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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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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fantasy Matchup: The Greatest Golfers Of All-Time

I have seen a lot of greats in my life as a retired golfer, and I have been in many arguments as to whom the title of GOAT belongs. These debates make every sport exciting. The only way we can know who’s the greatest is if all of the greats were to battle it out in a grand match in their prime years. n Here are the golfers I want included in that fantasy match up.

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Arnold Palmer

Nicknamed “The King”, Arnold Palmer has 62 PGA tour wins and seven Majors championships under his belt. He was PGA Tour Player of the year twice. In 1960, he was cover of Sports Illustrated when he was awarded the title of “Sportsman of the Year.”

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones could have been the greatest player of all-time had he gone pro. He is still the only player to have won a Grand Slam, four Majors championship in a single year. He won 13 Majors championships in his entire career and he never made a penny off of it. He played for fun. He retired at age 28, and we might never know how many championships he could have made had he continued to play entering his prime.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods may well be the most famous golfer. If you asked non-golfers who the greatest golfer of all-time is, they would probably say Tiger Woods. And he has achievements to prove that. Woods won 14 Majors, and has won 71 PGA tours. His career spiraled when he lost his marriage, and his caddy.

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Jack Nicklaus

Probably the greatest player right now is Jack Nicklaus. He has the most Majors win with 18, and second most PGA tours win with 73. He won the Masters in six different occasions, and to top it off, he was names PGA Player of the Year five times.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Golf As a Sport: Examining The Evidence

A debate has raged on whether golf counts as a sport. Most certainly, it has the trappings and following of a sport. It has international rules and competitions, with many professional golfers earning almost as much as the superstars you find in other sports. Heck, you even find golfing equipment in a dedicated corner in a sports store.

If you ask me, it most definitely counts as a sport. Though some of my older grandchildren, particularly those who are old enough to play with their old man, cheekily mentioned “sure, you would say that.” Thanks for the support, Jace and Tiffany.

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Those who were interested in debating have brought out the dictionary definitions of golf as a sport, using it as a basis for whether golf would fall under which definition better. Sports, per Merriam-Webster, is a physical activity done for pleasure.

While certain activities that skirt the line completely (chess, recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, being a prominent example), golf does involve physical activity. Besides the obvious walking, there’s also the muscle groups of the hand and arm engaged in each stroke. It can be very strenuous physically, and I’m not just saying that because I’m old.

Other arguments put forward against golf being a sport have been countered. For instance, the notion that golf can’t be a sport because injuries cannot readily impede it have been debunked, as players occasionally report injuries from golf all the time.

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Golf also involves skill and strategy, something that it shares not only with chess but also more conventionally active sports like basketball and soccer. The key difference is that in golf, the player works against both an opponent and nature itself.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Flock Of Terms: Bird Imagery And Golf

To the layperson unfamiliar with golf terms, the scoring system can sound particularly perplexing, especially the jargon used in them. Taken together, we’d sound as though we’ve been spending the day hitting balls so hard, fast, and far that they knock dancing birds in mid-flight.

Well, come to think of it, that analogy wouldn’t be completely off the mark, in a hyperbolic sense.

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To understand the imagery, one must first understand the scoring system behind golf. The object of golf is to get a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible, with each hole becoming more and more challenging in the process of completing a course. A minimum number of strokes, called par, is set as a standard for every hole, and the golfer must strive to keep their numbers at par or lower.

The bird imagery of strokes refers to stroke numbers lower than par accomplished in a single hole, with birdie, eagle, albatross, and condor representing one, two, three, and four strokes under par, respectively. These allude to the fact that the ball would have to have traveled across the air at a great distance, much like a bird in flight would. The only error in my previous analogy is that the unlikely event of hitting an actual bird with the ball may not be a good thing for both the trajectory of the ball and the wellbeing of the bird.

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Meanwhile, a bogey refers not to a dance but a setback, referring to the numbers of strokes made above par. Bogeys come in ordinal increments (double, triple, quadruple, quintuple) and were first coined in the great Yarmouth Golf Course in the United Kingdom. This term came about because of linguistic drift, as a bogey was originally a slang term for par.

Jack Elway here. Now retired, I no longer play golf in any competitive capacity, but that doesn’t stop me from talking about it. Follow me on Twitter for more on my thoughts on this game of games.