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2013 PGA Championship Staff Predictions

Aug. 8, 2013     By     Comments (2)

The 2013 PGA Championship will be hosted at Oak Hill Golf Club in Rochester New York lets see what the staff expects for the event.

Thrash TalkThe 2013 PGA Championship returns to Rochester New York for "Glory's Last Shot" the PGA Championship. This years event is now set up to be one of most exciting PGA Championships in recent history. Tiger coming off a seven stroke victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Championship will make him a huge favorite especially with The SandTrap staff. Phil coming off winning the Open Championship just a few weeks earlier means most of the big names will be on their game. There are a bunch of story lines, lets see what the staff expects for the event.

Volume Three Hundred Fifty Five

Aug. 5, 2013     By     Comments (0)

Tiger laps the field, Bubba likes burritos, and Michelle makes the team.

Hittin' the LinksHello golf fans and welcome to yet another Hittin' the Links. Its time for the final Major Championship of the year. Will Tiger continue his great play from Firestone? Will Phil the thrill make another surprise run? Or will there be another storyline unfolding at Oak Hill? I love to watch Major Championship golf, it will be exciting no matter who is in the lead come Sunday.

In this edition of HtL we begin with a look at Rory's emotions, then check out Tiger being a dad, and investigate what Tiger did to Mark O'Meara. Also, we peruse the captain's picks for the Solheim Cup, find out who really loves burritos, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on.

Dear Phil, Sorry I Wrote You Off Too Soon

Jul. 30, 2013     By     Comments (2)

Earlier I declared the end of the Phil Mickelson era in major championships, so what did he do? Go out and shoot the best round of his life, now it is time for me to apologize.

Thrash TalkIt is never easy to admit when you were wrong. When making predictions, especially about sports, one is bound to be wrong from time to time. A few months ago I declared that Phil Mickelson's career in the majors was over.

Boy was I wrong. If Phil hits better wedges on the 13th and 15th hole at Merion, he may have won two majors and I would have looked really stupid. The 66 Phil fired at Muirfield was not vintage Phil Mickelson. It was what we have come to expect from Tiger. Exacting, skillful, and beyond all, clutch.

Five Tour Roundup: July 2013

Jul. 30, 2013     By     Comments (0)

Recapping the first half of the season on the five major tours.

Trap Five LogoHere in the U.S., there are five golf tours aired on television: the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour, the European Tour, the Web.com Tour, and the Champions Tour. Since we're about halfway through the season, it seems like now would be a good time to recap the action throughout the world of golf.

The PGA Tour has seen occasional dominance of four-time winner Tiger Woods, though he's shrunken during crunch time at the majors. The opposite could be said for Inbee Park, six-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year, and current grand slam candidate with three major wins thus far. The Web.com and Champions Tours each have a single multiple-time winner, while the Euro Tour has just two.

Let's get to it.

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BombTech Grenade Driver Review

Jul. 29, 2013     By     Comments (7)

We take a look at one of the most, well, explosive new drivers in golf.

BombTech Grenade Driver SoleWhen I heard that we had a chance to review the BombTech Golf Grenade driver, I jumped after the opportunity after a bit of research. BombTech Golf is a new company, based out of Vermont, that makes clubs by hand in the United States. Their first club, the Grenade driver, was co-engineered with the University of Vermont engineering department as a part of their senior design project.

Why did I jump at the opportunity? Because I'm an engineer myself.

The BombTech Golf website reads more technically than most. It includes SolidWorks CAD models and computational fluid dynamics simulations, as well as a drag force calculation, not exactly the types of information that companies like TaylorMade or Nike would be willing to give out.

They might not market like the big boys of the golf industry, but could their drivers perform like the OEMs'? Let's find out.

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Callaway X-Hot Fairway Wood Review

Jul. 29, 2013     By     Comments (1)

The new Callaway X-Hot Fairway wood is a solid and long option for any golfer looking to upgrade their fairway wood.

CallawayOver 5 years ago I reviewed the original Callaway X-Hot fairway wood. I was drawn to it's length off the tee due to an extra inch on the shaft and a larger and more forgiving face. Since that time I've tried at least one fairway wood a year to see if I could replace it. Each time I felt like I was giving something up.

When the new Callaway X-Hot clubs were announced I jumped at the opportunity to take a few swings with the new version. While the shaft is a half-inch shorter, I felt like technology would make up the difference and also gain a bit in accuracy.

After a few sessions on the range and a handful of rounds all I can say is that I can guarantee that there will be an X-Hot in my bag the rest of the foreseeable future. Which one? Read on to find out.

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Volume Three Hundred Fifty Four

Jul. 22, 2013     By     Comments (1)

Phil Mickelson - 2013 Champion Golfer.

Hittin' the LinksHello golf fans and welcome to another Hittin' the Links. I don't know if I have ever enjoyed watching a golf tournament more than Sunday's final round at The Open Championship. Lead changes galore, and nobody really looked like they really wanted to win until Phil decided to kick it into gear and run away with it. Congratulations, goes out to Lefty for getting the third part of his career grand slam. We will have to wait until next year to see if he can get his hands on that elusive U.S. Open Trophy.

In this newest HtL we begin with a look at this week's celebrity event, then check out the car Lexi got with her hole in one, and find out what was going on with Rory McIlroy. Also, we find out who got a slow play penalty this time, investigate a senior citizen golf fight, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on!

2013 British Open at Muirfield Final Round Live Chat

Jul. 19, 2013     By     Comments (1)

Join us when coverage starts on Sunday morning for our customary final round live chat!

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2013 British Open Staff Picks

Jul. 17, 2013     By     Comments (3)

The 2013 Open Championship is being played at Muirfield and should be a great event, lets see what the staff expects for the event.

Thrash TalkThe 2013 edition of the British Open moves to Muirfield Golf Club. The story lines for this year's event look great. Phil Mickelson is peaking with a win last week at the Scottish Open, Graeme McDowell is also riding high with a win at the French Open and of course there is always Tiger. There are certainly some questions around if Tiger is going to be his best this week after sustaining the injury at the U.S. Open. Let's see what the staff expects for this year's event.

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