This is yet another of what are sure to be glowing reviews of a product by my new golf buddy Marius, the gray matter behind the new hip golf company called SUMI-G. Marius and I met at this year’s PGA Show and have become golf pals, with weekly grudge matches to determine who reigns supreme, at least for one week. For the first time in our playing history, we both played decent last week. To this date all our battles have been pig fights. Somehow this week the bugger Marius beat me out of $1.00 despite the fact that I beat him by one stroke.
SUMI-G Dormy Belt
Part of the SUMI-G “Tee Collection,” the Dormy belt is a very hip and stylish belt for golf or just everyday life, unless looking cool isn’t on your list.
The Dormy belt sports that new wider footprint we’re seeing in golf belts these days worn by many of the “in” golf crowd. The width is 1 5/8″ wide. Note: if you are wearing some old school style golf pants or golf shorts from years ago, this belt may be too wide to fit through the loops. If you pick up one of these belts and it is too wide to fit through the belt loops, that’s a tell tale sign that the “hipness level” of your belt is beyond that of your pants. You’ll need upgrade your pants to match the quality and style of the belt!
The buckle is super stylish and shiny and features a unique double prong to latch it into the belt. Within the buckle is a magnetic SUMI-G ball marker. Using this marker during play is easy and is referred to “Sumigizing.” If you misplace the marker, the belt comes with two backups.
The leather of the belt is very soft. When I have strangers comment on the looks of the belt, I have them feel how soft the leather is. That looks a bit strange to passers by I must admit, but I feel a duty to spread the word on how nice and supple the belt is. It isn’t like a “biker” belt with the cheap hard Tijuana leather. This is Italian leather baby.
The Dormy Belt is yet another mega-stylish, elegant and useful product from my new favorite company SUMI-G.
Just a few minutes ago while sitting here in the San Diego airport withing for a flight, I had someone tell me how cool my belt was (I’m wearing the white one right now). This happens daily.
HOG SUMI-G image gallery.
The entire SUMI-G line may be purchased online now at The Golf Space SHOP or at the SUMI-G web site.
My review of the super cool SUMI-G golf head covers which feature rigid exoskeletons.
Yesterday I had a blast with my new friends down here in San Diego. Cap’n Mark took us out on his 60 foot yacht (yacht is too snooty) boat for about 9 hours. We found a bunch of dolphins swimming and I caught this video clip:
Two weeks ago I was fighting off the shanks. Then I played consistent, but not stellar golf in the Salt Lake Am with a 77, 78. I shot about 7-8 rounds in a row in the 70’s. Then I had a shank relapse. Funny thing was I went birdie, shank-double, birdie. That is insane. Next round I started shanking again and shot a humiliating 82.
I’ve lost 20 yards off the tee this year. My normally long driver is not long. Now I’m the short hitter in my group and I used to be the bomber. I’ve lost yards with my irons as well. I’m a good club shorter than I’ve been for the last 10 years.
When I look at the ball marks on my driver face, they’re all over the map. They’re inside, toe, high, low… Something is changing my position. My irons are almost all shanks and seldom do I feel that compression I used to feel almost every shot. My normal deadly wedges are short right.
I used to be a draw or straight ball hitter. Seldom do I draw the ball anymore. They’re all fades. Weak sister fades to be exact.
Just don’t know
I’m unsure about ball position. I’m not sure if I’m taking the club back properly. I have poor concentration. My shoulders don’t seem to be aligned right, nor do my feet.
One good thing
My putter is freakin’ incredible right now. Unfortunately I’m draining bombs to save par or bogey. If I could hit some damn greens in regulation I’d be making a ton of birdies.
Time for a break
I’ve been playing golf a lot lately. My game has not improved and has actually gotten worse. I’ve burned myself out, and beaten my golfer’s elbow up so bad I’m in a ton of pain. Time for a break.
I have some theories as to why my game is such a mess right now. The two primary ones are somewhat related. I suspect I’m not able to concentrate because of things happening in my world outside of golf.
I also suspect that my losing about 24 pounds in the last couple of months could be causing my power loss and making my swing more wild. How could it make it wild? I’m much more flexible.
When I come back from my break, which could be a few days, a week or who knows… I plan on enlisting my PGA Pro. I’m going to start from the ground up and rebuild my swing.
Today my Dad and I played in a 27 hole member-guest tournament at his club Hidden Valley. We play this tourney every year and enjoy the format. The course has 27 holes and each nine is a different game: two man scramble, alternate shot, net best ball.
We started out great and kicking the butts of my pal Arnie and his partner Bruce. But when my Dad and I get to the alternate shot it is very difficult. The pressure of alternate shot is high and if you mess up you leave your partner holding the bag. My dad and I did that to each other a few times and flamed out on that nine.
Throughout the rest of the round Arnie and Bruce caught fire and started burying us. It was an old fashioned demolition. Despite a great session at the range prior, my 2009 “mystery swing” reappeared and I started finding parts of the course I never new existed. I’m getting tired of that.
The end result when all was said and done was not finishing in the money, and having to pay Arnie and Bruce for the nice golf lesson.
