- July 21, 2016 at 4:23 pm #35174
30 days out “Watch Greatest Game Ever Played” –Harry Vardon: [to Lord Northcliff] Let me tell you something. I came here to win a trophy. And on the face of it Ted Ray or I should carry it off. Not for you, not for England, but for sheer bloody pride at being the best, that’s why we do this. And if Mr. Ouimet wins tomorrow, it’s because he’s the best, because of who he is. Not who his father was, not how much money he’s got, because of who he bloody is! And I’ll thank you to remember that. And I’ll thank you to show the respect a gentleman gives as a matter of course.
29) Driving Range – work on swing plane, work on driver, work on short game
28) But two dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, play a practice round, schedule a lesson on the driver
27) Taking lesson on Driver and woods, afterwards hit three buckets on range, decide you need a new driver, also buy a dozen Titleist NXT golf balls.
26) Read Feinstein’s “A Good Walk Spoiled “, show this to course staff that don’t want to let us walk, cause two guys in a cart talking, then spending 5 minutes checking out how far out he is and what his options are before choosing a club is faster than a focused golfer who thinks about his next shot while walking to his ball, has a club in hand and quickly makes his shot
25) Putting practice in basement, forgot you have cats, have to find the balls, which all appear to be under sofa, need to work to work on stretching more to get down and get them out
24) Take a putting Lesson, spend three hours on green, and decide it might be wise to work on short game to get the ball a little closer to reduce all the putting strokes
23) Play 36-hole Rockville Open tournament, sitting at number 2 net after day one, forget to bring your game on day 2. Buy a dozen Bridgestone golf balls, schedule short game lesson
22) Read “Your 15th Club” by Robert Rotella, to improve your mental toughness, then proceed to mail various other Rotella books to your playing partners to mess with their swing thoughts.
21 Viewing of “Legend of Bagger Vance”– Bagger Vance: Put your eyes on Bobby Jones… Look at his practice swing, almost like he’s searchin for something… Then he finds it… Watch how he settle hisself right into the middle of it, feel that focus… He got a lot of shots he could choose from… Duffs and tops and skulls, there’s only ONE shot that’s in perfect harmony with the field… One shot that’s his, authentic shot, and that shot is gonna choose him… There’s a perfect shot out there tryin’ to find each and every one of us…
17 – 20) Take lesson on short game, spend three nights practicing, decide you better learn to hit those mid-irons on the green cause your short game needs too much work. Go home and watch Caddyshack (original only) –“You buy a hat like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup.”
13-16) Play practice rounds, then drink, and drink heavily, realizing you have to be ready for the Convention Center evenings. Buy a dozen Top-Flite golf balls
12) Read Golf in the Kingdom, Michael Murphy – best mental prep book, makes me want to move BurningBush in Fife and seek out the fictional character, Shivas Irons, the perfect name for this mystic golf instructor, and let’s not forget the great drinking and eating after the round.
11) Take lesson on mid-irons. Play practice round using Zen techniques; buy a dozen Callaway golf balls
10) Watch “Tin Cup” — “Then there’s the 7-iron. I never miss with the 7-iron. It’s the only truly safe club in my bag.” Go out and buy a pair of those cool pants. Visit Kings Cross website for the latest Knickers outfits. Polish golf shoes, if the game isn’t sharp at least you will be.
9) Read Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, the Fundamentals of Golf, realize I don’t have the ripped muscles of Ben. Burn all golf magazines with tips that will improve your swing in three easy steps
8) Scour the woods for some golf balls to save a buck. Watch the youtube video on the history of Golf by Robin Williams, pour a large glass of Lagavulin!
7) Read “Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2014 – 2015, be prepared for the rules nut who insists whatever you decide is wrong; favorite one is the rule for when your ball is next to a live snake or alligator – do you really need a rule book to tell you not to go near that ball!
6) Read Mark Frost’s “The Match.” Now I am ready for golf combat, go to driving range buy large bucket of range balls, take them home and paint them white and write Titleist on them, sell them to Harry Radley for $20 dollars per dozen, get a free bottle of wine.
5)Read every book ever written by Herbert Warren Wind – The Completer Golfer, Vardon on Golf, On the Tour with Harry Sprague, etc. Buy the book, The Story of American Golf: Volume One
1-4) Pack my clubs and rain gear. Drive to Myrtle, map out my courses, find some practice rounds and enjoy!July 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm #35175Jason CORUMParticipant
Has anyone ever told you that you have way too much time on your hands?July 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm #35177
Yes, they have, but I got to get my self pumped up!July 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm #35178James CarterParticipant
This is awesome. I needed a good laugh today and this was it. 8,9,21,22, & 25 are my favorites.
And yes…too much time dude…lolJuly 22, 2016 at 9:24 am #35181Bill HambrickParticipant
That’s a lot of golf balls to buy!!! You should have bought that big basket of balls that Harry sold me last year for 20 bucks. One of them even has Harry’s picture on it… Also I should know by aug 21st tee time for the thistle on the 28thJuly 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm #35340Bill HambrickParticipant
How’s that pre- tourny routine going?? Are you watching the Legend of Bagger Vance now, or working on the driver?? Me, I need to get my ball retriever regripped. Keep up the hard work…August 1, 2016 at 11:32 am #35370
Just went over “A Good Walk Spoiled.” Played Saturday at Falls Road and had my best round of the year, and quite possibly the best ball-striking round I have ever had — 7 pars, 8 bogeys, only 31 putts. Looks like it dropped my “trending” handicap one full stroke.
Heading to Pittsburgh Thursday for a charity event and a round with old friends. One more local tournament on the 20th, then the World AM round trip begins!!!!
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