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Lydia Ko Can Be Excused For Starting The Season Sluggishly

Posted by Perry Lefko on Feb 21, 2017 12:59:33 PM

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Golfers are always experimenting to improve their game, but when the top-ranked professional women’s player in the world does it, well, that’s quite unusual and people take notice.

So when Lydia Ko played for the first time in 2017 in the Australian Open, a tournament in which she has had considerable success in the past, and finished tied for 46th, it only underlined some of the decisions – and the criticisms – the 19-year made in the last few months.

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Spieth Is Rounding Back Into Form

Posted by Perry Lefko on Feb 14, 2017 10:40:32 AM

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Some random thoughts for the golf world:

Jordan Spieth looks be to be back in form from two years ago after a somewhat disappointing season in 2016.

His four-stroke win in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am was stunning, if only because he came into Sunday’s final round with a resounding six-shot lead and essentially had to play cautiously or, according to his caddie’s suggestion, “boring golf.”

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Puttering Around With An Oversized Grip

Posted by Perry Lefko on Feb 9, 2017 9:30:01 AM

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Getting a grip on your golf game has literally become more important than ever.

Oversized grips have changed the game, and it’s certainly become a major topic. Like anything, once something has some kind of success, it becomes more popular.

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Rookie Proves He Is Rahm Tough

Posted by Perry Lefko on Jan 31, 2017 9:28:40 AM

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As Jon Rahm made a 60-foot putt from off the fringe to register an eagle on the final hole of the Farmers Insurance Open – a shot that would lead to his first PGA Tour victor – did you notice the brand name of the ball? It was a TaylorMade TP5x.

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The Sports World Is Abuzz About Tiger Woods

Posted by Perry Lefko on Jan 26, 2017 2:04:36 PM

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The news about Tiger Woods attempting to return to competitive golf on a regular basis, coupled with the equipment he is using, are generating a huge buzz in the industry and, to an even bigger extent, the mainstream sports world.

When one of the greatest stars of this generation is coming back after what was considered a possible end to his career because of injuries, combined with the fact he is 41, people take notice. This is 21 years since Woods took the golf game by storm and then went through a roller-coaster of events on and off the golf course.

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Tips On Choosing Golf Balls

Posted by Perry Lefko on Jan 24, 2017 10:22:09 AM

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Choosing a golf ball that’s right for you and learning how to hit to maximize distance and accuracy can make a huge difference in your game. But how do you determine which is the best ball for you?

Paulin Vaillancourt, who has been instructing for 35 years and taught current LPGA star Brooke Henderson as a junior, says most players, especially amateurs, should be using a softer ball.

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How A Golfer Turned His Passion Into A Career

Posted by Perry Lefko on Jan 24, 2017 10:21:52 AM

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There are many ways to become interested in golf and turn it into a career, either playing or teaching. In the case of Paulin Vaillancourt, he accomplished both and can lay claim to coaching a current top-10 LPGA player, Brooke Henderson, and her sister/caddie, Brittany.

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Physical And Mental Fitness Can Improve Your Game

Posted by Perry Lefko on Jan 17, 2017 8:25:20 AM

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Former NHL stars (left to right) Marcel Dionne, Rick Vaive, Mike Gartner and Gary Leeman.
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During my conversation with former National Hockey League player Gary Leeman, I asked him for some tips about golf. You can read more about Gary's NHL career and how he got into golf on my previous post.

As someone who was a decent amateur and is now a three-handicap, Gary told me that physical fitness, in particular strengthening the core, can help improve your game.

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Former Pro Hockey Player Gary Leeman Talks About Golf

Posted by Perry Lefko on Jan 16, 2017 1:38:03 PM

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Gary Leeman is among a select few players in the National Hockey League to score 50 goals in a season, but he also happens to be a good golfer.

I caught up with Gary at a Toronto Maple Leafs alumni game to talk about hockey and golf. Gary surpassed the coveted 50-goal plateau for the Leafs in 1989-90, and later became part of a 10-player trade, the biggest one in National Hockey League history, and also had the good fortune of winning a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1992-94.

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Keith Pelley Is Changing The Way We Play And Watch Golf

Posted by Perry Lefko on Jan 10, 2017 8:38:21 AM

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Keith Pelley has always impressed me as a visionary, someone who knew how to take the sports experience to a new level, so I’m not surprised what he is doing as Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the European Tour, shaking up golf with some radical ideas.

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