Month: September 2019

Akshay Bhatia, the 17-year-old prodigy from Wake Forest, N.C., is making his professional debut at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship. Bhatia’s amateur degree is not in doubt, becoming the first golfer still in high school to compete for the United States in Walker Cup history just two weeks ago. However, while Bhatia submitted promising starts
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Professional golfers are a pampered bunch. Between equipment manufacturers and tour trailers, players have access to every club imaginable—often before equipment is even available at retail. Some players, however, are perfectly content to stay away from the latest and greatest, opting instead for familiarity over technological superiority. Here are seven players who might that philosophy
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Max Homa’s first win on the PGA Tour, the Wells Fargo Championship in May, might have been a surprise to some, but for him, it was about seven months in the making. His coach, Les Johnson, worked with him in Arizona for a couple of days late last fall after Homa made only one of
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Ten years ago, Rickie Fowler’s flashy orange flat brim hats and brighter-than-bright outfits seemed somewhat anti-establishment for golf, as he signed a partnership with Puma to toe the edge of acceptable. There was some more traditional attire mixed in through the years, but mostly from Day 1, each side pushed the boundaries—from high-top golf shoes
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The hype train travels quickly, especially in today’s social-media environment. See: Wolff, Matthew; and Morikawa, Collin. Not that high praise for the two rookies is without merit or substance. Both of the former collegiate stars have been impressive in their play, winning almost immediately after reaching the PGA Tour. Keeping the wheels on the track,
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Joaquin Niemann joined elite company last week with his six-stroke win at The Greenbrier, becoming just the third non-American to win on the PGA Tour before turning 21. He also becomes yet another young star to earn a victory in the past couple of months, joining the likes of Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa, who
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When you’re standing on the tee with your driver, I’m sure you’re not thinking about distance control. It’s all about how far can you hit it. A 3-wood is a different story. Whether you’re using it on the tee or from the fairway, you should think about hitting the ball a specific distance. That’s why
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The Cleveland Launcher family of irons and hybrids drew their inspiration from desperation, specifically the desperation of average golfers with their relative lack of success hitting shots toward the green. According to data Cleveland’s engineers have studied, from 150-200 yards, average golfers are only hitting the green 15 percent of the time from the rough,
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Welcome to the Dew Sweeper, your one-stop shop to catch up on the weekend action from the golf world. From the professional tours, trending news, social media headlines and upcoming events, here’s every golf-related thing you need to know for the morning of Sept. 16. Dramatic finish at Solheim Cup Suzann Pettersen entered the Solheim
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GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Americans Angel Yin and Ally McDonald had only played three Solheim Cup matches between them (all by Yin) before they partnered in Friday’s four-ball session at Gleneagles. But the record-tying fashion in which they dominated Europe’s Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall, 7 and 5, would make you think differently. The two went
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Nothing against your neighborhood golf store, but they have nothing on our experts. Golf Digest’s equipment editors, Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson, have covered the golf equipment business for decades, and there are few people who know this space better. We’ve asked them to answer your questions in a weekly equipment round-up. Tweet them
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The Bettinardi Queen B 8 Slant Limited Run putter is no doubt another enhancement to the company’s putter lineup courtesy the mind of founder and chief designer Robert J. Bettinardi. But it’s also a development fueled by the minds of the 13 professional golfers on the Bettinardi tour staff. The result is not merely another
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GLENEAGLES, Scotland — It’s hard to go very long in the pressroom at Gleneagles without hearing the word “rookie.” And for good reason. Team USA has six of them, and Europe has three. Rookies are an unknown commodity at a Solheim Cup, not yet proven in the team-centric, match-play dynamic. But being a rookie isn’t
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