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December, 2005

Champions Tour Wins Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge

Dec. 18, 2005     By     Comments (2)

Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge WinnersThis final "hurrah" of the season couldn't have been any more fun for both the golfers and true fans of the sport.

The Champions Tour team took control of the second nine holes of the two-day television tournament from Lake Las Vegas and never gave an inch. Craig Stadler made everything look easy, but how couldn't he? Stadler was shooting from the whites! Kind of unfair, don't you think? Why would the post-season 3-Tour Challenge allow guys like Stadler, Irwin and Haas (who can crush their drives as easily as guys on the PGA Tour) to step forward? Why would the Seniors even want to play the whites?

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Episode 007

Dec. 17, 2005     By     Comments (0)

PodcastWe're back and three strong once again as Everardo once again joins Jeff and Erik for the "James Bond" (007) episode of "Golf Talk Podcast." You can subscribe to the RSS feed for our podcasts here or download Episode 007 as an MP3 file. For those who want to subscribe to us in iTunes, click here.

This week, and though even the silly season is taking a few weeks off before the PGA Tour cranks back up in January, we still have plenty to talk about. For this week's Show Notes - links to articles we discuss in the show and additional information - just read on.

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Titleist Forged 735.CM Irons Review

Dec. 16, 2005     By     Comments (29)

TitleistRarely are a set of irons so lusted after as Titleist's Forged 735.CM irons. The 735s - Titleist's first foray into "combo" or cavity-to-muscle "progressive" irons - were a rumor in March, reality in August, and had already earned a place in my bag by the time the Newport Cup rolled around in October.

Titleist 735.CM Spread OutIf you don't read past the first two paragraphs, take one thing away from this review: these clubs were worth the wait. It takes a lot to knock a set of irons out of my bag, but these irons effectively replaced the irons I was playing (Titleist's Forged 680) by the turn the first time I played with them. The 680s are a forged, muscleback club with a great amount of feel and feedback, which I had always deemed important to improving my golf game. I never thought a cavity-back club could replicate the feel of a finely crafted muscleback. Until I tried the 735s. They felt so good, I came up with a phrase that I'd rather not repeat here… (but you could find it in the forum quite easily).

They're that good.

Troy Matteson

Dec. 16, 2005     By     Comments (3)

ProFilesThe 2005 season on the Nationwide Tour will probably be remembered for Jason Gore's battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour following his U.S. Open performance, but no one earned more money on the Nationwide Tour than Troy Matteson. He made the cut in 25 of 27 events, had 10 top-10 finishes and thus played his way onto the PGA Tour for 2006.

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Tying Up Loose Ends

Dec. 15, 2005     By     Comments (2)

The Numbers GameIn the past week or so there has been a good discussion in the forum and a comment in last week's Numbers Game (thanks to valued reader Rafi). One sparked a lengthy discussion and the other peaked my thirst for all things numbers related.

In the heat of the "Drive for show, putt for dough" thread, I thought some things through. GIR is important, but driving is a component. The question is which part, accuracy or distance, is a more critical component. The second area had to do with GIR and its relationship to putting stats. The question raised was, if you hit more greens do your putting stats suffer? Read on and I'll answer that.

Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge Preview

Dec. 15, 2005     By     Comments (2)

Wendys 3-Tour Challenge logoAlthough the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge has already been played and its outcome determined, it's still worthy of some commentary. It's the only tournament of the year which features golfers from each of the big three tours going head-to-head to determine which tour reigns supreme.

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Cleveland Introduces CG11 Wedges for Women

Dec. 14, 2005     By     Comments (0)

Cleveland LogoWe're having a bit of a lazy day, so here are the relevant portions of a Cleveland press release:

The makers of the most famous wedges in golf are proud to announce the expansion of its W-Series line with the introduction of the W-Series CG11 wedge. This new wedge marks the first time that Cleveland Golf has incorporated their revolutionary CMMTM metal into their women's line which now offers that same exceptional feel, versatility and dependability to men and women alike.

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The Negatives of Golf

Dec. 13, 2005     By     Comments (16)

Thrash TalkThe Target World Challenge has come and gone, and the 2006 PGA Tour season doesn't start for a few more weeks. That being said, I'm taking a break from the usual PGA Tour discussion this week. Instead, I'm going to talk about some of the things that bother me when I go out and play. I've selected eight things that really get under my skin when I go play by myself or with friends.

Sneak Peek at Nickent’s 2006 New Products

Dec. 12, 2005     By     Comments (6)

Bag Drop2005 has been a big year for Nickent Golf. The California-based company saw its profile rise considerably, thanks to its 3DX Ironwood line of hybrids. Tim Petrovic used a 3DX hybrid to win his first PGA Tour event, and Nickent's 3DX driver and Pipe putter also generated some strong buzz.

Nickent has since added longtime club design ace John Hoeflich as senior VP of product development, and the company's first new products to bear his design stamp will hit the market early in the new year. The Bag Drop got an early look at the new goodies, and we're in a sharing mood.

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