The Place: St Andrews, Scotland
St Andrews is also known as the “Auld Grey Toon.” Etiquette suggests you do not try to imitate Sean Connery in Goldfinger when asking a native where the largest whisky distillery is in the Auld Grey Toon.
The Date: July 15th, 2010
In most American cities, July means heat and humidity. In St Andrews, this means the pale freezing mist that occurs between spring (rain) and autumn (rain). Occasionally the British Open at St Andrews will have one day of blazing sunshine. Scots call this day summer.
The Course: The Old Course at St Andrews
A breathtaking swath of green on the east coast of Fife, the Old Course at St Andrews is a links course, the oldest kind of golf course known to man. Legend has it that golf was first played on links courses by shepherds knocking stones into rabbit holes. Until they established that shooting them was quicker.
The Par: 72
The record score for the Open Championship to date is Tiger Woods’s 19-under-par, with rounds of 67-66-67-69 and a win by eight shots in 2000. Woods is hoping to outdo this feat in 2010 by taking down Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and 6 reporters on his way to a 15th Major.
The Yards: 7,305
Starting in the violet shadow of the clubhouse, following the route of a railway line on the back nine and finishing at the 18th, the Old Course at St Andrews is deceptive in its simplicity. Many golfers have lost their hopes in the Hell Bunker at the 14th; John Daly has yet to emerge.
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When it comes to honoring thy father, a new golf club beats a Hallmark card hands-down. Here’s a few last minute golf gift ideas for the guy who gave you life (and free lessons in chipping):
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Driver is a titanium driver with a twist. Each of its 4 separate pieces is optimally weighted, then fused together for maximum ball flight. Designed for those who want tour-quality distance, the aerodynamic head has been redesigned to decrease drag and increase clubhead speeds.
Mizuno MX-700 Hybrid crosses an iron with a wood, making the hybrid easier to hit than a long iron. Highlighted on the 2009 Gold Digest Hot List, Mizuno’s MX-700 hybrid is a terrific choice for the average golfer looking to up his game.
Odyssey White Hot XG Marxman Blade Putter, the #1 putter in golf, is all about the target line. The clubhead mass has been repositioned low and deep, giving Dad more stability and a better feel on impact. Plus with the responsive insert and Two Hi-Def alignment stripes, Dad will have no problem getting his putts to roll true to the hole.
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Father’s Day is June 20th, 2010. Can’t afford an iPad? We can help.
The staff here at GolfEtail have been knocking our heads together to come up with the coolest golf stuff on the market. And with summer on the way, it’s the perfect time to treat your Dad to new gear.
For the Golf Purist
Crafted from Ethiopian Cabretta Leather, an all-leather glove like the Callaway Pro Series Leather Golf Glove gives your golf fanatic a superior grip with exceptional feel. Tour-tested and purist-approved.
For the Gadget-Lover
The Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder will let him know, in yards or meters, how far he is from the pin. Has a range of 5-1000 yards, or 5-250 yards to flag.
For the College Sports Fan
Football + Golf = our version of heaven. With our team-branded golf stand bags, your Bulldogs, Sooners or Tarheels fan can show his true colors. Check out our stand bag selection to find his team.
For the Southpaw
Does your Dad lean to the left? We’ve got a lefthanded golf section especially created for him and Phil Mickelson. Wedge, putter or driver – we’re here to help make his day (and his shot).
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Choosing the right golf glove can be as important as choosing the right spouse. A well-made glove will give you an excellent grip and feel, wick away the sweat and stand up to course conditions.
Golf gloves usually fall into 3 categories: leather, leather/synthetic blends and all weather. Here’s a quick rundown of each:
Leather Golf Glove
The choice of pros, all-leather golf gloves fit like a second skin, giving you superior control on the links. Often softer and more comfortable than a synthetic blend, a leather golf glove is a great choice for games where reputations are on the line.
- Leather golf gloves will stretch with use – buy a slightly smaller size than you’re used to
- Look for gloves with mesh or vents to allow your hand to breathe
- Air dry your leather gloves – they will shrink in the dryer
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Synthetic/Leather Golf Glove
More moisture-resistant than a leather golf glove, a synthetic/leather glove is a durable and lightweight option for golfers on a budget. Many synthetic/leather golf gloves have genuine leather on the palm – to help with grip and feel – and synthetic leather on the exterior.
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All Weather Golf Glove
For the die-hard golfers among us, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay us from the game. If you’re a die-hard, you definitely want a synthetic all weather golf glove, which is especially designed for wet, cold and extremely humid conditions.
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