photo credit: danperry.com In 1920, Joe Kirkwood won the Australian and New Zealand Open golf tournaments. Kirkwood was not only a tour player but was an accomplished trick-shot artist who used, what was reputed to be, the world's longest golf club – a driver that measured 10 feet long. He also swung the world's tiniest club – an 18 inch wedge! One has to wonder if he had a rules book with him?
Sam Snead never mistook his golf ball for that of another player. Wilson Company imprinted balls especially for Snead with the number O on them.
In 1921, Emmett French played the very difficult Pinehurst Golf and C.C. with only his putter. French finished the 18 hole layout with a stellar final score of 80!
photo credit: B Rosen With the global recession getting worse, it's time for a reality check for golf courses. Consumer spending is down in every area of the economy. Some courses have been forced to cut their days of operation and, worse yet, many have already filed for bankruptcy. Yet, it seems that course management is still operating with their heads tucked into the sand!
When the cost of a Coke, at the course, is $4 (cost – 50 cents), and a hot dog $7 (cost - 50 cents), it's time for consumers to start complaining. Let me be clear, I don't begrudge profits but it's become obscene. If courses want to generate more play and stay out of bankruptcy, they need to start making it more economical for the average Joe to play golf. Think about it?
photo credit: splashypants In the 1930s, Walter Hagen's golf set consisted of twenty irons and four woods. The irons were in half-steps from one to nine (one – one and a half etc). This occurred well before the 14 club rule. Hagen's bag weighed 40 lbs!
In the early days of golf, a five iron was called a “Mashie.” The term was derived from the French word masse, which is used today to describe the backspin put on a billiard ball.
In a 1950s tour event, at the treacherous, wind-beaten, 110-yard 7th hole at Pebble Beach G0lf Links, Sam Snead teed off with his putter (rather than a nine-iron). He purposely bounced his ball down the hill and into a front bunker. Snead made par.
photo credit: rioncm All too many times players are late for their tee time. Rushing to the tee to make your start time is not a good way to start your round. Rushing, no matter what the reason, is a good way to throw your tempo off.
Tour Players get to the course very early, they purposely try to remain in a relaxed mode. Notice how they take their time between practice shots. They want to keep their pace relaxed.
Get to the course at least an hour before your tee time. Take your time on the range and on the practice green. Allow at least fifteen minutes, after your practice is finished, to unwind a little before you start your round. Be early and enjoy your day.
I've often wondered why, as a paying customer, you are expected to team-up to play with strangers. Should you have a right to refuse? I believe you should have that right. Aren't YOU the paying customer? When you are forking over your hard earned money (in many cases greens-fees up to $200), you have the right of refusal.
If you went out to dinner and were seated at a table with strangers how would you react? I rest my case. If you prefer to play alone or just with your own two-some, insist to do so.
photo credit: allaboutgeorge If you are new to the game, it's safe to assume that a large portion of information you consume, about the game, is meant for more advanced players. When you read articles in various magazines, such as Golf Digest, the instructional information cannot be easily understood. Don't fault yourself, even advanced players cannot fully comprehend what is meant by “laying the club open at the top,” or “pro-nation” or “reverse pivot.” It's really time that instructional articles explain things in a more basic understandable way.
Being a new player isn't easy, in fact it's downright difficult and that's why we make every effort to communicate in an uncomplicated manner.
Caryl Meeks, of Stamford, Connecticut, buried some of the ashes of Stephen Signore, her longtime companion and an avid golfer, on the 9th fairway of Sterling Farms Golf Club-public course where he played until his death in 1997. No one would have been the wiser, except that the ashes were dug up by the course superintendent's dog.
Tom Jewell is a self-admitted golf junkie-and a very polite one at that. Since 1987, he has, without fail, written letters of congratulation to every winner of every single PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tournament.
photo credit: katielips As preparations began at the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews Golf Course in Scotland, Tiger Woods had his first European news conference following his self-induced sex scandal. Woods, who is going for his third Open Championship, was evasive to some tough questions by an aggressive British press.
The most tense moment for Woods was when a reporter said “Tom Watson said you need to clean up your act on the course. He's gone on record. Many of us have heard you use the F word, we've seen you spit on the course and we've seen you throw tantrums and chuck your clubs around. Are you willing to cut out those tantrums and respect the home of golf?” Woods replied “I'm trying to become a better player and a better person.” Time will tell. . .
photo credit: bradleypjohnson Many golfers fear sand traps, especially new players. Once in, how do you get out? Sand traps (bunkers) can present a problem to even the most seasoned players but a trap shot need not intimidate you. Remember, a successful trap shot depends largely on the type of lie you have.
Tips: 1) pick a target (landing area) on the green. 2) open your stance, aiming left of target. 3) nestle feet into the sand an inch or so. 4) use a sand-wedge and open the clubface. 5) turn your right hand over (counter-clockwise) slightly. 6) hit 1-2 inches behind the ball. 7) break your wrists early and bring the club back in a moe upright fashion. 8) be sure to follow-through.
photo credit: Harry Limey Famed golfer, Joyce Withered, in winning the 1920 English Championship, sank an eight-foot putt on the 17th hole to beat Cecil Leitch. As Wethered stroked the pressure packed putt, a train roared by in a track-rattling fury that shook the gallery but left her unfazed. When asked how she avoided the distraction of the locomotive, Whethered said, “what train?”
Cy Julsebus, an avid golfer, played the game for 60 years without experiencing the thrill of a hole-in-one. Then in 1996, the 75-year-old from Carroll, Iowa, nailed not one but three aces at the Carroll Country Club. Cy tallied his triple play of holes in one with his 7-iron.
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