In the absence of anything to inspire me to blog about and refraining to comment on the behaviour of some of the fans at Bethpage Black I decided to show something from YouTube featuring my favourite golf course in New Zealand.
“And I kind of dummy it down and make it very simple, and I think that's what helps me,” so said Brooks Koepka at this year’s PGA Championship press conference.
Hanging in there
Brooks said, “If you just hang around - I think one of the big things that I've learned over the last few years is you don't need to win it, you don't have to try to go win it. Just hang around. If you hang around, good things are going to happen.
A winning approach
When asked, “We've heard you say several times majors are the easiest to win; yet that seems too simple for complicated minds. What has led you to internalize this approach which clearly seems to be a winning approach?” Then Brooks proceeded to explain the math behind his mindset.
“156 in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I'm just going to beat. From there, the other -- you figure about half of them won't play well from there, so you're down to about maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them just -- pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you've just got to beat those guys.”
Not staying in the moment
Explaining why he has in essence a better record in majors compared to the PGA tour Brooks said, “I've gone out on Saturday and tried to build a cushion, maybe pressed a little bit too hard and gotten ahead of myself, where in the majors I just stay in the moment. I never think one hole ahead. I'm not thinking about tomorrow. I'm not thinking about the next shot. I'm just thinking about what I've got to do right then and there.”
Quote of the Day
“No one has the balls to penalize slow play.” - Brooks Koepka
“I expect to make at least seven mistakes each round. Therefore, when I make a bad shot I don’t worry about it. It’s just one of seven,” Walter Hagen as quoted by Grantland Rice who as a matter of fact witnessed Hagen make nineteen mistakes in one round in a North and South Open at Pinehurst and afterwards wrote, “He finished with a 71, ultimately winning the tournament. A mistake meant nothing to him. Neither did defeat.”
For sure it’s seven
As the fortunate recipient of a monthly newsletter I was pleased to note that a recent copy contained much about my favourite golf personality, Walter (The Haig) Hagen.
There were several numbers quoted in the context of, “just one of seven”.
Dear editor Ken the number is actually 7.
And by the way should you ever publish the quote, “Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” Which has been variously attributed to the likes of Ben Hogan please be aware that it’s an abbreviated version of The Haig’s, “You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”
The Match of the Century
Bobby Jones a contemporary of The Haigh also had his thoughts on staying focused when he wrote,
“The shopworn admonition to forget the last shot and play the one in hand was meant to apply as much to the good ones as to the bad. It’s just as important to forget the 3’s as the 6’s.”
Michael Fitzpatrick tells an interesting story, “Bobby Jones vs. Walter Hagen: The Match That Changed the Course of History” where Hagen would promote, "The Match of the Century;" a 72-hole exhibition match between himself (Hagen) and Jones who was was somewhat short of cash at the time.
Suffice to say the match ended with Jones suffering an embarrassing 12-and-11 defeat at the hands of golf’s first true professional.
Link to Michael Fitzpatrick
Quote of the Day
“My dear, did you ever stop to think what a wonderful bunker you would make?” - Walter Hagen
“Many of the DTC (Direct-To-Consumer) companies like Snell and Vice offer volume discounts. Many of the bigger brands offer early season incentives to encourage you to load up for the season. We suggest you commit to a ball and take advantage of the savings.”
That’s from myspygolf.com who advise us, “We are independent, unbiased and always put the #ConsumerFirst. We spend thousands of hours testing and researching products to help you get the most out of your game.”
2019 Golf Ball Buyer’s Guide
Mygolfspy recently released it’s 2019 “Top Performers” and what’s remarkable is that among the best of the bunch is the appearance of a DTC ball and a “cheapie” sold by Cosco; (In 2016, Costco started selling golf balls under its own Kirkland Signature brand logo for $29.99 for two dozen. It turns out that the balls are manufactured by Nassau Golf out of South Korea, the same company that makes TaylorMade golf balls.)
The Snell MTB-X is top of the list in two out of the three categories.
Distance, but note that is for those who have high swing speeds. For slower swing speeds it’s the Titleist Pro-V1x
The MTB-X is also considered to be the best value.
The Volvik S4 is revealed as being the best for wedge spin.
Two worthwhile topics
I’ll pick just two from mygolfspy's comprehensive content.
2. ALL GOLF BALLS ARE NOT THE SAME
Have you ever been told that all golf balls go the same distance? A quick Google search returns over 19 million results on the topic. While the internet might be confused, we’re not. Golf balls do NOT go the same distance, and the actual differences from ball to ball might surprise you.
Driver Distance (115 MPH): The average carry distance between the shortest and the longest ball in our test is 17.43 yards.
Driver Distance (85 MPH): The average carry distance between the shortest and the longest ball in our test is 7.6 yards.
Wedge Spin: There is an average of 1425 RPM difference from highest spinning to the lowest spinning ball in our test.
If that is not enough to convince you, consider this; at the fastest speed tested, the distance between the longest single ball and the shortest in the test was an astonishing 38.77 yards. For most golfers, that’s a 3+ clubs difference.
3. A Soft Golf Ball Is A Slow Golf Ball
A soft ball is a slow ball; it’s that simple. If you are playing a “soft” golf ball, it’s probably costing you distance off the tee (unless you swing under 85 MPH) and spin around the green.
A growing segment within the market, the soft (or low compression) segment of the market includes familiar balls like Callaway Chrome Soft, Wilson DUO, Bridgestone Tour B RXS, and Titleist AVX.
Firmer balls are faster, generally longer, and as an added benefit to many golfers, they spin more around the green.
We get that some of you love soft feel, but the reality is that the only golfers likely to see real performance benefits from low compression balls are high speed, high spin players. That’s probably not you.
Link to mygolfspy
Quote of the Day
“Snell Golf is not your typical value golf-ball brand. That’s because company founder Dean Snell has his name on the patent for the Titleist Pro V1. Combine that with nearly three decades of experience in golf ball design for Titleist and TaylorMade and over 40 patents and Snell brings a certain credibility to golf ball design.” - Golf Digest
For several years. Since March, 2009 to be precise I have regularly posted golf blogs at Voxy and now's the time to also start posting them here.