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Begging the Question(s)

Sep. 4, 2009     By     Comments (4)

Thrash TalkOne
If the FedExCup is starting to work the way it's supposed to and that "way" looks a lot like the traditional season money leaders list, what's the point?

Manufactured drama? More money for the Tour's elite? More FedEx commercials (which, I admit, are generally funny)?

Not, however, as funny as this.

What’s Next for Wiesy?

Aug. 27, 2009     By     Comments (5)

Thrash TalkAlthough I, like many, am neither a Wie-maniac nor a committed Wie-watcher, I was pleased with Michelle's performance at the Solheim Cup this past weekend. The Michelle Wie Story will always be one of failure to meet the ludicrous expectations which surrounded her. It is, of course, a wholly fruitless endeavor to speculate as to the exact genesis of said expectations, but the recipe is surely some part B.J. Wie, some part mass sports media hysteria of the Tiger Woods variety.

What do we make of Michelle's 3-0-1 record at this year's event?

Thoughts on the 2009 PGA Championship, Briefly

Aug. 20, 2009     By     Comments (10)

Thrash TalkAs Tiger Woods limped home Sunday (figuratively, this year) looking thoroughly befuddled and not at all the "Sunday Tiger," we've come to expect, a few disjointed thoughts were swimming about my own befuddled consciousness.

In no particular order of significance, I mulled over the following, which I don't present as any insightful recapitulation of the final round of this year's PGA Championship, or nuanced breakdown of Tiger's failure to secure victory after leading in the final round of a major (for only the second time in his career). Rather, I pen (alright, type) the following as a presentation of a few talking points loosely associated with my impressions of a few days ago.

2009 PGA Championship Final Round Live Blog

Aug. 16, 2009     By     Comments (21)

2009 PGA ChampionshipWe're live blogging the final round of the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Tiger Woods is poised to win a record-typing fifth PGA Championship (and his third consecutive) and his fifteenth major - each of which he's previously won with the third-round lead as he has this year.

Will major winners Padraig Harrington (two back at -6) or Lucas Glover (four back at -4) win the title, or will Y.E. Yang or Henrik Stenson capture their first? Could someone from -3 or further possibly go low enough to win, or is this a five-horse race? Let's put it this way: if Tiger shoots 70, Paddy and Y.E. have to shoot 67 to win, and G. Lover and Stenson have shoot 65. 67 is the lowest round of the week - and it's only been shot by two people. They're both playing in the final group.

Pos   Player                Tot     R1    R2    R3
---   ------------------    ---     --    --    --
1     Tiger Woods           -8      67    70    71
T2    Padraig Harrington    -6      68    73    69
T2    Y.E. Yang             -6      73    70    67
T4    Lucas Glover          -4      71    70    71
T4    Henrik Stenson        -4      73    71    68
T6    Ernie Els             -3      75    68    70
T6    Soren Kjeldsen        -3      70    73    70
T8    Ross Fisher           -2      73    68    73
T8    Brendan Jones         -2      71    70    73
T8    Martin Kaymer         -2      73    70    71
T8    John Rollins          -2      73    73    68
T8    Alvaro Quiros         -2      69    76    69

2009 PGA Championship Predictions

Aug. 12, 2009     By     Comments (6)

Thrash TalkFor this year's edition of The Sand Trap's PGA picks, we are both predicting and responding to the pressing questions you've been mulling over as of late, including, but not limited to, "Was Rich Beem's dance at the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine the worst victory celebration ever?"

More pertinent inquiries and speculation inside.

More of the 710 Series Irons from Titleist

Aug. 7, 2009     By     Comments (31)

A few days ago we gave you a sneak peek at Titleist's upcoming 710 Series of irons: the CB, MB, AP1, and AP2.

Today, we present our own images, from the range at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, OH, as well as some video. Enjoy.

Golf in the Olympics

Aug. 7, 2009     By     Comments (5)

Trap Five LogoA lot has happened in the game of golf since it last played the role of an official Olympic sport. The last gold medal was won by a Canadian golfer named George Lyon. He won the medal at the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St. Louis, MO.

The fight has been rekindled to once again bring golf into competition for a medal. The official decision will come in October 2009. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet on this date and vote on adding no more than two (maybe none) of seven elected sports. The seven sports that are competing for a spot are golf, baseball, softball, karate, roller sports, rugby, and squash. That's right, I said squash!

In this week's Trap Five, we're counting down five of the larger issues in the "Golf in the Olympics"

The five items listed below seem to draw the most attention in Olympic golf discussions.

PING Rolls Out Complete New G15 and i15 Lines

Aug. 4, 2009     By     Comments (44)

Bag DropJust in time for their 50th aniversary, PING is introducing two completely new lines of clubs: the G15 and i15. The largest product launch in PING history includes something for every level of player, from the beginner to the advanced player. In today's Bag Drop, we're taking a look at the Solheim family's latest innovations.

PING is introducing not one but two completely new lines of clubs, with new drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, and irons in each. PING is also introducing a new putter line and adding a few models to existing lines, but given the massive introduction of eight new products, this Bag Drop won't get around to talking about the new flatsticks.

Sneak Peek at Titleist’s Fall 2009 Irons: 710 AP1, AP2, CB, and MB

Jul. 30, 2009     By     Comments (34)

Titleist AP2 710 HeroTitleist emailed us some images from the Buick Open, where they've rolled out their fall 2009 iron lineup to their tour staff. The 2009 lineup is essentially a tweaked 2008 lineup, with four models: AP1, AP2, CB, and MB. Those will be the model names. They've come to be known by their series name - the "710" series - but word is the official names are AP1, AP2, CB, and MB.

Titleist plans to begin selling the irons later this fall, though again this marks the first week that they're rolling them out to their entire PGA Tour staff.

Titleist says that the new AP1 irons offer better feel, more forgiveness, and an improved shape with a thinner topline throughout the set and a shorter blade length in the short irons. The new feel is hotter and more lively.

AP2 improvements are similar, and Titleist feels they've taken a great iron and made it better. Similar to AP1, they've improved the feel, shot control, and ground contact - particularly in the short irons by reducing bounce by one degree. The great performance, shot workability, playability, and looks have been retained, while the feel has been improved by making the new feel a bit more solid.

A big part of that feel in both sets is likely due to the thermoplastic urethane (TPU) "arms" that stick up a bit in the 710 series of the AP irons (both models).

The new CB and MB irons are traditional 1025 carbon steel forgings, available in full cavity back (CB) and muscle back (MB) models. Word on the street is that mixed sets of the CB and MB will be readily available.

Complete details, including specifications, the typical tech callouts, features and benefits, and all that jazz should be available at Titleist.com early this fall. If you'd rather not wait that long, some additional shots are available on two posts at Titleistblog.com: here and here.

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