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In response to: Love it or hate it, golf remains the greatest game ever played

I agree with briangarg...but it also depends on how you define a game. Is baseball a game? Football? If so, it's impossible to argue which one is "better".
PermalinkPermalink 05/22/10 @ 17:10

In response to: Between baby boomers and junior programs , relief's in sight for the golf industry

GolfWeek [Visitor]
Join the hunt!

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PermalinkPermalink 04/29/10 @ 11:18

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

Kevin Kaye [Visitor]
Walking is what makes golf a sport. It brings in an element of endurance to be able to make the ~5mile walk and still play a game that demands extreme precision. That also answers the question "Is golf a sport?" it is when you walk!
PermalinkPermalink 12/17/09 @ 17:29

In response to: You're no Tiger Woods - so set realistic goals for your golf game

Al Delgado [Visitor]
Golfers have been practicing to over come swing frustrations and problems created by short clubs. As a result the golf swing is an unnatural execution that causes the body to twist, turn and lunge forward unnaturally during the swing. No one have been able to control or perfect the timing of this in unnatural swing execution and motion. All golfers are athletes in their own natural way, they gave this up once they started playing golf with short clubs.
As long as there are short clubs in your bag you will comtinue to bend over and play with uncertainty and frustration.
Every golfer out there only practices and plays with these faults.
The difference in length from a pitching wedge to a three iron is approx 10 inches.
When you play different length clubs, your body costantly changes angles and height to accomodate length of club. Club lengths control swing height and angles, creating resistence and constant vertical and horizontal montion when you swing. Lengthen your clubs, remain at your natural height and you will over come frustration and reach your goals. This is not magic, its logic and the future in golf.
PermalinkPermalink 10/14/09 @ 21:22

In response to: Between baby boomers and junior programs , relief's in sight for the golf industry

Al Delgado [Visitor]
Over the top is the result of a steep spine angle caused by short clubs. Lengthen your clubs, stand up, relax knees and walk feet away from grip/hands. Remain at your natural height, your shoulders rotate around your center axis, not on an upward rocking swing path. A natural swing stance transfers your weight naturally, restores power, lowers your swing plane naturally arms/club set up on the inside path, inline to the target. This is what past and present golf teachers have failed to recognize, correct and teach. Hawkeye golf alignment system(hegasys.net) corrects and teaches this natural concept. Your are a natural athlete, not a swing machine.
PermalinkPermalink 10/14/09 @ 19:24

In response to: Love it or hate it, golf remains the greatest game ever played

briangarg [Visitor]
Golf is one the most expensive and most technical games of the world. There should be no problem giving it the crown of the greatest game ever but we should also reconsider other games.
PermalinkPermalink 09/11/09 @ 15:39

In response to: Between baby boomers and junior programs , relief's in sight for the golf industry

golfmanagement [Visitor]
Golf is a great game, no two ways about it. Golf has stood up to two world wars,the great depression and will no doubt come out on top in spite of the problems of today.
PermalinkPermalink 07/01/09 @ 16:08

In response to: Love it or hate it, golf remains the greatest game ever played

Kevin K [Visitor]
Golf poses many challenges and that's what makes it great. The challenges are difficult but surmountable, making triumph on the golf course one of the most rewarding experiences ever!
PermalinkPermalink 06/07/09 @ 19:03

In response to: Between baby boomers and junior programs , relief's in sight for the golf industry

Frankie C [Visitor]
I'm going to take the time to write to all of the teachers on this list (or as many as possible before the back nines of Tiger's and Lorena's bids to win their respective tournamments from 5 shots back) to ask this question. As far as I know, my Over The Top Golf swing is the only method available that teaches you how to swing over the top correctly instead of trying to fix the renowned swing flaw.

It has been said that 80% of all golfers swing from over the top and most instructors concede that they always will.

As no golf instructor is willing to admit that they really can't help these (mostly) 15-35 handicappers, what, from a practical standpoint, can you do for them?

Frankie C
Over The Top Golf
PermalinkPermalink 05/10/09 @ 12:05

In response to: Between baby boomers and junior programs , relief's in sight for the golf industry

Samin [Visitor]

A lot of greit books that can learn you how to play golf.
PermalinkPermalink 01/04/09 @ 07:03

In response to: Love it or hate it, golf remains the greatest game ever played

Jack Clarke [Visitor]
Golf will giveth and quite easily taketh away. Ever had a bad round and yet play great on the last two holes? Just enough to bring you back with a renewed sense of confidence that your past "golf problems" are finally fixed.

