Unforeseen benefits of golf technology

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My previous blog about how to deal with the inexorable encroachment of technology on golf’s history, records, and courses elicited some intriguing comments. Perhaps requiring pros to use persimmon clubs has some merit, after all, pro baseball players d… more »

Don't make golf courses longer, make par shorter

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Are you of the opinion that technology is killing the game? Or do you think that the hysteria is, well, hysterical? Stuart Appleby hit a 427-yard drive on the 650-yard 16th at Firestone this past weekend (and a few more over 400 yards, to boot). Is th… more »

Checking 2005 Major Predictions

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Well, the final major of 2005 is in the books. Let's check my predictions made in January:"Major winners: Master's -- Mickelson; US Open -- Singh; British Open -- Woods; PGA -- Singh. That's right, all big names. No darkhorses this year."3 out of… more »

NCAA ban on Native American mascots goes too far

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Yesterday, the NCAA ruled that Native American mascots and nicknames will not be allowed to be used or displayed at post-season tournaments. While I applaud cultural sensitivity and respect for the oppressed, this ruling goes too far. The issue is far mo… more »

Jeong Jang better than Michelle Wie now, will always be better than Wie

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Jeong Jang completed a wire-to-wire rout at the Weetabix Women’s British Open this weekend. Michelle Wie, who tied for third, obviously sucks. I mean come on, Jeong Jang WON, didn’t she? She’s unarguably a far more gifted golfer—now and forev… more »

Greg Norman in British Senior Open – Where does the time go?

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What makes you feel old? Teaching your kid to drive? Rehabbing that new hip replacement? Witnessing Jack retire from tournament golf? My 40th birthday is looming with all the joy of an unlubricated prostate exam, and it has me in a serious “God-I’… more »

Scotland vs. Ireland: Which is the better golf trip?

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I just returned from a golf trip to Ireland. In 2002, I traveled the linksland of Scotland, and was certain nothing could ever top that experience. I was wrong. To be sure, Scotland has the history, with St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Turnberry, etc., et… more »

Michelle Wie at the John Deere Classic

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From an AP story on the John Deere Classic, being played this weekend in Silvis, Ill., comes the following quote from a fan: ``People asked me, `Oh, are you going out to watch that young girl?' I said, `Nah, she'll get torn up by the professionals,'''… more »

Made-for-TV events: Fun? Obscene? Obscene fun?

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So all of you who wondered why I was writing about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes last week were certainly justified. “Why here?” you hollered. Fair enough. I guess I figured if David Feherty could report on his struggle with Demon Rum (or Demon Iri… more »

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes: Who cares?

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I know it ain’t golf, but damn it, I’m sick to bloody death of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Star whore Oprah gushed all over Cruise when he appeared on her show. She was so ecstatic that he was so ecstatic and the audience was just so, well, ecstatic… more »

British Open better than US Open

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Several years ago, my brother-in-law commented how much he was looking forward to the US Open. I replied that I was too, but that I was really stoked about the British Open ("The" Open), and that it was by far my favorite major. He looked at me sce… more »

Get ED drug ads out of golf broadcasts!

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Televised golf has gotten about as bad as it can get. In fact, it’s gotten downright obscene. And I’m not talking about David Toms’ middle finger. Before elaborating, let me say that I am pretty much the furthest thing from a prude… more »

Tour Edge, Tommy Armour, Ben Hogan, Mizuno, Vulcan Golf shine at Demo Day

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While Tim and Jennifer argue about whether new equipment improves one's ball-striking efficiency or one's handicap (Note: These are two different things), as an admitted golf Luddite, I feel I must get the word out to folks about a very under-rated golf… more »

Queer Eye for the golfin'-rollin' guy

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Several months ago, I did a story on disabled golfers, the hurdles they face and the equipment designed to help them enjoy the game. Featured prominently in that article was the SoloRider company, and one of the distributors of SoloRider single-rider… more »

Bad golf books sucking passion from game

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Bob Thomas knows what’s wrong with golf. According to Thomas, author of Ben Hogan’s Secret, it is not money, time, or access, as most commentators suggest. ”It’s a lack of passion,” explains Thomas. Thomas goes on to place the blame fo… more »

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