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GOLF TIPS: Equipment, Travel, Discounts and Deals

I have been a life long member of the PGA Partners Club. They have exciting news about the future of the Club! They are moving in a new direction after 12 great years as partners with the PGA TOUR. Effective January 1, 2010, the Club ceased its affiliation with the TOUR and began a new partnership with GOLF Magazine.

As a result, they are called Golf Partners Club. Going forward, all paid Club members will receive GOLF Magazine every month instead of PGA TOUR Partners every other month. Please visit their new site: Golf Partners Club

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September 30, 2010

Worst Ryder Cup Meltdowns

In the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill, Curtis Strange was two up on Nick Faldo and sitting in the 16th fairway. Faldo drove into the trees, and it looked like Europe was toast. Strange sliced his six-iron, lost the hole and missed two short par putts on the final two greens. Faldo won. A half by Strange would have secured the Cup for the Americans.

In 1991, Mark Calcavecchia (pictured) was dormie, four-up with four to play, against Colin Montgomerie at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. Win any of the final four holes and he'd win the Cup for the U.S. He promptly lost all four holes and halved the match.

Luckily, Calc was saved from permanent choker status when Europe's Bernhard Langer jacked a 6-foot par putt on the final hole of the Cup, halving with Hale Irwin, which resulted in the U.S. winning the Cup.


September 28, 2010

Get a Grip on Your Slice--for Good

When preparing to hit a golf shot, you think about keeping your head down, bending your knees, not swinging too hard, whatever. But you probably overlook the most basic thing: the proper grip.

We certainly did and the results were Slice City or Block Party. Well, after a few rounds of using the we were amazed. The slice was gone. Shots were consistently accurate--all because of this 1-inch ring.

Snap the Thumb Caddy onto the shaft and slide it up to the grip. Right-handers rotate it left on the grip to fix a hook and right to correct a slice. Place your top-hand thumb in the Thumb Caddy, set your grip and swing.

Use it in practice to straighten crooked shots or to learn to hit a fade or draw. Eventually, you can remove the Thumb Caddy because it has taught you the proper grip.


September 20, 2010

A Strong-and-Silent Rain Jacket

Is your golf rain jacket LOUD and hot to wear? So much so that you're sopped when you take it off? What's the point?

Here's a better alternative: the Sunice Tornado Bowen Jacket, which Golf Partners Club members tested and gave a 100 percent approval rating. It's made from a new ultra-lightweight stretch fabric called FlexVent, which is highly breathable.

Other jacket features:

  • Lycra action cuffs that move with you while you swing
  • Lockdown zipper pulls and waterproof zippers
  • Pro-Wipe club cleaner
  • In-pocket ball cleaner

Tester comments:

"The fit, finish and comfort of this jacket are perfect. It's absolutely silent when in motion and extremely soft to the touch. The 4-year waterproof warranty is an added incentive."

"The knit cuffs and draw strings on the jacket's body make it comfortable. I stayed warm with my polo and this jacket in multiple 40-50 degree rounds."


September 15, 2010

Kiawah--For Players Seeking Connection and Perfection

Every round of golf on a legendary course is a once in a lifetime event. It's meant to be savored ... respected. There's no better way to connect with the course, the caddie, the game and the experience than to walk. Kiawah Island Golf Resort agrees.

Kiawah's gem, the Ocean Course, featuring more seaside holes than any other north of the equator, is walking-only for morning play. Imagine your footsteps laying the trail where the pros will play the 2012 PGA Championship.

Then step lively on Kiawah's other four beauties:

Kiawah proves that all the connection walking affords can be affordable. Villa Golf Packages start at $246 per person, per night (double occupancy) through October 30, 2010. For details see Kiawah Island Golf Packages.


September 14, 2010

California Dreamin'

"It's one of the special places on the golfing earth." That's how Half Moon Bay Golf Links has been described. We couldn't agree more. It's everything you’d dream a California golf destination to be – rugged cliffs, crashing waves, saltwater breezes and magical Pacific sunsets. The stunning beauty of this place can’t be overstated.

But looks ain't everything; what about the golf? The resort has two great courses. Each features holes along the coast, but the similarities end there, providing amazing variety to your playing experiences.

The links-style Ocean Course is open, dry, fast and firm, just the way we want a links-style course to play. The Old Course, originally designed by Arnold Palmer, is a traditional parkland-style course with lush, green, tree-lined fairways that weave through an adjacent community.

