October 8, 2014

Preview: I Disagree! Respectfully, of course.

I read a really interesting article in Golf Magazine the other day. It was it was a group interview featuring Johnny Miller, Peter Kostis, and Dave Phillips. It was nice reading their perspectives on stuff like Tiger, Rory, and what regular golfers should try to emulate from the pros. Lots of good insights. Even if you don't agree with everything they say, it was an interesting read.

BUT, there was one bit in the group interview where the interviewer asks who the greatest pressure putter of all time is/was and this discussion led to the left-hand-low putting grip, or cross grip. The three interviewees immediately wrote off the technique as bogus. I thought this was really interesting considering the previous question about weekend hackers could learn from pros. This closed-minded view on cross-grip putting, in my opinion, was really wrong.

And I'm gonna elaborate more on that in my next post...

Stay tuned!

September 27, 2014

The Struggle is Real

So for the past four or five months I've had this problem. A really dumb problem that won't go away.

Last time I blogged about my swing I was talking about a persistent pull, that was about a year ago. Happy to announce that the pull is pretty much gone. I'm actually playing some of the best golf of my life right now. Well, for the three years since we started playing. I fixed the pull by changing my setup and being more conscious about keeping the club face square to the target at impact, or even slightly open if I'm going for a draw.
See, thing is, this whole time I thought I was pulling the ball because I was swinging from the outside. I was kinda right, but not really. I was so focused on swinging from the inside for so long and perplexed that it wasn't fixing the pull. In fact, it kinda made it worse at times and caused a duck hook. I watched a video on YouTube that changed my life. It's kinda silly, but the information helped me so much with my swing.

The YouTuber's name is Gabriel Writer. He's young guy from California with a beautiful swing and a really good attitude. Here's the video:

So yeah, that video really helped me get a grip on my swing. I'm talkin' improved my accuracy exponentially. I've also been working on my short game so my chipping and putting has never been better, BUUUUUUT... My game has a crucial, CRUCIAL, new flaw in it now. I am absolute garbage off the tee. My first shot on any par four or five will almost always result in a penalty stroke. It's a wonder that I'm recovering as well as I am, but if I could only get a hold of my driver, I'm confident that I could break 80 again. Did I write about that? I shot a 78 at Old Brickyard in Ferris, TX last summer. Most amazing day ever. I've gotten close lots of times after. Shooting 81s and 80s, but penalty strokes after botched drives is really wrecking my game. The problems vary between slices and hooks, but for the most part I can't stop topping the ball off the tee. I pure my irons consistently, hit my hybrid like a champ, but driver? Fah'geddaboutit. Super frustrating. Trying to fix it still, but can't seem to get a handle on it quite yet.

I'm gonna write up a round analysis next time I find a minute to sit down and type. Hopefully seeing some patterns will help me with what I need to work on. I mean, I know the problem is the topped shot off the tee, but I think it'd be nice to have it written down for me to look at in the future.

September 7, 2014

I'm Back!!!

Hey! After a loooooong break from blogging I'm excited to announce that I'm gonna be writing regularly about our swings and misses around DFW again.
A lot's happened and I'm really looking forward to writing about all the amazing experiences I've had since I took a break from writing. I was blogging for BigDGolf.com for a bit and I'm so incredibly grateful for the opportunity the company provided for me. It was an incredibly positive experience and I had the honor of meeting some of the most motivated and charismatic people I've ever had the pleasure of working with.  I didn't cut ties with them officially, but unfortunately during the first half of 2014 I had to focus primarily on all the huge steps I planned on taking this year. I graduated from law school, my wife and I decided to home-school our son, and I sat for the Texas bar exam this past July, to name a few. For the most part this year has been amazing. The bar exam however, was hands down, the most physically and mentally taxing experience of my life. I'm hoping the amount of dedication I put into to studying for that beast was enough to pass. At this point I honestly couldn't say whether I have it in me to take it again, much less study for it.  I don't want any medals or awards... Just please if there's a higher power listening to my thoughts or reading these words... PLEAAAASE let me pass on the first try.

But enough about that, back to writing for my blog! I know this site doesn't get a whole lot of hits, but it's never been about the number of people I reach.  It may sound a little selfish, but I've come to accept that (for now) it's nothing more than a great place for me to exercise my writing muscles and share my thoughts on the game.  Of course entertaining people in the process is always a plus.  I'm not quite sure which direction we're going in, but I do know that I truly feel happy right now at this very moment, typing these words for this post.

I'm playing Bear Creek, East tomorrow with some of my favorite people. It rained pretty good last night so I'm looking forward to some really nice course conditions. No more Texas-summer hard-pan lies hopefully. I could really use a break from those. Here's to hoping tomorrow's round goes well.

My goals for tomorrow's round:

  • Hit at least two GOOD drives.
  • Pure as many irons as possible.
  • Hit at least two GOOD shots with the 3h.
  • No more than two three putts.
  • Get up-and-down at least once.

  • That's five goals, if I complete at least two of them I'll call it a great day of golf! I was invited to a football-watching party afterwards as well. Tomorrow's gonna be awesome. As long as Kaepernick doesn't decide to start the season with an insanely good game. Need him to throw a couple picks, and let himself get sacked a couple times...

