NEWS Els looks to defend title at Bay Hill Ernie Els will be out to defend his victory at the 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational this week in Orlando. The Big Easy took last week off, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t working after the Tavistock Cup ended. Els called in to the Callaway Tour Trailer to report that he is very pleased with his new Callaway X-Series JAWS 60-degree wedge (with 8 degrees of bounce). Els had the wide sole wedge ground to four degrees with the heel relieved, which he said he loved. “I can really slide the club under the ball,” Els said. “The 60 (degree) is going to give me more shots at Augusta.” At the Transitions Championship: J.J. Henry finished tied for 20th at Innisbrook Resort & Spa’s Copperhead Course. Henry used his Callaway RAZR X Forged irons to lead the field in Greens in regulation, averaging 83.3%. It was his fourth top-20 finish of the season. Pressel finishes 7th on LPGA Tour Morgan Pressel finished tied for 7th at the LPGA’s RR Donnelly Founders Cup. She fired a 4-under-par 68 in the final round. On the LPGA Tour this week, 5 Callaway drivers finished in the top-10. Appleby switches Diablo Octane fairway wood shaft After switching shafts in his RAZR Hawk Tour driver, Stuart Appleby requested a new Callaway Diablo Octane 3-wood with a shaft that matched the weight of his driver more closely. Since going to a 70-gram driver shaft, the 60 gram 3-wood shaft no longer matched the feel criteria. Two 3-woods were made and Appleby went with a heavier Diablo Octane Tour 15-degree fairway wood with a project X 8a4. The shaft is 43 inches and D-3 swing weight. Appleby felt it provided a better launch and still flattened out to allow the ball to penetrate through wind. He also switched into Callaway’s new, optimized Tour i(z) golf ball. LPGA Tour Vicky Hurst put Callaway’s RAZR X Forged irons in play this week. European Tour The player who is No. 2 on the European Tour in driving accuracy switched to the RAZR Hawk Driver this week at the Sicilian Open. I’d make a joke about him being threatened to play the driver by our Tour staff and the whole Sicilian angle, but you never know who is reading. I don’t want to be “sleeping with the fishes” by Monday afternoon. Eight players switched into the RAZR Hawk Driver this week. Jeev Milkha Singh switched to the RAZR Hawk, saying forgiveness and workability without compromising ball speed and distance were the keys. Overall, 27 RAZR clubs went into play this week in Europe.
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