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Mike Stachura

Mike Stachura has been on the staff of Golf Digest since 1992, or before there was an Internet. His primary responsibilities center on equipment, golf technology and the business of golf. He also occasionally spends an inordinate amount of time researching a big-data prediction of the winner of each of the year’s major championships. It never comes close to coming true.

Recent Works

  • Research and notes taken during Hot List testing fills up dozens of notebooks.

    Fire Away

    Want to know more about what goes into the construction of our annual Hot List? Here's your chance to find out
    November 11, 2009
  • Odyssey White Ice (top) and
Nike Method

    The Year Of The Insert

    November 1, 2009
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    Identity Crisis

    What's a hybrid supposed to look like anyway?
    September 22, 2009
  • The USGA will be able to see if player's grooves are conforming by measuring the hardened goo that is squirted into their clubs.

    Bargain Shopping

    When it comes to measuring grooves, the USGA has decided a $150 scanner will work just fine
    September 17, 2009
  • When Merion hosts the 2013 U.S. Open, it will play shorter than any course to host a major since Pebble Beach in 2000.

    Coming Up Short?

    For all of Merion's charms, Mike Stachura still wonders if the historic course is long enough for today's players
    September 10, 2009
  • Y.E. Yang's post-round celebration was particularly pleasing to his sponsor.

    First The Win, Now The Windfall

    A historic win over Tiger Woods paired with an innate marketing sense may translate into big money for Y.E. Yang
    August 20, 2009
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    Lucas Glover's Driver

    Q: If Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open with an old driver, why do I need to buy a new one?
    August 18, 2009
  • With the help of modern equipment, Tom Watson is able to hit the ball farther at 59 than when he was in the prime of his career.

    Fountain Of Youth

    How does a 59-year-old Tom Watson compete for a major against men half his age? Some of it had to do with guile and experience. A lot had to do with modern technology
    July 23, 2009
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    The Death of Spin?

    Will a new grooves rule mean the end of spin? Or will it even matter?
    July 21, 2009
  • applying painful lessons: Avoiding defensive golf that cost him at Augusta, Perry stayed aggressive in the final round, shooting a 63 to win by three shots.

    Connected In Connecticut

    After 21 tries, Kenny Perry finally wins the Travelers Championship and, in the process, finds a little post-Masters relief
    June 29, 2009
  • Tim Finchem consulted with players on the groove issue, but ultimately, the decision was his to implement a new condition of competition for 2010.

    Staying The Course

    PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem took charge of the groove issue on Tuesday by proclaiming the tour would go along a scheduled rollback for 2010
    June 29, 2009
  • "We decided that it was too heated of an issue to decide on a conference call," Stewart Cink said of the groove rollback.

    Groove Rollback Could Be Placed On Hold

    The latest indications from PGA Tour players is that the groove rollback slated for 2010 could be delayed
    June 23, 2009
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    Fully Loaded

    Will a shaft upgrade buy you distance?
    June 23, 2009
  • The sheer length of certain holes at Bethpage Black may not be as overwhelming this time around.

    Whole New Ballgame

    Seven years after Bethpage Black first hosted the U.S. Open, advances in technology could help soften the course's edge
    June 9, 2009
  • When Chad Campbell recently tested an old driver and ball, his drives were some 44 yards shorter.

    Time Warp

    A recent test proved current clubs let players swing faster than vintage clubs ever could. The reason why may surprise you
    May 28, 2009
  • Ben Crane hit his tee ball on the 9th hole Thursday 298 yards. With a 3-wood.

    Disarming Trend

    The early going at the Players confirms that players don't need to hit driver to be successful at TPC Sawgrass
    May 7, 2009
  • Golf manufacturers are all scrambling to slash prices in an effort to entice buyers.

    Buyer's Market

    Here's one upside to a struggling economy: thanks to favorable pricing and greater options, there has never been a better time to buy golf equipment
    April 23, 2009
  • While Alvaro Quiros' prodigious drives suggest technology needs to be reeled in, the Spaniard has actually been the exception to the rule

    Long And Wrong

    Alarmists say driving distances continue to spiral out of control, but Mike Stachura explains the numbers have actually flattened
    March 26, 2009
  • New Looks: Balls

    The Layered Effect

    A ball's inner mantle keys performance
    March 4, 2009
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