Meeting Legends – The 2020 PGA Show

The PGA Show is great! I’ve attended every year for the last 8 years and it’s a place where you never know who you’re going to meet or run into. In the past, I’ve met greats like the World Golf Hall of Fame Inductees like the legendary Nancy Lopez, John Daly, Craig Stadler, David Leadbetter and Canadian phenom of the LPGA Tour Brooke Henderson.

In 2020, it was no different. I met a couple of other World Golf Hall of Famers and one other legend from a different sport altogether. This gentleman, is a golf professional in Arizona, is an NHL Hall of Fame Member and owns 5 Stanley Cup rings. When I played hockey, I wore #31 because of him because I idolized him. I also wore my “trapper” (catching glove) on my right hand just like him too. This legend is Grant Fuhr.

If you would have told me that I would meet my idol at the 2020 PGA Show of all places I would have told you that you were criminally insane. (I have two others, Mr. Jack Nicklaus and Mr. Arnold Palmer). We talked hockey, me going all fanboy and profusely apologizing for doing so and of course Srixon/Cleveland Golf. What a down to- salt of the Earth kind of guy. It was sort of funny how it happened, I saw a guy that I thought that I recognized. So I did a double-take. I thought to myself “Jeez, that looks like Grant Fuhr”. Nah, it can’t be. So I take a third look and read the badge. Holy Heck! Grant Fuhr!!! No freaking way!

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On the show floor, I was wandering around on Wednesday. Towards the end of the day, I found myself around the COBRA Golf booth. And who was there? The Shark… Greg Norman. Somehow, I managed to have the chance to meet him for a pic and he was gracious and patient as the COBRA PUMA rep struggled with my phone to take a pic. So he was patient and allowed a selfie with him. From one fly fisher to another I asked him what his favourite species to catch was. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what it was.

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Wednesday, I also visited the Athalonz booth. Have you ever thought of a pair of shoes as a piece of golf equipment? Well, Athalonz is just that. More on these shoes at a later time. While there, I received a hot tip that Bernhard Langer was going to be there on Thursday. While I didn’t necessarily plan on getting to the Athalonz booth that day an appointment led me right past it. That was when I saw Mr. Langer. Honestly, I thought that he was much taller. A legend.

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True story. My wife Crystal met Jan Stephenson in the International Network of Golf room last year. I have wanted to meet Jan for a long time so when Crystal met her and I failed to see her wave me over I was bummed. Crystal told me that she was a total sweetheart. So this year, even though it didn’t happen at the PGA Show it happened on the same trip. I met Jan, and she is amazing! Such a doll.

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All legends. And to all of them, thanks so much for taking out some time from your busy days to let this humble writer (and fan) harass you for a few moments.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Golf Playoffs and Golf Fitness

A rare PSA. Tomorrow is Remembrance Day (Canada Day/The United Kingdom/Commonwealth), Veteran’s Day (United States) and Armistice Day (France). Please respect those that have fought, fallen, sacrificed or continue to fight for our freedom by observing a minute of silence at 11 a.m. 

On the 11th Day, of the 11th Month, at the 11th Hour the guns fell silent to signal the end of WWI in 1918. If your country wears a poppy please wear one out of respect.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below….”
– In Flanders Field by John McRae
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The National War Memorial. (Photo Credit: Crystal Toth)

In a show of hands. Who amongst us likes the current playoff formats for the respective professional golf tours around the world? I admit it, I can’t see the hands but speaking for myself I cannot stand them nor have I ever liked them.

It doesn’t matter which tour it is. It could be the LPGA Tour (Race to CME Globe), the Race to Dubai (European Tour), the PGA TOUR and their FedEx Cup Playoffs or the PGA TOUR Champions (Charles Schwab Cup). It’s of little consequence to me.

I don’t like them and I think it’s because it’s partially convoluted (too many moving parts) and personally speaking I think that it’s overthought. Honestly, I think they have the system sort of correct where they whittle down the field gradually. To a point wherein the case of the FedEx Cup they get the field down to 30 for the TOUR Championship at East Lake. However, after that, you need to be a mathematician and algorithm genius to figure things out. Look no further than this weekend at Charles Schwab Cup finale in Arizona on PGA TOUR Champions (can’t we just go back to Champion’s Tour?). Instead of getting a headache I’ll let esteemed writer Ron Mintz take the lead from Tweets this morning.

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Just reading it, I get overwhelmed with a headache. But yes, that’s how it cracked down if you’ve been watching this week at all. Between this (as I describe it) “tomfoolery” it seems like the system isn’t quite right. But I have a suggestion and maybe I’m oversimplifying things a tad. What about using the points system as they have in place and when it gets down to the final 30 or 40 or even 50 reset the points to zero. Introduce Match Play to the final event. Where the winner takes all? Too easy?

