Ben Alberstadt

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Ben writes primarily about the PGA Tour for GolfWRX. Follow him on Twitter for his golf-related ramblings: @BJA_GolfWRX. He aggregates PGA Tour-related news on the Bernard Daily.

 




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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 14 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 16 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 17 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 24 days ago
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  • hp_ctlite-parallel

    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 25 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 27 days ago
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  • Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 6.08.38 PM

    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 33 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 33 days ago
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  • Screen shot 2014-08-19 at 11.24.08 AM

    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 33 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 40 days ago
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  • golf-fight-

    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 45 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 46 days ago
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  • Tiger switches drivers in Akron

    Tiger’s driver: Major outlets report what you probably already knew

    If you take a look at the golf news today, there are reports from almost every major outlet (thanks largely to the dissemination of an AP piece by Doug Ferguson) that Tiger Woods was using his prototype...

    • Posted 50 days ago
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  • Golf-World-Digital-Edition-

    Golf World is now a digital weekly. Will anyone care?

    As you may have heard, Golf World, the oldest golf-related publication in the U.S., has abandoned its print edition and is now entirely digital. According to Press Gazette, Golf World’s UK distribution was down more than 12...

    • Posted 52 days ago
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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...

    • Posted 57 days ago
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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 60 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 66 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 67 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 70 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 72 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 74 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 80 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 82 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 85 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 88 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 93 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 95 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 96 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 99 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 101 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 101 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 109 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 111 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 116 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 116 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 121 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 123 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 124 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 131 days ago
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