Sneak Peak: Mizuno STG-220

Sneak Peak: Mizuno STG-220

Mizuno has always been an industry juggernaut when it came to forged irons, being the popular choice among the game’s best players without an equipment endorsement. But they never could quite make any noise with their metal woods. The ST-200 series dipped their toes in the water of having a driver that could compete with the big boys like Taylormade, Callaway, and Ping. Last year’s ST-Z and ST-X put both feet in the water. Now we’re going to have to refill the pool because the new ST-G 220 is geared to make a huge splash in the driver market. Mizuno...

Cantlay Cashes In

Cantlay Cashes In

Without the staggered start of the leaderboard, Kevin Na and Jon Rahm actually beat Patrick Cantlay this past weekend at East Lake. But due to the wonderful season Cantlay had, especially the last few weeks, he was crowned the Tour Championship winner and FedEx Cup champ. Cantlay began the event as the leader at -10. Rahm started 4 back at -6 and Na began the event 8 shots back. Both Na and Rahm shot 266 for the 4 days but Patty Ice shot 269 to win by 1. The format isn’t perfect but it’s the best it has been. The...

My Ryder Cup Picks

My Ryder Cup Picks

The Ryder Cup is not just my favorite golf event but it may be my favorite event in all of sports. I have been quite vocal over the years and in past writings of just how inspirational the 99 installment was to my life and career. With the exception of that amazing comeback in Brookline, Mass, Azinger’s victorious team at Valhalla in 2008, and the spectacular 2016 squad that played for the memory of Arnold Palmer…the US has been defeated in almost every cup I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. Yet, like many, I’m still crazy about it. The way the...

GHQ Lesson Tee: Hit it Farther

GHQ Lesson Tee: Hit it Farther

Distance off the tee has been a great equalizer since golf’s inception. Modern golf courses are long and the classic courses are getting longer (you can almost hear the golf purists weep as you read that sentence). The distance players hit it and the evolution of balls and equipment has been on the forefront of discussion for the last 20 years. As soon as the first 460cc driver struck a solid core golf ball, all hell broke loose. There have been certain limits put in place by the USGA on the manufacturers to level the playing field. The problem is...

Garbage Collector

Garbage Collector

James Piot was 3 down heading to the last 9 holes of the 36-hole championship match in last week’s U.S. Amateur at Oakmont. He erased the deficit and won the match 2-1 on the 35th hole. What may be more impressive than the comeback is what he did it with. He rolled a flat-stick that he and his dad refer to as the “garbage putter.” Years ago Piot’s father pulled a Ping i-series Piper H putter from his bag and tossed it into the pile of clubs in their garage after it failed to produce enough birdies on the greens....

Drive For Show…And For Dough

Drive For Show…And For Dough

Strokes Gained Off The Tee is one of the most important statistics kept on the PGA Tour as it combines both distance and accuracy. If you want to compete and contend week in and week out, you better be long and in play. Here are the top-10 players in that category and the drivers they use. You’ll notice 2 brands rule the roost but 3 of the top 4 are unique to the list. 10. Brooks Koepka (.616) Taylormade SIM2, 10.5°, Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX Sim2 Drivers Available at Golfhq.com 9. Corey Connors (.622) Ping G400 LST, 8.5°,...

Flashback or Comeback?

Flashback or Comeback?

Last week was only the 3rd installment of the Women’s Senior U.S. Open, but it felt just like old times. Annika Sorenstam returned to the game she dominated for so many years, and dominated yet again. She cleared the field by 8 strokes at Brooklawn Country Club and won her first major in 15 years, and competed professionally for the first time in 13 years. Annika stepped away from the game in her mid-30’s. She wanted to be a mom, a wife, and an entrepreneur. She didn’t exactly board up the windows and doors. She remained close to the game...

Olympic Preview – Tokyo 2021

Olympic Preview – Tokyo 2021

Sadly, Jon Rahm has been more attached to Covid than Dr. Faucci the last few months. Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial as the leader after a positive test back in May. He then got vaccinated, came out of quarantine, and won the US Open at his home away from home – Torrey Pines. Now he has tested positive for the virus yet again and is forced to drop out of another dream come true…representing Spain in the Olympics. Mr. Protein Shake Bryson DeChambeau also tested positive…so he had to bow out, making way for Captain America himself,...

500 – 1

500 – 1

This week the Open Championship returns to Royal St. George’s for the first time since 2011 where Darren Clarke was victorious. When it was held at the Sandwich, England links track in 2003, the 396th ranked player in the world claimed the Claret Jug. He was a 500 – 1 long shot. It was his first major appearance. His name was Ben Curtis. Not many players win their first ever tournament at a major. Ben did. Not many players took down the likes of Faldo, Singh, Love, and Woods on a Sunday at a major. Ben did. Not many casual...

5 Apparel Brands You Need to Know About

5 Apparel Brands You Need to Know About

We all know Adidas, Nike, Greg Norman, Under Armour, and Oakley. These are amongst the finest sports and active apparel brands in the world. They set the stage of looking good, feeling great, and performing your best while staying comfortable. But there’s some new players in town, err on the links, that flip the script when it comes to eye-catching style, sport performance, and high-end fabrics. The trend over the last couple of years has been to create a line that can be worn from the course, to the bar, on the boat, at dinner, and everywhere in between; and...