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“Great Moments of the U.S. Open” Now Available for Purchase
Foreword Written by Four-Time U.S. Open Champion Jack Nicklaus

Far Hills, N.J. (May 9, 2013) – To celebrate the best of America’s most prestigious golf championship, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the release of its new book, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open.”

Written by Robert Williams, director of the USGA Museum, and Michael Trostel, the Museum’s senior curator and historian, the book celebrates the accomplishments of U.S. Open champions, shares their inspirational stories and chronicles the extraordinary circumstances that each faced. Rand Jerris, senior managing director of public services for the USGA, served as supervising editor, and among the contributors are Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, and John Mummert, manager of creative services and senior staff photographer for the USGA.

Complete with a foreword by four-time U.S. Open champion Jack Nicklaus, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open” draws together heroes, past and present, who persevered under the most demanding conditions to become America’s national champions.

Release of the book coincides with the 100th anniversary of amateur Francis Ouimet’s shocking victory over top British professionals at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and the return of the U.S. Open in June to Merion Golf Club, site of Ben Hogan’s 1950 comeback from a near fatal car accident.

From Horace Rawlins’ improbable victory in the inaugural U.S. Open in 1895, to Nicklaus’ narrow defeat of Arnold Palmer in 1962 for his first professional win, to Tiger Woods’ breathtaking triumph on a broken leg to capture the 2008 U.S. Open, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open” uses the USGA Museum’s collection of stunning archival images and artifacts to bring to life some of the most memorable U.S. Open victories.

“The U.S. Open has long been celebrated as the game’s premier championship,” said Jerris. “Its history is full of unforgettable moments – spectacular shots, amazing comebacks and legendary champions who have inspired generations of golf fans. As some of the stories in the book demonstrate, the U.S. Open has also been marked by incredible stories of courage and determination that have been all but forgotten with time, but that deserve to be remembered among the most inspirational moments in golf history.”

“Great Moments of the U.S. Open” features 27 stories that provide readers a unique and authoritative view on America’s most prestigious golf championship.

“The U.S. Open helped to solidify golf’s standing in America and has expanded the game’s reach around the globe,” said Trostel. “This book celebrates some of the defining moments and iconic champions in the U.S. Open’s rich history. While the championship has evolved dramatically since its origin in 1895, the critical ingredients remain the same. It is golf’s most complete test, played on the country’s greatest courses and is open to all who have the skill, passion and determination to compete.”

Published by Firefly Books, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open,” is a 216-page celebration of one of the world’s premier sporting events, making it a must-have for golf fans and sports history enthusiasts. The book is currently available for purchase at www.usga.org/publicationsstore, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble stores.

About the Authors

Rand Jerris is the senior managing director of public services at the USGA, and one of the foremost historians of American golf. He has authored three books on golf, including Golf’s Golden Age: Robert T. Jones Jr. and the Legendary Players of the ’10s, ’20s, and ’30s.

Michael Trostel is the senior curator and historian at the USGA Museum. He develops historical content and manages research activities at the Museum, and writes about several USGA championships each year.

Robert Williams is the director of the USGA Museum. He is a former theatrical lighting designer, who, in more recent years, has directed the design and construction of many museum environments, including the USGA Museum.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
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The 2013 Shell Houston Open now has a mobile application ready for this years tournament. It is free for download in the App Store or Google Play store You can buy your tickets right from the app, find directions, and view the Spectator Guide. There is also live scoring and pairings on the PGA Tour mobile site that easily links right back to the Shell Houston Open mobile app.

There is also a small More button in the bottom right that will allow you to see up-to-the-minute weather forcasts around the Redstone Golf Club, tournament social media links (Facebook & Twitter), and the Tell online Blog.

The Fact Section is nice too with images of every hole and data on how they have played since 2006. Other updated information includes a list of players, benefiting charities and the title sponsor Shell Oil Company.

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I constantly have problems with slicing the driver. Here are a few videos that assisted me in curing the slice with the driver.

The first video deals with ball placement and adjusting your initial stance.




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Coming soon will be a completely revamped, much more feature rich Golf Houston with better functionality. The members that have already signed up will be taken into consideration on the transfer process and will be awarded for being the members that helped start us in the right direction. More updates coming soon. Thanks for supporting your local Houston, Texas Golf Online Resource!

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When making the golf swing it is very important to stay connected.  The left arm (if you're right handed) should stay touching with your chest on the backswing and down to impact.  This will increase both power and accuracy.  Keeping connected will reduce the chances of going outside the club plane and hitting a weaker fade or slice.  The easiest way to check the swing without becoming disconnected is to put your golf glove under your left arm and hold it there for the backswing all the to the top of the swing to the bottom without letting it fall out until just after impact.  This tip will certainly improve your ball striking.
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An annual event that always creates excitement in Houston is the Shell Houston Open, to be hosted again on March 26, 2012. It is sure to be a weekend of fantastic golfing entertainment. 

Spectators will go to Redstone Golf Club to see the golfers take part in the competition. Many will take a break from their everyday lives to attend the event, whether they are missing out on parties, regular get-togethers, or activities such as party poker
. Tickets will sell fast and golf enthusiasts will not want to miss this event. 

