Padres, TaylorMade unveil driver along foul pole

The San Diego Padres and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Co. have

unveiled an 80-foot replica of an R11 driver along the right-field

foul pole at Petco Park as part of a sponsorship agreement running

through the 2013 season.

The shaft and grip of the driver, made of aluminum and weighing

960 pounds, run parallel to the foul pole, while a 14-by-8-foot

image of the R11’s white head is displayed on the outfield wall.

The entire design is in fair territory.

The Padres and TaylorMade, which is based in nearby Carlsbad,

worked with Major League Baseball to ensure the structure won’t

distract from or impede play.