WATCH The Best 2014 Ryder Cup Videos!

September 29th, 2014

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In the end, the Americans couldn’t stop the European powerhouse. On Sunday, Jamie Donaldson holed out a putt on No. 15 to beat Keegan Bradley 4-and-3 and bring Europe its third straight Ryder Cup victory. Other than newcomers, Jordan Speith and Patrick Reed, the American team was frankly disappointing. We here at the Cave still had a great time this weekend watching the Ryder Cup. Here’s Scratch’s favorite videos from the tournament!

 

Rory and Sergio’s Comeback During The Day 1 Foursomes

Looking back, this should have been an indication of how the Europeans were going to dominate. Rory McIlroy holed a 45 foot putt to keep the match alive and then Sergio hits a wonder shot out of the rough on the 18th.

 

 

Patrick Reed Shushes The Crowd

After a hostile Europe fan shouted “Did you practice your putting, Patrick?”, Reed shut him up by sinking his straight birdie to halve the hole, then turned to the pro-European crowd and gave the “shush” sign. This caused Jack Nicklaus to ask on Sky Sports, “What in the world is he doing? He’s going to incite a riot.” Reed and his I-don’t-give-a-f*** attitude were two bright spots in a lackluster American team.

 

The Ryder Cup Winning Moment by Jamie Donaldson

Donaldson was the hero in his first Ryder Cup appearance by clinching the cup for Europe. Jamie Donaldson: The 38-year-old capped his first Ryder Cup appearance by clinching the cup for Europe. Donaldson was 4-up on Keegan Bradley on No. 15, needing only to halve the hole to secure at least the half point Europe needed to get to 14, and he did so by sticking his approach shot from 146 yards to a foot. Bradley could do nothing but concede the match, giving Donaldson and the Europeans the win.

 

The Hilarious And Drunk Press Conference By The European Team

The winners started their drinking on the course and continued during their press conference and on into the night. Check out this video of Lee Westwood trying to not-so-subtly open a bottle of champagne.

Based on this interview the morning after, Donaldson and the rest of the European team had a great timing celebrating their win.

 

 

Scratch’s favorite highlights videos

Want more great shots. These two videos from Golf Channel and The Telegraph respectively will give you your fill of the best of the best!

 

 

The Tom Watson Debate

And finally, once everyone woke up from their hangovers this morning, the bickering and speculation began. U.S. Captain Tom Watson has been under some heavy criticism for his handling of the team. Geoff Shackelford explains on Morning Drive.

 

What was your favorite moment Rock Heads? Let me know in the comments below!

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September 25th, 2014

 

 

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  • 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.
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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 Greatest Ryder Cup Moments in History

September 24th, 2014

 

Who’s excited for this year’s Ryder Cup?!

The biennial event is jumping back over the pond and landing in Scotland at the GlenEagles Golf Course! Team Europe has won the previous two Ryder Cups and will be looking for the hat trick in successive wins while Team United States will be looking for the underdog upset on foreign soil.

The Ryder Cup provides us golf fans with some great memories. From crazy outfits to crazy finishes, this tournament is always something to look forward to. In recent decades, the Ryder Cup rivalry has spurred some great storylines, and it looks like 2014 will not be any different.

Rickie's New USA hairstyle

Rickie Fowler has already made headlines with his Team USA-inspired haircut. Although the Brits have responded to his shaved head by calling it “thuggish”, I appreciate the patriotism!

Since 1979, the format of the Ryder Cup has been as follows: four balls and foursomes are played on Day 1, and the order of the two are picked by the captain of the home team. Day 2 is the same as Day 1, and Day 3 is 12 singles. The format provides drama for the entirety of the tournament allowing for super-impossible comebacks and down-to-the-wire shots.

Ten years before the format was changed, in 1969, the teams were tied at the final hole. Then-rookie, Jack Nicklaus, needed to make a 4-foot putt to force his opponent, Tony Jacklin, to make his own putt or the Americans would win. Instead of taking the shot, Nicklaus conceded the hole! The Concession, as it is now known, was a mark of pure sportsmanship and resulted in the first tie in Ryder Cup history.

