2018: Best New Golf Balls

The golf ball is the only piece of equipment you use for every shot – so playing with the right model for your game is crucial. Here we highlight the best golf balls 2018 has to offer to help you make your selection.

Bridgestone Tour B X/XS/RX/RXS

$45.00 

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Callaway Chrome SOFT / X 

$45 

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SRIXON Z-STAR / XV

$40 

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TAYLORMADE TP5 / TP5X

$45

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TITLEIST AV

$48 

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TITLEIST PRO V1 / X

$48 

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WILSON STAFF DUO URETHANE

$38 

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HONMA TW G6

$80 

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VOLVIK VIVID SOFT

$43 

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WILSON STAFF FG TOUR 

$45 

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BRIDGESTONE EG SOFT 

$30 

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SNELL MTB BLACK / RED 

$32 

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Patrick Reed Wins The Masters - First Major Title
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Patrick Reed, 27, has won his first major title at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, beating Rickie Fowler by a stroke Sunday night.  Reed took his three-shot lead into the final round and ended with a on-under par 71.  Reed has had six PGA Tour victories so far.  

"To have to par the last hole to win my first major, it definitely felt right," Reed said from Butler Cabin, right before Sergio Garcia helped him into a green jacket. 

President Trump took to twitter to congratulate Reed writing  Sunday night he has a "Bright future ahead" ; 

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"Congratulations to Patrick Reed on his great and courageous MASTERS win!  When Patrick had his amazing win at Doral 5 years ago, people saw his great talent, and a bright future ahead.  Now he is the Masters Champion!" 

-President Trump 

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Fowler did his best with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, and an 8-foot birdie on the final hole.  It still wasn't enough though.  Fowler was runner-up for the third time in a major.  He left the scoring cabin when Reed tapped in for par.  

"Glad I at least made the last one, make him earn it," Fowler said with a grin as he waited to greet the newest major champion. 

Spieth put up the most unlikely fight and was on the verge of the greatest comeback in Masters history.  He stared nine shots behind going into the final round, and was inches away on two shots from a chance at another green jacket. 

"I think I've proven to myself and to others that you never give up," Spieth said.  "I started the round nine shots back and I came out with the idea of just playing the golf course and having a lot of fun doing it and try to shoot a low round and finish the tournament strong and see what happens, if something crazy happens." 

McIlroy, meanwhile, will have to wait another year for a shot at the career Grand Slam.  McIlroy's putter betrayed him, and he was never a factor on the back nine.  He closed with a 74 and tied for fifth. 

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Different about this victory for Reed was the fuchsia shirt he wore as part of a Nike script.  Reed always wear black pants and red shirt because that's what Tiger Woods does, and Reed has long modeled his mental game after Woods.  "Be stubborn," he once said about learning by watching Woods.  

Reed once claimed after winning a World Golf Championship at Doral that he was a top 5 player in the world, which subjected him to ridicule and judgement.  This victory moves him to No. 11. It also comes with a green jacket, which earns far more respect and notoriety.    

Masters 2018: Tiger Woods' Nike Add Why We Care
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After struggling with debilitating back pain that threatened to shut down his career, Tiger Woods seemed to enter this year's masters - his first appearance since 2015 - a happy, rehabilitated man.  He has been quoted saying how he was just happy to be playing again.  The new Tiger would smile and enjoy the ride. 

Ask Tiger what the main golf of his back fusion surgery was and he'd undoubtedly say it was more about living a pain-free life than making a better golf swing.  And Woods said Tuesday that he had no expectations that his post-surgery speed would be what it was when he was in his physical prime.  

But the new numbers tell an interesting story.  Woods is consistently swinging his driver at more than 120 miles per hour - a speed that puts him up near the top on the Tour.  How has Woods been able to get his speed back despite losing felxibility and torque between his upper and lower body? 

The TIger Woods NIKE Ad

The first time Tiger Woods got his very own green sport coat was 21 years ago.  The 1997 Masters was Wood's first major tournament win, and it put him on the path to becoming one of hte most famous athletes of all time. 

