Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Coil/Strike Book review

Okay, first off, let me tell you that Coil/Strike is an unorthodox read....but that is okay, because the author is making the assumption that you are tired of common ground instructors and instructional books. If that is where you are at....then this book if for you! Phairway Phil leads your from the Dark Ages to the Age of Enlightenment by de-constructing your current thoughts of a complex golf stroke, to one of a simple...efficient "strike"....not swing.

Secondly, this book will get you in and out of your skivvies in front of a mirror so your inner self can help you visualize a new coil there's that....I mentioned it was unorthodox....but the term crazy-like-a-fox comes to mind because the author knows that to break the conventional, you have to get the reader back to the basics.

This book does, and it will allow you to experience a whole 'nother way to see your game.

......With or without your skivvies.

Keep it in the short-grass,


Monday, May 01, 2017

Book Review; Lateral Hazard...A Novel by David Saari

Growing up in the family and I played many board-games when it the weather was unkind to be outdoors. My favorite was the game Clue. My favorite character: Professor Plum, favorite weapon; lead pipe, favorite scene; any of them.

Lateral Hazard, by David Saari is just such a novel. Setting; private golf club in MN; weapons; golf club, bra, facebook account; suspects...uh...everyone.

A fun read that will keep you guessing, Lateral Hazard is the 3rd book of golf-themed mysteries.

So grab your Knife, go to the kitchen....sit down with a bagel and this book, and hope that Mr Green is not lurking in the shadows!

Keep it in the short-grass,


Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review: Arnie...The Life and Times of Arnold Palmer

My Dad worked in the radio department on corporate jets for Firestone, in the days when Akron Ohio hosted The World Series of Golf at the Fireston CC. My Dad enjoys telling the story when he met Arnold Palmer.

Arnold borrowed Firestone's hangar for his Cessna Citation. When he stepped of the plane, Arnold looked at the big hangar, looked at my Dad and his radio crew, and said " this would be a good spot to put a tennis court"...Dad and his crew, not knowing of his wit, let alone the fact that Arnold was engaging them in conversation, were perplexed. Then came Arnold's big grin....and true to Arnold Palmer form, had corraled another group of regular folk into Arnie's Army. Mt Dad never held a golf club in his life, yet now at 87....still tells that story like it was yesterday.

Just before the 2017 Masters, there is a biography of Arnold Palmer in your bookstores that you should read. It is a walk down memory lane of people that have crossed his path in life,sharing stories of what Arnold meant to them in their lives.

Where the books strengths are, however, is in the great stories from the author Tom Callahan...a personal friend of Arnold Palmer, and a very good writer. The book flows from the perspective of seminal years in Palmer's life...uncovering little nuggets of "wow!-I-didn't-know-thats" well as some of his lessons of etiquette.

A sure-fire bet to warm the heart of anyone, you don't have to be a memeber of Arnie's Army to enjoy this book.

My Dad is getting a copy.

Keep it in the short-grass,


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Golf Book Review: '18 Holes With Bing'

If you want a great Father's Day book, please read 18 Holes With Bing Golf, life and lessons from Dad by Nathaniel Crosby

Bing Crosby, in his day, was more popular than Elvis or the Beatles. He is best known for his supple singing voice crooning Holiday tunes, but was an esteemed actor, and a mover and shaker in Hollywood, and an inspirational celebrity in entertaining the troops through-out the war

Nathaniel Crosby is his son from his second marriage, and was joined at the hip with his Dad in the country-club set.

Bing's greatest vice was the game of golf, he often said he only worked to support his golf habit, it was his passion, and he died in Spain doing what he loved best, golfing.

Nathaniel, was able to excel at the game to the point where he won the US Amateur, and was low amateur in the US Open in 1984.

This book is a tribute to his father, and is a loving memoir from a son that certainly was in the right place at the right time in his father's life. Nathaniel was up close and personal to his father's many friends that influenced Nathaniel in his own life. The fact that they both had a high level of interest in the game of golf, allowed Nathaniel unfettered inside-the-ropes access to Dad, that he gives his readers a members pass.

If you're in the market to find a book for Father's Day, I highly recommend picking this one.

Keep it in the short-grass,


Friday, May 06, 2016

Book Review: One Putt, the ultimate guide to perfect putting.

Ok, this is a really good book about putting. If you are learning the game, or wanting to go back to the basics to learn the foundations of what it takes to become a truly excellent putter...then you need this book written by putt-master Ken Brown.

One Putt gets right to the point buy letting its readers know that the act of putting is not a golf swing to be taken lightly: 45% of a golf round is putting....let that sink in...or shock you...then find a quiet spot, and read this book slowly...practicing the drills, and climbing the "putting ladder".

Many awesome drills, tidbits, and gems tucked inside this easy-to-read and easy to understand 175 page book. You'll want to start at the bottom-rung, and not skip the rungs to build the correct foundation. Don't just skip to what you think you need help with. What you need help with can possibly be found by understanding the "rung" right below it.

Thanks for reading, keep it in the short-grass,


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book review: This is Your Brain on Sports

I recently read this fantastic sports book that uses hard data from various athletic performances to offer a psychological perspective. This is Your Brain on Sports, the science of underdogs, the value of rivalry, and what we can learn from the T-shirt cannon  is a quick-read, that drills down to the why-we-do-this, why-we-act-that-way questions, using examples from different sporting events to individual athletic highs and lows.

You may be interested in: why do I want to go play golf when I can't even make a 3-foot putt when it counts? Well, it's called sunk-cost...and this book offers up the why's and what-for's in this feeling that we have when we play this great game of golf, using golf as the example to understand sunk cost.

Every chapter is interesting, funny, and on topic. This is a great book to enhance your conversational golf repertoire, because it is filled with timely stories that describe the behind the scenes from a mental and habitual perspective.

So, please check this book out. I promise, it will not be a sunk-cost use of your time.

Keep it in the short-grass,


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ice golf in Siberia!...go while the dollar is strong!

My friend Pavel wanted me to know about a once-in-lifetime golf adventure that he is promoting thru his travel company for a truly unique experience at the far reaches of the Earth.

Although one might think going out to your local muni in New Jersey might offer the same experience...I don't think the trek would be near as awesome!

Irkutsk, Russia, February 2016. If people play grass hockey then why not play ice golf?

From March 15 to March 20, 2016 in the heart of Russia, on the land of mysterious Siberia, International Ice Golf Festival will be commemorating its 12th anniversary. The goal of Baikal Ice Golf 2016 is to provide golf players and travelers from all over the world with an opportunity to broaden their golf experience, challenge themselves to play golf on the ice and snow surface of the fascinating lake Baikal and draw the attention of the international community to unique recreational and sports opportunities available at lake Baikal.
Here, at lake Baikal, you can gain brand-new experience taking part in training sessions and an exciting golf tournament on the ice/snow golf course created by Nature herself. 

The festival's location is the bay of Maloye Morye and Olkhon Island.

Each training round takes place near a certain natural landmark of the lake. The participants of the festival will be able to evaluate the difficulty level of the golf course created by the unique nature of Baikal: ice-holes in ice grottos, ice cracks and hummocks and sandbars. The participants will have to overcome all of these natural obstructions. Besides all that, one of the training sessions will take place on the surface of the deepest spot of Baikal (1637 meters/5370 feet).

The doors of the festival are always open for golf beginners and for all those who dream to see the legendary lake Baikal.

For more information, go to: International Baikal Ice Golf Festival which 1will be held from March 15 to March 20, 2016. 

Keep it in the short...uh...snowflakes!