found on Facebook, sorry, don't know who to give credit
All the talk in the golf world right now is about the proposed new rule, Rule 14-1b, which states "that in making a stroke with any club, players cannot intentionally anchor the club or any part of the body or use their gripping hands to rest against the body."
I copied this from http://www.Golf.com:
Personally, I think it's ridiculous. Why now? I like what one of my clients said, "They are 30 years too late." I think it's unfair to take it away from all of these years. Golfers all all sizes have been learning and developing their game, they have been allowed to use it for so long and now it gets taken away from them. Bernhard Langer is pissed. The four time Champions Tour money list winner has been anchoring his putter to his chest for 15 years said, "If there is anything illegal about it, why did they not stop it right away?" I agree.
If it's such a huge advantage, then how come "none of the players ranked in the top 20 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting use a long putter?" (NY Times- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/sports/golf/golf-moves-to-ban-anchored-putting.html)
OK, I get it, 3 of the last 5 Major winners won with long putters, and the number of Tour players using them has increased to 15%, up from 11% last year. But everyone has the opportunity to use them so it's fair in my opinion.
The rule, which would take effect in 2016, is not etched in stone yet as the USGA and the Royal & Ancient would like to get some feedback from the golf community over the next three months. It will certainly be an interesting argument.
There was an interesting article from golf writer Bill Pennington in the NY Times today about beta blockers, especially in light of Charlie Beljan winning two days after being hospitalized with a panic attack. There is a chance he will be treated with medication to prevent future attacks and if he gets "a therapeutic use exemption", he will be able to take the meds during competition.
Beta blockers are banned on the Tour and although "One of the many
pharmacological uses of beta blockers is the steadying of hand tremors,"
said Andy Levinson, the executive director of the PGA's antidoping
program, not everyone believes they will help. Richard Ginsburg, a
sports psychologist at the Harvard Medical School, said anxiety "keeps
you on your game. A beta blocker can take away some edge, mellow you too
much. So there is some debate about how effective they are."
It's definitely an interesting topic and I know a few golfers that would
love to get their hands on some before a match! I wonder if Colorado's
new initiative to legalize marijuana will have any effect on golf there.
I have been putting a lot on the Five Iron putting green and I feel like my stroke has improved a lot. We play a form of "Golf Billiards" (the pic is from a 9-ball game we were playing) to make it fun and to make sure that there is a little pressure trying to make each putt.
My alignment has improved a lot and one thing I usually do is use a line on the ball to make sure my stroke is on the money. This might be the wrong approach for me. I came acrosss this interesting video form Dave Phillips and Greg Rose discussing visualization skills and an easy test to see how yours are.
There is a great new 2 DVD package from Mike Robertson, Eric Cressey and Bill Hartman called Assess & Correctthat was just released.
This is an excellent product for golfers.
These guys are three of the smartest trainers in the industry, who other trainers go to for information. I love that they start out with 28 self-assessments to figure out your weak links and then give you demonstrations of 78 exercises that you can possibly use to correct those weak links.
This is a very user-friendly product with a ton of info and lots of bonus material.
They are offering incredible bonuses for the products as well:
DVD #1:Your Comprehensive Guide to Self-Assessment
DVD #2:Your Individualized Corrective Exercise Progressions
Bonus #1 and #2: The Assess and Correct E-Manual,
which is not only a guide to review your assessments on DVD #1, but
also includes written cues and photos for every recommended drill in
DVD #2 so that you’ll have a resource you can take to the gym with you.
(PLEASE NOTE: These two bonuses have been merged into one document for easier downloading.)
Bonus #3: “The Great Eight Static Stretches” E-Manual,
which shows you eight additional flexibility drills that we use on a
regular basis in addition to the drills featured in the DVDs.
Bonus #4:The “Optimal Self Myofascial Release” E-Manual, which shows you the soft tissue methods and techniques we use with our clients and athletes.
Bonus #5: “Warm-ups for Every Body” E-Manual, which is a collection of two sample warm-up templates for different sports/scenarios, including golf.
I highly recommend getting "Assess and Correct". Stay tuned this week for sample videos from me about some of the things that I took away from the bonuses.
JD came back this week looking much trimmer, although he had to be drunk when he picked out this outfit. from the LA Times Photos: John Daly a year ago, left, and this week in Spain. Photo
credits: left, Stuart Franklin / Getty Images; right, Warren Little /
From the Journal News "Weird wind event" lifts golf cart, traps golfers (not the cart from this accident)
Strong winds at the Beekman Country Club in East Fishkill lifted a golf cart and knocked it over, injuring and briefly trapping two Westchester men as they started their game at the first tee, Sgt. Kevin Keefe of the East Fishkill police said.
The National Weather Service in Albany said a "dust devil" might be to blame. Advertisement
Police received a report at 1:19 p.m. today of "a person pinned under a golf cart," Keefe said. When police arrived, the two golfers - one man was from Croton-On-Hudson, the other the Town of Cortlandt - had gotten out from under the golf cart.
Both men suffered minor head injuries and abrasions, Keefe said, but refused treatment before continuing with their golf game. The East Fishkill Rescue Squad also responded.
"According to witnesses and the two golfers, there was a funnel cloud," Keefe said. "What we had was, a weird little wind event, we'll call it."
National Weather Service meterologist Joe Villani said a "dust devll" might have flipped the golf cart.
Dry, clear conditions combined with wind and sunlight can cause "tiny little formations" that Villani likened to eddys, which can have "enough velocity to move objects." Villani added that dirt devils are common in the plains states and midwest.
Please be careful when driving your cart. This has been a public service announcement brought to you by the skinny golfers at BetterGolfwithFitness.com