And no, this was not Photoshopped. This was an actual pin placement in a tournament.
Not just any tournament either. This was a PROFESSIONAL tournament.
Yup, the PGA Tour decided to have some fun with the hole placement at the Puerto Rican Open qualifier about a month ago. The hole is placed practically right on the edge of the green.
Check out this odd picture below!
Young golf pro Bo Hoag shared the picture on Twitter and I’m sure had question marks floating all around his young, Ohio State head:
— Bo Hoag (@BoHoag) March 3, 2015
Hmm, well this seems like something the great golf course designer Pete Dye would do. Then, he’d laugh at all of us who dare decide to test the strange hole position just to end up in the rough, leaving with a tough chip.
What if you decide to lay it up and not aim right at the flag? Sure, you’d avoid the rough behind the hole, but what if you over hit your putt and end up there anyway?
Oh, the things course designers and superintendents do to mess with our weak golfer brains!
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Credit: Golf News Net
Posted in Golf Photos and tagged Crazy Golf Hole, Crazy Golf Pictures, Golf News Net, Golf Pin Placements, PGA Tour, Puerto Rican Open Qualifier by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
LoudMouth putter grips? WHAA?! Yup, the same company that created the wacky, fun, colorful pants, shorts, hoodies, etc is back and better than ever. This time, with one of the most unique putter grips to date.
They’re just as fun and colorful as the pants you love. They also include a feature never before seen on a putter grip but I’ll get to that in minute.
I decided to go with the Shagadelic color (Pictured) which has always been a personal favorite style of mine from LoudMouth for some time. I also decided to go with the jumbo size because I think it’s important to have some extra space for your hands while putting.
The first thing you obviously noticed is its wacky style which LoudMouth is famous for. Very beautiful and would stand out on any and every putter on any and every golf course.
The feel of the grip is spectacular. It’s very comfortable, stress free and has a nice scaly kinda feel. Almost like the snake skin feeling you find on some of the more expensive grips except it’s not.
The look and the colors of it just make it feel that much sweeter.
Now, to the coolest part of this unique flat stick grip. The grip comes with a custom ball marker.
Oh, no not just any ball marker though. This ball marker is magnetized on the top of your grip.
Yup, yup, that’s right. It sticks to the top of your grip, matching the same beautiful color of the grip itself.
It’s LoudMouth’s revolutionary TourMARK series of grips.
So, when you need to line your putt up and need to read the slope of the green, all you have to do is pull this beauty off the top and put it back on when you’re done.
So, long gone are the days where you have to dig through your pockets full of lint, coins, tees, dirty golf balls, etc just to pull out the ball marker.
Nope, all you have to do is pull the marker that firmly stuck on top of your beautiful grip.
And ball markers are more important than you think. As mentioned, you need one to be able to read the green design better or just to simply move your ball out of the way when others are putting.
Sure, you can read the green with the ball sitting there like I might do sometimes but the ball can block the starting point of the slope which is important to read in order to sink putts. And you want to sink putts right? I sure hope so!
So it’s nice to be able to just pull the ball marker right off of your putter instead digging through your bag or your pocket for it. Besides, if you’re playing with a partner, the last thing you want to do is start fishing out for a ball marker and wasting time.
I mean, what if you were playing with your grumpy face boss or you were on a date with a girl (Unless you’re a female then obviously you’d be with a man)? The boss will think you’re slacking like you do at work and the girl will be playing with another guy by the time you find your marker.
Sure, you can use a penny or a dime that’s “top of the line” but real ball markers are just sexier and the ones that are attached to these beautiful grips are just that.
Lost one of your markers? No problem, LoudMouth has recently started selling replacement markers so that way you don’t have to worry about getting a whole other grip so you can get the marker back.
LoudMouth never seisez to amaze with the ideas they come up with and to me personally, it’s terrific for the style of the sport of golf. This brilliant, yet simple idea is unlike anything in golf and the TourMARK grips leave their mark on the most important club in the bag.
