New USGA and R&A Video Rules Missed the Elephant in the Room

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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Pop quiz: What’s the only document more complicated than the USA’s IRS tax code?  You guessed it, the Rules of Golf!

I’ve just read through, ok glossed through the new and immediate rules decisions by the USGA and R&A regarding video evidence, disputes, and decisions.  Golf has had such a bad reputation because of things like the recent Lexi incident the governing bodies obviously felt it immediately necessary to do something.  In regular fashion, they added more language to the rules which doesn’t address the main problem.

If the committee concludes that such facts could not reasonably have been seen with the naked eye and the player was not otherwise aware of the potential breach, the player will be deemed not to have breached the Rules.

The above line is the key to the new changes, and I completely agree with the sentiment.  If it isn’t humanly possible to conclude there’s a breach in the rules, then there are no rules broken.  That’s the good part, but not the elephant in the room.

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What’s completely missing from the new rules is the way that rules infractions are discovered, reported, and the timing in which these notifications happen.  I’m talking mainly about the viewer call-ins, emails, or social networking of rules infractions.  In the case of Lexi Thompson, she was notified and penalized an entire day later, and during her final round.  In my opinion, any possible infractions and related penalties should have an expiration date.  Perhaps once the next day’s tournament tees off, all possible issues from the previous round become invalid.  If there isn’t an upcoming round, perhaps one hour after each player finishes the tournament is the point at which any questions about rules violations become moot.

That time limit can apply to any source of the possible infraction, whether another player, a spectator, a rules official, or some fat dude sitting on his couch eating Cool Ranch Doritos who has nothing better to do than shuttle his DVR back and forth 12,000 times to see if Segio’s ball moved on the 13th at Augusta in the final round of the Masters.  That has to be the worst run-on sentence I’ve ever typed, but it sure rolls off the tongue nicely.

In my opinion (yes I realize nobody is asking for it) there should be NO call-ins.  No emails.  No tweets of rules infractions.  There’s no other sport on the planet who allows such a thing and it’s one more way the golf industry makes itself look more dumb in the eyes of the general public.


Sun Mountain TravelGlider Suitcase – Four Wheels Are Better Than Two, or None

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 24th, 2017
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Some reviews take a wee bit longer than others because there are specific applications for the products, like travel. Case in point is the Sun Mountain TravelGlider Suitcase (below).

The TravelGlider Suitcase is a companion to the Club Glider Journey, which I reviewed here a long time ago. The TravelGlider works on the same basic engineering as the Journey, four wheels are better than two, or none.

The TravelGlider Suitcase is H 30” X W 13” X D 13” and weighs 17 lbs. There are multiple internal pockets and a main compartment that expands 2.5” for added capacity. There are numerous handles for easy loading, carrying and of course the baggage handlers to throw the thing around.

The inside is spacious and hold plenty of golf apparel items for golf trips of several days to more than a week, depending on how much you sweat or spill marinara on your golf shirt.

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The key and best part of the bag is the ease in which it is huffed and transported through airports, train stations, parking lots, hotels, and wherever else one may shlep a suitcase. Just like the Club Glider, I can move my suitcase around an airport with one finger. Even my pinkie. It’s so easy. The wheels retract for storage and to check the bag.

Conclusion

Getting around airports with a Club Glider and TravelGlider is so easy it almost makes airports fun. Almost.


Wildlife Interactions on the Course Today

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 24th, 2017
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Sunday services today took me up Parley’s Canyon between Salt Lake and Park City, to Mountain Dell. There are two courses there, the Lake and the Canyon. I enjoyed a slightly brisk and quite windy round there, going through the process of resurrecting my dead golf game.

I busted out the PB&J on about the 11th hole.

On the 12th tee I reached for the 2nd half, but found that the 2nd half was gone.

On the 14th I found the culprit, a MOOSE! Hard to see, but he’s in the trees.

I may not have played the best golf, but it was nice to be out in nature sharing my lunch with the wildlife.


Sprout Plantable Golf Scorecards and Pencils Grow Into Herbs and Flowers

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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This is an extremely cool idea. Check out these plantable scorecards and pencils by a company called Sprout in the photo below. The paper and pencils contain seeds. When done with them, the golfer simply plants them in the ground and later reaps what he/she sowed.

For now I will be using the cards and then planting them in the front yard of my house. We’ll see what grows. So this is part one of a 3-part series. Part-2 will be a quick post showing the planting and marking the date. Part-3 will be seeing what grows!

