Our friends at Sports Illustrated have just issued their second annual Twitter 100, in which they polled their staffers who are hard-core Twitter users. The question: Which feeds do they consider essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world. They received hundreds of worthy suggestions, but eventually whittled down the list to their top 100.
Here is their take on the six golfers who made the cut (listed in alphabetical order):
Paul Azinger: https://twitter.com/PaulAzinger
The 12-time PGA Tour winner isn't afraid to tweet what's on his mind in golf and beyond.
Sample tweet: "Name all things you CAN'T do while texting. Obviously driving a car's not one of them. #Epidemic"
Bob Estes: https://twitter.com/BobEstesPGA
The four-time PGA Tour winner has a great sense of humor, and responds often to followers.
Sample tweet: "What a difference a week makes--firm fairways & greens last week, soft fairways & greens this week. As usual, one good rain was all it took."
Christina Kim: https://twitter.com/TheChristinaKim
Funny, honest commentary through the eyes of a professional golfer.
Sample tweet: "Hopefully my putts will allez au chateau demain. That's Franglish to you all. I think."
Paige Mackenzie: https://twitter.com/Paige_Mackenzie
Mackenzie provides great tweets about her life on the LPGA Tour.
Sample tweet: "Overheard: 'I'm single. I call it playing the field, you might call it trying to find prostitutes.' #ToEachHisOwn."
Graeme McDowell: https://twitter.com/Graeme_McDowell
A devoted tweeter who interacts often with his 380,000+ followers.
Sample tweet: "How come you scrub your teeth like never before and dig out the floss, right before heading to dentist for cleaning/check-up?!#factsoflife."
Bubba Watson: https://twitter.com/bubbawatson
The self-deprecating Masters champion shares great behind-the-scenes stories from the Tour.
Sample tweet: "Missed the cut, the last 2 days was the worst I have played all year! Got to keep practicing & learn from this! #GolfIsHard."
Can’t disagree with any of the six on the list. Azinger is quite compelling, though his forays into politics seem to turn off as many fans as they turn on. Estes is as thoughtful as he is underrated, while McDowell and Watson can be counted on to always brighten your day.
Kim, for some reason, attracts a ridiculous amount of haters, and I admire her for staying true to herself -- and for staying on Twitter -- despite all the unwarranted criticism she receives. Mackenzie is very smart, and I mean this as no knock against her but there are several other quite interesting female players on Twitter who also deserve many more followers. In fact, I find it quite enlightening to follow the women players as a group and get their take on life on tour – or trying to make it on tour – when many of them aren’t really making a decent living off their winnings.
PGA.com, of course is quite active on Twitter – we have about 73,000 followers right now, and you can follow us at https://twitter.com/PGA_com
We also have created several lists of interesting groups of people on Twitter that you can follow. Our list of Tour Players includes players on all the recognized tours plus prominent amateurs. Our list of Equipment Companies features all the major equipment and apparel makers, as well as some of the most entertaining personalities within some of those companies. Our list of PGA Members focuses exclusively on PGA Professionals.
We also have lists of people in the Golf Media and Golf Organizations such as the USGA and Met Golf Association. We regularly update all these lists, and they’re a great way to see what’s going on at any given time in a specific slice of the industry.
And, of course, we have a rollicking presence on Facebook, where we talk about all kinds of things and often poll our friends and use their answers in PGA.com features such as “A Quick Nine.” We encourage you to join us on Facebook and get in on the fun.
No one spends more time out on the golf course – teaching, working, and sometimes even playing – than PGA Professionals. So it’s no surprise to hear that PGA Professionals are involved in creating one of the most innovative new lines of shoes in golf.
GoBe Golf, a boutique footwear company based in Austin, Minn., was founded for the sole purpose of making the best shoes for playing golf. The shoes – there are both men’s and women’s lines -- are built from the ground up using innovative materials derived from advanced footwear technology to provide better traction, comfort and support for golfers, both on the course and off.
The most striking feature of GoBe’s shoes is their patent-pending Talon tread sole design, which uses a molded five-point star traction pattern to provide grip throughout the swing. The points of the stars grip the grass, creating superior traction without damaging the turf. The stars are strategically spaced to keep dirt and debris from building up, and the sole's non-slip stripes complement the star treads to stabilize the golfer during the powerful motion of the swing.
