Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hideki Matsuyama: Pro golf’s new star

Since the downward spiral of Tiger Woods’ career, a good number of names has taken over the sport. The list includes Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, and the Japanese sensation Hideki Matsuyama. 

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Matsuyama broke into the golf scene as an amateur in 2010, winning the Asian Amateur Championship twice consecutively (2010 and 2011). He was the first Japanese amateur to compete in the 2011 Masters Tournament and won the Silver Cup for the lowest score garnered. The same year, Matsuyama won the gold medal at the 2011 World University Games. In August 2012, he reached the top spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. 

By 2013, the Japanese golf star turned pro and immediately impacted the game. Matsuyama has since won five PGA Tour trophies. 2017 has been a breakthrough season for him, as he went on to win three tour titles, including his first World Golf Championship and three second-place finishes in his first 15 events. This past June, Matsuyama reached the top-two rank on the Official World Golf Ranking after a runner-up finish at the 2017 U.S. Open. He has won a total of $5,945,990, putting him second on the money list behind Dustin Johnson. 

This past August, Matsuyama won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, going for a course record-tying 61 in the final round to win by five strokes. Indeed, much talk has revolved around the rivalry between Spieth and contemporary Justin Thomas. But Hideki Matsuyama is just waiting in the wings, ready to snatch it all. No one’s doubting he can finally reach the top as we enter 2018. 

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The best sports to take up in retirement

Retirement means no more Monday morning meetings, weekend hustle, or brutal stress headaches. However, for some, it may mean worrying about your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But there are many things you can do to enjoy the golden age. 

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Here are three of the best sports you can take up in retirement: 

1. Golf As a retired golfer, I can personally say that the sport is perfect for retirement. Whittle away the hours on your local golf course, enjoy pleasant conversation with other enthusiasts, admire the view, and stroll around. It’s also the kind of sport that you can get better at very quickly, with the right amount of time and dedication, so you can still see yourself improve even in retirement. 

2. Swimming Swimming is another brilliant sport to take up as you get older, as it requires no hard contact. You’re far away from getting injured, but you’re still going to get a good workout and a chance to strengthen your muscles. It’s also an excellent way to tone up in case you’re thinking of taking up more serious hobbies like hiking. 

3. Hiking While it may sound like hiking may be a bit out of your depth, it really isn’t (especially if you’ve already taken up swimming as your hobby). Many routes around the countryside have easy trails. Plus, you can turn these hikes into pleasant picnics and family days out. 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Acting Your Age: Thoughts On Aging With Grace And Connecting With Younger People

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Although I’d love nothing more than to say that I’ve always rocked the look of a silver fox, I’ll admit I had a bit of trouble accepting that I was going to be old when my sons were growing up, though fortunately for everyone I decided to let up on it during the 80s before it became patently ridiculous.

Anyway, today, I’ve long since owned up to my hair and rocked the look of the distinguished old gentleman, with my occasional excursions in golf adding to the sophisticated air that I’ve made for myself. Of course, just because I’ve started acting like an old gentleman doesn’t mean I’ve given up on living life like youngsters do.

There’s more to aging with grace than just accepting that you’re better off not being faddish. It worked for Paul Newman, and it’ll work for me. The golf games I still play may not be about winning, but they encourage me to get out for fresh air and stay as fit and as mentally active as I can at this age. They say you’re only as old as you feel, and the missus and I continue to feel like the hip, young cats we were all those years ago.

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We do remember that we’re first and foremost adults with responsibility to guide our grandchildren. We do make sure that we’re available for them to receive the advice they need to hear. Interacting with young people like our grandchildren also has a way of making us feel young in a different sense. Besides setting them on the right path, we also see the world in their eyes.

Moreover, spending time with our grandkids reveals a lot of common interests. Besides her interest in golf, my oldest granddaughter Tiffany’s become a huge fan of our old records and classic movie collection. She and her grandmother have matinee night.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Why the golf world is enamored with Jordan Spieth

The golf world is currently zeroed in on a “need for Spieth” phenomenon, celebrating the 24-year-old young pro’s various accomplishments and potential, groundbreaking new ones. In fact, just this past PGA run, everyone was tuned in as Spieth and contemporary Dustin Johnson duked it out for top place in the world rankings. But what really makes Jordan Spieth the darling of the sport? 

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 A quick scan of what Spieth has done since he turned pro will lead to an impressive, eye-popping list of accolades. He is the first player in history to win three majors and at least 10 Tour wins before turning 24, racking up a total of 11 PGA Tour titles. As an amateur, he bagged two U.S. Junior Amateurs, joining Tiger Woods as the only players to win the title more than once. 

