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Monday Morning Caddy - Bubba Victorious

Monday, February 19, 2018 8:59:16 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Bubba Watson - Riviera

Bubba Victorious!

Going into last week’s Genesis Open, Bubba Watson was riding a two-year win drought and was contemplating retirement.  The 10-time tour winner and two-time Masters champion has been dealing with an undisclosed illness for the past few years and after holing out an 8-foot putt on the last hole to win the tournament, the tears started flowing.

 

Watson had initially set a career goal of retirement after achieving double-digit wins, but a renewed passion and better health has allowed him to commit to at least two more years.

 

"I don't know about you guys, but I am thrilled," Watson said of achieving his career goal. "Nobody thought that Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Fla., would ever get to 10 wins, let's be honest. Without lessons, head case, hooking the ball, slicing the ball, can't putt, you know? Somehow we're here making fun of it. So, yes, I've got to set a new goal."

 

Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Bubba atop the leaderboard for the next few years.

 

What’s In The Bag?

You may not be able to win a major golf tournament like Bubba Watson, but the good news is you can play with the same equipment he does.  Here’s what Bubba used to win the Genesis Open:

 

                Driver: PING G400 LST

                Hybrid: Ping G

                Irons: Ping iBlade (2 iron), Ping S55 (4-PW)

                Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (52, 56 Degrees), Ping Glide 2.0 TS (60 Degrees)

                Putter: Ping PLD

                Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

                Apparel: Oakley Golf Apparel

 

Shot of the Week

Bubba Watson entered the 14th hole with a one-shot lead and was fending off 5 competitors who were just one shot back.  The funny story about this shot is that he had to take a pee and when he found out the nearest bathroom was on the next hole, he reportedly said, “I’m just going to hole out this shot so I can get to the bathroom.”  And that’s what he did.

 

 

Are PGA Fans Getting Too Rowdy?  Justin Thomas Thinks So

Waste Management Open

The Waste Management Open is known as golf’s biggest party and that is an atmosphere that has been celebrated and hyped for years now.  However a few of the PGA Tour’s biggest names feel like the party may be getting a little too wild.

 

"It was pretty wild this first couple days. It was all right for a little bit today, but there at the end it got a little out of hand," Thomas said at his post-round press conference. "I guess it's a part of it now, unfortunately. I wish it wasn't. I wish people didn't think it was so amusing to yell and all that stuff while we're trying to hit shots and play."

 

Rory McIlroy has also mentioned needing a couple of advil to recover from playing with an exceptionally loud group of fans.  I can see what the guys are saying.  I don’t think anyone wants to take the fun out of the experience, but if fan interaction is getting to the point where it’s interfering with play, that is an issue.  Golf is one of the rare professional sports where you can really get pretty close to the athletes.  Hopefully the Waste Management can find a way to strike a balance between being a great party and allowing the athletes to focus.

 


 

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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Rubin

Men's Outfit Inspiration - September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:43:40 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Outfit Of the Week - 092017

 

If this look were any cooler, it'd be frozen! This awesome ensemble, courtesy of Oakley Golf, has all the right layers, whether you're playing a quick fall round or heading out for the night. This look is anchored by the awesome woven button up Shred Shirt, which is complimented by the 2018 Prime Pullover and Oakley Take 2.5 Pants.  We've thrown in a few extras from Travis Mathew (belt and hat) and FootJoy (shoes) to pull the whole thing together.

 

Shop this look from the links below or find a location near you and pick up any of these great pieces today.

