Months ago, I declared that I would not write about Tiger Woods until he did something worth writing about. Well, he did so last weekend at the Valspar PGA tournament in Florida.
Woods did not win; however, he served notice that he can. While the likes of wunderkind Jordan Spieth and Rory McIroy failed to make the cut, Woods ran down some pretty tough customers like Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed. He did not win, but he had a chance to force a playoff by making birdie at the 72nd hole. Second place: Not so bad for a guy who many declared washed up.
During the final-round telecast, one of the announcers observed that Woods was “playing golf” instead of playing “golf swing.” Count me among those in search of that which cannot be found: the perfect golf swing. Not once in a while nor several times each round, I have for years searched for the perfect golf swing on every swing, and for that suffering on my score card and in my head.
Rather than swinging the club, some of us get focused on hitting the ball. The result is that we swing “at” the ball rather than “through” it. Enter Shawn Clement and “Wisdom in Golf” from WRX. His seven-plus minute video on how to swing through the ball is sure to help. At least for a little while. You can find it on YouTube.
ON THE TRAIN
GolfNow presents is offering The Eye Golf Trainer (free shipping) for a reduced rate of $25 (from $49), which is marketed as “Five training aids in one compact and portable device.”
You receive the Eye Golf Trainer, a felt target disc, an instruction card and a zipper bag in which to carry it all. The product detail section says it will improve your putting, better your pitching and chipping, and perfect your iron shots. Send me your testimonial and get your name in the newspaper.
I won’t even bother to share with you the tip of the day that recently appeared in the official newsletter of the PGA Tour. The title is, “How a pre-shot routine like Phil Mickelson’s can help your game.” If you don’t know why I won’t share the tip, just assume it is because most of us are not left-handed.
If gadgets, gizmos and tips don’t float your boat, perhaps you are among those who look to a new drive, wedge or set of irons for the answer (putters fit into a category all their own). If so, you might want to go up to South Shore Harbour for demo days by Titleist (March 17), Callaway (April 6), TaylorMade (April 27) or Ping (May 11). Or, talk to your nearest PGA golf professional about a fitting.
Last Thursday, the Ball High Tors golf team earned second place medals in the team competition at the Deer Park Spring Classic at Battleground Golf Course. Colin Davidson led the way for teammates Landon Parsons, Ian Carroll, Micah Hanning, Hanson Root, Aiden Knupple, Spencer Petty and Garrett Peters.
Beacon Lakes and Bayou Golf Club continue to attract good fields and spirited competition in their weekly team scrambles.
Marc Napier, Ray Chapman, Penny Perez and badge buddy Charlie Totty turned in a 62 at Bayou last week for a one-shot win over Ray Summers, Wayne Henderson, Les Flynn and Ron Beesley.
Walter Burton, Gary Beaver, Tom Francis and Charlie Devries (60) won at Beacon Lakes by a single shot over the five-man team of Mike Meyer, Bill Aurich, Charlie Surber, Frank Gladney and Frank Campagna.
Both clubs welcome newcomers. The Beacon Lakes scramble is each Tuesday morning and the Bayou outing is on Wednesday. Call the clubs for details.
Be safe, on and off the course.