Arrow or Indian?

Pete,
Recently I played with some guys and on the 14 th hole one of them says to me,”you should get your swing on track man. As solid as you hit it, you are loosing yards to us with better technology.”. Now pete, I’ve always believed it’s not the arrow but the Indian, but could this be true. By the way, on 18 my out of date technology driver was 44 yards past the others, but by then the ibuprofen had kicked in…  -Rob
Absolutely, for the most part, it’s the Indian.  
Add technology to good technique, however, and you’ll find some more yards.  With the driver, it seems about every 3-5 years technology improves enough to warrant a new driver (better head design, shaft consistencies, and better fitting potential for the golfer).  
The Indian is still Chief. But, check out some drivers and you may find one that is consistently 5-10 yards longer.

Answer to a Rules Question

So the bunkers are all washed out.  The rules committee has decided to play them as GROUND UNDER REPAIR, giving a player the option of a free drop, no closer to the hole, outside of the bunker.  

The question that came up was….  Do you still post your score if you are playing a course where all the bunkers are GROUND UNDER REPAIR?
It’s one of those questions that really get the rules guys at the Carolinas Golf Association excited because the answer is so….  interesting.  
The first question that Michael Dann asked me when I brought this up was, “How many bunkers did you go in?”   
You see, this is a personal decision, rather than a blanket decision as to posting your scores.  The handicap manual is fairly clear in determining when and how a golfer should post scores.  Some golfers may go into 8-12 bunkers in a round of golf.  These golfers have a great case for NOT posting their tournament round for the day…..  Most golfers will go into 4 or less of our bunkers, and therefore THE MAJORITY of the holes that they played are under normal conditions…. These golfers SHOULD post their scores.  
Great question, interesting answer.  Fortunately, our grounds crew was able to get to most of the bunkers before the weekend tournament began, so our golfers were advised to DEFINITELY post their scores…. 
So, would you ADJUST your score based on your handicap on the holes where you hit into unplayable bunkers?   
GO PLAY GOLF! Stop THINKING golf swing!  Best,  

The TIGER Effect….

Perhaps one of the great effects of the Tiger Woods era is that the younger generation, especially with him out of the equation at the moment, has developed an unbelievable will to win.  

We saw it again yesterday on the PGA tour.  Webb Simpson* birdied the last hole of regulation and then the first two holes of the playoff to win the event.  Fantastic play by several young players.  Add to the fact that this tournament is huge!  Not a major, but not far off, and in some ways, just as important for many of these guys as the FED EX CUP PLAYOFFS continues to grow in stature.  
They grew up watching ‘a man of steel’.  They grew up watching others falter mentally and physically as Tiger just seemed to will the ball into the hole….  They most likely imitated him, and as they improved, were drilled by the media, their coaches, etc… that they had to be that confident to play at the next level.  
This is fantastic for sport. These kids will take golf to another level, they will come one step closer to reaching the human potential and that is awesome!  
*Full disclosure:  When I wrote down Simpson’s name, I made a mental note to check the spelling, as he’s still somewhat new to me, like so many of the young guys today!  There are so many, and truth is, I’m still a bit stuck on the guys I grew up with…..  So anywho, when I finished writing, I clicked on the PGA Tour website and discovered that I didn’t just misspell Webb’s first name,  I originally wrote Will, not Webb….  The face of golf is changing, and even I’ve got to catch up! 

Handicap/Rules Question

If you open up as quickly as possible after a very large storm (any old really large storm), and your bunkers are washed out to the point they are considered GROUND UNDER REPAIR….  Do you still post your scores? 

This question was posed to me just prior to opening our course on Friday. 

I contacted GOLFNET, the company that manages the handicap system for the Carolinas Golf Association. 

THEY LOVED THE QUESTION, and referred me to a specialist…. 

I’ll give you a couple of days to think about it. 

Life Continues to Get in the Way of Golf

So today, the golf course opens after being closed for 6 days due to Hurricane Irene.  The maintenance staff was incredible!  The community volunteers were terrific, and we could not have made the course playable this quickly without them!  My staff also put in a lot of hours on the course this week, and I can’t thank them enough. 

Total group effort.  Awesome. 

So now, let’s get back to golf!

….Oh yeah, I kind of busted up my knee on wednesday… Yup, missed a step on the stairs and BAM!!! 

I’m on the side lines for a while.   I’ll just have to contemplate golf for a while….  Should get some interesting blogs coming up…. 

I’ll keep you updated