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Sunday, December 18, 2016


Excerpts from Tommy's Honor


Saturday, December 10, 2016


How to Flush Your Fairway Woods

Contrary to my experience
which is that golf tips in magazines 
do more to hurt my game than help it
i found this 2 page illustration 
in the most recent Golf Magazine
"How to Flush Your Fairway Woods"
and particularly pertinent to my own issues

my fairway woods had abandoned me 
gradually over the last two years
but they had become inconsistent further back than that, even
to the degree that even my driver lost its power & trajectory . . . 
the driver came back slowly, 
but the fairway woods still seemed mysterious 
not only off the deck, but off a tee, too . . . 
so i finally in desperation went to the range to work it out
Tuesday, hit a large bucket, 
maybe 1-in-20 was not shameful
even so i had not given up
had settled in for the long-haul 
re-discovering the fairway wood
(one is just not going to reach many par 5s in 2 without a fairway wood)
when the title of the article caught my eye
as i was scanning the issue
and all three points resonated with me,
but the idea of moving the ball up in my stance 
especially . . . 
in my baseball stance, 
with my baseball grip
and my baseball swing
i tend to address the ball more centrally than most
and i guess it had gotten toooo central . . .

as soon as i moved back of the ball
i started hammerin' 7-woods over the 200 yd marker at the range . . . 
i started playing imaginary par 5s at ahwatukee,
playing driver-3w, driver-5w, driver-7w
and couldn't hit a ball wrong
until i went all-the-way-gorilla 
and brought the pull hook back into play  . . . 
easy fix for that, just don't swing so hard . . . 8^) . . .

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


array # 23825 - the Opposite of Cut

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Penati Heritage Golf Course, Senica, CZ

Bohemian Duffer
Penati (SK) Heritage by Jonathan Davison
6230m, Par 72, Slope 147, by Jonathan Davison
5687m, Par 72, Slope 143 (Yellow Tees)


Penati Legend by Nicklaus Associates

Bohemian Duffer
6313m, Par 72, Slope 145, by Nicklaus Associates
5523m, Par 72, Slope 138 (Yellow Tees)


Panorama Golf Course in Senica, CZ

Bohemian Duffer

www.panoramagolf.cz in Kacov, CZ

Expectations are that it will “peg-out” the slope factor meter . . . at the max 155 . . . 8^0 . . .
Each hole has 6 tees, ranging from Kids to Championship . . .
3 Nines: Meadow, River & Forest.
Elevation change from the lowest point on the River 9 to the highest point on the Meadow 9, is ~120 meters.
Tomas Malec, Sport & Marketing Manager, told us that when the rating committee evaluated the course,
They said they usually spend about 10 minutes per hole,
But at Panorama they spent 45 minutes per hole . . . I can imagine, after a short tour.

Friday, July 15, 2016



2016 British Open -- Royal Troon -- Postage Stamp Hole


Golf Digest's 2016 Armchair Architect Entry - Sand Valley #14

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Almost An Eagle @ Ahwatukee CC, Par 4 #07, 16-05-31

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrippppppped a drive 290 with a tight draw, just inside the big trees that line the fairway, had 99 yds, hit a 4/7ths PW, hit the pin on the short hop of the second bounce, stopped dead. Only thing worth talking about today . . . only good luck all day . . . on #8 hit a career 3iron to the right pin on the 200 yd par 3. Greens were hard, unreceptive, but landing short of the green, dead at the pin, my ball jumped straight right. Missed the knee-knocker par . . . like that all day. . . .

Friday, May 27, 2016


Ocean Course at Kiawah_Mr Science Reports

Mr Science has entered a new campaign of exploration: an attempt to play the #1 Public course in every state as he "fifth-wheels" around the lower 48. . . . So I infer, on his list, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island would qualify for South Carolina. No Issue with That . . . 86) . . . 

Another good round!  Another 84, but on a higher course rating and slope.  2nd in a row that was my best differential of the past 20.  24 putts, 2 in the water, 5 times chipped twice on the same hole, and one triple bogey, without doing any of those things.  Coulda been a 75.  Or 77, since there was an improbable 0-putt and a 30-footer that went in.

I was starting to think I really could play.  After a bogey on #1, I made 6 pars.  7 putts on 6 holes.  Including one hole with two chips and no putts.  The Pete Dye greens are very elevated,

and from the collection area 6 feet below the green my first lob wedge almost made it to the top, but rolled all the way back to my feet.  The second one crashed into the pin and dropped in the hole for a par.

There were dangerous beasts on some of the holes

I made a 5-foot birdie putt on #13, which was the hardest hole in the PGA when it was last played here in 2012.

And made par on the signature 17th

We had a very light shower the last few holes, and it was windy all day, but the downpour held off until after we had finished.

Heading to Pinehurst tomorrow.


Almost an Ace, Club West # 15, 16-05-3

I could areckoned it wouldna go in . . . had the best scoring round of this spring, . . . 41-37 =78 . . . birdied # 15 & #16 back to back

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