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Golf Tip – How To Eat Right While Playing Golf!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

This is sorta important what, “what you eat, what you become.”

It’s true.  In golf, you need to eat right while playing golf because it’s going to seriously affect how well you play, especially when under the gun such as tournament pressure or even skins game.

First of all, do NOT eat a full meal right before you tee off.   That will most likely cause you to be a little bloated and will certainly take couple holes before your stomach digests all the food.  By then, you probably have lost couple strokes you could have saved by not eating so much.

On the bright side, you can eat a lot of healthy snacks while playing golf such as banana or any type of “fruits” that contain natural sugar.  Try to stay away from coffee or anything with too much sugar as you can get “high” off the caffeine and sugar.

Watch the best pro golfers play on TV, rarely do you see them eating a snickers bar but they will be eating a lot of bananas.

I’ve probably read 10 golf books already on tournament golf nutrition and they all pretty much say the same things, eat lots of fruit that will keep your mental state level.

Now these are advices for people who want to score better on the golf course, if you do not care about playing your best,  you can ignore my advice.

What about the meal the night before a big tournament?

I have gone through many of these myself, I try to stick with high-carb meals as they can help you the next day.

My favorite meal is actually spaghetti, eating a lot of spaghetti the night before can surely help you the next day to keep going longer.

Lastly, don’t forget to drink LOTS of water while playing golf, especially if it’s a sunny day.

I have personally experienced “cramps” during a the high school state tournament before, that was simply due to not drinking enough water and eating bananas.  Bananas can help prevent cramps on a hot day because they contain potassium.  Take my advice and make sure to pack your golf bag with enough water and bananas for your next important golf tournament.

The Most Incredible Stymie Hole-In-One by Leif Olson!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

This is probably the most incredible “stymie” hole-in-one by Leif Olson at the Canadian Open last week.  This is as close as you get to a “bank shot” in golf.

WOW, that’s all I can say.

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Winner of British Open Tom Watson!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The title of this blog post says, “Winner of British Open Tom Watson” when Stewart Cink won the Open yesterday.

Why?

Well, I just have to give out my best wishes to one of the best golfers ever lived, Tom Watson.

When I first started golf, I read Tom Watson’s Getting Up and Down.  Tom Watson has always been one of my golfing heroes and to be leading the British Open at 59 years old until the 72nd hole was just plain awesome.

Of course, I know Stewart Cink probably deserves his share of applause but to me, the real winner of 2009 British Open is Tom Watson, simply because he’s too old and he tried so hard.

I see all these sports writer about how “Tom Watson” came up short when in reality, Tom Watson accomplished something unreal over the weekend at the age of 59.

Heck, if Tom Watson finished anywhere near Top-20, that’s a miracle.  The point is that this 59-year golfing super-star finished 2nd at the British Open.  Plus, he did tie Stewart Cink for the total number of strokes.

When you compare this to Rocco at the 2008 U.S. Open and Greg Norman at 2008 British Open, you know it’s 10 times more incredible because Tom Watson was the “oldest” to finish 2nd at a major championship.

My last thoughts, keep ‘em coming Tom, I think you can still win another major in the next couple years.

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Independence Day AT&T National Predictions!

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

As of now, Michael Allen, Cameron Beckman, Anthony Kim, and Tiger Woods are tied for the lead at 9 under total.

Based on golf history and performance, I would have to say Anthony Kim (who is the defending champion) and Tiger Woods both have great chances of winning.

There’s so many great names at the top of the leaderboard this Independence Day weekend, I hope all those guys get to see the fireworks at night.  (which I am sure they will)

As for me, I will be taking a break and start a barbeque, cook up some nice tri-tip steaks, teriyaki chicken, and more goodies.

Okay, my final prediction – Tiger Woods or Anthony Kim, although I think Tiger might have an edge this weekend.  We will have to see and find out if those two end up in the final group tomorrow.  If that’s the case, Anthony Kim will have to psych out Tiger Woods for the trophy or the other way around.

Either way, I am glad two of my favorite players are at the top.

Winner of U.S. Open 2009 – Lucas Glover!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Wow, how lucky were Lucas Glover and Ricky Barnes to be pretty much leading the tournament for most of the weekend!

I had the pleasure of watching these 2 young pros play golf the last couple days, I have to say I am very impressed regardless of who won.

For one, I have personally played with Ricky Barnes as a junior golfer, I am proud of him that he did so good.

