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Post Mortem on the Dan Plan

May. 27, 2016     By     Comments (9)

Sadly, the Dan Plan is over. I analyze what happened and what we can learn from one man's adventure.

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)

Sergio survives, Rory rallies, and Ariya arrives (again).

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)

Jason Day, ladies and gentlemen. Jason. Day.

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)

Still no end in sight for Tiger Watch '16.

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 introduces Golf Strong, a new video training program specific to golfers to improve distance, accuracy and flexibility.

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)

Callaway has an exceptional players iron in the Apex Pro 16. Getting feedback from touring pros they have developed one of the better performing and looking irons in the market

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)

Tiger Watch '16 continues.

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.

Callaway Apex Hybrid Review

Apr. 30, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Can a hybrid be workable and forgiving? The Callaway Apex aims its sights high.

Callaway Apex HybridCallaway trumpets the Apex Hybrid as the first hybrid for the Apex and Apex Pro player, meaning folks that use the company's top line of irons (XR Pro players probably would count, too). However, that line ranges from "game improvement" with the Apex CF 16 to the "you-better-be-darn-good" Apex Muscleback, that's a fairly wide range, and a tall order to fit that span of abilities with a single club.

Such a club would need to be reasonably easy to hit straight, and yet still be workable. It should get the ball airborne easily and let the player to control the trajectory when needed.

Does the Callaway Apex Hybrid deliver? Let's find out.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Five

Apr. 25, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Happy birthday, Lydia!

Hittin' the LinksLydia Ko turned 19 Sunday. She has 12 professional wins, including two majors. Had she won in San Francisco, it would have been her third consecutive win at the Swinging Skirts. Instead, she had to settle for 6th.

Speaking of great golfers, Tiger Woods is back in the news, and he may or may not be finished. We might or might not see him in action as soon as Quail Hollow. If we do see him, will he or won't he be able to compete again? Questions remain.

Let's hit the links.

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