During the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL last week, Taylormade Golf, along with PGA officials and others rolled out their new initiative, Hack Golf - with the goal of making "golf more fun".
I'll be honest, at first, when I read about this and watched some video about Hack Golf, my first reaction was "We do NOT need to change golf!"
We've got a pretty darn good field for this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, but I'm not surprised that most of the story lines that I've read so far are coming down to two players, defending champion Tiger Woods, and California favorite Phil Mickelson. Phil looked in danger of missing the cut last week at Abu Dhabi but came charging back into contention and was looking to win but got derailed when he attempted to chip out of a bush right handed and double hit the ball. And even though he didn't win, he was definitely the talk of the tournament (if I had $1 for every time I read "Phil the Thrill" on Twitter I could go on a mini-vacation!).
A win is a win, or is it?
Yesterday I read an article by Jason Sobel about whether PGA Tour players, especially those searching for their first Tour win, should consider focusing on a non-Major PGA Tour event and prepare similar to others like Tiger and Phil would for the Majors they are shooting for. Sobel used the example of Brendon de Jonge (my definition of insanity for 3 years picking him to win countless tournaments!) ; de Jonge played the most events on Tour in 2013 (30) and made a comfortable $1.8 million but only had 4 Top 10's, with his best finish being a T-6 at the Waste Management Open.
Greetings from the Polar Vortex in northern Minnesota. I guess that's what they're calling this freakish cold spell we're in. And it's not just Minnesota (although we like to take credit for it!)...the entire Midwest and even East Coast are under quilts with mittens on. So what can make us feel a little better? Well, for one thing watching golf in Hawaii.
If you know me, you know that I'm usually a little behind the times when it comes to having "the latest and greatest" of anything...I just got my first Smart Phone on Black Friday (Samsung Galazy S4), I'm still playing 2006 Big Bertha Irons, and just this week my very first flat screen TV has been mounted in my living room. Unfortunately, what I don't have are any good cable or satellite channels! I've been holding off committing to a cable provider due to a potentially new offering in my community, but they are (not surprisingly) way behind schedule. So for all of the 13 years I've lived in my own home I've never had the Golf Channel.
I love golf and I love to write, so I can't think of anything better than having a happy place like this to write about golf to my heart's content. Thanks for joining me!