As for Lucas Glover, he did outright win the tournament by playing better than the world’s best players.

Because of many rain delays and unfortunate luck of the draw, top players like Tiger  Woods may have gotten a bad break at the U.S. Open.

Neverthless, golf is not a game that players can control, players can only hope to control their own game to their best, no matter what the circumstance are.

That said, Lucas Glover is the 2009 U.S. Open champion!

As for my old friend Ricky Barnes, he did very well too by finishing tied for 2nd with Phil Mickelson and David Duval.  Ricky Barnes has never won a PGA tournament, let alone finish top 10, he’s going to be securing his PGA Tour card by finishing 2nd at U.S. Open for sure.  I am sure Ricky will win a regular PGA Tour real soon.

For Phil Mickelson, I won’t feel bad for him, he’s been making so much money winning tournaments, it’s just another U.S. Open, I am sure he will win many before he retires.

I also do feel happy for David Duval, the former #1 player in the world who has been struggling for the last  10 years or so.  I am glad he finished tied for  2nd, I see a strong possibility that David Duval might start winning tournaments again.

Overall, this year’s U.S. Open featured some of the “unknown” great players or even players who were good before.

I am sure a lot of you don’t even know who Lucas Glover was before this week or even Ricky Barnes.

I don’t think it’s a random chance they played well at this year’s U.S. Open.  But yes, time will tell if they were fluke or for real.

Anyways, congrats to everyone who finished the tournament today.  At the very least, everyone will be taking a large of chunk of change and history back home.  I would kill myself just to finish 60th at a U.S. Open, you probably would too.

Nike SQ DYMO STR8-FIT Driver VS. TaylorMade R9 Review!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

*NOTE – This post shall be submitted for eligibility in a Nike Golf promotion contest.

Dan from RocketXL has tipped me on the latest contest where you can win a trip to Fort Worth, Texas to get professional, custom-fitted with brand new Nike clubs. (worth $2000) Needless to say, I had to take advantage of this offer as getting your golf clubs fitted professionally determines a big portion of how well you will play on the course.

I won’t go into the specs of each driver as I don’t feel that’s more important than actual results from the field.

So without delay, let me go into how my test between the Nike SQ DYMO STR8-FIT driver versus the TaylorMade R9 went after hitting about 100 balls with each:

Nike SQ DYMO STR8-FIT Driver w/ 9.5 degrees and Stiff Shaft

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Points

  • It’s very easy to hit the sweetspot, the DYMO STR8-FIT driver has been designed so it’s really hard to miss the sweetspot.
  • Nike DYMO STR8-FIT is great since you can change your trajectory easily with the built-in wrench. Whether you are slicing or hooking certain days, it’s easy to adjust your driver to fit your swing, not the other way around.

Overall, I experienced consistent results with my trajectory yielding between a straight shot and a 30 yard fade on the factory neutral setting. One of the keys to success in tournament golf or weekend skin’s game is the ability to block out one side of the course.

As for me, I tend to hook my driver wildly under pressure, this DYMO STR8-FIT driver definitely helped me block out my weak side, the bad “hook”. On the plus side, I felt the DYMO driver had really good “high” trajectory mixed with overspin or no spin for longer rolls once the ball hits the ground. This is great stuff when playing in windy conditions as your drives won’t be as affected by the wind due to the “low spin”.

Another cool feature I experienced was that even when I try to hit a duck-hook, my drives would go super-straight with the DYMO STR8-FIT on neutral setting. That is a quite a bit of insurance against holes where there’s O.B. left. I have to emphasize that the clubhead did this, not my swing so I am figuring that the weight-balance on the Nike has been designed for minimal closing of the clubhead, meaning you will get more or less “square” at impact.

TaylorMade R9 Driver w/ 9.5 degrees and Stiff Shaft

Points

  • It’s hard to hit the sweetspot. This could be a more versatile for the more advanced players who want to work the ball both left and right but seems not a great fit for the average player.
  • Too many ways to adjust the R9 driver is it’s downfall.

Overall, TaylorMade R9 caused a lot of random, big wild hooks, although the ball probably went as far as the Nike DYMO driver. Even with distance, the TaylorMade R9 gave a slightly “lower” trajectory without the extra overspin “feel” that the Nike DYMO STR8-FIT provided. TaylorMade R9 is still a great driver for advanced players who need to work the ball a little bit more. I simply felt that I actually wanted to do less with my driver, hit it straight. (Even Ben Hogan used oversized grips on his driver and woods in order to keep it simpler.)

