Saturday, March 18, 2006

Pack The Spaceship Honey, We're Moving To Jupiter

Oh, Jupiter, Florida. Put the spaceship back in the garage. Seems all the stars are moving to Jupiter, Florida. First Greg Norman, then Nick Price and Calcavecchia and Floyd.

Now Woods. Plunked down 40 mil for 10 acres and probibly will tear the house down. This on top of the other houses he owns in California, Sweden and I think Thailand.

Here's the article from

JUPITER, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is buying a 10-acre oceanfront compound on Jupiter Island for approximately $40 million, according to published reports. That would be a record-high price for a property on the island, which Forbes calls the "most expensive ZIP code" in America.
"It's a really high price and everyone's blown away," Chappy Adams, president of Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach Gardens, which is not involved in the transaction, told The Palm Beach Post.

The property extends from the Intracoastal to the Atlantic, as do many of the compounds in the exclusive enclave just north of Palm Beach, and includes a main house, two guest houses and a beach house. Real estate agents indicated to the newspaper that Woods is considering tearing down the 13-year-old main house.

"The main house is in very good condition, but I'd think that someone who paid that much would want to put their own stamp on it," Jupiter area real estate agent Dolly Peters told the newspaper. "I'd be surprised if he didn't tear it down."

Tire Kingdom founder Chuck Curcio sold the estate in 2003 for $16.7 million to Stephen Garofalo, founder of Metromedia Fiber Networks, Peters said. Garofalo paid $12.5 million for the 16,000-square-foot main house alone, and also bought land to the south, tore down the house on it and built a new guest house, she said.

Garofalo had listed only the guest house for sale at a price of $18 million, the newspaper said, but Woods convinced him to sell the entire compound. Multiple Listing Service records show the property went under contract in mid-December.

Woods has been looking for a waterfront home for a year, and he and his wife Elin were especially interested in the southern Martin County–northern Palm Beach County area because Jesper Parnevik and his family live in the Indian Hills area of nearby Jupiter. Elin Woods was the Parneviks' nanny when she met Woods in 2003.

Woods will become the third high-profile golfer to settle on Jupiter Island, as both Nick Price and Greg Norman own compounds there. It was at Norman's house that then-President Clinton famously injured his ankle in a fall.

Several other pro golfers also own home in the Jupiter-West Palm Beach area, including Dana Quigley, Mark Calcavecchia, Bruce Fleisher, Ray Floyd, Hank Kuehne, Ken Green and Fredrik Jacobson.

Bet you I can find 10 acres alot cheaper on Jupiter the planet but the commuting costs would be a killer.

Golf Times

Friday, March 17, 2006

This Is What My Wise Ass Caddie Said To Me

I asked my caddie, "Do you think I can reach the green with a 5 iron?"

To which he replied "Eventually."

Golf Times

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I Need Schooln' and I Ain't Fooln'

Here's an interesting article from Best Golf Schools:

If you want to learn how to play golf the right way, the way the pros do then you need to start thinking along the lines of golf school. Practicing is not gong to make you a great golfer all it is gong to do is ingrain all of the bad habits that you have already picked up. Going to golf school on the other hand is gong to teach you everything that you need to know in order to master the game of golf. Golf is a game of skill and a game of patience and if you want to be able to beat everyone who steps out onto those links then you need to go to golf school and learn from the best.

Why golf school you ask? Why not one on one time with a pro? Well, first of all because not every one of us can afford to purchase this pro time. It can get awfully costly to buy one on one lessons all of the time.

Golf school is an affordable way to learn the same things that you would the other way. At golf school you will learn all kinds of tips and tricks to help your golf game. You will learn about the clubs about your swing and much, much more. And most importantly you will learn the right way. At golf school you will still have a professional there to show you just what you are doing wrong and to help you learn how to correct it.

At golf school you will be in a class, a small class containing only a few other students. There will still be plenty of time for you to get the attention that you need to improve your golf game. And let me tell you, golf school is loads of fun. You will get to learn and you will get to play, it is a blast.

In most cases you will attend the golf school in the morning and then be given some time out on the links later in the day. This gives you some time to absorb what you have learned and then put it into practice. This is the most effective way to learn and that is what golf school is all about: teaching you the right way to play golf once and for all. So if you feel your golf fame could use a little pick me up then check out golf school, you will be glad that you did.

Golf Times

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Looking For More Backspin? Don't Bother Cleaning Your Grooves

Turns out grooves aren't all that unless you're in the rough.

