News From Terre Haute, Indiana

On & Off the Course

On & Off the Course
  • On and Off the Course: Pace of play shouldn’t be snail’s pace Golf is a wonderful game but it can be very trying. Not only is it often a daunting task to hit that little golf ball with accuracy and athleticism, sometimes your playing partners or competitors can make a round of golf about as much fun as getting your teeth pulled.

    July 21, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: A devilishly good course In Indiana I can honestly say now that I’ve been to Purgatory and back, and it wasn’t as bad as, well, you know, that other place. In case you’re wondering, the Purgatory I’m referring to is the golf course of that name in Noblesville.

    July 7, 2007

  • On and off the course: Golf close to instituting a drug-testing policy Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA tour, said recently that the tour is getting close to instituting a drug-testing policy. This is a change of tune from what he said in March of 2006.

    June 23, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: Set-up of course can have big effect

    June 10, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: Craftsmanship finds a niche I have a son who is a golfer and a junior in high school, which means he’s been receiving flyers, pamphlets and letters from colleges across the country, wanting him to visit their campus or at least request more information about their college. The choices are overwhelming, and not made any easier by the fact that he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up! He’d like to incorporate golf into his future career if he can, but he’s been told by many people that if he wants to play golf, not to become a golf course pro.

    May 12, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: New golf complex coming to town After months of winter, stark and extremely cold, signs of spring are upon us, and many of you have begun to venture out to local golf courses. I, for one, felt the need to go to the driving range before I actually played golf, to make sure that I could still hit that little golf ball in the direction I intended to! (I found I could still hit the ball, though my short game is a bit iffy.) Though I didn’t get to play golf during the winter months, I did get to hit balls a few times by visiting the heated range of Riverside Golf Academy in Indianapolis.

    April 1, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: Is this really fall or have we moved onto monsoon season? Is it still fall here in Indiana? It seems like fall has passed us by, and we’ve gone directly into a rainy spring or possibly monsoon season. It’s hard to think about golf when the weather is not accommodating, but alas, this is a golf column that I write, so I must persevere.

    October 28, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: The ‘other’ kind of shaper is just as important to golf When you give an artist a bulldozer ...

    If I were having a conversation with you about golf, and brought up the term “shaper” you would probably think I was talking about a “shot shaper” which is a golfer who is able to put different types of spin on the ball to make it do different things. Usually only the advanced golfers are considered shot-shapers, because they are able to make the ball do what they want it to, be it a high fade, a low hook, or a slight draw. Those of you with a major slice that you play for are just slicers, not shapers.

    October 15, 2006

  • On and off the course: A film that’s more than golf Every once in a while a movie comes out that not only is enjoyable to watch, but will really pique my interest, and get me to dig for more information.

    September 16, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: Changing equipment is not an easy choice As most golfers do, I’ve been searching for some new golf equipment.

    This is not an incessant need to spend money, or to keep up with the Joneses. I am not one to buy new equipment very often.

    September 3, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: Watch out for girls golf youth movement

    August 20, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: There are no points for having style in golf  One of the nice things about golf is that it doesn’t take a judge to tell you your score, unlike gymnastics, diving or ice skating.

    The scorecard has numbers on it, and as long as they are correct when you sign your card and turn it in, it doesn’t take a judge to tell you what place you came in. Have you ever had an “ugly par”? One where you mis-hit every shot except you ended up chipping in or making a long putt for par? If there had been a judge present, you would have had points deducted (or added, as the case may be). As it is, you can one-putt or three-putt and the scorecard just doesn’t care. All it knows is the number you wrote down.

    August 5, 2006

  • On and off and course: Keeping cool with family golf We have finally gotten a very welcome break in the weather for some relief from the oppressive heat.

    I felt so sorry for all the kids who played in the Terre Haute Junior City Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s hard enough to concentrate for 18 holes in normal temperatures. In sweltering heat it’s almost impossible.

    July 22, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: What a difference a stroke makes After almost every round of golf, whether we considered it good or bad, there’s a “what if?” scenario.

    June 26, 2006

  • On And Off The Course: Junior golf is alive, well Even if I didn’t have school age children, I would know that school was out because of the abundance of kids I’ve seen on the golf courses! I think that’s a great sign for the future of golf, that there is a strong interest in junior golf. Judging by how some of the local high schools in our area have fared this spring, I’d say junior golf is very strong in the western part of the state of Indiana.

    June 10, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: Getting correct shaft is most important Have you ever watched somebody swing a golf club and it looked like the shaft was going to wrap around his or her head? Back when my sister Kathy and her husband lived in Terre Haute, we used to play golf with them a lot, and it was always an adventure. Both Kathy and John had cheap sets of clubs that they had gotten at Service Merchandise, which meant they both had standard, regular flex steel shafts. For Kathy, that worked fine, but John was a big man, ex-marine, and weight lifter.

    May 27, 2006

  • On and off the course: Pick ball that suits your experience, checkbook Tiger Woods plays a Nike ball, Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam play Calloway, Jim Furyk plays a Srixon, Fred Couples plays a Bridgestone, Ernie Els plays a Titleist ProVI and Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh play a ProVIx. How do you pick which ball you should play? It’s all very confusing, but due to improvements in technology, it’s getting easier to fit a ball to your game. It might take a lot of trial and error though, so I picked up the May issue of Consumer Reports, which included a rating of golf balls. I’ve often wondered how different brands of balls compared, and now I have Consumer Reports’ expert testing to tell me the ins and outs of golf balls.

    May 13, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: Golfers need to know how food affects them How many times have you played a pretty decent front nine, took a break for a snack at the half way house, and found that when you resumed play you weren’t the same golfer that was on the course fifteen minutes before? Or maybe you only took the time to get a soda at the turn, and four holes later you’re flailing away like you’ve never had a golf club in your hand.

    April 29, 2006

  • On and Off the Course: Spring into the season After a long and tedious winter, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs on our golf equipment and get ready to play. In my case, it wasn’t spiders that visited my clubs over the winter, but mice!

    April 1, 2006

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