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FTER a successful return
to competitive golf with a
T-9 finish at the Hero World
Challenge, one big question
lingers for Tiger Woods:
when will he play next?
Not surprisingly, Woods
was vague when asked
about his schedule for 2018
after shooting a closing four-under
68 in the Bahamas in early December.
Even in the best of health he wasn’t one
to lay out his long-term playing plans.
However, Woods did offer a distinct clue
about his mindset for the coming year
as he talked after his closing round at
“I think we’re going to sit down here
and we’re going to figure out what’s the
best way for me to build my schedule
for the Major championships,” Woods
said. “ What my training cycles are
going to be? Play enough, but don’t play
A year ago, Woods finished 15th
at the Hero World Challenge in his
competitive return after a previous
long layoff because of back surgery,
only to announce shortly after that he
was going to play an ambitious four
tournaments in five weeks that involved
trans-continental travel. Woods
didn’t get through the second straight
week before having to withdraw from
the Dubai Desert Classic and soon
thereafter had a fourth back surgery.
While the golf world waits to see
where Tiger Woods will tee it up next,
we know one US PGA Tour event in
which the 14-time Major champ will not
be playing in 2018.
Sorry, AT&T Byron Nelson.
Woods didn’t specifically announce
that he won’t be in Dallas for this year’s
tournament, which will be played at
Trinity Forest for the first time, but a
different type of obligation rules it out.
Woods tweeted that he’ll host his
annual Tiger Jam in Las Vegas that
weekend (May 18-19).
“Excited to be back for our 20th year of
#TigerJam,” he wrote.
In recent years, Woods hasn’t played
in the Byron Nelson much, however, he
had two significant career moments at
Woods won the 1997 event in his first
start after his landmark Masters victory,
and it was at the 2005 tournament
where he saw his US PGA Tour record
streak of 142 consecutive cuts made
come to an end.
If Woods is healthy, he’ll probably
play the week before at the Players
Championship. As the 2013 winner of
that tournament, 2018 is the final year
Woods is exempt into the US PGA Tour’s
Numerous teaching pros and
commentators noted how
much better Woods’ technique
looked compared to late 2016.
A tie for ninth
at the Hero
event was an
on his near-
there a year
Find Your Range
Five things to look for when selecting a rangefinder
Available now from Nikon Australia
s the saying goes, indeed, golf is
a game of inches. Two different
approach shots can land near
the pin; one can spin backwards
and finish near the hole, while the
other can roll right past. Likewise, a
ball can bounce firmly and end up
out-of-bounds by a mere centimetre.
Furthermore, guessing how far away
the green is can cause golfers to use too
much or too little club, turning a par
into a bogey or worse. How do we take
the guesswork out of measuring these
distances? With a rangefinder – the
21st-century implement designed to
bring ‘caddie’-style knowledge to the
Here is what to look for in a new
Probably the most important aspect
of a rangefinder is the actual range
it covers. A rangefinder is useful
only if it can accurately read and
pinpoint distance. They can vary in
range; high-end models can be used
from five to 1,500 metres with an
accuracy of plus or minus one metre.
Others may be accurate from shorter
distances. Another advantage of a
laser rangefinder is it can be used on
the practice range to see how far you’re
hitting each club.
For optimal effectiveness, golfers
should consider models with six
times magnification. This can be very
useful, not only for guiding the laser
to get accurate measurements to the
intended target, but also for locating
landing areas. For example, from 175
metres away with the naked eye, it is
impossible to locate a ridge on a green
that should be avoided. Yet with a
rangefinder, golfers can spot it easily
and play safely away from it.
The quality of any optical device
makes a big difference, so it is
advisable to choose a brand with a
solid reputation. Furthermore, the
size of the lens (in millimetres, usually
up to 27 millimetres) determines how
much light comes through the lens and
makes the unit easier to use, especially
in low-light situations.
Some golfers say certain rangefinders
are too large for them to keep handy
and use on every shot. A rangefinder’s
battery type and battery life is also an
important feature to consider. A dead
rangefinder does a golfer no good. Also,
consider ease of use. If a rangefinder
is difficult to use, it becomes more of a
distraction than an aid.
Many golf rangefinders come with the
function to also measure any change
in elevation or other factors affecting a
shot, such as temperature. At present
under the Rules of Golf, these features
are not permissible in competitive play,
so make sure these functions can be
enabled and disabled simply.
KEY FEATURES OF THE
• Continuous measurement function
minimizes the influence of hand shake or
• With VR (Vibration Reduction) system
Reducing image vibration in the viewfinder
enables you to hit the flagstick easily.
• LOCKED ON Technology displays the
distance to the closest subject, the flagstick,
and the LOCKED ON sign in the viewfinder
appears to inform you at the same time.
• ID technology - Displays a guide distance to
how far you should hit the ball, reading the
uphill and downhill slopes of a course.
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