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Monday, March 16, 2015


The Finesse Game -James Sieckmann

Everyone knows -- even short hitters know -- that the short game is where they lose most strokes.

This is a book for someone serious about overcoming that, er, shortcoming . . . Through a new theory of the short wedge shot -- which the author calls "A Finesse Swing" --, an attitudinal adjustment, and a rigorous, if not necessarily lengthy practice regimen, Sieckmann offers a cohesive & coherent plan. 

His swing theory is difficult to summarize, and his students have described it as "awkward, at first", so like so much golf instruction, this is the kind of thing that would ruin your game before it improved it -- not a quick fix . . . but disregarding some of the descriptive language and grainy photographs that really don't tell me a thing, I came to think of the "Finesse Swing" as what the old timers usta call "an arm swing" . . . just not exactly . . . 
So here is here theory in his simple summary . . . you really have to read the fuller explanation to arrive at an understanding of what he means, since it's an unusual, if not actually radical, practice. Then again, on those days when the duffer has everything (or just his short game going well) he's probably doing this un-mind-fully, if you see how I mean . . . 
but . . . so many golf teachers teach more than golf, with varying degrees of sincerity and success, if you know what I mean, and the old PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) makes a showing in the middle of the book . . . this would come in handy over the rough patch starting out, the "awkward" stage of developing your Finesse Swing, and the reader will have to suss out how much he wants to sign up for in this strange new regimen. I'll say no more about that.
but the final piece of the puzzle comes with some entertainment value, from an author who clearly has spent a lot of time on the practice range with a lot of duffers . . . another of his life/golf practices involves a journal (we mean to be serious!) of the duffer's practices .  . . and what one would journal is 3 kinds of practice: 
  1. block practice - repetitive drills
  2. random practice - refining judgement & touch
  3. training games (shown above in example)
the training games are useful (and I think this is the author's opinion, too) in that they keep the practice fresh by introducing non-threatening challenges; that is, they let you keep score with yourself.

So: for the duffer who hasn't quite given up on ever improving, this is a book that may even inspire a re-dedication to improving. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


My New Book on Golfing Tips

My New Book on Golfing Tips
You may not know it but I have been very busy over the past 2 years putting my thoughts and ideas together in a book about Golf.  I am very proud of the results and in order to market the publication, I am asking friends and family to be the first to own a copy. Here is the Table of Contents from my new book, "Winning Golf Strategies", which I believe gives the reader valuable playing tips and insider information that I have gained through my own years of experience in the game and observations of golfing partners.

Table Of Contents
Chapter 1 - How to properly line up your Fourth putt.

Chapter 2 - How to hit a Nike from the rough when you hit a Titleist from the tee.

Chapter 3 - How to avoid the water when you lie 8 in a bunker.
Chapter 4 - How to get more distance off the Shank.

Chapter 5 - When to give the Ranger the finger.

Chapter 6 - Using your shadow on the Greens to maximize earnings.

Chapter 7 - When to implement Handicap Management.

Chapter 8 - Proper excuses for drinking beer before 9 a.m.

Chapter 9 - How to urinate behind a 4" x 4" post, .... Undetected.

Chapter 10 - How to rationalize a 6 hour round.

Chapter 11 - How to find that ball that everyone else saw go in the water.

Chapter 12 - My favorite chapter is: Why your spouse doesn't care that you birdied the 5th.

Chapter 13 - How to let a Foursome play through your Twosome.

Chapter 14 - How to relax when you are hitting Three off the Tee.

Chapter 15 - When to suggest major swing corrections to your opponent.

Chapter 16 - God and the meaning of The Birdie-To-Bogey Putt.

Chapter 17 - When to regrip your Ball Retriever.

Chapter 18 - Use a strong grip on the Hand Wedge and Weak Slip on the Foot Wedge.

Chapter 19 - Why male golfers will pay $5.00 a beer from the Cart Girl and give her a $3 tip, but will balk at a $3.50 Beer at the 19th Hole and stiff the Bartender.

Hopefully you will find my book intriguing and purchase a copy.


Sunday, October 20, 2013


Shooting Golfers Illegal, Even in Nevada

A Nevada man accused of shooting a golfer who broke a window at his home with an errant ball has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

Jeff Fleming of Reno entered the plea to battery with a deadly weapon on Thursday in Washoe County District Court. He faces from probation to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he's sentenced Dec. 12.

The golfer was unable to find his ball and was doing a drop shot on the 16th hole of the Lakeridge Golf Course in September 2012 when Fleming approached and fired a single shot at him with a shotgun, prosecutors said. The golfer was treated for minor injuries to an arm and both legs at a hospital.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Neahusan said neighbors along the golf course were stunned as it's common for stray golf balls to hit their homes.

