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2016 U.S. Open Recap

I’ll start by saying I was wrong.  I had hoped that this years Open would be about Rory vs Spieth vs Day.  Instead, we had Dustin Johnson vs Shane Lowrey and the rule book.  

To be 100% honest, I fell asleep.  I truly don’t care about either player.  Dustin Johnson gets a lot of love out there but I  can’t really stand him.  I am not sure what it is, but he reminds me of Lebron James.  He has all this great publicity and is the most gifted athlete out there but always seemed to choke until this past Sunday.  Also I hate his swing (I know #spinoverswing I’m a hypocrite but if I close the face on all of my clubs I could hit them 20 yards further also.  Maybe I should be doing that?).  In the end, Shane Lowrey is from Ireland, so I had to root for DJ as an American despite how much I wanted to see Shane chug Guinness on Twitter.

As I began to doze off, the USGA decided to make it all about them, per usual.  Maybe someday they will realize that by focusing so much on the rules they are effectively alienating people from the game.  Nobody wants to watch a sport/hobby where they can’t determine a rules violation for four hours.  That’s about when I totally passed out.

So, congratulations to the 2016 U.S. Open winner, Dustin Johnson.  I am sure he and his family will be celebrating this win in an appropriate, safe, and sustainable manner.
 

Obligatory pic of Paulina with DJ:

  

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2016 U.S. Open Preview

Ever since Tiger was was beaten by his wife, there has been an endless search for the “Newest Phenom” in golf.   But I think this year is different.  This year, we already have the next generation of golf.

Yes, I am going to miss watching Tiger.  But I think we have something better coming.  This year, we have Rory vs Jordan vs Jason.  U.K. (sorry Ireland) vs U.S.A. vs Australia.  This is what makes golf fun.  When you have a team to root for.  When you feel just as nervous as Rory does standing over a 4 foot putt.  This year will be a battle between countries not individuals.

The course is said to be the most difficult U.S. Open course in recent memory (source: any instagram post on golf over the past 2 weeks).  Which means we are going to get to see one of the greatest mental tests of golf.  How will they respond?

Most oddsmakers have Jason Day favored to win followed by Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.  I guess that makes sense.  Jordan would be my bet, he has the clutch gene (Yes, I know what happened at the Masters) and has better odds right now.  Truthfully, they should all be betting even.

If I had to pick a dark horse, I would choose either Justin Rose or Patrick Reed.  Justin is the best player who hasn’t won a major yet, and Patrick has a U.S. Open game  (Aka. he is a grinder).

So, when you are falling asleep listening to the broadcast on Sunday afternoon, just remember, this is the future and it is going to be great.

P.S.  Sorry Danny Willet.  I think you got lucky 😉

 

 

Would You Pay For An Online Golf Lesson?

I have been thinking about providing a consultation service for people who are interested in having feedback on their swing. The idea would be to provide a low cost alternative to in-person one on one lessons.

Of course, this will take time and time is money so I am wondering if there would be any interest and what people would pay for that type of service?

$10-$20?

Let me know what you think!

5 Ways To Afford Golf

 

In our never-ending effort to make golf more affordable we have listed the top 5 ways for everybody to afford golf.

  1. Play public or municipal courses.  While they may not be the most glamourous, they do offer low rates for a round of golf.  In the end, that’s all we’re really looking for.
  2. Buy your clubs online.  There are a bunch of different websites out there that allow you to buy and sell used golf clubs online (enter my plug for affordgolf.sharetribe.com here).  You don’t need the latest and greatest, you just want some nice sticks to go smack the ball around with.
  3. Build it into your budget.  Hey, who the f*** is talking about budgets!? Yea I know, it’s lame.  But if you can carve out some of your cash flow you can find yourself with (and on) a lot more greens 😉.
  4. See if a membership makes sense.  Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.  As a general rule, if you play more than 40 rounds a year (at the same course), you should look into a membership.
  5. Play in the late afternoons.  Many courses have “twilight rates” which are usually at a steep discount to the regular greens fees.

This concludes the top 5 ways to afford golf.  Please email us at affordgolf@gmail.com if you have other ideas or suggestions.

Free Lesson #11 How to Chip

This lesson helps develop the fundamentals behind the chip shot.  The idea behind the chip is to keep the ball low and get it rolling on the green as quickly as possible.  It is important to pick a spot on the green to land the ball and let it release towards the hole from there.  Like all shots in golf, you want to focus on rocking your shoulders and taking the hands out of the swing.

 

Spin over swing?

#Spinoverswing is the new way to think about golf.  The simplest analogy is to think of golf like ping pong.  Rarely do people practice the way they swing a ping pong paddle; instead, competitors focus on the spin they are trying to produce when they hit the ball.  Golf is the same exact thing.

Regardless of the way you swing the club the objective is always the same, to put the ball in the hole. Course designers develop courses to allow people to shape shots and make misses.  If you can take advantage of the subtleties of a golf course you can drastically lower your scores.

By focusing on the spin of the golf ball, you can find ways to control your misses.  This is the first step to reducing your scores.  Whether it be making sure you pull the ball when there is water right, or, allowing for a push when there is “out of bounds” left.  Understanding spin can significantly improve scores and help amateurs and professionals alike.

So what is #spinoverswing?  #Spinoverswing is what affordgolf is all about.  It’s about making golf simple.  On every level, regardless if you are a beginner or a seasoned professional.

Also, we like to have fun;)

 

 

Buying a new set of clubs?

Are you looking to buy a new set of clubs?  Take a look at this guide from golflessonsforeless.com beforehand.

http://www.golflessonsforeless.com/ultimate-guide-to-buying-your-first-set-of-golf-clubs

 

Free Lesson #10 The Half Swing

This lesson helps build toward the full swing.  It is important to  revisit Free Lesson #6 The Shoulder Rotation Drill which is the foundation for every shot in golf.

 

 

Why Making Golf Easier Won’t Solve Jack S#*%

Over the years I have heard a number of people say “golf needs to be easier to get more people involved” or “I would play more if it didn’t take me so long to get through a round”.  That’s a load of crap.

Bro, if you wanted to get through a round faster, take a cart, play 9, and stop playing from the back tees (you and I both know you can’t reach that par 5 in two from the lady’s tees anyways).

For two centuries people have been playing this game with wooden clubs and leather balls.  That’s when men were men and there weren’t any orange body suits (I’m talking to you Rickie Fowler).  No, the way to bring people into the game of golf is to get rid of half of the rules.

I am  firm believer in freedom and golf has become a goddamn dictatorship.  You have to where a collared shirt and Khaki’s, you can’t wear jeans, kids can’t play before 1:30pm,  no cellphones in the clubhouse, etc…  Talk about alienating a vast majority.  Bernie Sanders would relate better in rural Mississippi then most golf clubs will with the majority of the world.

Moral of the story, I am sick of hearing people talk about making the holes bigger or introducing mulligans as a legitimate part of the game.  If you want more people to enjoy the game, eliminate the meaningless etiquette rules. It’s. That. Simple.  But you won’t because that’s not what you want.  You want to pretend to help while you sip cognac and smoke Cubans.

Rant Overimage

 

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