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SNEAK PEEKS NOTEBOOK

POSITIVE NEGATIVE BETTER HIT ANOTHER

David Hearn

TAKEAWAY

PHOTOSPECTIVE

ICYMI

year in review

ON LOCATION

TAKING THE GAME INDOORS #^%! the off-season

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COVER STORY

THE TAKEAWAY : A SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Brantford's David Hearn has quietly had himself a career type 2013 season that has not only re-established himself on the PGA Tour, but has also changed his mindset from chasing status to chasing championships. By Ian Hutchinson ...... page 30

NOTEBOOK : BETTER HIT ANOTHER

Pretty interesting idea / concept coming soon to a beverage cart nearest you. Triple Bogey Brewing is launching a 'golf inspired' lager targeted to golfers. By Steve Woods ...... page 16

ON LOCATION : TAKING THINGS INDOORS

Winter does not mean we have to put the clubs away. There are lots of cold weather options; from indoor ranges, to golf simulators, indoor lesson bays, fitting centres, and of course the hop on a plane golf getaway. ...... page 24

SOCIAL MEDIA ◄ some last minute conditioning out on the course with Maple Leafs Kessel & Kadri for the RIGHT TO PLAY - page 26

PLACES TO PLAY

▲ Brantford's David Hearn put together a pretty fine year as his PGA career resurgence continues ... page 30

◄ sneaking a peek at some of the cool new gear coming out ... page 34

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POINT OF VIEW This one is for all of those who just get it. A bucket of balls and a field in which to hit them - pure joy for the wise and uncomplicated.

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A CANADIAN MOMENT Paired together in the final round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic - 48 year old Lorie Kane, who has registered 99 top-10 finishes in her career, played alongside Canada's top female amateur, 15 year old Brooke Henderson. It was a 'passing of the torch' so to speak as Brooke finished the round with a 67 - one stroke better than her Hall of Fame partner.

â–ş Canadian Golf Hall of Fame golfer Lorie Kane shares a nice moment with Canada's top amateur Brooke Henderson who, at the age of 15 when this photo was taken, has already compiled an impressive list of championships.

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DESTINATION GOLF Pixel proof that you need not travel far to experience some of the best golf courses this planet has to offer. Opened in 2008, Tower Ranch is just one of the fantastic tracks dotting Canada's Okanagan region.

TOWER RANCH - Kelowna, BC

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Paulina Gretzky certainly garners a little extra attention when attending a tour event. After all she's Dustin Johnson's #1 fan / fiance. We on the other hand like to think of her as hockey royalty - so please do take very good, Semenko-like, care of her. photo: AP / Aaron Lynett

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FALL 2013 : Volume 14 : Issue 3

PUBLISHER: GolfScene Inc TRUSTED CADDIE: Linda Woods VP OF AERATION: Steve Woods A is for asides - or brief thou ghts on a su bject which may or may not have been mea nt to be spoken

CONTRIBUTORS Ian Hutchinson | Doug Angus-Lee Grant Fraser | Carolanne Doig

A QUICK NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

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ard to believe that it is already fall and another golf season will soon be winding down. It's been a good one; and there is still lots of great golf weather left to finally break that number ... or maybe just spend some quality time with family and friends. Nice year on the big tour as we Canadians have had something to cheer about with Graham DeLaet and David Hearn both having solid seasons; both were very close to breaking through with victories. A fine professional rookie season from MacKenzie Hughes, tops on the PGA Tour Canada's order of merit, will see him move up to the Web.com Tour in 2014. Here at the magazine, we've had a lot of fun - as always - covering what's new, playing some great courses, and watching some great golf. A few interesting changes in the mix for 2014 - so slide and swipe on over to golfscene.ca and sign up for the INSIDER; the easiest way to not miss a thing.

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IN THIS EDITION PLACES TO PLAY - GREAT FALL GOLF

COVER STORY - Ian Hutchinson takes a look at David Hearn's successful

2013 campaign. The fantastic play from both David and Graham DeLaet has certainly given us Canadians something to cheer about. Also, a little bit of a photo driven retrospective on the season - ICYMI (in case you missed it). A new golf beer? Yes. The notebook has that; as well as a take on a wearable band to help combat all of these crazy electro magnetic frequency emitting 'radicals' invading your body right ... now. Our Tartan Chameleon Carolanne Doig is back with some apropos words on competitive junior golf. Plus a few Sneak Peeks into new equipment. Add to that an Interactive feature, a couple of Gimmees, GolfScenery, and a list of awesome Places To Play this fall season. Remember to follow us online via INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, and TWITTER for more of what's happening in the region in real time. Sort of like being there without actually being there. ERRORS AND OMMISSIONS: seems we need a mulligan with respect to an incorrect image - the photo used in our summer issue for Cobble Hills (PLACES TO PLAY) was actually Forest City National - :(

S e r v i n g S o u t h | We s t | C e n t r a l O n t a r i o

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GEAR

SNEAK PEEKS NOTEBOOK

POSITIVE NEGATIVE BETTER HIT ANOTHER

PHOTOSPECTIVE

ICYMI

year in review

ON LOCATION

TAKING THE GAME INDOORS #^%! the off-season

David Hearn

TAKEAWAY

+PHIL KESSEL the

classic

COVER: David Hearn | photo Doug Angus-Lee (back issues can be difficult to find so we do maintain a digital archive - golfscene.ca) THIS PUBLICATION IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ITS FOUNDER, NORM WOODS

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NOTEBOOK [ holding onto a smartphone while jotting down things with pencil - steve woods ]

find a n a ctu al ca n of Triple Bogey beer somewhere in this maga zine then ta ke a photo of that page a nd post it on instagra m a nd or tweet via twitter with the hashtag #GolfScene for a cha nce to win a su per cool Triple Bogey prize pa ck .... which will ma ke you insta ntly cooler tha n a nyone else in the fou rsome

