Golf News – August 21st, 2013

Golf News for August 21, 2013

True Temper Takes You to School

True Temper’s latest installment of #TTSchool focuses on the Project X PXi iron shaft, the winner of the last two PGA Tour events.  Watch the video below:

Putters Used by PGA Tour’s Birdie Leaders

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Each week, PGATOUR.COM’s Equipment Report will highlight the top 5 players in a statistical category, and the club they used to get to the top. We continue with the current leaders (as of August 18, 2013) in birdie average.

1. Phil Mickelson / 4.23 / Odyssey Versa WBW #9

2. Billy Horschel / 4.11 / PING Scottsdale TR Shea

3. Rory Sabbatini / 4.09 / TaylorMade Spider Blade

4. Charley Hoffman / 4.03 / Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo 5

T5. Tiger Woods / 4.00 / Nike Method 001

T5. Ryan Palmer / 4.00 / Odyssey Dual Force Rossie II

Liberty National’s Hole-By-Hole Changes

When The Barclays returns to Liberty National this week, watch for a markedly different golf course to greet players than that of four years ago.

Not long after Heath Slocum won the 2009 event here, the PGA TOUR teamed up with club founder Paul Fireman, course construction company Heritage Links and architects Bob Cupp and Tom Kite to make the visually striking, waterfront layout even better.

“In a nutshell, the goal was to try and increase the playability of the course, primarily focusing on the greens’ overall receptiveness to approach shots,” said Steve Wenzloff, the PGA TOUR’S vice president of design services and player liaison.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Ping gives Hunter Mahan a gold-plated putter

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Just minutes before the start of the third round of the RBC Canadian Open in Toronto, Hunter Mahan, received a phone call and learned that his wife, Kandi, was going into labor with the couple’s first child. In Dallas.

Mahan made it home in time for the birth of his daughter, Zoe, and had no regrets about his decision to leave a tournament that he might have won.

Ping Golf, maker of all 14 of Mahan’s clubs, traditionally presents the winner of professional events with a gold-plated replica of the putter used to earn the victory. (Solid gold putters are given for wins in majors.) However, to celebrate the Mahans’ joyful arrival, the company decided to give Hunter a gold-plated Scottsdale TR Anser 2 putter on the practice green Tuesday at Liberty National Golf Club, site of this week’s Barclays Championship.

“We’ll never know if Hunter would have held on to win that week,” said John Solheim, Ping’s chairman & CEO, in a statement. “But the circumstances were so unique, we wanted to create a lasting memory for Hunter, Kandi and Zoe that would forever remind them of that special day. The birth of a child is a win any way you look at it, so we thought we’d have some fun with it.”

Another gold-plated Scottsdale TR Anser 2 putter also will permanently reside in Ping’s gold putter vault – along with more than 2,800 Ping putters – inside the company’s Phoenix headquarters.

“This goes way above and beyond, guys,” Mahan said when Chance Cozby and Matt Rollins, Ping’s head PGA Tour reps, gave him the club. “Way above and beyond.”

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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  1. Interesting stuff. I used to play a lot more golf than I do of late. Wish I had as much spare time as I did when I was a young man. – Ken

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