I’ve admired and been envious of the great golf books some of my fellow golf blogger friends have written. My pal Neil Sagebiel blew the doors off my golf cart with his first book on the 1955 U.S. Open, The Longest Shot – Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open. My longtime pal John Retzer, known as the Golf Blogger, wrote a great golf tips/advice book called The Five Inch Course – Thinking Your Way to Better Golf. I know I could shave strokes off of my game if I’d just take John’s advice, but the five inch space between my ears is so dense it makes a black hole look like marshmallow.
My favorite all time golf book is The Little Red Book. The book is a collection of thoughts on the game by perhaps the best golf instructor of all time, Harvey Penick.
I’ve admired the effort, time, and research it must have taken for my friends John and Neil to write a golf book. And let’s face it, golf writers are not in it for the money. There’s no way I could imagine myself putting in the time to research and write such a book. I couldn’t compare to those offerings if I tried. So I won’t. I don’t have the huge blocks of time it must take to write a book. Then again, there are some 5,000+ blog posts here, each one a thought or topic on its own. Harvey Penick’s book is basically a lot of short blog posts printed on paper. If I sought out to write a book, “one thought at a time” maybe I could do it?
I could I suppose, but who needs another golf book? I must have 50 in my review queue I’ll never read, and the 50 I have read have done nothing to help my game. I’m probably just too stubborn or dense to benefit from reading them.
The last round of golf I played was November 15th, 2015. Shortly after that date I tweaked my back very badly and was hobbled for nearly a month. I probably wouldn’t have played much during that period of time anyway because it just gets too cold here in northern Utah, unless global warming flares up.
Tomorrow’s forecast here is a crazy 62 degrees and the snow is melting fast. I will join up with my buddy Dan and who knows who else at 2:30 for a 9-hole walking round on the front nine of one of my three home courses, River Oaks. I’ve just spent some time transferring my sticks and other golf bag stuff to my newest golf bag (pictured). I can already tell the carry design of this bag isn’t great. The straps come too close together, making it hard to get my arm through. We’ll see how long this bag lasts.
I’ll also start on my testing of literally dozens of golf accessories, balls, apparel, and clubs which have been patiently waiting in HOG World Headquarters. It’s going to take a while to catch up.
For tomorrow’s nine I don’t expect much from my game as I haven’t hit a real ball in some 95 days. I just hope to survive the round, loosen up, and see if I can start to make progress on my single golf goal for 2016:
I have some new tees to test when the snow melts. The snow is melting so that’s good news. Come on global warming!
These tees are from a new golf company called HoleOut. HoleOut is debuting a ton of new products, many which I’ll be covering. The tee is called PerfecTee.
PerfecTee – The front is to the right
PerfecTee is not symmetrical on the crown. The tee is set up in a specific alignment so as to optimize the tee’s resistance, or lack thereof.
Tees by rule cannot “increase” distance artificially. The only way they can help with distance (or spin for that matter) is by having the least amount of resistance possible. The “front” of the tee in the PerfecTee is open and will produce little, if any resistance.
What will this equate to on the golf course? I will post my findings as soon as I’ve had the opportunity to test the PerfecTee on the course.
IJP Design Black Watch Sweater
I’ve been enjoying the first few days wearing this new IJP Design (Ian James Poulter) Black Watch Golf Sweater. It has been very cold here in northern Utah and this sweater has been doing a fantastic job keeping me warm, stylish and comfortable off the course.
As soon as the snow melts I’ll put this brilliant looking sweater into actual play and post a full review. Until then, here are some specs.
• Made from soft luxurious premium quality blend
• Durable textured chunky knit with shawl collar
• Traditional leather buttons
• Embroidered Quintessentially British crest logo
• Fabric 60% Cotton 20% extra fine merino wool 20% nylon
• Machine washable – Do not tumble dry
Such a fun time of year on the PGA Tour! We get to watch celebrities and rich CEO’s play Pebble Beach. What could be more fun? Cue the Kenny G!
This tournament causes me to have to post my yearly Chris Berman golf rant. It must be a good 10+ years in a row now. This year I’ve decided to change up the format a little bit. Instead of just bitching about it, I decided to do a top 10 list. Let’s get to it. Drumroll please.
Top 10 Things Worse Than Watching Chris Berman’s Golf Swing: