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Monday Morning Caddy - February 28, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:50:27 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Get the rundown on Rickie's first win in over a year, find out the astronomical amount someone just paid for an old pair of Arnie's shoes and watch Phil tell a hilarious story about the Ryder Cup in today's Monday Morning Caddy.


Rickie Dominates Honda Classic

Rickie Fowler 2017 Honda Classic

Rickie Fowler may not have played the prettiest round at Sunday’s Honda Classic, but at the end of the day, it didn’t really matter.  Going into Day 4, Rickie had a 4-shot lead and was looking good.  Then things got a bit interesting when he hit one putt into a sprinkler hole and took a tee shot into the water. 


Those two flubs took Rickie’s lead down to one, but fortunately he answered brilliantly with two huge birdie putts to regain control and take the crystal trophy.  In the end, Rickie closed with a four-shot win over Gary woodland, who was the only player to give him any kind of a challenge. 


The win marks Rickie’s first PGA Tour victory since the Deutsche Bank Championship in September 2015.  It’s nice to see him back in winning form.


What’s in Rickie’s Bag:

- Driver: KING F7+ Black | 8.5° D; 12g weight in front | Aldila NV 2K Blue 70X| 43.5”
- 3 Wood: Fly-Z+ 3W | 13° Orange |Aldila Tour Blue 75TX
- 5 Wood: KING F6 Baffler Rail 5wd | 18.5° | Aldila Tour Blue 75TX
- Irons: KING Forged MB Irons (4-P) | KBS Tour C-Taper S+ 125
- Wedges: KING V-Grind | 52°, 56°, 60° | Ture Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Key Performance Stats:

- Driving Distance – 303.9 (ranked 12th)
- Driving Accuracy – 67.86% (T17)
- Ranked #1 in birdies - 21
- Strokes Gained off the Tee – Ranked 10th
- With three new KING wedges in the bag, Rickie leads the PGA Tour in overall scrambling and sand-save percentage for the year.
- Moved into the top ten of OWGR (#9)
- #10 in FedEx Cup (moved up 48 spots)
- YTD- Rickie is leading the PGA Tour in Scoring Average at 68.496


Arnie’s Hot Shoes 

In golf memorabilia news, a pair of Arnold Palmer’s shoes that he wore to win the 1958 Masters went up for auction this weekend.  Needless to say, these black and white wingtips garnered a lot of attention.  The shoes were gifted to Palmer by his personal pilot and each shoe was signed by Arnie in permanent marker.

Arnold Palmer Shoes 

The estimated value of the shoes going into auction was $15,000.  Ultimately they sold for $66,000.


"You could have gotten these shoes for $5,000 any time in the last 20 years," Ryan Carey, co-owner of Green Jacket Auctions, told ESPN. "But Palmer's death created a category of people scrambling to get pieces associated with him."


This is the sixth-highest amount paid for an athlete’s shoes with two pairs from Muhammad Ali, two pairs from Michael Jordan and a pair of Johnny Unitas cleats going for more.  Ironically, when Arnold Palmer won the 1958 Masters, his winnings amounted to $11,250.


Watch This Hilarious Ryder Cup Story 

Need a good laugh?  Check out Phil Mickelson telling a ridiculously awesome Ryder Cup story to Feherty:


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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Three Reasons Why the Callaway Epic Driver Should Be in Your Bag

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:03:01 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Three Reasons Why the Callaway Epic Driver Should Be in Your Bag

Today we’re going to talk about something pretty great.  How you can get more distance and land your drives in the fairway more often by doing just one thing.  That thing happens to be buying a new driver, but we’re in the golf business, so at Austad’s, this is definitely a recommendation we can get behind. 


Chances are by now, you’ve heard something about Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic Driver.  You’ve either caught a Callaway commercial or seen an ad in a magazine or maybe you’ve seen one of Callaway’s tour pro’s hitting the Epic.  I’ll put it simply – this driver is awesome and has quickly become the hottest driver in our stores this year.  Don’t take my word for it though, let Dave Austad give you the rundown on why Epic is the perfect name for this club:


1. Jailbreak Technology

Callaway Jailbreak Technology

I’m going to get a little technical here for a minute so bear with me.  With most drivers, when you hit the ball, the impact actually causes the crown and sole to spread apart vertically.  It’s hard to see and you probably don’t really notice it, but this diverging of the sole and crown actually causes the driver to lose energy and when you lose energy, you’re missing out on power and more distance.