Check out the grips at US.LoudMouthGolf.com
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Posted in Reviews and tagged Golf Grip Reviews, LoudMouth Golf, LoudMouth Golf Grip Review, LoudMouth Golf Pants, LoudMouth Putter Grip by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
Jut when you thought you were doing something crazy out on the golf course, a man in Scotland may have you beat.
Tommy Hyndman, a man from New York, decided to move to the beautiful island of Fair Isle located in Scotland in 2006 (Yes, the magical year where three schools from Illinois made it to the NCAA March Madness Tournament. *SIGH*). What is Fair Isle you ask?
Well, it’s one of the most isolated islands in the world with 65 residents, over 1,200 sheep and over 20,000 puffins (The only time some of us might ever see a birdie). the island is full of history with a old lighthouse looking over the edge of the island while some old houses are spread acrossed it.
The coolest feature of Fair Isle though? There’s a golf course on it, yes, a golf course. It’s a unique, 6 hole layout that has no bunkers and grassy greens so you might have to put a little extra power on your putts.
Here’s a nice picture of the layout:
Although there’s no hazards such as bunkers, the hills of the course can attack you and you know what else can get you? Mother nature.
On arguably the most remote golf course on the planet, this gorgeous course can have some of the windiest days you’ll ever see.
That’s the hazard Tommy decided to tackle one day on the course and shot shaped his way around.
Here’s the amazing video below. Enjoy!
Seems like a golf course that’s an absolute true adventure and that’s one of the biggest reasons why we love this game. You never know what kind of adventures you come across!
Check out Tommy’s awesome Fair Isle blog here: Fair.Isle.BlogSpot.com
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You know SuperStroke. You know, the rapdily growing, crazy popular golf grip company known for it’s oversized putter grips? Well, the company made popular by Jordan Spieth and Jason Dufner has decided to create some grips that you can use for ALL of your clubs.
So now you’ll have one of their wonderful putter grips on your putter and some regular grips for your irons, driver, etc. The TX1 Premium Golf Club grips from Super Stroke are just as unique as their puffy, fluffy putter grips.
The first thing you’ll notice with the TX1 grips is the beauty of them. These are very colorful, bright, smack in your face grips that will stand out among other golf clubs at the course.
The bottom of the grip features the popular and always terrific rubber feel. Always a nice feature to help get your dominant in a comfortable position to execute the perfect shot.
Now the top of the grip is what makes the TX1 grips stand out from others. It’s the most colorful part of the grip and the material is unique.
The top part of the grip has somewhat of a soft cloth feeling or a soft carpet feel. This really helps get your hands in a comfortable state because it’s almost as if one of those furry kind of blankets are wrapped around it.
It really is a comfortable feeling and I don’t have to worry about how my hands feel. Instead, I can just focus on the shot I need to hit.
SuperStroke never seems to disappoint and they have risen to become one of the hottest golf companies around. But now, since they’ve spreaded they’re wings and decided to throw some regular grips into the mix, it just makes SuperStroke that much better.
The TX1’s are great grips that are really good for wedges I must say as well.\
Now, if only they made the TX1’s as fat and puffy as their putter grips! Hmmm….
You can get the TX1 grips at SuperStrokeUSA.com
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Posted in Reviews and tagged Golf Grip Reviews, Golf Reviews, SuperStroke Grips, SuperStroke TX1 Grips by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
WOW! Did anyone see this coming? After Tiger Woods has been the face of the EA Sports golf franchise for 17 years, there’s a new cover boy representing the legendary video game. Four time major champion Rory Mcilroy is the new face of the longtime franchise with the new name being “Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour”.
It’s a bold move for EA Sports since, like Tiger Woods, some people hate him and some people love him. Putting a name on a video game is a risk, but it’s a risk EA thinks is worth taking.
Either way, the game sounds like it could be terrific and from what I’m hearing, the courses should be epic.
