The fore-cast

  • Steve Stricker addresses Tiger – well, kind of –  in this interview. I love that his opinion now matters. Albeit a concise one. Stricker should write a “Golf My Way”-style book. I would buy that in a second. Potential titles: “Made in Wisconsin: The Swing of Steve Stricker”; “Cutting back-swing: no wrists = no problem”; “Putting is easy”; “No trophy no cry”.
  • After the unseasonably warm weather and drizzle has helped melt the metric tonnage of snow sitting atop of your local muni’s greens, our local golf weekend forecast isn’t that bad. Certainly nothing hard-core Minnesotans can’t handle. But get your sandbags ready because the Mighty Mississip’s bouta’ flood. And just a tip: I probably wouldn’t wear your best white golf spikes to the course this weekend.
  • Early in the sales season, Callaway’s FT-IZ (pronounced I-Zed) driver and TaylorMade’s R9 irons are doing well. Despite my psuedo-trashing of the Diablo irons, and the FT-IZ’s high price-point ($399), the new driver is, in my opinion, legitimately the longest/straightest the company’s ever made. And I love the KBS soft-step shaft’s in the R9s.
  • Vikings placekicker Ryan Longwell may be lining up a career after football – that of a golf pro. His dad was a teaching pro, and the native Oregonian hits the ball a mile.
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