Book Review: Arnold Palmer; Homespun Stories of The King by Chris Rodell

Arnold Palmer COVERIt’s not every day that a friend of yours writes a book. Nor is it every day that the subject of the book that your friend wrote is someone who you have admired all your life and that your father had admired since his childhood.

Arnold Palmer; Homespun Stories of The King by my friend Chris Rodell!

I have to tell the story of how I met Chris Rodell because it leads to the story of how I met Arnold Palmer which leads to my wholehearted and immense recommendation that you purchase and read this new book which has been published with the full blessing and support of the Palmer family. Hard to believe that it has been over two years since Mr. Palmer’s passing on September 25th, 2016.

Golfing and Finding your True South in Mississippi

Andy & Chris

Me in the knickers and Chris in Latrobe…

Way back in 2012, Chris and I met on a golf travel writers’ fam trip to Mississippi. A ‘fam’ trip is a ‘familiarization’ trip whereby golf travel writers, in this case, were invited to come to Mississippi to be educated, to experience, and to write about golfing in Mississippi. While I do remember becoming familiar with golf in Mississippi, I especially remember meeting Chris!

Chris at the time had written a book called Use All The Crayons and had a blog called Eight Days to Amish. The crayon book was about transforming one’s life, using all the crayons, and contained five-hundred tips on doing so. I am still not sure what the blog is about but it is interesting!

So anyone that knows anything about me and what I have just told you about Chris would quickly surmise that we would become friends and indeed we did!

Mr. Palmer, It was an Honor to Meet You!

Andy & Mr. Palmer

Me and The King!

Fast forward three or four years and staying in touch, Chris invited me to stop by Latrobe and meet Arnold Palmer. Which, of course, if you know anything about me, I did! If meeting Chris was a transformative experience, and it was, then after meeting Mr. Palmer one could say I was over-transformed to the outer reaches of tranquility and serenity. Truly a life course-altering experience!

So the upshot here is that I met Chris Rodell and then I met Mr. Palmer because Chris was a friend of Mr. Palmer. How can you meet Mr. Palmer?

Sadly you cannot meet Mr. Palmer as I did, but by reading this book—Arnold Palmer; Homespun Stories of the King—you can indeed meet Mr. Palmer in a way that even most folks that have met him can meet him in a way they never did before—even more up-close and personal!

The author Chris Rodell with Mr. Palmer and Mr. Palmer's right-hand guy (even though Chris is between them!) Doc Giffin.

The author Chris Rodell with Mr. Palmer and Mr. Palmer’s right-hand guy (even though Chris is between them!) Doc Giffin.

As a freelance writer living next door to the great Arnold Palmer in his lifelong hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Chris was the go-to-guy for golf publications and non-golf publications, when it came to getting a story on Mr. Palmer. This book comes from more than 100 interviews that Chris conducted with The King. Plus, living in Latrobe and raising a family in Latrobe he knows Latrobe which means he knew Arnold Palmer like Arnold Palmer knew himself.

“Which do you remember more clearly: your first ace or your first kiss?”

Enough said, intimate conversations make intimate books! Chris is an insightful and talented writer and this is a great book for the golfer and non-golfer alike!

It is Americana same as apple pie and yes, crayons too! Maybe even Eight Days to Amish too!

Enjoy meeting Mr. Palmer and say hello for me too!

SHOT SCOPE Performance Tracker V2 Will Change My Game for the Better!!!

SHOT SCOPE ANNOUNCES FATHER’S DAY GIFT OFFER FOR U.S. OPEN WEEK

Packaging 2EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM, June 5, 2018 – Shot Scope Technologies will offer its new V2 multi-function golf watch at a special 15% discount during U.S. Open Week (June 11-17). The V2 combines GPS distance and hazard capability with Shot Scope’s industry-leading automatic performance tracking.  The Father’s Day offer will be available at www.shotscope.com and at selected Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy stores.

 

The Shot Scope V2 uses the highest grade Smart GPS chip on the commercial market. Its automatic data collection provides extensive Tour-level performance analysis and offers free software updates. More than 37,000 courses worldwide can be accessed through the system.

“We are excited to offer a special price for the V2 to all Dads for Father’s Day,” said Gavin Dear, CCO of Shot Scope Technologies. “We want golfers to experience what is the best, most comprehensive, most accurate and easiest to use golf watch in the industry.”

