Monday, May 1, 2017

Michelle Wie, Danielle Kang Argue About Breast Size

Seriously. The headline explains exactly what happened on social media today. First, Michelle Wie shared on Instagram this snap from SnapChat:

Wie captioned it thusly: "When that @niketraining HIIT workout just kills you... #snapchatvibes #Mondays"

It wasn't long before Michelle's buddy Danielle Kang chimed in with a comment about Wie's boobs: "Hahahahaha A cup looking like a B cup here 😂😂😂 what a wonder bra @themichellewie"

Leading Michelle to fire back: "@daniellekang omg I hate you...I am a B CUP! You are an A CUP!!! Your face is an A CUP"

Don't ever change, ladies, don't ever change.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Remember Top-Flite's D2 Man and 'Never Lay Up' Rap?

Remember Top-Flite? Of course you do! It was once the go-to golf ball brand for recreational golfers. Cheap (relatively speaking), durable, and long. A distance ball for golfers who loved to let it rip but had no idea where it was going. It's fun to bash it long!

Whatever happened to Top-Flite? Yes, the brand is still out there. No, it's not one of golf's most-popular ball brands anymore. Now, the Top-Flite brand is owned by Dick's Sporting Goods, which makes Top-Flite balls (also available on Amazon) a sort of "house brand."

But return with us now to some of the last glory days of Top-Flite. It's 2008. The brand is owned by Callaway. And marketers within Callaway - specifically Nate Randle, the national brand manager of Top-Flite at the time - come up with a viral marketing strategy: A rap video starring "golf's first superhero," D2 Man.

D2 Man dressed like Space Ghost and was accompanied by The Cart Girlz. Together they rapped and cooed about the joys of hitting it long - and the evils of wimping out and laying up.

Never lay up, gentlemen, never lay up. Sample lyrics:

Let me paint a picture so it’s real vivid
When we’re on the links and you go timid
I’ll be in your face getting crazy loco
Playing safe golf is like sipping cocoa.
If you ever lag a putt or play to lay up
I’ll be in your face yelling, 'Yo, wassup!'

No, it's not great rapping. But it was great marketing.

D2 Man was named for the Top-Flite D2 golf ball, which introduced the brands "dimple in dimple" technology. A 2008 press release by Callaway went all-in on the "never lay up" tone and ethos:

"Top-Flite announced today that it is tired of golfers being swept under by a wave of play-it-safe "wimptitude." To combat this cowardice, Top-Flite is insisting that all players who value opportunity over consequence tee up the balls to go for it and NEVER LAY UP! Leading the charge and saving the world from the evils of wuss golf is Top-Flite superhero and YouTube sensation, D2 Man.

"As golf's first Superhero, D2 Man has been taking the internet by storm, rapping and mercilessly calling out golfers who choose to lay up and lag putts. While Top-Flite's D2 golf balls are armed with cutting-edge Dimple in Dimple(TM) aerodynamics, D2 Man is equipped with superior trash talking skills and is spreading the word that a shot worthy of a story is worth far more than playing it safe."

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tiger Woods' 'Golf's Not Hard' Nike Commercials

Gotta admit, I have no recollection of the series of Nike TV commercials made in the late 1990s, featuring Tiger Woods doing a comical "Golf's Not Hard" instructional series.

But somebody did: Hat tip to the @golfballed Instagram feed for digging one of these up. After seeing one, I had to find out more about them. Turns out they aired in 1997 and were promotional spots for the Nike Air Zoom TW golf shoes. (Want to see current TW models? Check 'em out on Amazon.)

There were four commercials and they were all pretty good - and funny. The best are the ones about fixing your slice, and the one in which Tiger promises to simplify the golf swing.

Watch 'em all:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watch Arnold Palmer's Game Show Appearances in the Early 1960s

Did you know that Arnold Palmer appeared on two television game shows in the early 1960s? It's true, and you can watch those appearances here.

The shows were What's My Line and I've Got a Secret. Palmer's What's My Line guest spot was in 1960, and in 1963 he was on I've Got a Secret.

The two game shows were very similar: Both brought guests on to be questioned by a panel of celebrities, whose job it was to guess either the occupation of the guest (in the case of What's My Line) or some interesting tidbit or amazing fact about the guest (in the case of I've Got a Secret).

It tells you something about the status of golf in 1960, and the media environment of the time, that Palmer - already a multiple major championshp winner - could appear before the celebrity panel, undisguised, on the premise that they would try to figure out what his occupation was.

Here are the two clips:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Charley Hull Bikini Pics

Here at GSB, there's nothing we love more than other people doing our work for us. Unless it's Charley Hull in a bikini. Good news! This post combines both!

A Hull fan has compiled a YouTube slideshow of Charley that includes all the bikini pics she's shared so far. Even better news: We're sure she'll be sharing more. And we'll update this post as needed with new additions below the video.

