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This video will make you feel less lazy about wanting your own personal golf-ball teeing system

A personal golf-ball teeing system seems, at first glance, like a bit of an indulgence. Yet the utility of the Neuroswing, particularly for instructors working on a lesson tee, makes this latest accessory to surface on Kickstarter more than just a curiosity. Unless, that is, you're chiropractor, in which case it might be your own worst nightmare.

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The portable device assembles in less than a minute and holds 42 balls, according to company co-founder Pascal Perrin. It requires no power to use because golfers manually control the tube that feeds balls to the tee.

Does it really take that much effort to bend over and tee up a golf ball? No, but when you start to read Neuroswing's promotional material and see the potential for reducing strain on your back from repeatedly bending over, suddenly it doesn't seem so unnecessary after all.

Here's a video that shows how it works:


Perrin hopes to raise $35,000 before the Kickstarter campaign ends Nov. 16. The plan is to begin production in 2015 with the hope of shipping units, which would retail for $100 to $150, in the summer.


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Gear & Equipment

Ian Poulter keeps his word on being quick about picking a new equipment company

loop-ian-poulter-titleist-bag-300.jpgLast week when Ian Poulter took to Twitter to say, "I will let you know my new endorsement partners very soon" after splitting with Cobra-Puma Golf he wasn't kidding. Poulter announced Tuesday via the social-media site, "Seriously pleased to announce I will be a full staff @Titleist @FootJoy staff player for 2015 season. So excited." 

Accompanying the tweet was a photo of Poulter's new staff bag which appeared to house a 915 series driver and 3-wood along with a pair of hybrids. The irons appeared to be a split set with two Titleist CB irons and the rest being the company's MB model. A trio of Vokey wedges also were in the bag. Not visible was the putter, and it will be interesting to see if Poulter -- who tends to be finicky about his flat stick -- switches to a Scotty Cameron model.

As for why Titleist took on Poulter, who at 38 may already have seen the best days of his playing career, one only needs to look at the company's full-line players from Europe. Other than Victor Dubuisson, therearen't many high- profile players under contract. Signing Poulter then may be an effort to bolster the roster abroad as well as secure a recognizable name should Dubuisson bolt for big bucks elsewhere in the future.

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News & Tours

The Grind: Swimming pools, impressive senior citizens, and The Caddy Girls

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we hope Ben Martin made it rain in a Vegas casino on Sunday night. You can do a lot of damage with $1 million in chips. On second thought, you can do a lot of damage with $1 million in chips (Somewhere, John Daly nods his head in agreement). Hmm. Maybe it's best to at least avoid the high-stakes tables until you win your first major . . .

WE'RE BUYING

Ben Martin: Just when it looked like he was going to let his first PGA Tour title slip away, Martin (Clemson product) made a 45-footer for eagle on No. 16 and then birdied No. 18 for a two-shot win over Kevin Streelman (Duke) in a clash of ACC foes. Congrats, Ben. Pretty good for someone who shot 78-79 in the season opener the week before. Golf!

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Mikko Ilonen: Even Europeans who weren't on the Ryder Cup team are unbeatable in match play. The Finnish golfer knocked off Henrik Stenson in the final to pick up the biggest win of his career. After falling to 334th in the world two years ago, Ilonen is up to 37th. Maybe we'll see him in Hazeltine two years from now.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Jay Haas: We don't always highlight Champions Tour winners, but when a guy beats a field of young whippersnappers -- some who are a full 10 years younger -- he deserves recognition. Haas won for the first time in 27 months and became just the 18th player 60 and older to win on the senior circuit. Oh, and his son, Bill, was inducted into the Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame. Pretty decent weekend to be a Haas.

The Caddy Girls: This group didn't get the deal it wanted on ABC's "Shark Tank," but its presentation impressed the Sharks and investment offers are now rolling in, according to founder Meghan Tarmey. Good for them and it's a great idea because guys are, well, guys.

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The Caddy Girls' primetime appearance also can't be hurting calendar sales. . .

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WE'RE SELLING

Golf club violence: There seems to be a lot of these stories lately, unfortunately, ranging from the weird -- a guy defending a church with a golf club -- to the horrifying -- a guy stabbing a man to death with a putter at a mini-golf course. Can't we all just get along?

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

Task-force denials: Again, we agree with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Paul Azinger that having a Ryder Cup Task Force is a bit much. But what's the harm in saying you'd be a part of it and help out? If you don't care about the success of the U.S. team, that's one thing, but if you do, why not say you'd help try to find a solution to the recent problems?

