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Adams Golf is king of Champions Tour

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Although they weren’t marketed as “escape clubs” or “hybrids,” it could be argued that the Adams Tight Lies fairway wood was one of the first modern hybrids. Introduced in 1996-7, the shallow face and “upside down head” was billed at the pe… more »

Online golf instruction at Virtual Golf Instructor

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It’s hard for me to get into a practice schedule. I try to grab a few usually rushed minutes here and there. And I can pretty much forget about scheduling regular lessons with a local pro. Who has the time? Then when a few blessed practice minutes d… more »

TaylorMade re-enters ball market with TP Red and TP Black

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It seems like just yesterday when several club manufacturers decided they wanted to enter the golf ball market. Nike, Callaway and TaylorMade all introduced balls, with quite different results. Though none challegened the practical hegemony of Titlei… more »

Laser Link Quickshot easy to use and speeds play

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In the past, I’ve raised some issues about laser range finders being used in official rounds. Personally, I have no problem with the high-tech devices, but I was concerned that perhaps they wouldn’t speed play as much as promised. Well, based on i… more »

Fairway Girl makes gear for future LPGA players

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Last summer, my six-year-old daughter became interested in golf. Or I should say more interested. For several years, we have enjoyed going to the practice putting green together. This time, though, she expressed interest in taking a full swing at the bal… more »

Masters pet peeve: Lanny the Commentary Guy

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You can't stop the rain. And you can't help but give shots back around Amen Corner. And maybe you can't even stop dopey phtographers clicking during your backswing. But can someone please stop Lanny Wadkins? Perhaps no other announcer in the history o… more »

The first Masters blog on TravelGolf.com

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As The Masters begins, and golf bloggers from TravelGolf.com to Timbuktu start tippy-tapping their pudgy fingers till they're black and blue, I thought I'd take the briefest moment to blow my own horn. (I mean, hey, that's essentially what most bloggers… more »

Ecco Casual Cool Hydromax: Golf shoes have finally gotten cool

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I remember my grandfather’s golf shoes with a slight shudder. They were ratty leather wingtips and saddle-shoes with cardboard-thin and dangerously slick leather soles. They were always damp, inside and out, and after even nine holes, he’d complain o… more »

Nike SasQuatch does it again at The Player's Championship

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A couple of months ago, I pointed out that Nike's SasQuatch (SQ) driver was being used to win a lot of tournaments recently. With Stephen Ames's win at The Players Championship, this swoosh-dominance continues. Frankly, up until now I had not bee… more »

Author Bob Thomas develops new business model to distribute his golf books

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Golf novelist Bob Thomas, best known for his book, Ben Hogan’s Secret, is tired of fighting the publishing industry to try to get his work into the hands of readers. But is he giving up? No. Thomas grew up in an abusive household, and this made him… more »

Germany's Stulz Golf is changing the shape of shafts

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A couple of years ago, the founder of Vortex Golf, a new Japanese equipment company, showed me a driver shaft he’d developed. It was triangular, rather than cylindrical, and was thus not approved by the USGA or R&A. Just the other day, I ran acr… more »

USGA: Measure distance only; PGA: Don't measure at all

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Last year, the USGA and R&A both altered the rules f golf a bit to allow for laser devices to be used to measure distances during competition. The rule change allowed local committees to decide whether or not the devices could be used. Interesting… more »

Stuart Appleby promotes The Leaderboard for strength and swing training

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I like to work out. I like to golf. The problem is that I rarely feel that these two pursuits complement one another, at least in the way I do them. Two days ago I took part in a media conference call with Stuart Appleby, who recently won the Mercedes… more »

The Club Glove Aficionado III stand bag can be custom-fit

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If you’ve ever read my equipment reviews, you’ll know that I’ve always had a soft spot for golf bags. I love finding just the right pockets for my tees, balls, cigar cutter and lighter, gloves, flask, and assorted accoutrements. And I love that new… more »

When that "new club magic" wears off

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Raise your grip-calloused hands if this has ever happened to you: Your game is in the toilet. You're farther right than Fox News most days, and others you're so far left you make Michael Moore look like Ron Reagan. Distraught, you demo a club, or borr… more »

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