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Golf balls in colors no longer just quick splash

Golf balls in colors no longer just quick splash

Many golfers have a love-hate relationship with colored golf balls. Three ball manufacturers have been particularly aggressive with colored balls in the U.S.: Bridgestone, Srixon and Volvik.

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Volvik Vista iV golf ball

Volvik Vista iV golf ball emerges as player’s ball with optimal distance

The four-piece Volvik Vista iV has emerged as a player’s ball with optimal distance. Used by a handful of male touring pros, including Craig Stadler, the golf ball also is popular with female touring pros on the Volvik staff.

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Volvik White Color S3

Volvik White Color S3 golf ball targets soft feel

The four-piece Volvik White Color S3 is new for 2014 -- and is Volvik’s first golf ball utilizing soft and durable urethane in the cover.

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Florida Southern's Crouch headlines Div. II Ping All-Americans

Florida Southern's Crouch headlines Div. II Ping All-Americans

Florida Southern's Tim Crouch received two prestigious honors from the GCAA and Ping on Wednesday after winning his second consecutive NCAA title.

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Now at No. 1, Scott must improve play to stay there

Now at No. 1, Adam Scott must improve play to stay there

Adam Scott enjoyed a bottle of Dom Perignon after ascending to World No. 1, but now needs to work on his game, which has been a bit suspect as of late.

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Defending champ USC trails Oklahoma in NCAAs

Defending champ USC trails Oklahoma at midway point of NCAA women's championship

At the halfway point of this year’s NCAA finals, USC has settled into a come-from-behind position rather than setting the pace. The lead belongs to a seasoned Oklahoma squad that features four seniors. Lone Sooner freshman Alexandra Kaui has the individual lead.

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Adventure leads Duke's Boutier to NCAA contention

In her U.S. adventure, Duke's Boutier climbs into NCAA contention

Shedding tendencies of shyness and self-critiquing while settling into a new culture, Duke's Celine Boutier is even par through two rounds at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship.

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Mississippi State makes second-day push

Mississippi State makes second-day push at NCAA D-I Women's Championship

Mississippi State’s 5-over 285 Wednesday tied Duke and pushed the 24th-ranked Bulldogs into eighth place -- reflecting the Bulldogs' determination to avenge 2013's last-place finish at the NCAA Division I Women's Championship.

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Busy stretch for Watson starts at Senior PGA

Busy stretch for Tom Watson starts at Senior PGA Championship, runs through Ryder Cup

The worst part of being Ryder Cup captain, in Tom Watson's eyes? Getting the team fitted for apparel. But that can wait a week, with the Senior PGA Championship on tap this week.

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Volvik Pro Bismuth golf ball

Volvik Pro Bismuth golf ball aims at high swing speeds

Volvik's Pro Bismuth golf ball is a versatile three-piece ball aimed at golfers with higher swing speeds.

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Volvik Vista iS golf ball

Volvik Vista iS golf ball seeks soft feel

Volvik's Vista iS golf ball is designed to offer more greenside spin while feeling softer than its Vista counterpart.

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Volvik Crystal golf ball

Volvik Crystal golf ball for slower swing speeds

The Volvik Crystal, a three-piece ball intended for golfers with slow to medium swing speeds (60 to 95 mph with a driver, according to Volvik), is the company's most famous offering.

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Volvik Lady 350 golf ball

Volvik Lady 350 golf ball

Because low trajectory is an obstacle faced by many women, the design and placement of the dimples in the Volvik Lady 350 golf ball should help most women hit the ball higher.

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Volvik DS77 golf ball

Volvik DS77 golf ball targets medium swing speeds

The concept of the Volvik DS77 golf ball is to focus on extra distance for golfers with medium swing speeds.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: May 21, 2014

Toy Box Extra e-magazine: May 21, 2014

Check out the May 21st issue of Toy Box Extra, as we take a look at new gear from Cobra, TaylorMade and Vokey, while also sitting down with Scotty Cameron and taking a look at a fun solution for golf.

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Rowland's career comes full circle with Kansas HoF nod

Fred Rowland's career comes full circle with Kansas HoF nod

Fred Rowland’s golf story will come full circle in July, when he joins the Kansas Golf Association Hall of Fame. Only 10 other amateurs have joined the 41-member Hall, and Rowland is an appropriate addition.

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McIlroy, Wozniacki break off engagement

McIlroy, Wozniacki split; 'Wasn't ready for all that marriage entails,' McIlroy says

Only months removed from announcing their engagement on Twitter, Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki announce that they have split, with McIlroy saying, "The problem is mine."

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Jimenez, Luiten rally toward European Ryder spots

Joost Luiten joins Miguel Angel Jimenez in rallying for European Ryder Cup spots

For good reason, the lovable Miguel Angel Jimenez is the story of the year, at least when it comes to European-based golfers. At 50, he’s winning on different continents and chasing a Ryder Cup berth.

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Expert picks: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Expert picks: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on PGA Tour

Jim Furyk tops our senior writers' predictions for the PGA Tour's 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week in Fort Worth, Texas. See the rest of the picks here.

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Can stats pick U.S. Open winner? If so . . .

Can stats predict 2014 U.S. Open winner at Pinehurst? If so . . .

A couple of statistics differ in their predictions for a U.S. Open winner at Pinehurst in 2014 -- but take a look at the opposing numbers' picks to see who might prevail.

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Hole by hole: Prairie Dunes, NCAA men's final

Hole-by-hole: Prairie Dunes CC, NCAA men's championship

The country’s leading college male golfers are in for quite the challenge at Prairie Dunes CC during the 2014 Men's NCAA Division I Golf Championship in the form of a challenging links layout.

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Notes: Dubuisson's injury; Woodland's surge; more

Notes: Victor Dubuisson's injury; Gary Woodland's surge; more

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson is fighting shoulder pain as he strives to play in his first U.S. Open, while Gary Woodland is riding a wave of consistency -- plus more news and notes from golf's top pro tours.

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Changed by tragedy, Oklahoma seeks national title

Changed by tragedy, Oklahoma seeks NCAA championship

The Oklahoma Sooners lost future teammate Kyle Lewis to a car accident in 2010, but have developed into a national power with the support of Kyle's parents.