Merion Golf Club hosts US Open

USGA executive director Mike Davis takes Gary Williams on a tour of Merion Golf Club in the video above, and you can get a hole-by-hole look at the golf course here.

Decision coming soon for anchored putter ban

With Adam Scott’s win at The Masters, players using anchored putters have won four of the last six majors. That streak may be coming to an end as the much discussed ban may be coming soon.

The U.S. Golf Association said Friday it will make public on Tuesday its final decision in the anchored-putting controversy. Nothing is official yet, but all indications are that the USGA and its international rules-making counterpart, the R&A, will push forward with the rule they proposed last November, to ban anchored putting once and for all time.

As I’ve mentioned before, the global ancient game of golf will be better off with a ban. For years, anchored putting has been a disruptive issue. For all those who embraced the stroke, many more felt it wasn’t a proper way to play the game. With hope, that debate now will be behind us.

A more important reason to support the ban, should it be enacted, is that it plants a flag in the ground that says: “This is golf, and this isn’t.” I don’t want to come across as a blowhard, an oldest-member type pulling up the drawbridge to protect the creaky rituals of another age. Many defenders of anchoring see themselves as part of a movement to rescue golf by making the game easier, less frustrating and more accommodating. I think they’re misguided on this issue, but I get where they’re coming from.

I don’t have a strong opinion on this, but people on both sides tend to be passionate about the issue. If the ban goes through, does it put a blemish on wins like Scott’s at The Masters? It will definitely shake things up for some pros like Scott. Anyone looking for an edge in picking winners will have to monitor guys like him closely before placing their bets on sites like bwin.com/en/golf. When you consider how unpredictable putting can be, that seems like a daunting task. And with such a great player like Scott who is still a young player, the effect this could have on his career could take years to play out.

Every sport goes through rule changes, so anyone fixated on golf’s traditions needs to keep this in mind. Technology and innovation affects every sport, and then frankly we all need to come to a consensus and collectively adjust. So hopefully the rules makers will finally come up with a decision so everyone can move on.

Tiger’s penalty fiasco at The Masters

Should Tiger Woods have been disqualified from The Masters? Does golf etiquette require him to withdraw voluntarily? What would have been the best PR move for Tiger?

These questions will be debated endlessly this weekend and probably for years to come. Here’s a good primer on the issue.

Does golf still need Tiger Woods?

It seems like s silly question. Yes, the pro golf game is doing fine with young guns like Bubba Watson. But Tiger Woods is still the biggest star around.

Bubba Watson discusses The Masters

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Bubba Watson visited Morning Joe to discuss The Masters along with the hovercraft golf cart developed with Oakley.

How to Qualify for the Master’s Tournament

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The Masters Golf Tournament is one of the largest and most significant of all golf tournaments. The tournament is set to take place during the first week of April each year and it also takes place in the same state annually, August, Georgia. The Masters tournament is considered quite the challenge to get into. If you are interested in qualifying for this particular golf tournament in the future, there are a few things that you should know about ahead of time.

Play like a Champ

Of course, one of the best ways to qualify for the tournament is to play golf like a champ. You would need to compete in amateur golfing events to prove yourself to others. If you are a winning amateur player, you may receive an invitation to compete at the Masters. Practice makes perfect so try practicing as much as you possibly can. If golf is something you are genuinely good at, you can make it to the tournament, and you just have to give it your all. Take every opportunity you can to work at reaching your golfing goals.

Make the World Ranking List

As a golf player, you can receive an invite to compete at the tournament if you are already doing exceptionally well throughout the current golf season. Golfers who are doing well throughout the season are actually placed on a special list, which shows that they are top choices for the tournament. If you are featured on the World Ranking list of golf players for the previous year, you can receive an invitation to compete in the Masters tournament without hesitation.

Focus on the Game

Being invited to the Masters tournament is something for anyone to be proud of, which is why many golf players yearn for the opportunity. However, one problem some golfers have is that they focus too much on trying to get to the tournament instead of on the game they are playing. When you are competing in other golf tournaments and events, focus on how you play the game and simply do your best.

Golf is a game that requires concentration. If you think less about being invited to the Masters and more about the game you are currently playing, your chances of winning will increase. And, if you are winning your competitions, you will likely receive an invite to the tournament, making it a win-win situation.

