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Allen Edmonds expands golf shoe lineup

Allen Edmonds said that its successful entry into the golf shoe market (see this: "Shoes that Hogan would have worn") has prompted it to introduce four new offerings in its Honors Collection:

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-- The Medalist, "For the golfer who wants to shoot the lowest score and look good doing it," the company said.

-- The Legend, honoring "highly fashionable golf legends like Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead."

-- The First Cut, featuring "the man-made designs with the beautiful works of nature that make golf courses so alluring."

-- The Haskell, honoring "Coburn Haskell, a fellow Midwesterner and a father of the modern golf ball."

As we noted in our original post on Allen Edmonds golf shoes, they aren't for everybody, given their price, $345. But they are stylish and creatively linked to the game's heritage.

-- John Strege

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Courses & Travel

On the road again: Tullymore Golf Club

Last week I was in Michigan. I flew into Grand Rapids and drove roughly an hour to Stanwood where I stayed and played at Tullymore, a Jim Engh design that opened in 2001. It has been as high as 15th on our list of America's 100 Greatest Public. This year it dropped back to No. 36. 

As I tweeted during the round, Engh the architect is an artist. There are at least 12 holes at Tullymore that would make for a great golf calendar. I shot these pictures with my iPhone, and then used Instagram's "Hefe" filter to add some effect:

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News & Tours

CI Podcast/UCLA's TIffany Lua

Tiffany Lua 2011-12 headshot.jpegA seven-player punch is how UCLA junior Tiffany Lua described her team's roster in the midst of the Bruins winning the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview last weekend. It's hard not to agree with the All-American in her assessment of the depth on the roster of the defending NCAA champions.

Lua, Stephanie Kono, Lee Lopez and Ani Gulugian are all back from the team that won the national title last May. Brianna Do, the odd woman out a year ago, is the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion. Incoming freshman Erynne Lee has reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur three times before even playing her first college event and fellow frosh Kyle Roig is an AJGA All-American. Deciding who take on the road and who must remain back on campus is going to be a difficult but envious challenge for Bruins coach Carrie Forsyth and assistant Alicia Um-Holmes.

In this week's podcast, I talk to Lua about the opening victory in Tennessee and the approach that the UCLA squad is taking in 2011-12 as it tries to defend its NCAA title.


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Health & Fitness

Fitness Friday: Tom Watson's secrets to ageless golf

Editor's note: Every week my colleague Ron Kaspriske, Golf Digest Fitness Editor, presents Fitness Friday on the Instruction Blog. He gives you a health and fitness tip or an exercise or stretch to get your body warmed up for the weekend. This week he discusses keeping your body strong and flexible with Tom Watson. Look for Saturday Morning Tip tomorrow, and remember to follow me on Twitter: @RogerSchiffman

Roger Schiffman
Managing Editor
Golf Digest


Here's Ron: Tom Watson turned 62 earlier this month. His golf swing turned 35. Despite having hip surgery a few years ago and despite playing more than 800 professional tournaments during his career, there seems to be only slight differences between the swing Watson used to win eight major championships from 1975 to 1983 and the one he used to nearly win another at the age of 60 at the 2009 British Open (see how he still makes a full turn in the recent photo here).

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I met with Watson at his home course outside of Kansas City (Wolf Creek Golf Club) earlier this week. After watching him hit shot after shot with a golf swing that just about anyone would love, I asked him about his commitment to fitness.

Decline in physical fitness is inevitable for all of us as we age. But to make the decline as gradual as possible, particularly as it relates to the golf swing, Watson said a daily exercise regimen is vital.
 


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Gear & Equipment

Sun Mountain's newest lightweight golf bag

The first thing anyone probably wants to know about a new golf bag marketed as superlight is its weight. In the case of Sun Mountain's new KG:2 stand bag it isn't readily apparent without a decoder. Kidding, of course. But we had to ask. The answer: It's right there in the name, KG:2, or two kilograms (4.4 pounds).

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That doesn't make it as light as Sun Mountain's Superlight 3.5 (3.5 pounds), but it does come with more pockets (eight, including one specifically for your cell phone) and hand-holds (three on the top of the bag and a lift-assist pocket panel on the bottom).

It also features Sun Mountain's E-Z Fit Dual Strap System, Roller Bottom leg mechanism and high-tensile aluminum legs. It is available in eight colors.

The bag will be available in November at $199.

-- John Strege

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News & Tours

The Syllabus: Are the Auburn men for real?

