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About dcmccobb

  • Birthday 01/25/1932

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    Internet Marketing, Promoting Golf. Posting daily on my blog, http://golfnutsandbolts.com
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  1. This post is a bit of an experiment for me to see if I can post a video on a post on MyGolfSpy. I have a video done by David Marsh recommending that we improve our chipping by practicing chipping standing only on our left (forward) leg. The idea is to improve our ball striking when we are chipping and therefore our chipping accuracy. If all goes well, watch David's video below. If this improves your chipping let me know, and always Play Golf For Fun. Sorry, I can't seem to make it work.
  2. Tom Petri's golf opinion article in my newspaper today had a similar title. His was, "If You Think You 'Got It', It May Get You'. He writes that the three most dangerous words a golfer can utter are, "I've got it". Meaning that the golfer feels like he has finally figured out the golf swing, and he now has it down pat. Every golfer who has played golf for more that a couple of years has had moments like this when he or she is sure that finally he or she has "got" the golf swing. However, he or she has learned to their sorrow that it is not true and usually the next round of golf after this magical moment has turned into a disaster. Tom Petri cites Graeme McDowell as an example. Graeme was heard to make this statement during the recent Players Championship. We all know what happened to him in his final round of golf. It was an absolute disaster. It is a tough way to learn this lesson. And although no one claimed that Rory McIlroy made this statement during the Masters after leading the tournament for three days, one can only wonder if Rory didn't have similar thoughts before he started his final round. If so, it might explain his disaster. Anyway after playing golf a number of years one learns that the golf swing can be very fickle. When you think you have "got it', you lose it. The fact is some days you've "got it" and some days you don't. So enjoy the days you've, "got it" and don't worry about the days you can't hit a thing. It's the only way to Play Golf For Fun.
  3. Several weeks ago my golf pro asked me go swing the Power Chute. He said to swing it six or eight times. I did so and noted that it created real resistance to my swing, but I could swing through this resistance. Then he handed me my driver and asked me to swing it. Without trying I swung my driver so hast it almost flew out of my hands and I had trouble staying on my feet. I couldn't believe it. The idea is to swing the Power Chute 6 to ten times a day for a period of time, and it will cause you to increase your golf swing speed dramatically. I believe it will take at least a month, but it will really give solid results and result in a notably faster swing speed. It is interesting to note that Jack Nicklaus has tried it, and after a few swings his golf swing was measured as gaining 5.5 MPH. For Jack that is roughly an additional 18 yards on his drives. If that's what the Power Chute did for Jack, what will it do for the rest of us? Anyway I was so impressed by the Power Chute that I wanted to make it available to all golfers. If you are interested, you can get it by clicking on THE POWER CHUTE.
  4. Unfortunately, with the time difference it is hard to watch as much of the Ryder Cup matches as I would like to. However, considering that the Europeans were heavily favored, I think we have to feel like the U.S. put on a valiant effort. Unfortunately, we were short one tied match from hanging on to the cup. Of course, you can always find that half point we should have won somewhere. Anyway it seems to me the two teams are really close in talent. I am looking forward to the U.S. winning at home next time. Don McCobb
  5. We've finally got a Ryder Cup week. I am looking forward to see if the U.S. can handle the Euro hot shots. The odds are against it, but I think they U.S. can make a tournament out of it. Let's see!
  6. After the smoke had cleared and Jim Furyk had won the Fedex Cup, I wondered what sand wedge Jim played so brilliantly. So I checked on Google, and found Jim carries three Srixon wedges in his bag. If I heard it correctly, during the Eastlake tournament, Jim hit nine green side bunker shots, and saved par nine times. And the last one was not only the best, but it was a blind shot because Jim was too low to see the green. Talk about a $10,000,000 shot. That was it.
  7. I said before that I thought that the winner of the Fedex Cup had a good chance to be player of the year so I go with Jim Furyk. I believe he also won two other events. Phil would normally be a good candidate because he won the Masters, but his play has been so spotty since then, I don't think he deserves it.
  8. I am sure you have always wondered what golf clubs would have been in your golf bag in 1862. Well, it would probably have been very much like this. The names of your clubs would have been play-club, long-spoon, mid-spoon, short-spoon, gaffing-spoon, driving-putter, putter, sand-iron, cleek and niblick. The last three have iron heads and the others wood heads. In some links the mid-spoon, baffing-spoon, driving-putter and niblick may be not be used, but in links such as St. Andrews, Prestwick and others you would probably have this whole set. These clubs have the following uses: The play-club was your driver used in those days for “swiping off the tee”. It may also be used off of a good lie when distance is needed. By the way the tee was placed a few yards from the hole on a small pinch of sand. It is noted that long drivers were able to drive the ball upwards to 200 yards. The long-spoon actually had a somewhat scooped out face to help you elevate the ball and was used when your ball lay in a hollow or rough grassy ground and needed a far shot over a bunker or a hazard. Your mid-spoon served the same purpose as your long-spoon, but for shorter distances. The short-spoon is a club you would use frequently. It is used for both good lying and bad lying golf balls inside 100 yards of the flag. This was termed the “quarter game”, and like today, many a match was won by the skillful quarter game player. The baffing-spoon was shorter still and very much spooned. It was used inside of 50 yards of the flag when a hazard had to be hit over. Apparently, it was so much spooned that you had to swing hard to carry your ball very far, but a skilled golfer could loft it up and let it fall near to the hole. The driver-putter was shorter in the shaft and had a larger head than the play-club. It was used to drive the ball into a strong head wind. The putter had a short shaft with a largish flattish head used on the green or when close to the hole for “holing out”. Some golfers, however, preferred a putting-iron for this purpose. This was similar with an iron face. Like today being a good putter was the aim of all golfers, but even in those days few attained it. In fact a showy driver was much more common, but the superior putter often won the hole. (Not much has change, has it?) The sand-iron, like today, is used when you are in a sand bunker. It was a short, thick-shafted, stiff weapon, with an iron head, hollowed out in the center and sloped backward. Its lower edge was sharp for digging your golf ball out of the sand and landing on the green. The cleek was rather longer than the sand-iron and used for lifting your ball over a sand trap or hazard near the green. The face of the cleek was straight unlike the sand-iron and sloped backward. The niblick was very important. It was used when your golf ball lay in a narrow cart rut, horseshoe or other print in sand, thick grass or a deep hollow. The head was very small and heavy, about one half the size of a sand-iron, and shaped into a hollow, with the iron sloping slightly backward. This peculiar shape enabled the golfer to get his ball out of difficulties that no other club could so was invaluable in a course where these hazards existed. I find it interesting to note that of the ten different clubs listed, more than half of them were for shots of less than 100 yards. Even in 1862 the golfers wanted a variety of clubs to handle short delicate shots. Outside of 100 yards they only needed four clubs to get the ball close to the green so that they could use their quarter and short games. Today we think we should be hitting for the green if we are within 150 of the flag. In 1862 the idea was just to get the ball close, and then shoot for the hole. I wonder if we wouldn't have better scores and if we didn't adopt the 1862 approach to golf.
  9. I post every day on my blog, http://golfnutsandbolts.com. Check it out.

