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Titleist Unveils New Irons

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Debut of 718 Irons

Titleist has long been one of the most popular irons gamed on tour and at your local course.

This week they unveiled their 718 line of irons, their most recent rendition of the ever popular lineup.

The lineup includes the classic AP1, AP2, CB, MB and T-MB, but Titleist decided to switch it up a little this year.

I have a feeling it is because of all the recent releases of different irons by brands like Taylormade and Callaway.

With the 718 line, comes the AP3, an all new iron in 2017.

718 Iron

The AP3 is an iron in which the shape will appeal to the better players who are used to blade irons. But then it is built up enough to where it will perform for any serious golfer.The sleek design is made up of three separate pieces made into one dominate iron.The AP3 may be their best looking iron as it has a sleek looking cavity on the back with blade look in gaming position.

They have also made a few performance changes to some of the other iron lines.

The T-MB has received improved design in the lower part of the face as they noticed that many players were utilizing their driving irons not just off the tee, but off fairways as well. With that, players are needing better performance off the bottom of the of the face as the ball isn’t teed up and hitting the middle to top of face.

The CB has also seen some changes as they moved the center of gravity toward the toe of the club, creating more consistent ball speeds across the entire face.

Titleist has had some of the best irons on the market for years. From the 712’s to the 718’s, they always perform.

Lets see if all the upgrades to the 718’s are as good as they sound.

2017 Solheim Cup Wrap Up

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Another year, another heated USA vs. Europe duel in golf. This time on the lady’s side of things. Last week was the 15th Solheim Cup, and it did not disappoint.

This event wasn’t every hyped up before hand, I did not hear much about it personally. But I do have to say one thing about the event and the USA winning by the biggest margin since 1996.

The golf world watched, and liked it.

I was curious to see if the many people I follow on Twitter in the industry of golf, would give this event much love. I was blown away. My feed was loaded with duded rooting for Michelle Wie and talking about how cool the event was. But this years USA team was stacked, and no one was stopping them.

The team was made up of Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson and many more great golfers. Cristie Kerr was the USA’s workhorse going 3-0-1 to fuel the victory.

During the week the two teams battle in different formats. They include foursomes, fourball and singles. Like the Ryder Cup, they save the singles for Sunday when all the drama happens.

Lexi Thompson was trying to do her best Patrick Reed impression during the singles when the world number 2 was once down four, pulled some Captain America magic. She played holes 10-16 at 8 under!

That included a hole out eagle on 11 that got all of the gallery on their feet. The funniest moment of the day was captured on accident, and Twitter did not let it slip.

USA’s captain was Juli Inkster and she would follow certain girls around all week. Well Sunday, when it was all but over, she had a Styrofoam cup with her. Probably a water who cares.

Nope, when people paused it, in black pen on the side of the cup read “Vodka Tonic”.

Safe to say the celebrating got started early and the USA defended the trophy to keep it on this side of the pond.

The Pros and Cons of Playing a Par-3 Course

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“Pitch and Putt” Par 3 Course

Sometimes, you just want to have a nice relaxing round.

A great way to do that is play a par 3 course.

Positives

  1. Playable: It is only a par 3. So it is relatively playable for the non golfer. Whether that is an old friend who has clubs but never plays, a kid or even your girlfriend. Par 3 courses are short enough to where even someone who tops the ball 9/10 times can have fun.
  2. Walkable: Some people hate walking on a normal course. Par 3 courses are nice to walk because it isn’t all that much walking. 18 holes is going to be right around 3,000 yards compared to real courses that could be up to 6,500.
  3. Time: Since the holes are smaller, they take less time to play. 18 holes will take a lot less time at a par 3 course. So if you are just trying to squeeze in some swings, this is a great option.
  4. Irons: Unless you are very very old. Driver and woods are going to be staying in your bag most of the day. This means all irons. Which can be good. This is great time to get some practice with your irons and maybe even a hybrid on the longer holes.
  5. Putting: Most of the time, when you hit a green in regulation, you are outside of 10 feet from the hole. Unless you are a PGA Tour pro. But this means you get to practice long lag putts, speed control and other things that come into long putts. Instead of you missing the green and chipping close.

