Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Rain Delays, Upset Caddies, & More!

March 2nd, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

 

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

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Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Weather delay forces Honda Classic to finish on Monday. Paul Casey and Ian Poulter were tied at 7-under going into the final day. Poulter had a strong three-shot lead early on, but several mistakes caused him to fall back and allowed Casey to close the gap. American, Patrick Reed started Monday at 6-under while Phil Mickelson was one of three players who finished Sunday at 4-under. The weather delay was caused by five inches of rain and wind gusts that were upward of 50mph. ESPN reported that there was so much water, the grounds crew had to chase off an alligator from one of the bunkers. In the end, it went down to a playoff, not between early leaders Poulter and Reed, but between Padraig Harrington and Daniel Berger. Golf Digest describes the playoff action saying, “Berger came back from nine strokes at the start of the round to finish at six under, while Harrington forced a playoff with a clutch birdie on the 18th after a double on the hole before. Paddy ultimately pulled through after another clutch shot on the second playoff set up an easy par and forced a mistake from Berger.” Good start to the season for a good guy. You can find final scores at PGATour.com.

2. World No. 1, Lydia Ko, grabs title at second straight tournament. The native New Zealander earned her country’s Women’s Open Title Sunday by four strokes. This is her sixth LPGA Tour win at just 17 years old. On Saturday, Ko shot a 61 breaking the course record with ease.

3. Caddies are angry after being denied shelter during the storm at the Honda Classic. With a torrential downpour delaying play in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, fans and players rushed to find shelter to wait out the rain. However, caddies do not have access to the clubhouse during PGA Tour events, so they were ushered off to a makeshift shelter. Several caddies took to social media to show their fancy digs. The “shelter” was made a metal roof and just three walls. Kenny Harms, who caddies for Kevin Na, was quoted as saying, “The PGA Tour should be embarrassed about what happened this weekend. It’s not the first time that caddies have been left outside in a metal tent during an electrical storm, and it shows a disregard for the lives of the caddies on Tour.”

4. Rory misses cut at Honda Classic. You can blame it on the weather or say it’s because he hasn’t played a PGA event in five months, but Rory made just one birdie and headed home after just two days. He shot a 4-over 74.

Links I Love:

 

  • To see just how strong the wind and rain were on Sunday at the Honda Classic, check out this video of the scoreboard being knocked into the water!

 

 

  • Check out the LeBronold Palmer sneaker recently released by Nike.

 

 

 

What to Watch For:

 

 

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Dustin Johnson Forces Playoff, But Finishes Second

February 23rd, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

 

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Dustin Johnson returns strong, forcing a playoff at The Northern Trust Open. However, DJ fell to James Hahn, finishing with a 69. Last summer, Johnson announced he was going to rehab to deal with “personal issues” and took the remainder of the year off from golf. In January, Johnson and longtime girlfriend Paulina Gretzky (yes, that Gretzky) welcomed a baby girl. DJ has started in three PGA Tour events this year. Paul Casey joined Hahn and Johnson in the playoff after they all finished the round at six under. Casey made bogey on the 18th and Johnson missed his birdie putt that would have given him the win. Hahn’s victory gives him an invitation to the World Golf Championship and The Masters.

We are so blessed to have a happy and healthy baby boy. @paulinagretzky

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2. World No. 1, Lydia Ko, wins Australian Open on LPGA Tour. The teenager made her second start this past weekend as the top-ranked female, and earned a victory after shooting a final round 72. This isn’t the first time Ko has been in the headlines. At age 14, Ko became the youngest golfer to win a professional event when she won at The New South Wales Open. As a native New Zealand-er, Ko admits she always golfs her best when she plays Down Under.

3. Jack Nicklaus thinks Tiger’s struggles are “between the ears.” In an interview with The Morning Drive on The Golf Channel, Nicklaus says despite the struggles, Tiger will turn it around. Tiger announced earlier this month that he was taking a break from golf to practice, admitting he wasn’t at his best and that he didn’t want to play until he could compete at the highest level. Nicklaus has won 18 career majors and has openly admitted and in the same interview, he admitted that he believes Tiger will surpass his record, it’s only a matter of time.