 

-  Oakley Woven Shred Button Up Shirt

-  Oakley Prime 1/4 Zip Pullover

-  Oakley Take 2.5 Pants

-  Travis Mathew Cuater Staple Reversible Belt

-  FootJoy Pro SL Shoe

-  Travis Mathew Hawthorne Fitted Cap

-  Shop all Mens Oakley Golf Apparel

 


 

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Posted in Just for Fun Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Men's Outfit Inspiration - 090817

Friday, September 8, 2017 10:56:22 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Outfit Of the Week - 090817

 

You may not be able to play like multiple major winner, Jordan Spieth, just by getting yourseft a new jacket, but you'll definitely feel like a total rock star.  This fall look from Under Armour has everything you need to dominate the golf course or a casual Sunday with the fam.  From the awesome Tips Daytona Pullover, which is just the right weight for cooler fall temps to the Under Armour Tempo Hybrid Shoes, you'll look and feel like a guy who knows exactly what he's doing.

 

Shop this look from the links below or find a location near you and pick up any of these great pieces today.

 

-  Under Armour Tips Daytona 1/4 Zip Pullover

-  Under Armour Match Play Grey Pant

-  Under Armour Elevated Heather Polo

-  Under Armour Tempo Hybrid Spikeless Shoe

-  Under Armour Men's Zone Adjustable Hat

-  Cuater by Travis Mathew Vision Belt

-  Shop all Mens Under Armour Golf Apparel

 


 

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Posted in Just for Fun Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Womens Outfit Inspiration - August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:57:41 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Adidas Golf Womens Outfit Inspiration

 

This women's fall look from Adidas Golf was designed from head to toe with comfort in mind.  From the stretch fall-weight pants to the stunning padded jacket with stretch panels and sleeves, you will be ready to rock any golf course or fall event.  Everything in this ensemble is awesome, but the jacket is the real star here with climawarm fill to keep you warm and a breathable fabrication to keep you comfortable, you can literally wear this jacket anywhere this fall.

 

Shop this look from the links below or find a location near you and pick up any of these great pieces today.

 

-  Adidas Womens Climaheat Puffer Jacket

-  Adidas Womens Ultimate Adistar Heathered Ankle Pant

-  Adidas Womens Microdot Short Sleeve Polo

-  Adidas Womens Tech Response Golf Shoe

-  Shop all Womens Adidas Golf Apparel

 


 

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Posted in Just for Fun By Sara Austad

Mens Outfit Inspiration - August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:45:38 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Adidas Golf Outfit Inspiration

 

Get ready for fall with this awesome ensemble from Adidas Golf.  The core of this outfit is obviously the awesome jacket, which is the perfect weight as we transition into cooler fall temps.  The style is casual enough that this jacket can easily be worn on and off the course while the Ultimate Pants from Adidas are fast becoming a staple in many offices.  

 

Shop this look from the links below or find a location near you and pick up any of these great pieces today.

 

-  Adidas Hybrid Heather Jacket

-  Adidas Ultimate 365 3-Stripes Mid Grey Pant

-  Adidas Powerband BOA Golf Shoe

-  Adidas Mens Webbing Belt

-  Shop all Mens Adidas Golf Apparel

 


 

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Posted in Just for Fun By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - August 28, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017 9:57:46 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Monday Morning Caddy 082817

 

Dustin Wins in Showdown at the Northern Trust

Dustin Johnson Northern Trust 2017

Two of golf’s greats took it to a playoff on Sunday at the Northern Trust, but in the end it was Dustin Johnson, who hit a monster of a drive on the first playoff hole, who bested Jordan Spieth for the win.  Going into the final round, DJ was back by five strokes and it looked very much like it was going to be Jordan’s day again.  However, DJ put on a stunning show and forced a sudden death playoff on hole 18 when he dropped an 18-foot putt to take the round to overtime.

 

This victory marked Dustin Johnson’s first win since he wrenched his back falling down the stairs earlier this year.  That spill forced him to withdraw from the Masters.  It’s nice to see DJ back in winning form and adding some drama to a tournament that Spieth would have had locked up.

