Thursday, January 29, 2015

Video: Tiger's Swing 1997 vs. 2015

Tiger Woods is playing in his first round 2015 today as this is written, at the Phoenix Open. That's the tournament where, in 1997, he famously aced the 16th hole as a rookie. And kudos to the PGA Tour for quickly posting a side-by-side comparison video of Woods' swings at the Phoenix Open, comparing 1997 to 2015. Here you go:

Tiger's 1997 swing vs. Tiger's 2015 swing.

A video posted by PGA TOUR (@pgatour) on

No surprise that, equally quickly, Brandel Chamblee had a pointed take. Here's his tweet; you can click to read the comments and debate that ensued:

Watch: 101-Year-Old Woman Still Golfing

Here's a great little video, only one minute, 29 seconds long, discovered via Twitter. Its subject is Ida Pieracci, who holds the San Jose Country Club record for most holes in one. She's 101 years old in the video (102 now in real time) and still going strong, golfing 4-5 times a week. She seems much younger than that, and perhaps a clue why is in her response to the question, "What's the key to a long, happy life?"

"Just being a good kid!" she replies.

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Golf Movie, '5 Hour Friends,' Debuts Feb. 3

There's a new golf movie on the way, and it arrives on Feb. 3, 2015. It's called 5 Hour Friends and stars former Golden Globe nominee Tom Sizemore.

5 Hour Friends had a very limited theatrical release in March/April of 2014, it appears mostly in the San Diego, Calif., area (because it was shot on location there, including at Torrey Pines). The Feb. 3 release is to video-on-demand. The movie will be available on VOD through major TV cable outlets as Cox, Charter, Verizon and Dish (among many others), as well as available on VOD through other outlets such as iTunes, Vudu and Amazon. You can get a full list of VOD option on the movie's website.

So what is 5 Hour Friends all about? The one-sentence description on the website of production company 905 Productions is this: "A middle-aged golfer and lifelong Lothario finally gets a taste of his own medicine when he meets a confident but needy female lawyer."

A bit more description comes from the company's news release about the flick:

"Tom Sizemore breaks away from his usual tough guy character to play scratch golfer and San Diego ad exec Timothy Bonner in the new feature film, 5 Hour Friends. ... Sizemore plays a scrupulously honest golfer – who cheats on all the women in his life.

"Filmed at San Diego’s Balboa Park and Torrey Pines golf courses, Sizemore looks to win the San Diego amateur golf championship when his plans are derailed by Carla Bianchi, a fiery litigator with whom he engages in a stormy love/hate relationship.

"The movie’s title refers to the 'friends' one meets for five hours on a golf course only to never see them again when the game is over. Sizemore is as uncommitted to the friends he meets on the golf course as he is to the women in his life. Dedicated to playing by the rules on the course, he violates the rules of life with abandon. Something has to give and does."

Sizemore is a very good actor, when he wants to be. His co-stars include Kimberlin Brown, best-known for roles on multiple daytime soap operas.

Let's watch the trailer:

How good 5 Hours Friends is (or isn't) will depend, as with any movie, on the quality of the script, the direction, the acting. But with golf movies, there's always an extra element (at least for golfers in the audience): How realistic is the golf? Can you tell that the actors are golfers in real life? Or is it apparent they could never pull off the shots the movie shows them hitting? Do they look like people who learned to golf a week before production of the movie started? There's nothing worse in a golf movie than a terrible golfer being passed off as a great golfer.

We can at least say that shouldn't be a problem with 5 Hour Friends. Sizemore and Brown are good golfers in real life. For example, here is Kimberlin Brown displaying excellent form during a pro-am in 2002:

Since the movie did get a limited theatrical release, there are a few reviews of it already out there. IMDB users rate it 6.3 out of 10. On Rotten Tomatoes, the rating is 50-percent. A brief review in a San Diego publication published last year called 5 Hour Friends a "highly watchable, character-driven throwback" with "genuine dialog and sincere performances." It lauds Sizemore and the "strong, complex performances" by Brown and supporting actress Musetta Vander.

If you watch it (or already have), let us know what you think.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Yes, As a Matter of Fact, Sandra Gal Does Look Fantastic In a Bikini!

It was #tbt - Throwback Thursday - on social media today, and that had Sandra Gal recalling a photo shoot she did with Golf Digest. A photo shoot that definitely gets GSB's approval!

