What Came From the 2018 Masters?

First off, congrats to Patrick Reed.  He’s not my favorite golfer by any means, but putting that aside, he played a hell of a tournament.  He was dialed in for four days and earned his spot in the history of The Masters.

The final round had some ups and downs and some definite excitement.  Some of my takeaways…

Spieth – Goodness!?!!  What a final round.  The bogey on 18 was a downer, but he put a charge into what started off as a relatively uneventful final day.  Good thing everyone thought his putting was bad?

Rickie – What a class act!  He played beautifully all day to finish within one.  And then to wait for Reed coming off the 18th was especially classy.  No one in the game does that as much as Rickie.  Some may say it is a lack of killer instinct.  I don’t believe that for a second.  The guy desperately wants to win but refuses to be anything but gracious when he doesn’t.  Believe me, I don’t think this is a requirement at all.  Tiger is my favorite and he never did, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate Rickie’s class.

Tiger – He just didn’t have it this week.  The game is coming around though.  I liked the way he drove the ball today.  The irons were off all week and the putting failed him overall.  I think Shinnecock sets up well for him if he can keep the momentum with the driver and use the stinger as much as possible.  I love having him back!

I wouldn’t say the Master is my favorite tournament (even though I may have already said it).  It is unique and has crazy thrills, but I love all the majors.  The 2018 Masters was made interesting by some stellar Sunday play.

Congrats to Reed and see everyone at Shinny!

 

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TGT’s 2018 Master’s Picks

Hello friends…

The 2018 Masters “toonamint” is one of the most highly anticipated that I can remember.  So many of the top players are playing well going into the event, not to mention ole TW coming off back to back Top 5’s.

I have no idea who is going to win the tournament, but that is nothing new.  Picking winner’s in golf is basically a fool’s errand, but it’s fun despite that.  I’d love to do a big, long post and get all kinds of traffic (can you tell I’ve been reading about SEO/Google rankings) but unfortunately tax season has been wearing on me.  I just want to watch some golf and Netflix.

Alright, that being said…

Thoroughbreds

  1. Rory McIlroy – fresh off his awesome finish at the API, Rory is in good form.  This could well be the year he gets it done to complete the career Grand Slam.
  2. Jordan Spieth – he was flushing the ball at Houston this past week and despite terrible putting stats was close to the lead.  I don’t understand all the math that goes into strokes gained, but color me convinced that Jordan will be in the mix come Sunday.
  3. Dustin Johnson – He’s #1 in the world.  Come at the king you best not miss.

Sentimental Pick

  1. Tiger Woods – no result would please me more.  The fact that he is the betting favorite is ridiculous to me.  That gives more insight into Vegas than it does who will win a tournament.  If he gets into the thick of it on Sunday the roars will flow through the National.  Let it happen!

Others Receiving Votes

  1. Justin Rose – always seems to be around the lead.  If he putts well he’ll be in it.
  2. Justin Thomas – if he’s on he will be there.  It just depends on him.  I love his game, but can he tame the course?  I wouldn’t doubt it.
  3. Phil Mickelson – he’s in here, but I’m not really feeling it.  Sorry.

Debate my picks, sound off in the comments, but once the event starts on Thursday we will all be into it.  I’ll have the phone tuned to The Masters app to keep me into it.  I’ve also got a wedding on Saturday, but Sunday will be all golf after a morning of work.  Enjoy the 2018 Masters!!!!

When Will I Play Augusta?

The Masters is approaching quickly and the excitement for the tournament is at a fever pitch.  Many top players are rounding into form making the winner anyone’s guess.

The tournament is great and I love it, but that is secondary to me.  You see, my quest will require that I play the vaunted Augusta National.

When will that happen?  Your guess is as good as mine!  I hope it is sooner rather than later, but with these things, you never know.

You may know that asking to play it is basically forbidden.  So that strategy is out.  My hope is networking and continuing to play more courses and meet more golfers.

The world of golf is extremely generous, as I have said many times.  I look forward to the day I can tee it up at the National.  I will probably have a tear of joy in my eye!

Enjoy the Masters!

Most Interesting Named Courses I’ve Played

I was inspired while reading Mike from 36aday’s review of Smuggler’s Glen in Canada to compile a list of my favorite names of the courses I’ve played.  Check out Mike’s review here.

You may be asking what is the criteria?  I would respond with, get out of here with that nonsense.  That’s not to be mean, but more to say that there is no criteria.

If the name strikes my fancy I’ll list it below.  A good example of something that would not go on the list…Oak Hill.  Great golf course, superb clubhouse, tons of history, and all of the trappings, but the name doesn’t wow me.  Got it?  Good, let’s get started.