Dashboard and MobileThe most recent addition to Shot Scope is a social media share function that is available on both IOS and Android apps. It enables the user to share their hole, round and performance data with friends via several channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp. It keeps the conversation moving off the course regarding long drives, birdies and other highlights.

Golfers have long sought a device that combined GPS yardages and fully automatic performance tracking.  Shot Scope’s in-house engineers have developed a product that meets the needs of the modern golfer while retaining the company’s trademark automatic club recognition technology and detailed performance statistics. The latest update from Shot Scope enhances the on-course experience provided to users by showing front, middle and back distances to water/sand hazards.

V2 - with logoThe V2 has three modes to suit the golfer’s playing requirements: GPS; PRO; and GPS+TRACK. Each mode has been designed for ultimate flexibility. In both GPS and GPS+TRACK modes, the LCD screen displays distances to the front, middle and back of the green from the golfer’s real-time position using SMART GPS.

Performance Tracking is activated in both PRO and GPS+TRACK modes. The watch works in the background to collect over 100 Tour-level statistics, broken down into five areas: clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. Performance statistics of this caliber have previously only been available to Tour players. No manual input or phone use is required.

ABOUT SHOT SCOPE

Shot Scope Technologies was founded in 2014 by CEO David Hunter. Hunter, a former electronics design engineer and secondary school teacher,invented the product in his house. Now a team of 17 based in Edinburgh, Shot Scope has released two products to the international golf market. The company has designed, engineered and manufactured the product in Scotland, bringing golf technology to The Home of Golf. The team also includes former Walker Cup player and ex-professional golfer, CCO Gavin Dear.

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Book Review: Children’s Series: Marvin The Golf Caddy by Harold R. Mann!

With author Harold R. Mann in the Marvin The Golf Caddy at the 2018 PGA Show.

With author Harold R. Mann in the Marvin The Golf Caddy at the 2018 PGA Show.

Marvin, an abandoned golden retriever was transformed into Marvin The Golf Caddy Dog back in 2003 but I did not meet his creator Harold R. Mann until the 2018 PGA Show. By then Marvin The Golf Caddy Dog had learned the ABC’s of Golf, had qualified for Junior Nationals (2014) and along with his new owner Ted was just about to meet Molly, the girl who just moved in next door!

Marvin The Golf Caddy Dog is a series of children’s books for all ages complete with two coloring books and an activity book. Plus there are now Marvin branded hats, polo shirts, towels, and even a Marvin head cover for your driver too. Now everyone can become part of Marvin’s family!

Marvin & Ted amidst all their animal friends on the golf course. Photo Credit: Mann USA, Inc.

Tom Kerr’s illustration of Marvin & Ted amidst all their animal friends on the golf course. Photo Credit: Mann USA, Inc.

Without giving away too much of the story lines Marvin wanders onto a golf course where he meets a young Ted and many wildlife characters—Henry the Hawk, Chi-Chi the Gecko Lizard (likely imported from Puerto Rico!), Rufus the Jackrabbit, Arnie the Deer, and Sally the Squirrel.

Marvin teaches us how to be grateful for our blessings in life and Harold the Author presents a beautiful friendship between a dog and a boy that evolves on a golf course!

 

Here is what we call the 'trophy shot' in the golf broadcasting... MArvin & Ted with their Junior Nationals trophy! Photo Credit: Mann USA, Inc.

Another Tom Kerr illustration: Here is what we call the ‘trophy shot’ in the golf broadcasting… Marvin & Ted with their Junior Nationals trophy! Photo Credit: Mann USA, Inc.

A bonus at the end of the inaugural 2003 book is ‘Basic Rules of Golf for Beginners.” There’s only thirteen of them, the same count as the original rules of golf written in 1744. These are better and include ones for the health, safety, & well-being of all golfers. Rule No. 1 is ‘Always use sunscreen before playing.’

The intriguing story is well enhanced by the colorful and descriptive illustrations of Tom Kerr.

I loved the part about Ted feeling a new spirit within while trying to qualify for the Junior Nationals. And oh yes, Ted is the golfer and Marvin the caddy. Hmmm and then along comes Molly… I wonder where she fits into the story!

Here comes Molly in Marvin The Golf Caddy Meets Molly! Photo Credit: Mann USA, Inc.

