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August, 2006

Nike SasQuatch Tour Driver Review

Aug. 5, 2006     By     Comments (31)

Nike Sasquatch Tour Driver HeroWhen we first scheduled our Nike SasQuatch (SQ) review back in May for August 4, we did not know Tiger Woods would have won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool less than two weeks prior after pulling his SQ only once in competitive play.

Only a few years after being dissed by Phil Mickelson as "inferior equipment," Nike has built some incredibly well performing golf balls and clubs as well as a large stable of PGA Tour pros to use them.

During the SasQuatch's development, many believed "SasQuatch was merely a code name and that "SQ" or some other product name would be used upon release. Of course, the average person knows only that Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods play the SasQuatch, and "Woods" and "Wie" carry a lot more weight than any individual product.

I'm no Tiger Woods (or Michelle Wie), but I've given the SQ a thorough test. Read on to see what I thought of the driver that wasn't used to win the 2006 Open Championship.

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Bunker’s Dozen: August 2006

Aug. 5, 2006     By     Comments (1)

Thrash TalkIt's hard to believe it's already August. Professional golfers from around the world will be finishing their respective seasons soon. The month of July was a good one for golf fans. Tiger Woods won his 11th major championship, then Corey Pavin won on the PGA Tour. How is that for diversity?

Michelle Wie continued her great play in LPGA Tour events. Wie is limited in the number of events she can play, but she has certainly made the most of her opportunities. Was Wie's solid July enough to give her the highest female ranking in the Bunker's Dozen? You will have to keep reading to find out. I hope you enjoy this month's list!

If you have anything to add, feel free to comment below or discuss it in the forum.

Celebrity Deathmatch – Tiger vs. Phil

Aug. 4, 2006     By     Comments (2)

ProFilesThe ballyhoo prior to this year's U.S. Open reached a fevered pitch. Analysts the world over predicted that Mickelson was going to grab another major and run. He had played so well at the start of the year. His double driver strategy was sheer genius and he trounced the field by 13 shots at the BellSouth classic. That was all before the old Phil showed up on the final hole of the Open.

But let's give Phil a little more credit. Gone are the "best player to have never won a major" days. He's proven he can do it and one little bitty mess on the final hole of the U.S. Open won't change that. Phil will win again.

Tiger had fallen out of favor with the media because his putter wouldn't behave at the Masters. His father's passing and subsequent missed cut at the U.S. Open brought further media doubt. The King of the Golf World had fallen off his throne and the heir-apparent was ready to snatch the crown.

These are the real-life battles fought by world's top two golfers. Let's leave the golf course for a moment and head to the 19th hole for a little behind the scenes banter. Lets get ready to rumble: Tiger and Phil square off celebrity death match style…

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Nike Slingshot Hybrid Review

Aug. 4, 2006     By     Comments (12)

Nike Slingshot Hybrid HeroYou can all thank your lucky stars that you were born in the age of super-forgiving drivers, game-improvement irons, high-MOI putters, and easy-to-hit hybrids. If hitting a 2-iron off the fairway sounds less pleasurable than a visit to the dentist, take heart. There is an answer for you and it may just come in the form of the space-age Nike Slingshot Hybrid.

A fantastic long-, mid-iron or 5-wood replacement, the Slingshot Hybrid provides loads of technology, forgiveness, and accuracy.

I have officially become a hybrid groupie. There are enough options in today's hybrid market to satisfy the most discriminating golfers with almost every conceivable look, feel, weight configuration, and loft available. How does Nike's Slingshot Hybrid stack up to other manufacturer's hybrids? Read on to find out…

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A Wie Little Tweak to the Rolex Women’s World Rankings

Aug. 3, 2006     By     Comments (0)

Michelle WieThe Rolex Women's World Rankings (or "The Rolex Rankings") were unveiled in February to the amusement of many - Michelle Wie was ranked third (and quickly moved up to second) ahead of four-time winner Paula Creamer, consistent performer Natalie Gulbis, multiple winner Lorena Ochoa, and others.

Since then, Michelle has finished in the top five in every LPGA event she's played in 2006, including all three women's majors played so far. Many feel this validates her spot below Annika Sorenstam in the rankings.

But that all changed yesterday when the Rolex Rankings announced a tweak to the system that will likely drop the 16-year-old phenom from second to seventh. The new rankings will be unveiled after this week's Women's British Open.

Top Ten Courses I’d Love to Play

Aug. 3, 2006     By     Comments (8)

The Numbers GameOf course there are more than ten, but I thought about this the other day and it got me going. One can only hope to play just a few of the great golf courses in their life. I have a few that are realistic and a few that are not but this is a list of those I'd like to play, not a list of those that I can play.

This week in The Numbers Game, it's a top ten list of courses I want to play. (By the way, any help in playing these courses is appreciated… <grin>).

2006 Weetabix Women’s British Open Preview

Aug. 2, 2006     By     Comments (2)

Weetabix LogoOnly on the LPGA Tour could a major championship be sponsored by a cereal company. Weetabix, the English food company, hosts the final major championship of the year, the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Here's hoping the final major of the year has as much snap, crackle, and pop as last month's U.S. Women's Open.

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Golf Talk ‘Moving’ Episode

Aug. 2, 2006     By     Comments (0)

PodcastAs we announced last week, the Golf Talk Podcast will move next Monday (August 7) to recording on Mondays with publication on Wednesdays. As part of the "move" - and to help pass the "short week" from our prior release date (Saturdays) to this Wednesday, we've come up with a special "moving" edition of the podcast.

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2006 Buick Open Preview

Aug. 2, 2006     By     Comments (3)

Buick Open LogoFor most players in this week's field, the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Country Club will stand as last tune-up before the final major of the season, the PGA Championship. Winning the tournament, however, won't come easy this week, as Tiger Woods returns for his first tournament since his British Open victory at Royal Liverpool.

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