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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

Entries in Golf (104)


Tech of Sports - Jim Stracka, President of StrackaLine

Interesting golf innovation and talk this week with Jim Stracka, of StrackaLine.

The company is most known for its laser-scanned greens guides that are used on every major professional tour and by more than 250 Division I college teams, professionals and tournament players.

StrackaLine, one of golf’s leading technology companies, vaulted to prominence in 2017 as leading players on every major professional tour and 250+ collegiate teams began using the company’s laser-scanned greens guides.

Utilizing patented technology, StrackaLine creates topographical greens maps that are accurate down to the millimeter. The greens maps, which feature easy to read arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green.

Have a listen to Rick and Jim Stracka:


Rick on 'The Golf and Travel Show' 1100 WWNN in Palm Beach 11/17/17

Always great to join Dan Shube on "The Golf and Travel Show." Ran live on 1100 am WWNN in West Palm Beach and 95.3 fm in Pampano Beach and then on Nov. 18 and it reruns on 740 am in Boca Raton.

Here are my Black Friday and holiday picks we discussed.

Listen to both parts:


1.  Impact Improver - portable swing aid   $39.99  take with you on the road.

The Impact Improver.

Simply attach the the Strike Shield and start swinging.  The Impact Ball STICKS to the Strike Shield. With every swing, you know exactly where you made contact with the ball.  You get instant feedback, instant fun, and a better game!

Golfers get feedback they can use to make adjustments or consult with their local pro.

The Impact Improver also saves you time, money, and allows you to practice in the comfort of your own home, hotel room or wherever.  The Impact Improver is reusable, there is not sticky impact tape residue to deal with.  And the Impact Improver fits on YOUR club.

Great for beginners, children and avid tournament golfers.  

Each unit comes with One Strike Shield, Three Impact Balls, One Facilitator Tool, One Uber Cool Zipper Storage Case.

2.  All New Kindle Fire 7" Tablet with Alexa capabilities
$49.99  but deals will be running on Amazon

The next generation of our best-selling Fire tablet ever - now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. More durable than the latest iPad.
Beautiful 7" IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage.
Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more - just press the home button and ask.
Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games - including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes - at no additional cost
Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription

3. Bermuda Sands apparel

No matter what climate you live in, Bermuda Sands apparel has you covered!
New hues of deep reds, ocean blues and lavender purples. Look good and feel good with these performance and lifestyle pieces.
Golf and more. The apparel evolves as technology changes! Bermuda Sands is a family-owned company with over 40 years experience in apparel manufacturing.  Our garments utilize premium materials, designed and sourced in the US, and produced in Central America.  

Bermuda Sands offers a wide variety of men and women knit golf and polo shirts, layers/outerwear, skorts and our water repellent STORM DRI™ collections. All of our garments remain true to the traditions of golf apparel in design, pattern, color, and fit.

4. Mediflow Pillow

Get The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow for $39.99 only at
(Original MSRP: $49.99)
It’s the gift of a good night’s sleep!
Here’s more about The Floating Comfort Pillow:
The Floating Comfort Pillow features an exclusive waterbase technology that provides responsive support by adapting to the shape of your head and neck as you move during sleep. No matter which way you lay, your head and neck remain in proper alignment, creating a totally different kind of sleeping experience.
> It’s the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep, as noted by a peer-reviewed study conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
> Benefits include deeper sleep (no more waking up to fluff your pillow!) and a reduction in neck pain
> It’s customizable. Choose your preferred filling (fiber, foam and feather) and level of comfort – just fill the pillow with tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness
> Ranked #1 selling pillow in six countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and China)
> Over 5 million sold – reaching #1 on global e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Shopify, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Alibaba with consistent 4+ Star reviews
> Reached #1 Bestseller in Amazon Home & Kitchen during July 2017 among 24,163,959 items

5. Night Sports USA - Spectrum Golf Ball  -  pick your color

- Kind of a novelty, but may be of use.   a dozen for about $38
If night golf is a definite possibility.

New from one of my favorite companies, Night Sports USA, is a high tech golf ball that changes into seven different colors- you choose.

6. Purequosa

Purequosa organic spray is not just for you, but all of your athletic clothing equipment and shoes, including golf shoes and equipment. Keep everything clean and fresh at home or bring with you when you travel. Purequosa is an energy boost for your skin. Spray from temple to toes and everything in between. A bargain for $5 and up, on

7.  Copper Tech Golf Glove....  how about a new golf glove?   $20

Copper infused into a comfortable golf glove. Help relieve pain and many that couldn't play golf can now, with the Copper Tech Glove.

Green Goo Travel Pack

Green Goo’s travel pack is perfect for golfers, hiking or any outdoor activities. It includes first aid for dry cracked hands and feet, insect bites, poison ivy and cuts. Pain Relief helps with bruises, inflammation, sore muscles, joint pain and sprains. Lip Balm is 100% all natural lip balm that nourishes, protects and hydrates cracked lips. Bugs Be Gone an outdoor bug spray repellant that keeps mosquitoes, gnats, flies, fleas and ticks away. This organic skincare line provides pure, natural and healing ingredients to nourish skin. Green Goo believes in using only the highest-quality, natural, beneficial ingredients the earth has to offer…food for your skin!