Golf fitness. I’ve recently posted about there being #nooffseason when it comes to golf. There’s always something that needs to be improved. Maybe you need to experiment with a grip change. When the snow flies, this is a great time to do it. Or maybe, your putting stroke needs work? By getting a Big Moss, PuttOut or BirdieBall putting matt you can work on your game if your season is hampered by the blast of “Old Man Winter’s Wind”. I will be experimenting with a few things. I’m looking for a little more distance during my golf “cease-fire” and it’s the distance that I lost after my stroke. But, I’m having a little gander and David Leadbetter’s “A Swing” because I’m thinking of making things a little more compact. But I’ve also gotten back to the gym.

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Hoping to turn my chicken legs into at least turkey legs.

I bought my gym membership a few days ago, but I was feeling really off. A combination of cardiac-type issues and depression. I managed to force myself up and out a few days ago and since I haven’t had a day where I didn’t work out. Who knows, maybe it’ll lead to a better mind and better golf. Seeing that I’m just getting back into it, I am going easy. I’m combining circuit-training and then alternating days of legs/back with arms/chest. Core days are every day. Cardio is important of course for weight maintenance (I want to lose a few pounds/gain muscle and tone). So I’ll be trying to post updates. Above is my blank canvas. Man, I got so weak. Today, I added “Battle Ropes” to my repertoire. Yep, those are going to be fun and the death of me.

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Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Dabbling in Golf Photography

So, I’ve been going through pictures that my wife and I have taken over the last… 5 years or so. In some cases, the pictures go further back. You know, it’s hard to fathom where time has gone. We’ve seen pictures from trips up north with our two children when they were really small (we’re grandparents now… two times over) and of course pictures that are more recent like from the 2019 PGA Show.

Some of the shots that we’ve uncovered have been shots of golf courses that I nearly forgot about (or totally for that matter). So, I’ve been doing some experimenting with them. Like an artist, I’m trying to get a look that I’m after with Photoshop or similar. More often than not I’m not pleased with them and I don’t see what my vision wants. Oh, the life of a temperamental artist.

I’m going to start posting a little more golf photography… or shall I say course photography? I’m a total amateur so take it easy on me. Here are the first few shots. Golf courses really are all masterpieces if you stop for a moment and take a look around.

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The sun setting at an afternoon at the Leadbetter Golf Academy. ChampionsGate, Florida

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The signs of branding are everywhere.

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Looking back down a fairway. It’s always good to look back… But looking forward is much better.

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A real nice historic muni. I loved this hole. Hole #3 Azalea Course at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Lakeland, Florida

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Golf courses really are a work of art.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

TPT Golf Launches “The Future of Your Game” Promotion with Leadbetter and Club Champion

RENENS, SWITZERLAND — TPT Golf has teamed up with Club Champion and the world-renowned Leadbetter Golf Academy to launch a new promotion that allows golfers to win “The Future of Your Game.”

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Golfers who purchase a TPT Golf shaft from Club Champion through December 15 will be eligible to win a grand prize that includes 3 months of Online Coaching from a Leadbetter Certified Golf Instructor, a mental game assessment, and much more, to help them take their game to the next level.

Golfers can locate their nearest Club Champion location to schedule a fitting here.

“As a company, we believe in the unique ability of materials technology, professional club fitting, and individualized coaching to help golfers make dramatic improvements in their game,” says TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. “We wanted to bring those elements together for this promotion through our partnerships with Club Champion and the Leadbetter Golf Academy.”

 

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Known as “The Hottest New Shaft on Tour,” TPT Golf is an upstart, Switzerland-based golf shaft manufacturer that has earned 10 professional victories on seven professional tours around the world over the last year, including four PGA Tour victories.

All TPT Golf shafts are created with “Thin-Ply Technology,” the process the company uses to manufacture thin and precise carbon fiber prepreg material that’s as light as 15 grams per square meter — four-times thinner than a human hair and one-quarter the weight of a page of paper.

Just as importantly, TPT Golf shafts are created with a patent-pending, automated manufacturing process the company developed called the “Thin-Ply Winding Method.” It’s this innovation that allows TPT Golf to position its prepreg in the exact locations and orientations necessary to create a new level of performance in a golf shaft.

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With a properly fit TPT Golf shaft, golfers are able to contact the sweet spot more often due to its more axially consistent design. They will also likely swing TPT Golf shafts faster because of their optimized bend profiles. It’s this combination of more consistent impacts and TPT Golf’s optimized bending profiles that result in significant distance gains and a tighter dispersion.

TPT Golf shafts are currently available at more than 175 Authorized Fitters across the world, including all Club Champion locations. Golfers can locate a TPT Golf Authorized Fitter near them.  Use this link to find a fitter:  https://tptgolf.com/where-to-buy/ 

 

About TPT Golf

TPT Golf is the golf division of North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), a Switzerland-based technology and composites company with a track record of delivering innovative solutions for high-performance industries.

The company’s portfolio of advancements includes developing a process for producing America’s Cup yacht sails, as well as lightweight bodywork of F1 race cars, skis, and snowboards. It has also created the materials technology found in satellites and Richard Mille luxury composite watches. The record-breaking, solar-powered aircraft “Solar Impulse” also relied on NTPT-produced materials for its epic journey.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee