The Point of the Golf Swing

Greetings Golfers, There are lots of ideas about how to swing a golf club. Hopefully those ideas will lead to hitting good shots. I’ve seen lots of pretty practice swings by people who can’t hit good golf shots. I’m not knocking pretty swings … I think good rhythm and...

Volvo vs. Ferrari

Greetings Golfers, I just watched a video of a tennis instructor talking about the nasty remarks regarding his latest teaching video. He’d been talking about strategy … and using his 4.0 student in his examples. People couldn’t believe the student was a 4.0 player....

Murdoch and the Mystery of the Golf Swing

Greetings Golfers, As you get into golf, you can’t help turning into a  detective … sort of a Sherlock Holmes of the golf swing. It can be a lot of fun … but it can also drive you crazy. People can get more obsessed with the golf swing than with the game of golf. The...

Fun at the Run

Greetings Golfers, The other day, I was picking up sandwiches at the grocery store for one of our events. Obviously, we’re running golf events differently than in the past … however, people are in a supportive mood and happy to play golf … so it’s been working out....

Byron Nelson

Greetings Golfers, The 1965 Masters Leaderboard was loaded with stars. Jack Nicklaus finished first … Arnold Palmer and Gary Player tied for second. As you go down the board you see Gene Littler, Tommy Bolt, George Knudson, Tommy Aaron, Doug Sanders, Ben Hogan, Tony...

Cheaters

Greetings Golfers, Golf has always prided itself as a game of integrity. The players self-police without officials watching their every move and calling penalties. We all know the cheaters. Whether it’s moving the ball from a bad lie or mis-marking the putt or even...

Golfers and Race Car Drivers

Greetings Golfers, The other day I read an article about the handicaps of Tour players. That basically, you need to be a plus 6 handicap that can play to it anywhere. Not just be the star of your home course. Also, I don’t think most people understand how crazy good a...

A New World

Greetings Golfers, We’re always learning (hopefully) … and usually we learn more when life is hard, rather than when things are easier. Probably, because when things are good, we take it for granted … and when things are tough, we step back and try to figure out...

A Good Grip

Greetings Golfers, One of the prettiest sights in golf is a good grip. And, unfortunately, it’s a rare occurrence. If you ever give golf lessons to beginners, you’ll see one of two swings. The first one is the caveman swing. The club is gripped in the palms, squeezed...

It’s a Golf “Swing”

Greetings Golfers, Some players golf games get better as they older … some get worse. I was one of those “worse” guys. I started noticing trouble in my 50s … then around 60, it was pretty obvious that things had changed. Not only had I lost distance and swing speed …...

Don’t Worry About The Rain

Greetings Golfers, You know that saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, I think for Minnesota it should be “May showers bring June flowers”. We’re about a month north of most of the country. But, a little rain shouldn’t stop your golf plans. Monday and...

Rights, Tolerance and Making Putts

Greetings Golfers, So, we’re almost 2 weeks into playing golf in Minnesota.  Thought you might like to hear some of my observations. First – people are shooting great scores. Why? It’s very simple – the protruding cup is a much easier target than the cup...

Golf Stories and Gladys Kravitz

Greetings Golfers, It’s fun writing a weekly blog. People always ask if I’m worried about running out of things to write about … no I’m not. I have a lot of leeway … sure, it’s a golf blog, but that’s not very limiting. And, I don’t have an editor assigning me stories...

Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot

Greetings Golfers, Yesterday, golf courses in Wisconsin got the green-light from their governor to open-up … according to safety regulations. Obviously, we golf course operators in Minnesota hope the green-light flashes our way … soon. When the weather is nice, we...

Better – not Perfect

Greetings Golfers, The other day I was talking to a local PGA teaching pro. He’s a smart guy and I always enjoy his stories and insights. He gets it. Doesn’t get caught up in the frills – he has a real sense for the bottom line. And what really makes him a good...

Chi Chi and the Tiger King

Greetings Golfers, Yesterday, my wife asked me what I was going to write about … I said “Chi Chi Rodriguez”. I have no idea why I said that. Haven’t heard his name lately … he hasn’t been in the news … no reason to say that … and I didn’t hesitate – just jumped...

Getting Your Golf Fix Without Golf

Greetings Golfers, If you’re in Minnesota … you aren’t playing golf. At least not on a golf course. Besides playing, there are other ways to get your golf fix if you’re cooped-up indoors: movies and books. Here’s a pretty standard list of good golf movies. Just...

Hope, Fresh-air, and Alister MacKenzie

Greetings Golfers, What a week! Obviously, everyone and every business has to be careful and smart. Golf courses are open in some states … and closed in others. Not to be self-serving, but I could see golf clubs close their clubhouses, yet keep their courses open. It...

Spin, Weight-gain, and Ping-Pong

Greetings Golfers, Bryson DeChambeau gained a bunch of weight over the Winter and is driving the ball 18 yards farther than last year. I also gained a bunch of weight over the Winter and am driving it 1/2 a yard farther than last year. I guess Bryson was also lifting...

Good as it Gets – Weather and Stoics

Greetings Golfers, How good is this weather? 64 on Sunday? Here in Minnesota? Well, we deserve it. The past few years were brutal. We normally have our annual Ranger-Starter meeting the last Saturday in March. Looks like we’ll have to move it up … because … we’re...