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Rock n Roller Alice Cooper and owner of a 5.3 handicap shares a tip he learned from Rocco Mediate. Dubbed the "Arizona Hot Toe" it is a useful chip shot to avoid hitting behind or in front of the ball... Continue Reading more about The Arizona Hot Toe

Gaining Distance with Gary Player

January 30th, 2014 by Matt

Master of golf, Gary Player, explains the optimal method to increase distance with your golf shot, no matter your age, height, or size. Mr. Player stresses the importance of proper strength conditioning... Continue Reading more about Gaining Distance with Gary Player

For those golfers looking to escape the element rather than endure them, is happy to provide an extensive collection of warm weather travel options, with 16 first-class courses to choose from and lodging accommodations provided by the award winning Zona Hotel and Suites of Scottsdale. Continue Reading more about Golf Discount Travel

72% of golfers say not playing “Ready Golf” is the main reason for slow play on the golf course according to over 2,000 respondents to a recent survey from a popular golf website Continue Reading more about top reasons for slow play in golf

70% of golfers say they have told a lie to either their work or to their significant other in order to play a round of golf, according to the survey of over 2,000 respondents from a popular golf website. “Playing hooky” from work was the number one lie told in order to play a round of golf... Continue Reading about Lies told to play Golf

Fairway Woods - Sure Thing

August 8th, 2013 by Matt

A useful club both off the tee and from the short grass, the fairway wood is a versatile tool for golfers of all skill levels. Some golfers struggle hitting fairway woods off the deck without a tee and prefer to only add one or two to their golf bag, while others are drawn to the confidence inspiring larger head shape of the woods and opt for three or four different lofts... Continue Reading about Fairway Woods

Complete Sets - All In One Package

July 31st, 2013 by Matt

Complete sets are the all-in-one package for golfers looking for everything they need to hit the course as soon as possible. Most commonly, beginning golfers utilize complete sets as a way to get everything they need quickly and easily, but many experienced golfers can benefit from complete sets as well. Golfers who have been playing for a long time, but who have avoided upgrades in their golf clubs, might benefit greatly from a complete overhaul of their se Continue Reading about Complete Sets

Nike Golf has had an exciting start to 2013. Nike Golf is the first in history to bring high-speed cavity back technology to a driver that conforms to USGA and R&A Rules. They have also added some exciting new athletes to the team including Nick Watney, Thorbjørn Olesen and someone we at are especially excited about, Kyle Stanley. Continue Reading about New Nike VR_S Covert and New Nike Athletes

TaylorMade RocketBladez Iron Review

November 7th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Today I had the opportunity to test drive the TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons, and I have to be honest, at first glance these irons did not strike me as anything special. They are a game improvement club--or so I thought. They have a medium thick top line, slightly offset, and a little slit on the bottom which TaylorMade calls the Speed Pocket. What a speed pocket it is. The first club I test drove was the pitching wedge. I got on our simulator and set everything to neutral, no wind and 75 degrees. I wasn’t even warmed up and the first swing went 135 yards. Now, I hit my regular pitching wedge on a well struck shot 130 yards with about 125 carry and 4-5 yards of roll. The RocketBladez PW went 135 ... Continue Reading TaylorMade RocketBladez Iron Review

Scotland Golf Trip, Part 6

October 17th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Our next stop was the golf course home to the Royal Family, named appropriately Royal Aberdeen. It is the sixth oldest golf club in the world, established in 1780. Located just two miles outside of Aberdeen city center this is one of the most spectacular natural sites for golf in all of Scotland. Pepper and Campbell authors of True Links consider it one of the world’s iconic links courses. Campbell considers the par 3 8th among the best 18 holes in Scotland and one of the 500 best in the world. he 18th has been described and one of the best finishing holes in all of Scottish golf. The five minute rule governing the search for lost balls was invented here and rated the course as 13th best in Scotland ... Continue Reading Scotland Golf Trip, Part 6

Scotland Golf Trip, Part 5

October 3rd, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Our next stop was the home of the Barclay’s Scottish Open. Castle Stuart is just outside of Inverness by the airport. It took us about 30 minutes from Nairn to get there. Castle Stuart premiered in Golf Magazine’s 2011 rankings as the 56 best course in the world, and since it was the home of the Scottish Open, we were all incredibly excited to play this venue. In addition, the course was built by the creator of Kingbarns, a course we were going to play later in the trip, so our interest level in this golf course was extremely high ... Continue Reading Scotland Golf Trip, Part 5

