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April 2, 2013 - 12:30pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Bubba Watson
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Did you ever think you'd see a hovercraft golf cart? Now you have.

 

Well, there's nothing I can write here in this space that would do justice to the video.
 
 
 
I want one.
 
While we do have some "day after April Fools" skepticism, it seems like this could actually be real.. we think.
 
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April 1, 2013 - 10:39pm
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John Holmes
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D.A. Points at the Shell Houston Open
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D.A. Points' victory in Houston came with what can only be described as a mixed bag of equipment.

If you're a major golf equipment company, the Shell Houston Open surely left you with mixed feelings.

D.A. Points waited out a long rain delay Sunday afternoon, then grinded out a one-shot victory that also earned him a spot in the Masters. In his bag was a mix of clubs from TaylorMade and Ping – but most of those clubs were several years old.

Anyone who watched the tournament on TV heard the story of how Points borrowed an old Ping Anser putter from his mother. That putter, Points said, has been in his garage since about 2005. And that's just the beginning of the story of his equipment mix.

--His driver is a TaylorMade R11S. TaylorMade still lists it as a current model, though the R1 and RBZ models are newer. And if you go to the TaylorMade site, you can buy the R11S for $100 off and the R11S TP model for $200 off.

--His 3-wood is a TaylorMade Burner, which was popular four or five years ago but is now out of production. The current model is the Burner SuperFast 2.0.

--One hybrid is a TaylorMade Rescue 11, which is a 2011 model.

--Another hybrid is a Ping G10, which has been discontinued.

--His iron set consists of Ping i5 clubs, which are also out of production.

--His wedges are Ping Tour models with Gorge grooves, which are brand new.

A couple of observations:

--First, good for Points for sticking with clubs he likes and trusts.

--Second, TaylorMade and Ping might not get a lot of marketing mileage out of Points' victory with all those older clubs. On the flip side, Points proved that these clubs, though most are several years old, are still darn good.

We all get bombarded each year with marketing claims that the newest clubs are the greatest ever made – and they probably are. But that doesn't mean their predecessors are obsolete. In fact, all the big club companies have been making excellent product for years – unlike, for instance, all the major car companies.

So while there's no denying the appeal of golf's new products, everyday golfers like you and me should feel good that our couple-of-years-old sticks are still plenty good and that we shouldn't feel pressured to upgrade until we're good and ready. So if you're truly in the market for the latest and greatest, go right ahead and buy whatever your heart desires (and make sure you get a proper clubfitting from a PGA Professional to get the most out of your new gear).

But if what you have is working for you, then why mess with success?

Besides, playing his tried-and-true equipment was just one of Points' keys to success. He also worked diligently with PGA instructor Gary Gilchrist on restoring his balance and power last week, and got a special putting lesson from Lamar University golf coach Brian White.

So remember, the key to improving your game is part equipment and part instruction – and part timing.

To see a photo gallery of Points' winning clubs, click here. And to see this week’s edition of What’s in the Winners’ Bags, click here.

 

April 1, 2013 - 3:14pm
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T.J. Auclair
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EZeeGolf
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Hard as it is to believe, EZeeGolf is actually a golf product -- not an April Fools joke.

 

As you know, the internet is always littered with hard-to-believe stories... especially on certain dates (you know, today for instance -- April 1st). 
 
Anyway, I've been trying to scrounge up a great April Fools golf story for you all day and I've been coming up empty. That is until I stumbled upon this nugget, which as it turns out, is 100 percent real and enough to make anyone who plays the game shudder at the thought of a playing partner using the product.
 
GeoffShackelford.com has the brief video for a product called EZeeGolf. With an EZeeGolf club, you don't even have to swing the club to hit the ball up to 225 yards. Wait, what?
 
Shackelford wrote:
 
Thanks to the reader who sent in this non-April Fools link to a new club that pretty much does all the work for you.
 
Al Czervik would be thrilled.
 
Indeed he would. 
 
Watch the video here and you can also visit the EZeeGolf website here.
 
My question, however, is what fun would the game be with something like this?
 
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April 1, 2013 - 11:00am
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Golf Pride
Golf Pride

 

With the Masters just around the corner, many manufacturers have created special products in anticipation of the year's first major.
 