    June 11, 2014

    My Life Right Now

    Finished law school. Studying for the bar exam. It's a nightmare.

    December 1, 2013

    This Isn't The End...


    Haha, well it's time to reveal the big news in detail.  A few months ago I was approached by the head honchos of BigDGolf.com and they graciously offered me the gig as their lead writer for their website's blog.  The blog is called "The Hogan" and it's shaping together quite nicely.  For the most part I'll be doing what I've been doing here, but centered mostly around my thoughts on courses they run deals on.

    I'm going to continue posting stuff here whenever there's something I want to get off my chest that isn't appropriate for The Hogan, but for the most part I'll be posting stuff over there.

    This blog has been a huge part of my journey so far and I'm not letting it go, but for now, with finals, the tail end of law school, BigDGolf, jiu jitsu, and the inevitable job search, I probably won't have much time to write stuff for the Lords of the Links.

    But like I've said before, I will be producing content for The Hogan on a very regular basis.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my words!

    The Hogan

    November 21, 2013

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    October 30, 2013

    I'm in Love...

    Wow. Seriously have not had such strong feelings for an inanimate object since I first saw an F-14 Tomcat. The guys at MyGolfSpy.com posted an article about the leaked 2014 Cobra catalog and in it I found, seriously, THE hottest piece of golf equipment I have ever seen.
    I bought my Ping G15 driver because the driving range I practice at had a big banner by the entrance with a picture of the G15 that said "Gold Rating by Golf Digest" and "Editor's Choice." That's it. That's the reason why I picked my driver. I never got fitted for it, I never tried it in the store, I saw that banner and thought to myself that it must be good if Golf Digest was willing to print a banner that size for it. What do I know about drivers?  I had just started playing golf, I couldn't hit the Cobra S9-1 tour driver I got off Craigslist to save my life, and wanted a more forgiving driver. Luckily, it worked out beautifully. The G15 is a beast. The stock stiff shaft that it came with was really weak though, and my shots were ballooning up even on good hits in the middle of the face. Reshafted it with a tour-stiff Xcalibur shaft from Arthur Xtreme Engineering, and problem solved.
    I never got into the white crown look of the R11s and their ugly bottoms just didn't appeal to me. I thought the matte black look of the Ping i20 was super sexy, but I wasn't about to replace my G15 for the i20 just because of the matte finish. So, I bought some matte black primer, some clear matte finish, and presto. Matte black G15 driver. I love the way it looks. But then I saw the Bio Cell+ Driver... Now I kinda don't love the way it looks. (end of backstory)
    Seriously... The white and red... This one

    The white and red... Cobra. Just take my money now. I don't even care how it performs. Next year. As soon as this driver comes out I'm buying one. Going to reshaft it with the XCalibur shaft and gonna blast some balls into the trees and adjacent fairways.  Can't.  Wait.

    October 20, 2013

    I Miss Breaking Bad

    No golf related post today.  It's Sunday.  A Sunday without Breaking Bad.  Last few years there were lots of Sundays without Breaking Bad; but at the end of that Sunday, you knew something.  You knew you were one Sunday closer to the next season.
    All Hail The King
    Those days are no more.  Never again will I wonder what happens next with Walt and Jesse.  Never again will I hope that someone tells Marie or Skylar off in the next episode.  Never again will I wonder if Walt Jr. stumbles (no pun intended. Seriously.) across his father's empire and joins him, showing an aptitude for chemistry the likes of which the world had never seen before. 
    I love you Bryan Cranston.  Is that weird?  No it is not.
    It really was the best thing I've ever watched on a screen of any size.  And I seriously hope that some day I'll find a show that I enjoy as much as I did Breaking Bad; I doubt it. And so do you.  The Bryan-Cranston's-head-shaped void left in our hearts will probably forever go unfilled.  The acting was incredible, the pacing was perfect, and don't even get me started on how amazing the writing and directing was.  To me, Breaking Bad was the most perfect form of non-interactive entertainment ever produced by man.  Unless Vince Gilligan turns out to be some kind of meta-human, which would explain a lot.

    In case you're in the same predicament I am--floating in limbo wondering what to do with your life--here's my plan for the future with some other info that I'd like to share as we mourn the loss of our dearly beloved show:

    • My Top 5 Favorites of All Time:
      1. Breaking Bad
      2. Archer
      3. Game of Thrones
      4. Modern Family
      5. Doctor Who
    •  I've been told that Sons of Anarchy and Scandal are very good.  I might check them out once I'm done grieving.
    • I plan on spending the entire month of October revamping myself as a morning person.  My goal is to rise & shine at 5am every day.
      • So far, not happenin'.  So this plan might eventually include November as well.
    • Golf is still awesome and you can use it to wear yourself out Sunday afternoon to justify sleeping early to avoid the times that remind you of Breaking Bad.
    • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also awesome and can be paired up with a regular strength & conditioning routine to help with the going to bed and waking up early plan.
    • Video Games.
    • Lastly, if distracting yourself by trying new forms of entertainment just isn't working out for you: