Improving Your Golf Game
So you want to find the "magic
club" that will enable you to be a great golfer. Sounds great! But you
need to know what the facts are.
Exercise for Older Golfers
am not an expert on exercise by any means. But I have been diligent
about maintaining my own body (now 73 years old) since I was about 40.
Here are the things I learned by doing and reading, that have served me
well. Note: drafts of this article were reviewed by people who are professional exercise experts, and I have tried to incorporate their suggestions, both into the article and into my exercises.
Nine Ball Flights
There is a common diagram in many golf books that purports to show the
nine basic ball flights. Unfortunately, that diagram is somewhere
between useless and incorrect. Here is a version (actually two
versions) of the diagram that correspond to physical reality.
Report - 2002
I had an opportunity to attend the Sunday round of the 2002 US Open.
Think Bethpage Black. Think Tiger, Phil, and Sergio.
Visit to Ping
In late June of 2013, I was in Phoenix and took
the occasion to accept Olly Eades' invitation for a tour of Ping Golf's
headquarters. The factory tour (available to the public) was definitely
worthwhile, and Olly's guided tour of the R&D facilities was really
exciting. We got to watch PingMan (their test robot) hit balls, and
even visited the gold putter vault.
PGA Show 2011
finally got to go to the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando FL. I
was there to help staff the Pro-Head Golf booth, but had enough time to
see lots of the show. Here's what I saw.
Trip!!! Reynolds Plantation 2010
play regularly as a Wednesday foursome on the Monmouth County courses.
But one of our members, Warren Furie, built his dream home at Reynolds
Plantation in Georgia, a truly prime golf community. Warren invited us
down for a week, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. This writeup doesn't
follow the look and feel of the rest of the site, but enjoy it anyway.
Lotsa' pictures and not too many words.
Trip!!! Golf 'Down the Shore' 2013-present
recently made a few late Fall golf trips to my friend Warren's house at
Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. By 2013, Warren had sold the house and that was no longer feasible.
But fortunately, Warren also has a summer home on Long Beach Island --
"down the shore" as a New Jerseyan would say. For our Fall golf, we now make the house our HQ
for three days, and play a few courses in southern New Jersey.
San Diego '98
Most of my family has gravitated to San Diego over the years, so I get
there fairly often. My trip in the summer of 1998 had several
interesting golf-related events. I got to play Torrey Pines. I visited
the Callaway and Taylor Made factories, as well as their R&D
facilities. And I got some really interesting "face time" with Dick
Helmstetter (the R&D directory of Callaway -- he's the
grandfather-looking guy in some of the Callaway commercials), Dick
R&D director of Taylor Made, now the technical director of
USGA), and Alastair Cochran (his book
is my absolute favorite on how
golf really works).
Can the Wind
Blow a Golf Ball Into the Cup?
On January 6, 2009, I got a phone call from Tommy Craggs, a
fact-checker for ESPN The Magazine.
following up on a "tall tale from sports", where a mis-struck putt was
blown by the wind into the hole. It turns out the calculations are
interesting, in that almost everything it requires is stuff a
college freshman would have to know to pass Physics 101.
Tiger Thinks So
Now Tiger says that clubs that fit is the most important thing, even
for a beginner.
Square Groove Controversy
In the late 1980s and early '90s, it was widely -- and incorrectly --
believed that square grooves were illegal. Here's how that rumor came
about, and what really
You Da Man!
I posted this one as part of the discussion of the 1995 British Open on
and Sports Technology
In every game the rules serve as a set of constraints that, in
surprisingly large measure, define the nature of the game. This is an
editorial, a strongly-felt argument that the USGA is caving in to the
golf equipment manufacturers and, by so doing, giving the lie to their
boast that they "protect the game". It isn't just about protecting
existing courses from being obsoleted by technology; it's about keeping
the competition based on skill and not the depth of your pocketbook.