Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Final Post

You are going to miss this. Am I?
I will be quite straight forward with you throughout this post. I was not at all excited to start this project for my English class. However, Mr. Parker, through writing almost a whole school year; I have come to the conclusion that my statement at the beginning of the school year was correct. To be perfectly honest, I have not really enjoyed writing blogs. To also be honest, writing this post does not quite sadden me. Really I am pretty happy.

Despite this fact, I have changed a ton throughout this blog. Though I may have not liked the assignment it does not mean that it did not shape me as a person or as a writer. Don't get me wrong, I love creative writing and that is exactly what this is. However, through this project I came to the realization that writing creatively about a specific subject is extremely hard and yet extremely fun. I have noticed a definite change in my writing and in my tone. It is interesting how not only a person can change and develop, but their writing can as well.

You may be wondering how this post has anything to do with golf. By you I mean me, because frankly I feel like I am my only viewer. So to all of you who want to understand what this has to do with golf, I am here to tell you. I started blogging in September of last year. For those of you that do not understand the golf season, that was about the beginning. Not only has my writing experienced a change but so has my golf game. Last year I averaged around a 50 on nine holes and a 100 on 18. This year, I have been averaging around 45 on nine and 90 on 18. It may not be a huge differences but it is a change. And a change for the better.

Thank you (me) for allowing me the opportunity to blabber on about golf for give or take 7 months. I really appreciate your (my) support and patients. Again, though I did and do not particularly care for the blog that I have been writing on for the past seven months. I do care for the things that it has taught me. It has taught me how to be a better golfer, how to be a perfect procrastinator, and also a really amazing advice giver. Seriously, I have changed a lot. This blog has helped me see that.

Thanks y'all for the ride,

"Turn out the lights. The party's over"

- JT

Olympic Golf

The Course Layout: Image Courtesy French Creek Golf
It is official and it has been for a while. Golf will be a sport in the 2016 Summer Olympics. This is pretty cool for golf fans everywhere.

Has golf ever been in any of the Olympics? The answer is yes. Though most and even the best golf historians will tell you it has not. This is not true. In the Summer Olympics of 1900, held in Paris France, golf was apart of the Olympics. It is true that since then golf has been excluded from all the other Olympics, until this next year. Rio De Janeiro has planned and constructed a course for the games. The course looks decent. I do not know how the professionals will react to it, but I believe they are just happy to be playing. Despite condition, I am ready for it to open and be played. I am very excited to see players from all different countries doing so.

Got a Little Ways to Go: Image Courtesy Golf Digest
I have heard from many people that as soon as an activity is entered into the Olympics, it is an official sport. So, Mr. Parker, there you have it. Golf beginning the summer of next year will be an official sport. Oh wait, silly me, it has been for the past 115 years thanks to Paris. I can wait a year for all of those golf haters to see it reoccur in Brazil.

This "new"sport brings many questions into my mind. What made Brazil want to bring golf back into the Olympics? Also, why has it taken 115 years to reenter golf into the Summer Olympics? How will countries compete?

Getting Closer: Image Courtesy Inside Golf
If you have any other questions please comment them. If you know any of the answers to mine, please answer them also in the comment section.

Bears and Golf?

This past week has been an interesting one for Park City Utah. Extremely interesting! It all started around Monday of last week in Jeremy Ranch. A black bear was spotted in the area.  There happens to be a golf course right there in Jeremy Ranch. Therefore the chances that this bear went for a stroll at night or during the day on the course are very likely.

Image Courtesy: KSL 
The story of this two year old black bear just gets better and better. Tuesday the bear had disappeared and all seemed well until Wednesday when another report of the bear came into police. Park City schools were under lock down as police searched for the black bear. Though it was never found, you will never guess where the black bear was spotted at first. The black bear was spotted in Park Meadows! This doesn't have any relevance unless you live in Park City. Coincidentally, Park Meadows also has a golf course. And it turned out that the bear was sited near the course. I'm just guessing that this bear had walked the course as well.

