Many of us have certain times when a nervous moment arises on the golf course. For the most part, I play with a care free attitude, and worry less than I should. Sometimes though, especially after a break, I do feel a few jitters on the first tee box. I place some golf rounds rounds in a “priority” category. These in particular can induce a few butterflies. Do other players feel the same cringe every now and again?
Wayne Gretzky claims he’s not comfortable playing in front of people, and that “there’s nothing worse than having a three-foot putt in front of 100 people.” He is currently promoting the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic that he will host June 26 through 29. Amateurs … including Gretzky, will pair up with a tour pro and try to make the cut as a team.
“At best, I could be about a seven-handicap if I took a year to work on my game – my habits in golf are so erratic and poor that to break that all down would be tough for my mind to do”
Gretzky is famous for an outing in which he hit a U.S. Secret Service agent who was up in a tree looking out for former U.S. president, Gerald Ford. (I wish I had some video of that!)
“We’re creatures of habit,” he said. “My habit is to slice the ball. Five of 10 drives I’ll hit straight and five out of 10 I’ll hit into the water to the right.”
Mike Weir once told Gretzsky that it was every kid’s dream to play in the last group at Pebble Beach. Wayne says that it is more of a nightmare! He dreamed as a kid of being in the seventh game of a Stanley Cup final, not in the final group of a PGA Tour event.
Gretzky will come into the Nationwide tournament as a recent winner.
He and his pro partner, Chris Nallen, won the pro-am at the Nationwide’s BMW Charity Pro-Am May 18. Given the win, Gretzky should be able to fore-go some of his anxiety.
I can’t remember the last time I had 100 people watching me play. The largest group watching me hit a ball? Maybe 70 …. that was nerve-racking enough!
Legally blind golfer makes a hole in one : adapted from Times Staff Writer RODNEY PAGE’s story
This is Leo E. Fiyalko. He is speaking to the members at Cove Cay Country Club . Fiyalko is 92 and legally blind! This story really touched my heart, and reminded me of my own hole in one experience when I was 13 years old. I thought I had hit a bad shot that went off the back of the green. After looking for the ball, I decided to check the hole … and there it was.
Leo said, “All I was interested in was getting on the green.”
I guess just as I, the surprise was a bit more than just a good day, it was one that was a highlight of my life on the golf course.
The big event happened on the 110-yard, par-3 fifth hole at Cove Cay Country Club in Clearwater Florida. After 60 years of playing golf, the rarest of shots finally occured. “It was my first hole in one, and I never saw it” said Fiyalko
The feat came on Jan. 10 when Fiyalko and his group teed it up for their weekly nine-hole best-ball outing. The group of 20 to 40 golfers, who range in age from 70 to 90-plus, have gathered every Thursday afternoon during the winter for at least 20 years.
In his prime, Fiyalko played to a seven handicap, but now he needs help lining up his shots and finding his golf balls. A seven handicap? Not to bad! I have struggled for years to have a single digit handicap. I plan on playing golf for a long time to come. That is what is so great about golf in my opinion. You can continue to enjoy the sport for such a long time.
Congratulations Leo, I salute you from the frozen tundras of Minnesota. I wish you well, and also wish I could just get “one” round in soon.
To watch Natalie Gubis swing is so interesting to me because of the way her lower body actually moves forward and upwards, while her head and shoulders remain on plane and at the same height as address. In my own personal swing, the left foot acts as a plant for moving weight and turning into the line. With all certainty, a topped shot would result from using foot action like Natalie’s at impact. She seems to create speed and acuracy with this style of legwork …. it just proves that there is not just “one” correct method of producing solid golf shots.
I found this next video of Gulbis nailing one poor soul with a wedge. So many times while waiting on the tee box, I practice hitting to targets – just not “human” targets!
It looks like this guy has a pretty even temperment … I must admit, I’d love to be hit with a Natalie Gulbis golf shot!
Here is my own impact position “flipped” around.
My name is Speedcat Hollydale. I started blogging a year ago, and mixed many different topics on my main page. It seemed about time to create a blog devoted exclusively to golf. In the past, readers were really not interested in my golf thoughts and stories, because I had not attracted a golf audience. With this page I am not interested in creating a volume of traffic, nor a huge page rank for searching key words. Rather, this will be my own spot for golf related posts.
The future of this blog will contain my own course reviews, golf news, and great pictures from the best courses in the world. Most of the following posts are from the past summer on the greens.
************************************************************** Riverwood National is a new course, in it’s second season. My opinion of this layout is not yet quite formed. It has many blind shots, doglegs, and elevation changes that prohibit you from seeing your ball actually land. This course is also set up as a “target” course. It puts a premium on playing the correct yardage off of the tee. If you expect to grab your driver and smash the ball down the middle – you are at the wrong place! Until I learn how to navigate my shots into the right position here, my days will be filled with turmoil. Many shots from the tee box looked perfect to me…only to run through the landing area and into watery graves. ANYTHING with the word grave in it, is not good! I rate this course a soft 6 on the 1~10 scale. If you are looking for a mental test of golf, go to Riverwood. If you like to belt out large drives, stay clear.
If anything, this is a scenic course for being so young. Only a couple of holes are still in rough shape.
- Score: 75
- Longest drive: 360! (help from wind and elevation)
- Longest birdie putt: None made? Yes, it’s true.
- Pars on card: 15
This was a great day to play golf, and the people at Riverwood National are fantastic. Worth a try!
My playing partner let me try his new Adam’s Insight Driver, and I was thoroughly impressed. Trust me, I have hit all of the new lines from the top manufactures, and this piece of equipment stands up to the best of them…..at any price.This shot in particular went about 335 yards, and strait out like a rocket. Ball speed at impact is very explosive – and it is very easy to catch the sweet spot.
Look at this tee box. Ugly as it is, you would think aliens had been landing here at night. I, on the other hand, am not scared by rocket fuel.
This Redneck and Golf is without a doubt one of the best (and funniest) post I have ever seen. Go over to Robert’s and check it out. There you will find “his” brand of golf carts.
As we are hoping to meet up someday for a round, here is an older post from “Speedcat Hollydale ” – showing my own brand of golf travel…..
Time to clean out my golf cart! I have not unloaded everything for it’s winter storage yet. (My cart stall is on the small side) I drove down to the local market with it all loaded up like this to pick up some Pepsi and make sure it was running OK. I received a lot of comments, and 5 dollars from a lady that thought I was homeless….. hey, free pop!
This is my old cart (above/right). Before I retired the old girl, we decided to see just what it could take. Well, this photo was it’s last journey. The frame snapped and it started leaking fuel – the motor was still running though. Ha Haa! I sold it to the junk yard for 15 dollars.
Santa’s Day Playing Golf with Speedy
Blogging does have it’s advantages. I have met some real icons, and the greatest one of all… Santa.
After Christmas, he had some time for a vacation, invited me to play golf on my last day off before returning to work. It was the time of my life. I would love to tell you all about it, but Santa’s version is so good, I’ll let you read his post. Just click on our picture!!