What America gave golf: we might have burned the edges, but the good outweighs the bad

IT’S EASY ENOUGH TO blame America for the six-hour round, the painstaking plumb-bob, the blimp-size driver, the island green and “Get in the hole!”–son of “You da man!”–but ask yourself this: What would the game be like without the gimme, the mulligan, the shapely cart girl and a chili dog at the turn?

OK, maybe I’m only speaking for myself, but it’s away to get into the discussion.

There are, of course, hard-line purists out there who eat grated persimmon for breakfast and would take us back to the square-dimple ball, the Wright-Ditson blade putter, the stymie, no sprinkler systems, play it down everywhere (even during terrorist attacks) and require blazers and ties in the clubhouse at all times–may the devil run away with their brassies.


Best Buyers Guide to golfing GPS systems

Every day, increasingly more golfers make a decision among the various golfing GPS techniques in the marketplace. The purpose of this article would be to provide you with a guide to finding the right device that will match your own needs, sport and goals. Besides best golf gps review is very much crucial for the active golfers. Some important guidelines are as follows;

Prior to purchasing one of the numerous GPS navigation systems at the shop, you need to think about how easy it really is to set up these devices actually. While some models are usable immediately out from the box after they are ordered fully, other models shall require synchronization with your computer.


In golf we trust: it was banned by King James II but given royal patronage by King James IV

Golf has been a religion in Scotland since King James II banned it in 1457. The reason? His subjects preferred it to archery practice, which made it a threat to national security.

Half a century later, it received royal patronage from James IV, who paid 14 shillings to a Perth merchant for a set of clubs, only to lose three times that amount in a match with the Earl of Bothwell.


The club that changed golf forever: how golf became a different game

JIM SIMONS STOOD ON THE 18TH TEE AT PEBBLE BEACH ONE SUNDAY afternoon in 1982, and although he couldn’t have known it at the time, he faced a choice between the past and the future. Leading the Crosby by two, more than four years removed from his last victory and desperate to find the fairway, he ignored tradition and reached for the club that would redirect the course of golfhistory. It was a metal wood, still largely a curiosity in golf. “No fire is going to catch in his bag,” CBS television analyst Ken Venturi said on the air.


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Where goeth the waggle?

The waggle is an overlooked, if not entirely forgotten, part of the swing. Few teachers explain to a beginner its purpose or how to develop a waggle that sets the stage for a smooth, powerful swing. The series of small movements you make with the club at address isn’t just for show.

The purpose of the waggle is to establish rhythm and ease the tension in your hands and wrists. The ideal waggle is highly personalized–it doesn’t matter if you move the club from side to side or up and down. However, the waggle should be slow, in order to impart a nice, rhythmic cadence. You should be able to feel the weight of the clubhead at the end of the shaft, so you and the club can act as one when beginning the takeaway.


SunRidge Canyon, Grayhawk Golf Club: Classic golf in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE ARIZ – With its top-notch public courses and warm winter weather, Scottsdale has long been a haven for golfers looking for some classic desert golf.

Now they have even more choices with the opening of some new desert courses along with a brand-new Four Seasons Hotel in this upscale Phoenix suburb.

SunRidge Canyon was designed by Keith Foster, who has done several courses in Texas, and is one of the newer courses in the area known by locals as the Valley of the Sun. As the name would suggest, the par 71 course sits in a canyon, but Foster did a brilliant job of incorporating the desert landscape in this public golf layout.


Break 90 every time : The middle-handicapper’s complete guide to scoring (p3)


Every good professional golfer, from an aggressive swinger like Sergio Garcia to a controlled technician like Annika Sorenstam, reduces the loft on his or her middle and short irons just before impact. That’s called “covering the ball.” If you took the club out of my hands at impact, you’d see that my right palm faces the target and is angled slightly toward the ground. I’m swinging down and through the ball. The shaft of the club is staying vertical long after the clubhead passes my left toe, and my right hand won’t turn over until it gets to my left pocket.


Break 90 every time : The middle-handicapper’s complete guide to scoring (p2)

On the course: Tee shots

The most important way to break 90 consistently is to make good decisions on the course. The average 90-shooter loses more strokes due to poor club and shot selection than to a bad swing or missed shot. I’m convinced of that. I could caddie for the average 25-handicapper and take 10 shots off his or her score instantly–not by overhauling the swing, but by helping with on-course decision-making.


Break 90 every time : The middle-handicapper’s complete guide to scoring (p1)

I spent my career on the PGA Tour doing whatever I could to put myself in the best position to make the best score. For a brief period in the 1970s, I could do that better than anyone in the game. During my career as a broadcaster for NBC, I’ve studied the course-management skills of the greatest players on the PGA, Senior and LPGA tours. And since I play in more corporate outings and pro-ams these days, I have witnessed the mood swings and struggles the average player can experience in the course of a round. My advice will not only help you hit better shots, it will help put you in the best position on each hole. And when you find yourself in some of those not-so-great positions, it will help you get out with more confidence and less damage to your score.


Saving lives on the golf course : Join the battle against golf’s deadliest enemy sudden cardiac arrest

Garland Dempsey was as good as dead. Caddieing for John Maginnes during the third round of the Motorola Western Open in July, Dempsey had just walked off the 15th tee of Cog Hill Golf and Country Club when his heart stopped, suddenly and without warning.

Without a pulsing heart to pump blood and oxygen, Dempsey was seconds from becoming another data point in a chilling statistic: Each year in the U.S., 250,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest. Every 29 seconds, someone in America suffers a coronary event, and every minute, someone dies from one. Indeed, heart disease is the nation’s leading killer.