Ronald Montesano

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Ronald Montesano writes for from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.


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    Modern Golf: The Golf Equipment Promised Land

    Golfers have been told about (and ignored) the benefits of custom fitting for years, but just as the practice started to gain traction with average golfers a decade ago, new barricades popped up. The Internet simplified the...

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  • LydiaKo

    For Lydia Ko, wrist and cyst go hand-in-hand

    If reports are true, Lydia Ko may be facing wrist surgery that would require months of recovery. Reports are surfacing from a variety of sources indicating that the Kiwi teen has had a cyst drained on occasion...

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  • RoryWins

    McIlroy wins PGA Championship for back-to-back major victories

    The PGA of America must be smiling broadly. It produced the intriguing, unexpected tournament denouement that the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship wish they might have offered in 2014. Understand that Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and...

    • Posted 129 days ago
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    Review: Gary Player’s Instructional DVD Set: A Game For Life

    It may not be fair to hold a legend in one aspect of life to a similar standard in another. When such a prominent figure makes an effort to repeat his/her achievements in another realm, there is...

    • Posted 137 days ago
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  • SunMountainFeat

    Review: Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian Travel Bag

    Pros: Sun Mountain’s ClubGlider Meridian is the only golf travel bag that comes equipped with four wheels — one pair with retractable legs — that hold 100 percent of the weight. That provides stability and convenience while...

    • Posted 140 days ago
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    McIlroy (16-under) takes 6 shot lead at The Open

    Ivor Robson has the afternoon off. The sweet-tenored announcer who hasn’t taken a bathroom break in 37 years of presentations, who has spawned an unending and indelible line of imitators, was reduced to introducing merely half the...

    • Posted 151 days ago
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  • Loomis golf shafts

    The return of Loomis Golf shafts

    In 1992, Davis Love III installed Loomis Golf graphite shafts in his irons. The subsequent four wins on tour had competitors and aficionados scratching their heads and asking what exactly happened to DL3′s game? It turned out...

    • Posted 152 days ago
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  • Angel Cabrera

    Cabrera takes Greenbrier Classic title

    A Billy Hurley III victory at the Greenbrier Classic on Independence Day weekend would have been a good story. Hurley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served his country for five years, including a two-year term...

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  • Martin Kaymer Round 2 U.S. Open

    Kaymer stays hot in Round 2, leads by 6

    If Germany consider its World Cup Brasil chances to be diminished after injuries to Marco Reus and Manuel Neuer, coach Joachim Loew might be well-served to place a call to North Carolina and discuss the matter with...

    • Posted 187 days ago
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    Matsuyama wins his first at the Memorial

    One might have glanced at the calendar early Sunday afternoon and questioned whether it was June or July. Fireworks were exploding all over the Muirfield Village course as a mixture of young and old club-slingers exchanged birdie...

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    By Any Other Name: The Women’s PGA Championship

    The frequently-quoted line, spoken by Shakespeare’s Juliet, reads like this: “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Its application to Thursday’s stunning, joint announcement by the PGA of America and...

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    Review: Cobra BiO Cell and BiO Cell+ Irons

    Pros: Improved ball speeds across the face can add distance and consistency in both models. The large footprint of the BiO Cell irons offers great forgiveness throughout the set. Cons: An angular graphics package won’t please traditionalists, and...

    • Posted 206 days ago
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  • Lucy Lu 11 year old

    11-year-old qualifies for the U.S. Women’s Open

    It would be simple to begin with the words “Most eleven-year olds are” or “When I was eleven, one thing I wasn’t doing was…” Consider that temptation resisted. Lucy Li, born little more than a decade ago, lowered...

    • Posted 211 days ago
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  • jb holmes wells fargo

    Holmes’ long return ends in win at Wells Fargo Championship

    After a fellow undergoes brain surgery after the most successful seasons of his career, then sits out a subsequent year with a broken ankle, the memory of how to finish a tournament victory slowly ebbs. On championship...

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  • Bubba Watson Masters 2014 Round 2

    Bubba takes a 3-shot lead into Saturday

    You know and I know that it won’t truly begin until Sunday’s back nine. And yet… we want to believe that something that happened on Friday just might be the lynchpin in the whole mechanism. Bubba Watson...

