For years HOG has been a one golf geek show. A couple of years ago I had two additional contributors. One was a golf fitness guy and the other was a lady on the Futures Tour trying to make it to the LPGA. The lady written a few posts which turned out to be plain copy and pastes from her own blog. She wanted me to offer her autograph as prizes for site contests. At that point I checked out her professional record, and she’d won a grand total of $668.00. I won more than that on $2 nassaus against my hacker friends last year. The fitness guy’s posts were decent, but mainly I was being used to drive traffic to his site so he could sell his products. I canned ’em both and that experience soured my thoughts on having other writers for a while.
Fast forward to 2009. My backlog of reviews to write is insane. I’ve got about 20 books to read and review. At two books a year, I’m booked for the next 10 years plus. I’ve got about 100 different golf gadgets in my queue, a dozen golf clubs and at least six boxes of golf balls from various companies. And somehow I got on the barbeque sauce mailing list. In my kitchen cupboard I have over 21 bottles of barbecue sauce waiting to be consumed and evaluated. Yeah I get it, golf and BBQ sauce.. WTF?
Introducing 4Checker, a.k.a. Golfer In Kilt
Over at The Golf Space I’ve gotten to be pals with Stefan/4Checker/Golfer In Kilt. He’s a mid handicap player from Texas who has a passion for golf and is very active on the site. He has written a few nice pieces as a contributor at The Golf Space and is a faster reader than I. So I’ve now added him as a HOG contributor to help with the book review load, and the task of evaluating gear or items which would be more suitable to a mid handicap range. Being a 1 handi myself, I really am not the right guy to evaluate game improvement clubs. Most of them I’d just hit to the left!
4Checker’s first HOG piece is already posted before this introduction. It is a book review on the book Golf On The Edge. Check it out and give him a warm HOG welcome!
What a week
I’m coming down from a week long Masters high. What a week. So many great story lines in this years Masters. Cabrera, Perry and of course the big Tiger/Phil pairing…
I’m a bit down due to other non golf related issues. Yes the dreaded “life” category. I’m going to take a short blogging break to clear my mind and reset. I hope to be fresh when I come back. Knowing me that break will only be a day or two, if I can resist golf blogging at all.
On the bright side there are only only 11 months, 24 days, 22 hours, 52 minutes until the 2010 Masters…
I first mentioned a situation with GolfNow.com, or what I prefer to call them, “MaybeGolfSometimePossiblyIfWeGetAroundToIt.com,” back on March 4th.
My friend Dave had told me how he was happy with his commissions he was making as a result of having one of their ads on his golf blog. I thought I’d give it a shot since I need to recoup some of my operating costs.
I signed up for the GolfNow.com affiliate program back on February 2nd. Rather than typing it all again for you, just click here for the details of what transpired at that time, and over the next MONTH.
In short, it has now been over TWO MONTHS since I signed up for the program and have yet to receive any kind of communication regarding whether I’ve been approved or not. This is why I now call GolfNow.com “MaybeGolfSometimePossiblyIfWeGetAroundToIt.com.”
If they’re so unorganized or simply flaky about signing up affiliates, how can one expect them to handle their bookings well? Even more worrisome, how would they how handle paying me the correct amount and in a timely fashion?
Let’s see how long this goes. I’ll post an update after the 2nd of each month, the anniversary of my applying for the program.
Full results for week 11 and total standings below…
Finally the snow has melted and I can get back to doing one thing I love to do, GOLF! Now that my golf schedule is up and running (unless it snows again), I’ve got two new pieces of gear I’m currently working on upcoming reviews.
I’ve played a couple of rounds now with the new Titleist ProV1x. My first round was in Orlando in January, when I was pretty rusty. My 2nd was a couple of days ago when I played solid yet still had my clock cleaned by my pals. So far I like the new ProV1x a lot. It isn’t as hard as previous models so my granny 100mph swing can compress it. The ball’s surface is definitely different than previous models. More to come.
Rife IBF Tour Aussie Black Putter
My pals at Rife Putters have been very cool to sponsor this year’s HOG Space Fantasy league with a putter as a prize. I’ve got two Rife putters in my review queue, the first being the very nice IBF Tour Aussie Black. I played my first round with this one a couple of days ago and when I made the right adjustments in my stance and stroke, I started dropping bombs from all over the place. Stay tuned.