Play the Best Golf of Your Life

By Bill KliewerDecember 1, 2008, 5:00 pm
Golfers can be stubborn creatures. Many seem to shun advice from others at all costs, even when their games hit record lows. Well, its time for that to change ' even Tiger Woods turns to Hank Haney when things start to slide. We all need a push in the right direction and while many may not be able to shell out the big bucks for personal instruction, there are other ways. Lets look at the products below to get the most out of your swing and avoid some nasty hazards.
 
Medicus Stack & Tilt DVD
Developed after 20 years of research by swing teachers Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett, Stack & Tilt is a revolutionary golf swing that keeps your weight stacked over the ball for pure contact shot after shot. Through this four-disc set, learn the swing thats changing the way golfers approach their game.
 
Momentus Power Plan Swing System
It's hard to find time to get to the driving range, let alone to the gym. Even if you do find the time, how do you know the efforts you're making will impact your game positively? The Momentus Power Plane Swing System Trainer can help, allowing a workout and swing lesson all in one. Easy to setup, simply attach the Door Mount Bracket to any door, clip in the resistance band to the bracket and to the butt end of the Power Plane Driver and start your workout. This combines the mechanics of the golf swing with resistance training to improve balance and core strength, resulting in increased distance on the golf course.
 
Ping Downloadable Lessons
Receive tee-to-green instruction from Scott Davies, the Ping Staff Instructor whos been instrumental perfecting the swings of many of todays leading professionals. His nine different lessons focus on every aspect of your game, from on-course situations to golf fitness. All this and more are honed from his days as Senior Instructor and Academy Director for David Leadbetter in Spain and Switzerland, and in his current position as Director of Instruction and Head Professional at Karsten Creek (Stillwater, Okla.). This lesson series is downloadable to i-Tunes, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, QuickTime, and for purchase exclusively on TGW.com.
 
The Radar Powered by Zelocity
In a sport that demands distance control, The Radar, powered by Zelocity, is the answer. From the good folks at National Golf Products ' maker of the popular THE Golf Mat by Vijay Singh ' The Radar is the first truly portable and affordable ball-flight monitor for players of all ages and abilities to practice more efficiently wherever and whenever they want. It provides accurate feedback on shots ranging from 10 to 400 yards by taking an incredible 100,000 measurements from the moment of impact. Not having to leave yourself in a situation where you are guessing how far youll hit the ball, The Radar gives you confidence and the assurance that you know exactly what shot is needed to succeed.
 
Travis Fox-How to Beat the Bogeyman DVD
If you've played golf, you've met the Bogey Man. He's that voice of doubt that lives inside your head. Golf is much more than swing mechanics ' that's only half the battle. By focusing on ways to change your mental approach, Travis Fox allows you to take three to five strokes off your game without even picking up a club. This eight-DVD set is loaded with ways to help combine your subconscious and conscious mindset with swing instruction. Dr. Fox is renowned for his ability to help with the mental game that plagues millions of golfers worldwide.
 
Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.