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ABC Out in 2007

Jan. 3, 2006     By     Comments (4)

ABC LogoGolf Digest and USA Today (via the AP) are reporting that television network ABC has walked out of negotiations with the PGA Tour for carrying tournament coverage beginning in 2007. This leaves only CBS and NBC at the table with Tour Commish Tim Finchem.

The current PGA Tour contract runs through the 2006 season. In 2007, the PGA Tour will feature a revamped schedule, a playoff system, the "FedEx Cup," and a "Fall Finish". Apparently, the ol' Finchy is still asking for too much money, and ABC simply decided they'd heard enough. Despite having found success with Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo in the announcing booth, both players may need to hone their game for the Champions Tour come 2007 if they'd like at least a semi-regular paycheck.

Titleist Forged 735.CM Irons Review

Dec. 16, 2005     By     Comments (29)

TitleistRarely are a set of irons so lusted after as Titleist's Forged 735.CM irons. The 735s - Titleist's first foray into "combo" or cavity-to-muscle "progressive" irons - were a rumor in March, reality in August, and had already earned a place in my bag by the time the Newport Cup rolled around in October.

Titleist 735.CM Spread OutIf you don't read past the first two paragraphs, take one thing away from this review: these clubs were worth the wait. It takes a lot to knock a set of irons out of my bag, but these irons effectively replaced the irons I was playing (Titleist's Forged 680) by the turn the first time I played with them. The 680s are a forged, muscleback club with a great amount of feel and feedback, which I had always deemed important to improving my golf game. I never thought a cavity-back club could replicate the feel of a finely crafted muscleback. Until I tried the 735s. They felt so good, I came up with a phrase that I'd rather not repeat here… (but you could find it in the forum quite easily).

They're that good.

The Negatives of Golf

Dec. 13, 2005     By     Comments (16)

Thrash TalkThe Target World Challenge has come and gone, and the 2006 PGA Tour season doesn't start for a few more weeks. That being said, I'm taking a break from the usual PGA Tour discussion this week. Instead, I'm going to talk about some of the things that bother me when I go out and play. I've selected eight things that really get under my skin when I go play by myself or with friends.

Matt Killen, Swing Coach For Kenny Perry

Dec. 4, 2005     By     Comments (5)

Throwing Darts TitleToday's interview is with Matt Killen, Swing Coach for PGA Tour standout Kenny Perry. Matt has known Kenny nearly his entire life and grew up playing golf with Kenny and his son, Justin. He and Justin are best friends and were roommates in college at Western Kentucky University.

Kenny introduced Killen to Ron Gring when he was a freshman in high school. Ron helped him with his game but eventually helped him branch over in to teaching. Over time he became extremely interested in how the golf swing worked and began teaching as a sophomore in high school. He took him under his wing, and studied with him and tried to learn as much as possible about the mechanics of the golf swing.

Read on to find out more about Matt.

Big Mouth Mark Hensby Criticizes Greg Norman

Nov. 23, 2005     By     Comments (11)

Mark HensbyMark Hensby isn't one to keep his mouth shut. First he ran his mouth about Michelle Wie, saying "I don't think a 15-year-old girl who's done nothing at all should get a sponsor's invitation to a PGA Tour event." A lot of articles start the same way this one does, "Australian golfer Mark Hensby has slammed (fill in the blank)."

This week, the tiny Australian's target is none other than the gigantic Greg Norman. Norman's fault, which Hensby can't resist pointing out? The Great White Shark, recently voted Australia's golfer of the century, apparently doesn't do enough to support Australian golf.

LPGA Beats PGA Tour to Playoff Punch

Nov. 17, 2005     By     Comments (1)

Carolyn BivensAccording to an AP article, the LPGA will beat the PGA Tour to the punch in offering a season-ending "playoff" system. New LPGA Commish Carolyn Bivens today announced the 2006 LPGA schedule. That schedule included details on a playoff system that will be the first of its kind in golf.

Instead of the top 30 players on the money list qualifying for the season-ending ADT Championship, the field will be comprised of 30 players who have racked up points throughout the year along with two wild cards for a total of 32. The field will be cut to 16 players after 36 holes and to only eight players after 54 holes. The eight remaining players will start the field at even par, leading to a $1M payout for the winner of the 18-hole shootout.

Sneak Peek at TaylorMade’s 2006 New Products

Nov. 9, 2005     By     Comments (10)

TaylorMadeJust two days ago, the Bag Drop brought you the skinny on Callaway Golf's new 2006 lineup. Now our operatives have come through with information on one of golf's other equipment heavyweights: TaylorMade.

Given TaylorMade's ongoing success with the r7 Quad driver, it is no surprise that the company's four major upcoming new products all bear the r7 badge. Read on to learn more about two new r7 drivers and two sets of r7 irons.

Scotty Cameron Putter Restoration and Custom Shop

Nov. 8, 2005     By     Comments (47)

Scotty CameronScotty Cameron is an artist. Modern artist to some, renaissance artist to others, and an artist of his own breed to a thoughtful few. Though he doesn't work with oils, he does offer his pieces of art in an oil (can) finish, and while you may not find him among the lilies at Giverny, you will find him among the mills at his California studio.

Scotty Cameron makes putters. Far from ordinary putters, many believe them to be the best in the land. What began as a hobby has turned into a world-class business and a long-standing association with Titleist. Scotty's works of art routinely top the professional golf tours in putter counts and can be found in the bags of players like Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Brad Faxon, Davis Love III, and more. These pros and more trust Scotty with their "gamer," the putter they know will make the crucial 10-footer to win a major.

Live Blogging Tim Finchem’s Speech

Nov. 2, 2005     By     Comments (9)

PGA TourPGA is carrying a RealAudio stream of Tim Finchem's announcement (see previous coverage here), so we're going to do something a little different: live blog it.

10:05 - Someone can't figure out how to use the microphone, as it's on. We are treated to interesting talk about how we're going to leave the A/C off until Tim is done with his talk.

10:08 - Casually late, Tim eases into his speech.

10:10 - Tim says "we're not gonna talk about the details of our schedule today." Someone in the back groans.

10:15 - Tim, despite saying we're not going to talk about it, talks about it. Details include:

  • "If you consider that we don't have a strong finish like in other sports, or a playoff system, we wanted to create one."
  • "And you want to create a dramatic finish with a year-long points competition."
  • "… on better courses and with better fields…"
  • "… and a real season…"
  • "January-through-September, based on points structure to be determined."
  • "FedEx will be the sponsor of the 'FedEx Cup'."
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