Of course, it didn't hurt that he'd been winning at every level and on TV swinging a golf club since hew as practically in diapers - a fact this new ad illustrates with five-year-olf Tiger atop Fran Tarkenton's knee on ABC's That's Incredible

With the improved results (thanks to a little spinal fusion surgery), the slightly improved public image, and the huge TV ratings boost his comeback has given the networks, a Nike ad for the sports most prestigious tournament seems inevitable. 

The spot harks back to Tiger's glory days, then the signal gets interrupted, not with nagging injury or a hookers-on-a-plane PR disaster, but just a simple "Please Stand By" before we jump right up to the feel-good career reboot.  In many ways, this ad is a perfect manifestation of many fans' view of Woods, ignoring the flaws of the man, to celebrate and rebuild the myth. 

  

Bubba Watson is Officially Back
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Bubba is polarizing, but his return to the top of the sport is great for everyone involved. 

Bubba Watson is a legend who disappeared for a while.  That does happen to golfers, of course, even (especially) at the highest level of the game.  The margins are razor thin among the best players in the world, and any dip in performance is going to be readily apparent. 

Ranked in the top 10 at the end of 2016, Watson fell all the way down to 73rd at the end of 2017, and had fallen even further as the 2018 season progressed, hitting a low of 117th after Pebble Beach.  But after hitting his nadir, Watson rebounded in a big way, winning the Genesis Open at Riviera.  he followed that up with a T9 at the WGC-Mexico, followed by a win at the WGC-Match Play in Austin, in classic Watson fashion. 

This is a very good time for Watson to be peaking, two weeks out from the Masters, a tournament he's already won twice.  Augusta seems to reward certain players for various reasons, especially creative left-handers, and with Bubba back, the tournament is shaping up to be even more stacked than we could have hoped for even just a few weeks ago.  Phil and Tiger, JT and Spieth, Rory, Bubba, and plenty more, all near the top of their games.  

His appreciation for the Masters remains boundless. 

"I mean, this is the greatest sporting event, I believe, in the world," He said.  "It's obviously the greatest tournament in the world, what they have been able to produce here.  Year after year, we're watching the same gold course, the same venue, the same everything.  And when is the last time anybody shot four rounds in the 60s here?" 

The answer is, Never. 

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Bubba Watson with Caddie Scott Piercy 

Watson has disclosed he no longer reads any media which may have contributed to his turnaround.  He also singled out Scott (his caddie), parenthood and his wife Angie for helping him out of his dark place.  Bubba Watson and his wife adopted a son, Caleb just prior to Watson winning the 2012 Masters.  They adopted a daughter, Dakota in December of 2014, the year Watson won his second Masters.  Life and golf always coexisted peacefully. 

Until last year. 

A nine-time PGA Tour winner, Watson, 39, comes into this week at 108th in the Official World Golf Ranking.  He prefers not to specify the nature of his illness, but whatever it was, he failed to seriously contend in any tournament, missed the cut by a mile at the Masters, and finished a career-worst 75th at the FedExCup. 

Today, Watson is back up to around 180 pounds, which, he recalls is about what he was when he won the two Masters.  After a brief bit of tinkering with his equipment, he has gone back to the ball he used in his prime.  And, lo and behold, he's playing well again.  

"My ball-striking is right where I want it to be.  And my putting I feel good over the putts, they're just not going in.  Right now, the balls' just laughing at me." he told PGAtour.com... 

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Like many previous Masters champions, Watson has peaked at just the right time.  But he is not alone as a number of other top golfers, including former world number ones Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, have also shown solid form of late.  

That will set the stage for what should be a memorable week at Augusta National and Watson said he was pleased to see so many of his competitors in top form. 

 

Golf Swing Tips

Feel confident with the shots you hit.  Never overlook all the simple, yet vital golf tips you receive from your golf coaches, instructors, or reliable sources.  Get the inside scoop here on the best golf swing tips from top-rate golf professionals. If you're having problems with your swing, rely on these best proven golf tips to begin your journey towards improvement. 

Body Posture

Ensure that you're keeping proper body posture as it is key to the development and maintenance of good balance throughout your swing.  Doing so will help you achieve better results during your round of golf or practice session on the range.  Maintain your balance during your swing by keeping your knees bent.  This will enable your weight to rest in the center of your feet.  To further aid with balance, take more controlled swings.  Instead of taking an all-out swing at 100%, mentally train yourself to take a 70% swing.  This will hep you maintain rhythm, balance, and enough distance to successfully carry out your swings. 

Understanding Your Clubs

If you use 420cc or 460cc drivers, tee the golf ball higher to ensure that you're hitting the ball on the upswing.  When attempting to make a short putt, align your putter with the hole for best results.  Familiarize yourself with your golf clubs.  Learn how to optimally utilize your driver, irons, and putter.  By better understanding your clubs, you'll be able to see a dramatic increase in your performance as you begin to hit the ball farther and more accurately each time on that sweet spot. 

Clean Your Clubs

it is highly recommended that you regularly clean your golf clubs, golf club grips, golf balls, and golf swing tracker.  This can make all the difference between nailing a square shot down the middle of the fairway or having the ball land a few feet in front of you.  Dirty clubs can very easily contribute to a few extra strokes or more per round.  To determine how often you may need to clean your golf clubs depends on how often you golf. 

Keep A Tucked Elbow

Remember, your right elbow must always remain in a tucked position during your backswing and well into your finish.  Focusing on your right hand position will allow your downswing to travel the most efficient path into the ball.  Consequently, your golf swing will maintain the best club face angle and proper swing plane with net results being better ball strike and more consistent golf. 

 

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10 Greatest golf Shots in the History of the Masters

Throughout the first full weekend in April, Augusta National Golf Club is home to a tradition unlike any other.  That tradition is the first major tournament of the golf season, The Masters.  The Masters is arguably the most prestigious tournament that a golfer can win, as taking home a green jacket can elevate a player from being considered a mediocre pro, to being a tour legend. 

Tradition runs deep at Augusta National and the Masters.  There are several events and annual traditions that make the Masters tournament unlike any other event on the PGA Tour calendar.  The Masters also happens to be the setting for some of the most clutch performances and greatest moments in golf history.  With clutch performances, come amazing shots. 

You could literally write a short novel discussing all of the memorable shots during the Masters through the years, which made narrowing the following list down to 10 shots incredibly difficult.  With that said, what you'll find with our list is that every shot we included was not only an amazing shot, but they all also played a major role in that golfer winning a green jacket.  

1. Phil Mickelson - 2010

With two pine trees, a creek, and 207 yards between him and the hole, Mickelson delivered a towering 6-iron off the pine needles through the trees to four feet.  It was one of the gutsiest shots ever played.  Phil missed the ensuing eagle putt, but the birdie propelled him to a 67 and his third green jacket. 

2. Jack Nicklaus - 1986

Jack made a monumental back-nine charge, shooting a 30 that featured an eagle-birdie-birdie streth on 15, 16, and 17.  The round featured several clutch shots, but the tricky 12-footer he holed for birdie on 17 most resonates.  After parring the 18th and carding a 65, Nicklaus watched as Tom Kite, Norman and Steve Ballesteros faltered to give Jack his sixth green jacket. 

3. Gene Sarazen - 1935 

Sarazens historic hole - out for double eagle went a long way toward helping popularize that Augusta National Invitational, aka The Masters.  Sarazen was torn between hitting a 3-wood or a 4.  He pulled the latter.  The result was a blistering shot that flew some 235 yards, cleared a greenside pond and dropped into the hole.  The shot tied Sarazen for the lead with Craig Wood, and he went on to win the only 36 - hole playoff in Masters history. 

4.  Bubba Watson 2012 

There's likely no other player in the field who could have pulled off the shot Bubba hit on the way to victory in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen.  After a wayward drive on the downhill 10th found the trees right off the fairway, Bubba unleashed a huge hook with his pitching wedge that landed, spun, and settled 10 feet from the hole.  Here's how Bubba described it: "I hit my 52-degree, my gap wedge, hooked it about 40 yards, hit it about 15 feet off the ground until it got under the tree, and then it started rising -- pretty easy."  