Shriners swimming pools: This past week's PGA Tour stop had several pools for golf fans, but do these look like "golf fans" to you?

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We didn't think so.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island for the McGladrey Classic, aka that tournament hosted by Davis Love III.

Related: 9 things you need to know about the 2014-15 season

Random tournament fact: Chris Kirk won this event last year, propelling him to a two-win season that landed him a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Wait. Never mind.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- There will be a swimming pool for fans at Augusta National: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will win the calendar Grand Slam in 2015: 50-to-1 odds (actual odds)   

-- Rory McIlroy will be the overwhelming favorite in Masters betting pools: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Five members of the European Tour shushing Patrick Reed? This might just be the photo of the year.

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These guys on the European Tour sure know how to have fun, eh?

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Sixty is some sort of benchmark, not that many guys have done that. It's just a number, I guess. I still like feel I'm capable, especially after this weekend, and it certainly gives me some confidence for the last couple of events and into next year. Hopefully, I won't completely fall off the map when I turn 61 in December." -- Jay Haas. Of course, you won't, Jay! You're going to be the U.S. Presidents Cup captain next year!

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

Rory McIlroy's left-handed shot wasn't all that impressive. However, we appreciated the effort and him asking his lefty playing partner, Bubba Watson, to watch. Oh, and his chip in for par on the same hole wasn't bad, either.

And then there was the much more impressive recovery shot from PGA Tour rookie Justin Thomas. At the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson said he was a big fan of the former University of Alabama star. Judging by this insane up-and-down from a grandstand, Thomas has been paying attention to Phil as well.

THIS WEEK IN PAULINA GRETZKY-DUSTIN JOHNSON PAULA CREAMER-MACHINE GUN PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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First time shooting the SAW M249

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"I love it!" Creamer exclaimed.

Paula, we admire you taking the time out of your schedule to pay the troops in Korea a visit, but you're scaring us.

THIS AND THAT

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Rory McIlroy will take time off from golf to prepare for his court case against his former management company, Horizon Sports. Wait, did Rory go to law school during the off-season? . . . Tiger Woods is back to hitting full shots and "feeling pretty good." We've heard this one before, so we're not getting too excited yet. . . . Kyu Jung Baek topped Brittany Lincicome and Gee Chun in a playoff to claim the KEB-Hana Bank Championship in her first career start on the LPGA Tour. How's that for a debut? And it came just four days after Baek celebrated her 19th birthday. . . . An 81-year-old man had a hole-in-one on three consecutive days. If he's a real golfer, he's probably still complaining about the first 80 years of his playing career. . . . Apparently, McDonald's popular McRib is only coming to select locations this year. That makes my buddy, Chris, sad. But hopefully, this shirt our friends got him cheers him up.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Which PGA Tour player would make the best lawyer?

Is Ben Martin this year's Jimmy Walker?

What exactly is in a McRib?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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Golf & Business

GolfBeer Brewing Co.: Want a G-Mac ale to go with that G-Mac and Cheese?

Coming soon to a 19th hole near you: Freddie’s Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale, G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale, and Keegan’s New England Style Lager.

That would be PGA Tour players Freddie Jacobson, Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley, who have entered the beer business, partners in the new GolfBeer Brewing Co.

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“We wanted to create craft beers for the 19th hole, approachable craft beers, something the golfer can enjoy and maybe associate those with a golfer like Freddie Jacobson, like Keegan Bradley and myself,” McDowell said.

The idea was Jacobson’s and came from a conversation he had with a friend and business associate, Patrik Waxin. After completing his due diligence, Jacobson went to McDowell and Bradley to ask them to join him in the venture.

The beer is brewed at the Brew Hub in Lakeland, Fla., a company founded by craft beer experts and beer industry veterans. Initially it will be available on draft and in 12-ounce cans at select golf courses and restaurants in Florida. It has plans to offer it in glass bottles and to market it in grocery stores, bars and restaurants in 2015.

Related: Golf Digest’s best 19th holes

McDowell’s Nona Blue tavern in Lake Nona, Fla., which features G-Mac and Cheese on its menu, will be among those carrying GolfBeer’s offerings.

Each was developed according to the players’ own palates. “To have a master brewer develop a beer based on my taste preference has been an incredible experience,” Keegan Bradley said in a news release. “The beers are delicious, the concept is unique and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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Instruction

Make The Turn Weekly Challenge #33: Put On Your Game Face

I love Superhero movies, mostly because the idea of a "hero" is really an expression of possibility.

In the story, the protagonist is often someone filled with potential, who in the "real world" lacks the strength, confidence or courage to deliver that potential in a meaningful way. It's their alter ego so to speak that acts as the medium for transforming what is "ordinary" into "extraordinary." In essence, the "hero" represents the person at their best, operating on all cylinders, free from fear, doubt or other.

Common examples we all know might be characters such as Spiderman or Superman. Each full of heart and potential, yet not quite pulling it off as Peter Parker and Clark Kent. To me, this week's challenge of creating your "game face" represents this alter ego. It's who you want to be, need to be and have to be, to deliver your true potential in the heat of the battle.

What if every time you needed a killer performance you could literally transform into a representation of your best self? The game face is the spark that ignites your passion, and the anchor that keeps you fighting all the way to the finish!

This is a fun challenge that can really elevate your game, and a powerful exercise for coaches and business leaders to try with their teams in any endeavor.

Commit to creating a "game face" that brings out your best and you can count this challenge as complete.

BENEFITS
Peak Performance Attitude
Increased Mental Toughness
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Instruction

Want to compare your swing to PGA Tour pros or long-drive champs? Now you can

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By Steve Hennessey

Most of us golfers are swing-obsessed. We spend too much time looking at our own swings, picking apart our buddies' swings, or watching PGA Tour swings in admiration.

A new feature that comes with a redesigned Zepp golf app, which sends 3-D swing analysis to your smartphone, tablet or computer with a device that clips onto your glove, will feed that addiction.

Zepp has signed PGA Tour players Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele to a deal so that Zepp users can compare their swing to Bradley's or Steele's.

Former Re/Max long-drive champion Ryan Winther will also have his swing on the device.

Related: 19 random things that make great training aids

Swing data and key metrics from each pro's swing is comparable to your moves, and in different angles. There are dedicated sections of the app now devoted to each "Zepp Pro", where you could bring your swing in, side-by-side, to compare it to one of the pros.

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Other sports—baseball, tennis and softball—are also offering pro's swings, i.e. MLB All-Stars David Ortiz, Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton and Hunter Pence, or Jennie Finch of U.S. Olympics softball fame.

The Zepp Golf and Baseball apps are free to download in the AppStore or on Google Play in two weeks. And the multi-sport sensor is available in Apple, Best Buy and Verizon stores for $150. For more: www.zepp.com.

Here's a promotional video from Zepp that explains the features.



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News & Tours

Tiger Woods reportedly hitting full shots, "feeling pretty good"

After a disappointing season, Tiger Woods looks on track to at least finish the year on the golf course.

USA Today reports the 14-time major winner has started to hit full shots after getting the OK from his doctors. Woods, whose back injury had previously limited him to chipping and putting, is scheduled to play in his tournament at Isleworth in December.

Related: A history of Tiger Woods' injuries

"The doctors said he could hit golf balls again, and he's listening to his doctors and to his body," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told USA Today. "He will keep listening to his doctors and body.

" . . . He's feeling pretty good."

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Woods had surgery for a pinched nerve before the Masters. He came back at the AT&T National and missed the cut before making the cut on the number at the British Open. At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Woods withdrew in the final round after injuring his back again. He played the following week in the PGA Championship, but missed the cut before announcing he would take time off to heal. His best finish in seven PGA Tour starts in 2014 was a T-25 at Doral, and he has currently fallen to 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Related: An unauthorized history of Tiger Woods' jeans

Of late, news about Woods has revolved around things not involving his play. Construction of a course he designed in Houston, Tex., is progressing nicely and he has plans to open a new restaurant in Jupiter sometime in 2015. He was also recently passed by NBA star LeBron James for the world's most valuable sports brand.

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Report: Rory to take break from golf because of Horizon lawsuit

Rory McIlroy's legal dispute with his former management company, Horizon, took another interesting turn on Monday as the World No. 1 announced he will take a short break from the game to prepare for the forthcoming court case.

According to the Irish Independent, who broke the story, Rory will skip the BMW Masters and the WGC-HSBC Champions, and not play any tournament golf until the World Tour Championship in late November. And with the trial slated for early next year, McIlroy could be forced to miss more action.

"I'm going to need time away from tournament golf to prepare for the trial over my legal dispute with Horizon Sports Management," Rory told the Independent. "The court-directed mediation process failed over the weekend to resolve the issue."

