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  • TigerButch
    Why a Tiger-Butch Reunion Won’t Happen

    In the hours following the news of a Tiger Woods-Sean Foley split, the cry was neither quiet, nor subtle: TIGER, RETURN TO BUTCH HARMON! The overwhelming fan chorus advocating Woods’ return to one of his first swing...

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  • mist-green
    Want to go lower? The stats say you need an earlier tee time

    Recently, I was researching data for some of my PGA Tour clients on tee times (late vs. early) and scoring average. Is there a correlation, I wondered. I assumed there was, and knew that the results would be...

    • Posted 2 days ago
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  • Rory2
    Will Rory McIlroy go on another FedEx Cup run?

    It’s FedEx Cup Playoffs time and golf’s main man, Rory McIlroy, also happens to be perched atop the standings as the four-week show commences. The 25-year-old is yet to capture the PGA Tour’s holy grail but made...

    • Posted 9 days ago
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  • moneyball
    Adams: Straight answers about equipment costs

    While reading comments from previous articles, the cost of equipment was often mentioned as a reason folks were not enamored with the game. The “$400” driver came up several times. Before I get into more depth I’d...

    • Posted 15 days ago
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  • Valhalla
    Valhalla’s setup reveals PGA Championship identity challenges

    People complain every year that the PGA Championship is the only major championship that lacks a distinct identity. The Masters is all about tradition and Augusta National Golf Club, particularly its PhD-prerequisite putting surfaces and Rae’s Creek....

    • Posted 16 days ago
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  • TigerLean2
    Chamblee, Nobilo get heated over Tiger’s swing changes

    Tiger Woods missed the cut at the 2014 PGA Championship, finishing at 6-over par for the tournament, but it was an argument between analysts about his golf swing that had everyone’s attention. Click here to see what...

    • Posted 18 days ago
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  • Analyzing Tom Watson’s Potential Ryder Cup picks

    Captain Tom Watson’s captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup became more difficult when Dustin Johnson announced that he will not play in the event. And that was just the start. I’ve posted the current U.S. Ryder Cup...

    • Posted 20 days ago
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  • SlBo
    AimPoint’s Express Route to the Top: A Q&A with Founder Mark Sweeney

    Aimpoint Founder Mark Sweeney (right) with Stacy Lewis. Turn on CBS for Sunday’s telecast and you’re bound to see an animated graphic of a ball breaking towards the hole. This graphic is part of a bigger simulator...

    • Posted 20 days ago
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  • Why Sergio Garcia isn’t going to end his career without a major

    This summer has been an eventful one for Sergio Garcia. Three tournaments, three finishes of 13-under or better. He’s found peace and maturity in older age. And he might be engaged to a caddie who sports a 100...

    • Posted 21 days ago
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  • Social_Media
    Golf Getting Social: OEMs tap into massive online influence

    Social media offers an easy and relatively inexpensive way for players, golf brands and clubmakers to generate buzz around their products. While it’s certainly no secret that social media is playing an ever-increasing role in the lives...

    • Posted 23 days ago
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  • Turtle
    Adams: Establishing better rules for pace of play

    I’m saddened to report that Golf Czar has relinquished his title. It seems that when reading the fine print I didn’t understand that wearing the uniform was mandatory at all golf functions, including playing! Let me tell...

    • Posted 27 days ago
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  • Snedeker stats Butch Haromon
    The stats behind Snedeker’s switch to Butch Harmon

    The most recent high-profile teacher switch in golf has come from Brandt Snedeker, who moved from long-time coach Todd Anderson to Butch Harmon. Here is a look at Snedeker’s performance over the past few seasons. As we...

    • Posted 29 days ago
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  • 81527341
    Three scenarios that get Tiger Woods into the FedEx Cup Playoffs

    In 2013, Tiger Woods entered the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leading the FedEx Cup standings. Fifty-two weeks later, he’s 215th! There are only three events left–and just two for Tiger–before The Playoffs are set and Woods needs to jump...

