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April, 2006

MacGregor Fat Lady Swings Putter Review

Apr. 14, 2006     By     Comments (5)

Macgregor Fat Lady Swings AngleBobby Grace has been at the heart of putter design for many years and his designs have been a hit for all that time. The original design of The Fat Lady Swings was in the bag of Nick Price when he went on a tear and won the 1994 PGA Championship with it on August 14. On August 15, Bobby Grace had 25,000 orders and a legacy to uphold.

Grace then took the momentum from The Fat Lady Swings and parlayed it into a deal with Cobra to design putters. Now with MacGregor, he has taken the famous putter and given it a totally new look and feel. The result is a better looking and feeling version of the classic that some touring pros may find in their bag.

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Post-Masters Numbers Crunch

Apr. 13, 2006     By     Comments (0)

The Numbers GameLike a lot of golf fans, I took in quite a bit of golf this weekend. What was shaping up to be a tight finish with a group of golfers, including the Big Five, within a few shots of the lead turned out to be a leisurely walk for Phil up the 18th.

This week in The Numbers Game, I'll break down a few of the stats and numbers from this year's Masters and throw out a few extra numbers for you to chew on.

My Tips To Better Putting

Apr. 12, 2006     By     Comments (5)

puttingFor amateurs, putting makes up between half and one-third of all strokes on a golf course. If you can lower the amount of putts you take by only 10%, that's a three- to four-shot improvement.

Yet visit any golf course, and you'll likely not see many people practicing their putting despite the obvious importance.

I used to neglect putting, but I've since served penance to the golf gods and am starting to get the ball to the hole a lot better than I used to. To me, putting boils down to a few basic ideas: stroke, aim, and confidence. You can make huge steps towards dropping strokes off your scorecard by practicing these three things. Read on to see how I'm doing it.

Two Drivers for Everyone! Uhhh, No.

Apr. 11, 2006     By     Comments (7)

Two Drivers Edwin Watts EmailPhil Mickelson won a few events with two drivers in his bag. Since winning the Masters on Sunday, I've received no less than four or five emails from Edwin Watts, TGW, and other online golf retail stores urging me to buy a second driver.

Do these retail outlets think golfers are that stupid? Are golfers really that stupid?

Time to Make a Move

Apr. 11, 2006     By     Comments (0)

Thrash TalkThe Masters has come and gone, and now it's time to start moving towards the U.S. Open in June. The week at Augusta wasn't as compelling as the past couple have been, but the action was still a lot of fun to watch. Phil Mickelson just keeps on proving he is no fluke in the major championships. Lefty has picked up three of the last nine majors, and he will probably win a handful more before his playing days are done.

TaylorMade TP Ball Launch: On the Range Video

Apr. 10, 2006     By     Comments (0)

TaylorMadeWe've told you about the new TP Balls from TaylorMade. We've shown you the reveal video. We've told you what it's like to be there and we even produced a special-edition podcast. Now it's time for the final piece, the video from the driving range last Monday morning.

The video largely features Dean Snell talking about the development of the TP Red and the TP Black. He begins by talking about the TrackMan system TaylorMade uses to analyze launch and flight data. He talks about the problems they had to overcome in getting pros to switch to the TP balls. You'll also see Sergio's, uhh, "unique" ball stamp. In the end, Sergio hits two drives - one with his old ball and one with the TaylorMade TP Red.

Throughout the video you'll catch a glimpse at some of the private jokes and the lighthearted nature of the whole event. Enjoy.

Srixon: Japanese Powerhouse Slowly Emerging in U.S.

Apr. 10, 2006     By     Comments (6)

Bag DropIf you've played golf for any length of time - like in the past 70 years - and played a ball other than a Titleist or Top-Flite, you may very well have played a ball made by Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Never heard of them? Well, neither had I until this winter when hanging around my clubmaker's shop wishing it were spring, I spotted an unusual-looking iron - a demo forged 6 iron my clubmaker had picked up at the PGA Show.

It was the Srixon I-506 model and it prompted a lot of web surfing and, ultimately, big changes to my bag.

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Volume Fifty-Four

Apr. 10, 2006     By     Comments (1)

Hittin' the LinksThe Masters has concluded, and Phil sits alone at the top of the leader board. I don't know about you, but I really think they need to move the jacket ceremony out of Butler Cabin and onto the 18th green or something else. It just seems so awkward watching the whole scenario play out. I'd also love to know what Tiger was thinking as he slipped that coat on Phil.

In any event, this week's links are a hodge-podge collection of all sorts of things I've found as I watched The Masters in tireless fashion. If you guys have any feedback that you'd like to share, I'm all ears.

Sweet Repeat: Phil Mickelson Captures his Second Masters

Apr. 9, 2006     By     Comments (10)

Well, Phil Mickelson finally knows how to close out in majors. Gone is the swashbuckling Phil of old, swapped out for a new safe-playing nearly bogey-less model. Phil was unwavering down the stretch at the Masters, playing nearly flawless golf on the way to his third career and second consecutive major. Speaking of the second consecutive major, there has been much talk of a Phil Slam with him having to win only two more majors in order to match a feat only Tiger has achieved. However, Lefty claims that hasn't even entered his mind as he plays one shot at a time.

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