4. Michael Jordan wants to build a golf course. Because, of course, he can, but also because the country club that he belongs to is not meeting his standards. As reported by Golf.com, Jordan is dissatisfied by the pace of play at The Bear’s Club where he is a member and “can’t stand it when people won’t let him through.” So, like any rich man does, Jordan is looking into building his own extremely exclusive course in Florida and to become a member, you would need to be hand-picked by Jordan himself.

Links I Love:

  • The 31 Greatest Ben Hogan Photos of all time via Golf.com.
  • In Russia, they play helicopter golf. Via RT.
  • Bubba Watson judges a Grilled Cheese Contest for City of Hope Cancer Research Center. PGA Tour video.
  • And just because it’s been 35 years this week, let’s all watch the last two minutes of the Miracle on Ice and Al Michaels’ famous call.
  • What to Watch For:

  • The Honda Classic starts Thursday, February 26 from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

This Is Your Chance To Win A FREE Sun Mountain MC3 Micro Cart!

February 19th, 2015

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It’s my second giveaway of the month, and this time I’m giving away something every golfer can use! Worth over $200, the Sun Mountain MC3 Micro Cart makes it easier for anyone to get around all 18 holes! So don’t delay – go enter my awesome February Golf Giveaway for a FREE Sun Mountain MC3 Micro Cart!

 

mc3microcart_fb_giveaway_custombannerEnter to win via Facebook today! Don’t delay – the contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on February 28th!

  • The sweepstakes runs from February 16th to February 28th 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.
  • A Facebook account is needed to enter.
  • 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 February 28th, 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!

 

FREE Sun Mountain MC3 Micro Cart!

mc3microcart_fb_giveaway_buttonThe MC3 folds for easy storage and making it easy to get in and out of your trunk.

Features:

  • Multiple handle heights
  • Lightweight durable frame
  • Folds in two easy steps
  • Solid foam tires
  • Umbrella holder
  • Scorecard holder
  • Beverage net

 

Go to Rock Bottom Golf for more information of the Sun Mountain MC3 Micro Cart!

 

So don’t delay Rock Heads, go Put Your Name In The Hat for a chance to win a FREE Sun Mountain MC3 Micro Cart!

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Tiger Needs Practice

February 16th, 2015

 

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

TIGER NEEDS PRACTICE

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

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1. Tiger Woods announces that he needs practice, and is taking a break from golf. At age 39, Woods’ illustrious career will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time with 14 major wins. He helped make the sport young and hip and his partnership with Nike helped launch golf into a global sport. One could argue that at the height of his career, Tiger Woods was one of the most recognizable athletes on Earth. But now, after months of speculation as to how good he will return, Woods announced last week that he is taking a break from golf to practice. This comes just several months after firing his swing coach and after a more than disappointing 2014 season. His start to 2015 was less than superb after shooting a career-worst 82 at his first tournament and then withdrawing at Torrey Pines earlier this month. A note on his personal website said his decision was not based on his health, but simply that his play was not up to par (pun intended) and that he will not play until he feels he can compete at the highest level. He also sent out this tweet:

2. Brandt Snedeker wins at 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. And according to Golf Digest, he won using a $20 driver. In his 11th season, Snedeker’s win has helped him earn more money this year than he did in the entire 2014 season. At the end of last year, Snedeker fell out of the top-50 for this first time in his career and was on the verge of not qualifying to play in the World Golf Championships. His win changed all of that and also secured his spot at The Masters and PGA Championship. He finished at -22, breaking his own scoring record.

3. John Daly misses the final round at Pebble Beach despite being on the leaderboard earlier in the weekend. After scoring a 65 in the first round, Daly was one shot off the lead. He managed seven birdies in the opener, but fell quickly in the third round with just four birdies in his final 36 holes. Daly stole headlines with his effort early on, but it seems Pebble Beach just isn’t Daly’s place to play. He made just one of 12 cuts at the course throughout his career.

4. Two men survive a plane crash on a golf course in Utah. A mechanical issue caused a small plane’s engines to stop working. Fortunately, the pilot and co-pilot managed to land the plane on a practice green at Valley View Golf Course in Layton, Utah. Both men walked away from the crash in fair condition and nobody on the golf course was hurt.

