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Ben last won the day on February 29 2012

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  1. Ben

    Mini Tour Play

    22 year old, single digit handicappers can make good!! So can a 27 year old, newly hired assistant pro.
  2. First thing's first, you've got the golf bug. Good! Next, you want to improve and know enough to ask for help. Also good. As one that has been playing and working in the golf biz for over 30 years, I'll start by sharing this. There is no such thing as having the perfect game/swing/technique. Even the legends of professional golf, Tiger, Hogan, Nicklaus, etc.. would agree. Rather, playing golf to the level one expects of themself, is part purposeful practice, mixed with positive thought and unwavering confidence. Take a series of introductory lessons from a regarded teaching pr
  3. Historically: Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones Truthfully: Ben Hogan, Fred Couples, Reteif Goosen, Curtis Strange. Fantastically: Ben Hogan, Fred Couples, Brooks Koepka, Payne Stewart
  4. eh For the sake of referencing somewhere to start, Ill begin with reaffirming your belief that, playing mini tour golf is a tough way to make a living. From my own experience I understand how you came to the conclusions of just how hard it is for anyone to achieve golf excellence. Speaking from deeper depths of my experience, I can say that's where our common ground stops. Playing golf at its highest level isn't strictly about talent. Not about hitting 350 yard drives while shooting 29 for 9 holes against friends. Playing golf.at its highest levels is about belief.
  5. By the simple fact that you referred to this event as "The Bob Hope" I am compelled to comment and share my two cents. I grew up in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic era myself. When this, and the Crosby or AT&T in Monterey were the two flagship Pro-Am events. Ironically enough, it was this very season that I realized, the LPGA hosts a Pro-Am of their own, and it draws the names the PGA used to. I can't help but think it's due to the fact that, even though the pros tear up the desert courses, the ams have always struggled. Not to mention the players on the LPGA Tour are no longer the ste
  6. Ask your buddy the amount of strokes a left-handed golfer is penalized when he is caught playing a right-handed ball...
  7. Once upon a time I had a goal to purchase every set of irons the Hogan Company made. With the added guideline that each set I purchased had, not only matching serial numbers (such as the number you found on the ferrules), but also had original grips. I have a few set of Power Thrusts, I didn't pay more than $175 for each. As mentioned, eBay is a great tool for finding a resale value for whatever someone collects. If you have an eBay account, log in. In the search bar type in the set you want to sell. From there you will find another tremendously helpful tool. Click the box to sear
  8. As a general rule, 3-putting is the worst feeling in golf. That being said, as much as I HATE 3-putting, my worst feeling in golf came from by way of my 2nd shot on a par5 with a 3wood. A shot struck way back in 2010 that, although I've moved on, and have hit tons of monster 3 woods on par5s since, haunts me because of its significance. I was in Thailand playing my first ever QSchool for any tour, in this case, The Asian Tour. I squeeked through the first round right on the cut line (-3). I shot Even in the first round of Final Stage and now I was on 16 of the second round, still at
  9. Rather than focusing on the length of a missed putt, I'd like to offer a different point of view, while staying in the genre of the most demoralizing shot being a putt. Having to take a third putt, THAT, is the most demoralizing shot in golf. F 3-Putts! F them right in the A!!
  10. I won't play this course again until next January, but I did have five birdies on the Stadium Course at PGA West....
  11. With fourteen years experience working at a mid-level private club, and more recently, with a year and a half working at one of the most exclusive clubs in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country, here's a few methods I can share to give you the best chance of playing there. 1) Most private clubs are closed on Mondays. A select few clubs stay entirely closed, even to their own membership. This gives the grounds crew an unhindered day to work on big maintenance tasks. A far more common practice of private clubs is, hosting non-member fundraising events on Mondays. It's a huge
  12. Gold Star for you! Thanks for reading. It wasn't long after I started reading as a hobby, when I tapped my inner creative writter. I can't put my finger on exactly why or how, but I get some subconscious kick or release from writing. I have a tendency to go on and on, but i do my best to keep my stories a fun read. Man, I haven't thought about those hogan prints I bought in forever. Glad someone still has a copy. You called it. I was playing with two buddies. One an 8 and the other a 16, then we got paired with a single. We all decided on playing the Blues.
  13. Hello TST, I've got a tale to share that would be best served in the eyes of golfers here. This past weekend my fiance and I set up a couples getaway for the ages. She set up the place to stay, a 3BDR vacation home her clients own on Palm Valley CC. And I set up the golf, Mission Hills Dinah Shore on Saturday and PGA West Stadium Course on Sunday. I had played with Player A in the past and blew him away, for days all he could talk about was how sharp my game was. Naturally Player B was expecting greatness. Long story short, Player B beat me straight up, birdieing the 18th at Di
  14. This is a really fun idea. Count me in👍 At the course where I used to work the ladies auxiliary held a similar year-round challenge. It was called Par-Perfect. A pot was built over an entire year which was eventually split among the ladies that did go on to par every hole. Hearing that, I adapted my own challenge. Eagle-Perfect. Not that I did this over one year's time, rather a running total that lasted 14 years until I left the club for another. Over my 14 years there, I ended up eagling, at least one, all but four holes. Number 4, an uphill par 4. Number
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