THE FAB FIVE
My look at the top five teams in the country right now

Men
Auburn logo.gif1. Auburn (Last week: 1)
Sticking with the Tigers in the top spot despite a lot of smart coaches suggesting to me otherwise. Yes they did finish second to my No. 2 school, but they had a nice win before that and I like their overall depth. I can see the fall getting even better for Nick Clinard's boys as they attempt to defend their title at the Jerry Pate this week.
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Gear & Equipment

Sun Mountain's newest lightweight golf bag

The first thing anyone probably wants to know about a new golf bag marketed as superlight is its weight. In the case of Sun Mountain's new KG:2 stand bag it isn't readily apparent without a decoder. Kidding, of course. But we had to ask. The answer: It's right there in the name, KG:2, or two kilograms (4.4 pounds).

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That doesn't make it as light as Sun Mountain's Superlight 3.5 (3.5 pounds), but it does come with more pockets (eight, including one specifically for your cell phone) and hand-holds (three on the top of the bag and a lift-assist pocket panel on the bottom).

It also features Sun Mountain's E-Z Fit Dual Strap System, Roller Bottom leg mechanism and high-tensile aluminum legs. It is available in eight colors.

The bag will be available in November at $199.

-- John Strege

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Gear & Equipment

Sun Mountain's newest lightweight golf bag

The first thing anyone probably wants to know about a new golf bag marketed as superlight is its weight. In the case of Sun Mountain's new KG:2 stand bag it isn't readily apparent without a decoder. Kidding, of course. But we had to ask. The answer: It's right there in the name, KG:2, or two kilograms (4.4 pounds).

Sun Mountain KG2.jpg

That doesn't make it as light as Sun Mountain's Superlight 3.5 (3.5 pounds), but it does come with more pockets (eight, including one specifically for your cell phone) and hand-holds (three on the top of the bag and a lift-assist pocket panel on the bottom).

It also features Sun Mountain's E-Z Fit Dual Strap System, Roller Bottom leg mechanism and high-tensile aluminum legs. It is available in eight colors.

The bag will be available in November at $199.

-- John Strege

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Instruction

Mid-week Lesson: Beyond the splash, part 2

By Roger Schiffman
Managing Editor
Golf Digest
Twitter @RogerSchiffman

Contrary to popular belief, Bill Haas did not invent the splash shot from a water hazard. As we documented on Monday, Seve Ballesteros demonstrated how he used to do it, and now we'll show you how Jerry Pate wrote about it for Golf Digest back in 1982! Pate put on an exhibition in his backyard practice area right on a Gulf of Mexico bayou in Pensacola, Fla., for then Associate Editor Jerry Tarde (now Chairman and Editorial Director) and Staff Photographer Stephen Szurlej. Here's hoping you can benefit from Pate's advice, in case you find yourself in such a do-or-die predicament.

Here's what Jerry Pate said: I used to think I could play a shot out of water only if the ball were partially submerged or just below the surface, but after practicing this shot, I know I can play it successfully from as much as six inches under water. I figure it could mean the difference between winning and losing a tournament sometime. Unless I'm in a critical situation, I won't play this shot if the ball is more than two ball-widths submerged. I don't

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recommend that you take off your shoes, but in this case I did because I could see the water's 
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News & Tours

Sergio's tree at Medinah gone, but not forgotten

blog_sergio_tree_0928.jpgMEDINAH, Ill. -- Members of Medinah CC spent an estimated $3 million renovating its No. 3 Course in preparation for the 2012 Ryder Cup. But perhaps the most noteworthy change at the revered layout where Tiger Woods won the last two PGA Championships contested there was out of their hands.

Disease forced the club to remove about 400 oak trees in the last few years. Among them was a giant oak standing right of the 16th fairway under which Sergio Garcia pulled off one of the more remarkable shots in recent major championships.

"Yeah, it lived its full life, but it was dead, unfortunately. It was a safety hazard, so we had to take it down," said Curtis Tyrrell, Medinah's director of golf course operations, said Monday during festivities marking the one-year countdown to the 39th Ryder Cup.

Pursuing Woods in the 1999 PGA, Garcia sliced his tee shot on the par-4 16th into the right rough. His ball came to rest inches from the base of the oak, partially blocking his view of the green. Rather than taking relief and the accompanying penalty stroke, the 19-year old took a huge swing, spinning out of the shot and closing his eyes as he made contact. The ball found the left side of the putting surface. No sooner had he hit it, Garcia raced up the fairway and leaped to see where it ended up.

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July 28, 2014

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