2004 Funai Classic

Ryan Palmer is a Titleist man, and he used these clubs to win the 2004 Funai Classic in his rookie year.

Ryan PalmerRyan Palmer used this gear to win the 2004 Funai Classic:

Driver Titleist Titanium 983 E 8.5°
3 Wood Sonartec SS03 14°
5 Wood Sonartec TRC 18°
Irons (3-PW) Titleist Forged 690 CB
Wedges (PW, AW, SW) Titleist Vokey Design 46°, 53°, 57°
Putter Odyssey Rossie II
Ball Titleist Pro V1x

Yes folks, Palmer is also Titleist kinda guy.

Photo Credit: © PGA Tour.com.

Putt to a Dime

Practice your putting with FDR to improve your concentration.

DimeNeed to work on short putts? Putt to a dime. The smaller target will force you to concentrate. Once you get good at that, putt at the edges of the dime. If you can roll it over FDR, you can roll it into the hole.

If you’re looking for information about the dime, well, by all means drop by the Wikipedia.

Shoulder Under Chin

Great baseball hitters say they can see the ball hitting their bats – there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to see your clubhead meeting the ball as well.

Lots of people hit the ball thin. Whether they’re afraid to hit the ground or take a divot or simply trying to swing too hard, hitting the ball thin is still an unwanted problem. One way to avoid hitting thin shots (they sure sting sometimes, don’t they?) is to get into the habit of feeling your right shoulder on your chin before you look up for the ball. Let your shoulder bring your head up, and you’ll avoid “coming out of the shot” and hitting it thin. Great baseball hitters say they can see the ball hitting their bats – there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to see your clubhead meeting the ball as well.

Etiquette: Golf’s Order

Golf is a civil game: anyone can play with anyone so long as they observe the rules of etiquette.

There are two kinds of rules: rules governing play and rules governing conduct. Golf may be the only sport to include a section on player conduct in the official rules. These rules of etiquette are as important to enjoying an afternoon golfing with three friends as the rules of play are to playing the game correctly.

In other words, proper etiquette is as much a part of the game as knowing what to do when your ball gets stuck in a tree. Newcomers typically learn the rules of etiquette as they go, but we’re happy to offer the crash course in on-course etiquette.

Pine Valley

Ro lives near Pine Valley, but will never have the pleasure of playing it.

It’s hard to fathom sometimes that I reside within a twenty mile radius of Pine Valley Golf Club, the perennial #1 golf course in America. It’s actually quite maddening because, even though it is seemingly right around the corner, I most likely will never have the pleasure of staring down Hell’s Half Acre in person. Sure I can play a similar course across the street, but it’s not the same.

A chauvinistic smirk emerged on my face reading this blurb: “While Augusta National allows women to play, Pine Valley doesn’t even let women on the property” until I realized that, 99.99% of all males, including myself are in the same boat.

Maybe I’ll picket…

Buying Junior Clubs

Junior golf ain’t what it used to be, and neither are the clubs! Here’s how to pick good clubs for your budding star.

Junior Golf PaintingLike many golfers, I was introduced to the game of golf as a child: I hit “borrowed” range balls around a soccer field with a sawed-off 7-iron. I probably had it a bit easier than most because I got a late start at the age of fifteen. I escaped the harm that can come of starting a seven year-old child out with a cut-down adult club.

Fortunately, today’s world brings us an unheralded variety of junior-sized clubs, bags, and accessories (shoes, hats, etc.). Some manufacturers, like U.S. Kids Golf make nothing but kid-sized clubs. Others, like Ping or Nike, offer junior lines in addition to their standard, adult-sized offerings. How then do you choose the set that’s appropriate for your budding star? Follow along and we’ll walk you through the steps.

Payne Stewart: Gone Five Years

Payne Stewart died five years ago today, and the golf world mourned his death.

Five years ago today, the golf world lost a friend in Payne Stewart.


Payne has been missed. Leave a comment if you wish to express your thoughts on this anniversary.

Big Ball Between Your Legs

Imagine a big ball between your knees to stop a collapsing left knee.

A lot of golfers collapse the left knee (for righties) on the backswing. This is especially evident in reverse pivots, though it can occur elsewhere as well. Collapsing your left knee causes your shoulder to drop and makes your hips sway.

To cure this problem, imagine that you have a basketball or a soccer ball between your knees during your backswing. You’ll keep your knees separated and probably make a better weight shift.

Perfectly Annoying

Peter Kessler and his Perfect Club, a thirty second bit of garbage that seems to run at every stinkin’ commercial break on The Golf Channel.

Peter KesslerAfter a long day at work, I like to unwind by plopping down on the old leather couch and flipping on The Golf Channel. There’s no better calming effect than watching some high quality golf programming, preferably featuring Kelly Tilghman.

However, in the midst of this relaxation, there is a thirty second bit of garbage that seems to run at every stinkin’ commercial break. Peter Kessler and his Perfect Club. These grating spots generally consist of seemingly ordinary hackers, knocking a 210-yard shot stiff. Very believable… hrm. In his smarmy tone, Kessler tells us we can’t live without this wonder equipment.

After seeing the commercial for the 5th time in the past hour, I think I might order one and smash my TV with it.