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August 1, 2012 - 1:23pm
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John Kim
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Special Olympics PSA
Courtesy The Special Olympics
A powerful new Public Service Announcement from the Special Olympics highlights some of the benefits of golf

As the Olympics are in full swing and you're enjoying the greatest athletes go 'faster, higher, stronger' - there are other athletes who may do an even better job of defining "winning." A friend sent me this link the other day and it truly touched everyone that watched. Think you should too.

Watch the video here.

August 1, 2012 - 1:03pm
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John Holmes
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Congrats to the U.S. women's gymnastics team for bringing home the Olympic gold medal in the team competition on Tuesday. Gymnasts' athleticism is always impressive, and I am especially amazed at the things they can do on the balance beam without falling off and killing themselves, or at least breaking an ankle. The difficulty of performing all those moves on the beam really came into focus for me when someone pointed out that the beam is 4 inches across while a golf hole is 4 1/4 inches across.

So remember that the next time you’re putting – as small as the cup looks, at least you’re just trying to roll a ball into it, not execute a double-reverse cartwheel with a twist.

Golf doesn’t seem quite so hard now, does it?

 

August 1, 2012 - 12:45pm
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John Kim
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Crocs' latest golf shoe

The trend towards the "comfort shoe" in golf disturbs me just a little. And yes, I own a few pairs of the new style overwhelming the market and wear them more often than not when playing. They feel great. My concern isn't the functionality or the design. It's the shirt. Wait, what? The more casual appearance of the new shoes foretell of a time when tee shirts or tank tops may become acceptable apparel choices. Ridiculous concern? Probably. But one I have nonetheless. Nobody has desginated me the guardian of golf traditions and I like to think I'm a bit more forward thinking than the average golf guy. But the "look" of a golfer has always had an appeal - classy, refined, clean. I just hope that doesn't change as styles get a bit more avant garde.

July 31, 2012 - 8:07pm
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John Kim
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David Duval has always marched to the beat of his own drum. I've followed him since his days at Georgia Tech and have talked to him a few times. Was always pleasant enough to me. People forget he was, at one time, the number 1 ranked player in the world. And now it's come to this.

Duval falls on hard times. 

July 30, 2012 - 2:46pm
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Zach Johnson wielded his SeeMore FGP putter during his second victory of 2012 at the John Deere Classic.

This week’s edition of What’s in the Winners’ Bags is up, and you can see it here http://www.pga.com/golf-equipment/winners-bag/whats-in-winners-golf-bags-week-july-15-2012

A few quick observations:

1. After winning the Senior PGA Championship with a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Laguna 1.5 putter seven weeks ago, Roger Chapman took it out of his bag and replaced it with a Rife Aruba and then won the U.S. Senior Open. Both putters are Anser-style blades that look and feel fairly similar to each other. Just goes to show that even after by far the biggest victory of his career, Chapman – like all the rest of us – is never fully satisfied with his gear.

2. Johnson proved more loyal to his flatstick, winning both his 2012 titles with an FGP Black model from SeeMore. It’s fairly rare when one of the smaller companies wins a big tournament, so a week in which underdog puttermakers capture both of the two biggest events on U.S. soil is well worth noting.

3. Zach Johnson (John Deere Classic) and Roger Chapman (U.S. Senior Open) both won on Sunday, and both also won on May 27 (Johnson at Colonial and Chapman at the Senior PGA Championship). So each has two wins on the year, and both came on the same days.

July 30, 2012 - 2:29pm
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Kentwool
The orange socks for women (above) and men feature moisture-wicking and odor control technology, and come with a blister-free guarantee.

The color palette at Kentwool got even bolder this week with the unveiling of the company’s bright orange golf socks for men and women. The eye-popping color joins black, green, light blue, natural, pink and purple in the golf sock spectrum.

"We're part of the phenomenon of people wanting a broad range of colors to accentuate their outfits and personal style," says Kentwool President and CEO Mark Kent. "The demand became even more evident following the massive success of limited-edition, multi-colored socks we produced for Bubba Watson to wear during the Masters and U.S. Open."

Blended from fine merino wool and high-tech fibers for superior moisture management, the socks also feature WINDspun technology, which infuses the fibers with air, creating a micro-climate system that wicks moisture and provides superior odor control. It also provides enhanced cushioning at micro-stress points along the foot, says Kent, for extra comfort while reducing injury risk.

Retailing from $19.95 to $24.95 per pair, the socks are available in the ankle-length Tour and Low Profile models for both men and women and mid-calf Tour Standard for men. They are all backed by a blister-free guarantee, are made in the USA and are available in leading green grass shops nationwide and at http://www.kentwool.com.