Negatives

  1. Pace of Play: Because they are relatively easy and family friendly, the people at these courses suck. I recently got stuck behind a father and son playing and the father topped everything and the son would scream “Kobe” every time he swung as if he was mimicking Kobe Bryant.
  2. Only Irons: You never really get to pull out the diesel stick or even 3 wood. So just keep them in your car so you aren’t tempted to do something stupid.
  3. Price: Although it is a lot less course, most of the time the rates are the same as a normal par 72 course.

Par 3 courses can be fun and relaxing. Leave the expectations at your country club and just have a fun day.

Maurice Allen Is Making Golf Cool Again With Monster Drives

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World Long Drive Is Growing

Maurice Allen, no not Marcus Allen, is your new long drive champion.

His winning drive travled 436 yards and he was using a Krank golf driver.

This just shows, the brand can sometimes be a backup option to more expensive companies and still perform the same if not better.

“This win means everything,” Allen said after the Mile High Showdown. “There are a lot of people who believed in me… all these people gave me an opportunity. And for a guy who was sleeping in his car five years ago because he wanted to be a Long Driver, it [doesn’t] get any sweeter than this.”

If you want to blame location, go ahead but it is hard to hit a golf ball that far no matter the conditions and Allen did just that.

Allen is a somewhat of a late bloomer to the game.

After graduated from FAMU, then he moved to Atlanta to become a chiropractor where he became a student of the game of golf.

Allen has the resume to back it up though, Maurice set a new Guinness World Record for Golf Ball Speed (211 MPH).  His longest drive in competition is 459 yards.

With all the factors in place there is no reason Allen did not win.

The driver he used was a Krank golf driver that runs XXX stiffness and set to a loft of 3 degrees!

3 degrees on a driver is the craziest thing I have ever heard, but when the ball is leaving the club face around 200 miles per house. That is like the normal golfer trying to tee off with their putter.

It just isn’t happening.

World Long Drive has gotten a little bigger each year and for such a cool little event it draws a great crowd.

Lets hope next year is just as good if not better.

Who Will Get The Career Grand Slam First?

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Speith or McIlroy?

The big talk after The U.S. Open this year was how Jordan Spieth was one major away from the career grand slam.

However, Rory McIlroy is also only one away, so this sparks a new debate…

Who will get it first? Well, here is my take.

When you look at their last legs of the grand slam, Spieth needs the PGA Championship and Rory needs the Masters.

Let’s look at Rory’s odds.

He doesn’t play terrible at Augusta, but he seems to never be able to get over the hump.

A T7 finish last season and a few more top 10 finishes make one think that he could string a few rounds together in April and finally get a green jacket.

Rory has said publicly that he would not feel complete without a green jacket.

But I think the door is going to shut, just about when it’s open enough to walk through.

Quail Hollow.

This years PGA Championship is at Quail Hollow.  Quail Hollow is the usual stop for the Wells Fargo, but it got changed.

Spieth’s lone performance on this course finished T32.

Experts say they have made so many changes and renovations into this course that it’s virtually a new course.

Why am I picking Spieth to not only get the grand slam first, but to do it this year?

Well, he is the hottest golfer on tour right now.

He walked into TPC River Highlands never played that course before and won the whole thing.

Took some time off and people didn’t think Royal Birkdale fit his style.

He went from Sunday meltdown to Sunday heroics and won the whole thing. I see that coming again.

He is top notch on the greens and if he can hit his driver mediocre, he will win the PGA Championship, set himself up perfectly to win the FedEX Cup and earn the career grand slam.

Jordan Spieth On Pace With Jack Nicklaus, Ahead of Tiger Woods

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Stop Ignoring Jordan Spieth’s Greatness

In a way, Tiger Woods ruined golf for some people.