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    Patrick Reed wins multi-faceted Cadillac Championship

    Who won the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday all depends on whom you ask. Golf architecture buffs will point to architect Gil Hanse, whose renovation of Dick Wilson’s Blue Monster served to wet appetites for his work at...

    • Posted 283 days ago
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  • Cleveland 588 Custom Fairway Woods

    Cleveland 588 Fairway Woods and Hybrids Review

    Pros: Classic looks and a pleasing sound and feel. Two of the highest-launching fairway woods and hybrids we’ve tested. Cons: Not adjustable. These could spin too much for high-spin golfers. Only one stock shaft, and their swing weights...

    • Posted 286 days ago
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  • Watson ends winless drought at Rivera

    Watson ends winless drought at Riviera

    Hogan’s Alley is not a track for the timid, nor for the untested. The third-round leaders of the Northern Trust Open became aware of this as a dozen golfers made birdie after birdie on Sunday afternoon and...

    • Posted 304 days ago
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  • Cleveland 588 Custom Driver Review

    Review: Cleveland 588 Custom Driver

    Pros: Two loft options (9 and 10.5), and each head has 12 settings to further tune loft, lie and face angle. A weight port in the back of the head accepts three variable screws to adjust swing weight....

    • Posted 307 days ago
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  • The Pill Review

    Review: The Pill

    Pros: The Pill is idiot-proof; you set it on its edge to practice your putting or on its side for chipping and bunker shots. If your stroke is off, The Pill won’t lie. It’s affordable, portable and easy...

    • Posted 313 days ago
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  • Orange Whip Putting Wand Review

    Review: The Orange Whip Putting Wand

    Pros: Intuitive and familiar device. Its overall weight and flexible shaft force users to pay attention to the length and pace of their strokes, as well as where they contact the ball on the face. Works for...

    • Posted 314 days ago
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    Review: Cleveland Classic Collection HB 1 Putter

    Pros: The Cleveland Classic HB 1 costs only $99, yet it offers the clean look and soft feel of more expensive putters. It’s available in two finishes, black pearl and the satin chrome. Cons: No removable weights, but...

    • Posted 342 days ago
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  • Zach+Johnson+Hyundai+Tournament+Champions

    Johnson wins the Hyundai TOC

    The Hyundai Tournament of Champions demanded a simple recipe from its champion: stay clean of bogies and go on a birdie run or two. Zach Johnson followed the recipe for most of the four days and moved...

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    Singh signs with Hopkins, Stenson moves to Callaway

    Vijay Singh has signed an endorsement deal with Hopkins Golf that will have the 50-year-old Fijian wearing a Hopkins visor and carrying the company’s staff bag and wedges, while Henrik Stenson has signed on to become a...

    • Posted 348 days ago
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  • Club Crown american flag

    Review: Club Crown

    Confidence and comfort win the day. It’s a simple partnership to envision, but not always a cinch to incorporate. When you tee up a golf ball, any number of notions serve to distract your thoughts from the...

    • Posted 384 days ago
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  • Jason Day, 2013 US PGA

    Australia and Jason Day score a clean sweep at the World Cup

    To be sporting, the host Australian side spotted the field six strokes on day one and added a seventh blow on day two. Pundits from around the globe questioned what was wrong with Adam Scott and people...

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    USGA Enters Digital Age With New Rules Decisions

    According to an announcement made Tuesday on the United States Golf Association’s website, 87 changes were made to the decisions on the rules of golf. Fifty-nine decisions were revised, 24 were withdrawn and three new decisions were...

    • Posted 392 days ago
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  • 9th Hole at Bass River

    A golfer’s dazzling Cape: Golf along Cape Cod

    When a sandy strand extends out into the ocean, it doesn’t take long for golf to establish itself as a primer recreational and fiscal entity. Cape Cod’s proximity to the Atlantic ocean extends its golfing season on...

    • Posted 395 days ago
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    Review: Cleveland 588 Altitude Driver

    Pros: With a 270-gram total weight, the 588 Altitude is one of the lightest drivers on the market. That, and its high-MOI design can give golfers with slow-to-moderate swing speeds more distance when they pure one and when...

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