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Perhaps the most dramatic finish, not only because of the golf, but because the sky was eerily dark and lightning was approaching quickly, occurred in 1983. A win seemed impossible and a loss would have been the first on American soil. Team USA’s Lanny Wadkins would have to come from behind and was still down a point on the final hole when he narrowly missed a hole-in-one drive on a par-5. He drained the putt and his shot helped the Americans win the narrowest victory to date, 14.5 to 13.5.

Four years later, in 1987, American, Ben Crenshaw, broke his putter out of frustration and had to use his 1-iron or sand wedge to putt the remainder of the tournament. His loss on the final hole to Eamonn Darcy ensured the first European victory on American soil in Ryder Cup history.

Team USA in 1999

 

The 1990s saw Ryder Cup rivalries at an all-time high. In 1991, German Bernhard Langer became the poster boy for Ryder Cup defeat when he missed a 6-foot putt for par on the final hole. A photo of him looking up into the sky has become an “iconic Ryder Cup image.” Then in 1999, the Americans, coming off two losses in ‘95 and ‘97, once again underdogs, staged one of the great comebacks in sports… period. Justin Leonard won five of the final seven holes, and eventually, his birdie putt on the 17th hole clinched the victory for Team USA. To this day the 1999 US Ryder Cup team is one of the most celebrated in history.

An emotional Ryder Cup in 2006 saw Darren Clarke become a fan-favorite when, just months after his wife passed away from cancer, he went undefeated in three matches to secure a victory for Team Europe. His emotional outburst after the win made more headlines than the victory itself.

Team Europe has won seven of the previous 10 Ryder Cups, but in 2012, Team USA was leading big into the Day 3, but fell apart when it mattered the most. At the beginning of the final day, Team USA led 10-6 needing just 4.5 points to win while their opponent need 8.5 points to win outright. Now called one of the Greatest Comebacks in Ryder Cup History, Martin Kaymer defeated Steve Stricker on the 18th hole to pull the Europeans ahead 14-13 and on the same hole, Tiger Woods fell to Francesco Molinari to secure the win for Team Europe.

Team Europe 2014

The Americans head into this weekend the underdogs once again. But we have seen it all when it comes to the Ryder Cup, and this year, Tiger-less Team USA will face the greatest player in the world, Rory McIlroy on his home turf. Seems to me a setup for another upset… what do you think?

Don’t Miss Any Of The Ryder Cup Action!

September 22nd, 2014

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The 2014 Ryder Cup!

The Ryder Cup is finally here! It’s time to schedule your week about the TV schedule! Got the couch, popcorn, coffee? Don’t worry about searching the channels; Scratch has got you covered with this complete Ryder Cup television coverage schedule – there are more options this year than ever before! If you can’t sit in front of the TV 24/7, there are other ways to tune in. If you want to watch on your computer, GolfChannel.com will stream some of the tournament live. Go here for live streaming.

 

Thursday, September 25 (all times Eastern)

Live TV Broadcast

Ryder Cup – Opening Ceremony

Golf Channel 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Please note that this is just the opening ceremony. So it’ll be lots of players and WAGS and no actual golfing.

Online Streaming

Golf Live Extra

 

Friday, September 26

Live TV Broadcast

Ryder Cup – Day One

Session 1 (Fourball) – 2:35 a.m. Golf Channel

Session 2 (Foursomes) – 8:15 a.m. Golf Channel

Online StreamingThe Ryder Cup At Gleneagles

Golf Live Extra

 

Saturday, September 27

Live TV Broadcast

Ryder Cup – Day Two

Session 1 (Fourball) – 3 a.m. NBC*
Session 2 (Foursomes) – 8:15 a.m. NBC*

Ryder Cup Alternate Shot

3 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Golf Channel

*Coverage on NBC will begin at the conclusion of regularly scheduled late-night programming in Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Online Streaming

Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra

 

