Category: General

Fantasy Golf: Heroin for the Golfer's Mind

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I swore I wouldn't do it again. Told myself that, by God, I can stop any time. Promised myself last year, when I looked at myself in the mirror at 3 a.m., shivering, unshaven, panic-stricken, that no way in hell would I succumb again to the heroin that i… more »

Golf Course Pet Peeves

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Golfers can be very particular about their game and all that goes with it. Here are my top 10 pet peeves on the course. 10) Golfers who refuse to walk anywhere, ever, just because they are sharing a cart. 9) Not reparing divots. 8) Rangers who don't w… more »

2005 Predictions

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I've caught a few glimpses of 2005 peeking out of the mist swirling inside my crustal Titleist. And since it is my job to share such knowledge with you all, here we go: With Tiger's schwing in full form (Elin likes to dish when she's had a few egg nogs,… more »

Beholden to the big equipment companies

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Why is it that big-name magazines such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine endlessly review equipment by the big-name companies, while almost completely ignoring smaller companies? Here are a few potential reasons: 1) The magazines want to cover equipment… more »

The Big Bust, er, Big Break

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Maybe I'm just bitter, but The Big Break (I or II) is a Big Bust in my opinion. As I say, I may be bitter: Three years ago, I approached a television production studio with an idea for a golf reality show in which average Joe Golfers would compete in o… more »

Winter blues

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When winter rolls around in the north, where I live, I begin missing golf desperately. Or should I say, I used to. I'm not sure what has happened this year, but I just realized that I am not longing for greener fairways as I usually do this time of year… more »

Not missing the NHL

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So the National Hockey League players went on strike this season. Or maybe the owners locked them out. Frankly, I don't know which. My question is: Does anyone care? How many people outside of Canada really miss the NHL? In all honsty, I'm grateful… more »

Golf & Poetry

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The onset of winter always transports me into the strange netherworld of nostalgia, where the things that have happened merge with the things that didn't, and run headlong into the things that could have, and perhaps should have. Golf is a great lifeli… more »

Giving Thanks

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Accuse me of sentimentality. Accuse me of caving into cliche. But today simply demands at least a small pause to give thanks. First, I'm thankful for a wonderful family, a warm house, dear friends, and a 60-degree wedge that allows me to do some magical… more »

"You play like a girl." "Thank you!"

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At the 2004 U.S. Women's Open, what struck me immediately (besides the near flawlessness of Natalie Gulbis' legs), were the power, grace, and perfect timing of the women's swings. From day one, I began preaching to anyone who would listen: "These are the… more »

Land of the Rising Sun and falling handicaps

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I lived in Japan for nearly 4 years, and studied closely that country's oft-cited fascination with the game of golf. During that time, I actively avoided playing at the club to which I was given a complementary membership. The club did not allow women to… more »

Putters gone wild!

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At the 2004 Fall PGA Expo in Vegas, there were more new putters on display than any other type of equipment. And these weren't your grandfather's (or Phil Mickelson's) heel-shafted blades, either. Seriously, it looked like someone had dropped a bunch of… more »

Tiger & Elin’s favorite wedding presents

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Elin’s Top 5: 5) Kultida Woods’ cookbook (no more food-poisoning) 4) Her own small island nation (from Tiger, purchased with spare change) 3) Tiger’s little black book (to burn) 2) An invisible fence and a collar around Steve Williams’ neck (no… more »

Magnets: 21st Century Snake Oil

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Funny thing about golfers: On average, they tend to be well-educated. They tend to read (for example, you reading this). And yet, they tend to waste their money on junk, gizmos, and magnets. Magnets, the 21st century’s equivalent of snake oil. They’… more »

Sounding off on the talking heads

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In a recent equipment review (KZG U-Wood, I believe), I referred to former PGA Tour golden boy-turned-TV golf commentator Johnny Miller, “an insufferable know-it-all.” One of our fine readers wrote in, defending Miller’s honor. The reader wrote,… more »

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