Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday of the year.
To me, Thanksgiving is all about family! Getting together as a family to enjoy each other and appreciate our many blessings.
Other than family, here is some golf gobble that make me thankful to enjoy the game of golf:
1. Be happy with a bogey and occasional par.
2. Be overjoyed with a birdie.
3. Be thankfull to be outside to enjoy the fresh air.
4. Be thankful for my golf buds and the 19th hole.
5. Be thanksful to get up in the morning hopeful your game
will be better or as good as yesterday.
6. Be thankful for golf humor
7. Be thankful for golf carts and occasional walk on the green carpet.
8. Be thankful for GPS and great forgiving golf clubs.
Last, I’m thankful for my wife, who encourages me to play golf and
most of all have fun playing!
While most of are going into hibernation, the spirit of the golf game slowly drifts into the abiss. But, it does not have to be that way!
For me, I am going to take this time to work on several things: 1. My fitness…
Increasing my core and flexibilty. Especially as we all grow a little older the strength and flexibility fades. 2. Swing…
Practice my turn at takeway and release. I am looking for an easy way to video my swing without having to ask my wife, who thinks I am a little crazy. If you know a good way to capture a swing, let me know. 3. Putting…
Wear the rug out practicing putting. Most of would probably be happy to have no more than 2 putts per hole on 18 holes, suppose we could shave 2-4 strokes off our game. Simple, get better with putting. 4. Consistency…
Set a goal to be more consistent. Work in at least two practice session twice a week.
Wow, if all this works, I will get back to my 14 handicap. I have a goal to get down to at 10 in 2015. Lofty, but attainable.
OK, you’ve heard it before, Yes, golf is really hard.
Is this the reason that the golf industry continues to be losing golfers?
I was watching the Golf Channel and they had a small snippet with Phil Nickleson and he addressed the subject of the lack of play within the golf industry and that golf is considered to be hard.
I’ve got a couple of my own to help make the game of golf less hard and more fun:
1. Limit the time looking for lost ball too 1 minute. If not found, take a drop and assess 1 stroke penalty.
2. Out of bounds balls, take lateral drop and 1 stroke penalty. Do not return to the point where you hit from.
3. Increase the size of the putting hole by a minimum of 1 inch.
4. Limit all putts to a max of 3.
5. Allow 1 mullacan per 18. You choose whichever hole you like.
6. Putters. Use any putter that works for you.
These suggestions to apply to the everyday/weekend fun play and would not apply to match and tournament play.
Do you have any ideas to help make golf more fun and less hard?
Go ahead make a comment.
The fairways were redone about a year ago and still need a good year to mature. The roughs were exactly that. Lots of trees with large root systems impacting lies with many bare spots. The greens were challenging and have many unulations to make it exciting if you were lucky enough to sink a putt. The staff was friendly and accomodating.
If I were to rate the course 1-10, I would give it a 6.5. I would like to try to play it again in about another year once the new seedings in the fairway have taken hold better.
We played from the white tees, which made the course a little long for some, since the whites tees were close to the blues. Poll your group before deciding which tees to play.
Let me know if you have a favorite course or one you like and we can share it with all us retired golfers.
Fall is upon us here in the Northeast, but there is still some time left up through November to get in a few more holes.
My golfing goal is to be more consistent. Inconsistency is very frustrating and starts to creep into your mind every time you address the ball.
My handicap is hovering around 15, compared to being a 23 just a year ago. I have found that golfers with a handicap of of 10 or less are very consistent with their games, that’s not to say that they don’t have a bad day, but all in all, it’s a lot more fun to score consistently. My friend Larry is 70 years old, a 9 handicapper, and consistently shoots in the upper 70’s.
Here are my scores so far this week, 89, 87, 83. Not bad, but the first two day were over my handicap. My new approach has been to take one day to practice. I guess the ultimate would be to see how I am really swinging, which means a mirror or videoing my swing. Seems a little on the anal side, but my personality drives to do better, not just play everyday and expect better results.
How about you? Is your golf game consistent? What do you do that works for you? Let us by making comments below…
Have you ever played in a Knucklehead GolfTournament?
Contrived by 2 knuckleheads at our club, they challenged our men’s association to a better ball, full handicap match play. Both knuckleheads were high handicappers, (20 & 23), so joining into the fun seemed to be a no brainer.
Little did 20 of us other “knuckleheads” discover, that we were, in fact the knuckleheads. The 20 handicapper shot a 76 (72 par). He shot the best round of his life. Bottom line, the 2 knuckleheads beat the pants off of the rest of us, but boy was it fun, even to lose.
If you’ve got the guts, pick a partner and try your own knucklehead tournament.
Tell us old golfers about a fun tournament you played!
Yesterday, I shot a 79, today I shot a 90. Yesterday I had one birdie, today I had one birdie. Happy one day and frustrated the next.
A reminder, I just started playing golf after retiring a year ago. I had played previously, but had a good 15 year break in the action, until this past year when I retired. So my game has been been lost for quite some time, Most recently I thought I was making some progress, but so much for that theory. 79 one day and 90 the next.
However, here is the good news. In just one year I have gone from a 23 handicap to a 16 handicap. All in all that is not too bad, but for me, that is not good enough. There are those of you who may think, why not be satisfied. My thoughts are that if I am going to do something, then do the best that I can. This means constantly working on my game and making it better.
More good news. I have another game in the morning! Who knows, I might shoot a 78. I’ll let you know.
I started this blog some time ago and found, of all things, my golf game got in the way of making posts.
With summer coming to an end, I’m finding some time to share a few things with all my fellow golfers on this blog for retired golfers.
Yesterday, we had a travel day to Dover, DE and played Wild Quail Country Club. The course was challenging enough for me, with the fairways in terrific condition. The rough was exactly that a little on the rough side, but for the price you couldn’t beat it. With our Victory passbook we played 18 holes for $20 which included cart.
What a deal?
I played pretty crappy, but any day on the links is a good day.
Hope your summer has been great!
Early fall golf is some of the best. You’ve had all summer to practice. Let us know about your game or experiences. Make your comments below.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill