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  1. The Recreational Golfer

    RIP Hubert Green, Peter Thompson

    Hubert Green's swing is analysed in The Venturi Analysis, by Ken Venturi. More about Peter Thompson's life and swing concepts are found in The Methods of Golf's Masters by Dick Aultman and Ken Bowden.
  2. The Recreational Golfer

    RIP Hubert Green, Peter Thompson

    Hubert Green, winner of 19 PGA Tour events, 10 others worldwide, and the 1977 U.S. Open and 1985 PGA Championship, died Tuesday at age 71. See his AP News obituary here: https://apnews.com/e62852d0e9d746009f91e8ba3cd3c1bb Peter Thompson, winner of 84 professional events and five British Opens (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, and 1965), died Wednesday at age 88. See the NY Times obituary here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/obituaries/peter-thomson-australian-golfer.html
  3. The Recreational Golfer

    Is Phil Mickelson Going Nuts?: Hitting a moving ball at US Open

    I was on the practice green today working on the Mickelson Exception, but I'm 68 years old and can't run that fast any more, so I tried throwing my putter after the ball. It worked pretty well.
  4. The Recreational Golfer

    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    The second round leader shoots seven over and he's still in first place. That's why I love the U.S. Open. By the way, did anyone hear this on the broadcast on Friday? Hilarious. http://awfulannouncing.com/fox/us-open-commentary-on-fox-gets-sexually-explicit.html
  5. The Recreational Golfer

    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    Some amusement for you before the broadcast begins today. http://www.morningread.com/features/e6741480-11d8-432e-afa3-072c5328244e
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    A NY Times pictorial review of the course. Very enlightening. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/14/sports/us-open-think-you-can-play.html
  7. The Recreational Golfer

    Driver Off the Deck

    Three comments, the first one from Judy Rankin in her My Turn interview: One shot I've seen in my TV life stands above all others. At the 1989 British Open at Troon, I watched Greg Norman birdie the first six holes. That was thrilling, but on the 16th hole, a long par 5, Greg's drive came to rest on a downslope on tight, bare turf. He pulled out a driver and I thought, No way he can pull this off. The crack of his driver striking the ball is with me to this day. He hit it as flush as a ball can be hit, a high, towering draw, and the ball stopped 18 feet from the hole. For a second I stood there frozen. I couldn't find words to describe a shot that good. Two: Remember when you would get golf tips during a tournament broadcast? I think it was during an AT&T tournament this local pro told us how to hit a driver off the deck. When the tip was over, Gary McCord said something like, "Now I want all you amateurs out there to promise you will never, never, never, never try to hit that shot." Three: But then one day at the range some years ago I watched this guy hit one beautiful, identical drive after another. I was really something to see. Then he started hitting his driver off the mat and was hitting one shot after another just as good. Unbelievable.
  8. The Recreational Golfer

    Most Difficult Course You’ve Played

    This course is one of my favorites. It used to be a 9-holer and was rated one of the best 9-hole courses in the nation. The white tees are 5,628 yards long, and that don't mean easy. You absolutely have to keep the ball in the fairway. If you miss, the ball is in NW forest understory and don't even bother looking for it. By about the 14th hole I begin to crack under the pressure of having to hit the ball straight or else. Bogeys are easy, pars are earned. Lots of fun, though, and it's in a beautiful setting.
  9. The Recreational Golfer

    Driver snap hook on course

    My snap hooks are caused by staying back on the downswing then trying to save the shot with my right hand (and failing miserably). That might not be your problem at all, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
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    2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

    My wife and I were switching back and forth between the between the golf tournament and the Prefontaine Classic (track meet). The rule was, watch the golf until Jim Nantz starts talking, then switch to the track meet.
  11. The Recreational Golfer

    RIP Carol Mann

    Carol Mann, winner of 38 LPGA tournament, died on May 20 at age 77. Read her obituary in The New York Times. In the early 1960s, Mann toured the country with Patty Berg, giving on-course clinics. I attended one on the 10th fairway of the Eastmoreland Golf Course in Portland, Oregon, in about 1961. It is a fond golf memory.
  12. Sometimes I think the architect designed himself into a corner and there had to be a hole somewhere so this is what he came up with. This is the ninth hole on the Fortuna del Rey GC in Yuma, AZ. It's 551 yards long, dogleg left, and what a dogleg! 220 yards from the tee it turns about 120 degrees toward the green. In the corner is an 80-foot-high hill with people's living rooms on top, so there's no cutting the corner allowed.
  13. The Recreational Golfer

    Poll: Who is #3?

    I have a hard time choosing between Jones and Hogan, but I went with Jones. We know more about Hogan than we do about Jones, but I read this once (forgot where). Francis Ouimet was taking about Jones and said something like, "I was playing a creditable game of golf even in the late 20s, but when I played against Jones he would give me two holes per side and still annihilate me. You have no idea how good he was!"
  14. The Recreational Golfer

    Just Can't Pitch/Chip Inside 60 Yards

    Maybe this Lee Trevino video will help (except for the ball rolling up the clubface part).

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