At the end of each day guests gather next to one of the multiple fire pits on the Ritz-Carlton patio and toast the sunset to the sounds of a lone bagpiper. That's a California golf trip you'll be dreamin' of until you can return.




September 13, 2010

Best Training Aid Ever? Maybe

Actually, we think it's the best, this odd-looking Tour Striker. Evaluating training aids gets personal--everybody's working on their own thing--and we (like most golfers) yearn to hit slightly down on the ball, not pick it. This training club is perfect for that.

The Tour Striker helps you with impact position; ideally, there's a downward strike with the shaft leaning forward. The Tour Striker models have very little clubface below the "sweet spot" of a traditional club. Because of this look, you intuitively teach yourself how to deliver the sweet spot to the ball. You're forced to apply forward shaft lean that naturally increases lag, adds clubhead speed and improves impact position.

Here's how much we like the Tour Striker: We take it to the range and on the course. When waiting to hit, we'll swing with it to remind us to hit down, not pick.




September 09, 2010

Great Golf Trip: 7 Essentials

Besides great golf (a given), here's our checklist:

  1. Sports bars. For your strength. Chicken wings, half-pound burgers, fully loaded nachos and big screen televisions are a must.
  2. Cigar bars (picking up the theme?). Is there anything better than spinning golf tales and puffing on a Macanudo, Arturo Fuente or Cohiba? Shop Cigar Samplers at Tinderbox.com
  3. Casinos. The chance to finance your trip playing blackjack is too enticing.
  4. Cheap breakfasts. A Denny's or IHOP can help your game--and your bottom line.
  5. Spas. New spas have specific treatments for golfers with tired muscles.
  6. Gun club. Ahh, the sound of firearms in the morning ... relieves all frustrations.
  7. Nightclub entertainment. Big name entertainment is easy to find in Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach and Atlantic City. Actually, good no-name-yes-talent entertainment surfaces most places.
P.S. Remember Tylenol, Motrin or Aleve for those pesky headaches at early morning tee times.




September 08, 2010

It's a Golf Bag--Lighten Up!

We've gone that route of being beasts of burden when hoofing with a golf bag full of clubs, clothes, tees, balls and you name it that we never used. It was a heavy load that made for a draining day. But that has changed with Club Glove's new HotStepper II.

First, this streamlined stand bag is only 3.5 pounds. Right there alone you're lightening up. Five pockets are plenty, including one that has a removable panel for easy personalization with a club or corporate logo. The five full-length club dividers work well in helping you organize and access your clubs. There are also three convenient tee holders, a rain hood and a water-bottle holder.

One more thing: We've become creatures of comfort on the course and now have the hots for the HotStepper II's lumbar pad; it prevents the bag from banging into the lower back.


September 07, 2010

Tee Gives 10 More Yards? Hmmmm

THe Tips 60 second spot from Michael Wargo on Vimeo.

Let's be honest: We're suckers for most anything that promises us longer and more accurate tee shots. So it was interesting to learn of the TIPS Super-Tees and to test them on fellow Golf Partners Club members.

Results: pretty good--a 70 percent approval rating. Available in three sizes, the TIPS Super-Tees are made of flexible PVC molded so that eight tips hold the golf ball. This construction reduces friction at the moment of impact, which results in longer and more accurate tee shots. (The manufacturer says robotized swing tests have proved these claims.)

Tester comments:

- "Design and durability is outstanding! I've played 20 rounds with no sign of wear."- "These tees surprised me because I consistently had a 10-yard increase in my driver distance."- "The TIPS Super-Tees establish a fixed, repeatable tee height every time, and they practically eliminate any resistance at impact."




September 02, 2010

Guiltless Golf

Is there anything worse than playing golf at a resort while your bored spouse and children are back at the room flipping channels? Here's the perfect antidote: Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho.

While you're out chasing birdies, your family can play in three heated outdoor swimming pools or enjoy horseback riding, chairlift and gondola rides, whitewater rafting, an on-site bowling alley, fly fishing, paddle boating, volleyball and a gun club with professional instruction. There's also boutique shopping at 12 on-site shops and, through early September, a weekly ice-show extravaganza featuring Olympic skaters like Sasha Cohen and Brian Boitano and a new, on-site $30 million, 1,500-seat outdoor pavilion.

The golf? The season runs until October 1, and you'll play the lush Trail Creek Course and the new nine-hole White Clouds Course, a mountain beauty with stunning views. There's also a fun-to-play-for-the-entire-family 52,000 square foot, 18-hole Sawtooths Putting Course (modeled after the one at St. Andrews).






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