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With the advancements of modern day technology if you are not smacking drives over 250 yards, you are losing ground. (pun!).   If you observe the modern day tours most of the older players are having a great results in the stats and victories. ImageKenny Perry who is in his mid to late 40's is actually a few yards longer than Tiger Woods on average. Modern technology on an older head is useful.  Vijay Singh has had up to now 19 victories in his 40's.  Advances in sweet spot technology, size, launch angle, composition, ball speed and aerodynamics are just some of the categories that the top manufactures now spend millions of dollars researching and developing. The result to us is the vast array of drivers on the market. The following is a description of everything you need to know about drivers, and the drivers that we think are the best under certain criteria: 

Steel

Steel headed drivers are slightly less expensive but heavier than the more modern titanium drivers. More traditional looking and metallic, they have a smaller head due to the increased weight of the steel, and the relative limitation in stregth of the metal means makers had to limit the size of the head.  

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Playoffs for the FedExCup

Pts. Through: The Barclays Aug 26, 2007 

Rank This Week Rank Last Week Player Events Points Last Week Finish Pos Playoff Victories

1 12 Steve Stricker   1 104,950 1 1
2 5 K.J. Choi 1 102,900 2 
3 6 Rory Sabbatini 1 100,650 3 
4 1 Tiger Woods 0 100,000 DNP 
5 4 Phil Mickelson 1 99,613 T7 
6 2 Vijay Singh   1 99,000 CUT 
7 3 Jim Furyk 1 98,850 T25 
8 7 Zach Johnson   1 97,350 T25 
9 10 Adam Scott   1 97,150 T14 
10 19 Ernie Els 1 96,967 T4 
11 20 Mark Calcavecchia 1 96,817 T4 
12 14 Woody Austin   1 96,750 T12 
12 8 Charles Howell III 1 96,750 CUT 
14 9 Brandt Snedeker 1 96,500 CUT 
15 11 Scott Verplank   1 96,341 T35 
16 15 Hunter Mahan   1 96,225 T17 
17 24 Geoff Ogilvy   1 96,217 T4 
18 13 Sergio Garcia 1 96,150 T25 
19 16 John Rollins 1 95,464 T54 
20 17 Boo Weekley   1 95,441 T35 
21 18 Aaron Baddeley   1 95,400 T25 
22 22 Justin Rose 1 95,350 T14 
23 21 Padraig Harrington   1 94,841 T35 
24 32 Jerry Kelly   1 94,450 T9 
25 23 Luke Donald   1 94,300 CUT 
25 29 Heath Slocum   1 94,300 T14 
27 25 David Toms   1 94,000 CUT 
28 28 Stewart Cink 1 93,900 T25 
29 26 Jonathan Byrd   1 93,850 CUT 
30 27 Robert Allenby 1 93,700 CUT 
31 36 Tim Clark 1 93,525 T17 
32 30 Stuart Appleby 1 93,250 CUT 
33 35 Nick Watney   1 93,225 T25 
34 31 Henrik Stenson 1 93,175 CUT 
35 42 Anthony Kim 1 93,075 T17 
36 33 Bubba Watson   1 93,025 CUT 
37 34 Ken Duke   1 92,950 CUT 
38 37 Trevor Immelman 1 92,725 CUT 
39 38 Mark Wilson   1 92,650 CUT 
40 39 Pat Perez   1 92,575 CUT 
41 40 Billy Mayfair   1 92,500 CUT 
42 41 Jeff Quinney   1 92,425 CUT 
43 43 Carl Pettersson 1 92,372 T72 
44 44 Angel Cabrera   1 92,200 CUT 
45 46 Charley Hoffman   1 92,176 T48 
46 52 Camilo Villegas   1 92,140 T21 
47 45 Lucas Glover 1 92,125 CUT 
48 49 Rod Pampling   1 92,066 T35 
49 47 Kevin Sutherland   1 91,975 CUT 
50 48 John Senden   1 91,900 CUT 
51 50 Brett Wetterich   1 91,750 CUT 
52 51 Ryan Moore   1 91,675 CUT 
53 53 Paul Goydos   1 91,651 T48 
