The forecast for this afternoon is 98F and sunny. I’ll be doing my best to stay hydrated and keep my concentration and energy level up with the help of some Swing Oil.
In my group “swing oil” or “swing lube” is normally in reference to another liquid refreshment.
I’ll be testing Swing Oil out over the next month or two and posting my full review soon. I’m playing so bad now that I’m tempted to not only drink this stuff but soak my clubs and golf balls in it as well. Hell, I might even pour some on my brain.
I’ve found a new gamer ball, one that fits my game perfectly:
The Emoji Poop ball above matches my Emoji Poop driver cover, which reviewed about a week ago.
Below is the Paige Spirinac ball:
These are part of the Emoji half-dozen pack which can be found on Amazon here.
When my golf partners watch me chip this is the ball that represents their reactions:
These would be a fun Father’s Day golf gift, though it may be too late to order these for Father’s Day unless you are on Amazon Prime.
I’m happy to announce the release of the world’s first golf blog Android app! Hooked on Golf Blog is now available as an Android app, free in the Google Play Store here. HOG blazed the golf blogging trail when it began in 2004, and continues to blaze new trails in the world of golf media.
The HOG Android app was designed to be easy to use. Reading the latest posts takes one finger tap. Getting a list of posts in a single category, like equipment reviews is one tap. Now HOG patrons can enjoy the brilliant, well written, entertaining, enlightening content here anywhere, on their mobile device. Read HOG in line at the DMV or waiting to get drilled at the dentist!
If you are an iOS user, the app is also available on the Apple App Store here.
I’m thrilled to announce that this morning I submitted the new Hooked on Golf Blog iOS mobile app to the Apple iTunes store. This free app delivers all the HOG content to your mobile device in an easy to navigate and very clean format for mobile. New content is automatically updated; fetched directly from the blog’s database.
By day I’m a web developer and I’ve been doing a lot of learning of technologies and programming languages that are “device agnostic.” This allows me to port the code to web, desktop, iOS, Android and even Windows Phone (if I wanted to, but I don’t). I’ve spent tons of hours learning and working hard on this app and bringing together the engine of this site, WordPress in the form of a mobile app.
The app is awaiting “approval” at the moment. This process can take a few days up to a week or so. When the app is available (and confirmed working LOL) I’ll be making lots of announcements here and on all the HOG social networks!
HOG (other platform) Coming Soon
I’m still finishing off the process of creating the HOG (other platform) app. I hope to submit that to the (other platform) Store this evening. An announcement will follow.
It’s 6:43am Sunday the 4th of June. I tee off in about 2.5 hours for round two of the RCK Salt Lake City Amateur tournament. This is the tournament that’s most important to me each year. It’s an extremely well run tournament which is gross-only, and the format eliminates sandbaggers. The golf course, Bonneville, is always setup and manicured extremely well.
This season I’ve pretty much lost my iron game. I’ve been hitting sometimes as little as two greens in regulation for 18 holes, which is not where a supposed 3 handicap should be. Combine that with my short game struggles and it’s hard to score, though my putting is excellent. If I couldn’t putt I’d be shooting 95 instead of 85. I should be scoring 75, according to my handicap. I haven’t sniffed a mid-70’s round since last year.
So I came into yesterday with a small bit of hope and mostly low expectations. I started out less nervous than normal because of the low expectations. I kept it together on the front for eight holes with a couple of birdie chances that barely missed. Through eight holes I was +1 and began to think that I actually had it together. Then came the nerves.
The golf gods are funny like that. They allow you to have hope so they can crush it. My hope was crushed on the par-3 9th, rated as one of the toughest par-3’s in Utah. I pulled my 7-iron left and it hit the cart path, bouncing way up into deep fescue. I found 12 balls in that fescue, none of which were mine. My provisional tee shot missed the green and I ended up making a 6.
The back nine was a case of my typical round this year. Miss greens in regulation (missed 7 of 9), then struggle to get up and down to save par. The two holes I managed to hit in regulation were pars. My putting for the day was 1.78 per hole with no 3-putts. That’s a feat when they have the greens setup so bloody fast. But great putting can only go so far when you miss 12 of 18 greens in regulation and don’t chip well. I did make a couple of good chips like on 17, where my ball literally had a piece of sod stuck to it. I guess I chip better when my ball has gunk stuck to it.
On the back nine I started to have those thoughts like I did last year. The frustration and realization that playing to the level I desire may not happen again. It certainly won’t happen with my schedule of late, 27 holes of golf per week. When I was down to scratch I was playing 5x/week. That frustration and realization made me think that 2017 might be the last year I play golf.
Fist round score: 82.
Today I will give it my best once again. In A-Flight, handicaps 2-6, I can perhaps break into the prize money with a round in the low-mid 70’s. Haven’t done it in eight months, but that’s the goal.