5.  Sandy Lyle - 1988 

Sandy Lyle's path to the green jacket was secured with a masterful fairway bunker shot on the 18th hole Sunday.  His 7-iron approach caught the slope behind the hole and trickled to within 10 feet.  He rolled in the putt to make birdie and finish a stroke ahead of Mark Calcavecchia.  

6.  Arnold Palmer - 1960 

The King came to the 18th hole needing a birdie to win after tying Ken Venturi with a long birdie putt on 17.  Palmer found the right side of the fairway with his drive and then rocketed a 6-iron to the uphill 18th green.  He nearly holed it and made the subsequent 5-footer to secure the title. 

7.  Jack Nicklaus - 1975 

The Golden Bear takes to the air after rolling in a 40-foot putt for birdie at 16 on Sunday.  The putt ties Jack with Tom Weiskopf, who watches the 16th tee as Nickluas makes his putt.  Weiskopf bogies the hole and Nicklause finishes with two pars to secure his fifth green jacket. 

8.  Larry Mize - 1987 

Mize and Greg Norman reached the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.  Norman hit his approach shot to the edge of the green, while Mize sprayed his second some 150 feet right and long of the green.  Norman looked destined to win his first green jacket until Mize bounced his third shot onto the green and into the hole.  When a shaken Norman missed his birdie attempt, Mize won his first and only major championship.  

9.  Louis Oosthuizen - 2012 

In the final round, Oosthuizen hit one of the most remarkable shots in the history of the tournament and recorded the rarest of scores - a double eagle.  The South African hit a 4-iron from the middle of the par-5 second fairway toward the green, 253 yards away.  The shot rolled across the green from left to right and into the hole, for the longest double-eagle shot in the history of the tournament.  

10. Tiger Woods - 2005 

Trailing Chris DiMarco, Woods knocked his tee shot over the green, where it came to rest against the collar of the first cut of rough.  After surveying the situation, he opted for a low, spinning ptich, landing the ball well above the hole.  The ball bit and then trickled down to the cup, hanging briefly on the lip before dropping in.  The crowd, and Tiger, erupted.  Woods beat DiMarco in a playoff. 

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The Best Golf Courses in the World
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Many of these great layouts have been ranked within the World Top 100 since golf course rankings began.  The Old Course of St Andrews, Augusta National, Royal Melbourne, Pebble Beach and Muirfield are all championship venues with centuries of history.  Any list that failed to feature any of the aforementioned courses would be unbelievable.  So how hard is it for a course to become World ranked? 

The short answer is - rock-hard.  However, new courses do appear on the list from time to time and with the best land, the right architect and a lot of money, anything is possible.  Just ask Donald Trump.  To see our latest World Top ___, simply scroll down this page.  Based on user reviews, authoritative rankings and professional affiliation, we've compiled a list of courses that we believe even the most discerning golfer would be proud to play at. 

Sebonack Golf Club - Southhampton, New York 

Most of the older golfers in the Hamptons tend to favor Shinnecock Hills as their country club of choice due to its rich history and the lineage of its membership.  However, Sebonack has attracted a new crowd of elite members willing to pay its $650,000 membership fees.  While much of the cost is arguably due to the exclusivity of membership, it's also due, in part, to an exceptional and challenging golf experience.  The newly formed Sebonack has taken some risk, in what many critics say is a powerful stance of confidence sitting directly between the ancient National Golf LInks of America and the four-time U.S. Open host Shinnecock Hills in what many describe as the nation's most wealthy and discerning community.  The course is abundantly challenging and from what we know, features only exceptional holes of superlative quality.  If you can afford its membership, critics say you won't be disappointed; and better not be for that price! 

