Are Children Taking Over the Sports World?

Look at all the young athletes who are breaking records in their sports, turning pro at such young ages, and making a mark for themselves even against the best pros in the world. It's astonishing. The LPGA is a prime example. In today's issue of USA TODAY, they've got the cutest picture of an eleven-year old girl golfer named Lucy Li. With that name and her golf swing, she's going to go places. First off, she's playing in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. (See my other … [Read more...]

The Short-lived Association of Professional Golfers

The PGA TOUR used to be called the Tournament Players’ Division (TPD). It was a division of the larger Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America. The PGA of America is a trade association with a membership of over 12,000 golf club professionals. So, the difference between a PGA Tour professional golfer and a PGA of America golf professional is that the Touring pro makes his living traveling about and competing regularly in golf tournaments conducted by the PGA Tour, whereas the club pro … [Read more...]

Book Review of Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force (Part 2 of 2)

“Chapter 2: First Commissioner,” is like a flashback in a movie. It takes us back to the PGA Tour’s split from the PGA of America in 1968. That was the source of the “Statement of Principles” that Deane had discovered and led to the stopping of his being fired in 1983. And to understand that crisis, we have to briefly consider how the PGA Tour came into existence and what the PGA of America had to do with it.The PGA of America’s headquarters are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Its web … [Read more...]

Book Review of “Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force” (Part 1 of 2)

For professional golfers who ever competed on the PGA Tour, Adam Schupak’s book Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force (2011) is a must read. Many club professionals who never played the PGA Tour will find it interesting as well, partly due to the relationship between the PGA Tour and their association, the PGA of America. I’m not going to do a full book review of it here, but will tell mostly about the two crisis the Tour had, one being during Beman’s twenty-year career as commissioner of the PGA Tou … [Read more...]

Karsten Solheim (Part 2)

Karsten Solheim first introduced his PING EYE irons in 1979. They were stainless steel, made with the investment cast process, and had the usual cavity in the back which enabled perimeter weighting. In 1981, Karsten substantially improved them and named these PING EYE2 irons. I then started playing PING irons for the first time in my PGA TOUR career. Karsten had finally made irons I believed were superior to other iron clubs made by equipment manufacturers for pro golfers, that is, except for one … [Read more...]


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