Posts Tagged ‘Rocco’

Winter is a time to prepare for the new golf season, mentally and physically. Golf is tough enough for you to try to play much in winter. When I was a kid just starting to play the game in Philly, I’d put on three sweatshirts and play Cobbs Creek for 50 cents on frozen ground with 25 degrees temps. Cold? What cold? I felt no cold as the ball would roll about a million miles (as Rocco would put it), much to my delight. But that was then. Now, in my older middle age, my body and mind just can’t take the cold, wind, rain, and mud of winter, even in relatively mild northern California (I do get out a bit more this winter as we’ve had practically no rain and temps in the 60s so far). Instead, I watch the pros start off the season in Hawaii, swing a bit on my patio, putt ¬†on the rug with a device that guides me into a slight open/close pendulum stroke, joined a gym, and have purchased some very helpful apps for my iPhone/iPad.

My favorite app is Golf My Way by Jack Nicklaus. I love Jack’s breezy, personal style, from filming made at the height of his powers back in the early (more…)

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Like ice, Rocco Mediate knocked in a four footer to win his first tournament in eight years the other day. At 47, he faced down the youngsters on his tail and won. He lost his lead but never gave up, and as the weather dried and warmed a bit, he found new life and there was the Rocco of 2008 standing up to Tiger Woods for 91 holes in the U.S. Open. Amazingly, he had an eagle everyday of this tournament, including a hole in one. In this end of season tournament, Rocco was Rocco: joking, smiling, kibitzing with the crowd and his fellow players, even as the pressure mounted, even as his PGA Tour livelihood was on the line until he could slip into the Champions Tour. Rocco may not have an Adonis body or a picture perfect swing. Rocco may look like the guy at the deli selling pastrami behind the counter. But Rocco Mediate is a real human being. Roc is good for golf. And we can all learn from him.

Like ice, Beatriz Recari knocked in a three footer to win her first tournament, as a rookie, on the LPGA Tour. At 24, the Spaniard (more…)

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