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Author: Tom Hill

KBS Shafts: Kim Braly Signature Shafts

05/17/2016 At the upper echelons of golf, almost every equipment variable is known, measured and evaluated. Ask a touring pro about the shafts he uses in his irons and he’ll not only tell you the manufacturer and the stiffness, he’ll also know how long each shaft is, how many grams each one weighs, and what the bend profile is. Ask most recreational golfers about the shafts in their golf clubs and they’ll probably be able to tell you whether they are steel or graphite, and if the flex is Stiff or Regular.  Besides that, while the shaft is obviously...

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National Instruction Day on the Golf Channel, Martin Hall’s Thoughts

05/01/2016 Most golf lessons last 30 minutes, or 60 minutes tops. But for those who want more, Golf Channel and the PGA of America are hosting a full day of instruction from the practice tee this Wednesday, May 4. Called National Instruction Day, the lessons will feature 22 noted PGA Professionals (teaching pros, not touring pros) giving tips from six golf courses around the country. The list of lead pros is impressive, from Hank Haney and David Leadbetter to Martin Hall and Michael Breed. Each of those pros will be featured in a one-hour segment, along with a Golf...

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Factoring Slopes & Elevation Changes on the Course (VIDEO)

04/20/2016 You’re standing on the tee looking down at the par-3 green below. The distance is just right for your 6-iron, however the green, the surrounding pond and traps are all significantly below the tee box.  What do you do? First, according to PGA pro Todd Kolb, don’t get distracted. “Focus on the shot,” he says, “not the view. The green or the fairway tends to look much smaller than it really is when you’re looking downhill, so relax.  Find a specific target to aim at and don’t let yourself get distracted.” And if the straight-line distance calls for...

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Masters Ratings: Viewership Up for Jordan Spieth’s Meltdown

04/12/2016 Last year it was a celebration of the future of golf as Jordan Spieth led wire-to-wire and 17 million viewers followed along on CBS while he cruised to a record-tying victory. This year, with the defending champion again leading through three rounds and by five strokes after nine holes of the final 18, the Sunday TV audience was smaller, maybe expecting a rerun from 2015. Instead, viewers watched as Spieth demonstrated how swiftly cruel golf can be. According to initial results from The Nielsen Company, approximately 13.9 million Americans tuned in to the final half hour of the...

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Who Will Win the 2016 Silver Cup for Low Amateur at the Masters?

04/04/2016 Along with the coveted green jacket, the winner of this year’s Masters will receive about $1.8 million dollars.  Unless, of course, he also wins the Silver Cup. The Silver Cup is the prize for the low amateur who makes the cut. Each year The Masters grants invitations to the winners of five international amateur championships and the US Amateur runner-up. The group is led by current US Am champion Bryson DeChambeau who’ll have the honor of being paired with defending champion Jordan Speith for the first two rounds. If there’s a favorite for the Silver Cup, it figures...

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Tom Watson To Play His Last Masters in 2016

03/31/2016 Tom Watson has played 132 tournament rounds at Augusta National Golf Club. So far, he’s 91-over par. Yet when Watson tees it up for his 43rd and final time at the year’s first major starting Thursday, it will mark the end of a career in the Masters that stretches back to when Richard Nixon was president and George Archer was the defending champion. Watson was an amateur from Stanford University in 1970 when he missed the cut at The Masters by three strokes after shooting rounds of 77 and 76. He didn’t make the field again until he...

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Srixon Z 355 Driver Review: “Action Mass Technology”

03/23/2016 If you’re shopping for a new driver this golf season, the Srixon Z 355 is one of the new clubs worth your consideration (at a price point around $350). The Z 355 is designed with a heavier club head and a higher balance point on the shaft that Srixon says “combine to increase both distance and consistency.” The large titanium cup face construction produces an expanded sweet spot for “maximum distance and forgiveness,” even on those not quite rare enough slight miss-hits.    Here’s video of our team and Troy Klongerbo (@troy_usgolftv) taking a look at the driver...

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Quicken Loans and their Hole-In-One Sweepstakes on the PGA Tour

03/18/2016 Your buddy accidentally makes a hole-in-one with what you think is one of the luckiest shots of his golfing life and, as a witness, you’re rewarded with a cold brew after the round. A PGA Tour pro expertly carves his 7-iron tee shot 177-yards in the air, it lands on the green, takes one hop, runs into the hole for an ace and, even if you didn’t know where this week’s tournament was, you’re rewarded with a year’s worth of mortgage payments. Which scenario is likely? Realistically? Neither. But if you want a chance at winning a year’s-worth...

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PGA Tour and LPGA Tour Create a Tour Alliance: “What if we…”

03/09/2016 “What if we…?” was the brainstorming question LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem asked as they looked at the future of professional golf. The rich variety of potential answers to that open-ended question this month prompted the men’s and women’s pro tours to formalize a written agreement to work together to grow both tours, and by extension, the game of golf. The announced areas of cooperation include “schedule coordination, joint marketing programs, domestic television representation, digital media and exploring the potential development of joint events.” While the formal Tour Alliance doesn’t enumerate any...

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