Well Its All About Accessorizing Right

By Adam BarrJuly 30, 2003, 4:00 pm
WhatWhenever I visit a golf course, I go bag-rack prospecting, just to see what people are playing.
 
I also look at what theyre carrying it in, and what little accoutrements hang on the loops, hooks and Velcro pads. My informal surveys confirm what I said in Whats In The Bag? No. 13 on accessories: No sport has better stuff.
 
I know people who have every sort of gadget you can imagine hanging on their bags, as if they feel it would be a sin to ignore the ingenuity of inventors who have come up with fascinating solutions to golfs between-shot housekeeping. And I know golfers who detest clutter, and therefore keep no more in or on their bags than six tees, a ball-mark repair tool and two desiccated gloves. (By the bye, the minimalists always seem to think the accessory freaks are dorks. Who asked em?)
 
There is a strong temptation to give in to the allure of the neat and cool when deciding on golf accessories. Theres certainly no harm in it, except perhaps to your childrens college funds. But there is a common-sense way to approach the question, one that leads to that special satisfaction of being prepared ' and maybe winning a match because of it.
 
Whats the weather? Why carry your rain gear and club covers and all that stuff every time? In Scottsdale, leave it home. In Seattle, dont leave home without it. You get the idea. I even like to have two kinds of bags, so I can carry just what I expect to need, no more or less.
 
What will I use? You know how you play, how the rhythm of your round goes. If you know youll need a cleaning brush, have at it. If you never do, resist temptation.
 
Whats fun? If youre from College Station, an Aggies headcover, thats what. Or is it more fun to carry six clubs in a Sunday bag for a quick nine on Tuesday morning? The accessories are there for you; use them to make golf more fun.
 
WhatWhats art? One area we didnt have time to explore in this show was the blossoming world of golf art. Many photographers and painters make a specialty of this now, such as Iain Lowe, a photographer who works in Scotland and environs, and Linda Hartough, a painter who renders golf holes with stunning warmth. This is worth an Internet search; golf pictures or even sculptures can add class to clubhouse or home.
 
Whats next? Our second season, but not until 2004. Yes, this is the last show in the inaugural season of Whats In The Bag?. But equipment junkies shouldnt despair: Plenty of our first 13 shows will re-air over the coming months, and were planning a new holiday-season extravaganza to help you decide on the best golf gifts this year. And soon, it will be time to start work on our second season.
 
Ive met many of you at tournaments and airports, and I cant thank you enough for your kindness and interest in Whats In The Bag?. We really appreciate you watching, and we value any and all comments and suggestions you have. Write me any time at abarr@tgcinc.com.
 
And while youve all been generous in your compliments of my work, of course every television show is a group effort. This one had some of the best behind-the-scenes help in the business. Rusty Billingsly, our producer, came up with the excellent concepts and frameworks for our stories. Hes also a great TV writer, and I was glad to collaborate with him.
 
Rusty worked closely with Pat Devlin, a very talented and hard-working videotape editor, to make the shows look great and flow so well. Both put in a great many hours, never settling for second best.
 
Associate producers Ashley Tomasso and Michael Prince traveled with us, kept the tapes in order, handled the details, and cast another couple sets of critical eyes on the work to make sure we were doing a good job. Stephanie Howe keeps our Original Productions department running smoothly. Jay Kossoff, head of that department, and Jeff Hymes, chief of program development, provided invaluable logistical and creative support. TGC execs David Manougian, Bob Greenway, and Tony Tortorici got behind the idea from the start. TGC cameramen Mike McGarry, John Bender, Kyle McClamma, John Feyko, Paul Boron and a host of freelancers shot the magnificent video and recorded the great audio we had to work with (and in some cases, did a lot of the driving, carrying, and listening).
 
Thanks also to the hundreds of industry experts for providing the latest information on the games equipment.
 
Id also like to thank Mrs. Barr and my son (aka the 2020 U.S. Amateur champion) for sharing Daddy with Delta and a dozen other airlines.
 
And thank you for indulging me by reading the credits ' and for watching. You, the viewers, are the most important component to what we do at The Golf Channel.
 
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    Stock Watch: Strange grumpy; Tiger Time again?

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

    Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

    RISING

    Jon Rahm (+9%): This should put his whirlwind 17 months in the proper context: Rahm (38) has earned four worldwide titles in 25 fewer starts – or a full season quicker – than Jordan Spieth (63). This kid is special.

    Tommy Fleetwood (+7%): Putting on a stripe show in windy conditions, the Englishman defended his title in Abu Dhabi (thanks to a back-nine 30) and capped a 52-week period in which he won three times, contended in majors and WGCs, and soared inside the top 15 in the world.

    Sergio (+3%): Some wholesale equipment changes require months of adjustments. In Garcia’s case, it didn’t even take one start, as the new Callaway staffer dusted the field by five shots in Singapore.

    Rory (+2%): Sure, it was a deflating Sunday finish, as he shot his worst round of the week and got whipped by Fleetwood, but big picture he looked refreshed and built some momentum for the rest of his pre-Masters slate. That’s progress.

    Ken Duke (+1%): Looking ahead to the senior circuit, Duke, 48, still needs a place to play for the next few years. Hopefully a few sponsors saw what happened in Palm Springs, because his decision to sub in for an injured Corey Pavin for the second and third rounds – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard – was as selfless as it gets.


    FALLING

    Austin Cook (-1%): The 54-hole leader in the desert, he closed with 75 – the worst score of anyone inside the top 40. Oy.

    Phil (-2%): All of that pre-tournament optimism was tempered by the reality of his first missed cut to start the new year since 2009. Now ranked 45th in the world, his position inside the top 50 – a spot he’s occupied every week since November 1993 – is now in jeopardy.

    Careful What You Wish For (-3%): Today’s young players might (foolishly) wish they could have faced Woods in his prime, but they’ll at least get a sense this week of the spectacle he creates. Playing his first Tour event in a year, and following an encouraging warmup in the Bahamas, his mere presence at Torrey is sure to leave everyone else to grind in obscurity.

    Curtis Strange (-5%): The two-time U.S. Open champ took exception with the chummy nature of the CareerBuilder playoff, with Rahm and Andrew Landry chatting between shots. “Are you kidding me?” Strange tweeted. “Talking at all?” The quality of golf was superb, so clearly they didn’t need to give each other the silent treatment to summon their best.

    Brooks Koepka (-8%): A bummer, the 27-year-old heading to the DL just as he was starting to come into his own. The partially torn tendon in his left wrist is expected to knock him out of action until the Masters, but who knows how long it’ll take him to return to game shape.

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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.