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Sebonack Golf Club 

St. Andrews Links - Scotland 

Possibly one of the most famous courses in the world St. Andrews is home to some unbelievable golf.  Of its six public courses, the one we're most interested in and that's won our award for the one of the top 10 courses in the world is the Old Course at St. Andrews.  Dating back more than six hundred years, it's widely believed to be the oldest golf course in the world, although it remains of the highest quality despite its antiquity.  The course has been an important part of the history of golf shaping the way courses around the world have been designed for centuries.  One of the most unique features of the course is the large double greens.  Seven of which are shared by two holes each.  in addition to its unique layout and setting, the course remains one of the most challenging and difficult courses for professional and amateur golfers.  It has consistently received rankings and accolades as one of the top golf courses outside of North America by a range of golf magazines. 

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St. Andrew's Links 

August National - Augusta, Georgia 

Augusta National has, for years, remained one of the most influential golf courses in the world, playing home to the Master Tournament since 1934.  It's a classically designed course in terms of architecture and, unfortunately, its policies have remained somewhat "classic" as well.  The club only began allowing African-Americans to join as of 1990 and prohibited women from joining its roster until 2012.  Classic? or controversial?  

Despite its ongoing criticism, the club has continually maintained its defense, citing that its a private membership club.  Despite these regulations and its history of prejudice, it earns a ranking on our list due to its exceptional course structure, its history as one of the most challenging courses out there and its treatment and service level to its roster of members.  The course has undergone more renovations and changes than any other top course in the United States.  If you are looking for a private course that offers some of the best golf around; look no further than Augusta. 

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August National 

Pebble Beach - Pebble Beach, California 

Pebble Beach is one of the few public courses that has received critical acclaim since its construction.  A hub for professional golfers, it has played host to some of golf's most prestigious tournaments, including the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and five U.S. Open Championships.  The exquisite beauty and unique landscape challenges of Pebble Beach has thrilled golfers and spectators alike.  The course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, and utilizes its natural rugged coastline to increase the difficulty of its sloping greens, cliffside fairways and wide-open vistas.  It's a remarkable course and offers a selection of amenities for the traveling golfer as well as the local. 

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Pebble Beach 

Pine Valley - Pine Valley, New Jersey 

in 2012, Pine Valley received the prestigious award of being named number on in Golf Magazine's 100 Top Courses in the U.S.  Despite its rich history as one of America's top courses, the grounds and clubhouse remain simplistic to say the least.  The history of the course dates back to amateur golf enthusiasts who not only risked everything, including selling their homes to pay for the construction and design of the course, but took it on as a project to build the most exceptional course in America.  There are several places on the grounds for out-of-town golfers to stay and the course offers free shuttle service to and from the airport.  Quite possibly the most iconic collection of par fives and par threes in the world, the course is known for its consistency throughout the prides itself on being one of the toughest courses to play on the planet with a slope of 155 from the championship tees.  This course is for the true golfer looking for great golf rather than just great amenities. 

Royal County Down - Northern Ireland 

No list is complete without the addition of Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.  Now granted it has long been a passionate argument whether Royal County Down actually rivals Royal Portrush, but the job of a good journalist to conduct a ton of research.  I haven't had the opportunity to play this course, but based on the information I've seen and heard, Royal County Down is second-to-none, with views of the majestic mountains, the salty Irish Sea and its globally admired run of traditional Irish holes.  It's a resplendent course in a picturesque holiday town.  For those looking to travel to Northern Ireland, there is no course more favored by the locals and visiting pros alike. 

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Royal County Down 

Seminole - Juno Beach, Florida 

Seminole is one of the few courses in the Sunshine State that has remained so consistently well ranked as one of the best bunker courses in the world.  The 18-hole championship course and practice facilities are open to the public and feature a fairly large portfolio of amenities.  In fact, the course has been used consistently by the powers of industry as a stomping ground over the years for hashing out business deals.  It has old country club charm with the amenities of today that are sure to please even the most discerning golfer. 