    • Posted 29 days ago
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  • growing the game3
    A specific approach to grow golf (Part 6)

    Before I get into specifics, here’s a quick review of golf participation in the U.S. Since 1985, we’ve lost 500,000 avid golfers, who are golfers who play golf 25+ times per year and pay 71 percent of...

    • Posted 34 days ago
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  • Clark: Give Nike Golf credit where credit is due

    Remember all the criticism hurled at Rory McIlroy when he decided to switch to Nike Golf equipment? It’s quieter now, isn’t it? The meteoric rise of Nike Golf has been nothing short of amazing considering that not very...

    • Posted 35 days ago
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  • Rickie Fowler dislike
    Why disliking Rickie Fowler as a person needs to stop

    As two 25-year-olds marched up Royal Liverpool’s 18th fairway Sunday—names firmly planted atop the leaderboard and unhassled by the cornerstone player of this generation, who had long ago vacated the course’s premises—the story of the youngsters usurping...

    • Posted 36 days ago
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  • BACZAR-goodbeard2
    Golf gets its first Czar (Part 5)

    I must admit that I was surprised and humbled when told I’ve been named Czar over all of golf. I asked about the process and was told that upon investigation the computer drives failed but the appointment...

    • Posted 41 days ago
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  • HoylakeTiger
    A different Tiger from the ’06 chess match at Hoylake

    I’ll try to keep this short, since this is really just an excuse to post the video, which comes equipped with some tremendously creepy, yet somehow fitting music. We already highlighted the changes to the course, so...

    • Posted 42 days ago
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  • How has Hoylake changed and who serves to benefit?

    The power of Tiger Woods appears to, at times, blanket all blemishes it encounters. If you are looking for proof, click back eight years when Royal Liverpool, hosting its first Open Championship in 39 years, re-emerged dry,...

    • Posted 42 days ago
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  • persimmon vs graphite golfwrx
    Are titanium drivers really that much better than wood drivers?

    Let’s forget about center of gravity, moment of inertia, weight adjustability and turbulators for a moment. I know it’s difficult, but bear with me. The golf industry has made significant (and I mean significant) improvements in driver...

    • Posted 43 days ago
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  • DSC_0042
    Custom Fitting: What I learned from Tom Wishon

    Sometimes in life, you don’t know that you don’t know. I had been drinking the custom-fitting Kool-Aid my entire golfing life without even knowing what custom fitting actually was! In October 2013, I had the opportunity to visit Tom...

    • Posted 43 days ago
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  • BrianHarman
    How to play long par-4′s and par-5′s effectively

    This past week, Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic. Harman has been one of my favorite players to follow from a statistical approach because he is one of the most aggressive tee shot players on Tour,...

    • Posted 44 days ago
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  • Catching Fire 2014
    Golfers most likely to catch fire at the end of 2014

    We’ve had glimpses of meteoric play on the PGA Tour this season—namely Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer—but nothing that’s struck as sustainably brilliant. In that sense, there’s some disappointment with how the golfing year has...

    • Posted 46 days ago
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  • BAGifFeatured
    Why have golfers left the game? (Part 4)

    “Why should I care about golf participation?” “What will increased participation do for me?” These are valid questions that have come up consistently from readers of my series on golf participation and I wanted to address them...

    • Posted 48 days ago
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  • ClubClosed
    Is golf participation really dropping? (Part 3)

    Let’s cut to the chase. Has there been a precipitous drop in golf participation or is it the hand wringing of borderline operators? I promised an analysis based on fact and will proceed accordingly. Before I start,...

    • Posted 55 days ago
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  • knee-replacement-for-golfers2-600x387 copy
    Golfers benefit from new knee replacement technology

    Last fall, my father-in-law joined the more than 650,000 total knee replacement patients of 2013. He is a long-time golfer and had been struggling to play due to his moderate to severe knee pain for several years....

