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How Pokemon Go could affect your golfing experience

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If you have social media, or have been outside in the world lately, then you know people — not just kids — are going crazy over a new augmented reality game called Pokemon Go.

In the United States, Pokemon was a popular video game franchise and television show in the 90s and early 2000s. After going fairly quiet in the eyes of the general public for many years, the Pokemon franchise is now back and equipped for smart phones.

What does this mean for golfers, though? For many, it means their worst fear has come true.

The point of the game is to walk around and capture creatures, called Pokemon, to collect and ultimately battle other people’s Pokemon. To do so, game players are actually going onto golf courses, whether legally or illegally, to catch these creatures. And some golfers are playing the game while they’re playing golf.

Yes, this means that more people will have their phones out on the golf course while playing golf, possibly affecting pace of play. And you may even spot a group of teenagers, with zero intention of playing golf, trying to catch a Squirtle beside the fourth green. Here’s to hoping they don’t venture into the bunker, and you end up in one of their footprints.

But while this could turn into real world trespassing issues, try your best not to get frustrated as a golfer; like most smartphone game trends, it probably won’t last too long.

Plus, if you’ve been trying to get your niece, nephew or grandchild out on the golf course, just tell them, “I hear there’s a lot of rare Pokemon out on the golf course today.” It will work every time, until at least the Pokemon fad goes by the wayside.

Don’t believe me? Here are some examples as shared on social media by Pokemon Go-ers.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons which he has in the bag at this week’s CJ Cup. WRXers have been commenting on the switch and the clubs themselves in our forums.

For lots more photos, check out the full thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • btyh: “Holy offset.”
  • Glf_LU: “These are interesting. Not going to make a rush to judgement until I see them in person. It does look like a little more offset than I would expect to see in this model.”
  • bcflyguy1: “Kisner is not one to make a lot of equipment changes (see the GBB driver he’s still using), so if these do have staying power in his bag that will be interesting to see. I have to wonder if there’s something different about his set, because like others have mentioned there appears to be more offset on his than I recall seeing in the samples I’ve had in hand.”

Entire Thread: “Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons”

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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