Ben Alberstadt

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Ben writes primarily about the PGA Tour for GolfWRX. He also aggregates PGA Tour-related news on the Bernard Daily.

 




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    Terry Koehler on Hogan irons of the past and future

    The “Table Full of Jewelry” is Ronnie McGraw’s incredible collection of Ben Hogan iron heads. Laid out like a banquet, the assortment of some of the finest irons ever made catalogues 50 years of chief Hogan Company...

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  • Michael-Breed-

    Michael Breed talks Tiger’s woes, new swing and more

    Former PGA National Teacher of the Year, Michael Breed is one of the most well-regarded and highly visible pros in the game, thanks to his show, The Golf Fix, on Golf Channel, and his years in the...

    • Posted 9 days ago
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    Luke Donald: Monkey trouble in South Africa

    Luke Donald has added his name to the long list of PGA Tour professionals who have had animal encounters on the golf course. Playing the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, Donald was approaching his ball in the...

    • Posted 16 days ago
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  • Erik-Anders-Lang-Be-The-Ball

    Be The Ball: Filmmaker exploring ‘the zone,’ mental side of golf

    Documentary filmmaker Erik Anders Lang is turning his attention to golf, and he’s working on one heck of a project. Be The Ball,  Lang’s in-progress film, explores the mental side of the game through interviews with luminary figures...

    • Posted 19 days ago
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  • BobLamkinPhoto2013

    Bob Lamkin on the wrap grip reborn, 90 years of history

    2015 marks the 90th anniversary of Lamkin Golf Grips. The longest-standing gripmaker in the golf industry is fresh off the success of the UTx and R.E.L. grips in 2014 and is poised to unveil something even more...

    • Posted 19 days ago
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  • Ecco Biom Hybrid 2

    Review: ECCO Biom Hybrid 2

    Pros: Comfortable, impressive traction, off-the-course wearability, modern look. Cons: Reflective accents may be too bold for some. Bottom Line: If you’re in the market for a spikeless shoe with bold looks, the BIOM Hybrid 2 is the best...

    • Posted 33 days ago
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  • WoodsWRX

    ESPN’s Bob Harig on Tiger, The PGA Tour, The Ryder Cup and more

    Bob Harig, ESPN’s senior golf writer and 20-year veteran of golf journalism, was kind enough to chat with me about golf’s hottest topics. He touched on the wraparound season and its potential alternatives, the FedEx Cup, slow...

    • Posted 34 days ago
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    Patrick Reed’s homophobic slur is a big deal

    First, what happened: On the 10th hole of the WGC-HSBC Champions, Patrick Reed rolled a putt past the hole. In the process of tapping in his third putt on the green he chastised himself saying, fairly audibly,...

    • Posted 45 days ago
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  • ECCO Golf SS15 - BIOM Hybrid 2 Image

    ECCO strides ahead with the BIOM Hybrid 2

    Above: ECCO’s BIOM Hybrid 2 ($195) A shoe design ought to begin with the foot in mind. Sounds obvious, right? ECCO’s founder didn’t think it was obvious to shoemakers in the 1960s. In the golf sphere, too, form...

    • Posted 47 days ago
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  • Rory-McIlroy-011

    Rory McIlroy is taking a brief break from golf

    Rory McIlroy is taking a short break from professional golf out of necessity. It’s not due to injury or exhaustion, however. The Ulsterman will have a new full-time job in the next few weeks: prepping for trial....

    • Posted 60 days ago
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  • Tiger at Bluejack

    The real intervention Tiger Woods needs right now

    If you haven’t seen Golf Digest’s retrospective on Tiger Woods’ regrettable history with denim, you need to do that. But be prepared for a dose of Dad Jeans that would put President Obama to shame. The Golf Digest...

    • Posted 66 days ago
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    Latest patent filings: Sound-tuning, sound-analysis and adjustable irons

    It’s been a few months since we took a peek at the technologies major OEMs are working on. In an ever-increasingly competitive space amid an industry in contraction, OEMs seem to be digging deeper and going bolder...

    • Posted 71 days ago
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    Galvin Green’s spring/summer 2015 collection

    Sweden-based golf apparel manufacturer, Galvin Green, has unveiled its wide-ranging spring/summer 2015 collection. The company, “a pure golf brand,” which has set the standard in golf outerwear in Europe for the past two decades, expanded to the...

    • Posted 75 days ago
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  • NikeVaporPro1

    Rory switches to Nike Vapor irons at Dunhill Links Championship

    A week after putting Nike’s new Vapor Pro driver in play at the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy looks to be going all in with the new Nike line he helped launch in New York City during the...

    • Posted 80 days ago
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  • Bashing or brilliance? The value of Mickelson’s latest media stumble

    Phil Mickelson’s recent comments about Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson are the latest addition to “Mickelson’s Greatest Hits.” And whether you thought Phil was right for speaking his mind in response to a direct question, or you...

