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So, How Do I Get Better at Golf?

Jun. 7, 2012     By     Comments (9)

I get this question a bunch from fledgling golfers, it has really made me think what is the best answer?

Thrash TalkI was at a dinner party a few weeks ago and the conversation with a friend moved to golf. Inevitably, because I am a fairly serious golfer, new golfers will want to tell me stories of their first par or first birdie. I will listen and think back to when I started playing golf and when it was a big deal to finish the round with the same ball. That was always a big accomplishment when I started!

The friend will then start to tell me about their game and they will ask me, "so, how do I get better at golf?" The traditional answer is be find a local professional and start taking lessons, or go work on your short game. After years of answering friends this way I have stopped, mainly because I think that is wrong answer.

New Method Putters and TW ’13 Shoes from Nike

Jun. 7, 2012     By     Comments (5)

Nike introduces new golf shoes inspired by FREE technology as well as new members to the Method family.

Bag DropNike, still a relative new comer in the golf world, has made a name for themselves over the last decade or so by taking the time to research and develop their products properly. While not everything they have come out with has been the best looking, their products pack a lot of features and technology and the new shoes and putters from Nike are no exception.

This week we're looking at some new models in each of those lines: the new Tiger Woods TW '13 Nike Free-inspired shoes, and new putters in the Method line.

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Volume Three Hundred Sixteen

Jun. 4, 2012     By     Comments (0)

Tiger wins again, Lefty likes baseball, and would all you people please stop taking pictures!

Hittin' the LinksWhat better place to pick up your record tying 73rd win than Jack's tournament. Tiger has to be pretty pleased with himself after the way he played. If you think about it he made the King and the Bear sweep this year by winning Bay Hill and the Memorial. I hope he can now make a run at the U.S. Open, since he certainly failed to impress in Augusta after his win at Bay Hill. Welcome again to Hittin' the Links.

This week in HtL we begin with a Bubba incident, then congratulate the 2012 NCAA Golf Champions, and find out what's wrong with Lefty. Also, we investigate the PGA Tour cell phone problems, check out Phil's bid for baseball ownership, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on!

Nine Holes With Jason Dufner

Jun. 3, 2012     By     Comments (2)

Checking in on the world's hottest golfer.

ProfilesBefore this year, Jason Dufner didn't have much going for him. Sure, he had made over $7.5 million dollars in his career, but he had yet to win a PGA Tour event and he had just 16 top-10 finishes to his name. Prior to 2012, Dufner had missed the cut in over 40 percent of the events he played and his highest placing in the FedExCup was 25th (in 2011). Add to that his major-league choke in last year's PGA and his laughable last name, things weren't looking up for Jason Dufner.

But this year? His only missed cut was his first event, the Sony Open in Hawaii, and he has hardly come close since. A few weeks after a solid T24 at Augusta (his highest finish in the event) where he held the 36-hole lead, Dufner broke through at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans the last week of April, carding -19 and beating Ernie Els in a playoff while also holding off world number one Luke Donald. He's also spending time with the golf team from his alma mater, Auburn University, and quoting Kanye West on Twitter (he's actually an interesting golfer to follow on Twitter). After two wins, Dufner leads the Tour in money earned (already having surpassed his career high), ranked eighth in the world, and I think at one point he might just have cracked a smile. Maybe.

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A Gentlemen’s Game

May. 30, 2012     By     Comments (9)

There are different levels of cheating, some pose problems others are just an annoyance.

Thrash TalkWhen it comes to the rules, golf is really unlike any other sport. What other sport can you name in which you call penalties on yourself? Most sports have a referee and it is almost an art to cheat until you are caught. Just watch any NFL game and watch the linemen battle it out and likely you will see holding or some other mischievous activity on every play. The NBA is the same way with all the pushing and elbowing. As long as the ref doesn't call it, you are free to do it, even encouraged. In golf, if you are in the trees and your ball moves while you are addressing it, it's on you to call the penalty on yourself.

This brings me to what I really want to discuss, which is cheating. In golf, cheating is typically done as subtly as possible. There is a decent amount of blatant cheating which I will discuss, as well as numerous cases of just not knowing the rules. I am forced to admit that the rules of golf can at times be confusing for the average player and this can lead to some heated discussions.