"Live on a golf course and you got to expect your house to get hit every once in a while," he told The Associated Press. "This (shooting) is one of those stories that you just can't make it up."



Tuesday, July 30, 2013


5 Questions

Per Mr Science . . .


Their emails usually have some interesting content, but this one is truly useful.  I’ve asked each of these questions occasionally, and often got decision-changing answers.  Now it’s going to be my checklist.  And I also like to ask how easy it is to walk, if they allow walking.  I don’t walk courses any more whose names contain the words “hills”, “mountain”, or “ridge”, unless they would tell me it’s not a difficult one to walk.  


Mr Science... 


P.S. That wasn’t me that they thanked. 


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July 30, 2013

Five Revealing Questions to Ask Golf Courses You've Never Played Before

By Craig Better

Thanks to John O., Dave S., Tommy G., and the 27 others who commented on last week's post about, "getting burned by golf resort hype."


Today I'd like to cover what you can do to prevent getting burned in the first place, particularly at golf courses that might not have been reviewed yet by Golf Odyssey's secret shoppers.


Sure, a course's website is a good place to start, but I recommend using this "online brochure" only to screen for what you're looking for -- the factual stuff such as your preferred yardage/difficulty, if there's a practice range, a restaurant, locker rooms, etc.


If you really want to know what the overall experience will be like the day you play, take five minutes to pick up the phone and ask the shop clerk or one of the pros the following questions:


1. How are things going today?

This one is purposely vague and potentially bothersome to a busy employee, so their response can speak volumes about how you'll be treated on site. Do they sound happy to be talking to a potential customer, or do they just sound rushed and annoyed?


2. How are the conditions out there? Are there any maintenance issues I should be aware of?

You told me you hate when golf courses don't disclose poor conditions or maintenance, so ask them about it directly. And of course, if the quality of the turf will be reduced the day you want to play, ask if the greens fee will be, too.


3. What is your pace of play like?

Less is more here. In my experience, the more a course has to say about its pace-of-play policy, on-course timers, rangers and such, the more of a problem it is, not that they've corrected it. Be sure to ask about any outings on your target date, too, as they can drag down a normally brisk pace.


4. Are carts required and, if so, are they allowed in the fairway?

Most golf courses love renting carts, so they're often silent about you not being obligated to do so (or that you have the option at certain times of day). If you must take a cart (or you simply prefer it), ask if you can drive to your ball, which makes a world of difference vs. being stuck on the path.


5. Are there any ways to play at a discount?

I purposely leave this one for last. At this point, you have hopefully developed a rapport with the person you're speaking to, and they are more likely to tip you off about their website special, their coupon in the local paper, or even to extend to you the twilight rate if you're tee time is "close enough." Note: you're not asking to be given a discount; you're merely asking if they're available. It's a subtle but important difference that often achieves the desired result.


By the way, during your entire exchange, pay attention not only to what the person is saying, but how they're saying it -- how quickly and confidently they respond to your questions or if they hesitate and use a lot of "ers" and "ums." The latter can signal they're searching for adequate answers to sore subjects.


What do you think are the best questions or ways to size up a golf course you've never played before?


Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying here

What a bunch of Whiners . . . 8^/


Thursday, June 27, 2013


Intersection of Law & Golf

"The golfer is responsible for making sure that other golfers are out of the way before they hit," said Robert Lang, a New York-based lawyer who has handled dozens of golf-related cases. "Yes, it's true they aren't responsible for hitting someone one or two holes away because they slice a ball, but if you're on the tee and someone is near the green of the hole you are aiming at and you hit that person, you're liable."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013





It was later reported that his wife got out safely, and that he did indeed par the hole .... he says the divorce isn't going to be that bad, now that there's no house involved!!!...




Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Tiger v Sergio

After the round, he blamed it on Tiger. Sergio claimed Tiger took a 5-wood out of his bag during his backswing, which prompted oohs and aahs from the crowd that distracted him.

When he was asked about it, Tiger said it was all big misunderstanding. He told reporters:

"The marshal told me he already hit so I pulled the club and was getting ready to play my shot, and then I hear his comments afterward. Not really surprising that he's complaining about something."

But in an interview with Michael Bamberger of Sports Illustrated, two separate marshals say that that conversation never happened.

John North, who was standing over Tiger's ball at the time, told SI:

"Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him. I was disappointed to hear him make those remarks. We're there to help the players and enhance the experience of the fans. He was saying what was good for him. It lacked character."

Another marshal, Gary Anderson, added, "He didn't ask us nothing, and we didn't say nothing. We're told not to talk to the players."

They are both accusing Tiger of lying here, North explicitly so.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/marshal-says-tiger-woods-lied-about-sergio-shot-2013-5#ixzz2TLB8xoom

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