 

Bonus: Watch DJ’s Insane Drive on the Playoff Hole to Set up his Birdie

 

Hole 18 at the Northern Trust presented two of golf’s best with some interesting option.  The hole is a 467-yard Par 4 dogleg left with water on the lefthand side.  Most golfers opt to take a line straight up the fairway – laying up so that they can set up for an approach shot of around 170 yards.  It’s the safe thing to do since you have to have massive distance to take an aggressive line over the water.  It’s what Jordan Spieth did during the sudden death playoff.

 

Dustin Johnson however opted for the more aggressive approach and took a line straight over the water.  The result is that he had a 92-yard approach while Jordan had 174 yards still to contend with.  DJ stuck his shot to 4 feet while Jordan had a much longer, more challenging putt.  Sometimes it pays to go for it!

 

Check out their insanely different lines here:

DJ Drive

 

 

What’s in DJ's’ Bag?

Dustin Johnson used a full bag of TaylorMade clubs to propel him to victory at the 2017 Northern Trust.  Here’s what he used:

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017 (Fujikura Speeder 661x Tour Spec 2.0), 10.5 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 2017, 16.5 degrees

5-wood: TaylorMaDe M2, 18 degrees

Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB 14

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 60 degrees)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Juno

 

PGA Opens Up Photo and Video During Tournaments

In an effort to make the PGA Tour more fan-friendly, the PGA tour is now allowing spectators to take and post pictures and videos during tournament play.  Previously, photos were only allowed during practice rounds and the softening of the policy is one that should make tournaments a little more fun for those who attend.

 

Live-streaming and shot by shot coverage still isn’t allowed and phones must be on silent mode at all times.  However, the move is a good one and shows that the PGA is finally realizing that the more fans share the more that will care.  Or maybe they just realized that everyone was already taking pictures anyway.

 


 

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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:24:31 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Monday Morning Caddy 081417

 

Justin Thomas Wins First Major

Justin Thomas 2017 PGA Championship

Sunday at the 99th PGA Championship was one that 24-year old Justin Thomas will certainly remember for a long time.  Thomas had already racked up five tour wins in his short career, but the Wannamaker Trophy is certainly his most illustrious prize.  Thomas comes from a long line of golfers – his father and grandfather were both pros and Justin certainly made them proud with his win.

 

Thomas’ win at the PGA, along with his four other tour wins this year, also makes him a frontrunner for Player of the Year.  This is an honor that looked like it would probably be going to Thomas’ close buddy, Jordan Spieth until Thomas pulled ahead of Kisner and company on Sunday.  Whomever wins the Player of the year honor, it appears that these guys will support and cheer each other on, as witnessed at all of the major events this year.

 

Rory May Be Out for the Year

Rory McIlroy 2017 PGA Championship

 

Watching former World #1 swing at the PGA Championship this past week was painful in a few ways.  You could tell that he was not feeling his best and his score (a one over) reflected that.  David Duval, himself a former World #1, who was sidelined by a back injury, had this to say:

 

"He needs to go home. He needs to stop playing right now. He's hurt and I am watching his golf swing deteriorate," he said. "If only I could go back and tell myself 18-20 years go when I started having those problems, 'Stop, get healthy.' He could do himself a big service. He's always had a little bit of a hitch with the driver in terms of flattening out a little but it is getting a lot more pronounced right now and I think that is due to that rib injury."

 

After his final round, McIlroy did attribute his poor performance to a back injury and the still lingering effects of a rib fracture from earlier this year.  Rory is now heading back to Northern Ireland to rest and to determine if pro play is in the cards for the rest of 2017.

 

Watch John Rahm Hit an Epic Shot Backwards

Even though Jon Rahm was never really in contention at the 2017 PGA Championship, he did have a breakthrough moment on Sunday.  Rahm’s second shot on the Par 4 18th Hole landed just inside a hazard line near a creek.  Not wanting to stand in the water to hit his third shot, Rahm did the only logical thing and turned his back to the hole and swung one handed.  What was most incredible was the result – he landed that insane shot on the green!  He then went on to two-putt for bogey, but his backwards shot was incredibly entertaining.  Watch it here:

 

 
 

What’s in Justin Thomas’ Bag?

