KEVIN STADLER

I had the good fortune to sit next to Kevin Stadler on the plane home from the US on the weekend. Super nice fellow on his way to a tournament that his Dad used to play in Japan.

As I don’t really follow golf, it took me a moment to figure out that his Dad was Craig Stadler. I said “Tell your Dad that I think his golf book is one of the best I have read”. He laughed and said “I didn’t even know he had written a golf book”.

I was with a super talented photographer colleague/friend on the red-eye and just had to grab a photo. Haneda airport, 5am-ish Sunday morning. He was very happy to take the shot with his new Leica M Monochrom that he is oh so fond of. Now if he had only told me to comb my hair … (smile). Check out his Shoottokyo site for some eye popping shots.

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Best of fortune to him. Super nice fellow.

OVERHEARD: 7 IRON

 

Last weekend we finished a round and were having dinner on the patio at King Valley. It was a beautiful evening, sun going down, no wind and a great post-round dinner with the family. On the deck above a wedding was being held and after listening to the broadcast nuptials (‘I do’ over a megaphone .. I heard it from the 18th green), the crowd dispersed while the couple took photos.

Above us a few young men were speaking and the words floated down:

“I am serious, my golf game is really coming along. I mean, my iron work is really progressing. I pick that 7 iron out of the bag and I bang it 120 yards, right down the middle every single time. Every single time, 120 yards. I am serious … 120 yards (insert emphasis)”

I leaned over and whispered … “Average male golfer hits a 7 iron 135” (smile).

A COMMENT WORTH POSTING: HANDICAPS

Michael – allow me to clarify your comments around the handicap system and its application to golfing.The concept of maximum number of strokes per hole is called Equitable Stroke Control (ESC), and is in fact part of the RCGA rule (and USGA rules for our American friends) regarding maintaining accurate handicaps.  Its purpose is to prevent artificially high handicaps (deliberately or not).  While it might serve your ego to have a low handicap, it serves your pocketbook to have a high handicap.However, the application of ESC only occurs when you are entering your score for handicap purposes.  I agree with you – the person who scores 10 but says “put me down for a double since that is my max” is cheating.  His score for his round, whether it is tournament or not, stroke play or match play, is a 10.  However, when he enters his score in the computer to recalculate his handicap, his score for that hole is a 6.On the other hand, if he does not adjust his score for handicap calculation purposes, he is cheating as well.  The RCGA has instituted this rule because it works.  “The purpose of adjusting scores is to prevent exceptionally bad holes from artificially increasing your handicap”.  The handicap system works.  I play in numerous tournaments throughout the year, all with handicaps applied and it works.  It is a beautiful thing as it allows a scratch golfer to play with a hacker and there can be a competitive game.

Don’t mess with the system and don’t break the rules.  When you score a 10, your score for that day against your playing opponent, against the guys, or your score for the tournament is a 10 for that hole.  After everything is settled and you go to post your score on OGIN, or on your home handicap-tracker, be sure to adjust your score on that hole for ESC:

0 or plus            max 1 over par
1 – 18                max 2 over par
19 – 32              max 3 over par
33 +                   max 4 over par

For a good overview of the Handicap System, visit this site:

DUMBEST THINGS YOU CAN SAY ON A GOLF COURSE

  • Dogleg .. smogleg .. I am going over those trees.
  • My friend told me to get out of a sand trap, you just aim an inch behind the ball and swing like crazy.
  • Laying up is for wimps. (Funny thing … when playing with the pro on 18 last week, I was 230 out from the green looking at some big ugly traps so I pulled out 5 iron to lay up and she said ‘Your not going to do that are you?’ … I had to laugh, her trying to goad me into a wood .. LOL .. A nice par).
  • I think I got all the kinks out on the range.
  • I can carry that lake.
  • I always hit my 6 iron straight.
  • I can reach this in two.
  • I can’t see over the hill, but I am pretty sure no one is there.
  • I heard you should always aim right at the hazard you should avoid.
  • Why don’t we play from the tips?
  • I better not leave it short.
  • That’s it, I’m switching balls.
  • Maybe it’s in the cup.
  • I don’t see any water up there, time to break out the big lumber.
  • Instead of punching out, I wonder if I can blast one between those two branches and then fade it back toward the hole.
  • 50 bucks if you make that putt.
  • There is absolutely no way I should use my 3 wood here. What the heck.
  • I saw Tiger try this once.
  • Mark it down, this is the day I break (Insert 100/90/80).

A few others I will add:

  • So, you wearing the pink or red thong today?
  • 50 bucks says he picks his nose.
  • I was hitting it so well on the range or ..
  • One of these days I will learn that I need to get to the range before I head out for a round.
  • Great drive! Hold on ..come on .. hold on .. come left .. hold … too bad.
  • I’m going for it.
  • I play better after a few beers.
  • Nice distance Sally (You ever see a female pro hit? I have).
  • If I just par the next 3 holes, it will be the round of my life.
  • Should have put the driver away on the range and practiced a few putts (Putts are 1/3 of the game!)
  • Think I can make this?
  • I really shouldn’t try this.
  • I need a new set of clubs.
  • The weights on this R7 are amazing. They have really helped my hook.

