Stonehedge South 17th Hole, Augusta, Michigan

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Stonehedge South, in Augusta, Michigan is a great course that’s worth a drive from the metro Detroit area. I’ve played it several times now, and it was just as good on my most recent excursion (from whence this photo). You can see my review here.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Pro V1, TaylorMade Balls, Cleveland Wedges On Woot!

Woot! has several golf deals right now:

Sport.Woot has the TaylorMade Golf Balls and Cleveland Wedges

while the regular Woot page has Woot!t has the Pro V1 balls.

Everything on Woot! is on deep discount, and these golf items are no exception.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Deals
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Courses Should Issue A Warning About Aerated Greens

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Fall golf in Michigan is accompanied by aerated greens. The goal of aeration is to ease compacted soil, and control the buildup of organic matter which soaks up too much water. If not relieved, root growth will suffer and grass diseases spread. It’s a necessary operation if greens are to be in top shape the next season.

It also doesn’t affect play for very long. A few days—a week—and the top dressing settles over and into the holes, returning to a relatively smooth surface.

That said, courses should warn players about aeration. On a recent road trip to play a new course for review, I was a little miffed to find that the greens had been aerated, but no warning issued.

As a courtesy to customers, courses should warn players making a tee time about the condition of the greens. It may cost a course a few tee times in the short run, but will generate good will in the long run.

Here’s a nice video on the aeration process:

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Golf 101
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Stance Golf Performance Socks Review

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Stance Performance Golf Sock
Grade: A
Teacher’s Comments: A little too edgy in design for my own tastes, but the fit and feel is wonderful.

I walk virtually every round I play, so over the years, I have become a connoisseur of comfortable, properly fit shoes and socks. Hiking thirty six holes in a single day does not even begin to phase me—so long as the dogs are happy.

The best socks fit snugly so they don’t slide and cause blisters; have cushioning on the heel for impact; and wick moisture to keep the foot dry (and again, blister free).

Stance’s performance golf socks meet all those criteria—in spades.

Both the high and low versions I tested fit snugly without feeling tight. Clever design, such as deep heel pockets, elastic arch support and a seamless toe, combined with the spandex content keep the socks from sliding around. The socks also feature “managed compression,” which I did not notice in the short socks, but was very noticeable in the calf-length ones. I may actually wear these the next time I go on a long plane flight. I think they could help to keep my legs from stiffening.

Cushioning is just right, with the heel area feeling nice and soft.

Finally, the Stance Socks keep my feet feeling nice and dry. That is important not only for immediate comfort, but also for preventing blisters.

I like these socks a lot, but I just wish they came in a more plain-Jane option. To paraphrase The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper: In an infinite number of universes with an infinite number of GolfBloggers, in none of them am I wearing socks with flowers.

Ok. Maybe occasionally. Like in the Bahamas.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Apparel
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Adams XTD Ti Hybrid

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ADAMS XTD Ti Hybrid

Adams’ XTD Ti Hybrid features progressive face thickness, which the company says results in up to 29% more speed on off-center hits. It’s also got a Cut-Thru slot and titanium brazing for more speed and distance.

Interestingly, it’s also adjustable. You can change the loft by 1.5 degrees in either direction.

It’s an expensive club, though, thanks to the titanium and the adjustable features.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: EquipmentHybrids
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Ryder Cup Final Results - 2014

For the record ...


EUROPE 16½, UNITED STATES 11½
Venue: Gleneagles Resort (PGA Centenary Course), Gleneagles, Scotland

Friday

Fourballs: United States 2½, Europe 1½

  • Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe, def. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, United States, 5 and 4.
  • Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, United States, halved with Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer, Europe.
  • Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, def. Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter, Europe, 5 and 4.
  • Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, United States, def. Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy, Europe, 1 up.

    Foursomes: Europe 3½, United States ½

  • Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar, United States, 2 up.
  • Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe, def. Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson, United States, 2 and 1.
  • Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, United States, halved with Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, Europe.
  • Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, United States, 3 and 2.

    Saturday

    Fourballs: United States 2½, Europe 1½

  • Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe, def. Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, United States, 3 and 2.
  • Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan, United States, def. Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood, Europe, 4 and 3.
  • Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, United States, def. Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer, Europe, 5 and 3.
  • Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, United States, halved with Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, Europe.

    Foursomes: Europe 3½, United States ½

  • Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar, United States, 2 and 1.
  • Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy, Europe, def. Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan, United States, 3 and 2.
  • Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, halved with Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer, Europe.
  • Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell, Europe, def. Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, United States, 5 and 4.

    Sunday Singles: Europe 6½, United States 5½

  • Graeme McDowell, Europe, def. Jordan Spieth, United States, 2 and 1.
  • Patrick Reed, United States, def. Henrik Stenson, Europe, 1 up.
  • Rory McIlroy, Europe, def. Rickie Fowler, United States, 5 and 4.
  • Justin Rose, Europe, halved with Hunter Mahan, United States
  • Phil Mickelson, United States, def. Stephen Gallacher, Europe, 3 and 1.
  • Martin Kaymer, Europe, def. Bubba Watson, United States, 4 and 2.
  • Matt Kuchar, United States, def. Thomas Bjorn, Europe, 4 and 3.
  • Sergio Garcia, Europe, def. Jim Furyk, United States, 1 up.
  • Webb Simpson, United States, halved with Ian Poulter, Europe.
  • Jamie Donaldson, Europe, def. Keegan Bradley, United States, 4 and 3.
  • Jimmy Walker, United States, def. Lee Westwood, Europe, 3 and 2.
  • Zach Johnson, United States, halved with Victor Dubuisson, Europe.

  • September 30, 2014 |  Category: Ryder Cup
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    Criticism of Tom Watson Is Unwarranted

    I’m going to go against the flow of golf writers (and players) calling captain Tom Watson to task for his Ryder Cup decision making. I don’t think any decision Watson made would have changed the outcome. The bottom line is that the European Team had better players, and those players lived up to their potential. The US Team did not.

    Even if Watson made the moves most advocated by the Monday morning quarterbacks (playing Spieth/Reed Friday afternoon, and Mickelson/Bradley on Saturday), the Europeans still would be winners. Assuming the US team won in both of those matches (a false assumption) the Europeans would have retained the cup 14.5 - 13.5. There just were not enough US victories in the individual matches.

    Further, would Mickelson have defeated Stephen Gallacher if he had played Saturday instead of resting? Maybe. Maybe not. And had Mickelson played Saturday, there’s no guarantee he would have played Gallacher on Sunday. There’s always the possibility that European Captain Paul McGinley takes that into account and creates a different lineup, hoping to match Mickelson against a better player.

    Another oft-repeated theme is that Watson’s Captain’s picks did not pan out. Webb Simpson is the general target. Suppose, however, that Captain Watson had chosen Player X instead. Would that guy have been able to both team with Bubba Watson to beat Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson and then defeat Ian Poulter in singles? I seriously doubt it.

    In my mind, it is not enough to say that Watson should have picked someone else. Critics need to be able to defend their contention that a replacement would have changed the outcome. The way the Europeans played, no one can seriously make that argument.

    Finally, I reject the argument that Watson—theoretically out of touch with the much younger players—did not provide the proper inspiration. If you can’t get inspired by simply playing the Ryder Cup, what sort of cheerleading could make a difference.

     

    September 29, 2014 |  Category: Ryder Cup
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