Every endeavor has it's masters.
Today it was golf's turn to shine.
The PGA championship was played this week end.
The top players in the world competed and put on
a clinic how the game should be played.
Some of the shots made were marvels to observe.
In the end, Rory McIlroy, a 25 year old Irishman,
from Northern Ireland, won as darkness closed in on Valhalla,
a course located near Louisville, KY.
Last week McIlroy won on the "Monster", the south coarse
at Firestone, near Akron where Arnie, Jack, Gary. and the
Merry Mex, Lee Trivono competed during the 1960s.
Two weeks ago, McIlroy won the British Open.
IOW, he has won three (3) weeks in a row.
Think we are looking at a phenomenon here.
Many players play their entire career and don't win three (3)
Think this young man is something special.
On Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:26:50 PM UTC-5, Lew Hodgett wrote:
I tuned out about an hour before the tournament ended (went to eat out), th
inking McIlroy (2 shots behind at -11 or -12, I think) and Mickelson (-11,
I think) would not win. When I learned of the results (-16 won), I realize
d I missed a great ending. I wonder if my brother taped it!
Turned it on about the 15th hole and sat, mesmerized, until the end. Not
a sports fan, but Golf seems to be about the only one left that actually
highlights individual effort without being saturated with some form of
Back in the 1970s, I played a LOT of golf.
I consistently hit 240-250 off the tees while the pros were hitting
Matter of fact, was given the nickname of "Gringo Gorilla" by the
in the Dominican Republic while on a trip there.
But alas, driving was the limit of my game and as the old saying goes,
you drive for show, but you putt for dough, and I didn't putt very
What really blows my mind is how today's pros hit the ball.
In 1972, a pro would hit a drive 250-260.
Forty years later, pros like Bubba and McIlroy drive 350 yards and
hit a 9 iron 200 yards.
I'm certain some of this is due to physical conditioning, but that
account for an almost 50% increase in stroke distance.
Haven't kept up with things since I quit playing, but upgrades in
equipment appear to be significant.
All these changes in capability means that "The Monster", #16, at
Firestone, a 627 yard par 5 has been reduced from a drive, a
fairway wood, and a short iron for position to an attempt for a birdie
to a drive, a fairway wood and a chip or even a putt for eagle.
It certainly is a different game being played today.
Physical conditioning has a lot to do with it but go to your local pro
shop and take a look at the woods. The woods/driver heads are mostly a
light weight alloy that more resembles the size of a large grape fruit
than an apple. By comparison the ball appears to be about 1/3 the width
of the face of the club.
If I were to start playing again I might be embarrassed to drag out my
small Titlist Driver. ;~)
I quit playing the first time in the early 70's and took it back up in
the mid to later 80's. I was amazed at the smorgasbord of brands of
clubs and the multi colored balls. Ping was relatively new.
Oddly I played better golf a few months after starting again some 15
years later than when I was playing daily when on the school team.
I'm with you, playing with a powered cart sucks unless of course
you are the beer cart.<G>
OTOH, a pull cart worked for me or even just a Sunday bag works.
Always thought the basic reason you play golf is to get some exercise.
Not for today's pussified male, still playing virtual GI Joe at 35.
Like the Lance Armstrong wannabes, all decked out for the Tour de
Sidewalk, in that little instant gratification mind all that is needed
to stoke that fragile self esteem to imaginary magnificence is to look
Can't do that while sweating on the tweeds.
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:50:27 AM UTC-5, Swingman wrote:
You know Karl, the next thing is that you might convince me I don't look ve
ry macho wearing a big hat, long sleeve shirt, nail bags, speed square stuc
k in my back pocket sawing Hardie Plank. Even when using a nailer! The co
mpressor roars, the gun bangs, the saws whine, and my clothes are wet all t
he way through with sweat. It has been over 100 the last few days here, an
d I am finishing up my siding job. Paint tomorrow and Friday, then off on
You know, come to think of it, if I look half as tired as I feel, I probabl
y don't look very macho. Probably more like a worn out, middle aged guy th
at sweats a lot. Although... my lightweight nail bags are all black, so som
eone might think I am some kind of ninja of some sorts. Especially if I ha
ve my dust mask on when cutting the concrete trims. Unless they see me goin
g up and down the ladder...
I have had some of those Rambonian tribe members work for me, and they are
F'n worthless. Had them quit before lunch many a time. Some of them sure
looked good, though. Nice muscles, good tribal ink, great haircuts and nea
tly styled beards, and properly worn and distressed looking name brand clot
Because the carts will go out into the rough and way our of bounds to
retrieve their balls. I have seen guys in carts spend 5 minutes driving
around in the tall grass looking for a ball. The walker typically will
walk straight to where his ball went. When you have 2 players in a cart
the driver typically goes straight towards one or the other ball. They
loose track of where the other ball went. Walkers split up and go
straight towards his or her ball. In a cart you go to one ball and then
the other. No time is really saved.
In my life, I play golf religiously, once every ten years. I'm seven
years out from my next bout, and am using the money I save to go fishing
or buying good pool cues. So far, I am light years ahead in the amount
of time I get to recreate, and own some nice sticks.
Fergive the test. I have been getting a banlist message, and didn't on
that message, so figured it must be working again. So, if you see this,
you understand what the "TEST" meant. If you don't see this, you will
probably will figure it our.
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