Conclusion

If you are looking for distance and consistency, I would definitely have to go with Nike DYMO driver. Honestly, I am impressed with what kind of drivers Nike is able to come up with for the average golfer while I still do think TaylorMade R9 is better suited for scratch/pro golfers who like to tinker.

As for distance, I have to say the Nike outperformed the TaylorMade as even my mishits with the Nike have gone 290 yards while the TaylorMade mishits were more in the range of 270 yards with wild hooks here and there.

One of things I want to actually emphasize here is not the club’s ability to adjust to different lies and trajectories but the clubhead itself is solid. Having a solid clubhead allows you to hit the ball straighter and with more “overspin”, allowing your ball to roll further and better control under windy conditions.

Overall, I will have to stick with the Nike DYMO driver now. My next change will include a shaft change from the factory UST PRO Stiff to a UST PRO2 Extra Stiff, this should garner me additional 20 yards.

For those of you who want to try out these drivers, head over to the Nike website to find the nearest DEMO location and you can also enter to win a free professional club-fitting trip to Forth Worth, Texas with your airplane expenses paid.

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(Nike DYMO STR8-FIT lie & trajectory changer)

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(Nike DYMO STR8-FIT wrench for changing your lie, very easy to use, took about 30 seconds to change.)

Here’s a short video I took while testing the two drivers. (Please don’t mind swing mechanics here, I haven’t hit too many balls lately…)

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Short Golf Prediction Note on AT&T National

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Okay, I have to admit that I sorta get really into the golf tournaments, even if the winner has been decided.

For AT&T National, my final prediction was:

We will have to see but my final prediction is Tiger -14 and Anthony -13

Interestingly, I got the winner right, Tiger Woods and also by how many shots he won, which was by one stroke over Hunter Mahan who shot 12-under with a dazzling 62 in the final round while Tiger woods came up 1 shot short of my prediction at 13-under.

Not baaad for this week, I could have won some big money at the sports books in Tahoe or Vegas. :)

AT&T National Winner – Tiger Woods!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Last year, Anthony Kim showed on exceptional performance at the AT&T National, winning with ease.

This year, Anthony Kim comes really close, playing with Tiger Woods in the final group of the final round.

Notables include Hunter Mahan, who shot an incredible 62 today to finish before the final groups at 12 under.

As I did predicted during the 3rd round of the AT&T National, this tournament really came down to Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim.  And I did say Tiger probably will have an edge over the last finishing holes, where he did make birdies to gain lead in the tournament.

My prediction for AT&T National earlier today also became true, as Tiger had an edge over the last couple holes of “pressure” golf.  I think Anthony Kim has come a long ways, especially during the 9-month period that Tiger was going through his knee surgery but I think he still has a long ways to go before beating Tiger head-to-head.

Of course, don’t forget Hunter Mahan, he’s been shooting awfully low scores at many tournaments.  I think every time I turn on my TV, Hunter Mahan is shooting a 62 or 63.  I am sure he will win many tournaments.

One thing is for sure, Tiger Woods is certainly back after winning 3 tournaments already this year.  It will be harder to beat him as Tiger plays more tournaments and I think he’s still not 100%, something seriously to worry about for other PGA Tour players.

I am sure Anthony Kim will beat Tiger Woods in stroke play one day though.  When that day comes, Tiger will have a good challenger to compete with.

Overall, I think everyone did a great job here, there’s a lot of veterans who are at the AT&T National this week, something I haven’t seen before.  Interesting to note that people were applauding for a war hero who was on his wheelchair as the final group walked up the 18th hole.

Congrats to Tiger Woods on his comeback 2009 and winning the 2009 AT&T National!

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AT&T National Winner Sunday!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Wow, what a fun Sunday this is as Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim are TIED for the lead at 10 under par each for the tournament as of 12:36PM PST right now.  AND Hunter Mahan just birdies to get to 10 under, making three people tied for the lead.

It’s interesting my 2 predictions from yesterday came out to be true with Tiger and Anthony in the final group.

Who will be the winner today?

It’s hard to tell as Anthony Kim is the defending champion, except he won last year when Tiger was going through knee surgery.

If Anthony Kim wins this year, he can prove that it was not fluke last year, that he can win even if Tiger is playing.

