Take advantage of wet, soft conditions like Horschel

By Tyrus YorkApril 29, 2013, 1:00 am

Knowing the conditions of a golf course ahead of time can prove to be beneficial regardless of your skill level.

Whether the course is hard and dry or soft and wet, you will need to make some necessary adjustments to your game.

Billy Horschel took advantage of the soft conditions that yielded several birdies at TPC Louisiana en route to winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday.

Generally, when the course is soft and wet, you can be more aggressive and hopefully score better.

Here are a few keys to make sure you can get the most from soft course conditions:

• Be sure you are getting optimum launch conditions from your driver. When the ground is soft, the ball simply will not roll out the same as it would if it were firm, therefore make sure you are launching your drives with optimum launch angle and spin. A higher launch with less spin will allow the ball to carry farther. Not sure about your launch conditions? Get with a certified club fitter that uses launch monitor technology like Trackman to find out for sure.

• Know your yardages. This is true regardless of the conditions, but when the ball isn’t rolling out, that means you need to know exactly how far your clubs will carry. Most driving ranges have targets with marked yardages. However, note the condition of the range balls you are hitting. Most range balls won’t react the same as the ball you play. The best way to get accurate yardages is to go to an area where you can hit your own golf balls and mark where they land, not just where they end up.

• Stay aware of changing green speeds. The ball will roll slower on a wet green. The tricky part is that they can sometimes speed back up as they dry out. Become a master of your speed control on the greens by practicing enough to develop superior feel. Use the ladder drill where you take 10 golf balls and practice hitting each one just past the one before it to improve your touch on the greens.

Take an online lesson with Tyrus York.

Bradley, wife welcome baby boy, already rocking Patriots gear

By Grill Room TeamNovember 20, 2017, 6:40 pm

Keegan Bradley and his wife Jillian announced on social media that they welcomed a baby boy, Logan James Bradley, to the world last week.

The Bradleys both posted photos on Instagram over the weekend, introducing their healthy newborn baby, who was (not-surprisingly) already decked out in head-to-toe New England Patriots gear.

Bradley, 31, grew up in New England and is not shy about showing his support for the area's sports teams.

Logan James Bradley 11/13/17 He’s changed @jillian_bradley and my life forever. We couldn’t be happier #gopats #dab

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A big congratulations is in order for the new parents.

And all you other adorable kids of PGA Tour golfers, you've officially been put on notice. You've got some new competition.

Country music star Owen to play in Web.com event

By Will GrayNovember 20, 2017, 6:19 pm

Country music star and avid amateur golfer Jake Owen has accepted a sponsor invitation to play in the 2018 Nashville Golf Open on the Web.com Tour.

Owen, 36, has sold millions of albums while becoming one of the top male singers in the country genre. He has also been frequently spotted on the links, teeing it up last week alongside host Davis Love III in the RSM Classic pro-am and participating each of the last three years as the celebrity partner for Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Owen will now try his hand in competition against some of the game's rising stars at the May 24-27 event, held in his hometown and benefitting the charitable foundation of PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker.

"I am truly honored to have this opportunity to play golf with guys whose work ethic I admire so much, like my buddy Brandt Snedeker," Owen said in a release. "I know how hard everyone works to get to play in these (Web.com Tour) tournaments. I'm really grateful, and I can't wait for this week in May 2018 to get here."

Owen will be following in the footsteps of NBA superstar Steph Curry, who played on a sponsor invite earlier this year at the Web.com's Ellie Mae Classic and, while missing the cut, largely exceeded expectations. Curry is currently listed as a 0.8 handicap, while Owen played at Pebble Beach in February as a 3 handicap.

Like Curry, Owen will play via an "unrestricted" sponsor invite and will retain his amateur status.

Jeremy Roenick uses golf clubs to catch rattlesnake

By Jason CrookNovember 20, 2017, 6:00 pm

Jeremy Roenick has never seemed to be afraid of much, whether it was another guy breaking his jaw on the hockey rink or an alligator interrupting his golf game.

The retired American hockey legend who currently works as an NBC Sports analyst was at it again over the weekend, coming across a rattlesnake in Arizona and just casually using a couple of golf clubs to catch it before grabbing it with his bare hands and showing it off for the camera.

The person recording can be heard calling Roenick "psycho" and "nuts" several times before the snake is thrown off the property.

That person is not wrong.

What's in the bag: RSM Classic winner Cook

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 20, 2017, 3:52 pm

PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook earned his first Tour title at the RSM Classic. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Ping G400 (8.5 degrees adjusted to 9.2), with Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661X shaft

Fairway wood: Ping G400 (13 degrees), with Fujikura Motore VC 7.0 shaft

Hybrids: Ping G400 (19, 22 degrees), with Matrix Altus Red X shafts

Irons: Ping S55 (5-PW), with KBS Tour S shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50, 56, 60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne

Ball: Titleist Pro V1