BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Aerotech Golf’s SteelFiber shafts, the No. 1 composite iron shafts in golf, continued their hot streak on the PGA TOUR by capturing their sixth Top 10 in the past nine weeks. the T10 finish at this weekend’s Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., added to SteelFiber’s already impressive results for the 2012 season.
The two-time All-American and 12-year pro tied for first (77.8%) in Greens-in-Regulation at the Transitions Championship, playing SteelFiber shafts in his Bridgestone irons. SteelFiber composite shafts incorporates a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface — a combination that provides players with the power of graphite and the stability of steel.
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SteelFiber shafts combine graphite and steel fiber to seamlessly create a perfect blend of power and stability. the shafts deliver extreme performance through innovative composite engineering that combines a high-modulus graphite core with 59 miles of steel fiber lacing the shaft surface. While the shaft’s graphite core provides vibration dampening, increased clubhead speed and maximum distance, the steel fibers produce optimum weighting for a solid feel at impact and add stability and control for pinpoint accuracy. Originally developed for irons the SteelFiber technology now enhances the performance of hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.
SteelFiber shafts were the No. 1 composite irons shafts on the PGA Tour in 2010 and 2011. the innovative shafts also created a fervent buzz around the industry with two Top Three finishes in the 2011 PGA TOUR PlayOffs and with two of the Top Eight players in the final FedExCup standings.
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Chris Lehman | March 30, 2012 6:47 a.m. | Updated: March 30, 2012 6:47 a.m.
SALEM, Ore. – Sales are brisk across the Northwest for Friday’s MegaMillions drawing. the $640 million lottery jackpot is being called the largest in world history. the high-profile jackpot also means state lotteries of Oregon, Washington and Idaho are anticipating a payday of their own.
50-cents of every $1 MegaMillions ticket goes to the lottery agency in each of the 42 states that participate. Lottery officials in the Northwest are using words like “extraordinary” and “exciting” to describe the amount of tickets being sold in the run-up to Friday night’s drawing. After expenses, lottery proceeds in Oregon, Washington and Idaho go toward things like state parks and education.
People were lining up to buy tickets at a Safeway in Salem. Mark Hansen says he hopes one of his two tickets is the winner.
“I figure I’d split it among my family, which would be about eight ways, and then after that pay off my bills, buy a nice little farm property for me and my wife and child,” he says.
The odds of winning the jackpot are astronomical. One in 176 million. There’s never been a MegaMillions jackpot winner in Oregon. Washington and Idaho have three between them.
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COMPUTER CLUB: The SCC Computer Club meets March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Florida Room. Call (813) 633-4516.
SAMARITAN SERVICES: The Samaritan Services Alzheimer monthly meeting will be March 7 at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Call (813) 634-9283.
MOAA MEETING: The MOAA will meet March 7 at 11 a.m. in the Florida Room. Guest is Ernie Jillson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. Call (877) 332-3016.
NEW EXHIBITION: a new exhibition at The Gallery will kick off with a reception on March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Featured artist is Virginia Laudano.
SPRING FLING: The Spring Fling Kings Point Community Festival is March 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Kings Point Clubhouse. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy entertainment, an antiques and collectibles road show and the “Love My Pooch” dog show. Food will be available for purchase. in case of rain, it will move to the Borini Theatre. Call (813) 387-3449.
LINE DANCE AFTERNOONS: The SCC Line Dancer’s Club meets Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., at Community Hall. All levels of line dancing taught. Open to SCC and KP residents. Call (813) 260-0325.
SHUFFLEBOARD: The SCC Shuffleboard Club plays Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. during the winter and 9 a.m. during the summer. Check our board by the courts behind the CA Offices for other activities. Guests are welcome. Call (813) 633-8039.
LIFE ENERGY: Life Healing Studies held Wednesdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., in the Armstrong Room. Call (813) 633-0473.
PAR FOR THE CHORUS: The Par for the Chorus chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society meets at Redeemer Lutheran Church Wednesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Call (813) 746-4945 or (813) 642-0641.
BOOTCAMP: The lunch bunch boot camp fitness club meets noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the SCC Area Chamber of Commerce banquet room. Call (813) 624-6419.
