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These have to be the most callused hands in professional golf, right?



The European Tour is rounding up the best (presumably Instagram) photos of the year as 2017 winds down. With the 13th installment in the series, the Euro Tour presents a photo snapped by Kristoffer Broberg of his countryman Alex Noren.

More specifically, Noren’s calloused palms. These mitts would make a 19th century seaman proud!

Have a look.

The photo’s caption reads in part

“Alex Noren’s hands after a particularly long practice session, the day before the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Noren is known as one of the hardest workers on Tour and has said before that he now often wears two gloves during practice to protect his hands from the effects of hitting hundreds of shots in a day.”

Maybe he should take to wearing two gloves on each hand? On the plus side, he’s got something of a reminder grip, not so much in the grip, but rather in his hands. Just nestle that baby ‘neath your calloused and you’re good to go!

What do you think, GolfWRX members? We’ve all practiced until blistered and bleeding, but have you ever seen anything like this? Is there some unique reason for this level of callusing? Answers needed.

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  1. Bob Pegram

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:08 am

    The fact that there are only minimal callouses at the top of his left palm at the bases of his fingers is odd. Usually those get big. Hogan mentions his below the base of his fingers on his left hand (or shows them in an illustration) in his Five Lessons book. It would be interesting to see Noren’s grip in a few close-up shots and then watch it during his swing since his callouses are in different locations than Hogan’s.

  2. Greg V

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Along the lines of “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth over-doing…”

  3. Pat

    Dec 13, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Bob Byman wrote a great article on this earlier last year. Check it out on Facebook

  4. Tee

    Dec 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Maybe his grips are too thin, he then has to hold the club too tight.

  5. Scott Francis

    Dec 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    does that look normal couple of those areas look black could be infection

  6. d

    Dec 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I don’t understand how this is possible, to be honest. I play everyday and have hit hundreds of balls in a given session, and I hardly have callouses. I use cord grips, too. Does he just grip super hard???

  7. Thomas A

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    He’s just gunning for a Neutrogena hand cream sponsorship.

  8. mM

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:59 am

    No big deal. Ben Hogan used to practice until his hands bled, right? So if Noren kept it up without resting, he would bleed too.

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets



It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him



On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!



I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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