I used to be a pretty good golfer, peaking at a 3 handicap when I was 21 years old. Over time I lost my game; I am still struggling to find it. Today I am a 14 handicap which is an improvement from where I was five years ago. The cruel irony is that I am a much better putter now than I was back in the day.
What’s changed? The driver yips. The Ian Baker-Finch’s if you will. As a left-handed golfer, I can miss it 80 yards left and miss it 40 yards right. If I was lucky, I might hit a single fairway in a round. I could easily incur 10-15 penalty strokes related to my tee shots.
My inability to accurately drive the golf ball impacts the rest of my game. From the rough, I will have a 5 or 6 iron into the green instead of an 8 or 9 iron from the fairway. That leads to missed greens which leads to a lot of two-putt bogeys or triples, depending on whether or not I kept my tee shot on the golf course. What used to be a round of 75 quickly became a round of 95. I had three or four birdies one year. In a year! Continue reading
I wish Steve Williams would just tell us how he feels already. I can’t take much more of not knowing his thoughts on his departure from Tiger Woods. On the one hand Williams did moonlight with Adam Scott, which is an absolute no-no in almost every player’s books. On the other hand, Tiger didn’t have the common decency to tell Williams he wasn’t playing in the US Open in June. Stevie flew around the world from New Zealand to find out his services weren’t required. What’s wrong with helping out a buddy like Adam Scott for a week? Continue reading
I thought I would take one of my more recent posts and squeeze it down to appetizer size. I have decided that 250 words just aren’t enough for anything other than a simple list. A few months back I was trying to squeeze into 500 words and I’ve decided to ease off the 250 word limit.
The original clocked in at 2,008 words. The following is a neat and tidy 501 words. Any feedback on the quality of this post vs. the original would be greatly appreciated.
Every golfer is familiar with The Old Course in St. Andrews. I thought I would share a few things that fascinated me after attending the 2010 Open. Continue reading
With a tip of the cap to Bill Simmons, originator (as I know it) of the Director of Common Sense position for NFL teams, I am going to apply for the position for the US Ryder Cup team. I would like ten minutes with US team captain Corey Pavin to impart some wisdom as tensions rise in advance of the Ryder Cup, which will be played in early October in Wales. Continue reading
To trace the history of golf back to its origins, you have to look back to The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. It was there that golf was really shaped into the game we all play and love. Today, The Old Course is still as important to the game of golf as it was in the 1860’s. It is the home of the Royal & Ancient (“R&A”), official keepers of the game and developers of the official rules of golf around the world. Every five years the Open Championship returns to St. Andrews, which was again the case in 2010 as the Open celebrated its 150th anniversary. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Scotland to watch the Open with my parents, sister, aunt and uncle.
I think every golfer is quite familiar with St. Andrews and The Old Course. This is especially true for those of my vintage, who have undoubtedly played the golf numerous times on Tiger Woods golf on their Playstations or X-Box’s. For everyone else, they’ve seen the course on television. They’ve seen the strong winds, the brown greens and the seemingly endless fairways. Having had the opportunity to walk around the course for four days, I thought I would share a few things that fascinated me and might not be familiar to the five of you that read my blog. Continue reading
At every sporting event there exists a small legion of fans who watch the game alone in their own little world, aided by a couple of soothing voices over the radio. They seem connected to the past and a time before television. They remember the days of youth when they would hide off in their room with their radio and listen to stories about their heroes. Personally, I have never understood the need to listen to the game when you are at the game. It almost seems antisocial. The course of play is pretty obvious to even the casual fan and there are scoreboards and big screens to show the replays. What could the radio broadcast possible add beyond the typical rhetoric and empty analysis that seems to permeate sports television today? Continue reading
The title of this post is a funny, sad and often true statement made when an individual or team inexplicably chokes away what seemed like certain victory. Continue reading