But it truly is a game for life. Kudos to old Tom Morris.
PermalinkPermalink 10/08/08 @ 21:12

In response to: Love it or hate it, golf remains the greatest game ever played

sbmarto97 [Visitor]
I think you have done the game justice with what you have said. I don't believe I have ever hated this game but I do know that I love it an can't ever get enough of it. It is never the same day in and day out. I also love my father for introducing me to this wonderful game.
PermalinkPermalink 11/11/07 @ 22:14

In response to: Love it or hate it, golf remains the greatest game ever played

Andy Brown [Visitor]

When Winston Churchill said that Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose he probably was not way off the mark. Despite that, no matter how hard you scratch your head you would struggle to find a sport which is more addictive than the game of golf. Perhaps this is one game where over a period of four hours you would probably be witness to the entire spectrum of Human emotions that one could possibly see and no matter how good one gets at this game the game bites back before you know it. Even the best have to keep their feet firmly on the ground.

There are many who genuinely believe there could be no more boring sport than this one but give them a golf bag and a free run on a golf course for a few hours and before you know it you have a convert. It is a fascinating sport that has engulfed our imagination for the last 400 odd years, from being a small sport played in Scotland to a sport which has addicts worldwide, it’s a game that will rule our hearts for years to come. Nothing describes the addiction for the game better than the following anecdote-:
At his wedding the groom turned up at the altar with his golf bag in tow. When the bride asked him why the hell was his golfing equipment there, he quipped “this isn’t going to take all day is it.”

Andy Brown
PermalinkPermalink 10/25/07 @ 23:18

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Doc [Visitor]
As a 3 handicapper and 58 year old avid golfer, I can tell you that I don't play 450 yard holes with a driver and a wedge. Some young players can hit it 350 yards, but the average player is still hitting less than 260 off the tee. The tour players should have a shorter PGA ball and the rest of us will still find today's courses plenty challenging.
PermalinkPermalink 05/23/07 @ 17:30

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Jim C [Visitor]
A shorter PGA ball would be a good idea--but you have got to remember ball endorsements are important for PGA players. To make it work, the players will need to be compsensated for lost endorsement money at any tournament that uses the shorter ball. This could be particularly important for the marginal players who struggle to make the cut and earn any official money.
PermalinkPermalink 04/09/07 @ 12:58

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

Stacy [Visitor]
Amen Alex! The ladies looked a bit amateurish and as if they were appearing in an off-season event.

Change the course if it's too hilly!
PermalinkPermalink 03/24/07 @ 10:28

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Booger [Visitor]
Shanks is right about amateurs still shooting similar scores. Chipping and putting is what saves you, not an extra 30 yards off the tee.
PermalinkPermalink 03/21/07 @ 13:11

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Shanks [Member]
I love the tenor of the post but pinching the fairways where the long hitters drive it is not the answer. They tried that at Carnoustie (site of the infamous Van de Velde collapse) and it produced what many consider the worst major championship set-up in history. Even the R&A has admitted that. For years Jack Nicklaus has been asking for a reduced flight ball for Touring pros. That seems the best way to go. Statistics seem to prove that despite all of the technological advances, we non-scratch amateurs still shoot similar scores.
PermalinkPermalink 03/21/07 @ 09:35

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Mr. Wonderful [Visitor]
Gripper...

You are talking about one of the greatest teachers the game has ever known in Dr. Wiren. show a little respect for the man who the PGA of America thought enough to create their teaching manual...

Dr. Wiren, your instructional manual and your teaching gadgets make my job as a PGA Teaching Professional easier, thanks...
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 20:05

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

gripper [Visitor]
haha...exactly! You got it! I saw this gorilla Stallone lookalike at the range ripping it way over 300 yesterday, but one in 5 flew even halfway straight. The tennis star grunts he made were distracting, and I can't imagine putting over all the knuckle marks he'd leave around the greens...
Sorry about the redundant post. Sorry about the redundant post. hahahaha
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 15:28

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Judge Smails [Visitor]
gripper,

Just a minor point: Any rifle can shoot 500 yards, but I take it you were referring to rifles that can shoot targets at that range wth accuracy.
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 14:50

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

gripper [Visitor]
totally spot on. Longer courses reduces walking sensibility, and the last thing we need is to make it cart-only, like Americans aren't fat enough. I'm new-ish, too, and liked that I could play with my mid-90s gal pal at first, but as a man I'm outpacing her badly now, trying to hit Sooo far , and now we can hardly play together, which sucks, and the spread between the tees from women's to mens is longer than some fairways used to be, which also sucks for many reasons. I started two yrs ago because I like that this is the only sport I could compete against old men and women in meaningfully. You don't play darts to see who can throw the friggin' dart the farthest, it's about accuracy, and should be.These stupid toaster oven drivers...dumb, dumb, dumb. What happened to using all your clubs? Reminds me of all my hunting buddies getting super-rifles that can shoot 500 yards...Chicken sh-t, really. It's about the approach. And wreckign the Olde Course at St. A???!? WTF? Awful. Doc W may have a hideous hat (; and a smug look on his face, but he's right on this one. Couldn't even Jog these new courses in 4 hours.
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 11:53

