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Patrick Reed and Callaway Ready for the FedEx Cup Playoffs

Patrick Reed was struggling. By the end of April 2013, he’d entered 13 PGA Tour events and had missed the cut eight times. Save for a 7th place finish at Pebble beach in February, his first full season on Tour was horrific. In fact, from mid-march through the end of April, Reed had missed the cut in 5 of 6 tournaments and finished t71st—almost dead last–in the only event in which he’d managed to play the weekend. With the truncated 2013 season half over, Reed made the switch to Callaway in May. Since then, he’s missed only one cut and garnered 4 top ten finishes, including his first ever victory at the Wyndham Championship, and earned over $1.6 million and enough FedEx Cup points to begin the playoffs at number 22 in total points earned. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Furyk and Callaway Off to Fast Start at The PGA

Jim Furyk attributes his first round lead at the 2013 PGA Championship to his improved putting and his driving accuracy. Furyk needed just 29 putts, including a 40 foot bomb, en route to his first round of 5 under par 65 at Oak Hill Country Club, site of the year’s final major. Furyk made six birdies on the day against a lone bogey on his final hole. His 65 leaves him tied at the top of the leader board with Adam Scott.   Furyk used an Odyssey Versa No. 1 Wide Putter to fashion his best opening round at a major since 2009. Critical to his success on the greens was his play from the tee. Oak Hill is brutal on the best of days, and next to impossible if you’re playing from the rough. Furyk featured the new Callaway FT Optiforce 440 Driver to “hit a bunch of fairways,” which led to hitting 15 greens in regulation. That, in turn, offered an abundance of birdie opportunities.   You’ll want to watch all the action today from Oak Hill Country Club, and while you’re at it, you can check out Furyk’s FT Optiforce Driver and Odyssey Versa No. 1 Wide Putter at DGW.

PGA Championship Nike Apparel

It’s August. It’s hot. It’s humid. And it’s the PGA Championship. The professional golf season’s final Major Championship gets underway today at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York and Nike athletes are prepared to weather the, er, weather in an array of lightweight, breathable, moisture wicking shirts pants and hats. Nike has always been at the forefront of creating performance apparel technology, utilizing technical fabrics that enhance athletic performance, and those technologies will be on full display at Oak Hill.  At the PGA Championship, Nike athletes will be wearing designs from the Fall 2013 collection featuring Dri-FIT UV for protection from the sun and Dri-FIT Stretch for superior mobility. Thirteen Nike Tour players will be competing at Oak Hill and you can find all their apparel, shoes and accessories at the DGW PGA Championship 2013 Collections page. Here’s a glimpse of some of the apparel featured. Read the rest of this entry »

High Performance Rain Wear: Nike HyperAdapt

Nike recently unveiled a new line of foul weather golf gear designed to deliver superior waterproof and windproof protection combined with flexible breathability. According to Nike, the new HyperAdapt Storm-Fit Jacket, available in both Full-Zip and ½-Zip versions, and HyperAdapt Storm-Fit Pants offer golfers unsurpassed comfort, protection and mobility. These claims were immediately bolstered when Paul Casey, winless in over 2 years, claimed the Irish Open while wearing both the HyerAdapt Jacket and Pants during the 35 mph winds and heavy showers that plagued the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Adjustability Made Easy: The New TaylorMade SLDR Driver

The adjustable driver has been around for awhile, and every major manufacturer has embraced the technology, at least to some degree. TaylorMade has been committed to adjustable drivers and moveable weight technology since 2004, but the benefit of adjustability has been lost to a vast number of golfers who have no desire to delve into the complexities of tinkering with loft, lie, face angle and weighting. Taken to its extreme, adjustability for the average golfer may seem just a bit gimmicky. For those who haven’t embraced the adjustability craze, and just as importantly, for those who have, the new TaylorMade SLDR (“Slider”) Driver offers quick and easy adjustability that just about anyone can understand—and from which everyone can benefit. Read the rest of this entry »

Mickelson + Callaway = Open Championship

By his own admission, there was a time when even Phil Mickelson, not one known for self doubt, questioned his ability to ever win a British Open. That changed Sunday with his victory at Muirfield. Phil’s first Open Championship and fifth Major title was much more dramatic than the three shot margin of victory would indicate. Starting the day 5 shots off the lead, Mickelson was steady, if not spectacular through the first 12 holes on a day when steady looked, well, spectacular compared with the rest of the field. Pars were at a premium and birdies were scarce. So it was remarkable that Phil played the last 6 holes in 4 under par, sealing the victory and ending a tournament that looked as if it were anyone’s game until that final, fateful hour. How did he do it? Read the rest of this entry »

