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Southland Golf editor Al Petersen managed to keep his GolfBoard upright during a recent trip around Maderas Golf Club in Poway.

Riding the wave

A GolfBoard official sees our area as a perfect testing ground
AL PETERSEN
Kevin Costner and Rene Russo arrive for the premiere of 'Tin Cup' at a Hollywood screening in 1996.

Fun and games

Behind-the-scenes look at making of 'Tin Cup' is quite entertaining
RANDY YOUNGMAN
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 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

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

The golf course at Rancho Bernardo Inn has enough gentle slopes, twists and turns to keep play interesting for all levels of golfers.

Staying the course

Rancho Bernardo Inn's course work maintains its old-school vibe
AL PETERSEN
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

Instruction

Finish tall when hitting wedges to ensure crisp contact and gain more confidence.

Short and sweet

Keep it simple with your wedges for the proper posture and swing
JASON PUTERBAUGH, PGA
Cocking your wrists properly will help you develop a smooth and powerful path through the ball.

Wrist reward

Cocking them correctly will help you develop a consistent swing path
PAUL MIERNICKI, PGA
A simple drill with tees is a good way to get a feel for how far your back-and-through motion should be while stroking a putt.

Going the distance

A simple drill helps gauge the length you should hit your putts
BY GRANT STROBEL, PGA
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

People

Pinnacle Design president Ken Alperstein pulls into the parking lots of a lot of golf courses these days to help operators craft a plan for using less water.

Drying force

President of Pinnacle Design is helping golf courses use less water
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH
Jane Rosenberg uses technology in her time on the range at the Colbert-Ballard Golf Academy in Yorba Linda but never lets her students lose sight of the basics.

Basic training

Instructor's old-school methods include life lessons for juniors
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH
Nick Raffaele is embracing the dual job of enhancing the CareerBuilder Challenge and working with the Coachella Valley charities it benefits.

Up for the job

The new CareerBuilder Challenge leader is eager to get to work
RANDY YOUNGMAN
Dave Schultz has an idea called RealiTEE that he hopes attracts all golfers, including newcomers and those who want just want a social gathering spot.

The great indoors

Anaheim man hopes his golf center vision becomes a big attraction
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH

Apparel

Quick-dry and moisture-wicking slacks from Orvis are a good example of versatile clothing that will help you reduce your load while packing for a trip.

Leader of the pack

Clothing versatility and security are keys when preparing for a trip
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
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