Taking a bite out of blogging…
I’ve found myself in a bit of a golfunk following my 2016 Scotland trip. While I have played a couple of nice rounds of golf in which I had an enjoyable time, 80% of them have felt more like money-consuming time killers. That’s spilled over into my blog posts as well. I’ve tested some high tech golf apps and devices, which all failed on me. That killed the mojo even more. So I’ve got to challenge myself to produce some content, but what? Pro golf? More Scotland stuff? I could do that 24/7.
There have been many interesting events in the golf equipment world, and in pro golf. Tiger Woods announced that he’s going to play some events in calendar year 2016, though they’re technically on the 2017 schedule. I honestly thought we may have seen the last of Tiger on the PGA Tour. I’m sure it will be a media feeding frenzy when he plays, and as usual HOG’s traffic will blow up. Beyond that, I’m not expecting much from him.
What clubs and balls will Tiger be playing? Rory McIlory, Tony Finau and a few others also? Nike isn’t going to make balls or clubs anymore. Jason Day has signed with Nike on an apparel deal for $10 million a year, I hear. He’s still going to be playing TaylorMade clubs though. So which company gets the hat? The bag? Weird to see a Nike swoosh on a shirt and see a TaylorMade hat…
The Tour Championship is coming up, or is going on, or is it over? Haha. I don’t really know because I’ve just about lost all interest in following professional golf. I’d rather play golf than watch it, except the Masters, Open Championship and U.S. Open, Ryder Cup. I really can appreciate the talent of professional players, but I find myself feeling like I’m wasting time sitting and watching someone play golf on TV. Then again, it’s less expensive than playing golf.
The twice-every-two-years-USA-losing event is coming up: The Ryder Cup. The PGA Tour, Majors, Olympic Golf, Tour Championship etc, and now the Ryder Cup. Seems like an overload, especially now that football season is here.
I’m lacking golf motivation. Fall is here already. Snow forecasted for the mountains this week. Unreal. Maybe I should go with the two subjects that still seem to spark my interest, Scotland and cigars. Yep. The next month’s posts will only be about Scotland and cigars, or having cigars in Scotland. Maybe buying cigars in Scotland.
I’ve gotten a couple of these nice emails in the last couple of weeks. Yes HOG has won yet another award. My digital shelf is full of them. Glad it’s just digital. This one quoted below is very typical. I receive an unsolicited email from some person and site I’ve never heard of who has this top 10 list or top something list, and HOG is on it. I’m supposed to get all excited about it and post my award, and of course the LINK BACK to the list. That’s the key right there, the link back. This is just link trolling. I’m not a fan of links trolls, so to speak.
Hi Hooked On Golf Team,
My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.
I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Hooked On Golf Blog has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Golf Blogs on the web.
I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Golf Blog on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!
Also, you have the honor of displaying the following badge on your blog. Use the below code to display this badge proudly on your blog.
Out of curiosity I decided to look at the list. Between popups asking me for my email address I was thrilled, yeah right, to find out that I was in 31st place! I had no idea there were even 31 golf blogs in existence. A deeper look at the list had me laughing. Let’s look at a few:
#1 on the list is Golf Channel’s Golf Central Blog. To me this does not qualify as this is a major golf media outlet. Same with #3, ESPN.
#3 is Reddit? Really? That’s not a blog.
#5 is the “Rules of Golf” blog? I’ve never heard of it. They have a whopping zero facebook followers and 635 twitter followers. Impressive. And their Alexa Ranking (more on this later) is 743,000.
Golfsmith is in there. Not a blog.
My Golf Spy is in there. Not a blog. It’s a forum.
GolfNow.com is in there. Not a blog. It’s a discount tee time platform.
“Turf Diseases” comes in at #9. Yes, the widely popular blog Turf Diseases. LOL.
The Golf Channel’s YouTube channel came in at #17 with an Alexa ranking of 2. Well, that’s YouTube’s Alexa ranking but who’s counting?
Other companies in there who simply sell products but are being called blogs include Odyssey Golf, Your Golf Travel, Ben Hogan Golf Company, Northern California Golf Association, Hyde Park Golf and Country Club Grounds Department, Shipsticks…
Funny thing is that one of their criteria is Alexa ranking. Sounds great except the only computers that have Alexa on them are ones in which the user has specifically installed Alexa, and it only works on Internet Explorer, which now has roughly 1/4 of the browser market. The only reason IE has any market share at all is because Windows machines come with IE as the default browser.
Part of the criteria other than the faulty Alexa one is Twitter and Facebook followers. Well I have over 8000 followers, but they show HOG has having ZERO.
If you take away all the golf club companies, travel companies, sports entities like Golf Channel and filter out the list to true golf bloggers and filter out all the noise, HOG moves up to #1. Probably a tie with Golf Blogger really. Neck and neck.
My email, Facebook, and Twitter are lighting up with concern from around the world. I’m thankful to have so many friends in the golf industry. Apparently the big news the last couple of days is that a golfer was stabbed here in our lovely state, an incident involving slow play.
So speed it up!
The golf course was Payson Golf Course, a course which isn’t close to me. I’ve never played it. Probably never will now. This is from the Salt Lake Tribune:
Payson • Police say a 61-year-old Utah man is accused of stabbing another man for golfing too slowly.
KUTV reports that the man and his wife were golfing Saturday night when they got into an argument on the course with other players.
Payson police said the couple thought the group was going too slowly and wanted to play ahead of them.
The man reportedly used a pocket knife to stab another man and was wrestled to the ground by another golfer after the couple encountered the group again near the ninth hole.
The victim had a small cut and was taken to a hospital for the non life-threatening injury
After weighing up all the options and discussing it with my family and the Hooked on Golf Blog team, I have decided that due to the health concerns surrounding the Zika virus I will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Though the odds are low, my medical staff has confirmed that there is a potential risk of harm to me and my family and I’m not willing to take that risk.
It is with great sadness that I had to make this difficult decision. I was looking forward to being considered to compete in Rio and representing my country. I hope that HOG readers can understand this difficult decision and respect my position.
In closing I thank all those who have supported me in my golf career. I send my best regards and wishes to the the participants who will be teeing it up this summer in Rio.
The U.S. Open is this week at Oakmont. The course is setup to be the toughest course in the history of professional golf. According to many it is going to be a bloodbath. Watch for the pampered tour pros to be whining and sniveling about how hard it is. Poor babies.
As is customary during major golf championships, and a few other bigger golf tournaments, the golf apparel manufacturers release their “apparels scripts” to journalists and bloggers around the globe. Those journalists eat it up because it is easy content their lazy asses can just repost, and because they think they might get a free shirt out of the deal. Here’s Jason Day’s apparel script from adidas. It’s so cute.
For years now I’ve come up with my own “scripting” for these events, from g-strings to dirty laundry to beer scripting. Since this year’s U.S. Open is going to be so brutally hard, I thought my apparel scripting should reflect what it will really take to survive: body armor.
Are you geared for war? FORE!