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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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  • Masters always gets it right
    The Masters gets it right

    No matter what happens on the back nine of Sunday at the Masters, viewers are left with a lasting image and a memory that is unique from golf’s three other major championships. While Sunday’s rendition of Augusta’s...

    • Posted 105 days ago
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    The back nine of Augusta… in Bangkok?

    I had heard of a Bangkok course that had replicated some of the great holes of the world on the front nine, and for the back they had just lifted the most famous stretch of holes in...

    • Posted 105 days ago
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  • Bubba Watson wins 2014 Masters
    Bubba’s second Masters win establishes him as a major force

    It was shaping up to be a potentially all-time-special Masters Sunday. The 54-hole leaderboard had a bit of everything: 15 players within five shots of the lead of all ages and experience levels. The final pairing of...

    • Posted 106 days ago
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  • solo golf
    The 10 best things about playing golf alone

    A rarity in sports, golf can be properly played and thoroughly enjoyed when utterly alone. There is something alluring — romantic even — about heading to your local course and playing 18 holes by yourself. It’s a...

    • Posted 106 days ago
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  • Hole-By-Hole: The Best and Worst Shots in Masters History (Back 9)

    Everyone has their favorite moments from the Masters. But what are the best and worst shots in Masters history for each hole at Augusta National? From shots that directly impacted the outcome of the tournament, to others...

    • Posted 108 days ago
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  • Augusta 18 tee
    Augusta’s 18th hole favors the long hitters

    The Masters is just days away and the golfing world is abuzz with guesses on who will win. Can Adam Scott repeat? Will Phil Mickelson find his game? Will one of the young guns break through? For...

    • Posted 110 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 110 days ago
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  • Mickelson Best and Worst shots at Augusta
    Hole-By-Hole: The Best and Worst Shots in Masters History (Front 9)

    Everyone has their favorite moments from the Masters.  But what are the best and worst shots in Masters history for each hole at Augusta National? From shots that directly impacted the outcome of the tournament, to others...

    • Posted 111 days ago
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  • Hunt 23 players who can win the masters 2014
    The 23 Players Who Can Win The Masters

    Last year, I created a filter to help predict the golfers that were most likely to win the Masters. I got the list down to 23 players. In the end, eight of the top-10 finishers were on...

    • Posted 112 days ago
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  • adam scott-greg norman
    Scott has an opportunity to shed Norman comparisons

    Now that Tiger Woods has officially withdrawn from the Masters, Adam Scott has an even better chance to reach the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, and quite soon. After Scott’s Players Championship victory...

    • Posted 112 days ago
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  • Adams Pro Hybrid Review
    Review: Adams Pro Hybrid

    Pros: A scorching hot face for boring, penetrating shots off the tee. They’re very workable, and have a sole shape that glides through rough nicely. Cons: Hoisting a high, soft shot can be a challenge. Also, the...

    • Posted 117 days ago
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  • Pebble Beach is one of five locations in North America offering the RoboGolfPro.
    Robots to take over top golf academies?

    There’s one goal for anyone hoping to be a top-tier golfer: develop a repeatable swing. It’s not easy and teaching professionals have tried just about everything to help their students. If you’ve ever taken golf lessons, you’ve...

    • Posted 118 days ago
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  • 12 things you don't know about the mini tours
    12 Things You Don’t Know About The Mini Tours

    Many people think playing professional golf at any level is glamorous, but I can tell you after more than four years of professional golf that’s often not the case. Don’t get me wrong. I had a lot...

    • Posted 119 days ago
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  • Tiger Woods back isn't the problem
    Tiger Woods’ back isn’t the problem

    I started to write: If you think Tiger Woods is through, you’re a doofus. In retrospect, that seemed a bit harsh. What I really meant to say was, if you think Tiger’s bad back spells the end of...

    • Posted 120 days ago
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  • Black Diamond Ranch
    Black Diamond Ranch: One of Florida’s hidden gems lies at the Quarry

    If there’s one thing that the Sunshine State has in no short supply it’s exceptional destinations for golf. From the Panhandle to Jacksonville, down to Naples and Miami, with Orlando and Tampa in between, one could spend...

    • Posted 131 days ago
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  • Using stats and launch monitors rich hunt featured
    Using statistics and launch monitor data to shoot lower scores

    As a statistician who works with PGA Tour players, I’m frequently asked by aspiring Tour players and their coaches what statistics they can use to measure themselves against Tour players. The mistake with this question is that...

    • Posted 138 days ago
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  • blue monster
    New Blue Monster lives up to the name

    I recently watched the “Seinfeld” episode “The Beard” where George, who happens to be wearing a hairpiece, is set up on a blind date by Kramer with a bald woman. While the whole point of this exchange...

    • Posted 141 days ago
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    Match play can work for the Tour with a little tinkering

    As golf fans, we are seldom exposed to the extremely electrifying format of match play golf. When such weeks arise on what has recently become a very full calendar of golf, it definitely sparks some more attention...

    • Posted 145 days ago
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  • Rickie Fowler stats
    Overrated? That’s not what the stats say about Rickie Fowler

    One of the most publicized swing changes this season has been Rickie Fowler’s decision to alter some of his swing mechanics with instructor Butch Harmon. Fowler had his first career victory in 2012 and finished 40th on...