To combat this energy loss, Callaway engineers designed two 3g titanium bars right behind the face of the Great Big Bertha Epic driver.  These bars connect the crown and sole and actually stiffens the structure.  This means that the face has to flex more, which gives you more ball speed.  What does more ball speed mean?  Say it with me kids – more distance!  The Epic Driver is the only club on the market with Jailbreak Technology so if you want to see if it works (and it does), you’ll have to give Callaway a try.


2. Carbon Crown

Callaway Carbon Triaxial Crown

There are a couple of technological advancements in golf that have revolutionized equipment.  The realization that a thinner, lighter crown is the key to moving weight around and optimizing distance was one of those discoveries that set drivers on a new path.  The crown on the Callaway Epic Driver is primarily Triaxial Carbon, which is a ridiculous 30% lighter than previous versions and 64% lighter than the titanium crown on the Callaway XR 16.  In other words, this driver is built for distance.


52% of the body is actually Triaxial Carbon (which is a lot) and that Carbon is bonded to the Titanium on the inside of the driver. This design allowed for an extra 37g of weight to be moved around and played with, which leads me to my next point.


3. Callaway Opti-Fit

If you like to tinker with your clubs and really “dial in your game” as the kids are saying, you will love the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver.  You can easily adjust the loft on the shaft by using Callaway’s OptiFit Hosel. 


Callaway Epic Weights

Callaway also brought in some technology that we first saw with the reintroduction of the Big Bertha Driver.  There is a 17g weight in the sole that can be moved in any one of 17 positions to help create a draw, fade or straight shot.  It can actually vary the spin by up to 450rpm and create up to 17 yards of “correction”.  What that means is if you know how to use this technology (and it’s very intuitive), you should be able to land the ball in the fairway more often.


To know if the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver is right for you, you really need to swing it.  Stop by any Austad’s Golf location to try the Epic Driver today or better yet, sign up for a custom fitting session online and have one of our Master Fitters work with you to compare the Epic to other options and let the data tell you what driver is right for you. 


A note here – we do charge for our premium fitting services, but the cost of any fitting session is applied to a club purchase within 30 days.  If you’re really interested in getting new clubs this year, getting custom fit will ensure that you get clubs that will help you play better and have more fun on the course.



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Monday Morning Caddy - February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:49:53 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Jordan Spieth had a big week both on the course and made some headlines off the course as well and the European Tour is getting funky with some new formats.  Read all about it below.


Spieth Victorious

Jordan Spieth 2017 Pebble Beach Pro Am

Jordan Spieth cruised to what looked like a pretty straightforward and easy victory at the Pebble Beach Pro Am on Sunday.  He started Sunday with a six-stroke lead and no one got closer than three strokes.  The win was Spieth’s 9th on the Pro Tour and he is now the 2nd youngest player to reach nine wins (behind Tiger Woods by a mere month).  Spieth’s win also gives him a lot of good mojo as the Masters approaches.


In Other Jordan Spieth News...

Jordan Spieth Signs Autographs

Jordan squared off with a couple of professional autograph seekers at the beginning of the Pebble Beach Pro Am.  Spieth, who is one of the more affable pros on tour, can regularly be seen signing hats, shirts and pictures for admiring kids has had a history of calling out adults who push kids aside to try and get valuable signatures.  He had just left the 18th green on Wednesday and was signing autographs for a few kids when he heard some complaints from a handful of adults.


"So I turned around and one of them dropped an F-bomb in front of three kids, so I felt the need to turn around and tell them that that wasn't right," Spieth said at his press conference Wednesday. "And a couple of them were saying, ‘You're not Tiger Woods, don't act like you're Tiger.' I mean, it's just like, Whatever, guys. You're still trying to benefit off me and I'm not even Tiger Woods. So, you know, what's that say about you?"


Personally, I can’t blame Spieth for getting annoyed at these guys.  These professional autograph seekers are looking to make an easy profit off of well-meaning pros and it probably doesn’t sit well with a lot of players.  I’ve also had the priviledge of being able to watch Jordan Spieth play a few practice rounds and he is friendly, open, and interacts readily with all his young fans when he has the time.  At the Bridgestone Open last year, I saw a young kid decked in Under Armour ask for an autograph during Jordan’s practice round.  Jordan signed the kid’s hat and then let the kid walk with him for two holes and even let the kid putt a few.  No press around and no reason behind it other than Jordan wanting to create a great experience for a young fan.