The list of amazing feats goes on. He became the sixth-youngest player in PGA Tour history to make a cut in 2010. Jordan Spieth has spent 26 weeks on top of the Official World Golf Ranking. He first got the top spot in August 2015, and has worn the crown four separate times. In April of last year, Jordan Spieth was among Time Magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People. 

Probably his most memorable run so far came in 2015, when he won both the Masters and US Open, only the sixth player to have done so in history. He likewise became the youngest to take home the US Open trophy since Bobby Jones in 1923. During that Masters tournament, he equaled Woods’ scoring record with a final total of 18-under-par. He likewise went on to make 28 birdies in the same tourney. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Caddies: An Ingredient To Golfers’ Recipe For Success?

Back in 2011, caddie Steve Williams publicly boasted how instrumental he was in Adam Scott’s win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He may have merely been throwing shade at Tiger Woods, who had fired him just three weeks prior to the event. But his claim caused plenty golfers to criticize him for stealing the spotlight that should have been on Scott and his first World Golf Championships title.


The incident also gave rise to the question whether caddies are critical to a golfer’s success.

In the past, caddies are supposed to follow three rules: show up, keep up, and shut up. Their responsibilities before were to carry and clean golf clubs, rake bunkers and sand traps, replace divots and ball marks, and tend or remove the pin on the green. Basically, they were assigned blue-collar tasks.

However, their roles have continued to expand as more and more golfers are enabling them. They have since become rangefinders as well, or measurers of distance, course hazards, green contours, and more.

Additionally, some of them are also expected to be aware of which golf club is the most appropriate to use depending on the scenario and shot.

Caddies have now become a valuable resource for golfers. Some people have even said that the moral or mental support caddies give golfers during critical moments in competitions can spell the difference between winning and losing a tournament.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Golden Years: Four Best Places To Retire If You’Re a Golfer

We often hear about retirement tips, and they’re all about saving money for the future. This post, however, isn’t about saving, but spending that money so you can enjoy your post-retirement days. If you’re a golfer, here are four best places to retire:
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4.Aldie, Virginia

Golf course: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Creighton Farms

Head to the rolling hills, west of Washington toward the mountains. This golf course is all about strategic thinking and precision, rather than power. Perfect for senior golfers.

3. Austin, Texas

Golf course: Barton Creek Austin

It’s no surprise the city of Austin makes it to this list. The city is continuously ranked high in the top golfing destinations and courses. In Barton Creek, there are 72 holes, with at least one of the two Fazio courses reserved for its residents every day.

2. Salt Lake City, Utah

Golf course: Hideout Canyon

This is actually just outside of Salt Lake City. So, with a major city at your doorstep plus mountain and water sceneries, this place is perfect for those looking to relax while enjoying a game of golf.

1. Orlando, Florida

Golf Course: Isleworth

Of course, it had to be Florida. Ranked no. 1 in the top places to retire for golfers by Best Retirement Destinations, this 6,000-acre gated community offers lush greens just outside of Orlando.
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Hi there, Jack Elway here. I’m a retired golfer living in Florida. Aside from golfing, I also enjoy fishing. Visit my blog to get more golfing and fishing tips.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Partnership For a Better Game

Golf is not a team sport, right?  While the focus of most people is on the golfer, often the silent partner never gets noticed but can be very important to the golfer.

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This is a ticklish topic.  Some golfers consider the game as a completely solo experience.  Caddy Steve Williams moved to Scott Adams after Tiger Woods let him go.When Adams won his tournament, Williams was quick to claim some credit.  Many golfers raised hell with this, after all, the mantra for caddies seems to still be, "Show up, keep up, and shut up."

However, a caddy can easily be a real asset if allowed to go beyond the usual task of carrying the clubs and handing them over to the golfer.  The caddy is the person that accompanies the golfer through the whole course and, especially for pros, through different tournaments.  The contribution of a caddy can therefore be indispensable.These are the guys who check the course for the golfer, taking notes on how far one hole is from another while keeping in mind the little characteristics of the course.

Those caddies who've been with golfers for years also have one more contribution to give:That of being a counselor of sorts.  There are caddies who can remember possible solutions to simple physical aches and pains while giving a crucial suggestion on how to putt and what to putt with.

Caddies do a lot of grunt work and this is just par for the course, so to speak.They will get dirty.They will have to study the course.  They need to keep everything handy and never be tense so as not to add to the golfer's tension.The caddy is the silent partner who is easily a distraction when not wanted but is an obvious asset when all the necessary help is made available.

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Jack Elway is a retired golfer with his share of caddy stories. There is much to be learned from someone who has benefitted from these dedicated individuals.  Check these out in this blog.