Black Lake Golf Club Video Tour and Review

Black Lake Golf Club, in Onaway, is one of Michigan’s best. Read the full review of Black Lake Golf Course.

December 18, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Give The Little Red Book To Your Golfer For Christmas

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf

I was asked by a colleague the other day to recommend a great (but inexpensive) gift for a golfer. There was a moment where I nearly recommended my own book, but modesty took control. After that, there was just one thing on my mind:

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

If the golfer in your life doesn’t already have a copy, The Little Red Book is a perfect gift. Compiled from Penick’s notes as the longtime pro at the Austin Country Club and coach of the University of Texas Longhorns (1931 - 1963), the book (mostly) focuses on the mental aspects of the game. The advice is simple, straightforward and massively useful. I read it every year at the beginning of the season as a mental refresher.

The book is very well known among serious golfers, but deserves a wider audience. Weekenders in particular would get a lot out of the volume.

Penick was an amazing coach and teacher. His Longhorns won 21 Southwest Conference Championships in 33 years. Among his pupils were Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls and Kathy Whitworth.

The book’s title is a reference to a red notebook that Penick carried.

December 18, 2014 |  Category: Books
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Black Forest Golf Course Video Tour

Black Forest, in Gaylord, Michigan is an early Tom Doak design. Doak, known for his minimalism, is also the creator of such lauded courses as Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Ballyneal in Colorado, Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. It is unlikely that I will ever get to play any of those, so I’ll just have to be satisfied with Black Forest.

Read the complete Black Forest review.

December 17, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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A Golf Social Club In Manhattan

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Par 365 NY is a wonderful looking social club located in the heart of New York City. While centered around golf, it also intends to serve as a hub for social activity and networking. Here are some of the amenities:

  • Golf Simulators

  • Professional Golf Lessons

  • Humidor

  • Designated Putting & Chipping Areas

  • Full-Service Bar & Cigar Lounge

  • Luxury Car Service

  • Locker Rooms

  • Venue Rental Options

  • Concierge

  • Golf Equipment Repair Shop

  • Liquor Storage

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    I’d love to see this if I ever have a chance to get to New York.

  • December 17, 2014 |  Category: Business
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    Golf Ball Carving

    imageJust when you think you’ve seen it all ...

    Hobbyist woodcarvers have discovered that the materials in the core of various brands of golf balls make excellent carving materials. They strip the covers off of half the ball, and the work the rubber cores with woodcarving tools. As you can see in the photo, some of them can be quite cute.

    There are more photos of carved golf balls here.

    If you want to get started, you could begin with some golf ball carving patterns as found here. Woodcarvers.Org has some basic instructions on getting started with golf ball carving.

    The Viking Woodcarvers Group’s Newsletter has some instructions on golf ball carving.

    Instructions for converting a PVC pipe cutter to a golf ball cover remover.

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    Amazon has a book on the subject: The Carving Range - A Guide To Carving Golf Balls
    If you just want to buy some carved golf balls, you can find them on EBay:

     

    December 17, 2014 |  Category: Golf GiftsWeird Golf
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    TaylorMade Aeroburner Driver

    TaylorMade Men’s AeroBurner Driver


    The clubs just keep coming from TaylorMade.

    The Aeroburner Driver, which will be released in January, tries to leverage both aerodynamics and the Speed Pocket for more distance.

    The 460cc club reduces drag with a rounded toe and raised center crown. The most innovative bit though, is a fin that extends from the hosel to the crown (below).

    The net effect, TaylorMade says is a 1 mph speed increase over the Jetspeed and SLDR.

    The Speed Pocket, which has become a fixture in Taylormade clubs is designed to increase the size of the club’s sweet spot, while reducing spin.

    This is not, however, an adjustable club. My guess is that adjustable settings would mess with the finely tuned aerodynamics.

    December 17, 2014 |  Category: EquipmentDriversTaylorMade Golf
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    Binder Park Golf Course Video Tour

    Binder Park Golf Course, in Battle Creek is a wonderful “municipal” course that nestles next to the city’s zoo. It is well worth a trip. Read the full review of Binder Park Golf Course.

    December 16, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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