Scotland Golf Trip, Part 4

September 19th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Our next stop is a little know golf course extremely far north in the highlands ,about 1.5 hours from Nairn. Royal Dornoch has the same latitude as Juneau, Alaska affording about 20 hours of daylight. We played 36 holes and finished around 8:00pm and you would have thought it was noon by the lights of the sky. Royal Dornoch is the third oldest course in Scotland, and was rated 16th in the world by Golf Magazine in 2011. It lives up to all that and more. The great Donald Ross hails from Dornoch and you can surely see Dornoch’s influence on Donald Ross designs. This place is epic, with holes that literally run along the beach ... Continue Reading Scotland Golf Trip, Part 4

Scotland Golf Trip, Part 3

September 7th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Prestwick was a great round, and after our Kummel we voyaged north about 4.5 hours drive to the city of Inverness where we stayed at a great 12 room B & B called The Inverness Guest House, owned by one of the nicest couples, Doug and Kay Mitchell. I would highly recommend a stay there, as the rooms are spacious, the location is central, and the quality of the breakfast is excellent. The Guest house is located right on the Firth of Moray, 880 yards from the Nairn Golf Club. We played 36 holes at Nairn, and when we arrived, the Curtis Cup had just concluded on June 10th. We arrived on June 18th, one week later ... Continue Reading Scotland Golf Trip, Part 3

Scotland Golf Trip, Part 2

August 31st, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Our next stop was the Prestwick Golf Club located 30 miles southwest of Glasgow. It is rated 14th best course in Scotland by Prestwick hosted the first 15 open championships and 24 in total. Old Tom Morris the Architect became the head pro and greenskeeper here in 1851 after Allan Robertson fired him for using the new gutta percha ball. It was originally 12 holes until 1882 when they extended the course to 18. The open championship was played here from 1860-1881 and it was 12 holes ... Continue Reading Scotland Golf Trip, Part 2: Prestwick

Scotland Golf Trip, Part 1

August 29th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Here is my first in a series of impressions of my trip to Scotland. The trip started with a connection through Dallas on my way to London where I caught a connecting flight to Edinburgh. All would have went well if American had not been late getting me into Dallas but they were, so I missed the connection to London and since I was late to London I missed the connection to Edinburgh. I mention this because I learned a very expensive lesson ... Continue Reading My 1st Impressions on Playing Golf in Scotland

Slow Play is Killing Golf and a Solution to the Problem

August 17th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Today I would like to talk about something that makes me want to scream at people on the golf course. Yes, you guessed it from the title: Slow Play. It is a plague on the great game of golf. First off ,none of us are playing for our livelihood or mortgage payments. We are basically playing for the sheer joy of the game. That being said: Why can we not finish a round of golf in less than 4 hours? One of the things that I think has slowed down play has been watching the pros play golf on TV, average players then hit the course and try to emulate them. I believe that this is a major contributing factor to slow play. The other culprit is that many times I see people just simply not ready to play when it is their turn. When it is your turn you should be over your ball and ready to strike, not pulling your club or determining the yardage or deciding on the type if shot to play ... Continue Reading about Slow Play and a Solution

Sun Mountain Micro Cart: A Review From the Links

August 8th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Recently I took an epic pilgrimage to Scotland. I decided to take my own push cart, or “trolley” as they refer to them in the UK. The reason I took my own trolley was twofold. The first reason was that the trolleys they have in Scotland are of really low quality, and the second was that they charge for the rental of them. Since I was playing nearly 20 rounds in total it made sense to me from an economic as well as comfort standpoint to bring my own trolley. The golf courses in Scotland charge about 4-5 pounds sterling for the rental, so that equated out to about 150 US dollars if I was to rent and use a cart on every course, something I expected to do. Instead I brought my own which was substantially nicer than the rentals and by the end of the trip I had a really nice cart to show for it to keep to myself and use for future rounds ... Continue Reading Sun Mountain Micro Cart Review

Golf Hybrids: Not Just Replacements for the 3 and 4 Irons

August 2nd, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Golf Hybrids have become commonplace now in the world of golf, and even the best players on the PGA tour are now using them on a regular basis. And why not? They are easier and more forgiving than long irons and carry farther with less effort. Most people have 1 or 2 hybrids in their bag, the most common lofts being 18, 20 and 23 degrees. However, this insomniac has realized something in the past few sleepless weeks. My five and six iron fly about the same distance and height. This realization has lead me to try something with great results ... Continue Reading About Golf Hybrids

Different Wedges for Different Conditions: Is it Worth it?

