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September 2nd, 2014

 

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Fall is startin’, the kids are headin’ back to school, and I’m celebrating by holding TWO giveaway contests this month! My first September Giveaway is for A FREE Case (That’s 6 Dozen!) of Bridgestone Tour 330 Golf Balls – a prize worth over $200! This contest runs until September 14 and is free to enter. So hurry and enter Scratch’s September Golf Giveaway!

 

Giveaway!Enter to win via Facebook today! Don’t delay – the contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on September 14th!

 

  • The sweepstakes runs from September 2nd to September 14th at 11:59pm, so you can’t procrastinate in entering to win these fabulous prizes.
  • You must be 18+ years old to enter and win. As much as we appreciate you young pups taking an interest in golf, get your parents to enter if you’re not quite reaching that age requirement.
  • All entries will be used and drawing will be random.
  • All you have to do is enter your email address. No purchase necessary! If you are chosen as a winner, the email address you submitted will be used to contact you to obtain an address to send the prize.
  • Only people residin’ in countries that we ship to can apply. International winners will get the value of the prize in caveman cash.

 

The sweepstakes only lasts ’til 11:59pm September 14th, so enter quick for yer chance to win! Enter to win via Facebook today!

 

Now that that’s are out of the way, let’s take a look at our fabulous prize!

 

Bridgestone Tour B330 Golf Balls!Bridgestone Tour B330 Golf Balls!

Featurin’ a larger core, softer cover, and Bridgestone’s patented Dual Dimple Technology, the new Tour B330 golf balls are designed for enhanced wind performance, superior aerodynamics, and longer distances – just what a true caveman craves out on the course!

Features:

  • Gradational compression core technology for increased ball speed
  • Dual Mantle design for reduced spin and higher launch off the driver and long irons
  • Tour proven Urethane cover for excellent greenside control
  • 330 dual dimple technology for a consistent flight
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    So don’t delay Rock Heads, go Put Your Name In The Hat for a chance to win a FREE Case Of Bridgestone Tour 330 Golf Balls!

    Facts About The FedEx Cup You Actually NEED To Know!

    August 31st, 2014

    FedEX Cup

    Just because the Majors are done, the golf season’s not over yet. The Majors crown four winners, but just like the Highlander, there can only be one (top golfer that is). So starting this week, we head into the race for the FedEx Cup and Scratch is here to break it down for you Rock Heads out there!

    The first thing to know is that all this year, the pros have been collecting points according to how they’ve placed in tournaments during the “regular FedEx Cup season”. This regular season runs from Week 1 of the PGA Tour schedule to the Wyndham Championship in August. At the end of the regular FedEx Cup season, the 125 players with the most points move onto the playoffs. Also, those 125 players who make the first cut automatically retain their PGA tour card for the following season. How a player does in the FedEx Cup events can also determine whether he plays in the President’s Cup. So it’s kind of a big deal.

    Once in the playoffs, the available points are five times what they were in the regular-season tournaments. So if a player got 150 points for let’s say 5th place in the regular season, that same 5th place finish would net 750 in the playoffs.

    The playoffs consist of four tournaments and after each tournament the field of players is cut. The four playoff tournaments are:

    • The Barclays (125 golfers in the field)
    • Deutsche Bank Championship (100 golfers in the field)
    • BMW Championship (70 golfers in the field)
    • Tour Championship (30 golfers in the field)

    The cuts in the field each week of the playoffs are determined by ranking on the FedEx Cup points list. For example, following Week 1 of the playoffs, only the Top 100 on the points list advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.

    Seems simple right?

    Well, there’s one small catch. Those points I was telling you about? Well, they reset just before the final tournament. Yup, just like in Who’s Line Is It Anyway, the points don’t matter, kind of.

     

    After the BMW, only the top 30 players move on to the final TOUR Championship. Before the final event, all the points are wiped out and “reset.”  The No. 1 player in the standings begins the TOUR Championship with 2,500 points, the No. 2 player has 2,250 points and so on, down to the No. 30 player, who is given 210 points.

    Why? Well, the reason is equality. By resetting the points, any of the top 30 golfers has the mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup. The top players still have the most points and the best chance, but in theory, it’s anybody’s game.

    The points are reset because of Vijay Singh. In 2008, prior to the installment of a points reset, Singh won two of the first three events. That meant that he had so many points that there was no mathematical way for anyone else to win. All Singh needed to do was show up, and he would win. The last thing we all want to see is a lame duck Tour Championship, so the reset rule was instituted.

    The Barclays Tournament started this Thursday, and here are the points standings going into it:

     

    Who do you think will win the FedEx Cup Rock Heads? Let me know in the comments below!