ROD AND REEL: The Rod and Reel members meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Kings Point Clubhouse Craft Room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 633-2521.
SOCIAL DANCE CLASSES: Academy Dance Club classes Wednesdays, 12:45, 2 and 3:15 p.m., in the Atrium’s dance studio. Call (813) 634-3205.
OPEN BRIDGE: The SCC Duplicate Bridge Association sponsors a flighted open game for area players each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Tuesday. Games begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room. Game fees are $2 for Kings Point and SCC residents; $3 for all others. Email .
CERAMICS: The Sun City Center Ceramics Club meets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily as well as Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., in Room 939 Library Walk way. Call (813) 642-2040.
TAI CHI: Therapists provide guidance in Tai Chi at Sun Towers the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Call (813) 634-3347.
RADIO CLUB: The SCC Amateur Radio Club meets the first Wednesday of each month in the Florida Room. The club radio room in the SCC maintenance building is manned and open for guests and members from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays. Call (813) 634-2520.
FRONT PORCH PICKERS: The “Pickers” meet Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Heritage and Armstrong rooms. They invite folks who play the acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass fiddle, ukulele and banjo to join them. Call (813) 633-6739.
MEN’S CHORUS: The Men’s Chorus meets Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Call (813) 634-3110.
AEROBICS: The Flexercise/Aerobics club has flexercise classes 8 to 8:45 a.m. followed by low-impact low-impact lessons at Community Hall Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Call (813) 634-8767.
PERFORMING ARTS: The Performing Arts Club of SCC presents The Music of Richard Rodgers and His Friends March 8-10. Tickets cost $10 at the Atrium kiosk, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Call (813) 642-0606.
LESSONS: Free shuffleboard lessons for beginners offered Thursdays at 1 p.m. Everyone welcome, equipment provided. no open toed shoes. Meet at the courts behind the CA offices. Call (813) 633-8039.
GALAXY BRIDGE: Galaxy 1 Bridge’s now meets at the Sandpiper Grill at the South Golf Course every third Thursday. Members must be there before 11:30 and will be helped to get up the parking lot hill if necessary. Cost is $11. Email .com or call (813) 634-8284 or (813) 634-3395.
TOPS: The Take off Pounds Sensibly meets weekly Thursdays at Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Del Webb Blvd. W. Weigh in 9 to 9:45 a.m.; meeting 10 to 11 a.m. Call (813) 633-2397.
YOGA: Yoga for a stress-free you held Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 3909 Galen Court. Call (813) 633-4340.
KP TAPPERS: The Kings Point Silver Tappers meet Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m., as well as Thursdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m., for intermediate and advanced tappers. Call (813) 634-4320.
WEIGHT WATCHERS: The SCC Weight Watchers group meets Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at United Community Church, 1501 LaJolla Ave. Email email@example.com.
LOW VISION: low vision group meets at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. (813) 634-3347.
GALAXY I BRIDGE: Galaxy 1 Bridge meets the third Thursday each month at 11:30 in the Florida Room. Cost for bridge and lunch is $11. Call (813) 634-8284 or (813) 634-6073.
WOMEN’S CHORUS: Women’s Chorus meets Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Visit sites.google.com/site/sccwomenschorus/home or call (813) 633-3862.
MOONGLOW DANCE CLUB: The Moonglow Dance Club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at Community Hall, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call (813) 642-0171.
CRIBBAGE: The Kings Point Cribbage Club meets Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Call (813) 634-4213.
MENTAL HEALTH: The Mental Health and Aging support group meets at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 634-3347
ORGAN CLUB: The Organ/Keyboard Club meets Thursdays, 9 a.m., for a beginner through advanced group lesson in the Florida Room. Music included, yours to keep, $3 per person. Call (813) 634-1663.
INTERNATIONAL FORUM: On March 9 at 9:30 a.m. the International Forum of SCC will meet in the Atrium’s Florida Room. The program will focus on the BENELUX Countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) and will include Dr. Case Boterbloem, a professor at USF; Fred Van Stekelenburg, an executive who travels frequently to Europe; and program leader Jurgen Koop, who worked for NATO for 30 years. The forum is open to all residents of SCC and Kings Point.
