2022 PGA Preview

2022 PGA Preview

As we sit in the thick of the PGA Tour vs. Saudi backed LIV Tour quarrel, the PGA of America didn’t do themselves any favors when the concession stand board at the PGA Championship was posted to social media earlier this week. While the PGA tour raises more money for charity each year than the other 4 major sports combined, the PGA as a corporation is raking the eyes out of the fans when it comes to food and beverage prices. $19 for a Michelob Ultra is absolutely insane and has no part in a world I want to live...

A Brighter Day Ahead

A Brighter Day Ahead

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Jason Day was the number 1 player in the world. Winning a major at the PGA at Whistling Straits then tearing through the FedEx Cup playoffs with enormous accurate drives and the hottest putter on the planet. But in golf, as quickly as the success can come, it can disappear even quicker. A laundry list of injuries and personal issues ensued and took its toll on Day, a professional in a sport that is definitely easier to play when you have a clear mind and are in a good place. He had neither,...

The 3 Grips

The 3 Grips

The grip is one of the simplest things to learn in golf but one of the most important aspects of playing your best. It takes zero athletic ability to grip the club properly and it is crucial in manipulating the club face efficiently throughout the golf swing. Having ball flight issues? Look to your grip. The position of your clubface at the top of your swing and at impact can all be directly related to how you hold the club in your hands. There are 3 ways you can grip the club and each have their pros and cons, two...

My Fingers Hurt…

My Fingers Hurt…

We’ve all heard, and probably used, every excuse in the book as to why we’re playing bad golf. So let’s have some fun and revisit some of the common ones as well some pretty hilarious outlandish reasons as to why most of the time we struggle on the links. It’s too cold It’s too hot I didn’t get any sleep last night I slept weird last night I haven’t eaten yet I ate too much for breakfast I drank too much I haven’t had enough to drink yet I hate Bermuda I hate bent These greens are too fast These...

Golf on TV; Must See?

Golf on TV; Must See?

Shark: 30 For 30 “This one might go down as one of the greatest final-round collapses in major tournament history” says the famous, soothing voice of CBS broadcaster Verne Lundquist. The line was given just as a golf ball takes a peak into the hole before rolling by on Augusta National’s 15th green. The player falls to the ground in agony as one final attempt at heroics slides by. That player is Greg Norman, and this is the 1996 Masters. Shark: 30 For 30 is ESPN’s latest sports documentary special, focusing on Norman’s historic final round collapse in an effort...

Be a Better Playing Partner

Be a Better Playing Partner

I’ve played with and seen many characters on the golf course during my career. Luckily, most have been great people and a pleasant experience. But I’ve seen my fair share of obnoxious idiots too. Read the room, observe, and be aware. Follow a little advice, and even if you can’t break 100, you’ll always be invited to play or become a regular in the Saturday foursome. Ask before rocking out These days8 out of 10 foursomes have a portable speaker in one of their golf carts, playing a football game or someone’s favorite playlist. These Bluetooth speakers are so popular...

Do Work From Home

The pandemic ignited a golf boom that we haven’t seen the likes of in over 20 years. It’s been analyzed and talked about sideways, upside-down, and inside-out that current players are playing and spending even more on their game and new players are increasing rounds played in some parts of the world as much as 30%. What has also grown popular with this influx of interest is home practice areas. Just another way to social distance yourself and work on your game, many people knocked down walls and raised some ceilings in their homes in order to make room to...

HOF Career – By the Numbers

HOF Career – By the Numbers

The World Golf Hall of Fame is unique in that you can be inducted while still actively playing on your respected tour. Phil Mickelson was inducted a few years ago and won a major after the fact. Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer have victories on the PGA Tour Champions after their respective inductions as well. I’ve always been fond of these criteria as I find it extremely sad when someone doesn’t take their rightful place in history until after they’re deceased. Sure, it’s a memorable and honorable moment for their family and friends to pay tribute and commemorate their loved...

The Dr. Is In

The Dr. Is In

March 8th is National Women’s Day. The day is meant to commemorate and celebrate female pioneers who stood up and fought for the rights of women’s equality everywhere. To go hand-in-hand with February’s Black History Month, I’d like to talk about a historical woman of color who resides just 45 minutes from me in Canton, Ohio. Coincidentally, this woman will also be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this week as the inaugural recipient of the Charlie Sifford Award for advancing diversity within the game of golf. Dr. Renee Powell is the LPGA/PGA Head Professional at Clearview Golf...

To Pure or Not to Pure

To Pure or Not to Pure

We all know the days of walking into a shop and buying a club or clubs off the rack are long gone. Getting fitted is engrained in the brain and rightfully so. It absolutely 100% makes a difference, no matter the handicap or ability of the player. But to what extent does an aspect of fitting become irrelevant or “smoke and mirrors” if you will. An old adage used to be if you play larger grips it will slow your hands down and you’ll hit more of a fade and less of hook, and vice versa. There’s never been any...