5. First female ESPN anchor and golf historian passes away. Rhonda Glenn was a longtime journalist for ABC, ESPN, and USGA and last April was awarded GWAA’s William D. Richardson Award, for her lifetime of contributions to golf at the Golf Writer’s Association dinner during Masters week. Glenn had retired from the USGA to help Nancy Lopez complete her memoir. She was 68 years old.

Links I Love:

  • Tom Lewis gets pissed after a bad shot and breaks his golf club on the European Tour. From SB Nation.
  • Billy Horschel made his caddy a millionaire after paying him 10% of his winnings from last year. From For The Win, USA Today.
  • Bubba Watson appeared on Access Hollywood last week to talk about his “rap career”, being a dad, and Justin Bieber? See video below.

What to Watch For:

  • The Northern Trust Open starts Thursday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

You Won’t BELIEVE Who’s At Pebble Beach This Weekend!

February 12th, 2015
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Standard bearers hold banners for Team Clint Eastwood and Team Bill Murray on the eighteenth hole during the practice round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Jason Getz/Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

 

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Television actor Ray Romano, Nick Faldo, recording artist Huey Lewis, and film actor Bill Murray watch the action on the third tee during the practice round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament sees some of the biggest names in both golf and the entertainment industry take to the links in an epic 54 hole tournament held every year at Pebble Beach, California. Typically held in February and spread across three different courses (currently Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterrey Peninsula Country Club), the Pro-Am tournament is a huge pleaser for both the players and the crowds. And this year is no different; the amateur roster is full of names you’re sure to recognize! The Farrelly Brothers (of Dumb and Dumber/There’s Something About Mary fame), Wayne Gretzky, Condoleezza Rice, Kenny G., Craig T. Nelson, and everyone’s favorite, Bill Murray. Murray was a no-show last year (he was busy promoting a movie), but this funnyman is a familiar face at the Pro-Am. He’s appeared on-and-off for over 20 years and even won in 2011 alongside D.A. Points. Murray is so closely associated with the Pro-Am that Bleacher Report even put together a Ranking of the Top 8 Bill Murray Moments at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am! Bleacher Report has even ranked who they think are the Top Celebrity Golfers at the Pro-Am! Here’s what they think(let me know in the comments if you agree):

 

10. Clay Walker – He’s apparently a country singer?

9. Craig T. Nelson – Coach! Or as someone in our office said “Oh yeah, the guy who played Ryan Reynold’s dad in that Sandra Bullock movie!” Sigh.

8. Chris O’Donnell – Remember how bad Batman Forever was? There’s no way his golf game could be any worse.

7. Tom Dreesen – A Google search says he’s a stand up comedian. Thanks Google!

6. Jake Owen – A country singer with a 3.4 handicap. Holy smokes!

5. Charles Kelley – One of the members of the band Lady Antebellum also known as “that band I wish the radio would stop playing.”

4. Lucas Black – I thought it said Lewis Black and I was excited. Then I realized he’s actually an actor in NCIS: New Orleans and I wasn’t anymore.

3. Kelly Slater – Who would have thought that a professional surfer could have a 2.1 handicap?! Not this caveman!

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2. Kenny G – The man with that sweet, sweet saxophone and the 0.6 handicap.

1. Colt Ford – Who would have thought that this guy would have a 0 handicap?! Seriously look at this picture! You go, Mr. Ford!

 

Check Out ALL The Pro-Am Pairings & Tee Times for Thursday-Saturday!

 

Who are you most excited to watch this weekend Rock Heads? Let me know in the comments!

Sniff’s Roundup: What Happened In Golf This Week, Feb 2 – 9, 2015

February 9th, 2015

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Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

 

Here’s What’s Happened:

1.Fifty-one time PGA Tour winner, Billy Casper passes away at 83. Known as a pioneer in the game of golf, Casper started his career in 1956. His 51 Tour wins, including three majors — the 1959 U.S. Open, the 1966 U.S. Open, and the 1970 Masters– put him at number seven on the list of top winners in the sport. The Hall of Famer was known as one of the most underrated golfers of all time. Casper died Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah surrounded by family.

