Monday, December 31

New Year's Resolutions for Golfers


DO YOU HAVE ANY GOLF RESOLUTIONS for 2019?

"Play more" is a good one for me.

Friday, December 28

VIDEO: The Powerful Golf Swing of Open Champion Ted Ray



TED RAY OF GREAT BRITAIN was one of the greatest golfers of his era. Ray won the 1912 Open Championship and the 1920 U.S. Open. He also won more than 40 professional titles and was involved in the famous three-man playoff with amateur Francis Ouimet and the great Harry Vardon at the 1913 U.S. Open that Ouimet won.

Ray was a large man who hit the golf ball prodigious distances in that day of homemade hickory golf clubs. His swing is long and untidy, but pause the video at impact and perhaps you'll notice what he has in common with other golf legends.

Thursday, December 27

Golf Digest: The Match Will Return in 2019 and 2020

"THE SHOW WILL GO ON," reported GolfDigest.com.

That show is "The Match" between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, although perhaps in a different format in 2019 and 2020.

The first "Match" won by Phil Mickelson on the 22nd hole reportedly garnered about $20 million from paying customers. All those subscription fees were returned due to technical glitches by Turner. The title sponsorship of Capital One also kicked in a healthy sum.

The re-Match will likely have a different look, according to GolfDigest.com:
That doesn't mean we'll see a rematch of the affair that Mickelson won on the 22nd hole in the dark on a makeshift par-3 hole. But to keep both involved, a team showdown is "almost a certainty," said one confidant of the two men. The conventional thought is that they pair together against two challengers. But another option apparently is that they remain on opposite sides and each chooses his own teammate.
The refashioned Match holds some promise if it's more than Tiger and Phil. They should pair the old guns with some young guns. Then they might have something.

Saturday, December 22

PGA TOUR Profiles: Ernie Els, the 'Big Easy'



ERNIE ELS GREW UP AMIDST the turmoil of apartheid. But, with a putter in hand, he helped unite his country at the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa.

Els will get another chance at a victory, serving as International team captain at the 2019 Presidents Cup.

This edition of PGA TOUR Profiles spotlights the South African golf legend known as the "Big Easy."

Wednesday, December 19

The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Ball Categories and Brands

THERE ARE SEVERAL CATEGORIES of golf balls: men's, women's, yellow (and other colors), personalized, licensed and logo.

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Men's golf balls can be grouped in subcategories focused on performance characteristics such as distance, soft feel/low compression, tour level and more.

Women's golf balls are typically two-piece construction built for distance and control and are well suited for slower swing speeds.

Yellow and other brightly colored golf balls are easy to spot and a popular option for golfers who prefer a different or bold look. In addition, personalized, licensed and logo golf balls are three customizable options for standing out from the crowd.

Top golf ball brands include Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist and Wilson Staff.

Next time: Two-piece golf balls.

Related:
The Golf Ball Guide: Introduction
The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Ball Construction

Tuesday, December 11

Golf Central: Golf's Biggest Disappointment in 2018



I LIKE TO KEEP IT MOSTLY POSITIVE, but this clip caught my eye.

Matt Adams and Geoff Shackelford share their biggest disappointment in golf this year. I'm with Matt on this one.

Friday, December 7

The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Ball Construction

GOLF BALLS CONSIST OF A CORE, in some cases layering, and always a cover with dimples.

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Often made of rubber, the core determines compression rating, which is expressed as a number such as 74, 88, or 105. (A denser core has higher compression.) The higher the number, the more force that’s required to compress (squash) the golf ball at impact. As a result, high-compression golf balls are normally used by golfers with faster swing speeds. Lower-compression golf balls are preferable for golfers with slower swing speeds, making it easier to compress the ball and generate more distance.

Located between the core and the cover, layers (found in multi-piece golf balls) add playability features such as spin, distance control and accuracy.

Golf ball covers are made of ionomer (a polymer material containing ion) or urethane (a synthetic compound). Created by Dupont and known for its durability, Surlyn® has been a popular ionomer golf ball cover for a half century. Urethane covers are used in premium golf balls and are often favored by golfers who value softer feel and more spin.

The dimples on golf balls help create flight. Varying in shape and pattern—and usually numbering 300 and up per golf ball—dimples affect spin rate, distance and accuracy.

Put simply, think of the core as the engine of the golf ball and the dimples as the wings, as a Titleist senior project manager explained.



TO BE CONTINUED.

Related:
The Golf Ball Guide: Introduction

Tuesday, December 4

Joe Passov to Receive ASGCA Donald Ross Award

Award-winning golf writer has had more than 2,000 articles published in nearly 100 publications in North America, the U.K. and Asia

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Joe Passov, Golf Writers Association of America-award winning golf journalist, has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the ASGCA Donald Ross Award. The award, given annually since 1976, is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture. It will be presented to Passov in May as part of the 2019 ASGCA Annual Meeting in Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona.

