SATURDAY  | APRIL 6, 2019
Many of the stand-alone driving ranges that still exist today are going through a phase of change in an attempt to attract new business. [Photo: David Droschak]

The stand-alone driving range is, in many respects, similar to the drive-in movie theatre. In their heyday, both were awesome.

The drive-in theatre is all but extinct nowadays and the traditional driving range is not too far behind. The Golf Range Association of America estimates that 1,200 stand-alone ranges still exist nationwide.

Those ranges, though, are getting an assist from the unlikliest of competitors — Topgolf. The rise of the practice / entertainment model is giving the stand alones fresh ideas on how to attract new clientele.

 


The Weekly Briefing

Tiger Woods is a 12-to-1 favorite to win next week’s Masters. That’s pretty good for a 43-year-old player who hasn’t won a major in 11 years. But while age and years absent from the major winner’s circle are reasons to shy away, glimpses of old and history give him a fighting chance.

Also, Steph Curry lends talents to mini-golf show and Chambers Bay steps up its green play.

 


The egg salad sandwich is as much a part of the Masters as the green jacket — and looks just as good. [Photo: Sandra A. Gutierrez]
Golf's Good Life

Maybe the simplicity of the recipe is why the egg salad sandwich sold at the Masters is so popular. Eggs, mayo, salt and pepper slapped on white bread — at least that is what we are told. Or maybe it's how the bright yellow and white color of the eggs complement the surrounding greenery. Or the throwback price of $1.50. Whatever the attraction, the egg salad sandwich is an undeniable part of the Masters' allure.

Not all of us, though, are fortunate to snag passes — even for practice rounds. We are left to sit at home and watch the year's first major play out. Well, not all is lost as we give you a recipe that may help in making you feel closer to the action. 

 


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. 

If you had to bet $100 on someone to win the Masters, who do you put your money on?

 


The Lost Art Of Putting

So much about putting instruction is focused on getting the putter started. Same with training aids. Aim and start line are the main areas being addressed. But what if you have exhausted the litany of options and still struggle with putting?

Perhaps the issue is not with the start, but how the putt finishes. While aim and line are important to any good putt, maybe try thinking more about the pace of a putt.  


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 fourth of six excerpts from "The Lost Art of Putting."

 


ICYMI

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

◼ Redding readies for rare opportunity
Anna Redding, a University of Virginia senior, has advanced to today's final round of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Reaching this point is part of a what could be a dream weekend. The other part? The Cavaliers winning the NCAA Championship on Monday night.  
[Andrew Blair | WTGN | 4.3.2019 | Read]

◼ Augusta’s fiendish 12th rewrites history
The great thrill of the Masters Tournament is the threat of The Others — the dreaded big numbers. No hole in major-championship golf is more dangerous than Golden Bell, the name given to Augusta National’s 155-yard, par-3 12th.
[Gary Van Sickle | MR | 4.2.2019 | Read

◼ Talent tilt: Europe's stars edge top Yanks
Pro golf’s competitive landscape changes without warning, long before anyone actually notices the difference. Proven players get hot, then disappear for months. Right now, based off of three wins to end the Florida Swing, Europe’s fleet of top players is every bit as strong as Uncle Sam’s, if not stronger, at the moment.  
[John Hawkins | MR | 4.5.2019 | Read]  

◼ 5 stealthy picks who could shine in green
The favorites for this year's Masters are somewhat obvious — Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and even Tiger Woods. But who could be the next Danny Willett or Charl Schwartzel?  
[Mike Purkey | MR | 4.4.2019 | Read]

◼ Miura’s new K-Grind 2.0 is upgrade
Miura's new K-Grind 2.0 sand wedge is a club to behold. The classically sleek look incorporates three flutes that resist twisting through the muckiest of turfs. Playing the wedge is akin to test driving a Mercedes or Maserati, and the price tag reflects that comparison. 
[Gary Van Sickle | TEI | 4.3.2019 | Read]


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