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GOOD TO BE BADDS
When 29-year-old Aaron Baddeley captured the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles this past weekend, it was his first PGA Tour victory in four years. And the equipment he plays now is a far cry from the old MacGregor clubs he used to negotiate the course with. This year, “Badds” is playing Adams Golf’s Speedline Fast 10 driver (10.5° loft with Mitsubishi I'lima 80x shaft), Adams new Speedline F11 3-wood (15°, Mitsubishi I'lima 80x shaft), Adams Insight 5-wood (18.5°, UST ACCRA SC95 shaft), Adams Idea Pro Black Muscle Back 3-9 irons (Dynamic Gold X100 shafts), Adams Puglielli 56° SW, Titleist Vokey Spin Milled 60° LW, Scotty Cameron Newport putter, and Titleist Pro V1x ball. Interestingly, at the same time Baddeley was winning, so was Bernhard Langer at the Champions Tour's The ACE Group Classic and Yani Tseng at the LPGA Tour's Honda LPGA Thailand – and all three played primarily Adams clubs.
COBRA S3 CLUB LINE
Cobra Golf has elegantly pushed the envelope in 2011 with a massive S3 product launch. New S3 clubs include a wide assortment of drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons. The titanium S3 and S3 Max drivers both feature E9 Face Technology that intelligently expands Cobra’s Sweet Zone by 30 percent. Instead of having a circular sweet spot around the center of the clubface, the zone is where golfers tend to hit the ball: In a canted, elliptical pattern from low heel to high toe. The S3 is adjustable, the game-improvement S3 Max is not but it is offset. The 17-4 stainless steel S3 Fairway has a large, hot clubface with an oversize profile that increases the Sweet Zone for distance and accuracy with a mid-high launch and a mid-draw bias flight. Its counterpart, the 17-4stainless steel S3 Max Fairway has an offset design that promotes draw-biased distance. As part of the new S3 offerings, Baffler-style hybrids are paired with irons, as part of S3 and S3 Max sets. The S3Ironsboast their own form of E9 Face Technology: In long irons, the SweetZone is a horizontal ellipticalpattern; in mid-irons, it’s an ovalpattern; and in short irons, it’s a circle. Cobra uses ultra high-strength steel in the long and mid-irons, to thin out the clubface by 20% and increase clubface flex for higher ball speed – plus add forgiveness. You can opt for hybrids to replace the 3- through 6-irons. Meanwhile, the game-improvement S3 Max Iron-Hybrid Set combines low-profile, wide-sole irons with large-profile,Baffler-style hybrids. It’s also available as an all-iron set. Either way, the set maximizes forgiveness and gives you consistent distance gapping and high launch. Finally, the soft carbon steel S3 Pro Irons for better players feature cavity back long and mid-irons and muscle back short irons. The satin finish reduces glare and looks plain awesome.
HOT GEAR NEWS
Callaway inked J.B. Holmes and Trevor Immelman to its Tour staff... Ben Crenshaw joined Cleveland Golf’s tour staff, and will also be a design consultant for both the Never Compromise and Cleveland putter lines. Its parent company Srixon signed Peter Jacobsen to its tour staff. He’ll play Srixon balls and play Srixon and Cleveland clubs, plus wear a Srixon hat and glove, and carry a Srixon bag…Tour Edge debuted the Exotics XCG-4 hybrid with a maraging steel cup face and crown, plus a heavier, 133g tungsten sole plate; and the T-Balance putter with a 90-degree bend shaft and a stability bar that places more weight directly behind the sweet spot to increase the putter's MOI…David Duval is now playing Scratch Golf’s SB-1 blade irons and custom wedges…Bubba Watson and Peter Jacobsen have been sporting KENTWOOL socks in competition… Fourteen Golf signed Arjun Atwal to an endorsement deal…COBRA-PUMA Golf signed promising youngsters Jonas Blixt, Blair O’Neal and Diego Velasquez to play Cobra clubs and wear PUMA apparel and footwear…Mizuno debuted the JPX-800 fairway woods with a maraging stainless steel cup face and low/deep CG…SkyGolf introduced PinPoint technology for the SGX handheld GPS rangefinder. It offers precise flag distance from any approach angle…Nippon debuted the N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 steel shaft …UST Mamiya announced three shafts: The MP6, a mid-60 gram iron shaft, MP5 Micro Ply Lite, and ATTAS-T2 with Linear EI technology for drivers…Bridgestone added a new dual dimple technology to its e-Series balls that optimizes aerodynamics at launch and during descent…PING re-signed Lorena Ochoa to continue as its global representative… Ashworth will debut four footwear models this year, including street shoes…Callaway Golf debuted a blade and a mallet version of its Odyssey D.A.R.T. putters with a target alignment system…Miyazaki debuted the Dromos shaft specifically for adjustable drivers…The Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp. debuted the Honors Collection line of golf shoes.