MOVIE: The Friday Night at the Movies will be March 9 at 6 p.m. at SCC United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. The feature of the month will be “Rudy.” Email email@example.com.
TIMESTEPPERS: Beginner tap dance lessons held by the SCC Timesteppers Fridays, 9:30 to 10 a.m., in the Atrium’s dance studio. Call (813) 938-3060.
LATIN DANCE: Residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point are invited to join the Latin Fitness Dance Club Fridays at 1 p.m., in the Atrium’s dance studio. Annual membership is $5 plus $1 for each session attended; or, $2 for each session for non-members. Call (813) 634-3047.
NETWORKING GROUP: The Slow-Speed Networking for Professionals meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m., Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Free. Join the Southshore Area Networking Group, continental breakfast provided by Sun Towers Retirement Community. Call (813) 633-3500.
GET FIT: “Get Fit While you Sit Chair Yoga” with certified instructor Gary Lenza, held Fridays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Homewood Residence, 3910 Galen Court. Call (813) 633-4340.
SQUARE DANCE: Square dance pre-rounds Fridays, 7 to 7:30 p.m. and Mainstream/Plus Square Dance with Rounds, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Community Hall. Call (813) 633-9742 or (813) 633-3986.
AEROBICS: The Flexercise/Aerobics club has flexercise classes 8 to 8:45 a.m. followed by low-impact lessons at Community Hall Fridays, Mondays and Wednesday, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Call (813) 634-8767.
VEGETARIAN COOKING DEMO: Held at the SouthShore Regional Library, a video presentation on how to restore your body to optimal health will be followed by a live vegetarian cooking demonstration March 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free refreshments and literature provided to guests. To register, either stop by the desk or call (813) 273-3652.
AUDUBON SOCIETY: The Eagle Audubon Society invites the public to its final adventure film of the season entitled “Worlds of the Maya” March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Borini Theater. Tickets are $7.50 and available at the KP box office weekdays or just before the performance. Email .
AAUW: The AAUW Luncheon meeting will be March 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Florida Room.
BARBERSHOP SHOW: Par for the Chorus will present their annual show March 10 at 7 p.m. at Community Hall. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCC JAZZMATAZZ: The jazz dance club meets every Saturday morning. Beginner session at 10 a.m. in the Atrium’s dance studio. Call (813) 633-0446.
VIDEO SERIES: a video series on bill Moyers, “In search of the Constitution” takes place every first and third Saturday at 1 p.m. in the KP clubhouse’s Atrium Room. Call (813) 383-7594.
JOEY ARMINIO: Joey Arminio and the Family will perform March 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Community Hall and includes a wine and cheese reception. Call (813) 633-3500.
ST. ANDREW AND FRIENDS: The St. Andrew and Friends Community Chorus Sacred Music Concert will take place March 11 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Call (813) 634-1252.
SINGLES MINGLES: The Singles Mingles Dance Club of Kings Point meets March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Studio. Call (813) 634-5560.
ART CLUB MIXER: The Art Club Social Mixer will be March 12 at 3 p.m. in the Florida Room. Email .
VOICE OF FAITHFUL: The Tampa Bay Affiliate of Voice of the Faithful will meet March 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church school building, 16550 U.S. 301 South, Wimauma. Call (813) 634-9904.
START: The Science and Technology Active Roundtable meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room.
MOVIE NIGHT: The Irish Connection’s movie night at the Rollins Theater March 12 will feature the film “The Guard” at 6:30 p.m. The film stars Brendan Gleason as an Irish Garda teamed with an FBI agent in pursuit of drug smugglers. All welcome.
BOOTCAMP: The lunch bunch boot camp fitness club meets noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at the SCC Area Chamber of Commerce banquet room. Call (813) 624-6419.
BETH ISRAEL SHOP: The Beth Israel Judaica Shop and Library, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E., is now open 10 a.m. to noon on the third Monday of every month. Call (813) 634-9993.
MEDITATION SOCIETY: The Meditation Society meets Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Kings Point Clubhouse, South Social Room. The group focuses on relieving stress through meditation. Call (813) 383-7594.
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Weight Watchers meets at 12:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Weigh-in and registration begin at noon. Visit weightwatchers.com.