 Seminole 

Seminole 

The Madison Club - La Quinta, California 

The Madison Club is arguably the most exclusive private course in California home to its own residential community of players.  It's modern interpretation of quintessential Californian country clubs offering membership to a select and elite few who apply.  While this course isn't open to the public, it does deserve a spot on this list due to its rich and gratifying amenities.  It's consistently challenging course and the level of service it provides to its members.  The parkland style course is an unmatched experience for even the most seasoned professional golfer and if you're lucky enough to join the country club, you're sure to remain satisfied, even if you never play at another course for the rest of your life. 

Cypress Point - Virginia Beach, Virgninia 

With five courses in one, Cypress Point is often considered the pinnacle of golf for those looking for a relaxed, out of the way experience.  Built on a part of the Sajo farm, it offers spectacular surroundings with the added benefits of membership opportunities at this course that also remains opened to the public.  From its world renowned greens and fairways to the meals served at the main clubhouse, Cypress Point is sure to please you every time you tee off.  It's an immaculate course known for the quality of its staff and the loyalty of its members. 

 Cypress Point 

Cypress Point 

Address Montgomerie - Dubai 

Dubai has been nicknamed the "billionaires playground" and it plays host to some of the wealthiest and most discerning people in the world.  The course, set in the heart of the prestigious and elegant Emirates Hills features both an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 5-star rated accommodations that have been regained as being one of the top destination courses in the world. 

What's really great about the course is that it offers rich features for golfers and non-golfers alike, making it a superb destination choice when traveling with your family.  Regardless of whether you're an avid golfer, are a connoisseaur of fine dining or just want to relax in the spa or poolside, the club offers an unparalleled number of facilities and services to ensure a superlative experience for the most discerning Dubai traveler. 

 Address Montgomerie 

Address Montgomerie 

We hope you enjoyed this quick primer on some of the world's best rated golf courses.  Of course, the quality of a course and its facilities are based soley on the experience of the golfer.  Do you have a favorite course you play at?  What amenities do you look for in a club? 

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Why President Trump Shouldn't Apologize For Playing Golf
 Does Trump Need  The DuoTrac Hip Sensors ? Comment below tell us what you think of his swing!

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Donald Trump's affinity for golf was a known entity before he pursued the presidency.  Where it gets complicated is that Trump, who has played countless times since his inauguration, was among the most vocal critics of President Obama's frequent rounds when his predecessor was in office.  So who's right?  Actually, when it comes to playing golf, both are right.  There are plenty of reasons why a Commander-in-Chief is wise to be spending time on the golf course, from physical and emotional wellness, to the game's role in fostering productive exchanges between leaders and adversaries.  Here are eight factors that explain why President Trump shouldn't apologize for playing golf. 

1. Golf is an underrated source of physical fitness

Given the strains of the job, a workout routine is important for presidents.  One issue: like 50 percent of Americans, Trump doesn't exercise, in fact he has caught a lot of press about his love for McDonald's Big Macs.  At 70 years old, it's especially vital the 45th POTUS gets some type of physical activity, making golf the perfect conduit to fill this need.  Walking during a four-hour round can burn 1,500 calories.  Moreover, research shows that the sport can improve your cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic health, adding five years to your lifespan.  

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2.  Golf can connect world leaders in an informal setting (excluding Rex Tillerson, He may have gotten fired on the golf course)

President Eisenhower saw golf as a way to foster goodwill and understanding among an international community.  "Not only do I have a great love for the game of golf -- no matter how badly I play it," Said Ike, "But I have also the belief that through every kind of meeting, through every kind of activity to which we can bring together more often and more intimately peoples of our several counties, by that measure we will do something to solve the difficulties and the tensions that this poor old world seems nowadays to so much endure."  It could also be used in domestic affairs as well, like when President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner -- in the midst of a harsh political match up -- set aside their party affiliations to take to the golf course to find common ground.  When he was interviewed by David Feherty last summer, Trump said that while he wouldn't play much golf as president, he would use the sport as a way to connect with world leaders and Congress.  This ideology has already been practiced by Trump who has played with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago. 

