Ben Alberstadt

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Ben writes primarily about the PGA Tour for GolfWRX. He has a sentimental attachment to a set of 1976 Wilson Staff blades, which isn't helping his scores any. Follow him on Twitter for his golf-related ramblings: @BJA_GolfWRX.

 




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  • TimClark

    Clark switches to split-grip chipping style

    If you saw Tim Clark on television during the RBC Canadian Open, you may have noticed the unique way he gripped the club on chip shots. The South African, who is currently second in the tournament behind...

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  • dicks

    Dick’s fires more than 500 PGA pros

    The strategy was always a risky one: Put a PGA pro at every Dick’s Sporting Goods location as a competitive advantage over online retailers. The company acknowledged yesterday that the approach hasn’t worked: Dick’s Sporting Goods has fired...

    • Posted 7 days ago
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  • Screen shot 2014-07-17 at 10.17.53 AM

    Breaking down Tiger Woods’ opening 69

    If you joined your intrepid journalist in waking up to catch Tiger Woods’ opening tee shot at 4:10 a.m. ET, you likely felt OK about his effort, which found the left side of the fairway. “OK He...

    • Posted 13 days ago
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  • Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 8.10.48 AM

    Latest patent filings: A driver with a spoiler, a removable club crown and more

    Once again, it’s time to take a look at patents major OEMs have filed for and been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In last month’s edition, we saw a microwavable golf ball and...

    • Posted 14 days ago
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  • Holly-Sonders-head-shot

    Holly Sonders’ move to Fox is the right next step

    It’s again onward and upward for Holly Sonders: The Golf Channel host is leaving the NBC-owned network to join Fox Sports. Reports indicate Sonders will do sideline reporting at NFL games in addition to, presumably, anchoring the...

    • Posted 17 days ago
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  • IMG_2905

    Review: Garsen Putter Grips

    Pros: A new take on the traditional pistol-style putter grip. Design minimizes wrist breakdown and lays the foundation for a more consistent stroke. Solid construction, comparable to grips from major manufacturers. Cons: The necessary hand position may...

    • Posted 19 days ago
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  • Brandt-Snedeker-Featured-

    Snedeker hires Butch Harmon as new coach

    Brandt Snedeker has ended his seven-year relationship with coach Todd Anderson and will be employing the services of Butch Harmon. Snedeker was fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking just last year. Regardless of your opinion of...

    • Posted 20 days ago
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  • Bubba-Watson-Golfsmith-

    Have you seen this? Bubba Watson cranks drivers with shoppers at Golfsmith

    BUBBA & GOLFSMITH from Bubba Watson on Vimeo. Fresh off a flight into Los Angeles a few weeks back, the No. 3-ranked golfer in the world, Bubba Watson, decided to stop by an area Golfsmith to drive...

    • Posted 27 days ago
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  • Screen-shot-2014-06-30-at-4.44.10-PM

    Wilson Staff reintroduces its classic 8802 putter

    The putter that has won more majors than any other is back. To celebrate its 100th anniversary as a company, Wilson Staff is reintroducing the classic 8802 putter. Although Wilson used the 8802 moniker earlier, the putter essentially...

    • Posted 29 days ago
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  • TW

    Woods’ missed cut was a step in the right direction

    Any assessment of what Tiger Woods’ missed cut at the Quicken Loans National means must begin with this question: “What did we expect?” Yes, Tiger Woods missed his fourth 36-hole cut as a professional in his career....

    • Posted 32 days ago
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  • XXIO-7-DRIVER-modified

    Cleveland makes new appointments, plans to bring XXIO to US

    Cleveland golf announced today that Chuck Thiry will assume the role of Vice President and Special Advisor to the President with the specific goal of maximizing the brand presence of Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO with green grass accounts across the...

    • Posted 35 days ago
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  • tigerfeat

    Tiger Woods will return to PGA Tour this week

    Just three days ago we posted an article titled “Tiger Woods is back…to hitting full shots” after the golfer was spotted cranking drivers at his home club in Florida. Well, according to the golfer’s Facebook page, he’ll...

