TaylorMade Golf has unveiled Corza Ghost, a mallet specially designed to be easy to aim, and easy to use to roll the ball down your intended line. It was designed with significant input from putting instructor Dave Stockton.
"We started with the intention of designing a putter that's easier to aim than any other," said Bill Price, Rossa senior director. "That led us to experiment with a white finish. We consulted Dr. Steven A. Hitzeman, a professor at the Indiana School of Optometry and he felt we were onto something."
"Corza Ghost's white putterhead stands out so clearly against its background - the putting surface - because of the high contrast between white and green," said Dr. Hitzeman, who is also a past president of the Indiana Optometric Association and a past chairman of the American Optometric Association's Sports Vision Section. "That high contrast maximizes stimulation to the retina and highlights the head's shape and features. The contrast would be lower if the putter were black or gray because these colors are closer in luminance to the color of the putting green than white. White creates the biggest difference in luminance, hence maximizing contrast and promoting focus. Many golfers use the leading edge of the putter as part of their alignment strategy (by positioning the edge perpendicular to the imagined target line). So, this high contrast for the leading edge gives the golfer the best chance of squaring up the putterface at address. Also, the lines on the top of the putter are painted black to achieve maximum contrast against the white surface of the putter. All of these high-contrast alignment elements give the golfer the best possible chance of accurately aiming the putter."
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Maybe Jerry Rice should have stuck to football.
The Hall of Fame receiver was disqualified from the Nationwide Tour event Friday in Mill Spring, N.C., because his caddie used a range-finding scope to check yardages. The disqualification came a day after Rice shot a 92, the highest round ever since the BMW Charity Pro-Am began in 1992.
"A rookie mistake that I made," Rice said with a smile. "So I got DQed."
Rice announced after a second-round 82 that he's done competing on golf's Triple-A circuit.
"Because I can't commit to golf the way I want to, this is probably my last Nationwide Tour" event, Rice said. "These guys, they're working their butts off, and they deserve to be out here."
The error by his caddie means that Rice won't take part in today's third round, the last before the celebrity event cuts the field for Sunday's finale.
Rice was in violation of Rule 14.3, which prevents competitors from using a yardage measuring device. His caddie checked the yardage scope several times during the round at The Carolina Country Club.
Rice was told in the scorer's tent after improving to an 82 at Bright's Creek Golf Club. The BMW Charity Pro-Am is played over three courses in North and South Carolina. "It's OK," he said. "I had a great time meeting friends and seeing fans."
Rice made his tour debut last month at the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, going 83-76 to miss the cut. Rice had hoped to make major strides at the BMW.
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Callaway Golf announced the introduction of the Odyssey ProType 82 Putter, a limited edition design inspired by the same model Phil Mickelson used to win his third Green Jacket. Only 82 right-handed and 82 left-handed ProType putters will be available for purchase in the United States.
Beginning May 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET, those interested in owning one of these limited edition putters can sign up to be eligible for purchase on a first-come basis at OdysseyGolf.com. Each of these 164 individually numbered, limited edition putters features a green highlight on the sole, a nod to Mickelson's win at Augusta earlier this month.
The ProType 82 features Odyssey's new White Ice insert, with a Tungsten weight behind it, along with a single white sightline that stretches from the face of the putter down the back flange-a look requested by Mickelson himself. These limited edition PT 82 putters will also come with a Phil Mickelson Limited Edition headcover and a Black Series grip, identical to what the four-time major champion used to win at Augusta.
"I'm very excited that the designers at Odyssey have produced this limited edition putter with the same design as my gamer," Mickelson said. "Tournaments are won and lost on the green, which is why I rely on Odyssey technology. Our design team gives me the best chance to win. Odyssey's winning results on tour are a testament to their engineering capabilities."
Each of the 164 individually numbered, limited edition ProType 82 putters will be available at an asking price of $500.
Tiger Woods and his longtime swing coach are parting ways.
Haney announced on his website that he will no longer be working with the embattled golf star.
"I have informed Tiger Woods this evening that I will no longer be his coach," Haney announced on Hankhaney.com Monday evening.
Haney has worked with Woods for the past six seasons.
Haney called his time as Woods' coach "my best days in professional golf." He stressed that it was his decision, and not Woods', to move on.
"Tiger Woods and I will always be friends," Haney writes, "but I believe that there is a time and place for everything and I feel at this time and at this place in my life I want to move forward in other areas."
Haney said he wished his former pupil well in golf and "in finding peace and happiness in all aspects of his life."
"Tiger knows that if he ever needs me in anyway, whether it be with his golf or just as a friend he can always call," Haney writes.
Before Tiger, Haney worked with Mark O'Meara. Woods and Haney started working together after Tiger had a falling out with previous coach Butch Harmon.