As of Thursday the bear was gone. Though the DWR set traps to catch and relocate the black bear. I do not believe that we should call it a black bear anymore. I think we call it the "course bear". The course bear has disappeared. And though the DWR is asking where he has gone. I think the real question is where is the nearest course. I wonder which course the course bear will choose next.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Is Practicing Bad?

It is interesting to note that Monday I shot 46. It is also notable that I practiced three days after that. However, when the next Monday came, I shot 56. Now, did my practicing degrade my game? Is practicing bad?

Practicing is not bad. Practicing is most essential to your golf game. You cannot do well in the game without practicing. I figured this out. What did I do differently Monday, that I did not do the next Monday? This is the question I asked myself over and over again. I have only came to conclusions. These two conclusions have allowed me to understand how you can add or subtract ten strokes.

Image Courtesy: Harris Internet 
Don't let your first tee shot do this to you.
First: On Monday I warmed up. I took 45 minutes before my round to warm up. I took a wedge, iron, putter, and finally my driver. I spent about ten minutes on each club and then spent the last five minutes on whatever I did the worst. Then I headed out and played decently. In contrast, the next Monday I teed up not having shot any practice shots and cut it far right. This put me in a bad state of mind and the game got to my head. I couldn't believe myself. I let my first shot control the rest of my game. This is something I need to let go of, but often I cannot help it.

Second: On Monday my mind was in the game. What does it mean to have "your mind in the game?" This is simple. You need to have your mind focused on golf. When playing your round you need to let go of all other thoughts and focus on every shot. Make every shot count, and "keep your mind in the game." The following Monday my mind was far from the game. I couldn't think about my shots. And frankly I did not care how I played. I needed to though. It is not that having other thoughts is bad in any way, because they are not. You just need to balance them with golf, or just not plan on shooting well.

In conclusion, if you want to add ten strokes to your game then I have the perfect solution. I recommend you go to the course without practicing for a week. Next get your head out of the game. Don't focus on your shots, and think about all the other things happening in your life. Some of your thoughts
should include friends, school, and work. I guarantee you you will play terrible!

Good luck!

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Most Essential Element of Golf?

All professional golfers understand the most important part of golf. Though, what is the most important element of golf? I have a specific element of golf that I believe is the most important. However, I really am curious as to if this belief is the same that professionals believe.

I believe that your short game is the most essential part of golf. Chipping and putting are where strokes are added on or taken off. I can see some golfers believing that your tee shots are the most essential. However, I find you need to be better at putting than hitting a good tee shot. I find short game interesting. For beginner golfers, short game is probably the easiest part of golfing. Putting is basic and I can guarantee that every person on the earth can putt. Putting alone is easy, though having the ability to putt with precision is difficult. Chipping is a bit harder than putting, but can still be easily developed within an hour of practicing. Just the same as putting, being able to chip is easy, but being capable of chipping with accuracy can be hard. 

First Method
There are multiple ways that you can turn your putting from lucky to precise. I first, will start by explaining ways that putting can be improved. First, I recommend when practicing putting you make every shot count. Take your time, imaging that you were actually playing in a tournament. This way you literally practice how you play and play how you practice. Second, I would suggest a few "drills." The first of which is a simply drill in which six tees are evenly spaced and placed about four to six feet from the hole. Once this is done go in a counter-clockwise direction making every putt until you get back to where you started. The second drill that can be done is by using two alignment rods. Align the rods making a "railroad track" that your putter is going to "ride." Make sure that these are aligning your putter head directly to the hole. Next place a mark down where your ball will be and one in front to where you will follow through to. Start by backing up to and hitting the tee while staying inside the alignment rods. flow through while keeping in them to the marker closest to the hole. This will help you get a feel for a perfect putt. This drill can be used to practice lag puts and also to practice your short puts. Using the railroad tracks will insure a straight putt. Finally, to improve your putting you should be putting in a sufficient amount of time into practicing your putting. A sufficient amount of time depends on the person. Typically for me, I tend to spend fifteen minutes per every hour on my putting. This goal can be accomplished all at once, or in five five minute increments.
Second Method
Do you agree that your short game is the most essential element of golf? If not, which do you think is? 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Learning to Cope With Annoyance

