Baffler XL hybrid-irons, driver making golf easier

By Jason CrookJanuary 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

This just in ... golf is hard. It's frustrating. Sometimes you just feel like throwing in the towel. Then with one swing of the club, all of those feelings disappear and you remember why you fell in love with the game. It is what makes the sport so gratifying when you do play well. So the good folks at Cobra Golf are making it easier for you to make those kinds of swings consistently – the swings that make you not hate golf – by bringing back their Baffler XL line of clubs.

For the average player who doesn't like to practice (me), consistency is everything, not necessarily consistent good shots, but consistent not-so-bad shots are key. And that's what the Cobra Baffler XL line delivers – it's really hard to mis-hit these clubs.  It did take a little convincing however.

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For starters, they look a little funny at first glance. But you will get over that after about your fourth or fifth shot down the middle of the fairway. The first thing you will notice is the absence of long irons. In their place are a 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid and 6-hybrid, and I have to tell you I couldn't be happier about that decision. I don't remember the last time I stood over a 4-iron with any sort of confidence. But the technology put into these clubs, especially the wide rail soles which deliver improved turf interaction and less drag, had me hitting the ball farther and more importantly straighter, than anything I've ever tried in the past. 

Then you get into your actual irons, 7-iron through gap wedge, which all feature a deep undercut cavity and oversized face, along with the same wide rail soles on the hybrids. I won't bore you to death with how exactly the technology works, but the "trampoline effect" that has been built into these clubs is outstanding to watch, and even better to feel, without hardly any effort put into the swing. I've never hit balls higher. It didn't necessarily translate into more putts falling, but that's a me problem.

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But don't just take my word for it, watch the video below from the guys who actually designed the clubs. After hitting the Baffler XL line, I came away excited about my game, not dreading the next time I decide to tee it up. And it sounds like that's exactly what they were striving for.

The entire Baffler XL line comes in graphite or steel stiff, regular or lite shafts and feature Lamkin REL EPDM Reminder grips. You can order any of the Baffler XL clubs or an entire set at Golf Galaxy. For more information, check out Cobra Golf online.

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What's in the Bag: Tour Championship winner Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 12:48 pm

Tiger Woods won his 80th career title on Sunday at the Tour Championship. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: TaylorMade M3 (9.5 degrees)

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees), M1 2017 (19 degrees)

Irons: TaylorMade TW Phase 1 prototype (3-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

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McCarthy tops Bae in Tour Finals 25

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 11:51 am

The Tour handed out 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season based on how players fared in the Finals series. Here are the final standings after Sunday's Tour Championship.

1. Denny McCarthy: $255,793

2. Sangmoon Bae: $218,156

3. Robert Streb: $187,460

4. Peter Malnati: $157,296

5. Cameron Davis: $126,675

6. Adam Schenk: $125,798

7. Lucas Glover: $125,212

8. Matt Jones: $112,000

9. Hunter Mahan: $107,505

10. Roger Sloan: $84,307

11. Shawn Stefani: $80,579

12. Seth Reeves: $80,360

13. Max Homa: $78,200

14. Roberto Diaz: $70,326

15. Stephan Jaeger: $69,923

16. Curtis Luck: $64,920

17. Nicholas Lindheim: $59,169

18. Dylan Frittelli: $48,600

19. Wes Roach: $48,100

20. Sepp Straka: $47,844

21. Cameron Tringale: $47,760

22. Ben Silverman: $47,700

23. Michael Thompson: $45,466

24. Fabian Gomez: $43,657

25. Jim Knous: $41,931

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DJ moves back to No. 1; Woods to 13th in OWGR

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 11:05 am

Justin Rose did just enough to claim the FedExCup title Sunday at the Tour Championship, but Dustin Johnson's late surge was enough to vault him back into the top spot in the World Ranking.

Johnson shot a final-round 67 to finish in third place, while Rose stumbled with a 3-over 73 for a share of fourth. DJ lipped out a birdie putt on 18 that would have given him a shot at the FedExCup crown, and that allowed Rose to clinch the $10 million prize with a two-putt birdie.

Tiger Woods continued his incredible surge up the World Ranking with his 80th career win at the Tour Championship. Woods moved up from 21st to 13th after a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel. It marked Woods' seventh top-10 finish of the year.

Horschel made the other big move of the week jumping up from 48th to 35th with his second place finish. Outside of a WD in Boston, the 2014 FedExCup champion had another great run in the playoffs finishing T-3 at the Northern Trust, T-3 at the BMW and second at East Lake.

Here's the top 10 after the PGA Tour season finale.

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Justin Rose

3. Brooks Koepka

4. Justin Thomas

5. Francesco Molinari

6. Rory McIlroy

7. Bryson DeChambeau

8. Jon Rahm

9. Rickie Fowler

10. Jordan Spieth

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McCarthy wins Tour Championship by 4

By Associated PressSeptember 24, 2018, 2:14 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Denny McCarthy won the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday to earn fully exempt PGA Tour status and a spot in the Players Championship.

McCarthy closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over Lucas Glover at Atlantic Beach Country Club. The 25-year-old former Virginia player earned $180,000 to top the 25 PGA Tour card-earners with $255,793 in the four-event Tour Finals.

''It's been quite a journey this year,'' McCarthy said. ''The PGA Tour was tough to start out the year. I stuck through it and got my game. I raised my level and have been playing some really good golf. Just feels incredible to finish off these Finals. So much work behind the scenes that nobody really sees.''

McCarthy finished at 23-under 261.

Full-field scores from the Tour Championship

Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, closed with a 69. He made $108,000 to finish seventh with $125,212 in the series for the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200.

Jim Knous earned the 25th and final card from the four-event money list with $41,931, edging Justin Lower by $500. Knous made a 5-foot par save on the final hole for a 71 that left him tied for 57th. Lower missed an 8-footer for birdie, settling for a 69 and a tie for 21st.

''It was a brutal day emotionally,'' Knous said. ''I wasn't quite sure how much my performance would affect the overall outcome. It kind of just depended on what everybody else did. That's pretty terrifying. So I really just kind of did my best to stay calm and inside I was really freaking out and just super psyched that at the end of the day finished right there on No. 25.''

The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list competed against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. Sungjae Im topped the list to earn the No. 1 priority spot of the 50 total cards.