Sunday, September 28

Live TV Broadcast

Ryder Cup – Final Day

Singles – 6:36 a.m. NBC

Ryder Cup Alternate Shot

7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Golf Channel

Online Streaming

Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra

 

Coverage Notes

Radio

If you want to listen live there are two great options. SiriusXM will be offering subscribers nationwide live hole-by-hole coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (XM channel 93, Sirius channel 208). According to their press release, “Live broadcasts of each day’s matches, provided by IMG, will air on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27, starting at 2:00 am ET, and on Sunday, September 28, starting at 5:30 am ET.  The broadcasts will continue through the end of each day’s play, giving listeners access to more than 32 hours of live on-course play-by-play from Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland.  SiriusXM will also re-broadcast the coverage each afternoon at 4:00 pm ET, giving listeners additional opportunities to tune in.  All broadcasts will be available on satellite radios, through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.”

If you don’t subscribe to SiriusXF, check out the coverage on BBC Radio 5.

NBC

NBC will be covering the Ryder Cup on Saturday and Sunday. The only caveat? It’s super early. If you’re planning on following the Ryder cup on Sunday with some football binging,  I hope you’ve got a lot of coffee.

Golf Channel

Golf Channel will of course be devoting LOTS of coverage to Ryder Cup. Along with providing Friday coverage, Golf Channel will also be debuting  a new form of viewing with Golf Channel’s Ryder Cup Alternate Shot coverage. This will feature a different view of the action that complements NBC’s live weekend coverage. Live From the Ryder Cup will air throughout the week before and after tournament play with analysis and player news conferences.

 

Apps!

Need some of the apps mentioned above for your tablet or phone? Follow the links below!

Ryder Cup Apps for iPhone and iPad

Ryder Cup Apps for Android and TV

SiriusXM Radio

NBCSports

 

Ryder Cup Roster (In case you’ve forgotten)!

U.S. Open Pairings

 

 

7 Ryder Cup Moments You HAVE To Relive!

September 21st, 2014

The 2014 Ryder Cup!

As we head into Ryder Cup week, I thought we should take a moment to relive those amazing matches from the past. These are MY favorite Ryder Cup moments, what are yours? Let me hear all about it Rock Heads!

Birkdale, 1969

The Cup came down to the final match between America’s then seven-time major winner Jack Nicklaus and 25-year-old Englishman Tony Jacklin, that year’s Open Champion, the first Brit in 18 years to hoist the Claret Jug. After Jacklin eagled the 17th, the match was all-square going down the last, with both men on the green in two. Nicklaus holed a clutch 4-foot par putt, but rather than asking Jacklin to putt, Nicklaus sportingly picked up his marker, halving the match and tying the Ryder Cup for the first time. He later said, “I felt like the US was going to retain the Cup either way. I didn’t think it was in the spirit of the game to make Jacklin have a chance to miss a two-footer to lose the match in front of his fans.” The Concession, as it came to be known, resulted in the first tie in Ryder Cup history, and endures as a symbol for exemplary sportsmanship generations later.

The Belfry, 1985

The US had not been beaten in 28 years, but the tide was turning. Sam Torrance holed the 22-footer on the 18th to beat Andy North in the seventh match finally winning the Cup back. Team Captain Jacklin drank champagne on the green and was lifted on to Torrance’s shoulders on the clubhouse roof. Torrance said, “We partied through the night and, in fact, for the next four days. I was meant to go home to London the day after the match but instead we drank six bottles of champagne and ended up partying for three more nights.”

Muirfield, 1987

Winning for the first time in 28 years was one thing, but the US had never been beaten on hoil soil. After their victory in 1985, a confident European team came to Muirfield Village and became the first European team to ever win in the US. The Americans tried to come back on Sunday after a disastrous Friday, but their fate was sealed when Ben Crenshaw – who broke his putter in frustration and putted the rest of the match with either his 1-iron or sand wedge – lost his match to Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy on the final hole. The real memory of this tournament? Jose Maria Olazabal doing a victory dance on the 18th green.