     

     

    The Origin of Baba-Booey

    August 28th, 2014

     

    “Baba-booey!” I hear it all the time out on the golf course. Right after a long drive, someone in the crowd yells out the nonsense words scattered amongst the “Get-in-the-hole”s and “You’re-the-man”s. But what exactly is “baba-booey?” It originated on the Howard Stern radio show, when executive producer Gary Dell’Abate was discussing the cartoon Quick Draw McGraw and, in an attempt to say Baba Looey, McGraw’s sidekick, Dell’Abate misspoke, thus, Baba Booey was created. He defended the name, convinced that Baba Looey was in fact Baba Booey. In true Stern Show fashion, everyone started to make fun of Dell’Abate, but he joked that no one would even remember his error the next day.

    That was 1990. Twenty-four years later, Baba-Booey is still going strong. But Sniff! You ask me, “Why exactly do these Howard Stern fans yell Baba-Booey on the golf course and how did the tradition of yelling it at some of the most predominant golf tournaments begin?” Perhaps if we look at the whole story, we will find out why the saying found an unexpected home being called out after a golfer’s backswing.

    Following Stern’s ridicule of Dell’Abate, the show, notorious for prank phone calls, used the Baba Booey joke in numerous pranks on Dell’Abate himself. Eventually, Stern and his colleagues encouraged his fans to get creative with it by yelling it out on live newscasts or record their own prank phone calls. Baba Booey gained a following of Stern fans. Apart from being a nickname for Dell’Abate, Baba Booey was being yelled out at all types of events across the country.

    Then, in 1994, Baba Booey landed itself in the headlines. In a well orchestrated prank, a man calling himself “Robert Higgins” called into ABC News during the infamous OJ Simpson car chase. “Higgins” claimed to be a neighbor of Simpson and offered up an “insiders” perspective of what was going on in the drama of it all. He had a conversation with Peter Jennings, who at the time hosted the ABC Nightly News and was giving a live update of the unfolding events. Before hanging up with Jennings, “Higgins” let out a Baba-Booey, propelling the phrase into the pop culture history books. The Stern Show had a field day with this, using the topic as a talking point for years to come. They even invited Al Michaels, another ABC anchor who caught the Baba Booey during the prank phone call to Jennings and spilled the beans to him live during the Simpson chase.

    Eventually the phrase made it’s way onto the golf course, coining the phrase “Baba Booey Bombs”. Even Howard Stern himself was surprised, asking on air, “Do you think it’s gotten to the point where some people yell Baba Booey and don’t even know about our show, they just think it’s something you do?” In fact, at one point, Baba Booey Bombs had gotten so big that The Stern Show created montages of Bombs that were yelled over the weekend at golf tournaments and aired them Monday mornings as a regular segment of the show.

    Eventually, Baba Booeys gained the attention of golfers themselves. After winning the PGA Championship in 2013, Jason Dufner appeared on The Howard Stern Show. Stern admitted he knew little about golf, but argued that he brought a new audience to the sport saying he knew of people that may be flipping through the channels and stop on golf just to see if they can hear a Baba Booey. Dufner said the bombs didn’t bother him.  ”No one does it when we’re swinging or before we’re swinging,” Dufner said on the show. “It happens afterwards. Obviously, people are trying to get noticed and clown around that way. But sometimes the stuff is pretty funny what they say.”

    However there have been some golfers who have publicly criticized Stern and the fans who yell out Baba Booey on the course. Ian Poulter took to Twitter following the 2013 PGA Championship to vent. “I’m calling for @PGATOUR to step in & stop this shouting out right after shots. Message in to @PGATOUR with your thoughts. Tazer them?” Poulter wrote. “This baba boo shit & mash potato crap shouting wouldn’t happen at Augusta, The Open, nor would it happen at Wimbledon. Tazer the thrushes.” He continued.

    Whether you like it or not, Baba Booey has carved it’s way into history and has become a staple on golf courses, and Stern wouldn’t have it any other way. “Wouldn’t that be our legacy?,” Stern said on air. “Fifty years from now when we’re dead. When you’re watching golf and suddenly you hear the announcer say, ‘You know many people have asked us why do they yell baba booey after every swing? This started many, many years ago due to a popular radio show at the time and now it’s just become part of our game.”

    – Sniff

    Your Last Chance To Win A FREE Sun Mountain Micro-Cart Sport Push Cart!

    August 25th, 2014

     

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    August is almost over and so is this month’s Golf Giveaway! However, you still have time to enter for a change to win a FREE Sun Mountain Golf Micro-Cart Sport Push Cart. As always, it’s FREE to enter so why haven’t you put your name in? Enter To Win Today!

     

    Giveaway!Enter to win via Facebook today! Don’t delay – the contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 31st!

