SATURDAY  | MARCH 30, 2019
During an Adaptive Golf Academy coach workshop, a couple of amputees train a new coach on best practices. [Photo: Adaptive Golf Academy]

Adaptive golf is not some new trend sweeping the game. As far back as the late 1930s, clinics and demonstrations were being held for disabled golfers.

For years, though, golfers who were either physically or cognitively challenged found the game difficult to play. Not as much from tee to green as having access to the game.

Thanks to the efforts of passionate individuals like Gianna Rojas, Jason Faircloth and David Windsor, along with a growing number of regional and national golf organizations, awareness is expanding and barriers are being broken.


The Weekly Briefing

As self-deprecating as NBC analyst and talk show host David Feherty can be at times, he can also be painfully candid about his own life. Feherty recently opened up about ending his 10-year run of sobriety following the tragic death of his son Shey.


The Cappuccini Resort's courtyard is an ideal location for an afternoon respite — and aperitif. [Photo: Cappuccini Resort]
Golf's Good Life

A 16th century Franciscan monastery may be an odd locale for a charming resort, but 30 years ago the Tonellie Pelizzari family made that transformation a reality. Today, the Cappuccini Resort, located outside of Milan in northern Italy, is a refreshing farmhouse-chic getaway with all of the current amenities.


Long-time golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are co-hosts of a weekly podcast, Hawk & Rude, in which they discuss and debate the hottest issues in golf. They will also share their takes in this weekly installment. 

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The Lost Art Of Putting

Most often when we think about putting prior to a round, there is an abundance of positive self talk. Such goals can be quickly derailed by the first three-putt green or missed gimme. Doubt, questions and negativity seep into the mind. Instructor Fred Shoemaker once said, “One of the bravest things a golfer can stay open to is the possible.” Perhaps the foundation of great putting is the question: “Is it possible that I could hole this putt?” How you answer is your choice — and could change your round.

European Tour coach Gary Nicol and performance coach Karl Morris are co-authors of The Lost Art of Putting. With more than 60 years of combined coaching experience, they have worked with a number of European players, including major champions Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, and European Ryder Cup members Paul Broadhurst, Peter Baker, Phil Price and Gordon Brand Jr. 

This is the third of six excerpts from "The Lost Art of Putting."



The week's top headlines from Morning ReadWhere To Golf NextWhat To Wear Next and The Equipment Insider

 Sponsors, LPGA help ease labor pains
Never can a career as a professional athlete seem so precarious – for a woman, at least – as when it’s time to start a family. Playing a sport for a living implies, of course, that the athlete has to play the sport to make the living. Refreshingly, more and more companies that sponsor LPGA players don’t see it that way. 
[Julie Williams | MR | 3.25.2019 | Read]

 It’s a lock: Gambling will lift fan interest
Few sports lend themselves so perfectly to gambling as does golf. Which is why when people complain about the speed of play in golf, they may not be so incensed in a couple of years, when in-play gambling will be part of the game's fabric.
[Alex Miceli | MR | 3.26.2019 | Read

 Tour’s outdated drug policy nabs Garrigus
Robert Garrigus violated the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, so he should have been suspended. But marijuana — which Garrigus admitted was the drug he used — like gambling, has evolved and maybe it's time for the tour to review stance on the drug.  
[Alex Miceli | MR | 3.25.2019 | Read

 Unassuming Dudley steps to forefront
Tommy Dudley would prefer to go about his business on the course as a golf rules official rather inconspicuously, which he has mostly done for 40-odd years. But Dudley was doing his job so well, that someone — in this instance, the USGA — was bound to take notice.  
[Andrew Blair | WTGN | 3.27.2019 | Read]

 Psst! Masters winner might show stripes
The Masters is just around the corner, which means Gary Van Sickle has been in touch with the Anonymous Gambler. The AG makes a case for Tiger Woods.
[Gary Van Sickle | MR | 3.28.2019 | Read]

Making the connection
I second Robin Dea’s opinion that the LPGA Amateur Golf Association provides great opportunities for women to play golf. Locally, we have a golf or networking event each month. Also, as a member, I have been welcomed to play with chapters in other states even though I didn’t know a soul. I have played in many of the competitive events over the years, traveling and playing at some fine golf courses.  


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