"Joe is among a small group of true golf writers--in contrast to the scores of golf critics--who are communicating about golf courses today. He's the rare journalist who understands the history, culture and strategy of the game and is producing thoughtful pieces that help the golfing public understand what golf course architects do," said ASGCA President Jeff Blume. "Joe's insight and creativity stand out in today's quick-hitting news cycle, and ASGCA wants to recognize his commitment to his craft."

Passov specializes in writing about golf travel and golf course architecture. He has researched and written more than 300 articles on classic courses and architects, including features on Alister MacKenzie, A.W. Tillinghast, Perry Maxwell and of course, Donald Ross. He has interviewed nearly every top modern architect, and has had the pleasure of teeing it up with more than 40 ASGCA members. Perhaps best known for his popular "Travelin' Joe" and "Eye on Design" columns in GOLF Magazine, Passov has had more than 2,000 articles published in nearly 100 publications in North America, the U.K. and Asia.

Formerly Editor-in-Chief of LINKS Magazine and prior to that appointment, a senior staff editor at three other major national golf publications, Passov has written about golf and related topics for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated and Men's Health, among other publications. He has also served as Contributing Editor at Golf Travel China and Golf Travel Korea.

Passov graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1988. He lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, with his wife Betsy, whose favorite courses are Cypress Point and Ballybunion. Passov's sister Lori is married to fellow Arizonan Ken Kavanaugh, ASGCA.

The Donald Ross Award is presented by the ASGCA Awards Committee, co-chaired by ASGCA Past Presidents Steve Smyers, ASGCA, and Rees Jones, ASGCA Fellow (the 2013 Donald Ross Award recipient). For more information on ASGCA, visit www.asgca.org, call (262) 786-5960 or e-mail info@asgca.org.

Past Donald Ross Award Recipients
2018    President George Herbert Walker Bush, U.S. president
2017    Alice Dye, ASGCA Fellow, golf course architect
2016    Michael Bamberger, golf writer
2015    Bradley S. Klein, golf writer
2014    Maj. Dan Rooney, founder, Folds of Honor Foundation
2013    Rees Jones, ASGCA, golf course architect
2012    Bill Kubly, golf course builder
2011    James Dodson, golf writer/editor
2010    Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner
2009    Ron Dodson, sustainable golf advocate
2008    George Peper, golf writer
2007    Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA, golf course architect
2006    Jim Awtrey, chief executive officer, PGA of America
2005    John Singleton, irrigation pioneer
2004    Thomas Cousins, philanthropist, urban golf developer     
2003    Bill Campbell, president, USGA, captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
2002    Byron Nelson, professional golfer
2001    Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, professional golfer, golf course architect
2000    Jaime Ortiz-Patino, owner and president, Valderrama Golf Club
1999    Arnold Palmer, professional golfer
1998    Judy Bell, president, USGA
1997    Gene Sarazen, professional golfer
1996    Ron Whitten, golf writer
1995    Pete Dye, ASGCA, golf course architect
1994    James R. Watson, agronomist
1993    Brent Wadsworth, golf course builder
1992    Paul Fullmer, ASGCA executive secretary
1991    Michael Bonallack, secretary, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
1990    John Zoller, executive director, Northern California Golf Association
1989    Dick Taylor, editor, Golf World magazine
1988    Frank Hannigan, executive director, USGA
1987    Charles Price, writer, Golf World magazine
1986    Deane Beman, commissioner, PGA Tour
1985    Peter Dobereiner, London Observer columnist, author
1984    Dinah Shore, sponsor of women’s golf tournaments
1983    Al Radko, director, USGA Green Section
1982    Geoffrey Cornish, ASGCA, golf course architect, historian
1981    James Rhodes, governor of Ohio
1980    Gerald Micklem, captain, Royal & Ancient
1979    Joe Dey, executive director, USGA
1978    Herb and Joe Graffis, founders, National Golf Foundation
1977    Herbert Warren Wind, The New Yorker columnist, author
1976    Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, ASGCA founding member

Saturday, December 1

The Golf Ball Guide: An Introduction

THE GOLF BALL IS THAT ONE INDISPENSABLE piece of equipment needed to play this joyous and maddening game.

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Through the centuries this small ball has undergone dramatic changes in size, construction and performance. And the golf ball has likely generated more talk and emotional outbursts while airborne or rolling than any other ball in any other sport.

Today, for golfers of all abilities, the golf ball is game-improvement equipment. That's right, the golf ball can actually make you better. There are golf balls that can fit your swing speed and match your skill level, helping you minimize your weaknesses and maximize your potential.

Modern golf balls, measuring 1.68 inches in diameter and weighing 1.62 ounces, can be broken into two basic groups. The first group are golf balls that produce less spin and go farther and straighter for the less-skilled golfer. The second group are golf balls that spin more for greater control, geared for the more-skilled golfer.

Distance-oriented golf balls typically have a firmer feel. Spin-oriented golf balls usually have a softer feel.

There are also differences in trajectory. Some balls fly higher. Some lower.

Due to ongoing advancements, there are now many performance variations in golf balls, no matter how they're grouped or categorized. This is great news for anyone who plays golf.

Next time: Golf Ball Construction