Tiger Woods and Nike Ready for the 2013 Open Championship

Nike athletes will be featuring the newest from the Nike Fall wardrobe lines as they tackle the oldest championship in golf this week at venerable Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland. Foremost among participating Nike athletes is World Number 1,Tiger Woods, who is joined by World number 2, Rory McIlroy,  former Masters Champion, Charl Scwartzel, Nick Watney and rising European star, Thorbjorn Olesen. Read the rest of this entry »

A Duke Win Even North Carolina Fans Can Cheer

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result. By that definition, Ken Duke is quite insane. For the better part of 19 plus years he plied his trade on various professional golf tours without success—without winning–until Sunday when, at age 44, he won his first PGA tournament at the Travelers Championship. I’m fairly certain Ken Duke is not insane, but he has been remarkably persistent—doggedly so– in his pursuit of a PGA Tour victory at an age beyond which most would have long ago given up and gone to selling sweaters or insurance. Winning golf tournaments among the 40 year old set is commonplace these days, but winning your first tournament at age 44? Nope. By that age most guys have either given up the dream or they are already established winners on Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Ashworth Cardiff Sets Major Record

Heading into the US Open at Merion Golf Club there was talk that someone might shoot 62, breaking the 18 hole scoring record that has been in the books since 1973. It became obvious early in the tournament that no scoring records would be broken at this particular Open, but there was one record that was established. When Justin Rose tapped in for par on the 72nd hole for what would be a 2 stroke victory, he became the first golfer to win a Major championship while wearing spikeless golf shoes. He did so wearing a version of the Ashworth Cardiff Golf Shoe.   Golfers everywhere have embraced the spikeless golf shoe, and cleat-less shoes are turning up at Tour events on a regular basis, as well, despite the fact that golfers tend to hold tight to tradition. As club technology has proven, however, golfers don’t care one whit about tradition if they can gain a competitive edge. When it comes to our feet, that edge has to do with the comfort and performance afforded by a less rigid shoe. Thus, sales of spikeless shoes were up 136% in 2012 and estimates of their current use among all golfers ranges between 38% and 43%.   The spikeless shoe itself has undergone a technological transformation since CBS obligingly introduced the world to Ecco Golf Street casual golf shoes via repeated shots of the king of cool, Fred Couples, looking bored, indifferent, and in contention at the 2010 Masters. Today’s styles feature a variety of innovative design elements geared toward enhancing the natural motion of the foot, while also delivering the stability a golfer needs to swing with power and confidence. From the new sneaker-like Adidas adicross Tour Spikeless Golf Shoe to the classic-looking Ecco Men’s Tour Hybrid GTX, there are styles and colors available for every taste.   Check out the Ashworth Cardiff and all our spikeless golf shoes at DGW today.

Win Your Major with the TaylorMade Spider Blade Putter

In the end, the recently concluded US Open staged at Merion Golf Club resembled the Opens of yesteryear during which brutal rough and nasty greens eliminated pretenders first, then contenders, until there was just one guy left. What’s remarkable is that the “one guy” who conquered the treacherous Merion greens and the USGA’s diabolical hole placements was Justin Rose, a guy who just weeks ago ranked 158th in putting on the PGA Tour. What changed? Well, Justin Rose switched to a 34” TaylorMade Spider Blade Putter at the Player’s Championship in May, and then switched again at the Memorial, opting for a 37” version of the same model. The results were that he ranked 13th in putting at the US Open. That huge leap in the putting stats, arguably, made the difference between winning a Major title and, well, not winning one.   The TaylorMade Spider Blade is the highest MOI blade putter ever produced by TaylorMade, delivering twist-resistance comparable to high-MOI mallet putters. TaylorMade also incorporated “counterbalancing” properties first introduced with their Daddy Long Legs mallet putter. The idea behind counterbalancing is to offer increased stability through additional weight in the shaft and butt end of the putter. You’re going to see a lot of counterbalancing in putter design in the near future because it is said to offer stability similar to an “anchored” putting stroke, which the USGA has banned effective 2016. Consequently, those who struggle a bit on the greens are looking for a new method, and the major club manufacturers will most assuredly accommodate through innovation. Even if you don’t struggle, you can always improve on the greens.   So, if you are looking for a way to make more putts, take a page from the playbook of Justin Rose, the number 3 player in the world and newly-minted Major Champion, and give the TaylorMade Spider Blade a try.  You may just win your own version of the US Open. Order yours today at DGW.
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