Have you ever been over on the range with a group of men and women. All of you are practicing and getting ready to go out and play a round. Everyone is respectful and courteous of everyone around them. People mind their manners and keep a quiet profile. All is well, until two people walk onto the range and start to enjoy a conversation that they seem to want everyone to hear. These two can't stop laughing out loud and they are getting on everyones nerves. Your tee time finally comes and you think all is well. You have warmed up, and now you are able to get away from those people that just did not seem to stop annoying you. Though just as you thought it was beginning to get better, things took a turn for the worst. These two people are now playing on your tee time with you. Several questions are racing through your head. The most distinct question is what to do and how to handle this situation?

Image Courtesy: For The Win
This situation may happen. It may not be this extreme, but it is guaranteed that eventually you will play or practice with an annoying golfer(s). There are several approaches to dealing with annoyance. The first of which is the polite way. This method is one in which you physically approach the two people and kindly ask them to stop. You explain that you and others around you would appreciate it if they could keep it down. If you are more of a shy person, this approach could be hard. Use it as a way to build your confidence and conquer your fear.

The second technique to coping with annoyance is to ignore it. Let this be a distraction, let it make you mad. Let these people bug you. If done correctly this approach will build your mental endurance and strengthen your ability to ignore distractions. All golfers could use help with this part of their game. Distractions in golf are not good things to have and by ignoring this one, you are doing yourself a favor and building up your tolerance level.

The third and last approach that I would recommend, is to just ignore everyone. This can be done in a number of ways, though I find that the easiest way to ignore everyone is to plug in headphones and listen to music. This allows for you to be completely oblivious to what is going on around you.

In conclusion, avoid being the golfer that annoys everyone. Mind your manners and be courteous. Know and understand the rules and etiquette of golf and you will have an easy time not being the annoying golfer/golf pro that everyone hates.

Follow Up

I have lately received a question repeatedly. I felt that I had cover this question though now reflecting on my past blogs, I found that I have not answered this question fully.

Image Courtesy PCHS: Boys State
Golf  Team
"Is golf fun?" Such a simple question. Though this is short answer, there is more depth in it. Yes, golf is extremely fun. However, it is not just fun because you get to hit a ball. That is boring. There are certain things that you come, as a golfer, to enjoy about the game. People enjoy golf for multiple reasons, though some of the reasons that I really enjoy golf are as follows. Obviously when you have a really good shot, it makes you feel successful and it also helps you to realize that practice does actually pay off in the long run. I have also come to love playing in the evening and walking the course as the sun sets. This really gets me in a good mood and the views that are seen from holes on The Jeremy Ranch golf course are amazing. I usually golf around six on the weekends and it extremely fun. Another aspect of golf that fun, is when you are golfing with friends and or team mates. Golf you could say is a social sport. It allows for conversation. I enjoy playing golf with my friends and being able to talk and play is a ton of fun.

Though I have mentioned a few things that make golf a fun sport there is one part about golf that really makes it the most enjoyable for me. I have not yet mention it, though it deals with golfing with people and more specifically friends. Some of my best friends are my siblings and parents. I really do find that my best memories golfing, have been with them. When we are all together and out on the course I never have had such a great time. Playing golf with my family is what I golf for. It makes golf worth it. So, yes golf is fun. If you want to have an enjoyable time out on the course, I recommend you grab a friend or family member and head out. Enjoy!

Laziness: Is It Necessary?

To say that America as a country is lazy, is a correct statement. To say that every American is lazy is an overstatement. However, to say that this generation of American youth is the laziest generation is an understatement.

