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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 59 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 65 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 66 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 67 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 74 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 80 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 81 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 84 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 85 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 85 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 86 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 88 days ago
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  • Turtle
    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 92 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 94 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 94 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 99 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 100 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 101 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 106 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 107 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 107 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 109 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 109 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 109 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 111 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 113 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 120 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 126 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 127 days ago
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