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PGA Tour Players should know the rules! But they Don’t!

I am constantly amazed how little the PGA  and European Tour players know the rules.  It does not seem so prevalent in the LPGA, but that is just a guess.   I have always contended that Tour players should not be able to get a ruling from a referee until after they have completed their drop.  THEN, the rules official should step in and say "Sorry, you infringed the rules and here is your penalty!"  That would make watching golf a lot more fun!  Amateurs have to make rulings on their own constantly, and I have often had to . . .

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Why Golf is still the Coolest Sport!

Charitable donations from tournaments on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and Web.com Tour, were a record $140.5 million for 2014. The total, donated from the first-ever charitable tournament in 1938 at the Palm Beach Invitational, is now $2.14 billion.

What a game! The sponsors, the players, the volunteers, the PGA tournament staff and you, the ticket buyers, make all of this possible. The beneficiaries include hospitals, youth development organizations, food banks, and grow-the-game programs . . .

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The Legend of an Amazing Man – Frank Stranahan.

Frank Richard Stranahan was an American sportsman. He had significant success in both amateur and professional golf. He was ranked number one in his weight class in powerlifting, from 1945 to 1954, and he became known on the golf course and off, as the "Toledo strongman" long before the modern game combined golf and fitness. After he retired from tournament golf in the early 1960s, he became a prolific long-distance runner, competing in 102 marathons.

Frank Stranahan was one of the first to emphasize the importance of strength and fitness to golf.  He mentored many Tour . . .

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A 700 yard drive on the PGA Tour? Yes!

Did you know that in 1992 John Daly led the PGA Tour in driving distance average with a distance of 283.4!  Wow, things have changed! That same year Carl Cooper (Who?) Yes, Carl Cooper had an average of 272.1 for 12th spot.  But Carl Cooper is famous for a much longer drive!

Brent Kelley of about.com gives us the story!

 The Story of Carl . . .

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News you can use: How those cars float in place at PGA Tour events.

Is this not something you have always wondered about?  I know I have.  How do they get those cars to look like they are floating in the middle of the lake?  I always thought they brought the car in by helicopter and placed it on a platform.  But this video, presented by John Strege of Golf Digest, enlightened me!

The most pressing question of the day in PGA Tour golf, apparently, inasmuch as the PGA Tour put issued a video answer: How do those cars float in place in the middle of . . .

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10 Worst Swings to Win a Major Championship – YIKES!

When I watch PGA or LPGA Tour players with what I call "unorthodox" swings, I never call them "bad".  You don't get to play at that level with a bad swing.  However, it is interesting to note that there are so many ways to swing a golf club, and for the most part all are correct.  Correct, that is, for that particular person.  I would not necessarily teach these swings to my students, but if a good player shows up with an unorthodox swing, my first thought is how do I make them . . .

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Do you like to watch the Majors on TV or in person?

I always work my schedule around the majors and make sure I'm not out of town the week of a major championship.  I love watching the Majors on TV!  As an amateur in South Africa, I walked around following Gary Player in every tournament he played in.  Later as a golf professional I no longer did that.  Today, I would much rather sit in my easy chair and watch in the comfort of my living room.  But there are tons of golfers who absolutely love to watch these tournaments live.  You cannot get that "electric" feeling at . . .

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Top 10 PGA Golf Tantrums. #10 was really funny!

All golfers, from novices to PGA Tour Level, experience highs and lows at times on the course. We have been told countless times to expect some imperfect shots, to take a deep breath and put the bad shot in the past, etc. However, sometimes the frustration escalates to a level where bad behavior is the result.

One of these displays, all by PGA Tour Pros, truly shocked me. One had me admiring the club throwing technique, and one made me . . .

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Baba Booey? Baba Gone!

We are all very tired of hearing the numbskulls holler out "Mashed Potatoes" or "Baba Booey" or "Get in the Hole" after PGA Tour player hits the ball.

Besides being annoying to listen to, some of these people have taken to yelling out before the player has even finished his swing.  At the 2014 PGA Championship, one could see that Jim Furyk was very annoyed with one of these idiots who shouted loudly during the middle of Furyk's swing.

If all the players and the majority of the fans . . .

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The Top 10 Greatest Masters Shots!

When I see the Azalea's blooming in my driveway, I know it is Masters Week!  The heralding of spring, the start of a new golf season, and the anticipation of either going to Augusta to watch the greatest golf tournament in the world or like me, sitting at home on Sunday afternoon watching this great spectacle!

Augusta National is a special place. At the beginning of every April, golfers and fans from around the world tune in to watch the best players in the world play one of the most challenging courses in . . .

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Which are the Toughest Stretches of Holes on the PGA Tour?

Is "The Bear Trap", "Amen Corner" and "The Green Mile" all just Media Hype? I think they started out that way, but have grown in the hearts of the fans to become places they can dream of one-day playing!  I have played "The Bear Trap", "Amen Corner", "The Snake Pit", Colonial's "Horrible Horseshoe," Carnoustie's tough closing holes, Shinnecock's "Middle Stretch" and Pebble's 8 through 10. They all have great memories for me, each with its own special place in my heart.  Thanks to Golf Digest

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Jordan Spieth is changing the face of Putting!

In 1989 Dave Pelz stated that PGA Tour players made 50% of their putts from 5 feet.  That distance has now moved to 8 feet.  Why?  Because Jordan Spieth is raising the bar on the green the way Tiger Woods raised the bar on the tee to green game back in 2000.  Spieth's prowess is nothing short of remarkable.  I had the good fortune to play a few rounds of golf with the late Bobby Locke, who is largely considered to be the best putter who ever lived.  But the putting game has changed tremendously.  The putting surfaces . . .

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