The youth of the future, are not to say lazy. We are not certainly the laziest generation. Though, with technology it is easy to understand why some older adults consider us to be "lazy". It makes sense, we have it easier than they did. If it is ease that defines lazy then it is very possible that their parents thought they were to be the laziest generation. Measuring the ease of something does not simply imply that a whole generation is lazy. There ease's did not come from nowhere. Our
generation is hard at work developing new technologies and inventions that in many ways make our generations lives more complex. Creating more jobs to discover and fix these complexities. Our generation is not lazy, past generations should not blame laziness on our extreme amounts of successful development.

Might as well have this sign on every course.
Despite the fact that our generation is not lazy, and that we are more technologically advanced, there still has been a slight problem with golfers. Golfers, are the true definition of lazy. At least a large handful of golfers are lazy. This includes me, and I don't blame anyone. Golf alone is a pretty easy sport. Not lazy, just easy. However if you do define lazy by the term easy, than I guess golf alone is a lazy sport. Walking and swinging you arms is not the toughest thing. It can be one of the most technical though. Let's get real though, golfers that use carts are flat out lazy. Golf carts are stupid and dangerous. You can WALK 18 holes and it will not kill you. The invention of the golf cart changed golf forever. The argument that we "don't indulge in physical activity" is only valid because of the invention of the golf cart. It has given golfers around the world the shame of not even being considered a sport, which it is. Thank you very much, it is a sport because it is on the High School sports wall. It may be sufficient to also add that the ping pong, chess, and pool teams are also up on the wall. This is irrelevant due to the fact that now, all these wonderful activities are considered sports.

Do you think that golf is a sport? If not, check out a past blog. Are we the laziest generation? How do you define lazy? In your mind is ease the definition of laziness or do you have another?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

No Snow, Golf's A Go

Image Courtesy: Park City Mountain Resort
Due to the lack of snow, skiing has not been good this year. I will take this opportunity to state the fact that I have only been skiing this season five times. I am such a die hard skier. All break long I ski. Whenever I have the opportunity to ski, I am doing it. Not at all. I honestly am one of the worst skiers that there is. The confidence that I have in my skiing is bad due to past experiences, and I just do not enjoy it. However, my parents make me go. I understand that this is ethical. They did pay for a seasons pass after all and I should have used it more. It is amazing to me how much I took snow and skiing for granted. I had the opportunity to sit with a tourist from Taiwan on the lift. It was fascinating how much she was enjoying the garbage snow. She asked me how many times that I had been skiing in the season (keep in mind this was around December or January) and at the time, I had replied none. This was my first time and this lady flipped out!! With the little english that she knew she was going crazy! She asked me why I had not skied and I told her that the snow was not good. She automatically knew from that response that I had to be a local. She gave me some more garbage about how I should be skiing snow. That snow is snow, and all snow is good. This was eye opening. I really didn't think of snow being snow. From then on I realized how much I have taken for granted, and that I need to ski more.

However to be completely honest, winter was only fun for maybe the first three weeks. By then I was done with it, and to say the least it was done with me. Winter in Park City did not last long. At first I found myself complaining that winter was too short. Though with time, clearing driveways, wearing shorts, and thinking about summer. I began to hate the snow.

Jeremy Ranch Golf Course: Image Courtesy The Jeremy Ranch
Despite the hatred of snow, I am starting again to miss it. This happens every year. Sometimes you do not know how much you like something until you do not have it anymore. This happens to be the case in with snow. I have only had those thoughts up until this point. At this point they have died away. This point being the opening day of The Jeremy Ranch Golf Course. This excites me! I can finally be back on the green grass with the clubs that I love. Swinging and swinging and swinging, swing after swing. I went over to the driving range the Saturday after it opened. I am pleased to report that after an hour of practice I stunk. I did better than I think that I would do, due to the fact that stinking is better than failing. On the bright side, spring is finally here and so is golf. Golf is off to a pretty good start, and I am ready for it. Bring on the new season! Here goes nothing.

