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Every single golfer has been there - waiting on the box waiting for that obnoxiously slow group in front to clear the fairway. Or more likely, the rough. So what do you do? You tell stories. This is a blog dedicated to the greatest game every played. Tell stories, discuss breaking news, share tips, and talk about the pros. Get into the discussion.

Best Golfer Of All Time

April 24, 2012

Who is the best golfer of all time? Is it Tiger? Is it Jack? Is it Seve? Is it Phil? There are many different arguments for many different players, but mostly it comes down to two players – Tiger and Jack. There are those who say that its Jack and those who say that its Tiger and are willing to defend their opinion virulently.

It is my opinion that not even giving them the same equipment and same course would work. The only way to truly know is if they were born at the same time and grew up playing golf during the same time period. The way the game has played has changed so much in the past years. The way the players practice and prepare is drastically different today then it was when Jack grew up. I don’t think there really is a way to determine who the best golfer of all time is, but that’s my opinion.

Who do you think the best golfer is of all time? Get into the discussion and comment!


Haters Gonna Hate

April 20, 2012

Why in the world do so many people think that golf isn’t a sport? Without fail, if golf ever comes up in conversation there are many who are quick to jump in and discount it. Often times, it ranks below Easter egg hunting in terms of sporting merit. But why?

I believe it comes down to a lack of understanding. There is no greater enemy than ignorance. It confuses. It mis-informs. It creates prejudice. Ignorance is the single greatest threat to understanding and is the cause for the hate.

Whenever someone starts hating on golf, I always offer them a challenge. If it’s really not a sport, how about we play a match for $100? If anyone can play it, you should be able to play just as well as I can, right? Without fail, no one accepts. Because they can’t back up the ignorance they are spewing. Why? Because anyone who has ever hit a golf ball knows just how difficult it is.

Golf is the most complex sport in the world. It requires extreme finesse as mistakes of less than a degree can drastically affect the outcome. The smallest of wobbles can cause a putt to miss by several feet. Not a sport? Are you kidding me? If you have a 30 foot, perfectly straight put and your putter face is off by 1/4 of a degree, you will miss by over a foot! If you are standing over a shot, about to hit it and the faintest of doubtful thoughts flicker through your mind, you won’t hit a good shot.

Sure, we don’t run around in jerseys and hit each other. Sure, the ball is sitting still and not thrown at you. Sure, its not reflexive. But it is just as legitimate as any other sport. It has its challenges, its great feats of accomplishments, and moments of extreme excitement. Golf requires talent, coordination, and a mind steeled for competition. I am not going to claim that golf is better than other sports, but it is just as legitimate. So seriously – if you think golf isn’t a sport, call me and we’ll play for a $100 dollars.

Scott from left a comment I feel is worth highlighting –

“What makes golf a sport is that doing it well requires immense physical coordination… and you keep score! I think that’s all that is required to make it a sport.”

I think that is quite accurate!


Golf Fashion: Business

April 19, 2012

Business deals are made in many different places, the living room over the phone, in the office conference room, but mostly on the golf course. Golf has been called the sport of business because of the fact that so many business people play golf and make business deals while on the golf course. However, not only is being able to play golf important but also dressing the part is very important to the process as well. Golf attire becomes business attire when making deals out on the golf course.

There is definitely a dress code while playing golf. You cannot wear jeans and even a nice business suit would look awful while you play golf, not to mention that fact that it would hinder your athletic abilities. Basic golf attire includes things such as a hat, a polo shirt, a pullover (if need be), nice pants (never shorts), and the proper shoes for golf. The hat that one wears must be a golf hat and it must be nice, not stained or tattered and torn. If that hat looks ragged and messy then one could easily assume that you do not take care of the smaller details in your work because you have not done so with what you are wearing. Polo shirts are what one should wear when playing golf. Many companies actually make golf shirts made with lightweight material so that it looks nice and its good to play in so that your movements are not constricted by a nice wool or cotton polo shirt.