July 27th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

I just got back from a whirlwind tour of Scotland, playing 14 courses and 20 rounds in 14 days. One of the things that you should know about golf in Scotland is that it is very different from most golf you will play in the states. The grass is different, most of the courses we played were links style and the ground is very firm almost hardpan, making it difficult to take a divot. Why am I mentioning all this? Well, because I want to talk about the wedges we all use. Specifically, pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges. These represent the 4 most common wedges in the bag. I should mention that not everyone will carry all 4 some will carry 3 or even 2, but I believe that to score well and play your best golf 3 wedges is a minimum, and If I was going to play in a tournament, say a club championship or invitational, I would put 4 in my bag and drop a long iron. The question that comes to mind now is what 4 wedges to put in the bag? The question that comes to mind now is what 4 wedges to put in the bag? This is where it gets a little technical. There are 4 characteristics of every wedge. (1) Loft (2) Lie (3) Bounce (4) Grind. (1) Loft: Put simply, that is how high you will hit the ball or the angle that the ball will launch. The higher the number the higher the ball will launch off the club face. Why is this important? A lob wedge will launch the ball higher and land it softer than a sand or gap wedge which would help you score better when you are short sided by the pin ... Continue Reading Different Wedges for Different Conditions

The Open Championship Tour Wrap Up

July 24th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

This year’s Open Championship will be remembered for many things. The chance that Paul Lawrie, a 46 year old past Open winner might rise again, and after 3 days it looked like that might happen. The idea that Tiger was back, his form and focus looked so good, but I have to question the strategy of laying back so far on most holes and then trying to hit such long shots into the green. And for that matter, trying to muscle 7 and 8 irons nearly two hundred yards. Why does he try to do that and swing so hard, doesn’t he have a 6 or a 5 iron? But for me, this year and for years to come, this week will be remembered as the year Adam Scott gave away The Open Championship. Not since Jean van de Velde’s infamous collapse on the 72nd hole at Carnoustie in 1999 (Carnoustie, which I played on my pilgrimage to Scotland) have I witnessed such a tragedy. I was completely dumbfounded by the lack of focus Scott exhibited in the last four holes of the Open Championship. It started on the Tee of the 15th hole where Adam had a 4 shot lead with 4 to play, and it seemed that all we had to do is watch as the Butch Harmon disciple (and as many have put it, a guy who has ... Continue Reading The Open Championship Tour Wrap Up

Five Players To Watch at the Open Championship

July 19th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Below are some of the Golf Insomniac's predictions for the British Open. He deprived himself of sleep for weeks leading up to the tournament, pouring over the stats and reports and putting together his best guesses at what might happen. As we draw closer to the end of the tournament, how do you think he did? Read on, for the record does not lie: First and foremost on everyone’s mind has to be Tiger Woods. Tiger has three wins this year and when he is on his game the swing and attitude look great. Remember, Tiger also has 2 missed cuts, something we just don’t expect to see from the former #1 golfer in the world, a title that he held for 623, 282, and then 264 weeks in a row. For those of you counting at home that is just shy of 5.5 years as #1 player in the world. How good is that? Well Greg Norman held on to the top spot for 331 weeks in total and 96 weeks consecutively, and only three players in history have held the #1 spot for a full year ... Continue Reading Five Players to Watch

Testing the New TaylorMade RocketBallz High Launch

April 27th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Today I did a test run on the Foresight Sports Simulator with my present driver,  the Taylormade Super Fast 2.0 TP 10.5 loft w/ Aldila RIP Alpha Shaft as well as the new Taylormade Rocketballz High Launch with the Matrix OZIK XCON 7 shaft.  The results might surprise you. My swing speed is just over 102 mph and my launch angle on the TM SF 2.0 was at 11.9 which is on the low side.  Carry was 248 yards and with my slight draw final distance was 265-270.  I hit a pretty straight ball, but with 10 drives 2 were out of the fairway and in the rough.   The RocketBallz HL has a loft of 12.5 which you might think is too high, however that was not the case. Since the shaft has a higher kick point, it actually gave me a better launch angle of 13.8 which made the carry 262 and distance 278-282 yards ... Continue Reading TaylorMade RBZ Test

Over 30 years have passed since TaylorMade unveiled their first ever driver into the market, and as you can see, a lot can happen in three decades. The M1, released in 1980, has the distinction of being the first metalwood to feature a traditional headshape, inspired by the persimmon drivers that had come before. As the years progressed, TaylorMade continued to innovate and push the envelope; creating drivers with orange heads, offering multiple cc volume options, and even adding moveable weights and fully adjustable heads to promote customized ball flight, launch, and workability. Recently, we've seen a boom in TaylorMade's unique white, or “ghost,” head color, first seen in the R11 and SuperFast 2.0 lines, and showcased in the newly launched RocketBallz and R11S series. In the infographic that follows, you can follow TaylorMade's progression from up and coming equipment manufacturer of the Pittsburg Persimmon, to an industry leader in technology and innovation that has culminated with the release of the RBZ line of drivers ... Click To View the Infographic

Justin Timberlake has officially been hired as Callaway Golf’s new Creative Director. Add that to his resume, one that includes: Mickey Mouse Club Member, Boy Band Leader, Adult Pop Musician, Actor, Record Label Owner, Fashion Label Founder, Restaurant Opener, Saturday Night Live Host, and Golf Course Owner. The guy has done a lot of stuff. We’re (maybe) interested in this new life adventure he’s about to start, because it concerns our world, the world of golf and golf equipment. It will be curious to see what kind of design and creative choices Callaway starts to make now, or if there will be any noticeable difference at all. Here’s hoping Timberlake makes a mark, if for no other reason than it will be interesting. I have a bit of advice as well, and it may just be a stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. In order to fully promote his new position, and to add an entire new level of excitement to the direction of Callaway Golf, Justin Timberlake should update the song titles of all his greatest hits in order to more fully involve the sport of golf and the equipment used to play it ... Justin Timberlake and Callaway Golf

This is not simply a shameless advertisement for all the incredible and exciting savings we’ve been offering our customers lately. Goodness no, we’re so much better than that. This post has been designed as a means for you, the super smart and savvy money saving customer, to think up some creative ways to spend all that money you’ve been saving lately as a result of all our awesome sales. We figure that since we’re responsible for all that extra cash rolling around in your pocket, the least we could do was think of productive and worthwhile ways for you to get rid of it. Our pleasure! ... Continue Reading Ways To Spend

One Employee's Golf Holiday Wish List

November 18th, 2011 by Scott

As you are no doubt aware, the Holiday season is fast approaching. There is shopping to be done, gifts to be bought, stockings to be stuffed. You may be a golfer looking for something to add you your list. You may be a non-golfer shopping for the range rat in your life. You may be something in between. But no matter your golf familiarity or intentions, we have you covered at ... Continue Reading Holiday Wishlist

There’s a saying out there about pictures and words and in this case it’s entirely true. One thousand may not be enough. More than anything, there’s something about this picture that fully encapsulates the post-scandal Tiger Woods better than anything else I’ve yet to read or see. It finally seems real now! We can, quite literally, see the pain on the man’s face. I think my ACL started aching just looking at it. My back feels sore, does anyone have any aspirin? I started typing this and then the underside of my hands started to hurt, so I taped them up Eldrick style to ward off any calluses. Ok, that’s enough, for now ... Continue Reading Tiger Woods and Steve Williams

Say, have you seen this on the internet lately? I just stumbled across it a day or two ago, and while it’s possible I’m just way behind the ball on this and it’s all just old news, I’d like to share it with you, and offer some praise of how awesome this fake ice cream is. It’s pretty awesome, right? This fake Caddyshack, or should we say, Caddysnack (we should) ice cream by Ben and Jerry’s was designed by Jon Defreest at his website Jonny etc. There are some other excellent fake ice creams over there, and other awesome designs of cool and interesting stuff, so definitely take a gander if you’re so intrigued. But since we’re a Golf Blog, let’s talk about this Carl Spackler number, shall we? ... Continue Reading Caddyshack Ice Cream

Full Disclosure: I think Ben Crane are pretty much awesome. The reasons why is probably pretty obvious, but it’s almost impossible to not root for the guy. In case you’ve been living underneath a rock (also, don’t do that, it can’t be comfortable at all), you should be informed that Ben Crane is responsible for some legitimately hilarious internet videos. To be clear, when I say “hilarious,” you would be forgiven to assume that I’m using the word a bit carelessly, that I’m putting the humor of a PGA golfer and professional athlete on a different scale than normal comedy ... Continue Reading Ben Crane WITB

How to Select an Iron Set For a Beginner

September 30th, 2011 by Scott

Most beginners tend to be a bit inconsistent when it comes to how flush they hit the ball. Beginners often hit a little bit behind the golf ball, causing a fat or “chunky” shot, where the iron digs into the ground a little bit before it gets to the ball, causing grass to get in between the ball and the face of the club. The result is a shot that comes up very short. Does this sound familiar? To remedy this situation ... Continue Reading Beginner Iron Sets