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BETTER HIT ANOTHER

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Pretty interesting idea / concept coming soon to a beverage cart nearest you. Newly founded Triple Bogey Brewing is launching a 'golf inspired' lager targeted to, you guessed it, golfers. Craft brewing and niche style products certainly sure are garnering a lot of attention nowadays, not to mention retail traction with consumers ... seems like there is practically a beer made specifically for anyone and everyone nowadays; and why should golf be any different? It's a beer brewed by golfers for golfers and the golfing community fraternity. We had an advanced tasting and can attest that it is a crisp, light and refreshing on course option. Nothing too heavy or too 'hoppy' as they say in the brewing circles. In addition to the beer, the brand is also going to be designing a line of golf clothing plus a few extra goodies. And who better to oversee that than Geoff Tait*, formerly lead designer at Quagmire Golf and Arnie Apparel. Nothing like a little branded swag to make a statement out there both on and off the course. So next season when you're visited by the beverage cart and or bellying up to the bar after eighteen - start with a Triple Bogey (and don't worry, it won't count on the scorecard).

* EDITORIAL CAVEAT: Geoff Tait is also a contributor to GolfScene so in the interest of editorial transparency and a committment to non-bias content we thought we should let readers know. Reality is we would have been covering this anyway ... just so happens we know the guy, who is the guy, who is the owner. And we think he owes us all a beer - don't you?

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NOTEBOOK [ holding onto a smartphone while jotting down things with pencil - steve woods ]

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A NEGATIVE

Spent the better part of an hour at this year's Canadian Open chatting (well, mostly listening) to a representative from Fusion IONZ; the company behind Fusion Ionz bands. The premise behind the product is to nourish the body with negative ions and, in doing so, diminish the harmful effects that exposure to toxins, poor diets, and positively charged electro magnetic frequency emitting 'radicals' promote - those would be cell phones and electronic devices. At birth we are 80% negative ions; a number that diminishes over time and, hence, could use replenishing.

So, the theory is that the mineral mixture that goes into the compound that makes up the bands emits negative ions at a rate of 4000 cc's per second. Those numbers meant little to me as I did not have any baseline reference. It's always a difficult thing to understand something that, well, one can't really fully understand. An ion is a molecule with an electrical charge (I looked that up), yet how and why it counteracts with the world and effects our body is probably owed a better forum and healthier debate.

POSITIVE

In the end I have worn one of the bands for a month or so and can't really say that I have noticed any tangible difference. Then again I am not (knock on something) suffering from chronic back or joint pain, which is one of the examples used when suggesting testimonial evidence. Mike Weir seems to believe it helps. As do many of the pros out on tour, so there certainly must be something 'in the water' or, in this case, within the rubber like compound of the band. And my guess is that it impacts all people a little differently based on a multitude of factors. And, alas, the 'placebo' reference came up a few times. Which people always seem to deem as a negative? When in fact the power to 'trick' the mind remains a very powerful option when working through pain or perhaps just finding a little 'extra' confidence. There is some validity to the power of positive thinking and or in the firm belief of something. Ask any high level athlete about the value of a positive, clear, and confident mind ... about superstitions, imagination, and visualization and most, if not all, will tell you that yes, you can in fact help or beat yourself. Do what works, exhaust all options ... control what you can.

we were told that Mike Weir was having some su ccess with the fusion ionz ba nd ( seen here at the Ca nadia n Open ) ... as have other players out on tou r

photo: Doug Angus-Lee : 2013 CANADIAN OPEN

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ICYMI : 2013 Review

PHOTOSPECTIVE - YEAR IN REVIEW

photo: Doug Angus-Lee

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Pretty cool year all round with some great Canadian stories. Smooth putting, fast playing, Brandt Snedeker (1) captured the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey. The amazing story of teenage phenom Lydio Ko (2) continues as she, yet again, captured the Women's Canadian Open. In similar fashion to the inaugural LPGA Classic in Waterloo, a multiple hole playoff was required to determine a winner ‌ Hee Young Park (3) lasted the longest. California's Eli Cole (4) took the Canadian Men's Amateur championship home to the west coast thanks in part to a very rare three putt by Listowel's highly talented Corey Conners. Smith Falls' Brooke Henderson (5) collected the Women's Amateur hardware, but couldn't overcome the unbelievable performance of Texas native Maddie Szeryk (6) who won the Canadian Junior Girls Championship by 14 strokes! The Junior Boys amateur title went to BC's Kevin Kwon. Calgary's David Schultz won the Canadian Men's Senior Championship while Kevin Carrigan repeated as the Mid-Am Champion. The Ontario PGA title was won once again by Brian Hadley whose score included a spectatcular round of 59. Shelbourne's David Markle won the Seaforth Classic. And Dundas' native MacKenzie Hughes finished atop the PGA Tour of Canada's Order of Merit earning him full status on the Web.com Tour in 2014. - MORE PHOTOS & NOTES NEXT PAGE -

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THE STUFF YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN

Waterloo once again hosted a great LPGA event. Hee Young Park took home the title but the real winners were the community. RED DAY was in support of Heart Health and the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and the ladies as well as the fans showed their support. (PICTURED ABOVE L-R) Paris Ontario's Jennifer Kirby, Toronto's Rebecca LeeBentham, and fan favourite Paula Creamer. More than 60,000 spectators were on the grounds at Grey Silo to take in the event and week's bevy of festivities.

after a tou gh sta rt to the season, Re becca finished T11 at the Evia n Cha mpionships - inclu ding a 66 in rou nd 3 - stuff to build on going into next yea r photos: Doug Angus-Lee

photos: Doug Angus-Lee

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ICYMI : 2013 Review O N

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RAISING EXPECTATIONS ...

David Hearn put together a career year (read our cover

story) including an 'almost' win at the John Deere Classic where he lost in a playoff. He was also the low Canadian at this year's Canadian Open and for that effort captured the Rivermead Cup (pictured left). Hearn's 2013 campaign including 26 starts, 18 cuts made, 2 top 10 finishes including a runner up at the aforementioned John Deere Classic where he shot 66-66-64-69. Total tour earnings for the season were $1,171,515.

