Today, I would like to dive into the dark side of golf. Golf is a sport which means there is competition and sometimes money rides on that competition. As we learn by paying attention to modern professional sports, every advantage should be used to win. Sometimes, you don’t need a physical advantage but play a few golf mind games to get the best of your opponent.
The USGA rule book is one of the most quoted and feared books in the game of golf. We all want to play by the rules but we don’t always want to know if we are breaking any rules that result in stroke and distance. (Damn you OB and white stakes). There are however unwritten rules of golf that are not written down but rather passed down. These are the unwritten rules of golf my dad taught me.
The Jersey shore is a great place for summer memories. I remember the boardwalk games and rides, playing in the open for hours, fish and chips from Campbells Seafood and … Continue Reading Harbor Pines Golf Club Course Review
There are merits to each but here is why the correct answer is SHORT GAME. Let’s first define short game as anything within 50 yards of the green and this includes green side bunkers. You work your hardest to cover 300+ yards in was few strokes as possible an then hope for the best? Short game takes touch, finesse, strategy, and foresight.
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.
I was at a family dinner in Brooklynn, NY sitting next to Uncle Ed and I knew the conversation would end on golf somehow, someway. “I got the next book … Continue Reading A Course Called Ireland is a Journey You Need to Take
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.
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.
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).
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.
On a recent round of golf, a player in my foursome and I ended up in a conversation admiring pro golfers for their shot making abilities but more for their … Continue Reading My Top 5 Mental Golf Errors
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes you don’t want to play one golf course but 18 different golf course in a day or in one round. Then I have the place for you: Architects Golf Club. This golf course in Phillipsburg, NJ can use the uncommon descriptive word for a golf course: variety.
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.