I didn’t set a number to get to, but rather went through my entire list of courses played and made eliminations until I got to these 23.  I’ve removed identifiers like “Country Club” or “Golf Club” to have the course represented by its shorter name since that is the part that interests me.

These are in no particular order.

  1. Pasatiempo
  2. Rooster Run
  3. Fossil Trace
  4. Ballyneal
  5. Cateechee
  6. Currahee
  7. Cuscowilla
  8. The Harvester
  9. Coffin
  10. Crooked Stick
  11. Purgatory
  12. Valhalla
  13. Eastward Ho!
  14. Abenaqui
  15. Cochecho
  16. Pound Ridge
  17. Dormie
  18. Tobacco Road
  19. Verdict Ridge
  20. Old MacDonald
  21. Aronimink
  22. Musgrove Mill
  23. Golden Horseshoe (Gold)

So what does this list say about me?  A few things…which I will show in ANOTHER DAMN LIST!

  1. I like Native American names.  Maybe some deep subconscious connection to my family in New England. which is filled with places with Native American names.
  2. For the most part, I like names that don’t fit into the normal nature categories.  Names with trees, land types, water types, and the like are fine, but don’t make it on this list for me.
  3. The name will not overcome a bad course.  I like all the names here, but don’t love all the courses.  DUH!

So what are some of your favorite course names?  Keep it to one’s you’ve played and sound off in the comments.

The Season Isn’t Over Until You Say It Is

Editor’s Note: Hi all, got a guest post from Matt over at TruGolf.com.  Hope you enjoy the change up.

It’s been a great Fall season. You improved several aspects of your game and you’ve been watching your scores drop steadily over the course of the past couple months. You really feel like you’ve hit your rhythm. It’s a shame the temperatures are dropping and you’ll be putting the clubs away soon.

Wait—do you really need to? Temperatures may be hitting the 50s, 40s, or even 30s, but the course is still there, just waiting to be played. Until snow covers the ground, there’s really no reason to call it quits. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can easily add a month or two to your season.

Lower Your Expectations

Before your first swing, understand that your game probably won’t be quite as strong as it is during the prime Summer and Fall months. The cold air makes it tougher to loosen up and relax. As a result, your swing will be a little stiff and you won’t get the usual distance. That’s OK, as long as you’re willing to lower your expectations a bit and focus on fun.

Layer Up

Rather than reach for the puffy jacket or parka, slip on a few strategic layers for maximum flexibility. You’ll want to start with a light, snug, synthetic base layer. A breathable, synthetic base layer pulls moisture away from your body to the outside surface of the fabric, so you stay warm and dry. Next, a light- or mid-weight synthetic layer keeps your body’s warmth from escaping. Finally a light, water-resistant shell blocks wind, rain, and snow to protect you from Mother Nature. Multiple layers allow you to remove and add for optimum temperature, and they eliminate the need for a bulky jacket that gets in the way of your swing and limits movement.

Bring Hand Warmers

Once your hands go numb, your game will go downhill fast. Gloves are great, but they’re bulky and only trap the heat from your hands. Hand warmers, on the other hand, actually produce heat. They’re also small enough to leave in your pockets for the whole round, just warming your hands between shots by putting your hands in your pockets.

Stay Hydrated

Chances are, you won’t be sweating much playing winter golf. However, your body loses moisture through your breath. You may not feel thirsty, but you can become dehydrated quickly, so you need to force yourself to drink plenty of water. Failure to do so will lead to headaches, fatigue, and a very unenjoyable round of golf.

 Club Up

In chilly weather, you won’t be hitting the ball as far. In order to stick to your normal strategy, you may need to take an extra club, rather than just accepting the fact that you’ll be short. There’s no shame in this. After all, you’re out here swinging while your buddies are at home huddling around the TV.

Some more useful cold-weather tips:

  • Use a soft-covered ball – while you’ll lose a bit of distance, you’ll get more feel
  • Use a golf simulator – once the snow falls, there’s no better way to train
  • Use yellow high-vis balls – easy to spot when there’s frost or even light snow on the ground
  • Stay away from the booze – it lowers your core temperature. Drink coffee – it stimulates the nervous system
  • Play nine at a time – leave the option open to duck out early in case it’s just too chilly

Bio

Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.

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Happy New Year!

You may be thinking I am taking some time off.  You’d be partially right.  I’m always doing something with the site, but over the holidays wanted to give everyone a break to enjoy the time with friends and family.

That being said, I wanted to wish a Happy New Year to everyone.  Hopefully 2018 is a great one!

Happy Holidays!

No real post today as TGT and family are celebrating Christmas.  I do want to wish everyone out there reading though a sincere wish for happy holidays.  No matter what you are celebrating, I hope you are able to take time to be with family and friends and enjoy some relaxation.  Be good to each other!