SOLO LINE DANCE: The Sun City Center Solo Line Dance Club meets Mondays at Community Hall; Novices, 12:30 to 1 p.m.; others, 1 to 3 p.m. Dues $15 per year or $1 per day for nonmembers. Call (813) 642-9296.
TAMPA 912: The Tampa 912 South Shore Chapter meets Mondays, 7 to 8 p.m., at Century 21 Beggins Real Estate Building, 6542 US 41, Apollo Beach. Call (813) 601-0302.
QIGONG EXERCISE: QiGong Level one exercise offered Mondays in the dance studio, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Call (813) 642-0778.
LIFE CONCERNS: Support group helps participants resolve their worries, fears and frustrations in full confidence and free of charge at Homewood Residence, 3910 Galen Court, in the second floor library Mondays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., including holidays. Call (813) 642-0773.
KP DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Kings Point Duplicate Bridge Association host open games Mondays at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. join them for non-life masters games; Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. for non-life masters; Thursday at 6:45 p.m. for open games. Call (813) 938-3154.
CHORUS: The Kings Point Chorus rehearses Mondays, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the KP North Clubhouse east/west social room. Call (813) 634-7956.
LATIN DANCE: Residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point are invited to the Latin Fitness Dance Club Mondays, 1 p.m., in the Atrium’s dance studio. Annual membership is $5 plus $1 for each session attended; or, $2 for each session for non-members. Call (813) 634-3047.
AEROBICS: The Flexercise/Aerobics club has flexercise classes 8 to 8:45 a.m. followed by low-impact aerobics lessons at Community Hall Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Call (813) 634-8767.
PHOTO CLUB: The SCC Photo Club meets March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Caper Room. For information, visit photoclubscc.com or the learning lab at 960D Cherry Hills Drive.
QUILTERS: The Kings Point Quilters meet Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., in the North Clubhouse fiber arts room. They are exhibiting this month at the South Shore Library. Call (813) 642-8961.
RUMMAGE SALE: Beth Israel will host its annual Rummage Sale on March 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E. whatever isn’t sold will be donated to St. Vincent De Paul charity. Call (813) 633-5981.
DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Novice games Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 9 a.m. 299er Pairs Saturdays at 12:30 p.m., NLM Pairs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Open games Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.; Mondays at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the SCC Duplicate Bridge Association in the Horizon Room. Call (813) 633-6162.
GERMAN-AMERICAN CLUB: The German-American Club of SCC’s singers rehearse Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at in Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Music Room. Call (813) 642-0157.
ROTARY CLUB: The SCC Rotary Club meets at the Plaza Club Tuesdays at noon. Call (813) 633-8814.
SOCIAL DANCE CLASSES: Academy Dance Club classes meet Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m., in the Atrium’s dance studio. Call (813) 634-3205.
CLOGGERS: The SCC Cloggers meet Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Atrium’s dance studio. Sun City Center and Kings Point members welcome. Call (813) 633-8016 or (813) 642-0426.
LINE DANCE EVENINGS: The SCC Line Dancer’s Club meets Tuesdays; novices, 6:30 to 7 p.m.; beginners, 7 to 8 p.m.; intermediates, 8 to 9 p.m., at Community Hall. Call (813) 260-0325.
SCC ROTARY: The Rotary Club of SCC Tuesdays at noon at Fairway Golf Club, 3940 Upper Creek Drive.
CERAMIC CLUB: The Kings Point Ceramic club host their annual spring “Show and Sell” on March 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free refreshments available. Call (813) 634-8747.
ST. PATRICK DAY: a St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place March 15 at 11 a.m. at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive.
POST-POLIO SUPPORT GROUP: The Post-Polio Support Group will meet March 15, for lunch at noon at Denny’s on Route 674. This group meets the third Thursday of every month from September through May. For information call (813) 642-8707. The group also meets the first Friday of every month, year long, for breakfast at 10 a.m. at the Sun City Café in the Sun City Plaza. Call 642-0242.
AGED TO PERFECTION: The musical “Aged to Perfection” will take place March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at SCC United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 and available at the door the evening of the show. Call (813) 634-2539 or email email@example.com.
