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Sirak: Amy Yang, One of the Most Reliable Players of Her Generation

Fred Couples, the World Golf Hall of Fame member who won the 1992 Masters, was once discussing the overuse of the word “great” when categorizing athletes. “I’m not great,” Couples said, setting up a classic Freddy finish to a thought. “I’m good. But good’s not bad.” That Couples-ism could well be used to describe Amy Yang.

Yang, 29, enters her eleventh full season on the LPGA having racked up the kind of numbers that scream solid play. But her only occasional visits to the winner’s circle – a hallowed place she has yet to enter in a major championship – leaves her just this side of greatness.

But, oh, how a victory or two – in just the right places – could change all that. And this week’s Honda LPGA Thailand, where Yang has won twice, is not a bad place to start. A few more victories, especially in a major, would change the way her resume is viewed, elevating near-misses to impressive consistency.

Quite simply, Yang has been one of the most reliable players of her generation, a name quite accustomed to being on the leaderboard. In eight of her 10 LPGA seasons, Yang’s been in the top-20 in scoring and has never been worse than 37th. In nine of those 10 seasons, she’s been in the top 25 on the money list and in all but one season has had at least five top-10 finishes, totaling 64 top-10s overall.

But even more impressive is what Yang has done in the majors. Even though she has yet to win one, she has finished in the top 10 a remarkable 17 times, with 10 of those being top-fives. Until last year, Yang had at least one top-10 finish in a major every year since joining the LPGA full time in 2009.

Yang likely wears the double-edged title of being the best player of her generation without a major championship.

Golf Tips: Preparing for Golf Played at Altitude

Club de Golf Chapultepec — venue for the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City, Mexico — sits at 7,500 feet above sea level.

The higher the elevation, the thinner the air. For golfers, that means less friction on their golf balls, which leads to shots with all clubs traveling considerably further than usual.

Just how much further? It's different for everyone, but check out this Instagram post Justin Thomas posted after a practice round in 2017. It's a photo of his launch monitor readings, which shows his driver carrying almost 356 yards and totaling nearly 384 yards.

OK. Calm down. Chances are you aren't going to hit it that far.

But, even if you're just a common golfer, you're still going to have to factor in how altitude will impact your game.

Get to the range before your round at altitude. Don't wear yourself out -- remember, the thin air is also going to take a toll on your body -- but get your "adjusted" numbers dialed in.

It's going to be different.

Titleist TS3 & Titleist PROV1X (2019) Vs Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero & Callaway Chrome Soft X (2018) Vs TaylorMade M5 & TaylorMade TP5X (2019) battle it out to see which is the LONGEST GOLF BRAND

Rick Shiels PGA Golf Professional tests the Titleist TS3 & Titleist PROV1X (2019) Vs Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero & Callaway Chrome Soft X (2018) Vs TaylorMade M5 & TaylorMade TP5X (2019) on GCQuad to see which is the longest combination in golf!


 

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Many junior golfers are very good at ball-striking, but not able to score as well as they should. It’s what they do before hitting the ball that can make the difference. The recommendations below are vital components to being able to achieve lower scores.

On Course Pre-Shot Thoughts

Know your strengths – Be honest with yourself. What are the percentages of making the shot you are about to attempt? What is your normal ball flight? Where is your average miss? Is this part of the game you are most confident with or not? Is this shot in your “wheelhouse”?

Aggressive vs. Safe - Knowing when to attack or retreat is a big difference between professionals and amateurs. You can be safe aggressive as well, but a good player knows the difference.

Know the conditions – What is the golf course like that day? What is the wind doing? How will the conditions affect your shot? Are the greens hard to hold? Are the Fairways wet?

Know and use your routine – Under pressure this routine will become more important. Rely on this routine to increase the chance of a good shot. Take your time! The pressure that comes with competitive golf usually makes player go faster and get sloppy.

Know your alignment – Probably the most important part of your set-up. Bad alignment causes more bad shots than any other pre-shot factor.

Parlaying Passion Into a Golf Career | GOLFTEC

GOLFTEC CEO Joe Assell on Perseverance, Mentors and Building a Successful Golf Business

GOLFTEC was founded in 1995, but my first foray into the industry stretches back to childhood.

When I was 12 years old, a wonderful man named Leon McNair gave me a job helping in the pro shop at Fox Bend Golf Course in Oswego, Illinois. McNair was the club’s PGA Professional and beyond being my boss, he was my coach and mentor. Even though I was captivated by golf from an early age, I could never have guessed how profoundly the game would shape my life and career.