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

gripper [Visitor]
totally spot on. Longer courses reduces walking sensibility, and the last thing we need is to make it cart-only, like Americans aren't fat enough. I'm new-ish, too, and liked that I could play with my mid-90s gal pal at first, but as a man I'm outpacing her badly now, trying to hit Sooo far , and now we can hardly play together, which sucks, and the spread between the tees from women's to mens is longer than some fairways used to be, which also sucks for many reasons. I started two yrs ago because I like that this is the only sport I could compete against old men and women in meaningfully. You don't play darts to see who can throw the friggin' dart the farthest, it's about accuracy, and should be.These stupid toaster oven drivers...dumb, dumb, dumb. What happened to using all your clubs? Reminds me of all my hunting buddies getting super-rifles that can shoot 500 yards...Chicken sh-t, really. It's about the approach. And wreckign the Olde Course at St. A???!? WTF? Awful. Doc W may have a hideous hat (; and a smug look on his face, but he's right on this one. Couldn't even Jog these new courses in 4 hours.
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 11:46

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Mr. Wonderful [Visitor]
Dr. Wiren...

We are talking primarily about the PGA Tour which is dictating the need for length. Simply, Titleist, Bridgestone, Callaway should simply make a ball for the Tour. Leave the present ball the average player plays along. Make a single ball for the Tour. If the LPGA, Champions Tour all want to join in, so be it.

It has been well known for years the equipment the Tour Players get is well out of reach from the average player. Back down the Tour ball...
Leave the average player alone...
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 10:28

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Ed Mitchell [Visitor]
Hi Gary,
You are dead right. Let them shoot in the fifties. But make the game play in less then 4 hours and reduce the fees. I want to invite you to play the CC of Jackson, Michigan with me this summer. Can you make some time?
Ed Mitchell
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 10:17

In response to: If they're lengthening courses like St. Andrews, Augusta and Winged Foot, golf's on the wrong track

Bruce Stasch [Member]
I agree with much of what you are saying Gary. I'd also add that with the ever-increasing length of courses, it makes it harder and harder for average golfers to enjoy the game. What are the two biggest reasons that golfers leave the game: lack of time and frustration with the game.

Lengthening golf courses is only going to exacerbate the exodus of players and continue fueling the lack of growth in the industy.
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/07 @ 10:07

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

Alex [Visitor]
Gary,

You're right, of course.

What is your opinion of thas LPGA allowing the use of carts in this week's Master Card event?

I know they will say that Bosque Real is very hilly, but so is Oakmont and a thousand other courses.

It sort of makes the women look like weaklings, a tag that they most certainly want to shed
PermalinkPermalink 03/10/07 @ 09:46

In response to: Have a golf partner who's a yakker? Here's a tip for putting the lid on it

Stacy [Visitor]
But Gary, do you realy think the "yakker" will pay up or even admit to his indiscretions?
PermalinkPermalink 03/06/07 @ 15:29

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

Stacy [Visitor]
Hi Gary!

Barry and I are dedicated course walkers. We enjoy the experience much more than riding in a cart. We also get in a good leg stretch along the way.

I must admit that I take along a "trolley", usually a push cart so, in a sense, I have become lazy but I don't like to put the bag on my back then remove and repeat all through the round.

The season officially starts soon here in N.Y. and I can't wait for the weather to be condusive for a good stroll with my glistening golf clubs and huge Burton bag! Maybe I can get into single digit handicap this year! ;-)
PermalinkPermalink 03/06/07 @ 15:20

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

John D [Visitor]
Right On... I have a bumper sticker on my golf bag that reads: "Play like a Pro...WALK"
PermalinkPermalink 03/05/07 @ 21:13

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

patricia [Visitor]
Yes congratulations on your new blog.

On the subject of carts, While I much prefer to walk, I must say carts were a great option when I was a beginner (way back in April of last year) and losing balls all the time...in far flung areas. Kept me moving as fast as the walkers. Also the cart allowed me to escape quickly from those who witnessed me hitting a particularly pathetic shot. For a beginner a cart is a little like a security blanket and enables one to more comfortably get onto the course - sooner rather than later - and actually play. That said I'd rarely opt for a cart now.
PermalinkPermalink 03/05/07 @ 17:11

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

Ed Mitchell [Visitor]
Hi Gary,
Congratulations on your new blog. Good for you. I will look forward to your articles.
PermalinkPermalink 03/05/07 @ 11:56

In response to: Hoof it! Don't let golf cars spoil our game

Kiel Christianson [Visitor]
Welcome to WorldGolf.com, Gary!
(Been meaning to say "Hi" for a while, now...)
PermalinkPermalink 03/05/07 @ 10:47