Spieth has the right of it here.  These “professional” autograph seekers need to find real jobs.


European Tour To Launch 6-Hole Tournament

Keith Pelley European Tour President

The PGA Tour should pay attention and take some notes from it’s European cousin.  The European Tour is making it known that they want to create a more fun, innovative touring experience and having already introduced night events, they have unveiled a plan to launch a 6-hole tournament.  The event, which will be held on May 6th at the Centurion Club outside of London, will feature two-man teams from 16 countries.  Top prize will be a cool $1.06 million.


The playing format will be “Greensomes”, where both players will tee off on each hole and alternate shots after choosing the best drive.  The teams will be grouped into four foursomes on Day 1 and two from each group will proceed to the knockout stages.  Day 2 will feature the quarterfinals, semis and the final.


"We have said for some time that golf needs to modernize and introducing innovative new formats is a major part of achieving that aim, which is why I am delighted to announce the launch of GolfSixes today," Pelley said.  "We want to broaden the appeal of our sport to the millennial demographic and I



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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017 9:15:38 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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It was a wild week on the PGA Tour with not one but two tourney's featuring big names.  Golf's biggest party delivered on both the fun and drama with record-breaking crowds and a playoff finish, while some old favorites served up wins overseas in Dubai.  Read all about it below.


Matsuyama Goes Back to Back in Phoenix

Hideki Matsuyama Wins Phoenix

For the second year in a row, Hideki Matsuyama was the last man standing at the Waste Management Open.  Golf’s biggest party is always fun, but the added drama of a playoff between the reigning winner and Webb Simpson made Sunday even more enjoyable.  Ironically, Matsuyama would finish off Webb on the short Par 4 17th, the same hole that he defeated Rickie Fowler on a year earlier. 


Simpson actually had the low round on Sunday with a salty 64, but Matsuyama seems to thrive on the energy in Phoenix.  He took 4th in 2014, tied for 2nd in 2015 and has now won the last two years.  The tournament, which is always a big draw, topped it’s own attendance record with 655,434 attending for the week.  A record 204,906 attended Sunday and got to watch all the drama play out.


Sergio Goes Wire to Wire in Dubai Win

Sergio Garcia Dubai Win

While the action was heating up down in Arizona, a lot of big names were actually playing in Dubai at the Dubai Desert Classic.  Sergio Garcia, who hadn’t posted a European Tour win since 2014, played solid all week and led the entire tournament.  He’s actually the sixth golfer to go “wire-to-wire” at the Dubai Classic and this win should move Sergio back into the top 10 rankings.


What’s Up With Tiger?

Tiger Woods Dubai

While Sergio was busy locking up is victory in Dubai, Tiger’s much anticipated return was cut short when he withdrew from the tourney after shooting a birdieless 77 on Day 1.  While he initially stated that his back was not an issue, at the time of his withdrawal, back spasms were cited as the reason.  At this point, it’s hard to tell if the back or mental focus is a bigger problem, but we do know that Tigers much-vaunted return to pro golf has not lived up to the hype so far.  Here’s hoping that Tiger can pull it together – the game is definitely more interesting when he’s on the course.



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What The Heck Are One Length Irons?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 11:21:05 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Cobra One Length Irons


You may have heard some of the buzz stemming from Cobra’s launch of their F7 One Length Iron and have probably wondered, “what the heck is this one length thing?”  You’re not alone and at Austad’s, we were actually a bit skeptical as to how well these clubs would actually perform.  What we can say after hitting the Cobra One Length Irons ourselves and working with customers, is that these clubs rock and they could be just the thing for a lot of golfers.


What the Heck Are One Length Irons?

One Length Irons are exactly what they sound like – irons that are all the same length.  The thinking is that every player has their favorite club and for a lot of golfers, that club is the 7-iron.  Cobra has created a forged set of irons where every iron is the length of a comfortable, friendly 7-iron and it is making things radically simpler for a lot of golfers.


Why Should I Give One Length Irons a Try?

1. Simplified Swing – Proper setup includes foot positioning, spine angle and ball position and many other variables.  These variables change as you switch between longer and shorter length clubs, causing more room for error.  With one setup and one swing, you can simplify the entire process.

2. Tighter Shot Dispersion – While the Cobra F7 One Length Irons are just as long as anything out on the market, testing has shown that because your swing is more consistent, you have fewer shots that are offline.

3. Fully Customizable – While some golfers may love the idea of a full set of one length irons, other golfers may prefer one length for longer irons for more control and variable length in the shorter irons.  The great news is that One Length Irons can be combined with Cobra’s F7 Variable irons to create the perfect set for you.  Stop by any Austad’s Golf location and speak to a Certified Fitting Pro today and they can help you find the right set with the right specs.


Who Are One Length Irons For?


A better question might be “who aren’t one length irons for”?  Anyone who wants to simplify their golf game should give these clubs a try.  Focusing on one swing and one setup makes the game so much easier and for a lot of golfers, the consistency leads to fantastic results on the course.  In a nutshell, you’re probably going to play better and that means you’re going to have a lot more fun on the course?


Still not convinced One Length is right for you?  Don’t take our word for it.  Here’s PGA Pro Bryson DeChambeau talking about why he plays Cobra One Length Irons and why you should give them a try today:



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Monday Morning Caddy - January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017 8:50:20 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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2017 golf has officially started with a bang and we couldn't be more excited.  If anything is going to get us through these dreary winter months, it's going to be watching great golf in warm and sunny locations.  Here's what you missed this weekend if you were busy watching the NFL playoffs or salting your driveway:


Thomas’ Hawaiian Magic

Justin Thomas Sony Open

If you’re not familiar with the name Justin Thomas yet, you’d better get used to hearing about him.  This young stud has started off 2017 with not one but two victories that smashed the record books.  In particular, his victory this weekend has catapulted Thomas into the record books with the lowest 72-hole total in PGA history.  Thomas overtook Tommy Armour III 254 at the 2003 Texas Open and man, did he do it in style.  His opening round 59 set the tone for the week and Thomas would close out in style with a two-putt from 60-feet on 18 for a salty 5-under 65.


It’s safe to say that the rest of the field felt a little helpless.  Jordan Speith was quoted as saying, “I felt like I was trying to win a tournament for second place.”  Justin Rose ended up finishing second, while Speith took third.  Justin Thomas is the first and only other person since Ernie Els in 2003 to sweep Hawaii.  All we know is that Thomas is one to watch this season and 2017 golf has started off with a bang.


In Other Sony Open News…

While Justin Thomas was busy setting the 72-hole PGA Course Record, Chez Reavie, a 35 year old pro with one tour victory decided he had a little Sunday magic of his own.  Reavie started the day exceptionally well on the back nine and was 4-under through his first seven holes.  Then things got really magical on the Par 3 11th where he hit a beautiful 6-iron to the green.  We’ll let you see for yourself what happened next:


McIlroy’s Back Problems

Rory McIlroy South African Open


While most eyes were  on the action at the Sony Open in Hawaii this past weekend, there was a lot of great golf being played in South Africa as well.  World Number 2, Rory McIlroy, finished second for the fourth (yes, you read that right) time in a row.  He was taken out in a playoff with 251st ranked Englishman Graeme Storm on Sunday.  While the loss certainly stung for 27-year old McIlroy, he also tweaked his back during the second round.  He’s on his way to Dubai for an MRI.  It’s too soon to tell what kind of impact this injury will have on Rory’s 2017 season, but here’s to a fast recovery.   



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Monday Morning Caddy - September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016 10:55:00 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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It was a big weekend on tour with a lot of excitement at the BMW Championship, the final 30 getting locked in for the FedEx Cup Championship and U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, Davis Love III making three of his four captain's picks.  Here's the inside scoop:


DJ Fore The Win!

Dustin Johnson BMW Championship



Dustin Johnson, playing like a man possessed by a sudden drive to win pulled out some big drives for a big win at the BMW Championship this weekend.  His play was so dominant that there were only two other golfers (Paul Casey and Roberto Castro) that were within 11 strokes of him.  Damp conditions made the course more challenging for golfers who didn't see their drives getting any extra roll.  Fortunately for DJ, that wasn't an issue since most of his drives carried 310+ yards.


