Wednesday, July 30, 2008

See With Your Eyes And Your Hands (if needed)

Again, we come to some simple course etiquette that needs to be addressed with some of you hackers out there.

On one occasion yesterday, while playing with my good friend and golf partner, David, we had trouble finding his ball, which we believed found an adjacent fairway after a errant, sliced drive. Although we cannot prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, we do know that a group playing on said adjacent fairway most likely hit David’s ball in error.

It takes all of three seconds (five seconds perhaps if you are over the age of 55 and/or have cataracts or macular degeneration) to bend downward and take a look. If the logo or marking is hidden and you are still unsure, pick the ball up and determine if it is the ball you are currently playing.

Bottom line: Do not address and hit the ball until you are positive that it is YOUR ball.

There is nothing worse than losing a Titleist Pro-V1 to some blind jerk playing a Precept Laddie.

And in Tour News... The Bridgestone Invitational starts tomorrow at Firestone in Akron, OH. Super-Long story short, it’s 7,400 yards from the tips and has only one par-4 measuring less than 400 yards (Hole #1 and it’s only 399 yards from the box). Advantage: J.B. Holmes

Monday, July 28, 2008

Links-Style On The Prairie

Prairie Landing Golf Club
2325 Longest Drive
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 208-7600

About an hour west of the city of Chicago, between the soaring cornstalks and a propeller's-hum earshot from the DuPage County Municipal Airport is Prairie Landing Golf Club.

This Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Scottish-links style 18-hole gem has a full practice area as well as two par-four ‘practice’ holes, making it not only a challenge for the seasoned golfer, but a well-integrated facility for the hacker trying to learn how to shake the jitters and break 100.

The nearby air-traffic, namely single-props, puddle jumpers and the occasional WWII fighter can be a little nerve-racking, but pleasant to the eyes nonetheless. The course can and will get windy over the links, with plenty of shaggy rough and fescue surrounding the wide, negotiable fairways. There are 5 sets of tees to choose from, with the forward-most tee boxes (Red) measuring at a distance of less than 5,000 yards, an un-intimidating distance for those beginners who are just learning how to play the game.

City dwellers may balk at the long drive from the city, but Prairie Landing is well worth it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

You Wouldn't Argue With Arnie... Would You?

I’ve included a link to an article I read in this month’s Golf Digest that was written by one of the legends of the game, Arnold Palmer.

The article discusses ‘Course Etiquette’, but it’s the First rule that caught my eye, which was: “Don’t Be The Slowest Player In Your Group”.

Remember people, a course has a “Pace Of Play” to ensure that on more crowded days, the players adhere to the pace. That doesn’t mean that the “Pace” is always what’s posted at the course or on the scorecard. That is simply a guideline.

The “Pace” is essentially whatever is set by the first group and thereafter by the other groups following. This means that a course’s posted “Pace” of 4 hours and 15 minutes is nullified should the pace be actually running under 4 hours or less.

If you are holding up groups behind you with one or more open holes in front of you, you are slow…. PERIOD. I don’t care if you feel rushed. I don’t care if you’re trying to enjoy your day because invariably, all of us are. PLAY READY GOLF!!!
Or as my father would say, "If you're going to play bad... play bad fast." If you play slow, you’re ultimately pissing off the people behind you and the others in your group.
Here endeth the lesson.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Damn You, Greg Norman!!!

You must have had a lot of free time on Monday when I put forth the suggestion on the “Golfers On Golf” radio show that you and David Duval had no business being at the The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

I believe I even used the phrase “didn’t deserve to be there.”

Norman, you wine-making, rainbow shark of a newlywed… you couldn’t make a PGA Tour tournament cut to save your life in the last the 3 years and only made 2 in the last 5.

Not only have you made the cut, but you're one shot off the lead, shooting Even-par in dreadful conditions on two consecutive days!

And you! David Duval! You Oakley sunglasses-wearing on a gray day bespectacled gimp. You’ve made over $16 million as a tour professional, but your last five years look like the average salary doled out to college professors at a liberal arts school in Wyoming.

You are tied for 4th with 6 other players including last year’s champion Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk and Rocco Mediate.

All I gotta say to the both of you is… keep proving me wrong, you jerks!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

THE Open And A Longshot

Just a brief note regarding IB18’s debut on radio last night. It went very well and I had lots of fun. If you missed it, I’m sure you’ll be able to hear the recorded show on their website once it is posted at http://www.golfersongolf.com/

You will also be able to find their link on my blogroll, as I have added them.

