January 7, 2015 - 9:11am
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Bryan Brothers
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This might be the most impressive chip trick shot we've ever seen.

The golf trick-shot duo known as the "Bryan Brothers" wowed us throughout 2014 with their magic. We expect that Bryans -- Wesley and George -- will continue that momentum into the new year.

Over the past few days, the duo has been using their Facebook page to count down their top-5 Instagram videos from 2014.

RELATED: Meet the Bryan Brothers | Trick shot with live alligator | Compilation

We didn't think it was possible that we had missed one of their mind-blowing shots, but after seeing the entry for No. 4 last night, we realized quickly that there was an oversight. 

With that, you really need to see this slam-dunk trick:

 

This is our concrete dunk shot!! TAG somebody you want to play golf with this weekend! #dunked #golf #trickshots

A video posted by Bryan Bros Golf (@bryanbrosgolf) on

And, to see all five tricks on the countdown, see the video below: 

Bryan Brothers top-5 trick-shot countdown
Scott Stallings at the Kapalua Resort
Scott Stallings via Instagram
Time flies when you're having fun, if you're Scott Stallings at Kapalua.
Scott Stallings is out in Hawaii this week for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and, naturally, he's been getting in some practice. On Tuesday, he spent the afternoon out on the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort – and captured his round on camera.
 
He then posted the video on social media. But, knowing that few of us have four hours to dedicate to watching it, he sped it up a bit. Well, make that a lot.
 
 
No, in fact, he cranked it up to Warp Speed. It looks like one of those old Benny Hill skits on steroids. I don't know if there's anything to be learned about Stallings' golf game, or Kapalua for that matter, but it's mesmerizing to watch. And hey, it's not like it'll cost you a lot of time to check it out.
 
 

My afternoon in Maui!

A video posted by scottstallings (@scottstallings) on

 
 
 
 
Scott Stallings crams an afternoon of golf into a 20-second video
SnowMahan
John Breedlove via Twitter
We're not sure how well "Hunter SnowMahan" plays golf, but we bet he's great at the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Seeing as how there's snow over a good part of the northern hemisphere these days, no doubt many of you have ventured out and built a snowman. What you haven't done, however, is build an homage to your favorite golfer out of the white stuff.
 
Over in Germany, a sergeant in the U.S. Army named John Breedlove took to Twitter the other day to show us the "SnowMahan" his six-year-old daughter assembled in honor of PGA Tour player Hunter Mahan. No mere snowman, this backyard creation boasts a Ping cap and a Ping Eye 2 7-wood.
 
 
In his Twitter bio, Breedlove describes himself as the "world's okayest golfer," but clearly his love of the sport has rubbed off on his daughter. No doubt they'll be rooting Mahan on as he begins his 2015 campaign this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii – where he'll be trying to keep a dreaded snowman off his card.
 
 
Little girl's "SnowMahan" puts your snowman to shame
Value Guide
What are these wedges worth? Check their value with the PGA.com Value Guide research tool.

Have some golf clubs lying around that you'd like to trade in for cash or credit towards the purchase of new golf equipment from a local PGA Professional-staffed golf shop or golf retailer? It's as easy as 1-2-3 with the PGA.com Value Guide.

1. Find the trade-in value for all of your clubs

First, go to the PGA.com Value Guide site and choose the "Trade-In" tab. You should see a screen like this:

You can look up the trade-in value on virtually any golf club made in the past 10 years. And because the PGA.com Value Guide is the national standard for golf club values, you'll know you're getting the fair market value.

2. Complete the quick and easy online process

Once you've decided on which clubs to trade, you can print a free FedEx Return Merchandise Authorization label, then drop your clubs off at your local FedEx Office location where they will be shipped in for payment. If your trade-ins are worth $50 or more, you will receive free shipping, and if they are worth $100 or more, you will also get a free box and packaging services. Or you can find a local PGA Trade-In Network Facility near you to bring in your clubs to trade in person.

