Columns

Eric Tracy is known for his Loudmouth outfits and booming voice. A cancer diagnosis has silenced him for now, however, but he's eager to rejoin the fun at his charity golf events later this year.

Healthy attitude

Mulligan Man is eager to beat cancer and get back in the charity game
AL PETERSEN
The par-3 14th hole at Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort in Idaho requires accuracy and confidence.

Watering hole

An island green at an Idaho resort adds intrigue to the round
RANDY YOUNGMAN
The tee shot on the 18th hole has a few obstacles to clear, both mentally and physically.

Driving forces

My tee shots occasionally stop traffic, particularly at a certain club
RANDY YOUNGMAN
Fine-tuning your game often takes help, which is where places that can teach and fit come in handy.

Lesson plan

GolfTEC's steady growth shows that its business model is built to last
AL PETERSEN

Equipment

The popularity of Callaway's soccer-patterned golf ball has been successful - and surprising - for the company.

What a kick

Callaway pleasantly surprised by soccer-patterned ball success
CORE ROSS
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

Travel

Playing the ninth hole at Whitehawk Ranch in Clio is one of several exhilarating experiences while teeing it up in the High Sierras.

High and mighty

A mountainous landscape makes for uplifting golf in the Tahoe area
RANDY YOUNGMAN
Renovations to the Gold Course at The Wigwam coincided with upgrades to the resort that has a long history in the Valley of the Sun.

An old testament

The Wigwam keeps its historic charm and upgrades for the future
AL PETERSEN
Suites at the Four Seasons in Lanai have been renovated and modernized, with the views of the ocean almost always in play.

The great indoors

Room renovations at the Four Seasons Lanai add to scenic vista
AL PETERSEN
The Plantation Course at Kapalua is even prettier in person than it is on TV.

Playing the field

Maui has a good assortment of golf courses for all tastes and skill levels
JASON SCOTT DEEGAN

Courses

Environmental groups and Los Angeles County officials are lauding the turf reduction project at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.

Saving the way

Turf reduction work at Los Robles Greens means less water usage
KAREN MORAGHAN
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

Instruction

Getting all you can out of your backswing will help you release more power at impact.

It's your turn

A simple rotation drill will get you coiled properly for more power
JASON PUTERBAUGH, PGA
If held correctly, you should be able to support the club with your index finger and heel of your left hand.

Helping hands

How you grip the club is a basic and crucial part of the golf swing
KIP PUTERBAUGH, PGA
Standing closer to the ball and gripping down on the club are two keys to hitting good shots when the ball is above your feet.

Ground control

Uneven lies or difficult situations require a game plan to pull off
BY DEVAN BONEBRAKE, PGA
The BodiTrak is a good device for learning how to best use your feet and the ground for more stability and power.

A step forward

Create balance and power through your feet for more consistency
ERIK HORVE, PGA

People

Courtesy SCGA

Fighting on

USC's Rico Hoey continues solid play with win at SCGA Amateur
JULIA PINE
Southland native Ryann O'Toole is known on the LPGA Tour for promoting and utilizing health and fitness tips.

Fitting example

Stability and flexibility are keys for the swing of Ryann O'Toole
GARRETT JOHNSTON
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

Apparel

The Mio Alpha2 a customizable display and configurable heart rate zones to suit your needs and activity levels.

Fitting in

Ways to stylishly monitor your health or golf are now common
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
Team Golf USA has several ways for you to display pride in your favorite NHL team, such as these Ducks-logoed head covers.

Cooling trend

Hockey apparel and golf items are chill ways to show team pride
RANDY WILLIAMS
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