Category: General

Tennessee's state park courses might not quite be a "golf trail," but they're great destinations anyway

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As recently noted by my esteemed yet youthful colleague Brandon Tucker, it seems every state is trying to cobble together some sort of ad hoc golf trail. Tucker points out that some of these trails are more like points in a constellation than stops along… more »

When websites don't match golf courses

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It's tough to plan a golf trip for 36 guys. David Butts, the meticulous, patient, good-natured gentleman who plans the trip to Tennessee that I go on each year is an expert at it. He takes care of every one of us and every foreseeable (and often unforese… more »

Anyone notice Sergio's better putting, and new putter?

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So has anyone else noticed how Sergio Garcia, who is known for great putting about as much as Tiger Woods is known for great singing, caught on fire at The Players championship, to finish a rather surprising 2nd? The brash and normally inconsistent Sp… more »

Golf Test USA provides test results you don't see in major magazines

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More than one blogger on these pages has pointed out that the equipment tests published in major golf magazines like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine are crowded year after year with big names that happen also to be big advertisers.Where are the smaller… more »

Tour players wear pink spikes on Mother's Day to support breast cancer research

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If you happen to be watching the final round of The Player's Championship, or the LPGA's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill this coming Sunday, you might notice pink spikes on the bottoms of the shoes of many players. No, it's not the influence of flshy… more »

Golf and samurai swords meet in Miura Golf blades

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I have speculated in the past on a connection between the samurai tradition and golf's popularity in Japan. Think about it: Golf allows the player to carry 14 specially-designed, artfully crafted long metal implements, which could, in a pinch, be used to… more »

The Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club back in the game

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The Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club in Industry, Calif., has got to be the most under-the-radar championship course in any major West Coast city. Recently re-opened after a multi-million-dollar renovation that included the complete over… more »

Tralee Golf Club is favorite of Irish tour operators

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It may not be as famous or as old as Ballybunion or Lahinch or as high-profile as newer Irish links like Doonbeg, but Tralee Golf Club, in Barrow, County Kerry can go toe to toe with any of them. Tralee was built in the early 1980s, and was the first… more »

The joys of being "paired up" or How I Learned to Love Golf with Strangers

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This may sound odd to some people, I know: I like to golf alone. There is nothing as peaceful as being the first golfer on the course, leaving the first solitary footprints in the dew on the greens, the only sounds being your shots and the birds and, qui… more »

The "Golf Digest Challenge" aims to improve golfers' games – Yeah, right

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Just yesterday, Golf Digest announced the Golf Digest Challenge, a free instructional program for golfers around the world. The goal of the program, as stated in the press release is, "to build upon the success of last year’s program by continuing to g… more »

2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson does Iowa golf proud

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After winning the 2007 Masters, Zach Johnson remained characteristically understated: "I'm Zach Johnson and I'm from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That's about it. I'm a normal guy." Some of the more jaded among us might call Johnson boring. Some might even… more »

Nike SUMO2 is LOUD and loooooong

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The first paragraph of a press release from Nike on March 16, 2007, read as follows: "Nike Golf has discovered that an unauthorized manufacturing variance occurred such that the Characteristic Time (CT) measurement of a number of drivers fell out of N… more »

Advice for avoiding injuries on vacation: Quit showing off for your kids

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Does anyone else recall how Tom Lehman's 1998 season was hobbled by a dislocated shoulder? Lehman was attempting a handstand for his kids while they were on vacation when he suffered the injury. He eventually needed surgery to repair the damage. Last… more »

Ogio Schling and Cleveland HiBore XL put to test on golf trip

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When I tell people that I play golf and test golf equipment and get paid to do so, they often suggest that it must be the easiest, best gig there is. And while I agree that it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, I wish folks could und… more »

NIT is a pointless tournament

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You can call me a NIT-wit if you'd like, but I have yet to hear any convincing argument to keep the post-season college men's basketball National Invitational Tournament (NIT) alive. Seriously, who cares? Looking at the NCAA Tournament Bracket, I… more »

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