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May, 2016

Volume Four Hundred Eighty

May. 30, 2016     By     Comments (1)

Hittin' the LinksWhat a time to be a golf fan.

Each of the game's Big(gest) Three — Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy — have each won in their last start and will go head to head this week at the Memorial. Meanwhile, the ranks of the also-could-wins are packed solid.

Are we missing Tiger, who will not tee it up at yet another tournament this week. Yes, but there's also plenty of fantastic golf being played. The U.S. Open has the potential of being epic.

Let's hit the links.

Post Mortem on the Dan Plan

May. 27, 2016     By     Comments (12)

Thrash TalkAs a child I can remember wanting to be a professional baseball player. My mom told me that being a professional athlete was hard. Really hard. She told me to imagine filling a football stadium full of kids my age, and then selecting the one kid who was going to be a professional baseball player. The rest of us… we were going to be doing something else.

Dear mom was merely helping me set proper expectations. I know it is unpopular now to tell your kids that they can't achieve their dreams. I see other parents telling their children that they can do anything they put their mind to. I get it. We are supposed to be supportive. Trophies for everyone!

You can read on the TST forum around once month some young kid will come on saying he wants to be a professional golfer. Most people say "follow your dreams," some will say "good luck," and one or two members will say something similar to what my mom said. A few years ago someone recommended to one of these hopeful people that they read The Talent Code. So I did. The author suggests that greatness isn't born, but rather expertise is earned through hard work. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

So when I first heard about the The Dan Plan, I was immediately attracted to the idea. One of the main tenants of The Talent Code is the ten thousand hour theory. Dan was going to test it. Perfect.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Nine

May. 23, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThe off the course developments this week were almost as interesting as the competition on the course.

Tiger Watch 2016 may be longer than expected after he looked stiff at a media event and dunked three straight wedge shots in the water at Congressional. Maybe we won't be seeing him in Dublin in a little over a week for the Memorial.

Elsewhere, Mickelson reached an agreement with the Feds. A former European Ryder Cup Team captain (McGinley) indicated that a former European Ryder Cup Team member (McIlroy) has issues between his ears. (Wonder if his thoughts have changed after Sunday.) And the membership of an Open Championship venue put up the sign "No gurlz aloud."

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Eight

May. 16, 2016     By     Comments (1)

Hittin the LinksJason Day outlasted the best field in golf to take home the crystal at the Players Championship, shooting a Sunday 71 to cap off a dominant week. Day opened with 63-66, and didn't take his foot off the pedal, even as the conditions worsened over the weekend. The win at TPC Sawgrass is Day's seventh in his last 17 tournaments.

We also take a look at Rory's continued (relative) struggles, get an update on Olympic golf, and sneak a peek into the continued awkwardness of Tiger's post-Thanksgiving life.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Seven

May. 9, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksTiger Woods did not register for next week's Players Championship, so that means the next most likely even that he'll be part of is the Memorial the first week of June. His camp has apparently made housing arrangements for both the Memorial and the U.S. Open. We'll see if Tiger comes out to play.

Elsewhere, the rumors we've been hearing for months are true. Adidas is looking to sell TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth. The leading candidates to purchase at least TM are rumored to be Under Armour and New Balance, but that could all be conjecture.

In the meantime, next week will bring a Dye-abolical time in Ponte Vedra. It's always a good time, probably more so for us watching than those playing.

Let's hit the links.

SKLZ Golf Strong Video Program Review

May. 6, 2016     By     Comments (1)

sklz_golfstrong_coverA little while ago, SKLZ introduced the Golf Strong Video Training program, a six-week training program designed to improved distance, accuracy, and flexibility that is portable and easy to use. The two-phase Golf Strong program provides video instruction for three training sessions per week that are 30 to 45 minutes long. Let's take a look at the program.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons Review

May. 4, 2016     By     Comments (4)

Apex Pro 16 IronsNowadays, it seems hard to define what a "blade" is in golf. Growing up and working most of my youth around golfers, I always considered it those muscle-backed butter knives the really good players had in their bags. Playability was very minimal and you had to strike the ball perfectly in the center to get a result close to what you wanted. Since then we have progressed into a world where some of the best players in the world are playing irons that look quite different.

With that in mind, Callaway has introduced their latest player's irons, the Apex Pro 16. These are not "blades" but irons that some of the best players in the world (see: Phil Mickelson) have had in their bags at some point in time over the past year. Callaway has attempted to please these players with molding the looks of the X-Forged '13 irons with the newest technology and materials the world has to offer.

Did Callaway succeed? Read on to find out.

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Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Six

May. 3, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksSpeculation continues at a fever pitch for when we will next see Tiger Woods playing competitive golf. The deadline to enter Quail Hollow has passed, but rumor has it that Team Woods has made lodging arrangements for both the Players and the Memorial. That could mean he believes he's ready to play again, or it could mean that he has more than enough to be willing to risk a few security deposits just in case he's ready by then.

Let's hit the links.