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    Grand Slam tournaments

    Album about the Grand Slam tournaments; which are are the four most important annual tennis events. They offer the most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention, the greatest strength and size of field, and greater number of "best of" sets for men. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open around late May through early June, Wimbledon in June-July, and the US Open in August-September.
  2. Album about the PGA TOUR; which is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions (for golfers age 50 and older) and the Web.com Tour (for professional players who have not yet qualified to play in the PGA Tour), as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China.
  3. Album about the Toronto Maple Leafs, which are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  4. Album about the Los Angeles Lakers, which are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference in the Pacific Division
  5. Album about the Los Angeles Dodgers, which are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division.
  6. Album about the Manchester United, which is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.
  7. Album about the NFL Football Team : Los Angeles Chargers. Football Players, Supporters, Football Matches, Scores, Stats.
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    Volleyball for Women

    Album about the Volleyball played by the Women. Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings
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    Olympic Fencing Games

    Album about Fencing in the Olympic Games. Scores, teams, history of the Olympics, awards for the athletes, primacies of the athletes, fans support, politics.
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    Various Photos of Sports Fans

    Album with Various Photos of Sports Fans and Supporter. Clubs, supporter groups, fan behavior during the sports matches.
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    Mike Tyson

    Album by Mike Tyson, the youngest boxer to win the world title. He was also a boxer who seemed unbeatable, but who had problems with criminal justice.
  12. Ever seen those pants that turn into shorts when you unzip them at the knee? Sounds good on paper, but somehow it just does not translate. Seems whenever a company tries to make a product into more than one thing it just ends up being not great at either. While not exactly the same idea, Jack Grace is trying a similar stunt with their golf shoes, but unlike the zip-away pants, this novel concept has legs. Here is the gig: make a solid golf shoe that can be easily modified for tons of unique looks. Any golfer who is over the age of 30 has owned at least one pair of saddle shoes. Even to this day, they probably remain the most popular style of golf shoe which is odd because exactly no one wears a saddle shoe off of the golf course. Regardless of why people like saddle shoes, the fact remains they are everywhere on the links which is likely why Jack Grace chose that style as a baseline. I say baseline because it is exactly the saddle which makes Jack Grace golf shoes unlike anything I have seen. Scanning the Jack Grace website, you will find three basic colored shoes: black, white and grey. While those colors may be limited, the saddle options are plentiful and varied and are the reason why Jack Grace golf shoes are so interesting. Utilizing base colors for the shoe allows the user to add virtually any color saddle. Additionally, there are dozens of patterns to choose from. The net result is that with just a few base models, Jack Grace is able to sell hundreds of versions of their shoe (probably more, but the math is above my head). What is it? The number of basic shoe styles to the power of the number of saddles?? Please, someone help me here. Moreover, because each saddle can easily be taken on and off, you can use the same shoe with all of the saddles. For those watching their dollars, you basically get another pair of shoes for the price of a saddle which is around $40. My experience with Jack Grace Innovator Golf Shoes: As a blogger, I like to test the fashion limits. To that end, I ordered a pair of black shoes with a red saddle, a fairly bold choice and one every NC State fan is sure to love (for the record, I am NOT an NC State fan). Not stopping with red, I added a flamingo and Kapalua pattern. While they would be over the top for everyday use, they are no less than awesome for special outings. In my case I took them to Costa Rica for a round at the Four Seasons. Ease of use: With any new gadget, there is concern that the idea does not work as well as advertised. Fortunately, I found changing out the saddles to be crazy easy. All you have to do is find the spot to grip the saddle, they gently tear away. Slipping the new saddle on is just as easy. Simply line up the saddle near the sole, then fold it