     

    • The sweepstakes runs from August 1st to August 31st at 11:59pm, so you can’t procrastinate in entering to win this fabulous prize.
    • You must be 18+ years old to enter and win. As much as we appreciate you young pups taking an interest in golf, get your parents to enter if you’re not quite reaching that age requirement.
    • All entries will be used and drawing will be random.
    • All you have to do is enter your email address. No purchase necessary! If you are chosen as a winner, the email address you submitted will be used to contact you to obtain an address to send the prize.
    • Only people residin’ in countries that we ship to can apply. International winners will get the value of the prize in caveman cash.

    The sweepstakes lasts ’til 11:59pm August 31st, so enter quick for yer chance to win! Enter to win via Facebook today!

     

    Now that that’s are out of the way, let’s take a look at our fabulous prize!

     

    Sun Mountain Golf Micro-Cart Sport Push Cart!Sun Mountain Golf Micro-Cart Sport Push Cart!

    The Micro-Cart Sport, offers the advantages of the standard Micro-Cart in fresh new coloring offerings. Key features are Micro-Cart’s four-wheel design which has a compact folded foot print and is light weight, making the cart easy to get in and out of your vehicle. The cart’s low center of gravity results in superior stability on the course.

    Features:

  • Folded Dimensions: 24.5″ X 16″ X 12″
  • Weight: 13.8 lbs.
  • The new E-Z Latch makes it easy to adjust the handle height.
  • The Micro-Cart folds and unfolds in two easy motions.
  • The front axle is extendable to accommodate larger bags.
  • The Micro-Paq is included with every cart.
  • Sun Mountain’s patented smart brackets secure the golf bag without straps.
  • The accessory tray includes a padded valuables tray, scorecard holder and an integrated tee and pencil holder.
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    So don’t delay Rock Heads, time is almost up! Go Enter Your Name for a chance to win a FREE Sun Mountain Golf Micro-Cart Sport Push Cart!

    Preview The Barclays Course!

    August 18th, 2014

    Barclays
    This weekend, The Barclays Tournament is back to the Champions Course at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus N.J. Founded in 1890, the club is one of the oldest in America and has previously been the site of The Barclay’s Tournament in 2008 and 2010. However, if you happen to visit the club, you won’t find any signs pointing to the Champions Course. Why? That’s because this course is made specifically for The Barclays! It’s made up of a composite of the more difficult holes from the three original nine hole courses! Take a look below!

     

    Ridgewood Champions Course Map

    No. 1 | 380 yards | Par-4

    This opening hole is a relatively straight par 4 playing 380 yards. There is a cross bunker that stretches across the fairway from the left side about 60 yards from the green. The green is challenging, large, and well bunkered; it slopes steadily and deceptively uphill and from left-to-right.

    No. 2 | 190 yards | Par-3

    A shot-A shot-maker’s par 3, the downhill second hole is played at 190 yards to a green that is protected by bunkers left and right. The green slopes back-to-front and features some interesting contours. The two bunkers on the left side are deep and need to be avoided.

    No. 3 | 588 yards | Par-5

    A classic Tillinghast par 5, number 3 is almost unreachable in two. OB lines the left side of the fairway, but don’t be fooled. The left side is the key to this hole as it meanders over Tillinghast’s mounds until making a subtle right turn about 470 yards from the tee. Stay left to set up a straight-in approach shot, avoiding the bunkers left and right. The narrow but deep, undulating, multi-tier green is guarded by bunkers which only the most accurate shots avoid.

    No. 4 | 444 yards | Par-4

    A dangerous dogleg left par 4, OB and deep rough to the left side and big oak trees on the right corner limit the bailout options. A well-positioned drive to the right center of the fairway is important because the green is very difficult to hold on long approach shots. Even if you stay out of the woods, you are not out of danger until the putting is over on this challenging green with its false front and hard to read speed and breaks.

    No. 5 | 291 yards | Par-4

    Known as the ‘Five and Dime’, number 5 is Ridgewood’s shortest par 4 and has been described as one of the greatest driveable par 4s in the world. The hole plays only 291 yards, yet it can be one of the most difficult holes at Ridgewood. The approach is a tricky wedge shot that must be played accurately (with a soft touch) to a small and narrow ‘plateau green’ surrounded by six deadly bunkers. Avoiding the bunkers to the left side is essential. Reading the breaks of the ‘impossible’ green is equally challenging

    No. 6 | 471 yards | Par-4

    A long par 4, this challenging dogleg requires a long and well placed tee shot – one that avoids the towering oak trees on the left corner, yet long enough to reach the bottom of the hill, eliminating the need for a long approach shot from a downhill lie to a raised green that is a tricky read. It appears to be flat, but there are big swings and pin locations that make two-putting this enormous surface a job well done.

    No. 7 | 447 yards | Par-4

    Known as the ‘Cemetery’ hole, number 7 is an uphill 447 yard par 4. It will take 285 yards to carry the top plateau. The left side of this fairway provides the best access to a small green tucked into a tight corner and surrounded by bunkers. Again, the green appears to be flat, but it breaks deceptively–and, it is fast.

    No. 8 | 217 yards | Par-3

    A long downhill par 3 with a green that runs away from the shot distinguishes Ridgewood’s eighth hole. It provides a great view from the tee, playing 217 yards from the back tees to a green surrounded by extensive bunkering. Holding this green is difficult, especially with long irons. Shots that don’t hold or reach the putting surface present challenging chip shots and require a deft touch, especially from the thick rough that surrounds the green.

    No. 9 | 440 yards | Par-4

    Playing 440 yards uphill with a fairway sloping left-to-right, this par 4 requires a strong uphill tee shot to a generous landing, with two bunkers on each side of the fairway. Avoid the tendency to stray off-line, seduced by the hole’s left-to-right slope. The second shot is played to a plateau green, surrounded by deep bunkers. This green is very deceiving; subtle breaks make for very difficult putting.

    No. 10 | 230 yards | Par-3

    This par 3 is ‘as tough as they get’. Number ten is played with a long iron to a back-to-front sloping green, surrounded by bunkers. The shot plays downhill at 230 yards from the back tees. A well struck shot avoids the cross bunker on the right and the small pot bunker on the left. A bit of luck is needed to influence the ball not to run ‘hot’ to the back of the green for a front pin placement, leaving you with a scary-fast, double breaking, downhill putt.

    No. 11 | 467 yards | Par-4

    Uphill, this dogleg left sloping left-to-right to a ‘plateau’ green, this par 4 plays 467 yards from the back tees. Both the tee shot and the approach to the green play steadily uphill and fall left-to-right. Be sure to take an extra club for the second shot to account for the uphill slope. The fairway is protected by five bunkers that line both sides. The plateau green is protected by deep bunkers on the left and to the right. Players playing long irons for their approach shots need to account for a severe left-to-right swing on a very fast and tricky putting surface–one of the toughest at Ridgewood. This par 4 often plays like a par 5 for the average player.

    No. 12 | 475 yards | Par-4

    A long par 4 that puts a premium on strength and accuracy and plays 475 yards from the black tee to a fairway climbing steadily uphill for over 250 yards. This mighty par 4 requires a strong tee shot and a second shot to an elevated, fast green – as tough to hold as it is to putt. A very deep bunker protects the front of the green and bunkers on both sides and in back collect many errant shots. The New York City skyline is often visible from this green.

    No. 13 | 626 yards | Par-5

    At 626 yards from the back, this par 5 opens with a tee shot downhill with bunkers in play on the right and heavy trees on the left. Hit a solid drive and you will be in position to strike a strong second shot over a series of heavily rough covered moguls that run on an angle for 50 to75 yards mid-hole, ending about 160 yards from the green. This leaves a mid to short iron shot downhill to an understated, deceptively fast, and well protected green. Make any mistakes along the way and you’ll understand how naturally clever Tillinghast was. This design holds a place among the Sports Illustrated ‘Top 18 Tillinghast Holes.’

    No. 14 | 412 yards | Par-4

    This is the toughest approach shot at Ridgewood. The big hitters can manage the distance and the difficulty associated with positioning the drive and hitting the tough second shot uphill to a steeply elevated green–but even they have trepidations. The fourteenth is simply one of the most challenging holes on the golf course. It provides a generous landing area for tee shots, but long drives need to avoid the cross bunker on the right side of the fairway and the deep rough on the left. The elevated triple-tier green has a severe slope from back-to-front and left-to-right, and it is common for putts to roll downhill off the front of the green into the fairway.

    No. 15 | 155 yards | Par-3Ridgewood Champions Course Information

    The 15th hole is a paradigm of great architecture that features a small green, slightly uphill from the tee and surrounded by several bunkers. It’s a tough green to hit (though only 155 yards from the back tee), but shots that land and stay on the putting surface will usually leave a good run for a birdie putt. Players who miss this green will have a difficult time making par.

    No. 16 | 422 yards | Par-4

    Rewarding an accurate drive and a confident ‘blind’ second shot, this par 4 features a relatively tight landing area for tee shots. It is an inviting tee shot on the surface, but penalizes inaccuracy with heavy rough and protective pines to the right side. The tee box is elevated and a good, accurate shot will leave a player with about a 130 yard blind approach shot to a green that sits below the fairway. Avoid the many greenside bunkers, short and left of the green, deep right, and along the right front corner and side of the green.

