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TaylorMade's Foul Pole, Mizuno Earthquake Relief

Good afternoon everyone! Scott Kramer is back with his golf equipment news and notes from April and May…

Zero Friction Fattee – TaylorMade unveiled an 80-foot tall, 950-pound R11 driver right field foul pole at San Diego’s PETCO Park, as part of a partnership agreement to extend through the 2013 season. TaylorMade will donate $600 to Solutions for Change for every Padres home run at PETCO…

– Zero Friction introduced the FATTEE, a nearly unbreakable thick tee…

– UST Mamiya unveiled its TourSPX Technology Generation Laboratory at its Fort Worth, Texas headquarters…

– ECCO signed LPGA Tour rookie Belén Mozo to an endorsement deal…

– To aid Japan earthquake and tsunami victims, Mizuno USA opened an eBay auction of autographed sporting goods memorabilia from its top athletes, including its PGA and LPGA Tour staffers…

– Graphite Design debuted the G series shafts ($199) that incorporate X Directional Technology, favor a low-to-mid launch and mid ball spin, and are available in 40-, 50-, 60- and 70-gram models…

– Never Compromise introduced the Dinero series of putters…

– Bag Boy unveiled the T-700 travel cover…

– Adams debuted the Idea Pro a12 forged irons and hybrids…

– TaylorMade-adidas Golf extended Paula Creamer’s endorsement deal…

– Callaway introduced the Hyper-Lite 4.0 stand bag that weighs just 4 pounds and has a double strap that distributes the bag’s weight evenly across the shoulder…

Miura Passing Point 9003 Irons– ECCO signed LPGA Tour rookie Gerina Piller to an endorsement pact…

– Miura Golf debuted the low CG Passing Point 9003 forged cavityback irons with a wide sole and offset…

– Sock maker KENTWOOL added Peter Jacobsen to its growing Tour staff…

– Adams Golf has begun selling eight Yes! Golf putter models, three of which are new to the U.S. Yes! will continue to exist under a separate brand name. The Adams name won’t appear on Yes! products…

– UST Mamiya unveiled three grips: the Pro DV is a half-cord with dual compound surface; the Comp DV is an all-weather grip; and the ST1 putter grip is soft and tacky…

– Cobra Golf debuted the women’s, 11-piece Sapphire set that includes a 460cc, high-MOI titanium driver, stainless steel fairway wood, two Baffler-style hybrids, wide-sole irons, cart bag and more…

– Nike Golf debuted the women’s Lunar Links lightweight shoe that features plush cushioning for comfort, ground feel and mid-foot stability. The full-length, dual-density Lunarlon Foam is encased in the midsole. A premium microfiber synthetic leather upper adds an attractive look…

Veteran golf equipment writer and former Golf Magazine senior editor Scott Kramer has published a new e-book, How To Buy The Right Golf Equipment. The easy-reading book helps the average golfer by simplifying the process of buying clubs, shafts, balls, bags and shoes — as well as buying equipment for other people, including your spouse and kids. For the complete book, visit amazon.com for the Kindle version or lulu.com for the instant pdf download.

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