2. Richard Green hits a crazy hole-in-one at a pro-am before the PGA of Australia’s Victorian Open. Green, who has won three European Tour tournaments, drained his ball on a par-4 measuring 391 yards. The ball initially looked to be landing in the bunker, but a strange bounced put the ball back onto the green and right into the cup. Afterwards, Green admitted that he was completely oblivious and thought the ball had just landed in the bunker. The shot even made it onto ESPN’s Top Ten Plays last week.

Oh yeah, and Chad Campbell hit a hole-in-one, too at Torrey Pines. His took place on a downhill 143-yard par-three. A sweepstakes run by a company that sponsors the Tour announced that with Campbell’s hole-in-one, a lucky fan will have their mortgage paid for a year.

3.Jason Day defeated J.B. Holmes, Scott Stallings, and Harris English in playoff at Torrey Pines. With the win at the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday, Day moved to the number four ranked golfer in the world and became the highest-ranked Australian golfer ever. He made a risky play on the regulation 18th when his chip out of deep rough faced the downhill, but he managed to get par. Day, Holmes, Stallings, and English all finished at 9-under. English and Stallings were eliminated on the first hole of the playoff. Holmes, needing a birdie to win, narrowly missed a 20-foot attempt at the playoff 18. Day is in his eighth year on The Tour.

  • 4.Tiger Woods blames his deactivated glutes as reason for dropping out of the Farmers Insurance Open. Well, actually, it was lower back pain that caused his glutes to deactivate, but it’s all the same in the end. Woods played just 11 holes in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday before withdrawing. His early exit, and poor performance thus far into the season, and that weird tooth story, has bred rampant speculation. Will Tiger ever return to form? Is this the end of the Tiger era? Guess only time will tell….

 

Links I Love:

 

  • Check out this 50% off clearance sale on Rock Bottom Golf’s website.
  • This ESPN video memorial about Charlie Sifford, the man who broke the color barrier in golf. Sifford passed away last week at the age of 92.
  • Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper drove a ball 340 yards with a Happy Gilmore-esque swing and posted it on his Instagram.

 

 

 

What to Watch For:

 

  • The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am starts Thursday.

 

Scratch’s Top Tips For Winter Golf!

February 5th, 2015

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1. Dress In Layers -

This is not the time to be tough. You’re going to be outside without any cover. Layer it up! It’s best to start with a base layer of warm, moisture-wicking fabric. I’d suggest either some compression apparel or modern long johns. You’ll also need all-weather golf gloves and a waterproof jacket in case the weather gets bad. And don’t forget a hat! Between 7 and 55% of body heat is lost through the head!

2. Bring The Right Gear -yellow-srixon-golfball

During winter, it’s best to use yellow or orange golf balls. A white ball can be really hard to find in the snow or leaf litter. When you pack your golf bag, make sure you take extra of everything – tees, balls, towels, water. It’s cold so tees are more likely to break. You’ll probably go through more balls. The ground may be snowy or muddy so you’ll need towels to wipe off your ball and your snotty face. Most course also don’t have cart girls during the winter, so you’ll have to bring all the water and snacks you’ll need.

3. Practice And Warm Up -

It’s going to feel different hitting a cold ball on the frozen ground, so take a few minutes to get used to it. You’ll want to warm up your body too. A walk from your car to the first hole isn’t going to cut it. You’re going to want to keep moving during your round to stay warm so take the time to stretch and bring your heart rate up a bit.

4. Have Realistic Expectations -

The weather is bad so don’t expect a great round. Golf balls don’t go as far or spin as much on the cold. The greens are going to be awful. But don’t be defeatist. Go into your game with a realistic expectation. You’re not going to have your lowest score ever, but you can still have a great time.

5. Change Up Your Strategy -golf-ball-in-snow

While it’s possible to post a low score in winter, there’s no need be be obsessed over it. Instead of stressing yourself out, why not skip stroke play, and try another type of game like match play or best ball?

6. Remember These Cold Weather Playing Tips -
-The ball doesn’t go as far in the cold, consider playing one tee up from your normal length. The point is to have a good time, not frustrate yourself.
-Play a softer ball. A softer ball will be easier to compress in cold weather.
-Switch to metal spikes. If your course allows it, change to metal spikes for more stability and to prevent slipping and falling on the hard ground.
-Allow for softer greens. Unless it is frosty then you will get little if any run on green approaches so factor this into your club choice.

