Nov 17, 2015 | 08:40 am

Four-Putts Welcome

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stroke a twisting 40-footer on one of Oakmont’s notoriously fast greens, you’re about to get the chance. As part of its preparation to host next year’s U.S. Open, the venerable Pittsburgh club has constructed a replica of its 18th green. During the week of the championship it will be maintained at the same speed as the U.S. Open greens and the pin placements will mirror those on the actual 18th. As part of an enhanced “fan experience” spectators will have the chance to step up and match their putting skills with those of the Open competitors.

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Nov 16, 2015 | 08:36 am

In Sync

Along with the science that goes into the making of golf clubs, more and more technology can be attached to clubs. A few months ago, TaylorMade announced a partnership with Microsoft and its wearable Band, which has a GPS that tells you distances on the course and tracks strokes, heart rate, and calories burned through its new “MyRoundPro” software. Also, Ping has launched an app for the Apple Watch (above) that includes “Golf Workout,” which compiles fitness data, swing tempo, and on-course statistics like fairways hit, greens in regulation, and putts per round. And not surprising, since Ping is famous as a putter company, the app also includes an updated version of its “iPing” software, which can be used in practice to improve your stroke as well as determine a “Putting Handicap.” The iPing app is free from the Apple App Store, and there are new cradles available that connect the newest iPhones to the putter. The “Golf Workout” is available for $4.99.

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Nov 13, 2015 | 06:39 am

Rolling Your Rockwell

We certainly wouldn’t call it shocking today, but this painting of an angry golfer—done by famed artist Norman Rockwell and intended for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1920s—was deemed too impolite and never appeared. Now the original oil on canvas, titled simply “The Golfer,” is for sale. The price: $5.85 million. According to M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, which is handling the sale (ask for item number 30-4357), “this humorous scene is quintessentially Rockwellian, perfectly conveying an all-too-human emotion of frustration on the green.” Obviously, the art dealers are more familiar with paintings than putting, as this player is far from “on the green,” or if he isn't, he has bigger troubles than spewing language too salty for the ears of his young caddie.

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Nov 12, 2015 | 10:41 am

Strokes Gained Passing

One of the best golf tips is to swing your driver like you swing your wedge, and at 38, Tom Brady is having one of the best years of his career because of it. His 113.5 passer rating through eight games is second to only the 2007 season when he also threw 50 TDs; he's tossed 22 so far this season. His completion percentage is second best, too, to 2007 with 68.6 compared to 68.9. How's he doing it? By thinking about golf. When asked about his good play, particularly his increased accuracy on deep passes, he said, "As far as the mechanics, I've really tried to work on those. A lot of them are probably pretty much the same whether it's a five-yard pass or it's a 50-yard pass. The mechanics of the throw are very similar. It would be like hitting a wedge or a driver. It's the same swing. There's just a little nuance to it that may be a little different. So I haven't hit the driver as well as I probably hit the wedges, but if I can hit the driver a little better, it would make things a little bit easier on our team."

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