Golf Pride, makers of the, "No. 1 Grip on Tour," released the heavily Masters-themed New Decade MultiCompund Whiteout Limited Edition in January and it's getting plenty of attention now with the tournment just one week away.
 
The top of the grip is white, the bottom is green and the lettering is filled with yellow. The grip just screams, "Masters."
 
Golf Pride had this to say about the grips in a press release:
 
The grips utilize a high performance rubber designed to provide comfort and responsiveness to the lower hand, while brushed cotton cord technology (BCTTM) offers moisture management and improved traction to the upper hand. The latest members of the New Decade MultiCompound family will be available at retail beginning in February and will feature a street price of $9.49 per grip.  
 
“New Decade MutliCompound continues to be our most popular corded product, as proven by the usage on Tour by many of the top players in the world,” stated Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing manager for Eaton’s Golf Grip Division. “In 2013, the Whiteout and Black models will provide golfers with more options than ever before to customize their grip color preference with Tour proven performance.”
 
For more information on the New Decade MultiCompound collection and the entire 2013 Golf Pride product line, visit www.golfpride.com.    
 
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April 1, 2013 - 9:34am
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Andreas Harto
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Andreas Harto isn't the first golfer to lose his pants in order to play a golf shot -- he's just the latest.

 

 
Harto, playing in the final round of the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II event on Sunday in Morocco, decided to play a shot from the water.
 
Bacon explains:
 
Harto was playing the par-3 14th hole when his ball came dangerously close to the water hazard. How close? Well, he had to lose his pants to get the ball out of the trash.
 
The decision worked out, as Harto managed to make a bogey on the hole and finish tied for 15th.
 
You might remember a few years back when Sweden's Henrik Stenson did the same thing.
 
 
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March 31, 2013 - 6:17pm
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john Holmes
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Marcel Siem and Ariya Jutanugarn
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Marcel Siem and Ariya Jutanugarn celebrated their victories Sunday, after each won a major tour event in Agadir, Morocco, on the same day.

This week just past was one of the most unique of the entire golf season. The reason: Two big-time pro golf tours played an event at the same time in the same city.

The setting was exotic Agadir, Morocco. The European Tour staged its Hassan II Trophy at Golf du Palais Royal, while the Ladies European Tour put on its Lalla Meryem Cup at nearby Golf de'l Ocean. It happened because both were sponsored by Morocco's Hassan II Golf Trophy Association.

Neither event got much coverage here in the United States, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is just brilliant. The only thing, in my view, that could make it better would be to play both events at the same facility – and I would love to see the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour try this once, just to see how it would work.

To succeed, you'd need a big, brawny complex with two championship courses and enough room to hold all the off-course accoutrements – hospitality areas, merchandise tents, and so on. There are several possibilities that immediately come to mind.

Oakland Hills in suburban Detroit has a history of hosting some of golf's biggest events, but as a private facility its members might not want to take on the challenge. Big resorts like Pinehurst or Doral also would be excellent possibilities. 

My choice, however, would be Cog Hill. It has plenty of great courses, is one of America's top public facilities, and has hosted many big events. Plus, Chicago is underserved for big-time golf these days as the BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open) is now rotating among several host venues. 

The big question, to me, is whether a two-fer week would be a benefit or a disadvantage for the LPGA Tour. My hope is that it would be a plus, allowing the ladies to soak up some of the spotlight that shines so brightly on their male counterparts. The potential downside, of course, is that so much attention is focused on the men that the women would kind of get lost – I mean, what would it look like if 80 percent of the gallery was following the men and only a handful of people were following the women?

What I'd really like to see is a pair of limited-field events played at the same time on the same course – say, 60 men and 60 women, playing in alternating groups (men from the back tees obviously, women from forward tees so that the course is more to their usual 6,500 to 6,900 yards or so. I suspect the male players wouldn't like it, but the potential to expose the LPGA Tour to a bigger audience would, to me, make it worth any hassle there might be.

My biggest concern, and I say this with all due respect, is whether the LPGA Tour players could handle PGA Tour-speed greens. I have no stats to back this up, only my observations over the years, but I feel like I almost never see LPGA Tour players drain putts like the top PGA Tour players so often do. So I'd have a little trepidation sending the women out there to tackle the greens at Cog Hill or Doral when they're ramped up to PGA Tour speed.

But what a great experiment it would be, and how much fun would it be to see just one time.