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  • Timeless Images from the USGA Photo Collection

    11 Feb 2010

    The USGA has one of the most comprehensive collections of golf photography, with more than 500,000 images and more than 15,000 images added every year. Browse the collection of historic and modern-day images and pick one up today! There is also a gallery of free wallpapers that you can download.

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  • Would You Play a Yellow Golf Ball If It Helped Your Game?

    10 Feb 2010

    By Ryan Ballengee

    Srixon Golf presents an interesting new product for 2010. It's a bit of a throwback, though. Now, reintroducing the yellow golf ball!

    This time, though, Srixon is pushing a yellow ball with some science behind it that suggests that the colored ball may actually help you play better.

    Srixon sent out a press release a few days ago introducing the ball and explaining the technology.

    "By tapping into the psychology of hitting each shot and the visualization and calming effect at address, the Z-STAR"! and Z-STAR"! X Tour Yellow golf balls incorporate the science of visual perception with the psychology of color effect on the human brain."

    "Science has proven that yellow is the most visible color in the visual spectrum and psychology has correlated green with calming and stress relief; therefore Srixon has combined the two colors based on these findings to tap into the player's mind and expand the benefits of playing a better ball."

    It kind of makes sense. A few years ago, Nike Golf came out with their Maxsight athletic contact lenses with specific hues for sporting performance. The color that they chose for golf was grey-green. They were designed to help with reading greens.

    The lesson of the story is that Paula Creamer may have incidentally been onto something when she chose to play final rounds with a pink ball. She may love the color—and it is part of her nickname—but it may also have a positive psychological impact, too.

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  • The USGA "Back to Black" Challenge

    08 Feb 2010

    Lucas Glover outlasted the streaky Ricky Barnes and held off former major champions and sentimental favorites Phil Mickelson and David Duval to win the 2009 U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage State Park. With a gut-check final-round 73, highlighted by a 4-foot birdie putt on the 70th hole of the championship that separated him from his pursuers, Glover got in the clubhouse at this public golf shrine in 4-under-par 276. That was two shots better than the aforementioned trio and gave Glover, 29, his second professional victory.

    Revisit the site of the 109th U.S. Open on the Black Course in a two-round online tournament to win USGA and Bethpage memorabilia! The first round started yesterday and ends Feb. 26. In the first round, you can play an unlimited number of times between now and Feb. 26. Your best score will automatically post. The second round is single play beginning on Feb. 26 and ending March 14. The winners will have the  lowest combined scores of both rounds. Good luck!  Play Now

    Prizes Include:

      First place: USGA Photo Store Print from Bethpage
    Choose your own Photo Store print from the USGA's collection of historic and modern-day images, which include the players, courses and moments that have been etched in the memory of golf fans. The USGA Museum archival reproductions are made from high-resolution digital photographs and digital scans utilizing the latest state-of-the-art digital technology. Once you choose which image you want, the matted image will be encased in a Larson-Juhl custom-made wood frame. See photos.usgamuseum.com for more information. A $500 value.
         
      Second place: Bethpage plate
    A commemorative Bethpage pewter plate made by Wilton Armetale, a family-owned and family-run business founded in 1892. Each plate is individually, intricately and uniquely handcrafted. Therefore, no two pieces are exactly alike. A $62 value.
         
      Third place: 2009 U.S. Open Highlight DVD
    With the 2009 U.S. Open’s much-anticipated return to Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, golf fans knew they could expect to see a challenging test for the world’s best players. No one counted on the complications Mother Nature would add to the mix. Bethpage’s grounds crew and the players rose to the occasion as they battled the elements during the 109th U.S. Open Championship. When the skies cleared, 29-year-old Lucas Glover hoisted the championship trophy. Approximately 60 minutes. A $19.95 value.
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  • Rate us on ESPN.com

    05 Feb 2010

    WGT's Pinehurst No. 8 is featured on ESPN.com's list of free online games! We'd love your help giving WGT a high rating by scoring the game 10 out of 10 stars. Play some rounds, show them what you've got, and remember to give us a high rating. To rate the game, you will need to create an ESPN.com account if you don't have one already.

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  • Random Hole Groups on Bethpage Black - Tame the New Monster

    03 Feb 2010

    Here are the notes from today's product patch:

    Thought You Tamed the Monster? Bethpage Black, Now with Randomly Selected Hole Groups

    In December, we gave you six sets of new hole groups—two "easy", two "medium", and two "hard". In today's update, we've randomized the hole groups for each difficulty level to give you infinitely more variety. There are still three categories (easy, medium, and hard), but instead of limiting you to one of two sets of hole groups in each level, you will now get a set that is randomly selected from all the possible hole locations in that level.

    In addition to being available in practice and ranked rounds, these hole locations are now also available in multiplayer games and stroke play tournaments. The category of holes you get for ranked games will be based on your tier, and for multiplayer games it will be based on the tier of the highest ranking player. Your hole category in stroke play tournaments will be determined by criteria we set up for the tournament, but will most often be based on your tier. In practice games, you will be able to specify the category you prefer, and the game will select a random group of holes for the course based on that category.

    Forum Moderation

    The first few posts to the forums by a new player will now be moderated. We will review the posts and approve or reject them, and then decide whether to un-moderate the player. Please note that it may take up to 72 hours after the first post for a new user to be unmoderated.

    Bug Fixes

    • Your friend activity stream should go beyond one page now.
    • The accuracy gauge on the swing meter once again reduces in size while the swing meter is held back.
    • You should now be able to change your putter distance after taking a practice shot.
    • When viewing a ready-go tournament in the game window, it now correctly displays the number of people who have posted a score. Previously, it always displayed 0.
    • You should no longer be able to swing while in reverse camera views by clicking on your avatar when the swing meter is not present.
    • Improved the error message you get when trying to purchase an avatar you already own.
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  • SkyCaddie SGX Sweepstakes Challenge

    01 Feb 2010

    From now until March 31, play the SkyCaddie SGX Sweepstakes Challenge for your chance to win one of five new SkyCaddie SGX rangefinders! The SkyCaddie SGX is the The Next Generation Rangefinder, featuring a durable, sleek design and a brilliant 3-inch color transflective LCD screen that is unmatched in graphical clarity indoors and in direct sunlight. Play free today >

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