2006 Nissan Open Preview

Adam Scott wants to defend and win the event officially this year but must face the likes of Tiger, Ernie, Mike and Chad.

Nissan Open LogoPresidents Day weekend is upon and can only mean one thing, the 80th Nissan Open is upon us. While lacking the star power of the AT&T the Nissan Open can still draw a crowd. Unlike last year, the weather should allow for all four rounds to be completed, which should make Tiger happy as he goes for his third win in as many starts. So can the rookies and young guns win an event when Tiger and Ernie are in the field? So far they’ve been able to get it done when facing Phil and Vijay. Let’s take a look at our prospects.

Going the Distance with Some Heavy Hitters

The game of golf has a red-headed step child. Attitudinally wrought with aggression, it is a super-charged, twisted, in-your-face interpretation of what Old Tom envisioned so many years ago.

Thrash TalkAfter a self-imposed exile and intoxicating purge from the golf blogging universe, I came upon a couple of observations which I previously paid no heed.

The way I see it, golf is a game that can be and has been broken down in a countless number of ways. From the fundamentals of a perfect swing to the equipment used to make that swing possible. Everything is scrutinized and and put under a microscope. I cannot think of one facet of the game that has not been broken down to its lowest common denominator.

Volume Forty-Six

Maybe this week’s column will get me a spot in next year’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Hittin' the LinksThe Pebble Beach Pro-Am is one of my favorite golf tournaments to watch. I really like seeing how good the celebrities are. There were a few I thought looked quite good. Thomas Gibson could smoke it and Justin Timberlake and Carson Daly both looked like they knew what they were doing.

Anyway, on to the links.

Cleveland Announces HiBORE Driver, 2006 Product Line

Cleveland Golf’s flagship product for 2006 is the just-introduced HiBore driver, but the company has plenty of other new products coming to market.

Bag DropOne of the first new drivers to start building buzz on the PGA Tour in 2006 is Cleveland Golf’s HiBORE driver. Vijay Singh is one of the players to use the interesting-looking new driver as a prototype.

The HiBORE cat is officially out of the bag, as Cleveland has announced the details of the new driver and a host of new products for the 2006 season. Read on to see what Cleveland has in store for golfers this year.

Callaway Sues Titleist Over Pro V1 Patents

Callaway has sued Acushnet over four patents pertaining to the Pro V1 golf balls. How big is this?

CallawayIt’s been a little while since a major heavyweight legal battle has taken place in the golf biz. Well, time to lace up the gloves and ring the bell. Callaway Golf has sued Acushnet, parent company of Titleist. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Callaway filed suit on Thursday alleging that the Titleist Pro V1 ball uses technology covered by four patents that Callaway acquired when it purchased Top-Flite Golf out of bankruptcy in 2003.

Episode 013

Tiger Woods, JB Holmes, John Daly, Michelle Wie, Jack Nicklaus, Morgan Pressel, and Annika Sorenstam. Wow, what a show!

PodcastTiger Woods is now two-for-two, both in playoffs. JB Holmes takes the FBR while John Daly walks off the course. Nicklaus back for another Masters? Maybe. Also, Michelle Wie vs. Morgan Pressel, Campbell’s petition, Annika Sorenstam, and a little more ribbing about Jeff’s poor Seahawks.

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Luke Donald

A better example for the average player than many of the bombers on Tour, Luke Donald has quietly and steadily improved in the short time he’s played golf in the States.

ProFilesSince joining the PGA Tour in 2002 Luke Donald has steadily improved. Entering his fifth year as a PGA Tour pro, his scoring average has gone from 70.64 to 69.33, a notable drop and he continues to be a consistent force week in and week out. Woods, Singh, and Furyk were the only ones ahead of him in that statistical category.

Intense focus, attention to detail, calm nerves, and lofty goals all describe what Donald brings to everything he does. The guy who makes a list of everything he needs to do on his off weeks and gets them all done is perfect for the kind of work he’s in. Course management and a cool head are very important for a guy who doesn’t play driver wedge into long par-fours.

F2 Wedge Review

Can a club really help you you hit the ball to within 10 feet of the pin twice as often, from 100 yards in.

Face Forward TechnologyAccording to Face Forward Technology there has not been a major innovation in wedges in the past 50 years. Taking a look at all the wedges in golf shops today and you’ll surely agree that although there are subtle differences that none really stand out.

Enter the F2 Wedge and its radical design. In fact, the first time I had these out on the range a few passers-by even paused to take a look at this odd looking club. According to the company “both human testing and robotic testing proves that the F2 gets you into the Scoring Zone more often than any other wedge tested.” We’ll see about that…

Tiger and Annika

Tiger and Annika are the most dominant players in the world. If you compare one against the other though, Annika dominantes a bit more but Tiger still leads in major victories.

The Numbers GameTiger and Annika. Annika and Tiger. Either way you look at it, they are the two most dominant golfers in the game today. Period.

My question is who is more dominant? While you can’t send them both out on the course against one another (sorry ladies), you can look at how they did against their peers. I’ve done that, and the results are interesting.