Tournament: CN Canadian Women’s Open
Winner: Michelle Wie (Wikipedia | LPGA Tour Profile)
Key: Three consecutive birdies on the back nine on Sunday. Interviews (Thu Fri Sat Sun) | Final Standings
Quote: “I made a lot of crucial putts out there today. I made a lot of putts, but at the same time I made a lot of really crucial putts.”
Putter: Nike Method #5 (source) Adopted on Tour and proven by two Major victories in 2009, the revolutionary new METHOD putter was born of innovation and fueled by the demands of our Tour athletes. The Polymetal Groove Technology provides a faster, positive forward roll at impact for the kind of accuracy and consistency Tour professionals demand. (from manufacturer).
Tournament: The Barclays
Winner: Matt Kuchar (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Tournament leader Martin Laird three-putts on 18 forcing a playoff with Kuchar. PGA Recap | Helen Ross Column | Interview
Quote: “The greens were so firm and so fast today. It was just completely different. It was amazing the transformation they made in a matter of a day. So it was hard to get balls close. It was hard to make putts. Just the greens were so firm and fast and almost crusty on top that I knew if I could hang in there, make a few more birdies I had a chance because there was potential to move backwards.”
Putter: Rife Barbados (source) Like all putters from Rife the Barbados is Tour driven. Since its introduction on the PGA Tour late 2006 this oversized mallet putter has found its way into the bag of three of the top 50 players on the PGA Tour whom have enjoyed immediate success (winner of the 2006 Australian Masters). The Barbados is designed to have a pleasing shape wrapped around a three line center cavity section creating a strong alignment aid. By moving the mass to the outer edges of the putter, the Barbados is extremely stable. It also features both RollGroove and LieAline technologies. As with all Rife putters the Barbados is 100% milled and made of mild 304 stainless steel. (from manufacturer).
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The training aid folks at EyeLine Golf have launched three new training aids this summer to help you with your putting game. According to Eyeline, these products have been “beta-tested” by a number of Tour players this Spring in anticipation of their public launch. In a press release, CEO Sam Froggatte notes the risk of releasing new product during this time: “We realize that trusted brands are especially valued in a down economy and have been able to still launch new products successfully. We make simple and economical products to help people experience the fun of improvement. Introducing new products at this time is our way of contributing a bit of fun for people. We know the economy is rough, and it weighs on our daily experiences. We are willing to take the risk of new product launches as our statement of belief in people.”
Here is the roster of their new putter-aid products:
Sweet Spot 360
Co-developed with Todd Sones (Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and Top 25 Golf Schools in America). Hitting your putts in the Sweet Spot is a goal of every putt, so use it whenever you practice! Comes in a 3-pack and each strip can be used several times. The sweet spot works for all three learning styles. Visually, many players make the mistake of improperly lining up their putter face to the ball. The sweet spot helps a player to see how to correctly align the face of the putter to the ball. When striking a putt off center, auditory learners will hear the “thud” versus the “click” when they hit the center of the putter. Kinesthetic learners will feel the spongy contact of the sweet spot versus solid feel of the center of the putter. The sweet spot will give a player the feedback of incorrect and correct so they can start to repeat the stroke that gives them the correct contact, helping them on their way to becoming a better putter.
(also co-developed with Todd Sones). The Speed Board focuses on stroke length back and through. A stroke that is the same length back and through will deliver consistent distance control. Use with or without a ball.
Ball of Steel, newly re-designed
The Ball of Steel is 5 times the weight of a normal golf ball. Learning to make a solid stroke with the heavy ball makes putting with a standard ball feel light and lively. This is the key to creating a compact, efficient stroke. Watch great putters and you will see this stroke. No deceleration, no jab, and no complex thinking. Simple stroke = fewer putts!
Traditionally, Ping gifts gold-plated putter replicas to winners of PGA golf tournaments using their equipment. Another copy of the commemorating gold club is then stored in the fabled Ping vault. To date, there have been over 2,500 gold putters commissioned representing the respective number of tour victories. It is a special tradition in golf which actually gets much more expensive when it comes to majors. You see, the winners of those tournaments actually get a full replica, solid gold! version of their putter.
In the coming days, Ping president John Solheim will be delivering two such putters to Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen (Redwood Anser) and PGA Champion Martin Kaymer (Karsten Series Answer 2). Yahoo! writer Jay Busbee astutely notes: “The average putter weighs about a pound. Gold closed on Aug. 25 at $1,239.10 per ounce. So, yeah, you’re looking at about $20,000 per putter…”
- Naomi – A cavity back MOI tour blade featuring a tungsten back.
