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Simply said, golf is a hard game because of expectations and what happens inside us when expectations are not fulfilled. The other day I went out with the expectation of doing well, of maybe breaking 80, as I had done last August for the first time in many years. I had gone to the range and practice area the day before and the tee to green swing seemed sharp, the chipping was solid, and I was striking the sweet spot on the putter blade. My foursome wimped out on me, so I went out alone the next day, met some great guys at the course, and started my quest. It was about as perfect a day for golf as there could be.  The first hole saw a so-so drive, but the next shot was a perfect 5 hybrid from the rough, to 12 feet above the hole. Missed the putt but an opening par was just what I needed to rev up my expectation engine. I’ll spare you all the details, but I went three over for the next three holes, and a leak developed in my goal-for-the-day fuel tank. I was getting seriously demoralized, especially after chili dipping (more…)

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Did anyone see Jason Day hit a totally fat tee shot a couple weeks ago in Hawaii that went about 50 yards, then screw up his approach, then reach the green about 25 feet from the cup, and drop the putt for a par? Putting can salvage a lousy hole like a grand slam homer when your team’s down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth. Three flubs and a bomb can get the golf gods dancing around your head, breathing new life into a ho hum round, like Robert Garrigus dropping a 50 foot eagle putt for a share of the lead after a poor third round in Hawaii. That’s the point of never letting golf get you down: A great putt may just be over the horizon. Remember that, Ray Romano (the Master of Negative Thinking): One great putt can help you break 80.

And despite the golf pundits, putting doesn’t require much technique. You take the shortest, most easily controlled club in the bag, (more…)

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Lately, it’s been raining a lot in northern California. It’s cold too. And it’s the busy holiday season. And to top it off, I’ve caught a nasty cold. So I can’t even sneak a half day in to play nine, or even go the range. Of course, there are people worse off than I, like my brother in Philadelphia who has to hang up his clubs every winter and tough it out till spring. When I was a kid in Philly, I’d put three sweatshirts on and go out and play on frozen ground, hitting the ball a mile after it hit the ground. I was obsessed with golf, and when you’re 15 nothing will stop you from playing, except maybe a blizzard. So what’s a golfer to do? Watch the Golf Channel? Watch tournaments from South Africa? Pretend you’re buying a club and hit balls into a net at the store? Buy every app you can find on golf instruction? Well, sure. But there’s more and better ways to improve your game when you can’t play.

One of my favorites is (more…)

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 41 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 44 posts. There were 19 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 19th with 56 views. The most popular post that day (more…)

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