Golf as we all know is a humbling sport, but it can teach us so much as it relates to real life in almost every way. This site will be a collection of those lessons, hopefully a podcast thats more than just me talking shop, and my travels both for work and play. Thanks for visiting and lets get this thing started.
Well, I finally got out to play on Saturday with a few friends. Yes, it was only local track, but it was something that I could use to continue to make progress on my game. It started great, I was only 2 over through 7 and I was feeling great. My drives were long and accurate, my irons were as well. Putting speed was there and the aerated greens were just making it hard to get anything consistent. Then, the game humbled me, shortly after I thought about birdie the last 2 holes into the turn. This resulted in a triple and then a double. Number 8 was just a hot mess, something changed in my swing. I wasn't making solid contact with my driver off the tee and that resulted in not being in good positions for my approaches. Number 9 I duffed off the tee 50 yards, then I put a pitching wedge short, then I 3 putted. The spiral was starting in front of me. I tried to shake it off, but the rest of the round I didn't hit a fairway, but I did take a small victory in my second shots and putting. I still do not know what went on after the 7th hole, which was a 230 yard par three that I put on with a 3 hybrid (Pretty decent shot actually). I need to work on it, but with work, family, and well...just life its hard to make the time. Its hard to make time for even wiring this blog. I stay up till midnight - 1am every night because I work 10 hours a day and in order to have any time with my kids and my wife I dedicate the time home to them. I put them first, as I should and I am not complaining, but it does make it hard to work on your game since you feel guilty whenever you leave. Balance, both in my swing and in life is what I work on everyday. Do it achieve it? No, not everyday, but when I do its like I just hit the best 4 iron that I ever hit or I get that smile and those those four beautiful words... I love you dad or I love you babe.. Keep grinding, in life and on the course..
Today was like going on a 4 day bender and then having to deal with the worst hangover ever. We have all been there, either during our college days, on vacation, or a happy hour with your colleagues. All I watched today, besides my kids and email, was how the Masters is 361 days away and how Patrick Reed is rude and not a very nice person. Articles were published about his family life and how they were not allowed at Augusta because they had a falling out. How about we celebrate the man for achieving a life long goal in sports for once. How about we celebrate how he navigated one of the hardest courses in America, that an elite few can relate to and have had the opportunity to play. Honestly, we do not know him personally and we have all had falling outs with family members. That doesn't make what he accomplished last week tarnished, that doesn't give us the right to not tip our cap to him. I have had my own run ins with family over the years and most of them were over the pettiest things, that we look back and say, "Wow, why did we act that way". If it goes long, it does take a toll on you both mentally and physically, sometimes separating or taking yourself out of the situation all together is your only path to sanity. Lets not judge someone for what we know from the press, lets judge him on what we can see from him as a golfer and in the public eye. Its a courtesy that I think all of us would want extended to ourselves if we were in his situation. Many will respond with, "Its different, he knew what he was getting into when he became famous". Well, thats just flat out wrong.. now you are judging him for his ability and how he makes his living, what if I came to work with over 10k other people and we judge you on how you perform in the office, went home and wrote about it, let millions of people comment on it, and then don't celebrate you when you accomplish something great. Thats what he has to deal with everyday, while he tries to put food on his families table with his god given ability.
Ok, the serious part is over and if I haven't lost you yet I am going to be doing a series of reviews over the next couple weeks of equipment that I am currently using and have purchased. I am by no means an expert, but I hope this weekend warrior can help at least one person with their purchase decision.
Here is the lineup
Well, Masters week is coming to a close and when the day started it was a too horse race, but as the day progressed many of the familiar names made their way to the top. McIlroy isn't striking it well and Reed is playing conservative, all while Jordan Spieth expelled his #12 demons and is on a tear today to get a chance at his second green jacket. I have never been to Augusta, I hope to be able to go one day, but I am told by so many that television doesn't do it justice. They said that the undulations are so severe that its definitely challenges a players end to end game with its length and placement golf it makes you play. Last night I had a few people I work with and we were chipping balls in my basement to see if we can stop them on the carpet. It was so hard for us it made he think back to my Mid March trip to Phoenix, AZ which made me . The first day I got there I was fortunate enough to be able to play Desert Mountain and get the opportunity for a lesson from one of their PGA professionals at the Jim Flick Golf performance center. Lonnie Lopez took us through a quick 20-30 minute lesson that had us swinging on video using a flight scope and using a pressure board form BalanceLab. Now, with the New England winters it makes it really hard to get any practice in from November through April. This year I tried to work on 2 things, may balance through my swing, and rotating/turning my hips in my follow through while staying down. In my swings leading up to the my moment of truth, I thought, man I am crushing the ball, I feel like I have more control. Wow, the video show a showed a different outcome. I was collapsing my club at the top of my backswing making my swing very long and unpredictable, combine that with my grip being strong, that just made it easier for me to repeat the previous bad habit. So, I worked all winter on 2 things and it turned into 2 more areas of my game that needed addressing. We went out and played Outlaw and Lonnie came with us in order to give us a small on course lesson. You would have through I was teeing it up at Augusta this week. With all eyes on me, I duffed the first one, thank god for breakfast balls, then I hit one down the center of the fairway and was able to walk away with a bogie. Nerves called, but I took that round to work on my newly found trouble areas. Its hard going through a round and working on anything, let alone moving to a new grip and try to correct a backswing that you felt was great the whole winter break. I quit thinking about my score and wanted to trust focus on hitting it well and nothing else. Over the next 3 days that worked out well and I ended up shooting 81 (42/39) at Kierland Resort. I played better, but I still had things to work on. Now, if I could only work on areas like this so quickly in my everyday life, only if I could have the patience with everything I do. I think this is why the game of golf has been an outlet for me. I am able to control every aspect of the game, but in life that is not possible no matter what anyone says. There are no gimmes, no mulligans, you have to be perfect or almost perfect especially when you have a family to support. Every day in life is like playing a major, all I can say is that I know I will duck hook one off the tee from time to time, but hopefully my second shot gets me back on track. Congrats to the eventual winner of the Masters, you will go down in history in golf, but make sure that you are remembered for more than just that.
Update: 6:30pm EST. Looks like Rickie is living life right, he may get into a playoff
Update: 6:39pm EST. Captain America is your Masters Champion!