"The technology behind GoBe's five-point star tread elevates the golf shoe so it is a part of a golfer's performance equipment," said GoBe Golf President Joe Allen. "The stars are a terrific breakthrough in tread design because the five points on the stars can really grip the grass without creating the pressure points traditional cleats cause, which tire feet.
"The traction stripes are placed right where your feet need the most support during the swing to keep from sliding; it's added insurance against slippage," he explained. "The confidence you get from those traction points will make a big difference in the power of your swing."
The shoes – there are three men’s models and two women’s models – feature a PurTEC upper that is designed to be roughly 20 times more water resistant than treated leather. It breathes, keeps its color and shape, resists stains and is extremely durable in hot or wet conditions.
Inside the shoes is a GoBe Dry liner that has a patent-pending interior moisture management system with drainage channels, aeration holes at flex points and notches above the toe area to drain perspiration away from feet. The moisture-wicking fiber lining also aerates, and has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to keep feet cool, dry and fresh. And to extend the life of their shoes, customers can order an additional pair of shoe liners at no charge.
The men’s shoes carry a suggested retail of $159 and the women’s shoes carry a suggested retail of $139. They come with a two-year warranty and will be sold only through high-end resorts, golf course pro shops, and online at www.gobegolf.com.
There are a lot of cool products in golf, but one of the coolest we’ve seen this year is the GEN4 collection of AeroLite X bags from Mizuno Golf.
These bags are aimed at the younger, more fashion aggressive player looking to stand out on the course. They accomplish this by featuring a series of limited-run graphics printed on the bags, keeping the bags for sale for only six months, and never repeating a design.
"Golf has changed so much in the last decade,” said Aerolite designer Clint Vosloo. "People are less conservative and more likely to express another side of themselves on the course."
Available now is the fifth cycle of the Aerolite X line, featuring four designs: Koi, Orochi, Script and Reaction.
The Aerolite bags weigh in at four pounds, and contain Mizuno’s Kabuki Organizer Top Cuff, a seven-way divider with ‘Divide and Slide Technology’ that uses the natural weight of the clubheads to separate clubs for easy and quick access during play.
A lightweight, pre-curved AeroStrap dual shoulder harness features triple padding for enhanced carry comfort, and the Airmesh Hip Pad allows free flow of air, providing a comfortable carry with reduced perspiration build-up. The bags also have a lightweight, flexible handle with soft-touch tubing, as well as a waterproof rainhood that takes up less pocket space than many other hoods. They retail for $159.99.
"We had a mixed reaction to the first wave of these designs -- from love to pure horror," said Vosloo. "But they are pretty established now, and we get asked when the next set are coming out.
"The more extreme the designs, the more people seem to like them," he added. "I can't wait to see the Koi Carp out on the course somewhere."
fFr more on the Aerolite X bags, visit www.mizunogolf.com.
Todd Anderson is the PGA Director of Instruction at Sea Island Golf Club and renowned as one of the top golf instructors in the world. He was the 2010 PGA National Teacher of the Year and has a number of students playing at the highest levels including 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team member Brandt Snedeker and U.S. team captain Davis Love III.
Even more, he's a great and respected friend to many - has been to me and virtually everyone he's met and interacted with.
But most of all, he's a tremendous father. And that's the reason - and the anguish - for this posting.
Todd's 19-year old son Tucker, a student at the University of West Florida where he was attending on a golf scholarship, was in a serious car accident a little over a week ago. Until we knew a little more about his condition and/or prognosis, I really didn't want to publicize it more than the family was comfortable with. Updates are now coming, mainly through Todd's Twitter account. and through Tucker's CaringBridge site.
Many in the golf world have reached out to offer their support and the Anderson family is grateful and touched by the overwhelming response. This post is to share the difficult news with those that may know Todd and his family but haven't yet heard of the accident, to encourage you to share your best wishes and thoughts with Todd on his Twitter account, the CaringBridge page or through his website; or simply to offer support and prayers in any way you can.
Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the Anderson family. Get well Tucker, we'll hold a spot for you on the first tee.