Master the Greens Lower Your Scores

By Bill KliewerMay 27, 2008, 4:00 pm

The notion that good putting is crucially important to lower scores isnt exactly groundbreaking, but that doesnt make it any less true. A new breed of putters has hit the market, and they are taking technology to the extreme. If your putting is costing you extra strokes, try the following offerings from some of the best brands in golf.
 
Cleveland Golf VP Milled Series
Cleveland Golfs new Visual Performance (VP) Milled putters feature a Dual Axis Alignment system, a fantastic visual aid which helps players get into the correct address position every time. This lets golfers determine when their hands have moved out of position and detect when their eyes are not directly over the ball, drastically cutting down on pushed and pulled putts. Pick from three unique offerings, including the VP1 a classic plumber's neck blade design with a 1 inch offset, the VP2, also a blade but with less offset and the mallet-style VP3.
 


 

PING i-Series
This versatile series is loaded with a wide variety of putters to satisfy any golfers demands. Each is fitted with a two-piece insert in the face for outstanding feedback and a soft feel. Alignment-focused designs like the Craz-E, Craz-E and Moon are crafted to make lining up putts extra easy and also feature a high moment of inertia (MOI) for maximum forgiveness. Golfers loyal to a more traditional style can choose from proven PING favorites including the Anser and Zing models.
 


 

Heavy Putter Deep Face Series
Fans of previous versions of the Heavy Putter will be happy to hear that the new Deep Face Series still features the added weight system in the head and grip that make a consistent pendulum stroke so easy to repeat. New for 2008 are five distinct models, each with its own personality and a face inch taller than standard. This additional height raises the center of gravity so that it lines up with the sweet spot of the ball promoting greater accuracy and distance control. Boccieri Golf continues to defy convention and the results have been tremendous.
 


 

Guerin Rife Two-Bar Hybrid
Combining the performance benefits and looks of the award-winning Island Series Barbados with the highly-successful Two Bar putter is this gorgeous mallet from Guerin Rife. Two bars extending back from the center of the face help golfers frame the ball at address. In addition, players can adjust the weighting of the putter to suit specific conditions. As with every Rife model, the Hybrid is fitted with the companys patented RollGroove face which promotes an ideal ball path for greater consistency.
 


 

YES! Golf C-Groove Series
When a regular putter face impacts a ball it creates a loft which can cause skidding and side or back-spinning before it even begins rolling forward. The C-Groove solves this problem thanks to the concentric grooves on the face. Upon contact, the edges grip the ball surface, simultaneously lifting the ball out of its resting position and creating an ideal roll for straight putts with remarkable consistency. With 15 different sticks to choose from, the line provides golfers with nearly-limitless options.
 


 

Editor's note: Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.