score at an average of 70-up and is not a money-making score for the professionals.

For this reason, Poulter had to work harder to reach where he is now, the world number 15. If the Ryder Cup would be considered in counting the world golf rankings, he could have made it to the top 7. He is one of the best players in the history of Ryder Cup with a 12-3-0 record.

The English golfer’s excellence in match plays wasn’t only confined in the Ryder Cup. Among his many European Tour victories, two of which were also match plays aside from winning the 2011 Volvo World Match Play title competing against Lee Westwood, Nicolas Colsaerts and Luke Donald.

Soon enough, Poulter is anticipated to breakthrough, turning his record of match play excellence into winning a major tournament. He is indeed getting closer in winning his first major.

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Westwood, Oosthuizen Co-Lead the WGC-HSBC Championship

Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen shared the top spot in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament held in Shenzhen, China. Westwood shot three birdies, no bogey and a score of 30, 18-under early on of the game putting him on tie with the then waiting Oosthuizen who carved an overnight lead of five shots, scoring at 70.

Westwood admitted enjoying his Asian trips at the last quarter of the year. He said, “It’s generally pretty hot here and it was quite steamy out there today. But obviously the conditions here suit me with the grasses and the style of golf courses. And I have always been a middle-to-the-end-of year good player.” He grinningly added, “Other than that, the reason for playing well … must be the grain or rice or something like that.” The English golfer also putted few 20-foot birdies after being criticized for not putting well in the recent Major tournaments.

Oosthuizen, on the other hand, played the first two rounds explosively but was not able to sustain the momentum on the latter part. “It was frustrating. Early on I didn’t play really well and then I started to find a little bit of form on the back nine but just didn’t make any putts. I missed two six footers for birdie and one of them I didn’t hit a good putt. It was frustrating seeing all the other low ones out there,” says the South African golfer.

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