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Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Three

Jul. 5, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the Links Dustin Johnson, he formerly of the 800-lb major championship gorilla, appears to be breaking through big time. With his most recent win, this time at Firestone, Johnson now has three WGC wins, and continues to move up the career wins list. Johnson's 11 PGA Tour wins look more and more impressive by the year as the PGA Tour searches for a dominant star player to fill the Tiger void.

On this week's Hittin' the Links, we take a look at DJ's win, JD's collapse, and more from this week on the PGA Tour. We also check in with Stacey Lewis, who has some opinions on the Olympics, take a look at the best food at the turn, and learn how to get a tee time at The Old Course.

Let's get to it!

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Two

Jun. 27, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the LinksBilly Hurley III was the highlight of the weekend, winning the Quicken Loans National to earn his first career PGA Tour victory. He was joined in the winner's circle this week by Lydia Ko on the LPGA Tour, Henrick Stenson on the European Tour, and very nearly by Charlie Woods on the junior circuit.

We'll also check in on the rapidly declining Olympic golf player pool, see how Oakmont looks after the U.S. Open, and find out why there won't be a Greenbrier Classic this year. All that plus Gary Player being Gary Player.

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 Sixty-Six

Feb. 22, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the LinksBubba Watson won for the first time in 2016 this week, furthering the argument that he belongs with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy at the top of the golf world. This was Bubba's second win at Riviera, and came at the end of quite the busy week.

It was the opposite of a busy week for Tiger Woods, who is still unable to even hit chips after his third back surgery. It was reported that Tiger has had a setback in his rehab, though agent Mark Steinberg has issued a denial. Woods will also be the subject of an upcoming biography about his life and career.

In addition we'll touch on Jordan Spieth missing the cut, the LPGA Tour's dwindling ratings, and a big birthday for Happy Gilmore.

Let's hit the links.

Leupold PinCaddie 2 Laser Rangefinder Review

Aug. 13, 2015     By     Comments (5)

PinCaddie 2 HeroThe debate between GPS systems and laser rangefinders hasn't ended, and probably won't for some time. GPS is convenient for a quick glance, and the course mapping is nice, but I always feel a little dissatisfied whenever I use a GPS unit. The touchscreens are generally poor, the distances take a few precious seconds to update (particularly annoying when you're driving in a cart), and you're still at the whim and mercy of whoever mapped the course in the first place (not to mention GPS accuracy, cloud cover, etc.).

The GPS systems in use for golf simply cannot match the accuracy of a laser rangefinder, and I've yet to come across a GPS unit constructed as well as even an entry-level laser rangefinder. (And that's without mentioning smartphone app GPS systems, which I find virtually unusable due to the massive amounts of cellular data and battery they gobble up.)

Oh, and did I mention membership fees? What about battery charging? Or course data syncing?

Nike Vapor Flex Driver Review

Jul. 29, 2015     By     Comments (2)

Nike Vapor Flex Driver HeroWhat do you want from a driver?

Distance? Check.

Adjustability? Check.

Great looks? Check.

The best sound and feel I've ever experienced? Check.

The Nike Vapor Flex driver reflects not what a driver should be, but what a driver can be. It's an insane concoction of technology that builds on the innovations Nike has brought to market over the past half-decade, all packaged into one sleek clubhead.

Amazingly, when you actually take it for a spin, it all seems to make sense. It's a better-player's club that, despite the lime green and wild esthetics, produces a muted sound and a boring trajectory.

Let's dive in.

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Talking to Shane Ryan, Author of “Slaying the Tiger”

Jun. 9, 2015     By     Comments (3)

Throwing DartsShane Ryan has written about golf for Golf Digest, Grantland, ESPN The Magazine, and Deadspin, and writes about entertainment for Paste.

Ryan hosts a podcast, Friends of Tiger, and spent 2014 driving around the country from Tour event to Tour event. His first book, Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on The New PGA Tour, is available today. Slaying the Tiger is an in-depth look at the present and future of the PGA Tour, with profiles of rising PGA Tour stars like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Patrick Reed.

We sat down to chat via email to talk about the book, the PGA Tour, and Matt Every's wife's middle name.

Volume Four Hundred Twenty Eight

Apr. 13, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the LinksWe're now three and a half months into 2015, and one major championship into the golf season. Jordan Spieth, runner up a year ago, outlasted charges from major winners Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy to win his first green jacket (possibly one of many to come).

Spieth was dominant early on, and was able to coast to a record-tying final score of -18. He's the second-youngest Masters winner even, trailing only Tiger's 1997 victory, and he broke or tied just about every record his age didn't disqualify him from.

Woods himself joined in on the low scoring for a few days before Spieth dominance, and Tiger's own shoddy play on Sunday, knocked him out of contention.

We also take a look at great tournaments by Phil and Rory, a new limited edition shoe from Nike, bask in a bit of '90s nostalgia, and check in on old friend Anthony Kim.

Let's hit the links.

On Tiger Woods and Augusta

Apr. 9, 2015     By     Comments (6)

Thrash TalkI've started to question recently if I'm truly a golf fan.

Every now and then we'll get a TST forum member who decides that no one is a "real golf fan." They believe themselves to be, apparently, the sole member of this rare species. The rest of us are Phil fans, or Tiger fans, or Joost Luiten fans. Maybe they're right.

I think I'm a real golf fan. I still love playing golf, and I love following it, but there are a lot of ancillary aspects of the sport that grate at me. Golf isn't a particularly mainstream sport, and I think part of that owes to the general attitude of many golfers. Because allegiances aren't (grain flow) forged at birth, golf fans tend to pick their favorite golfers irrationally, and that boils over into their general golf fandom. Black-and-white opinions bug me in general, but especially in the golf world, a sport built on a foundation of black-and-white rules, they tend to be the norm. Nuance is lost. Outrage and sensationalism wins out over enjoyment. It stops being entertainment.

Golf has always been entertainment for me. If it ever ceases to be, I'll move on. Everyone keeps telling me hockey is great.

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