7. Take Advantage Of Winter Rules -
– Preferred lies – There is a lot of confusion with this one. Preferred lies is not something that comes in automatically at the start of October and runs until the end of March. It is a local rule, so for it to apply the golf club’s committee has to put it into operation. Also, when they do put it in place they need to specify how far the player is allowed to prefer the lie. The three potential options listed in the rules are: six inches, a scorecard length and a club length, so make sure you find out which applies before beginning your round. If you don’t and you move the ball further than the allowable distance you will be subject to a two-stroke penalty. Further to this, when you are on a closely mowed area and ready to give yourself a preferred lie you need to mark your ball before picking it up or you will incur a one-shot penalty. Finally, you have to pick the ball up rather than moving it with a club and you are only allowed to prefer your lie once each time.

– Embedded ball – This is another rule that you need to check before setting out. Under the normal rules of golf you get relief if your ball is embedded in a closely mowed area through the green. This means you are not entitled to free relief when your ball is embedded in the rough. There is, however, a local rule that allows clubs to extend free relief to anywhere through the green in extremely poor conditions. If this rule is in place, then you are entitled to free relief in the rough.

– Cleaning the ball – When conditions are bad enough that your ball is picking up dirt, but not quite poor enough to merit preferred lies, clubs often invoke this local rule. It allows you to lift your ball and clean it before playing your next shot. All balls have to be marked before being lifted and replaced in the exact same spot after cleaning.

– Casual water – This rule does not allow you to get free relief if the force of your body causes water to come out of the ground. It entitles you to free relief if water is visible under your feet or the ball when you make your normal stance. If it is, then you are allowed to drop the ball within one club length of your nearest point of relief. If it’s not, then you have to play the ball as it lies.

8. Tips From Tour Players -

Paul McGinley, Ryder Cup Captain
“There’s the temptation to swing too hard, but that leaves your hands way behind, so you’re out of sync. So to get a better strike, the body and the hands have to work in unison. Match them up, so that you can swing harder.”

Ewen Murray, Sky Sports commentator
“Because you’ve got more layers on, you’re not going to be able to turn as well, plus the ball is not going to go so far in the cold. So don’t try and swing all out at 100%, lighten your grip and swing within yourself, at 75%.”

David Lynn, European and PGA Tour player
“Warm up properly, and work all the way through your bag before the round. It only has to be five balls with each club, but if you do that you’ll be warmed up and your body will be loose before you play.”

Jamie Donaldson, European Tour winner
“Don’t eat yellow snow! And use your 3-wood more, because more loft equals more carry and distance in bad weather. It’s all about rhythm. Find a saying that helps you do that, like tick-tock or Ernie-Els, as you swing.”

Graeme Storm, European Tour winner
“Always club up, especially when you need to play a punch shot, as you’re de-lofting the club. And with your driver concentrate on trying to swing a little smoother, especially into the wind.”

 

What are your tips for playing golf during the winter, Rock Heads? Share them in the comments below!

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Everything You Need To Know About The Farmers Insurance Open!

February 2nd, 2015

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The season has officially kicked off! We’re off! The whistle’s blown! Too many metaphors? Don’t worry! The main point is that from here on out, your weekends will be booked with golf watching. When you aren’t playing yourself, of course. This week, the Tour swings by it’s old San Diego stomping grounds for the Farmers Insurance Open. Torrey Pines has actually been the location for the PGA’s San Diego stop since 1968. Many gold fans remember it for the showdown between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate during the 2008 U.S. Open. Keep an eye out for an interesting format change this week. Jeff Shain of PGATOUR.com reports that, “This week’s format also calls for entrants to play one of the first two rounds on Torrey Pines’ North course (7,052/72).” Way to keep it interesting PGA! I’ll be watching, will you?!

