Friday, May 16, 2014

Basketball = Golf??

Here are some basketball players who love to compete on the court and on the course. This List Includes stars from the past and present.
Michael Jordan - As legend has it, Davis Love III introduced Jordan, a 3-handicap in our most recent ranking of athlete-golfers, to golf when the two were at UNC. MJ has been in love with the game since, often playing the days of big basketball games and even competing in Golf Digest's U.S. Open Challenge at Bethpage Black in 2009.
Stephen Curry - The NBA's best long-range threat plays to a 2-handicap. Curry backed that up when he finished fourth at the 2013 American Century Championship in Tahoe, golf's most competitive celebrity tournament. He is also honored by Golf Digest for “Golfer Who Give Back” in the Golf Digest December 2013 issue.
Chris Paul - Perhaps the biggest golf fan of any NBA player, Paul enjoys going to PGA Tour events and following fellow Wake Forest products Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Unfortunately for the L.A. Clippers' point guard, watching the best hasn't rubbed off on him that much. His handicap is still hovering around 20.
Ray Allen - The owner of one of the prettiest shooting strokes in NBA history has a pretty sweet swing on the course as well. Allen is a 1.6 handicap at TPC River Highlands, site of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Rocky Mountain High

"This is a hybrid. This is a cross,ah, of bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent, and Northern California Sensimila. The amazing stuff about this is that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff." -Carl Spackler, Caddyshack.
Colorado is known for it's beautiful mountain peaks and breath taking views. And now it is known for it's legalization of marijuana. Golf and Marijuana are not synonymous,  For those of you that don't know, I don't smoke but I though it would be an interesting topic to discuss. In a Gallup survey last October, it showed that 58 percent of Americans supported legalization of marijuana. But Golf Digest did a survey where their results showed that eleven percent of golfers age 18-34 admitted to smoking weed and playing golf.
Although it's not legal people still do it anyway. Proving that if you give an inch people take a mile. Although weed isn't good for the body it is defiantly good for the wallet. At Denver's City Park Golf Course their has been The Clinic Charity Classic. It has raised 30,000 dollars for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. So you decide wether you think smoking weed and playing golf is a good idea. To read more visit Link

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fault's and Fixes with Your Golf Swing

I think we all have our moments when we just hammer the ball and have the perfect lay off a drive, fairway shot, chip, or putt. But, then you look at your scorecard and realize that you really aren't the hot stuff you thought you were. It was only a moment, not a hole, or a course, or a tournament. But don't worry, I have two things that will help you have more of those "moments," more often.
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Every golfer on the planet has had to deal with slice at some point in their game. "Slice" in golf means to have a ball veer way off course either left or right depending on wether you are a left handed swinger  or right handed swinger. Slice happens when your front shoulder comes off the ball forcing your upper body ahead of your lower body, which is where all of the power comes from. By having your front shoulder come off the ball, it causes the club head to work in a motion of out-to-in making the ball rotate and veer off course. A way to fix it is to move your back foot about twelve inches back from where you would normally put it and focus on swinging through contact with the ball. If you perform this correctly, your front shoulder will not fly off the ball causing you to see the ball longer and hit it more squarely.
Another thing you quick fix you would like to quickly fix would be your iron shots from the fairway or rough. The common thinking is that you want to hit the ball into the air. This is correct but you don't want to have your club hit the ball with upswing. Upswing is what's causing your shots to go into the air but not go very far. If you want to hit far and in the air you must swing down at the ball. I know this sounds
 crazy but if you swing down at the ball the loft of the club will cause the golf ball to take flight.
If you would like to read more about this topic please visit Golf Digest

Friday, April 25, 2014

Was I Right or Was I Right?

