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Oct 12, 2016 | 10:01 am

Snake Charmer

When Bryson DeChambeau won the DAP Championship on the Web.com Tour in September, he became the first person since Bobby Jones in 1930 to win a major golf event with irons of the same length, as far as we can ascertain. Now his equipment company, Cobra, is introducing two different models of irons with the same shaft length. Called the F7 One Length and F7 Forged One Length, the clubs feature shafts with the length of a 7-iron, which Tom Olsavsky, Cobra's head of R&D says, "will help to bring more consistency and simplicity to the game of golf for all players." Engineers had to reconfigure the head of each iron to provide consistent trajectory and distance gapping from long irons to wedges, but unlike DeChambeau, you don't need an upright, one-plane swing to take advantage of the innovation. "There is a misconception that single-length irons are only for a single-plane swing like mine," he says. "That is simply not true. Regardless of how you swing and what your skill level is, you can benefit from the simplicity of a constant length set of irons. I am proud to be at the forefront of this with Cobra as preliminary research has shown that single-length sets can make the game easier and more enjoyable for players of all swing types.” Available in January, the F7 will retail for $700 steel and $800 graphite, the F7 Forged for $1,000.

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Oct 11, 2016 | 09:56 am

Vintage Stuff

John Bush, age 91, recently scored a hole-in-one at England’s Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, his third lifetime ace, with the others coming when he was but a youngster back in his 80s. Bush (third from left above) aced the 168-yard 21st hole at the 27-hole complex. His feat was not a record—that belongs to a Floridian who did the deed at age 103—but Bush’s foursome, with a combined age of 358, is likely the oldest quartet  ever to witness a hole-in-one. 

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Oct 10, 2016 | 06:00 am

Play Golf, Live Longer?

In what might be the silliest, or at least the most obvious, headline on the internet in a while, we were drawn to the provocative title “Staying Healthy May Help Golf Performance.” It reported on a survey published last week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that gave healthy golf tips that also can be found on the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages of the European Tour Performance Institute. According to the lead researcher, “people who play golf regularly… [have been] shown to live up to five years longer than non-golfers.” We believe that, but other news coming out over the last few days might give others pause. For instance, Jason Day announced that he will be off the course for at least two months to heal his injured back, while Justin Rose is taking a two-month hiatus “for rest and recovery” from a long season and a back issue he’s had since May. (On the plus side, Rose did win the Olympic gold medal in August.) And, of course, there’s the news that Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since August 2015 due to more injuries than we can count will tee it up this week at the Safeway Open in California. So golfers live longer, but have to spend a percentage of that extra time mending? We’ll take that trade-off. Would you?

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Oct 07, 2016 | 07:26 am

Golfweek Acquired by Gannett

Golf magazine Golfweek has been acquired by media company Gannett, which owns over 100 media properties, including USA Today. Terms of the deal haven't been announced, but the move will bolster the companies golf brands, which is an area it has been expanding. Dave Morgan, president of the USA Today Sports Media Group will serve as the new publisher of Golfweek. A statement from Gannett said that Golfweek will continue to focus on professional, amateur, and collegiate golf while growing its events and custom publishing arms.

What do you think of this move from Gannett? What will you miss if Golfweek moves in a different direction? Let us know in the comments below!

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