Next comes the pants. Shorts should never be worn, that looks classless and somewhat immature. People that wear shorts while playing golf generally are in high school or not business men, thus are not as particular about what they where while on the golf course. Pants should be nice, cotton slacks, not wool dress pants, they are constricting and a little too nice for the golf course. Like the golf polo shirts, many companies make golf pants that you can wear that are made for athletic activities and also look great. Finally, the shoes. Wearing the proper shoes is very important. Shoes with cleats in them so that you ca have traction while playing golf, but also golf shoes that look nice. You do not want to wear old beat up golf shoes, because it is the same principle as wearing and old beat up hat, pay attention to the little details.

Yes, all of these things that I have described do not sound like normal business attire. But considering that many business deals are made out on the golf course, the golf course is becoming an entire new workplace of its own. Wearing the right attire is very important; it leads to a great first impression and shows that you care about how you look and how others perceive you. This is almost important as actually learning how to play the sport itself.

Post By Josh Fowler


The Masters

April 2, 2012
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There is no week like it. Masters week at Augusta National captures the attention of the aggregate whole of golfers across the world, pulling them in with the undeniably magnetic venue that seems to transcend sporting events. It’s spiritual, fierce, heated, grandiose on the largest scale while maintaining a certain intimacy of union between player and course. It’s everything golf is and more. The question always remains, however, who is going to win?

The Masters tends to defy prediction. Any player seems to have a shot, and the course seems to have a vendetta against the favorite. The greatest players are brought to their knees by the storied course while the dark horses seem to channel greatness while treading the hallowed grounds. It’s anyone’s tournament.

This is evident by last years tournament, where the underdog Charl Schwartzel defied the odds and emerged from the fray victorious. It is seen by Phil Mickelson’s 3 wins, all seeming to come following a rough start to the year. It can be seen by the Angel Cabrera and his unlikely two victories there. Trevor Immelman and Zach Johnson are examples of unlikely winners. Augusta National bows to no one and gives no quarter.the masters

Tiger Woods is always a part of the discussion, and for good reason. Will this be the tournament where he will break his major slump? He won one tournament and people seem to be falling all over him again. It was just one tournament. But was it enough? Does he still have it? Read my blog on him and wade into the discussion.

What will happen this year? No one knows. The only thing for certain is that nothing is certain at Augusta National. So sit back, hold tight, and experience the Masters 2012.


Tiger Is Not Back

March 28, 2012

Whenever Tiger Woods is brought up around golf circles, there is immediate disagreement. Some love him, some hate him, some worship him, and many curse him. He divides people and can have friends at each other’s throats. When Tiger won on Sunday, every Tiger lover shouted out, “Tiger’s back!” They fell back into their worshiping ways and lauded his victory as the beginning of another era of Tiger dominance. I disagree. Tiger is not back

Tiger is an extraordinary golfer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying he is by any means average. That said, the aura that used to surround him is gone. The fear he used to strike into the other’s players hearts will never return. The god has been made mortal. Tiger will likely win multiple times in the future, but the stranglehold on the world of golf that he formerly held is gone forever.

In life, you can never be the person you were yesterday. The experiences of life change and shape who we are and every moment changes us. Some experiences move us forward, others push us back. Some add to who we are, others take away. Some experiences carry great weight and have the ability to drastically effect the essence of who we are. Tiger has walked down a hard path in recent history and much has been made of his somber journey. The journey has undeniably changed who he is, so the old Tiger can never be ‘back.’ The man is different, changed by the road he was walked.

The new Tiger, however, may have finally arrived. He will be great, maybe even extraordinary going forward from here, but he’s different. He’s slept in the bed he made and may still have to pay the price for his actions, and it has changed him. In fact, it would probably be good if the old Tiger stays in the past. As fans and lovers of the game, let’s allow Tiger to be different. Let’s not push him into a box that constrains him to who he was, but lets encourage positive change.

The new Tiger is here. Let’s make sure the old Tiger stays where he belongs. Instead of included in the definition for ‘back,’ he should be in the definition for ‘arrived.’

The 7-Iron

March 16, 2012

It’s a terrible feeling when you look in your bag, eager to pull out that perfect club for the shot you need to play, and it has gone AWOL. Not only does it lower your chances of hitting that perfect, match-winning shot that is inevitably going to require that specific club, there is that gnawing fear that the club is gone forever.

