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

Enter To Win A FREE Champ Pro-Lite Ball Retriever!

September 16th, 2014

 

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It’s that time again Rock Heads! Time to enter my 2nd September Golf Giveaway for a chance to win a FREE Champ Pro-Lite Ball Retriever! I’m giving away 3 prizes this time – so you’ve got a better chance of winning! 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 September 30th!

 

  • The sweepstakes runs from September 15th to September 30th 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.
  • 3 winners will be picked and each will receive a Champ Pro-Lite Ball Retriever or caveman cash depending on their location.
  • 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 September 30th, 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!

 

Champ Pro-Lite Ball Retriever!Champ Pro-Lite Ball Retriever!

The Pro-Lite is the easiest and most effortless way to rescue your golf balls from anywhere: water, bushes, rocks and mud. It even has a function to pick up the ball from the golf hole. The ultra-lite design and patented lock easily traps the ball and locks it in a failsafe grip. With a 9-foot telescopic shaft the Pro-Lite is a great addition to any golf bag.

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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

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance To WIN 6 Dozen FREE Bridgestone Balls From RBG!

September 12th, 2014

 

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Time is runnin’ out Rock Heads!  You’ve only got until Sunday to enter for your chance to win a FREE Case (That’s 6 Dozen!) of Bridgestone Tour 330 Golf Balls! Now, I don’t know about you, but Tour-proven golf balls are things I can always use. This contest is free to enter. So hurry up 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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    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!

    The Best Courses To Play This Fall!

    September 7th, 2014

     

    Sequoyah National Golf Club

     

    Fall has taken over. The Tour has slowed down, but not this caveman. I am all about the beauty of the golf course during the season. Crisp air, fiery colors, and 18 holes of golf. What could be better?!

    I’ve rounded up some of the best golf course to play in autumn. If you live near these or are lucky enough to still have some vac-ay-time left, GO STRAIGHT THERE!

    One note, I’ve included only public or semi-public courses on this list. So if you’re wondering why I’m not mentioning say The Country Club in Brookline, MA, that’s why.

     

    New England

    When it comes to fall colors, there’s no better place to go leaf peeping than New England. Golf has a long and proud history in this part of the country and no matter which state you’re in, you’re sure to find beautiful courses to play. We at the Cave have two to recommend.

    Omni Mount Washington Resort

    Omni Mount Washington Resort

    First on our list is the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. While there you get to enjoy both the restored Donald Ross-designed championship course and absolutely stunning mountain views. The Mount Washington Course has been restored to its original 1915 design and has been voted Golfweek magazine’s Best Course You Can Play in New Hampshire every year from 2009 to 2013.

    Belgrade Lakes Golf Club

    Belgrade Lakes Golf Club

    Next, the public, Clive Clark-designed Belgrade Lakes Golf Club is about a 1.5 hour drive north of Portland, Maine. There you find dramatic panoramic views thanks to the elevation shifts of the course. But what really sets this course apart is its friendly attitude and outlook. Belgrade Lakes has an “all dogs allowed” policy as well as a Director of Outside Happiness. you’re sure to enjoy yourself there.

     

    South

    Sequoyah National Golf Club

    Sequoyah National Golf Club

    Fall in the south might not be as dramatic as up north, but the break from the awful summer heat makes autumn the best time to get out golfing if you’re south of the Mason Dixon Line.

    Sequoyah National Golf Club is only 45 minutes west of Asheville, North Carolina and is nestled in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains. The par 72 championship golf, measuring 6,600 yards and designed by Robert Trent Jones II, offers breathtaking views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a challenging, dynamic course. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s right in the middle of one of America’s top destinations for fall foliage.

    If you’re farther south, check out the many courses at Myrtle Beach. Fall is a great time to go. The weather is mild and you’ll skip the crowds of drunk college students and higher hotel rates!

     

    Midwest

    The Treetops Resort

    The Treetops Resort

    In the Midwest, fall golf doesn’t get any better than the Treetops Resort and The Golf Club at Harbor Shores both in Michigan.

    Treetops Resort, in northern Michigan, boasts some impressive numbers. 81 holes of championship golf, five distinct course including one consistently ranked The World’s Best Par 3 Course. The Masterpiece Course was Robert Trent Jones, Sr.’s final design in Michigan and takes advantage of the surrounding landscape – sweeping valleys, ravines, and plains. The signature sixth hole features a 120’ vertical drop and a panoramic view of the river valley.

    Harbor Shores

    Harbor Shores

    The Golf Club at Harbor Shores is almost brand new! All 18 holes of the links style course opened on July 1, 2010 and were Jack Nicklaus. Is this a challenging course? I’m going to say yes seeing as it has already hosted the 2012 and 2014 and will host the 2016 and 2018 Senior PGA Championship! Only 95 minutes from Chicago, you’ll find dramatic views of Lake Michigan, surrounding wetlands, rolling hills, ravines, and a hardwood forest!

     

    Southwest

    Sedona

    Sedona

    The desert isn’t the first place that springs to mind for a fall destination, but just like Myrtle Beach, the off season in Arizona is the best time to play! Courses are going to charge about 25% less and the temperature won’t be in the triple digits! Head over to the Sedona Golf Resort for a great golfing experience! The contrast between the orange and red trees and red and white rock formations will have you putting down the club for your camera. You can see it all on hole No. 10. The par-3 hole is the highest point on the course at almost 4,300 feet above sea level!