Paul Casey made an impressive charge with plenty of birdies and even dropping a 25 foot putt for eagle on 15 to pull within one.  However, Casey's charge was no match for the sheer power of Dustin Johnson, who shrugged off several bad hits to close strong.  Johnson's win at the BMW gives him 3 victories on the season, which ties DJ with Jason Day for the most on tour.  Our bet is that DJ's U.S. Open win and a strong finish will help him lock up PGA Player of the Year.


FedEx Cup Final Set

FedEx Cup


A lot of moving and shaking happened after the BMW, but we have a Top 30 set and the players now have a week of as they get ready to play for that $10 Million check at East Lake Golf Club in Georgia.  Notably, JB Holmes slid into the top 30 and bumped Rickie Fowler out of the final tournament when he drained a short par putt on 18.  Justin Rose also missed the cut and Henrik Stenson took the BMW off and became ineligible to play in the Tour Championship.  Either way, next week's tourney should be a lot of fun to watch.  Here's a full list of the final 30:

1. Dustin Johnson
2. Patrick Reed
3. Adam Scott
4. Jason Day
5. Paul Casey
6. Rory McIlroy
7. Jordan Spieth
8. Russell Knox
9. Emiliano Grillo
10. Jimmy Walker
11. Brandt Snedeker
12. Justin Thomas
13. Phil Mickelson
14. Ryan Moore
15. Kevin Chappell
16. Matt Kuchar
17. Hideki Matsuyama
18. Si Woo Kim
19. Kevin Kisner
20. Gary Woodland
21. Roberto Castro
22. Kevin Na
23. William McGirt
24. Bubba Watson
25. Sean O'Hair
26. Daniel Berger
27. Jason Duffner
28. J.B. Holmes
29. Jhonattan Vegas
30. Charl Schwartzel


Love Makes 3 Ryder Cup Picks

Hazeltine Ryder Cup


The speculation is at least mostly over.  U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, Davis Love III, made 3 of his 4 captain's picks at Hazeltine this morning.  Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes and Rickie Fowler have officially been pegged and Love will make his final pick after play at the Tour Championship on September 25.


Holmes is not a surprising pick as he was only two spots away from qualifying automatically.  He's been on a bit of a hot streak lately with a T33 finish at the Deustche Bank and a T4 at the BMW Championship on Sunday.  Matt Kuchar is also a solid pick.  He was the top-finishing American at the Olympics in Rio, winning a bronze medal.  Kuch also has a great reputation on tour and is well-known to be a solid team player.


While it might seem like Rickie Fowler is an obvious pick, it's not a decision I'm 100% on board with.  His play has been streaky at best over the past few months.  He's actually only had one top 10 finish in the past 7 events and even though he held the 54-hole lead at The Barclays, we shot a 74 on Sunday and finished T7.  Most concerning perhaps is Fowler's record in the previous two Ryder Cups.  Despite plenty of chances, Rickie has never won a match at a Ryder Cup and his official record is 0-3-5 all time.  For now, we'll have to wait to see if Rickie is able to step up.



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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - September 6, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 9:20:50 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Alright, so technically this would be a Tuesday morning caddy, but I'm hoping you won't fault me too much for slacking off and watching some golf on Labor Day.  Speaking of golf...


Rory Rallies to Win Deutsche Bank

Rory Mcilory Deutsche Champion


3 holes into the 2016 Deutsche Bank Invitational, you would have likely already counted Rory McIlroy out.  He had to nail a 15-footer just to save Triple Bogey.  Three holes in and he was already four over.  However, in a pretty spectacular turn of events, Rory shrugged off his early misses and closed the tournament with a saucy 6-under 65 on Monday to triumph two shots over Paul Casey.  His 6-shot comeback was definitely one that re-solidified Rory as a major threat on the tour.


McIlroy’s victory was also notable because it pushed him past Jordan Spieth in the World Golf Rankings.  McIlroy now ranks 3rd and has pushed Spieth to 4th.  Spieth hasn’t ranked outside the top three since the week before his 2015 Masters victory.  Jason Day currently sits at number one with Dustin Johnson sitting at number two.


