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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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.