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America’s Competitive Decline in Golf

As another year of professional golf commences, it is easy to see how the rest of the world has caught up with American players. There has been a gradual erosion over the years but don’t downplay it. American professionals are not feared as they once were. They no longer own the “edge”. Pick a starting […]

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Know Your Student

The basis of being a good instructor involves one fundamental axiom – know your student. Establish this as your foundation and you’ll be effective at teaching the game on every level. With the incredible acceleration of technology I often see younger instructors latching on to gadgetry in order to dissect the golf swing from hundreds […]

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The Defining Quality Of Golf

  As 2015 occupies our calendars let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I admit on this first day of January I have not been watching golf. The first college football playoff has garnered my interest. Oregon took care of business by thrashing Florida State and now as I type the Buckeyes and […]

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Why Stop At 100?

In a March 2006 Links Magazine article regarding the Top Courses, George Peper apologized for devising such a ranking while working at Golf Magazine. He acknowledged the following: Twenty-seven years ago while editor-in-chief of GOLF Magazine, I perpetrated something called “The Top 100 Courses in the World.” For that mistake, and everything it has wrought, […]

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My FAKE, FAKE, FAKE Q&A with Dan Jenkins

At Dan Jenkins front door. (knock, knock, knock)   PPG: Mr. Jenkins, it’s PurePlayGolf. We had an interview scheduled today.   DJ: Huh, who’s there? Whaddya sellin’?   PPG: Mr. Jenkins open the door. It’s PurePlayGolf.   DJ: Pure what?? I don’t need any. No one’s home. Go away.   (Pound, pound, pound on the […]

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When The Curtain Comes Down

  One of the perils of living in Green Bay is not knowing when the golf season will come to an end. I have recorded rounds in each month, even January, since I came to the “Tundra”. Last season was the first time I did not swing a club in November. Caught up with yard […]

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Ted Bishop’s Un-Excellent Adventure

Many in the golf world were surprised when PGA President Ted Bishop was relieved of his duties this past Friday. Apparently Mr. Bishop engaged in a he-said/she-said fight on Twitter and FaceBook with Ian Poulter about a few comments Poulter had penned in his new book.   Mr. Poulter (she-said) slammed Nick Faldo for some words […]

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Pure Raynor

In the past month I had the opportunity to play two wonderful Seth Raynor courses – Chicago Golf Club and Blue Mound Golf & Country Club. For those who appreciate architecture from earlier days, these two layouts offer incredible examples of classic design. Raynor was mentored by Charles Blair Macdonald, the noted architect who crafted […]

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No Easy Ryder

The fortieth Ryder Cup Matches concluded Sunday much as they were predicted. The Euro’s dominated the contest by capitalizing on the afternoon foursomes from Friday and Saturday to earn an easy 16 ½ — 11 ½ victory. This cup literally runneth over the Americans who were sent packing empty-handed from distant shores once again. Keegan […]

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Golf’s Late, Late Show

As the clock ticks closer to the start of the 40th Ryder Cup Matches, I can’t help but strap in for three days of amped-up golf. Even in the middle of football season the occasional fan is likely to keep tabs on the score. It is 2014’s last hurrah of “Golfing With The Stars”. I […]

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