Captain Davis Love’s Decision Just Got Harder

Davis Love III


With the 2016 Ryder Cup now just a few weeks away, U.S. Captain Davis Love III’s job just got a whole lot more challenging.  He’s got 4 captain’s picks in his pocket, three of which will be announced after play at the BMW this week.  Unfortunately for him, none of the golfers on his presumable list did anything to really distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack.


Logical picks include guys like Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, Kevin Chappell, James Hahn and Jim Furyk, but none of these guys did themselves any favors with their play at the Deutsche Bank.  What this means is that play at the BMW this weekend will be even more important.  Along with the aforementioned golfers, keep an eye on Bill Haas, Willie McGirt, Scott Piercy and Tony Finau.  Love has got to find a solid few picks out of these names and here’s hoping that a few of the guys can step up and make his job a bit easier this weekend.


USGA Wants to Simplify Rules

USGA Rules


In a surprise move, the USGA announced last week that they are working to simplify the Rules of Golf so that they are easier to understand.  Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s Senior Director of Rules was quoted by the New York Times as saying, “It’s still going to look like golf, feel like golf, still have the challenge of golf.  We’re going to make it easier for golfers to play by the rules and feel comfortable playing by the rules.”


Here’s my take – I’ll believe it when I see it.  For a long time the USGA and R&A have stifled technology and change in an effort to preserve the history of the game.  Add to that a lot of confusion with all of the “did the ball move?” questions this year and the Dustin Johnson “will they or won’t they penalize” debacle at the U.S. Open (I still think they got away with one when DJ won by 2), and you’ve got a set of rules that in the eyes of the casual observer seem to be arbitrarily applied.  Simplifying the rules could be a big step in the right direction, but we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.



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Monday Morning Caddy - August 29, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016 10:17:55 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Well kiddies, the dog days of summer are officially here and in the middle of the sweltering heat, play on the PGA and LPGA Tours continue to entertain.  While you were mowing your lawn or getting the kids ready for school, here's what you missed this weekend:


Reed Emerges Victorious at The Barclays

Patrick Reed Barclays 2016

Patrick Reed’s win at The Barclays this weekend was momentous for a couple of reasons.  First, he overcame a 2-shot deficit early in the round to win the tourney.  Second, the win guaranteed Reed one of the 8 automatic picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.  And third, Reed now holds a slim lead over Jason Day in the Fedex Cup standings.  Even some sloppy play on the back nine, including a bogey on 18 didn’t hold Reed back and he closed the tournament with a one-shot victory over Sean O’Hair and Emiliano Grillo. 


Perhaps more notable, Rickie Fowler, failed yet again to close out a tournament after leading going into Sunday’s rounds.  Fowler will have to hope that Captain Davis Love III has a place for him on the Ryder Cup team as he did not secure an automatic qualification.


8 U.S. Ryder Cup Slots Filled

The 8 automatic spots for the U.S. Ryder Cup team have been officially locked up after play at The Barclays.  Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka all locked in spots prior to the tourney, but Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson and Barclays winner, Patrick Reed all locked in their spots with solid play this past weekend.  Captain Davis Love III will make his 3 captain’s picks on Sept 12, after the BMW Championship.


On the European side, 9 automatic picks have been locked in: Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Chris Wood, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Rafa Cabrero Bello, Andy Sullivan, and Matthew Fitzpatrick have all secured spots.  European Captain, Darren Clarke will make his picks on August 29th.


Speaking of Ryder Cup – Scripting Has Been Released

Ralph Lauren has released the looks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and personally, I think this is going to be one of the more stylish years.  You can tell that the designers at Ralph Lauren, who have styled the U.S. Team for the past three Ryder Cups, paid special mind to include plenty of layering pieces to help players deal with the often tempermental fall weather in Minnesota.  Check it out here:

Ryder Cup 2016 Friday Scripting Looks

Ryder Cup 2016 Friday Scripting Looks from Ralph Lauren


 Ryder Cup 2016 Saturday Scripting Looks

Ryder Cup 2016 Saturday Scripting Looks from Ralph Lauren


Ryder Cup 2016 Sunday Scripting Looks

Ryder Cup 2016 Sunday Scripting Looks from Ralph Lauren


As stylish as these looks are, nothing will really ever top those stunning polos from 1999’s final round.  RIP weird shirts with little frames.  You likely single-handedly inspired the Americans to rally on Sunday.  You are missed.

