Game-Improvement

By Bill KliewerMay 6, 2008, 4:00 pm

Golfers are constantly bombarded with tips and magic-bullet solutions which promise to immediately lower scores. With so many game-improvement offerings available, picking the ones that actually lead to favorable results can be difficult. The products below have proved to work and are among the hottest items on the market.
 
Medicus PowerMeter Swing Speed Meter
This lightweight device fits into the palm of your hand and clamps onto the shaft of any club for portable and accurate digital swing-speed measurement. Golfers can monitor progress and fine-tune their strokes during practice sessions to achieve the perfect amount of power for better and more consistent shots. The PowerMeter is a relatively risk-free investment as Medicus offers a 60-day trial at a reasonable price.
 


 

THE Golf Mat by Vijay Singh
The ability to get in a little quality practice from home can do wonders for anyones game. THE Golf Mat is the only artificial surface to provide the same sensation of give at impact as taking a divot off natural grass. This allows players to take the proper down-and-through swing motion that leads to great shots on the course. Endorsed by Vijay Singh and developed using feedback from PGA Tour players, leading teaching professionals and college coaches, THE Golf Mat can be coupled with a hitting net to provide the perfect backyard practice area. Or take it to the range to avoid hitting balls off those hard, old rubber mats that cause bad swing habits.
 


 

Dynamics Swing Glove
This revolutionary product employs Swing Gear Technology, an innovative hinged-plate that keeps the wrists and hands in proper position through the entire swing. It helps to guide the wrist to the proper cock angle at the top, preventing bending at the wrong time to ensure golfers remain perfectly balanced. Whether from the tee, fairway or on and around the green, the Swing Glove delivers the consistency needed for lower scores.
 


 

SKLZ Practice Pod Alignment Aid
Eliminate swing faults before they start with this portable alignment aid that promotes correct ball position as well as proper distance from the ball for every club. This game-improvement tool is fully adjustable to your stance and sets up quickly so you can use it anywhere. Its a cost-effective alternative for those who dont have time or money for expensive lessons
 


 

Check-Go Pro Sweet Spot Finder
Golf balls are claimed to be inherently lopsided when they leave the factory, and this can lead to inaccurate putts and less distance off the tee. The Sweet Spot Finder, a cup-shaped machine that runs on battery power, corrects this problem by spinning the ball at 10,000 RPM. This realigns the ball's variance in mass along the equator so the ball no longer has a tendency to wobble. The result is improved accuracy on the green and longer drives. It also allows golfers to pinpoint the sweet spot of the ball for optimal results on all shots.
 


 

Editor's note: Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.


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Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

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Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:18 am

All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.

“I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.


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“I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”

Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.

“This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.

Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009.