We have all been there – four putt from 7 feet

T.J. Oshie did not have any luck when he turned a promising birdie to a double bogey at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.

The only thing to say is that we have all been there and know exactly how it feels.

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Why a Lessons with a Golf Pro beats an Instruction Book or Video Every Time

It is the time of the year when people who perhaps do not play the game of golf, often consider buying a loved one a golfing present. One of the most popular items to gift someone, especially a high-handicap golfer, or a beginner, is a golf instruction video, or a golf instruction book.

 

Certainly both of these items have their use, but can they really improve your game, or is there a better way you can help a loved one shoot lower scores on the course next year?

That’s what Gorilla Golf have attempted to find out…

 

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Golfing Dangers: When Animals Want to Play Through – Let Them

When you step out on a golf course, while away on holiday, it is perhaps one of life’s most enjoyable and relaxing moments. So too should it have been for Dougie Thompson last week as he celebrated a friend’s wedding, in the Mexican resort of Cancun, with a round of golf at the local Iberostar Cancun Golf Club.

 

The 58-year-old Scotsman, who now lives in Toronto, Canada, had shot his ball into a bunker on the course, near to a bush shrouded lagoon.

Mr Thompson lined up his bunker shot and was happy to see his ball fly onto the green, however as he turned to leave the bunker an 12-foot long crocodile leapt from the bushes, clamping its jaws around Mr Thompson’s leg.

The video below was taken by a visitor to the same golf course and shows the kind of croc’s that lie in wait for the unsuspecting golfer.

 

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LDC Italian Hotels Golf Trophy 2014

MyGolf SA has teamed up LDC Italian Hotels, a company that owns luxury hotels in Italy in several beautiful locations.

On May 23, 2014 LDC Italian Hotels will be holding it’s premiere Golf Trophy, at the Lavaux Golf Course in Puidoux, Switzerland in the rolling hills of the La Côte countryside overlooking the magnificent Lac Léman.

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New Clubs for 2014 – Part Three – Putters

It’s the club you take most shots each year with by a considerable margin, yet for many, it is the club they pay least attention to when purchasing a new set.

The shortest stick in the bag has gone through many radical overhauls in recent years and 2014 promises to be no different with some interesting new putters on the market.

 

Take a look at four of the best for 2014 below and why not give one a try at your local range under the careful instruction of a pro, who knows, you may even take a few shots off your round.

 

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Learning to Play – The Best Way?

Here’s the dilemma:

My son is now 10 years old and has expressed an interest in moving from being my (underpaid) caddy to actually joining us for a round of golf.

He’s played on pitch and putt courses and enjoyed a summer camp a year or two ago, but other than that he’s just hit balls on the range when he’s ventured there with me.

 

As a dutiful dad, I’ve tried to give him a few simple pointers with mixed results and now that he seems to be getting more serious about golf I have to consider one thorny issue:

  • Do I let him follow the “Bubba Watson” path and find his own golf swing?
  • Or, do I spend a little cash and get him a few lessons with an instructor to help him along?

 

 

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New Clubs for 2014  – Part Two – Hybrids & Irons

Welcome to the second of our three part series of articles looking at some of the new clubs set to hit the shelves of your local pro shop. In this middle article, we will take a look at those all-important hybrids and irons.

Outlined below are four of the most eagerly-anticipated new sets of irons brand new for 2014 from some of the world’s finest golf manufacturers.

Will you be adding any of these to your bag in 2014? If you do, let us know your opinion!

 

 

Ping i25 Irons

 

 

You can opt to take the i25 with long irons, or hybrids nowadays, and these are a great set of top quality Ping Irons aimed at golfers of all skill levels.

Of course, one of the biggest attractions about buying a set of Ping clubs is that as part of the service, you get your irons custom fitted. This is a real bonus for beginners in particular who may be playing with clubs which are not set up to optimise their game.

 

Ping’s fitting service certainly ensures you’ll get good performance from the i25 but there is more to them than that. They look superb with a fogged chrome finish and with differentiated centre of gravity throughout the clubs, making it easier to get the ball airborne with long irons and offering better control and spin with shorter irons, they work well on the course too.

As a set for a beginner to mid-handicapper, the i25 are hard to beat.

 

Callaway Apex Pro Irons

 

 

If you are a low-handicapper or scratch player seeking a set of clubs to take your game to the next level then the striking Callaway Apex Pro Irons are certainly worth closer consideration.

They may look similar to the 2013 X Forged range of irons at address but they are strikingly different when viewed from behind.

 

These clubs have lots of little tweaks, such as  tungsten inserts near the foot of the irons, lowering the centre oif gravity allowing for cleaner shots from lower on the club in lower irons, and in short irons, a higher center of gravity which allows the player to launch the ball lower with more control and without introducing excessive spin on the ball.

 

Another feature is a high polymer damper insert which reduces vibration mean that even though the clubs are 17% thinner than the X Forged range, they still produce a satisfying click on a clean strike.

Apex Pro Irons aren’t cheap at a RRP of $1099 for steel shaft and graphite shafts coming in at $1299.

 

Adams IDEA Hybrid Irons

 

 

Coming with a striking Mitsubishi Bassara Eagle True Temper Dynalite shaft and a striking blue Idea AG4 multi-textured grip as standard, the new 2014 incarnation of Adams IDEA hybrid irons certainly come with a ‘wow’ factor when it comes to appearance.

The big positive point of Adams is their hybrids are much easier to hit than traditional 3 or 4 irons and the added elevation you get from the club gives the player a softer landing, an ideal bonus for player seeking more control from around 180 yards and out when hitting to a green.

 

The new Cut-Thru Slot technology gives greater club head speed, launching the ball higher, faster and gives added distance, even on off centre shots.

With Ernie Els joining up to the ranks of players using Adams clubs, it seems likely that 2014 may be a good year for this underrated club manufacturer.

 

TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons

 

 

Released on January 6th, after plenty of hype and somewhat secretive development, TaylorMade introduced their new range of Tour Preferred Irons (CB, MC and MB) irons to an expectant golfing public who weren’t disappointed.

The MC and MB range appeals to mid handicappers to scratch players, but it is the Tour Preferred CB Irons (RRP $899) which are likely to appeal to most amateur hackers from low handicappers upwards.

 

The CB have a larger head than the other two irons and the 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 irons come with the TaylorMade Speed Pocket, which gives the club additional speed through the air through better aerodynamics.

The 8-iron onwards does not have the speed pocket, but offers excellent feel. The set is even cast from different steel, with the 3 to 6 irons cast from 17-4 stainless steel, while 7-iron to wedge are cast from 431 stainless.

 

Custom shafts and grips are available and a lovely satin-nickel chrome finish really gives these clubs a lovely look.

 

All Images Courtesy of Adams Golf, Callaway, TaylorMade and Ping. 

 

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