TaylorMade Burner lighter, faster

By Global Golf PostJune 27, 2011, 8:55 pm

TaylorMade engineers say they pulled out all the stops when they created the latest versions of the Burner Superfast driver – the 2.0.

For starters, they made this black-and-white bomber the lightest driver (279 grams) in company history in an effort to enable golfers to swing the clubs faster for greater distance. Technicians say they managed that weight reduction by employing an ultra-light, 48-gram Matrix Ozik Xcon shaft and a Winn Lite grip that tips the scales at only 25 grams. At the same time, they claim they have improved overall club head aerodynamics, resulting in a driver that is five yards longer than the original Burner Superfast, which was introduced in 2010.

TaylorMade club makers also looked to enhance all-important center of gravity in the 2.0 through the deployment of a low-riding sole and sloping crown. The thinking behind those developments is to ensure that drives are launched higher with less spin. Company engineers also sought to improve forgiveness by giving the 2.0 the largest clubface of any TaylorMade driver as well as one that boasts the deepest face/address footprint combination.

The bigger face, 4,550 square millimeters in size, provides more area with which to strike the ball. And that is especially important given that this Burner Superfast is slightly longer, at 46.5 inches, than conventional drivers, which can make it more challenging for recreational golfers to make square impact consistently. As for the deeper face, that is designed to provide more area for impact above the center of the face, which promotes higher launch angle and lower spin for better length off the tee.

In addition, the high-MOI (for moment of inertia) 2.0 titanium club head utilizes TaylorMade’s inverted cone technology to expand the area of the clubface that delivers high ball speed and allow golfers to get good distance from their drives even when they miss the center of the clubface.

The Superfast 2.0 features a stylish, spats-like appearance with a matte white crown and a black PVD clubface and sole. The main function of the color contrast is to make alignment easier and more consistent.

While releasing the 2.0, TaylorMade made sure it did not forget what it calls the “discerning player” by also coming out with the Burner Superfast 2.0 TP driver. It differs from the standard model in four critical ways by featuring a more compact address footprint as well as a single weight port on the toe, a slightly open clubface angle and a 65-gram Matrix Ozik HD 6 shaft and 43-gram Tour Velvet Light grip. The club’s aerodynamic club head shape encourages a faster swing speed, they add, while the open face and toe weight allows it to be swing-weighted differently for a more neutral bias.

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.