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9 holes of golf in a ballpark - What a great idea!

9 holes of golf in a ballpark – What a great idea!

9 holes of golf in a ballpark – What a great idea!
 
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!

What a fantastic idea!  9 holes of golf in a ballpark.  

Not just any ballpark, but Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres.  Partnering with Callaway Golf, these two corporate giants have come up with a marketing scheme that is a home run!  Hitting from 9 different spots within the stadium to designated greens, 144 golfers will get a chance to have some fun!  Thanks to Chris Chaney, Wrong Fairway for back9network.com for this fun piece!
 
 
9 holes of golf in a ballpark - What a great idea!

Links at Petco Park.

If you’re a true golf nut, you’ve undoubtedly found yourself daydreaming at a Major League Baseball game about the sport you love. You imagine the perfect lie you’d get on Augusta-like grass, perfectly manicured in the outfield. You do the math that straight away center field, at around 400 feet, seems forever away for a ballplayer, but really is only about 130 yards and a wedge or 9-iron for you to clear.

Well, snap out of that daydream because Callaway and the San Diego Padres have teamed up to create The Links at Petco Park, a 9-hole golf experience that will allow golfers to hit shots from around the Padres home ballpark to greens situated in the outfield of the stadium.

“San Diego is a premier golf destination and Callaway is a premier golf brand, so partnering on this event makes perfect sense,”

Padres Vice President of Corporate and Event Revenue Jeremy Horowitz said in a press release. “The opportunity to play golf inside a Major League ballpark does not come along every day. We are looking forward to working with Callaway to make this an unforgettable experience, and to seeing our partnership grow over the coming years.”

“We’re always trying to provide authentic golf experiences with our products that are unique and engaging, and that’s exactly what this partnership with the Padres is about,” said Callaway Sr. VP of Marketing Harry Arnett. “Playing a nine-hole course at a venue like Petco Park with Callaway golf clubs and balls will be a once-in-a-lifetime round, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

To check out the rest of how this is going to work, go here!

Source: back9network.com  Chris Chaney, Wrong Fairway

Pictures: back9network.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

Pictures: Zach Heller   Ron Kroetz  Sean Hobson

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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?

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!

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

Pictures: CJ Anderson   Shawn Carpenter  Robert

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