Want to know what Justin Thomas used to win the PGA Championship?  We’ve got all the dirty details here:

Driver: Titleist 917 D2 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana BF60 TX shaft

Fairway Woods: Titleist 917 F2 (15°), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 shaft, Titleist 917 Fd (18°), with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC9 Tour Spec shaft

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (4), Titleist Prototype 718 MB (5-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46°, 60°), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (52°, 56°), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Shoes: FootJoy Icon

 


 

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20 Ways to Play Better Golf Now

Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:55:25 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

20 Ways to Play Better Golf Now

Golf is one of those fickle games that mirrors life in an almost uncanny way.  Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, you snaphook your drive into a pond and have to take a drop.  Sometimes you bounce back and recover from those shots and other times it seems like your golf game is on some sort of death spiral and you’re just clinging on for dear life. 

 

The good news is that there are a few things you can do to turn your game around.  We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways you can play better golf right now.

 

1. Take a Lesson

Probably the most conventional advice on this list.  If you’re playing crappy golf, a reasonable reaction is to actually talk to someone who helps golfers play better for a living.  Most golf courses have pros on staff that can help you work through the kinks in your game and many offer clinics if you are more into a group setting.  Whatever you choose, go into the lesson with an open mind and be willing to try some new things that may help you get out of your head and see better results on the course.

Golf Lesson

 

2. Fix Your Grip

The way you grip the golf club is one of those fundamentals that cannot be overlooked.  That’s why it’s so surprising that so many golfers have a really poor grip.  What happens when your grip is off is that your body overcompensates throughout the swing in ways that you probably didn’t intend.  Essentially, if your grip is off, your whole swing is going to suffer.  Here’s a great article from Golf Digest about how to fix your swing by the weekend.  It’s a good place to start if you feel like you need to get back to the basics.

 

3. Visualize the Shot

Although it can be a bit cheesy, visualizing your desired outcome has been an integral part of sports psychology for decades now.  If you’re in a golf rut, try taking a moment before each shot to picture where you want the ball to go.  See yourself taking the best swing possible and approach the ball with confidence.  You may be surprised by how often the picture in your head starts to match your real results.

 

4. Play a Par 3 Course

For many golfers, Par 3 Courses are overlooked unless you’ve brought the kids along or are looking for a really quick round over lunch.  However, a local Executive Golf Course can be the ideal place to work out the kinks in your game.  Many of the issues that come up for golfers occur in the short game and a Par 3 Course allows you to focus on chipping and putting without the stress of trying to keep your driver online.

 

5. Focus on the present

Here’s another little mental tip for you – don’t stress about your last shot and don’t worry about the next hole.  Focus on the shot you are hitting in the moment.  There is only so much that you can control out on the golf course, but how you play each and every individual shot is the one thing that is always in your power.  Concentrate on what you can control in the moment and you’ll likely see much better results.

 

6. Hit the Range With Purpose

It may be surprising to learn that most pros don’t recommend hitting balls at the range every day.  Most pros will tell you that just hitting balls, while relaxing, probably isn’t going to actually improve your game.  What will help is heading to the range with some specific goals and drills.  When you go to the practice range, put together a plan and work through a series of drills that will help you reach your goal of playing better golf.  If you take a lesson, your pro can help you with some drill ideas, or check out USGolfTV.com for a great video series with drills and exercises for better golf.

 

7. Get Yourself a New Outfit

For golfers who don’t really care what they wear, getting some new duds may sound like a ridiculous idea, but you’d be surprised what a new shirt and a new pair of shoes can do for your golf game.  When you find an outfit that you feel confident in, that confidence can easily translate to a better golf game.  Because when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you play great golf.

