The Ultimate Guide to Perfecting Your Golf Swing

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Dan Smith, of, sent me an e-mail asking if I would be interested in posting about and linking to his “The Ultimate Guide to Perfecting Your Golf Swing”.  I figured, why not, so here is the link.

I looked around Dan’s site, and it’s pretty good. There are lots of posts about what are good golf balls, the best sets for different skill levels, and reviews of drivers, irons, wedges, putters, and accessories.

Check it out, you might find something good.

If you’re wondering what instigated Dan’s contacting me, he said he liked the “Swing The Handle, Not The Head” post.

How to Stop the Chilli Dip

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This one goes out to my brother-in-law, and Jonathan Yarwood’s example of a chilli dip is pretty much exactly how he chips. And the best part about this lesson, it only takes 45 seconds.

Some Golf Jokes

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Got these in an e-mail from my dad today.

A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack.

“Help me dear,” she groans to her husband.

The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt.

His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. “I’m dying here and you’re putting.”

“Don’t worry dear,” says the husband calmly, “they found a doctor on the second hole and he’s coming to help you.”

“Well, how long will it take for him to get here?” she asks feebly.

“No time at all,” says her husband. “Everybody’s already agreed to let him play through.”

A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson, “You are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What’s your secret?”
Mickelson replied, “The holes are numbered.”

A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3 the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole, my son?”

The young man says, “An 8-iron, father, how about you?”

The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.”

The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green.

The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.

The young man says, “I don’t know about you, father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down.”

Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 5-iron standing over a lifeless man.

The detective asks, “Ma’am, is that your husband?”

“Yes” says the woman.

“Did you hit him with that golf club?”

“Yes, yes, I did.”

The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face.

“How many times did you hit him?”

“I don’t know –put me down for a five.”

Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose Play Match on WGT

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In these times of Covid-19 and social distancing, people are looking for distractions.  The NBA, MLB, and MLS are all playing virtual seasons or tournaments with their stars, and now it’s time for golf to play its part.

Mastercard and the World Golf Tour (WGT) put on their first virtual match tonight featuring major winners Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell in a nine hole contest over the front nine of Pebble Beach, broadcast live on YouTube.

It was a highly entertaining match, with excellent banter between the two pros.  Both players had obviously spent a fair amount of time on their avatar apparel and gear, and McDowell was obviously the more experienced player.  It sounded as though both had discovered the game in the last few weeks when the world shut down.

Both players commented on how realistic the graphics and course play were, and how the views were true to life.  What wasn’t true to life was that they played in “Practice” mode, allowing them to preview their putts.

Here is GMacca59

Here is JustinRose0730

If you are looking to get in your golf fix, try WGT. Who knows, you might get paired up with a major winning.

My Physical

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During my physical, my doctor asked me about my daily activity level, and so I described a typical day this way:

“Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, drank eight beers, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, crawled out of quicksand, jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake and took four “leaks” behind big trees.”

Inspired by the story, the doctor said, “You must be one hell of an outdoors man!”

“No,” I replied, “I’m just a  shitty golfer.”

Getting to “The Position” That Makes All The Pros So Good

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I found this on my suggested videos.  It’s given by Justin Thompson who affiliated with He discusses the “Position” that all of the pros get into at and through impact, how they get there, and why it helps them hit it so straight and far.

This very much reminds me of Hogan’s Five Lessons, but is told in a different and maybe more simple way.

Something to work on while social distancing.