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Monthly Archive for May, 2012

PGT member and writer Nils Nelson was kind enough to compose this response piece after reading Ken Venturi’s lesson on how to hit “The Riser”.  In it, Nelson recalls watching the former US Open champion on a cold California day in 1974.  Before on-demand internet video, shotlink technology, and swingvision cameras, our impressions of athletes [...]

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Traditional golf advocate and ABS founder John Erickson found himself at the historic Lincoln Park Golf Course in San Francisco this week.   After a remarkable round, he took the time to recall the feelings, environment, and state of mind that combined for that rare suspension of consciousness that is sometimes referred to as “the [...]

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Lest we forget, golf has long been a shotmaker’s game.  The era of perfect putting surfaces, solid core distance balls, and 46 inch 460cc clubheads is still in its infancy. The greater annals of golfing history are filled with men and women who distinguished themselves through the quality of their striking, breadth of imagination, and [...]

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It’s not hard to observe the differences in footwork from the persimmon age to the modern age.  Heavier gear goes hand in hand with metal spikes and the savage pivots of guys like Snead, Hogan, and Divicenzo required solid anchoring to perform as intended.   One of Hogan’s alleged secrets was an extra spike under the [...]

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A great little tale to pass a slow golf week. ————————————- Gathered on a ragged tee on the edge of an undisclosed location, the six of us squinted into the low morning sun for a snapshot to mark the occasion. Too early, my eyes said. Too sore, my body said. Ready or not, this was [...]

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About a month ago, I first heard about Aetna Springs Golf Course.  Some friends of mine were trying to get a group together to make the one hour drive to Pope Valley, near Napa in the Northern California wine country.  At first I didn’t pay the request much attention as my tastes in golf courses [...]

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One of the great writers of our time was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this week and I thought the occasion was worthy of a front page post.  The man and his body of work speak for themselves, and the acceptance speech doesn’t disappoint.  There are some great historical tidbits contained herein [...]

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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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Here we have the MacGregor Tourney PT1 irons from 1959.  These followed the colokroms of the same design which were the first to feature the new “recessed weight”.  This diamond shape muscle pad was blended into the rough forging to sit directly behind the sweet spot.  It also served to raise what they referred to [...]

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