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Nov. 9, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Golf Punk is a new magazine for the more "alternative" golfer.

There's a new golf magazine out there, if you're into that sort of thing: Golf Punk labels itself as an "alternative" golf magazine, with hot chicks, tattoos, and a bunch of other "in your face" type of coverage. Your grandfather's Golf Digest this is not.

Golf Punk Bunker Babes

We just like the hot babes (that's two separate links, folks). We don't like the cost (£21 for Europe to £42 for the rest of the world).

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Virginia Legend Chandler Harper Passes at 90

Nov. 9, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Virginia golf legend and PGA Hall of Famer Chandler Harper died Monday in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Chandler Harper wins the 1955 ColonialChandler "Old Bones" Harper, PGA Championship winner in 1950 and PGA Hall of Fame inductee in 1968 - died Monday in Portsmouth, Virginia from complications due to pneumonia.

Known for his wiry, thin frame, Chandler competed in the first nationally televised golf tournament, the 1953 ("Tam O'Shanter") World Championship of Golf. Chandler held a one-shot lead over Lew Worsham when Worsham holed a 115-yard wedge shot for eagle and a one-shot victory.

With eleven career PGA Tour victories, Harper retired after participating in the 1955 Ryder Cup matches. After retiring, Harper was instrumental in the design and construction of the Bide-A-Wee Golf Course in Portsmouth, Virginia, which hosted the Virginia State Open four times.

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When to Practice

Nov. 9, 2004     By     Comments (0)

When you practice is just as important as how you practice.

When are you more likely to hit the range: after a good round or after a bad one? Golfers are more likely to hit the range after a bad round than a good one, which begs the question: how do you ingrain a good swing if you only practice when you're not swinging well?

Instead, reverse the two. Practice when you're playing well. See a pro when you're not.

If you'd like to find a PGA instructor, use the search engine at

“I was hired to elevate this tour…”

Nov. 8, 2004     By     Comments (2)

Rick George ("I'm Rick George, b**ch!") and the board of the Champions Tour bullheadedly move forward with their plans to ban carts on the Tour next year.

Champions TourSo says Rick George, president of the Champions Tour. "… to look at everything critically. We looked at [changing] the minimum age. We looked at carts. How do we make this product better?"

When you think Champions Tour, do you still mentally substitute "Seniors Tour"? Do you think of players who've started to decline in their physical abilities, but who still both love to compete and are fun to watch as athletes and personalities?

Do you think to yourself, "Those old bums should be walking, not loafing about in their golf carts!"

Evidently, the Champions Tour board seems to think that's exactly what we think, and they're out to change our minds.

In what could best be called a counter-intuitive decision, Champions Tour president Rick George is moving forward with the decision to ban golf carts during Champions Tour events. He's nice enough to 'accomodate' golfers like Casey Martin who must ride in a cart due to physical disability.

The Stimpmeter

Nov. 8, 2004     By     Comments (0)

All about the stimpmeter!

Edward S. Stimpson, the 1935 Massachusetts Amateur champion, devised a device to measure the speed of a golf green, over sixty years ago. The result of his efforts was the Stimpmeter.

The Stimpmeter was first used at the U.S. Open in 1977. Once a ball travels down the contraption, it will hit a speed of about 6.00 ft/s. The distance the ball travels is called "the stimp speed". A stimp speed of 11½ means the ball has rolled 11½ feet. An average speed on your local muni hovers around 6½, while the fastest reading recorded was a 14 at the 1981 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

How fast is 14? Take your Titleist to the nearest sidewalk and putt a few.

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Harrington to Play PGA Tour in 2005

Nov. 8, 2004     By     Comments (1)

Padraig Harrington plans to play the 2005 PGA Tour.

padraig_harrington.jpgEarning enough money in 2004 to put him in the top-30 on the PGA Tour money list, Padraig Harrington will finally make it official. He plans to join the Tour next year and intends to play 16 to 18 tournaments in a bid to earn his first PGA Tour victory.

"I've won plenty of events, but there's still that tag when I come here that I haven't won here," he said. "The only way to get rid of it is to win here."

Harrington had initially planned on joining the PGA Tour in 2004, but had to hold off after the birth of his son, Patrick. He says that the time is now right. However, he will keep his residence in Dublin, Ireland knowing there are plenty of flights available to get him back and forth.

In addition to the PGA Tour, Harrington also plans to remain on the European tour. This will bring his total tournaments during the year to around 30 or so.

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Any Wedge from the Sand

Nov. 8, 2004     By     Comments (0)

The long bunker shot is one of the toughest in golf, and attempting it with a sand wedge will likely leave you in a dreary position.

Lots of times, people get hung up in playing the sand wedge from the sand. If you're bunkered 30 yards from the pin with a lot of green to work with, take your 9I or even an 8I, don't worry about the club digging (it will), and make a good swing.

The long bunker shot is one of the toughest in golf, and attempting it with a sand wedge will likely leave you in a dreary position. Take a longer club, a shorter swing, accelerate through the sand, don't worry about the follow through too much, and play quite a bit of roll.

Who Needs Vijay for Dominance, Anyway?

Nov. 8, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Annika Sorenstam continues her LPGA dominance with another nine-stroke victory at this weekend's Mizuno Classic.

Annika Sorenstam RelaxingWith all the talk about Vijay Singh's historic season and his quest to win his tenth tour victory of 2004, we seem to have forgotten about the other dominant player in golfdom:

Annika Sorenstam.

At the Mizuno Classic this weekend, Annika picked up her seventh LPGA win of the year, and her fourth consecutive Mizuno Classic title. The win was also her 55th career win, which ties her for fifth on the all-time LPGA victories list, and puts the icing on her seventh Player of the Year award.

Beyond the pure victories, though, Annika is dominating the event as well; this year's nine stroke victory marks her second consecutive nine stroke win at the Mizuno Classic. As if that weren't enough, there's the style in which she wins: twenty-two under par. Her final-round 65 was partnered with a seemingly mediocre 66 and an amazing first-round 63, giving her a four-stroke lead after the first round from which she never looked back.

Lastly, her 22-under par was just two strokes shy of the tour-record for a 54-hole event - two guesses who set that record in 2003.

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I Take It All Back…

Nov. 7, 2004     By     Comments (4)

It'd be so much easier to appreciate his season as a historic achievement if he weren't such a prick.

Vijay Singh actually showing some emotionAll those nice things I wrote about Vijay Singh not more than three days ago? I take them all back.

After posting a less-than-stellar score of two-over par through Saturday at the Tour Championship, Vijay Singh had this to say when asked about his performance:

"You've got to be in contention to be 100 percent into it," he said, pausing outside the historic clubhouse. "I'm just not too into it."

Last I checked, the people who keep Vijay's "salary" paid - the sponsors and the fans who attend these events he's so lucky to play - spend so much money on tickets to see their favorite players put 100 percent of their game on the line every round.

Since when do you have to be in contention to put in 100 percent?

"It just didn't happen for me," he said. "I couldn't get any momentum. Anytime I tried to get something going, I went backward."

Poor baby. Most of the time, when something doesn't go right for me the first time, I just give up too, Vijay. I think that's exactly the attitude I want my kids emulating, too.

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