New Golf Outfit

 

8. Invest in Some New Equipment

If you haven’t upgraded your golf clubs in a few years, some new sticks are probably worth at least a look.  Technology changes and what the newest driver or irons can do is a lot different than what clubs could do 5-10 years ago.  Most golf retailers will be able to custom fit you for the right clubs and if they have the right technology, you can compare your old clubs with the new equipment head on.

New Golf Clubs

 

9. Change Your Scenery

It’s a great feeling when you find a local course or club that you love.  However, if you’ve been playing the same track all year, it may be time for a change.  Grab some buddies and head out of town for a weekend golf trip or just check out one of the local golf courses that you haven’t tried before.  Some new scenery could be just what your game needs to get back on track.

 

10. Change Your Group

If you’re like most golfers, you probably play with the same group of regulars at the same course and you all shoot about the same no matter the conditions.  Why not invite some new folks to hit the golf course with you?  If possible, try and find golfers that are slightly better than you.  Watching golfers who play consistently well will likely give you some ideas about how to improve.  At the very least, their quality play might rub off on you, which is a good thing.

Fun Golf Group

 

11. Put Away the Driver

The feel of bombing a long drive straight down the fairway is like nothing else.  It’s one of the best feelings in golf and for many, one of the best feelings in life.  Unfortunately the driver is also what kills a lot of promising golf games.  If you’re struggling with keeping your drives in the fairway, just take it out of your bag for a few rounds.  Hit a 3 Wood or even a hybrid to make sure that you’ll have a playable second shot.  A long drive is great, but it does you no good if you hit it out of bounds every other shot.

 

12. Putt, Putt, Putt!!

Putting is the one area of the game that if you can improve, will have the most dramatic impact on your score.  Around 40% of the strokes you take on the course occur with your putter and this is where a little practice can go a long way.  While every green is different, you can easily work on your ability to read the break and practice your speed.  Show up a little early before your next round and instead of hitting the range, spend 10-15 minutes getting a feel for your putter.  You’ll be amazed at what a little extra practice time can do for your game.

 

13. Change Your Attitude, Grumpy

A lot of golfers get really down on themselves when they are playing poorly.  They start getting frustrated and annoyed and pretty soon they are yelling after every shot and throwing clubs in the lake.  Honestly, I get it.  We’ve all been there, but getting down on yourself for a few bad shots does absolutely no good.  Remember Tip #5 and focus on the shot at hand.

 

Think about Jordan Spieth at the 2017 British Open.  Leading the tournament, he hit the absolute worst drive of his life and ended up behind some equipment trucks.  He knew that he was probably going to lose the lead no matter what he did next and I’m sure it would have been very easy to get angry at that point.  Jordan’s caddy then reminded him of a picture he took that included Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps and other sports greats.  He told him, “ You belong in that group.”  Jordan then finished his round in one of the most inspiring displays in the history of golf.

 

14. Play Boring Golf

There is nothing more inspiring than watching Phil Mickelson stick a shot within 3 feet from a forest 40 yards offline.  You may even think you can do some of what Phil does.  Thoughts like, “If I can just lob it 70 yards above that massive pine tree,” or “if I can set this up for a draw around that pond” may be fun to think about, but for most golfers, the results you want aren’t realistic.

 

If you really want to improve your golf score, stick to the boring side of golf.  Chip out into the fairway instead of aggressively trying to cut off the obstacles.  Nine times out of ten, you’re going to see better results.

 

15. Learn How to Pick the Right Club

Most golfers know their distances pretty well if they’ve been playing for a few years.  They can pick the right club with confidence most of the time.  However, that’s definitely not the case with all golfers and your club selection on the course can have a dramatic impact on how well you play.  If you’re never quite sure which club to use for which shot, head to the range and do some testing. 

 

Even better, if you have access to a launch monitor or simulator, you’ll be able to document the distances for every club in your bag so that you can pick the right club every time.

