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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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    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...

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    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...

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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....

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    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 12 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 18 days ago
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    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 20 days ago
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    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 22 days ago
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    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 28 days ago
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  • Kingston Putter Review

    Review: Kingston KP1 and KP2 Putters

    Pros: Solid sound at impact and consistent distance on mishits. These are classic-styled putters with a minimalist look. Custom stamping and sight lines are available. Cons: Upper tier price point ($279). There’s only one finish option and one...

    • Posted 29 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: Patrick Reed’s Ego, Poulter channels Czervik and more

    Welcome to the post-WGC-Cadillac Championship edition of Tweets of the week. Contrary to popular reports, more happened this week outside of tournament winner Patrick Reed’s 10-minute post-round interview. In this installment, Reed earns the true measure of...

    • Posted 35 days ago
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    Reading Reed: Breaking down the champ’s post-round comments

    Following the WGC-Cadillac Championship, winner Patrick Reed sat down for the traditional post-tournament press conference, as champions tend to do. The three-time tour winner burst out of the gate with statements about his confidence and the work...

    • Posted 38 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: Golfers’ kids, mean mugging, mince pies and a questionable tribute

    Welcome to another edition of “Tweets of the week,” wherein we take a brief survey of the minutia that populated the social media sphere during the past week. A brief recap of the major golf stories from...

    • Posted 43 days ago
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    Perspectives on the Tiger’s WD at the Honda Classic

    Rory McIlroy’s Sunday 74 and Russell Henley’s playoff victory at the Honda Classic competed for headline space with Tiger Woods’ back-nine withdrawal. Woods withdrew after No. 13, at which point he was 5-over for the final round....

    • Posted 45 days ago
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    Heading into Sunday, McIlroy’s the man to beat

    After 54 holes, the leader of the Honda Classic is the same man who was in front after 36: Rory McIlroy. Check out the clubs in Rory’s bag here. Golf scribes must be thrilled with the story...

    • Posted 46 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: Bad spelling, bad hair, a $100 bill and 50 Cent

    You’ve inexplicably found your way to another edition of “Tweets of the week,” wherein we take a look at some of the best content from your favorite Tour pros’ Twitter and Instagram accounts. WGC-Accenture Match Play-related content...

    • Posted 50 days ago
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  • WGC-Accenture Match Play: Sunday Preview

    And then there were four. The 64 man field that began the WGC-Accenture Match Play is down to just four golfers after the Round 4 matches. The only men still standing? Jason Day (2), Rickie Fowler (14),...

    • Posted 53 days ago
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    WGC-Accenture Match Play: Saturday Preview

    Friday at the WGC-Accenture Match  Play was action-packed, showcasing the unique thrill that only the match play format can provide. From Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell’s improbable victories, to interesting concessions and hard-fought wins, Friday’s matches had...

    • Posted 54 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: #CalebTheLegend, Keegan pays up, Jimmy Walker on

    Two weeks after nearly winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Bubba Watson overpowered Riviera Country Club for his first win since his 2012 Masters triumph. The prolific tweeter didn’t have a ton to say about his victory....

    • Posted 57 days ago
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    Lee Westwood, instructor Sean Foley part ways

    When he arrived at Riviera Country Club for the Northern Trust Open earlier this week, Lee Westwood did so as a man without a teacher. The tour veteran confirmed that he and instructor Sean Foley terminated their...

    • Posted 62 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: Walker, (a different) Woods win, Tour players harass their friends

    Jimmy Walker captured his third win in his last eight starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday, despite what seemed to be a sincere attempt to give the tournament away on the back nine....

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    Everyone’s asking: What’s wrong with Tiger?

    As he’s just pocketed a seven-figure sum for an exhibition in Delhi, India (where he reportedly played very well), and in the midst the worst start in his near-20 year professional golf career, it seems fitting to...

    • Posted 70 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: Instagram edition

    Kevin Stadler stymied Bubba Watson’s march towards coronation at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last week, after the latter couldn’t hole his par putt on the final hole of the competition. To be fair, though, Bubba’s caddie...

    • Posted 71 days ago
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    A Look at Major OEMs’ January Golf Club Patents

    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 74 days ago
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  • TaylorMade JetSpeed hybrid review

    Review: TaylorMade JetSpeed Hybrids

    Pros: Miminimal vibration on off-center strikes and easy to hit from a variety of lies. Impressive distance, and $20 cheaper than SLDR. Cons: Some might not like the crown design, and the lack of adjustability is a bummer....

    • Posted 76 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: The only Grammy-related tweet you need to see and a selfie you don’t

    We departed from the usual TOTW format with the “PGA Merchandise Show Edition” of Tweets of the week. If you were shattered by the absence of our weekly roundup of the social media silliness of the golf’s...

    • Posted 78 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: PGA Merchandise Show edition

    As there is such an incredible volume of incredible social media content, I’m going to keep my big mouth shut this week and let the tweets and Instagrams speak for themselves. Be sure to check out more...

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    Tweets of the week: Gary Player’s feat of strength, Sir Nick needs help, and more

    This week’s edition of “Tweets” is a motley collection, featuring news of everything from Lydia Ko’s official status as a Callaway staffer to Nick Faldo’s difficulty with his BlackBerry. In other news, Nick Faldo still has a...

    • Posted 89 days ago
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    The Rickie Fowler/Butch Harmon Partnership Makes Sense

    Well, they do both have an affinity for flat bill hats. Rickie Fowler, who has been without an official coach since his passed away in 2011, is joining forces with Butch Harmon. Harmon’s stable has included the...

    • Posted 96 days ago
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    Tweets of the week: Tiger picks his shoes, Must-see grilling acc and more

    Welcome, golf fans, to another edition of Tweets of the week. With the new year upon us and our first 2014 (albeit limited field) tournament behind us, the traditional part of the 2013-2014 wrap-around PGA Tour schedule...

    • Posted 98 days ago
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  • TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver Review

    Review: TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver

    Pros: Consistent launch and carry on strikes anywhere on the club’s large sweet spot, particularly those low on the face. Impressive distance for a driver with this level of forgiveness. Sleek, subtle look and an attractive $299...

    • Posted 99 days ago
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