    No. 17 | 594 yards | Par-5

    Dogleg left and long, it’s one of the great par 5′s in the game. Long drives from an intimidating tee box must cut the dogleg to avoid very deep rough and trees to the right, where the fairway makes a sharp left. A strong second shot is also needed to avoid the cross bunker on the left side of the fairway and/or to pass the giant tulip tree that sits imposingly on the corner of the right side of the fairway. The third shot requires accuracy to reach a small green, carry past the false front (but not carry off the back of the green), or get caught too early in the severe right-to-left swing that can channel a ball steeply downhill into dangerous bunkers. This is a tough green on which many a match has been decided.

    No. 18 | 470 yards | Par-4

    Back to the ‘hall’ of the mighty oaks. This great finishing hole ends with an imposing dogleg right par 4 that plays 470 yards from the back tees to a fairway lined with mighty oaks on the left and right. Be accurate with your drive. Cut the dogleg too sharply on the right and it will be three shots to the green. Hit the ball too long to the left and you will find yourself trapped among these massive trees. Position A (left side of the fairway) provides the best angle to a green that is guarded on the left with deep traps and features a putting surface that swings right-to-left and runs quickly to the back.

     

     

    What’s The Difference Between Recycled And Refinished Golf Balls?

    August 14th, 2014

    Used Golf Balls

    I recently had a Rock Head ask about used balls on the RBG Facebook page, so I thought I’d take a moment and give you all a crash course on used golf balls.Every time you hit a new golf ball into the water do you see the money you’re losing? Well, then you should check out used golf balls. Used golf balls generally come in two types: recycled and refinished. But, what’s the difference between recycled and refinished golf balls?

     

    Well, not much. This information comes from Knetgolf, a leader in used golf balls. Every year they recover, process, and market over 20,000,000 to players in 40 countries!

     

    Recycled golf balls are balls that have been found, in a lake for example. They are then washed, and sorted by brand and type and then graded by color and cover condition. They are then sorted into Mint, Grade A and Grade B condition so the player can choose the quality and price point they wish to purchase. Mint recycled balls are a great deal as they are almost like new. They should feel and play as a new ball would. While they may include tiny player marks, they won’t have scuffs or blemishes. These were balls that were probably lost after the first swing or two.

    Refinished Golf Balls are taken to the next step. Golf balls are refinished if the ball is 100% intact with no cover abrasions or cuts but is just cosmetically stained. Refinishing is an expensive process so you’ll usually only find high-end refinished golf balls. The refinishing process involves mechanically stripping the outer clearcoat and paint off the ball taking it back to where it was before it was originally painted. The ball is then repainted and then re-clearcoated to ensure a durable product. This is to enhance the cosmetic appearance of the ball without affecting performance. Golf balls are not repaired during the refinishing process. If the golf balls have any abrasion in the cover, they are sold as low-end shag balls

    Is there a difference in performance?
    Not very much. Outside of cosmetics, the balls in all the various grades tested against new golf balls right out the package show only a very minimal loss, in fact a statistically insignificant loss of carry distance. They were tested with a consistent mechanical driver. The average golfer would not be able to duplicate the swing with any consistency to attain these averages over many shots, this loss of carry distance form 1 -5 yards is absolutely minimal when you take into account all the other factors that come into play when you swing a club… plane of club, follow through, back swing, in/out or out/in, weight shift, lie etc.

    Knet Testing

    Are used golf balls water-logged?
    Not modern golf balls. Modern golf balls are made of various types of plastic, so they don’t absorb water. Older type of wound balls can be water-logged if the outer cover is broken, allowing the water in. Some golfers won’t play recycled golf balls because they mistakenly believe that the quality and distance of the ball will be compromised once it is submerged in water. However, a 2009 white paper study by GolfBallTest.org found that virtually no difference between new and recycled balls of the same brand.

    Rain, Rain, Go Away – Tips For Golfing In Wet Weather

    August 11th, 2014

    Rain at Valhalla

    Looking back on this weekend’s PGA Championship, I’ll always remember two things: first that Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are the future of golf and secondly that crazy weather. Thankfully, Valhalla has a brand, new drainage system that stopped the tournament from continuing on Monday and saved the day!

    Does that mean we put our Sunday games on hold just because of some wind and rain? Heck no! We wouldn’t be true golfers if we let a bit of water stop us. Don’t go running out into any storm just yet. First, check out Scratch’s tips for golfing in wet weather below and then have fun Rock Heads!*

    First and foremost, you are going to need rain gear. That means waterproof layers, umbrellas for both you and your bag, a hat, and extra gloves and towels. Also make sure that you have an insurance card and a form of ID in a waterproof plastic bag, securely fastened to your person, so in the event of misfortune, you can be helped in the order of how good your coverage is.