3. Get paid and buy new equipment

You can select to be paid by either check or with a PGA credit certificate. Checks are mailed out every Friday and PGA credit certificates are e-mailed out the day your clubs are received. If you select the PGA credit certificate option, you will receive a bonus 5%-10% in value, and you can then print and redeem the credit certificate at any of over 5,000 participating PGA Trade-In Network locations nationwide towards the purchase of new golf equipment or other services. 

Just use this "Find a Pro" page to locate the PGA Trade-In Network locations nearest you:

 

Value Guide: How to trade in your old clubs
John Smoltz
Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz was a key member of the Atlanta Braves teams in the 1990s, both on the diamond and the golf course.

Baseball and golf have always seemed to go together. It seems that if a baseball player isn't on the diamond, chances are he's playing golf. 

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that there are some very good golfers in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In fact, this year's four-man class includes one of the best baseball-playing golfers in John Smoltz. Smoltz was elected as a member of the Class of 2015, along with Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio.

Smoltz, a member of the Atlanta Braves teams of the 1990s that contained a number of golfers, could arguably be the best living golfer currently in the Hall of Fame -- in fact, we list him as the best. But which other living Hall of Famers can hold their own over the span of 18 holes? Here's our list of 10 of the best recent Baseball Hall of Famers who also play golf. We've tried to organize them based on their skill level using their handicaps with the USGA, news stories and those who have been around these players. 

1. John Smoltz. Like we said before, Smoltz is our top-ranked golfer, and for good reason. Entering 2015, he carried a 1.8 handicap at Hawks Ridge Golf Course in Georgia, and some notable highlights of his golf career include him playing on the Nationwide Tour, trying to earn a spot at the U.S. Open and being a regular in celebrity pro-ams. But we're not the only ones who have been impressed with Smoltz on the golf course -- consider these words from Tiger Woods: 

"Smoltzy? Well, I had not ever played with an amateur that had ever shot the scores he shot," Woods said to the Orlando Sentinel. "He is a hell of an athlete. He can play basketball. Obviously he was an incredible pitcher. But I think just the way he is able to take that same tenacity into golf is amazing. I've gone out there with him when he's shot 69-67 in the same day … so it's pretty phenomenal."

Still need more proof? Just take a look at his swing, and decide for yourself. 

 

2. Greg Maddux. Another member of the Atlanta Braves golf teams of the 1990s, Maddux was known for being one of the smartest -- and most dominating -- pitchers in baseball. That skill has translated over to the golf course, and he now owns a 3.9 handicap at three Nevada golf courses. No, he may not be as good as his former teammate, but he's still very good in his own accord. 

 

 

3. Mike Schmidt. There must be something about playing in the National League East and playing good golf because the former Philadelphia Phillies third baseman is the third player in a row from that division on our list. Back in 2009, Golf Digest ranked him fourth on its list of athlete golfers with a handicap of plus-1.1. So why do we have him third on our list? To put it simply, we have more info on Smoltz and Maddux. But hey, at least Schmidt's main photo on his Wikipedia page is him playing golf. 

Related: Manny Ramirez's first golf swing doesn't go to plan 

4. Robin Yount. The former Milwaukee Brewers shortstop almost had a very short baseball career. Back in 1978, amidst a dispute over his position and a contract dispute, Yount threatened to quit baseball at the ripe old age of 22. And it would have been interesting to see what Yount could have done with golf as his full-time sport. At the time, he was a scratch golfer and once shot 2-over at Pebble Beach. Alas, he stuck with baseball and helped the Brewers reach their only World Series in franchise history in 1982. 

5. Tom Glavine. The third -- and final -- starting pitcher from the Braves teams of the 90s, Glavine is an exceptional golfer in his own right. The lefty has actually lowered his handicap from last year, and now sports one at 2.8 at two courses in Georgia. The only thing missing from Glavine's golf resume is to see him in some public competition, whether it's on a tour or at a celebrity event.  

