Bob Meddles’s treatment of sandbaggers is to strip them naked, bind their hands and feet with duct tape, and toss them in the lake behind #13 green where crawdads can feast on their flesh until the end of time. In my opinion this punishment for sandbaggers, or CHEATERS as I prefer to call them, is a much too lenient. That said, I’ve had a hell of a fun time glued to Bob’s book, The Hacker’s Guide to Golf: Stories of Golf and the People Who Play it…Badly.
The Hacker’s Guide to Golf is a 127 page laugh-fest, illustrated by CABoyer. Inside the book are all the things a hacker needs to know about the game, golf etiquette, golf equipment, drinking, cheating, rules. The book even covers the biggest mistake a married man can make, trying to teach his wife how to golf. “Sorry honey, I’m not laughing at you…. please put the club down Elin…”
Reading Bob’s book is like reading an autobiography. As the book says, my swing feels right when I’m doing anything BUT what my instructor tells me to do. For the first time I’ve found a book which perfectly describes my ultimate nightmare, a charity golf scramble. As a 1-handicap I’m always getting invited to these things and they instantly ruin my game. The last one I played in I was paired up with a (nice) lady who had never hit a golf ball in her life, and two 80 year old men. I was the anchor. If I was a 36 handicap I still would have been the anchor. We only missed first place by about 50 shots. Yeah the winners shot a 43, for 18 holes (par 72).
Well played Bob. Hats off to you. Nailed it. Someone finally wrote a book about golf which is accurate. Yes, under no circumstances will the practice putting green bear any resemblance to the greens on the actual course.
I’m thrilled to help increase exposure for the golf book Golf Etiquette Quick Reference – A Golfer’s Guide To Correct Conduct. When golfers learn the game they’re taught swing, stance, grip, technique. They’re never taught the etiquette of the game, where to stand, when to hit, how to care for the course. Those aspects of the game should be just as important as learning the swing itself.
Golf Etiquette Quick Referenc
This book is arranged in a small, easy-to-carry package which will fit in one’s golf bag for reference if needed. The tips are simple and supported by nice graphics to demonstrate the concept.
Great tips for the tee…
The book is very thorough, even covering the before and after-round conduct and traditions, like having a drink at the 19th hole.
Putting green etiquette… be sure to read this part!
This book should be required reading for every golfer.
This is a perfect book for me (no not a picture book). It is the kind of book I can grab and read a page or two and glom some mild entertainment from.
I played golf with a masseuse. She rubbed me the wrong way.
I played golf with a midget. He had a great short game.
These are a couple of highlights from the golf joke book Two Golf Balls Rolled Into A Bar
Golf Joke Book
This is a fun book to have sitting around at the office, on the coffee table, or by the commode.
Suggested Jokes for Volume 2
“You know you’re a bad golfer when you need to re-grip your ball retriever.”
“A blind squirrel humps a broken military clock twice a day (obviously more to this story).”
“Golf is 90% mental. The other 10% is in your head.”
“I asked my caddie if I could hit through the tree saying ‘trees are 90% air.’ He said, ‘so is a screen door.'”
The Art of Fast Play
I’ve had The Art of Fast Play – Solving Golf’s Maddening Problem of Slow Play for a long time and I’ve read every page at least three times. This is an invaluable book which is full of common sense advice for speeding up play on the golf course, and making the game more enjoyable for all playing and more profitable for golf courses.
Below are a couple of really great highlights/suggestions for playing fast. I actually DO these two, and did before reading the book. So I have that going for me, which is nice.
Place extra clubs ON the green, inline with your green exit path
If you come up to the green with some wedges and other clubs you used to get there, put them ON the green. This will help prevent them from getting lost in long grass where they are not easily seen. Putting them on the exit line of the green means you’ll have to trip over them on your way to the next hole, and not forget them!
Shorten Pre-Shot Routine by 10 Seconds
Golf math: A foursome of average 18 handicap golfers could shave ONE HOUR off their time by shortening their pre-shot routine by 10 seconds. Think about it. Each player will probably shoot 90ish. 90 x 4 players is 360 shots. 360 times 10 seconds is 3600 seconds. 3600 seconds comes to one hour.
One reason former golfers left is the time involved to play a round. That same problem is causing golf courses to lose money and the industry is struggling in part for this reason. Speeding up play makes the game more fun, brings more players into it, and helps golf courses’ bottom line.
This book would make a great Christmas gift for golfers of all abilities.
Mistake Free Golf – First Aid for Your Golfing Brain is a book by Robert K. Winters which is on my massive read list.
Mistake Free Golf
While I don’t think mistake free golf is possible, I’ll still check it out. Perhaps he’s referring to mental mistakes. I make many of those in the course of a round of golf.