    Next you are going need to make sure you have the best traction possible. Grab some new cleats for your golf shoes, or if you aren’t satisfied with that, you can try grabbing some tree climbing spurs for added grip. You may also want to add some rain golf gloves or some all-weather golf gloves for a sturdy grip.  This might sound like a lot of gear, but you’ll be amazed how many people go out to go in the rain without them.

    The rules of the course are going to change a bit. Wet conditions often means casual water. The increased flooding is going to make putting look more like a chipping game, bunkers are going to turn into water hazards, so be sure to adjust your lies accordingly. If casual water affects your stance, line of intended swing or the position of the ball (even if it’s in the rough) you can clean the ball and drop it without penalty at the nearest point of full relief from the condition, not nearer the hole but not necessarily in the fairway. However, if the problem is casual water in a bunker, you can take relief without penalty in a similar way but only within the hazard. There is no relief without penalty from casual water in any other hazard.

    Doug Wade of PGA.com gives these two great tips:

    1. “Stay controlled: When it’s time to focus on the shot, solid contact is more important than ever when conditions get tough. Don’t give yourself any easier opportunities for mistakes by overswinging. A common mistake is the feeling that you have to swing harder – that’s actually the most harmful thing you can do. The chance for the club to slip in your hands or your feet to slip on the swing are only increased in wet conditions. A shorter, more compact swing with more club will only help you in these situations.”

    2. “When it rains, the course changes right in front of you. Be aware of what the rain, cold and wind can do to your shots. Wet conditions mean less spin for shots but slower greens and softer fairways. Adjust your game and club selection accordingly.

    Your score card will easily be soaked. Electronic score cards may work well, however, be careful they they don’t suffer a similar fate but with some added sparks and fizzle. You may want to even just forget keeping score and give yourself a higher handicap. Shooting par for this event is equivalent to acing a hole on a regular day, so if you are able to accomplish this feat, buy your surviving match partners a round!

    Want more tips? Check out this video from Golf Channel’s Morning Drive!

     

     

    *Though it probably doesn’t need to be said, I’ll just add this: IF THERE’S THUNDER AND LIGHTING, DON’T GO OUTSIDE HOLDING GOLF CLUBS!

    ~Scratch

    Who Needs To Use The PGA Championship To Get On A Ryder Cup Team

    August 7th, 2014

     

    Ryder Cup and Wanamaker Trophy

    Image from Getty Images

    Though it’s one of the major, the PGA Championship generally isn’t as exciting as the three it follows. Maybe it’s the venue, or maybe its timing during the dog days of summer that makes the PGA Championship lack the drama of its compatriots. This year, everyone is focused on two questions: How long will Tiger’s back hold up and will Rory McIlroy win three in a row? Scratch’s guesses? Not very long and statistically unlikely.

    The real question going into the PGA Championship is what how the outcome will affect the Ryder Cup standings. Currently some of the best-known players sit right on the line and this weekend could shake the list up. Here’s the current top 15 Ryder Cup standings and points through 8/4/14:

    American

    1 Bubba Watson*
    2 Jim Furyk*
    3 Jimmy Walker*
    4 Rickie Fowler*
    5 Matt Kuchar*
    6 Jordan Spieth*Ryder Cup Logo
    7 Patrick Reed*
    8 Jason Dufner*
    9 Zach Johnson*
    10 Phil Mickelson
    11 Keegan Bradley
    12 Brendon Todd
    13 Ryan Moore
    14 Chris Kirk
    15 Webb Simpson

    World

    1 Rory McIlroy*
    2 Sergio Garcia*
    3 Henrik Stenson*
    4 Justin Rose*
    5 Martin Kaymer*
    6 Thomas Bjorn*
    7 Victor Dubuisson*
    8 Graeme McDowell*
    9 Jamie Donaldson*
    10 Luke Donald
    11 Stephen Gallacher
    12 Ian Poulter
    13 Miguel Angel Jimenez
    14 Francesco Molinari
    15 Joost Luiten

    * = Currently would earn a slot on the team

     

    Scratch’s Thoughts!
    Tiger Woods
    Let’s start with the obvious take-away: Tiger is not going to be part of the American team. Having been out most of the season, he currently sits at 69th on the points list. The only way for him to make the team is as one of Captain Tom Watson’s three Captain’s selections. However, Watson would be better off giving that slot to a player that did not have back surgery this year.

