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Author: Todd Kolb

Early Look at the New Titleist 712 Irons

Last week we discussed the validation process of the new prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons.  No question the irons got a passing grade.  During the irons debut at the PGA Tour’s AT &T National, 19 Titleist staff players put them into play including eventual champion Nick Watney.  http://bit.ly/NickWatney.  The trend has continued this week with 24 PGA Tour players bringing them to the first tee at the John Deer Classic.  Right now they are the hottest iron on tour.  For the first time, the public is getting a look at the process and what the pros...

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New Titleist 712 Series Irons

Last week Titleist sent several boxes from their Tour Department in Carlsbad, Cal. to Arnonimink Golf Club, host of the AT & T National PGA Tour event.  Inside those boxes were prototype AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons for Titleist staff members to test out. Like most major golf companies, Titleist first sends new product to staff players on tour for feedback.  The new Titleist iron (712 series) is no different.  This validation process that each club goes through will greatly influence the final design and specifications of the product consumers will see in shops later this year. For...

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Great Time to be a Junior Golfer

Junior golfers have never had it better.  Opportunities to play, train and be around the game of golf are all over.  For those of us in our 40’s and older, we remember a time when this was not the norm for a kid growing up in middle class America.  Back in those days golf was a game only played by kids whose families had a membership to the local country club.  For the rest of us, access to a quality public golf course was much like trying to find a quality set of junior golf clubs.  Impossible! Heck, none...

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The Weather Man is Killling Golf!

Ask a group of golf course operators what has the biggest impact on the number of rounds at their facilities and you might be surprised by the answer.  Slow play, green fee costs, condition of the course?  Nope.  It’s the darn weather man! What? The weather man you say.  Yes, the weather man.  Over the last ten years the weather forecast has become the driving reason tee sheets across the nation are going empty on good golf days.  Never before have people been so scheduled with their lives.  Work, soccer games, dance recitals, business lunches. Shall I keep going? ...

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New Insight Into the Golf Swing

Did you know that your body has a natural Power Angle?  How about your Center of Force?  No?  All right, can you identify your Line of Force?  Completely lost now?  You would not be alone.  However, Dr. David Wright’s research has shown these are all valid reasons why golfers are not playing golf up to their potential. As a teacher of the game, I first consider myself a student of the game.  I am always fascinated at the different ways the game is taught, learned and discovered.  One of my life time ambitions is to spend time with the...

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My Golf Paradise

Spring is a reminder that any day with a ray of sunlight and temps north of freezing will get the golf blood flowing.  We all know the feeling of that first round where hope is eternal and the thought that this is my year has yet to be destroyed by a couple of duck hooks going O.B.  However, after 3 weeks of wind, clouds and temps in the 40’s (well ok the 30’s) one has to wonder how crazy we must really be to think the upper Midwest is anyplace for a real golfer. My favorite week of the...

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Long Putters are Like Cheating

For years Adam Scott has been a top level player on the PGA Tour.  Always known for his great ball striking, his swing is a model many weekend warriors have put up as the swing they would like to emulate.  It is somewhat of a surprise that by this point in his career there is not a major championship on his resume. This year Scott went to the long putter and has resurrected his name and the likelihood that a win in the majors is in the cards.   His recent performance during the Masters was evidence that the long...

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Tiger Creates His Own Swing Problems

When history recalls the 2011 Masters, what will be the lead story line?  The collapse of Rory McILroy, Tiger’s reemergence with his new swing or Charl Schwartzel making birdies on the last four holes to claim his first green jacket? After jumping up the leader board on Friday, it looked like Tiger was about to take charge of the tournament and let the golf world know his game was back on track.  But a sloppy third round not only questioned his comeback, it questioned if he would ever return to top form.  The honesty truth is the old Tiger...

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Even Tiger Needs Patience

Improving one’s golf game can be a long and frustrating process. One of my jobs as an instructor is to not only help people play better golf but to educate them on the entire process of improvement. I typically refer to this as the Player Development Process. For many people, this can be an eye-opening experience and might involve some thoughts they don’t care to hear. In the golf world, we have been taught – by magazines, instructional videos and television programs – that everything in our game will improve if we find the right “tip.” Nothing could be...

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Improve your Game by Picking the Right Instructor

Ask ten golf instructors who has the best swing on tour and you may well get a list of ten different players.  How about the right way to hold the club?  Same thing, a variety of answers each having its own merit.  In golf there are an endless number of different thoughts, ideas and beliefs on the best way to improve your game. Just walk the isles of a local book store and you can literally pick from hundreds of books, magazines and DVD’s each one claiming to lower scores. So how does the average player separate the hype...

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