His days of dominance, (steroids), winning and swagger had everyone in awe.

He was a polarizing figure from his Sunday red, his fun little tiger headcover, or his famous reactions to some of the most famous shots in golf history.

It may also help he was a child prodigy that actually panned out.

Either way, before the divorce, DUI and switch to Taylormade, Tiger was everything golf needed.

But that persona and dominance, may be hurting one of the best in the game right now.

Jordan Spieth recently got the third leg of the career grand slam at 23, something only one other golfer has ever done.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t Tiger. It was Jack.

But yet after all his wins, all his majors, all his close calls.

“He is terrible off the tee.”

“He can only putt.”

“He collapses.”

“He will never be Tiger.”

These takes and attitude towards Spieth are ridiculous.

People are trying to compare a 23-year-old kid who may not have even peaked yet to arguably the best to ever do it…

Why?

I have a few theories.

  1. It is almost the Jordan and LeBron argument. I feel that people that watched them at their peaks, have a weird connection and think it is their responsibility to continue their legacy. Not often you meet and older person who watched Jordan in the 90’s say LeBron is better. I think this is the case with Spieth and Tiger. People who watched Tiger come up and dominate people year in and year out, will never admit Spieth is better. Even if he is. For us young golf fans, we need someone to cling on. Spieth’s victory at Chambers Bay brought us in now we love him. But we have old guys telling us to calm down when we see his greatness in front of our eyes because “You were too young to remember Tiger”.
  2. People saw Tiger or heard of how great Tiger was. And that set the bar for them. So as long as people aren’t winning tournaments by double digits, outdriving everyone off the tee and dominating every weekend they wont be great or even close to Tiger. 

If we don’t wake up, we may miss the greatness of one of the best golfers of all time, just because of another golfer.

The Greenbrier Classic Wrap Up

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The Greenbrier Classic is one of the premier tournament stops on the PGA Tour and this week didn’t disappoint.

With big names in the field like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, J.B Holmes and Patrick Reed it was sure to be a firework filled event.

But it wasn’t the big names who made the noise.

Actually it was the little guys you probably have never heard of like Xander Schauffelle, Sebastain Munoz, Jamie Lovemark, Robert Streb and Kelly Kraft who were at the top of the leaderboards.

Munoz put on a show all week leading from Thursday to Sunday morning where he leaned on his putter to get him there.

But when you lean on something and it gets pulled out, you usually stumble and fall.

And that is what happened on Sunday to Munoz.

He carded multiple bogeys that came along with three putts, not ideal when looking for your first PGA Tour victory.

Seeing the collapse, Schauffelle took advantage hitting about 90% of greens in regulation and carding four birdies for a -3, 67 on the day.

Streb and Lovemark couldn’t force a playoff and make things any more interesting as they were near the leader all day but couldn’t get those few important birdies when it mattered.

The real story is the rise of 23-year-old rookie Xander Schauffelle. A few weeks ago he had his best showing at Erin Hills at the U.S. Open when he finished T5, probably a dream come true.

Now just a few weeks later he is raising a trophy above his head.

“Everyone that knows me knows I’m a late bloomer, so to jump in the Top-30 in this fashion is something special for me.” Schauffelle said to the media after his win Saturday.

Emotions were running wild as he talked about his dad, a great moment for golf.

Compress The Ball For Better Iron Shots

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Flush It Off The Fairway

Irons are arguably the toughest club to hit in the bag.

They are pretty small, the shafts are longer than a wedge and there isn’t much room for error.

Everyone knows with your driver you want to be on the upswing when you hit the ball, because of the small loft it helps get the ball in the air.

However, a lot of people have no clue where in the swing you should hit irons.

On the way down? Bottom of swing? On the way up?

“Well pros make divots so it must be after they hit the ball, so you hit it at the bottom.”

“Hit it on the way up, get the ball in the air!” Well, that’s wrong. 