    • Posted 153 days ago
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  • Keegan Bradley Ryder Cup
    Statistics that make a great Ryder Cup player and the 2014 U.S. Team standings

    With the Ryder Cup upon us this year, I want to look at the status of the U.S. team from a statistical perspective throughout the season leading up to the event. The U.S. team will have Tom...

    • Posted 168 days ago
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  • Observational learning
    Is video passé in golf instruction?

    Golf instruction has seen a swell of technological advances such as ball-flight measuring devices, 3-D systems and other high-tech training aids that have given us the much-needed boost in our ever-growing body of knowledge of how best...

    • Posted 168 days ago
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  • Gavrich Points DQ Pebble
    Points’ DQ rekindles debate about severity of the rules of golf

    In what seems to be an accelerating rash of notable player dismissals from PGA Tour events, D.A. Points was disqualified from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for practicing with a training aid during the course of...

    • Posted 170 days ago
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  • World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship - Round Two
    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 173 days ago
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  • Twitter: princessleah82
    Football is over, so bring on the Masters!

    Super Bowl Sunday came and went with a lackluster performance by the league’s top offense and a textbook result for the best defense. At least a good halftime show highlighted the night where the game play and...

    • Posted 173 days ago
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  • Cobra
    2014 PGA Merchandise Show: Manufacturer Personality Comparisons

    For any golf nut, taking to the floor of the Orange County Convention Center for the annual PGA Merchandise Show is like entering Willy Wonka’s factory. It is wonderfully overwhelming. If you love golf, then your aching...

    • Posted 175 days ago
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  • sawgrass1
    Shattered dreams on the Island Green

    This could be it. The round of my life. We’ve all been there. At some point in the round, having strung together a run of solid holes, we start to have visions of the glory that lay...

    • Posted 178 days ago
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  • Tom Wishon: 7 Keys to Improve Shot Consistency
    Wishon: 7 club fitting keys to improve shot consistency

    One of the simplest ways golfers can improve their games is through proper club fitting, which is often overlooked because of the emphasis golf equipment companies place on trying to help golfers hit the ball farther. Adding...

    • Posted 201 days ago
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  • nicolas COLSAERTS
    10 PGA Tour players who will rise (or fall) in 2014

    With the 2014 PGA Tour season starting, I wanted to give the readers a look at a few players on Tour that I feel will be on the rise and falling for the season. The data below...

    • Posted 203 days ago
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  • Tee It Forward: Photo from PGA Catalunya Resort
    Forget pace of play: “Tee it Forward” for fun

    It seems that courses are continuing to get longer, handicaps have not gone down and still many players have ignored the “Tee it Forward” program espoused by the USGA and PGA of America. Sadly, the disregard for...

    • Posted 203 days ago
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  • Top Golf Houston
    Seven Ways to Make Golf Better in 2014

    Once in a while, when I write about “growing the game,” someone responds: “Really, what difference does it make?” Or, as an editor said: “Our job is to provide access so people who want to play can...

    • Posted 206 days ago
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  • Keegan Bradley
    The data behind Keegan Bradley’s coaching change

    Keegan Bradley has reportedly left long-time swing coach Jim McLean for Chuck Cook, who teaches Bradley’s good friend Jason Dufner and Luke Donald. That gives Cook one of the most formidable list of clients in the golf...

    • Posted 212 days ago
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    An open letter to Santa from golf fans

    Dear Santa, We hope you’ve had a restful first 11-plus months of the year. Now that you’re making preparations for The Big Night, we would like to gently remind you not to overlook the following Christmas wish...

    • Posted 216 days ago
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  • Does your height affect putting?
    Are shorter golfers better putters?

    It is generally accepted that taller golfers have an advantage when it comes to driving distance on the PGA Tour. All else being equal, the thought is that taller golfers will have the edge in comparison to...

    • Posted 222 days ago
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  • Above: There are not enough degrees of separation between these two outfits.
    5 golf fashion trends that hopefully get left behind in 2014

    It’s safe to say that the current PGA Tour also moonlights as a grass runway for designers and their sponsored golfers to broadcast a wide array of fashion styles. Gone are the days where fellas nonchalantly donned...

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    Bifurcation: Fixing golf’s indigestion

    Of the issues that dominated golf’s conversation in 2013—Tiger’s drops, Brandel’s report card’s, Keegan’s belly putter, Sergio’s jokes, and oh, sure, slow play—let me suggest another that will resonate far beyond this season. It speaks directly to...

    • Posted 229 days ago
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  • Tiger Woods 3 wood v. driver
    Hit driver, not 3 wood for better scoring on tight holes

    The following column is an excerpt from my recently published annual e-book, 2013 Pro Golf Synopsis. There is a link below in my profile data for those whom would like to purchase the book for only $10....

    • Posted 230 days ago
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    Preview: “The Short Game” Netflix Documentary

    I’ve worked in the film business for some time now I have access to an abundant amount of great stories. Rarely does something come along that unexpectedly smashes me over the head and leaves me with a...

    • Posted 233 days ago
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    Rory McIlroy pals around with another sports superstar in a Nike…soccer ad?

    Don’t worry; your browser has not mysteriously sent you to SoccerWRX.com. That video you see below is indicative of the state of golf at the end of 2013, even if it, strangely, is not a golf ad....

    • Posted 234 days ago
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