Q: What’s a STEP ASIDE SCRAMBLE?

A: A four-person team event in which each player hits his/her tee shot and the best shot is selected. The player whose shot is selected steps aside for the next shot. All other players then play the next shot from the position of the selected ball, placing or dropping within one club length of the original ball’s position (and within six inches on the putting green), no nearer the hole….

November 30, 2015
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The PGA Tour is prohibiting players from competing in golf-related daily fantasy sports contests with entry fees and monetary payouts.

November 24, 2015
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Club Fitting: Wedges & Putters

November 24, 2015

In Golf Club Fitting with PGA Professional Gary Balliet, we’ve already learned about the Club Fitting Variables, and now we’re learning how to fit wedges and putters. Wedge Fitting The standard length of wedges used to be 35 inches. Today, there is now standard, although there are common lofts, lie angles, and degrees of bounce: * Pitching wedge = 48 degrees of loft, 64 degree lie angle, 5 degrees of…

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Q: What’s a 2-3-4 CLUB TOURNAMENT?

A: An individual stroke play event in which each player selects 2, 3, or 4 clubs of his/her choice to score the round. The number of clubs available to each player is based on that players’ handicap: Handicap 6 or under = 2 clubs Handicap 7-13 = 3 clubs Handicap 14 or over = 4 clubs The individual with the lowest gross score is the winner.

November 23, 2015
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The Advice That Saved Jason Day’s Career

November 21, 2015

The Players’ Tribune describes itself as “a new media platform that presents the voices of athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and publishes first-person stories directly from athletes. From video to podcasts to player polls and written pieces, The Tribune strives to be ‘The Voice of the…

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The Assembly Line of Golf

November 20, 2015

As it turns out, our class has some very specific likes and dislikes when it comes to what we want in a golf cart: a sharp pencil, a scorecard and yardage book, water bottles and ice in the cooler, a ball and club washer, sand bottles, mango-scented towels, and a clean, electric, armor alled ride (but not so much that you go sliding from the driver seat into your passenger’s lap. If you’ve ever played…

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Tiger Woods has been named one of three assistant captain for next year’s U.S. Ryder Cup Team. Wow! Woods doesn’t turn 40 until next month. Isn’t he a little too young for that role?

November 19, 2015
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Rules Scenarios From a USGA Rules Official

November 19, 2015

You could argue that Dr. Robin Farran is one of the most sought after USGA Rules Officials in the country. He’s one of the guys who helps write and edit the Rules! It just so happens that he also teaches Advanced Rules of Golf at the Golf Academy of America Phoenix. Dr. Farran has missed most of this semester while recovering from an illness, but that didn’t stop him from guest…

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Q: What’s a FOURSOME?

A: An alternate shot format in which two competitors play as partners and play one ball. One player from the team tees off while the other player hits the next shot. Partners alternate shots until the ball is holed. The player who does not hole out tees off on the next hole.

November 19, 2015
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The Importance of Ball Fitting

November 18, 2015

At the Golf Academy, we’ve talked at length about the importance of club fitting – everything from the putter to the driver – and how fit impacts performance. What we haven’t really discussed in great detail is the importance of ball fitting. That is, until today. Elliot Mellow is Golf Ball Fitting Coordinator at Bridgestone Golf in Covington, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. He was on campus today (and is visiting all…

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