FUNFEST: The SCC FunFest and Golden 50th Anniversary will be March 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the buildings and grounds of the SCC Central Campus, N. Pebble Beach Boulevard. Call (813) 641-0816.
IRISH CONNECTION: The Irish Connection meets March 17 at 5:30 p.m. for a dinner to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at St. John The Devine Church parish hall on Del Webb Blvd. E. Call (813) 634-3308.
SEW ‘N SEWS: The SCC Sew ‘N Sews Club will have a “Beginning Sewing Classes” starting on March 17 in the Arts and Crafts Building. Call (813) 633-5458.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES: The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club meets March 18 at 7 p.m. at Community Hall. Call (813) 633-5649.
SCANDINAVIAN CLUB: The Scandinavian Club of SCC will host Irish historian James Harkins on “Bagpipes and Battleaxes: Scandinavian Scots in Ireland” at the South Shore Public Library March 19 at 10:15 a.m. Call (813) 642-0989 or (813) 633-0355.
GENEALOGY: The March 20 meeting of the South Shore Genealogical Society will take place at the SouthShore Regional Library at 1 p.m. following a noon luncheon. Call (813) 642-9329.
UOAA: Melissa Whitehurst will speak at the South Bay Chapter of the United Ostomy Association March 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. Call (813) 626-6191, Ext. 224.
MEN’S CLUB: The Men’s Club of SCC March 21 meeting will feature Sharon Roush, the new CEO for South Bay Hospital at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. a buffet lunch will be served. Cost is $12. Members are encouraged to bring a qualified male guest to the meetings. Reservations required, call (813) 633-8686 after March 1. For information call (813) 634-6434.
REDEEMER WOMEN: The women’s organization of Redeemer Lutheran Church (Women of the ELCA) will meet on March 21 with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Following a devotion and business meeting, members will car pool to Youth Environmental Services for a presentation and tour. Call (813) 634-5547.
FOXY FASHION SHOW: a style show will take place March 24 at Community Hall. Preview of fashions at 11 a.m. followed by luncheon and style show at noon. Event is a fundraiser for the GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club. Cost is $20. Tickets will be sold Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Atrium’s kiosk.
WOMEN’S CHORUS: The Women’s Chorus Spring Concert will take place March 25 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W.
SENIOR SINGLES: The South Shore Senior Singles meet March 25, the last Sunday of each month for bowling at The Alley in Riverview from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. For information email .
SINGLES SOCIAL: The Singles Social Dance Club meets March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Florida Room. Call (813) 633-3558.
AUCTION: a 50th Anniversary Silent and Live Auction will take place March 26 at 5 p.m. at Renaissance Golf and Country Club. Tickets on sale at the Atrium box office. Call (813) 642-9800 or (813) 634-8387.
HAWAIIAN NIGHT: The Canadian Club will have a potluck dinner and dance on March 27. All Canadians residing in Kings Point and Sun City Center are invited to attend. Roast pork provided, tickets $10. Call (813) 633-8023 or (813) 419-4734.
ARMAND AND ANGELINA: The Lion’s Club presents Armand and Angelina on March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Community Hall. Cost is $12/person. Rock ‘n’ roll and classical music mixed together. All proceeds go to Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. Tickets on sale Wednesdays and Fridays at the Atrium from 9 a.m. to noon or at door. Open to Public. Call (813) 633-3106.
MODEL AND SHAFT PLAYED: TaylorMade R11 4-iron to pitching wedge fitted with stiff flex steel shafts.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I play a cavity-back iron that’s a lot thicker than what I see with this TaylorMade set. this almost looks like a blade, it’s a really good-looking clubhead. In the hands, it felt heavy, which was a good feel.
VERDICT: when you hit one in the sweet spot, it comes off absolutely pure. The other thing that was noticeable was the trajectory – it doesn’t climb up like so many game improvement irons. It was a pretty low ball flight, really penetrating, which I think meant the distance was a little longer than my current irons. I also found I was getting aslight draw out of these R11s, which was strange because I pretty much cut the ball on every shot.
If you’re not hitting them pure, I thought that these irons weren’t as forgiving as others out there, and you’d really lose distance on mis-hits. The shafts also probably weren’t ideal for me, a little whippy.
