Preview The Barclays Course!

August 18th, 2014

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

 

Ridgewood Champions Course Map

No. 1 | 380 yards | Par-4

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

No. 2 | 190 yards | Par-3

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

No. 3 | 588 yards | Par-5

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

No. 4 | 444 yards | Par-4

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

No. 5 | 291 yards | Par-4

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

No. 6 | 471 yards | Par-4

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

No. 7 | 447 yards | Par-4

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

No. 8 | 217 yards | Par-3

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

No. 9 | 440 yards | Par-4

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

No. 10 | 230 yards | Par-3

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

No. 11 | 467 yards | Par-4

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

No. 12 | 475 yards | Par-4

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

No. 13 | 626 yards | Par-5

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

No. 14 | 412 yards | Par-4

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

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

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

No. 16 | 422 yards | Par-4

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

No. 17 | 594 yards | Par-5

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

No. 18 | 470 yards | Par-4

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

 

 

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

August 14th, 2014

Used Golf Balls

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Knet Testing

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

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

August 11th, 2014

Rain at Valhalla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

~Scratch

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

August 7th, 2014

 

Ryder Cup and Wanamaker Trophy

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

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

American

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

World

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

* = Currently would earn a slot on the team

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 4th, 2014

Valhalla Golf Course

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

 

No. 1 | 446 yards | Par 4

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

No. 2 | 500 yards | Par 4

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

No. 3 | 205 yards | Par 3

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

No. 4 | 372 yards | Par 4

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

No. 5 | 463 yards | Par 4

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

No. 6 | 495 yards | Par 4

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

No. 7 | 597 yards | Par 5

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

No. 8 | 174 yards | Par 3

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

No. 9 | 415 yards | Par 4

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

No. 10 | 590 yards | Par 5

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

No. 11 | 210 yards | Par 3

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

No. 12 | 467 yards | Par 4

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

No. 13 | 350 yards | Par 4

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

No. 14 | 217 yards | Par 3

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

No. 15 | 435 yards | Par 4

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

No. 16 | 508 yards | Par 4

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

No. 17 | 472 yards | Par 4

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

No. 18 | 542 yards | Par 5

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

 

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

August 1st, 2014

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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    Last Chance To Win A FREE Laser Link XL 1000 Rangefinder!

    July 28th, 2014

     

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    My July Golf Giveaway is almost over! But there’s still time for to you throw your name into the hat for a chance to win a FREE Laser Link XL 1000 Rangefinder! As always, it’s FREE to enter, so you’d better hop to it! Time’s running out!

     

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

     

    • The sweepstakes runs from July 1st to July 31st 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 lasts ’til 11:59pm July 31st, so enter quick for yer chance to win! Enter to win via Facebook today!

     

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

     

    Laser Link XL 1000 Rangefinder!Laser Link XL 1000 Rangefinder!

    The XL1000 is like nothing you’ve seen before from Laser Link Golf. A new design, new features, and new modes add a new dimension to the most complete line of laser rangefinder products in golf. In the hands of the right player, XL1000 is a powerful tool for managing your game.

    Features:

  • Accu Flag Mode – Is it the distance to the flagstick or the distance to the trees behind? Accu Flag technology identifies the closest target to help you get your measurement to the flagstick no matter
  • Size: XL1000 is just large enough to use comfortably, and just compact enough for easy storage. And, at less than 8 ounces, those that love to walk will hardly even know it’s there.
  • Scan Mode – Scan the landscape to get multiple readings at the touch of a button.
  • 6x Magnification
  • IPX4 Waterproof Design – Do you like to play in the rain? Of course you don’t, but if you have to, do it knowing that your XL1000 will be there to help you play your best.
  • Range: 5 – 1000 yards. 5 – 300 yards to flag.
  • Measures in yards or meters
  • Measures DISTANCE ONLY so as to conform to USGA and R&A Rules of Golf, as well as USGA Handicap Guidelines.
  • Dimensions: 4.125”x 2.875” x 1.5”
  • Weight (with battery): 7.58 oz.
  • Power Source: CR2 3V Lithium
  • Display: Internal LCD
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    So don’t delay Rock Heads, go Enter Your Name for a chance to win a NEW Laser Link XL 1000 Rangefinder!

    Lightning Safety On The Course

    July 24th, 2014

    Here in the ol’ U.S. of A., summer is the perfect golfin’ season. Unfortunately, it’s also thunderstorm, season – thunderstorms and golf don’t mix. Other than geese and an errant slice, there’s nothing more dangerous on a golf course than lightning. Course are generally open areas with scattered individual trees – perfect locations for lightning strikes. And don’t forget those metal sticks we’re all carrying. Wise golfers know to leave the course when they hear thunder. However, Scratch here as seen too many posts on the internet that go something like this: “Is it OK to golf during a storm?” 5% of all lightening deaths in the US occur on the golf course so, before summer and the storms start rollin’ in, let’s have a refresher course on golf and lightning safety.