There was about a 30 minute rain delay when we were on a par-5. It was there I witnessed something I’ve never seen, a five putt. This was during the stressful alternate shot. I watched Arnie and Bruce trade putts and trade putts and trade putts. They ended up carding a five putt on that hole for a total of nine strokes. Had they even two putted they would have probably finished in the money. Despite that nine, they still waxed my Dad and I.
Congrats guys. We’ll be seeing you next year…
I won’t be writing as long of a post with hole by hole accounts as I did after day one. In fact, I was so mentally and physically drained after the tournament that it has taken me almost two days to get to posting this.
Going into round two I had a number in my head. That number, 70, was what I thought I’d have to shoot in order to break into the prize money. As it sits I don’t know if my estimate was right and I didn’t hit that number, or even close. I shot 78 with seven bogeys and one birdie.
Challenge #1: The pairing
There’s this guy in my league at my club who is, shall I say, loud. When you have 100 guys in the room, his voice is the one everyone hears. He’s in your face, obnoxious and one of those “personal space invaders.” He’s also very hot tempered on the course. He’s a club thrower, flag stick thrower and has been known to pull a Woody Austin and break his clubs over his head.
I was paired with this guy.
I dealt with him fine and I don’t feel that his behavior had any bearing on my game, good or bad, except on one hole. On one par-3 I had a 6-iron in my hands. He flew over the green, threw his club and announced to the group that he couldn’t believe he’d flown an 8-iron over the green. That stuck in my mind and I gagged on my 6-iron, thinking I had too much club. Bogey.
Challenge #2: The conditions
The course, Bonneville, was in absolutely spectacular condition. This course has some of the best greens in the state year after year, and these greens this weekend may have been the best I’ve putted, ever. I really don’t think I missed a putt in two days under five feet. If you started it online and with proper pace, it was going in. No doubts. No bouncing or drifting off line.
My speed on my lag putts was a bit on the aggressive side though and I kept giving myself those five footers. Unfortunately many of those five footers, which I never missed, were for bogey.
The rough had been grown in for a good couple of weeks. The grass was so long that it was seeding. I must have missed about eight fairways by no more than one foot. The ball goes in that stuff and nestles down and you have NO idea how it will come out of those lies, or in fact IF it will come out at all. As I missed greens in regulation, the ball would go into that deep grass too. Chipping from grass like that is hell. You subconsciously know if you don’t swing hard enough the ball isn’t going to move. So you hit the chip too hard and leave yourself a 20 footer for par. That was the story all day for me. 20 foot par putts and 5 foot bogey putts, which I never missed.
On the 16th hole (my 7th since I started on the back first) I was sitting at +3 on the round and feeling pretty good. I had a 4-iron to this par five which normally requires fairway wood to reach. I pushed my shot slightly. I knew I’d missed the green by just a few feet. When I got up there the two players in my group and I could not find my ball. I was getting ready to go back and replay, but then we found it. The ball was three inches from the fringe of the green, in a slight depression in the ground. The grass was long to begin with, and it was obvious that the mower missed this spot. I’m three inches from putting, yet my ball is in 10 inch deep grass.
All I could do was open up my lob wedge and swing out of my shoes. I almost broke both my wrists and let out a loud grunt when I hit the ball. The ball did come out, went across the green and to the opposite fringe. From there I putted twice and made par. Despite that being a “good” par, being so close to a par-5 green in two should be a guaranteed birdie. This was the story most of the day.
The good – What I can store in my memory banks for next year
My history in this tournament is one of shooting 72-73 in day one and being right in the hunt. Then on day two I melt down, throw up, gag, and shot in the 80’s.
I didn’t do that this year. This year marks the first time I’ve shot both rounds in the 70’s in fact. I had no nerves or butterflies in round two. I also had no nuclear meltdowns in round two like I have in the past. I worked hard and ground out what I could get out of my play and the conditions. All that said, my 78 was a disappointing number, but as solid as it could have been.
One double bogey in 36 holes
I wanted to play consistent this year and that I did. I only had one double bogey in 36 holes in US OPEN conditions (deep rough and fast hard greens). That double bogey was a freak incident anyway, when I had a bogey putt circle around the hole 420 degrees (yes all the way around and more) before it jumped out of the hole, stuck its tongue out and gave me the bird.
Tamed that damn #9 par three
Last year ONE hole knocked me out of the tournament. I came into the incredibly difficult #9 at -3 after eight holes on the first day. I carded a triple bogey. The 2nd day I carded a double bogey. I shot 10 over for the tournament, but five over for that hole.
This year was a different story. I played the hole completely different. I chose to be short of the pin, or even the green at all costs. This allowed me to make to solid chips and 1-putt for pars. I finished that hole even. Very positive to take into next year.
Once again this tough tournament, the conditions and a bit of the pressure had the best of me. I still haven’t cracked into the money or played to a level I’d hoped.
I probably shouldn’t be too unhappy, based on the fact that only five days before this tourney I had the shanks. Fighting through that and posting two rounds in the 70’s in those conditions is an achievement in itself.
I bring some hope into next year based on the good I got from my rounds and my more consistent play.
I’m going to keep playing in this f*&ker and one of these days I’ll break into the prize money.