Graham DeLaet has had a breakout season on the PGA Tour which will see him play in the Tour Championship as well as represent Canada as a member of the International team in the Presidents Cup. In 25 events, the Saskatchewan native has earned $2,703,700 to date thanks to a runner up finish as well as a pair of 3rd place finishes. Ranked first overall in total driving out on tour and 3rd in greens in regulation are just a couple of the reasons he is now ranked among the top 40 players in the world. Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario certainly made the most of his opportunities in 2013. A strong second half to the season including a win on the PGA of Canada Tour (formerly Canadian Tour), helped move Hughes into top spot on that tour's Order of Merit; which earns him full status on the Web.com Tour for 2014. The 2 time Canadian Men's Amateur Champion also teed it up at the Canadian Open (pictured below) and certainly appears to be moving in the right direction within the pro ranks.

photos: Grant Fraser

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STAY IN THE ZONE who says golf has to have an off-season? - there are lots of indoor options available out there (well in here) ... like GOLFZON PARK

beca use the first tee at Pe bble Bea ch is na ry a bad pla ce to find you rself whether or not you're a ctu ally on the Monterey Peninsula

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Winter does not mean we have to put the clubs away. There are lots of cold weather

options; from indoor ranges, to golf simulators, indoor lesson bays, fitting centres, and of course the hop-on-a-plane golf getaway. We're big fans of the simulator experience just point us in the direction of the nearest Golden Tee and we'll aptly demonstrate how to hit the C1 to C3 slice under the waterfall to an elevated green. But to take that one step better is to actually swing the clubs while playing exotic courses in a relaxed environment. So the other day we stopped in at one of the new GOLFZON facilities to see what their concept was all about. And it's pretty simple; a bunch of ready to play high tech ( 3 years of

development and over $10 million in investment)

simulators to immerse golfers in a realistic virtual environment.

Each sim can support up to six players and they offer over 150 courses. In addition, the software offers configurable green conditions, wind direction and strength, weather conditions and optional game modes including Stroke, Match and Stableford. The locations are licenced so you can enjoy a frosty beverage between shots. Or, in some cases, while your playing partner plays multiple consecutive shots while trying to over zealously extradite themselves from a hazard. Indoor golf is a lot of fun - and let's not forget the fitting centres, indoor lesson options, and full indoor practice facilities that make a lot of sense during the winter months; they will help keep you sharp and better prepared come spring.

we'll try a nd put together a listing of the indoor options within the region so you ca n continu e to book you r next rou nd - all yea r 'rou nd visit us at golfscene.ca

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SOCIAL MEDIA

#EVERYBODYWINS #ATHLETES #SCRAMBLE #TRIPLEBOGEY #SPONSORS #CELEBRITIES #GOODCAUSE #TURNBERRY #BEER #RIGHTTOPLAY #GOLFSCENE #POKER #GOLEAFSGO

#RAISINGMONEYFORCHARITY #GOLF #LAUGHS

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THE PHIL KESSEL

RIGHT TO PLAY

CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT GolfScene had the privilege of attending the Phil K essel Right To Play Classic golf a nd poker tou rna ment this yea r. Another exa mple of a collection of sports a nd media cele brities getting together to have a little fu n while su pporting a worthy ca use. Right To Play is a global orga nization that uses the tra nsformative power of play to edu cate a nd e mpower children fa cing adversity. Fou nded in 2000 by Joha n n Olav K oss, a fou r-ti me Olympic gold medalist, the cha rity ai ms to help children build essential life-skills throu gh pa rticipation in sport a nd in doing so build better futu res. Beca use every child should have the RIGHT TO PLAY.

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On this day, Nazem Kadri remained an unsigned restricted free agent with the Leafs, but was recently inked to a two-year 5.8 million dollar deal. Kadri's 18 goals and 44 points were second only to Kessel during last year's Leafs regular season campaign. Kadri was Toronto's first selection (7th overall) in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

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DEMO DAY

We had the opportunity to hit the new SpeedBlades from TaylorMade prior to launch. It's always a big plus to be able to actually test out a product rather than rely on the marketing rhetoric which oftentimes reads more like 'hype'. Marketed as a distance club the new SpeedBlades did not disappoint. The wider topline and visual cavity back (speed pocket) did take a few swings to get used to, but as is with most new things once the eyes and arms began to adjust (and we made a few sequential solid contacts) it was immediately obvious that the ball did launch higher and with a very 'dead' (low spin) type trajectory that we are accustomed to seeing in drivers nowadays. For higher handicap players the primary problem tends to be getting the ball into the air. Second to that is distance. And that is the spot in the market where the SpeedBlade is aimed. We've got all of the technical specs over at golfscene.ca - but for what's it worth after about an hour on the range - there is a club here that should definitely help players get the ball airborne and carry further. All of which adds up to making the game a little easier. And that's a good thing.

The 7 through 4 iron utilize a handlebar shaped speed pocket. Removing weight and inserting an absorbing feature helps to increase forgiveness while also allowing the clubs to launch the ball higher with less spin.

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There are not too many irons (some would argue nil) that come close to the overall aesthetic and solid craftmanship that go into Miura irons. And while the look and build quality of any club is important, perhaps the single overriding or underlying feature (pick your own adjective) is the soft 'feel' that is immediately evident when club-compresses ball-meets-ground-reverberates-to-hands ... or something like that. And that is where this review starts and basically stops. The Miura Satin Wedge we tested was simply one of the best feeling wedges we've ever hit. Trust and 'feel' with the scoring clubs is paramount and that's exactly what the 51 degree provided along with the ability to open and close the face for a little extra loft or, in reverse, the need to drive it in low. Spin characteristics seemed consistent (we were testing in cooler temps) and distance control was tight . If anything, our swing inconsistencies showed more flaws than the club itself ... sad yet true.