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3.   Presidents need an outlet

These guys aren't machines.  Some R&R is essential for efficient output from a president.  "Presidents need to rest their minds, not just their bodies" Clinton said back in 2012.  "They need the exercise, the fresh air: And they need to do something that, literally, takes them away from what they're doing." 

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4.  Golf is important for improved sleep

Trump has said on multiple occasions he gets just three-to-four hours of sleep per night.  At his age, with the toils of the nation weighing on his shoulders, he needs all the shuteye he can get.  Believe it or not, there's a case to be made that playing more golf would help in this regard.  The University of Pennsylvania studied the sleep habits of almost half a million adults, asking how long they slept and what exercise they did.  Golf, along with yoga and running, proved the best forms of exercise for encouraging good quality sleep. 

5.  Golf teaches humility

Humility is a bit of a paradox when it comes to the presidency.  Clearly, one needs a healthy ego to believe they can be the leader of the free world.  Conversely, modesty is key to building and improving bipartisan relationships across the globe, as well as meeting others halfway.  Golf can deliver this much-needed slice of humble pie.  After all, as P.G. Wodehouse wrote, "Golf acts as a corrective against sinful pride."

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6.  Golf provides stress relief

No matter the person in charge, the presidency is a polarizing, isolating role.  Golf gives Trump the respite to clear his mind.  An article from the European Institute of Golf Course Architects asserts golf's combination of fresh air, walking, social life and competition "releases endorphines, the natural mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain, which make you happy and relaxed.: 

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7.  Golf makes the President relatable

Some past presidents -- most notably, John F. Kennedy -- tried to distance or hide their affinity for golf, afraid the sport's elitist tones would rub the public the wrong way.  However, that is an antiquated notion; 90 percent of golfers play at a public facility, showing it truly is a sport of the people.  As such, many modern presidents have been ambassadors for golf.  Gerald Ford was the USGA's first "Associates" member, helping promote a program that has almost four million participants. 

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8.  Golf promotes happiness

Illustrated in our Happiness Issue, there's a correlation between high performance and enjoyment.  "When the brain is negative, you split its resources between processing the action at hand and processing the negative thoughts," said Harvard researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage.  "When you're positive, your brain can use all of its power to focus on learning and looking for opportunities."  No matter who you voted for in the election, you want to see the President of the United States do the best they can do.  To achieve that, occasional diversions need to be had.  For Trump, that pastime is golf.  

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Face It You're Addicted To Golf
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While playing golf can be frusterating at times there are many reasons to love it. Playing golf can be amazing, beautiful, and challenging.  People have been obsessed with golf for more than 500 years.  Once you try playing the game of golf, most people can't stop thinking about going back again and again.    

Golf has some of the greatest views of any sport. 

Golf tests your character as you play.  You're responsible for all mistakes. 

Playing golf encourages etiquette, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. 

Playing golf can strengthen your mind and your concentration. 

The game, unlike tennis, squash, chess, boccie and practically every other competitive joust, is not played on the same dull rectangle or board but is played across delightful varieties of open landscape. 

There is something powerful about the fact that you are totally responsible for the fate of the little white ball and that you have only one chance of hitting it correctly. 

Golf offers the supreme challenge of playing, not against an opponent, but always and only against yourself. 

Golf can strengthen your mind and concentration.  

Golf is an ideal family sport and its accessible to everyone.  Most sports are fast-paced, and players do not have the time to have any dialogue.  In golf you often have waiting periods, and if you bring your kids the time will allow you to have some quality time with them while playing. 

Its gambling personified.  You hit that one perfect shot and then spend the rest of the round trying to hit it again.  Golf can never be mastered, only enjoyed. 

And if you love the game you can also play it not only outdoor but indoors!  With the GEN i2 golf simulator coming out soon, it is easy to setup and play a round of golf in under an hour anywhere and anytime.

 

 

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Can Using A Golf Swing Analyzer Really Improve Your Game?
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Perfecting your golf swing is the key to taking your golf game to new heights.  Although we may all want to swing like Tiger Woods, no two golf swings are alike.  You can take great shots without having a beautiful swing.  All it requires is a consistent, repeatable swing.  Your golf ball will only react the way it is directed to.  Training aids, like a golf swing analyzer, can help you maintain a solid, repeatable swing to shave off stroke, score better, and increase your confidence and enjoyment on the golf course. 