 

What: Farmers Insurance Openfarmers-open-logo
When: Thursday February 5-8, 2015
Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California

Purse: $6,300,000
Winning Share: $1,134,000
FedExCup Winner’s Points: 500

Par: 72
Yardage: 7,698
Course Designer: William Bell in 1957 with an update by Rees Jones in 2001
Last Year’s Champion: Scott Stallings

Website: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/farmers-insurance-open.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pgatour
Watch It Online: http://www.pgatour.com
Watch Featured Holes Live: http://pgatour.cbssports.com/live/index.html [Warning: This launches a video player]
Live Leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/farmers-insurance-open/leaderboard.html

TV Schedule (Initial Airings)
Thursday: Golf Channel 3-7p.m. ET
Friday: Golf Channel 3-7p.m. ET
Saturday: Golf Channel 1-2:30 p.m. ET, CBS 3-6 p.m. ET
Sunday: Golf Channel 1-2:30 p.m. ET, CBS 3-6 p.m. ET

Radio Schedule (PGA Tour Network on Sirius 208XM 93 and PGATOUR.COM)
Thursday-Sunday, 1-7 p.m. ET

Great Links
PGATour.com’s Live Shotracker
PGA’s First Look
Gorgeous Maps of both the North and South Courses!
PGA Tour Essential Guide
Field List

Scratch’s Thoughts:

The name to watch out for this week? Dustin Johnson. Remember him? This will be his first event back after taking a break in August for “personal reasons.” He was on fire at the end of last season, but it’s been 6 months since he’s competed and Scratch here is doubtful he’ll be up to par (pun intended). Also starting his U.S. 2015 season this week is World No.5 Justin Rose.

We’re watching Tiger Woods this week after his disastrous showing last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he carded his worst score ever as a pro – an 82. I don’t know if we’re watching Woods anymore expecting great golf or out of a sense schadenfreude. Phil Mickelson also missed the cut last week with a 76; he’s sure to be looking for a comeback this week.

What are your thoughts on Torrey Pines this week? Let me know in the comments Rock Heads!

This Is Your Chance To Win FREE Cobra BiO Cell Irons!

February 1st, 2015

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My first contest of the month for my Facebook fans JUST started and it’s a doozy! Hold on to your hats Rock Heads, because this time I’m giving away a FREE set of Cobra BiO Cell Irons! These sticks are worth almost $500! They deliver maximum distance and the ultimate in spin control that’s sure to help you dominate the course this year. So don’t delay – go enter my awesome February Golf Giveaway for FREE Cobra BiO Cell Irons!

 

biocell_fb_giveaway_custombannerEnter to win via Facebook today! Don’t delay – the contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on February 15th!

  • The sweepstakes runs from February 1st to February 15th 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.
  • The winner has the option of me
  • 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.
  • A Facebook account is needed to enter.
  • 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 February 15th, 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!

 

FREE Cobra BiO Cell Irons!

biocell_fb_giveaway_buttonBiO CELL Irons are packed with game changing technology.
The long and mid irons feature heavy tungsten weights strategically positioned in the heel and toe for more forgiveness, while the short irons have the tungsten positioned directly behind the hitting area for a solid feel, optimal spin control, and versatility as you approach the green. The irons also feature Cobra’s largest unsupported face ever to create more face flex at impact for increased ball speed and maximum distance. And of course we’ve gone the distance – the BiO CELL Irons are offered in four colors providing personalization and choice with tungsten-fueled performance.

Features:

  • BIO CELL AND E9 FACE TECHNOLOGY™ – Enables more discretionary weight movement that creates a low CG and high MOI which provides more distance and extreme forgiveness.
  • PERIMETER UNDERCUT – Largest unsupported face of any COBRA iron creates more face flex at impact for increased ball speed and extreme distance.
  • TUNGSTEN-FUELED DISTANCE AND FORGIVENESS – Long and mid irons feature heavy tungsten in the heel and toe for more forgiveness. Short irons feature tungsten centered behind the hitting area for added distance and control.

 

Go to Rock Bottom Golf for more information of the Cobra BiO Cell Irons!

 

So don’t delay Rock Heads, go Put Your Name In The Hat for a chance to win a FREE Cobra BiO Cell Irons!

A Timeline Of Golf Technology

January 29th, 2015

Past, present, and what to expect in the future

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Try to think of something that hasn’t been influenced by technology. Come on! I’m waiting….