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America have these tips for avoiding danger when lightning is in the area during your round of golf.

    1. Don’t wait until you see lightning to leave. Seek shelter as soon as you hear thunder. And don’t worry about your game. If the course’s warning system sounds, head for cover. The USGA Rules of Golf (Rule 6-8) allow players to discontinue play if they believe there is a danger from lightning.

    2. If possible, get off the golf course or go to a designated lightning shelter (note: open-sided buildings do not provide protection from lightning even if they have a lightning rod).

    3. Do not stand under a lone tree. This is where most people are injured or killed.

    4. Stay away from water. Water is a great conductor of electricity.

    5. Stay away from your golf clubs.

    6. If your shoes have metal spikes, take them off. You don’t want to be a walking, talking lightning rod.

    7. Move away from your golf cart. Golf carts are not a safe shelter option.

    8. If stranded in the open, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley. (Note: If you feel a tingling sensation and the hair on your arms stands up, squat in a baseball catcher’s position, balancing on the balls of your feet, feet together, arms in front of your knees. If in a group, members of the group should keep at least 15 feet apart.)

    First Aid

    If a player in your group is struck by lightning, the person is no longer carrying any electrical current, so you can apply first aid immediately. The golfer will be burned and have received a severe electrical shock.

    People who have been apparently “killed” by lightning can be revived if quick action is taken. If you must make a choice, treat those who are not breathing first — those who are unconscious but still breathing will probably come out of it on their own.

    First aid should be rendered to those not breathing within four to six minutes to prevent irrevocable brain damage. Mouth-to mouth resuscitation should be administered once every five seconds to adults and once every three seconds to infants and small children.

    However, if the victim is not breathing and has no pulse, cardiopulmonary resuscitation is necessary, but should be administered only by persons with proper training. You should also check for burns along the extremities and around areas in contact with metal, give first aid for shock and then send for help.

    Lightning Facts To Remember

    1. Each year, about 400 in the U.S. are struck by lightning while playing golf, working outside, at sports events, on the beach, mountain climbing, mowing the lawn or during other outdoor activities. About 80 people are killed and several hundred more are left to cope with permanent disabilities. Finishing a game isn’t work these types of tragedies.

    2. All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. Lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes.

    3. Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Many deaths from lightning occur ahead of the storm because people try and wait to the last minute before seeking shelter.

    4. You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough that it could strike your location at any moment.

    5. Lightning injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or death. On average, 20% of strike victims die; 70% of survivors suffer serious long term effects.

    6. Look for dark cloud bases and increasing wind. Every flash of lightning is dangerous, even the first. Head to safety before that first flash. If you hear thunder, head to safety!

    7. Blue Skies and Lightning. Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles. Even when the sky looks blue and clear, be cautious. If you hear thunder, take cover. At least 10% of lightning occurs without visible clouds in the sky.

    8. Because they are generally open areas with scattered individual trees, golf courses are dangerous places during a thunderstorm. A lightning bolt will take the shortest route between the cloud and the ground, which means that a golfer standing in the middle of a fairway or huddled under a tree is a prime target for a strike.

    Lee Trevino After Being Struck By Lightning

    Just in case you need another reminder on the dangers of lightning, take a moment to remember Lee Trevino. Trevino was struck by lightning during the 1975 Western Open in Chicago at the height of his career. He and Jerry Heard were huddled under an umbrella on the edge of the 13th green at Butler National, waiting for a quick shower to stop. The skies were sunny and clear when suddenly lightning from a distance thunderstorm streaked sideways across the water and threw Trevino and Heard into the air. The lightning bolt went through Trevino’s bag and up his arm before exiting out his back. The lightning strike caused injuries that led to back surgery and ultimately cut short Trevino’s career.

    So Rock Heads, stay safe this summer and don’t mess around with lightning!

    The Best Moments Of The 2014 British Open!

    July 21st, 2014

    Rory's Selfie With the Claret Jug
    Congrats to Rory McIlroy for winning the 2014 Open Championship! We didn’t know if he could do it, but boy were we wrong! This past weekend, McIlroy stayed comfortably in the lead; Rickie Fowler only caught up with him once. We here at the Cave are happy to see the return of the exciting golfer who won the U.S. Open in 2011 and the PGA a year later. He’s now just one leg away from completely the grand slam. He’s now part of a select club made only of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and himself – the only three golfers to win three legs of a career grand slam before the age of 26. It’s now a matter of “when” not “if” McIlroy wins the Masters.

