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Shave Strokes off Your Golf Game -- Without the Eraser

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:21
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."

Although this phrase is uttered jokingly by many golfers, recreational golfers who've reached their plateau have had very few other options, until now.

"If recreational golfers insist on following the rules used by the PGA Tour, there's little they can do to immediately improve their game," says John Hoeflich, executive director, of the United States Recreational Golf Association (USRGA). "However, if they play by USRGA rules, they do have the option to switch to better equipment."

The USRGA is the official organization that governs recreational golf. Its rules allow the use of higher-performance golf equipment. Hoeflich estimates that more than half of U.S. golfers agree with the USRGA rules that permit equipment that "puts fun back in the game, speeds up play and helps achieve better scores."

Callaway Golf started the recreational equipment movement in 2000 with the ERC II driver. Now Polara Golf is advancing the movement with its Advantage driver and Ultimate Straight golf balls -- both engineered to eclipse the PGA limits, which means you can't play them in the Masters or U.S. Open.

David Felker, chief technology officer for Polara Golf, explains, "Our drivers and balls are not intended for the top amateur players and professionals. We purposely designed equipment that exceeds the performance limits accepted by the PGA Tour, so that recreational golfers can experience less frustration, score lower and have more fun."

A 2012 Google consumer survey revealed that 63 percent of respondents would consider using golf equipment that provides a performance advantage. This sentiment is shared by the PGA of America president, Ted Bishop, who says, "I think anything we can do to relax the rules, if it means putting non-conforming equipment in the hands of players that enable them to hit the ball higher and farther and enjoy the game more -- what's the problem?"

According to the National Golf Foundation, golf rounds have fallen by 8 percent since 2007, largely due to the frustrations of the game, excessive play times and high costs.

"The technology now exists to make golf more pleasurable for everyone," says Felker. "Who doesn't want to have more fun?"

For more information, visit www.polargolf.com and www.usrga.org.

GOP's slam of Obama over MH17

CNN - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:19
LZ Granderson says Ronald Reagan went horseback riding and took a vacation after the Korean Air Crash of 1983. So why does the GOP keep airbrushing history to bash Obama?
Categories: National News

New York choke hold death leads police to review training procedures

CNN - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:17
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton ordered an extensive review of the NYPD's training procedures after the death of Eric Garner, the man who was held in a choke hold and died while police attempted to arrest him, Bratton announced at a press conference Tuesday.
Categories: National News

Can Kerry end Gaza bloodshed?

CNN - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:14
Aaron Miller says Kerry needs the cooperation of Hamas, Israel, Egypt and others if he is to succeed in his peacemaking efforts
Categories: National News

Beatle tree laid low by beetles

CNN - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:14
A tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison, whose solo career included the hit "What is Life," has met a grisly end to its life from the jaws of voracious bark beetles.
Categories: National News

Body part's 'untimely' mishap for Reiner

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:02
Carl Reiner's first gig was summer stock with a beautiful Southern Belle, and a co-start who couldn't stand up.
Categories: Entertainment News

UK to probe Litvinenko death

CNN World - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:47
The UK has announced that they will investigate the 2006 death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko. Max Foster reports.
Categories: International News

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Business News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:29
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Food safety scare in China

CNN World - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:24
Another food scandal in China is raising quality concerns, as CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.
Categories: International News

Malaysia's' quiet diplomacy' over MH17

CNN World - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:24
CNN's Andrew Stevens explains why the Malaysian government chose "quiet diplomacy" over voicing anger.
Categories: International News

Typhoon Matmo hits Taiwan

CNN World - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:23
Heavy winds and rains batter Taiwan, as storm chaser James Reynolds reports.
Categories: International News

Casey Kasem's body flown to Canada

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:21
Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada a month after he died, a funeral home director told CNN Tuesday.
Categories: Entertainment News

'Star Wars' director's 'nerd porn'

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:18
CNN's Lisa France explains why Star Wars fans are drooling over a charity video released by director J.J. Abrams.
Categories: Entertainment News

Avoid the rush! Some ERs are taking appointments

Business News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:11
Michael Granillo went to Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California because of intense back pain three times in one week. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

Mayor dies after wasp attack

CNN - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:55
The mayor of a community just outside Montreal died of anaphylactic shock Sunday after being attacked by wasps while on vacation.
Categories: National News

Opinion: Spanking the gray matter out of our kids

Health - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:55
Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized!" kind of way, but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain!" kind of way.
Categories: Health

Adam Levine's a married man

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:34
Singer Adam Levine has married an Angel -- of the Victoria's Secret variety, that is.
Categories: Entertainment News

5 myths about the urge to 'go'

Health - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:29
Even though urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans and there are many treatment options to improve symptoms, talking about the often unexpected and always urgent need "to go" is still taboo, even with your doctor.
Categories: Health

What the Costa Concordia leaves behind

CNN World - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:26
When the Costa Concordia and its salvage convoy finally depart Giglio, the residents of this picturesque Tuscan island will breathe a collective sigh of relief -- and shed a collective tear.
Categories: International News

Candidate to dispute Indonesia's presidential election

CNN World - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:24
Indonesia's presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto, who slammed the country's election commission and rejected the official results of the vote held earlier this month, appears poised to launch a legal challenge.
Categories: International News
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