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MAY 3, 2017
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By STEVE ELLING

This story comes with a warning label: These men are professionals. Don’t try this at home.

Most golfers who attempt to swing a club like Dustin Johnson, whose super-supinated left-wrist position at the top of the swing is unlike any No. 1 player in golf history, might struggle to make solid contact, if not remain standing upright.

“Even if you try,” golf instructor Jim McLean said, “you almost can’t get your wrist into that position.”


By GARY VAN SICKLE

Most golfers are interested in mainly two things.

One, hitting it farther. It’s not just chicks who dig the long ball. It’s everyone.

Two, knowing exactly how far they hit the driver. Everyone’s inner Happy Gilmore makes him want to know whether he can reach the magic number: 300 yards for a serious stick or 200 yards for a young junior golfer. It’s all about bragging rights or self-worth.



Power in the proper place

The new rule does the exact opposite to how you see it (“Looser rules guidelines offer convenient excuses,” April 26, http://bit.ly/2oKWREu). It returns the honor of the game to the players and the intent of all of those rules and takes away the power of the public, where it never should have been in the first place.

Rich Carr
Ashburn, Va.


Keeping score

9

Number of top-10 finishes for Phil Mickelson, in 13 starts, at the Wells Fargo Championship, but he has yet to win the North Carolina tournament.

60

Number of years since the PGA Tour has played in Wilmington, N.C., site of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship. The tournament relocated from its usual home at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, which will play host to the PGA Championship later this season. The winner of the 1957 Azalea Open in Wilmington was the late Arnold Palmer.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Tin Cup Products has announced a partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. Tin Cup, which produces ball markers and golf ball-marking stencils, will use the Folds of Honor logo on the company’s Patriot Series of products.

Aquatrols, which manufactures soil surfactants and related technologies, promoted Matt Foster to president and chief executive officer. Foster had been the chief operating officer at the Paulsboro, N.J.-based company.

Global Value Commerce, which sells used golf equipment and new golf gear online, has reintroduced its Tourney Collection apparel line. The men’s polo shirts, pants, shorts and light outerwear are available on globalgolf.com.



CALENDAR
May 4-7
Web.com Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa Match Play
Mexico GC, Mexico City
Amateur: Lytham Trophy
Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England
PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship
Eagle Point GC, Wilmington, N.C.
May 5-7
Champions Tour: Insperity Invitational
The Woodlands (Texas) CC
May 9-10
NGF Golf Business Symposium
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 11-14
PGA Tour: The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
European Tour: Portugal Open
Morgado G&CC, Portimao, Portugal
May 18-21
LPGA: Kingsmill Championship
Kingsmill Resort (River Course), Williamsburg, Va.
Web.com Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am
Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.
Champions Tour: Regions Tradition
Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala.
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
European Tour: The Rocco Forte Open
Verdura GC, Agrigento, Italy
May 21-25
Industry: ING Spring Conference
World Golf Village and Hall of Fame Museum, St. Augustine, Fla.

      
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