The uber-popular video game series has added a Ryder twist to its 2011 edition. Players can play the Ryder Cup Challenge at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, site of the 2010 Ryder Cup. An online team option allows gamers to play against friends over the internet with up to 12 players on each team.
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By Patrick Mateer, 117 pages, Four Under Golf L.L.C., $14.95, fourundergolf.com
or not, there
actually was a
time when it was
for a round of
golf to take upward of five
hours. If Patrick Mateer has
anything to say about it, that
time may come again. In The
Return of the Four Hour Round,
Mateer examines the reasons
behind the gradual slowing
in the pace of play and lays
down some simple ground
rules for a perfect (and
punctilious) round of golf.
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By George Peper and Malcolm Campbell, 304 pages, Artisan Books, $40, amazon.com
More than 30,000 courses
call themselves links, but
authors George Peper,
the former editor of Golf
Magazine, and Malcolm
Campbell, the former editor
of Golf Monthly, say only 246
courses make the cut. True
Links visits them all with
in this handsome book.
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Sliding out of your golf shoes and into comfy sneakers feels great after walking 18 holes. Give your wife or girlfriend the same feeling, and support a good cause, by picking up these clogs. For every pair of "Pink Ribbon" clogs sold, Cape Clogs will donate $5 to support The Ellie Fund's innovative Care for the Caregiver program which provides breast cancer patients with transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and meals free of charge.
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The Helios is the lightest bag in Ogio's new UltraLite Series, tipping the scale at just 3.3 pounds. But while weight was shaved all over the place, features like a fleece-lined valuables pocket, a hydration pocket and ventilated shoulder straps remain.
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By Kevin Cook, 236 pages,W.W. Norton & Company, $24.95, amazon.com
Kevin Cook's rollicking
biography follows gambler
Titanic Thompson the
inspiration for Sky Masterson
in Guys and Dolls from
the Jazz Age to the 1970s
as he travels pool halls,
poker rooms and golf clubs
in search of the next sucker.
With cameos from Lee
Trevino, Minnesota Fats
and a Chicago-area hacker
named Al Capone.
7 of 16(Hoffman) Carlos M. Saavedra/SI
Ian Poulter, Ben Crane, Charley Hoffman (shown) and Louis Oosthuizen all won golf tournaments in 2010 wearing Oakley sunglasses. The company's G30 lenses boost visual contrastespecially in flat light and overcast skiesto make reading greens and seeing your target easier.
8 of 16Courtesy of Vharness
Endorsed by PGA Tour player
Rocco Mediate and instructor
Jimmy Ballard, the Vharness
uses a cord-and-harness system that
attaches the grip of the club to your shoulders. The tension between the club and the harness around your body ensures
that you maintain proper posture
and plane throughout your swing.
While it may look complicated, the
Vharness is actually designed to work
with any swing path or style, and it
doesn't require any "swing thoughts."
It's a true "keep it simple" swing aid.
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In the fourth installment of our best-selling lesson manuals, Golf Magazine assembles an all-star cast of putting expertswho teach a combined 200+ Tour professionalsto help you eliminate the fear and doubt you have about your putting game, and replace it with new, proven ways to make putts.
10 of 16Courtesy of Ecco
$140, ecco.com, Buy on Golf.com
When Fred Couples shot a 66 at
the 2010 Masters, it turned a lot of
heads and many of them looked
straight down at Freddie's Ecco
Golf Street Premiers, a golf shoe
designed to look a lot like a sneaker.
Ecco describes the design as "footfirst,"
because it puts a premium
on comfort rather than traction.
Still, to combat the shoe's lack
of traditional spikes, the outsole
features nearly 100 "traction
bars" for enhanced grip. Unlike
Fred, however, we recommend you wear socks...
11 of 16David Dusek
$50 (1997), $125 (1991), balblair.com
More than 70 years before Old Tom Morris won his first Open Championship, John Ross made the first batch of Balblair. This year you can choose between two vintages, the 1991 and the 1997. The '91 has hints of citrus and butterscotch while the '97 has notes of raisin, vanilla and oak.
12 of 16Courtesy of SkyCaddie
$400, skygolf.com, Buy on Golf.com
SkyGolf's latest foray into the GPS market is the
SkyCaddie SGX. The unit comes preloaded with
30,000 basic course maps and can hold detailed hole
information on 50 at a time, so you'll always know
how far you are from the pin or a host of layup spots.
The 3-inch LCD screen makes it easy to read all of the
features SGX is packed with, including IntelliGreen,
which rotates your view of the green depending on
your position to reveal the best angle of attack.
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The Kodak Playsport video camera is small enough to fit in your pocket, shoots razor-sharp HD video (1080p), has image stabilization and is waterproof down to 10 feet in case seeing your swing for the first time inspires you to chuck it into a lake. At home you can plug it into your TV using an included HDMI cable or plug it into your computer (PC or Mac) and use the included software to see and print nine-image swing sequences you can take to your pro.
14 of 16Courtesy of Big Cup Golf
The Big Cup is a portable device that expands the golf hole to almost twice its current size from four and one-quarter to eight inches in diameter. It's a great tool to make the game easier and more fun for beginning golfers, while experienced golfers can use it to gain confidence in their putting stroke.
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The latest golf video game to hit the market, John Daly's ProStroke Golf intends to compete with the popular Tiger Woods franchise. The game avaiable on X-Box, PS3 and for the PC stars John "Grip it and Rip it" Daly himself, and is compatible with the new PlayStation Move device, allowing players to shape shots like a pro.
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When Tiger Woods flubbed a shot into a photographer's lens at the Ryder Cup, a famous sport image was made. But in the days and weeks after the action ended at Celtic Manor, everyone became transfixed by the cigar-smoking man watching Woods. Even CNN.
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