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Zepp Training Center Puts Pros in Your Pocket 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 21, 2014, 12:19 PM

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We’ve written about Zepp Labs and its neat sensor that attaches to all sorts of sports equipment before. But today the company launches a major refresh of its app which makes it a way more powerful training tool.
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Check Out the World's Longest Usable Golf Club! 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 23, 2014, 10:46 AM

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It’s safe to say you’ll never see this thing on the PGA Tour, but Karsten Maas’ weird-looking golf club is in the Guinness World Records. Earlier this month, Maas earned a place in the 2015 edition of the record book by creating the Longest Usable Golf Club. The specially-made driver is 14 feet 5 inches long — four times longer than regulation — and Maas used it to hit a ball 542 feet. 

Here’s a look at this bad boy in action:
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Michelle Wie Wins US Open and First Major Title 0

  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • June 23, 2014, 2:02 PM

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Though Lucy Li – an 11-year old golf star who became the youngest to ever qualify for the US Open – remained in the spotlight for most of the tournament, it was former child-star Michelle Wie who ended a champion. 

Wie won her first major title at the US Open on Sunday, accomplishing a dream 14 years in the making. 
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11-Year-Old Lucy Li Makes History at Pinehurst 1

  • Posted by: Scott Chiusano
  • June 19, 2014, 5:27 PM

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This week, the best women’s golfers in the LPGA are competing in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Restort in North Carolina — and that includes 11-year-old Lucy Li. The sixth grader because the youngest player ever to qualify for the tournament when she won her sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in May.

Lucy played her first round at the Open today. She shot a 78, and after turning in her scorecard went straight for some ice cream. ''It was a lot of fun,” Lucy said. “I kind of struggled today, but it was great. I mean, it's 8 over. It's not bad.''

Lucy hits the links for the second round of the Open tomorrow. While we wait to see how she responds to her play today, here are a few things to know about the history-making tween.
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On the "Mario Golf: World Tour" with Noah Munck 1

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Heads up, Mario Bros. fans! Or should we say, Fore! It's release day for Nintendo's Mario Golf: World Tour, available for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. The game is packed with your favorite Mario Bros. characters and wacky golf gameplay. And to learn more about it, we talked with Noah Munck, Nintendo's celebrity spokesman for Mario Golf: World Tour.

You might know Noah from his days on the Nickelodeon show iCarly. The California native appeared in 61 episodes of the show as Gibby, one of Carly's close pals. After the show ended in 2012, he found roles on a couple other TV shows and TV movies. He's also branched out to big-screen films, including a new adaptation of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, which will be released later this year.

Noah told SI Kids that he's a huge sports fan and he loves playing video games. He might not be the best real-life golfer, but he plays a mean round of Mario Golf. Check out our interview for more, including Noah's his secret for Mario Golf domination!
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What's Missing from the Masters? Mini-Golf, Of Course! 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 15, 2014, 12:54 PM

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The Masters wrapped up over the weekend, with Bubba Watson claiming his second green jacket. The annual tournament, held at Augusta National in Georgia, is one of the biggest events on the PGA calendar — and lots of people look forward to it. But it could do with an added dose of excitement. In the form of mini-golf hazards.

Check out this awesome clip in which a genius added castles, bridges, and Super Mario Bros. pipes onto the perfectly manicured Augusta greens to make the Masters the tournament we all wish it was:
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The Short Game: Small Golfers with Big-Time Talent 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • December 4, 2013, 11:51 AM

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The new documentary The Short Game follows eight talented young golfers from around the globe as they compete in one of the toughest youth tournaments in the world: the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship  in Pinehurst, NC. One of those kids is Zamokuhle Nxasana (pronounced Zam-oh-coo-lay Nox-ah-sana, or Zama for short), a 9-year-old from South Africa who dreams of becoming a professional golfer. When we meet him in the movie, it’s the year 2012 and he’s preparing for his second trip to the tournament. His goal for the tournament is a simple one: Be better than last year.

With his upbeat personality and great attitude toward the game and tournament, Zama is one of the standout kids in The Short Game. In October, he talked with Sports Illustrated Kids from his home in South Africa about golf and the experience of being in the movie.
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