This is a crucial moment for Anthony Kim as if he can out-duel Tiger today, he will be able to keep doing it again in the future.

Of course, I think Anthony Kim can actually play  good under pressure as he can, the young 24 year old has won numerous tournaments and I have been a fan ever since he’s win last year.  It was exciting to watch a young pro golfer get better and better, winning tournaments and entertaining people like me while Tiger was gone.

My final prediction?

Well, it’s hard to make a final prediction but I think Tiger might have an edge possibly over the last couple holes when the pressure is the hardest.

We will have to see but my final prediction is Tiger -14 and Anthony -13 .

Letter From a Reader on Masters 2009!

Monday, April 13th, 2009
Well, I guess my last blog post on the “mental” analysis of the top players at the 2009 Masters encouraged one of my readers to respond back.
Anyways, my analysis was from my professional golfing experience, true and nothing but the truth with facts I can backup.
Of course, they wouldn’t say this on TV because the big media doesn’t want to start a controversy.  What I say may start one but this blog post is to clarify that and I hold nothing back as I am an independent media, I don’t write to make people happy, not that I try to make people feel bad either.
Letter from Reader:
Dear Friend:
Your attitude on your web page amazes me. I never in all my years in golf ever known a person who actually roots against another golfer. You are the first and I hope the last. You seem bent on proving that someone choked in the Masters.  We  did not hear anyone else claim such a  fact and I did not see any indication of that although it is obvious that all would be nervous to some extent. Tired perhaps but no yips that I could see so I don’t know where you are getting your evidence. It is silly to think someone could be leading or within a few strokes of the lead and would just melt down as you suggested.  Making a bogey is not a melt down. I believe Tiger and Phil doubled a few during the round and he did not melt down did they? The real reason that the Argentinian won  was due to the fact that his short game was a little better and he could lob his wedges rather than depending on spin to control those shots around the green. Why don’t you give credit rather than just be a front runner and root for Tiger who has been very very fortunate to make some of those putts in the past.  He may never win a major again so who knows. Tiger has been a  great player but he is in for a miserable life if his only satisfaction comes when he is winning because the winning will stop for everyone. His cursing is repulsive and he acts like a spoiled child who needed his parent’s disciplining. If Tiger is your hero you are deceived as he is and I hope that is not the case. The real pros are the Kenny Perrys and others who have decent things to say about their competitors who give it their best shot and go home knowing that they did the best they could wishing for a better outcome next time.
My response:
Hi Nick,

Thanks for your comments but my thoughts are from professional golfing experiences, this may be hard to understand but competitive golf can be analyzed mentally and that’s what I did.

Usually, people will analyze people’s swings, I analyze the thought processes of the players because I know how.

I did not root against another golfer, I simply predicted what would happen, Kenny and Chad both never had dealt with pressure of majors, that is a fact, not hatorade.

My predictions could have easily gone the other way, Perry could have easily won but even he said afterwards that he could not stand the pressure of majors, referenced here:

So you know, I have a lot of memories. It just seems like when I get down to one of these deals I can’t seem to execute. Great players make it happen, and your average players don’t. And so that’s the way it is.

Kenny Perry admits himself that he could not “execute” and he doesn’t consider himself a “great player”.  But he is a great player, he just can’t win majors until he can think that he can.  Golf is a self-fulfilling prophecy more often than not, the player must not defeat himself in his mind before he can win anything.

As a pro player who have melted down numerous times, I know exactly what those players are going through and that’s my analysis, my blog title reads, “Pro Golfer Digest” not “Golf Digest”.

My opinions will come from a very competitive background so they might come off a little harsh but I can back up my facts.

Anyways, no hard feelings, like I said on the blog post in case you missed it, golf is NOT about winning but what you do afterwards.

Kenny did a great job btw of handling his defeat but I don’t have to get into that, there are plenty of articles from other media and whatnot to cover that.  If I wrote the same things they wrote, no one would read my blog and you probably wouldn’t be e-mailing this to me.  Besides, most people who write stuff like that aren’t even scratch golfers.

Anyways, I’d like to put this on the blog if you don’t mind, everyone “could” have won including Kenny, Chad, Tiger, and Phil.  But golf has only 1 winner, that’s a sad fact of golf. If golf was fair to EVERYONE, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now, I would be on the PGA Tour long time ago.

Please also note that I praised Angel Cabrera because he won, if I were only Tiger fan, I would have stopped watching after Tiger fell short.