I don’t know why, but when I hear someone say ‘give me a 6, my handicap’ when they just plugged out a 9 on the hole – it just strikes me as wrong. Maybe it is the purest in me, but when I blow up and hit an 8 or a 10 on a hole, I take it.
Now, I know the idea of a handicap system, how it is meant to smooth out the scores and provide tournament parity, but it just seems wrong. When I was out the other day, I was on a tear … 7 holes into it and I was 1 over, then it all fell apart. In the end, I could of scored 5 lower if I would have ‘taken my handicap’ (Nice blow up triples), but I did not. 
The handicap system makes sense for tournaments, but seems to defeat the purpose of the game – that inner challenge. I will keep taking my actual score and when I get older and have more time to get into the single digits, it will be the old fashioned way.


Have you ever been in a pool store and seen one of those cheap pool golf toys (which are cheaply made but really expensive)? They are usually Velcro balls that you try to ‘stick’ to a Velcro island. I have improvised a great low cost – and more practical alternative. What you will need:
1. An inexpensive mat (I picked one up at Costco – $10). I don’t like the green turf type – they mark your clubs.
2. A lounger – you can pick them up at any pool store or Costco for $30-40 – and chip away.
3. A whack of wiffle balls (Pick them up at Wal-Mart or any golf store).
4. A wedge (I have a Nike 56 degree wedge that I won in a tourney in the pool house)
And – viola!  You are ready to chip away the hours beside the pool. Make sure that you create a game of ‘go grab daddy’s wiffle balls and bring them back into the bucket as fast as you can!’. Enjoy the weekend!

Scope in that distance please

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)

SUCCESS: Gene Sarazen

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.

The Answers:

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.

The parental conundrum around golf clubs is what to buy? You can get Cobras/Taylor Mades for kids (Expensive) to cheap clubs (Play it again sports). Last year, I read a great article in Golf Digest on the topic and in the end, they gave 100% to only one manufaturer – US Kids for a couple reasons:
1. They are the lightest on the market by far.
2. You can buy them individually (9,5,7,P, driver, 3W, putter, etc.) No need to buy an entire set – just what your child needs.
3. They are colour coded for height (Where the Cobras and Taylor Mades are only one size) – reds for smallest, blue for middle, greens as they get older (9-10).
We did it this way for our kids – and they are great. The sizing makes a big difference (Last thing I want to do is custom fit my kids at this age! They will outgrow them too fast).