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Regrip your clubs with ease using Air - This is really Cool!

Regrip your clubs with ease using Air – This is really Cool!

Regrip your clubs with ease using Air – This is really Cool!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Playing golf with grips in good condition is important for your golf swing.

Worn grips become slick and require more significant than normal grip pressure to hold adequately. In turn, this can add tension throughout your golf swing, causing all sorts of problems.

Regrip your clubs with Air - This is really Cool!

Fresh Golf grips not only on your clubs but on your putters, too, will give them a brand new feel!

 

The average golfer should regrip their golf clubs at least once per year. Aside from the grips’ cost, most golf shops will charge around $3 per club in labor cost. With 14 clubs in the bag, that cost can quickly add up over time. However, regripping can be done relatively quickly at home with the right tools and equipment. The traditional method utilized nasty solvents that can be quite messy and cause pangs of guilt to the average tree hugger. An alternative approach uses compressed air.  Well, here, Grouchy Golf Blog tells you how to do it the easy way!  As someone who has installed many grips in my day, I have never seen this most comfortable and least messy way.  So go out and buy some new grips, a small compressor, and regrip your clubs!

Source: Grouchy Golf Blog

Pictures: Dan Perry

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4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs – #2 will help your game!

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs – #2 will help your game!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

As we get older, our distance decreases because our swing speed decreases. Less swing speed means more shaft flex is needed.

With more flex, call it ‘Senior Flex,’ the clubface moves faster throughout the swing, which results in more distance.

Seniors also should carry Hybrids in their bags. They are easier to hit than low irons and generally add more distance and consistency. They also help golfers to get out of trouble spots, like mulch, etc.

What about the Driver? Other than recommending you purchase one with more loft, I will give you an answer to all further questions by saying . . . . Get a Club Fitting with an experienced fitter. Everyone is of a different size and skill level, and your clubs need to be personally fitted to your individual swing.

Here is what Senior Golfers should look for when thinking of buying new equipment.

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

Choose a Driver with plenty of loft and a softer shaft.

Driver – Loft.

Choose a Driver with at least 11 to 12 degrees of loft.  As club head speed decreases, it is harder to get the ball in the air.

Shaft.

Depending on clubhead speed, either Senior flex or even a Ladies flex.  Don’t let your ego get in the way of hitting the ball a little further. 

Length.

Get a driver an inch longer – this will also add some clubhead speed, and you won’t lose much accuracy.

 

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

Replace your long irons with hybrids

2. Hybrids.

Hybrids have replaced long irons, and even PGA Tour players now have at least one hybrid in the bag.  For seniors, replace your 3,4 and 5 irons with hybrids. They will help not only on the fairway but because the shaft is slightly longer, you will generate more clubhead speed and get the ball out of the rough easier.

3. Irons.

Get graphite shafts in your irons.  The weight saved by using graphite allows for an overall lighter club, which will be easier to hit for seniors.

 

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

Have 4 wedges in your bag for a more versatile short game.

4. Wedges.

Get 4 wedges.  A lob wedge (or 60 degree), a sand wedge (or 56 degree), a gap wedge (or 52 degree), and a pitching wedge.  These are your scoring clubs.  Take a few lessons with a good teaching professional who can show you how to lower your scores by efficiently using these clubs around the green.

With so many putters to choose from, take your time and make sure you choose the right one!

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs – #2 will help your game!

5. Putter. 

When looking for a new putter, golfers make the biggest mistake going into a store, picking up a putter, and saying, “I like the feel of this one”  You are not going to “feel” anything in a store.  Take four or five putters to the putting green and spend at least 10 to 15 minutes with each putter.  Long putts, short putts.  Try and get a feel for how the ball comes off the putter face.  Does it feel “hard” or “soft”? Which of those feels do you prefer?  Visually, how does the putter look to you?  This is your scoring club, don’t rush into buying the first putter you see or heard about on a TV commercial.

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Neville Wootton  Homayon Zeary  Wideeyedwonders  Warrior Golf  Great 1 Putt

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Here are my valuable golf clubs - Please help yourself!

Here are my valuable golf clubs – Please help yourself!

Here are my valuable golf clubs – Please help yourself!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

We are all guilty of leaving our bag of golf clubs outside unattended while we go into the clubhouse for lunch or head for the 19th hole after the round.

As ‘Grouch’ says in his grouchygolf.blog, “For some reason, there’s sort of a mutual feeling of trust amongst golfers at golf courses. It’s like we’re all soldiers waging war against a common enemy: the golf course. No golfer would dare to steal the weapons of their brothers in arms.”