over letting the Velcro and magnet do the work. Once the saddle is in place, the shoe looks like it was all stitched together as one piece. While I have only worn the shoes a few rounds, I have had zero issues with movement or any problem for that matter. The laces work just like any other shoe and you are free to tighten them as much as you like. Comfort and sizing: One thing to note about Jack Grace golf shoes is that they are fairly narrow. Not crazy narrow, but certainly not wide. I ordered size 11 1/2 which is my normal size. They were plenty long enough but I had to go to a thinner sock for better comfort. I am not sure if ordering a 1/2 size bigger would have helped (I suspect not). Basically, I would just say that this shoe is best for those who do not have wide feet. Outside of the width, I found the Jack Grace shoes to be quite comfortable and very appropriate for walking. The sole features a nubbed pattern that is just fine for grip. Quality: The one thing that really struck me out of the gate is the quality of the leather and shoe. At $170 a pair I think it’s a fair request but as we all know that does not have to be the case. Just looking at the Innovator, one can easily tell that this shoe is well made. All of the stitching is top notch, the interior is well designed and the overall shoe is quite light. Finally, I found the midsole to have a decent amount of cushion and just felt like a quality golf shoe. Bottom line: I get tons of inquiries to see if I would write about new and innovative products and most of them are pure junk. While the Jack Grace Innovator may fall under the quirky new idea, it does not fall under the junk category. On the contrary, Jack Grace is making a solid golf shoe that just so happens to also be a fashion design unicorn. Having reviewed hundreds of golf products, I can’t really compare them to anything else. I really, really dig the swappable saddle idea, but more importantly, the quality of the saddle designs is super cool. Whether you like a solid color, your alma mater pattern of just something funky, Jack Grace has a look for you. My only hesitation in recommending them is if you prefer a wider shoe, since they only offer one width and it is narrower than many brands. threeguysgolfblog.com
  13. Living In Durham NC, I have the benefit of only being 80 minutes from the heart of the sandhills and Pinehurst Resort. While I do not play the Pinehurst Resort course very often I do get to play a decent amount of golf in the area. What I love about the area is that even though it is only 90 miles away from my home, it always feels like a different world. What makes the Pinehurst area so unique is the earth itself and the fact that it is dominated by sand which provides golf course architects with a perfect medium to sculp their designs. While Pinehurst Resort is most famous for No. 2 because it has hosted numerous US Opens, there are in fact 8 other courses attached to the name. Perhaps due to the attention No. 2 gets, the other courses get looked over, but I can tell you there are many people who, if forced to pick, would choose #8 to play on a regular basis. The last course to be added to the Resort is No. 9 which used to be called Pinehurst National when we reviewed it 4 years ago and we absolutely loved it. However after these three Pinehurst courses the quality falls off in my opinion (at least when you factor in the greens fee). That is why I think Pinehurst decided to redesign No. 4, because now they can boast one more course that is on a level of quality that approaches that of No. 2. To put this all in context, 18 months ago I spent 5 days in Bandon Dunes. After that visit I realized the value of having multiple courses on one piece of property. Walking up #18 at Pinehurst and seeing golfers on the large putting green and on the veranda, I realized that is exactly what makes Pinehurst special as well. Since I am a local, I miss out on the “resort vibe” but for those who travel for a golf getaway, Pinehurst offers a world class experience beyond just the golf. With that said, the fall-off in quality from No. 2 ,No. 8 and No. 9 to the other adjoining course was, in my opinion, a knock on the resort. I say this because over the past 20 years I have played every one of the Pinehurst Resort courses and outside of the three above mentioned courses, I never thought they were that special. Moreover, not all of them share the primary clubhouse. My hunch is the Pinehurst shared my view and in 2016ish, they started to make a number of major changes. First they increased the size of the putting green, then they added a short course. If this sounds like Bandon Dunes, you would be correct. Regardless of the inspiration, the changes have been a huge hit with guest who can never get enough golf. The last change literally happened 3 days before our visit (or at least opened). What used to be a standard sandhill course has been transformed by Gil Hanse into a version of No. 2. Dominated