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October 25, 2013 - 11:34am
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You hit a great approach shot that comes up just short, just long, or just wide of the green. No problem, you think, I'll get up and down from there and save my par.

But, as you get up to your golf ball, you notice it's not pretty. You have a lousy lie and suddenly you're hoping to just scramble for a bogey.

That doesn't have to be the case.

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Quinn Griffing demonstrates how to best get your ball out of a bad lie near the green.

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October 25, 2013 - 10:54am
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Imperial Headwear
Imperial Headwear's new building for its designers in Bourbon, Mo., will be known as The Incubator.

You've heard of a "think tank" -- a place to gather and come up with great new ideas. Well, the people at Imperial Headwear have taken that a step further with the opening of "The Incubator" at the company's corporate headquarters in Bourbon, Mo.

So, what exactly is "The Incubator?"

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"The Incubator is a brand new space we built for Imperial designers and CSR's to dedicate themselves to servicing our customers," said David Shaffer, Director of Marketing at Imperial. "We gave it this name because it's a place where we will brainstorm ideas, develop concepts and process orders. Everything Imperial does will start here."

Paramount Apparel International acquired Imperial in late 2012. The Incubator office in Bourbon, along with two nearby manufacturing plants are the new home to Imperial Headwear, which previously called Denver, Colo. home.

"This is another step in our commitment to servicing the golf industry," said Mark Rubenstein, Chairman & CEO of Paramount Apparel International. "We wanted to devote our attention and resources to making sure we take care of our customers, and the Incubator is a place for our people to do just that."

To learn more about Imperial, click here.

You can also find Imperial on Twitter, @ImperialHats, on Facebook and on Instagram.

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October 24, 2013 - 7:17pm
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Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko worked the register as part of her participation in the rollout of the new iPhones in New Zealand.

Lydia Ko turned pro earlier this week, but golf's latest child prodigy didn't race right out to the course. Instead, in typical teenage form, she stayed up past midnight last night to get a new iPhone 5S as soon as they went on sale in Auckland, New Zealand.

Ko, though, didn't have to wait in line for her new phone. Instead, she joined New Zealand Telecom to help launch the new phones. She even sold the first iPhone 5 to customer Dion Zhang, who had waited in line for much of the day to get it.

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And when she wasn't behind the register, Ko ''treated customers to an informal Q&A session on all things technology and her recent YouTube announcement on going pro,'' according to a report on, New Zealand's national broadcaster. ''She also gave a number of customers a run for their money in friendly games of interactive golf and indoor putting. ''

"The iPhone launch is always an exciting time and we were especially excited to have Lydia come along to the event and spend the evening with us,” said Telecom Retail Chief Executive Chris Quin. "She is a great ambassador for how extraordinary Kiwis are using technology to do great things, in their own way – like using social media to make a global announcement about her golfing career." 

And speaking of her big announcement about going pro, be sure you check out the amazing video she released to mark the occasion. It is a lot of fun.



October 24, 2013 - 6:39pm
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Don Padgett II and Mike Davis
Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst President and COO Don Padgett (l) and the USGA's Mike Davis will collaborate on the U.S. Open next summer, before Padgett retires next fall.

All eyes will be on the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in 2014 as the world-famous North Carolina golf facility hosts both the men's and women's U.S. Opens in back-to-back weeks next summer. That unprecedented double-header also will serve as something of a grand farewell party for Pinehurst President and COO Don Padgett II, who recently announced that he'll retire next fall.

Padgett – a longtime PGA Professional and the son of former PGA of America President Don Padgett – will be succeeded by Tom Pashley, who is currently Pinehurst's executive vice president.

In addition to his duties at Pinehurst, Padgett serves as the general chairman of both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open. After his retirement, he will remain at the resort in an emeritus capacity.

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''With the upcoming U.S. Opens and exciting plans for the growth of our membership, I felt this was the right time to begin the transition for the future leadership of Pinehurst,'' Padgett said in a statement.

Padgett was named president at Pinehurst in 2004 after a 25-year career with ClubCorp, moving to North Carolina after serving as general manager of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Pinehurst hosted the 2005 U.S. Open soon after his arrival, and he oversaw the major renovation of the famed No. 2 Course by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw that will be in the spotlight during the U.S. Open.

Among his many honors and accolades, Padgett has been inducted into both the Ohio and Indiana Golf Halls of Fame, and received the PGA's 1993 Bill Strausbaugh Award for excellence in club relations. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in marketing, and played on the PGA Tour from 1972-1974. His competitive accomplishments include the Indiana State Open Champion in 1972 and 1975; Ohio Open Champion in 1988; and Northern Ohio PGA Section Champion in 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1994. He was a member of the U.S. PGA Cup teams in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1984.


October 24, 2013 - 9:05am
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You've probably heard this before, but we'll tell you again -- you should have hybrid clubs in your golf bag.

Why? They're easy to hit from a variety of lies and also easier to control than your longer irons. In today's golf tip Laird Small, PGA Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, explains how hybrids are designed to help your game and demonstrates the proper way to hit them in several different situations.

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October 24, 2013 - 8:44am
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Bubba Watson doesn't look too sure about this whole "fish spa" thing.

Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and many other PGA Tour stars are in Malaysia this week competing in the CIMB Classic.

Early Monday morning -- early evening in Kuala Lumpur -- Fowler sent out a tweet that featured an Instagram video compilation of himself, Watson, Fowler's caddie Joe Skovron, Aaron Baddeley, Keegan Bradley and others receiving what is known as a fish spa.

Here's the video:



The reactions on the faces of those taking part are priceless. It's easy to understand why, too, once you learn exactly what a "fish spa" is (it's also one of those items you can file under "things I never thought I'd look up for").

A fish spa -- as the video sort of shows -- involves sitting around a small "pond." You put your feet in the pond while "doctor fish" -- tiny, gross looking fish that almost look like tadpoles -- feed on your skin. Yes, feed on your skin!

Basically, it's meant to clean your feet like some kind of weird pedicure.

What does this have to do with golf? Absolutely nothing, other than the fact that golfers are featured in Fowler's hilarious compilation.

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