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Work on the GolfGym Balance Ball can add a few yards to your game

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Earlier this year I took part in a conference call with PGA Tour player Stuart Appleby, who was promoting his fitness and swing-training device, The Leaderboard. One of the comments he made during that chat stuck in my head: "I'm absolutely positive t… more »

Us: Play badly, switch clubs; Wie: Play badly, switch people

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I've remained largely agnostic about Michelle Wie. If she's having fun and playing well, then it's fun to watch her. If she's not, well, then is gets a bit sad.I do believe, however, that we're observing a pattern in both her game and her reaction to… more »

Placid-O is golf's next great game-improvement device

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Dr. Anson Christi, two-time Fulbright fellow, former founding faculty member at the world-famous University of Aizu in Japan, and widely-published psychological researcher, has discovered a revolutionary breakthrough in harnessing golf's 'mental game.'… more »

Ogio's Schling carrying system is radical, but is it comfortable?

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When Izzo Golf introduced the dual-strap carry bag over ten years ago, it was hailed as revolutionary. It was indeed an improvement over the single shoulder strap, which hadn't changed design in, oh, ever. But revolutionary? I mean come on, how hard… more »

SMT Golf shafts now long-drive champs, along with clubheads

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SMT Golf's drivers have been in the hands of 67 long drive champions in eight different countries, across four different continents. Now one of the company's shafts has, too. Not long after Michelle Wie missed the cut at the Omega European Masters, St… more »

Checking out Sun Mountain's waterproof Micro J outerwear

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I have a lot of junk in my golf bag: a dozen ballmark repair tools, Band-Aids, cigar cutter and lighter, plenty of golf balls, extra Soft Spikes, bug spray, sunscreen, extra gloves, rain gloves, etc., etc. The Boy Scouts would be proud, because with all… more »

Blogger calls Ryder Cup (big deal)

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Well, I hate to say, "I told you so," but I told you so. Be it dumb luck or prescient insight doesn't really matter. My prediction of Europe over the U.S. in the Ryder Cup by at least 7 points turned out to be overly generous to our side. Big deal.… more »

2006 Ryder Cup looks like a rout for the Euros

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Let's call a mashie a mashie: It's going to be a rout for the Euros at the 2006 Ryder Cup. Two of our top three guns, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, were knocked out in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship. Furyk was whipped by Robert… more »

Please, please, please, don't let Michelle Wie turn into a freak

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Watching Michelle Wie shoot 5-over at the first round of the 84 Lumber Classic, I was reminded of Japanese television. I lived in Japan for nearly four years, and was continually intrigued and repulsed by the way certain television shows reveled in s… more »

How Patty Berg helped me learn to love golf

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From the AP wire: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Patty Berg, the golf pioneer who won an LPGA Tour-record 15 major titles and was one of the 13 founding members of the tour in 1950, died Sunday. She was 88.Berg won 60 LPGA titles, served as the first p… more »

Jim Furyk's shirts catch your eye, but do they grab your wallet?

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Anyone notice Jim Furyk's shirts recently? He's wearing shirts that button all the way up, sort of like golf version of the cool retro shirts Charlie Sheen wears on Two and a Half Men. The shirts are made by Chiliwear, and are technically known as "P… more »

The moral of Gene Sarazen's life: Play golf

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Author Mike Cortson sent along the following cautionary tale. I share it with you verbatim, for your edification and justification: In 1923, Who Was: 1. President of the largest steel company? 2. President of the largest gas company?… more »

Google "failure"

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Thanks to one of those multiply-forwarded e-mails I rarely read, an interesting quirk of the Internet came to my attention this morning: Google "failure." Depending on your political bent, the top result will strike you as funny, unpatriotic, cons… more »

First shot at PGA Championship is going to be Small

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Say you're a college golf coach, faced with a cocky crew of flat-bellied, pimply-faced new players who can drive the ball 300 yards hungover and think they can beat the world left-handed? How do you grab control – and respect – early? One way… more »

"The cart boy" is one swanky service I can do without

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"The cart boy" is one swanky service I can do without I'm sure some golfers love to be coddled. Love to have their clubs wiped and carried to the bag drop or car. I, for one, cannot stand the obsequiousness of the cart boy. The reason is simple: E… more »

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