That said, I rate the irons, and would definitely give them another go. while I found the long irons difficult to get going because you had to catch them precisely, the short irons were great. I hit a 9-iron on the 9th hole of my test round from 140 metres out to within a metre – a pure strike that had a great sound.
MODEL AND SHAFT PLAYED: TaylorMade R11 4-iron to pitching wedge fitted with regular flex graphite shafts.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: It’s a perfectly normal-looking club at address, even with a big head. The topline and sole aren’t big and thick, so it’s not so obvious. The red weight port is the only thing that looks a bit odd, but you don’t see that standing over the ball – and it does look good, it matches the colour of my golf bag.
VERDICT: I currently play a set of TaylorMade irons, and I found the R11 to be much longer, even with the scoring clubs. The 7-iron was two clubs longer – I was hitting it in places where I normally would be playing a 5-iron, which made par-3s a lot more fun. The irons were definitely another jump in technology, as you’d expect with new clubs these days.
The forgiveness was excellent. You could hit them off the toe without much loss of distance. The ball flight was pretty high, sometimes higher than what I’m used to.
During the test round, I hit a memorable 4-iron – it was hard to forget, because I don’t usually hit long irons – into a long par-4 that set up a rare birdie on that hole. It summed up how easy to hit these clubs were, and how you could get more out of your irons. And there’s one other good thing – it was a wise decision not to paint the heads of these R11s all white.
FACT & FIGURES
SUITABILITY: A wide range of players.
SHAFTS: KBS 90 steel and Fujikura Motore graphite are standard.
LOFTS: 6-iron 28º, pitching wedge 45º; 50º and 55º wedges also available.
LEFT-HANDED MODELS?: Yes.
HOW MUCH?: $115 per iron (steel), $140 (graphite).
TAYLORMADE SAYS: “The first thing about the R11 iron that will grab the golfer’s attention is its red precision-weighting port, a technology initially introduced in TaylorMade’s forged iron lineup. The precision-weighting port allows TaylorMade engineers to: 1) guarantee precise swingweight and 2) ensure centre-face centre of gravity location in every iron.
“Progressive shaping makes the longer irons more forgiving, and the shorter irons more compact and workable. The soles of the R11 irons are moderately thin (with the exception of the long irons) and the leading edge is moderately sharp, helping it to enter and exit the turf quickly and smoothly. The long-irons are engineered with wider soles to pull the CG lower for easier, higher launch.
“TaylorMade’s R&D department worked diligently to perfect an advanced sound and vibration management system to ensure the feel in the R11 irons would appeal to better players. The R11 irons’ extraordinary feel comes from the club’s combination of shape, construction and the incorporation of an aluminum sound badge in the cavity.”Contact TaylorMade-adidas on 1800 700 011 or taylormadegolf.com
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
Restaurants: BR Prime steakhouse. Jia Asian cuisine. Memphis Q Smokehouse & Barbeque. Coast offers American cuisine including a full range of appetizers and pizza. the Buffet offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, champagne brunch (Saturday and Sunday), plus complimentary beer and wine during dinner. Terrace Café is a 24-hour, full-service restaurant. the Roasted Bean sells coffee and light fare. Snacks offers fresh made deli sandwiches. Scoops specializes in house-made gelato, shakes, sundaes and more.
Lounge entertainment: Coast: Tonight and Saturday: Karma. EIGHT75: Glenn Parker Band, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Half-price wine by the glass Tuesdays. Anderson Domingues performs Fridays in the Breeze Bar.
Amenities: the Spa & Salon at Beau Rivage. the Promenade Shops in the hotel lobby. Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio–designed 18-hole golf course. Tee times: 1-877-805-4657.
Headliners: April 13: Gladys Knight. April 15: Asian Show. April 20: Showtime Boxing. April 21: Diana Ross. May 4: Randy Travis. May 11: the O’Jays. June 1: Anthony Cools. June 8: Alice Cooper. June 15: Chicago. Aug. 24: B.B. King. Oct. 6: Jay Leno. Oct. 19: Credence Clearwater Revisited.