Golf: Athletics vs. Academics, The Balance

Image Courtesy: TaylorMade
Picture a young man in July. Just made his school golf team and has not a clue what he is getting himself into. He thought that he did. The papers and disclosures said that he would be playing tournaments during school, though he had no clue and no worries about it. Golf season kicked off in August and he thought life was treating him pretty well. Then, school hit. September came and tournaments and practice were not the easiest thing for him anymore. Nor was his academics.

I learned quickly that I had to do something about my school work. I missed the first day of
school for a tournament which did not help at all. However, this leads me to my first point. When on a team or sporting activity, you should let your teachers know that you will be missing school at least one to three weeks in advance. You should not be quiet about it and have them find out the day of in an email that will be sent out from your coach. Though this is perfectly acceptable, it will not give you the best reputation. Let your teachers know, even if it has to be done before school starts. This will allow your teachers to understand that though you are on a sports team you still care and value your education. This is a good message to send, even if you aren't too
Image Courtesy: PowerSchool
serious about education. A good reputation can never hurt. 

Despite letting your teachers know, you should come up with a schedule and plan of attack. Golf is and was hard, golf is a hard sport to play with school going on. I understand that playing other sports can be tough with school, though I can assure you golf is hard. In other sports you rarely miss a whole day of school to go to a tournament. In golf tournaments last anywhere from three to five hours with another hour or two of driving. Practices also last at least one to three hours depending on what is being done. Golf is tough and if you have time management issues, or you have never had to manage your time, like I did, then here is something that I hope will help. To start off, you need a plan of action. How will you go about studying and doing homework after practice? It is simple. You need at least an hour of time after practice to do homework. It really is not that hard. An hour of sitting down and finishing all your homework is easy and then you have the rest of the day to do whatever you would like. I was really good at doing this during the first quarter and throughout the golf season. However when golf ended, so did my time management. So in a way, the stress that sports will put on you can help. Use it to your advantage. It is possible and will help. Along with time management, know your priorities. Understand that some assignments may be worth more than others and those are the ones that should be done first. 

Balancing athletics and academics is certainly not as hard as it seems though doing so can cause stress. Honestly, if someone as "smart" (extreme sarcasm) as me can do it, so can you. Remember, that as as important as sports especially golf can be, your education should always be your number one priority. A teacher once told me "Academics before athletics." This has really stuck with me and I find it to be true. Let me know if this helps. What should I blog about next?  

St. George: Come and Gone

This week Park City students have one of the best breaks. Our break is called "winter break". This break is awesome. While there are some ski bums that stay home and ski on the water that we have this year. Other normal kids, go somewhere where it is warm. I am one of those kids. I have the opportunity to go to St. George Utah. Why do I mention this? I mention this because St. George is supposed to have temperatures in the high 60's and low 70's. In my opinion this is the perfect temperature for golfing. While I would like to say that all I am going to be doing is golfing, this is far from the truth. I enjoy mountain biking as well and the majority of my trip will be filled by doing that.

Bear Claw Poppy: Image Courtesy of MTB Project
The first full day I arrived I mountain biked. I biked a trail called Bear Claw Poppy. This trail is really fun we rode it several times and I wrecked on it several times (luckily golf is a safe sport). Sunday I went through grave yards and took pictures of ancestors. On monday I mountain biked and went to a pool. Tuesday was interesting. I biked up to some indian cliff art and then went over to my uncles. At my uncles, I enjoyed helping him move back into his house. He brought with him a tree. Literally a tree that he will use to create bowls and other things. In return for my physical labor, I got what I wanted. Wednesday, I woke up and went golfing at The Ledges. I golfed with my uncle and I did not do so well. I did not keep score so I can not report that side of things. Not that it mattered any way. The golf course that I played was in great condition. The fairways were green which was something that I have not seen in a very long time. I also enjoyed the greens and the course layout was awesome.
The Ledges Golf Course: Image Courtesy The Ledges

St. George was a ton of fun! Everyone should go there to golf at least once. The courses really integrate the red rock and sand stone in cool ways. Most courses in St. George have shots that require you to shoot over a canyon which is also a really awesome experience. Mountain biking was a blast and I really enjoyed it. I just overall loved getting out of the snow and cold and into the sunshine and heat. It felt really good. Being outdoors and active was great.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tis The Season

