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How Danielle Kang instantly added 20-30 yards of distance off the tee with one change

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Danielle Kang, who ended the LPGA season ranked 12th in the Race to the CME Globe, may well have found the secret to ensure she doesn’t have another blank year in 2022.

After recording just 230 yards off the tee during Thursday’s first round at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, the 29-year-old revealed to Golf.com that she made a call to Titleist tour rep JJ Van Wezenbeeck, who promptly sent over a driver head with lower loft – eight degrees instead of her usual nine or 10 – and “it was going further, which made golf a little better.”

Given the amount we read about the length off the tee and the measures to which players will go to achieve that with varying success, those that (in Kang’s words) are resigned to being “pretty far back now” can take joy in knowing that it isn’t just hours in the gym that will do it.

The difference, as Kang explained to media, was a 20 to 30 yard difference that turned her approaches from hybrids into irons:

“So today I hit it probably 20, 30 yards further than I have been for the last two months, so I — it was easier. I wasn’t hitting hybrids into greens.”

Kang isn’t attributing the improvement entirely to the equipment saying “I’ve been trying to put on muscle mass, but I haven’t been able to”, but after then recording driving stats of 252, 256 and 268 yards, admits, “we all thought it couldn’t have me, but the technology is so good nowadays, right?”

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Awkward moment: Reporter thinking she’s interviewing Vince Young, finds out it’s not actually Vince Young

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On Thursday, footage of an on-course interview at the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am was shown on Golf Channel.

The interviewer believed she was speaking to former Texas Longhorn and NFL quarterback Vince Young. However, that was not the case, as can be seen in this clip posted on X by Carter Donnick.


The man was actually Everette Sands.

“I apologize, but you have the wrong person. I’m Everette Sands from The Citadel. I’m a football coach,” Sands said.

Sands, a college running backs skills coach at The Citadel, was a great sport about it, and answered the question anyway.

The interview was certainly one of the more awkward exchanges in recent memory.

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Edoardo Molinari explains exactly what Jon Rahm must do to be eligible for 2025 Ryder Cup

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While speaking with GolfWRX, Edoardo Molinari, who was a vice captain for the European team in Rome last fall, and will be once again at Bethpage Black in 2025, explained what European stars Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton will have to do to participate in the 2025 Ryder Cup.

The duo joined LIV Golf early this year, leaving their Ryder Cup futures in question.

“Well, basically nothing has changed from two years ago, which means that obviously Jon (Rahm) at the moment is still a European Tour member. They are European tour members and as long as they play their minimum, which is four DP World Tour events a year, then they’re eligible for the Ryder cup.

“It was the same two years ago when some of the guys that went to leave, they decided either to resign the membership or they didn’t play the minimum, so they were not eligible.

“But there were some guys that went and, you know, paid all the sanctions and then they were still eligible. So, it’s not only down to us, it’s more like, if they want to play, they know that they just need to play four events and not resign the membership and hopefully they will because everyone knows how good Jon and Tyrrell and, even some of the others that [joined LIV] and you want to be able to pick from anyone.

“I think there’s been a lot of discussions going on behind the scenes and conversations and hopefully they will remain members.

“I think Jon is obviously very, very keen with the, with the Seve and Olazabal legacy to, to keep playing other Ryder cups. Tyrrell is the same. I mean, the thing is, I think the Europeans they really love and enjoy the Ryder Cup. They, they look forward to it every, every two years is like if you ask any one of them, now they’re already thinking about Bethpage, which is why I’m very confident that John and Tyrrell especially will do everything they can to remain members.”

Both Rahm and Hatton have remained DP World Tour members, but neither of them has played in a DP World Tour event since joining LIV thus far.

Check out the full conversation with Edoardo Molinari below.

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Nelly Korda offers to coach Roger Federer after seeing tennis legend’s golf swing

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On Wednesday, tennis legend Roger Federer posted a video on his Instagram page of his golf swing on the driving range.

 

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In the replies to the post, Federer got an interesting offer from the best women’s golfer in the world, Nelly Korda.

Some other sports stars also chimed in.

Federer’s swing looks as about impressive as you’d expect from one of the greatest professional sportsmen of his generation.

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