Category Archive: Forum

Mar 28

Golf Needs Models

Young Golfers Need Models, and Several are Even Better I have read yet one more article on what’s wrong with golf, and I am sticking to my guns by saying “not very much.” Still, sports do rise and fall in popularity, as do most walks of life, with the people who dominate the industry news. …

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Mar 26

Ko Evokes Childhood Memories

Lydia Ko Films Great Commercial for New Event The sponsors who are putting together a new golf tournament in New Zealand knew just what they were doing. This September, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will be added to the calendar, and considering the scheduling and course problems the PGA is experiencing with Arnold Palmer’s …

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Mar 21

Is Golf Bringing us Health?

Game Brings Joy and Torture, Depending on How We Respond to It I was moved by an article written by Anya Alvarez, who was a professional golfer for four years, before leaving the game for a writing career. Alvarez suggests that for her, the pressure of the professional game was akin to a “torrid love …

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Mar 19

What’s Wrong With the Palmer?

Players are Skipping It, Caddies Speak Ill of It The championship course at Bay Hill was built in Orlando around the early 1960s. I’ve been hearing the name ever since as one of the PGA’s prominent venues. It was owned by various individuals and entities until Arnold Palmer bought it it in the ’70s. Palmer …

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Mar 14

Tiger Suspended? Wait a Minute

Tiger’s Suspension Fake News Maybe Sounded A Lot More Dire Than It Probably Is Today, It got a superb lesson in reading news bulletins coming out of the PGA. In this world of increasing misinformation, we are seeing more than news that is simply either true or not true. There is also hyperbolic news, incomplete …

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Mar 12

Golf Rules are Changing

Golf Rules Changing That Were Set Centuries Ago I suppose that I am the only person remaining in the golf world who does not want the game of golf to go faster, be a lot more “fun” and less “difficult.” I’ve said it a thousand times, so I won’t elaborate, except to say that the …

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Mar 07

Simon Hobday Dies at 76

Simon Hobday, South African Loved as Colorful Character Now that I’m looking back on favorite players and personalities that I used to follow religiously, it occurs to me that I cannot remember how many majors they won, or total tournaments. I have images in my mind of them making 20 foot putts and fairway splitting …

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Mar 04

Big Chance for Wie

Wie Leads By Two Into Final Round of HSBC The LPGA is still playing many time zones away, in Singapore. Here I sit on a Saturday afternoon, and a few of the leaders of the HSBC Women’s Championship have already started the final round. From the golfers’ perspective, especially for Michelle Wie, things might look …

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Feb 28

Golf Courses Fragile

Golf Courses Vulnerable to Nature and Humans Much like the restaurant business, staying solvent as a golf course owner is a tricky proposition. Between the things humans like to do such as vandalism and in-house crime, and the things that Nature is so good at it, a golf course entrepeneur is a sitting duck with …

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Feb 25

Relationships with Every Golf Club

Which Golf Club do You Love or Hate Oh, go on and admit it. Those of us who take golf seriously, sometimes too seriously, have anthropomorphised golf clubs into relationships that represent iconic types of delightful and destructive human interactions. I’ve known one or two men through the years who take this to the extreme, …

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