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May
23
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by Dogfish Head at 9:43 AM
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AS I MENTIONED EARLIER THIS WEEK, golf instructor David Leadbetter had a lot to say about the A Swing, his new approach to the golf swing and also his first book in a decade (The A Swing: The Alternative Approach to Great Golf / St. Martin's Press).

You can read the Q&A here. Following is the rest of what he told me.

Q: Please feel free to offer any other comments or thoughts.


DAVID LEADBETTER: I'm excited about presenting the A Swing. I feel there needs to be a shakeup in the way this game is taught. The game proves too difficult for most people to play to a reasonable level.


When I'm doing clinics or presenting seminars to amateurs,...
May
21
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by Dogfish Head at 1:22 PM
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PADRAIG HARRINGTON IS A GAMER. I say that because Harrington had never withdrawn from a tournament in his 20-year career until today. His first WD came at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England.


Harrington hurting. (Davis/Flickr)​
Harrington, 43, hurt his shoulder earlier this week in the gym. He teed it up in Thursday's opening round at Wentworth but only lasted two holes. He went par-bogey before walking off.

"I've never pulled out before, and I've had some pretty bad injuries at times," Harrington said on Wednesday. "If there's a physical way of me teeing it up, I will tee it up."


On Wednesday Harrington also said his injury was "like frozen shoulder" making it...
May
20
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by Dogfish Head at 10:22 AM
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By John Coyne

Copyright © John Coyne. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


THE SERIES OF SHORT PIECES entitled "Bad Boy Bobby Locke" that I published on this blog last year has drawn the attention of players who remember one of the greats of the game, and also drawn the attention of Locke's extended family, an aging relative who wants to, and rightly so, correct errors in the history of South Africa's famous golfer and set (finally!) Bobby Locke's personal record straight.



John Coyne unravels
decades of fiction
about Bobby Locke.​
This close family member has gone to original military service records of which I have received proper copies. Now...
May
19
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by Dogfish Head at 10:53 AM
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GOLF INSTRUCTOR DAVID LEADBETTER has released his first book in a decade. It's called The A Swing: The Alternative Approach to Great Golf, published by St. Martin's Press and available in all the usual places where books are sold.

Recently, David answered my questions about the new swing approach outlined in the book. Special thanks are due to John Nicholas at St. Martin's Press and David's team for coordinating this Q&A (including transcribing the answers).

Q: You are a renowned golf instructor who has written many books and taught the golf swing to all levels of players for decades. What's different about this approach?


DAVID LEADBETTER: The A Swing is an evolution of my years of instructing, and with all our studies and research, we have found an easier way, essentially, to make a...
May
18
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by Dogfish Head at 11:02 AM
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By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for
The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.



Golf news from Brian Keogh's
Irish Golf Desk.​
RORY MCILROY RACKED UP HIS 11th PGA Tour win with an impressive seven-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow and admitted that a weight has been lifted since he went to the Masters seeking the career Grand Slam. While last night's win only puts him tied 86th on the list of all-time PGA Tour winners alongside the likes of Miller...
May
15
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by Dogfish Head at 1:32 PM
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The 16th annual CNI (Colorado Neurological Institute) Golf Classic will be played on Monday, June 1st at the Golf Club at Bear Dance in Larkspur, Colorado.

The 2014 tournament raised more than $48,000 and the committee hopes to raise even more this year. Without fundraisers such as the CNI Golf Classic, CNI would not be able to offer a resource center for individuals facing neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and hearing disorders.

Tom Draayer and Dean Mills are co-chairing this year's event, two men who refuse to let Parkinson's get in the way of living their lives and making a difference in the lives of others. Also on the committee is Pat Maley, another determined person facing Parkinson's.

"When you have a disease that incurable, you have a choice, I think," says Pat. "You either throw in the towel and you never get up and you don't push yourself or you continue your life as best you can."

Pat Maley. After...
May
14
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by Dogfish Head at 2:32 PM
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The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

PGA TOUR

Wells Fargo Championship
Dates: May 14-17
Venue: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-7 p.m. (Live) /...
May
13
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by Dogfish Head at 12:42 PM
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EARLIER THIS YEAR A GROUP of 80-plus caddies sued the PGA Tour for fees associated with caddie bibs. The caddies are required to wear bibs that include advertising but receive none of the money. Mainly, the caddies want a sliver of the pie for health insurance and retirement. (Caddies are employed by PGA Tour players rather than the tour itself.)


Caddie bibs sparked a $50 million lawsuit.​
Golf World's Ron Sirak updated the caddies' crusade in a feature titled "Why They're Carrying On" that published Monday.
James Edmondson, who caddies for Ryan Palmer and is president of the [Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC)], created...
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