August 2011

First look at Ping I20′s?

by Derek on August 16, 2011

in Equipment

Ping I20 patent shot

Eagle-eyed David over at Golf-Patents.com spotted a new design patent issued to Ping today.  It was filed 2 months after the design patent for the G20′s and based on the look of the club, it could definitely be the upcoming I20′s.  Also, it happens to look quite a bit like the grainy TV screenshot of an I20 club posted over on Golfwrx a couple of weeks ago.

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Congrats to Keegan Bradley.  He single-handedly brought about the Golfpocalypse by winning a major championship with a belly putter.  What’s that sound?  I think it’s Alan Shipnuck and Steve Elling having heart attacks.

Seriously though, I have no problems with long putters.  And I think that given Kegan’s dramatic victory yesterday and Adam Scott’s use of a long putter this season leading up to his win last week at the WGC, we may be seeing more and more long/belly putters on greens across America.

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Tigerbomb Guy

Well done Tigerbomb Guy.  Well done.

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Musicians tend to have a lot of down time when they’re on tour.  They basically work evenings and maybe have to show up in the late afternoon for a sound check.  So many of them turn end up spending their days on tour at the golf course.

Charles Kelley, the lead singer of Lady Antebellum, is no exception to the rule.  He appears to actually have some game as well.  Full video after the break.

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Review: Spotless Swing Towel

by Derek on August 12, 2011

in Equipment,Reviews

Spotless Swing Towel

The Spotless Swing Towel is a new 3-in-1 towel that provides an area to clean your hands/grips, an area to clean your clubs, and then a built-in “microbrush” fabric that keeps your grooves nice and clean on the course.

Honestly, I’ve always been a $2 towel from Walmart kind of guy, but the Spotless Swing Towel generated a surprising amount of buzz at the PGA Merchandise show.  So does it live up to the hype?  Read on to find out.

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marty jertson PGA Championship

One of the names to watch as the PGA Championship kicks off this week is Marty Jertson.  Marty who?  I’ll give you a pass on this one because you’ve probably never heard of him before unless you’re a hardcore club geek.

Jertson is actually a senior design engineer for Ping and the new G20 irons are his brainchild.  Earlier this year he finished T5 at the PGA Professional National Championship, earning a spot in the year’s final major.  Naturally Jertson will have the G20 irons, fairway woods, and driver in his bag this week.

It must be pretty rough spending all day designing and testing golf clubs and then getting an opportunity to put everything to the test in a major championship.  I know I’ll be rooting for Marty this week and I suspect that plenty of others will too.

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They play a different kind of golf in Utah:  Rifle Golf.  Founded in 2005, Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf is the only shooting range of its kind in the world.  The course consists of 9 “holes” over a 7 mile course set on 10,000 acres.  You’ll have the opportunity to take shots from 175 to 1200 yards on 30 different targets.

For only $50 (plus $35 to rent an ATV) you can test your shooting game at Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf.  And don’t piss off the cart girl… she’s probably packin’.  Full video after the break:

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Shakira, the Columbian, singer/dancer is apparently not a bad golfer.  She certainly has a much better looking swing than I was expecting to see when I saw this video.  She’s welcome to come give me one on one instruction anytime.  Full video after the break:

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Pat Perez isn’t exactly known as a calm and stoic individual on the golf course.  Sometimes he just lets his emotions get the better of him.  That’s exactly what happened on Sunday at the Reno-Tahoe Open where he blew his shot at winning and stormed off the course.  He stormed right by a young fan without a second glance.  I’d post a link to the video but the powers that be at the PGA Tour didn’t like it circulating online and yanked it from youtube.  Edit – You can view it here.

Afterwards, he realized that this wasn’t acceptable behavior for a professional golfer and owned up to it on Twitter, calling it a “dick move”.  He then asked fans to help him locate the kid so he could make up for his behavior.  Hopefully somebody out there knows who this kid is and Perez will get a chance to make things right.

Everybody makes mistakes, but owning up to them and trying to fix things says a lot about a person’s character.

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Oh yeah I almost forgot… eventually the media types did get around to talking to Adam Scott on Sunday.  I mean all he did was walk around the course and hit all the shots.  It’s not like he had to carry a bag or wear a caddie bib or anything.  You can check out his interview after the jump.

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