Youve Come a Long Way Baby

By January 24, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 PGA Merchandise ShowORLANDO, Fla. -- If a golf ball had to chose which club in the bag he'd most like to be best friends with, it would undoubtably go with the putter. The putter is assuredly the easiest on the dimples and most often the one club getting him to his favorite hang out - the bottom of the cup.
 
The driver might argue his case by saying it has the ability to launch the little fella 300-plus yards down the fairway, and a wedge might state that it can take it 'dancing,' but the relationship between putter and ball is secure. The putter and the ball come together more often during a round than any other combo - just ask Dave Pelz.
 
Thank goodness the ball is still round, as the putter might have trouble recognizing his mate what with all the changes that have happened to the ball in the past 10 years or so. With new technologies and new materials, today's golf ball has been transformed dramatically, although the end result of longer and straighter has stayed the same.
 
Here's a look at some of the latest offers coming out from the leaders in golf balls and putters:
 
Golf Balls
 
Callaway HX Hot
Callaway's HX Hot Ball.
Callaway
Callaway has come out with the new ball called the HX Hot which retails for $24.99. A high-resilience core boosts ball speed, resulting in more distance for the widest range of swing speeds. An Ionomer cover reduces spin off the driver for long, penetrating trajectory.
 
The HX Hot is on fire. At $24.99 (a dozen) we have found a sweet spot in the market,' said one Callaway rep.
 
Srixon
The new Srixon Z-URC and Z-URS golf balls, at $40 a dozen, tied for the highest rated Tour Performance balls in the Performance category on the 2007 Golf Digest Hot List, and were rated outstanding in Technology/Preference/Value. With a new technologically advanced cover, thinner mid-layer and larger core, the new Z-URS is the latest addition to Srixons world-wide Tour winning golf balls. Touted as a golf ball that has more ball velocity and greenside spin and control.
 
Titleist
The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are the well-known No. 1 choice on worldwide tours. It's designed for serious golfers with a wide range of launch conditions seeking Tour-level technology and Tour-proven performance. The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball provides improved launch conditions for longer distance while maintaining superior Drop-and-Stop performance into and around the green.
 
'Whether the focus is on optimizing performance at the highest levels of the game or improving the performance for aspirational golfers seeking to achieve a competitive advantage and advance their games, golfers will soon experience New Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls that are better than ever from tee-through-green,' commented George Sine, Vice President, Golf Ball Marketing and Strategic Planning, Acushnet Company.
 
Nike
With a 312-dimple pattern with five different dimple sizes designed for more carry and distance, the Nike Juice 312 is also is in the value range at $20 a dozen. It has a perfectly spheroidal Surlyn caplet embedded with hundreds of sculpted recessions to control directional agitation and wind puncture.
 
Bridgestone Golf
Bridgestones polymer science technologies deliver a revolutionary golf ball in the Tour B330. Engineered for serious players and Tour professionals seeking exceptional distance, accuracy and soft feel. Soft Urethane outer cover with seamless 330 dimple design is for pinpoint accuracy. $40 a dozen.
 
Putters
 
Odyssey Tri-Ball
The Odyssey Tri-Ball SRT Putter.
Odyssey
The Odyssey Tri-Ball SRT putter features a higher MOI for a straighter back and through stroke, and a lightweight body for precise balance. The Tri-Ball alignment system allows for better visualization for more accuracy. The face is made with milled steel place inside their well-known urethane insert to create Dual Insert Technology. Retails for $200.
 
Mizuno
Mizuno teamed-up with world-famous putter designer Bob Bettinardi to produce a new series of putters. The A-Series is designed for the player that prefers the look and feel of a mallet style putter in their hands. The A-Series consists of two face-balanced, Moment of Inertia, mallet-style putters milled from 6061T6 Aluminum. Each A-Series putter features a low, deep Center of Gravity and Bettinardi's patented Honeycomb Face for consistent ball striking and the truest roll in the game and 'gives you the confidence, feel, and consistency to sink more putts.'
 
PING
The dual-durometer insert of the G5i Series provides the feel and distance control golfers long for on putts of all lengths. The combination of the soft perimeter and firm impact area means golfers can lag with confidence and be firm when it counts the most. Retails for around $115. The putter's reputation for quality and consistency is furthered by the precision machined insert cavity.
 
TaylorMade
With a typical putter, backspin is produced at impact, which makes the ball skid and bounce before forward roll begins. That skidding and bouncing can rock the ball off-line to the left or right, and can cause the putt to come up short of the intended target. The new Rossa CGB with ASGI (Anti-skid Groove System) is engineered to reduce backspin and promote forward spin earlier in the shot for enhanced distance-control and accuracy. Retails for $110.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.