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July 15, 2015 - 8:10am
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T.J. Auclair
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Kelly Mitchum
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PGA Professional Kelly Mitchum, one of the lead instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, will blow your mind with this three-putt trick.

OK, I know that the Open Championship tees off this Thursday at St. Andrews, but -- if you don't mind -- I'd like to take you over to Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C., just for a minute, the place that has hosted many major championships, including the 2014 U.S. Open.

That's where we find PGA Professional Kelly Mitchum, one of the lead instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy and a four-time PGA Championship participant.

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The beauty of any type of trick is when the magician performing it makes it look so easy.

Well, that's what Mitchum did here. Check out this video where Mitchum putts three golf balls one after the other. He takes a different line with each and effortlessly holes each one in the order opposite of which they were struck:

 

Color me impressed.

July 12, 2015 - 5:45pm
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Michelle Wie
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Michelle Wie reacts after her drive on the par-4 16th hits the flagstick for a near ace.

Tournament officials for the U.S. Women's Open moved up the tees on No. 16 Sunday, making it a reachable par-4. And Michelle Wie wowed the crowd with this drive that ricocheted off the flagstick:

 

 

Wie wound up with an eagle.

And despite being in obvious distress from an aching hip that's been bothering her nearly all season, Wie didn't let that bother her on that shot.

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth takes aim at the flagstick on the eighth hole Saturday.

When Jordan Spieth's game is on, look out.

He notched his second eagle of the day -- and third of the tournament -- at the 17th hole Saturday during the third round of the John Deere Classic. You have to see this shot to appreciate how good it is:

 

 

Spieth almost did the same thing earlier in the round on the eighth hole. Instead, he got a very unfortunate bounce off the flagstick:

 

 

A PGA Tour official had to help repair the ballmark that was right next to the hole. No matter -- Spieth calmly sank the putt anyway for his second birdie of the day, to go along with an eagle on No. 2.

July 11, 2015 - 1:42pm
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Andrew Johnson finished the third round of the Scottish Open with a 1-over par 71.

There are certain things you can probably learn from playing with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Andrew Johnson learned one of the most important lessons. 

Related: Miguel Angel Jimenez gives youth golf lesson after Scottish Open round

The 26-year-old from England finished his third round at the Scottish Open by making an eagle on 18 to card a 1-over par 71. While the shot was impressive, it was his celebration that really stole the show. 

 

 

And it got a thumbs up from the Mechanic himself, playing in the same group.

Now Johnson needs to copy what to do when your shot doesn't find the bottom of the cup, as Professor Jimenez demonstrated earlier in the round.

 

Miguel is so good with his irons, he's upset when he doesn't hole out. #AAMScottishOpen

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Callaway Mack Daddy 3 wedges
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They circular weight ports in the back of each Mack Daddy 3 wedge allow Callaway the company the freedom to reposition weight for better shot-making.
 
Callaway's Mack Daddy family of wedges has become so popular on the PGA Tour and among everyday golfers that its next generation is both bigger and better.
 
The Mack Daddy 3 Milled wedges, of course, follow the current Mack Daddy 2 generation, and offer three different sole grind options, along with a variety of custom choices for finishes, shafts and grips. As with the previous Mack Daddy wedges, the new MD 3s were designed by Callaway's famed club builder Roger Cleveland, and the company calls this the most complete wedge line it has ever produced. 
 
They have a high toe profile and a semi-straight leading edge, and the circular weight ports in the back of each wedge allow the company the freedom to reposition weight for better shot-making, especially out of the deep rough. They also have what Callaway calls Progressive Groove Optimization that optimizes spin for each loft.
 
The grooves milled into the faces are designed to create a smoother spin transition from irons to these wedges. The narrower 30V grooves in the pitching and gap wedges are best for shots that require a steep angle into the ball, while the 20V grooves in the sand wedges are designed for full shots and bunker shots. And the wider 5V grooves in the lob wedges provide better control for shots out of the rough and around the green.
 
 
Callaway also has focused on the sole grinds as much as the face grooves. The three available are:
 
--the C-Grind creates a thinner contact area on the sole, and is designed for firmer conditions and versatility around the green. The grinding on the heel and toe allow for a number of shots, Callaway says, especially those shots where you need to open up the face and keep the leading edge low.
 
--the S-Grind is the line's most versatile option. Callaway says it's best for a wide range of conditions, shot types, and swings ranging from steep to sweeping. It'll dig a moderate-sized divot.
 
--and finally, the W-Grind creates a slightly wider sole, which the company says its preferred in softer conditions – bunkers, most notably – and for golfers with a steeper swing. It'll take a larger divot.
 
A handful of players have put the MC 3 wedges in play at this week's John Deere Classic. They'll be available for pre-order in mid-August in lofts from 48 to 60 degrees, and will be available at retail on Sept. 4. 
 
Here's a video:
 
 
Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez gave a golf lesson to a group of kids after his second round at the Scottish Open.

The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, has a lot of interests as you might expect. He's a dance aficionado. He's a beast in the gym. He's a savvy shopper. He even knows how to plan the perfect wedding.

Now you can add shaper of golf's future. 

After Jimenez posted a second-round 65 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Friday, Jimenez stayed at the course to give a lesson to a group of young golfers. 

 

 

 

 

We can only hope that Jimenez showed these kids the proper way to warm up.