Arizona's blazing deals, golfing naked and Chuck Evans improves your putting
In this week’s podcast, host Dave Berner talks with WorldGolf.com Senior Writer Mike Bailey about how Arizona is ripe for golfers.
“Arizona is, especially in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, you have two or three seasons and right now is the prime season,” said Bailey, pointing out the Phoenician and Troon North among other quality Arizona golf courses. “Before I went to Arizona I thought that you had to really like desert golf, but there’s a wide variety of courses.”
Greg Rowley talks with Dave about his new book, “Golf Naked: The Bare Essentials Revealed.”
“I think what I reveal is a golf pro’s perspective, what makes the book unique is that I’m a golf pro I’m just a sweater-folding, lesson-giving golf pro, and I wrote a book,” said Rowley. “I think the lesson here is what golf pros want you to know.”
Finally, Chuck Evans of Medicus Golf - one of Golf Magazine’s 100 best golf teachers of 2009 - breaks down players’ putting woes.
“From 10 feet, the best putters in the world only make it 30 percent,” said Evans, who goes on to give listeners some valuable putting exercises to cut strokes off their scorecard.
This podcast is supported by Walter’s Golf in Las Vegas and Golf Vacations UK.
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