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Anna Nordqvist
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Anna Nordqvist got a high-five after making the coolest putt we've seen this year.
 
The LPGA Tour's Yokohama Tire Classic doesn’t tee off until Thursday morning, but it looks like the shot of the week has already been struck. 
 
During her prep for the tournament on Wednesday, Anna Nordqvist faced a medium-length putt that she clearly viewed as not challenging enough. So she whacked the putt a good 20 or 30 feet past the hole and up a slope – and then watched as the ball paused near the top of the slope, then trickled all the way back down and dropped into the cup.
 
Her amazing achievement immediately brought to mind a similarly eye-popping putt that we showed you back in 2014. That one, which you can also see below or by clicking here, looks to have been a little shorter, but the slope it had to traverse covered both green and fringe. 
 
So which one is better? Check 'em both out and tell us what you think.
 
 
 
Star Wars Day
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PGA Tour player Daniel Berger can probably hit his drive out of the solar system with his light-saber driver from TaylorMade.
 
As I'm sure you are well aware, today is May 4 – "Star Wars Day" to nerds and geeks and sci-fi fans around the globe. The date, of course, was chosen because of its easy pun of "May the fourth be with you," and is being celebrated even more robustly this year in the wake of last December's release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the latest in the line of "Star Wars" movies.   
 
I don't know much about the fourth, or force, but I do know that lots of folks within the golf industry have been marking the occasion with cute social media posts all day long. Here's a collection of some of the best. Enjoy them, you will: 
 
May 4, 2016 - 11:38am
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T.J. Auclair
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National Instruction Day
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In the spirit of National Instruction Day, we asked our PGA.com Facebook friends to share the best advice they've received from a PGA Professional.

In the spirit of today being National Instruction Day, we pitched the following question to our nearly 350,000 friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation: What's the best advice you've ever received from a PGA Professional?

As is usually the case, you didn't disappoint with your wide-ranging answers, some that made us laugh and some that made us say, "hey, I should try that."

Here's a collection of our favorite answers from you. You can click here to join the conversation.

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Chuck Backer: The 10 step rule - when you hit a BAD shot - you get to walk 10 steps while swearing at yourself -- AFTER those 10 steps -- You're done being upset. Forget about it and move on to the next shot.

Richard Browne: Leave the Index Finger of the Right Hand out of your swing... Even suggested having it amputated. But that was just a suggestion not an instruction. IT WORKS.

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Conor Dondale: Open up your front foot to promote better hip movement and weight transfer.

Damien Ross: Practice everything from 100 yards and in because that's where scoring 90 percent of the time happens.

Dan Sanders: Play your game, don't play anyone else's game.

Joe Jensen: Understanding the proper grip!

Peter Rivas: Maybe try bowling.

Don Gosselin: The great Dana Quigley told me "don't be afraid to go low."

Wayne Garrison: To turn the body and just let arms drop in the downswing.

James Anisko: Keeping that right shoulder back on the downswing. Thanks Billy Ore of PGA Village, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Wayne Jury: Don't graze over each shot. Deliver the shot in less than 12 seconds.

Sam Nord: Picture your shot before addressing. Have an idea of what the flight should look like.

Timmy Harmon: Move up one set of tees.
 

April 29, 2016 - 10:43am
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T.J. Auclair
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This week we figured it would be fun to ask you, the nearly 350,000 strong in PGA.com Facebook Nation to complete the sentence: "My favorite golf shot to hit is..." Over 200 responses rolled in with a wide variety of answers.

Anyone who has ever played the game for any amount of time has their respective bread-and-butter shot -- the one they most enjoy hitting.

This week we figured it would be fun to ask you, the nearly 350,000 strong in PGA.com Facebook Nation to complete the sentence: "My favorite golf shot to hit is..."

Over 200 responses rolled in with a wide variety of answers.

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Here's a collection of our favorites:

Michael Gestes: A lag putt that somehow makes its way into the hole... kerplunk.

Dan Sanders: The long iron/hybrid second shot to a par 5. It's such a good feeling when you catch it and it goes right where you want it. That's my favorite.

Damien Ross: The best feeling is when you say you're going to hit a high, low, draw or fade with any shot and you can do it because you're confident. That's how you know you're playing good golf too.

Mark Hardin: The opened wedge flop shot where you have short-sided yourself from the hole w/ the green running away from you! That is when it works!

Bill Gibson: Holing one of those 15 footers you know you can make, for birdie or eagle. Nothing is more satisfying than finishing a hole under par and watching that putt drop.

Chris Hurt: Hitting a long drive down the middle while working it either left to right or right to left, whichever way it needs to be hit to set me up for a short approach shot!

Benjamin Lohrenz: Hole-in-one or holing out from 100+ yards is tough to beat they both feel pretty cool. I swished a full sand wedge from 120 one time that might be the coolest.

Jeff Swanson: Any... Don't take playing for granted.

Larry Campbell: A little draw wedge that spins left toward the hole.

Michael Mulcahy: The hardest shot in golf. The safe shot.

Scott Northup: One that does what you want it to... Very elusive.

Gerry Farmer: The first one of a three or four day golf trip! Lots of golf!

Nathan Shaw: Hitting a sweet Fairway Wood off the deck that lands just before the green and runs on near the hole. I remember the one time that happened.

Sean Shea: Blistering drives right down the middle.

Peter Opel: Flop shot with 60 degree lob wedge over any obstacle to the green.

Bryce Hedgecock: 80 to 100 yard wedges that check up right next to the hole.

Lou Beisel: Long putts with double breaks or elevation changes, over fast, pure greens.

John Hampton Jr: Kick-in birdie! I don't do it very often, but it felt really good.

Kyle Carey: High fade with driver cutting the corner of a dogleg.

Bradley Tucker Jr.: The approach shot! That's where your imagination comes in.

Tony West: Full-blooded driver down the middle when being waved through while they're looking for a ball in rough.

Dave Baron: Any shot where I pick out the target and hit the target!

TherealMike Traficante Sr.: The one I visualize then execute!

Tom Romano: Punch wedge from 50-100. It feels like throwing the ball.

Mat Fritz: Driver moving like I planned.

Miles Turner: Perfect dart wedge from 145 in.

Ben Lock: Flop over a bunker.