This competition has been held in many different locations, beginning at the River Oaks Country Club in 1946. It then moved on to the Memorial Park Golf Course for a year in 1947, before changing yet again, to Pine Forest Country Club. There was even more moving around, from the BreaBurn Country Club to a longer time spent at Memorial Park beginning in 1951 and ending in 1963. 

The event continued to move around, to Sharpstown Country Club, Champions Golf Club and Westwood Country Club. It was even held outside of Houston in Missouri in 1973 at Quail Valley Country Club. It finally settled at its current location in 2003, after moving to Texas and back. 

There have been many happy winners at this competition over the years. Two players have even won the tournament three times each. These golfers are Curtis Strange, who won in 1980, 1986 and 1988, and Vijay Singh, who won in 2002, 2004 and 2005. There have been others who have won twice, and it will be interesting to see who comes out top in 2012.


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A common misconception that amateurs have is that if they tee the golf ball further away from the trouble will keep them away from the potential watery grave. It is actually the opposite. Teeing the ball closer to the side of the hole with the most trouble will actually force you to aim back to the fairway and away from the trouble. If the hole has water down the right side and you tee the ball on the left side of the tee box, will cause you to aim back to your right, where the fairway is but also where the hazard is too. Teeing it on the right side of the tee box will increase the landing area and force you to aim away from the trouble. This will help you hit more fairways and eliminate bigger numbers on you score card.
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The slice is probably one of the biggest issues most golfers face and can be fixed with a little work and a couple key tips.  There are two reasons that people slice.  One:  The club face is open at impact.  The fix: When approaching impact, rotate your forarms so that the back of your left hand is facing the target.  Two:  The swing plane is traveling outside to in.  This is also known as coming over the top.  This traditionally happens at the top of the golf swing, when the club is routed outside to inside on the downswing.  This will produce a divot that is traveling outside to in and pointing left of your target.  The fix: try to get your divots to point right at the target or even a little right of the target.  Keep your right elbow very close to your right hip when approaching impact and strike the inside back corner of the golf ball.  This is the part of the ball that is closest to you.  Proceed too release the club head by turning your hands over and up around to the finish position.  The more level your swing, or parallel to the ground, the easier it will be to draw the ball.  So, swing around your body on more of a flat plane, or more like a baseball swing than a more vertical plane which will produce a slice.  Shorten your backswing to about 75 percent while practicing so that you have better control of your swing path.  This will also help by preventing you from rerouting the club at the top of the swing where the flaw most commonly occurs.  This will take a little work but will be well worth it when you start to pick up effortless distance and accuracy.
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Congratulations to Adam Scott for his victory this weekend at Firestone Country Club.  It seems the most talked about story of the week is not the win itself but that he was working with Tiger's ex-caddie Steve Williams.  Williams then commented on the win by saying that this was the best victory of his career though he had won 7 times previously at Firestone C.C. with Tiger and many other major championships on his bag too.  These comments had to sting a bit because Tiger mentioned at an interview that he was suprised about how vocal Williams was and wouldn't comment any further on the conversation they had after the round.  The great news for every fan of golf and drama is that the PGA Chamionship is teeing off tomorrow at Atlanta Athletic Club.  Tiger could get his redemption very quickly here.  There is sure to be plenty of good golf and drama, as it is the coveted fourth and final major of the year that is up for grabs.  The last time this major was played at Atlanta Athletic Club, David Toms defeated Phil Mickelson on the final hole with a very controversial lay-up, that wound up being the deciding factor for the win.

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In this video we can watch Tiger hitting his driver. This is one of my favorite slow motion videos. There are a lot of great positions worth pointing out in this swing. Notice the take away. Look at how long Tiger keeps the triangle of his arms and how this creates a wide arc, which produces power. This triangle can be seen again with an accending blow at impact. This position produces both power and consistency. Look at how straight Tiger keeps his left arm throughout the entire backswing and up until the finish. This also helps produce power through a larger arc as well as superior control. The most remarkable positions that I see in Tiger's swing are his head movement and finish position. He only moves his head a few inches laterally and vertically during the entire swing. This produces great consistency. Look at his finished position. The left side of his body is completely straight . This positon creates an almost perfectly straight line and a very repeatable swing for increased consistency.

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Tiger is making his big return next week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.  I can't wait to see him back in action. I think Tiger's impending comeback will be great for the game of golf.  I am slightly concerned that is he rushing back after his serious leg injury.  I only hope he is able to perform 100%.  Many athletes have been in this position.  You have a lingering injury that may realistically need more time to heal, but your ego and anticipation get the best of you.  I am hopeful that Tiger is fully healed and prepared to make a strong return. Also noteable, Steve Williams, Tiger's longtime friend and caddy, will be missing. I am curious to see how it all unfolds and will most definitely be tuning in! 

