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September 29, 2011

Deadly Deceleration--Don't Do It!

Oh, that dinky little pitch can make you pay!

You've been there, done this, right? You boom a big drive on a par 5 and go for the green in two. You don't make it, but you've got a short little pitch that should set you up nicely for a birdie putt or certainly a par putt.

But then the demons of deceleration (see video) swoop in. You decelerate the wedge at impact--because, heck, the ball only has to travel a short distance--and either skull or chunk the ball. It kills your confidence and your chance for a great hole, and it may be the turning point in a round that ends up a disaster.

In this video, the colorful instructor Dr. Gary Wiren offers tips on avoiding that deadly deceleration. As Wiren says, the key is to hit through the ball, not to it.

September 28, 2011

Most Original, Fun Golf Shirt Ever

Because we aren't the most consistent of golfers (ahem), there haven't been many guarantees in our game--until now. Let's put it this way: We've worn this golf shirt many times, and it's absolutely guaranteed to start a fun (even funky) conversation that could lead anywhere.

You see, coupon code: GPCFallFun.

September 27, 2011

How to Get INTO a Bunker

Frankly, up until now about all the bunker etiquette we knew was to not throw our club or swear when we hit into the bunker--and/or failed to hit out. So we went to school with this short tutorial video covering the dos and don'ts of bunkers.

Specifically, David Ahlstrand, course superintendent at Mile Square Golf in Fountain Valley, Calif., shows the right way to get in and out of the bunker, and how to rake it properly once you've played your shot.

You may be surprised, as we were, when you find out that typically there's a high end of a bunker and a low end -- and that there's a good reason why the rakes should be placed at the low end.

September 22, 2011

Giveaway: Balls You Can't Slice

We're pretty sure that there has never been more buzz about a new golf ball--especially an illegal ball--than the one we're giving away today. ABC News was all over it when the ball came out, as was Fox News. And The New York Times wanted to see how this self-correcting ball would fly among golfers whose drives absolutely needed correcting.

We tried Polara's Ultimate Straight and Ultimate Straight XS (with added green-stopping control), and their dimple design straightened our slices and hooks. Our trajectory was flatter than normal, but distance with irons increased. The biggest challenge: remembering to aim the side-stamp arrow (see video) at the target.

In our Polara No-Slice Sweepstakes, we're giving away a box of Ultimate Straight XS balls to 10 winners--just to help with first-tee jitters or to pull the winners out of a slice-induced funk.

September 20, 2011

Putter Question? Here's an Anser

It's been 45 years since Karsten Solheim unveiled his first Ping Anser putter, and yet Ping Golf still makes some of the best putters. The latest proof is the Anser Milled Series, which features seven new models to fit varied stroke types and style preferences. The series is part of Ping's new "Fit for Stroke," which custom fits a putter to a player instead of custom fitting the player to a putter.

Each Anser Milled putter, according to Ping, is balanced to fit a stroke type: straight, slight arc or strong arc. Each putter includes a shaft label indicating its matching stroke type and features subtle variations to the top lines, heel-toe length and toe radius.

The slight arc models are Anser Milled and Anser Milled 1, 2 and 3. Strong arcs are Anser Milled 4 and 6, while Anser Milled 5 is straight. Suggested retail price is $325.

September 15, 2011

Golf's Most Hilarious Players

Golf is theater, and many pros command the stage with their wit as well as their play. Columnist John Burke compiled a list of the funniest golfers, including some you’d expect:

Lee Trevino. The Merry Mex's most famous line: "If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."

Fuzzy Zoeller. Asked about draining a shot from the fairway, Fuzzy responded: "It just happened that the hole got in the way. I was trying to make 4 and I made 3."

David Feherty. On Jim Furyk's swing: "He looks like a man trying to kill a snake in a phone booth."

Also on the list are unexpected names like:

Tom Watson. On hearing that Jack Nicklaus had gone on a cabbage-soup diet to avoid weight gain, Watson's straight-faced reply was: "I wouldn't want to be playing behind him."

September 12, 2011

Updated: Wedge That Won 26 Majors

Cleveland Golf's heritage in wedge design is evident in its new 588 Forged wedge series. The 588 might be the most popular wedge in the golf history, having won more than 335 PGA Tour events and 26 major championships.

A soft-feeling wedge, the 588 Forged, which will carry a shelf price of $139.99, is available in chrome and satin finishes. The 588 is made from 1025 carbon steel and is built with Tour Zip Grooves through Laser Milled technology, to maximize spin. Also, exclusive to the 588 Forged wedge is the Tour Concept steel shaft, co-developed and engineered by Cleveland Golf and True Temper. Cleveland Golf says the shaft features a less active tip that promotes a more penetrating ball flight, increased spin and optimal distance control.

Available in a variety of loft and bounce options, the 588 Forged wedge can also be personalized with an array of shaft and grind options.

September 08, 2011

Golf's 15 Biggest Egos

Maybe it's a chicken-egg question: Do athletes need an ego to succeed, or do they develop one as they succeed? It would be hard not to, what with all the fool's gold fawning and adulation that we, the public, are so ready to heap on talent.

Whatever the answer, there are athletes whose ego seems to really swell when sprinkled with some success. And columnist John Burke names them in this article in "Bleacher Report". Writes Burke: "In the broadcast booth, the front office, or out on the course, some people allow their egos to become an enormous part of their personality."

So where to begin? Burke says that there is no order to his list, but it just so happens that he names Tiger Woods first. Burke writes: "I really don't even know where to start with Tiger Woods."

Named second is Johnny Miller, who is followed by Ian Poulter.

September 06, 2011

Nice Drive...From Your Knees?

Golf's longest drivers such as John Daly (see video) and Rory McIlroy (see video) can hit drives up to 350 yards. And the McIlroy video shows that both he and Padraig Harrington like to have some fun with their drivers.

We do as well, so we're wondering how far golfers can hit from their knees. It's an interesting question because, in effect, we're asking: Just how much length do the lower legs add to drives? To find out for yourself, follow the instructions on this video.

Golf instructor Rickard Strongert says that to pull off the shot:

  • Get on your knees
  • Spread your knees for good balance
  • Hold your body upright as much as possible Swing at a steeper angle and imagine hitting in front of the ball

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