Original Golf Course Name. Good Job Stone Bridge.
I had the opportunity last weekend to play the Stone Bridge course in Salt Lake City, Utah. Was it a success? You tell me. I haven't been able to play or even swing since early last November when the courses started closing down. That, is DEFINITELY NOT MY FAULT (extreme sarcasm). At the time, I was done with golf. School had officially started and balancing academics and athletics was not the easiest. Anyway, that story is for another day. My Stone Bridge experience was interesting. To start off, I would like to ask why name a course "Stone Bridge"?! I mean there was a small fake stone bridge, though every time I thought of stone bridge I found myself thinking BridgeStone golf. Which to me is not the most appealing. Despite the problem that I had with the name, the course was decent.

I actually really did like the layout of the course. The only complaint that I had
was that it was not designed for a fade. Though this may just be me not being able to play my fade. Also, my fade wasn't even a fade. Stating that my all my shots faded would be a complete understatement. Calling them cuts would also be a complete understatement. In the words of my uncle "It's not a fade, it is NOT even a cut. You are just playing crappy golf!!!!" So this was the support that I received during the whole round of golf.

The course was in exceptionally good condition considering the circumstances. The greens were great! The fairways were a little bit muddy and wet in some areas. However, this was minimal and was only encountered on parts a few holes. When all said and done, I did not shoot a good score. Perhaps the best score of the year, though not good. I shot 48 on the back and 53 on the front. When considering the conditions and when I last played, I guess 101 is not that bad of a score.

When was the last time that you played? Whats your best score in 2015? Leave a comment, and please help me with ideas!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Oh Blogging: A Reflection

Though there are very few of you. I am aware that there are at most three. You people, are the people that read my blog. These last two quarters have gotten hard. I have had very little to write about. I did not think that writing about golf would be hard for me. However it is. It wasn't hard during the golf season because I lived and breathed golf. But now that I am not thinking about it as much I find it hard to think and come up with blogs. I think that I am going to turn to my humorous side more and just make total fun of golfers. Even though my first post ratted out those that made fun of golf.

I need some help. If you have any preferences that you would like to hear me write about please inform me. I would greatly appreciate your comments. Also tell me what you think about going to a more humorous side of golf.

The Downfalls of humor. It's rude to golfers (myself). May contain insulting images (to me, from me). Will make you laugh so hard you'll die (I won't die).

The Upfalls of writing golf humor. More cartoons (by me). Less seriousness more funniness (I still will write tips, reviews, and opinions). It'll make you laugh (don't die).

-Thanks for a great semester of blogging.

JT Harman

Buying is For the Weak

For my birthday last year I received a couple dozen sleeves of Taylormade Lethal's. These are very nice balls. I enjoy playing with them and their performance is great. In fact, it is so great that I would like to save them and use them only during tournaments. I decided that I wanted these balls to last me through out the tournaments in my high school years, individually and on the team.

All boxes full of random golf balls.
However, this posed a challenge. I practice way more than I play; so I did not know what to do. I was not going to waste these balls in practice. So one day I decided that I was going to go buy a bulk supply of used garbage balls off eBay. Turns out those "garbage" balls were not cheap at all. I had to grab some balls, and get them fast. I was all out of balls to practice with and was borrowing balls from teammates everyday. Everyone has probably done this but I had such an aha moment it. I guess I am just stupid. But, I share it with you anyway.

Here's what I decided to do. I took my golf clubs and headed over to my local course. I went over right before they closed and started to walk the holes. On each one going through the bushes and water hazards to find every ball I could. When all said and done I found fifty plus balls within the first six holes. Fifty balls was enough to last me a couple weeks. When I ran out (which I didn't) I went back for more. I now have a large collection of "junk" balls that I can go out and practice with. The thing about doing this is that it takes all but forty five minutes. Plus as a bonus more than fifty percent of the "junk" balls were Pro V1's and Taylormades' newest balls such as the Lethals.

