Golf Gadgets: The Good, The Fad and The Funky
I am not a great golfer. Heck, I am not even a good golfer. What I am—like many of you reading this—is an obsessed golfer. I simply cannot get enough of the...
Manny being Manny and a golf shot off the face
Manny Ramirez recently participated in ex-Red Sox teammate David Ortis’ 7th Annual...
Bubba releases “Bubbaclaus” music video… and it’s terrible
Social media is going ballistic about “The Single,” a music video release...
Grading Fox Sports’ golf debut
Inherently, tournament golf is a sport better viewed from a television screen....
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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 136 days ago
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 140 days ago
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 142 days ago
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 142 days ago
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 147 days ago
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 148 days ago
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 149 days ago
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 154 days ago
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 155 days ago
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 155 days ago
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 157 days ago
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 157 days ago
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 157 days ago
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 159 days ago
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 161 days ago
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 168 days ago
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 174 days ago
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 175 days ago
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 176 days ago
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 181 days ago
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 182 days ago
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 183 days ago
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 184 days ago
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 185 days ago
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 189 days ago
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 190 days ago
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 192 days ago
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 193 days ago
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 195 days ago