Chris Mayson on KUSI: Lesson No. 6 – Playing No. 14 at Maderas

Chris Mayson’s latest video lesson is about the monster par 5 14th at Maderas, which is arguably the course’s signature hole. It’s certainly the most talked about and a favorite despite its difficulty.

Chris walks you through how he plays the hole. Most critically, he tells you to figure the yardage for the approach over the canyon. It’s difficult because it’s even more uphill than its looks and a side wind is sometimes a factor. If you’ve played this hole, you’ve likely sacrificed a ball or two to the canyon gods before you learned to club up significantly.

Anyway, as always, Chris is here to help.

Video/Photo Post: Baseball At Altitude

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I day tripped the Padres game on Sunday, somewhat as an excuse to visit one of my favorite views of the city and to experiment with my iPhone. So here some shots and scenes from the Altitude Sky Lounge atop the Gaslamp Marriott. From 22 stories up, you can see directly into Petco and get a stunning panoramic of Coronado. For a city with a million great views, this is certainly one of them. Enjoy.

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Grab a chair. There’s plenty of room to watch the action and soak up the sunshine.

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Since baseball action is a bit unpredictable, I used a switch between innings to show how well you can see the action, which is pretty well – as long as the play the middle and right side of the field.

Or you can simply stare at Coronado Island …

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And watch the ferry and sailboats pass …

But eventually you have to come out of the clouds and back to ground level, which in San Diego is still pretty great.

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Callaway Joins The Mini Movement

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Following TaylorMade’s lead from two years ago, Callaway has launched its own mini driver – the Bertha Mini 1.5. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s an oversized 3 wood – 35 percent larger than the XR Fairway Wood – made for the tee and with a loft that gives you greater accuracy with a slight sacrifice in distance from your driver.

See the video explainer:

The Bertha Mini 1.5 will be at retail stores on May 29 and golfers can pre-order starting May 15 on Callawaygolf.com. The club will be available in 12 degree and 14 degree lofts, at a price of $299.99 each.

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SD Tourism Infographic: 15 Reasons To Tee Off in San Diego

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This is a first for the blog: We were part of compiling an infographic overview of San Diego golf for the San Diego Tourism Authority. Thanks to Casual Fridays for the creative partnership.

Follow the link to find out about San Diego golf by the numbers.

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Journey At Pechanga: A Historic Hole In One Pays Off Big

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Journey at Pechanga golf course in Temecula recently recorded its 100th hole in one and it earned a substantial prize.

Roger Thai, a dentist from Westlake Village, Calif., came to the resort/casino course to play in a tournament raising money for children who have undergone open heart surgery. He scored his ace on No. 8, a 165-yard par 3, and won a 2015 white Cadillac CTS worth $50,000, the hole prize for the tournament.

Using a 7 iron, Thai’s ball soared to the green, rolled a few feet and dropped, overcoming odds of 12,500 to 1, the odds for an amateur making an ace.

“I totally couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve even gotten a hole in one in mini golf.”

Thai will also receive a commemorative plaque, which Journey sends all golfers who make a hole in one at its course. This was the second year the DAVI Foundation has held their annual tournament at Journey at Pechanga. The tournament raises funds so Southern California children who have undergone open heart surgery can attend a bonding and immersive summer camp on Catalina Island.

Journey opened in 2008. To learn more about the course and the casino/resort, go to www.pechanga.com.

San Diego-Based Lamkin Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary With Grip Giveaway in May

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Elver Lamkin founded Lamkin Corp. in 1925 while working at a tannery in Chicago. The leather golf grips he manufactured quickly grew in popularity and became the preference of top players, including the legendary Arnold Palmer.

Over the next nine decades, Lamkin adopted the use of rubber and high performance synthetic materials to create innovative designs that established the company as the top provider of premium grips around the world.

Today, the family-owned business delivers the industry’s widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips that continue to earn loyal customers worldwide. Through their ongoing dedication to product quality and service support, Lamkin Grips is passionately committed to connecting golfers to a more confident, consistent and enjoyable game.

Lamkin is celebrating 90 years of innovation by giving away 90 sets of golf grips via contest on the company’s Facebook page that began May 1st.

Lamkin will randomly select three winners each day through May 30th and provide them with a full set (13 grips) in the style of their choosing. The company produces a variety of popular grips, including the new Wrap-Tech and UTx Wrap, as well as the iconic Crossline and R.E.L. ACE models.

“The giveaway is our way to thank the scores of players and customers who have supported us over the years,” says Bob Lamkin, third generation President and CEO of Lamkin. “Keeping at the forefront of this category by listening to the needs of golfers has always been a priority for us as a family owned business. We intend to continue innovating for the next 90 years and beyond.”

The company’s famed products are preferred by PGA Tour superstars Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, the legendary Arnold Palmer and many others. Amateur golfers interested in playing grips built to the exact specifications of these players can purchase “Tour Spec” grips from the company’s virtual tour van.

For for more information, go to www.LamkinGrips.com or call 800-642-7755.