Here’s a tweet of the new cover:
— EA SPORTS PGA TOUR (@EASPORTSGOLF) March 16, 2015
And here’s a short clip showing the incredible graphics of the game:
On the same day EA Sports made the announcement, HB Studios announced the Collector’s Edition for their game, The Golf Club which is continuing to blossom as the game starts getting more popular.
The game will also feature “The Night Club” which, although not much is said about it will feature amazing power boosts while teeing off on unreal fantasy courses. Sounds amazing.
Frank Nobilo and Rich Lerner will be the broadcasters in this year’s game.
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the cover move simply because as I mentioned, putting a name on the game may turn some people off. Sure, it’s all about the gameplay and not the person that’s on it right? But for the people who dislike Mcilroy, this is not going to bid well for them.
I thought simply calling the game “PGA Tour” was the smart move and just putting different golfers on the cover each year.
That said, I’m very excited about this game and I’m sure you are as well. The gameplay is all that matters and if it’s got epic courses with battleships and stuff then I’m down for it.
This is an exciting time for golf video games and it should be a lot of fun to tee it up on consoles.
Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour will release in June.
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Posted in Golf News and tagged EA Sports, PGA Tour, rory mcilroy, Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
What’s the popular saying in golf? “Drive for show, putt for dough”. This saying pretty much tells that although putting is as sexy as driving a ball 300 yards down the fairway, it still racks in the dough, gives you triumph, makes you upset, makes you start doing a silly dance, etc.
One thing about putters, no other club in the bag tugs at our emotions more than the putter. It’s the scoring club, the one that puts your ball in the hole.
They also may be the prettiest clubs to look at.
Well, Mantis Golf, a newer company that specializes in putters knows how create some beautiful flat sticks.
They have options of a mallet or a blade putter. I decided to go with the mallet because my very first putter was a mallet.
I’ll tell you right off the bat that these putters are absolutely gorgeous. They feel wonderful as soon as you put your hands on the grip.
The grip on the club is terrific by the way. Very soft and comfortable which is important to having soft touch on the greens.
When taking some strokes, the first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful clanking sound you hear when the ball comes off of the club face. It acually has a heavier feel when you putt which could be very beneficial on short putts.
The reason I say this is because if it feels to light off the club face, then that’s how you potentially over shoot the cup. Then it probably rolls down that steep slope of the green leaving you with a long putt and leaving you on the ground crying like a newborn.
It happens to the best of us though right?
This putter is so awesome, that I made 4 putts in the row from medium-close range (It was kinda close but it wasn’t a gimme). It was from the same spot however but still, that’s always a nice thing if you’re doing that!
The style of the club is the signature of the putter. It’s one of the more unique looking putters you’ll find anywhere.
The clubhead is a beautiful green with a nice round, shape to it. It’s pure green and nothing but green (Favorite color right here! What’s yours?) and there’s a gorgeous silver spot under the head with the Mantis logo embedded in it.
The grip goes perfectly with the head. It has a bright green color on the top and bottom of the grip with a nice stretch of white in between.
The top part of the grip has the word “Mantis” going downwards while the Mantis logo is planted nicely in the white area of the grip.
The putter also comes with a fantastic head cover to protect that “pretty to look at” clubhead. Instead of the traditional velcro putter head covers for mallets, the Mantis cover closes using a magnet to seal shut.
It’s a quiet way to put on and remove the cover. Great for sneaking out to your putting green at night while your folks and neighbors are sleeping.
And then a pack of wolves surround on the green to “join” your round.
Overall, the Mantis mallet putter is a win win. It could literally be a win win when you’re sinking that tournament winning putt or that match play you decided to settle with that buddy who oddly hits better shots out of the rough than the fairway.
The Mantis putters are being used on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour this year as well which is always nice. So basically, you’re using a hot new putter that the pros use.
The Mantis putter is hot fire, so the next time you hit the course, be sure to bring the fire extinguisher. Bring a handkerchief too because the designer of the course yo’re playing will be sweating.
