Archive for March, 2015

The Origin of FORE


also known as the FORE STORY

Author unknown

Ah, this takes me back. In one of my previous incarnations, I was a member of the early earls, an irish bowling team, that invented the game of golf. I remember helping “scythe” out the fairways, and sanding the teeth of the Mooflong sheep we used to mow the greens. But, back to me tale. One of our first courses was this elevational challenge, on the edge of the Scottish highlands. And, as it turned out, also on the edge of the great Prussian wild boar’s territory. In no time at all it had become common practice to warn other golfers, (that may not be looking,) that a boar was coming their way. Any decent gentleman would holler “BOAR! there….BOAR! there…” Without this warning, unsuspecting “dukers” could be (and often were) chewed up to the point where Golf was no longer an important part of their lives. This would result in the loss of critical numbers of golfers. We had so very few golfers to spare. Many could not return to the game. It became so important to warn fellow sportsmen, that if you didn’t yell “BOAR!” you would be set upon by the surviving golfers instead.

Once, when I were playing with some visiting cousin gubermeisters, one of the lads hit an errent shot that was headed right for me mate’s noggin. With more than a wee bit of fright going, I cried out “BOAR…there..” hoping the boar warning would get him to look up in time to see the new, well packed featherie, heading right for his gorse apple. It worked! The lad was able to dodge the errant missle, saving him for more golf. As we merry lads arrived to make sure he was alright, I overheard him telling another player that he thought I said FORE. It was decided right then and there that this would be the way to warn other golfers of impending danger from the next fairway. A FORE and a BOAR posed similar levels of danger.

There was only one problem. The problem was pride, a man thing. Pride was never an issue when warning others of an impending boar attack. It was a real problem however, when it was up to a golfer to holler FORE , after hitting a dangerous golf shot. Yelling FORE was admitting that you had just made a horrible swing. Often pride would get in the way of safety. This was not acceptable. Many golfers new to the game, were unwilling to let everybody within earshot, know they had just “curled off a gnarly nanner”. Since it was already s.o.p. to roust anyone not warning of boars, anyone not warning of FOREs was lovingly clubbed by the pack. Later that day, after the group witnessed a horrible “gutta” incident, the offending hacker realized a bad swing was less embarrassing than a dead playing partner.

But seriously, not screaming FORE! loud enough for the potential target to hear you, could end up being very embarrassing for you. If you ask me it ought to be very EXPENSIVE for you. Not hollering FORE is a sure sign of your membership in golf monkeydom. I have included small sadnesses concerning the decline of golf in almost everything I have ever written. The word “decline” was never meant to refer to a number, as in the number of golfers hit by a deadly golf projectile, having never been warned by the hack that hit it. If you had to pay money to the “greenfee” fund every time you were observed not giving the missile warning, you might start concerning yourself with the necessary safety issues. This would be one way to instill golf manners in the mannerless. Remember, golf is about integrity, dignity. intelligence, stuff like that. It might also inspire you to attempt golf shots you have some outside chance of executing correctly. You know where I’m going with this don’t you? Leave the low percentage monkey clubs in the car. Correctly execute more shots, have more success, yield yourself more fun, shoot lower scores, play better golf, look like a better golfer, LIVE! And whenever you do hear the word BOAR!, or FORE!, don’t look up!

and then thank the golfer that was behaving like a golfer
because he may have saved your life

 – Author Unknown

Golf Strategy

Excerpted from chapter 1 The Game of Golf & The Art of Business

As we approached his ball, Bob was still clearly wound up. He

had put it into the fairway, and I know he wanted to par the

opening hole to build momentum for the day. I was afraid that this

goal was going to affect his judgment.

Bob’s ball was just past the 200 yard marker in the center of the

fairway. 196 to the center of the green. He had already pulled out

his 5-wood.

“OK, let’s analyze the situation here,” I said. But Bob was

already looking toward the green. I say looking “toward” because

the green was obscured by the 50 foot maple trees in the “elbow” of

the dogleg. In Bob’s mind, he hit his driver 230 yards and his 3-

wood 205-215. In reality, he averaged about 15 yards less than that

with those clubs. He imagined that he could hit the green from here

with his 5-wood.

“Let’s take a moment and think this through,” I began. “You

don’t have a clear shot at the green. Those trees are fifty feet high,

so you’ll have to clear them, which raises the trajectory and

shortens the distance. While you may not be able to see it from

here, the fairway narrows as it approaches the green like the neck

of a bottle. The green is narrow, and is at a thirty to forty degree

angle to you. It’s got bunkers on either side.”

“OK…” Bob trailed, practice swinging the 5-wood. “So, what

are you suggesting?”

“Bob, the odds of you clearing those trees and carrying about

190 yards over the rough and right side bunker to the front of that

green are, well, they’re low odds..”

“You want me to lay up? There goes my chance to start the

round with a par.”

“I’m just being honest here, Bob. You will almost certainly take

two strokes to get onto that green from here. What do you want the

second shot to be? A punch shot out of jail in those trees that has

to come in hot and bite to a stop on the green? A wedge out of the

sand? A lob wedge from the rough around the neck of the green?”

“What do you suggest?”

“Well, let’s divide by two.”


