Wilson Di11 irons built for distance

By Global Golf PostMay 30, 2011, 7:10 pm

“D” is for distance as far as Wilson Golf engineers are concerned. And they have been looking to nurture as much of that performance attribute as possible from its Di iron franchise, which the equipment manufacturer first introduced in 2005.  Their latest effort in that realm is the Di11, and officials say that the fifth-generation product is longer – and straighter – than any of the others.

For starters, Wilson clubmakers developed a modified exoskeleton that pulls weight low (to promote a higher and longer ball flight) and back away from the face of the club (for greater head stability). The resulting ultra-wide sole is designed to offer improved turf interaction, whether on tight fairway lies or out of the heaviest rough.

In addition, the company looked to create a sweet spot with its Di11 that is as much as 36 percent larger than offerings by the four leading brands in the super game-improvement category.

Part of that comes from the removal of weight from the perimeter of the clubface and from inside the cavity. But it is also the result of discarding the urethane medallion it had employed in its Di9 model and replacing it with a coating of a lighter-weight elastomer coating. That not only allowed designers to re-position that all-important CG (Center of Gravity) but also dampen vibration. And by combining those advances with its wide tip shaft that enhances stability and improves forgiveness, even on off-center hits.

Another way that Wilson has boosted the distance performance of its latest iteration of its Di irons with the use of lightweight shaft options, in both steel and graphite. Those allow golfers to achieve higher clubhead speeds, which theoretically translate into greater length.

In addition, Wilson is offering its Di11 with a patent-pending half-and-half shaft, a technology combining graphite and steel that was applied with great success in high-performance baseball bats. The upper part of the so-called HNH shaft is graphite from the grip to the midsection, which removes weight from that part of the iron and dampens vibration. Then, steel is employed from the midsection through the tip, providing lower torque for more consistent shots.

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.