Blog December 2013





                       Score72 Golf Blog - December 2013









Lydia Ko Signs With IMG




Lydia Ko, 16, turned professional in October, and signed with IMG. Ko joins an IMG stable that includes LPGA players Paula Creamer, Jessica Korda, Beatriz Recari, Michelle Wie and new LPGA player Jaye Marie Green, who won LPGA Q-School.  With her recent Swinging Skirts victory in December, Ko moved to No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings. Go girl!








 Swedish or Deep-Tissue Massage After Golf?


 How does a Swedish or deep-tissue massage sound after beating balls at White Pines Golf Dome?  Park Ridge Medical Spa in Park Ridge, IL has what you want.  Swedish massages use long flowing strokes and deep kneading to release tensions and aches. Deep-tissue massages are both therapeutic and corrective, releasing chronic tension patterns through slow strokes and deep pressure.  $35 ($80 value).






 He is now at peace’: Nelson Mandela dead at 95


Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy, became its first black president, and inspired a generation, died Thursday at home. He was 95. 

Nelson Mandela, you have been an inspiration, and enduring symbol of integrity, principle and resilience. You truly have achieved more than could be expected of any man. Thank you. We will miss you.





Does Callaway Have Heavy Hitting Products Again?


Does Callaway have heavy hitting golf products again?  Since Chip Brewer became Callaway’s CEO in 2012, brought in Tim Reed from Adams as VP Product Strategy, and mentioned to his R&D chief Allan Hocknell that new products are not to leave R&D into manufacturing unless Allan’s blesses them as having world-beater, cutting-edge technology, I’ve been looking forward to Callaway’s ascension once again as a heavy hitter. 

We may be there.  With Callaway’s Phil Mickelson inspired Frankenwood and new Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha products, they just introduced the company’s most adjustable drivers to date. They use multi-material constructions and two distinct moveable weight systems to offer golfers an unrivaled amount of control over their launch conditions. 

Big Bertha driver uses a 5-inch sliding weight track that is positioned around the perimeter of the head to boost its moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of a club’s forgiveness. Cool. Check out GolfWRX review at, and Callaway at






White Pines Golf Dome


Get your game in shape this winter.  We’ll feature golf domes in the Chicagoland area.  If you’re in the burbs near O’Hare, White Pines Golf Dome was voted one of North America’s Top 10 domes 2010, 2011, and 2012, measuring 300-feet wide, 300-feet long and 100-feet high. Dome has five large target greens, each surrounded by two bunkers, a 45 foot long contoured putting green, six suspended hitting targets for practicing your accuracy, four large televisions broadcasting golf and other sporting events.  Fantastic place to practice! Take White Pines Golf Dome lessons with many of the country’s finest PGA Professionals.  Don’t forget they have Chicagoland’s only state of the art XGolf i2 golf simulator, which changes your lie in any direction up to +/- 35 degrees in any direction!  Play St. Andrews and Pebble Beach!  Check them out at 500 West Jefferson Ave, Bensenville, Illinois  60106.  (630) 422-1060,, 






Buffalo Grove Golf Dome


Get your game in shape this winter.  We’ll feature golf domes in the Chicagoland area.  If you’re in the north burbs, Buffalo Grove Golf Dome offers a temperature controlled, realistic practice environment suitable for practicing full shots and the short game. The facility features a putting green and a separate chipping green with 2 sand bunkers. They also have a full service pro shop with clubs, soft goods, custom fitting equipment and club repair. Snack shop offers soft drinks, sandwiches, chips and other refreshments. Their staff is very friendly and helpful.

 Club repairs and gripping services are available as well as a full service pro shop. You will also find our tee mats, balls and practice green to be in excellent condition. Take Buffalo Grove Dome lessons. The golf dome is the winter location of nationally recognized teaching professionals, including PGA Professional Robert Jan.,  Check them out at 801 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60069. (847) 459-2321





ReMax Long Drive Champ Tim Burke Wins with 427 Yard Drive


With a crushing drive that measured 427 yards (no, that’s not a typo and was nearly all carry), Tim Burke from Orlando, Fla., became the longest hitter in the world, capturing the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, its coveted championship belt and a winner-take-all $250,000 prize. Burke, 26, competed with eight of the longest drivers of the golf ball in the world who faced off in front of a raucous Las Vegas Motor Speedway crowd and a national Golf Channel audience.  For those of you in Chicagoland, PGA Professional Chris Pytell is a long ball technician and instructor, who can help you maximize your booming drives.







Remember You Have Three Options For Unplayable Lies.


When I encounter an unplayable lie per Rule 28, I don’t always remember I have three options, especially option b, which allows me to drop the golf ball behind the point where the ball lays, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit on how far behind that point the ball may be dropped.  Remembering option b is extremely useful when an unplayable lie is situated in a densely woody area, and dropping a ball within two club-lengths doesn’t help.