Volume Four Hundred Ninety-Seven

Rickie Fowler picks up some serious hardware.

Hittin the Links Welcome all to another week of Hittin’ the Links. Down in Florida, Rickie Fowler took home some serious hardware with a four-shot Honda Classic victory over Hoffman and Woodland. He held a sizable lead throughout most of his final round despite a few hiccups.

We’ll also check in on the PGA Tour’s first trip south of the border for the
WGC-Mexico Open – who’s in, who’s out, and what the players who do show will be up against. All that, plus a look at some old shoes, more Rory McIlroy news, and what Pat Perez said that got Tiger fans upset.

Let’s hit the links!

Volume Four Hundred Ninety-Six

Dustin Johnson takes the Genesis Open, shoots to first in the OWGR.

Hittin the Links Dustin Johnson, ladies and gentlemen, is your 2017 Genesis Open Champion. The victory was Johnson’s 13th on Tour, and was secured with a stellar 64 on Saturday that let Johnson cruise to victory. Thomas Pieters, whom we’ll hear from a bit later, and Scott Brown finished five shots back.

We’ll also take a look at Augusta National’s azalea bushes, check in on the upcoming WGC-Mexico Championship, and show you exactly why only Phil Mickelson is Phil Mickelson.

Let’s hit the links!

Volume Four Hundred Ninety-Five

Sergio and Matsuyama win, Tiger Drops out, and Jordan releases some new kicks.

Hittin the Links While most of the country was watching the Super Bowl, there was a bit of golf going on this weekend. Stateside, Hideki Matsuyama won his second consecutive Phoenix Open in a playoff over Webb Simpson, dispatching the U.S. Open champ after four playoff holes. Across the pond in the U.A.E., Sergio Garcia captured his 12th career European Tour victory, going wire-to-wire in Dubai. Among the field of vanquished competitors was Tiger Woods, who dropped out before the second round with back spasms.

We’ll take a look at all of that plus an update from he USGA, a check-in on Nike Golf, and a stroll through the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.

Let’s hit the links!

Volume Four Hundred Ninety-Four

It was an exciting week out on Tour, as Tiger Woods returned to his first full-field event in a year and a half, Jon Rahm picked up his first PGA Tour win, and Brittany Lincicome outlasted Lexi Thompson in the Bahamas.

Hittin the Links Welcome, golf fans! This week on Hittin’ the Links, we usher in the re-return of Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour, take notice of Jon Rahm’s first Tour victory, and check in on the LPGA. We also join Jack Nicklaus as he watches Roger Federer reach 18, attempt to keep straight who’s gaming what, and look forward to next week’s tournament in Dubai.

Let’s hit the links!

Bridgestone J15 Hybrid Review

Bridgestone ups the ante in the hybrid game.

Bridgestone J15HY HeroWhen I say “Bridgestone” to you, hybrids probably aren’t what come to mind right away. You’d think of golf balls, tires, Brandt Snedeker, the annual WGC event, and maybe even their forged irons. Hybrids would probably be well down the list.

Bridgestone has spent more than a decade trying to change that, but I’m not sure they’ve actually made much headway. They’re a little like Mizuno: hyper-specialized, but with the ability to occasionally surprise you when you don’t expect it. I played a Mizuno MX-700 hybrid for several years, and never thought twice about how strange that was because that club played go great.

The Bridgestone J15 is a lot like MX-700. No one is going to be beating any doors down to get their hands on a J15 hybrid, but the few who do are going to come away glad they did.

Ping G Fairway Wood Review

Ping makes their case as the industry’s best clubmaker.

PING 2016 G Series HeroAt last year’s TST Newport Cup, the guys and I got to tour PING’s facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’d never owned a PING club, but I was excited all the same. PING is known for being an engineering leader among OEMs, and their U.S. base of operations makes them a particularly intriguing company. Though they no longer cast and manufacture many clubs in America, they still have quite the impressive setup.

It wasn’t long before I knew I had to try the next PING product that came our way, if only to reap the benefits in real life of everything we got to see on the shop tour. So when the PING G series woods came up for review, I jumped at it.

Though they don’t have the splashiness of drivers or the utility of hybrids, fairway woods have been hot lately. TaylorMade used them to drive their marketing for several years, and recently PING has picked up the same mantle. The G series, now numberless, may be the most heralded set of fairway woods on the market right now.

Do they live up to the hype? Let’s take a look.

Volume Four Hundred Ninety-Three

Tiger returns, Matsuyama wins, and Derek Jeter struggles.

Hittin the Links Hittin’ the Links is back! After a bit of a hiatus, (hey, at least it was shorter than Tiger’s) we’re back to recap the week that was in the game of golf.

It was a rather eventful one, as a 14-time major championship winner returned to the PGA Tour (kind of), a young up-and-comer got back into the winner’s circle, and the prospective 2018 European Ryder Cup captain gets leaked. We also check in with Retief Goosen, Tony Finau, and Derek Jeter.

Let’s hit the links!

Volume Four Hundred Ninety-Two

In this week’s edition, we take a look at Rory McIlroy’s victory at TPC Boston.

Hittin the Links Welcome, Hittin’ the Links readers! We’re not halfway through the FedEx Cup Playoffs, with the events in New York and Boston down. The Tour heads west next week, to Crooked Stick and the BMW Championship. But first, we’ll take a look back at last week, and the Deutsche Bank, where Rory McIlroy won by two strokes over Paul Casey.

We’ll also look into Beef Johnston trying out for the PGA Tour, a few European golfers testing out some hickory-shafted clubs, and hear from Peter Kostis on the Rules of Golf. All that, plus your Weekly Woods Wrap-up.

Let’s hit the links!

Volume Four Hundred Ninety-One

We take a look into Patrick Reed at the Barclays and a bevy of Ryder Cup news.

Hittin the Links Welcome back to Hittin’ the Links! This week was the first tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs, and as such, we’ve got you covered. We’ll take a look at champion Patrick Reed from several angles, and read about how Justin Rose finished the event out in a unique fashion.

We’ll also delve into Ryder Cup coverage, as the Barclays saw Zach Johnson leapfrog Rickie Fowler on the Ryder Cup list, and the European team’s captain’s picks have leaked. All of that plus a preview of the outfits and a look into Davis Love III’s own captain’s picks.

Let’s dive in!