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...

SGL May Be SOL

SGL May Be SOL

I tend to lean more towards being a traditionalist. I don’t love change. I’ll eventually embrace it, but historically it has taken awhile for me to accept, adjust, and get used to it. It takes a lot of convincing for me to get on board, but it is possible. So as you can imagine, I am 100% against the Saudi Golf League. The SGL has been all the talk the last 6 months with what seems like a new rumor every day. PGA Tour players are asked in every press conference at every event their thoughts and if they plan...

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

This week at the Genesis Invitational, Tiger Woods returns as tournament host. It was this very event, last year, which Tiger was travelling from to an appearance when he had that devastating car accident. I for one am just excited to see Tiger resume his hosting duties, be on site, and hopefully join the crew in the booth for some commentary. Car accident aside, this tournament has been a love-hate situation with Tiger. It’s the only one where has made at least 7 starts at and not won. As a southern Cal boy, he was always expected to win here....

600

600

Charles Howell III has had a career one can only dream of. He’s also known for having the coolest nickname on the PGA Tour. While Chuckie 3-Sticks may not be a household name, he is known to diehard golf fans and his peers on tour as the human ATM machine. The man just plays solid golf and cashes checks, and he has done so for 22 years. This week at the Phoenix Open he’ll make his 600th career start. Howell is the 69th player to accomplish this feat but the 3rd youngest to do so. After winning the NCAA Championship...