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COVER STORY

The Takeaway Brantford's David Hearn has quietly had himself a career type 2013 season that has not only re-established himself on the PGA Tour, but has also changed his mindset from chasing status to chasing championships. by Ian Hutchinson

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Nice to finish the "2013" season with a birdie. More to come soon, but rest first. Oh wait...maybe a shave first!! #playoffbeard #FedExCup

Brantford’s David Hearn had been hoping this year to get one step past where he exited the 2012 FedEx Cup playoffs and get into the Tour Championship. That didn’t happen as Hearn was eliminated at the BMW Championship for the second consecutive year, one missed goal in a season dotted by highlights that fuel speculation about what is ahead for him, with next season set to begin in October. In a year in which the lion’s share of attention for Canadians on the PGA Tour was focused on Hearn’s buddy Graham DeLaet and his stellar play in the FedEx Cup playoffs, not to mention DeLaet earning a spot in the Presidents Cup, Hearn had a few memorable moments of his own.

OPINION

At U.S. Open sectionals in Columbus, Ohio, for example, he tied for second with scores of 69-65 to earn his ticket to the nasty fairways of Merion where Hearn tied for 21st. Not long afterwards, he tied for second at the John Deere Classic after losing to teenage sensation Jordan Spieth in a playoff in which Hearn missed some makable putts. While he didn’t get the desired result in his first PGA Tour win, Hearn took something positive away from TPC Deere Run. “It was a big step forward for me,” said Hearn. “Obviously, you want to be the guy who makes those clutch putts every time you get in that situation. Obviously, I was a little disappointed I didn’t pull it off, but in terms of the big

TALKING IN YOUR BACKSWING

"It was a big step forward for me" picture, a big step forward for me,” he said. “To be in the hunt in the last group on Sunday and to play well and to have a chance to win the golf tournament definitely it was a good thing, but like I say, I’m working hard and can’t wait to be there again soon and I know next time, the result will be different,” said Hearn.

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STATISTICALLY SPEAKING .... IN 26 STARTS DURING THE 2013 PGA TOUR SEASON, DAVID HEARN MADE 18 CUTS. HE EARNED $1,171,515 DOLLARS. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED A RUNNER UP FINISH AT THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC (LOST IN PLAYOFF AND HAD A MAKEABLE PUTT TO WIN). HEARN ALSO HAD 7 TOP 25 FINISHES IN 2013. HE IS RANKED 19TH IN BIRDIE AVERAGE AND 5TH IN TOTAL PUTTING. IRONICALLY, HE IS RANKED FIRST IN PUTTING FROM 5-15' WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN THE LENGTH THAT HE MISSED TO WIN THE JOHN DEERE. GOLF IS NOTHING IF NOT CRUEL AND UNUSUAL AT TIMES. AVERAGE CLUB HEAD SPEED IS 108MPH AND BALL SPEED 161MPH. IF ANYTHING, DAVID'S ACHILLES MIGHT BE DRIVING DISTANCE WHERE HE RANKS 150TH AND AVERAGES 279 YARDS.

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DAVID HEARN - FROM PAGE 31 -

Just a couple of starts later, Hearn day, I feel like I can get a lot more out had the clubhouse lead after shoot- of my game,” he added. “I feel like I’ve played some good ing a 66 in the first round of the PGA Championship and was just one off golf. but I feel like I have a lot betthe lead by the end of the day, but he ter golf in me still, so I’m constantly shot a 76 the next day and tied for working harder to try to find ways to play better golf and to be more com47th. While not guarantees, these are petitive,” said Hearn. That time is now, with the 2013-14 indicators that something bigger is about to happen for Hearn in much schedule about to rev up and while the same way it did for DeLaet this hard work is the plan, it needs to be tempered by time manageyear, with more to come in both cases. A solid one-two COVER STORY ment and trust in what he’s already established with punch for Canada could be nigh, with both players expecting coach Ralph Bauer. “Ralph has been a good coach. He more of themselves each season. “I always felt I was a world class has great ability in the mechanical player and I have the ability to play end of it, but he also has a really good great golf. but I got a lot more com- sense of those routines and drills fortable in shooting those good and practice habits. He’s been pretty good at getting me focused on the rounds,” said Hearn. “When I got back to the tour, my right things to do,” said Hearn, who mindset was, and still even to this

has worked with Bauer for over four years. For that reason, this isn’t the same David Hearn who first came to the PGA Tour in 2005 before going back to what is now the WebDotCom Tour until the end of 2010 when he earned his ticket back through that circuit’s money list. “I feel like when I got back on to the tour, I obviously had spent quite a bit of time on the WebDotCom. It changed a lot of the way I had prepared for tournaments and things like that,” said Hearn. The anxiety of trying to keep your card when your first break out on tour and now, the desire to take your career to the next level are good reasons to work hard and play as much as you can, but Hearn’s philosophy is to work hard and work wisely.

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“I feel like I’ve played some good golf. but I feel like I have a lot better golf in me still, so I’m constantly working harder to try to find ways to play better golf and to be more competitive”

David and Graham DeLaet share a little course knowledge and some practice time at the 2013 Canadian Open

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sha rpen the senses

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record you r life

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Even if 95% of golfers can't hit em, one can't help but love em. The pleasing and unencumbered look of blades still whispers .... pure bliss. MizuWHAT'S NEW no's MP4s are a shotmaker's dream. Navigation specialists Garmin have entered the growing small action camera market. And as smartphones continue to alter the photography landscape as follows the world of video. It just keeps getting easier and easier to live vicariously through the high definition lens. Go ahead record your next swing and this life. With zero signs of slowing down over at TaylorMade ... here comes their newest iron release, aptly named the SpeedBlade. Key characteristics are a lower centre of gravity which translates into higher launch and added carry.

