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Do you know who Jackie Burke is?  Jackie Burke!  Dude, f’real?  First off, if you haven’t gone to Secret In The Dirt yet, what have you been waiting for?  Second…he’s the man.  I was reading this and was really struck by this passage…

It is not the average distance you hit a club, but the distance you hit the ball most often. That sounds like the same thing, but I have found though years of harassing poor, unsuspecting amateurs that the “most often” shot is usually five and sometimes as much as 10 yards shorter than the best shot. But the fear of going over the green chides people into being short all day long. Using the most often approach can result in five or more saved shots from not being short, which is a lot better for your score than the one bogey you might make from the career shot that sails over the green.

I like what the great Jackie Burke said to one of his students when he was pondering a club choice. He asked the unsuspecting young star what he could hit over the green. The student responded, “5-iron.”

Burke then responded, “Well then, wouldn’t that make this a 6?”

Just think about that for a second.

Read it again and try to recall rounds of yours in the past where you agonized over a club selection, checked your GPS or fired another shot with your rangefinder, obsessing over a club choice…we all know how this story ends.  Either you try to prove your manliness, not by any real measure of manliness mind you, but by SHOWING THE WORLD that you can hit that 170 yard 8i (my personal favorite) or you get so angry with yourself that you just had to take more club, and instead of putting a smooth swing on it, you SHOW THE WORLD you totally should’ve taken the 8i as you watch your ball sail 10 yards over the green.

Oh don’t even try to bullshit your way around it, I know you’re lying. (more…)

Cheapest piece of clothing I own

Cheapest piece of clothing I own

Yessir, the band is back together. Hell, we even picked up a new member. All the hype, drama, and controversy surrounding the 2013 Masters tournament was too much to keep us away. But we’ll get to all that later. All you need to know is that none of us played Augusta this past weekend, which means we’re kicking off our 2014 Masters campaign!

A lot happened this weekend at Augusta, but let me first and foremost congratulate Adam Scott. Scott has been one hell of a Tour player for a long time now and the only reason it’s taken him this long to win his first big one is that dreaded flatstick. So it’s only fitting that he won this tournament with clutch putting. His always impressive ball-striking kept him in the mix, but it was his putting that earned him the prestigious green jacket. (more…)

Step 1: Call your shot. Step 2: Drain it. (Geoff Shackelford)

Hunter Mahan says the Byron Nelson Championship is too easy for him (Devil Ball)

Inside the field at the Byron Nelson (PGA Tour)

A look at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, TX (PGA Tour)

Power Rankings, the Byron Nelson edition (PGA Tour)

My boy Fred Couples had some lesions removed (PGA Tour)

For the first time in 14 years, Tiger is out of the top 10 in the WGR (Golf)

Some rumors to help pass your Tuesday (Golf)

10 rules to hit more greens (Golf Digest)

For Ill… 2011 Hot List: Hybrids (Golf Digest)

Sergio Garcia’s current streak of 47 straight major appearances looks like it will end at the British Open (Wei Under Par)

Europe’s best players honor Seve (Wei Under Par)

Jose Maria Olazabal offers his thoughts on Seve (BBC)

Tiger drops to 12th and Ryo jumps to 49th in the WGR (Devil Ball)

Golf and politics (Geoff Shackelford)

How to play golf Pt. 5 (Golf Digest)

David Toms lost in a playoff last week at THE Players and followed it up with a W at Colonial (PGA Tour, Devil Ball)

Final round wrap-up from Colonial (PGA Tour)

The up-to-date FedEx Cup leaderboard (PGA Tour)

Fila purchased Acushnet (Titelist and FootJoy) for $1.23 billion (Wei Under Par)

Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr to end her 20 month winless streak (Wei Under Par)

Padraig Harrington will miss the BMW PGA Championship due to a knee injury (Wei Under Par)

A detailed look at Ian Poulter’s fall at the Volvo Match Play (Devil Ball, Geoff Shackelford)

Is Lee Westwood’s vagina taking him off twitter? (Devil Ball)

Tiger Woods is #12 in the WGR… How far will he fall? (Geoff Shackelford)

America’s best 100 courses by state (Golf Digest)

How to play golf Pt. 4 (Golf Digest)

How to: The Stack and Tilt Swing (Golf Digest)

PGA Tour Confidential (Golf)

The Week in Golf picture style (Devil Ball)

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. The injury is a ligament sprain in his left knee and a mild strain of his Achilles tendon in the same leg. This is the famous left leg that Tiger has had operated on four times previously, most recently after the 2008 US Open at Torry Pines.

In a statement released on his website:

Woods suffered a Grade 1 mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon… Woods was able to continue playing at Augusta and then later decided to seek a medical evaluation.

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A day in the life of Jason Day: I have a hot wife and I wear a Cleveland Indians hat (Wei Under Par: Pt 1 & Pt 2)

Ernie Els broke a rule! That bastard! (Wei Under Par)

Express Lane Golf in Las Vegas (Waggle Room)

Here’s a criticism of Luke Donald “Luke hasn’t won a stroke play event on the PGA Tour since 2006 and just one stroke play event on the European Tour in seven years.” (Devil Ball)

Another criticism of Harbour Town (Geoff Shackelford)

I hate DLIII, but he’s got a smooth swing… (Armchair Golf)

Rules violations and your DVR (Armchair Golf)

Need balls? (Hot List)

Poulter is scared of ghosts (Golf Digest)

Camillo Vagina’s swing sequence if you cared (Golf Digest)

A letter to Tiger Woods (Golf Digest)

Lee Westwood is back as the World #1. I hate you Lee. (Golf)

Here’s a look at Hot Charl’s bag (Golf)

How to beat buried lies in the rough. Foot wedge? (Golf)

Who should be #1? (Golf)

A hot chick pulls off a great golf trick shot. (Break)

How many hours would it take you to become a professional golfer? (TampaBay.com)

Expert picks for the Heritage. (PGA Tour)

Tee times and pairings for the Heritage (PGA Tour)

Dustin Johnson and his caddy part ways. (Yahoo!)

A new handicapping system in Australia. (Aussie Golfer)

Peter Dawson: Tours need to open books on disciplinary action. (Geoff Shackelford)

Here’s a video of Ricky Fowler at home, if you cared. (YouTube)

The “Big Easy” Ernie Els is thinking about a switch to the belly putter. (Wei Under Par)

Changes are being made to Royal St. George for the 2011 British Open. (Golf Digest)

FootJoy is coming out with a full golf clothing line. (Golf)

More Blair O’Neal after the jump.

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