 

16. Use Mother Nature to Your Advantage

Golf is an outdoor sport, which means you’re always going to have to factor Mother Nature into your decision making process.  Wind obviously has the biggest impact on your game and good golfers know that instead of fighting against the wind, they need to play with it.  Think about how strong the wind is and the direction it’s moving before each shot.  That will help you choose the right club and the right setup for each shot.

Windy Golf Course

 

17. Make it a Competition

Nothing inspires greatness like the thrill of a good competition.  For many golfers, playing in a tournament or putting some stakes on a normally casual match can elevate you out of a playing rut and bring out results that are better than normal.  Competition engages us on a level that lets our adrenaline pump and helps us focus on what we need to do to succeed.  There’s no guarantee that the competitive spirit will get you up to PGA pro status, but it will definitely challenge you in a way that can dramatically improve your score.

 

18. Trust Your Gut

When you’re in a rut and are playing crappy golf, it can be easy to start second guessing everything.  Your go-to club feels jinxed, and shots you normally wouldn’t think twice about taking now have you rethinking every angle.  At times like these, it’s best to take a step back and just go with your gut instinct.  Don’t overthink what you’re trying to accomplish – just hit the ball.

 

19. Relax

This may be the best advice on this whole list and it’s probably something that your buddies have already told you.  If you want to play better golf, just relax.  Chill out and stop stressing about your last crappy shot.  Have a beer and stop keeping score for awhile.  Your swing will come back around eventually and you’ll be a lot happier if you stop sweating about how well you’re not playing.

 

20. Go Out and Play

What this whole list boils down to is that if you want to play better golf, you need to just get out there and play.  All the training aids and lessons in the world are no substitute for just getting out on the course and playing a round.  Stay relaxed, keep your confidence and focus on the shot you’re hitting and you’ll probably see improvements pretty quickly.

Golf Group

 


 

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PING G400 Driver: 5 Quick Things

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:52:58 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Ping G400 Driver: 5 Quick Things

 

If you haven’t heard the news, PING Golf is back with a brand new driver and it is packed with all the technology, innovation and quality that golfers have come to expect from PING.  The G400 Driver utilizes a lot of the same technology as it’s predecessor, the G, but it builds on the foundation and takes it to another level.  If the thought of pounding your drives farther and in the fairway more often has crossed your mind, the G400 is definitely worth a look.  Here are five quick things that set the Ping G400 apart from the competion:

 

1. The Head is Smaller…But Faster

It’s pretty much standard nowadays to for drivers to use the maximum 460ccs.  Club designers do this to maximize forgiveness, so if a driver is less than 460cc’s, it’s generally geared for a pro-level player who wants to maximize his swing speed.  What Ping has done with the G400 Driver is reduce the head size to 445 cubic centimeters without losing any of the forgiveness. 

 

Specifically, Ping has said that the head size has allowed for 0.75 mph more club head speed and has increased the MOI (moment of inertia), which is a measurement for forgiveness by 3%.  Here’s a great quote from a member of PING’s staff:

 

“We didn’t feel pressure to hit 460.  Volume was a free variable for us… and we made it even more forgiving than the G. To be clear, this is not a Tour-only driver; it’s for everyone.”

 

Bottom Line: The smaller head allows you to swing the G400 faster, which means longer drives.  Even though it’s smaller – it’s genuinely a club that was designed for the everyman.

 

2. It’s More Forgiving

As mentioned above, PING designed the G400 Driver to be not just faster, but more forgiving than it’s predecessors.  The same Dragonfly technology that was used in the G line was improved for the G400.  Dragonfly is that design on the crown of the clubhead that features raised portions extending out kind of like claws.  What that design does is make the crown stronger, allowing PING engineers to move weight around in the club to areas where golfers need it most. 

 

Ping G400 Driver Crown

 

Specifically, the G400 has extra weight in the back of the sole.  You can see the copper-colored elastomer and stainless steel insert, along with two tungsten inserts on the driver sole.  Moving the weight down and low helps produce the ideal trajectory and helps keep your ball from going too far offline on your mishits.

