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This golf trick shot video with a young cancer survivor is the most heart-warming thing you'll watch all day

The Bryan Bros released their latest trick shot video on Wednesday and this time, they had a special helper. Clarkie Carroll is only 12, but he's already been through a lot. And fortunately he's healthy now after undergoing 10 months of chemotherapy to treat a rare form of bone cancer from 2013-2014.

Related: How the Bryan Bros became golf's greatest trick shot team

In the video, Clarkie, who has been known to pull off his own trick shots, plays the role of assistant as the Bryan Bros exhibit heir usual dazzling display of hand-eye coordination at Pinehurst. He also re-enacts the famous Payne Stewart putt at the 1999 U.S. Open and shows off his own sweet swing toward the end of the clip. Check it out:

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Watch Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson recreate their own famous shots WAY too easily

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson had a playful competition on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the site of this week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. It served as the latest reminder that Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are ridiculously good at golf.

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All three have authored memorable shots on the course's par-5 finishing hole, so each gave the other two a chance to pull off the same shot. The results were pretty amazing:

We're not sure how much the European Tour's latest video was edited, but from the participants' reactions, it doesn't seem like very much. Rory just stepping up and knocking a 5-wood from 248 yards to two feet like Stenson did last year? Stenson wrapping his leg around his putter and draining the same 15-foot curler McIlroy made to win the event the year before?

It's enough to make the average hacker sick.

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Watch an elephant take Jason Dufner's hat, tease him, and then give it back to him

There's not much else to say about this clip involving Jason Dufner and a baby elephant other than this is one WELL-trained elephant:

Dufner is in Thailand this week to play in the Asian Tour's Chiangmai Golf Classic. The clip of him interacting with wildlife reminds us of two years ago when Dufner took this memorable photo with a koala bear as part of his trip to Australia to play in the 2012 Perth International:

Related: The not-so-many faces of Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner. Great ball-striker. Good sport.

(h/t PGA.com)

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You won't believe how fast the world's fastest golf cart goes

Golf carts never go as fast as we want them to (damn governors), especially those slow-accelerating gas ones. Plum Quick Motors, however, created one with just a bit more juice than what you'll find at your local muny.

Related: Fleet of golf carts stolen from private club

The company tested out the vehicle -- named "Bandit" -- on Friday at Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, S.C. and set the Guinness world record for fastest golf cart at 118.76(!) miles per hour. The next step is making this bad boy golf course legal.

(h/t Golf News Net)

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Watch Martin Kaymer and Bernhard Langer crush insane drives . . . with their putters

We love watching the pros, but let's be honest, it can make us feel a bit inferior when it comes to our golf games. Well, prepare to feel even worse.

Mercedes-Benz filmed a video of Martin Kaymer and Bernhard Langer having a friendly long drive contest. The catch? They could only use a putter. Here's how it played out:

The best part of the video -- other than the ridiculous drives these guys pull off with a putter, of course -- is when Kaymer, impressed by hearing how far Langer hit it, exclaims, "Bernhard! . . . How old is he? 54?" (Told 57) "57!"

But if you got a chuckle from that, your jaw may have dropped when you saw the final numbers. Not surprisingly, Kaymer, who is just about half of Langer's age, won easily, but with a distance of 212.3?! Really?!

Related: A look back at the best golf shots from 2014

But wait, those numbers are in meters. In yards, Langer's farthest drive went 208, while Kaymer's went a whopping 232!

Yep, Martin Kaymer hit a ball 232 yards using a putter. Yep, Martin Kaymer can probably hit a putter longer than you can hit your driver. Sorry. We feel your pain.

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Watch this guy make the longest four-foot putt ever (you'll see what we mean)

As far as viral stunts go, there is still nothing better than your basic “how did he do that” putt. In this case there are the usual YouTube commenters suggesting fakery and, more legitimately, gripes about the vertical framing.

Either way, according to the golfinguniverse.org posted clip, “Greg” reached Elie Golf Club’s long, difficult par-4 ninth green and had a four-footer for birdie. But because golfers never want to take the easy way out he belted his putt up a slope and appeared to cover about 100 feet of fescue green to make his birdie. 

Looks real to us:


 

As a side note, The Golf House Club, Elie, as it’s formally known, sits in the “East Neuk” of Fife and is one one of Scotland’s quintessential “hidden gems.” The 6,273-yard course features a tremendous golf experience offering stellar ocean views, a connection to the quaint town of Earlsferry and the kind of satisfying challenge that makes you understand why golf prospered in Scotland.

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Eagle takes and then returns golf ball; headline writers everywhere rejoice

The problem with a video about an eagle on a golf course is the bad golf puns are inevitable. Come on, an eagle? It's too easy! Make us work for it!

Anyway, here's Part 1 of a two-part nature drama in which an eagle takes a golfer's ball on the 12th green of North Bellingham (Wash.) Golf Course, presumably for good.