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The last hole of my round consisted of a very daunting tee shot.  I was 3 under par going into the last hole, but I had not been hitting my driver very straight or long all day.  The hole was 420 yards long with a slight dog leg right.  Out of bounds lined the left side of the hole, so any drive left or too long down the left side through the fairway may reach.  Down the right side of the hole had a bunker at about 270 yards and a tall group of dense trees lined the entire hole.  The hold dog legged right at the bunker and over hanging limbs jetting out.  Any shot short right would either find the bunker and would be blocked out from the a direct line to the green or a shot too far right would inevitably end up blocked by the trees.  My good round relied on a good tee shot. It was time to dig down deep and be mentally strong, trusting my swing.  I find that making an aggressive swing at a conservative target with good alignment is the key to this type of pressure packed shot.  I picked a tree in the far distance that was directly behind the middle of the fairway.   I ended up hitting the best drive of my day.  The tee shot was far and hit right at my target.  This left me with just 110 yards left to the hole. This gave me a good opportunity to make birdie on the 18th instead of bogey.  I was very happy with my confidence and execution during this pressure packed situation.  Keeping calm under pressure will lead you to a better game of golf. Just be sure to remember that keeping focus can take the unnecessary stress off and improve your overall performance.
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Tiger Woods has let go Steve William from his job as caddie. The dynamic duo has been together for 12 years. Together they have won tons of championships and majors around the world. So why the sudden split? I have no idea! This could be just another downward turn in the Tiger Woods decision making process. I believe that Steve Williams is an asset toTiger and his game, but just like Hank Haney, he has been fired abruptly. Steve did recently caddie for Adam Scott at the Open and that could be reason for the pink slip. However, the exact cause for termination may never surface, but stay tuned, I have a feeling that we will hear more details soon.
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Congratulations to Daren Clarke for The Open victory!  This couldn't have happend to a nicer guy or a person so respected by his fellow competitors and liked by the common golfer.  There were a few keys that I noticed which lead to victory.  The ball striking by Daren was solid all week especially in the last couple rounds but what really stood out to me was his tenacity to keep grinding and not being discouraged by all of the missed putts.  If Clarke had putted well from the 10 to 25 foot range, he might have won by 10.  He did make almost every single putt inside of the 10 foot range.  This was the difference between he and Phil Mickelson.  Phil missed many short putts and still finished tied for 2nd.  I think there is no secret that putting wins championships but this was a glaring example of it.  The lesson here is to practice from inside 10 feet all the time so that you are on the positive side of this example.

I thought that even though the championship was not won by an American it was a great showing out of the U.S. players.  Dustin Johnson tied with Phil Mickelson for 2nd but had a great run until he pressed a little to hard on par 5, sending his second shot out of bounds and made it nearly impossibly to catch Clarke with only 3 holes remaining.  Ricky Fowler also had a great showing for a youngster.  There were a lot of American flags on the leaderboad and it was very refreshing to see.  I believe this is a greatly positive sign for the near future of american golf. 

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This is hilarious!
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British Open 2011The British Open starts tomorrow and the headline topic will probably be will Rory Mcilroy win the open. He has already caputred the U.S. Open with a convincing record setting display of golf at Congressional and now Rory has his sights set on a second title out of the four majors. Mcilroy is the early odds on favorite for a vicory at Royal St. George's but who will step up and claim the claret jug? The secondary story will probably be, will the Europeans continue their strangle hold on major championships and top ranks in the world. The USA has pretty much blanked since Tiger has gone M.I.A., then which American will have finish the highest? The story line that is redundant year after year when it comes to the Open has to be the windy conditions, bad weather, pot bunkers and putted balls from the fairway. This is a much different game so you have to give the advantage to the Europeans. I do not think that Rory will win the title but I do believe it will come from the other side of the Pond. I think that top finishers will be from over seas and I will pick Lee Westwood to break out with his first major. I also think Sergio Garcia, Graeme Mcdowell and Martin Kaymer will be the top finishers for the home team other than a top 10 finish for Rory. I think the Americans that will fair well will be Matt Kutcher, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson. These are my picks, I am interested to see who you think will come out on top and why?

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The proper golf swing setup requires several key components including alignment and an athletic stance.  When preparing the athletic stance you need to make sure your feet are shoulder width apart.  Your knees should have a slight bend to them while bending at the hips and letting your arms hang down to be placed on the club.  The bend forward at the hips should create a spine angle between 40 to 60 degrees. This stance should create an athletic position in which you feel incredibly sturdy.  Your feet should be angled 10 to 20 degrees and flared out to give your hips the ability to rotate in a full swing.  Although your feet are slightly flared, your alignment will have your feet and shoulders aimed toward the target.  The best way to check your stance is to put a club across your chest from shoulder to shoulder and that club should be pointing directly at the target.  Then place another club down at your feet and walk away.  That club should be aimed at the designated target as well.  When you return to your stance, the left shoulder should be slightly higher than the right shoulder when your hands are placed on the shaft.  This happens because your right hand is lower than your left in the proper grip.  The right elbow should be closer to the ground than the left.  This correct position will form a triangle with your arms and shoulders. You can see this by looking in a mirror.  The proper alignment and athletic stance are necessary components which will lead to a better swing and a significantly improved game of golf. 

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