I love that and espouse that feeling myself. However, golf club theft’s rising trend is rapid and costly for all of your vulnerable souls. The total value of an average set of clubs today is approximately $2000. Criminals know that they can easily snag your clubs and sell them on eBay quite quickly.

Recently, at a course close to mine, two brazen thieves in an SUV pulled up to an unattended cart that was sitting just outside the snack bar. The two players had stepped in to grab lunch to go. The criminals calmly lifted the clubs into their vehicles and drove off. Witnesses later said that they assumed the two men who removed the clubs were the equipment owners. This occurred at 11am in the morning!

So, here’s the deal. If one of you can’t stay with the clubs, take them inside with you. Most restaurants and pro shops will accommodate this now.

NEVER leave your clubs in the open bed of your truck or in your unlocked vehicle. I live in a fairly low-crime area, but the police report every week includes stories of golf clubs taken from cars sitting in the owner’s driveways or standing in an open garage.

Here is a blog post by grouchygolfer.com that shows how prevalent this problem is.

Here are my valuable golf clubs – Please help yourself!

Here are my valuable golf clubs - Please help yourself!

Don’t leave your valuable golf equipment out where someone can just pick it up and walk away!

If you had a suitcase stuffed with over $3,000 cash, would you ever leave it outside and unattended?

Well, that’s what happens all the time at golf courses around the world. Obviously, it’s not cash, but it’s something just as valuable: golf clubs.

Consider someone who carries the latest Callaway Golf clubs purchased at a leading golf retailer.

  • X Tour 3-PW Iron Set w/ Steel Shaft: $899.99
  • Calloway Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 Neutral Driver: $359.99
  • Big Bertha Fusion Fairway 3 Wood: $299.99
  • Big Bertha Fusion Fairway 5 Wood: $269.99
  • Forged + Wedges – Chrome 56: $ 99.99
  • Forged + Wedges – Chrome 60: $99.99
  • White Steel 2 Ball Blade Putter: $169.99
  • Hybrid 45 Stand Bag $169.99
  • Grand Total: $2,369.92

Add to that a couple of gloves in the top pocket.  A Range Finder, 12 balls, Rain Suit all adds up to about another $600 to bring the total to close to $3000!

Such a bag sits on the high-end of the price spectrum, but I see similar bags unattended at my home golf course all the time. For some reason, there’s sort of a mutual feeling of trust amongst golfers at golf courses. It’s like we’re all soldiers waging war against a common enemy: the golf course. No golfer would dare steal the weapons of their brothers in arms.

Unfortunately, there are unsavory characters out there who exploit this camaraderie for personal gain.

Golf club theft is nothing new, but the problem is now more common than ever before. One of the reasons is the rise in club prices due to high tech designs and exotic materials. But the main reason is the emergence of my favorite online marketplace, eBay. With eBay, criminals can sell “hot” clubs at premium prices in a couple of clicks.

But the problem recently gained national attention when USA Today reported that thieves stole the clubs of some police officers! Interestingly, the incident occurred last May at a police department golf tournament held at Santa Anita Golf Club, one of my local golf courses! The USA Today article also mentioned a robbery at my home course, Brookside golf course.

I know the guys who work in the Brookside pro shop, so I asked them about the article. They confirmed that club theft has always been a problem and that eBay has made it worse. However, they said that since USA Today ran the article, they haven’t had a single incident.

I was relieved since I had no idea that I lived in the golf club theft capital of the world (or at least it seemed that way when I read the article). Luckily, I have never been the victim of theft.

Here are some tips that I follow to remain theft-free:

  • Never leave your golf bag unattended, especially outside. If you have to go inside, take your bag with you. Many on-course pro shops and restaurants allow you to bring your bag inside.
  • A common scam is the old driver switcheroo. The perpetrator simply takes an old and worthless driver and covers the clubhead with the headcover from the latest “hot” driver. He’ll then hang around a golf course looking for an unattended bag containing the “hot” driver sheathed in an identical headcover. When no one is looking, he swaps the “fake” driver for the real one in a matter of seconds. The victim usually doesn’t know that he’s been swindled until he gets to the first tee. To prevent this, simply ditch the fancy headcovers that came with your clubs and replace them with either generic or low-end headcovers.

Leave me your comments on this subject.

Source: grouchygolf.com

Pictures: LC Nottaasen    Derek A

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The 4 Keys to using a correct putter - All 4 are important!