Kiawah Island, 1991 – The War on the Shore

Anyone who watched this Ryder Cup will remember the incredibly tense finish. The rivalry was at an all-time high when the teams squared off at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island for “The War on the Shore.” It all came down to the final hole of the final singles match between Bernhard Langer and Hale Irwin. Langer faced a 6-footer for par. Make it and he wins the hole, and Europe gets a tie to retain the Ryder Cup. Miss it and the Americans win. Langer missed and the Ryder Cup slipped away.

Brookline, 1999 – “Battle of Brookline”

The Europeans opened big with a 10-6 lead amid a hostile, heckling audience. But America fought back until all they need was a halve from Justin Leonard in his match with Jose Maria Olazabal to win. Leonard had been down but came back by winning five of the final seven holes. It was all square on the 17th hole and his 45-foot birdie putt made many of the US team believed had sealed victory. Players, caddies and even some spectators invaded the green to celebrate. Olazabal still had his putt and was forced to wait until the area was cleared. Ultimately, the match went to the Americans, but they were heavily criticzed for the events on the 17th green.

K Club, 2006

It’s hard find a more emotional Ryder Cup. Just weeks after losing his wife, Heather, to cancer, Darren Clarke was greeted by a roaring crowd on his first tee in the final fourball match against Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco. Mickleson and DiMarco even joined the applause. Clarke blasted a 300-yard drive down the middle, birdied the first, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Chicago, 2012 -“Miracle at Medinah”

Talk about a comeback. The Americans were leading 10-5 coming into final Saturday match. Enter Ian Poulter. He reeled off five birdies on all five final holes to swing the match from a loss to a victory. More importantly, Poulter’s win swung the overall momentum to the Europeans who then staged largest comeback in team history on Sunday to win the most recent Ryder Cup. “You know what, these might be my majors. If they are, that’s fine. If this is it, I’m a happy man. I’ve got more pride and passion to give in the Ryder Cup than I feel to win a major,” said Poulter after the match

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Seen These Incredible Golf Shots?

September 19th, 2014

 

I have seen my fair share of trick shots on the golf course but this past weekend at the Tour Championship, Rory McIlroy made a shot that probably will never be recreated in our lifetime. On Friday, McIlroy hit his golf ball, it ricocheted off of a tree, and landed directly into a spectator’s pocket! Fortunately, the guy was friendly enough to reach into his own pocket and take out the ball for Rory could keep on golfing. That could have gotten awkward really fast!

With all that can happen with a club hitting a tiny ball around hazards like water, rocks and trees, there is no saying what could happen on the golf course. In any case, let’s discuss some of my most favorite, most inconceivable and impossible-to-be-recreated shots in the history of golf!

 

At the 2012 Masters, Martin Kaymer was taking a practice shot and skillfully skipped his ball on the pond just before the 16th green and landed a hole in one! Too bad this shot didn’t earn him anything but bragging rights, cause it’s pretty awesome. Somehow he managed to skip his golf ball better than I can skip a perfectly flat rock on a placid lake… and then put it in the hole.

 

Last year, Matt Wheatcroft made an incredible shot at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championships, in which he purposefully hit his ball towards a fence post and landed it just feet away from the hole. If nothing else, the shot was creative and strategic, but could have gone terribly wrong. “Luckily,” Brian Barnes said about the shot in an interview “one of the main posts was right in line with his ball and the flag.” Whether it was luck or not, it was quite ingenious. Oh, and did we mention? On purpose.

 

And then there is this, the luckiest golf shot ever when in 2005 Darren Clarke hit his ball and it looked like it was heading right into the pond. It did a little dance on the rocks and then, quite miraculously, it bounced back up onto the grass. The commentators couldn’t believe it and claimed Clarke had the luck of the Irish on his side. The shot went on to earn the title of The Luckiest Shot Ever Made.

 

Another memorably crazy shot belongs to Olympic Swimming Champion, Michael Phelps. While competing in the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, Phelps took out his clubs and took a 159-foot putt that landed cleanly in the hole. It was his second shot on a par-4. I guess some people get all the good, athletic genes. Golf is something Phelps says he really wants to get better at, but if we are judging by this shot, he won’t need to work very hard.