  10. Obviously the Fedex winner will have a leg up on player of the year if he has done well in the majors or maybe a couple of other tournaments. However, as of today, I like Dustin Johnson.
  11. We probably all agree that Dustin shouldn't have grounded his club. Also, his caddy should have been on it also, and asked if Dustin was in a bunker. We all hate to see these things happen, but there is no question that everyone has to adhere to the rules. Don McCobb
  12. I was really happy to see that Bubba, Dustin and Matt Kuchar qualified for our Ryder Cup Team. After so many years of seeing the same guys playing, lately we are seeing the young guns make the team. In my view it adds a lot of spirit to the team. First of all these guys can really play. Secondly they have the enthusiasm to win. We'll be rooting for them. Don McCobb
  13. How about Matt Kuchar leading the PGA after two days. He may not win it, but it is great to see new faces leading major tournaments. I wish him well. Don McCobb
  14. I love my STX putter. It is a Green Plus VIII. I bought it a year and a half ago after dropping my old putter into a lake. I only paid $80 for it, and that was the retail price. However, it seems it was made in China, and it soon showed shabby construction. Very soon the leather grip began to peel and eventually the outside cover peeled off. In addition the chrome on the shaft is peeling off to the point it looks as though it's twenty years old. Of course, I put a new grip on it, but can't do much with the shaft. I still love the putter because of its weight and feel so would not part with it for anything. But it's disappointing to have to live with such shoddy workmanship. Don McCobb
  15. Some years ago the golf handicap system was changed. The reason expressed for the change was that the then handicap system was too complicated for golfers to understand. The old handicap system was calculated on the best ten of a golfer's last twenty scores based as is the current system. Both systems adjust for unusually high scores on any one hole. The old system never counted strokes over a double bogie. And there was a limit of how many double bogie's were counted depending on the golfer's handicap. I don't remember exactly how many double bogie's were counted, but for example a golfer with a handicap of 15 might be allowed no more than two double bogie's during a round for handicap purposes. Lower handicaps could have fewer, higher handicaps more. For some reason the handicap gurus felt that this was too complicated. So now we have a system that is easier. Under the current system a golfer with a handicap from 1 to 9 cannot record a score on a hole more than a double bogey. However, a golfer with a handicap of 10 to 19 cannot record more than a 7 on any hole, and a golfer with a handicap of 20 through 29 no more than a 8 and so on. This means that on a par 3 hole a golfer with a 10 handicap can record for handicap purposes a 7 or a quadruple bogie. Now you will say that it is unlikely that a 10 handicapper will score a 7 or more, but of course, it happens. My point is this. A 10 handicap golfer plays a par 72 course and shoots his handicap except for two terrible par three holes in which he has to pick up his ball before he finishes so records 7's. So maybe the golfer's final score was an 88. If he does this very often, his handicap will probably rise to 14 or so, but he is still really playing to a 10 except for his two lousy par 3's a round. Guess who's winning all the money in his Saturday foursome. Worse yet are the sand-baggers, who when they know they are out of a hole, knock their ball into the water on a par three so they can record their 7. Now I know the handicap rules assume that all golfers are always trying to play their best, but unfortunately, we all know of golfers who do this. They are usually pretty well known at their golf club. So my recommendation is to return to something like the old system that put more limits on recording a high score on a hole. After all a player with anything more than a double bogie is probably out of the hole anyway. Why not just limit any player's score on a hole to no more than a double bogie for handicap purposes. I believe it would result in much more equitable handicaps for all. And everyone would have more fun playing golf.
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