The 4 Keys to using a correct putter – All 4 are important!

The 4 Keys to using a correct putter – All 4 are important!

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Scotty Cameron is one of the most well-known putter makers in the world. 

Working with Titleist, Scotty Cameron putters are sought after PGA and LPGA Tour Players to amateurs at all levels of the game.  What makes this man so unique?  Here in this series of 4 videos presented by the Titleist, you will find out why using the correct putter is important.

1. Length.

2. Shape

3. Path

4. Toe Flow

Source: youtube.com   Titleist.

Picture: Andrea Pacelli

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The strange world of one-of-a-kind custom putter fitting.

The strange world of one-of-a-kind custom putter fitting.

 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!
 The strange world of one-of-a-kind custom putter fitting.
 
January 2015

For $350, a Cameron-trained fitter in the sleek, wood-trimmed Encinitas, Calif., gallery will give you a two-hour, tour-caliber fitting with a battery of cameras and lasers.

At the end, you can spend $550 and up on a made-to-order version of one of Cameron’s three lines of putters—or, if they aren’t sold out, $2,500 and up on one of the tour prototypes lining the walls.

In Nashville, Uselton (given name: Kenneth) heads out into 100-degree heat to sweat for nine hours at the work bench in his 200-square-foot shed, stepping over his dog to hand-shape his one-of-a-kind Xenon Golf putters for a devoted band of Internet followers and word-of-mouth referrals. They spend $260 and up and wait six weeks for one of the 150 or so pieces Uselton will make this year—often sight unseen until Uselton snaps pictures of them leaning against the oak tree in his yard.

The strange world of one-of-a-kind custom putter fitting.

Uselton’s Xenon and a handful of similar one-man operations can flourish in the Cameron-dominated bespoke putter world thanks to enthusiast websites like PutterTalk.com and GolfWRX.com, which have menus of individual message boards devoted to puttermakers large and small.

Instead of walking the floor of the PGA Merchandise Show in January with prototypes in hand and fighting to get distribution in a golf shop or big-box store, a new generation of craftsmen is selling uniqueness, design input and personal attention direct until it pays to quit the day job.

“Ten years ago, I started studying Ping putters, and I just got obsessed,” says Uselton, 45, a former factory supervisor who started out refinishing Ping beryllium irons in his garage and eventually became one of the foremost authorities on vintage Ping putters and the moderator on PutterTalk’s Ping message board. “But a lot of the stuff made in the last 20 years doesn’t look any different than what Karsten [Solheim] was doing. I got tired of it and decided I wanted to make something different.”

Uselton bought a second-hand milling machine for $600 in 2008, ran electricity to his shed and started experimenting. “It took me two or three years to teach myself the right tooling to make the cleanest cuts and save the most time,” says Uselton, who started making putters full-time in 2012, when the plastics plant where he worked closed. “My dad is a retired pipe fitter, so I’d go over there and get a crash course in welding. Now, I can tell if a part isn’t exactly right just by looking at it.”

Source: GolfDigest.com  Matthew Rudy Pictures : Michael Friberg

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7 Reasons why Women should attend Demo Days Fun!

7 Reasons why Women should attend Demo Days Fun!

7 Reasons why Women should attend Demo Days Fun!

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It’s true that more men attend Golf Demonstrations days, which are often set up by golf club manufacturers.

But I highly recommend that women of all ages & skill levels check out these exhibitions for tons of free info. Beginner golfers can watch demonstrations and then try out equipment themselves before even buying a set of clubs. More seasoned golfers may be looking to upgrade some or all of their clubs, and Demo Days allow you to roam around for as long as you like, testing out the latest equipment without pressure.

 

7 Reasons why Women should attend Demo Days Fun!

Demo Days are a great way to check out new equipment before buying.

No need to feel intimidated…. the staff is happy to provide a wide range of information for you. And don’t forget to hold onto all discount coupons that are offered to attendees. Who doesn’t like to save money?

See more on how to get the most benefit from both Demo Days and Golf shows as PGA Member Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen writing for golftodaynw.com

Click Here for the Full Story.

Source: golftodaynw.com   Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen

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A Beautiful Swing in Slow Motion - What can we learn from this?

A Beautiful Swing in Slow Motion – What can we learn from this?

A Beautiful Swing in Slow Motion – What can we learn from this?

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In 2011 Luke Donald attained the #1 position in the World. 

