Thursday, March 02, 2006

Where Did The Term "Caddie" Come From Anyway

I've always been facinated by the origin of words and when they're related to golf it's even better. Here's the story behind the word caddie.

Back in the 16th century, Mary, Queen of Scotts ruled supreme. As such, she used to employ young nubile soldiers (cadets) as porters. God knows what else she employed them for, I could make some guesses but that's for another blog.

Anywho, she must have been pretty cool because she liked to golf. Of course, while she was golfing she wasn't about to carry her own clubs so she used the young cadets to carry them for her. These cadets became known as her "caddies" and the word has stuck ever since.

I can't imagine she got too many rounds in because she was unfortunately beheaded in 1587 at age 45 and spent the previous 18 years of her life in prison.

Whoever said it's good to be King/Queen didn't know Queen Mary.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Hey If You Can't Score Like a Pro at Least Now You Can Workout Like One

According to Mike Pedersen over at Perform Better Golf (when you get there click on his blog link at the bottom right), us mere mortals can workout just like our multi- million dollar friends on the PGA Tour and we don't have to invest in a whole gym set-up to do it.

Who knew that with a few items you can easily buy you can look buff just like Tiger does.

I'm sure it will help your game and your health.

Now if the workouts can get me the same kind of women Tiger has that would really be doing something (thank God my wife never reads my blog!) .

When you go over to Mike's site at Perform Better Golf, don't forget to check out his Ultimate Golf Fitness Program, it's a great looking product.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Odds are Definitely Against It

Ben Hogan was not a mathematician so you'll have to forgive him but he once said, "I see no reason why a golf course cannot be played in 18 birdies, just because no one has ever done that doesn't mean it can't be done."

Here's what a golfer would be up against statistically.

Let's take a scratch golfer and assume he/she, on average, will birdie three times during a normal round. Applying some high order math we figure that out to be an average of one birdie every six holes, so the odds against a birdie on any given hole are 6 to 1.

Following that logic the chances of getting a birdie on two consecutive holes are 36 to 1 (6x6=36). That's not too wild to imagine.

Now here is where it starts to get scary.

For each consecutive birdie you figure the chances by multiplying by six, so three consecutive birdies would be 36x6 or 216 to 1. Keep doing that through nine holes and the chances for nine consecutive birdies becomes a staggering 10,077,696 to 1.

And now for the grand finale. For eighteen holes the chances of getting 18 consecutive birdies becomes an unimaginable 100 trillion to one.

To say that is unlikely would be a slight understatement, don't you think?

Ben Hogan was right in that statistically, it can be done, but realistically there's not a chance in H-E-Double Toothpicks someone will ever achieve it.

Sorry Tiger.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Where's the Love?

Davis Love III to be exact. Love was in the finals of the Accenture Match Play Championship against Jeff Ogilvy and lost 2 down. He had control of the match early during the first 18 then fell back to 3 down. He fought his way back to 1 down then kind of just melted away, missing short putts and coming up short on a couple others.

For a guy who's had so much Ryder and President's Cup experience I expected a little more out of him. If he wants to make this year's Ryder Cup he needs to get on his horse, it's still early but there are a lot of other players out there with the desire to make the team.

I hear he's playing pain free now which is nice so maybe this is the start of some better play.

Come on Davis, give us some Love.

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Azinger & Faldo Are Doing a Good Job

I like the duo of Azinger andFaldo in the announcer's booth. Azinger has just enough irreverence and Faldo has that dry British wit. It's a shame ABC has decided not to renew their contract with the PGA after this year.

I'm sure this dynamic duo will find some other gig if they want it.

Maybe they can do Monday Night Football?

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