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  • Driver

    Ping G10, purchased in 2009.
    10.5 degrees of loft (I love high, booming drives).
    Grafalloy Pro Red shaft.
    46 inches long (I grip down about an inch or two)
  • Fairway Woods

    Don't have any. Well, I have one, a five-wood I got at a K-mart close-out sale about six years ago for $15.

    I need to get me a three wood.
  • Hybrids

    I would love to pick up a 4-hybrid Adams Pro Black.
  • Irons

    Ping i15s 5i to PW.
  • Wedges

    Vokey rustic 46 degree. I could use a 60 or 64 degree one. I come across several shots a round these days where that could come in handy.
  • Putter

  • Ball

    Bridgestone 330-S
  • Shoes

    My favorites are my Adidas sport. Lightweight, and with mesh which works well in the Dallas heat.
  • Golf Bag

    Sun Mountain C-130 for carts, and a Titleist carry bag.



My Game

Member since
Monday, 24 November 2008 07:04
Last online
8 years ago
  • 4Checker created a blog entry Ramblings From The P...
    8 years ago

    So, two of the most important tournaments of the year are played at Atlanta Athletic Club AND at Eastlake, and it’s two different places?  How do they pull that off?

    Could John Hawkins stop talking over everybody else on GolfChannel’s 19:th hole?  He’s particularly full of himself these days, and so very proud of his opinions.  Enough already.

    Forget the PGA Championship:  The Red River White Ball Shoot Out III is three weeks out.  THE tournament of the year.  Boomer Sooner.

    I’m done trying to predict winners for golf tournaments.  This week I’ll be cheering for Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Jason Day, and Anthony Kim.  DJ has to have some major golf karma coming his way, Lee and Jason have been playing as well as anyone this year, and my affection for AK is well documented (and he HAS been playing better).

    Phil who?

    So a few weeks after Darren Clarke wins the British Open they’re saying that Tiger is “A long way” from competing.  He finished T37 at Firestone, and The Highlands Course provides a lot more ability to recover from errant tee shots.  I expect him to compete, and it won’t surprise me at all if he wins the thing.  How long will they continue ignoring the random element that goes into every golf tournament?

    There’s a new golf movie coming out, other than the one based on golf In The Kingdom.  Does anyone know anything about it?

    Another major in Georgia.  Must be time to make some peach flavored Martinis.

    How is it that Tiger can’t even take the high road on the Stevie Situation without someone in the media pounding on him?

    Looks like a mower tore the heck out of one of the greens in Atlanta.  I look forward to seeing these guys putt on the kind of crap I usually play on.

    I think the whole idea of “The Chubby Slam” is funny.

    That is all.  Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry Reflections From Fir...
    8 years ago

    There are a couple of impressions that have stuck with from last week’s WGC tournament at Firestone in Ohio. Some of the most talented and colorful players in the game was playing some spectacular golf. One highlight followed the next one. At one point there were six players tied for the lead, and about 15 within a stroke or two of the lead.

    Ryo Ishikawa and Rickie Fowler, two of golf’s brightest young stars, were wying for their first PGA Tour victory. Jason Day continued his red-hot play most of the year and Adam Scott was riding Tiger’s old bagman. Talented rookie Keegan Bradley was right in the mix again, as was world #1 Luke Donald.

    In the end it was Scott who pulled away on Sunday for an impressive victory.

    But, let’s talk about this course for a bit. It’s very highly thought of, and even this week the commentators continued praising the course. I for one just don’t get it.

    They say the course is difficult, but the winning score was -17, and thirteen players were at -8 or better.

    And to me it’s a very boring course to look at. It looks boring from the blimp, and it looks boring from the towers. Most of the holes are straight and lined with trees on either side. Most of the holes go straight north or south. There’s very little water, and some of what water there is usually has to be navigated with a Sand Wedge in their hand on that boring behemoth of an 16:th hole. There is no sand or water coming across the fairway at any point.

    I mean, take a look at it:

    The fairways just sort of lay there like somewhat phallic elongated balloons, waiting for some clown to come around to turn them into a green elephant on a bicycle.

    The only thing about the course that came even close to interesting is a couple of holes that have a bunker right in the middle of the front of the green, very similar to the bunker at the Road Hole at St. Andrews. But really, that’s it.

    Could someone tell me what I’m missing here?