     

     

    West Coast

    Let me say one thing here. You’ll notice I haven’t put any California courses on this list. Why Scratch? Isn’t Pebble Beach wonderful in fall? Yes it is. But Pebble Beach is wonderful year-round. I’m trying to tell you Rock Head about perfect courses for the autumn.

    Bandon Dunes

    Bandon Dunes

    If you’re on the West Coast, you HAVE TO GO in fall is Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. This breathtaking resort features four links and a par 3 golf course. Business insider called it “golf heaven in the middle of nowhere.” Just note that the fall is peak season here, so green fee are going to cost more. If you can wait until November to go, you’ll save some money.

    Beacon Rock

    Beacon Rock

    Farther north, take a trip to Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington. This local favorite is located right in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s beautiful year-round, but it’s extra special in autumn. Located right in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, you’ll love the views of the Gorge painted orange and yellow in fall. If you’re traveling with a family, definitely try this course which promotes itself as providing “fun, friendly and affordable golf!”

     

     

     

    Didn’t see your favorite fall course on the list? Let me here all about it in the comments section below!

    WTF Are They Wearing?! Fashion Trends On The PGA Tour

    September 5th, 2014

     

    My buddy Scratch and I don’t really worry about what we wear. Throw on a sheet, tie it at the shoulder, and we’re good to go. When I see these golfers out on the course wearing button up polo shirts and khakis that have been starched and ironed, it drives me nuts! Why do you have to look so fancy just to play a round of golf?Rickie Fowler in all orange

    Okay, okay, I get it. Lots of these courses have dress codes. But, I mean, you can’t even wear denim jeans?! Crazy.

    Wardrobe trends have become a central part of the golf game. Sponsors now release Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday outfits for their players. Some of these outfits get more attention than what Sandra Bullock wore to the Oscars, if you can believe it!

    Personally I’m a fan of the guys who push the envelope. The guys who we end up talking more about their outfit rather than their golf game. The guys we see and ask ourselves, “WTF were they thinking?!”

    Rickie Fowler is notorious for making us ask this question. Remember his all orange outfit on the PGA Tour? I mean legitimately orange pants, orange shirt, orange belt, orange hat, and shoes. Even an orange watch. If I wore this out on the street I would expect to be heckled… ruthlessly. But Fowler pulled it off. Along with every other neon color including pink, purple, and yellow. This guy doesn’t hold back. Decked out from head to toe in bright, outlandish colors. His loud outfits have become so well known that the term the “Rickie Fowler Effect” has since been coined.

    Remember the 1999 US Ryder Cup team uniform? Not only were they totally ‘90s, but the maroon shirts included pictures of past Ryder Cup teams. Yes, those rectangles framed pictures of prior golfers. Are you kidding me? What grown man wants to wear multiple pictures of other grown men, all while playing golf? To top it all off the khaki hats were a different shade than the khaki pants, and, worst of all, the pants were pleated.

    Ian Poulter has made a splash on the tour with his overly-plaid pants, that gold-but-metallic-looking polo shirt, and his obvious pride in the British flag.

    Bubba Watson has gotten his fair share of criticism for some of his outfits. But what guy named Bubba doesn’t wear camouflage on a Sunday afternoon?

    Several trends including oversized belt buckles, flared pants, Hawaiian shirts, patterned slacks, mismatched tops and bottoms, and even flat-brimmed hats have received their fair share of criticism. Swedish golfer Jasper Parnevik likes to rock a hat with the bill flipped upwards, and recently showed up wearing what the kids are calling fedora-style hats. Rory Sabbatini wears that ridiculous cowboy-esque hat with his sponsors names splashed all over it.

    And then there’s the man himself, John Daly, who may be the most intriguing golfer on the tour. His golf pants are always unpredictable from full-floral to all-over plaid, from pink and purple to black and white. Neons, patterns, stripes, circles, flags, clovers, even dollar bills. The only time I’m surprised by Daly’s outfits are when they are one singular color. But it must be said, the man wears it well.

    It’s like the competitive side of these men come out in all different ways including who can wear the craziest, loudest, most distinct outfit this weekend. Oh, and if you win the tournament, that’s good, too.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the next trend involves the golfers themselves and not just the clothing they wear. Could the Duck Dynasty beard make an appearance on the tour? Long hair and ponytails, too. Tattoos and golfing don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, but I think we are due for an inked-out golfer.

    With the outlandish and, let’s be honest, downright creative outfits and trends I’ve already seen on the tour, it’s tough to say where it could go from here. Many golfers have cashed in on their crazy gear by partnering or creating their own clothing line. I’m looking forward to the days of umbrella hats (you know, like Bill Murray wore in Space Jam). I mean what else could these guys come up with? Could it be that one day we see, gasp, jeans? What about boots? Shorts? Even tank tops? Let’s make a petition to see some kilts on the course! Could we see more sweater vests? They get a pretty bad rap out in the real world. I would argue that my caveman sheet would make a decent golf outfit- loose fitting and fairly comfortable, but I doubt it would pass the dress code regulation.

     

    -Sniff

    Enter To WIN 6 Dozen FREE Bridgestone Balls From RBG!

    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
  •  

    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