by waste areas and natural topography, Pinehurst No. 4 feels nothing like it used to. Frankly, it does not look or feel like many courses in the area. For me, the biggest surprise was how wide open the course is. Specifically, there is a huge lake on the front side that can be seen by about 5 holes. Typically, Pinehurst course are defined by lush fairways sidelined by pine trees. Walking the first 8 holes, I kept thinking about how many holes I could view and how far I could see. Again, you just don’t see bowls in Pinehurst having what seems like a mile long view across the golf course. This open feel absolutely dominates the first 13 holes with only the last 4 or so set up in a more traditional manner. While perhaps not traditional in the look, Pinehurst No. 4 falls back in line with the traditions of No. 2 in that that it is incredibly walkable and caddies are highly recommended. In fact, the course was cart path only despite the sunny conditions. I not sure if this will be maintained or not but regardless, I was very happy we walked and took a caddie. I understand there are lots of people who prefer to ride, but on this course you just will miss out on a rare experience if you do not treat yourself to strolling down the fairway where you can take in sights and sounds. As you would expect the redesign was likely done in part to justify a fairly pricey greens fee. To that end, the course conditions were in top shape. Fairways were tight, bunkers were fluffy and the greens ran true. While not super-fast, the greens offer lots of challenges. Unfortunately, our caddie was only making his third loop, so we were all learning the course together. However, I fully expect the value of a caddie will be realize once they get enough time to “learn the course. Beyond the conditions, which were tremendous, the course has a number of nice details, my favorite being the wooden flag sticks with burnt orange lettering. I am not sure what the inspiration is behind the color, but it is unique and gives the course a special vibe. Playing golf while trying to take mental notes for a review is not as easy as it may seem. Unlike some of my friends, I struggle to remember specific holes or pin positions. For me, it is more about how I felt about the course and my desire to play it again. It was on number 14 or 15 before I really started to try to make a decision on how I felt. As it turns out, that is the part of the course where more traditional tree lined fairways began. To that point, I have thoroughly enjoyed my round but I was honesty a bit shocked by how different it was from when I had played it last. Perhaps this is why the last 3 holes felt so welcoming to me. This was especially the case on #18 where the fairway marches up to the main clubhouse. At 150 yards out is where the Pinehurst vibe is in full effect. Ahead of you is the clubhouse, beside you are glimpses of the famed No. 2 and over the ridge is the short course. This is a golf resort! After shaking hands on the 18th green we walked passed the enormous putting green, stopped by for a picture with the statues of golf legends and up to the veranda. For the record, I am not a fan of monstrous club houses but Pinehurst does it well and frankly the number of players demands it. For those who have never been to NC or Pinehurst, there is something very special about this part of the country. Next to the golf, it provides the opportunity sit amongst blue skies, white clouds, soft breezes and tall trees while sharing stories on the porch. It is also within a reasonable drive from RDU’s international airport. All this makes this a must golf destination. Like Bandon Dunes, golfers can come to Pinehurst Resort and never leave. Everything you need is right there including world class golf. threeguysgolfblog.com
  14. We have all heard the phrase, “it’s not the club, it’s the golfer”. While there is certainly a lot of merit in this philosophy, there is clearly an argument to be made that a better set of golf clubs can make you a better golfer. I think this is particularly true for the mid handicapper who is not blessed with a repeatable swing. Personally, I have tested a dozen different irons during real course conditions but it was not until I got fitted for my current set of clubs that I came to fully understand how critical it is to get fitted before you purchase a set of irons. With that said, I still believe there is merit to reading reviews of clubs to at least narrow down the selection process. What is true for me, may not be exactly true for you, but it can at least give you a sense of whether a given club should be considered. As I mentioned, I have reviewed a lot of irons, but never Wilson irons. In fact, I have never even hit a Wilson iron. Worse, I once wrote “take Wilson Staff who despite a long prestigious history, now only has street cred with castaways.” (with a picture of a Wilson ball next to Tom Hanks). Well it looks like they are turning back time with the Wilson