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Free Drop Of My Golf Ball When It’s Embedded?

A rules question for you Golf Nut.  I was playing recently and my partner’s golf ball was embedded in a soft part of the fairway. It was really plugged and made a shot really difficult.  Can he get relief in this situation? (more…)

July 20th, 2010 | | 6 comments | Continued
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What Other Golf Nuts Think About Major Golf Course Set Up

During the recent US Open, I discussed how I thought it was enjoyable for the average golfer to watch the pros struggle against the difficulty of Pebble Beach and the way that the USGA had the course set up.  Now I am not saying that it’s fun to watch people struggle.  But I am saying that for the average golfer to see professional golfers struggle to shoot par during an entire tournament does make us feel better.  We realize that the game can humble even the best of the best. (more…)

July 5th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Your Approach Shots Are Key To Your Golf Score

Even for us amateur golfers, how we approach our shots to the green are very important to how well we score.  I remember a story that I heard supposedly about Ben Hogan and a conversation that he had with an amateur that he was playing with one time.  Now it may or may not have really come from Hogan, but the lesson is still valuable. (more…)

June 27th, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Real Fun For An Amateur Golfer

As I watch the US Open golf tournament, I am reminded that golf can be a humbling game, even for the best golfers in the world.  And I’ve talked to a fair number of amateur golfers this week who have all agreed on one key point about the US Open:  They all really enjoy watching the pros look a little bit more like the rest of us. (more…)

June 19th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Goodbye To A Great Coach

Today’s article has nothing whatsoever to do with golf.  I am going to ask all of you golf nuts out there to bear with me.  But I the passing of a legend yesterday just got me to thinking.  And I just had to write about John Wooden. (more…)

June 5th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Can Mickelson Take The #1 Spot In Golf?

After he won the Masters in April, I had a lot more respect for Phil Mickelson.  He seemed to be continuing on a great path as a golfer and seemed ready to take a bigger spot in the world of golf, especially with Tiger on the sidelines.  Now he has missed the cut at Colonial and, to me, this raises the question “Is Phil ready to take and hold the #1 ranking in the world of golf?” (more…)

May 29th, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Playing Par 5′s For The Amateur Golfer

For those of us that aren’t scratch golfers, and in particular for the high handicappers, the Par 5′s on any given golf course can be a scoring opportunity or a trap.  If we play these four golf holes per round smartly, we can definitely have a positive impact on our scores. (more…)

April 25th, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Wow! This Is Major Golf As It Should Be.

It’s Saturday afternoon and I am watching The Masters third round on TV.  Got my yard work in, a little chipping and putting time in and then came in to see who was going to make their move today.  And there are moves all over.  What a Saturday round in Augusta! (more…)

April 10th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Golf Shot Hits A Post In The Fairway, Out Of Luck?

A recent question from a reader:  My second shot on a par 5 was a great five-wood stinger straight toward the flag. But about 50 yards before the green my golf ball hit a short wooden stake that was temporarily marking some sort of construction (some digging in the fairway). As a result my ball went shooting far right into the bushes, lost forever.  Rub of the green? (more…)

April 1st, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Golf Tips For The Long Irons

I got a couple of questions recently from golfers who have difficulty hitting their long irons.  And I can definitely relate to that.  So I am very interested in hearing from you mid to high handicappers out there on what you do about your long irons.  Please email me at thegolfnut@the-golf-nut.com.   And in the meantime I have a few tips to help you if you are going to try and use those difficult sticks. (more…)

March 26th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Out Of Bounds Stake Intefering With My Golf Swing

Golf Nut,  this happened in a recent round.  My golf ball came to rest next to a white out of bounds marker.  My ball was still in play, but the marker interfered with my backswing.  Can I get relief in this situation? (more…)

March 20th, 2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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“This Kid Golfer Can’t Miss” Says Sports Illustrated

I just read about this young golfer out of the University of Oregon who is playing the tour this year after earning his card.  So far, in 2010, he is six for six in cuts made and looks like he is a sure thing to make it full time on the pro golf circuit. Alex Prugh is his name and I liked what I read about him. (more…)

March 13th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Can My Practice Golf Swing Cost Me A Stroke

