When I originally started this website, I toyed with the idea of calling it “Duffer Nation.” I liked the word duffer to describe a golfer who is not consistent. The … Continue Reading Duffer’s Guide to Bogey Golf
One afternoon, I went to my local pitch & putt/miniature golf spot, Golf Land, to work on my 60° wedge that I found in my old golf bag. I figured this a great place to try out this club with no real consequences to my ego or handicap. I had played the course ages ago and little had changed except all the development around it.
The FootJoy VersaLux is my third pair of FootJoy spikeless shoes. I find FootJoy shoes very comfortable and will wear them home form the course if I am in a hurry or just still thinking of how the hell I double bogeyed #18. I have worn my VersaLux on cartpath only days and come home without needing to put on a pair of dry socks. The shoes offer great protection from wet conditions.
I began to think of what golf in heaven would be like. Common conceptions of heaven is everything is perfect and there is no pain or strife. Most people would think that golf in paradise is every tee shot would be a hole in one. For those who play the game with any level of proficiency, golf is the pursuit of personal excellence not necessarily scorecard perfection. This could mean that a great day is to break 100 for the first time or to sink that one thirty-foot putt or beating your best score or finally mastering a sand shot. I imagined golf in the great beyond more in terms of the Norse Valhalla: a gathering of hackers and aces in an endless enjoyment of the game.
Bunker Hill is either hilly or it is flat so the golf course changes its mind through the day. The holes near the clubhouse, which sits atop a hill, offer the greatest challenges with elevation shifts and water running at the hill’s bottom across the fairways. The rest of the golf course is flat but a few doglegs force players to hit smart not far. The rolling hills can make some tee shots somewhat or completely blind. Tribal knowledge helps on these holes.
What does a lifetime of knowledge of golf nurtured by years of playing and teaching look like? It is a book filled with insights and stories of some of the best golfers who every played written like you are having a conversation with a sage in rocking chairs looking over the 18th putting green.
There are two shots in golf that get the ego inflated quickly: hitting the green on a par 3 and having 220 yards left on a par 5 after your … Continue Reading The Best Par 5 Strategy
Looking at the Pill, the physical description is a golf ball with its sides shaved off. The Pill has the same weight and feels like a full golf ball. Contact produces the same sound. The lack of sides makes the Pill unstable when not struck correctly and that is what it is designed to help with.
To get the most out of the driving range, I find it best to spend half my time practicing chipping. I got tired of flubbing chips or sculling shots across greens. It paid dividends and my score dropped. Why ruin two shots to get you just off the green by having no faith in your chip shot?