Staff C300 Forged Irons. For my review of the Wilson Staff C300 irons I decided to take a slightly different approach. Since I had recently been fitted for my Taylormade M4, I was not really interested in putting a new set into play. However, my regular playing partner was in desperate need of a new set of iron since his current set was an aging Taylormade RAC My thought was this would be a perfect opportunity to see what happens when you put a new set of irons in the hands of someone who has always played using outdated equipment. My testers name is Roderick, but in order to protect his identity, I will refer to him as Rod. Here he is with the big stick at Congressional (yes, we need to upgrade that driver). Rod does not carry a handicap but he typically shoots in the mid 80’s (83-86 is his sweet spot). Rod is a big guy who hits the ball with distance. For reference, his 150 club has been an 8 iron. For my on-site testing we started at Finley Golf course where we have been playing every Thursday this summer. Again, Rod had been shooting mid to low 80’s this season at that course. What I am now going to tell you should not be construed as repeatable or data-driven testing, but with as many rounds as I play with Rod, I do take it with some merit. 82, 77, 75. Those were the first three scores Rod posted with the new Wilson Staff C300. Included in those score were back to back career low rounds. Distance wise, Rod is hitting his PW 145 yards and his 6 iron 185 yards. I have even seen him muscle his 9 iron nearly 170 yard. My rough math has the Wilson Staff C300’s giving Rod and additional 15 yards over his older clubs. From a shape perspective, these clubs launch the ball high and are absolutely workable. Rod’s stock shot is a high draw but with the Wilson C300 that was doubly so. With today’s irons being jacked up, you can argue the number on the club does not matter, but if you can drop an 8 iron 165 from way up high, it is going to help the GIR stats. So, the first learning is that new clubs can make a huge difference in distance. With that said, I am sure there are any number of clubs that would have added distance versus the Taylormade RAC, but the lesson is that unless you check out a new set you will never know. Secondly, despite the fact that Rod’s scores have fluctuated back into the low to mid 80’s, two career low rounds should not be discounted. Mid handicappers know that our scores vary because the reality is “we are not that good”. Sometimes however, the golf gods shine upon us and our game is better than most. I contend that on those days, having a better set of clubs can really help. Moreover, added forgiveness will always be a blessing since we struggle to make consistent contact with the ball. Wilson Staff C300 Technology: Ok fans, this is the part where my head starts to spin explaining why clubs go farther and have more forgiveness so bear with me. The new Wilson Staff C300 utilize Power Hole Technology. It seems like this is similar to a lot of new golf clubs that fill part of the irons with some type of lighter material to improve ball speed and forgiveness. In the case of the C300, you will note the 5 spots on the sole of the club and 2 on the toe. This is where the magic happens and the area where I am going to NOT pretend to know how it works. What I can tell you is that these clubs are hot. While I did not play a full round with these clubs I did hit them a number of times and saw distances very similar to my Taylormade M4 which I believe are just about the longest irons on the market (at least for my swing speed). Wilson Staff C300 Looks: Now this is where I can confidently speak to these irons. I know it is dumb but golfers want to have a pleasing top line to their golf clubs. For most golfers a thin top line implies that the clubs are being used by “players” independent of the actual ability of the person to be a “player”. Unfortunately, in order to build a forgiving iron, it is typical for the club to have a fatter profile. Why this metric of a thin profile is important begs a number of questions, but in my experience, golfers will not buy a club that does not suit their eye regardless of how it performs. Fortunately, the Wilson C300 are great looking from any angle. The top line is quite thin with all of the technology hidden below eyesight. With that said, the technology looks pretty bad ass with just the right about of texture, contour and fill. Why demo a Wilson Staff For starters it might lead to you shooting a personal best like our man Rod. Beyond that, golfers are creatures of habit. We get locked into a brand very early in our career and tend to rarely branch out. Often those reason are based on TV commercials or other brand driven factors. As a reviewer of golf things, I am always looking for the outlier. The brands that people are not taking about. Ironically, one of the oldest brands in the golf business is in that category. To that point, Wilson has long been the object of ridicule. I mean, who among us has not tossed a found Wilson golf ball back into the woods? The fact is Wilson golf has not been taken seriously for a bunch of years. Personally, I think this is because they are positioned as a sporting goods company rather than a golf company (much like Nike was). I think this may be changing with the release of their new golf clubs and specifically the C300 irons which are getting a lot of good reviews. So the next time you are getting fit for irons (and if you are buying clubs without being fit, shame on you), make sure you put the C300 in the mix. threeguysgolfblog.com