Boomtown Biloxi Casino
Restaurants: Boomtown Buffet has 10 action stations including seafood, charbroiler, Asian California wok, pasta sauté, wood-burning pizza oven, hand-breaded fryer, mesquite smoker, soup and salad bar, and bread bar. Weekend Crab buffet every Friday and Saturday and all day Sunday. 24-hour Grill and Bakery. BT Steakhouse.
Entertainment: Local bands on the Boomtown Spurs stage 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. This Friday: 2nd Street.
280 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
Restaurants: the Grand Buffet, breakfast, lunch and seafood buffet nightly. Cuu Long Souper Pho, noodle bar. L.b.’s Steakhouse, fine dining. the Grand Cafe. the Hotel Lobby Bar has hamburgers, salads and more.
Amenities: Grand Bear Golf course, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course. Bellissimo Spa & Salon.
Lounge entertainment: the Hotel Lobby Bar has three TVs for watching sports and entertainment. Saturday: Change of plan.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
Restaurants: 24/7 Grille. Satisfaction Buffet, now with snow crab legs Sunday through Thursday nights. VIBE Great Steaks & Seafood. Live entertainment, featuring Bob Moody, in VIBE. Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Hard Rock Café. Starbucks Coffee. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop.
MARLOW — even Harry Houdini would have had to tip his hat to the Marlow Outlaws for the incredible escapes they made Tuesday. after surrendering just one run in a potentially dangerous first inning, the Outlaws played shutout defense as they rallied to a 4-1 win over the visiting Cache Bulldogs on Tuesday. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded with just one out in the first inning, but after allowing one unearned run, senior pitcher Hunter McClure pulled Marlow out of danger and stranding three Cache runners. throughout the game, McClure and the Outlaw defense came through with runners on base, stranding 10 Bulldog runners for the game. “Hunter’s a senior and it’s not like that’s the first time he’s been out there in that situation. I expect him to have a little more composure than some would and he did,” Marlow coach Brook Holding said. “He stayed focused and we ended up getting out of it. That was probably the difference in the game, us being able to get out of that first inning with minimized damage.” Beau Meshell ledoff the third inning with a single into right field, Marlow’s first hit of the game, and he came home to tie the game four batters late on a fielder’s choice by Trey Coffman. The next batter, Keaton Woods, lined a standup double to right-center field to drive in two runs and give the outlaws all of the offense they would need. Tyler Brite came across the plate in the sixth inning to give Marlow one more run as he singled to center field, moved to second on a wild pitch and came home on a double by Swade Dungan, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles on the evening. “really the bottom of our lineup hooked up today,” Holding said. “Swade Dungan has been hitting the ball really well and he played really good defense in the outfield. He probably had eight or nine putouts in center field.” While the Outlaws (10-3) came through with timely hits throughout the game, it was the not quite the case for Cache. after leaving the bases loaded in the first, the Bulldogs had runners in scoring position in the third sixth and seventh innings, but couldn’t capitalize as McClure kept them off balance and the defense came up with big plays. McClure finished with six strikeouts, while allowing just one walk (intentional) in a complete-game effort. Marlow 4, Cache 1 R H E Cache 100 000 0 – 1 8 2 Marlow 003 001 x – 4 7 3 Mike Elam-Wague and D. Jensen. Hunter McClure and Austin Forsythe. WP: McClure (4-0). LP: Elam-Wague. 2B: Keaton Woods (M), Swade Dungan 2 (M).
Nearly 60,000 people in Maryland have turned out for early voting so far, a service the state started offering in 2010.
The 59,716 people who voted as of Wednesday represent 1.38 percent of eligible voters. In Baltimore County, just under 3 percent of eligible voters had cast votes.
There is still time to cast an early ballot on Thursday. Early voting in the state ends at 8 p.m.
“I’m using the phrase ‘slow and steady,’ ” said Montgomery County Board of Elections spokeswoman Marjorie Roher. “There are not lines in most cases at all; normally there’s one or two people at each of the poll places.”
Early voting started March 24 and ends at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29.
The Maryland primary is Tuesday, April 3.
Early voting in the 2010 gubernatorial primary elections, the first year it was in place, netted 2.44 percent voter turnout, or 77,288 of the eligible voters, state election data shows.
Election officials in Maryland predicted the popularity of the program would grow, even though numbers aren’t expected to be high for this primary election.