Win the Masters

If you have already been invited to the Masters tournament once before and have won, you do not have to worry about seeking an invitation. Anyone who has won the Masters tournament at any given point in time will be invited to the tournament for the rest of their lives.
Not just anyone can compete in the Masters golf tournament. There are plenty of people who are good at playing golf, but to be invited to this tournament, you truly have to be exceptional. It will take a lot of hard work, effort, and determination to finally reach such an opportunity. However, if this is a lifelong dream of yours, all of that hard work you put into being the best at golf will surely pay off in the long run when you finally receive that invitation to compete at one of the most exciting and popular golf tournaments.

Hysteria over Rory McIlroy controversy

We live in a world where every story, no matter how insignificant, can get a lot of coverage on television and of course on the Internet. Small stories can become big stories, and big stories become huge.

Then we have stuff like the Rory McIlroy controversy where he walked off the course and quit during the Honda Open. Yes, it’s an obvious topic for debate, and some people like the guys in the video above are trying to have some fun with the story.

But the overall reaction has been ridiculous. McIlroy has since come out and said he made a mistake by withdrawing, but the criticism seems to be way overboard as news outlets and sports commentators look for topics to discuss during this dead sports period.

Everyone seems to be downplaying the whole tooth ache thing, but anyone who has had a serious tooth ache realizes that it can be even more debilitating than a muscle injury. Perhaps Rory could have handled it better, but as usual the media blows things way out of proportion.

The interesting angle is that stupid stories like this actually impact how people view an athlete and his performance potential, and if you’re into online golf betting then you might have an interesting angle. With this silly story, fewer people might be willing to place their bets on Rory, and that could affect the odds in upcoming tournaments. There’s no guarantee of this naturally, but it’s definitely worth monitoring.

With The Masters around the corner and Tiger Woods playing well again, we’re due for an epic showdown between these two. It will be interesting to see the odds as they change leading up to this and other tournaments. It could be a very interesting golf season!

Golf Baby – The video

This video is hilarious, as this little toddler never misses as he whacks at plastic golf balls in the basement. Is he the next Tiger Woods?

Golfing for women

So much golf content is geared towards men, so it’s always cool when we find a golf site to feature that is geared towards women. Check out the Golf Girl’s Diary, and excellent site by Patricia Hannigan that focuses on a wide variety of topics, including golf gear, history, news, pros and more. The writing is excellent and she comes up with stories you won’t find on traditional golf sites.

Improve Your Golf Game

Golf can be both the sweetest and most frustrating sport in the world. There is nothing better than the magic feeling of hitting a perfect golf shot. But there is nothing more maddening than shanking a ball off into the woods or the water. In order to keep your rounds as uplifting as possible, follow these tips to quickly improve your golf game.

Work with a Pro

The best way for golfers to make rapid improvements in their skill levels is to get the services of a professional instructor. It can be very tough to figure out on your own what you are doing wrong. On the other hand, most quality instructors can notice the basic flaws in your swing within a few minutes.

Once an instructor has identified the fundamental flaws in your swing, you can go about correcting them. The instructor will give you drills to work on that will fix the things that are wrong. Practice these drills until you can’t stand them anymore. When you put in the hard work to fix the flaws in your swing, it will shave many strokes off of your handicap.

Develop a Pre-Shot Routine

One of the biggest reasons that people shanks a ball is that they do not swing consistently. They swing perfectly on one shot, but then they make major mistakes on the very next one. The easiest way to fix this erratic behavior is to develop a pre-shot routine. It is a bit like a free-throw shooter’s routine in basketball. A pre-shot routine will remind you exactly what you need to do to swing correctly. It will also psychologically center you, calming you down and getting you into the zone.

Practice Every Day

The easiest way to quickly improve you golf game it to practice every day. It may not be possible to get out to the course every day, especially for those who live in the northern climes. However, it is possible for everyone to practice their putting every day. It is easy to practice your swing every day, too.

A great tool to practice you swing indoors is a weighted practice club. These practice clubs weigh more than a normal club, but they are smaller. This allows you to get a great workout for your swing muscles even when you are indoors.

Gain Some Confidence

Golf is a mental game. The ability to step up to the tee with confidence is crucial for success. One of the easiest ways to gain confidence is to look good on the course. When you look good, you feel confident. This confidence will lend itself to your golf game. If you are stuck in a rut, try buying some flashy new golf clothes at Pricegrabber.

Have Fun

Remember that golf is supposed to be fun. Try to remember this even when you have a bad round. As long as you are following these tips and consistently working on your game, success will come in time.