  15. As someone who gets a lot of free gear it is easy for me to say that you need to have this or that because I am not footing the bill. However, there are a handful of golf related accessories that cost less than a dozen golf balls (and last significantly longer, especially if you tend to land in a water hazard!). All of which I would argue are well worth considering. Among such items I would include, ball markers, headcovers and towels. One thing you will find on nearly every golf bag is a towel. Even the laziest of golfers will find the need to clean their clubs during most rounds of golf, not to mention the use a golf towel gets during the rainy season. Fact is, golfers rely on a golf towel as much as any piece of equipment they own. So my question is why do golfers settle for average when exceptional only costs $30? Personally, I have had the same golf towel for 5 year and I am not likely to change because I don’t think you can get much better than Club Glove. With that said, there are a couple of other brands out there that are utilizing a very similar material as Club Glove but with far better design options. Therefore, if you want the performance of a Club Glove Towel but a wider selections of prints, then I would highly recommend Uther Supply (pronounced Other). Uther Supply has been making high quality golf towels since 2016 and offers about 30 different patterns in both Tour and Cart sizes. For those of you not familiar with those terms, the Tour Towel is much larger (20 x 40 inches) and is meant to be draped over or tied to your bag. Caddies would typically carry this up to the green. In my case, I push it through the towel loop on my bag. Cart towels are smaller and typically have a carabineer that clips to you bag. Both are completely appropriate so it is simply a matter of preference. Waffle Pattern is key: One of the key differences between a regular shower towel and a quality golf towel is the material and texture. Shower towels are meant to dry off human skin, golf towels are meant to clean golf clubs. Why then would you expect both towels to be the same? Exactly. Uther Supply towels utilize a waffle pattern for their golf towels which I have found to be far superior compared to your typical shower towel. Unlike a cotton towel, Uther Supply golf towels are made from microfiber that is more absorbent and durable than cotton. Additionally, it is far superior when it comes to getting out dirt and grime from the grooves of your golf club. Again, we are not talking about a lot of money. A cheap golf towel probably cost $15 while the Uther Supply is less than $30. Given that you will use it regularly and should be able to keep it for years, I just don’t see a reason to cheap out. Especially once you check out all of the cool patterns. Uther Supply Golf Towel Pattern Selection: Uther Supply has about 30 different patterns to choose from as well as an option to customize your own towel. Among the styles, they have some of the best patriotic towels I have seen. Foremost is the Lady Liberty. What I love about this pattern is that the stripes on the flag are not solid white. Instead, the flag has a vintage look with two huge Lady Liberty images. Absolutely fantastic is how I would describe this towel. Draped over your bag, this is a statement piece. In addition to Lady Liberty, flag enthusiasts can go with a more standard USA Patriot design that features plenty of red, white and blue. Not to be left out, Canadians can find a similar Maple Leaf design. Rounding out Uther Supply design options, you can find flowers, birds, fish and camo to don your next golf towel. Custom Designs: While I did not sample the custom Uther Supply Towels, I have seen a number of them on Uther’s Instagram feed. My bet is that Uther is using a sublimation process to place any image you like onto the towel. This is an easy and fantastic way to customize a towel because the image will be nearly photographic in quality. Bottom Line: If you are still carrying a boring towel you got from Golf Galaxy it is time to trade up. While there are lots of expensive golf accessories, towels are not one of them and the price difference between average and awesome is not very much. Don’t you owe it to yourself and your golf clubs to have awesome? Check out Uther Supply. threeguysgolfblog.com
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