Ben Hogan died on a hot day in June. All over the world, golf balls were in flight at the moment he passed from this earth. Every shot, whether struck poorly or precisely, bore the mark of Hogan. No single person has influenced the game like the man from Texas. If you speak of technique, […]
“You know why they call it “love grass”, asked John Whelan, our Irish tour guide? None of the 24 American golfers (6 Middle Atlantic club professionals, including myself, and 3 amateurs we each invited to come along as a team) knew the answer.
You may be wondering (at least those of you with a bent for literature) why I would choose a passage from an English poet when writing about my experience in Scotland. There may be no answer good enough for a Scotsman (who dislike the English to the extreme), but suffice it to say that Wordsworth’s […]
It is a rare day that I don’t hear the question “So, what do you think about the new technology and how it’s affecting the game?” followed by “Do you think the ball is going too far”?
“Death is our eternal companion,” don Juan said with a most serious air. “It is always to our left, at an arm’s length. It has always been watching you. It always will until the day it taps you.” “How can anyone feel so important when we know that death is stalking us?” he asked.
It’s almost impossible, lying under the covers at night, drifting in and out of sleep, to keep your thoughts from wandering to that one nagging question; “Just how am I going to get better this season?”
Stan and I go way back, back to his start in the game (alas, I am partially responsible), back to his ex-wives and ex-girlfriends who have not survived his desperate search for mediocrity. Thinking of Stan’s golf game already has me unconsciously removing my cap and rubbing my forehead, something I am prone to do […]
My first thought for a title to this article was “10 Dumb Questions From Stan”, but as I thought about it I realized that when it comes to golf there really aren’t any “dumb” questions, mainly because the subject matter is so innately counter-intuitive.
Each of our golf swings function as a unit, a whole item built around practiced and somewhat grooved feel that requires a minimum of thought. The swing you use when you think the least can be termed your “natural swing’. In almost every case (unless you’ve won a couple of U.S. Opens) the natural swing […]
Who among us has never missed a 2 foot putt? I’ve certainly misfired on more than a few in my career, as has every player I’ve ever known. That distance, 2 feet, is microscopic when compared to the distance traveled to get to that point, and yet it is one of the strange attributes of […]