    • Posted 40 days ago
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  • McIlroy chooses Ireland

    McIlroy will play for Ireland in the 2016 Olympics

    On the eve of the Irish Open, here’s a Rory McIlroy story not related to the golfer’s clubs getting lost by an airline: Clad appropriately in a green shirt a pre-tournament press conference, the Ulsterman stated he’ll...

    • Posted 42 days ago
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  • tiger-woods

    Tiger Woods is back… to hitting full shots

    According to multiple reports, Tiger Woods was seen hitting full shots (including driver), over the weekend at his home course in Hobe Sound, Florida. The TW sighting at the Medalist GC invites speculation as to whether he’ll...

    • Posted 43 days ago
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  • Victor-Garcia-

    Why Sergio Garcia’s bag says Victor Garcia

    If you catch a glimpse of Sergio Garcia’s TaylorMade staff bag today, you might be surprised to see it reads “Victor” rather than “Sergio” Garcia. Scratching your head, you’ll likely ask: “Did the TaylorMade embroidery department drop...

    • Posted 46 days ago
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  • Brandt Snedeker putter

    Snedeker Switches Putters

    If you follow us on Instagram, then you likely saw this photo yesterday of the new putter Brandt Snedeker put in the bag for the U.S. Open. The perennial top-tenner in strokes gained-putting ranks worse than 50th...

    • Posted 48 days ago
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  • Bp7NOtrIcAEfY1Z

    Rickie pays tribute to Payne

    As of this writing, Rickie Fowler is still warming up for his 8:13 a.m. tee time at Pinehurst No. 2, but he’s already making headlines. Why you ask? Take a look at this photo tweeted by Pinehurst...

    • Posted 48 days ago
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  • Featured-Nike-Microwave

    Latest patent filings: An adjustable golf ball and more

    It’s been a little more than a month since we last had a look at the major OEM’s patent filings. Last time we looked at designs from TaylorMade, Ping, Titleist, and Nike. In this installment, we have some...

    • Posted 56 days ago
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  • gwrx_fathers2014_620wide

    GolfWRX’s 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

    Not that you need reminding, but Father’s Day is June 15th. And if your pops is a golfer, you’ve come to the right place. GolfWRX presents its annual Father’s Day Gift Guide with options for every budget....

    • Posted 57 days ago
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  • Tiger Woods back isn't the problem

    Tiger Woods announces he’s out of the U.S. Open

    Tiger Woods won’t be teeing it up at the U.S. Open June 12. In a statement released through his website this evening, the golfer said: “Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to...

    • Posted 63 days ago
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  • scor_terry

    Terry Koehler, the new Hogan irons and what it’s all about

    A few weeks ago, we were one of the first outlets to break the news that the Ben Hogan Company will be returning to the equipment sector in 2015. In a roughly 45-minute call with Mr. Koehler,...

    • Posted 63 days ago
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  • Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 9.22.35 AM

    Chamblee and McCord join forces with Tathata Golf

    Former PGA Tour professionals and current analysts Brandel Chamblee and Gary McCord are throwing their weight behind a new golf training program, Tathata Golf. They’ll begin appearing in ads for the company some time this summer. And...

    • Posted 68 days ago
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  • Rory McIlroy calls off engagement

    Rory McIlroy calls off engagement

    For those of you who thought Rory McIlroy’s relationship with Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was a distraction, you can cease your worrying. Rory McIlroy announced in a statement early today that he and his fiancé have...

    • Posted 70 days ago
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  • New Balance NB574 Golf Shoe Review

    New Balance NB574 Golf Shoe Review

    Pros: The comfort and fit you’d expect from New Balance. They’re waterproof, and at $129, very affordable for their level of quality and comfort. Cons: Only one width and two colors available. Bottom Line: If you like...

    • Posted 71 days ago
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  • gary

    What golfers should do instead of icing injuries

    As a follow-up to “Are golfers wasting their time icing injuries?” I had a chance to speak with Gary Reinl, author of Iced! The Illusionary Treatment Option about what golfers ought to do instead of, well wasting their...

    • Posted 78 days ago
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  • Ben-Hogan-Logo-

    Ben’s back: The Hogan Company is returning to golf equipment

    After a seven-year absence, the Ben Hogan brand announced today that it’s returning to the golf equipment business. Perry Ellis International, owner of the Hogan brand since 2012, will partner with Eidolon Brands, LLC to produce the first irons...