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry Back From Vacation...
    8 years ago

    Well, I don’t know whether I deserved it or not, but I got some time off and had a thoroughly enjoyable vacation. Birthday party, baseball game, golf, lake time. It’s all good. Looking forward to getting back to the golf blog. Here are a few things I’m going to write about coming up:

    • The WGC Firestone – One of the most entertaining Saturdays of golf in a long time. It was very close, with a bunch of very talented golfers performing at the very highest level.
    • The WGC Firestone 2 – Is it just me, or is this one of the most boring courses the pros play on all year?
    • Putting Mat – I’ve been using it, and it’s helped a lot. Will contain a noteworthy Larry Legend reference.
    • Course Review of The Golf Club Of Kansas – Nice, tough course laid out in an old quarry.
    • Book Review of Golf In The Kingdom – One of my more anticipated reads.
    • Seven Days In Utopia – New golf movie. What do we know about it?
    • Best golf books ever – There are two that stand alone above the rest for me.
    • My latest swing move – Tiger and Faldo are in agreement.
    • PGA Championship – I’m done trying to predict who’s going to play well.

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry Course Review - Wins...
    8 years ago

    The Winstar Golf Course is located right next to the Winstar Casino that’s sitting on Native America Territories right off I-35 and just north of the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. Depending on what part of Dallas you’re in it’s one to two hours drive, sitting 67 miles north of DFW airport. It’s about two hours south of Oklahoma City.

    The course has 27 holes, with 18 being in play at any given time. The par 72 course was designed by DA Weibring and Steve Wolfard, and with five tees on each holes it can play anywhere from 4,900 to 7,300 yards in length.

    I played here last weekend for the first time, and I have rarely had such an overwhelmingly positive impression of a course after just one round. All four of us in my usual foursome agreed that everything about this place is just right.

    Even in the middle of a drought and three weeks of temperatures in the triple digits both fairways and greens were in great shape. The Grandprix bent grass greens in particular were fast but true and consistent.

    The course as a whole looked great, and each individual hole was very appealing to the eye on its own. Sometimes accents were created by elaborate bunkering, and at other times the dramatic effects were increased by vegetation. Around the greens you often found a lot of different kinds of lies that challenged all parts of your short game.

    The holes were challenging without being overly punitive; and there was a great sense of variety as we worked our way through the course. From the blue tees Par 5 holes range from 530 yards to 597; Par 4s range from 310 to 444, and Par 3s range from 149 to 212 yards. It’s truly a course for all levels of golfers.

    The weekend green fees were only $69, and included a cart, range balls and a cooler pre stocked with water. This is a great value for anywhere close to the Dallas area.

    There’s a true Golf Academy, and the facilities include a large putting green as well as a short game green.

    The people were friendly and they had a great clubhouse that served an absolutely kick-ass Philly Steak-n-Egg sandwich.

    Location-wise you’re less than a mile off I-35 and less than a mile from the Winstar Casino, but it’s very quiet in spite if it’s convenience.

    In short, I can’t wait to go back.

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry The Feherty Show on ...
    8 years ago

  • 4Checker created a blog entry Enough with the "His...
    8 years ago

    The guys at the 19:th hole needs to start hitting some of the sponsor’s wares, because they’re stone cold stupid.

    Again, talking about Phil, running out the old “His game doesn’t fit links golf” because he hits the high ball.  It’s been heard for decades, and it’s been bullshit for decades.


    • Jack Nicklaus – High ball hitter – 3 championships.
    • Tom Watson – High ball hitter – 5 championships.
    • Tiger Woods – High ball hitter – 3 championships.

    If you’re good you’ll win.  End of story.

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry Hot Weather Golf tip...
    8 years ago

    It’s July in Dallas. We’re looking at weeks on end with temps in the hundreds. Other places have wicked humidity along with the heat.

    At times like this it becomes increasingly challenging to keep a good grip on a golf club. It’s tough enough to stay hydrated and upright without having to worry about the club slipping out of your hands.

    I’ve found that on really hot and humid days your best bet for getting a grip is to wear a rain glove. They’re usually not lined, like the cold weather gloves, but they’re specifically designed for providing grip in wet circumstances. I usually keep them on for putting and everything. If the environment is particularly severe I’ve been known to wear two rain gloves, to help with my right hand grip as well.

    Plus, you’ll look like a Bad Ass with the black gloves on.

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry "Morgongymnastik" - ...
    8 years ago

    The idea of a morning exercise program has been around about as long as there has been physical exercise. The benefits include getting your heart going a bit, getting more oxygen to the brain, and to stretch out the muscles that may have tightened up overnight.

    Growing up in Sweden the term that was used was “Morgongymnastik”, and that’s still how I think about it. An Olympic medalist named Bertil Uggla had a daily radio show from 1929 to 1945 where he would walk his listeners through a fairly fundamental series of exercises, and it’s still a term that’s in use today.

    Today it’s still common practice for large crowds to gather in squares throughout Asia to perform a morning program that borrows from martial arts, tai chi, and Pilates. The Sun Salutation that’s part of many Yoga routines is another example of a way to start your day.

    Well, I have started doing something alone these lines over the past year or so, and I have to say that the benefits have been significant and tangible, and a big part of my improvement as a golfer. I highly recommend you incorporate something like this into your exercise routine wherever possible.