He did this with magnificent putting, something he has been the best for the last 8 years.  However, you don’t get to the #1 spot just on putting alone.  You have to hit the ball on the green to putt for those birdies.  Here is Luke’s swing in slow motion.  It is a beautiful thing to behold.

Quite a few people on youtube.com mention that they think the clubface is closed halfway back.  This is not true.  If you pause the swing in this position, you will see that the clubface is perfectly square to his spine angle.  This indicates that there has been no manipulation of the hands to get the toe pointing up, a position taught by many instructors. In Luke’s case, he simply starts the club back with his chest and rotates, allowing the club to stay on plane and get the club to the top also in a square position.

But the thing most amateurs can learn from this swing is to watch the downswing!  There is no attempt to start the downswing with the hands.  His weight shift and body rotation are caused by pulling down with his left side, and the club will then automatically stay beautifully on plane again on the downswing.

 

Source: youtube.com  Mel Sole  grexagolf.com

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The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

How important are golf balls?  To some, they seem to make no difference at all, and to others, they have been playing the same brand for years. 

When the pros play in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, there is always the question of whose ball they will play, so for the Pros, it’s obviously a big deal.  When I played on Tour in South Africa in the early 80’s compression was a big deal.  100 compression was for long hitters, 90 compression for the average hitter, and 80 compression was for ladies.  Now Callaway is coming out with a 65 compression ball that looks like it will be all the rage.  What’s the story?

Well, Jim Achenbach, Senior writer for Golf Week Magazine and golfweek.com, has the bases covered.

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Golf balls are getting softer. As a whole, compression ratings are going down.

Callaway is part of this trend. The company introduced its Chrome Soft, a 65-compression ball with three-piece construction and a urethane cover, on Dec. 16.

The ball, to be available at retail Jan. 16, has caught the attention of five-time major champion and Callaway staff player Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, who probably will not use the ball on Tour but who tested it, said his iron shots fly “7 or 8 yards longer” with Chrome Soft.

“Phil kind of jumpstarted all this attention for Chrome Soft, but it wasn’t planned that way,” said Dave Bartels, Callaway’s senior director of golf ball research and development. “He just started testing the ball on his own, and he was blown away by it. The lesson here is that the ball can appeal to all golfers, not just those with slower swing speeds.”

One concern is control around the greens. Some soft golf balls are popular for feel and in some cases distance but not for greenside manageability. Chrome Soft addresses this with a urethane cover that enhances spin with the wedges.

Most soft golf balls are made of two pieces (core and outer cover). Surlyn is widely used for the cover. This is exactly the construction of Callaway’s SuperSoft ball.

By utilizing a mantle layer beneath the outer cover and a tour-quality urethane cover, Callaway hopes to attract skilled Chrome Soft players.

The golf balls will be available in white and yellow for $37.99 per dozen.

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Source: Jim Achenbach  GolfWeek

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The Top 5 LPGA Players to watch in 2015 - What's in their bag?

The Top 5 LPGA Players to watch in 2015 – What’s in their bag?

The Top 5 LPGA Players to watch in 2015 – What’s in their bag?

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I have always been interested in what type of club setup the top players in the game carry. 

If you have that same interest, here is a list of all the LPGA players and what’s in their bag.

1 Stacy Lewis – Taylor Made Driver, Mizuno fairway woods and irons, Taylor Made Putter and Titleist ball

The top 5 LPGA Players to watch in 2015 - What's in their bag?

2. Inbee park – Dunlop driver, Taylor Made fairway woods, Dunlop irons, Dunlop and Cleveland Wedges, Odysee putter, and Srixon ball.

The top 5 LPGA Players to watch in 2015 - What's in their bag?

3. Michelle Wie – Diver, Fairway woods, irons, wedges, putter, and ball…….All Nike.

The top 5 LPGA Players to watch in 2015 - What's in their bag?

4. Lydia Ko – Calloway Driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges, putter, and ball.

5. So Yeon Ryu – Honma Driver, Calloway 3 wood, Honma hybrids, a mix of Honma and Calloway wedges, Odessey putter, and Titleist ball.

For a complete list of clubs of all LPGA players, click here.

Source: LPGA.com

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The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Happy to say that I was one of the 2800 golf professionals and 35000 other industry people for the “Major of Golf Business” at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from Jan 20 to 23.

Record attendance at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit.  Plus at the PGA Show Outdoor demo day proved that many people are investing their intelligence and skills in keeping this game alive and relevant.