Here comes Molly in Marvin The Golf Caddy Meets Molly! Photo Credit: Mann USA, Inc.

Stories for a lifetime and for generations!

Now I know what present I will be getting my soon-to-be-born grandson! Golf and a way of life to pass along to the next generation!

Who knows? One day at Augusta National Golf Club we might hear: ‘Fore, now playing…’

For more information and to order items please go to the Marvin The Golf Caddy website!

 

2018 PGA Show: Demo Day at Orange County National… Demo Baby!

Demo Day Delight on Tuesday during PGA Show week! On & off the range!

2018 PGA Show: Tour Edge Outing at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club!

21Day One of the PGA Show was really Monday at the over the top TOUR Edge outing at Lake Nona Golf & CC! BEST golf outing of Andy’s life! TROML Baby!

 

Golf Ireland Tourism Outing at Orlando’s Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Point

_Irish Golf Day 2017Kicking off the PGA Show this week in Orlando with a Monday golf outing at The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe hosted by Golf Ireland; North and West Coast Links Golf; IGTOA Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association, The Voice for Irish Golf Tourism; Course Trends Europe, www.CourseTrends.eu; SWING, SouthWest Ireland Golf, www.swinggolfireland.com; Wild Atlantic Way, www.WildAtlanticWay.com; www.TheGolfPA.com, Ireland’s Premier Golf Tour Operator… never been to Ireland… looking forward to getting educated and visiting Ireland this year! Have you ever been to Ireland to golf?   (Facebook Post, Andy Ristetter, 1/22/17)

5Wild day at the Golf Ireland outing at @The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe… played with two great guys from Ireland… so windy it felt like Ireland… have to go to Ireland to experience for myself… participated in the David Edwards Golf show… good to see Charlie Rymer from the Golf Channel who spoke about how much he loves the Irish & their golf courses… good first day and the PGA Show hasn’t even started yet! Demo Day tomorrow Tuesday at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge…   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 1/23/17 with 30 Pics)

Golf Travel Writers Association… Fits me to the Tee!

With the GTWA gang for the first time at the PGA Village in January 2012.

With the GTWA gang for the first time at the PGA Village in January 2012.

You know when someone says you should do something or join something? Ninety-nine times out of a hundred they are wrong. Not so when Bruce Vittner, the Editor & Publisher of the Southern New England Golfer, told me about the Golf Travel Writers Association (GTWA) and suggested that I apply for membership.  The GTWA is an association of the best travel writers, editors, and publishers of state and regional golf magazines, golf columnists, radio and television golf show hosts and golf website operators. Membership in the Golf Travel Writers of America is available to qualified applicants in one of three categories—professional, corporate and resort. GTWA members specialize in writing about golf travel and golf destinations. The mission of the Golf Travel Writers of America is to inform the golfing public and forge relationships between and among its its members. I am happy Bruce made the introduction because the GTWA fits me to a tee!

With Kathie Dyson & Bruce Vittner who well represent the spirit of  the GTWA!

With Kathie Dyson & Bruce Vittner who well represent the spirit of the GTWA!

Besides Bruce some of the professional members I have come to know are Katharine Dyson, Matt Adams and Alice and Danny Scott. Katharine, according to her bio page, is “an avid golfer who makes up for atrocious putting with an insatiable curiosity for discovery, writes about golf, travel, golf fashion and lifestyle for magazines, newspapers and websites here and abroad.” I can attest to that as we have golfed together numerous times and had the pleasure of indulging in resort spas and dinners too.. She is also the author of “100 Best Romantic Resorts of the World” and “The Finger Lakes Book.”

Matt is a well-known best-selling golf author, PGA Tour Network and satellite radio broadcaster, and regular contributor to the Golf Channel. You know Matt as the award-winning international golf broadcaster on the PGA Tour Network, where he hosts the daily program, Fairways of Life, which is also one of nine books he has published. When I see Matt he is always smiling and gives me a warm handshake. Truly one of the inspirational people in golf!

Playing golf with America's Golfing Couple in Myrtle Beach near the Wizard's Castle of Mystic Golf. Guy in the orange cap is my friend Sir Charles Novitske.

Playing golf with America’s Golfing Couple in Myrtle Beach near the Wizard’s Castle of Mystic Golf. Guy in the orange cap is my friend Sir Charles Novitske.