6. Johnny Bench. As catcher as part of the Cincinnati Reds' 'Big Red Machine' in the 1970s, Bench is considered to be one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game. Turns out he was a pretty good golfer, too. While he no longer plays that often, at his peak he was a scratch golfer and competed in some Champions Tour events back in the early 2000s. 

Related: David Ortiz pranked by exploding ball trick

7. George Brett. A third baseman and designated hitter for 20 years with the Kansas City Royals, Brett now works in the front office with the Royals but he can still carries a strong golf game. His handicap is listed at 4.0 at both Mission Hills and Flint Hills in Missouri. As Brett told Golf.com in an interview: 

"When I'm home in Kansas City, we play Mission Hills. It's just four hours with friends, and the conversations range from investments, baseball, golf, wine, restaurants, recipes, politics, anything."

8. Ozzie Smith. 'The Wizard of Oz' as he was known as with the St. Louis Cardinals, Smith is a late arrival to the game of golf. Smith only started playing in 1996, the same year he retired from baseball. He now has a 4.3 handicap at both Fort Run and Boone Valley in Missouri, and is now trying to introduce more inner-city kids to golf. 

9. Jim Rice. As a member of the Boston Red Sox in the 1980s, Rice was known for his prodigeous power. It should be no surprise that he can also regularly drive a golf ball 300-plus yards. According to a 1979 news article in The Day, Rice hit four drives of at least 300 yards with all of them landing in the fairway. As recently as 2009, there was a story of Rice hitting 300-yard drives with his single-digit handicap. 

10. Cal Ripken Jr. Unlike the others on the list, Ripken isn't a frequent visitor to a golf course but still has a pretty solid golf game. Sean English, a PGA Professional at Caves Valley where Ripken will play during the summer, summed up Ripken's game as: 

"He is a strong man with great clubhead speed, difficulty with short game shots around the greens." 

Ripken does not have a handicap listed at the course -- having only two registered scores from 2006 -- but him and English have talked about starting golf lessons. 

Others receiving consideration: Ryne Sandberg (was about a 5-handicap, has played Augusta National and Pebble Beach), Eddie Murray (plays in charity outings, struggles with the short game), Goose Gossage (7 handicap, was nearly deadlly -- literally -- when he first started), Bert Blyleven (4 handicap in 2011), Wade Boggs (doesn't have a USGA handicap in home state of Florida, but he has said he enjoys the game and plays in a Baseball Hall of Fame event), Carlton Fisk (6 handicap in 2011). 

Ten of the best Baseball Hall of Famers on the golf course
January 6, 2015 - 2:27pm
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Bubba Watson
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The closing hole at Kapalua's Plantation Course lends itself to some awesome shots. This one from Bubba Watson -- a driver off the deck -- is among the best.

The PGA Tour resumes its 2014-15 season this week at Kapalua's Plantation Course on the impossibly beautiful Hawaiian island paradise that is Maui.

We're ecstatic that golf is back... especially those of us freezing our tails off in the Northeast right now. Sure, we'll be jealous of the beautiful pictures on our TV from Maui, but it's not bad sitting in your favorite recliner, in front of a toasty fire, sipping on your favorite adult beverage while watching some night-time coverage of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The Plantation Course boasts one of the more dramatic final holes you'll find on the PGA Tour schedule. It's a long, downhill par 5 that epitomizes "risk-reward."

That leads me to the reason for this post... a flashback to Bubba Watson's incredible eagle on the hole in the first round of the 2011 event.

After smashing his drive 348 yards, Watson was left with 305 yards to the hole.

With a downhill lie, Watson elected to go for the green in two by taking a huge risk and hitting driver off the deck.

Here was the result:

That, folks, is one of the best eagles you'll ever see.

Flashback: Bubba's driver off the deck in 2011