54 54 Nathan Green   1 91,551 T69 
55 58 Kenny Perry   1 91,500 T25 
56 57 Nick O'Hern   1 91,466 T35 
57 56 Troy Matteson   1 91,426 T48 
58 55 Ryuji Imada   1 91,375 CUT 
59 59 Bernhard Langer   0 91,075 DNP 
59 77 Ian Poulter   1 91,075 T9 
61 61 Vaughn Taylor   1 91,033 T60 
62 60 Jose Coceres   1 91,000 CUT 
63 63 Steve Marino   1 90,876 T69 
64 62 Brian Bateman   1 90,850 CUT 
65 65 Rocco Mediate 1 90,720 75 
66 64 Stephen Ames 0 90,700 DNP 
67 72 Arron Oberholser   1 90,640 T21 
68 70 Sean O'Hair 1 90,600 T25 
69 66 Peter Lonard 1 90,550 CUT 
70 81 Steve Flesch 1 90,525 T12 
71 68 John Mallinger   1 90,497 T72 
72 67 Bo Van Pelt 1 90,475 CUT 
73 69 Stephen Leaney   1 90,325 W/D 
74 71 Will MacKenzie 1 90,175 CUT 
75 73 Fred Funk 1 90,151 T48 
76 74 Brian Davis 1 90,064 T54 
77 75 Dean Wilson   1 89,983 T60 
78 76 Brian Gay   1 89,975 T41 
79 82 Tim Petrovic 1 89,890 T21 
80 78 Bart Bryant   1 89,754 T65 
81 80 Davis Love III   1 89,675 T41 
82 79 Joe Ogilvie   1 89,575 CUT 
83 83 Jason Gore 1 89,374 71 
84 84 Charles Warren   1 89,200 CUT 
85 85 Justin Leonard 1 89,125 CUT 
86 87 Retief Goosen 1 89,083 T60 
87 86 Tom Lehman 1 89,050 CUT 
88 90 Mike Weir   1 88,925 T41 
89 88 J.J. Henry   1 88,900 CUT 
90 92 Matt Kuchar 1 88,841 T35 
91 89 Tom Pernice, Jr.   1 88,825 CUT 
92 108 Robert Garrigus   1 88,750 T9 
93 91 Steve Elkington   1 88,675 CUT 
94 93 Chris DiMarco   1 88,525 CUT 
95 94 Shaun Micheel   1 88,450 CUT 
96 95 Kevin Na   1 88,375 CUT 
97 97 Fredrik Jacobson   1 88,339 T54 
98 96 Jose Maria Olazabal   0 88,300 DNP 
99 99 Cliff Kresge   1 88,189 T54 
100 98 Charlie Wi   1 88,150 CUT 
101 100 Jeff Maggert   1 88,097 T72 
102 102 Briny Baird   1 88,025 T41 
103 101 Craig Kanada 1 87,925 CUT 
104 104 Tim Herron   1 87,826 T48 
105 103 Ted Purdy   1 87,775 CUT 
106 105 Kevin Stadler 1 87,625 CUT 
107 107 Bob Estes   1 87,579 T65 
108 106 Chad Campbell 1 87,550 CUT 
109 109 Jeff Overton 1 87,325 CUT 
110 112 J.B. Holmes   1 87,275 T41 
111 110 Ben Curtis   1 87,250 CUT 
112 111 Tommy Armour III   1 87,175 CUT 
113 134 Rich Beem 1 87,063 T7 
114 113 George McNeill   1 87,025 CUT 
115 118 Brett Quigley   1 87,000 T25 
116 115 D.J. Trahan   1 86,983 T60 
117 114 Daniel Chopra   1 86,950 CUT 
118 117 J.P. Hayes   1 86,839 T54 
119 116 Harrison Frazar   1 86,800 CUT 
120 121 Doug LaBelle II   1 86,600 T41 

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121 119 Steve Allan   1 86,575 CUT 
122 120 Mathew Goggin   1 86,500 CUT 
123 123 Joe Durant 1 86,383 T60 
124 122 Alex Cejka 1 86,350 CUT 
125 132 Bob Heintz   1 86,325 T17 
126 125 Bill Haas   1 86,251 T48 
127 128 Jason Dufner   1 86,250 T25 
128 131 Ryan Armour   1 86,215 T21 
129 124 John Merrick   1 86,200 CUT 
130 127 Johnson Wagner   1 86,079 T65 
131 126 Jason Bohn   0 86,050 DNP 
132 129 Frank Lickliter II   1 86,000 T41 
133 130 Gavin Coles   1 85,750 W/D 
134 133 Ryan Palmer   0 85,525 DNP 
135 135 Tripp Isenhour   1 85,375 W/D 
136 136 Billy Andrade   1 85,300 CUT 
137 137 Anders Hansen   1 85,225 CUT 
138 139 Corey Pavin   1 85,189 T54 
139 138 Jesper Parnevik   1 85,150 CUT 
140 140 Shigeki Maruyama 1 85,000 CUT 
141 141 Michael Putnam   1 84,925 CUT 
142 143 Andrew Buckle   1 84,879 T65 
143 142 Bob Tway   1 84,850 CUT 
144 144 Jeff Gove   1 84,700 CUT
 