But for now:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Paige Spiranac Uses Her ... Um ... Boobs for This Trick Shot

Sometimes, you just have to get something off your chest. In this case, Paige Spiranac needed to get a trick shot off her chest. Literally.

Here's a clip of Paige practicing, then having a little fun with a trick shot that involves trapping the ball between her, um, bazooms before completing the trick:

Don't you just love her? We do!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Video: Ben Crenshaw Talks Putting

If you need putting tips, you can't go wrong by listening to what Ben Crenshaw has to say.

What I like about this video, in which the putting genius Crenshaw discusses his craft, is that Ben never talks about mechanics. He's asked to offer advice to recreational golfers, and the advice he offers is about feel, and nothing but feel.

Crenshaw talks about the way most amateur golfers grip the putter - too tightly, he says. "Hold the putter as a delicate instrument, because you're doing delicate work," Crenshaw says. And: "Back off the grip pressure just a little bit, that makes the putter head feel heavier and therefore it swings more."

He then switches to what he calls one of the best things he heard Harvey Penick say about putting, "Never look like anyone else when you're putting," and explains what that means.

And finally Crenshaw briefly touches on the speed vs. line debate, and you can probably guess what side of that debate Crenshaw is on.

Ben Crenshaw's Insights from the Masters of Putting DVD

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Michelle Wie's Boyfriend: Former Pro Hoopster Adam Zahn

Did Michelle Wie and former pro basketball player Adam Zahn just go public with their romance? This photo of the two cuddling makes it seem so:

The caption that Michelle included with this photo on Instagram also points to Zahn being Wie's boyfriend:

The only boyfriend we've known about in Wiesy's past was Robin Lopez, the 7-footer who was at Stanford with her and has gone on to a decent NBA career.

Zahn, 32 years old, played his college ball at the University of Oregon. He measures in at 6-foot-8. And while he never achieved an NBA career, he did see the world playing pro basketball. Zahn, who now lives in California, had played professionally in a league in Japan, and even one in Iraq, in addition to spending some time in the D-League.

NBA centers might be the only men in America tall enough for Michelle.

Update I: We can confirm that Michelle and Adam are a couple and have been for a couple years. Back in October of 2014, Adam's mother wrote a comment on a friend's blog, and told the friend, "Adam our middle is dating Michelle Wie – the golfer ... she will be joining us for Christmas this year!"

Update II: Alas, Michelle appears to have deleted that Instagram post. So here's another photo of Michelle and her boyfriend, Adam Zahn:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

On Toddler Tiger and the Ubiquity of Video

I was browsing YouTube the other day and stumbled across excerpts from Tiger Woods' national TV debut. It's a famous story: At age 2, Tiger appeared on The Mike Douglas Show in a segment that included his father, the host, plus Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart. Footage from that appearance isn't hard to find; I'd seen it before. It's been used in television commercials and in video segments many times. You've almost surely seen it before, too:

And it occurred to me after running across li'l Woods again - and it's not an original thought, to be sure - just how amazing well- and thoroughly documented the lives of today's youth are compared to those of people who grew up in the 1980s and earlier. Or, heck, even the 1990s.

Once upon a time, it wasn't that easy for parents to film their children. Depending on the family's income level, it might not be possible at all. Even if it was, the process of filming, developing film, showing the film was ... what's the word ... bulky.

But today, with very high-quality video capabilities literally at everyone's fingertips (or at least at the fingertips of those who own mobile devices), there will never again be a golf prodigy or future golf star whose earliest efforts in the game aren't well-documented and shared online in real time. Of course, we won't know who those people are in real-time, but in later years there'll be a trove of video. There'll be almost too much of it out there.

The Woodses and Mickelsons - they might be last generation of truly great golfers whose earliest days in golf are seen mostly in grainy home movie clips and faded Polaroids.

Luckily, Tiger was so famous (locally, at first, later nationally) from a young age that more video exists of young Mr. Woods than most of his contemporaries. A few years after the footage above was shot, Woods appeared, in the early 1980s, on the TV shot That's Incredible:

Here he is at age 14 on a show called TransWorld Sports:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How Fast Are Those Oakmont Greens? This Fast

Good ol' Sam Snead was always quick with a quip, and he had a couple great ones about fast greens. Talking specifically about the greens at Oakmont Country Club, the Slammer said:

"The green on No. 2 is so fast when I marked my ball my coin slid downhill."

And another time (not sure if he was specifically talking about Oakmont when he said this, but he could have been), Snead said:

"The greens are so fast I had to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow."

Golfers showing up for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont are getting to know that feeling. And there are several Vines and other videos shared on Twitter that show just what these golfers are up against:

But don't get the idea you can't make a putt at Oakmont. Sometimes the ball will find the hole:

And here's a look at those Oakmont greens directly from the USGA:

Is it any wonder the Oakmont greens inspired the invention of the Stimpmeter?