Columns

Adam Scott is one of a handful of top professional golfers who are planning to bypass their shot at playing in the Olympics this summer.

A ringing endorsement?

Not all golfers are excited about chance to play in the Olympics
RANDY YOUNGMAN
The sixth hole at Quivira Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas is a snapshot of the rugged and beautiful terrain that Jack Nicklaus had to work with.

Border lore

The growth of courses and resorts in Los Cabos continues to amaze
AL PETERSEN
No matter your age, a proper warmup is necessary before playing a good round of golf.

Good and ready

A solid pre-round routine will help you play better and score lower
JAMIE MULLIGAN, PGA
Randy Chang demonstrates the proper downswing motion to Matthew Carrasco, 13, during a range session at Journey at Pechanga in Temecula.

Safe and sound

A top area junior instructor wants to keep golf as pain free as possible
AL PETERSEN

Equipment

Having a professional assemble your new clubs will go a long way toward better scores and more enjoyment.

Building blocks

Fitted clubs can give all players a good foundation for lower scores
AL PETERSEN
Nike's Vapor Fly irons are geared for players with handicaps of 12 and higher.

Hot irons

New offerings have enhanced faces and updated technology
AL PETERSEN
Callaway worked with Boeing officials to give its new drivers, including the XR16, more aerodynamics.

Launch party

Higher trajectory and more power are touted in this year's drivers
The Callaway XR16 driver is designed with a high-speed and lower drag in the crown.

Flying high

Callaway hooks up with Boeing on a new line of drivers and woods
SCOTT GORYL

Travel

Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia has three courses and plenty of Southern charm.

Southern comfort

Sea Island Golf Club is flush with hospitality and old-school charm
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH
Sand Hollow Golf Course is one of several rugged and natural beauties in the St. George, Utah, area.

Rock solid

Rugged scenery and good golf make St. George a cool spot to see
ERIC N. HART
The options at Indian Canyons Golf Resort show the diversity of appearance that's evident throughout the Coachella Valley.

A warm embrace

The Coachella Valley has a little something for all tastes
JUDD SPICER
Jack's Point Golf Course is one of several rugged beauties dotting the New Zealand landscape.

Open for anything

New Zealand golf is a perfect complement to other activities
RANDY O. WILLIAMS

Courses

The fifth hole on the Babe course is one of several good tests of golf on the two layouts at Industry Hills.

Twice as nice

Two tracks and an accessible spot work for SCPGA at Industry Hills
RANDY YOUNGMAN
Audubon International has lauded Maderas Golf Club in Poway for its conservation practices.

Natural beauty

Audubon International lauds conservation work at Maderas
COREY ROSS
Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul will soon be harvesting wine grapes on one if its nine-hole layouts.

Vintage look

Steele Canyon turf reduction project produces a vineyard on a nine
COREY ROSS
After being closed for extensive renovations, The Links at Summerly is back open with noted improvements.

Back in play

The Links at Summerly ownership is eager to reintroduce the course
RANDY YOUNGMAN

Instruction

Reese Villanueva, 9, shows that she hit the sweet spot with junior clubs that are the correct length and weight for her body size and swing.

Sweet spot

Juniors will make better contact when playing with proper clubs
BY BLAKE JIRGES, PGA
Starting your driver swing from an extended position in front of the ball will lead to a more fluid motion.

A fresh start

Begin your driver swing in front of the ball for a better transition
GLENN DECK, PGA
Placing an object, such as a sleeve of balls, a few inches in front of the tee will help you envision hitting up on the ball for more launch power.

Having a blast

Hitting up on the ball leads to longer drives and more enjoyment
JORDAN KING THOMAS, PGA
Gripping the club just above the hosel will help you groove a better swing plane with your irons.

Iron things out

Get a better grip on your swing plane with this handy little drill
GLENN DECK, PGA

People

Damon Hack has found his voice in front of the TV camera after several years of covering golf and other sports in the print media.

Let's talk

Southland native Damon Hack enjoys transition to television work
GARRETT JOHNSTON
Phil Mickelson, who attended Arizona State, was selected as the male Golfer of the Century in the Pac-12. Annika Sorenstam, who went to Arizona, got the women's top honor.

Head of the class

Trojans, Bruins and Southland natives on Pac-12 all-century team
DARCY COUCH
Former Angels pitcher Clyde Wright spends a lot of time working with children's groups as part of his job with the team and at charity golf events.

Serious fun

A health scare gives jokester Clyde Wright a new charitable outlook
AL PETERSEN
Rickie Fowler consults with caddie Joe Skovron during a recent round. The two have known each other since their early days in the Inland Empire.

Shot in the arm

Caddie Joe Skovron has provided a boost to Rickie Fowler's career
JUDD SPICER

Apparel

Santa Monica-based clothier Johnnie-O is rolling out a seersucker line this spring that it's labeling surfsucker to appeal to Southern California outdoor enthusiasts.

A new wrinkle

Seersucker gets an updated look and moniker from clothier Johnnie-O
AL PETERSEN
Babolat tennis polos are light, mobile and offer UPF50+ protection from the sun.

Net gains

Tennis apparel being designed for comfort, performance and style
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
Cobra Puma's new Ignite golf shoes were made for Rickie Fowler, who enjoys wearing high tops.

High hopes

Cobra Puma sees its Ignite shoes as being popular at several levels
COREY ROSS
Made from Super 120's Italian wool, Palmer pants from Orange County-based Carnoustie have elegant styling, expert craftsmanship and tones to go with many colors.

Stretching out

Easy care, flexibility and neutral shades are popular slacks features
BY RANDY O. WILLIAMS