    Also congratulations to Rory’s dad, Gerry McIlroy. There are lots of parents with confidence in their children, but few can back it up like Rory’s father. In 2004, Gerry and three of Gerry’s friends £400 ($683) with 500-1 odds that Rory would win the British Open before the age of 26. Now the 25 year old golfer has won those four friends $342,000! That’s a heck of a payday!

    Rickie Fowler

    We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention the great playing by the two runner ups – Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler tied for second place. Rickie Fowler went 68-67 on the weekend which is just incredible. He’s now finished in the top five of this year’s three majors so far. We (and a lot of blog-o-sphere) feel that he’s going to be finally winning a major sooner than later. Garcia surged up the leaderboard in the final round but couldn’t catch up to McIlroy thanks to a mistake in the sand on the 15th hole. However, this is the best performance from Garcia we’ve seen in a while and going by the hug he gave the winner, Sergio is quite pleased as well.

    Watch Sergio Garcia’s hole-out on No. 2!

    Our favorite moment of the weekend? When Rory got a heckler booted from the Open. McIlroy said that the heckler had been following and giving him grief all day. He put up with the abuse for 15 holes, but on the 16th he had enough. During McIlroy’s backswing, the heckler loudly coughed but Rory finished his swing, turned around, and identified the man, who was then escorted off the course. Check it out below!

    The 2014 British Open Primer

    July 17th, 2014

    The Open Championship

    The British Open is officially on! The only time of year we’ll willing get up at 4 a.m. to watch television(this Caveman doesn’t remember that 4 a.m. exists the rest of the year). Let’s turn on the coffee Rock Heads and take a look at what’s ahead for us this weekend!

    What: The Open ChampionshipThe Open Logo
    When: Thursday Jul 17 – Sunday July 20
    Where: The Hoylake Course at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

    Purse: $9,200,000
    Winning Share: $1,670,000
    FedExCup Winner’s Points: 600

    Par: 72
    Yardage: 7312
    Course Designer: Robert Chambers,George Morris, and Harry Colt
    Last Year’s Champion: Phil Mickelson

    Website: http://www.theopen.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_Open
    Watch It Online: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index
    Live Leaderboard: http://scores.theopen.com/Leaderboard.aspx

    TV Schedule (Initial Airings/All Times EST)
    Thursday: ESPN  4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Friday: ESPN  4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Saturday: ESPN  7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Sunday: ESPN  6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Radio Schedule (PGA Tour Network on Sirius-XM Ch. 208/ESPN Radio on Sirius-XM Ch. 93)
    Thursday & Friday 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET
    Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET
    Sunday 8 a.m. to conclusion (est 1:30 p.m. ET)

    Great Links
    The Histories and Traditions of the Open Championship
    TheOpen.com’s Interactive Course Guide
    Tee Times
    Scratch Course Breakdown: Hole By Hole

    Scratch’s Thoughts:

    This season has been FULL of surprises so honestly it’s anyone’s guess who will win come Sunday. Personally, Scratch here would love to see another rookie take their first tournament; there’s been quite a few so far this year! A few things to watch:

    • Tiger Woods – This is the first major for Tiger this year. If he doesn’t win(he hasn’t won a major in six years), he’ll fall behind the pace set by Jack Nicklaus, who got his 15th title (on the way to 18) at the Open at the age of 38. Scratch’s assessment? Odds are it won’t happen. He’s only played two competitive rounds in the last four months. That’s not a lot of practice.
    • Phil Mickleson – We all love Lefty here at the Cave, but he hasn’t shown anything this season that makes us believe he’ll be the one with the Claret Jug on Sunday. He did win last year’s Open, but he was playing better then.
    • Rory McIlroy – For a player once deemed golf’s next star, McIlroy hasn’t done anything impressive in a while. I’m not saying he doens’t have the ability to win, but in order to do so, he’ll need to get over the second-round problems he’s been having.
    • Jordan Spieth – This is the guy who should be golf’s next star. Despite being only 20 years old, he has the skills, determination, and the focus to win his first major.
    • Henrik Stenson – We all talk about Phil’s win last year, but let’s remember who came in second. The unassuming Swede is currently No. 2 in the world and love links golf in Europe. Stenson has finished tied for third or better in three of his last five starts here and finished in the top five in his last three tournaments, including the U.S. Open! That’s some pretty good stats.

     

    Who is your pick to win the British Open, Rock Heads? Let me know in the comments below!