Ryder Cup Notes From Across the Pond

“It is hard to believe Bill Murray can mill about the course unattended without being mobbed by fans, but no one said the Ryder Cup was a normal event.”   Continue reading… Results of Singles Matches: Patrick Reed def. Rory McIlroy 1 Up Henrik Stenson def. Jordan Spieth 3&2 Thomas Pieters def. JB Holmes 3&2…

Thanks, Arnie

Arnold Palmer: Sept 10, 1929 – Sept 25, 2016 “I sometimes think that I would have had a better life had I been born fifty years earlier, when the stakes were not so high and the game was more carefree. The professionals of the 1920’s mostly earned their livings working at some country club; the…

Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew

Kris Tschetter’s terrific book describes how she became friends with Ben Hogan when she was a young member at Shady Oaks CC. Under Ben Hogan’s tutelage, Kris would go on to become a winner on the  LPGA Tour. “You know, Mr. Hogan, a lot of people have talked about your secret,” he [Dr. Bob Rotella]…

PXG Irons: My Opinion

I’ve been playing the PXG irons for a little over a month now. I had been curious about these clubs ever since they were released. Actually, I was very curious. I’m a complete golf club fanatic (more on this below) and I would typically have ordered the PXG’s much sooner. But the price tag prevented…

Bobby Locke: “You Drive for Show and Putt for Dough”

In the early 1970’s, when I was 12 or13 years old, I caddied for my father in a four-ball tournament known as the L.D. Pierce Memorial. The event was held in Rutland, Vermont and it attracted a very good amateur field (there was a decent amount of money involved). I didn’t realize it at the…

My Game and Yours

Published in 1963, Arnold Palmer’s My Game and Yours includes swing tips, anecdotes from competition and thoughts on golf’s evolution from one of the most important golfers in history: (62) tour wins, (7) majors, (4) green jackets. On Arnie’s Amateur Days: One of the things that changed my mind, as you may have guessed, was…

The Tenth at Riviera

I began my golfing career at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, a course I have played many times. The 10th hole at Riviera is one of the most beguiling challenges on the planet. Just putting that green has driven people crazy. If you don’t believe me, ask  the tour professional who once 5-putted during the…

Nike & PXG: A Possible Partnership?

From golfwrx.com: “There’s a different way PXG could benefit from Nike’s decision, though, or even support the apparel giant, Parsons said. The companies could work together, with Nike meeting the clothing needs of its endorsers with Swoosh-logoed apparel, shoes and accessories, and PXG providing those players with their golf clubs.” “Parsons envisioned a scenario where Nike was…

Ping iBlades: “Wow, These Are Soft”

From golfwrx.com: “That brings us to the first ball our testers hit with the iBlade irons; ‘Wow, these are soft.’ ” “The iBlades place 1.6 times more elastomer directly behind the impact area of the club face, leading to an impressively soft feel when golfers flush a shot. Ping’s designers call the experience ‘activating the elastomer.’ ”…

Where’s the Beef ???

“I’ve ordered enough burgers in my life. It’s about time I try handing them out for a change.” “Beef” Johnston visited Arby’s inaugural New York City location in Times Square during the week of the PGA Championship. To no one’s surprise, he took it upon himself to start handing out food to the people in…

NY Post: Americans Are Losing Interest in Playing Golf

Golf Businesses Struggle as Interest Fades From the New York Post: “Golfsmith, a 150-store golf specialty retailer, has hired an investment bank and restructuring expert as it weighs a possible bankruptcy court filing, according to a report. “The Austin, Texas-based chain, caught in the middle of a downdraft in the sport — roughly 6 million…

The Education of a Golfer

Easily, my favorite golf book. Although some swing tips are included, this is not an instruction book. Primarily, it consists of stories detailing Sam Snead’s rise to success on tour. There are wonderful accounts of competition, particularly match play. Snead was quite a psychologist…and a very tough competitor. The writing by Al Stump is outstanding….