It's the first full-field event of 2016. I know many of you are stuck inside with really cold weather and the thought of getting out to play golf seems like a million months away. If only we could have all won Powerball as a group, then we could go on a long golf vacation together. * sigh *
Maybe the next billion-dollar one, we'll be luckier.
At least these people won something! Enjoy this week's winners.
Collins: I'll be honest with you: My dream is for it to happen at the Masters this year and for McIlroy to end up winning. Imagine what the buzz would be going into the U.S. Open!
It's such a pipe dream because very rarely in golf do superstars get hot at the same time. The good news is, with the foursome of Spieth, McIlroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, the chances that two of them will battle are much greater than if it were only a twosome.
Collins: Because you want to get better. If I gave you the choice of between a '72 Pinto and a new car, you'd take the new car because you know it's better for you today. Shafts are the same way.
As you get older, your swing speed changes. So in order to get the best, most consistent performance from your clubs, having a shaft that matches your swing can really make a difference. Go test the same driver with stiff, regular and senior flex shafts. You'll see the difference. It's the same with irons.
Collins: I'd say if you can afford it, every three years. If you play consistently and have an iron set that's more than three years old, a change can do some good even for a high handicapper like yourself. When it comes to the driver and woods, two years is usually when technology surpasses what you currently have in the bag.
Wedges depend entirely on wear. If you hit the sand wedge and lob wedge often during a round, then they should be changed yearly (most pros change wedges at least twice a year). As for the putter, I had the same one for 11 years. Then Rory Sabbatini bent it trying to "help" me. I've gone through putters like potato chips for the past five years.
Collins: For me, it's my 5-iron. I can do everything from getting out of a greenside bunker to putting to driving. And in a one-club round, that's what you need.
Collins: One of the biggest advantages of having an experienced caddie on the bag is the notes they've made in their yardage books over the years. There have been stories of players firing caddies but asking for their yardage books afterward. The caddie, in most cases, will politely decline, then laugh hysterically when telling the other caddies how the player realized all the info he just let go.
The only time a caddie will change yardage books is if the course makes major changes or the book gets damaged. In the case of the latter, caddies spend a long time transferring the notes to the new book.