The BEST last-minute golf gift: A full-bag fitting with Club Champion

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Well, rats. It's two days before Christmas, and somehow it snuck up on me again. As my wife made her 40th trip up the stairs from her gift-wrapping in the basement and placed another armful of impeccable packages under the tree, she casually asked m… more »

Mouton Cadet is a worthy official wine for a brilliant Ryder Cup

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I don't know about you, but I'm still buzzing with the memories from the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National. Not only did my "home team" win back the Cup (finally!), I thought my home state of Minnesota acquitted itself very well. For the past year, I… more »

The inherent equity of golf

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I love golf. OK? I said it, and I'm proud. There are, after all, lots of things to love about golf – hitting a great shot, spending time with friends, enjoying nature, the Sisyphean task of trying to improve my swing. Perhaps the thing I love most ab… more »

Lessons from the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont and midsummer golf

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I was fortunate enough to visit Pittsburgh for the U.S. Open at Oakmont this summer. As I age, travel makes me increasingly introspective, and I find myself jotting little notes on whatever paper or device is handy. I think the idea is to incorporate th… more »

Rules are rules, but cameras are not eyes: On the USGA, technology, and penalties

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It's been a helluva year for the Rules of Golf at the two major USGA championships. Fortunately for Dustin Johnson, an awkward post-hoc assessment of a penalty stroke didn't deny him yet another major. And fortunately for Brittany Lang, the two-s… more »

Muirfield and Brexit: Voters ask for Mulligans?

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Golf was invented in the United Kingdom, Scotland to be exact. Similarly, the Mulligan appears to have been innovated by David Mulligan, a Canadian amateur (and subject of the Crown) who took a "correction shot" sometime in the 1920s. His playing partne… more »

Lessons from the first weeks of the 2016 golf season

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It has been a barometric roller-coaster here in the Midwest so far this season, but the local crowd at Lake of the Woods Golf Course comprises a collection of hearty, moderately deranged golf fanatics who have braved some bizarre weather to get in their… more »

A drinking game unlike any other: The Masters drinking game

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No matter where I live in the world, I never feel like spring has begun until Masters Week. During The Masters, the nascent golf season is so full of promise and hope, it seems inconceivable that inevitably, at some point, my hook will come back, or I'l… more »

The decadence of January golf in Illinois (or, "That's not my breath, it's smoke!")

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January 30, 2016: The high yesterday was a balmy 54 degrees in Urbana, Illinois, and a couple of my hardcore golf buddies and I thought we'd have Stone Creek Golf Club's generous fairways all to ourselves, considering the permafrost made it difficult to… more »

Lessons from 2015

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2015 was my 50th year on this planet. Considering I had a mid-life crisis at 17, I figure I'm way ahead in the poker game of life. Ahead in some respects, at least. Twenty years ago, as I was paying $60/hour to drunkenly pound balls with rented… more »

Spiked Seltzer: Great idea, great drink

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Some ideas are so simple, and so brilliant, I can't help but feeling sort of heartsick for not having thought of them myself. 40 years ago, I came up with an idea for a game that involved hitting a little ball across manicured landscapes toward a sm… more »

When Bae is not bae: On military duty, double-standards, and priorities

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If you've spent any time talking to teenaged girls during the past few years, you've likely learned a new word: bae. Bae is the acronym for "before anyone else." If you're a golf fan, you've likely heard of another Bae, Sang-moon Bae. Over the past f… more »

It's my birthday, and I'll blog if I want to

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I write a lot of golf gift guides here and as features for the Golf Channel websites: Valentine's Day, Christmas, Father's Day, Mother's Day. All those great gifts for other people. Nothing ever for me. What about me?? I've had enough, dammit. Thi… more »

Give your dad a new Vice this Father's Day

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Take a look at your dad. Yeah, over there. The guy snoring on the couch. Believe it or not, he used to be pretty wild. I mean, when he was in his prime, the weekends would say, "TGIM!" I won't go into details, but trust me, if you knew the ha… more »

Golf Pet Peeve #2: Unrepaired pitch marks on greens

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We all have out pet peeves. When it comes to golf, slow play is the king of gripes for most people. For me, a close second is golfers who fail to repair their pitch marks on the greens. I mean, how hard is it to bend over for a few seconds and fix up th… more »

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