PR is a PR Nightmare

PR is a PR Nightmare

I’ve often stuck up for Patrick Reed. I like his game and his golf swing. He plays with a lot of passion and gusto. He’s a perfect guy to have on your side in team events. He wins on extremely tough and famous courses; Doral, Augusta, and now Torrey Pines to name a few. In many regards golf is a very selfish sport. And its clear PR only cares about himself. He doesn’t care what you or I think, and the more he hears us talk about him in a negative light…the better he plays. The rules discrepancy last week...

Callaway Kickin’ It Old School For ’21

Callaway Kickin’ It Old School For ’21

Ladies bust out your hip-hugger jeans and fellas throw on your oversize Tommy Hilfiger polos and douse yourself in Curve cologne. Allow Britney Spears or N*Sync to serenade you as you read. Callaway Golf is taking us all back to the early 2000’s with their 2021 equipment line. Instead of Ross and Rachel, it’s Bertha and White Hot that will be this year’s hot couple. All the famous names you recognize are in play, but now with today’s technology and innovation. White Hot OG The White Hot putter line by Odyssey is one of the best selling in history and...

Be a Better Student (Revisited)

Be a Better Student (Revisited)

This blog was originally published last July but received such good feedback that we thought it could be helpful to those who may have missed it or use it as a guide for anyone seeking golf instruction this spring. Just like every other profession, sport, or activity there are good and bad instructors. In golf there are world renowned swing coaches that are household names who win all the awards and accolades. There are also some great ones that you have never heard of. And as far as the pretty crappy ones, unfortunately you don’t really know who they are...

GHQ Inside Look: Ping G425

GHQ Inside Look: Ping G425

Say the word Ping to a golf purist or old-timer and they’ll probably talk about the classic putter that actually made a “ping” sound at impact, and they’ll certainly tell you about their first set of beryllium copper Ping Eye’s, how much they cost, and where they bought them. The Arizona based manufacturer has been one of golf’s top 3 brands since their inception by Karsten Solhiem in 1959 in his California garage. While they are still among the finest when it comes to irons, wedges, and putters, it’s been their woods that have enjoyed the most success over the...

GHQ Classroom: Properly Gapping Your Wedges

GHQ Classroom: Properly Gapping Your Wedges

The short game is the most important aspect of the game. It’s the first thing you should work on as a youngster or beginner as you learn how to properly manipulate the club and control distances, and it’s the part you seek to improve on the most as an established player looking to shave a few strokes and get to the next level handicap-wise. But you must wield the proper tools to fit your technique. One of the most common questions I get is “How do I know what lofts and bounces I should be playing? When properly struck you...

Keep Golf Fun in 2021

Keep Golf Fun in 2021

Golf was one bright spot amongst a thick layer of fog that was 2020. Rounds played were up as much as 30% in some parts of the country and retail sales saw figures that haven’t been seen, well…ever. Golfers who played maybe once a week were now playing 2-3 times as hugs and handshakes were replaced with fist and elbow bumps. With walking the course being the best way to social distance, push and pull carts saw 8-10 week delays from manufacturers while “starter” package golf sets met the same fate. Softball and bocce leagues were replaced with golf leagues,...

Naughty List: Tiger Haters

Naughty List: Tiger Haters

Well, Tiger Woods did it again. Last weekend he spoiled and entertained us with his unworldly talents. But this time it was through his 11 year old son. Its obvious young Charlie has inherited all of his father’s gifts, but he has received some world-class guidance as well. From his incredible impact position to his imaginative shot-shaping, the cub looks like he really enjoys the game and already has a thirst for the competitive spotlight. Charlie’s love of golf is fresh and new, however. He and his older sister’s first game was soccer. Like all of us, he got caught...

GHQ Lesson Tee: Uneven Lies

GHQ Lesson Tee: Uneven Lies

One of the most frequent questions I get asked from students is how to play a shot when the ball is below or above your feet, or if you encounter a side-hill lie. The reason this is such a popular issue among players of all types is because it’s something we rarely practice, if ever. The tee at the practice range is flat. And guess what? I now teach primarily indoors on a GC Hawk and…you guessed it, the hitting mat is flat! One of my most enjoyable sessions with a student when I taught at the course was to...

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different Strokes for Different Folks

We all know there are two different models and categories of putters out there: blades and mallets. Besides looking and feeling different there is actually a method to their madness and why one or the other would suit you better when it comes to your game.  It’s not as easy as personal preference…or is it? At Golf HQ the only thing we love more than golf equipment is helping a player find the best of that equipment for them. Blades A blade style putter is traditional in look and usually appeals to the golf “purists” out there. They feature heel-toe...

A Thankful Holiday for Callaway

A Thankful Holiday for Callaway

Callaway Golf was indeed thankful this past Thanksgiving week as they were a dominant presence in the bags of all 4 superstar participants in The Match III and in the winner’s bag on the European Tour. Steph Curry and Phil Mickelson wheel a full bag of Callaway gear, except for one interesting choice for Lefty. Sir Charles plays the brand’s driver. Even though the game plan was to hit a lot of irons from his special “Chuck tees”, #34 opted for Callaway’s newest slice-killer option, the B21. Being the perfect poster-boy for the mid to high handicap, Barkley’s BB21, or...