I came across this picture the other day – where I got got. I was in a golf tournament with a practical joker and he said ‘Can you tell me how far it is to that pin?”. The pin was over a hill so I had to climb on my cart to use my handy dandy laser scope. Little did I know that he was snapping a picture …..
I know that all 2 of you are wondering – what did they decide on the golf lessons? If you are wondering what I am talking about – check out my previous blog May 01.
Well, just so happens that my wife and I were out on the range a few weeks ago and she watched our club pro give a lesson. It was all feel and these little tid bits – and that locked it. We went to Virtually Perfect Golf.
She had her first lesson last week – and loved it – the entire lesson was on video (Of course, being the geek I am, I converted the VHS into a Windows Media file so that she could watch it on our Media Center (connected through the XBOX to the TV) or on her Pocket PC. It wire framed her swing and she is making progress. If you are looking for real improvement – either P3Pro or Virtually Perfect (They resell them all over – ask your pro if he uses it! I heard Leadbetter is interested in it).
A friend bought the P3Pro last year – and what an impact. His nasty big mother slice is gone (I still kicked his butt .. well, I kicked his butt the first game, he kicked mine the second).
Of interest, while at our club yesterday someone asked her (Insert astonishment): What, you are not going to Kevin? (our local pro). Personally, I now think of it like this: I could go to a mechanic who has the ‘knack’ for fixing cars or the one who has invested in that handy dandy computer to augment his ‘knack’.
I’ve been reading a new book that has changed my golf game. It is called “Useful Golf Book”. It contains the following life changing articles:
1. How to line up your fourth putt
2. How to hit a Nike from the rough after hitting a Titleist from the tee
3. How to avoid water when you like 8 … (or are laying) in the bunker
4. How to get more distance out of that slice
5. Using shadows on the greens to maximize earnings
6. Proper golf etiquette when you are playing with a complete jerk
7. Crying and how to handle it
8. How to rationalize a 7 hour round
9. How to find that ball in the long grass that everyone saw go in the water
10. Why your spouse no longer cares that you birdied the 4th
11. How to let a foursome play through your twosome without getting embarrassed
12. How to relax when hitting 7 off of the tee
13. When to suggest swing corrections to your opponent
14. How to convince your foursome that you really did score a bogey 5 after losing 3 balls getting there
(The above is me leaving it 6 inches short again)
In 1923, who was ……
1. President of the largest steel company?
2. President of the largest gas company?
3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?
4. Greatest wheat speculator?
5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
6. Great Bear of Wall Street?
These men were considered some of the worlds most successful of their days. Now,
81 years later, the history book asks us, if we know what ultimately became of them.
1. The president of the largest steel company: Charles Schwab. Died a pauper.
2. The president of the largest gas company: Edward Hopson. Went insane.
3. The president of the NYSE: Richard Whitney. Was released from prison to die at home
4. The greatest wheat speculator: Arthur Cooger, died abroad, penniless.
5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement: Shot himself.
6 The Great Bear of Wall Street: Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide.
However, in that same year, 1923, the PGA Champion and the winner of the most important golf tournament, the US Open, was Gene Sarazen. What became of him?
He played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95. He was financially secure at the time of his death.
The Moral: Screw work. Play golf.
My wife and I love to golf – and we are hoping that our two young lads will get hooked. They start their Linksters program tonight.