GEAR, STYLE & STUFF

we had a cha nce to hit the m a little ea rly - see ou r DEMO DAY featu re on page 28. I'll wait about a week for everything to be on sale over at Ghost Town

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tra ck you r progress

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forged irons feature a new pocket cavity that provides additional forgiveness and higher launch for those ‘harder’ to hit long irons while a split cavity in the shorter clubs helps to maintain feel and workability. There is little doubt that the ‘combo’ or ‘split’ iron set is fast becoming the norm. The Score Band is a one-touch scorekeeping wristband. Made from eco-friendly silicone, the slim, lightweight band offers four quick-touch scoring modes: golf (per hole and per round score), tennis (game and set score), plus other sports (score, stats and counts). And let's not forget it's water-resistant and doubles as a watch. Crafted with the better player in mind, the 714 CB (Cavity Back) irons from Titleist offer clean lines, minimal distractions, and tour proven tweaks to maximize both feel and control. Designed in conjunction with Tour pros, Cobra's new Trusty offers tour inspired performance, look and feel.

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THE TARTAN CHAMELEON

THE SPIRIT OF AMATEUR GOLF

CAROLANNE DOIG is a member of the Doig Family, Owners of the Seaforth Golf Club.

Hosting the Ontario Bantam Championship at Seaforth Golf Club was one of the most gratifying experiences ever. For three great days some of the best of Ontario’s young golfers, 14 years of age and younger, tested their skills against each other. Better yet, they made new friends, learned more about themselves and their golf games, and added one more experience to their golfing resume. With both girls and boys competing at the same time and on the same course, although in separate competitions, it was great to observe and compare the youngsters who were certainly not peas in a pod. It was noted by just about every parent, fan, and competitor that boys 14 and younger vary in height, weight, muscle mass, and maturity. Some were just slightly taller than their golf bags and others needed their birth certificates to convince us of their youth. With the girls it was much less of a physical spread. Almost all the girls were willowy and tall and of course the ever present pony tail peeked out from nearly every girl’s ball cap. Our course, though not long, proved to be a reasonable test and Mother Nature added another

dimension by adding a biting and powerful wind to the first round. Scores came down considerably for the second round and all the bantams played with dogged determination regardless of the weather. These young golfers were polite and friendly. They appreciated our course, our staff, our volunteers, and the fans, and many genuinely thanked their parents for bringing them here and giving them the chance to take part. Many families were a part of the entourage and they made their visit to southwestern Ontario a part of their summer holiday experience. A six hole playoff was needed to decide the boys championship and it was just as exciting and skillful as when the Canadian Tour was in town. The bleachers were full and the applause was loud as the event came to an end. I encourage all of you to visit the GAO website to check out the scores and the winners of not just this year’s Bantam event, but all the GAO events held this summer. This is amateur golf at its best and it reminds us that the spirit of golf is alive and well.

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GIMMEES

CURIOUS STUFF WE COME ACROSS WHILE SEARCHING FOR OUR BALL

GOOD NEWS FOR THE GIRLS

If only we had a twoonie for every time a female golfer told us that there is 'no cool golf stuff being made for women' OR 'there are no publications showcasing golf fashion'. And we tend to agree (because it's the path of lesser resistance) BUT ... it appears that Canadian based Lululemon will get into the game in 2014. So all of the those yoga-pant-loving ladies rejoice. Rumour has it that Lululemon have also tapped LPGA beauty Veronica Felibert (left) to become the brand's first elite golf ambassador. And although the brand does not currently produce golf apparel, Felibert can be seen wearing items from the company's other collections.

LESS HANDS EQUALS FEWER PUTTS

If you're one those glued to the big screen come Sunday to see who'll muster the big putt down the stretch to win a championship, you've probably caught a glimpse of these oversized putter grips in the hands of those trying to find that illusive read, then staring down that invisible line. KJ Choi was the one who started it all and Phil Mickelson has been seen, as he often does, experimenting with the oversize style putter grip. And then there's Jason Dufner who captured the PGA Championship using one. It's called the Super Stroke and its innovative design is meant to remove the hands from the stroke. The emphasis being on using the bigger muscles to develop a solid, repeatable, non-flippy stroke.

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GAME IMPROVEMENT DAVE SMALLWOOD

FALL PREPARATION(S)

PGA of Canada Director of Instruction ● 28 Year member of the CPGA ● Ontario Tournament Director Maple Leaf Junior Tour ● Swing Coach University of Waterloo Mens Golf Team ● Head Coach - Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team

on the path to better golf The passing of Labour Day marks the start of fall golf. This usually means that everyone's golf schedule starts to fade as we adults get set to put more time into our work and for our juniors it's time to get back to school and dedicate more time to their studies. With the daylight hours starting to shrink, I have a few suggestions to help maximize your fall golf and to help you prepare to implement some valuable winter training - to allow for a more successful spring. In the fall many avid golfers will race to the course after work to try to get in as many holes as they possibly can; which in most cases is only a maximum of 9. As I have been preaching all summer we need a plan to best maximize our time. By scheduling our time more efficiently we will attain more success. When a typical 15 handicap golfer plays a quick 9 holes (90 - 120 minutes) of golf they will execute approximately 43 shots and have devoted approximately 30 seconds per shot for a total of 22.5 minutes of practice. With the same dedicated time on the range they could hit approximately 240 balls. On the chipping green, the process would take half that amount of time. With this time calculation the player could hit approximately 480 chips and on the putting green even more ... let's say 600 putts. Your game will be better if you bank your actual playing time for those beautiful weekend days and plan your practice sessions throughout the week.