Ryder Cup 1999 Polos




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Stand Bag vs Cart Bag: Which One is Right For You?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:14:28 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Stand Bag vs Cart Bag


Right off the bat, let’s just get this out of the way – there is no right answer to the Stand Bag vs. Cart Bag question.  When it comes to choosing the right golf bag, what works well for one golfer might not fit the playing style of another.  You’ll want to focus on your own style of play and find a bag that really works with how you like to approach the golf course.  Here’s our quick guide to golf bags:


Cart Golf Bag Overview

Titleist Cart BagWhen you think of a golf bag, the image of a traditional cart bag is probably what comes to mind.  This type of bag was designed to be used on a riding or push cart and would probably make for a challenging round if you tried to walk the course with it.  At its core, a cart bag is a bag with a hard bottom, club dividers, pockets and single strap, but there is a huge range of options when it comes to the little extras that can really put your bag over the top.   


Cart Bag Highlights:

     - Storage-Friendly – Cart bags typically come with a lot of pockets that offer ample space to store your golf gear.  You’ll have no problem finding a place for rain suits, umbrellas, sunblock, refreshments or really anything else that you might want to access on the course.

     - Option-Friendly – There are so many options and extras that you can get with a cart bag.  Cooler pockets, umbrella straps, full-length 14-way dividers, rangefinder clips and valuable pockets are just a few of the many options you can get on a typical cart bag.

     - Easy Access – Because these bags were designed to be used on a cart, pockets were placed with access in mind.  A good cart bag should allow you to easily access all of the pockets while the bag is strapped onto the cart.

     - Cart-Friendly – Of course, by definition, these solid bags are designed to be used on a cart.


The Bottom Line: If you don’t enjoy walking on the golf course or prefer to always use a push or pull cart, a cart bag is probably for you.  Cart bags are also great for individuals who like the organization and storage options that lighter-weight stand bags don’t generally provide.


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Stand Golf Bag Overview

Nike Stand BagStand bags or carry bags are unique in the fact that they feature two retractable legs which allow you to stand the bag up securely while on the golf course.  They generally feature a comfortable double-strap or backpack style strap, which helps even the load and distribute the weight of the golf bag evenly across the shoulders.


Stand Bag Highlights:

     - Lightweight – A golf bag that is designed to be carried can be anywhere from 2 to 6 pounds lighter than comparable cart bags.

     - Simpler Design – The lightweight design generally means that the golf bag design will be simpler, feature fewer pockets and while some stand bags do include 14-way dividers, most will have fewer club dividers.  Most stand bags will generally offer fewer of the “bells and whistles” that many cart bags feature.

     - Comfortable Design – Stand bags were made to be carried and most manufacturers have taken care to design straps and padding that will make your round as enjoyable as possible.

     - Cart-Friendly – Even though stand golf bags were designed to be carried, all stand bags are both push and riding cart-friendly, meaning you get the best of both worlds.


The Bottom Line: If you think that there is a chance that you may want to walk the golf course at all, a stand bag is probably your best bet.  There is a wide range of stand bags on the market from extremely lightweight and streamlined to more robust, tricked out bags, there is most assuredly a stand bag out there to suit your game.


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Other Golf Bag Options

We should also mention here that there are some other options when it comes to choosing a golf bag.  Staff Bags like the ones seen on professional golf tours can really make a statement.  Staff bags are generally very high quality, are very large and are generally much heavier than other types of golf bags.  The weight isn’t really an issue for PGA Pros who have caddies to carry the load, but for a recreational golfer, a more compact, lightweight option is probably the way to go.


Carry Bags or “Sunday Bags” are another option for golfers who just want a simple, lightweight bag to walk the course with.  Averaging just 2 pounds of weight, these are by far the lightest type of golf bag on the market.  Bag designers were able to eliminate weight from the bag by removing some of the structural touches, the stand and by using lighter-weight materials.  If you like to walk, don’t need a lot of pockets and don’t really need a stand, then a carry bag could be a great option for you.


Hopefully now that you know a bit more about the different types of golf bags on the market, you can make an educated decision about which bag will be right for your game.  At Austad’s, we carry a full range of golf bags with a variety of styles and options from the top brands in golf.


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Posted in Golf Tips Golf Insider By Sara Austad Rubin

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