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2018 Ryder Cup

2018 Ryder Cup

This past weekend the United States Professional Golfers played against the European Professional Golfers for the coveted Ryder Cup.  They played a golf course outside Paris, France.  Advantage Europe.  I’ll explain what I mean later.  In truth Europe took full advantage of the set-up and handily won the Cup back from the Americans. Before I get into the competition itself, I’d like to make an observation that all amateur golfers should take notice and keep in mind. Missed shots.  I…

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Your Private Practice Facility

Your Private Practice Facility

PRACTICE! PRACTICE!  PRACTICE! All of our lives we have heard that to do anything well requires a lot of practice.  We’ve heard that in school, in sports, you name it.  Why should golf be any different.  Some players have natural talent and pick up the game easily.  However, even these players who quickly move to the 90’s, then 80’s and into the 70’s play a lot of golf to get there.  They also put in a lot of practice.  Most…

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The Round That Got Away

The Round That Got Away

I believe it is undeniable, no matter who you are, you get on the course one day and nothing works.  We’ve seen pros shoot rounds of way too many shots over par.  For the amateur, it’s that round that can be 7 to 10 shots over your average.  A round like that is nothing but pure frustration.  Oh, you can and will hit some bad shots in a round but these rounds have more bad shots than usual. My regular…

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Road to Game Improvement II

Road to Game Improvement II

As I looked to follow up on my recent blog “Road to Game Improvement I”, I realized that I should actually track my game at this point so the information and results I may relate to you will be current.  So guess there will be a “Road to Game Improvement III”. I then realized that I recently have started something to improve the consistency of my ball striking.  I had become very frustrated on the fairways and sometimes off the…

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Road to Game Improvement I

Road to Game Improvement I

How is your game?  Do you want to improve?  Of course you do, everyone wants to play better golf. What is your road to improvement?  Believe me it is personal to you.  I can’t tell you what your road is.  I can give you a list of ways I believe you can approach improvement and you can choose what you want to do.  I can only tell you what I do.  What I currently choose as my road to improvement….

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Do You Watch the LPGA?

Do You Watch the LPGA?

I believe, for whatever reason, most men do not watch women’s sports.  They actually say that the game is not of the caliber of the mens game and not fun to watch.  The usual exception is a man whose daughter or granddaughter is into sports and plays a sport.  They might play baseball or softball, soccer, basketball, swimming, water polo, golf, etc.  These Dads and Granddads support the girls.  They have a vested interest in watching and rooting for their…

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A Tale of Two Nines Part II

A Tale of Two Nines Part II

Why do we play the way we do?  I’m speaking to most Amateurs. When I wrote the original post, I never envisioned a Part II.  However, after playing golf today, one of my Partners, Brian, said ‘why did you ever write that post about the two nines’.  He was referring more to the bad holes, bad swings, bad chips and bad putts that creep into our game. Some of us have been playing golf longer than others, but we all…

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Jordan Spieth’s Miracle Chip

Jordan Spieth’s Miracle Chip

Skill, Luck or some of both. I hope you watched Sunday’s final round in the Traveler’s championship.  Exciting isn’t saying enough. Not that I wished Berger any ill will but I must say I was rooting for Jordan Spieth. Jordan has played good golf this year but we, as the public, as well as the PGA community expect more from the 23 year old.  Maybe that’s not fair but it is true. Watching on Sunday, it began with Jordan making…

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Fine Scottish Weather in Discovery Bay

Fine Scottish Weather in Discovery Bay

The weather in Discovery Bay, California has been overcast with a smell of rain and temperatures in the 60’s.  Fine Scottish weather.  Occasionally, it has rained.  Not necessarily hard but if you are outside you get wet.  Although we can always use the rain and hopefully snow in the mountains, the nerve of it to rain on my golf days. Are you a Fair Weather golfer or do you play the game as it was intended- all conditions? Golf- this…

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The MASTERS – It’s Sunday Part 2

The MASTERS – It’s Sunday Part 2

Danny Willet wins the 2016 Masters. The back 9 is now done and what a finish.  It’s hard to believe.  It was hard to watch (not really) although I felt for Jordan Spieth. Did you watch it.  My friend Ron in North Carolina sent me a text saying simply “Unreal Masters”.  Personally, I was rooting for Jordan.  I think the kid is special as a golfer and a person.  The ‘golf gods’, who I blame for all bad things on…

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