The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup will change the way you watch golf and produce a true PGA TOUR champion

Not everyone gets in

Over 250 PGA TOUR professionals have played a PGA TOUR event. At the end of the Wyndham Championship, only the Top 144 in FedExCup Point Standings earn the right for a shot at the FedExCup trophy. After all, it's the Playoffs.

Not everyone stays in

Each week, the field will narrow, from 144 players to the final 30-player field at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola. After The Barclays, the field narrows to 120 players: 24 get eliminated. After the Deutsche Bank Championship, 50 will go home to create a 70-player field. And another 40 end their season after the BMW Championship, forming the final 30-player field.

Watch the Bubble

As each playoff tournament progresses, keep your eye on the bubble – the 10 players who have a chance of advancing or going home at the end of the weekend. You can count on there being as much action here as there will be atop the leaderboard.

Watch for surprise comebacks and tough breaks

Every Playoff tournament has a 50,000-point purse which is worth 9,000 points to the winner (and 10,300 points to the winner of the final event – the TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola). That's 2 times what most regular season PGA TOUR events were worth. Really, we checked. Now, any player can make up twice as much ground in the points race, or watch others go by twice as fast. Ouch.

Watch the leaderboard AND the points

While the tournament leaderboard determines how many points a player gets each weekend, it doesn't determine where he ends up in the standings. That's a combination of how he gets seeded in the initial 144 field, how he performs each week, and how the other players rise or fall around him.

Cuts hurt but eliminations are final

Cuts are those Friday annoyances that keep players out of the weekend play and purse. But eliminations will end a player's season. The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship will still feature cuts in order to get the weekend field down to 70. But they'll also see players eliminated for good. All bets are off for the BMW Championship. All 70 players will start and complete the tournament, and over half will be eliminated before THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola.

It's about who performs best in all four events
The winner of the FedExCup will be the player who has accumulated the most points throughout the Playoffs, not necessarily the winner of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola. Each week, every player needs to finish as high as possible – not simply to stay in the field for the next event, but to have a chance to win the FedExCup.

Watch the reset


Throughout the season, tournaments have been awarding points to the players. Most weeks, the winner received 4,500 points for winning (see full list below) while the rest of the field split the remainder of a 25,000-point purse. Their point totals at the end of the regular season earned them their Playoff seeding and a points reset. Top seed gets reset to 100,000 points and they fall in line from there. (see points seeding) This will effectively bunch up the standings – placing many players within reach of the FedExCup.

30 is a magic number

Staying true to tradition, the final championship – contending field will consist of the Top 30 players – those who played well throughout the season plus those who held their ground or overcame the odds during the Playoffs. But the same 30 are the ONLY players to earn their exemption for next season. Everyone else whose season ended before THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca Cola will have a chance to hang on to, or bump others out of, exemption during the Fall Series.

July 27th, 2007

TROON GOLF COMMITS TO “GREEN” GOLF

Troon Golf will bring a new meaning to the term “green” in golf, after announcing its plan to make all its courses under management in Australia carbon neutral. Troon Golf Australia has signed an agreement with Environmental Business Solutions to use their e-Par environmental management software to manage its interactions with the environment.

The company will be the first in the world to undertake a comprehensive study on the level of carbon emitted by golf courses. This case study will be used as an environmental benchmark on a global level. Troon Golf Australasia Senior Vice President and Managing Director Kurt Michelsen said the environment was a corporate priority for the organisation and the company would introduce a range of initiatives to ensure it was embracing the green movement. “In our business we are in direct contact with the environment so we are committed to its long-term protection,” said Mr Michelsen.

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Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.  – Bobby Jones

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.  – A.A. Milne

“I’d say I swing at about 80-85 per cent of my maximum power capacity. I never feel like I want to step on it too much and really try to crush a shot; not even with the driver. Serious and solid contact is what I’m looking for. And to be honest with you, I think that’s a useful swing thought for any golfer, whatever their standard of play" – Ernie Els Dual US Open Champion ' 94 and '97

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