This business is filled with some of the smartest, kindest, most hard-working people I’ve ever met. It’s no surprise that most of us found our way into the industry because of our love for the game. However, simply loving golf isn’t enough to be successful here. My advice to any entrepreneur looking to parlay their passion into a career is they need a high level of grit and perseverance, along with good mentors to help guide and make introductions. Along my journey I’ve been helped by countless others, like McNair, who saw potential in what I was trying to accomplish and gave me a chance to prove how impactful GOLFTEC could be.

The origins of our company are humble. As with most things, GOLFTEC began as a simple concept. I was interning at Cherry Hills Country Club as part of the Mississippi State PGM Program and began hearing about early experiments using computers (a relatively new luxury) to help analyze a golfer’s swing. The technology was extremely rudimentary by today’s standards, but cutting-edge for the pre-internet 90s.

Myself and soon-to-be co-founders, Clayton Cole and Mike Clinton, recognized there was an opportunity to do something unique with this burgeoning approach and took a leap by opening the first GOLFTEC, originally known as Driving Obsession, in Denver. Another followed shortly after in Chicago and I allowed myself to daydream about someday opening as many as 10 GOLFTEC locations across the Midwest. Today, we operate more than 200 centers worldwide, teach more than one million lessons annually, are the largest employer of PGA Professionals and recently became the leader in premium club-fitting.

For the 57th time since 1929, historic Riviera Country Club hosts the biggest stars on the PGA TOUR for the 2019 Genesis Open.


 

The Story Behind Wayne Gretzky’s Red Scotty Cameron 'Gordie Howe' Putter

Even idols have idols. Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky, the leading scorer in NHL history, has a custom Gordie Howe-themed Scotty Cameron putter in his bag at the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; he calls the putter “one of the greatest things I’ve ever had in my life.” The late Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe -- who wore No. 9 -- is a hall-of-fame hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings for 25 years. Although Gretzky went onto break many of Howe’s records, Gretzky says, “I idolized and loved Gordie so much ... we were good friends.”

Gretzky says he received a Gordie Howe jersey for Christmas when he was 6-years old, and he “was a huge Red Wings fan growing up.” Now, Gretzky is playing with one of Howe’s putters.

As he tells the story, Gretzky was playing Sherwood Country Club in a fivesome two years ago when his group called a twosome playing behind his group to play-through. One of the “gentlemen” in the group was using a red putter. “I didn’t know it was Gordie’s putter, and I said ‘Gosh I love your putter,’” said Gretzky. The gentleman said, “Oh, it’s a Gordie Howe putter.” The next day, Gretzky says the gentleman sent him the putter.

After receiving the putter, however, Dustin Johnson -- his daughter Paulina’s fiancée, current Pebble Beach Pro-Am partner, and 19-time PGA TOUR winner -- said the putter was “a little bit light.” Johnson took the putter and said, “I’m going to make it a little bit heavier for you, that’d be better for you.”

Gretzky has been using the weight-adjusted putter for two years now, and by the way he speaks of the putter, it doesn’t sound like it’s coming out of the bag anytime soon.

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Bridgestone Golf Encourages Consumers to “Try It Before They Buy It”

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – the #1 ball-fitter in golf, recently relaunched its popular Test Drive golf club demo program. Test Drive, originally introduced full-scale in 2015, provides a low cost, no-hassle way for consumers to experience Bridgestone Golf hard goods prior to purchasing them. Test Drive features brand new kits of demo equipment from Bridgestone’s popular TOUR B JGR line of clubs shipped directly to a golfer’s home, office or club for in-person, on-course, real world testing.

Through Test Drive, consumers choose a “kit” of demo equipment based on their shaft flex and loft preferences on the Test Drive website to ship to their desired location. Upon placement of the Test Drive order, Bridgestone Golf charges the debit or credit card provided immediately for $20.00 to cover the cost of shipping the demo clubs to the tester, as well as the cost of return shipping when the evaluation period has ended. In addition, Bridgestone Golf will place a pre-authorized hold on the card on file in the amount of the retail value of the demo clubs. This hold is not a current charge to a tester’s debit or credit card account, but serves as a precaution to guard against theft and damage. Testers have 21 days from receipt of equipment to return the demo clubs to Bridgestone before the hold amounts plus applicable sales tax are charged to their cards.

“Bridgestone’s clubs have garnered a cult-like following among serious golfers,” said Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing Manager – Bridgestone Golf. “Our reputation for quality forgings and high-quality construction has made us a popular choice of better players, especially. That said, we have limited retail distribution where a niche audience of golfers have access to our clubs. Test Drive allows us broaden our reach and provide golfers throughout the lower 48 with the opportunity to demo our award-winning offerings at their convenience, anytime, anywhere.”