SATURDAY  | APRIL 20, 2019
Technology has improved practicing and playing golf to the point that a golfer need not even step onto a course. [Photo: AboutGolf]

Golf, as an industry, has not always been the quickest of sports to embrace change. 

So, when technology started entering the game at a fast and furious pace around the turn of the century — this century — golf was forced to accept the inevitable. Innovation has changed how we watch, practice and even play the game. 


The Weekly Briefing

Justin Thomas has not been a big fan of several new Rules of Golf, which took effect on Jan. 1. One in particular is Rule 4.1, which deals with clubs damaged during the course of a round. 

Last week, the USGA and R&A introduced a clarification of the rule, which was more to Thomas' liking since he provided input that led to the recent change.  

Also, Tiger Woods is scheduled to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom after winning the latest Masters, which was also viewed in record-setting numbers. 


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. 

Which of the three remaining 2019 majors is Tiger Woods most likely to win?


Shakshuka is one of the trendiest dishes going these days — just check social media. [Photo: Sandra A. Gutierrez]
Golf's Good Life

Take a spicy sauce, add poached eggs and cook for about 20 minutes. Add some toppings and voila. 

At face value that might not sound too appealing, but the dish is called shakshuka and it's trending. The dish is equal parts comfort food, easy to make and healthy. Now what's not to like about that?  


The Lost Art Of Putting

We’ve all seen or played with the guy who looks at every putt from every angle, right? What is he looking for? Basically, clues that will lead to making a decision on how hard to hit the putt and what line to hit the ball on. Looking from the low side, though, may provide the best vantage point.   

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 fifth 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

◼ Schauffele comes of age on Tiger trail
What are the odds of a kid under a tree at Torrey Pines at the 2008 U.S. Open challenging Tiger Woods at the Masters 11 years later? Well, it happened and that kid is Xander Schauffele, 25, who is a bonafide major contender.  
[Gary Van Sickle | MR | 4.17.2019 | Read]

◼ Pasatiempo steps into spotlight
Thanks to Golf Channel's televising of the 73rd Western Intercollegiate earlier this week, the country was able to see Alister MacKenzie’s architectural artistry at Pasatiempo Golf Club.
[Ron Kroichick | WTGN | 4.17.2019 | Read

◼ Woods initiates major reboot of image
The world feels different in the wake of Woods’ fifth Masters Tournament title. Once again, Woods seems like the only relevant topic of golf conversation. That was true starting in 1997 until just a few years ago.  
[Gary Van Sickle | MR | 4.18.2019 | Read]  

◼ Woods gives course owners an opening
As a golf course owner and operator, Ted Bishop is hopeful that Tiger Woods' win at the Masters will serve as an influencer to bring more golfers to the game.   
[Ted Bishop | MR | 4.18.2019 | Read]

◼ A golf shoe with a twist
You can change your ringtone and your screensaver, so why not the color of your golf shoes? Well, you can, thanks to Jack Grace USA, which makes saddle golf shoes with interchangeable saddles.
[Dan Vukelich | WTWN | 4.18.2019 | Read]

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