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May 29, 2002
Volume I, Issue 2
 
Fringe Clippings
 
Seize 'Em
 
Associated Press - Callaway Golf Co. announced it conducted a court-approved raid on May 8, seizing 28,000 "knock-off" clubheads and other components, more than 100,000 golf club medallions, 39 boxes of documents and the information stored on 18 computers.

The raid was conducted pursuant to a civil seizure order issued by the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif. Most of the seized products are marked with the brand name "Big Easy."
 
Ain't Right!
 
Golden Valley, MN - A Plymouth dentist has accomplished one of the rarest feats in golf; he made two holes-in-one during one round.

Jim Scheller, 63, knocked in the two aces during a round at the Golden Valley Country Club on Sunday. He nailed his first on the 14th hole from 170 yards, then bagged his second on the 17th, when his 175-yard tee shot landed in front of the pin and rolled in. He had aced both of the par-3 holes before, but never like this.
 
Busted :-(
 
Augusta, GA - A 46-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for selling 15 phony Masters badges for $24,000.

James Lee Davis was convicted April 23 of forgery and violating the state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, stemming from his arrest on March 13, 2001, after a search of his home turned up 26 fake badges to be sold to ticket-sales companies.
 
 
Paralysis by Analysis
 
The Greenside Bunker
 

Why do pros call this the easiest shot in all of golf? Cause they're pro's! Duh!

How many times have you heard a pro say, " Get in the bunker!" as his approach shot nears a greenside bunker? All the time! So why is it such a difficult concept for the amateur to grasp?

Here is the reason: these guys are good and you're not. Not only do they know where the club should make contact, but they can also make contact with the spot they have picked out!

We already know they are world-class ball strikers. So it would stand to reason that they would be good ground strikers as well. There is a little more room for error with the bunker shot as you can hit as far as six inches behind the ball and as close as an inch behind the ball.

Here are a few simple rules to keep in mind when playing out of a greenside bunker:
  1. Visualize where you would like the ball to land when it comes out of the bunker and begins rolling on the green/fringe, whatever you decide.

  2. Imagine a line behind the ball, and a spot at least two inches behind the ball where you want the club to strike the ground.

  3. Set-up with an open stance to your target line.

  4. Open the face of the club to offset your aim and de-loft the club.

  5. Swing the club on its normal path. Do NOT take the club outside its normal path; your open stance will take care of that.

  6. Be sure to finish the swing!

This is an oversimplification. However, for those of you too stubborn to go out and take lessons, keeping these ideas in mind when you play this weekend might just get you out of the bunker in three less strokes than what it currently takes.
 
 
Reading the Line
 
 
     There are not many ways to see progress in death. In particular, the recent passing of one of golf's all-time great personalities, Sam Snead, has me scratching my head to find any good in such a tragic time for our sport. Perhaps Arnold Palmer assuming the role of honorary starter at the Master's Tournament would help heal our collective heart...

     Did anyone notice that Colin Montgomerie put up one of the finest showdowns with Tiger since Bob May? Will he finally get any respect? Nahh!!!!!!…

     John Collinson has finally won his appeal to be let out of a London prison. He was sentenced last year to six months behind bars for fishing out golf balls from a lake at Whetstone Golf Course in Leicester, England. Lesson learned, you ask? Perhaps when traveling abroad you should keep a head cover on that ball retriever…

     30 years for selling phony Master's badges, and Mike Tyson is fighting on pay-per-view this weekend!!!??? Anyone have an explanation for that one...?

     Stealthy David Duval is flying under the radar again as he approaches Beth Page for this year's Open. He was 11 under over the weekend at Muirfield…

     The PGA is thinking of moving the Byron Nelson classic to the same weekend as the Deutsche Bank Open. Both are tournaments that Tiger loves to play in, particularly the Deutcshe Bank tournament in which he gets over $2 million just for showing up. On the other hand with Lord Byron being one of the only fathers of golf remaining, how can he skip it and save face?
 
 
 

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