 

Ping G400 Driver Sole

 

Bottom Line: PING packed a whole lot of technology into this club, making it extremely forgiving – ideal for golfers of all levels.

 

3. It’s Not Adjustable, but You’ve Got Options

If you’re a guy or gal who really likes to tinker with their driver on every hole, the PING G400 Driver might not be for you.  That’s not to say that PING doesn’t have options for golfers’ natural swing patterns.  There are actually three versions of the G400 available, meaning that you’ve got some choice when it comes to finding the ideal G400 Driver for your game:

 

- Standard G400 (9 and 10.5 degrees): Tungsten is placed at the extreme rearward of the sole for maximum forgiveness and wide-spread appeal.

- SF Tec (10, 12 degrees): Tungsten is placed in the heel for 10-12 yards of draw bias, according to Ping.

- LS Tec (8.5 and 10 degrees): Tungtsen is placed more forward than the standard model, shifting center of gravity (CG) toward the face. This reduces spin, and encourages a penetrating flight. It also adds about 3 yards of fade bias. Ping says the G400 LS Tec is about 300 rpm lower spinning than the G LS Tec with the stock Alta CB shaft, and up to 500 rpm less spin with the Tour shaft, which 0.5 inches shorter.

 

It may be tough to determine which clubhead is right for you.  We recommend that you get custom fit if possible.  An expert fitter will help analyze your swing and ball flight to hone in on the right club.

 

Bottom Line: While the PING G400 Driver isn’t adjustable, there are three different options that work with your natural swing patterns.  Most golfers will be able to find a G400 that works well with their game.

 

4. New Materials Mean a Thinner Face

Have you heard?  Thin is in!  At least when it comes to the face of your driver.  The face of the new PING G400 Driver is crafted with T9S+ instead of T9S, which was used in it’s predecessors.  The new material boasts VFT (variable face thickness) and because it’s stronger, it allows for a 20% greater stretch.  What does that mean for you?  More ball speed at impact and longer drives, which is universally appreciated.

 

Ping G400 Driver Face 

 

Bottom Line: A thinner face means more ball speed and more distance.  You’re going to like the result.

 

5. The Shaft is Magic

One of the coolest things about the new G400 Driver is surprisingly the shaft.  PING engineers developed a special paint application that looks different at address than it does head on.  The shaft paint refracts light in different ways and appears copper when looking straight at it but black when you set up and address the ball.

Ping G400 Driver Shaft

The reasoning behind the color shift paint is to help eliminate distraction when you’re teeing up to bomb a 300 yard drive.

 

Bottom Line: Color shift technology is really cool and even if it doesn’t substantially improve your golf game, your buddies will be impressed.

 

PING G400 Drivers are available now.  You can order one of these awesome drivers online and have it delivered to your door or find an Austad’s Golf location near you and speak with a Certified PING Custom Fitter today.  Our fitting pros will work with you to determine the right head, shaft, grip and more.

 


 

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Monday Morning Caddy - August 7, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017 9:37:56 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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It was a big week in golf and we have got all the news right here for you.  From Hideki Matsuyama's record-tying win at the Bridgestone to the Solheim Cup picks to Steph Curry's professional golf debut - Austad's Monday Morning Caddy has you covered.

 

Matsuyama Shoots 61 to Win Bridgestone

Hideki Matsuyama 2017 Bridgestone Invitational

If you weren’t watching the final round of the Bridgestone Open yesterday, then you missed out on a pretty incredible round from Hideki Matsuyama.  After what he admitted was a pretty crappy warm up, Matsuyama lit the course on fire with a record-tying 9 under 61 to blow out the competition.  It was the lowest final round score at Firestone Country Club in four decades. 

 

This is the 25 year old’s second World Golf Championship win and he’s pulled off those victories by a 12 shot margin.  We’ll see if Matsuyama will be able to translate that good mojo into a Major victory at the PGA Championship this week.