Black Lapel

Customize your own dress shirts online and they are delivered right to your dood  for about $100.
They have used the same process to custom make clothes for thousands of men, from regular Joes to Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb  .  they heard I was a Packer fan!


Survey Says: Golf is Popular, but Boring

Golf Beats Competition From Bridge and Bowls to be Crowned World's Most Boring Game

By Richard Jenkins

Golf has beaten off competition from cricket, snooker and BRIDGE to be crowned the world's most BORING game.

The snoozeworthy sport was invented in Scotland in 1497 and has been putting spectators to sleep ever since.

However, it hasn't stopped it becoming one of the world's most popular games, with the US Open offering a prize of over $2 million to the winner.

And there are 118 countries in the International Golf Federation, making it one of the most globally popular sports ever created.

All the same, 39 per cent of Brits voted golf the most boring game, even beating chess, draughts and bowls.

The poll of 2,000 adults also found almost one in 10 have put on videos of golf or snooker at night to help them fall asleep.

Gregory Tatton-Brown, a spokesman for online casino, who commissioned the research, said: “Brits have a funny relationship with sports that many people would consider ‘boring’.

“Some people almost enjoy the fact that their favourite sports are dull as dishwater, as it gives them a sense of pride about loving something most people can’t understand.

“But for the vast majority of us, their confusing rules and slow pace mean they’re impenetrable to all but the most dedicated followers.”

Cricket was second on the list of the dullest sports in the world, with bridge coming in third and chess in fourth place.

And the top five was rounded out by snooker, with a quarter of the population saying it was the most boring sport in the land.

Fully half of the nation would rather clean their house from top to bottom than be forced to watch a dull sport.

And almost three in 10 would rather spend Saturday afternoon trailing around IKEA behind their partner than watch a game of cricket.

One quarter of respondents have had a boring game forced on them by a friend or loved one, who were desperately trying to show off the sport’s virtues – to no avail.

And eight in ten Brits say they don’t even have a clue what the rules are for cricket, with two thirds saying the same about snooker.

One in three Brits was forced to play netball at school, and a fifth had to play rugby or football – with a less-than-thrilled 16 per cent made to chase a cricket ball around during their school days.

And a measly four per cent of Brits now play cricket as adults – preferring to avoid it entirely.

Some of the top ways a sport makes itself boring include simply nothing interesting ever seeming to happen, and games that take entire days to complete.

And a fifth of the nation also gets wound up when a match can take an age to complete, without even having a clear winner and loser at the end.

More than a quarter of Brits laments the fact that their partner watches a sport that’s incredibly dull.

The study also found four in 10 have tried to impose a ban on boring sports on TV in the house, although one quarter of put-upon sports fans will find a way to watch anyway.

Gregory Tatton-Brown added: “Our results found the average Brit watches almost four and a half hours of sport a week on TV.

“If you’re someone who finds the sport they watch teeth-grindingly dull, that can feel like a lifetime.

“Luckily, the games found at could never be described as boring – we exist to promote excitement, after all.”


1. Golf

2. Cricket

3. Bridge

4. Chess

5. Snooker

6. Dressage

7. Fishing

8. Darts

9. Bowls

10. Football

11. Draughts

12. Formula One

13. Show jumping

14. Ultimate Frisbee

15. Horse racing

16. American football

17. Rugby

18. Curling

19. Tennis

20. Boxing

21. Fencing

22. Baseball

23. Netball

24. Ten-pin bowling

25. Water polo

26. Archery

27. Superbike racing

28. Gymnastics

29. Hurling

30. Diving


Tour Championship 'Quotable Quotes'

Sunday, Sept. 24 2017

East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

On Xander Schauffele, 2017 TOUR Championship winner at 12-under par (2-under on Sunday); Finishing 3rd in the FedExCup points standings

Johnny Miller – “How about that putt. That went off in his hands and barely got in. he just killed this putt. That would have been six or seven feet by.”

Dan Hicks – “In one of the most improbable playoff runs we have seen in a long time, Xander Schauffele becomes the first PGA TOUR rookie to win the TOUR Championship.”

Miller – “This is quite a performance. This ranks way up there with a guy that came out of nowhere, so to speak, in a big championship. You never would have picked him. He has not leaked any oil.”

Notah Begay – “He really hasn’t backed down at all today.”

David Feherty – “He has made pretty much everything that he should have made today.”

Feherty – “Never been in this position before and he is performing like a veteran.”

Gary Koch – “What an amazing first year on the TOUR.”

Steve Sands – “His world has been turned upside down in a very positive way.”

Miller – I’m almost stunned by how he is playing today and how he is holding it together. He has got the right stuff.”

Begay – “He is someone that is comfortable in these types of situations. He has definitely proven that today. His course management has been flawless and his execution and recovery has been pretty spot on.”


