Especially worthy for beginners, but helpful for review by those that play often, the etiquette of golf is an important topic. The last day of a six week "Golf 1" course I took at my local course a while back involved going on the course for the first time as a class. Before that, however, we all sat down and were shown a short golf etiquette film. Admittedly, a lot of what was shown was common sense, but worthwhile none the less. A great primer of golf etiquette is here. Do yourself and others a favor and take a refresher course.
I don't admit to being much of a book reader: I tend to read books for information or for escape. I don't read books to find meaning in my life. I read books that make me laugh, tell me a few stories, and while away the winter hours when my gal isn't around.
The Fine Green Line, by John Paul Newport, is not going to change your life. It won't reveal any of your inner truths and it won't improve your sex life. It won't make you finally understand your father, your mother, your alter ego, or your fear of clowns. The Fine Green Line isn't about money and it won't tell you how to make any. In fact, it'll cost you $12.95.
The book details John Paul Newport's quest to experience life as a two-ish handicapper playing the professional golf mini tours (the image to the right tells you that). It leads JPN through a series of states, tournaments, bad shots, and lands him at the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School where he unceremoniously bombs, landing him in a Golf Week article about "bums of Q-School."
Former University of Arizona star and 2002 US Amateur champion Ricky Barnes decided that, when the going gets tough, the best course of action is to lay down on the course and throw a tantrum. Since that would be only slightly more over the top, Ricky opted for the ever-popular "Bruce Banner" school of golf.
During last week's Australian Masters at Huntingdale Golf Club, Melbourne, Ricky entered the final round three shots off the lead. After watching a tee shot fly a little too far off-target, Ricky decided to actually hit a fairway by smashing his club into the ground. On the 17th, with a repeat performance off the tee, Ricky decided that golf was too difficult a sport, and took up a new sport: Hit the Earth with Golf Clubs.
We'll let you know if it catches on.
Raking a bunker is one of the easiest things to do, yet many people have never taken the three minutes to learn the proper technique. Here it is, in easy-to-follow format.
- Find the lowest spot around the edge of the bunker that's near your ball. You will enter and exit here. Stepping in and out near a steep face causes erosion and pushes the sand off the face and into the bottom of the bunker. Plus, it's easier to rake flat areas of sand.
Tiger Woods is the host with the most, and has captured victory in his own tournament, the
Tiger Target World Challenge. Missing only two fairways and one green en-route to a closing 5-under 66, Woods capped off his year with his second win in a row. Woods' play was marvelous, and he knew it, saying "Every shot I wanted to hit, I hit."
Padraig Harringon shot a 31 on the front at Sherwood Country Club to get into contention, but faltered on the last three. He bogeyed 16, birdied 17, and then bogeyed 18 after an errant drive. He earned $750,000 for finishing second.
Colin Montgomery, starting the day with a two-stroke lead and having never won a stroke-play tournament in the US, bogeyed the first hole and shot 71 to finish at 13-under 271 with his playing partner, Jay Haas.