Alice and Danny are America’s Golfing Couple. As stated in their bios they  are freelance multimedia journalists and travel the world exploring destinations, tours and products. They are founders of Butthead Covers, Inc. (the upside down animal head covers), and they offer coaching on all aspects of business creation, operation and marketing to live “The American Dream.” We have played golf several times and I have yet to be competitive with Danny who has the ultimate ‘A’ game!

As far as corporate members there are none more professional or nicer than Michael Abramowitz, Senior Editor of the The PGA of America. Founded in 1916, The PGA of America is the largest working sports organization in the world, comprised of more than 27,000 dedicated men and women promoting the game of golf to everyone, everywhere. Michael hosted us at PGA Village In Januray 2012 which was my first event with the GTWA.

At Medinah watching the conclusion of the Sunday Singles Matches with Michael Abramowitz.

At Medinah watching the conclusion of the Sunday Singles Matches with Michael Abramowitz.

The PGA Village is the flagship property of the PGA of America in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It is also the ultimate golf resort destination. The 54 holes of championship golf at PGA Golf Club have been masterfully laid out by design legends Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. The cherry on the cake is the state-of-the-art 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. I love it for the PGA Museum of Golf which contains all of the history of the PGA’s storied existence.

 

CLICK here for my article entitled ‘PGA of America, More than a Village!

With Claude Pardue, President & CEO of Mystic Golf- The Witch, The Wizard & The Man O'War.

With Claude Pardue, President & CEO of Mystic Golf- The Witch, The Wizard & The Man O’War.

Mystic Golf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a resort member of the GTWA.  The mystical man behind the curtain is Claude Pardue who owns and manages three of Myrtle Beach’s finest golf courses — The Witch, the Wizard and Man O’ War — whose beauty enchants and challenges golfers of all abilities. Man O’War is the only golf course in the world with back-to-back island greens.

CLICK here for my Mystic Golf article entitled ‘Golf is Mystical in Myrtle Beach!’

If you are a professional golf travel writer, or represent a corporation or resort in the golf business check out the Golf Travel Writers Association (GTWA). Being a member is a lot of fun and it might fit you to a tee!

Source of Information above: GTWA website and linked individual websites.

Wearing my GTWA buddy Tom Gorman's Man O'War hat!

Wearing my GTWA buddy Tom Gorman’s Man O’War hat!

GTWA golfers playing the Pete Dye GC at PGA Village on a beautiful Florida morning!

GTWA golfers playing the Pete Dye GC at PGA Village on a beautiful Florida morning!

On the 9th green at Hammock Beach, part of the Salamander Resorts Legends of Golf Trail along with Reunion and Innisbrook.

On the 9th green at Hammock Beach, part of the Salamander Resorts Legends of Golf Trail along with Reunion and Innisbrook.

 

Book Review: Great Golf Collections of the World by Dick McDonough & Peter Georgiady

There she was sitting on a table in the New Products Zone at the PGA Merchandise Show.

There she was sitting on a table in the New Products Zone at the PGA Merchandise Show.

One of the most intriguing places of the PGA Merchandise Show is the New Product Zone. It is a good sized area at the show with row after row of tables displaying the latest, newfangled and intriguing products and services of the worldwide golfing industry. No different than walking the practice tee at a WGC or major as many will do at Pinehurst during the Women’s U.S. Open to see the newest and youngest golfing sensation- 11-year old Lucy Li. Though at the show there usually is little advance notice of what you will find in the New Product Zone. That’s the excitement of course, entering the Twilight Zone or bursting further into space on the Enterprise, one never knows what one will find when you get there.

Opened dust jacket of Great Golf Collections of the World.

Opened dust jacket of Great Golf Collections of the World.

Great Golf Collections of the World, by Dick McDonough and Peter Georgiady simply caught my eye sitting there so solemnly amongst all the gadgets and gizmos that will supposedly transform me immediately into a plus- handicapper. Perhaps it was the mosaic of photographs on its cover calling to me in a subliminal fashion to stop and say hello? Old balls and clubs, smiles, Bobby Jones and a colorful sketch of a pretty girl finishing her swing caught my eye. The young lady reminded me of a piece of collectible artwork in my own collection with a historic woman golfer in a flowing dress swings her club while a distinguished looking man observes in the background. With the words “Out on the links, we made our start… she missed her drive but caught my heart.” Golf can be a game of romance, life and sport all in one.

