June 3, 2015 - 8:47am
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T.J. Auclair
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I'll never understand what people are thinking when they allow another person to hit a golf ball teed up in their mouth -- especially when the person hitting said shot is a toddler.

Quick question: Would you let someone -- anyone -- hit a golf ball, sitting on a tee that was lodged into your teeth instead of the ground?

For me, the answer is quite simple... it's a resounding no. I don't care if it was Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods in his prime, whatever. Nobody is putting a tee in my mouth and taking a lash with a driver to hit the ball off it.

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Fortunately for people like me, not everyone feels the same way. And that leads to videos that pop up on the internet. Like this one, where a father trusted his roughly, what, 2-year-old, to pull off such a shot?

What could go wrong?

Chunk City.

OK, so it wasn't all that bad. At least the kid was using plastic clubs.

It reminded me of this scene from the show "Feherty" where David Feherty, much to the chagrin of his camera crew, allowed no less than John Daly to smash one off a tee placed in Feherty's mouth.

Remember this?

If Daly had done what the little kid did, the results could have been devastating.

So, please, heed this public service announcement, folks -- don't ever let a person hit a golf ball out of your mouth.  

Toddler attempts to hit golf shot out of dad's mouth
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CBS Sports analyst Peter Kostis liked Candice Romo's set-up, but had some advice for her downswing.
 
Not too many years ago, Tony Romo spent his summers playing in charity golf events and even trying to qualify for the U.S. Open. He's not playing so much high-profile golf these days, but it's clear that the game is still very much a part of the Romo family.
 
During last weekend's telecast of the AT&T Byron Nelson, Romo's wife Candice was featured in CBS Sports' "Help Me Kostis" segment. And as analyst Peter Kostis noted, Candice has a pretty good swing of her own – which is no surprise, seeing as how she's always been athletic.
 
 
The Romos' oldest son, 3-year-old Hawkins, also makes an appearance in the segment. And, oh the irony – the strongest part of young Hawkins' swing, Kostis pointed out, is the weakest part of Candice's. But that's all right. While Tony is busy chasing that elusive Super Bowl for his Dallas Cowboys, his wife and son can help each other get better – and challenging him for the title of best golfer in the family.
 
Here's Candice's segment:
 
 
Tony Romo's wife Candice shows off her golf swing during Byron Nelson telecast
James Nicholas
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James Nicholas, a high school senior, will have quite the story to tell for years to come about the time he won the 2015 NY State High School Championship.

Every shot counts. And, during the course of a tournament, one of those shots likely stands out above the rest.

James Nicholas can attest to that.

Nicholas won the New York State High School Championship by a single shot on Monday.

The victory for the Scarsdale High senior may not have been were it not for an incredible shot Nicholas pulled out of the bag in the tournament's opening round.

Playing the 17th hole at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Sunday, Nicholas found himself in the pond to the left of the green.

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According to GolfDigest.com, he proceeded to remove his shoes and enter the pond to play the shot even though half of the ball was submerged. What happened next was a near miracle:

 

How about that? Unfortunately, Nicholas didn't convert the putt, but he most likely saved himself a stroke by playing from the water instead of going to the drop zone 125 yards back.

Well done.

It reminded me of this shot that Bill Haas hit on the 17th hole of the 2011 Tour Championship in a playoff against Hunter Mahan on his way to winning the tournament and the FedExCup:

 

According to lohud.com, Nicholas will play football and golf at Yale.

h/t Golf Digest

N.Y. high school golfer channels Bill Haas, wins state title
June 2, 2015 - 11:31am
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Nike Golf

Over the last couple of years on the PGA Tour, Keegan Bradley has been making a fashion statement with his custom Air Jordan golf shoes.

Bradley is a regular golf buddy of NBA legend Michael Jordan when the two are home in South Florida.

If you were jealous of Bradley's on-course Air Jordan shoes, well you don't have to be anymore.

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Nike announced on Monday that, "as a celebration of Michael Jordan's well-known passion for golf," Jordan Brand would be releasing the Jordan Flight Runner Golf shoe.

Since retiring from basketball, Jordan has fueled his competitive drive on the golf course, inspiring Jordan Brand designers to create this new performance silhouette. The limited-edition offering combines one of Jordan Brand's premium training styles, the Jordan Flight Runner 2, with Nike Golf's innovative Nike Free-inspired tooling.

"The Jordan Flight Runner Golf is the perfect combination of Jordan and Nike innovation coupled with Michael’s love for the game of golf," said Larry Miller, President, Jordan Brand. "This is the same formula that helped us create some of the most iconic shoes over the past thirty years and we are excited to bring Jordan Brand energy to the golf course."

The Jordan Flight Runner Golf will be available this month in a black and grey colorway, exclusively on Jordan.com.

Check out the new Jordan Flight Runner Golf shoe
June 2, 2015 - 10:52am
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With FootGolf becoming more and more popular, it seems it was only a matter of time before it also hit a mini golf course near you.

By now, you've surely heard of FootGolf.

Well, it turns out that "Mini FootGolf" might just be a thing too.

Check out this video from the folks at Skratch TV:

 

The video was posted to YouTube on May 28 by Adalberto "Borgetti" Lopez.

Impressive stuff, but I think I'd rather stick to the putter.

'Mini' FootGolf specialist shows off skills
June 2, 2015 - 8:33am
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Chris Kirk
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It takes a lot of something to stand a few feet in front of Chris Kirk attempting to hit a backwards flop shot. But, Chad Coleman did just that and got this awesome snap.

Chad Coleman is the Social Media Manager for Callaway Golf (a fantastic follow on Twitter too, @HashtagChad). In his role, Coleman is often tasked with coming up with ideas for incredibly cool things.

From the vantage point of what you, the reader, are about to see, this has to be one of the coolest.

For Coleman, you would think it was more petrifying than anything else.

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In the video below -- a Callaway ad shoot in Columbus, Ohio, site of this week's Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour -- recent Colonial winner Chris Kirk hits a backwards flop-shot.

What separates this particular video from others, however, is the fact that Coleman is just a few feet in front of Kirk, kneeling down with a camera above his head to capture the shot.

So was Coleman shaking in his sneakers? I mean what if Kirk thinned it? From that close, Coleman would likely be suffering serious consequences.

"To be perfectly honest, I wasn't really nervous at all," he told me. "This guy is so good that the chances of him hitting it thin are slim to none. I was more thinking about what an awesome photo I was going to get from it!"

And an awesome photo it was, as you can see at the top of this page.

Here's the video of the remarkable shot: 

 

Here's a video of me filming Chris Kirk hitting a backwards shot today at our ad shoot in Columbus. HOW?!?!

Posted by Chad Coleman on Monday, June 1, 2015

 

Incredible photo (and clip) of Kirk's backwards flop shot