(TIS) — The USGA recently released results of their latest study aimed at the widely popular myth that going to the range prior to your round will actually help your game at the amateur level. The results: negative! “We know amateur golfers are lucky to get out and play once, maybe twice a week … and that’s factoring in zero practice,” said USGA CEO Mike Davis. “So the common response is to hit balls 20 minutes before tee off as if they think that’s actually going to help.”
The wedge market just got a little more interesting after Bridgestone unveiled their new DriveGuard Run Flat line on Tuesday. The company which most people associate with tires, promises that these wedges will drive up to 50 miles after a puncture … a feature no other manufacturer is currently offering. “When we were designing our new wedges, we took a look at the competition and decided to stay true to our roots,” said Zack Kupperbusch, Bridgestone’s head of golf club marketing. “Our Run Flat tires are some of the most popular on the road today so we applied that same technology to golf.”
(TIS) — In a desperate effort for attention, one Tour pro took to social media this past weekend to voice his opinion on a subject that he couldn’t be more wrong about. His motivation? Headlines. “Come on, the media today is a joke. I could gain close to 1,000 followers today alone just by saying something stupidly offensive because y’all are going to make a headline out of it,” he said looking anxiously at his phone continuously checking his notifications. “See … what a rush!”
(TIS) — 2017 was a year to remember for Bernhard Langer. The 60-year-old ageless German put together one of the finest PGA Tour Champions seasons on record winning seven times (a 26% clip) including three majors (he now has 10 total, the most ever for guys 50+) and led the money list by a remarkable $1 million. Some would even call it Tiger-esque. However, nobody could predict what was about to unfold on Sunday at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
(TIS) — Rickie Fowler got his 2017-18 campaign underway south of the border this week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. While his game is looking sharp, according to the 28-year-old, it’s been a struggle to keep his shirt on. “Yeah, I mean the swing feels good and I’m rolling it well. That’s all you can really ask for out of the gate,” said Fowler after posting a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Thursday. “I think the only thing holding me back from going super low is this damn shirt.”
If you want to know how Brooks Koepka’s offseason is going, check his Instagram. WARNING: it’ll probably make you jealous … but really, isn’t that the point of social media anyway? The reigning U.S. Open champ and his smokeshow girlfriend Jena Sims posted a few pics of themselves frolicking sans clothes on the Phi Phi Islands off the coast of Thailand.
It wasn’t just another day at the beach for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he recently teed it up with President Donald Trump and the country’s rising son (pun intended), World No.4 Hideki Matsuyama. The power threesome was playing a round at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan when the 63-year-old Abe found himself in a fairway bunker. After seemingly escaping from it with his next shot, he attempted to exit the sand but when he got to the top, he took a bit of a tumble backward.
Growing the game just got a little more out of this world. In a move widely expected by the PGA of America today, they announced that planet Mars will host the PGA Championship in 2228 and Ryder Cup in 2232.
Behind every great golfer is usually a great swing coach. On Wednesday, Ian Poulter was spotted before the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa getting some last minute advice from his new instructor, Koko the monkey.
Unfreakin’ believable! The Stensonator is on the shelf the rest of the year because of a goddamn promotional photo shoot! The man who can bend steel shafts by simply staring at them now has to miss the final two events of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai because of a rib injury presumably from being hoisted into the air for a stunt that he didn’t want to partake in. Seriously. Whoever OK’d this at HSBC is in big, BIG trouble.