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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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Video

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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Instruction

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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Instruction

Make The Turn Challenge #14: Play Recklessly

By Jeff Ritter

I believe one of the keys in life to getting what you want is learning to let go of all of the things you spend so much time trying to control.

The key to this whole idea is embracing the paradox that rules the world we live in. Golf is full of paradoxes such as "relax to generate more power" or sometimes even "swinging in the direction your ball is missing" in order to better find your target.

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As it relates to playing nervous or tight for a moment, think of the word "disease." Broken down it's, "dis-ease," or without ease. If you're trying to control the motion or outcome of your shots too much, then your swing and mind are working way too hard and are in a state of disease. This is what happened to me; especially the more I worried about NOT hitting the window referenced in this week's challenge video.

I've found that to be unconsciously brilliant and disease free, you have to learn to generate an attitude where you actually feel a bit careless or even reckless. If you find yourself attempting to control too much, try throwing caution to the wind and let go with reckless abandon. Like a skydiver jumping from an airplane who's not at all concerned about their parachute opening, you'll be amazed at just how good letting go can feel!



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 ... Read
Instruction

Make The Turn Challenge #12: Beverage Blast

By Jeff Ritter

Although eating gets much of the focus in the area of nutrition, what you drink is just as important.

Many golfers chug sports drinks, guzzle sodas or sip on Arnold Palmers throughout their round. There's no one cooler than the "King" but unfortunately Arnold Palmers don't make the cut on the better beverage list.

Many of these processed beverages are loaded with refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and other hazardous ingredients that can only be identified with a chemistry book. And that's simply not good for you.

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Hydrating properly not only has a positive impact on your game. It can aid weight loss, increase energy, improve digestion and support overall health.

This is something that might take a little time to fully incorporate into your lifestyle, but
it's going to make a huge difference. For me the biggest impact came from making just a few small changes.

First, I started drinking more water. Before my morning coffee, I always down a tall glass or two to rehydrate and get a step ahead of the long day I'll be facing on the lesson tee. Secondly, I dropped indulging in the coffee's at Starbucks with all of the fancy names. These drinks aren't coffee, they're desserts and will make you as fat as starting the day eating birthday cake. Black coffee with an all natural sweetener called "Stevia" has become my "go to" for the last 5 years. For lunch, no more sodas.

In fact, no more sodas at all. I drink unsweetened brewed tea and add a lemon wedge for flavor. Trust me you'll get used to it. On Sunday's I watch a lot of sports, so if I'm craving a soda-like drink I'll have a "Zevia" which is an all natural soda replacement beverage sweetened with the same stuff I'm putting in my coffee. It's actually pretty good and comes in a ton of flavors. Finally, when letting loose, I'm drinking more red wine. Pino Noir tops the better booze list, so that's what I'm getting when the wife and I enjoy a nice dinner together.

All of these little adjustments have helped me and I know they'll do the same for you. Little steps lead to big results. Prove that you can enjoy a better beverage plan for just one day at the course and you can count this nutrition challenge as complete.

Benefits
Better Hydration
Improved Focus
Protects Against Harmful Additives and Chemicals


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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News & Tours

Underrated moments in golf history: Jack Nicklaus drains 100-footer in Johnny Miller's face

By Brendan Mohler

You must see this putt to believe it. But first, the backstory.

Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer played a ceremonial round in August 2010 to mark the grand opening of The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton, Mich., a Nicklaus design that will host this week's Senior PGA Championship. Miller faced an uphill double-breaker of more than 100 feet on the 10th hole and wanted to chip the ball instead, but Nicklaus understandably didn't want a divot in his brand new green. Johnny further complained that chipping the ball was the only way to get it to the hole, so Nicklaus decided to show him how it's done.

Imagine being in the gallery that day. No practice swing. Hardly even a look at the hole. Nicklaus just throws down a ball, puts a HUGE stroke on it and watches it rattle in the cup. This has to be one of the proudest moments of Jack's career -- you know, besides the 18 majors he won.

Related: That time Phil Mickelson turned a post-round TV interview into an instructional video

Dan Hicks needs to ask Miller about this putt during the next NBC telecast. We'd love to hear his thoughts.

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Instruction

Sequels often don't live up to the original but Tom Watson's new DVD proves that wrong

By Keely Levins

Four years removed from Tom Watson's original release of "Lessons of a Lifetime," a DVD instructional set sold in five languages and more than 40 countries, the eight-time major champion has updated the series with a focus toward better players.

loop-tom-watson-dvd-518.jpgA new, third DVD has 20 extra lessons that include tips for improving your short game. Watson's added advice on mental strategies is particularly revealing; who wouldn't want to hear how one of golf's coolest customers calmed pre-round jitters?

There is a nice mix of old-school knowledge and new-school thinking. Watson tells stories of his dad teaching him basics that he still uses today. Then he straps on a GoPro video camera, using it to show how much his head moves during his putting stroke.

The new DVD is sold individually ($25) or as part of a three-disc set ($50).

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Instruction

Make The Turn Challenge 8: Fire Up Your On Switch

By Jeff Ritter

How many times can you recall hitting a terrible shot and then saying to yourself, "I knew that was going to happen!?" If you've played golf for any period of time, it's probably happened more than you care to remember. Conversely, you've probably also had just the opposite occur. Can you go back to a moment when everything seemed perfect, where you knew you were going to crush that drive or sink a putt and you did?

What is it that makes one shot agony and the other pure ecstasy? Aside from golf being a difficult game where a few sideways shots are inevitable, the secret to your success might be in your ability to capture or better yet consistently "produce" that can't-miss feeling.

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The key is understanding the coolness associated with high-level mental performance. That is, embracing the fact that the "feeling" is something that's entirely controlled by you. Even cooler is the fact that the ideas you DECIDE to entertain don't even have to be based in reality, as long as they produce the result of an elevated mood. The formula is simple. Get pumped and then swing away. What gets you fired up? Hey, that's up to you. Let your imagination run wild and you'll find an unlimited number of ways to ignite your can't-miss mindset.

It's more important to "feel" powerful than it is to be powerful and that feeling comes from right between your ears. This challenge is a lot of fun, but also requires a strong commitment to complete. Prove to yourself that you can mentally fire up your "on switch" on every shot for 18 holes and you can count this mindset challenge as complete.

BENEFITS
Increased Likelihood of Success
More Fun
Better Shots



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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