Golf Buzz

May 31, 2015 - 8:36am
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Zac Efron
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Zac Efron nearly pulled off the famous Tiger Woods golf ball juggling trick.

Actor/singer Zac Efron obviously has some free time on his hands, as evidenced by a video he posted to his Twitter feed over the weekend. Watch as he shows off his golf ball juggling skills, ala Tiger Woods:



Not bad, although he missed the show-stopping finale, where Tiger hits the ball straight down the fairway. Still, a pretty good effort.

Efron, known for his starring role in the Disney Channel's High School Musical, is known to carry his clubs around -- just in case he gets a break from shooting.

How much does Efron love golf? According to a 2013 story written by Golf Digest, Efron spent his 26th birthday at the Callaway Golf Center in Carlsbad, Calif. Here's video proof:




May 31, 2015 - 8:15am
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Danica Patrick
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Danica Patrick watches her putt roll toward the hole in a recent charity outing.

Well-known race car driver Danica Patrick admits she's not ready for the LPGA Tour, but after making a long putt in a recent charity event, she definitely knows how to take a victory lap.




What's really funny is that she made her trip around the practice green counter-clockwise. Once an oval driver, always an oval driver.

Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. likes golf, so Patrick began to play more, as evidenced by some of her golf-related tweets:




And she came very close to recording her first ace a year ago:




Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth prepares to hit his tee shot at the 17th hole Saturday.

The big crowd following hometown boy Jordan Spieth all day Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson hadn't had much to cheer for all day, until this shot at the par-3 17th:



It almost goes in on the fly. As the commentators said, Spieth was somewhat unlucky to have the ball spin so far from the hole. And to top things off, he missed the short putt and had to settle for par.

Spieth looked to be in perfect position to make a third-round charge, but never put together a string of birdies. He birdied the sixth, only to give that stroke back two holes later. He made a pair of birdies on the back side, including hole at the 16th after bogeying the 15th. That added up to a 68 on a course playing par-69, leaving him six shots behind leader Steven Bowditch.

Andrew Loupe
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Andrew Loupe prepares to strike his putt on the 16th hole Saturday at TPC Four Seasons.

It's always good to be on the green, putting for eagle. But Andrew Loupe found himself 55 feet from the par-5 16th hole Saturday during third-round action at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Loupe could have nestled one close and walked away with an easy birdie, but why settle for a 4 when you can putt like this? 




If that was 55 feet away from the hole, Loupe's ball saw almost the entire length of it before finding the bottom of the cup.

Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5
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The Big Bertha 1.5 Mini is smaller than a driver but larger than a fairway wood, and designed for players of all swing speeds.
The latest addition to Callaway's expansive Big Bertha family is the Mini 1.5 driver, which is now available at retail.
As its name suggests, the Mini 1.5 is smaller than a standard driver but bigger than a typical fairway wood. Specifically, its head is 235cc, making it about half the volume of a standard 460cc driver head but 35 percent larger than Callaway's XR fairway wood.
Callaway bills the Mini 1.5 as a new type of weapon off the tee for players of all swing speeds. Its size and construction make it capable of generating more ball speed than typical 3-woods, while also making it more forgiving than than many drivers.
The club contains Callaway's Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup and a Forged Composite crown, both of which are bedrock features in Callaway's best drivers. The crown is strong and lightweight, and allows Callaway to move extra weight to the clubhead's perimeter for more stability and forgiveness. The Face Cup, meanwhile, flexes more than other clubfaces, especially on shots hit low on the face, and boosts ball speeds over a larger area of the face.
It also has a cambered Warbird Sole to make it easy to hit off the turf as well as off the tee, as well as a shaft that is 44 inches long – two inches shorter than a standard driver shaft. And it features an OptiFit Hosel that lets golfers choose from eight different combinations for their loft and lie angle configurations.
The Bertha Mini 1.5 is available in 12- and 14-degree lofts, and carries a suggested retail price of $299.99 per club. Here's a video from Callaway about the club:
Hunter Mahan
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If Hunter Mahan ever needs a mental-game coach, he probably could turn to young Celeste Rivera.
Hunter Mahan played in the pro-am at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Wednesday, and on the 17th hole, he met up with a junior caddie named Celeste Rivera. Mahan autographed a golf ball for her, and she immediately wrote him a letter of thanks.
She also shared some words of wisdom with him.
"I have some advice on how to calm down and stay focused on the golf course," she wrote in her letter, which Mahan shared on Instagram. "First, is by taking deep breaths. Try blocking out all the cameras and people and just do your own thing."
That is some very good advice – and it shows how mature and aware Celeste is. 
The young lady concludes her hand-written letter by thanking Mahan for playing in the pro-am, and wishing him well in the tournament. Very nice.
You can see the letter below. And if you're wondering, the Momentous Institute is a Dallas-based service organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk kids. It is one of the charities that the AT&T Byron Nelson supports and, judging by Celeste's letter, its efforts are paying off.