THE BENEFITS OF FALL: ● Take a lesson to instill better mechanics and establish swing drills to help you practise more effectively. (The Golf Performance Center offers a fall specials)

● Good time for an assessment of your current equipment (great sales / demo product pricing in the fall) ● Great time to start a golf specific fitness program ● Plan for a winter getaway to ensure your enthusiasm for the game is maintained throughout the off-season ● Set your goals and plans for winter instruction

Fall doesn't have to be a time to putt the clubs down ... in fact, it is a very valuable time to improve your game and take advantage of some of the benefits of the fall season IF YOUR SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR GAME COME SEE US AT THE GPC WWW.GOLFPERFORMANCECENTER .CA

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Huntsville 141

Tobermory 400

Muskoka Lakes Bracebridge Gravenhurst

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As golfers, we are very lucky to be

Owen Sound Southampton

living within a region with so many great

get out and PLAY!

Collingwood

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Barrie

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golf options.

New and old. Parkland or links. Private and public. There is something for everyone - let’s

Orillia

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Kincardine

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400

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Walkerton

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Mount Forest

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Orangeville

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400

Arthur Goderich

401

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Listowel

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Brampton

Fergus 24

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Toronto

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Waterloo

Mississauga

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Seaforth Guelph

401

Stratford 7

QEW

Cambridge

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Grand Bend

Oakville

Kitchener Hamilton QEW

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Woodstock

St Catharines

Brantford

Niagara Falls 21

London

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Sarnia

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St. Thomas

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Dunnville Tillsonburg

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Simcoe

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Fort Erie Port Colborne

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Chatham Windsor

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PLACES TO PLAY Here at GolfScene we know - what all of those self-titled social media experts are still learning - that it is less about the how than it is about the why and where ... so the why part is simple - you love this game - and the where part is, well, RIGHT HERE

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HORSESHOE RESORT

HIGHLANDS THE HIGHLANDS COURSE at the Horseshoe Resort boasts spectacular views of rolling hills and lush grass which compliment the championship course's challenging design. Home to professional events such as the 2006 Canadian Tour Championship, the par 71 layout consistently ranks among the top courses in the province.

CARDINAL

CARDINAL GOLF CLUB is Canada’s largest golf facility, with 72 holes of golf including: three 18 hole championship courses, an 18 hole executive course, large driving range, 18 hole mini-putt, C.P.G.A. staffed Golf Academy, and two unique Clubhouses. Cardinal Golf Club is sure to exceed your expectations.

BRAEBEN

VALLEY THE VALLEY COURSE at Horsehoe Resort is an 18 hole, 6,202 yard layout with a 71 par and 131 slope. The perfect mix of challenging holes and playability make the Valley Course an ejoyable experience for all levels of player. Add to that an incredibly picturesque environment and you have the makings of a memorable round.

LOWVILLE

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LOWVILLE is central to Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Hamilton and Mississauga. Built along the Niagara Escarpment, the course has many panoramic vistas and views. Lowville Golf Club blends natural beauty with a challenging 18 hole layout. The Toronto Star’s ‘Bogey Man’, gave it most scenic and most improved club honours.

CITY OF HAMILTON

KING'S FOREST BRAEBEN is, in simplest terms – beyond expectations. The highlands links inspired 18 hole championship design boasts an overall imprint and attention to detail that can only be fully appreciated in person. A unique golfing experience, the City of Mississauga run BraeBen is as comprehensive a full-service public facility as you will find.

THE GOLF CLUB AT LORA BAY, nestled in the Blue Mountains, overlooking Georgian Bay, offers a playable round of golf that pays tribute to historic rural Ontario. Designed by the PGA Tour's, Tom Lehman and renowned Canadian Architect, Thomas McBroom, it was sculpted to inspire players both visually and technically.

KING’S FOREST is located in the heart of the picturesque Red Hill Valley and at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment. Without a doubt one of the premier public golf facilities in the province and, subsequently, also one of the busiest, averaging 42,000 rounds annually over the last five years.

CHEDOKE CHEDOKE is home to two wonderful city run 18-hole public courses (Martin & Beddoe). These mature, tree lined layouts are both nestled into the rolling parkland landscape of the stunning Niagara Escarpment. Location, location, location ... just five minutes from downtown Hamilton and easily accessible off Highway 403 at Aberdeen Avenue.


WHIRPOOL

LEGENDS ON THE NIAGARA

BATTLEFIELD WHIRLPOOL GOLF COURSE is one of Canada’s most highly rated and renowned public golf courses. Designed by famous golf course architect Stanley Thompson, the course officially opened on July 2, 1951. By mid-1980 this enduring classic, consistently rated one of the best public courses in Canada, course had seen its onemillionth player.

CAMBRIDGE

CAMBRIDGE GOLF CLUB is an inviting, golfer-friendly, 18 hole facility that is always well managed and manicured to ensure a consistently great golf experience. Come in and check out the renovations to the clubhouse. At Cambridge, we are always finding ways to improve the facility and make your next round even more enjoyable.

ELMIRA

ELMIRA is located just outside Elmira in a quiet country setting approximately 15 minutes north of Waterloo. Situated in the Eldale Valley, the course rolls gently across the picturesque country-side, creating unique views from every tee deck. It’s the sort of place that reminds you why you play this game ... and leaves a yearning to return.

CROSSWINDS

CROSSWINDS provides a majestic natural setting that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world. This 18-hole championship layout is designed to challenge the lowest handicapper while rewarding a novice’s shot-making skills. Choose the correct tee blocks and Crosswinds will provide the test you’re looking for.

BATTLEFIELD, on the north side of the Legends on the Niagara property, is Architect Douglas Carrick's unique and challenging creation. Host to the 2004 Canadian Women's Open, Battlefield features fairways that sweep across a gently contoured countryside, providing breathing from the tee and on approaches to the greens.

COPETOWN WOODS

COPETOWN WOODS represents not only one of the newest championship courses in south-western Ontario, but also one of the finest. The meticulous condition of the course, and the yester-year beauty of the Victorian-style clubhouse provide old world charm. The facility is consistently ranked among the top golfing values in all of Ontario.