Check out these sweet putters at MantisGolfCo.com
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Posted in Reviews and tagged Golf Club Reviews, Golf Putter Reviews, Golf Reviews, Mantis Golf, Top Golf Putters by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
Well, EA Sports has been very quiet about their new golf game simply titled “PGA Tour” which was the name of their very first title back in 1986. They released an epic trailer for the Tiger Woodsless video game back in June of 2014 during the popular E3 video game convention where Ian Poulter is seen blasting a tee shot over a moving battleship during war.
Ever since then however, EA has been almost completely silent since the trailer leaving fans questioning if the game will release this year or not. Some fans believe EA has been retooling the game to compete with the increasingly popular golf simulation game, The Golf Club by HB Studios.
Either way, they finally look like they’re about to spill the beans on their new game. They did a little teaser video on Twitter and Facebook just to mess around with fans once again.
Here’s the 12 second clip:
Let's get the ball rolling… pic.twitter.com/qcVe1F4tdP
— EA SPORTS PGA TOUR (@EASPORTSGOLF) March 12, 2015
A lot of fans think it’s an Easter Egg and I can partially agree because of the color. From my view it just looks a little too round to be an Easter Egg but the way it rolls might have something to do with that.
Thing is, the caption of the video says “Let’s get the ball rolling”. “BALL”. I see many people say that if it is indeed an egg, than that means the game may release on Easter which could very well be likely despite GameStop’s placeholder date of June 30th.
Another tweet tells us that the game could be bigger than expected:
— Mike Berlin (@mikeberlin) March 12, 2015
And in case you didn’t see it (This is probably the third time I shared it), here’s the epic trailer of the game which was showcased way back in June of 2014.
As a video game geek, I can write about golf video games all day, and I too feel like I’m going nuts because EA has been teasing us for so long.
But don’t be surprised if we hear some news on Tuesday which is a day where video games, books, etc are all released, including game news.
The wait is finally over my friends! *Party horns sound*
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Posted in Golf Video Games and tagged EA Sports, EA Sports PGA Tour, Golf Video Games, PGA Tour, PS4, Xbox One by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
You probably know by now since its been shown all over the place that Rory Mcilroy tossed his club into the lake on the 8th hole of the famed Doral course. Well, one guy made sure to jump in the water to grab it.
A scuba diver who decided to put his routine to the test by jumping in and grabbing his new souvenir (Or at least that’s what I believe).
Check it out below!
Oh, and if you did miss the club toss, here it is here.
Rory ended finishing with a bogey on the par-5 so it wasn’t as bad as we thought eh?
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One of the things about golf that seem to be an issue to some players is that there are way too many clubs in the bag, causing the bag to reach a weight of up to 45 pounds. This is a reason why you see a lot of golfers ride carts instead of walking the layouts.
Well, the crew at Walking Sticks has a solution for this and it’s a good one. No, these aren’t literally “walking sticks”, that’s just the name of the company.
They put together a set of three irons that play like all nine different irons. “Whaaa??” you ask?
Well, these irons have special levers on the back of their heads. When you lift the lever, you can twist the head to the loft of your choice based on the shot.
Each club is three clubs. So for example, the longest club in the bag is a combination of a 3, 4 and 5 iron.
the second club is the combination of a 6,7 and 8 iron and finally the third club is a combination of a 9 iron, pitching wedge and sand wedge. All you need to do is choose the club you want, pull the lever, twist the head to the desire loft, close the lever and swing away.
Experiencing these clubs, I was a tad bit skeptical at first but after taking some swings with all of the different lofts, I’ll say that I absolutely love these clubs. They feel and hit like conventional clubs and it’s amazing.
The grips are nice and thick and easy to grab. You can swing as fast as you want and it won’t damage anything. It’s quite impressive when you think about it.
They way the ball comes off the club faces feels amazing, you wouldn’t even think it’s a specialty club. You’d think it’s your tradition clubs.