#TBT @GolfDigest

Ein von @thesandragal gepostetes Foto am

#TBT to one of the coolest shoots with @GolfDigest #wakeboarding #speedboating

A photo posted by @thesandragal on

Of course, here at GSB we are fans of Sandra's going way back. We even included her in our inaugural 13 Sexiest Golfers of the Year post. And she's shared bikini pics on Instagram in the past.

From the Annals of Terrible Golf Product Names ...

This tweet popped into existence today from the floor of the 2015 PGA Show:

See the name? "HJ Glove." Right. Because no golfers are going to make jokes about what the "HJ" might stand for on your new golf glove.

Another tweeter replied to the above by recalling a line of skin care products aimed at golfers that debuted under the name "Fore Skin." Really! I remember that stuff. After receiving lots of derision and eye-rolling, the company quickly changed the name to "For Your Skin." Don't think they are still around.

One terribly named golf product that is still around is the Big Dick driver. Wait, what's that? Yes: Big Dick. By a company called Divnick Golf. Here's photographic proof of its existence:

They tried to claim they were just playing on the "Dick and Jane" theme. But, c'mon. This company, too, soon realized the name was less clever and more problematic than they originally thought and started offer the "Big Stik" driver as an alternative.

What other really awful golf product names do you remember?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Golf's Trick-Shotting Twosome, the Bryan Bros, on 'Big Break Palm Beaches'

The next Big Break on the Golf Channel is called Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, and the cast of 12 men has now been revealed. And two of those Big Break Palm Beaches cast members are George Bryan and Wesley Bryan.

Yes, the Bryan Bros, of golf trick shot fame. Well, "fame" may be too strong a word at this point, but give them time. They've been attracting fans of their YouTube videos, picking up collaborators, featuring on GolfDigest.com - and, now, appearing on television. Here's a not-so-brave prediction: We'll be seeing the Bryan Bros on Golf Channel many times after Big Break Palm Beaches is finished. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if these guys wind up with their own show, in some fashion.

A couple years ago we posted a video of a golfer in the 1930s executing trick shots, and commented that golf trick shots haven't really come very far since. But the Bryan Bros are trying to change that. They bring a fresh attitude, fresh approach to what had become, let's face it, a pretty stale area of golf entertainment.

For example:

Or, with the lights on:

Who are these bros? Here's what the Golf Channel said about them in its news release announcing the cast:

George Bryan (27, Chapin, S.C.) – Older brother of fellow competitor Wesley Bryan, George was a three-time All-American at the University of South Carolina and a teammate of Big Break Greenbrier champion Mark Silvers. George is currently competing on mini tours, and has gained popularity with his brother in posting trick shot videos online (BryanBrosGolf).

Wesley Bryan (24, Augusta Ga. / Chapin, S.C.) – Younger brother of fellow competitor George Bryan, Wesley played collegiate golf at the University of South Carolina and is currently competing on various mini tours.

Want more trick shots? OK, here's a couple more vids:

Want even more? Check out the BryanBrosGolf YouTube channel.

Puppy Love: Danielle Kang, Rachel Connor Show Us Their Dogs Love Golf, Too

What does every golfer wish they had when practicing? A personal ball retriever. But the following two professional golfers - Danielle Kang and Rachel Connor - have come up with solutions. Their dogs!

Here is Danielle practicing with the help of her adorable pug named Booda:

Wedges at Saticoy Country Club today!.. I had my personal ball boy with me ���� #Booda @boodakang

A video posted by Danielle Kang (@daniellekang) on

Hmm, is Booda actually brinding the balls back? Or is he just running off with them? Never mind - either way, it's cute.

The conditions are just a wee bit different in snowy England for Rachel Connor, but she's getting a helping paw from a handsome pup, too:

Abit of golf in the snow ⛳️

A video posted by Rachel Connor (@rachelconnor) on

Monday, January 12, 2015

Check out the Golf Apparel Company of Original 'Buffy' Kristy Swanson

Did you know that actor Kristy Swanson - the original "Buffy" in Buffy the Vampire Slayer - has her own golf apparel brand? I didn't, not until Swanson tweeted this:

Kristy originated the role of Buffy in the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV version followed and was based on the movie). She's worked steadily in movies and television since the mid-1980s, with the 1990s being her most prolific decade as an actor.