 

Jim Furyk had quite the shot at the 2013 RBC Heritage. From the bunker, Furyk hit a 58-foot shot, and the ball never even hit the putting surface. He pitched the ball straight up in the air and it landed right in the hole. With that shot, he made birdie on the par-4 18th hole.

 

But of course, not all incredible shots turn out to bounce the right way. Tiger Woods, of all people, learned this all too well during the second round of the Masters last year. On the 15th hole, his shot ricocheted off the flag and bounced right into the water. The shot itself was spot on, but the unlucky bounce earned him a bogey on the hole and was the first in a chain of events that finally led the the “Bad Drop” controversy of the 2013 Masters tournament.

 

Luke Donald made an awesome, but somewhat dangerous shot at the Northern Trust Open last year. I would be lying if I said I didn’t hold my breath watching this video waiting for the ball to hit one of the huge trees in the way and hit a nearby fan. However, Donald pulled it off and, not only did he get his ball out of the trees, he put it inches from the hole. Even the commentator thought the shot was ridiculous to even attempt saying, “there’s no way that ball can get close from here!”

 

The epitome of awesome golf shots was made by astronaut Alan Shepherd… on the moon! After Apollo 14 landed on the moon’s surface, he took out his clubs and hit golf balls. Can’t really beat that. Plus, the view!

 

And lastly, just for kicks, you can say what you want about putt-putt, but this shot is just plain awesome.

 

-Sniff

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September 16th, 2014

 

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  • 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.
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Freedom Swings: Presidents and Their Golf Game

September 14th, 2014

Let’s face it. Obama’s golf game has been in the news lately… almost as much as his foreign policy decisions and health care reform. Some nay-sayers are critiquing the president for being out on the links at some questionable times. In fact, this past Labor Day weekend, Obama was denied tee times at some of the most elite golf courses around New York City. What was their reasoning? Labor Day Weekend is one of the most popular golf weekends for them, and they would not inconvenience paying members by closing down the course, even for the president.

Crazy enough, Obama was not the first president to be denied at some of these courses either! Bill Clinton and the king of Morocco were both turned down for tee times, too! Geez! Who do they think they are?!

At this point in his presidency, closing in on six years, Barack Obama has played nearly 200 games of golf and counting– averaging about three games of golf per month. You think that’s a lot? Ha! Dwight D. Eisenhower played roughly 800 games of golf in his eight years as president. That’s about two games every weekend for eight straight years. Ike was notorious for his golf schedule, too. He hit balls every day at 5pm on the White House lawn. Rumor has it he got so fed up and frustrated with Congress, he figured why not just pay golf? I like that solution!

And wouldn’t you have guessed it? One president played even more golf than Eisenhower in their presidency! Woodrow Wilson played 1,200 rounds of golf in office! I mean, I guess golf is better than say, football or rugby. You’d have to really try to get hurt playing golf!

FDR was an avid golfer, too, that is before he contracted polio at age 38. His golf clubs and bags are on display at the FDR Museum in Hyde Park, NY.

George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush both loved the links. Daddy Bush is praised for his speed in playing the game. He spends a ton of time with professional golfers at the President’s Cup each year. Meanwhile, W. gave up golf during the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying it just wouldn’t be right to be playing while our troops are overseas. Since his presidency ended, he puts on the Warrior Open Golf Tournament that raises money for wounded veterans.

Did you know that the game of golf used to be viewed as a very republican sport? Yup, back in the mid-twentieth century golf was viewed as a rich, white man’s game (and maybe it still is) so much so that democrats who played often hid the fact that they enjoyed the game. John F. Kennedy was an avid golfer who is praised for his flawless golf swing, but he downplayed his love for the game so he could be seen as “one of the people”. (Because all of that Kennedy money wasn’t enough of a clue that he was, you know, rich).

And it wasn’t always cool to golf (although me and my caveman friend, Scratch, were golfing wayyyy back in the day. We were cool before cool was cool). It took 26 commanders in chief in office before one of them openly admitted to playing golf. William Howard Taft, the 27th president, who served from 1909 to 1913, was the first putting prez.

