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  • Nationwide Tour Comes to TPC Stonebrae with the Fresh Express Challenge

    08 Apr 2010

    The Nationwide Tour comes to TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, CA on April 12 with the Fresh Express Classic.  Together with football legend Jerry Rice, this tournament aims to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood obesity. 

    Some WGT employees were invited to the press day and to play a round of golf with Jerry Rice and a number of sports journalists.  The golf course is a sprawling beast that will prove to be a formidable challenge for the professionals competing in the Fresh Express Classic. Hole #12 is a stunning 625 yard par 5! Nestled in the hills above Hayward, CA, nearly every hole has sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. 

    WGT wishes to thank TPC Stonebrae, Jerry Rice, and Fresh Express for including us in the event.

  • Last Day to Enter the April Multiround Tournament

    07 Apr 2010

    Today is the last day to enter the Monthly Multiround Open for April!  Compete in this 36-hole multi-round tournament to win gift cards. This tiered tournament is open to Amateurs, Pros, and Master in the following countries: US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, and Norway.

    Be sure to enter the tournament before 11 pm PST today (April 7), and post your first round score before 11:59 PST.  Good luck!

  • 54 from the Master Tees on Kiawah

    05 Apr 2010

    Congratulations to BolloxInBruges on an awesome round in a recent Ready-Go Tournament on the the Ocean Course at Kiawah!

    Read the details of this epic round here.

  • Scheduled Maintenance 4/2 11:45PM PST

    02 Apr 2010 will be performing some database maintenance starting at 11:45 PM (Pacific Time) tonight that will continue through 1 AM tomorrow.  Some brief service outages will occur and may interrupt game sessions, so please plan accordingly.

  • Weekend Replay Highlights

    02 Apr 2010
  • It's No Joke: We Love our Fans

    01 Apr 2010

    Happy April Fool's day and big shout-out to WGT fans everywhere for making work so fun for us. We love looking at the photos and comments (and artwork) you post, and wanted to share a couple of them with you. If you haven't already, please fan us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

    Top Ten signs you are addicted to WGT or have a WGT problem

    Mr. Avatar Has a Bad Day

    Mr. Avatar Takes a Licking on Bethpage Black

    A few fan photos:

  • Unabashed Advice On Learning to Play Golf

    30 Mar 2010

    By John Diekmann

    golfing lesson

    Maybe there's no silver bullet for becoming a better golfer, but I think there are some basics that can help most anyone on learning to play golf. The bigger question is – will you do it? I mean losing weight is easy for most people – just eat fewer calories than you burn up. But, but, but...there's always a but.

    In no particular order, here's my guidance. Work on tempo. However you swing, fast or slow, make sure your tempo is the same on the backswing and downswing. Count to yourself, use a golf metronome, sing a tune in your head. Just manage the tempo. That goes for every club in the bag including the putter. While you are out on the course make consistent tempo your goal.

    Mind set – means give your mind very specific tasks while on the course, the practice range is a different matter. The old bean is good for strategy and it's good for observing. How do I feel, am I comfortable, am I remembering that it's just a game, look at the beautiful sunset, how does the grip feel in my hands. You get the idea.

    Just don't let it start giving you swing instructions. If you want to know more about how to use and not use the mind in sports, try reading something by Tim Gallwey.

    Find out what's really going on in the golf swing. There are millions of books with millions of suggestions and I think most will confuse you on the basic swing. Try checking out Carl Rabito, his website is CarlRabito. I don't know the guy and I don't get any money from him. I've only recently discovered him, but I think his modern scientific approach to golf gets as close to the 'truth' about the swing as anyone.

    And it looks pretty simple. Know how the knees, hips and torso move in relation to each other (the torso must move faster than the hips on the downswing because they have further to go). The arms are almost passive. Know what the correct wrist angle is.

    Want to use some science to understand the short game, take a look at Dave Pelz's stuff. He is 'the man' on the short game. He used to work for NASA many years ago and has used a scientific approach to understand what really works and what doesn't. He's helped many of the top pros, just ask Phil. Again, I have no connection with him. Hell, I don't have a connection with anyone in golf for that matter so I'll stop adding that in.

    Swing a club every day. Four or five minutes is enough, but do it every day. It's kind of relaxing. Almost as good as a martini for unwinding. Swing a Momentus Weighted Club
    every other day, it will help build your golf muscles and might even help stretch them out.

    Know about the adrenalin effect we talked about recently. When you step up to that first tee, you're going to have some of it flowing through your veins and it will effect your swing. The more you swing with your torso – the big muscles – the less it's effect will be.

    Video yourself if possible and then compare it with a good golfer's swing. There are lots of tools for doing this. One is online at V1golf.

    Once you start playing a real round of golf, 'dance with who brought you'. In other words, use whatever swing shows up, don't go trying to correct everything during your round. And have fun, unless you play golf for a living. That's what we go into the coal mines everyday for. It would be a shame to waste those precious days off just making ourselves miserable! Work does that for most of us, so don't let it on the course.

  • Winners of the USGA "Back to Black" Challenge

    28 Mar 2010

    Congratulations to the winners of the The USGA "Back to Black" Challenge, who will receive exclusive USGA and Bethpage memorabilia!


    First place: AvatarLee

    Prize/Value: USGA Photo Store Print from Bethpage/$500

    Round 1: 52
    Round 2: 57
    Final: 109


    Second place: BolloxInBruges

    Prize/Value: Bethpage plate/$62

    Round 1: 52
    Round 2: 59
    Final: 111


    Third place: JakeStanfill7

    Prize/Value: 2009 U.S. Open Highlight DVD/$19.95

    Round 1: 56
    Round 2: 59
    Final: 115

  • Sale Starts Today: Free Virtual Golf Balls with Purchase of Credits

    27 Mar 2010

    TODAY ONLY - Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Celebrate Spring with free virtual golf balls! When you purchase $10 or more WGT credits today, March 27, you will receive a free sleeve of GI2-S golf balls. GI2-S golf balls give you the extra spin of GI-S balls, with the added benefit of a slower swing meter.

    Use your WGT credits to upgrade equipment in the Pro Shop and improve your game, enter premium tournaments, or challenge other players in match play games. With an ever-growing array of equipment in the Pro Shop and higher payouts in tournaments, credits are the best way to get the most out of your WGT experience.

    Hurry, the offer is good only on purchases made between 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM on March 27, Pacific Time. Please allow up to 7 days for the free balls to arrive in your account. One sleeve of free golf balls per customer.

    How do I get WGT credits?

    To purchase credits, click on the ACCOUNT button under your username on the upper left hand side of the screen, then click on the Buy Credits tab. Learn all about getting WGT credits here!

  • Video: Oakmont Country Club Flyover

    26 Mar 2010

    Last week, we announced our exclusive partnership with the USGA and to be the host of the 2010 USGA Virtual Championship at Oakmont Country Club. Below is a quick flyover video of Oakmont, filmed by our course producers from a tiny helicopter. The images we took from the helicopter will be used to create the HD course that you will play on in the Virtual Championship!

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