The new golf book, Great Golf Collections of the World, attracted a lot of attention at the 2014 PGA Show.

The new golf book, Great Golf Collections of the World, attracted a lot of attention at the 2014 PGA Show.

So I jotted down Booth 2191 and golf book collectibles on my “must-visit’ list and headed back into the sea of merchandising activity on the floor of the Orange County Convention Center. The name Peter Georgiady came to me as an associate of mine in the Golf Collectors Society. I must admit my name is Andy and I am a golf collector too. My addiction started back in the mid-1990s when my brother ‘LP’ introduced me to Dick Donovan, the renowned bibliographer of the printed word in golf. Dick introduced me to the Golf Collectors Society where I found Joe DeWulf and Harry Horton. Harry was as prominent as Dick in the golf collectible world as a restorer of hickory-shafted golf clubs. Books and clubs are my thing along with the history of golf. Pete sold me my first ‘Golf Goods Manufacturing Company’ hickory club which was made in the early 1900s right on Court Street in my hometown of Binghamton, New York.

I was excited to meet Dick and Pete at their booth. Unfortunately neither was there but I met Dick’s friend Jim who was covering the booth in their absence. I had a chance to pick up the book and look at the back cover- another 14 colorful pictures that took me back in time with the game I love. The dust jacket was amazing, how about the inside of the book? So I opened it and marveled at even more beautiful pictures. Without even looked at any text or the Table of Contents I knew this book was a milestone book along the lines of Dick Donovan & Joe Murdock’s The Game of Golf and The Printed Word and Jeff Ellis’ The Golf Club.

With Bobby Clampett in his 'Impact Zone' at the 2014 PGA Show.

With Bobby Clampett in his ‘Impact Zone’ at the 2014 PGA Show.

The Foreword was written by Bobby Clampett, someone I have had the pleasure of getting to know a little bit in the broadcast booths of The Masters and who is revolutionizing the golf instruction industry with his ‘Impact Zone’ methodology. I had a few minutes and being at the show is a little like being in the checkout line at the grocery store. It is okay to pick publications up and browse through them a bit! Bobby met Georgiady in the late 1990s and was smitten with the golf collecting bug about the same time as I was with Dick and Harry. Though his first collecting gig was a bit more memorable to the world than mine. After a Sunday golf broadcast, golf’s darling young amateur came out of his TV tower on the 12th tee at Augusta National and found the wayward ball of Greg Norman’s struck 8-ironway that averted his triumph in the 1999 Masters. That’s the best part of golf collecting. You learn the story behind the story and like any romance taking the time to do so is well worth the reward found within.

Like the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida this book is a collection of collections. Best part is that is all about golf collections. Treasure troves from private clubs the likes of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, from private collections the statue of Arnold Palmer and from museums like the U.S.G.A.’s ‘Golf House.’ There is also a topical section so if you are into seeing golf on magazine covers there you have it in Great Golf Collections of the World. I particularly like the Appendix which documents the origins of golf, golf clubs and balls. Remember I am a book and club guy!

With author Dick McDonough with book in hand at the 2014 PGA Show.

With author Dick McDonough with book in hand at the 2014 PGA Show.

The reality is that if you buy this book you automatically become a golf collector without the expense of being a golf collector. So educated by this book, you will know what to look for if you so choose to pursue the addiction. It makes a great gift for any golfer and conveys a message of depth and character that a pair of Loudmouth trousers simply don’t. Though there is nothing wrong with wearing Loudmouth trousers as this book is full of colorful characters and the clothing they wore since the game was invented.

I ventured back to Booth 2191 several times in hopes of meeting the authors. Both authors have their private collections in their book. I missed Pete this time but he is a ‘club guy’ like me so it is just a matter of time before we are standing at a table admiring some beautiful hickory-shafted clubs and happen to look up and notice one another. I did meet Dick whose collecting culminated in the ‘Art of Illustration.’ His collection contains a more modern glamorous golfing lady than mine but Great Golf Collections of the World has certainly caught my heart!

Happy Andy with golf books & clubs at the 2014 PGA Show!

Happy Andy with golf books & clubs at the 2014 PGA Show!

Unlike the tabloids at the checkout line at the grocery store, I knew I had to have my own personal copy of Great Golf Collections of the World!