    Phil Mickleson
    Phil hasn’t really done anything this season to show that he’s likely to win the PGA Championship this weekend. Even though he hasn’t had a top-10 finish this season, it’s likely that unless he completely blows it, he’ll make it on the the Ryder Cup squad via a Captain’s selection. Watson’s young team could use some age and experience and of course having Phil on the team doesn’t hurt the ratings.

    Jason Dufner
    Minute before this blog was to be posted, we learned that Jason Dufner won’t be defending his title as PGA Championship winner. He has withdrawn from the tournament with neck/disk issue. He needed this weekend to secure his spot on the Ryder Cup team (he’s at number 8). Without a Captain’s selection, he may not make the team now

    Keegan Bradley
    You can’t count on getting that Captain’s pick. So, Bradley will need a solid performance to better his chances of making the U.S. Ryder Cup team (he’s 11th in the standings right now).

    Lee Westwood
    Westwood sits at 16th on the European list currently. At 41-years old, he’s also been considered a “Best Player Without A Major” for a LONG time(66 career majors without a win). It is possible that he could jump up the list with a good showing this weekend.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez
    “The Most Interesting Man In Golf” is just outside qualifying but has some solid performances to help his case. He took fourth at the Masters, though he missed cuts at the next two majors. But, come on, Rock Heads, wouldn’t you love to see Jimenez go head to head with Jim Furyk?

    Ian Poulter
    Poulter hasn’t been a force this year and would need a strong performance here to secure his sport on the World Ryder Cup team. He placed inside the top 20 at the Masters and U.S. Open, but missed the cut at the Open Championship. He goal this weekend should be to impress Captain Paul McGinley.

    As always, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below Rock Heads!

    Take A Look At This Year’s PGA Championship Course!

    August 4th, 2014

    Valhalla Golf Course

    It’s almost here! This Thursday will mark the start of the final major of the year, the PGA Championship! The tournament this year will be played at the Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky. You might remember it from the 2008 Ryder Cup or the 2000 PGA Championship. However, the players will find the course to be different from those two events. The 18 greens have all been recently rebuilt with a state-of-the-art irrigation system. All the bunkers have also be altered or cleaned up. Before we watch to see who will take home the Wanamaker Trophy, let’s take a look at the Valhalla Course with breakdown from the PGA! Plus click the link on each hole to watch a flyover video!

     

    No. 1 | 446 yards | Par 4

    This slight dogleg left is a deceptive par 4. From the tee, the hole may appear tame, but the approach shot will be dramatically different from what players experienced in the 2000 PGA Championship because of the addition of two greenside bunkers – one front right and one back left. The front-right bunker is a visually intimidating sight for approach shots to front-left or back-right hole locations. The left bunker is positioned to gobble up errant shots aimed at the back portion of the green.

    No. 2 | 500 yards | Par 4

    A slight dogleg left, this par 4 challenges the players from the tee with a finger of Floyd’s Fork, a waterway that meanders through the front nine and borders the left side of the fairway. The green is well protected by three bunkers as well as Floyd’s Fork, which can attract any ball heading left of the green.

    No. 3 | 205 yards | Par 3

    This is a challenging par 3 with Floyd’s Fork sweeping around to the right of the green, which is guarded by a large bunker to the right and smaller bunkers to the left and behind. The real danger at this hole is misreading the wind, which can push a shot to the right, where the ball can careen off the slope and into the hazard.

    No. 4 | 372 yards | Par 4

    The tee shot at this slight dogleg left is challenging because players must pick the correct line to play. There is a deep bunker protecting the entire left side of the fairway, with another smaller fairway bunker on the right. The aggressive play is to take the tee shot over the left bunker, however such a shot can cause a drive to end up in heavy rough. Although a relatively short par 4 by today’s standards, this hole will still be a test for all players, as the green features significant movement and contours. Distance control is the key for approach shots to this green.

    No. 5 | 463 yards | Par 4

    This is a challenging par 4 with a large fairway bunker on the right side that complements the three bunkers that line the left side of the landing area. Players will take caution to keep the ball in the fairway on this dogleg right. The green has a bunker positioned to grab errant shots to the right or short, and there is a closely mown collection area left of the green. This green allows for a back-right hole location, which is one of the most challenging on the course.

    No. 6 | 495 yards | Par 4

    This is one of Valhalla’s most difficult holes, demanding an accurate tee shot. For some players, this may require less than a driver from the tee as the aim is to get as close to Floyd’s Fork as the player dares. From here, players still face an approach shot of at least 200 yards to a challenging green complex with plenty of trouble. A deep bunker guards the left side of the green and a closely mown collection area will grab shots to the right. This will be a difficult par.