    • Posted 82 days ago
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  • Fred-Funk-Featured-

    Fred Funk on the Ryder Cup, U.S. team’s chances

    Eight-time PGA Tour winner and nine-time winner on the Champions Tour, Fred Funk, joined me courtesy of Stryker to chat about the Ryder Cup and his hole-in-one at last week’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, where he finished...

    • Posted 86 days ago
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  • ProQuip-Ryder-Cup

    Why the European Team is wearing ProQuip Rain Suits

    The European Ryder Cup Team will again be wearing ProQuip weatherwear. Leaving nothing to chance, team captain Paul McGinley has been intimately involved with the his team’s rain suits. Captain McGinley selected Scottish company ProQuip Golf to...

    • Posted 88 days ago
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  • Horschel-Swing-Link-

    The training aid Billy Horschel used at BMW Championship

    We spotted this week’s winner, Billy Horschel, on the range at Cherry Hills, Thursday using the SwingLink training aid. What was he doing using the product you see below? To answer that, remember this: With the ball...

    • Posted 105 days ago
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  • Boccieri Golf Secret Grip Cutaway

    Talking counterbalancing with Steve Boccieri and Tom Stickney

    Could counterbalancing be the next technology major OEMs market? Steve Boccieri of Boccieri Golf thinks so. “The next frontier is counterbalancing,” he boldly declared. Boccieri, the inventor of the Heavy Putter a decade ago, admittedly has a...

    • Posted 107 days ago
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  • rory-mcilroy-6-iron-

    Rory McIlroy and his 6-iron: A love story

    The 6-iron is a traditional fitting club and the go-to club for hackers working on their games at the range. It’s also Rory McIlroy’s favorite piece of weaponry, according to a recent interview with PGATour.com. It’s no...

    • Posted 108 days ago
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  • Bubba-Watson-Corn-Maze-

    Bubba Watson stuck in a maze

    You know you’ve arrived when…you have a corn maze cut in your image. About 20 miles away from Bubba Watson’s hometown of Bagdad, Fla., Sweet Season Farms in Berrydale plans to cut the gem pictured above as...

    • Posted 115 days ago
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    KBS adds new C-Taper Lite shaft with parallel tip

    The C-Taper Lite shaft KBS released in June is now available in a parallel-tip model that complements the original tapered-tip design. The shaft has the same mid-launch, mid-spin performance as the original C-Tape Lite tapered tip shaft...

    • Posted 116 days ago
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  • PGA Tour Strokes Gained Driving

    PGA Tour rolls out new Strokes gained: Tee-to-green statistic

    Today, the PGA Tour is officially rolling out a new statistical metric: strokes gained: tee-to-green. In addition, the Tour will tally a combined “strokes gained: total”, which is an aggregate of the strokes gained-putting figure and strokes...

    • Posted 118 days ago
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    Woods and McIlroy relent, take the #IceBucketChallenge

    After numerous nominations Tiger Woods has finally relented and dumped ice water over his head to raise awareness (and hopefully money) for ALS research. Rory McIlroy, who was nominated by numerous ice water drenched entities as well,...

    • Posted 124 days ago
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  • ping_KETSCHputter

    Why Ping is sending Ketsch putter owners $30

    If you bought a Ping Ketsch putter, good news: Ping wants to send you “a gift of $30.” The bad news? The putter grooves were deeper than expected. The full statement of Ping Chairman & CEO John...

    • Posted 124 days ago
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    Rory McIlroy just had the best week ever

    Since outlasting his challengers at the PGA Championship at Valhalla August 10th, Rory McIlroy has been on something of an international brofest. And while it’s unclear how is off-course fun compares to, say winning two majors and...

    • Posted 124 days ago
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  • golftec1

    GolfTEC to add 100 PGA pros, CEO responds to industry declines

    As we reported on June 23, Dick’s Sporting Goods let go of its entire staff of PGA professionals, leaving an estimated 500 pros out of a job. The decision came amidst regular news of the decline in...

    • Posted 131 days ago
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    Why a pair of golfers threw down on the course

    Scanning news headlines over the past few days, you may have seen the item: “Police: Fight Over Golf Rules Sends 2 To Hospital.” If you haven’t read the whole story, the core of it is too fabulous...

    • Posted 136 days ago
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  • Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 2.02.16 PM

    Analyze this: Padraig Harrington’s Happy Gilmore long drive swing

    The return of the long drive competition at the PGA Championship Tuesday was notable for few reasons. Bubba Watson was a spoilsport and refused to participate. Jack Nicklaus’ long drive from the 1963 competition with a persimmon...

    • Posted 137 days ago
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