- Courtney – A cavity back blade with 304 Stainless steel.
- Jennifer (shown)- A center-shafted high MOI mallet.
The putters will be available in December and the suggested retail will range from $300-$360.
Tournament: Safeway Classic
Winner: Ai Miyazato (Wikipedia | LPGA Tour Profile | My favorite things)
Interviews: Sat Sun
Quote: “I would say my short game is so much improved than when I came to the U.S. Because, like, when I came on the tour like first couple years, I try to — well, the first couple years I tried to get more distance off the tee, and as a result I didn’t really work too much on my short game. But after that I worked harder on my short game and maybe that’s why my game improved….The last couple weeks I just trying so hard to make it happen, like trying to — like trying to go in like almost every time. But then right now I really stay in the present and really focus on my stroke, so it’s more less tension. So that’s why my putting feels good.”
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Teron Putter (source) The Odyssey White Hot XG utilizes a multi-layer insert for phenomenal performance with any golf ball. Inspired by high-performance, multi-layer golf ball technology, the White Hot XG insert takes two materials with different properties and combines them to take the level of feedback and feel to an all-new high (from manufacturer).
Tournament: Wyndham Championship
Winner: Arjun Atwal (Wikipedia | PGA Tour Profile)
Key: Atwal led the tournament in total putts with 109. AP Recap | Golf Magazine Recap | PGA Notes (Interviews: Thu Fri Sat Sun)
Quote: “You know, you always — until you do it, you don’t know and I’m just so glad that putt went in. I was really nervous over that putt. It was the most nervous I’ve ever been in my whole entire life…My heart rate was probably like 150 at the time but my caddy told me that, you know, hey, listen, you made enough putts to win. I have. The last European Tour event that I won in Malaysia, I holed about a 20-footer on the last hole to get in a playoff. I went back to that and couple other putts that I’ve made in my life and kind of calmed myself down before I hit it.”
Putter: Ping Karsten Series Craz-E (source) For golfers preferring the performance of a steel face with an insert feel, the Karsten Series meets the criteria. An elastomer insert in the cavity provides enhanced feel while maintaining the solid response of a steel-faced putter. Weight savings from the new cavity shapes were redistributed to the perimeter to increase each putter’s moment of inertia for added forgiveness. Multi-level alignment aids are designed into most models. (from manufacturer).
Editor’s Note: Ping putters have been winning at a torrid pace the last half of the PGA season.
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Fantastic article in today’s Knoxville News Sentinel profiling Tennessee golf company Gaim Golf:
The article echoes the trials and tribulations that many small golf equipment companies and startups face in this fierce competitive market. From a putter perspective, we get a sneak peek of Gaim’s new prototype “Sync” putter.
With the Backdraft GT+ putter white is back and better than ever. The high-contrast head and jumbo size grip are unique technologies never before combined in putter design. These performance enhancing features deliver unprecedented level of accuracy and forgiveness to every golfer’s game.
The King of Contrast
The Backdraft GT+ uses Optic Technology to increase the contrast between the golf ball and the green. The difference between our GT+ putter and darker putters is a higher level of contrast that helps you focus on the Backdraft’s leading edge and alignment aids, giving you the best possible visual presentation for accurate aim. The more contrast, the easier an object is to see, and the easier it is for you to focus. The inherent feeling of being focused promotes confidence; and believing in your putting stroke just might be more important than any other aspect of putting. In addition, the Backdraft GT’s color eliminates distracting reflections off the club head allowing golfers to concentrate on setting up the perfect line.
Jumbo Grips Are Hot
All of this alignment technology is only half the story, the GT’s jumbo grip helps prevent the golfers’ wrists from breaking down making it easier to create a pure and fluid putting stroke. In addition, Jumbo grips reduce grip pressure and minimize club head rotation for a softer touch and more pure putting stroke.
The new Backdraft GT+ features four designs with a jumbo grip all for $49.99, a third of the price of competing products. It is an outstanding way for golfers to try jumbo grips without re-gripping their favorite putter. The club comes with Tour Edge Golf’s 30-day play guarantee and lifetime warranty. It comes in a blade and two mallets styles and is available in right and left hand.
For a store near you visit www.touredge.com or call (800) 515-3343.
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