Saturday, April 15, 2006

84 Lumber Classic Gets 86ed

All the talk Joe Hardy did about making his tournament one of the best on the PGA is now kaput. Apparently his 84 Lumber stores are not doing as well and he has pulled his sponsorship.

I have to give him credit, he had a goal of building a great golf course and having the PGA play one of it's premiere events there and he was right on the verge of achieving it when he had to let it go.

He started out getting his event played in Sept for a few years until he was rewarded with a prime June spot the week after the US Open starting in the 2007 season.

A week after the anouncement that they were closing a slew of stores they dropped the hammer on the golf tournament.

This must be a real blow to Joe Hady's ego. Lucky for him he still has his millions to console himself with.

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Friday, April 14, 2006

What Dictates Your Golfing Ability?

Let Mike Pedersen tell you himself. He's the golf fitness guru who has the Perform Better Golf website. He'll also tell you how to hit longer drives to boot. Here's how:

Every golfer is looking for the magic bullet for longer drives.

I can't tell you enough, how important it is to get your
body moving better in your golf swing. The ONLY way to do this
is to work on your body "off the course".

Hitting more balls won't do it! Buying every training aid
gimmick won't either. It's very simple. "Your body dictates
your golfing ability!"

To keep this email short, I've got a simple exercise you can
do right in your living room that will add a ton of yards to
your drive.

I call it the Lunge With A Twist:

* Stand holding medicind ball or single dumbbell in front of you.
* Take an elongated step forward.
* As you lower onto that front leg rotate to the same side as the
forward leg.
* Slowly return to starting position and repeat.
* Do ALL 10 repetitions on that leg, then switch legs.
* Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions each leg.
Benefit to Golf Swing:
* Improve overall strength of entire body.
* Working in combination the legs and upper body rotation similar to
the golf swing.
*Greatly improve both stability and power through the core for
straighter, longer shots.

This is just one simple golf exercise of many you can do to
literally transform your golf swing and game.

He's got a great program that really can make a difference in your game and your general fitness.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Els Claims Mickelson, Not Woods, Has More Masters Wins In Him

Ernis Els is giving the edge, for the time being, to Phil as the man to beat at Augusta. Wow, who would have thought a few years ago that anybody outside Phil's family would ever say that let alone one of the world's best.

Here's the article from The Golf Channel on what Ernie had to say aboutit:

Ernie Els sees a shift at the Masters.

He suspects that Phil Mickelson -- with two Masters titles in three years -- may have eclipsed Tiger Woods as the golfer to beat at Augusta National.

"I think Phil has got the game there now," Els said Wednesday.

Els was the only one of golf's "Big Five" -- Mickelson, Woods, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen -- competing at the Verizon Heritage, which starts Thursday.

Els has witnessed Mickelson's Masters rise. Mickelson's breakthrough major came two years ago at Augusta National when his 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole sealed a one-stroke victory over Els.

Then last week, Els was paired with Mickelson for the first 36 holes as he steadily played himself into contention. Els was impressed with Mickelson's control off the tee, the trajectory of his irons and his continued wizardry around the greens.

Plus, Mickelson is no longer burdened with the question of when he'll win Augusta.

"He just goes out and goes about his business," Els said. "So I think Phil, almost more than Tiger, has got more Masters in him, maybe."

Mickelson will have to double his Masters' output to catch up with Woods' four green jackets. And both have work to do to tie Jack Nicklaus' record six Masters titles.

Chris DiMarco doesn't see a shift at the top at Augusta. He lost in a playoff to Woods there last year and says the course features are ready made for Tiger.

"Phil is a great player. I have a lot of respect for his game, it's awesome," DiMarco said. "But that course sets up great for Tiger. If (Woods) putted at all like he normally putts ... it would've been closer."

The article continues on about Ernie but the interesting part is about the respect he shows Mickelson and also how DiMarco weighs in on Tiger's side. Nobody else seems to be in the running.

Put on your best asbestos outfit, this long awiated and anticipated rivalry is starting to heat up.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Rule The Golf Landscape

When it comes to golf course meccas, the golf courses in and around Myrtle Beach have to be the best in the country. It boasts just about every kind of golf under the sun save mountainess terrain.

If you like a lot of sand, try Arnold Palmer's King's North. How about a links style course, there's plenty to choose from but why don't you try Heathland or Moorland of the Legends Group. Do you like a more wooded track then stay where you are and play the Parkland course. Want to play Bermuda greens then play Jack Nicklaus' Long Bay.

The choices seem endless. If you decide you want to try all that Myrtle Beach has to offer there's a site Called Mrytle Beach Golf that gives a great overview including golf packages and driving directions etc. Check them out.

Once you go to this mecca you'll get religion.

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I Always Thought "Shit!" Was A Golf Term, Turns Out I'm Wrong

Here is the origin of one of the most often used words in the english language. Maybe only exceeded by the word "F$%K!".

Manure: In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.

Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening.

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T " , (Ship High In Transport) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Neither did I.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Top Ten Reasons Why Golf Is Better Than Sex

Now that the Masters champion has been crowned, green jacket slipped on and all the hoopla is over, it's time to get back to some good old fashioned, golf related non-sense.

Following is Davis Letterman's Top 10 List explaining why golf is better than sex:

#10 - A below par performance is considered damn good.

#9 - You can stop in the middle and have a cheeseburger and a couple of beers.

#8 - It's much easier to find the sweet spot.

#7 - Foursomes are encouraged.

#6 - You can still make money doing it as a senior.

#5 - Three times a day is possible

#4 - Your partner doesn't hire a lawyer if you do it with someone else.

#3 - If you live in Florida, you can do it almost every day.

#2 - You don't have to cuddle with your partner when you're finished.

And the #1 reason why Golf is better than Sex...If your equipment gets old, you can replace it.

And all this time I thought I liked golf simply because it was fun, now I have all these other good reasons.

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

2 Drivers, 2 Masters Wins, Mickelson 2 Good For Rest Of Field

Also, lets add to that two majors in a row dating back to his win at the PGA Championship the end of last August.

Phil was steady as he methodically worked his way around the course and won the 2006 Masters Tournament by 2 strokes. This is a new Phil we're looking at here. He's more confident, he's making smarter decisions on the course and he's following through down the streatch.

Finally it looks like we have a legitimate rival to Tiger Woods. Let the good times roll.

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Like A Dead Body In The Hudson River, The Big Names Are Floating To The Top At The Masters Tournament

Mickelson, Couples, Clarke, Singh, Woods, Goosen, they're all there at the top. Jostling for position as they enter the final 18 at Augusta National. Mickelson did the best this morning, moving himself alone into first place while Campbell stumbled to a 75.

A few upstarts have also climbed into position to make an upset, the above mentioned Cambell, Tim Clark, who started yesterday's round like a jack rabbit in heat only to get cold at the end like my wife after a huge fight. Stephen Ames, who last week wasn't even sure if he was going to show up this week because his family is on vacation (yeah, like he was going to give this chance up) is right there.

Ernis Els is lurking at 4 back and will need a great round to win but don't count him out.

Personaly, I'm pulling for Freddy Couples to put on the Masters Green Jacket. He would break Jack's record of being the oldest Masters winner by a few months.

Love to watch history being made at the Masters.

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