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  In  golf, the phrase “rabbit” is used to describe a player who chases the tour seeking to Monday qualify.  The process can be grueling and the odds are always stacked against the aspiring qualifier.  Perhaps it’s the underdog, trial-by-fire nature of the occasion that makes the observer admire anyone who can advance.  Sean Martin [...]

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When Justin Bieber is calling to offer Bubba congratulations, it’s clear to see his victory has transcended golf.  Why has everyone gotten so caught up in this victory?  It’s a combination of the venue, the person, and a refreshing look at a type of game which hasn’t been center stage is a while – artistic [...]

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There’s something about Augusta that enables the elder statesmen of the game to let their media guards down and speak their minds.  In this year’s round of interviews we got some great stuff from Gary Player, 3-time Masters champion and newly anointed honorary starter.  And I have to say the Black Knight has it right [...]

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It’s almost Masters time and my favorite used book store had an appropriate new arrival that I snagged for a few bucks: The Masters, Profile of a  Tournament by Dawson Taylor (1973).  The bulk of this book consists of a series of tournament summaries (one for every Masters from 1934 to 1972) but there are [...]

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Anyone who has been following this thread knows I’ve been having my frustrations with slow players at my club lately.  I’m normally a very calm person and it takes a lot to fluster me but the only thing worse than a putting routine that includes  plumb-bobbing, reading the break from four different angles, and removing [...]

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Odds and Ends

This weekend’s post is a variety pack; there’s been a lot of recent activity in traditional golf and associated topics.  Without further ado: ———————————————————– First up is a video provided by PGT contributor freddiec featuring his friend, Jack, from Vancouver, Washington, USA. Here’s freddie’s text that accompanied the video: “About 4 years ago I sold [...]

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The PGA tour is drawing great numbers and developing a new generation of stars to follow behind the Tiger generation.  Powered by Rory, Luke, Tiger, and Phil, the tour is finding sponsors, hosting interesting championships, and above all remaining relevant.  But at the local level we see some critical problems that no longer appear to [...]

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There’s been much rumbling these past few weeks about rules bifurcation (i.e. one set of rules for professionals and high level amateurs, another set of rules for club players and weekend golfers).  The discussion is typically centered around the ball but drivers and long/belly putters are also discussed.  Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee stirred the [...]

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Drewspin recently dug up this Andrew Rice feature in which Rice does a nice job quantifying the relationship between  driving distance and golf ball design.  Four different generations of Titleist balls were evaluated with the a modern driver.  A club pro with a tour caliber swing speed hit six drives with each ball and the [...]

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With PGA tour commissioner Tim Finchem recently getting a four year extension, the internet is ablaze with assessments of Mr. Finchem’s performance during his tenure.  I thought I’d give a couple opposing opinions and then my own.  The sport of golf here in the states is spearheaded by the (American) PGA tour, and the golfers [...]

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