I thought this title was fitting for how the Masters went. Last week, I gave many reasons to why Bubba Watson was going to win the Masters. Now, I must be honest, I never really watched the Masters until 2012. This has to do with my youth and my recently found interest in golf. I have always known the big ones like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson but I think I fell in love with Bubba Watson because of his name and because he won arguably the biggest tournment in all of golf. Him winning the Masters two out of the last three years has also helped his popularity with the younger golf crowd.
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I have also heard a lot of doubters of Bubba's recent Masters win. People are saying that because of Tiger being out with a back injury and Phil not playing in the Masters that Bubba had smooth sailing to the finish line. While this may be true, I don't think that if Tiger or Phil played in the Masters that the outcome would have been different. Bubba was built for the Masters. In fact, Bubba grew up in georgia and he was on his turf. There is a lot to be said for a home field advantage. Bubba and Augusta were made for each other.
After reading this article mentioned below, I thought a good point was raised. The Masters is usually the major where the real action happens on Sunday. This year was totally different. If I remember correctly I believe that Bubba was one stroke behind Jordan Speith going into Sunday. Jordan Speith blew it and Bubba shot par so the win went to Bubba. This was a very anticlimactic ending but still was a great masters. If would like to read more visit www.golfchannel.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's Finally Here!!! The Masters Winner for 2014 will Be Bubba Watson. And here's why.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. One of the greatest/prettiest golf courses on the planet. Not to mention the most challenging. With the best players in the world chasing the coveted green jacket, I believe that Bubba Watson will take it all.
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 It took a while for the 2012 Masters winner to adjust to all that ame with winning a major championship. Two years later, he's not just wiser, he's playing better. Friday after Watson took over the top spot on the leader board at the Masters with a four-under 68, you get the feeling he's learned a lot since winning the green jacket and becoming a father, both in 2012. When Bubba was asked about his success he answered, ""I've never been drunk before, but I had a hangover from the green jacket." You know, I do everything my way,"Bubba said. "I learned the game my way. I figured it out my way. So it just took me a little bit longer with the mental focus and drive to get back to where I am today."

When Watson was asked about his keys to scoring/game plan for Augusta he replied, "Hit fairways and green and hope you make some putts. It's not science here. "Besides the Lord, Marrying my wife and having our child, it's right there, it's fourth or fifth on the list," he said. "So when you think about that, it's an accomplishment for a guy named Bubba, with my mom, my upbringing. My year, my career was complete after that win."
       After a previous Masters victory, Bubba learned that life is a tough town, even when it seems like you are on top of the world. It would seem, though, that he has found his footing agian. On Sunday, he may even claim another green jacket.  If you would like to see this article where I found my information please visit GolfDigest.com 

Friday, April 4, 2014

What Tiger Brings/Doesn't Bring To The Game of Golf

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I was watching ESPN "First Take" today, where Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith talk about current sports events. It seems like every time I watch, what ever the topic, there is usually a heated discussion. Today's episode was no exception. Skip and Stephen A. were discussing why there are no african american golfers on the PGA tour other than Tiger Woods. When Tiger Woods first burst on to the national golf scene nearly twenty years ago, Skip thought there would have been at least 3 or 4 new african american golfers on the PGA tour. But as of today, are are NO new african american golfers on the PGA tour. Stephan A. pointed out that there not many golf courses that are in the types of areas that a lot of african americans live. He also pointed out that if you did want to play golf you would probably be given a hand-me-down pair of golf clubs. He pointed out that there are so many other things in your life that you are already are forced to use hand-me-downs. Why would you want to subject your self to that kind of equipment. Stephan A. also stated that Tiger is the Most Dominant Player in the Game. This could possibly have a negative effect on his recruiting of younger african american golfers. If you were a african american child looking up to Tiger Woods, you could think that you have to be the best golfer there ever has been to have a career on the professional golf circuit. This could scare away kids who think they have to be the best at golf. Either be the best golfer in the history of the game or be or be very good at basketball and football and possibly play professionally. If you would like to read more on Tiger Woods than I would advise you to visit espn.go.com/skipbayless not the same without tiger woods

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wise Words

I believe that this will be my seventeenth post. I know it’s late, but I need to explain that I am a lover of golf. I am not the best, but it is something I just have a passion for. I love all aspects of the game. I wrote this blog because I want to share cool things that I have learned with others that are like me.
Now, to the topic. Golf World does this thing where they ask the legends of golf what they would like to share with the world. From winning championships, too golf stories, too wisdom they would like to impart onto the younger generations.
  1. Arnold Palmer
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The question that was posed to him was, “How do we make the game more accessible again to regular people?” Arnold said that it was up to the icons of golf to reach out and invite people to come and try golf. He also said that Pros do not need to shy away from the press but rather embrace it. Arnold says the buzz/interest was something he was trying to create. “Players need to remember that they didn’t make golf. Golf made them.”
  1. Don January
When Don was asked what he would like to share he said, “I quit the tour to design golf courses, then went back when I was 45 because of the recession. On Sunday at Hilton Head in '75, I had a chance to win. On the 16th, I topped my drive. On 17, I shanked it. On 18, hit my drive so far right, it almost went O.B. I choked my ass off. I rode to Greensboro with Miller Barber and got in the back seat with a bottle of scotch and had a long talk with myself. I decided I'd choked because of the fear of failure. Well, golfers fail all the time. Everybody chokes to some degree, but they still win. It's a mental game. ... By the time we got to Greensboro, I'd decided I could handle it. Never choked again. The next year, I won the Vardon Trophy."
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