On the range before the father/son tournament this morning I’m hitting wedge shots. The guy hack behind me is hitting drivers. He hits a “directionally challenged” a.k.a. sideways shot which hit me right in the left butt cheek. We’re talking about a guy hitting a full swing shot off his driver which hits me in the ass from 4-5 feet.
I turned around and looked at the guy and said “Um, that hurt” in a very dry nonchalant manner. He was sorry and embarassed, as he should have been.
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…