Lamkin N-DUR Grips

By January 13, 2010, 8:05 pm
By Apryl DeLancey
Senior Writer,

Lamkin N-DUR Grips with 3Gen Technology

Lamkin is set to launch new grips for the upcoming golf season and I recently tried out a set of their new N-DUR grips with 3Gen technology. The hexagon-patterned back panel is said to promote light tension and protects your hands from slipping at impact. The front comfort panel is designed to reduce fatigue and promote an ideal grip position which should result in being able to hit the ball longer with increased accuracy.

Feel: Being a fan of cord grips and still having a few installed on my longer irons, things may be about to change with these new grips. The combination of soft and firm honestly inspires confidence. Tending to grip the club too tight during my swing, less tension was felt on the top hand because of the tackiness in the bottom half of the N-DUR. There is shock absorption, making mis-hits less unpleasant. Not to say they have sensicore levels of dampening, but enough to make your hands happy.

Durability: After playing 36 holes there has not been the usual wear on my thumb. This is a two-tone grip with white being one of the primary colors. Using a mild soap and some water there was even a more impressive increase in tackiness without a hint of dirt. The latter was a definite plus.

Appearance: Having been impressed with all three color combos; white/red, white/blue, and white/black, they seem to have a little more length than other grips which is useful when choking down on wedges and short irons. The alignment was better than most other grips.

Performance: The lighter grip pressure seemed to add a few yards. Not saying this will happen for everybody, but if any grip is going to help this should be on your short list. There was no trouble with the club twisting even with sweaty hands.

Overall: The whole lineup for 2010 looks great and Lamkin’s new N-DUR and 3Gen Technology is poised to be a big player in this year's grip market. Having been waiting for an affordable high quality offering for quite some time and this grip at $6.99 will be a great alternative to some of the high end Japanese offerings. Look for these grips Mid-February. Find out more info on Lamkin’s website:
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.