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Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Six

Nov. 9, 2015     By     Comments (0)

We now interrupt your football viewing for a WGC event…

Hittin' the LinksDon't look now, but many big names teed it up this week in the WGC event in Shanghai.

We're already a month into the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season, the Champions Tour concluded this month, the European Tour and the LPGA are moving toward their finales. It's true, golf's Silly Season matters now.

Let's hit the links.

Who Really Won and Lost the Presidents Cup

Nov. 5, 2015     By     Comments (3)

The 2015 Presidents Cup was an outstanding event. I review who where the real winners and losers of the event.

Thrash TalkCalling the Presidents Cup a second fiddle in the team match play events might actually be a compliment. The U.S. players versus the rest of the world except Europe was, by all accounts, a complete bore. The Americans have dominated the event since its inception.

So the 2015 playing of the event was vital to the future of the event. Another U.S. blowout and the event was all but finished. What we got was not only an outstandingly competitive event but also excitement from the participants and even a broader discussion about the involvement of two giants who are just now thinking about graceful retirements.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Five

Oct. 27, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Ko back to #1, Rose and rookie win.

Hittin' the LinksRookies are doing very well on the nascent 2015-2016 PGA TOUR season. Meanwhile the LPGA, European Tour, and Champions Tours are approaching their finales for 2015.

Let's hit the links.

Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5 Review

Oct. 19, 2015     By     Comments (1)

Phil may have created the Phrankenwood back in 2013, but this is Callaway's first mini driver to hit the market. Will it help you to win your own majors?

Callaway Bertha Mini Alt HeroI have a love-hate relationship with my driver. Some days we're perfect for each other. Other days I wish I left it at home so I can enjoy a round of golf. It's such a fickle beast that I'll even have problems with it from hole to hole, never quite knowing if it's going to cooperate or not until I hit the ball.

I'd have to be in utter denial to think that the problem lies with my driver and not my swing. Still, I can't change my swing overnight and I certainly can't change it mid-round, so I need a viable option off the tee that's going to keep my ball in play. My backup option is usually my 3W, but it's significantly shallower than my driver which can cause issues sometimes if I start to miss the ball high or low. With this in mind, I started to look into Callaway's Bertha Mini 1.5.

One can point to Phil Mickelson's Phrankenwood and say that club started the mini driver craze, but that's not really the whole story. Club designers have been increasing the head sizes or offering deeper versions of their 3W as a better option off the tee for a while. Designed to be even more forgiving and longer than a 3W, the Bertha Mini 1.5 is Callaway's first official mini driver. Is it the club I've been looking for? Read on to find out more.

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Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Four

Oct. 19, 2015     By     Comments (0)

The PGA TOUR is back! Did you miss it?

Hittin' the LinksReady or not, it's already next year on the PGA TOUR. Just a week after the U.S. won the Presidents Cup (again) in Korea, three of the competitors teed it up in Napa in the season opener.

So we're already talking about FedEx Cup points for next year's race and debating who will make their respective Olympic teams, not to mention the Ryder Cup.

It's going to be (another) long, fun season. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Three

Oct. 12, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Arnie's 80, Els yips, and Furyk's wrist can't go.

Hittin' the LinksEven with the PGA TOUR over for a few weeks, there's still plenty of golf. The European Tour marches on toward Dubai. This week's Dunhill Links Championship featured Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, and the Old Course. That's a hard to beat triple play.

Starting Friday, the Presidents Cup will be contested in South Korea, without Tiger Woods for the first time since 1996. It should be a fun week.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Two

Sep. 28, 2015     By     Comments (3)

And he's just 22...

Hittin' the LinksTiger Woods is recovering from another back surgery. Phil Mickelson bowed out of the FedEx Cup Playoffs after Chicago. But the excitement for golf's young guns is overshadowing their absences.

Especially exciting is the leader of the pack's performance this season. Jordan Spieth is the youngest, at 22, but also the poster child (if you will) for the youth movement on tour. With two majors, five PGA TOUR wins, and 15 top 10s, he has put together the kind of year that Tiger did in his heyday.

Joining him are Jason Day (with five overall wins including the PGA Championship, the WGC Bridgestone, and two FedEx Cup playoff events), Rickie Fowler (two wins), and Rory McIlroy (two wins). None of them finished higher than 15th in FedEx Cup points, with Spieth and Day going one-two. 2016 could be a lot of fun.

Let's hit the links.

I’m Not Sorry You Made a Mistake

Sep. 27, 2015     By     Comments (5)

The comments on ConcessionGate have mostly been limited to who was in the wrong. I take a more in-depth look at how Petterson could have done more for the Solheim Cup by not apologizing.

Thrash TalkIt's been said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. That even if someone is saying something bad about you, they are still talking about you and therefore it is better than if they never spoke your name. Many different companies and the Kardashians live by this mantra. So when Suzann Pettersen apologized for her role in ConcessionGate, I asked myself if this was really the best decision.

On social media everyone is praising the decision to apologize. Before the apology she was getting roasted by all the American fans, and even a few former European players for her decision. It was hard to find anyone on her side. As the dust has settled a little more now, many people are saying that she was within the rules and Lee was just at fault as Pettersen was. Lee has the moral high ground, but Pettersen was not completely to blame. The action seemed to fuel the Americans and it helped them to produce a Medinah- or Brookline-like comeback to win the event. The incident and ensuing comeback was outstanding theater.

Titleist Introduces 716 Irons and Utilities as well as 816 Hybrids

Sep. 25, 2015     By     Comments (3)

Titleist's five new sets of irons as well as two new models of hybrids promise to add distance and forgiveness to your game.

Bag DropIf there was ever a company that sticks to a pattern, that company is Titleist. Over the last decade or so, the company has got into a habit of releasing drivers and woods one year, and irons the next. This year, we get the new irons, as well as new hybrids and utility irons. Like normal, there will be a total of four new sets of irons; the 716 MB and CB as well as the 716 AP1 and AP2. There are also two new models of hybrids, or for those that would rather a more iron-like look at address, a utility club. No matter what your skill level, Titleist should have something that will fit your game well.

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