Surprisingly, you want to hit the ball on the downswing. You want to compress the ball.

Here is a simple way of explaining it: 

On your downswing, you want to pinch the ball between your club face and the ground, so the ball wont go straight into the ground.

Compression

You want to hit the ball with your right palm facing the ground making the club pound down on the ball.

Once you hit the ball you it will explode off the club face and your club will continue down then up, actually creating the divot after you hit the ball.

Can you believe that? The divot is actually after you hit the ball, not before. Weird.

Once you start hitting your irons on the way down and compressing that little urethane ball with your metal club face, you will be hitting your irons higher and longer than you ever have.

Say goodbye to sweeping the ball off the ground and getting minimal distance and terrible trajectory.

Hit the ball like Dustin Johnson, work on compressing that thing and hit more greens in regulation.

U.S. Open Final Take

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The Run-down of the U.S. Open

Well, the U.S Open has come and gone and it wasn’t quite old school U.S. Open.

Leading up to this week the talk was all about the toughness of Erin Hills and the length of the course.

The U.S. Open is famously the hardest tournament of the year, with lightning fast greens, narrow fairways and fescue that looks like an uncut hay field.

Erin Hills had potential, but guys like Brooks Koepka overpowered the course.

Averaging 322 yards a drive, the long par 5’s and 4’s was not a hassle for him. He shot an amazing -16 for the week to become the 117th champion of the U.S. Open.

Putting his dominance aside, there were some other storylines as well.

Justin Thomas tied the record for lowest round at a U.S. Open (63) and is the lowest score in relation to par in the history of the golf tournament.

Is Erin Hills hard enough?

For the tournament there was seven people who shot -10 or better.

Since 2000 only three winners have shot double digits below par:

  • Tiger Woods in 2000 with a -12
  • Rory McIlroy in 2011 with a -16
  • Koepka this year with his -16 effort.

This years U.S. Open was a watered down version of what could have been —

Shinnecock Hills

Faster greens, deeper rough and taller fescue may have had the course playing more like Pebble Beach in 2010 when the winner shot even for the week.

Now the hype for 2018 starts, and we can all pray that Shinnecock Hills will provide a tougher test, some drama and maybe a memorable Sunday.

Shinnecock Hills hosted in 2004 where the winner carded a -4, so maybe there is a little hope.

But no matter where the U.S. Open is, it will still hold the stigma of “toughest golf tournament on the planet.”

If it holds true is a whole other story.

Golf Will Continue to Remain in the Olympics

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Last year was the first time in a while that golf was a sport in the Olympics.

Like everything, it had its critics. But for the most part the tournament and the golf was a success and a lot of people enjoyed watching Justin Rose capture the gold.

The International Olympic Committee must have agreed because last week they announced that golf would be in the Olympics through 2024.

The 2024 Olympics will be held in either Los Angeles or Paris.

The next Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020, where they will be playing at Kasumigaseki Country Club. This club has two courses and the 2020 Olympics will be played on their East course.

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Kasumigaseki Country Club

A big discussion happening in Japan right now is how the golfers will play that course. Many traditional Japanese designs have two greens, one for summer one for winter.

So instead of a temporary green, you have a whole separate one. A genius idea, but people are debating whether to leave them there to keep the integrity of the Japanese style or to switch it up.

For the next few summer Olympics, the golf is in good hands.

BBC reported that it seems like the IOC is going to pick Paris as the host of the 2024 Olympics, so golf would be played at Le Golf National.

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Le Golf National

Le Golf National, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, is a gorgeous course in the south-western outskirts of Paris.

And then for the 2028 Olympics, if they are to vote for it to stay in, as reported by BBC, would be in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles would host the golf portion of the Olympics at the famed Riviera Country Club.

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Riviera is a private club in the Pacific Palisades that has endless great moments over the many tournaments it has hosted.

Golf seems to be a great sport for the Olympics, the only improvement may be making it a team event like the Ryder Cup.

But other than that, good job IOC, you did something right.

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