Category Archives: Miscellaneous

I shove everything that I cannot pigeon-hole here. AKA my rubbish bin of nonsense.

Day One Entry: Jul 17, 2015

Recreation Park golf round.

Shot 83. And that is with one birdie, one double and one triple. Lost $21 in. $10 Nassau with $1 skins with carry overs and $2 birdies.

Can’t win them all. My major weakness today was putting. I struck the driver and irons well. My fairway woods were dead on target. I swear though my putting was severely lacking. In fact I can honestly say those five strokes ( the double and triple) were because I missed two or three 2 footers.

Overall though if I made at least a bogie for both those holes I could have easily broken 80. I can see my game improving. I can see light at the end of this long tunnel to breaking 80. I just need to get out of my head and let the body do what’s required.

Btw the group ahead, slower than molasses.

68° Clear
Long Beach, CA, United States

Day One Entry: Jul 16, 2015

They be playin’!

Not bad for a neighborhood in da’ hood.

Just taking a break from online sales. It’s a bit of a manpower strain on our resources but long term we are evolving at Greenskeeper.org to become not only a review site but also a concierge for tee times and folks that want to play golf together. It’s a winning combination. Something we have a leg up on the competition.

We have quality and quality always survives over quantity. Just take a look at Wal-Mart versus Target. We know our client base. We understand the concerns of a daily-fee golf course and we know how to meld the two. Watch out Golf-Advisor and Golf-Now we are gunning for you.

Of course I could be just posturing since they are the big ugly gorillas in the room but I for one am undaunted. I think golfers and golf courses alike need what we have to offer. We advise the average golfer where to play. We know when conditions are great.

Join us! Heck, join me!

72° Sunny
The Ghetto, Torrance, CA, United States

Hole-In-One Certificate

Never had one myself, but I know a whole slew of folks who did.

Funny thing is your group gets excited but the starters or the guys behind the counter don’t.  Personally I feel it’s a let down.  Wouldn’t you be more apt to remember a course that treated you right and seriously consider playing there again since you are treated so well?

In fact these are not that uncommon.  Actuaries at Hole In One insurance companies have calculated the chance of an average golfer making a hole in one at approximately 12,500 to 1, and the odds of a tour professional at 2,500 to 1.

May the odds be ever in your favor.  Look no further.

Every course should have this form available to those people who are lucky enough to score a hole in one.  Simply download this FILLABLE PDF file and print it out and give it to the lucky guy or gal who made their hole-in-one at your golf course.  At the very least someone may read this certificate and think lightening will strike twice and God forbid you actually get added business from a little piece of paper.

GK-Hole-In-One-Certificate
GK-Hole-In-One-Certificate by Greenskeeper.org

For the Hole-In-One Certificate sponsored by Greenskeeper.org, download the file:  Click HERE

Chasing that $&#%! White Ball into the Hole

Ever know you were standing on that precipice of a spectacular round of golf only to stumble, trip collapse (insert failure metaphor here)?  

Well it’s happened to me in spades today.  Here is my little ode to my love/hate relationship with golf. 

You cursed round little ball. You do not care which way you fall. You just won’t fall my way. Pure and simple. Why?  Are you not round enough?  Are you not clean enough?  Perhaps I need to move the change in one pocket to another?  

Whatever the reason I will never admit to operator error. It’s all your fault. 

Friday Foursome featuring Liam Warburton from Complete Player Golf

Here is another edition of the Friday Foursome.  This one featuring Liam Warburton from Complete Player Golf.  Golf Psych by trade, he gives some pretty solid advice to us Weekend Warriors out there to grind through and possibly play some good golf in the process.

I for one appreciate the fact he gave an inciteful answer to my question.  Never realized that the “yips” could be because you feel anxious or emotional.  Keep your feelings in check and focus on execution of the shot instead of letting the heat of the moment get the better of you.  Fine motor skills go out the window when you’re uncomfortable.  And most important trust your skill set.

Enjoy!

P.S. I managed to get another question on the show …. again.  And for the record Ricky, I will never show my face.  I am shy.  Deal with it.  LOL.  #shy #afaceonlyamothercouldlove LOL

Who I am and Why I am here.