Adams Idea Black CB3 Irons Review

May. 30, 2012     By     Comments (5)

We review Adams' new flagship irons.

Adams CB3 Irons 8 ToeAdams Golf doesn't really have much of identity right now. They've stopped airing the "number one hybrid on the Champions Tour" commercials (or maybe I've stopped watching Golf Channel at 2 AM?), and they don't really have a repetitive nomenclature. They're not revered for their huge revenues like Nike or TaylorMade, and they don't have the rich history of Titleist or Mizuno.

I could complain about the naming of Adams' clubs from now until Tiger Woods passes Jack's record, but to dwell on that would be doing to complete disservice to the irons that Adams has been putting out recently. Clubs like the Idea Pro Black MB, the Idea Black CB2, and the Idea MB2 have been laying the groundwork for Adams' venture into the crossover realm of player's clubs and GI clubs. They've entered the world in between, where clubs can be forged from 8620 carbon steel yet still have the offset needed to get the ball into the air.

The name of the game in the category that these clubs reside is simple: you can hit these clubs. Your swing looks worse than that of President Obama? You can hit these. (And if the President is reading this, a lefty set is available.) Hovering around a 10 handicap? You can hit these. Nearing scratch golf? You can hit these golf clubs. Read on to let me convince you.

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Adams Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood Review

May. 30, 2012     By     Comments (1)

We take a look at one of the hottest fairway woods on the market.

Adams Fast 12 Wood Hero Sole (2)Short of only the TaylorMade Rocketballz, this year's Adams Fast 12 fairway woods are some of the most hyped in the business. They have feature after feature designed specifically to give golfers the most distance, not only on-center strikes but on off-center hits as well. It remains to be seen if their sale to TaylorMade-Adidas helps or hurts the company, but in recent years Adams has been putting out some of the best woods in golf, and this year seems to be no different.

With features such as second-generation Velocity Slot Technology (which includes a slot within a slot), Speed Coat design of the shaft, and Speedline aerodynamic design, Adams is not short on innovation. Adams is calling the Fast 12 fairways woods their "longest and most forgiving" yet, and are even claiming that Kenny Perry gained 35 yards. They say that the improved slot enhances launch conditions for more carry and greater distance.

This is a lot of hype for a company that has made it's marketing staple over the last decade "number one hybrid of the Champions Tour." Read on to see if they can back it up.

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Volume Three Hundred Fifteen

May. 29, 2012     By     Comments (0)

Dufner is human, Ernie is irritated, and we have yet another world number one.

Hittin' the LinksAlert the media golf fans, Jason Dufner had a bad round. I kid, but it did seem for the last month that Mr. Dufner could do no wrong. Heck, even Zach Johnson tried to give the tournament back to him on 18 by not returning his ball mark back to its original position. Good thing Peter Kostis caught it before Zach signed his scorecard. Either way, congratulations to Zach Johnson and welcome to another Hittin' the Links.

In this edition of HtL we begin with a birthday celebration, then investigate what has Ernie bent out of shape, and find out who took home the trophy at the Women's NCAA Championships. Also on tap, we check out a couple of penalty shots, take a look at an interesting drive, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on!

Is Slow Play Killing Golf?

May. 25, 2012     By     Comments (11)

Penalties for slow play should start at the top with the pros, but it should be done properly and to really improve the pace to play.

Thrash TalkSlow play is slowly killing golf. Recently LPGA golfer Morgan Pressel was penalized in a match play event for slow play. Just the headline by itself is very refreshing. The LPGA has a clear rule for slow play and enforced it. Well played. Sadly there is a bit more to this story and I am not sure the rule was properly enforced.

To the rest of us, slow play is just a part of golf. The five-plus hour round golf has been played by everyone, some of you have probably even played longer rounds. It is a problem because everyone has responsibility and spending so much time on the golf course makes you wonder if golf is worth it. If you have a family, spending five and a half hours on the course plus driving to and fro and a meal is a lot of time away from your family. Add to that all the waiting, standing around, and it really isn't all that fun.

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