“What we’ve seen from other areas in the country, as early voting catches on, it does become very popular,” Roher said. “It does give people the opportunity to choose when they want to vote and what location.”
This year, the election is “primarily a Republican primary and [Montgomery] county is highly Democratic,” Roher said. “Our overall anticipation for turnout—not anticipating high numbers all together, so we wouldn’t expect [high numbers] in early voting.”
Statewide, 1,964,655 people are registered Democrats, compared to 935,122 registered Republicans.
In Howard County, Guy Mickley, director of elections, predicted overall turnout for the primary would be 20 to 25 percent, “and that may be high.”
For early voting in Howard County, “the turnout is light, but for a presidential primary that has a returning president on the Democratic side, this is the turnout I would expect,” he said.
Republican presidential candidates have made swings through Maryland this month. former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s visits included a stop in Arbutus, and on Wednesday, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, visited the University of Maryland.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was at Salisbury University Tuesday.
In terms of overall voter turnout, early voting won’t make much of an impact, said Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
“Virtually nothing improves voting turnout except when people are really, really excited about what’s going on in a campaign,” Norris said in an interview Thursday.
Still, “it makes it easier to vote … and that’s a good thing,” he said.
Below is a selection of early voting turnout numbers and voter turnout percentages at various locations in Maryland as of Wednesday. for a full list, go here.
Baltimore County: 9,394; 2.27%
Prince George’s: 7,668 voters; 1.52% turnout
Howard: 4,695; 2.55%
Anne Arundel: 6,557; 2.46%
Harford: 2,493; 1.97%
Carroll: 1,487; 1.39%
Montgomery: 8,011; 1.38%
State: 59,716; 1.88%
March 31, 2012 the Associated Press
HUMBLE, Texas — Brian Davis changed his life last year, and he’s finally seeing the adjustments translate to better golf scores.
Davis shot a 65 in his second round Friday and shares the lead at 11 under par with Louis Oosthuizen at the rain-delayed Houston Open.
The second round was suspended due to darkness at 7:36 p.m. with 70 players still on the course.
Houston resident Jeff Maggert was at 10 under, but he had eight holes left to play in his second round. Defending champion Phil Mickelson (70), J.B. Holmes (67), Tommy Gainey (67), and Greg Owen (69) finished their second rounds and were two shots behind the leaders at 9 under.
Three-time major champion Ernie Els, who must win to qualify for next week’s Masters, was in the group at 5 under after a second-round 69.
Davis played a total of 32 holes on Friday, finishing a first-round 68 and then making seven birdies on his way to his best score of the year.
The 37-year-old Englishman took a hard look at his life late last year after his father, Robert, died of cancer. He changed caddies, hired a sports psychologist and retooled his swing.
“Probably the highlight of the offseason and to this season was taking a look at everything I did on and off the golf course,” Davis said. “I think I’m more prepared going forward now this year.”
Davis felt recharged at the start of the season, but missed the cut in three of his first four starts. He finally saw signs of improvement when he tied for 47th at the Honda Classic, then tied for 63rd in Puerto Rico the following week.
Kraft Nabisco Championship
At Rancho Mirage, Calif., top-ranked Yani Tseng shot her second straight 68, taking a one-stroke lead over Haeji Kang after the second round of the LPGA Tour’s first major of the year.
Lindsey Wright (71) and Sun Young Yoo (69) are third at 6 under, while Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak is three strokes back in fifth midway through the only major she has never won.
Tseng extended her thorough domination of the women’s game with another relentless round of long drives and steady putting. After finishing the opening round two strokes back, she’s leading for the ninth time in the LPGA Tour’s last 10 rounds.
Pak shot a 69 to move to 5 under. Karin Sjodin and World No. 2 Na Yeon Choi joined Pak in fifth.
At Sciacca, Sicily, John Daly shot a 5-under 67 to move within two strokes of the second-round lead in the European Tour event.
England’s Simon Wakefield (67) and David Lynn (69), Ireland’s Peter Lawrie (72), Sweden’s Pelle Edgerg (66) and the Netherland’s Maarten Lafeber (68) shared the lead at 8 under.
Americam Rich Beem (69) matched Daly at 6 under on the Verdura course.
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