Xander Schauffele speaking with NBC’s Dan Hicks following his victory

Xander Schauffele – “It has been a wild ride. I weaseled my way in just from last week. I’ve just been weaseling my way around all year. So to stand here and hold this trophy is truly an honor.”

Schauffele – “My hands were shaking so much and I was so nervous. I figured I would just brush it in. I thought I missed it. That’s why my reaction. I was embarrassed. Don’t want to win with a huge whirl-around lip in, but very fortunate it went in.”


On Justin Thomas, 2nd place at 11-under par (4-under 66 on Sunday); 2017 FedExCup Champion

Hicks – “This is going to be one of those years that is going to stand the test of time. “

Miller – “An amazing year for Justin Thomas. Really knows how to play this game.”

Mark Rolfing – “He is only thinking about winning this tournament. He didn’t want to know yesterday after the round to win the FedExCup and hasn’t wanted to know today, just wants to win this tournament.”

Miller – “I think he might be giving some viewers an ulcer here today.”


Justin Thomas speaking with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller following his round

Justin Thomas – “It’s a really weird day. As soon as I finished I got asked what it was like to win the FedExCup. It is hard at first because as a competitor you are mad that you didn’t win the tournament. And then you have to realize what an unbelievable honor this is. The fact that you can win something over the course of an entire year. I played really well all season and it was nice to play well in some playoff events finally and have it all pay off. It was a grueling day for sure and very nerve wracking. Xander is a tremendous champion and I’m very pleased to be walking away with this.”

Thomas – “I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of these moments with my parents and my family this year. The first two events in Malaysia, it was a little hard for my parents to make that one. So this being an easy trip from Louisville, it was nice having mom and dad here and friends to share this with.”

Thomas – “It was a lot of hard work for sure. I put in a lot of hard work in on the off weeks and the offseason. In terms of the actual golf game, my short game helped me out a lot. In the weeks that I was playing well, I was making putts like I was today and that’s why I spent all of the time working on it. So I was glad that it paid off.”

Thomas – “All of us. Definitely Jordan, but guys like Xander, Rickie, Rory and DJ. We’re all battling against each other and we all want to beat each other. Odds are that if you are beating that crew then you have a good chance of winning the golf tournament.

Thomas – “I’d put our class up against anybody else. I think that speaks for itself.”


On Kevin Kisner, T3 at 10-under par (even par 70 on Sunday)

Hicks – “There is no quit in Kisner. A classic grinder.”

Hicks – “He really grinded today even though it didn’t turn out the way he wanted.”


On Russell Henley, T3 at 10-under par (5-under 65 on Sunday)

Miller – “I like the way he plays golf. He doesn’t mess around.”

Miller – “That was a big money putt for birdie right there at 18.”


On Paul Casey, T5 at 8-under par (4-over 74 on Sunday)

Roger Maltbie – “At the end of the day, there is going to have to be a lot of soul searching here. He has had some opportunities this year. He just hasn’t been the same player today that he was the past few days.”

Hicks – “It has not been his day today.”

Koch – “It has been a rugged day.”


On Jordan Spieth, T7 at 7-under par (3-under par 67 on Sunday); Finishing 2nd in FedExCup points standings

Jim “Bones” Mackay – “Jordan trying to make things happen with a wedge, looking to hit something really stiff here.”

David Feherty (after holing out for eagle) – “That would be stiff. Jordan Spieth looking for something low on the inward half starts with an eagle 2 on number 10.”

Johnny Miller – “Talk about a perfectly played hole. Killed a drive of his life and then holes it.”

Feherty – “That will make the hair stand up on Michael Greller’s beard.”


Jordan Spieth speaking with NBC’s Steve Sands following his round

Jordan Spieth – “I didn’t have much going the middle two rounds. Needed a really good one today and I also needed help. I lost control of my own destiny. Played well. I really had a lot of chances today. This was my worst putting week of the year unfortunately. But what a great season it was. I’m very pleased with the way 2017 has gone and we have a chance to cap it off next week in New York.”

Spieth – “It just wasn’t meant to be today. Fortunate to have won this tournament before and look forward to coming back in the future. JT obviously is very well deserved to win the FedExCup this year. It is rightfully so given his season.”

Spieth – “It has been an amazing year. A couple of years ago was his rookie season and my second year on TOUR. The progression that he has made this year into becoming such a tremendous closer has been phenomenal to watch.”


On Sunday’s final round at the TOUR Championship

Miller – “This was quite the day. So many twists and turns. Not like you are driving down the freeway in Nevada dead straight. This was all over.”

Peter Jacobsen – “How about the shots we have seen from the last couple of groups. Just spectacular.”

Miller – “This is going back and forth all over the place. Fun to watch.”

Hicks – “One of the crazier Sundays we’ve seen.”


2017 World Am

Great once again to spend part of the week in Myrtle Beach a the 2017 Myrtle Beach World Amateur.

The largest golf tournament in the world with over 3000 entrants.

Read all about it as it wraps up on Friday at