I don’t normally post press releases here. I reserve that for my golf newswire HogWire.biz. But in this case their explanation warrants some airtime here.

SPROUT PRESS RELEASE

The Original Startup Wants To Make The Golf Industry Greener!

The green company Sprout wants to rescue millions of golf pencils and scorecards each year from ending up in the trash. By equipping them with seeds, they can be planted after use and grown into flowers or herbs.

Sustainability and golf is not a combination you normally associate with each other. Although the high water consumption is a challenge, think of the thousands of golf pencils and cards, which are typically thrown out after each round.

This is a problem that Sprout wants to solve. Sprout has achieved international success with the world’s first sustainable and patented pencil that can be planted after use and grown into herbs, flowers and vegetables.

Last fall they launched the plantable Sprout paper, which makes it possible to transform everything from business cards, gift cards, hotel key cards, coffee cards, and now scorecards, into flowers.

“The Sprout pencil has become a symbol of sustainability because it gets a new life when it has become too short to write with. And this function becomes even more relevant in a golf pencil, which is half the size of a traditional pencil and because it typically doesn´t last longer than a single day on the golf course,” says founder and CEO of Sprout, Michael Stausholm.

Along with a plantable score card, Sprout is offering golf clubs, proshops, associations and companies a sustainable golf writing kit that invites players to plant instead of throw away. And this is exactly what is important.

“We would like to inspire to a more sustainable mindset. We want people who come across our products to ask themselves: if I can plant a pencil and a card, what else can I do for a greener everyday life?” says Stausholm.

There are approximately 60 million golfers in the world and 35,000 golf courses – 15,000 courses are located in the US alone. According to Michael Stausholm the golf industry is a large and potentially untapped market that needs a boost of innovation towards a more sustainable direction. He sees a wealth of opportunity to sell Sprouts’ golfkits to this industry. Business and networking play an important role in golf, and the idea is also to reach more potential business customers.

“Sustainability is trending in the USA and we have already experienced great interest for our products from both American retailers, the promotional industry, businesses, organizations and the press, said Michael. “Golf is a popular sport in the US and we expect great success from this new industry.”

About Sprout:
Sprout sells over 450,000 pencils monthly to more than 60 countries. Sales are primarily to companies and organizations that get their logo on the pencils, and use them for green giveaways. Disney, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Marriott, Bacardi, Toyota, Save the Children and Bank of America are among the customers.


The Masters Cat – Exclusive Post-Masters Interview

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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My friend and I go back to the early-mid 80’s. Cee Clone is what he calls himself. Back in the day CC and I played football together and he was one crazy bastard, and really tough. He sent the football coach to the hospital, but that’s a story for another day. Then there was the day Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast album came out. The Utah Highway patrol couldn’t even handle CC. One more story for yet another day.

During the Masters I couldn’t help noticing CC’s social posts about his cat. She was glued to the action on TV.  “My cat can’t stop watching the playoff!” he said.

Once I’d gotten wind of the cat (I think she had 9-Lives Turkey & Giblets for lunch) I had to do an interview. You know, find out the real story. And here the story is. 10 questions with CC about Kira, the Masters cat:

What is your cat’s name?

Kira

Is this the first year the cat has watched The Master’s, or does she watch it every year?

This is the first year but she watches a lot of tv.

Who was your cat’s prediction to win this year’s Master’s?

Sergio of course after his first round.

Does your cat think the birds chirping in the TV broadcast audio are real, or piped in by the TV production crew?

She doesn’t care. She’s more interested in the game.

What is your cat’s favorite hole at Augusta National Golf Club?

Duh, 13th. Same as Phil’s.

What did your cat think of Matt Kuchar’s ace on hole #16 in the final round?

Too little too late. Too bad he didn’t win a car.

Did your cat think Sergio was toast when he blocked his approach right on #10, then pulled his tee shot into the trees left of 11 fairway?

Of course. Who didn’t think it was another Sergio meltdown?

Was your cat surprised that neither Sergio Garcia or Justin Rose could make a winning birdie putt on the final hole of regulation?

She says we all saw that double choke coming.

Kira watches Justin Rose on the 18th hole in the playoff against Sergio Garcia

What did your cat think of the one playoff hole (pictured above)?

Don’t three putt Sergio!

Does your cat stick around after the tournament is over and watch the green jacket ceremony?

No. We watched Street Outlaws. Love the 405!

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There it is. Kira loves the Masters. A cat like no other. A cat for the ages. In your life have you seen a cat like this? Yes sir kitty!


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