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  1. With Colonial Country Club less than 8 miles away, we tend to get a lot of guests at our club when the Tour rolls into Ft. Worth. From the CBS Television crew to groups of Tour caddies and other industry folks, it's a pretty busy week. We also get some Tour players who come over to practice or play. One notable who spent a lot of time at our club last week was Brandel Chamblee. He was tuning up to play in the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines this week, and would come over to practice after he was done with his Golf Channel duties. I got a chance to talk with him for a little wh
  2. Here is another guy who isn't a household name, but is an outstanding player and someone to keep an eye on. He turned pro in 2011 after a solid collegiate career at TCU. He won on the Canadian Tour that year, then played on the Web.com Tour for 3 years. He has played on the PGA Tour since 2015, and finished 92nd on the money list last year with over $1.3 million.
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    My daughter works for the TopGolf here in Ft. Worth. She doesn't have her drivers license yet, so I drop her off or pick her up 3-4 times/week. It's surprising how busy that place is, especially on weekends. They often have a waiting list on weekends and "holidays" (like during spring break) even with 102 hitting bays. They have a teaching pro on-staff, and I see a lot of people taking their own clubs, mostly earlier in the day. I think it's a great way for people who don't normally play golf, or who would feel uncomfortable at a traditional driving range to be able to enjoy the sport
  4. If you're looking for a lighter shaft with a higher trajectory, I don't think the DG S-300 is the best option. There just isn't very much difference in those areas. You'll be able to feel the difference in flex, but the weight is only a couple of grams different and although the trajectory might be slightly higher, it probably isn't going to be enough to get the additional carry you want. This chart is several years old, but it's a good starting point to get some ideas about which shafts you might want to look into:
  5. When did they start releasing the purse before the tournament? They used to make a point to not announce the prize money until after the tournament was over because they didn't want that to be the focus, but I noticed they don't do that anymore.
  6. Yes, it's true that they discontinued the golf ball fitting program in 2016, which was a decision made by the President/CEO who had just joined the company at that time. He has since been replaced by the former Executive VP who started the Bridgestone Challenge originally. At the beginning of this year they announced a new version of the ball fitting program would be launched in spring in select Sunbelt markets, and expand to nationwide this summer. They will be adding approach shots data to the fittings, which is something that was talked about as far back as 2007. A lot of guys used
  7. To give you an idea of the types of scores PGA Tour players shoot, here is Phil Mickelson's USGA handicap sheet from 2013: As you can see, Phil was a +5.2 but had been as low as +7.2 (very stout). Remember, a Tour player's game has to travel. These guys shoot low numbers on courses they aren't familiar with, or they see one week each year. That's hard. These are scores Phil posted in Tour events as well as at his home course. Get this...Phil's brother carries a +3.7, and he's not even a pro! At one point around 2005 or 2006 Tiger's handicap was calculated to be +7.9. Jim Fury
  8. Take 2 I tried to post this video several months ago but had some trouble, so hopefully y'all can see it this time. I believe it was made somewhere around 2010 or 2011, but to my knowledge was never released. It has some very good information, so anyone interested in golf ball fittings, or those who have questions about the process, will find it interesting. One of the main points in this video is the opinion that golf balls should not be tested from the green back to the tee...that when finding the ball best for your game you should fit it the way you play it...from the tee to th
  9. The hypothetical analogy I like to use is: Would you use a different driver every round? After all, a titanium head is a titanium head, right? They're all pretty close, just like all multi-layer urethane covered balls are pretty close. So if I can be just as consistent regardless of which ball I play, it won't matter which driver I use either. I think most everyone would agree that it would be diff
  10. Clark Dennis might not be a household name, but he has been a good player for a long time. He turned pro in the late '80s and played on both the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. He chalked up 1 win on the Nationwide Tour, and a couple of T3s on the big Tour. He currently plays on the Champions Tour and the European Seniors Tour. He had 2 wins in Europe in 2017, plus six other top-5 finishes and won the Order of Merit. In Dec 2018 he won the Tour Championship on the Senior Tour in Europe, shooting -23 for three rounds, winning by 8 shots. No bogeys (63-66-64). That is golfing your ball. I'
  11. I no longer work for Bridgestone, but I still play their equipment.
  12. The ball has for sure been a major reason driver distances keep increasing. The part of this video I don't like is that it seems to imply that the Pro V1 was the first solid-core ball to be developed and hit the market, which a lot of players already assume is true. Titleist was actually behind a lot of other companies in the development of the new technology with companies like Bridgestone, Nike and Top-Flite (Strata) already having balls in production.
  13. We probably lose more balls from getting plugged when the range is wet. If the range cart rolls over them they can get buried quickly. We lose some to the mowers too. I'm sure some find their way into golf bags, but I think it's minimal.
  14. We just received a new shipment of practice balls for our range yesterday. We typically replace our practice balls every 6 months. The previous shipment was from Aug, so they were in use for almost 7 months, which is pushing it. The last few weeks there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cracked balls that I happen to see (5-6/day without intentionally looking) or ones that were just wore out. The Pro V1 was not designed or intended for range use, but I thought they held up pretty good for the first 5 months or so...much better than I expected. This is what 850 dz Pro V1
  15. Since 2000, the club I work at has hosted The Kathy Whitworth Invitational Junior Girls Golf Tournament which brings 72 of the world's best junior girl golfers to Fort Worth, Texas each spring. The tournament benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County. Some of the more notable past champions include Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Jane Park, Paula Creamer, and Nelly Korda.
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