In this week’s edition, we take a look at Rory McIlroy’s victory at TPC Boston.
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!
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A GPS unit with no display? The Voice Caddie 300 is a little like having an invisible caddie in your ear telling you how far to hit it.
The first thing that strikes you about the Voice Caddie VC300 is that there is no screen… none. There have been several talking GPS rangefinders in the past, but the Voice Caddie line is the only one that comes to mind that doesn’t sport at least a small LCD screen to back up the voice output.
I was not sure what to think of that. Frankly, the idea of a talking GPS has always struck me as a little gimmicky. Having a glance at a screen just seems easier than pressing a button and listening to a virtual caddie give me the yardage.
Would my predisposition against talking GPS units sour me on the VC300? Just a few trips to the course would tell.
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Jim Furyk’s recent play has warranted a deeper look as one Davis Love’s picks for the Ryder Cup. I explain why DL3 should look elsewhere.
The 58 shot by Jim Furyk earlier this year was pretty incredible. Yeah, he holed a shot, but even if you take that away he was going to be close and likely still would have shot 59, which is one small insignificant place below incredible. Pretty freaking awesome, maybe?
What it has done though is really made life a challenge for Davis Love III. To pick a forty-six year-old guy who at the start of this season was planning to help in an assistant coaching capacity is fraught with risk. Furyk’s Ryder Cup record is a train wreck. 10-20-4 for a winning percentage of .353. Among active golfers with more than fifteen matches played he is the worst. If you take a look at the all-time records of golfers with more than fifteen matches, only Curtis Strange at 6-12-2 with a win percentage of .350 is worse, and only by a few thousandths of a point. I hate to call out someone like this, but Jim Furyk is pretty awful when playing for his country against Europe.
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We take a look into Patrick Reed at the Barclays and a bevy of Ryder Cup news.
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!
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Golf returned to the Olympics for the first time in over one hundred years and did not disappoint. I review how it went and how it can get better next time.
It seems from the ratings that I have seen that, like me, there were a lot of people watching the final round of golf for both the women and the men at the Rio Olympics. The ratings for the men were in fact, second only to the Masters. That is truly fantastic to hear.
Going into this Olympics, at least on the men’s side, you might think that we were set for a complete disaster. All but a few of the high profile names dropped out for multiple reasons. Pika, safety, or the real reason – just plain tired. I suspect all that didn’t play sort of wished they did. They will come out and say that they didn’t miss it, because they don’t want to look stupid, but the reality is they probably have a pit in their stomach for missing the first Olympics in over 100 years. I am talking about Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and yes I suspect even Rory McIlroy.
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Has advancements in motion sensor technology made 3D swing analysis possible for the average golfer?
Golf is hard (a registered trademark of this site’s owner…). Even the pros do not go about improving without some help from modern technology. For some, it may be with high-end launch monitors like TrackMan or FlightScope. For most of us, the price tag of one of those units puts them out of reach. Fortunately, it seems nowadays that more electronic products are coming out for the everyday golfer that are designed to be both helpful and affordable.
One of those products in the market is the Blast Golf, created by Blast Motion. The company is a leader in motion capture and analysis technology. They create products for a variety of sports and continue to develop new ways to use motion sensor technology to help athletes improve. For golfers, their sensor is designed to detect the movements of the golf swing and analyze it, giving an indication of how well they perform in various functions of the swing and where they can improve, all while taking high-speed video.
Having a good swing trainer at home would be a boon to any golfer who works to improve their game, but is it the real deal? Let’s find out.
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The women’s Olympic tournament wraps up golf from Rio in style.
Hello all, and welcome to Hittin’ the Links!
This week, we’ll take a deep dive into the women’s Olympic golf tournament, where Inbee Park took home the gold. We’ll also check in with Wyndham winner Si Woo Kim and U.S. Am champ Curtis Luck.
We’ll also check in on a few more stores from the last regular reason event of the PGA Tour season, and this week’s Tiger Woods nostalgia moment.
Let’s hit the links!
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Welcome to Hittin’ the Links! This week, we’ve got Olympic fever here at The Sand Trap. We’ll take a look back at Justin Rose’s gold medal-winning effort in Rio, and preview next week’s Women’s Tournament.
We’ll also laugh and cry with Bubba Watson, and check in on some of the action going on here in the U.S. All that, plus a quick look at Mizen’s newest set of irons. Let’s dive in!
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Russell Knox wins the Travelers, but Furyk sets a record.
This week on Hittin’ the Links, we venture north to Cromwell, Connecticut, where Russell Knox won the Travelers Championship but Jim Furyk stole the show.
We’ll also check in with the Olympic tournament, which starts on Thursday, reminisce about Nike withdrawing from golf, and check out this week’s winners on the Web.com Tour and of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. All that, plus your weekly allotment of Tiger Woods nostalgia.
Let’s hit the links!
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