Via.

UNBREAKABLE RULES OF GOLF

In my humble opinion, two laws that can never be broken:
1. The Bill Hertha mulligan rule. This rule evolved over a few years of playing golf with Bill as he learned the game. The rule goes like this:
“If you shoot a crappy shot and take a mulligan, you will repeat the crappy shot” So true.
2. If you are having the round of your life and you count up your card and realize that you are having the round of your life, it will quickly change into a doomed round. You will start thinking ‘If I just do this, this and this then I will .. oh, my goodness, ok .. I need to calm down, just do what you have done before .. settle down .. wow, I could shoot a X .. just need to get this next par .. ok, and swing .. OH NO, not in the trees .. ok, if I can hold this to a double and then birdie, I can still do this ….’
Case in point, what happens when you don’t add your card:
When I was golf crazy, I never added my card mid-round. Bad karma. My low score was an 80 on a challenging course (Blues – 135). I missed a 3 footer for 79 to finish the round (Proud to say it was only my 5th year of golfing). I shot that 80 because I did not know that I was playing so well and I was having fun. As I like to say, if I had known that the 3 footer was for a 79, I would have taken at least 5 minutes lining it up and then missed it.
Case in point, what happens when you do add your card:
At the golf-a-thon (See other posts), on my 4th round I was playing great. We started our game on 16, and after 3 holes I was 1 over. We moved to the front nine where I went 5 holes to a dead even (Two birdies, two bogies and a par). I then read my card and realized I was playing to 1 over after 8 holes. I then went double bogie, double bogie, double bogie (Insert bad words) and a par to finish out the 9 at 41.
Got to love golf.

GOLFATHON LEARNINGS

As mentioned, I had the opportunity to play in the BMO golfathon at Angus Glen last week, which was amazing. Raised a ton of money for kids and had a fun time doing it.
 
My partner and I played 66 holes in 10.5 hours and had a few interesting experiences:
  • My partner always ‘gets’ me at least once during our day. Last year he snuck his ball in the hole while I was grabbing a drink on a par 3 and watched in amazement as I jumped around celebrating his hole in one. The year before he had me ‘laser’ in his distance while he took a picture, which you can see here. This year while I was in the washroom he drove up 200 yards and dropped 3 balls within 1 foot of each other. I was amazed … as he had been duck-hooking everything off the tee all day long (Some kid who goes looking will find a ton of once-struck ProV1s).
  • We had the opportunity to play with a few LPGA pro’s and one was amazing, Carrie (Dont remember her last name). She was 5′ 2ish and no more than 115ish and she pounded the ball 260 off the tee everytime. Proof that it is not physical strength but tempo and technique. Of note, on the 18th we had a little competition going and I drained my 12 footer for birdie to ‘beat the pro’ (smile). I have to thank her, I started mirroring her finishing position which is a picture perfect finish, and my drives straightened out (eliminating my pull) and started dropping to 250+ regularly.
  • I had the chance to play with Jan Dowling from the Big Break III. We know of her as a woman at our home club knows her mom quite well. It is exactly as you saw on TV, she is a very nice person. Of course, I just had to ask that question we all want to know, is Danielle really like that? The answer is yes .. and she would get up at 3AM, 2 hours before the filmed breakfast to get ready for the day. The best things that have happened to her over the last couple years? The Big Break III and getting to play in the Ladies Canadian Open. Good for her.
  • I did not win a keg this year.

I wish Jan and Carrie all the best in the future, and another GREAT DAY FOR A GREAT CHARITY! Thanks to Frank for the pictures … enjoy his shorts! At least he was not wearing plus 4s this year.

 2006 06 22 - Frank   Carrie Vaughn   Michael

Frank, myself and Jan Dowling from the Big Break IIII. A great person and a good golfer. Glad to see her doing so well!

 2006 06 22 - Michael   Jan Dowling   Frank

A theme for the day, I spent a ton of time on the beach.

  2006 06 22 - Michael  in bunker on 6th

This is on our 4th round, right after I said to Frank and Jan – holy cow! I am 9 holes in and 1 over! (We started on 16, where I went par, par, bogie). Then I went par, birdie, bogie, bogie, birdie, par. We had a big conversation on this hole and then I went double, double, double for a 41. NEVER ADD YOUR CARD! I flew it into the bunker.

  2006 06 22 - Michael  on 14th

Then I flew it over the green and two putted. Thanks for catching the pain on camera Frank.

  2006 06 22 - Michael  greenside on 6th

Playing on my new Moto Q. Amazing, I ran it for 10 hours and it only used 1 bar (I have the extended battery). Windows Mobile is here!

2006 06 22 - Microsoft technology at work

(archive) SURE FIRE WAY TO TICK YOUR WIFE OFF

If you are organizing a golf tournament for your team with clients, make sure you tell marketing to put it at your home course on the day that the women’s league golfs every week.
You will end up with emails like ‘Women’s day golfing has been moved back to noon tee times because someone’s husband who works at X is having a tournament that day’
Yup, works every time.