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    10 Players Who Will Rise (or Fall) in 2015

    Before last season, I ran through the players that were projected to rise and decline in the 2013-2014 season. With the start of the 2014-2015 season coming this week, I wanted to go through the projections. The...

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  • Shankar's Flightscope session was part of his coaching program
    Take the coaching route to more successful golf

    Above: Shankar’s Flightscope session was part of his coaching program. I’ve thought for a little while now that the golf industry’s traditional paradigm for game improvement was flawed. I’ve been playing competitive golf for 23 years and...

    • Posted 72 days ago
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  • JohnDalySong
    Breaking down John Daly’s “Hit It Hard” lyrics

    John Daly, the stage is yours. But hasn’t it always been? Since Daly blessed the stage of the PGA Championship in 1991, eyes have been fixed on the long-driving, nicotine-inhaling golfing rockstar. He’s rocked the golfing universe...

    • Posted 74 days ago
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  • TomWatsonRyderCup
    Watson admits he screwed up, but where did he go wrong?

    “This is no democracy. It is a dictatorship. I am the law,” Coach Herman Boone proclaimed in Remember the Titans. Maybe U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson would have done better to adhere to Paul Azinger’s tactics...

    • Posted 74 days ago
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  • Bashing or brilliance? The value of Mickelson’s latest media stumble

    Phil Mickelson’s recent comments about Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson are the latest addition to “Mickelson’s Greatest Hits.” And whether you thought Phil was right for speaking his mind in response to a direct question, or you...

    • Posted 80 days ago
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  • Clark Ryder Cup Format Change
    Should residency requirements play a role in the Ryder Cup?

    Another Ryder Cup loss has most of American golf shaking their heads and asking a collective “why?” There is a tendency to overlook the bigger picture here, but the bottom line is still rather clear. The balance...

    • Posted 81 days ago
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  • Adams three shots
    In club fitting, three swings is all it takes

    I had a recent experience that reminded me of some lessons I learned as a club fitter. My wife and I were headed to a cooler climate to escape the August heat in Texas, and I threw...

    • Posted 85 days ago
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  • RyderJimFuryk
    Mr. Consistency: A video analysis of Jim Furyk’s swing

    The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will be Jim Furyk’s ninth Ryder Cup appearance, which is proof of his consistency throughout his career. Although he has a swing often pegged as “quirky” and “unconventional,” it’s also a...

    • Posted 86 days ago
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  • RyderCupPairings
    Statistically-based pairings for the U.S. Ryder Cup team

    The U.S. Ryder Cup team appears to be — based on popular opinion — the heavy underdog against the Europeans. The U.S. team lost some key members due to Dustin Johnson’s leave of absence and Jason Dufner’s...

    • Posted 87 days ago
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  • RyderCupCourse
    Gleneagles Scouting Report: Who does the course favor?

    It’s that time of year (or two) again where national (or continental) pride is on the line, and the Americans desperately search for a method to trounce their European overlords. For the 2014 affair in Scotland, the...

    • Posted 87 days ago
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  • Carney: Who will win the Ryder Cup? It’s all about the BIG GUYS

    Come Friday, when the U.S. faces Europe in the 40th Ryder Cup, I’ll be watching through Irish eyes. Paul McGinley’s eyes. I won’t be worried about how the captain’s picks are doing. I won’t be thinking, What...

    • Posted 90 days ago
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  • TourChampFedEx
    FedEx Cup Playoffs points system still not right?

    If we are measuring the FedEx Cup’s major points system overhaul in 2009 by its stated goal—to infuse more drama into the Playoffs finale—the sea change has been a resounding success. Following a Vijay Singh performance in...

    • Posted 92 days ago
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  • GolfBallBifurcation
    Bifurcation of USGA rules for golf balls

    Let’s start with a major topic of discussion: the golf ball. Many respected names in the world of golf have made it clear that they feel the current ball goes too far and needs to be re-engineered...

    • Posted 93 days ago
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  • Adams: When modern day fittings aren’t so modern

    In the comments from my story on golf equipment costs, there was some confusion on how equipment companies could be restricted by the USGA on distance and still be marketing drivers that “go farther.” It brought to...

    • Posted 99 days ago
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  • TourChampionshipFedEx
    Who are the favorites to win the FedEx Cup at East Lake?

    We have one event left in the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season, and the eighth FedEx Cup champion will be crowned by week’s end. Twenty-nine players (Dustin Johnson isn’t competing) will vie for the FedEx Cup crown at...

    • Posted 101 days ago
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  • Hunt Tiger Foley Haney Harmon
    Hunt: Advanced break down of Tiger’s stats under Harmon, Haney and Foley

    Last week Tiger Woods announced that he was parting ways with instructor Sean Foley. I wanted to examine Tiger’s game over the course of his professional career to get a better understanding of what was going on...

    • Posted 106 days ago
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  • SlowPlayCollegeGolf
    In search of answers to improve pace of play

    I loved playing college golf, but hated the 5 hour and 30 minute rounds. Pace of Play is an epidemic in golf and the biggest players—the PGA of America, USGA, and AJGA—have all taken strides to quell...

    • Posted 107 days ago
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  • PingTurbulator
    We Want Your Cartoons!

    The pen is mightier than the sword, they say. We agree, but think it’s time our front page started appealing to those golfers who would rather see pens used to create pictures instead of paragraphs. That’s why...

    • Posted 107 days ago
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  • BubbaWatson
    Fantasy Cheat Sheet: BMW Championship

    In an interesting twist to the typical PGA Tour rotation, the FedEx Cup playoffs continue this week at the BMW Championship, but much farther west than normal. Long held in the Midwest, mostly at Cog Hill outside...

    • Posted 108 days ago
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  • JasonDay
    Fantasy Cheat Sheet: Deutsche Bank Championship

    It’s easy to just sit back and watch a weekly tournament and not be aware of the many things churning below the surface that really make this time of year interesting. The FedEx Cup playoffs head to...

    • Posted 114 days ago
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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...

    • Posted 115 days ago
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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 116 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 123 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 129 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 130 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 133 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 134 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 134 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 135 days ago
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