    What I do takes only about 15 minutes, doesn’t require any equipment or special clothing, and I usually don’t even really break a sweat. My routine is a combination of stretching and flexibility exercises that works every part of my body. My focus is on back strength and flexibility, and I also focus on countering the tightness that builds up in my legs because I sit all day (back of thighs, front of hips). I use some things I learned doing Physical Therapy after my back surgery a few years ago, a few yoga and Pilates movements, and a couple of things I came up with myself. I won’t list them in detail because what would benefit you may be completely different from what’s working for me.

    I have noticed several tangible benefits as a result of this program. They may not be much, depending on your age and how your health is, but they are very real to me:

    Leg Cramps – My hamstring would cramp up fairly regularly, sometimes after as small of a thing as rolling over in bed. When I do my stretches regularly it almost never happen anymore.

    Back health – It’s one of those things you take for granted but if you’ve ever gone through a period in your life when your back was weak or in pain, as I have, then you will definitely appreciate this one. It’s currently no problem for me to just bend down, pick something up off the floor, and get back up again. I don’t have to position myself a certain way. I don’t have to put a hand on a chair. I don’t have to get down on one knee.

    Sudden Impacts – I used to have to brace myself whenever I would cough, sneeze, or ride my golf cart over a bump. If I didn’t, my back would be in pain. Now, I don’t have to worry about these things at all (from a back point of view, anyway).

    Posture – I’m much better able to maintain a correct posture when I sit, rather than slumping and letting gravity have its way with me.

    Weight – When I do my exercises regularly I find that it’s a lot easier for me to maintain my weight, or even to lose weight. Using the whole body is key to this, and I also think that doing something like this in the morning increases your metabolism all day long.

    More Golf – Doing these exercises is key for me being able to play and practice golf without pain and injury. No matter how early my tee time is, I get up early enough to run through a quick program before I head out the door.

    Better Golf – Flexibility, balance, and core strength. They are key elements of a golfer’s fitness, and they are all improved as a result of my “Morgongymnastik”.

    Your program may be fundamentally different from mine. Be careful and be sensible. But I highly recommend you do SOMETHING.

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry Who The Heck Is Neil...
    8 years ago

    I watch a fair amount of pro golf, and I read about it both on line and in the printed press, but there still comes times when I run across a name I just don’t know anything at all about. I like to learn, so I google’em, and since you might like to learn as well I thought I’d share a few tidbits about Neil Schietakat, who tees off at 6:10 AM at The Open.

    • Born 1/31/84 in Harrismith, South Africa.
    • Has participated in the Africa swing of the European Tour for the past four years.
    • Best finish this year was 2:nd place in the Telkom PGA Championship on the African Tour.
    • Ranked 452 in the Offical World Golf Ranking.
    • Qualified for The Open by way of a qualifying tournament in South Africa in January.
    • Nicknamed “Skietie”.

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

  • 4Checker created a blog entry Carnoustie - My Favo...
    8 years ago

    When it comes to dream courses I’d like to play, I’m really no different than 99% of all golfers: St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, and Augusta National. You just can’t argue with the diverse history and appeal of these three courses.

    But because they’re so obvious, let’s take them out of the running for a bit and talk about where else we’d like to play. A course that’s always been close to the top of the next echelon in my book is Carnoustie. It is widely acknowledged as being the most difficult course in The Open rotation, and it has a long and storied history as well as some very dramatic and tragic recent finishes.

    Golf has been played on the Carnoustie links since the early 16:th century, but the official course opened in 1842, having been designed by Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris. The original course only had 10 holes. Another eight holes were added in 1867.

    The Open Championship was first hosted by Carnoustie in 1931, won by Tommy Armour, and it has been played there six additional times. Some of the more memorable tournaments were 1953, when Ben Hogan won his third major for the year; 1999, when Jean Van De Velde melted down in a nuclear reactor sort of a way on 18 to allow Paul Lawrie to win; and 2007, when Padraig Harrington beat Sergio Garcia in a playoff after more drama on the 18:th hole. Other winners include Henry Cotton in 1937, Gary Player in 1968, and Tom Watson in 1975.

    While we’re on the topic, let’s talk about the 18:th hole a bit. It may possibly be the best finishing hole in all of golf. A 499 yard beast of a par four, with the famed Barry Burn running across and along the entire hole much like a Python Snake squeezing the very last bits of energy and courage out of a golfer’s body and soul. Van De Velde took a seven here in 1999 to fall back into a playoff which he would go on to lose. Harrington put two balls in the creek in 2007 to double bogey the hole, allowing Garcia to slide into a playoff even though he bogeyed the hole himself.

    There are several courses that copy holes from Scotland and the UK, such as Royal Links in Las Vegas or The Tribute here in Dallas. It’s very unfortunate that neither layout has included a copy of this magnificent hole.

    It has not been announced when Carnoustie will next host The Open.

    Keep’em in the short stuff.

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