Saturday, October 22, 2005

Tiger "Drive's" Himself Home For The Weekend

Tiger's driver let him down this week as he misses the cut for just the third time in his career but for the second time this year. He leads the money list but still you can't help think there's something wrong. This is not like the Tiger of old. One can only wonder what he would be like right now if he stayed with Butch Harmon.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Stop The Madness!

Something has to be done! This is getting ridiculus. They lengthened the Magnolia course at Disney World to over 7500 yds for this weeks Funai Classic (whatever that is). I've been to the course (didn't get achance to play it though) and it does look easy but there is a better way to challenge the tour players other than length. Here's a wild idea, how about growing the rough and tightening the fairways. I know it's pretty out there but it just might work (heavy sarcasim). The tour should either insist on restricted flight balls or grow the rough and make these guys think about ball placement and accuracy once in a while instead of bombing it to within 30 yds of the green and just wedge it out of any trouble they might be in.

Whew, now I feel better, kinda like you feel after taking a nice healthy poop.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Excuse Me, Playing Through

Here's an interesting rule for those of us who tend to get a bit wild:

A ball hit into a clubhouse or any building not considered out of bounds conceivably could be played out without penalty. In fact, the player would be allowed to open a door or window to make this possible. The same goes for a barn door or other movable object integral to a structure.

Now that I know this I can't wait until the next time I hit into the 19th hole.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Here's Something to Think About

This thought is from Dr. Rob Rotella:

If you think the putter you are using will help you, it probably will. Conversely, if you think the putter you're using is worthless, it most likely will be.

That is directly related to the quote from Dale Carnegie who said:

If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right!

It's all about you're mental process.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Answers to the Golf Quiz

Here are the much anticipated answers to the golf quiz posted on Fri, Oct 14th:

1. The sound the ball makes as it is hit by your driver

2. The sound the ball makes as it hits a tree

3. A birdie (okay, so this one wasn't a golf sound but the word "birdie" is related to golf)

4. The sound the velcro on your golf glove makes as you take it off

5. The sound your spikes used to make (when you were allowed to wear metal spikes) on the parking lot

6. The sound a ball makes as it rattles in the cup

7. The sound a ball makes from an errant shot as it whizzes by your ear

8. The sound you make when your partner accidently slips and pull hooks his drive straight into your groin.

I tried this quiz out on my brother and he didn't come close to getting even one so I guess I was not as descriptive as I could have been. I'll try harder next time, if there is a next time.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Wie Did The Right Thing

Michelle Wie was disqualified from her pro debut because she signed an incorrect scorecard that was the result of not properly dropping her golf ball after taking an unplayable lie from a bush. A reporter from SI saw her take the drop and thought it might have been dropped closer to the hole then was allowed. After the tournament officials asked Wie to show them what she had done. They determined by using a string of all things, that she did in deed drop "12 - 15 inches closer" to the hole then was allowed. Now get this - she should have assesed herself a two stroke penalty and since she didn't and signed her scorecard with an incorrect score it made it officially wrong and therefore was grounds for a DQ. Whew! Got all that.

Here's the point I want to make about all this crap. This is the kind of nonsense that helps make these pro tournaments six and seven hours long. Now, in the future, Michelle and other golfers will be too scared of making rulings on their own and will automatically call for a rules official to make the call for them. Rules Officials are like cops, they're never around when you need them. After waiting fifteen minutes they might show up. This makes every group behind them have to wait. You play that same scenario out over 5 or 6 times during the round and you just added an hour to the round.

The USGA should not allow spectators and viewers to point out rule infractions. It should be left to the players to police themselves and officials to keep an eye on play as it's happening.
This would give the players more confidence in making their own rules decisions and keep the game moving.

That's my two cents.

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