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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Traditional golf firebrand and Advanced Ball Striking founder John Erickson was back in the workshop this month with a new project: hickories!  Many of us here at PGT are familiar with John’s work as both a teacher and master practitioner of the golf swing.   He advocates a flat swing plane through the hitting area powered  [...]

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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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This is the second feature of the “What You Are Missing” series.  This series is for the golfer who simply doesn’t have the time to keep track of  all the technological advances available to improve your game without changing your technique, practice habits, or athletic ability.  The first can be found here.  Today we’ll feature [...]

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Ever wonder how a block of persimmon wood is shaped into a clubhead?  I’m sure each manufacturer has their own trade secrets and preferences but Louisville golf was nice enough to provide this short video detailing their process.  Turns out that even the more modern method (video was shot in 2008) requires a significant amount [...]

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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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“The Education of a Golfer” is an entertaining autobiography of sorts written by Sam Snead (with help from Al Stump) that I’ve been reading to help pass the time this winter. Published in 1962, the book is told through a series of stories that chronicle Snead’s rise from obscure hillbilly to the top of the [...]

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The modern era of of golf instruction has come to be defined by Trackman, 4D analysis, physics equations and parametric models. While there’s no doubt these tools have value in the hands of a talented instructor, we must also recognize that science has yet to create a striker of the golf ball on the level [...]

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Play the Game You Want To Play

I had planned to write something else today but when I saw the following letter on Shackelford’s site I found it to really resonate with me and decided to repost it here.  The thoughts within strike right to the core of traditional golf. I’m certainly guilty of being hard on myself at times but I [...]

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The High Museaum in Atlanta, Georgia is set to debut “The Art of Golf”, a collection of golf themed pieces drawn from over 400 years of material.  I’m wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a connoisseur of fine art but the exhibit speaks to the history and tradition of the game which interest me greatly.  I [...]

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Persimmons in Hand

There is a ton of great old footage out there for the modern player to learn from and apply to their game if they know where and how to look.  Those who understand that the motion is borne from the equipment and can’t be decoupled might be inclined to observe not only the path that [...]

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