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Technology Has Transformed The World Of Golf 0

Posted on February 16, 2018 by John Harris

Golf_clubsIf you’ve ever spent your Sunday’s sat with your feet on the table, a bowl of nachos in your lap and nothing but sport on the television, then we can almost guarantee you’ll have seen a plethora of commercials peddling golf equipment, and all of them will promise to make you a better golfer. Better grips, better heads, better shaft, better balls, better everything.

Of course, this is nothing new. Nor is it a shock. After all, every single pro, from Tiger Woods to Rory McIlroy, talks about how the latest equipment has made them a better player. That’s why we wanted to do some digging and see just how much the technology and equipment have changed between then and now.

1. A Better Ball

Golf has been a recognized sport for over six-centuries, so it’s only right that it has progressed a fair amount, especially the ball. Originally it was wooden balls before the game decided to embrace the Featherie, which was a leather pouch stuffed with goose feathers. It’s no wonder this didn’t hang about forever. Then, in the mid-nineteenth century, the Gutty ball came along and changed everything, not least of all the cost of manufacturing. The cheaper it is to make, the cheaper it is to play, and that’s when things took off. Read the rest of this entry →

Latest Golf Technology To Improve Your Game 5

Posted on June 08, 2017 by Dominic Leon

As enamoring as the game of golf is, it has quickly evolved and drawn a lot of players, especially young ones. As the challenges and competition on the course grow, the technology has been raging ahead to meet them. In every field of golf, the latest technology offers unbelievable resources to improve your game and substantiate your effort.  Little technological marvels go on the club, gloves, your wrists, your pockets, golf balls and even in the spikes under golf shoes. So in this post, we just want to give you a whiff of what to look forward to in golf tech this year.

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The TaylorMade R15 460 driver doesn’t just look glorious, it is speed and control embodied. By simply adjusting the movable split weights at the back, you can pull a draw or a fade as the situation demands. The Callaway Epic driver is another amazing driver that adds 21 yards of shot-shape correction. This could literally annihilate strokes out of our scoreboard. Paired with these clubs is the similarly enhanced TaylorMade TP5 golf ball. This 5-layer wonder has 10 years of research behind it to provide excellent performance with every club. The premium feel and the burst of energy upon impact cleaves off strokes from your scores. Read the rest of this entry →

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    • Drew Pearson: Mr. Clutch
      August 7, 2021 | 6:59 pm

      Drew Pearson

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former NFL wide receiver know as “Mr. Clutch” for his penchant for making big receptions at crucial moments of the game. After waiting for more than 30 years, he is finally earning his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class.

      During his decade with the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson had a habit of making the big catch at the right moment to help the Cowboys time and again snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

      The favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, Pearson was widely recognized as one of the great receivers of his era. Though at the time of his retirement many expected Pearson to easily breeze into the Hall of Fame, his enshrinement was derailed by changes to the game which artificially inflated receiver stats and made the numbers he produced during a time when wide receivers weren’t catching 100 passes a season seem inferior.

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