Around the greens, the 9 iron/P wedge/S wedge really works tremendously. I don’t even need to go back to the bag and choose a club, all I need to do is lift the lever and change it to the club I prefer.
So, if I want the most possible loft in my pitch or flop shot, I’ll twist the club head to the sand wedge position and fire away. If I want a little extra roll and my chips, I’ll twist the club head to the 9 iron position to take a little extra loft off.
It’s really that simple. And just holding the clubs in your hands and taking simple practice swings just feels beautiful.
One of the great things about these clubs is that they take no time to change the lofts. Golf traditionalists usually think these clubs would take a century to change the loft but that’s so far from the truth that statements like that could have their own planets in the Milky Way.
Probably the greatest thing about these clubs is that they help you walk the course more and take advantage of the health benefits. Carts are fun to ride in and all but at the same time, you’re zooming past all of the sites of the course and won’t get a chance to suck it all in.
The clubs come with a gorgeous 7″ diameter golf bag, that’s very lightweight and easy to carry. With these clubs and maybe two or three other clubs (Driver, putter, and 3 wood most likely), you’re going to go from a whopping set of 14 clubs to just five or six clubs.
This reduces the weight of you bag from 27 or even 40+ pounds to just 10 pounds. Let me tell you, I couldn’t believe how light the bag was with that many less clubs.
It makes you realize that what you’ve been carrying is very heavy compared to a set of Walking Sticks irons and a few of your traditional clubs. The bag is so much easier to carry now compared to my old set, it’s ridiculous.
Heck, I didn’t even need to throw the bag around my back, I just carried the bag by the little handle!
The bag has all of your regular, neat little pockets to put all of your balls, tees, etc in during your round. Makes for a great traveling set as well due to its thin size.
The more you walk the course, the better. You can burn 2000 calories by walking an 18 hole course.
You’re not going to see a lot of people doing it if they’re carrying a bag that’s twice as heavy as the set of Walking Sticks clubs. Although they may want to walk the course, they just can’t do it.
With these clubs and the light bag, you’ll be able to walk the course with ease and feel better doing it. You’ll also actually be able to focus on your shots rather than your back, legs, feet, etc.
The only catch is, if you’re a player who plays on a local amateur tour, I’d get a hold of your tour director and see if it’s OK to play with the Walking Sticks clubs. If not, then these make for excellent clubs when you’re just playing a regular round of golf.
They also make fantastic practice clubs when you need them. Maybe you’re on the road and want to keep your game sharp without having to hull in your set of 14 clubs. That’s a good way to take advantage of the benefits of the Walking Sticks.
So, you get a nice set of golf clubs that swing great, you get a lightweight bag that can hold all of your accessories and you get the great benefit and enjoyment of walking a beautifully designed golf course.
You can also do the same things you usually would with traditional clubs such as shorten your shafts or get your grips changed. You also get the same sensation of pulling the club out of your bag like a regular club (Some golfers just love the feeling of pulling a club out of a bag) which is always a nice little touch.
Overall, the clubs are great, they feel great, hit great and makes walking with them so much easier. They are terrific.
And this is for you. Phil, the brilliant mind behind these clubs was kind enough to give me a code for you, the reader to get your set of Walking Sticks golf clubs at a low price.
When you go to WalkingSticksGolf.com, enter the code gpgolf you’ll get $200 off the regular price. Now isn’t that cool or what?
You also get this code when you subscribe to The GP Golf Report as well. And you know, what, you really deserve it.
For you to be reading my blog for almost two years now is unbelievable. Without you, I’m really just some dude who likes golf.
I’m still just a dude who likes golf but now I write about it and brings pure joy to my heart that you take the time out of your busy day to read my work.
So go ahead and enjoy your clubs and again, thank you oh so very much! Happy golfing!
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Posted in Reviews and tagged Golf Club Reviews, Golf Equipment Reviews, Golf Reviews, Walking Sticks, Walking Sticks Golf by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.