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June 3, 2015 - 10:34am
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June 3, 2015 - 8:47am
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T.J. Auclair
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I'll never understand what people are thinking when they allow another person to hit a golf ball teed up in their mouth -- especially when the person hitting said shot is a toddler.

Quick question: Would you let someone -- anyone -- hit a golf ball, sitting on a tee that was lodged into your teeth instead of the ground?

For me, the answer is quite simple... it's a resounding no. I don't care if it was Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods in his prime, whatever. Nobody is putting a tee in my mouth and taking a lash with a driver to hit the ball off it.

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Fortunately for people like me, not everyone feels the same way. And that leads to videos that pop up on the internet. Like this one, where a father trusted his roughly, what, 2-year-old, to pull off such a shot?

What could go wrong?


Chunk City.

OK, so it wasn't all that bad. At least the kid was using plastic clubs.

It reminded me of this scene from the show "Feherty" where David Feherty, much to the chagrin of his camera crew, allowed no less than John Daly to smash one off a tee placed in Feherty's mouth.

Remember this?


If Daly had done what the little kid did, the results could have been devastating.

So, please, heed this public service announcement, folks -- don't ever let a person hit a golf ball out of your mouth.  

CBS Sports via YouTube
CBS Sports analyst Peter Kostis liked Candice Romo's set-up, but had some advice for her downswing.
Not too many years ago, Tony Romo spent his summers playing in charity golf events and even trying to qualify for the U.S. Open. He's not playing so much high-profile golf these days, but it's clear that the game is still very much a part of the Romo family.
During last weekend's telecast of the AT&T Byron Nelson, Romo's wife Candice was featured in CBS Sports' "Help Me Kostis" segment. And as analyst Peter Kostis noted, Candice has a pretty good swing of her own – which is no surprise, seeing as how she's always been athletic.
The Romos' oldest son, 3-year-old Hawkins, also makes an appearance in the segment. And, oh the irony – the strongest part of young Hawkins' swing, Kostis pointed out, is the weakest part of Candice's. But that's all right. While Tony is busy chasing that elusive Super Bowl for his Dallas Cowboys, his wife and son can help each other get better – and challenging him for the title of best golfer in the family.
Here's Candice's segment:
James Nicholas
James Nicholas, a high school senior, will have quite the story to tell for years to come about the time he won the 2015 NY State High School Championship.

Every shot counts. And, during the course of a tournament, one of those shots likely stands out above the rest.

James Nicholas can attest to that.

Nicholas won the New York State High School Championship by a single shot on Monday.

The victory for the Scarsdale High senior may not have been were it not for an incredible shot Nicholas pulled out of the bag in the tournament's opening round.

Playing the 17th hole at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Sunday, Nicholas found himself in the pond to the left of the green.

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According to, he proceeded to remove his shoes and enter the pond to play the shot even though half of the ball was submerged. What happened next was a near miracle:


How about that? Unfortunately, Nicholas didn't convert the putt, but he most likely saved himself a stroke by playing from the water instead of going to the drop zone 125 yards back.

Well done.

It reminded me of this shot that Bill Haas hit on the 17th hole of the 2011 Tour Championship in a playoff against Hunter Mahan on his way to winning the tournament and the FedExCup:


According to, Nicholas will play football and golf at Yale.

h/t Golf Digest

June 2, 2015 - 11:31am
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T.J. Auclair
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Nike Golf

Over the last couple of years on the PGA Tour, Keegan Bradley has been making a fashion statement with his custom Air Jordan golf shoes.

Bradley is a regular golf buddy of NBA legend Michael Jordan when the two are home in South Florida.

If you were jealous of Bradley's on-course Air Jordan shoes, well you don't have to be anymore.

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Nike announced on Monday that, "as a celebration of Michael Jordan's well-known passion for golf," Jordan Brand would be releasing the Jordan Flight Runner Golf shoe.