This golf book is the Facebook of golf history and of certain impact to the golf collecting world.

CLICK here to order your copy and another for a friend!

Book Review: ‘Jewel in the Glen;’ Gleneagles to host 2014 Ryder Cup

Ed Hodge's book that will get you ready for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Ed Hodge’s book that will get you ready for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

I have dreams of taking a “Journey to Scotland and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles” later this year. So, of course, I made myself present for such discussions at the Travel Pavilion at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January. Designated Booth #1973 VisitScotland in the Exhibitor Listings but simply Scotland- The Home of Golf to the golfers of the world! There I found David Connor, Golf PR Manager who is focusing on the Ryder Cup. Right there in the same booth I met Billy Murray, Marketing Manager for the Gleneagles Hotel. Caught up in my excitement to journey to Scotland for Ryder Cup, he graciously gave me a copy of Ed Hodges book, Jewel in the Glen. Enough of the diary documentarian stuff, let’s get to the book and golf!

Author Ed Hodge with Paul Lawrie, member of the 2014 Euro team who won his Sunday singles match against Brandt Snedeker.

Author Ed Hodge with Paul Lawrie, member of the 2014 Euro team who won his Sunday singles match against Brandt Snedeker. Photo credit: Kenny Smith.

The subtitle of the book is Gleneagles, Golf & the Ryder Cup which quickly takes us ahead four months and further away, if you are American like me, from the ‘Misery at Medinah’ to a chance for redemption. Having ventured to Scotland on two previous occasions, I missed the Gleneagles area so this book was of immediate interest to me as a reference on planning this next trip. When considering to purchase this collectible volume one needs to look no further than who wrote the foreword. Jack Nicklaus did and he opened with the line “Gleneagles is among the great places in the world to visit and play golf.” Case closed, book acquired and opened to take us back to 1921 and then forward to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.” In 1921 Gleneagles hosted the initial international match that was the precursor to the first official Ryder Cup match.

With David Connor, VisitScotland's Golf PR Manager. who would not want to be at Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup?

With David Connor, VisitScotland’s Golf PR Manager. who would not want to be at Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup?

This book is written by a special guy. Though a young whippersnapper of a sports journalist with a young family, he is obviously wise for his age and surrounded himself with a team that brought a sense of history and destiny to this story. Starting with the statement “Life is full of journeys in pursuit of reaching a desired destination” immediately brings in anyone and everyone who has connected golf with life, a day with a round and has an inkling to the spiritual essence of our game.  There is no doubt this is the first of many literary majors for Ed Hodges who came to the game through his dad and was inspired by his grandfather both on the course and in the writing arena.

With Billy Murray, Marketing Manager for the Gleneagles Hotel. Not the Bill Murray but I am still hoping for a Cinderella Story here!

With Billy Murray, Marketing Manager for the Gleneagles Hotel. Not the Bill Murray but I am still hoping for a Cinderella Story here!

The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles will host the 40th Ryder Cup and was designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1993. Originally called The Monarch’s Course it was renamed in 2001 to celebrate the centenary year of The Professional Golfer’s Association of Great Britain and Ireland. This is the sister organization of the PGA of America, both partners in staging the Ryder Cup competition.  Since the opposing Ryder Cup team expanded to include Europe in 1979, the European Ryder Cup team has won ten times, the United States seven. The modern European dominance started at The Belfry, home to their PGA, with the debut of the Brabazon Course with the Euros winning ten of the last fourteen. The Ryder Cup has been played (officially) only one time before in 1973 at Muirfield with the USA winning. Credit author Hodge in that Chapter 6 well documents that American victory.

Back to the book though I am getting as fired up as United States Captain Tom Watson. C’mon American team make golf our sport again not only our business! Chapter 1 of Ed Hodge’s book is a detailed account of Captain Jose Maria Olazabal engineered, Seve-inspired dramatic Sunday Singles comeback win after being down 10 to 6. Same as the 1999 American win at Brookline but on foreign soil. So from Chapter 2 on it is a good book!

Author Ed Hodge with Ryder Cupper Extraordinaire Colin Montgomerie with that piece of hardware the USA desperately wants to win...it has been 6 years since Valhalla!

