Golf News for Monday, December 11, 2006 | Podcast

Fairway metals: A dying breed? Golf in Georgia's Golden Isles; part 2 with 'Plane Truth' author Jim Hardy

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Fairway metals are disappearing from the golf bags of duffers across the country. Podcast host Dave Berner talks to golf blogger extraordinaire Ron Montesano about the demise of a once popular club.

"I'm not proclaiming it's dead, but I certainly see the way things are going," Montesano says. "With more hybrids available, people are going to say, 'You know what, what do I have room in my bag for,' if they're adhering to the 14-club rule."

National Golf Editor Tim McDonald talks about the golf course gems in the little known Golden Isles, a series of barrier islands off the coast of Georgia.

"Of the courses I played, by far the best would be the Seaside Course at the Sea Island Resort," he says. "It's an ocean-side links course, and certain parts of the course have a wild, wind swept feel to them, with grassy, natural dunes going right up to the ocean breezes."

In part two of his podcast interview, golf instructor and best selling author Jim Hardy talks about the added value a new DVD based on his book The Plane Truth for Golfers brings to golf students. (Here's part 1.)

"I think you can learn from the printed page," Hardy says. "But when you all of the sudden see someone talking about it and demonstrating it, well, you might as well have that guy standing next to you."

Plus, McDonald suggests ways for getting more women out on the golf course in this installment of On Course.

"The first, obviously, is to have more pink in the pro shops," McDonald says. "Pink has sort of disappeared from the modern male wardrobe, mainly because more and more men worry that they might be gay ... but women still love pink. Pink makes women want to buy stuff. You show a women pink, and she'll start getting all girly on you. This can be unseemly in older women."

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