    • Posted 61 days ago
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  • Barney4
    Why do we care about amateur golf? (Part 2)

    In the first part of this series, we traced the rise and fall of tennis and postulated the conclusion that it was a natural condition seeking its reasonable level. There are those who say all the hand wringing...

    • Posted 62 days ago
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  • michellewie
    Michelle Wie twerks in celebration of U.S. Open victory

    I’m not a judge on “America’s Got Talent” or “So You Think You Can Dance,” but I can recognize a disastrous dance performance when I see one. But, that’s not really the point here. Michelle Wie has...

    • Posted 63 days ago
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  • tegolf
    The great tennis boom and what it could mean for golf (Part 1)

    Once upon a time, there was the great tennis boom. The game was immensely popular and growing, and equipment manufacturers were researching ways to make the game more applicable. Some ideas like the spaghetti string racket design...

    • Posted 68 days ago
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  • WPTV Golf course police chase_1403183305801_6408177_ver1.0_320_240
    Man takes police on a high-speed chase through a golf course

    In a scene straight out of Grand Theft Auto, a North Dakota man took police on a high-speed chase through a Moorhead, Minn. golf course, although he did show some pretty decent course etiquette for a fugitive. Officers...

    • Posted 69 days ago
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  • golfmatch-cover-wide
    Can a new app bring people back to golf?

    The game of golf is in trouble. This is what organizations like the National Golf Foundation and various members of the national media have been drumming into our collective psyches over the last several years. Whether or...

    • Posted 70 days ago
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  • ChippingGGGA
    Gilchrist: On Shanshan Feng, Short-Game Challenges at Pinehurst

    I am incredibly excited, since this week marks the beginning of the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst and it looks like it will be another great U.S. Open full of amazing gameplay and competition. We already saw...

    • Posted 71 days ago
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  • Martin Kaymer U.S. Open 2014 with trophy
    Is Martin Kaymer a MAJOR threat?

    Some would call it monotonous. Center of the fairway, approach shot close, drained putt. After a four round total of 267 (9-under), Martin Kaymer calmly claimed the 114th U.S. Open, his second major championship victory. The 29-year-old,...

    • Posted 72 days ago
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  • Barney Adams intro
    Barney Adams introduces himself as a GolfWRX Contributor

    Hello GolfWRX readers. Let me introduce myself, as I’m about to write a series of columns for the site. The initial effort will be a six-part series on the drop in participation and what can be done. After...

    • Posted 76 days ago
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  • Dustin Johnson
    Could the 2010 PGA Championship predict this year’s U.S. Open winner?

    Picking a winner in golf is far from easy. I have dabbled in some small golf wagers over the years and the first time I put some dough on a pick it turned out quite well. Let’s...

    • Posted 77 days ago
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  • (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
    Pinehurst No. 2 has returned to “gem” status

    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) I will be in Pinehurst all week for the U.S. Open championship, and I am looking forward to seeing a great event on a great course. I’m thrilled to be headed to the home...

    • Posted 79 days ago
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  • USOPENBG
    Which major crowns golf’s greatest champions?

    This month marks the 40th anniversary of the “Massacre at Winged Foot,” the 1974 U.S. Open won by Hale Irwin at 7-over par. When senior USGA official Sandy Tatum was asked about the difficulty of the course...

    • Posted 79 days ago
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  • Five statistical shortcuts for lower scores

    One of the very first things I examine with the PGA Tour players I work with is their basic scoring metrics. Those metrics include the following: Adjusted Total Scoring Average Adjusted Par-3 Scoring Average Adjusted Par-4 Scoring...

    • Posted 82 days ago
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  • kate-upton-outtakes-by-terry-richardson-0
    Kate Upton is upset and misinformed about golf and that’s great

    It’s not often that supermodels get mixed up in the golf news cycle, but just six months after appearing on Golf Digest’s cover with Arnold Palmer, Kate Upton is back at it again. Upton tweeted the following...

    • Posted 83 days ago
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