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 »

Golf myths revealed on website, sort of

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Golf is a game of legend and myth. While Old Tom Morris is legendary, it's a myth that he carried a ration of haggis around in his golf bag for a mid-round snack. A website called Golf Myths Exposed claims to let us all in on seven myths of the golf s… more »

Golfers eat hotdogs and fight ALS

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The PGA Tour donates more money to charity than any other professional sport. And I suspect that golfers in general, with their statistically higher-than-average incomes, contribute to a good number of charities on the individual level. Now, by purcha… more »

ESPN debate about Tiger dumping his driver in majors is silly

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In case you live in the center of a giant gorse bush and missed it, Tiger Woods triumphed in The Open (a.k.a. The British Open). And in the course of this victory, he hit his driver exactly once, choosing instead to use a lot of 2-irons and 3-woods to ke… more »

Radar Golf promises the Holy Grail for hackers: No more lost golf balls

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My game is improving. The south side of 80 is just around the next bend, and 90 is usually only viewed through my rearview mirror.Usually. I still have bad days. Very bad days. Days when I stop counting strokes and start reckoning my round in gol… more »

Take Your Daughter to the Course Week comes to a close

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Perhaps those of you with daughters knew that July 10-16 was (well, still is for a day, I guess) “Take Your Daughter to the Course Week,” sponsored and promoted by the PGA of America. Sadly, the only promo I saw for it was a PGA PGA press release, wh… more »

The Search for the Perfect Golf Club earns ING Book of the Year Award

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The TravelGolf.com blessing continues. Tom Wishon’s book The Search for the Perfect Golf Club, which I included in my summer reading list for golfers recently won the prestigious Book of the Year Award from the International Network of Golf (ING). Here… more »

Putting and initial forward roll: theory and practice

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If you think about your putter for a minute, you might discover one of the many paradoxes of golf: Your putter is lofted, but everyone says that initial forward roll is key for keep putts on line. So...why are putters lofted? Most have a 3- to 6-degre… more »

LogicalOne Putter: "An excellent putter, a wonderful story and a great cause"

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So maybe I'm not cynical enough, especially not for a golf and travel journalist. Maybe, upon hearing a story about a father and his critically ill son designing a putter together, I should suspect exploitation, opportunism, and greed. But gosh darn i… more »

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