Golf Digress

Physically cultured commentary on Sport and Wellness


The world according to GolfNow.Com (“ tees off on expanded push to transform clubhouse experience,” Michael Smith, Street & Smith’s Sportsbusiness Journal, January 6-12, 2014):

”The golfer will drop off clubs and be greeted at the curb by a course employee with an iPad. If the golfer hasn’t paid yet, he will be able to swipe a credit card with the iPad. The golfer is checked in there – no need to to into the pro shop or carry the receipt out to the starter. With a card on file, the golfer can buy food and beverage on the course without cash and buy merchandise in the golf shop. Through all of these activities, the software will develop a profile of the golfer for the course operators.”

"This round is too important to allow you to jeopardize it with your puny action. Sorry, Dave."

“This round is too important to allow you to jeopardize it with your puny action. Sorry, Dave.”

They’ll know everything from what kind of beer you like to what kind of ball you play, said Jeff Foster, senior vice president of new media.

Curls and flats?

The notebook was neat and well-organized, no stains, which reminded me of an old book belonging to Harvey Penick. By contrast, it had a perfect coffee cup-sized ring worn into the cover. Page upon page of the notebook is devoted to various curls and flats, bunches, drives, verticals, nakeds, gaps and springs, smashes, out and corners, double squares, play action, intermediates, empty, quicks, deceptives and, finally, the smallest entry – about six plays, as I recall – designed to successfully complete a two point conversation.

Would Walter Camp have any clearer idea of modern football shorthand than the average fan today?  I don’t think I’m relinquishing any great secret by adding that the above refer to pass plays in high stakes collegiate football. I spent a few minutes with the 2005 Longhorn playbook the other day, a bound notebook of some sophistication, clearly worthy of a wider readership – among fans and critics alike. Maybe next time I’ll take a picture, assuming there’s no Freedom of Information Act difficulties.

Button hook or slant?

Button hook or slant?