Darth Faders Claim to Fade

Every golfer has a flaw in their swing. This flaw leads to a flaw in their shot. All flaws can be overcome. Just look at the professionals. However, flaws are habits. The more that you practice them, the more that you will use them. I personally have many flaws. One of these many include an insane fade. I have had many instructors and pros try and help me fix my swing. None of what these professionals told me really helped. That is until my uncle came in.

There are many things that have been said that can be done in order to fix a fade. The simplest way is the way that I will talk about first. The easiest way to fix a fade is to just learn to play it. Obviously you consistently fix a fade. If you have tried everything and you just cannot fix it no matter what, than you need to learn how to play it. This may seem like an easy and cheaters way of fixing a fade. You could say this, however even the pros don't fix it by changing their swing. They just learn to adjust their aim to their swing. It is by far the easiest way to fix a fade. All you have to do is to aim a little bit to the left of your target.

The second way that a fade can be fixed is through a method that I developed by myself. This probably was not invented by me. In fact, I am positive that many people use this way to fix their fade. To start, get in your normal and comfortable golf stance. Take your backswing and swing through. On your follow through you want to feel like you are trying so hard to reach something however your arms are not long enough to reach it. You have to reach out in front of you.

My Drawing and Explanation Abilities... Impressive hey?!
The third and easier than the second way to fix your fade is to take a backswing that is three fourths the amount you usually take. Along with doing this, take your backswing extremely slow. Challenge yourself and take it as slow as possible.

So if you are a person, like me that fades every single shot. I challenge you to use one of these techniques. I challenge you even harder to understand how to use the reach method. Just by using my picture. IT IS beautiful.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Off Season

Golf. The sport thats season lasts a month and a half into the school year. For golfers that live in warmer areas the season is longer. Though some may say that this is a positive thing I disagree. Within the first week I have to admit I had stopped golfing. This is a major problem. Not all of this is my fault however. The weather in Park City plays a role too. It starts to snow and the courses close. Yes, I could go down south, but that would require a five hour drive at least. They also are closed as well. Indoor ranges are expensive and take time to get too. I have developed a solution to all these problems. No more excuses for not having golfed. Though this way of golfing cannot compare in any way to the thrill you get out on the course. It helps maintain a decent swing.

Hitting A Snow Ball
Snow. The stuff that we play in. Can be shaped into many different physical objects. One of which is a ball. Snow balls can be used for many things: snow men, snowball fights, and golf balls. I have been hitting snow balls off my deck since the winter started. Though it may not be doing much it is good to get out and swing a club. After all what is swinging without hitting something!

Now there are no excuses. Except maybe one. You do not want to use your nice clubs to go chunk away at ice and rocks and christmas trees and apples and ornaments. I understand! I didn't either. The best way to find a old club for cheap is to stop by a Deseret Industry (DI) where you can find a club for under five dollars.

Taylormade Conspiracy

It has appeared to me that I need to write a short follow up to my post entitled A Dummies Guide To Golf. This follow up is due to a comment of a fellow blogger made on the particular post. In it I explained a handful of ways that golf has and can be ruined. In one I mentioned that Foot Golf has ruined golf. However, I also stated in another blog how bias I am toward Taylormade. This is where the contradiction begins.

It began something along the lines of this. Yes, foot golf has ruined golf. Though, how can you say this when you favor Taylormade so much? This question confused me a little bit. However, as I read on I came to discover that it was the owner of Taylormade that invented the sport of foot golf. This is extremely contradictory and so now I will explain.

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Taylormade is still the greatest golf company that there ever was. Nike is still dirt to me and the person that convinces me that their clubs are good will be the same person that kills me. However, Taylormade is a brand, not a person. Now I must say this, the owner of Taylormade ruined golf. Forever! I will forever be upset with the sport that came out of the man who owns Taylormade. However, I still believe that the clubs are top notch and no competitors can beat them?