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January 6 2012

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Watch: Bradley’s trip to Cleveland, more

Bradley tours Cleveland Golf.

Keegan Bradley takes a behind-the-scenes look at Cleveland Golf's headquarters in Huntington Beach, Calif.

By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM

Keegan Bradley’s sophomore season on the PGA TOUR starts Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. To be ready for 2012, the reigning Rookie of the Year visited Cleveland Golf’s headquarters to get his equipment tuned up.

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Cleveland Classic driver

In the video Bradley shows off his Cleveland Classic driver, a modern club with a throwback look. It has the biggest face of any driver the company has made, with variable face thickness.

But those features take a backseat to the appearance, which harkens to the persimmon clubs of decades ago. The Classic has a mahogany-colored crown, brass sole plate and face insert and an oldstyle “1” on the sole that was perhaps last seen on leather headcovers long banished to closets.

BALL TALK: TaylorMade’s RocketBallz line will include balls as well as metalwoods and irons. The company is rebranding its ball stable into three categories – the Penta TP5, Penta TP3, and RocketBallz.

The Penta TP5 is the five-layer ball at the top price point and in many TOUR players’ hands, and TaylorMade said that the compression of the ball’s core has been reduced in order to add distance.

The Penta TP3 has the same urethane cover as the Penta TP5, but just one mantle layer. RocketBallz also has three pieces but with an ionomer cover. RocketBallz will be touted as the pure distance option and be the cheapest of the three offerings.

LONG AND SHORT OF IT: Bobby Gates towers over Rickie Fowler by some eight inches, but Fowler actually wields the longer driver. That’s one nugget in a Golfweek.com interview with Titleist Tour Representative Chris Tuten.

“All golfers are individuals, and there is no such thing as fitting a player strictly by the way he looks,” Tuten said.

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