Yeah, I can’t either. No matter if it’s a sport, connecting with long lost relatives, mapping out a road trip, or even the act of reading a book, technology has touched the process somehow. Whether it’s helped or hindered it, that’s up to you to decide.

Yes, yes. You know where I’m going with this. Golf. The game has been strongly influenced by technology as well. Even the way we watch golf has changed. We can simultaneously watch one guy tee off at the 13th hole, while another guy makes a putt for birdie at the second. We can watch replays and slow-motion and pause to criticize someone’s swing.

The early years of golf didn’t see much technological evolution, but once the innovation ball started rolling, it seemed like there was a new invention every other year.

Technology has affected the way a golf club or golf ball is made. Nowadays, the best engineers in the world are coming up with new inventions to enhance the game in every way possible.

Golf Clubs

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When golf was first played, as long as a club could swing, it was considered good enough. Initially clubs were formed from wood, hence the reason we call our drivers a “wood”.

It was in the mid-1960s when Ping released their Anser putter. It was brand new technology at the time with a center of gravity below the center of the ball. The putter also had heel-and-toe weighting to equally distribute the force of the putt. A few years later, Ping introduced a Color Coding System that defined the angle the club lies. It was then that golfers realized that different irons with different angles could be used to enhance your swing.

During the next decade or so, club makers toyed around with different angles and improved upon what was already on the market. The early 1990s brought us the Callaway Big Bertha. The first-of-its-kind driver had a unique shape made of stainless steel with a tip that extended through the club. The change in material was nothing compared to the change in design. Prior to Bertha, club heads were much smaller.

Since the early ‘90s, Bertha has evolved several more times, and so have golf clubs in general. Technology has touched every part of the club from tip to handle — to cell phone?

Yep, in 2011, Ping came out with an App to “improve the consistency” of your putt. It measures your arc, tempo, impact angle, and lie angle.

Golf Balls

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The very first golf balls were made from wood, and then morphed into leather stuffed with feathers. Back then, golfers were hitting the leather balls with pieces of hand-carved wood, so as long as the ball went forward, I guess that would be considered a win.

In the mid 1800s, the “Gutty” ball was created from dried sap that had a rubber-like feel to it. Because the leather and feather balls were so tough to make, and the Gutty balls simplified the process, golf became a game that was open to the masses.

Just before the turn of the century, rubber core balls replaced the Gutty balls. It was around this time that dimples were starting to be used to improve airflow.

It’s no doubt that technology has impacted the golf ball industry. Throughout the years, the importance of weight, size, symmetry, velocity, roll of the ball, and other aspects have all been studied and improved upon.

Golf Shoes

Like every other aspect of the game, golf shoes have revolutionized, too. Initially regular shoes were worn, but around the mid-1850s, spikes started becoming popular in order to walk safely on wet ground. These do-it-yourself golf shoes were more or less loafers lined with nails. Around 1900, manufacturers began making shoes with screw-in spikes specifically for playing golf.

A few years later, Spalding created the “saddle oxfords” that were meant for tennis and other racket sports. The shoe missed the mark in its original market, but became a hit in the golfing world and became the foundation for all golf shoes for years to come.

The “saddle oxfords” were stiff, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that we saw the turn towards more flexible shoes. Plastic spikes started replacing metal cleats a few years later, with hopes that it would cause less damage to the turf. It was fairly recently that the “spikeless trend” started taking off.

Of course, Nike revolutionized the golf shoe when Tiger Woods started wearing their designs. In the same way Air Jordan’s took over the basketball world, Nike made golf shoes “cool” and much more performance based.

Other Technology For Golfers

Nowadays, wearable technology is all the rage and it hasn’t missed the golf world. There are headbands that can monitor your stress levels as you play. Sensors you can wear in your glove that record tempo and swing path. There is a watch with GPS on it. A sensor clip that can connect to your cell phone or tablet to record any metric you can think of.

It’s pretty crazy to think about how far technology has come and where it might go. Will the sport move from the course and into a simulation booth? Will we see flying cars on the golf course anytime soon? Doubt it. As much as technology might continue to impact the game, if there’s one thing I know about golfers it’s that nothing can top getting out there, smelling the grass, and walking that course.

But I still want a hoverboard.