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The Mystery Behind the Mulligan

Twenty years ago, I played a lot of golf with a guy we had nicknamed “The Best Mulligan Player in Golf.” He’d perfected the art by keeping an extra ball in his front left pants pocket and incorporating a reach for it into his cut short follow-through before his first ball had even hit the apex […]

 

A History Lesson: The Impact of Ernest Jones

Contributed by Brad Redding, PGA Master Professional… Early in my career of teaching I started reading everything I could on golf instruction and playing the game. From this I have built a very extensive library. I have over 2,500 books and a large collection of magazines. As I started reading more I found that the […]

 

The Surprisingly Interesting History of the Golf Tee

Golf Tees in Play and in the Rules Although golf tees come in many different designs today, the traditional wooden peg with flared, concave top to support the ball remains the most common type of tee. Golf tees are among the humblest of golf equipment, one of the game’s “supporting” characters; yet golf tees are […]

 

U.S. Open: Story Behind Merion’s Wicker Baskets

One of the signature things about Merion Golf Club is that its flagsticks aren’t topped by flags, but rather by baskets. Wicker baskets, painted red on the front nine and orange on the back nine. The baskets are a symbol of Merion, used in the club’s logo. Smaller versions top the pins on the practice […]