Blog Recognition

Well it happened again!  I am truly honored to be mentioned in the Top 50 Golf Blogs by Golf Assessor.  There is some good company in there with some of my WordPress friends such as Golf is Mental, The Grateful Golfer, and 36ADay.  In addition to that there are some great blogs and writers from outside the WordPress family that I have been lucky enough to read and even play golf with.

So once again, thank you readers!  You are the reason this recognition is possible.  Your support is one of the main reasons I keep writing and sharing content.  I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.

You can check out the Golf Assessor list here.

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The First Time I Broke 80

It’s been some time since the golf blogging world lost a dear friend in Ryan from Front9Back9.  I feel worst for his family and friends who are experiencing true loss.  I would just hope that they can keep their head up and celebrate his life.  While I didn’t personally know him, I felt like I got a sense of his personality from our interactions on #GolfChat.  That is the beauty of that Twitter conversation and I am glad we have it.

One of Ryan’s frequent topics on Twitter was his quest to break 80.  In honor of that I wanted to share my story of that accomplishment.  I hope he is up in the sky and breaking 70 by now.

I was 14 when I first broke 80.  I don’t remember much about breaking 100 or 90.  I think I had come close to the 70’s a few times, but hadn’t really done it.  On the day I was playing with my grandfather and his two friends.  This was during the summer when I would spend time in New Hampshire so I was playing at Candia Woods where he worked.  I even remember the horrendous late 90’s golf shirt I was wearing.

I am not going to go into the hole by hole specifics mainly because I don’t remember them, but I played the front nine in even par 35!  I knew where my score was because I am one of those people that always knows how he stands more or less.  I have gotten better at that, but still usually know if we are putting everything out.  After that start I knew a number in the 70’s was well within my reach.  Over the back nine I didn’t play as well, but still managed a three over 39.  My playing partners were not quite as aware of what was going on as I was.  When we totaled up the score I exclaimed 74!  I had shattered the scoring barrier and I was really happy about it.

Beating that number is a liberating feeling.  It allows you the confidence to know you can shoot in the 70’s.  It also leaves you expecting to do so, but that is just fine!  I have since broken 70 a couple times, but none since I got out of college and had to get a real job!  Something about working that is not conducive to practice.

How have your scoring milestones come about?  I would love to hear about them.  Sound off in the comments section or shoot me an email.  Have fun out there.

Goodbye Arnie

Sunday was a day filled with sad news.  The coupling of the deaths of Jose Fernandez and Arnold Palmer were a tough blow.  One so young and one much older, but both full of enjoyment.

I want to focus on Mr. Palmer, since this is a golf site, but don’t forget Jose either.  Arnold was, by all accounts, one of the most gracious public figures we have ever had.  I have not read one negative story about him.  I don’t know that I would care if I did.  Of the stories I have read the last couple of days, they all have similar themes.  Arnie would spend time to talk to almost anyone, he would sign nearly every autograph, and he loved his life.

I can’t think of a better way to be as a person.  I wish I was half as gracious and patient with my time.  While I never got to see him in his prime, he will always be one of my favorites.  A competitor, gentleman, and caring human being.  The world lost a good one.  My words can’t sum up what he meant to the game, but just know he was monumental for golf.

So long Mr. Palmer.  Rest in peace and tee one up.  I hope I get to play with you one day up there.

 

Designated Shot Watchers

Some great thoughts from my Hawaiian blogging buddy! Check out Wayne’s thoughts and let him know what you think.

Golfing on Kauai

Opinion: Pace of Play # 2 – Designated Shot Watchers –

By Wayne Halm –

In my last Pace of Play (PoP) post I promised ideas for achieving four and a half hour rounds – the Designated Shot Watcher idea will move golfers toward that goal.

Frequently I take on this responsibility unasked.  I watch everyone’s shots, make mental note of the position of any balls off the fairway, and lead the player to it.  Most of the time this is unnecessary – but when it is needed it greatly improves the PoP.

As much as I might like to, I can’t play golf with everyone.  I believe the Designated Shot Watcher idea needs to be formalized into the game.

I think golf courses should add another column to their scorecards.  There should be spaces for the players name and the name of the Designated Shot Watcher.  Each player should…

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Happy Labor Day!

Short post for today since most of your probably are out celebrating the holiday!  So enjoy some food and time with family and friends.

I did want to briefly mention that your humble blogger was recognized as one of the Top 100 Golf Blogs by Feedspot.  I am grateful for this honor and I have all my readers to thank for it.  You can check the list out at blog.feedspot.com/golf_blogs/.  I encourage you to give it a look as you will probably find some other great stuff there to read.

See you next week!

What Rules Would You Change In Golf?

There are plenty of rules in the game of golf.  Many of them make a lot of sense.  Many of them do not.  Then there are those that are downright infuriating.  That’s what I want to talk about today.  I have a few rules I would change in an instant if I was running the USGA.  Here they are:

  • Stroke and distance on out of bounds – I have never seen the value in this rule.  Pros rarely hit it out of bounds or even have it on the courses they play.  Amateurs are the more likely culprits to hit it out.  Then they don’t hit a provisional and have to go back to the tee if they even follow the rule.  This to me should be like a lateral water hazard.  Drop it where it went out and add one stroke!  The biggest benefit of this is the increased pace of play.
  • Spike marks – You can fix a ball mark, but not one from Joe Blow dragging his feet across the green?  Give me a break.  Change this rule immediately.
  • Ball in a divot – One of the most unfair out there.  Instead of being rewarded for a good shot you are penalized.  This should be a free drop, no questions asked.
  • Playing off tree roots/rocks – I am fine with this for pros who get free clubs, but in my friendly matches I am fine with someone taking a club length to get off a root or pile of rocks.  Clubs are too expensive and I am not breaking my wrist.  I don’t think this should result in a penalty.  I know many will disagree on this one.
  • **New addition since US Open** – Ball moved on green with anything but an actual stroke.  This could have cost DJ the Open!  Change this rule now!  Replace with no penalty and play on.  Don’t overcomplicate it!

Golf is a hard sport and that is part of the allure.  I don’t want to make it easier just for the sake of being easier.  What I do want to do is remove some of the rules that I don’t see as having a point.  What do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  Let me know.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Thoughts on Writing

So this is reader participation week.  What do you guys think of my course tour writing?  I am no wordsmith nor will I claim to be.  I just want to solicit some opinions of what everyone likes.

I sometimes struggle with what to say about golf holes.  Some of that will improve as I read more about golf course architecture.  Another piece is I think that the pictures tell most of the story.

So I leave it to you readers.  What do you like, what do you not like, what would you like to see change?

Thanks!