Since retiring from basketball, Jordan has fueled his competitive drive on the golf course, inspiring Jordan Brand designers to create this new performance silhouette. The limited-edition offering combines one of Jordan Brand's premium training styles, the Jordan Flight Runner 2, with Nike Golf's innovative Nike Free-inspired tooling.

"The Jordan Flight Runner Golf is the perfect combination of Jordan and Nike innovation coupled with Michael’s love for the game of golf," said Larry Miller, President, Jordan Brand. "This is the same formula that helped us create some of the most iconic shoes over the past thirty years and we are excited to bring Jordan Brand energy to the golf course."

The Jordan Flight Runner Golf will be available this month in a black and grey colorway, exclusively on

Seldom seen and spoken less, the S-H-A-N-K is the scariest shot in golf. A low missile screaming to the right of the target, the dreaded hosel rocket is ugly, unpredictable, inexplicable and known to infect even the best golfers in the world. Just last month, veteran tour player Brian Henninger was playing a fine round in frigid conditions on the opening day of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Then he reached the par-3 seventh and shanked his tee shot into the water, leaving NBC Sports commentator Gary Koch no choice but to utter the forbidden word.
However, Henninger is hardly the first professional to send an iron shot sideways with thousands watching. 
U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson frequently hits shanks, including on the eighth tee at Medinah Country Club during his singles match in the 2012 Ryder Cup.  Jack Nicklaus was defending champion in the 1964 Masters, yet on the par-3 12th he shanked his tee shot over the heads of Augusta National co-founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Going back to the days of the mashie niblick, J.H. Taylor won five Open Championships between 1894 and 1913 but still caught an occasional case of the shanks.  
Also known as “socketing,” the first written reference to a shank occurred in 1910, according to United States Golf Association historian Victoria Student, in the USGA Archives. It became part of the lexicon during the 1920s and 1930s, frequently appearing in the popular golf publications of that era, such as American Golfer and Golf Illustrated. Those reports range from educational to instructional to humorous, such as the tale from a practice round at the 1926 U.S. Open at Scioto Country Club in Ohio, where long-hitting Charles Hall of Birmingham, Ala., shanked a shot into a caddie’s mouth, injuring “only the boy’s dignity,” according to Golf Illustrated.
Over the years, we've been introduced to “Shankapotamus,” “Shank you very little” and other lighthearted terms and phrases to cast humor on a terrifying result. But it’s the unpredictability that makes the shot so befuddling and detrimental to a golfer’s confidence, as Anders Mattson, director of instruction at Saratoga National Golf Club in New York, explains.
“You could be going along just fine, hitting fairways, hitting greens, then suddenly a ball goes 45 degrees to the right and without notice, you suddenly feel like a 30 handicapper,” said Mattson, the 2014 and 2015 NENY PGA Section Teacher of the Year. “And, what’s worse is that you might believe you are a 30 handicapper!”
Many golfers misinterpret what causes a shank, Mattson said. Initial feedback leads them to believe the clubface was open when they hit the shot, but but Mattson challenges anyone to head to a driving range and intentionally try to shank a shot with an open clubface. 
“It’s nearly impossible and takes a great deal of hand-eye coordination to actually hit the ball poorly,” he said. 
Overanalyzing what produced the shot can actually do more harm than good. 
“So instead of swing adjustments, plane adjustments, clubface adjustments or path adjustments, we simply need to identify why the player missed the club face and hit the ball too close to the heel,” Mattson said.
Exposing the heel of the club to the ball too often can be the result of any number of swing or setup deficiencies. It’s common for a golfer to pull the next shot after a shank. But forgetting the shot – even laughing it off – and not allowing it to sidetrack a round or ruin your day is the best policy. 
“Try your best to accept the shot when it happens and treat it as an anomaly,” Mattson said.  “If the shot persists, you may have a pattern that causes you to hit the heel of the club too often, so make sure to check in with your golf coach and come up with a plan to help hit the ball in the middle of the clubface more often.”