    No. 7 | 597 yards | Par 5

    The seventh offers a definite risk-vs.-reward approach. There’s a split fairway here. The shorter route, to the left, shortens the hole by more than 50 yards. However, the landing area is only 26 yards wide and the entire fairway is surrounded by bluegrass rough and a water hazard. The approach from this island fairway will be a carry of 210-230 yards, all over water. The fairway to the right is the longer, but safer route. With the water hazard skirting the front and the entire left edge of the green, it’s a brave player who attacks the green from any angle.

    No. 8 | 174 yards | Par 3

    The eighth will require only a short- to middle-iron shot, but the green complex is extremely challenging, with the front protected by a deep bunker and a severe, closely mown collection area. There also is a bunker to the left and another closely mown collection area to the rear of the green. The green itself allows for multiple hole locations that will test the very best players.

    No. 9 | 415 yards | Par 4

    The tee shot at this uphill par 4 is challenged by three fairway bunkers bordering the right side of the fairway and two more to the left. The uphill approach to this green makes judging the yardage difficult, while the presence of one of the largest and deepest bunkers on the course looming just right of the green, does not ease the pain of missed shots.

    No. 10 | 590 yards | Par 5

    The 10th is a double-dogleg par 5 with a fairway bunker on the right side of the driving zone and deep rough and trees to the left. The undulating, two-tiered green is protected by a large, deep bunker guarding the front. Distance control on the approach is a must, as shots missing long will make par extremely difficult and shots coming up short will find the front bunker.

    No. 11 | 210 yards | Par 3

    This par 3 will require a middle- to long-iron shot. The shallow green features a slight false front with one bunker bordering the front of the green and one bunker behind the green. Accuracy will be a must, as shots carrying too far to the left will bound down the hillside, making par a difficult task.

    No. 12 | 467 yards | Par 4

    This par 4 has been an extremely challenging hole in every spectator event at Valhalla. The difficult driving area leaves players with an approach shot of 170-190 yards to an elevated green. The green is punishing to errant shots, with one of the deepest bunkers on the course to the right and gnarly bluegrass rough to the left.

    No. 13 | 350 yards | Par 4

    The shortest par 4 at Valhalla, No. 13 has seen its fair share of excitement over the years. A series of six bunkers on the left of the driving zone must be avoided. The “island” green is one the most spectacular on the course, built up nearly 20 feet on large boulders. Since the green is almost completely surrounded by water, accuracy with controlled spin is a must for this hole.

    No. 14 | 217 yards | Par 3

    The longest par 3 at Valhalla, this hole features a two-tiered green with two bunkers in front and two behind. Shots played from either of the two rear bunkers will make for a challenging up-and-down, as the green slopes from back to front. This hole demands proper club selection.

    No. 15 | 435 yards | Par 4

    This is one of the most scenic holes at Valhalla, with Brush Run Creek running down the right side. The landing area is framed by deep bluegrass rough to the left and a large bunker to the right. However, the real challenge is on the approach – the green, like the fairway, is skirted by Brush Run Creek, leaving little room for error to the right. The small bunker on the right protects a devilish front-hole position. The contour of the green allows for multiple, challenging hole locations.

    No. 16 | 508 yards | Par 4

    This difficult par 4 is a slight dogleg to the right with Brush Run Creek guarding the entire right side. Any tee shot missing right will leave a player either a blocked shot to the green or having to deal with the creek. This has proven to be one of the most difficult holes at Valhalla because of the challenging green complex, which features two bunkers in front and a severe drop-off to a closely mown chipping area to the right.

    No. 17 | 472 yards | Par 4

    The tee shot at this uphill par 4 must find the fairway, thus avoiding the bunkers on the left and right. The green is well protected by two bunkers to the left and a closely mown chipping area to the right and rear.

    No. 18 | 542 yards | Par 5

    The 18th has proven to be a great finishing hole. This par 5 has a large fairway bunker to the left of the landing zone and a spectacular water feature on the right. Most players can reach this hole in two but must avoid the bunker guarding the front of the green as well as the smaller pot bunker on the left.

     

    Enter To Win A FREE Sun Mountain Golf Micro-Cart Sport Push Cart!

    August 1st, 2014

     

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    It’s that time again Rock Heads! Time to enter my August Golf Giveaway for a FREE Sun Mountain Golf Micro-Cart Sport Push Cart – a $200 value! As always, it’s FREE to enter so why haven’t you put your name in? Enter To Win Today!

     

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    • All you have to do is enter your email address. No purchase necessary! If you are chosen as a winner, the email address you submitted will be used to contact you to obtain an address to send the prize.
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    The sweepstakes lasts ’til 11:59pm August 31st, so enter quick for yer chance to win! Enter to win via Facebook today!

     

    Now that that’s are out of the way, let’s take a look at our fabulous prize!

     

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