Dear Golf Nut I have a question about taking a practice swing.  If you are taking a practice swing on a shot other than a tee shot, and accidentally hit your ball, what is the correct ruling?  Do you play it as it lies or are you allowed to replace it and hit again without incurring a penalty.  Thanks for the question, this is one that a lot of golfers miss when they are playing. (more…)

March 6th, 2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Golf Nut’s Thoughts On Tiger Woods

Hello Golf Nut’s. I have held off writing anything for a while after Tiger’s press conference.  I don’t want to spend a lot of time writing about Tiger this year.  But I did want to get my thoughts out there one time. So here goes. (more…)

March 3rd, 2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Ridiculous Difficult Golf Courses

I saw a recent article on espn.com called “The Most Diabolical Links In The Country“.  It reminded me of some of the crazy courses I have played over my golfing years.  And there was one in particular that really stands out.  (more…)

January 1st, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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From The Golf Nut: 5 Things I’d Like To See In 2010

As we end 2009 and look forward to the 2010 golf season, I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect on some things that I hope to see this coming year. (more…)

December 29th, 2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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What’s The Golf Ruling On A Plugged Ball On A Sloped Green?

Dear Golf Nut,  A playing partner hit a ball into the green. The ball plugged on the slope of the green. He marked the position of the ball and repaired the plug hole. However when he replaced his ball it kept moving closer to the hole because of the slope. What relief or rules would apply. (more…)

December 23rd, 2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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I’m Not Going To Write About Tiger aka Where Have All The Good Guys Gone?

I am serious, I am not going to write about this Tiger Woods situation.  But the situation got me to thinking about role models and our sports “heroes”.   A group was discussing this situation that I am not going to write about and during the conversation someone made a comment to the effect “Where have all the good guys gone?”  This got me to thinking back to my youth and wondering the same thing. (more…)

December 17th, 2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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How’s This For The Ultimate Golf Trip?

Most golfers I know take a golf trip from time to time.  Some take one every year.  It’s usually a group of the same guys, maybe college buddies getting together once a year or your regular foursome that goes to a different location once each summer.  But I read recently in Golf Digest about the ultimate golf trip that most of us, unfortunately, won’t be able to enjoy.  But it was great to read about it. (more…)

November 27th, 2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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What To Do During The Golf Offseason

It’s getting to be that time of year where we don’t get to play as much golf as we would like.  And for some of you, depending on where you live, the golf courses close completely until the spring.  I’m thankful I live in the sunny Southern United States where we do get to play year round, although not every day or week.  But I was asked recently about off season programs and plans.  So I thought I would share a few thoughts on this. (more…)

November 20th, 2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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How Does Golf Compare To Other Sports For Pressure?

When you first saw this title you probably thought, Well every sport has pressure, golf is not different.  But maybe it is.  I was reading an article recently and it started me to thinking about pressure and the different aspects of it.  Especially as it relatets to golfers. (more…)

November 1st, 2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Struggling To Make Solid Contact With The Golf Ball

Dear Golf Nut.  I am having a problem making consistent solid contact with the golf ball.  I’ve had a couple of friends look at my swing and they don’t see anything that they can point to as to why I am having this problem.  Any thoughts on what may be causing this? (more…)

October 29th, 2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Thank You For Your Feedback Golf Nuts!

The results of the recent poll that we asked you golfers to answer and give us feedback about our content are complete and in.  And first I want to thank all the golfers who participated.   It was tremendous to hear from all of you on what you want us to write about here.  So let’s get on to the results and what it will mean for our content. (more…)

October 24th, 2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Tiger Just Keeps On Rolling Through The Golf Record Books

So we all know how great a golfer Tiger is.  That is unquestioned.  Some might debate is he the greatest golfer of all time…at this point anyway.  But I was still blown away by his dominance that was demonstrated by some recent numbers that I saw written in a recent golf article. (more…)

October 21st, 2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Practice Or No Practice, What’s Best For Your Golf Game?

I was speaking with one of my newsletter subscribers last night and he said something that got me to thinking.  “Golf Nut”, he said, “I don’t agree with you about not practicing.”   We talked about it and I told him that I really wasn’t against practicing your golf game and went back through my thoughts on it.  And that’s what got me to thinking about some things I want to share with you golfers. (more…)

October 9th, 2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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