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McIlroy joined Horizon Sports Management in 2011 but left in May 2013 to start his own management company. McIlroy launched a lawsuit against Horizon shortly after, claiming the terms of his deal were not as generous as the ones offered to fellow professional Graeme McDowell, who at the time was also a client of Horizon's.

Once McDowell's name was included in the suit a judge ordered both parties to discuss a potential settlement. Those talks broke down on Monday, so the lawsuit will go to trial early next year, with McIlroy due to take the stand. 

In his article for the Daily Telegraph, James Corrigan discusses the potential golfing implications:

There will be inevitably be concerns that the experience and the fall-out could affect McIlroy’s preparations for The Masters, which starts on April 9 at Augusta, where he will try to become just the sixth player in history to win the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy is due to play in Abu Dhabi from Jan 15-18 and then at the Desert Classic from Jan 29-Feb 1. His next start after the Dubai event is scheduled to be the Honda Classic, which takes place in his adopted home town of West Palm Beach, beginning on Feb 26. An exact date for trial has yet to be set, but reports in Ireland suggest that McIlroy could spend up to two weeks on the stand.

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'Gitmo at play': Photographer's stark photo of makeshift green

The U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Gitmo, has a golf course, loosely defined. It is nine holes of rocky terrain that requires players to bring along patches of artificial turf from which to hit shots to hard tiny greens.

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(Photo by Debi Cornwall)

The course is called Yatera Seca, but is better known to those stationed there as the Lateral Hazard Golf Course.

It was there that documentary photographer Debi Cornwall ventured one day, with an escort, according to military regulations. But it wasn’t the course that caught her eye. It was the adjacent driving range.

“My parents are both avid golfers,” Cornwall said from her Brooklyn home, “and I’ve walked a course or two with them. I have a sense of what golf looks like: lush green, well-tended landscapes. So the makeshift peat stacked around the hole, dropped on top of dirt, with balls everywhere on the Lateral Hazard driving range, really struck me.”

The above photo, showing eight squares of artificial turf with a flagstick planted in their midst appeared in her photo series, “Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play,” that appeared in part in the New York Times’ Lens blog recently.

The series, culled from two trips she made to Guantanamo Bay on the southeastern side of Cuba, earned honorable mention in the 2014 International Photography Awards, Deeper Perspective Category. The series can be seen in its entirety at her website.

Related: Even NASA recognizes Jimmy Walker’s talent

“I spent 12 years as a wrongful conviction lawyer bringing civil rights lawsuits across the U.S.,” she said. “When I stepped away from litigation last year and returned to documentary photography, I wanted to look at some of the same issues that concerned me as a lawyer, but from a new perspective. Guantanamo, this mysterious offshore place where more than half of the remaining 149 detainees had been cleared for release but were still held, some up to 12 years after arriving, seemed like the perfect place to go.”

She was required to abide by a “no-faces rule,” preventing her from taking photos of people, whether detainees, guards or civilians. “I was told that Gitmo is ‘the best posting a soldier can have,’ so I looked to residential and leisure spaces for both detainees and guards as a window into the human experience of life there.

“My goal was to get people looking at Guantanamo who might not otherwise have thought twice about it, and perhaps to get those who already had strong opinions to think about it a little differently. That seems to be happening. I’ve been contacted by people from all walks of life — from veterans who served there to high school students doing term papers. That is really gratifying.”

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Business

Watch The Caddy Girls get turned down on ABC's "Shark Tank"

For the second time in a month, golf played a large role in ABC's "Shark Tank." This time, however, there wasn't as happy of an ending.

Meghan Tarmey went on Friday's episode to pitch her business, The Caddy Girls, which she started while she was still a cheerleader at Costal Carolina University in 2005. As you can probably gather from the name, it's a group of female caddies that golfers can hire to make their rounds more entertaining.

Related: Watch a putter company's emotional sales pitch on "Shark Tank"

Tarmey came on the show asking for $100,000 for a 20-percent stake in her company. However, she did not walk away with a deal, getting turned down and then turning down a $100,000 counter offer for half of her business. Here's the clip:


It wasn't all bad, though. Tarmey was praised by the Sharks, even by the show's tough guy, Kevin O'Leary, for her pitch. And the appearance on the show has already sparked a lot of interest in her company. Tarmey told Myrtlebeachonline.com she had received about 50 independent investment offers by noon on Saturday.

In the season premier of the show, putter manufacturer Kronos Golf struck a deal after an emotional presentation. But The Caddy Girls still have Kronos Golf beat in one area: calendars.

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