The game has changed a lot since Taft was president and with new technology and improvements in equipment, the leaders of the free world have taken full advantage of it all. Obama is wearing a new technology gadget that tracks your every shot to give a complete breakdown of your golf game.

Reagan, Ford, and Nixon were all pretty great golfers, too, and were ranked by Golf Digest in the top 15 greatest golfing presidents. JFK landed at number one, followed closely by Eisenhower and Ford who all averaged in the 80s. In fact, 15 of the last 18 presidents were golfers of one kind or another.

Golf is, in many ways, a social game, and has been used as a tool to secure votes, talk politics, and business. But just like the rest of us, golf is used to blow off some steam! I love golf, and I’m sure you do, too, so why don’t we lay off these guys a little bit. They could just be having a “rough” week.

-Sniff

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September 12th, 2014

 

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    The Absolute BEST Way To Pick Your Perfect Wedge!

    September 9th, 2014

    One thing I see confusin’ new golfers is the concept of bounce. It’s easy to figure out what flex you need, but bounce can be mystifyin’ and to play your best, you’re gonna need to match your bounce option to your style of play. It is important to have the correct wedges to fit both your swing and the other clubs in your bag. But not to worry Rock Heads, Scratch is here to help! Before you pull the trigger on a new wedge, read below to learn all about bounce!

    Wedges can be the most difficult of all clubs to pick out. And since many people choose three dedicated wedges to be part of their 14 allowed clubs that makes the decision even harder. If you are carrying multiple wedges, make sure you keep the gap between your clubs’ lofts consistent and not exceed more than 6 degrees. Start with your pitching wedge to measure this. For example, if your PW is 45*, a popular choice would be GW at 50*, SW at 56* and LB at 60*. Alternatively, you could go with the Sand Wedge at 54* and Lob Wedge at 58*.

    Now, most golfers understand that wedges differ by loft, but bounce angle can be harder to grasp. It is not necessarily the amount the ball will bounce, but the angle at which the club head will slide along the ground and impact the ball(in layman’s terms, the curvy bit on the sole of the wedge). Another way to define bounce is the amount of deflection the sole of the club has. Bounce enables the head to ‘bounce’ out of the sand or rough without snagging. The greater the angle between the ground and the leading edge of the wedge, the greater the bounce angle. The greater the bounce angle, the more deflection it takes when you hit the ground.

    The best bounce and grind for you depends on your swing and typical playing conditions. Let’s look at swing first. Richie Waldron says to place yourself in one of these three categories:

    • If you have little or no divot, you are a slider/ sweeper. You should look for a club with low bounce.
    • If you take a regular sized divot, you are a driver/ slider. A medium sized bounce will work for you.
    • If you take a large divot, then you are a digger/ driver. A high bounce wedge will work in this scenario.

    Different BouncesChoosing the right bounce for your swing will help you hit more consistently. Now let’s look at playing condition. Where you typically play makes a difference as to which type of wedge you need. Think about it, the dry and rocky deserts of Arizona are quite different from the damp course of Oregon.

    • On a tight lie (closely mowed, harder surface/ firm turf conditions) you want a Low Bounce Wedge so the club slides under the ball better
    • If you’re looking for a versatile wedge, a Standard Bounce is the best all-around wedge for playability in all types of conditions for all types of players.
    • If you’re playing a course that is wet, soft turf and the grass is a little longer or you’re playing on sand, you’ll want a High Bounce Wedges to help the club not dig in so much.

    One final note, there are three traditional finishes for wedges: chrome, black nickel, and raw or rusty finish. Some golfers like the black nickel and raw finishes because there is no glare from the sun. The raw finishes are so named because they have unfinished faces designed to rust. These tend to be softer to play which is why some golfers prefer the extra feel. Also, don’t worry about raw wedges have more spin. It’s an old-wives tale; they all spin the same.

     

    Still confused about shopping for wedges? Check out Mark Crossfield’s video below for more help!