Friday, September 11, 2015

Growing Older

I recently came to realize that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Charles Barkley has Golf Demons

"You know I got some mental things going on and I can't get them out of my head. There are worse things in life other than sucking at golf." Quote from Charles, after his round at the American Century Celebrity event, where he had resorted to only using one arm to swing the club.

For those who have never seen Charles swing, he almost comes to a complete stop just before striking the ball. Hank Haney worked with him on a Golf Channel series and still could not exorcise his demons. Charles used to shoot in the 80's and looks decent hitting balls on the range, but like many his game doesn't transfer to the course.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 US Open Chambers Bay Pictorial Tour

In July of 2011, I had one of the best days of my golf life at Chambers Bay Golf Links. It was a picture perfect day, I had the course to myself, and an experienced caddie. The time of day and lighting produced some of my most spectacular photo's ever. Please click on link below for all 160 pictures.

By being able to play several shots and putts from different locations on each hole I really got to know the course. I can still vividly recall most all of the holes. The stretch starting with the drivable Par 4 #12 through the Par 3 #15 is one of the most enjoyable string of holes I have played. What great fun I had hitting shots off the banks and putting the giant punchbowl 12th. At the 15th the pin was placed near the left quadrant of the green. My caddie told me to hit if off the left slope and he said the ball would funnel down onto the green and I would have a good chance at making an ACE. I hit a half dozen tee shots and was able to get three of them in the vicinity he wanted and all of those came within an inch of going in the hole!!! Please click on link of those four holes below.

Chambers Bay certainly plays like a True Links course but due to a couple of criteria it can not be officially classified as one. Too much elevation change on the property and the fact that it is on the Puget Sound and not directly located on the ocean prevents it from being considered by golf purists.

Update: Jordan Spieth wins his second Major in a row in one of the most exciting finishes in U.S. Open history. Defeating Dustin Johnson who 3 putted on the final hole, and Louis Oosthuizen, who made six birdies on the back nine.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Moe & Me by Lorne Rubenstein

Moe Norman (1929-2004). Probably the greatest ball striker and most misunderstood golfer in the history of golf. Having wintered in Daytona Beach for several years I had seen Moe at the LPGA golf complex many times, so this book was really enlightening for me.

After reading 'Moe and Me' I had a better understanding of what made Moe special. The biggest revelation in the book was that Moe sustained a head injury while a young lad in Ontario but never went to the doctor for treatment. In later years it was suspected that the injury affected the frontal lobe of his brain. Moe was one of the fastest players ever. People with damage to this region of the brain only have 1-2 seconds of working memory. So he had to pull the trigger fast or the image in his brain would disappear. Blind shots totally messed him up because he could not focus on any target. Most people thought he was very strange but few ever realized that his behavior was caused by the brain damage. Would he have been as great a golfer without the accident?

I will not give away all the details of 'Moe and Me' but will post some his most interesting quotes below:
"Hope and fear, hope and fear, that's how most people play golf. Not me. No, not me. I see happiness, I see happiness."

"Winners play golf automatically. Winners see what they want. Losers see what they don't want."

"One look and I swing, one look and I swing" Moe turned golf into a reaction sport. He routinely would hit 800 balls a day and estimated he had hit 4 million balls by age 65.

He never practiced hitting out of bunkers. "Why would I? I hit the ball in the fairway." During his playing days he said he only hit one ball OB in seven years.

" A bad shot was not in my mind. Every time I got over the ball I wondered how good it was going to be."

Winner of 55 events in Canada, 17 holes in one, with numerous rounds in the 50's. I think he should be in the World Golf Hall of Fame but due to his unorthodox swing, different mannerisms and behavior he was run out of the PGA at an early age and returned to Canada to compete for the rest of his career. In 1995 Titleist provided him $5,000 a month for the rest of his life.

Top 100 instructor, Craig Shankland did a wonderful 45 minute video presentation at the PGA meeting in 1994 interviewing Moe and showing the different elements of his swing. This two part series can be found on You Tube.

Monday, February 23, 2015

No such thing as a perfect round- Hagen

"I have never played a perfect round of golf. There is no such thing. I expect to make at least seven mistakes per round. There-fore, when I make a bad shot I don't worry about it because it is just one of the seven".... ~Walter Hagen

Monday, February 2, 2015

Moe and Ben, the best ball strikers ever?

Moe Norman said, "Me and Hogan, we hated 36 holes in one day events because in the afternoon, we were in our morning divots!"

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Homeless Golfer

I'm reaching out on behalf of a friend of mine who needs some help, he wishes to remain anonymous.
His wife told him to go out and get some of those pills that would help get an erection.
When he came back, he handed her diet pills.
Anyway, he is looking for a place to live.