Author Ed Hodge with Ryder Cupper Extraordinaire Colin Montgomerie with that piece of hardware the USA desperately wants to win…it has been 6 years since Valhalla! Photo Credit: Andy Forman

Actually it is an amazing book and a must-read prior to this year’s Ryder Cup. Chapter 2 documents the Ryder Cup before it was a Ryder Cup detailing how the matches at Gleneagles were an inspiration to continue to what we know as the Ryder Cup today. The book tells the history of Scottish golfing competitions at Gleneagles and the history of the ‘Palace in the Glen,’ which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. There is a chapter on the Golden Bear and a hole-by-hole guide of the host venue by World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie. Something every American Ryder Cupper should read prior to teeing it up at Gleneagles!

Ed’s old photo hunts were successful and 80 interview targets secured to make this an exceptional story and book!

Will the tee be silent for the first tee shot or will we see more or will Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson or other members of the 2014 teams incite them to cheer loudly? No one knows for sure. But we do know for sure that Gleneagles will be a historic host to a memorable Ryder Cup that is coming home to its roots 93 years later. Head to the bookstore door or internet keyboard for your own copy of Ed Hodge’s “Jewel in the Glen” to fully enjoy the ‘Scotland Stage’ this September!

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Clampett is Making a Major Impact in Golf

CLICK here fro a VIDEO INTERVIEW with Bobby Clampett at the 2014 PGA Show.

With Bobby Clampett and the 'Impact Zone' book at the 2014 PGA Show.

With Bobby Clampett and the ‘Impact Zone’ book at the 2014 PGA Show.

We all remember the hot-shot amateur from California who was the low amateur at the 1978 U.S. Open and the 1979 Masters. The name Clampett hits squarely on the face as a PGA Tour winner and long time member of the CBS Sports broadcast team who recently joined the Champions Tour with success. Clampett’s game was influenced early on by Homer Kelley, one of golf’s all-time influential swing coaches, and his book The Golfing Machine. Now three-plus decades later, and six years after co-authoring the book “The Impact Zone: Mastering Golf’s Moment of Truth” with Andy Brumer, the Californian with an infectious smile and good nature, is positioned to make a ‘Major Impact’ to the game of golf. My how time flies and seeds planted long ago grow into big oak trees that change the landscape of golf.

Bobby making an impact at  the 2014 PGA Show.

Bobby making an impact at the 2014 PGA Show.

Simplicity and “out-of-the-box” thinking when it comes to coaching is what makes Bobby and his ‘Impact Zone’ very different than other golf instruction. Think about it, the real purpose of the golf swing is to make impact, dynamic impact with the golf ball. No more, no less, same as driving a car from Point A to Point B. It does not matter what type of car you drive as long as it gets you there when you need to be there. Simplicity is not a common element of various other golf instruction programs.

So too is accepting your ‘style of swing’ and then simply focusing on the impact of the golf club on the golf ball. There are many ways to get to that impact zone and why not focus on the purpose? No different than living in the moment. Yes there is a past back swing and a future follow through but all that matters is the moment of impact. Sounds revolutionary doesn’t it?

Bobby signing the 'Impact Zone' book at the 2013 PGA Show. Every year the 'Impoact Zone' makes a bigger impact in the game of golf.

Bobby signing the ‘Impact Zone’ book at the 2013 PGA Show. Every year the ‘Impact Zone’ makes a bigger impact in the game of golf.

I always look forward to interacting with Bobby. A few Masters ago he had a club in the corner of the broadcast booth frequently gripping it and going outside for a few swings as he prepared for the Champions Tour. Reminded me of my childhood growing up watching the Masters on TV and having my Dad or older brother ‘LP’ grab the club from the corner to launch a discussion of grip, stance, swing and golf and life in general. Now Bobby has launched his teaching organization has over 100 teachers certified in “Impact Zone Golf.”

Enjoy the video interview from the 2014 PGA Show. I did as I always learn something new from Bobby and find him entertaining and varied yet focused so it is fun too. Bobby was a three-time collegiate All-American and represented  the United States in Olympic-like golf competitions, first as an amateur winning the individual World Amateur medal and then as a professional in the 1982.

CLICK here to get Bobby’s “Impact Zone Golf.”

CLICK here for Bobby Clampett’s website.

CLICK here & check out the Payne Stewart Golf Club designed by Chuck Smith and Bobby Clampett.

 

 

 

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