Personally, I was very inspired by the seminars on coaching, teaching, leadership, and Sales & Marketing.  Headed up by luminaries such as LPGA teacher Nancy Quarcelino, Dr. Jim Suttie, Dr. Paul Schempff, Stan Utley (short game), and Todd Anderson from Sea Island Academy.

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Success!

Bubba Watson entertained the crowd, Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on behalf of Cobra Puma. A panel consisted of the President of the International Golf Federation, Suzanne Petersen, Graham Mc Dowell, and more brought us up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games. We will see golf as part of the games for the first time in 111 years.

There were also impressive discussions about recruiting and retaining women in the game, headed up by Suzy Whaley,  PGA of America. And other prominent women inside and outside the golf business.

Read more about the world’s largest global summit for the business of golf as described by pga.com.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A lengthy list of golf industry leaders and luminaries joined 1,000 leading companies and attendees from all 50 states and 78 countries on a busy Day One of the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show.  The Major of Golf Business.  At the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday.

With Golf Channel providing “Morning Drive” coverage from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Bubba Watson was on hand to officially welcome attendees and open the PGA Show from the Main Lobby.  While PGA President Derek Sprague – as well as thousands of enthusiastic PGA Show attendees – looked on.

“The first day of the PGA Show has been exciting, fun and very crowded. It’s busy, busy, busy,” said PGA Professional Tara McKenna of Fort Myers, Florida.  Who has attended every PGA Show since 1991. “For those in the golf industry, this is like Christmas morning.”

Wednesday also marked the first of three days of the PGA Education Conference.  Featuring dozens of seminars on Leadership, Teaching & Coaching, Retail & Merchandising, and Sales & Marketing.

Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA on behalf of Cobra Puma. 

While an update on golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 was another first-day highlight. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and women’s golf initiatives were highlighted in a special presentation in the same location, and a new website for women’s golfers, GolfForHer.com, was also unveiled.

Panelists bring PGA Show attendees up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games
It has been 111 years since golf was last a part of the Olympics. But the return of golf to the Games is well under way, and the golf course where the competition will be held is in the final stages of construction.

As the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, near, a panel met yesterday morning on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to discuss the state of construction on the golf course and the excitement for potential Olympic golfers. On the panel were Peter Dawson, president of the International Golf Federation (IGF); Ty Votaw, vice president of the IGF; LPGA Tour player Suzann Pettersen; PGA Tour player Graeme McDowell; former LPGA Tour player Amy Alcott, who is part of the Rio course design team, and Gil Hanse, president of Hanse Golf Course Design, the architectural firm in charge of course construction.

“Golf in the Olympics is the biggest grow-the-game opportunity we have,” said Dawson, referring to the golf industry as a whole. “The growth of the game is worldwide. Golf in the Olympics will lead to extra exposure and extra government support for the game.”

Bubba Watson thrills crowd on PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA.

The 2012 Masters produced one of the most memorable golf shots in recent history. Facing Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff, Bubba Watson pulled his tee shot at the 10th deep into the towering trees, where it came to rest on the pine straw. The left-hander proceeded to pull a 52-degree wedge, hit a 50-yard draw, and land it 15 feet from the cup on his way to winning the Masters.

On Wednesday afternoon, Watson took to the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to talk to PGA Show attendees about how he works the golf ball like he did at Augusta, his social media usage and what it’s like to win the Masters.

“Whether you’re 92 or 35, like I was, when you have the green jacket on you’re 12 years old,” said Watson, describing the setting of the Champions Dinner at Augusta. “When we wear the green jacket it turns us all into kids. It’s great to see because it reminds me of why I play golf.”

The reason he plays: Because golf is fun. Another fun thing for Watson is “doing weird stuff on social media.” When he’s not posting hip-hop golf videos, Watson uses his social channels to interact with fans. “If it’s the golf course, baseball field, football field or the doctor’s office, it’s tough to really see who a person is,” said Watson. “Social media is a way to interact with fans and show them who I am as a person.”

Watson closed by taking questions from the audience and amazing a young golfer when he confirmed that he uses 10 wraps on his grips.

About the PGA Merchandise Show.

The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 20-23, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Orange County National Golf Center.

During PGA Show days, Jan. 21-23 at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show is organized in partnership with The PGA of America as a trade-only event.

Source: Nancy Quarcelino  Dr. Jim Suttie   Dr. Paul Schempp  Stan Utley  Todd Anderson  Golfweek.com

Pictures: Steven Newton   Keith Allison

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