Greetings Golfers,

Even though there’s snow on the ground in Minnesota … I’m playing golf today. That’s because I’m in South Carolina. We’ve been here for a week and a half, and I’ve played a lot of golf.

It’s not hot here … sweater weather (at least) … but good enough to play golf. I play at a course that’s been through a lot of transitions … not good ones … but at least it’s still open. The other public course in town has been closed for over a year. It’s not an easy business.

In fact, the course that I play at was owned by an heir of a famous nut company … he lost serious money over the years … he played with us last week and rode with me on my cart – I heard the whole story.

That’s not the point of this blog … but it is a factor – a major factor. See … the point is about how to hit the ball off of terrible lies. And I mean in the fairway. Not having any money meant that the maintenance was not kept up … the fairways don’t have grass … we hit off of bare lies. Not just tight lies … but soft, sandy lies. Wow. I’d rather hit off the road – at least it’s firm.

We arrived on Sunday the 3rd … and I teed-it-up with the boys on Monday the 4th. No range. Just go time. Hit a decent drive … then hit a 150 yd shot about 100 yards. That’s fun. My partners were really pleased to have me on their team. I basically rolled the next shot on and made a putt for an ugly par. Thank God the next hole was a par 3 and I could tee-it-up.

A lot of club-head speed can save some fat shots. Well, I don’t have a lot of club-head speed … that ship has sailed. I need to hit these shots pretty pure. Wish I could tee-it-up on these fairways. But, we’re playing for a little money (very little) so they wouldn’t go for me teeing-it-up all around the course.

Thus, I need to find ways to hit it. I need to keep my left arm high in my set-up. I need to play it back in my stance. I need to keep my swing wide rather than up & down. I need to swing smoothly.

I need to not freak-out.

And yet … I have to wrap this up because our tee-times start in a few minutes.

I guess there’s worse addictions.


Tom Abts
GM/Head PGA Professional

Deer Run Golf Club
8661 Deer Run Drive
Victoria, MN 55386
(952) 443-2351