>(in the voice of Steve Buscemi)
Does Tiger really think he has the right to privacy when he’s reeled in hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements? C’mon, Man !?!!
>I’m the kind of golfer for whom the history and literary aspects of the game is a significant factor in my enjoyment of the game. I love the fact that it’s been around longer than this country has, and I thoroughly enjoy the many different angles that golf writers have taken to approach this truly multi-faceted game.
Having said that, Scotland’s where it’s at. I’ve studies the links thoroughly, both from a historical and competitive point of view as well as how they came about and what it’s like to play them. But Scotland is a long ways away, and I don’t truly know when and if I’ll ever get a chance to walk those hallowed fairways. In the short term, I spoiled myself and played a round at Royal Links when I was in Vegas last month.
And let me tell you this: For all of you who love Scottish golf, the people at the Royal Links REALLY love Scottish golf. There’s a castle for a clubhouse. There’s a Claret Jug as you pull in. There’s a statue of Old Tom Morris. There’s a sand trap called “Hell”. There are copies of 18 of the best golf holes Scotland has to offer. There are 75 degree temperatures in October. Allright, so maybe they’re skimping on some of the climatic realism, but I’m fully in favor of that.
>Our dog Gilly has quite the mouth on her, the little bitch. When we first got her, she destroyed more than a few pairs of shoes (that’s what the kids get for leaving them lay around), and she’ll make mincemeat out of the overpriced “indestructable” bones you buy in the pet store. As she’s getting a bit older and we’re getting better about keeping her occupied it’s been much less of a problem.
With us she is very mouthy, but incredibly gentle, and she never bites us even a little bit, so that’s good.
But I surely thought that a golf ball would be something she would not be able to get her teeth into. Imagine my surprise when I came home the other day and she was in the process of turning the ball into little tiny bits of scrapnel.
>Over the past year, I’ve had the honor of reporting on the quality of various and sundry golf publications on behalf of the http://www.thegolfspace.com/ site. I’ve certainly enjoyed this opportunity.
Before going any further, let me make sure I’d be the first to allow that opinions are like bottoms, divided, and a book (or movie, or album) that’s great for one person may or may not be anywhere close to that of another person. Someone recommended a book called “How To Hit Every Shot”, so I thought I’d give it a try. It outlines 101 different golf shots, and expresses methods and techniques for pulling each shot off.
Maybe I’m being picky, but I just don’t think this is the kind of advice we should have to pay thirty dollars for. I love your money more than that. Here goes:
In the introduction to this shot the writer(s) state “Old-school instruction tells you to open your stance, point your clubface at where you want the ball to end up and then swing along your stance line. That’s a lot to think about. There’s a much easier way , and all you have to do is make your normal swing. Follow the instructions at right”.
So far so good. Sounds like they’re about to lay some severly slimmed down and simplified golf lessons on us. So I read on:
“Step 1 – Take aim at the left side of the fairway”. Boy, this sure sounds a lot like you should “open your stance”.
“Step 2 – Open the face”. Given that your stance is already open (or aiming at the left side of the fairway), this pretty much works out to be “pointing your clubface at where you want the ball to end up”.
“Step 3 – Hit the outside. Make your normal backswing and downswing.” If I didn’t know better, I would say this sounds like “swing along your stance line”.
Now, I have no problem with a writer accepting that standard, accepted golf instructions actually were the best way to hit this shot. What I do have a problem with is the fact that they presented their instructional steps as representing a new and revolutionary way to hit this shot, but then they proceeded to take the same steps that they were very quick to put down in the introduction.
There may well be very valuable tips and techniques in this book, but I for one will have a VERY difficult time allowing them to sink in.
Anthony Kim for wasting a year of his golf career. Every time he’d have a decent round he’d say “I’ve been working very hard for the past month”, but you know he hasn’t.
GolfChannel, for shining a spotlight on John Daly’s life, just as things were starting to come together for him.
The USGA for their stupid first round pairings in the US Open.
Any golf commentator who still claims that Tiger is rusty, even after six wins.
Carolyn Bivens, for setting the LPGA back 3 to 5 years.
Any golf fan who yells “Get in the whole”.
Golf Digest for their lame picks in their US Open Challenge.
Sergio for his comments after the Masters.
Politicians for grandstanding and disrupting golf tournaments.
Every stupid, lazy golf writer all year who just wrote about Tiger instead of covering the actual story.
Lefty, for … nevermind … he didn’t do a damned thing wrong all year.