Swanson has also appeared in Maxim and Playboy photo shoots.

I knew all that. What I didn't know is that Kristy Swanson is a golfer who not too long ago started designing her own golf apparel. That turned into the brand aDRESSitGOLF. An announcement of the brand appeared on the aDRESSitGOLF website back in March 2014, and included this:

Known for her work on the big screen and television, actress Kristy Swanson is adding ‘designer’ to her list of credits with the launch of her new golf clothing and accessories collection aDRESSitGOLF. Aimed at the female golfer, aDRESSitGOLF will feature made-to-order pieces that can be worn before, during and after the game. Today Swanson is launching dresses in seventeen styles, three of which are reversible, in a variety of colors and patterns in addition to leggings and belts. The collection is already growing to include tops, pants, shorts, jackets, rompers and additional accessories.

I'm about the least fashionable person I know, but I really like the aDRESSitGOLF pieces show here and on their website. Great pops of color, and they look very comfortable, too.

Check out the shopping section on the website and you'll find that the aDRESSitGOLF designs aren't cheap. But if you want to stand out on the course, and have some money to spend on your outfits, check it out.

Booty Patrol: Kristie Smith

Australian professional golfer Kristie Smith tweeted this:

Did somebody say "bubble butt"? Hey, how can we - with a category of posts dedicated to booty, resist clicking on the attached Instragram media? Here's what we get, a slow-motion swing video in which Kristie is looking good in tights, and no, as a matter of fact, she doesn't think you're ready for that jelly. But we are:

That's some jiggle when she wiggles. And showing off her booty is just one reason Kristie Smith is a GSB fave. Here's another.

Friday, January 9, 2015

PXG Golf: Premium Club Company from GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons

This tweet came across the transom today:

We all know who Ryan Moore is, and you might be familiar with his quirky history when it comes to golf equipment and endorsements. In the past he's gone years without an endorsement deal - by choice - and he's played some lesser-known (to average golf fans, anyway) brands such as Scratch Golf.

But who the heck is PXG Golf? PXG Golf is Parsons Xtreme Golf, and it's the baby of GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons. When you're super rich you can indulge your passions, and Parsons is passionate about golf. He owns Scottsdale National Golf Club, and now he owns his own golf equipment company.

And Ryan Moore, always unafraid of doing his own thing, is playing PXG irons in the first PGA Tour tournament of 2015, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

PXG doesn't even clubs on the market yet. But that's OK. Tiger Woods signed with Nike Golf before Nike had ever made any golf clubs. (Moore hasn't signed with PXG, though: he hasn't signed with anyone, deciding against re-upping with TaylorMade. He's just playing the clubs he wants to play with PXG.)

On the Parsons Xtreme Golf website (PXG.com), we are told that "golf equipment unlike any other is almost here."

You can be sure that PXG irons will cost a lot. They even brag about it:

"Sound expensive? You bet. Worth it? Absolutely. ... For the select few who have the means and the desire to play golf with the very best, PXG clubs will soon be available."

The irons are getting the attention now because Moore decided to play them this week. But Parsons Xtreme Golf is a full-line manufacturer: They'll be releasing driver, irons, fairways, hybrids, wedges and putters.

PGATour.com wrote this explaining Moore's decision to play the PXG irons:

According to Moore, he started started testing prototype irons over the winter and fell in love with Scottsdale-based PXG, which was launched by Bob Parsons, the founder of web domain GoDaddy and owner of Scottsdale National Golf Club and also an avid golfer.

Parson's unveiled his first prototype on Thursday when he tweeted out a photo of an iron with the markings PXG 03x on the back.

"I basically couldn't get them out of my bag," Moore said of the new irons.

One thing Parsons' GoDaddy.com is known for is a cheeky approach to advertising. As in butt cheek. The website domain and hosting service employs a made-you-look salaciousness in its advertising with bikini-clad "GoDaddy Girls," including (among others) a scantily clad, provocatively posed Danica Patrick. Like this:

Might we see the same thing with Parsons Xtreme Golf? The company does have "Xtreme" in its name, after all. Could PXG sign a hot LPGA golfer, or two or three, and pose them provocatively with putters and drivers?

You never know with Parsons. But I'm skeptical. After all, PXG Golf is appealing to a whole different demographic. All the early web copy and design for the company is focused on high-end, not rear ends.