OAKVILLE EXECUTIVE

OAKVILLE EXECUTIVE is a 36 hole facility which runs adjacent to the scenic Sixteen Mile creek and valley. Both of which enhance an already beautiful natural landscape. 10 strategically placed ponds and 90 bunkers line the fairways and guard the greens making both Angel's View and Mystic Ridge formidable challenges and a joys to play.

SAWMILL CREEK

SAWMILL CREEK is located 5 minutes from the sandy shores of Lake Huron in Camlachie, Ontario featuring 18 holes of championship links style golf on impecably manicured bent grass tees, greens, and fairways. Our world class facility features overnight accomodations, practice range, spa retreat, and 3 superb dining venues.

USSHER'S CREEK USSHER'S CREEK, on the south side, is one of Tom McBroom's finest masterpieces. You'll encounter thick stands of deciduous trees, wetland hazards, knee-high fescue, and impeccable conditioning from tee to green. A great mix of holes and numerous tee to green challenges ensures every shot is a memorable one.

HIDDEN LAKE

HIDDEN LAKE is a 36 hole semi-private facility that offers the public an opportunity to play the course of their choice. Golfers are split between the traditional charm of the Old Course and the nouveau stylings of the New Course. Both courses have been painstakingly sculpted to create interesting and demanding contours. Challenge awaits.

SEAFORTH

SEAFORTH GOLF CLUB is a mature and challenging golf course, with the rich tradition of hospitality and friendliness of small town Ontario. The course is located on 100 unspoiled, un-crowded and uncommonly beautiful acres in the heart of southwestern Ontario.

OTTER CREEK

OTTER CREEK is located just 20 minutes from Woodstock. The stunning layout is deceptively hilly with several holes cut across the picturesque and wooded valleys of Otter, Cedar and Spittler Creeks. At just over 7,100 yards and with six sets of tees, the course plays to every golfer’s ability. Book your tee time today!


PLACES TO PLAY

There's little doubt that any one golf course operator can offer as much affordable golf with as many options in the area as GolfNorth. More courses to play, more membership options, tournaments, weddings, banquets, etc - Serving up some of the very best semi-private and daily fee golf value right now, RIGHT HERE, AND HERE, AND THERE

ACTON

ACTON GOLF CLUB was founded in 1968 and is an attractive course neatly tucked away on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The course plays through mature stands of oak, birch, maple and pine trees and was expanded to 18 holes in 1998.

BROOKFIELD

BROOKFIELD COUNTRY CLUB has been a local favourite for many years. Three challenging 9 hole courses offer multiple options for an 18 hole round. Brookfield is built on rolling terrain, so you might find some uneven lies and each shot poses a new shot selection. The fairways are wide, but water hazards come into play on 23 of 27 of them.

PARIS GRAND

PARIS GRAND COUNTRY CLUB is only 15 minutes from the 401 and 403. Situated on a beautiful property bordering the Grand River, the course was redesigned by Azinger and Associates and is unparalleled in the area. Large greens, Ohio sand bunkers and bent grass tees and fairways offers the golfer an exceptional golfing experience.

BEAVERDALE

BEAVERDALE GOLF CLUB is located eight kilometres north of the 401. A unique golfing experience, the course offers mature, well-treed fairways and has water in play on half of the holes. Beaverdale provides a challenge for golfers of every skill level and at 4759 yards the design demands shots of accuracy rather than length.

BURFORD

BURFORD GOLF LINKS is a quality 18 hole layout with a friendly atmosphere at an affordable price. Enjoy the challenge of this Par 71 design through both wooded and open areas. After your round, stay for a drink and some delicious food served at the Fairway’s Restaurant patio or lounge.

RIVER EDGE

RIVER EDGE is a 9 hole public golf course designed by John F. Robinson with a championship attitude. Exquisitely maintained, River Edge offers golfers of a superlative golfing experience in the 21/2 hour range. Minutes from the 401 in Kitchener, RiverEdge is surrounded by mature forest & unspoiled wetlands providing a sanctuary from city life.

BRANT VALLEY

BRANT VALLEY is a 5,493 yard championship layout nestled among rolling terrain that provides a unique experience for golfers of all abilities. Fairchild's Creek winds its way throughout the property and challenges players on 12 of the 18 holes. Elevation changes throughout add to the challenge and beauty of the course.

CALERIN

CALERIN GOLF CLUB is a 9 hole Doug Carrick design that is a real hidden treasure in the Niagara Escarpment. With two completely separate tee boxes, Calerin plays like a full 18. Fairways are first class at this course, as are the greens. There is an ample smattering of oddly shaped sand traps to watch out for throughout the course.

SCENIC WOODS

SCENIC WOODS GOLF CLUB is situated on the beautiful Niagara escarpment, just above Stoney Creek. The course offers an escape into the countryside, while being but a few minutes from the city. Designed by Rene Muylaert, Scenic Woods is a mature course, comprised of tree-lined fairways, intersected by the meandering Twenty Mile Creek.


CANTERBURY

CANTERBURY GOLF CLUB is situated on the shore of Lake Scugog in the residential community of Canterbury Common. This Doug Carrick designed 9 hole course is Port Perry's most beautiful golf course. Ohio white sand bunkers and water hazards line the perimeters of fairways and greens to challenge players not at the top of their game.

CONESTOGA

CONESTOGA COUNTRY CLUB is a facility that features a number of attractive amenities including 27 holes of golf - being the main attraction. Professionally designed, Conestoga offers some of the most picturesque scenery anywhere in the province, along with lush rolling fairways and beautifully manicured greens.

FOXWOOD

FOXWOOD GOLF CLUB is a 27-hole facility located in Baden just 15 minutes from downtown Waterloo. It boasts an upscale practice range, putting green, chipping and bunker area. Considered one of the best in the region, there is a unique mix of holes over the vast layout, which proves to be a challenging experience for golfers of all levels.

