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Penn & Teller & Johnny Miller cash in on golf blogger's good idea

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Ask anyone who knows me and they will agree with this one thing: I do not have a lot of good ideas. I'm the guy who lost my nest-egg investing in a hemophiliac rugby league (not one team survived the first season). Then there was that restaurant/beaut… more »

SMT Golf offers golf glove with a lifetime warranty

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The weather in central Illinois has been warming up considerably (aside from today’s sleet), and I’ve wrestled my overloaded golf bag out of the basement and begun taking stock. Other than my swing, which seems to have completely abandoned me, just a… more »

Firethorn: Golf fashion no longer an oxymoron

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Over the past year, I’ve lost 25 pounds (50, if you add in the combined weight of all the golf balls I’ve hit astray). When I announced to my wife that I might just go out to buy some new golf clothes, she regarded me skeptically and asked, “Don’… more »

Heavy Putter gets weight-conscious, changes name to Boccieri

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I always liked the Heavy Putter, at least by name. The company never did respond to my requests to send a demo model for review, and my one experience with the heavy-bodied flat-stick was on a crowded practice green during a demo day. The engineering… more »

Upswing Golf: Ya gotta love plucky new equipment companies

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I once quoted some percentage of start-up golf equipment companies that go belly-up in less than three years. I can’t now find that percentage, but since it was a few years ago that I quoted it, the figure is probably outdated now anyway. The point… more »

New golf balls aren't for everyone

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This final installment of my trilogy of rants about golf balls. I promise. My claim throughout has been that just because a dozen balls costs more than a steak dinner doesn’t mean that that ball is the best choice for your game. As further (and fina… more »

Golf balls, lost balls, and tightwads

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So yesterday, I argued that all golf balls are not ideal for all golfers, much the same way as golf clubs. I furthermore proposed that people get fitted for club and ball combinations. One problem with this is that we switch balls more often than we s… more »

Golf balls should be custom-fit, too

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Among the best players, there is as much or more talk about reining in golf ball technology as there is club technology. Jack Nicklaus has suggested using a special restricted-flight ball for the Masters to protect the integrity of Augusta National. F… more »

Quality junior golf clubs help make quality junior golfers

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If golf is going to grow, it needs to attract kids. To do this, there are two requirements: 1) High-quality, affordable, attractive equipment 2) Affordable, accessible, playable courses As for number one, thank goodness that the days of sawed-of… more »

Tom Wishon's "12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game"

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Tom Wishon has been in the golf equipment business a long time. He’s the guy that engineered the first titanium wood heads offered by a U.S. company. He’s recently released a book called The Search for the Perfect Golf Club, which I’ll be eager… more »

Nike's SasQuatch driver stomping competition

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This is getting creepy. A few weeks ago, Nike announced that Chad Campbell would be using Nike’s new SasQuatch (SQ) driver. Then he goes and wins the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic the next week. Next, with relatively little fanfare, Tiger Woods himse… more »

"The Secret" to the perfect golf swing is still elusive

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On the cover of Golf Magazine's February issue is yet another headline touting a "secret move" that is guaranteed to give you more distance. Peter Kostis calls it the "new" X-factor. Essentially, this big "secret" consists of beginning your downswing… more »

Laser yardage measurement devices help players, hurt course architects

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Several months ago, I noted that the USGA and R&A had revised the rules to allow laser yardage measurement devices during official rounds, and even tournaments, when approved by the local rules committee. In that blog, I ruminated a bit about whet… more »

Nike, DeLaCruz Golf and other hybrid clubs coming out of the woodwork

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Clubs with adjustable weights are hot. Belly putters are hot. Hot balls are hot. Even calendars are hot (which may explain the hot balls…but I digress). Nothing, however, is hotter this season than hybrid clubs. Whether these clubs are envisioned… more »

Adams Golf expands Redline RPM line to fairway woods

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Adams Golf just announced the expansion of its successful Redline RPM line into fairway woods. The new low-profile woods will come in three different non-adjustable weighting schemes: draw bias (tungsten weight on the sole at heel), high-flight (weight a… more »

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