All of this can happen by first honing your golf swing to perfection.  One sure way of improvement is to take professional golf lessons.  Although this option is proven very effective, it can be quite time consuming and costly. 

For most golfers, time is of the essence; therefor, utilizing a tool to practice whenever you're free or at home is incredibly convenient!  Investing in a quality Golf Swing Analyzer will not only save you time and money, it'll also supplement your training so that you may maintain good swing consistency and make learning easier.  Some swing analyzers utilize a video camera to help pinpoint where necessary adjustments to your swing form out to be made. 

With ready accessible Swing analysis, you are able to detect your form flaws, view your swing at various angles, and document your performance over an extended period of time to measure consistency.  Documenting your swings in a single device gives you the ability to compare and contrast each swing and conveniently allows for future analysis.  There are many types of golf swin analyzers.  An impact indicator is quite popular as it is easy to use. 

Practice hitting golf balls with the sweet spot of your driver and irons to develop a swing that results in shots with greater distance and power.  Another basic exercise is known as the Coin Drill, which helps promote good footwork and balance.  Deliberately train yourself to have more controlled footwork.  Simply place a coin on the top/middle of each shoe.  The coins should remain in position without ever falling off. 

Golf Swing analyzers have a lot to offer, especially when supplemented with face-to-face training.  Don't wait until the golf season is here.  Working on your game during the off-season is the perfect time to begin making improvement so that you're ready to hit the green. 

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Apps That Ace Your Golf Game

Athletes know that there is always room for improvement.  It is especially applicable in this era of technical progress.  With the many innovative tools available, it would be foolish not to take advantage of them to improve your game.  Here are some apps that can help take any golfer's game to the next level. 

1. Gen i1

Whether you are trying golf for the first time or a seasoned vet, The Gen i1 can help improve your skills.  This mult-point, motion-tracking, protable sensor device helps analyze your swing on a completely new level.  Gen i1's system provides a clear picture of your putting skills and tracks your stats for each swing.  The easy-to-use mobile app gives you a deeper insight into what happens at the top of your swing, during your downswing, and at impact.  "Thumbs up" for a great performance, and "thumbs down" if something went wrong.  After the analysis the GEN i1 provides coaching tips on how to correct your swing and consequently, improve your overall game. 

2. Golf GPS, Scorecard & Tee Time Booking 

This GPS rangefinder with over 40000 golf course layouts provides real-time distances to the front, back, and center of the green.  The Golf GPS, Scorecard & Tee Time Booking App also recognizes all major targets and hazards for your convenience.  The user-friendly digital scorecard allows you to input your score and save it for future reference.  It also gives you an option to track your partners' performances and share scores by email.  The app's premium feature enables you to track the distance of your last shot. 

3.  WGT Golf Game by Topgolf 

Play golf anywhere you want!  With the WGT Golf Game you can practice your skills even during those long winter days in the office.  This 3D golf game allows you to not only play against your friends, but compare your own personal best on a global leaderboard.  You can even share your best results via Facebook, Twitter or email.  The WGT Golf Game has amazing golf graphics that simulate various golf shots from different lines.  Whenever you want to escape reality and practice your swing in the comfort of your home, this app is perfect for you. 

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4. Visulax Golf - Master the Mental Game and Tips to Score Better Now 

"If you think golf is relaxing, you are not playing it right" - Bob Hope 

Every experienced player knows golf is more mental than physical.  Visulax is an app that caters to this aspect of your practice.  This new tool provides not only playing tips but also visualization and relaxation techniques that help to block out distractions to concentrate on a perfect swing. 

Visualax is a great mix of a pocket psychologist and a coach in on tiny app - definitely worth a try. 

With all these new advances, it is hard not to find a tool that will assist in improving your score on the links.  Share your favorite golf apps in the comments section below so we can expand this list for all the golf addicts out there! 

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