Friday, February 15, 2013

Fantastic Ray Floyd Interview by Golf Magazine

Image courtesy of Golf.com
I just read an interview with Raymond Floyd that appears in the March issue of Golf Magazine.  I wanted to share it with all of you because it is one of the best golf interviews I have ever seen.  Take a few minutes to read the full interview - you can access it here.

Floyd's record is impressive:  22 wins on Tour, including 4 majors.  Yet, I don't think he gets as much credit as he deserves for how great of a player he really was.  I think the primary reason is because he was playing against Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, and Trevino, so his name tends to get lost in the shuffle.

This interview is simply fantastic, mainly because Floyd is so brutally honest with his opinions.  It is refreshing to see a superstar like Floyd actually say what he feels - a far cry from the prepackaged, made for TV quotes you get from today's players.  It is also revealing because alot of the interview talks about the mental aspect of the game, and how important it is to success - a lesson all of us can apply to our own games in order to get better!

Finally, it has one of the greatest Jack Nicklaus stories I have ever heard.  Floyd recounts how in the 1973 Ryder Cup, Jack was playing a better ball match with Tom Weiskopf as his partner.  Weiskopf had 12 feet for birdie, while Nicklaus had a 14 footer for a birdie of his own.  Nicklaus told Weiskopf to pick up his mark because Jack was going to make his putt - and he did!  How awesome is that?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cool TaylorMade R1 Giveaway

TaylorMade is running a really cool sweepstakes this weekend for the Northern Trust Open.  Each night of the tournament at 8 pm, they are going to pick one winner - the first three nights the winner will get one of the TaylorMade Tour Pros' R1 driver.  Then, on Sunday, the winner wins a trip out to California to The Kingdom for a custom R1 fitting!  You can enter by following this link.   

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Beating the Winter Golf Blues

As the Northeast digs out of the latest blizzard, it is difficult - painful, even - to think about how far we are from being able to tee it up on a warm Saturday afternoon with your favorite golfing buddies. So while we are stuck in the throws of yet another winter season without golf on the near-term horizon? How do you cope? Here are some thoughts.

1) One of the first thoughts that comes to mind is the wise advice Brother Bluto gave to Brother Flounder in Animal House:

Dont forget, as Otter says, "You should pay attention to him, hes pre-med."

2) Curl up with a good golf book on one of those cold winter nights. It could be anything from a fantastic golf historical book like Mark Frosts The Match (which was so good it reignited my passion for the game and turned my interest into the obsession you can read about now on the blog), or an excellent instructional book to tune up your game like Dave Stocktons Unconscious Putting or Dr. Bob Rotellas Your 15th Club. Either way, getting lost in a great book is a was to fill the golf void until your local fairway thaws out.

3) "Dance like nobody is watching. Putt like you have never been hurt." Ok, I made the last part up, but the one part of your game that you absolutely can work on during the offseason in the comfort of your own home is your putting. You dont need a fancy synthetic green or lots of room. All you need is your putter, a ball, and a cup. Dont go to bed until you hit 10 five footers in a row - believe me, it is just what the short game doctor ordered.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Caddy Races at the Phoenix Waste Management Open

It's one of the most fun tournaments of the year, with the most fun hole in all of golf, the 16th.  Without a doubt, the Phoenix Waste Management Open is a highlight of the PGA Tour schedule.  It is fun, loud and irreverent, and if you can't handle it, then you can take your deer antler spray and go home.

Adding to the fun at the 16th this year?  Caddy races.  The game is simple.  The caddies race to the green from the tee, and the first to touch the green wins.  Keep an eye out for it on the TV coverage this weekend, and you will see some epic dashes to the finish.  This video is pretty funny (especially toward the end) - Kevin Na's caddy really goes all out for the win.  Gotta love it.  You won't see this at Augusta, but it is part of what makes this tournament one of the highlights of the golfing year.  No doubt some cash will exchange hands in the frat party-like stands as a result of the guys in the bibs doing their mad scramble to the green!