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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

  • 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
  • A chipper combines an 8-iron loft with a putter length. The hybrid-like sole width is designed to resist chunked shots. ODYSSEY: Marxman X-Act ($119). The 37-degree putter-like club features the White Hot XG elastomer-backed polymer face insert. CLEVELAND: Niblick ($110). The wide-sole-iron design comes in 37- and 42-degree lofts. ADAMS: Idea a3OS ($90). Built as a hybrid with a putter hosel, it has 37 degrees of loft and an extended grip. __TOUR EDGE:__Geomax 2 ($50). Made of 431 stainless steel, it has perimeter weighting in the heel and toe.

    Buying A Short Game

    Is the return of the chipper welcome news -- or moral outrage?
    February 25, 2009
  • Bridgestone says its soft-compression tour ball, B330-RX ($40 a dozen), provides average swing speeds more distance. Don't know yours?
The Shot Watch calculates tempo, grip pressure and swing speed ($200, shotwatch.com).

    Bomb & Gouge

    Geek Talk For Gearheads
    November 4, 2008
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    Golf & Design

    Intelligent Design

    How computers and digital analysis have amped up golf's innovation curve
    September 22, 2008
  • Pitch shots from the short grass also will spin less under new rule.

    Lingering Questions

    For both elite and everyday players, the new groove rule presents a number of issues, including some that will take years to play out
    September 1, 2008
  • A cross section of opinion reveals some manufacturers' displeasure with the new rule.

    Taking A Stand

    USGA, R&A announce groove rule, the game's first equipment rollback in 80 years. Will more moves follow?
    August 11, 2008
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    Ping Goes Public With USGA Letter

    Discontent from manufacturers with the USGA's grooves ruling is growing and Ping has fired the first shot
    August 6, 2008
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    Rolling Back Grooves

    The USGA decides to curtail clubface technology
    August 6, 2008
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    Grooves Rule to Change

    USGA and R&A announce rules change on grooves effective January 2010
    August 4, 2008
  • As Rick Smith demonstrates above, many golfers start down with the upper body, which pushes the club to the outside (left). To stay inside, let the legs and hips lead the downswing (right). Smith shows how to swing from the inside on pages 96-101. Below, note the dramatic difference in yardage between a downswing that approaches from 9 degrees outside the target line and one that comes from inside or on the line.

    Add 42 yards now!

    June 18, 2008
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    Feet of strength

    Latest gear
    June 18, 2008
  • What a life: Relaxing aboard Caddyshack, a 65-foot Hatteras.

    A Man in Full

    The Hall of Fame gets a man with memories of the good and the bad
    June 15, 2008
  • The areas in orange above show land that would be affected by a sea-level rise of two meters. | National Science Foundation: View dynamic maps of areas susceptible to sea level rise
  • Mickelson wedged his way toward the weekend with a second-round 68.

    Mickelson Hits Pay Dirt

    Bomb-and-gouging as only he can, Phil Mickelson claims Colonial's top cash with a miraculous birdie on the final hole
    May 25, 2008
  • 

The MT is sold in standard, flat and upright lie angles ($150, macgregorgolf.com).


The triangular shape of the r7 CGB Max Rescue helps push the center of gravity deeper ($200, taylormadegolf.com).


The XCG's face and crown are bonded by vacuum heat curing ($220, exoticsgolf.com).

    Bomb & Gouge

    5-, 6-, 7-hybrids! Where does it end?
    May 11, 2008
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