 

But no! The eagle actually returns the ball on the 13th tee, as revealed in Part 2.



What a good eagle! Meanwhile, theories abound on why the eagle took the ball off the green, only to return it.

1. He had the seen the guy putt and was trying to spare him further humiliation.

2. The eagle thought he wanted the ball, but he only plays Titleist, so he gave it back. (It was probably a Pinnacle).

3. The guy had inadvertently hit into the eagle's group, and this was the eagle's passive-aggressive way of telling the guy he should have waited ... or at least yelled "Fore!"

Attempts to reach the eagle through his publicist were unsuccessful.


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This golf trick shot video will be the most impressive thing you see all day

Or perhaps a better way to put it is, "This trick shot video will make you feel woefully uncoordinated by comparison."

There's not much else you can say after watching this GoPro-produced video of brothers George and Wesley Brian (George is the "set-up man", Wesley is the "hitter"), other than in retrospect, it also makes that iconic commercial of Tiger Woods juggling seem rather quaint.

And here's the best news: The Bryan Brothers will starring in a new Golf Digest video series, "Trick Shots with the Bryan Bros." debuting Oct. 16. 


Better start practicing, Tiger.

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Watch and marvel as Rory McIlroy makes 55 medium-length putts in a row

At last week's BMW Championship, Rory McIlroy four-putted the 12th hole at Cherry Hills two days in a row. It was a shocking display by the world's top-ranked golfer even if McIlroy has never been considered a truly great putter.

But now, that feat seems even more stunning. On Sunday, McIlroy made 55 consecutive medium-length putts on East Lake's practice green before teeing off in the final round of the Tour Championship. Fortunately, Golf Channel provided the footage to prove it:

Commentators Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo seem to indicate in the clip that McIlroy made the putts from about 10 feet. While the distance looks a bit closer than that, we think we can all agree on how impressive this is. These weren't gimmes.

Related: The winners and losers from the FedEx Cup Playoffs

Then again, it doesn't matter how good you practice if you can't make the putts when it counts. McIlroy was -1.710 in strokes gained/putting during the final round at East Lake, a big reason why he finished T-2 at the Tour Championship and third to winner Billy Horschel for the FedEx Cup.

McIlroy's most costly miss came from inside of three feet on No. 10 -- a power lipout similar to the ones that plagued him at Cherry Hills. Maybe that's the length he should work on a little more. . .

(h/t Golf.com)

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Make The Turn Challenge #20: Learn Your Lesson

By Jeff Ritter

One of the more predictable behaviors you'll find woven into the fabric of the game is the general moaning and malaise associated with the completion of one's round. This action usually begins when the player walks off the 18th green into the golf shop or 19th hole and someone asks the question, "How'd it go?" Normally, the kind of answers you hear are things like, "If I could only putt," "Pour me a drink," or "At least I'm not dead!" Think about it. How often have you heard a positive response to this question?

Interestingly enough, kids and adults respond to this question quite differently. That is, until the adults poison the kids' developing minds and condition them to believe "When you don't get what you want, everything is miserable!"

A good friend of mine who's a performance psychologist actually conducted an experiment on this phenomenon. He simply divided a legal pad into two columns. One side said "kids" and the other said "adults." He waited on the 18th green of his home course one Saturday afternoon and asked each group a simple question: "How'd it go?" Based upon the response, he would insert a (+) or (-) into the column associated with each group. As discussed above, the responses from the adults were overwhelmingly negative, whereas the responses from the kids were nearly entirely positive.

Kids are wired to play, have fun and seek out things that are amazing, so much so, they seldom notice or even remember when things aren't going their way. Comments from the kids were things like, "I hit my ball so far on No. 10 it went in the water!" or "I finally saw that massive turtle everyone's been talking about ... it was HUGE!" The comments were more rooted in the joy associated with believing their game was developing or things not even associated with the act of playing golf at all.

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The next time you tee it up, remember that golf is really challenging and you're not ALWAYS going to get what you want. Remember to "PLAY" and celebrate when you pull off amazing stuff. A great drive, perfect chip, hammering home a long, snaking putt. Anything, as long as you give yourself credit for doing at least one thing well. At the completion of your round, shock your buddies and tell them about something that was fun or cool about being out there. Trust me, it's OK to do this.

After acknowledging the good stuff, ask yourself the question, "What's today's lesson?" This is where you determine what area of your game needs some work before you head out and go after it again.

If you're not having much fun these days, this challenge is really important and a great reminder of why you're out there to begin with. Prove you have what it takes to find a little joy within the struggle and you can count this week's challenge as complete.

BENEFITS
Become a more efficient practicer
Elevate your performance mindset
More fun

Jeff Ritter is the CEO/Founder of MTT Performance. The program operates out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Follow him on Twitter at @mttgolf
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