 

What’s in Hideki Matsuyama's Bag:

- Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha - 9 Degree

- 3 Wood: TaylorMade 2017 M2 - 15 Degree

- Hybrid: Callaway Apex - 18 Degree

- Irons: Srixon Z-965 (4-PW)

- Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 (52, 56, 60)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen Tour Prototype

Ball: New Srixon Z-Star XV

 

Is There Anything Steph Curry Can’t Do?

Steph Curry Pro Golf Debut 

In case you missed it, two-time Golden State MVP Steph Curry decided to try his hand a some pro golf this past week.  He joined the field for the Web.com Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae and expectations for his performance were subdued at best.  To put it bluntly, no one expected Curry to make the cut in a field of players that are one small notch below the PGA Tour. 

He didn’t make the cut, but what did surprise people is how well Curry played.  Curry shot a salty back to back 74, beating quite a few of the pros.  Steph probably won’t be trading basketballs for golf balls anytime soon, but it’s definitely fun to see him try and cross over.

 

You Won’t Believe Rory’s Driving Stats from the Bridgestone

While Hideki Matsuyama was busy shooting course records and taking the Bridgestone Championship in style, Rory McIlroy was absolutely crushing his drives all week.  Here are a few stats for you:

- 52 out of 56 tee shots travelled farther than 300 yards
- Average driving distance: 328.7 yards (Jason Day came in 2nd at 319.2 yards)

Obviously driving the ball well is one small part of the game and while Zach Johnson finished 53rd in driving distance, he closed out the tournament 4 shots ahead off McIlroy in 2nd place.  Still – being able to solidly hit the ball 330 yards off the tee isn’t too shabby!

 

Solheim Cup Picks Finalized

Solheim Cup Picks 2017

The Solheim Cup is right around the corner (August 18-20 in Des Moines) and captains Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam finalized their rosters this weekend with some youthful picks.  Both captains seemed to opt for youth vs experience with their picks and we’ll see how that plays out in a few short weeks.  Here are the full rosters:

TEAM USA – Captain Julie Inkster

Lexi Thompson
Stacy Lewis
Gerina Piller
Cristie Kerr
Jessica Korda
Danielle Lang
Michelle Wie
Brittany Lang
Brittany Lincicome
Lizette Salas
Austin Ernst
Angel Yin

TEAM EUROPE – Captain Annika Sorenstam

Carlota Ciganda
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Georgia Hall
Charley Hull
Karine Icher
Forentyna Parker
Suzann Pettersen
Mel Reid
Anna Nordqvist
Caroline Masson
Emily Kristine Pedersen
Madelene Sagstrom

The Solheim Cup is always a great event with a lot of energy and with so many young golfers, it should be fun to watch!

 

PGA Championship Favorites

The final Major of the year kicks off on Thursday at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina and it’s shaping up to be a great one!  There are a lot of guys who have been playing some great golf this year and as is the case with any major, this is truly anyone’s game.  As usual, big names like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day have to be considered favorites, but there are so many other guys who could easily step up and take this thing.  Here are the odds for the top players from GolfOdds.com:

Jordan Spieth 7/1
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Dustin Johnson 9/1
Rickie Fowler 15/1
Jason Day 20/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
Brooks Koepka 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Adam Scott 30/1
Justin Thomas 30/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Tommy Fleetwood 40/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Alex Noren 50/1
Branden Grace 50/1
Thomas Pieters 50/1
Marc Leishman 50/1
Patrick Reed 60/1
Bubba Watson 60/1
Daniel Berger 60/1
Charley Hoffman 60/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Ian Poulter 80/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 80/1
Charl Schwartzel 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
Jason Dufner 80/1
Kevin Kisner 80/1
Brandt Snedeker 80/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Jimmy Walker 100/1
Lee Westwood 100/1
J.B. Holmes 100/1
Brian Harman 100/1
Shane Lowry 100/1
Francesco Molinari 100/1

 


 

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