I explained. “Since you have to take two strokes to get on that

green—unless you can hit the one out of twenty shot here with the

5-wood—let’s cut the distance in half and take two equal swings.

Why force a 170 with the wood and then manage a 30% swing

with a wedge to get on? Aren’t you most comfortable with a full


“Yeah, I hate the partial swing stuff.”

“OK, so you’ve got 196 yards to center of the green. Let’s cut

that in half: 98 yards. Two full swings with the pitching wedge.”

Bob looked disappointed. “I’m center of the first fairway at

Bethpage Black. You want me to hit a pitching wedge for my

second shot? That’s not the way to start my day.”

“Bob, don’t let the first hole jitters get to you. Two full swings.

First one puts you center of the fairway, past the dogleg with less

than 100 yards to go. Second full pitching wedge puts you center of

the green. Putting for par.”

Bob was tense. This is not how he saw his day beginning. I

knew that this was a far better beginning then he would have if I let

him hit that 5 wood and it ended up God-knows-where.

“You know, I do this all the time at work,” said Bob.


“Come out of the gate too amped up. That’s what my partners

say. I want to jump to a head start with every new client or project.

Phil always tells me to remember it’s a marathon—not a sprint.”

“Phil’s right,” I said, smiling. “Listen to Phil, and listen to me.

We have eighteen holes out here today. There will be par

opportunities. This isn’t one of them. Be patient.”

He thought for a moment, but the group behind us was waiting

on the tee. He shook his head, put the 5-wood back in the bag, and

pulled out his pitching wedge. The tension left him as he addressed

the ball. He took nice, full, and relaxed swing.

And he hit it through the dogleg to the center of the fairway,

landing almost on top of the 100 yard marker. “You’ve got me

playing lay-up golf on a dream course, Scott.”

“I’m getting you off to the start of your best round ever, Bob.

Don’t let the first hole jitters rattle you. Let’s think our way around

this course.”

Bob had a great look at the green. The constricted neck of the

fairway was lined up directly in front of him, and he had the whole

length of the narrow green to work with. The bunkers on either

side were out of play unless he sliced or pulled it badly. Bob’s

second pitching wedge—his third shot of the hole—was a perfect

clone of the first: 100 yards straight as a ruler.
What do you think happens to Bob? Get the rest of the book at

Golfers Live 5 Years Longer!


Did you know golfers live five years longer?

It’s certainly not something I have seen anyone else in the golf industry talking much about but it’s a fact. A fact everyone in the industry should be shouting from the highest peaks for there is way too much negative press about golf and not nearly enough about the games amazing mental and physical benefits.

People who play golf live longer, healthier lives. Five years longer on average, according to a recent study the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden.

Not that surprising really…

Golf Keeps You In Shape

A study done by Reebok showed that golfers who walk and carry burn approximately 55 percent more calories than those who ride in a cart.

The number of calories varies by distance walked and also the metabolic rate of the golfer. But fitness experts estimate you’ll burn roughly 1,500 calories during a four-hour round. A round of golf is 10,000 steps or about a 5-mile walk. That’s 825 calories more than if you ride in a cart, which clocks in at 675 calroies. So no matter how good or bad your play, if you walk or ride you can at least get some exercise and calorie burn out of your round!

The golf industry especially in the USA where many clubs depend on cart income does a poor job of communicating this important aspect of the game. Encouraging players to ride nine and walk nine by appealing to fitness may be a good start.

Golf Keeps You Mentally Active

Golf is not just a physical game but a mental one as well. It calls for strategy, creativity and problem solving, all of which help keep your brain active, one of the key ingredients in fighting off the aging process.

Golf Helps Relive Stress

The natural environment helps relive stress while the social aspects allow you to make new friends easily. Says Professor Anders Ahlbom “People play golf into old age, and there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help.”

The friendships created provide motivation to meet and go play! They increase self-esteem and happiness. Golf can help to lift depression and improve someone’s outlook on life. (Unless you start shanking it which quickly drives you insane) All of these attributes help improve mental health by leaving golfers with a feeling of greater satisfaction.

Golfers Get More Sun and Feel Better

While we all know the dangers of too much sun the sun does provide one very important nutrient – vitamin D. The sun is one of the best ways to soak up vitamin D, something many lack in their regular diet. Vitamin D can raise energy levels, improve attitude, aids calcium absorption, and generates cell growth. Overall, it’s a vitamin that just makes us feel good.

Golfers Sleep Better

Studies show that people who engage in regular physical activity and have proper nutrition sleep with less interruptions and report sleeping soundly. Getting sound sleep helps a person’s health in a number of ways, and golfing is one activity that can help you obtain a better night’s sleep.

The Better You Play The More You Benefit

The study on golfers living longer, which was published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, is based on data from 300,000 Swedish golfers and shows that golf has beneficial health effects. Golfers have a lower death rate regardless of sex, age and social group.

Better call the pro and take some lessons because….

The lowest death rates were found in the group of players with the lowest handicap. Says Professor Ahlbom, “Maintaining a low handicap involves playing a lot, so this supports the idea that it is largely the game itself that is good for the health.”

Now you wouldn’t want to argue with your doctor would you? So get off the couch and get out and golf. Your body, mind, insurance agent and loved ones will all thank you!

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