I also wanted to thank Mike Munro of White Pines Golf Club and Bill Berger of the IPGA for having me on their show. It was loads of fun, a comfortable atmosphere and a great golf lover’s forum. I hope I can make it back sometime soon.

And now, for those interested in the British Open (aka The Open Championship) I’ll give you a longshot for those looking for some long time money or for those simply willing to throw their money to the wind. Or perhaps laying big money on the field (usually around 3-1 or greater) is another way to increase your odds of winning.

Now that I think about, am I breaking the law by offering on-line odds without a license?

Oh, well.

If there is a guy that I like to come in under the radar and take the Claret Jug, it’s Ryuji Imada.

He’s quietly having a great year on the PGA Tour as he is currently 9th on the Money List and 7th on the FedEx Cup list. With a victory at the AT&T Classic back in May and Two-2nd place finishes (Buick, PODS) he’s ready and raring to make an impact on a much larger stage at Royal Birkdale.

Moreover, his stat numbers aren’t too shabby. He’s 11th on the PGA Tour in Putting (1.75/hole) and his Final Round Scoring Average is good for 3rd at 69.33, meaning that he could make a good thrust up the leaderboard, should he make it past Friday.

The one stat that also sticks out for me is his Scrambling (9th on PGA Tour). When he misses a GIR, he makes par or better 63% of the time. With Birkdale’s swirling winds, bumpy, mound-ridden fairways and a rough that can eat your ball up, knowing how to save par comes at a premium and Imada has shown he can do such a thing.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Do I Have A Face For Radio?

I'm going to test my radio chops tomorrow as a guest on a little show called "Golfers On Golf". You can find out more about the show by clicking the link below.



Needless to say, I am excited to talk about golf and hopefully, if allowed, to plug my blog.

Be sure you listen to WJJG (1530 AM) around 6:05pm, which is when I should be on. The "Golfers On Golf" radio show runs from 6pm-7pm.


Damn... Now I need some material. I'm off to do my research. Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

floG emoS ylaP ste’L

The attached picture suggests something "backwards", which will be the focus of this post. Notice how it looks like his butt is on the front of his body?

So let me get to the point...

Not that you’d want to ignore over 400 years of the game’s ancestral principles. Nor would any respectable golf course let you try.

But my wife, JP, (I’m now married, folks) came up with a novel idea the other day.

What if golf was played in reverse? That is, players would have to “tee off” with their putter from the green and try to make it to the tee box in as fewest strokes as possible?

Instead of putting the ball into the hole for a score on the hole, a player would have to land their ball on the designated grass tee box and cross the imaginary line of their respective tees. However, in order to achieve a final score on the hole, players must cross the line from the front of the tee box and not from behind.

For example, if I were playing from the tips (black tees) or in this case, “TO” the tips, I would have cross the plane of the black tees from the front end and not from behind the tee box.

The benefits of this newly discovered “Reverse Golf” or what I’ll term… FLOG.

You wouldn’t necessarily have to keep a driver in your bag and you would have to be more reliant on your long irons as well as your short game. However, the size of the putter’s head would probably get larger and evolve into something akin to the 460cc drivers of today

The game would be more environmentally friendly because wooden golf tees would be obsolete, opening the game to a new clientele of preservationists and tree huggers.

You decide… am I onto something? Or just on something? If you would like to see a diagram of this new game called Flog, let me know and I will send you the document.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Grab a #2 pencil, eyes on your own paper


My good friend Grant Hamilton (who's first & last name you can find on two pieces of U.S. currency) passed along a little quiz that you can do at home and/or work. It's not dirty and totally educational.

http://www.cincinnati.com/golf/golfquiz/html/brand.htm

And yes, its about golf. Here are the rules:

This is multiple choice. If you select a wrong answer, the ball moves only so far down the fairway and stops and you are charged with one stroke. Keep selecting the answers that you think are correct and the ball moves down the fairway until you get the right answer and the ball goes in the hole. If you have the correct answer right away, the ball goes directly in the hole - a hole in one.

Here's the link again:
http://www.cincinnati.com/golf/golfquiz/html/brand.htm

Enjoy!

PS: Grant Hamilton scored 7-under par, whereas I scored only 6-under par.

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