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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Padres unveil 80-foot golf club at Petco foul pole


Finally, the Padres have added a big stick to their lineup.

And this one is bigger than any Louisville Slugger wielded by Adrian Gonzalez, Dave Winfield or Ken Caminiti.

Thursday at Petco Park, TaylorMade and the Padres will unveil a new 80-foot tall aluminum replica of a driver, just inside the right-field foul pole.

It's part of a three-year deal between the golf company (headquartered just up the road in Carlsbad) and the Padres. Terms of the deal weren't announced.

The club, TaylorMade's R11 driver, was erected over a three-day period, with the final touches added Wednesday before the start of Thursday night's homestand against the Phillies. The club head is illustrated as a decal on the wall, with the 950-pound hollow shaft and grip rising high above the right-field fence, attached to the foul pole. If a ball hits the shaft above the fence, it'll be a home run.

Bob Maggiore, TaylorMade's vice president of global marketing calls it a "cool idea" he can't wait for people to see.

"Nobody has seen it and said 'Oh, come on,'" he says. "Everybody has gotten so excited about it, whether they worked here or not."

As part of the launch, TaylorMade LPGA Tour golfer Natalie Gulbis will throw out the first pitch before the game, and hit a "first drive" from the home plate area in the afternoon.