MYSTIC GOLF CLUB

MYSTIC GOLF CLUB is a little different. And more than a little special. Located in Ancaster, Mystic broke the mold for daily fee golf in Ontario. Rather than trying to shoehorn a course between rows of fairway homes, or even selling a name architect, Mystic instead offers a unique experience for the serious, passionate golfer. A true test awaits.

CEDAR CREEK

CEDAR CREEK'S most prominent feature is a winding creek that manages to affect shot making on four of the course’s nine holes. In addition to the water, large bunkers filled with Ohio sand have been strategically placed throughout the course making Cedar Creek a place where accurate shot making is required for a good score.

DUNDEE

DUNDEE COUNTRY CLUB has provided golfers of the Kitchener/Waterloo area with a dignified combination of scenic atmosphere and challenging golf since 1970. Thanks to almost four decades of maturation, Dundee is graced by many large and beautiful trees which provide both shelter and hazard for most of the 6,357 yards.

GREY SILO

GREY SILO GOLF COURSE presents golfers with 18 breathtaking holes of championship golf. The links styled course has gained an outstanding reputation and respect from players of all abilities. The Grand River coupled with an unspoiled environment creates a setting for the game that is unprecedented.

OLIVER'S NEST

OLIVER'S NEST is a championship 18-hole Graham Cooke designed course and practice facility. Built in 1996, the course and winds through 130 acres of gently rolling hills, among stands of century old cedar, oak, ash and pines. This picturesque course provides every level of golfer with a challenging, yet fair game of golf.

COBBLE HILLS

COBBLE HILLS is a hidden gem in Southwestern Ontario that rests upon 110 acres of gently rolling terrain, weaving its way through majestic pine forests. The property boasts spectacular views of London to the southwest and stunning vistas of Oxford County to the southeast. Minutes east of London, Cobble Hills is an inviting getaway.

FERGUS

FERGUS GOLF CLUB offers 9 quietly sequestered holes laid out over 3160 yards. The course begins with 4 relatively open holes with few hazards, where golfers can usually extricate themselves from trouble. By the 3rd hole however, golfers must have their games settled for here the course tightens up significantly as it enters the trees.

KING'S BAY

KING'S BAY is a superb semi-private 3301-yard, 9-hole golf course located 10 minutes north of scenic Port Perry, in the town of Seagrave. Designed by Kevin Holmes, King's Bay opened its doors to the public in 2001 and is a design that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels and presents a formidable test from the right tees.

ORANGEVILLE

ORANGEVILLE GOLF CLUB can be found nestled in the Credit River Valley. The 2800 yard design offers every challenge one could ask for while acommodating every caliber of player who visits. Each hole of the 2800 yard course is well framed by large, matured trees. Large, undulating greens make putting an enjoyable challenge.


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- DAVID HEARN | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 -

“The year is a long year, especially this season when we’re going to start the 2014 schedule (in October). You have tournaments that start right at the beginning of January and they go until almost December,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of an off-season in golf and I’m not really complaining because we do play golf for a living, but on the other end of it, there is a lot of stress put on your body throughout the season and if you’re not very good at managing your rest as well as your preparation and your play, it can really hurt your overall ability to compete,” he added. DeLaet has also talked about the importance of a player pacing himself through the schedule and Hearn believes it’s something players learn as they advance into their PGA Tour careers. “Sometimes, young guys, they kind of over-work them13809 Golf Diploma Ad - Golf Scene:Layout 1 5/2/12 11:01 AM Page 1 selves a little bit and you definitely see these great models of guys practicing for hours on the range and that certainly has a time and a place, but you have to find what your body can handle and what you can do,” he said. “I think rest is an important part of having a long career and you have to have that trust in your abilities, do your preparation and then, take your mind off the game a little bit,” said Hearn. “When I was 25 and I was on tour, I was probably a little more impatient. I kind of wanted things to happen right away. I think most 25-year-olds do and some guys are better at it than others. Some guys get on to the tour in their young 20s and have pretty good success right away,” he added. “For me, it took a little bit longer to kind of learn my stride a little bit and I feel like I’m just starting now to play at the level that I know I can and, like I say, I feel like I’m starting to play better,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got some improvement still to go and I know I can peak for tournaments and be there on Sundays and that’s what I’m trying to work for,” said Hearn. “When you first get on tour, you think you have to do certain things to play a certain way and over the years, I’ve learned to prepare a lot better and know what works for myself,” said Hearn. “You have a bad day and you want to go to the range and hit balls and you want to hit putts for hours, but you have to know that that’s not necessarily going to be the best thing,” he said. “Your body will be tired the next day and maybe, your times better served just hitting a few putts and then, going home and relaxing or getting a workout in or doing something like that and taking your mind away from the game a little bit,” he added. That doesn’t just apply to practice time, but also your tournament schedule, according to Hearn.

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LAST SHOT

THE KICKS BELONG TO ROGER SLOAN

MAKE A STATEMENT

PHOTO - Grant Fraser

Spotting the trends is sometimes tricky, but then again, oftentimes dead straight, up the hill easy. And there is little doubt that the movement towards customization is no longer a trend, but instead becoming the norm. And why not? We are all individuals so why not show a little character. Custom clubs, split sets, belt buckles, personalized shoes, custom club finishes, colour coded grips and gloves, club stamps, monograms, crazy CUSTOM head covers, special editions ... the list goes on and on. The days of buying off of the rack are gone. Just as the days of playing the same clubs or carrying the same bag as the next guy are going the way of anchored putting. Golf is as much a social activity as it is a sport and for those who embrace that supposition, we say 'make a statement' out there. Have some fun with it. Just don't show up anywhere wearing nothing but orange. That's tricky. And, already taken - thanks to Ricky.

ANSWER: other than being a very good golfer, Todd is also a fantastic trick shot artist and while he may be left handed the club is actually right - right? - question on page 39

I tend to find more of my errant shots when wearing my favourite deep pocketed camouflage shorts

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“ MY GOLF GAME IS DETERIORATING QUITE NICELY.”

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