Grouchy Golf Blog has a good article on the topic:

According to equipment guru Frank Thomas, "...the grooves on a driver do nothing with regard to ball spin." In fact, some studies have shown that grooves on a driver can actually decrease spin. Pat Ryan Golf wrote about the findings of Art Chou of Chou Golf Design Labs and Deshou Liang of Drexel University (my alma mater).

They discovered that a smooth faced club at low loft angles (less than 20 degrees) produces more backspin than a rough surface. So grooves on drivers don't add spin. But how about other clubs? Surely, grooves make a difference, right? Yes, just not in the way that most people think.According to Paul Smith:

The backspin is created by the balls compression on the clubface. This occurs between the time of impact and the moment of separation from the clubface. The clubs swing path and type of head rotation sees the ball mashed into the clubface. The loft presented to the ball distorts it in shape and gives us the launch angle and all of its backspin.

The ball does not actually ever ride up the clubface, instead it gets imbedded in the face where the groove lines reside. High-speed photography has proved this. The more loft the greater the backspin.

Therefore, the grooves have zero influence on the launch angle or backspin on the ball. Well known club designer Ralph Maltby built a set of irons with no face groves at all and played with them extensively to prove this point to disbelievers.

Also, in the mid 1980's the USGA undertook extensive groove type testing and concluded that in dry conditions it was loft, not grooves that put backspin on the ball.So what good are grooves then? Rather like car tires which work perfectly in the dry, we need them to work in the wet as well.

Clubfaces without grooves work fine in dry conditions but with water and grass in the way, the grooves allow some of the trapped materials to be moved from the collision zone. Without groves you may get a high flyer with less spin and in this instance the ball does in fact run up the face - it actually skids up the face on the lubricating water and/or grass.

Sounds pretty groovy if you ask me.

Golf Times

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Not The Boss Of The Moss? Got The Answer Right Here.

Here's a scenario for you. Par 5, you hammer a drive that splits the fairway pretty as you please. You drill a 3 wood that lifts majestically into the air and flutters down onto the green 20 feet below the cup. You're staring eagle straight in the face.

Now comes the sad part. You blow your putt 5 feet past then miss it wide coming back. Now you're left with a 3 footer up hill. You step up, aim, pull the club back, push it forward, opening the blade as you do so and miss to the right for a 4 putt bogey. Ouch!

It happens to too many of us. If it happens to you then you need a quick lesson. Here's a drill from Golf Drill Guru:

The Problem: The players putting stroke is inconsistent.

The Result: Missed putts, and higher scores.

The Drill: Among many of the professionals who have used this drill, Tiger Woods is probably the most well known. And for this time only, since Tiger does it, you should to!

This drill involves two tees, your putter and a ball. It’s very simple.

Stick the tee’s into the putting green so that they make a gate just wide enough for your putter to slide through. Place your ball in the center of the gates, pick your target, preferably something no longer than about 15 feet away, as long putts tend to encourage a more inconsistent stroke. Now, get set up and work on making your putter slide through the gate without hitting the tees.

Be aware that the placement of the ball between the tees is a very important factor in the contact on the putter face. Be sure to place the ball where it will have the best chance to hit the sweet spot, and slide through the gate. Give it a try, and increase the consistency and reliability of your putting stroke!

And stop the 4 putts.

Golf Times

Monday, March 13, 2006

Taylor Made 320 Tour, Not Bad for the Money

I've had my problems with drivers as has most of you I'm sure. Just when I was ready to give up the ghost and go exclusively with my Taylor Made 200 Steel 2-Wood or my Titleist PT13 (has feel but no forgiveness), I took a chance with one of these.

I figured, go for it big boy, $79 brand new with the headcover, not big amount of moolah for a club nut like me. I was really surprised! This club is long, forgiving and unlike most humungous titanium drivers it actually has feel.

Maybe its the .335 tip shaft that allows you to actually feel the clubhead throughout the backswing. The face on this club is also square, not closed like on the other versions which makes for a much more 'honest' club.

I have owned the R510 and R540 and in my opinion this club is far superior in every respect to both of those. At 360cc, it is plenty big and it offers the maximum allowable COR, so you sacrifice nothing in terms of performance.

This club is the best kept secret out there. Just goes to show you that driver technology has already gone about as far as it can go. The big manufacturers would have you paying hundreds for their latest marketing gimmick.

No thanks, I think I'll be sticking with this one for quite a while.

Well, that is until they come out with a club that will actually swing it for you.

Golf Times
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