TaylorMades Putter Focus

By March 23, 2010, 10:55 pm

They have dominated the driver category on tour for a number of years but TaylorMade Golf has a new target – the short game. Specifically, putters.

The popular Rossa franchise is getting a boost this year in several ways, via new Kia Ma crafted tour models and the evolution of the Rossa Monza Spider putter line – the Vicino.

TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spider VicinoSet to hit retail on March 25, the Vicino had its first full week on the PGA Tour at the Transitions Championship with a wide number of models ready for player testing and use.

“A lot of people look at it (the Vicino) and the original Spider and says there’s not much difference,” TaylorMadePGA Tour representative Shawn Mullin told said last week on the practice putting green at Innisbrook. “But that’s hardly the case; within the putter there is quite a bit of difference.”

Mullin says the new mallet model is a true evolution based on a lot of study and research. “We’ve spent a lot of time studying things like loft, shaft pitch, and face angle, and so on. One of things we have focused on is having enough loft (the standard loft of the Vicino is 3.75 degrees) with the correct face angle.”

According to Mullin, having enough loft and the right shaft pitch can be hard to maintain when players look to vary the face angle of their putter but they have solved that issue in the Vicino. “In years gone by when we changed the face angle or the loft the shaft pitch would become negative and putter shaft would end up pointing back at your right shoulder, which was not a good thing.” The solution to that was what TaylorMade calls “90 degree shaft angle.”

Using this development they are able to maintain proper loft whether you choose to have the putter sit square, 1 degree open, or 2 degrees open – whatever fits your eye. Adds Mullin, a former PGA Professional, “you will be able to get a fit for your stroke and the look you want with the right shaft pitch and effective loft.”

In a move to create even more options so the golfer can get the putter that fits them rather than having to conform to the putter, TaylorMade is also offering three face options for the Vicino. On top of the regular Titallium AGSI insert there is also an AGSI S insert made of Surlynthat is firmer while a Carbon AGSI insert, the AGSI C, is slightly less reactive. “They each provide a different feel and a different sound, which some players prefer. We have a lot of options to help get players into a putter that fits them.”

As successful as the original Rossa Monza Spider was Mullin feels the Vicino will have an even bigger impact. “We learned a lot from that putter and the process of developing it. We’ve listened to the players and it’s much like NASCAR. As you are developing new product you must listen to the people that are driving it or using it – and the best players in the world, specifically. They are telling us what they see and feel and hear and I think we have been able to do a good job with taking that feedback and getting it in line with the product we deliver to them.”

TaylorMade Kia MaAccompanying the Vicino with a March 25 retail launch date will be three Kia Ma designs. Kia Ma crafted putters are slightly more traditional in shape and the result has been very positive. “Kia Ma has been doing very well. We have some of the best players in the world playing his product right now. Kia does a fantastic job. He’s been in the putter business forever; frankly he’s one of the best fabricators there is. We have guys like Sean O’Hair and Sergio Garcia – some of our bigger name players using the product so we expect it to continue to be successful; on tour and at retail.”

As for how far TaylorMade-adidas expects the Vicino and Kia Ma putter designs to take them on tour they have some well-defined goals. “I think our beginning goal is to try and take over that #3 on tour and slowly close the gap on 1 and 2,” Mullin proclaims with confidence. “Obviously it is going to take time. There are player contracts involved; there are a lot of factors, but the immediate goal is to try and jump into that No. 3 spot.”

He concludes, “I think with this and some other new product; we have another new launch coming out soon, we should be able to make an impact on tour.”

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:45 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)