We have a mini heat wave right now in northern Utah with the temperature spiking to 64 degrees today. It has been a brutal winter, with more snow this year than at least the last 4-5 years. We’ve been buried. The skiers love it, as they should.
One of my home courses, River Oaks, opened for play a couple of days ago. With the snow having just melted off, the ground is still muddy and there’s goose crap everywhere. The grass is dormant and the greens slow and bumpy. Still after 95 days it was nice to simply get away from the office, the desk, the keyboard, the mouse, the code writing… and walk 12 holes in the outdoors.
I’m attempting to approach the game different this year, focusing more on enjoying the experience than the scores or the handicap. I’m not sure how much mental strength I have to do that or how long that attitude might last, but that’s the goal, to rediscover golf. I soured on the game a bit last year.
As expected I was a bit rusty but did manage to make a couple of birdies in 12 holes, and knocked one tee shot on the par-3 3rd to about four feet. I have some kind of game which is better than the average hack, if not just because I was a professional drummer for decades and I have killer eye-hand coordination. It certainly isn’t because of raw golf talent or having a naturally beautiful golf swing, because those things I do not possess.
It was nice to get out and whack the white spheroid around with a long time buddy, and to meet a couple of other players along the way.
So far my quest to rediscover golf is on track. I didn’t quit the game on my first round of the year and I intend to play at least another round. It’s a start.
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:
Here’s the latest driver from Taylormade, the M5. The M in the name stands for “Mixer.” This driver’s inspiration comes from the audio mixing console, like you see at big concerts and stuff.
Golfers will be able to adjust the usual driver properties like loft, face angle, lie, and so on. New adjustments will include parametric filters on several different bands, balanced and unbalanced inputs, high and low pass filtering, inline compression with hard and soft knee adjustments, effects inserts (adding a plugin type architecture for 3rd parties to develop their own “driver APPS”), noise gating, tube pre amplification, dynamic range expanders, and a bypass button for when the adjustments get so crazy you need to turn them all off.
Perhaps this is the the peak of the adjustable driver era? I’m not sure there are many more ways we can adjust these things. Statistically all these club adjustments over the years have had NO effect on amateur golf scores, which have not improved in decades.
Here are some highlights from the Hell Day tournament at one of my home courses, River Oaks. I introduced this format to the club when I was club president and I’m glad to see that legacy carrying on years after my reign ended. One might call this format a Halloween golf tournament (for those of you googling that term…) Below is a highlight video from my group, showing some of the very tough putting conditions and below that are some photos.
Teeing off on the par-3 12th
Not really sure what is going on here…
This is AWESOME. Halloween pumpkin painted next to the 17th tee
16 tee, carved out of the bushes WAY right of the fairway
Pumpkins are immovable objects
Lasering a yardage on #15 tee
Trophy for LAST place is a guy bending over and blowing a snot rocket on his ball