by Gary Van Sickle

Back in May, the USGA and R&A announced that they would launch a website for further study of driving distance, eliciting opinions from pros, amateurs, equipment makers and even the media.

It would be easier just to read our stories from the past decade or so, but whatever.


by Ted Bishop

Last winter, I randomly received a book in the mail that would change my life as a golf course operator. It was entitled, “Golf: The Untapped Market: Why the Pros are Failing to Grow the Game.” Honestly, I was somewhat offended by the title, and I had never heard of the author, Chuck Thompson. The book sat on my desk until I needed some airplane reading on a quick trip to Florida.

Once I started Thompson’s book, I could not put it down. I actually read it twice in a five-day span. His assessment of the golf industry is the most accurate and brutally honest account that I have seen. He discusses the four types of golfers: core, avid, casual and non-golfers.


Mickelson simply doesn’t fit U.S. team
When Paul Azinger persuaded the PGA of America to increase the number of captain's picks from two to four for the 2008 Ryder Cup, the purpose was to give the captain the ability to select players who were playing well rather than be saddled with a player who accumulated his points in the first of the two years. Has 2018 captain Jim Furyk taken full advantage of that change?

Consider that three of his picks (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Tony Finau) have a combined one victory during the two years from the most recent Ryder Cup. Is that taking the best players, or is it similar to betting on racehorses who are fast closers but who can't seem to get to the finish line? Our Ryder Cup team already has one of those in Rickie Fowler. Let's hope that Furyk is right.


Published: By the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, the new Rules of Golf, ahead of their effective date on Jan. 1. The game’s governing bodies also introduced a Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf, which is designed to provide a shorter version of the rules (list of changes).



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On the Grill Room menu: Keegan Bradley's victory at the BMW; Justin Rose becomes No. 1 in the world; Tiger Woods qualifies for the Tour Championship, but Jordan Spieth doesn’t; and Xander Schauffele falls short of a Ryder Cup bid. In the Feature Interview, Sky Sports' Richard Kaufman talks about his new podcast. Plus, Jimmy Roberts joins Kelly Elbin in Voices of the Game.

Hawk & Rude: Rainy days and Mondays
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss Keegan Bradley’s victory at sloppy Aronimink, Jim Furyk’s final Ryder Cup pick and Justin Rose’s ascension to No. 1 in the world ranking.


Cobra Golf announced the introduction of its F-Max Superlite irons and hybrids, which it claims to be the company’s lightest and easiest-to-hit clubs ever developed. The clubs will be available at retail and online beginning Oct. 5. Steel-shafted irons will be priced at $599 for a seven-piece set. A graphite-shafted seven-club combo set of hybrids and irons will be priced at $699.


The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., announced its September Sellout Sale for last-minute fall travel. The promotion, through Sept. 30, offers rates as low as $99 per night.


Hero MotoCorp has extended its title sponsorship of the Hero World Challenge, company and tournament officials announced. The tournament, hosted by Tiger Woods and his TGR Foundation, will be played Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at Albany, Bahamas.


PGA National Resort and Spa announced its Fall Escape and Play package for the resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The package includes breakfast and a round of golf on the Fazio, Squire or Estates courses daily. Play also is available on the Palmer and Champion courses, for a surcharge.


Bridgestone Golf announced the next generation of its JGR clubs, which will be available beginning Oct. 8. Earlier this summer, PGA Tour players Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker put the Tour B JGR driver into their bags.


Lamkin congratulated the winner of the recent BMW Championship, who played the grip maker’s products. He used the Crossline Full-Cord model grip.


Arcis Golf has teamed with Love Hope Strength Foundation to present Rock The Pines, a celebrity golf tournament and concert to be held Oct. 20 at Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas. The foundation, founded by cancer survivor Mike Peters of the rock band The Alarm, recruits potential donors to the bone marrow registry.

September 11-14
Junior girls: World Junior Girls Championship

Camelot G&CC, Cumberland, Ontario

September 13-16
LPGA: Evian Championship

Evian Resort, Evian-les-Baines, France

European Tour: KLM Open

The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands Tour: Albertsons Boise Open

Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho

September 14-16
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout

Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.

Champions: The Ally Challenge

Warwick Hills GC, Grand Blanc, Mich.

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