Recently, I was playing a round with a friend and we got to the 11th hole, I turned to my bag for a 7-iron, and it was gone. I proceeded to go through the 5-stages of grief at least 20 times over the next hole. It was intense. What finally settled me down was the fact that it was the 7-iron. No one picks up and keeps a 7-iron. It was gauranteed to be turned in.

golf clubs in green bag outsideThe main club(s) that you have to be worried about never getting back if lost is your wedges. People tend to pick up and keep any wedges they find. Why? The main reason is the the wedge you find is always nicer than your current wedge. They find it and assume the golfing gods have bestowed upon them the blessing of a nice, super expensive wedge

Still, how does this make you a better golfer? Well, think about your motivation for keeping a nicer wedge. It means that your current wedges are the wrong ones. If you have to steal a wedge to get the right, nice one for your game it means you haven’t properly investing your money. The one area you should never skimp when buying clubs is on the wedges. But the nicest wedges that are perfect for your game. Spare no expense when buying your wedges. You use them more than any other club in the bag, so it is paramount to get the right one. Trust me, it will help.

Now, 7-irons are important. When you have that yardage that is perfect for a smooth, full swing with the 7-iron there is no more important club. However, make sure you have the right wedges. Your game will thank me.


Breaking Windows

March 12, 2012

It’s the most feared sound in golf. The sound of glass shattering as your kamikaze golf ball turns a formally pristine window into a million tiny pieces. I remember the first (and only!) time this happened to me and it still makes me cringe. There I was, in contention for the tournament, standing on the 16th tee box. I had been struggling off the tee all day and the nerves didn’t help me at all. I had missed the last three fairways but I needed to hit the fairway on this long, dog-leg left par 5 so that I could go for the green in two and have a chance at making an eagle. Go big or go home, right?

I took my practice swings, making sure to feel the gentle release of my wrists as I turned to club over, visualizing the high, sweeping draw that would launch my golf ball 325 yards down the fairway. As I stepped up to the ball, I noticed a slight breeze blowing off the right side towards a lake running down the left side of the hole. Instead of stepping back and resetting, I just thought to myself, “Don’t worry! Just hold it off and hit a slight fade.” That was a fatal mistake.

When I started my swing, I knew something was off. It was awkward, stiff, and jerky in contrast to my fluid, glorious practice swing. As I started my downswing I felt the club drop inside and I lost all commitment to hitting a fade and tried to turn my wrists over and hit the small draw. Instead of a high draw, I hit a drop-kick, screaming low hook. right into a window of a house 125 yards off the left side of the tee box. For several seconds, I was frozen in my steps with my jaw laying on the grass. I hadn’t even seen the house there!

After apologizing profusely to the irate homeowner at least one billion times (at least that’s how I remember it), giving him my insurance information, and walking back to the tee I teed another one up and proceeded to triple-bogey the hole and lose the tournament by 2 strokes.

As I sat alone eating a Chipotle burrito after the round, I went over exactly what happened. There were two main things that stood out.

1) I was focused on the past.

3) I tried to control it.

Both of those mental mistakes, when made together, are guaranteed to send your ball on a suicide mission into the great unknown. Or in my case, the nearest window. As I thought further, I realized how much of a life lesson I had been handed. Often times, we are so focused on the past that we lose track of the present. Even though I had missed the last two fairways, I had played the holes 1-under. But instead of focusing on that, I thought about what I was doing wrong and tried to correct, and therein lies the next lesson. When you try to hard to control the outcome of something, you often torpedo the result before even attempting it. My mistake was to try to hit an unnatural shot shape without even taking the proper practice swing. Instead, I tried to guide my swing and control the way the ball flew. I should have just trusted my swing, that I had made thousands of times, and just focused on putting a good move on the ball instead of trying to guide the ball down the fairway. So keep that in mind the next time you stand on a tee box – focus on the present hole and trust your swing. Forget the past and stop trying so hard to control your life. Sometimes you just have to do your best, trust your swing, and take the result as it comes.

You know what’s awesome? I never even had to pay for the window.