Stay out of Trouble Hit it Straight

By Bill KliewerJuly 7, 2008, 4:00 pm

Too many golfers approach the first tee with butterflies in their stomachs, terrified theyll hit either the dreaded banana slice or another undesirable shot. To overcome this, they receive constant barrages of advice from co-workers and friends. If the counsel isnt helping, it may be worth checking out some clubs which work in synch with your swing tendencies or practice aids to help overhaul your game altogether.
 
Callaway Mens FT-i Driver
 
Callaway offers a draw-biased version of this popular model in which the center of gravity is positioned closer to the heel to reduce slices or fades. The ultra-light carbon-composite material allows weight to be distributed to the extreme corners of the club for enhanced forgiveness while the titanium face provides explosive power for added distance. All things considered, the draw-biased FT-i is perfect for shaping the ideal shot.
 


 

SKLZ Smart Glove
 
One of the keys to a good golf swing is a firm left wrist at impact. The Smart Glove features a rigid guide that keeps the wrist in the correct position, encouraging proper mechanics which can lead to significant improvements. The guide is easy to remove so golfers can practice with it to get the proper feel and then take it out to make the glove legal for official play.
 


 

NIKE Mens Ignite Irons
 
Consisting of cavity-back irons (four through pitching wedge) and a hybrid to replace the three iron, the Ignite set is an excellent choice for mid-to-high handicappers. The deep undercut cavity and generous offset of the irons help golfers generate a high launch and tame the slice to build confidence. Meanwhile, the hybrid is easy to hit compared to a conventional three iron, and its thin face and low profile lead to long and accurate shots.
 


 

SmartPath Golf Swing Trainer
 
Create the perfect ball flight with the SmartPath Swing Trainer, voted the Best New Product of 2007 at the PGA Fall Expo and backed by Tiger Woods instructor Hank Haney. With this hitting surface, the ball rests between a series of posts that guide the swing so it matches that of 95 percent of Tour pros. The device works with any club in the bag and is also portable, so golfers can practice with it at home or on the range.
 


 

APV Power Stance Swing Trainer
 
Few things are more important in generating distance and accuracy than balance and set up. And nothing is more effective at teaching proper position than the Power Stance by APV Golf. Used by many top teaching professionals such as David Leadbetter and Gene Hori, it features adjustable footpads. These allow golfers to quickly and effortlessly train the body for a consistent stance. It also comes with a DVD on how to improve alignment, weight transfer and ball position that often plague amateurs.
 


 

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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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”