2014-07-12 10.25.55Now that’s a very good question.  The best way to describe myself is not who I am but who I am not.

I am not a PGA tour professional, PGA affiliated, or even an apprentice.

I am not some golfing maven or prodigy.

I am not smart or very handsome.  In a word I am homely.  Well at least I have a face only a mother could love.

What I am though is a regular guy like any other who just happens to be passionate about golf.  Started playing at twelve and haven’t looked back since.  Fast forward 40 years, all I can say about my golfing “career” to date is that if I only knew what I know now, I could have been a force to reckon with in high school and even perhaps college.  If it matters I was your typical bogey golfer — a weekend warrior — doing battle with each golf course with hacker’s abandon.  That is until I found “religion.”  That religion was the simple phrase “hit the ball closer to the hole.”  Funny as it may seem obvious, a little light went on in my head and lo and behold my scores consistently started to drop.  My swing still hadn’t changed but suddenly I knew how to play smarter and instead of taking my lumps the course would indiscriminately throw at me, I started to dispense my form of course management and as a result my score from round to round began to drop.  Now I sport a single digit handicap (unofficially of course.)

I am here quite simply to share my perspective on the game of golf.  Why is that important?  I have been where a lot of you golfers have been.  I have ground out rounds that felt like work.  I have even played most of the golf courses in Southern California.  That is a huge body of knowledge and I want to share it with you.  On a side note, I also moderate a little website known as Greenskeeper.org.  It offers Golf course Maintenance Alerts — a one of a kind in the industry.  Blogging here at Golfing-guru.com helps keep my sanity as Greenskeeper.org make’s its transition to the national level and begins to compete with the big boys like GolfNow and GolfAdvisor.  I blog here to bring what I feel is important to the sport I love.

So now that you know a little about who I am and what I bring to the table, why not follow me on my journey through golf mediocrity here at Golfing-Guru.com!

A List of 3+ Golf Wagering Games

Golf is boring to watch.  To play golf though is a whole different matter.  I enjoy that.

Now let’s keep things interesting.  Combine playing golf with another fun filled activity almost guaranteed to help you elevate your game — Wagering.

Not gambling which implies chance but rather wagering; pitting your skills versus another golfer[s].  Thankfully golf offers a handicapping system that allows various skill levels of golfers to compete for fun, profit and bragging rights.

How to wager is another story and will be set aside for discussion later.  In the meantime here is a list with a description on some of my top 10+ favorite golf wagering games.

Skins.  Skins is very much a match play format, but it is usually played between three , four or more players. Each hole is played separately, and is won by the player with the lowest score on that hole. The golfer with the lowest score on that hole wins ‘the skin’.   Adding side wagers like carryovers in the event of a tie, par the next hole to validate the won hole and so on makes this game interesting.

Nassau.  The Nassau is one of the most popular golf tournament formats and golf bets. It’s essentially three tournaments/games (bets) in one: the front nine, back nine and 18-hole scores all count as separate tournaments or bets.

In a Nassau tournament, the player (or team) winning the front nine wins a prize, the player (or team) winning the back nine gets a prize, and the player (or team) with the low 18-hole total wins a prize.

Nassaus are more common as wagers among friends, however. As a bet, the most common form is the $2 Nassau. The front nine is worth $2, the back nine is worth $2 and the 18-hole total is worth $2. A player or team sweeping all three wins $6. (From About Sports)

Stroke.  This is for you sandbaggers.  Played with two or more players.  Each stroke is attached to a dollar amount.  Total amount due is determined at end of round.  Loser is the player with the most strokes.  Payment is made by determining the difference between each player and paying the difference.  Side bets really can get out of control.

Aside from these three very basic games you can mix and match various aspects of each to create your own convoluted game to the amazement and wonder of your fellow foursome.  My personal favorite is to play Nassau (3 games in one — front, back and 18-hole) and combine it with skins.  The reasoning  it can really mean a decent payday or at least minimize the loss if you’re playing exceptionally poorly.