Among the equipment-obsessed, it's easy to get fuzzy on the details of golf clubs’ comings and goings in and out of your life. And there was a lot to keep up with. In Part 2 of this post, we’re still in 2009, when Steve Valandra turned his attention to upgrading his fairway woods. He paid next … [Read more...]
They don't let you throw your golf balls around the course, so you need sticks to hit 'em, little thingies to stand 'em up on when you swing at 'em, gadgets to gauge how far you want to hit 'em, and so on and so forth with the tools and accoutrements, and then you need to look good doing it all. Like swing thoughts, the possibilities are endless.
This is a tale of an orphan 9-iron and the vagabond golf clubs that came after. And a driver that was just too loud. Before all that, there was a simple question: “You play much golf, Steve?” He said, “Nah, I’m (terrible).” Or something like it. Valandra is nothing if not profane. “Wanna play … [Read more...]
Matt Brady and his business partner, Jeff Maurice, spent a year studying the marketplace and local demographics before launching the Golf USA franchise in Lacey, Wash. Brady said they learned Washington was the only state in 2008 to show an increase in the number of rounds played. They opened … [Read more...]
by Bart Potter The person who loves me and nags me to be healthy wasn’t around when I left to play golf a week ago Thursday. So I didn’t get the thing I usually hear last as I go out the door: “Wear your sunscreen.” Before I teed off I did remember to slather up my face, ears and the back … [Read more...]
By Bart Potter There’s a scientific explanation for “gear effect,” all about bulge and roll and clockwise spin of the golf ball off a clubface that isn’t flat. Josh Fischer has a better explanation, and he borrows a marketing phrase from Harley-Davidson when he says, “If you have to ask, you … [Read more...]
When I played the Old Course St. Andrews a couple days ago, I caught some weather: partly sunny skies and light winds variable at 8-10 mph. I dialed up ideal conditions, was able to get a tee time at the Home of Golf just by walking up, and had the course to myself. Pretty cool for a Sunday … [Read more...]