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MonthAugust 2018

The Definitive Guide to Grabbing a Bite at the Turn

Golf is a social game and includes a acceptable level of drinking and eating.  One tradition is grabbing a bite to eat at the turn on your way to the 10th tee.  In the old days, this might include a sit down for a ham sandwich with Grey Puppon and a high ball.  Now a days, Ready Golf has turned the Turn into a fly by of a grab and go meal that is consumed bouncing down the 10th fairway.  Let’s talk about what makes a good “meal” at the turn.

It Was the Best of Golf Score, It Was the Worst….

Recently, I played at Heron Glen Golf Club with my dad.  It was the first round that we had played together this summer.  I enjoy playing with my dad now that I can hit consistently and don’t lose a dozen balls on the Front 9 or my temper on a regular basis.  This round was special to me for another reason, I played probably my best golf score despite imploding on the last 3 holes of the day.  And I didn’t lose my sh!t.

How to Play Ready Golf

Ready Golf is defined by the small steps taken by all players to not waste time.  Some traditional protocols are ignored but not completely forgotten.  It is not a free for all but rather an organized group effort.  Golf courses like it because they cannot more foursomes through the course in a day.  I want to review what makes for good ready golf.

Tour Logic Perfect Swing Trainer Failed Perfectly

The concept behind the Perfect Swing Trainer is the looping path of the ball after being struck will illustrate the path of the ball in free flight.  The best result is a vertical swinging ball.  If the ball is looping a side, you hit a slice or hook.  Since the ball is on a string, you can hit the ball for hours and save money on driving range buckets of balls (in theory).

Golf Course Rating: How Difficult is this Place?

Now that we understand the math (Don’t worry no quiz today), what does a slope of 69.0 mean for the white tees at your local golf course?  It means that a scratch golfer should shoot a 69.0 at your golf course playing from the white tees. So what?  So buttons.  The lower the golf course rating compared to 72 to “easier” the golf course is.

The Grint is Great

Statistics is a bit of a draw to golf for me.  I like looking for trends and see how my game improves or degrades.  At one time, I considered building a spreadsheet to track scores and compute handicap.  I found an app to track scores and compute handicap but I wanted more.  While playing at Scotland Run, my cart mate showed me the app he used to score his round and track his progress: The Grint.

Scramble Golf is the Key to Lower Scores but it Ain’t Pretty

The key to moving from being a hacker to a golfer who can hold your own is the lot art of scramble golf.  Scrambling is part special swings that of almost trick shots and mental fortitude to play your game.  If your drives end under tree more often than in the short grass of the fairway, a good scramble golf game can keep your scores from entering triple digits.

The First Tee Makes a Difference

Through the years, golf gear will accumulate in any house, garage, shed or storage area of a golfer.  Putters and drivers fall out of fashion or effectiveness and rest in dust corners.  Golf balls multiple in bags faster than sox disappear from the dryer.  My house is no different so I gathered up all my extra golf gear and saw the pile and thought of what to do with it all.  Then I remembered the First Tee organization.

Your Driver is Failing You, So Put the Boom Stick Down

If we look at the holes I used my driver, I hit 2 out of 8 fairways (25%).  When I switched to my hybrid plus the 18th drive, I hit 5 of 6 fairways (83%).  Paid the price in loss distance facing 180 to 200 yard second shots.  This did not bother me as I played to get within 20 to 50  yards from the green for a chip.  This leads to my bogey golf style of play.

Bingo Bango Bongo is the Golf Game for You and Me

The rules and scoring are very simple.  Each hole has three possible points.  Each player has equal chance to earn each.

Bingo – First player to land on the green.  On the fringe, does not count.
Bango – Once all players are on the green, the player closest to the hole wins the Bango point.
Bongo – First player to hole out wins this point.

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