    • Posted 85 days ago
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  • icinginjury

    Are golfers wasting their time icing injuries?

    Even in a world of “doctors used to say it was good for you, now they say it’s bad,” this one is a shocker: The doctor who coined the acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) in 1978...

    • Posted 92 days ago
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  • David+Duval

    Why David Duval is playing better golf in 2014

    Don’t worry. This isn’t another article about David Duval’s decline. Neither is it speculation as to what went wrong for the world No. 1 and what continues to plague him. Rather, it’s an examination of what’s going...

    • Posted 92 days ago
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  • FEATURED_Galvin Green - Adler Action Shot 3

    Review: Galvin Green’s Aron jacket

    Pros: Incredibly light, waterproof and fitted. It doesn’t inhibit the golf swing in any way, and it’s stylish and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your golf bag. Cons: There’s no way around it: $460...

    • Posted 96 days ago
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  • FRED-FEATURED (1)

    Fred Funk on his return to the PGA Tour and injuries in pro golf

    Eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk knows a thing or two about injuries on golf’s professional circuit. The 57-year-old Tour veteran of 25 years—who is using his career-money list exemption to compete primarily on the PGA Tour...

    • Posted 98 days ago
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  • FEATURED-Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 10.57.43 AM

    Latest patents from TMag, Callaway, Ping and Titleist

    It’s been a month since we last looked at what the major OEMs have been up to in the world of patent filings. So it seems like a good time to see what the best and brightest...

    • Posted 99 days ago
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  • Screen shot 2014-04-15 at 6.49.01 PM

    Jordan Spieth: Great, but young Tiger he is not

    Standing on the eighth tee at Augusta National on Sunday, Jordan Spieth was the Masters leader by two strokes. It was looking very much like the 20-year-old could supplant Tiger Woods as the youngest winner of the...

    • Posted 105 days ago
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  • seaside-golf_00261736

    Study: Golf courses actually aren’t bad for the environment

    Historically, golf courses haven’t had the greatest reputation among environmentalists. For those concerned about the impact of these recreational venues on their surroundings, some news out of the University of Missouri ought to quell their fears: Researchers...

    • Posted 107 days ago
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  • Mickelson and Woods 2014 Masters

    Who will succeed Woods and Mickelson as multiple Masters winners?

    As you know, Tiger Woods isn’t participating in the Masters this year as he recovers from back surgery. Phil Mickelson, hampered by injuries of his own, is limiting his practice in preparation for the season’s first major....

    • Posted 112 days ago
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  • Dustin-Johnson-Shell-Houston-Open

    A new breed of cover curse? Dustin Johnson withdraws

    You’ve seen the contentious Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest ”Fitness Issue” cover that’s been circulating around the web since yesterday. If somehow you haven’t, check it out here. But did you see what Ms. Gretzky’s fiance did on the course...

    • Posted 117 days ago
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  • Injury forces Mickelson out of the Valero Texas Open

    Another high-profile player has been bitten by the injury bug. After feeling the proverbial twinge early in his round, Phil Mickelson labored through 10 holes at the Valero Texas Open Saturday before calling it quits. At issue:...

    • Posted 123 days ago
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  • Troy-Matteson-SLDR-

    Matteson bags two TaylorMade SLDR Minis at Texas Open

    Troy Matteson carded a respectable even-par 72 in the opening-round of the Valero Texas Open today. The score positioned him in a tie for 31st at the time he finished. Of more interest to equipment junkies, however, is...

    • Posted 125 days ago
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  • sldr_v2_05

    Tour equipment junkies rejoice! TaylorMade opens “The Vault”

    Last year, we discussed TaylorMade not selling the equipment that its professional staff use on Tour. And if you’re a GolfWRX forum junkie, you’ve likely seen this topic debated for years on our site. Well, for those of you...

    • Posted 127 days ago
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  • Nike-Iron-Featured-

    The latest patents from Nike, Titleist and TaylorMade

    Many of the patents major OEMs apply for with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office take several months to a year to get published, or made public. In other words, companies begin working on a technology and apply...

    • Posted 133 days ago
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