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Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Eight

Nov. 23, 2015     By     Comments (0)

McIlroy wins in Dubai, Ko and Kerr in Florida.

Hittin' the LinksThat's basically a wrap on professional golf for 2015. The LPGA and European Tours held their championships this weekend and the PGA Tour's last FedEx Cup points until January were handed out in Georgia. Over the next month, we only have Tiger's event and a few silly season-type events to get our golf-viewing jones on, until it all starts again in Hawaii.

So enjoy some turkey and the holidays of your choice. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Seven

Nov. 17, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Another first-time winner, a fifth-time winner and a Monday finish

Hittin' the LinksDon't look now, but 2015 is drawing to a close, particularly in golf.

The PGA TOUR is already on its 2015-16 season, and there's only one more week of FedEx Cup points available until January. The Champions Tour is already on hiatus. Both the European and the LPGA Tours will conclude next week with their season ending championships. The Race to Dubai will crown a winner at the DP World Tour Championship in the United Arab Emirates. The women will gather a Tiburon in Florida for the CME Group Tour Championship, where a Lydia Ko and Inbee Park showdown is expected.

While we still can, let's hit the links.

TaylorMade M1 Driver Review

Nov. 12, 2015     By     Comments (0)

TaylorMade introduces their new multi-material M1 driver with carbon composite crown and new T-Track adjustable weight system.

taylormade_m1_driverTaylorMade introduces its first multi-material driver, the M1 Driver, with a carbon fiber crown and new T-Track adjustable weight system. The carbon fiber crown allows TaylorMade to shift even more weight lower in the head for a lower center of gravity. The T-track's tungsten weights provide independent positioning to change both spin and flight. Let's take a look at the new driver and how it performs.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Six

Nov. 9, 2015     By     Comments (0)

We now interrupt your football viewing for a WGC event…

Hittin' the LinksDon't look now, but many big names teed it up this week in the WGC event in Shanghai.

We're already a month into the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season, the Champions Tour concluded this month, the European Tour and the LPGA are moving toward their finales. It's true, golf's Silly Season matters now.

Let's hit the links.

Who Really Won and Lost the Presidents Cup

Nov. 5, 2015     By     Comments (3)

The 2015 Presidents Cup was an outstanding event. I review who where the real winners and losers of the event.

Thrash TalkCalling the Presidents Cup a second fiddle in the team match play events might actually be a compliment. The U.S. players versus the rest of the world except Europe was, by all accounts, a complete bore. The Americans have dominated the event since its inception.

So the 2015 playing of the event was vital to the future of the event. Another U.S. blowout and the event was all but finished. What we got was not only an outstandingly competitive event but also excitement from the participants and even a broader discussion about the involvement of two giants who are just now thinking about graceful retirements.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Five

Oct. 27, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Ko back to #1, Rose and rookie win.

Hittin' the LinksRookies are doing very well on the nascent 2015-2016 PGA TOUR season. Meanwhile the LPGA, European Tour, and Champions Tours are approaching their finales for 2015.

Let's hit the links.

Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5 Review

Oct. 19, 2015     By     Comments (1)

Phil may have created the Phrankenwood back in 2013, but this is Callaway's first mini driver to hit the market. Will it help you to win your own majors?

Callaway Bertha Mini Alt HeroI have a love-hate relationship with my driver. Some days we're perfect for each other. Other days I wish I left it at home so I can enjoy a round of golf. It's such a fickle beast that I'll even have problems with it from hole to hole, never quite knowing if it's going to cooperate or not until I hit the ball.

I'd have to be in utter denial to think that the problem lies with my driver and not my swing. Still, I can't change my swing overnight and I certainly can't change it mid-round, so I need a viable option off the tee that's going to keep my ball in play. My backup option is usually my 3W, but it's significantly shallower than my driver which can cause issues sometimes if I start to miss the ball high or low. With this in mind, I started to look into Callaway's Bertha Mini 1.5.

One can point to Phil Mickelson's Phrankenwood and say that club started the mini driver craze, but that's not really the whole story. Club designers have been increasing the head sizes or offering deeper versions of their 3W as a better option off the tee for a while. Designed to be even more forgiving and longer than a 3W, the Bertha Mini 1.5 is Callaway's first official mini driver. Is it the club I've been looking for? Read on to find out more.

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Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Four

Oct. 19, 2015     By     Comments (0)

The PGA TOUR is back! Did you miss it?

Hittin' the LinksReady or not, it's already next year on the PGA TOUR. Just a week after the U.S. won the Presidents Cup (again) in Korea, three of the competitors teed it up in Napa in the season opener.

So we're already talking about FedEx Cup points for next year's race and debating who will make their respective Olympic teams, not to mention the Ryder Cup.

It's going to be (another) long, fun season. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Three

Oct. 12, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Arnie's 80, Els yips, and Furyk's wrist can't go.

Hittin' the LinksEven with the PGA TOUR over for a few weeks, there's still plenty of golf. The European Tour marches on toward Dubai. This week's Dunhill Links Championship featured Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, and the Old Course. That's a hard to beat triple play.

Starting Friday, the Presidents Cup will be contested in South Korea, without Tiger Woods for the first time since 1996. It should be a fun week.

Let's hit the links.

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