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Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Five

Jul. 18, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Henrik Stenson, Henrik Stenson, and more Henrik Stenson.

Hitting the LinksIt wasn't the Duel in the Sun, but it may have been the Battle in the Breezes, as Phil Mickelson shoots a final-round, final-pairing 65… and loses by three to Henrik Stenson's 63, with none other than Johnny Miller on the call.

TST Staff Predictions for the 2016 British Open

Jul. 14, 2016     By     Comments (0)

The third major of the season gets underway this week, lets see who the staff expects to play well at the British Open.

Thrash TalkIn my opinion Royal Troon is the perfect British Open golf course. It is a links course with a certain amount of holes where you can play well, and a some really really hard holes. I love watching the players play the postage stamp, just great viewing. Adding to this years event, many of the world's best golfers are playing really well and we have recipe for an outstanding event.

Royal Troon has a history of winners that is very interesting. For one Americans have won there since Arnold Palmer in 1962. There is not a clear reason for this, but it is an interesting fact. It also has a history of crowning some unsuspecting winners such as Todd Hamilton. So we are likely in for an interesting tournament. Let's see what the staff expects for this year's event.

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Four

Jul. 12, 2016     By     Comments (0)

We cap off the U.S. Women's Open, look forward to the British, and check in on the Olympics.

Hittin the Links Hello SandTrappers! I am Jeff ... umm John ... umm Jamieson Wilson or something like that, and welcome to this week's Hittin' The Links. Today, we take a look backwards to the history of Royal Troon, get into some current rules and PR issues that the USGA is having, and look forward to next week's British Open.

All that plus Zach Johnson's last hurrah with the Claret Jug, shots fired from the International Golf Federation, and Good Guy Paul Goydos taking home a hefty check on the Champions Tour.

Let's get into it!

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Three

Jul. 5, 2016     By     Comments (0)

DJ wins, JD falls apart, and a preview of the U.S. Women's Open.

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!

What’s New and Notable

Jul. 2, 2016     By     Comments (0)

New drivers from Titleist, two new lines from Srixon, and more toys coming soon.

Bag DropNew releases on their way from Titleist, Srixon and Odyssey, plus a few items you can take advantage of right now.

TaylorMade M2 Fairway Wood Review

Jun. 27, 2016     By     Comments (2)

Building on the success of the M1, Taylormade introduces the M2 line of woods and hybrids.

taylormade_m2_fairwayBuilding on the success of the M1, TaylorMade introduces the M2 line of woods and hybrids that feature all the benefits of the M1, apart from adjustability. Keeping with the same looks and lower price point, the M2 line targets the player looking for distance and forgiveness with a more competitive price tag.

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Two

Jun. 27, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Billy Hurley picks up his first win, Charlie Woods nearly breaks through, and the PGA Tour cancels the Greenbrier.

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.

TaylorMade M2 Irons Review

Jun. 25, 2016     By     Comments (1)

How high and how far do you want to hit your irons?

TaylorMade M2 IronThe TaylorMade M2 irons promise to do two things that should benefit a whole lot of golfers out there: hit golf balls a long way and with a high trajectory.

Actually, those two are closely related for most players. Since the majority of us don't swing at anywhere near the speed of a pro, getting the ball up in the air so it can travel as far as possible is our best bet to knock it past our buddies. So those two M2 promises are a crucial combination that a lot of players will be looking for.

So how well do they deliver? Read on.

What the USGA Got Wrong at Oakmont

Jun. 22, 2016     By     Comments (4)

The USGA has an important job in the U.S. Open of doling out penalties, at Oakmont this year I explain why they did a pretty awful job

Thrash TalkDustin Johnson is no rookie when it comes to penalties assessed in the final round of a major. Who can forget his famous bunker episode at the PGA Championship a few years ago? At that time, he merely missed out on a playoff, but the rule was clear and even he himself admitted he'd made a mistake. There is no question he grounded his club and no question he was in a bunker. It was really hard to tell it was a bunker - I know I had no idea - but many people did and it is his job to notice such things.

Fast forward to this year's U.S. Open. He was Dustin again in a rules quandary. Did he in some way cause the ball to move during his practice stroke on the fourth green? This is the question that everyone is interested in answering. Now that the dust has settled a little on this issue we are starting to see that some mistakes were made and many - far more than I thought - professional golfers are not clear on the rules.

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