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USGA’s Mike Davis to Relinquish U.S. Open Setup Duties

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USGA EXECUTIVE JOHN BODENHAMER WILL be the new course setup man at the U.S. Open as Mike Davis steps aside to focus more on his CEO role at the USGA. Davis said the decision had nothing to do with the Saturday debacle at Shinnecock last June.

Golf Channel's Jaime Diaz reported:

For almost a decade, Davis' setups at venerated courses like Winged Foot, Oakmont, Pebble Beach and Pinehurst were favorably received, averted crisis, and earned him plaudits for his ability to comprehensively but fairly test the world's best. But passionate second-guessing of U.S. Open setups, more than the other three majors, has become a given in the golf community. Though Davis' ideas, like graduated rough and shortening the odd par 4 to be drivable, only slightly annoyed U.S. Open traditionalists, and his actual number of setup gaffes was close to zero, eventually – by virtue of expanded television coverage and social media that facilitates attention-grabbing criticism from, among others, players – he became a bigger lightning rod than his predecessors. Beginning in 2015, difficulties at three straight U.S. Opens – bumpy greens at Chambers Bay, the Dustin Johnson ruling at Oakmont, and too-wide fairways at Erin Hills – were laid at his feet. 

Then last June at Shinnecock Hills, on arguably America's greatest course and ultimate stage for the U.S. Open, the championship was tarnished. In Saturday's third round, heavy afternoon winds further desiccated an already mistakenly moisture-depleted back nine, causing balls to trickle and then roll far away from precariously perched hole locations on the 13th and 15th greens.

Good luck to John Bodenhamer. I think he's going to need it.

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VIDEO: The Powerful Golf Swing of Open Champion Ted Ray

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TED RAY OF GREAT BRITAIN was one of the greatest golfers of his era. Ray won the 1912 Open Championship and the 1920 U.S. Open. He also won more than 40 professional titles and was involved in the famous three-man playoff with amateur Francis Ouimet and the great Harry Vardon at the 1913 U.S. Open that Ouimet won.

Ray was a large man who hit the golf ball prodigious distances in that day of homemade hickory golf clubs. His swing is long and untidy, but pause the video at impact and perhaps you'll notice what he has in common with other golf legends.

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The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Ball Categories and Brands

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THERE ARE SEVERAL CATEGORIES of golf balls: men's, women's, yellow (and other colors), personalized, licensed and logo. Men's golf balls can be grouped in subcategories focused on performance characteristics such as distance, soft feel/low compression, tour level and more.

Women's golf balls are typically two-piece construction built for distance and control and are well suited for slower swing speeds.

Yellow and other brightly colored golf balls are easy to spot and a popular option for golfers who prefer a different or bold look. In addition, personalized, licensed and logo golf balls are three customizable options for standing out from the crowd.

Top golf ball brands include Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist and Wilson Staff.

Next time: More about golf ball brands and models, including what they're made of and how they perform.

Related:
The Golf Ball Guide: Introduction
The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Ball Construction

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The Golf Ball Guide: An Introduction

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THE GOLF BALL IS THAT ONE INDISPENSABLE piece of equipment needed to play this joyous and maddening game. Through the centuries this small ball has undergone dramatic changes in size, construction and performance. And the golf ball has likely generated more talk and emotional outbursts while airborne or rolling than any other ball in any other sport. Today, for golfers of all abilities, the golf ball is game-improvement equipment. That's right, the golf ball can actually make you better. There are golf balls that can fit your swing speed and match your skill level, helping you minimize your weaknesses and maximize your potential. Modern golf balls, measuring 1.68 inches in diameter and weighing 1.62 ounces, can be broken into two basic groups. The first group are golf balls that produce less spin and go farther and straighter for the less-skilled golfer. The second group are golf balls that spin more for greater control, geared for the more-skilled golfer. Distance-oriented golf balls typically have a firmer feel. Spin-oriented golf balls usually have a softer feel. There are also differences in trajectory. Some balls fly higher. Some lower. Due to ongoing advancements, there are now many performance variations in golf balls, no matter how they're grouped or categorized. This is great news for anyone who plays golf. Next time: Golf Ball Construction

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