Golf Fact
Aug 15th, 2012 by Mike

The famous 17th Island Hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is home to the PGA Tour’s Players Championship, but open to the public the rest of the year. The hole’s surrounding water claims an estimated 125,000 golf balls annually.

Golf Quote
Aug 13th, 2012 by Mike

“If I hit it right, it’s a slice. If I hit it left, it’s a hook. If I hit it straight, it’s a miracle. –Author Unknown

Golf and Government
May 25th, 2012 by Mike

“The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.”
—Former California Governor George Deukmejian

Golf Quotes
Apr 12th, 2007 by Mike

  1. Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
    –Grantland Rice
  2. Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
    –John Updike
  3. It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.
    –Robert Lynd
  4. If profanity had any influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.
    –Horace G. Hutchinson
  5. They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.
    –Gardner Dickinson
  6. If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork as poorly as they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.
    –Sam Snead Read the rest of this entry »
Golf Facts
Apr 9th, 2007 by Mike

Here’s a long list of golf facts and observations. I’ve found them to be true:

  • Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it.
  • Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.
  • When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.
  • If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there.
  • The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about your golf swing.
  • No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.
  • The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors. If it ain’t broke, try changing your grip.
  • Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. Read the rest of this entry »
Masters Champion
Apr 8th, 2007 by Mike

I’m watching The Masters tournament interview with Zach Johnson this year’s winner. It’s his first major tournament win and 2nd on the tour. He’s giving first credit to his Lord, Jesus Christ. Atta boy!

Warrior Came Through
Mar 23rd, 2007 by Mike

This is an update on a previous article about Warrior Custom Golf. They finally credited my account for the “test” irons they sent and I returned. Thank you, Warrior. 😀

18 Reasons Why I Gave Up Sex for Golf
Mar 21st, 2007 by Mike

18. You don’t have to sneak your golf magazines into the house.

17. If you are having trouble with golf, it’s perfectly acceptable to pay a professional golfer to show you how to improve your technique.

16. The Ten Commandments don’t say anything about golf.

15. If your partner takes any pictures or videotapes of you golfing, you don’t have to worry about them showing up on the Internet if you later become famous.

14. Your golf partner won’t keep asking questions about other partners you’ve golfed with.

13. It’s perfectly respectable to golf with a total stranger you happen to meet at the golf course.

12. You can put yourself through college on a golf scholarship and earn a varsity letter in golf.

11. When you see a really good golfer, you don’t have to feel guilty about imagining the two of you golfing together.

10. If your regular golf partner isn’t available, he/she won’t object if you golf with someone else.

9. Nobody will ever tell you that you can go blind if you golf by yourself.

8. When dealing with a golf pro, you never have to worry if it’s really an undercover cop.

7. You don’t have to go to a sleazy shop in a seedy neighborhood to buy golf equipment.

6. You can have a golf calendar on your wall at the office, tell golf jokes and invite coworkers to golf with you without getting sued for harassment.

5. There’s no such thing as a GTD (golf transmitted disease).

4. If you want to watch golf on television, you don’t have to subscribe to a premium cable channel.

3. Nobody expects you to promise to golf with just one partner for the rest of your life, then give up the game if your partner loses interest in golfing.

2. You don’t have to be a newlywed to plan a vacation primarily for the purpose of golfing.

1. Your golf partner will never say, “What? We just golfed last week! Is it all you ever think about?”

Warrior Update
Mar 20th, 2007 by Mike

Just got off the phone with Ashley at Warrior Custom Golf. She said they received the driver on March 5th so I’ll get my refund as a credit to my credit card. She said it takes 5 to 10 days for that to occur (I reminded her that 6 days have already passed).

So we’ll see. If I don’t get it within 10 days, I’m contacting my credit card company and the BBB of Southland.

This is a follow up on this article.

Adding Insult to Injury
Mar 4th, 2007 by Mike

After the saga of my previous post, I received the above card in the mail yesterday. Apparently, in spite of all the acrimony, I’m a good enough customer to “share in the financial rewards and other benefits” their new program.

Just thinking… I wonder if I should be posting this stuff before I get my money back. Hmm

The Saga of Warrior Custom Golf
Mar 2nd, 2007 by Mike

 This is not a golf story. It’s a story of an unsatisfied customer. You won’t believe this.

Last November, in response to a card I’d sent in, Peter Quinn of Warrior Custom Golf phoned to offer a set of golf clubs to test. After explaining the deal, they’d send me a set of irons that were clones of the Calloway X-18 irons (Retail $1200) for a 45 day test. The catch is they’d charge my credit card $469 while I tested the clubs and would refund it when I sent them back. I could keep them for the $469.

When I expressed my displeasure at their keeping my money while I did a test for them, Peter offered to send me a clone of a Taylormade R5 driver for free. He said I could keep the driver just for testing the irons even if I didn’t keep them. I got the clubs about three weeks later except for the driver, which was backordered.

I tested the irons on several rounds of golf and several trips to the driving range. I decided not to keep the clubs as I could not hit them as well as my old clubs. In fact, each was about 15 yards shorter than the corresponding Prince clubs I had been using. I was expecting a call from Peter who would ask me for an evaluation of the clubs. Peter never called.

About a week before the 45 days were up, I called Warrior to give them an evaluation of the clubs and to find out how to return them. I talked to Valerie. First, she said for an additional $200 I could try the next higher grade irons and keep the ones I already had. Right away, I knew I’d been hosed if they were willing to give me a set of $469 clubs and another more expensive set for $669. When I refused, she offered me to keep the set I had for $200 and they’d refund $269. When I refused, she offered me the set for $100. (So the set of clubs they were going to sell me for $469 are really only worth $100). After many permutations of offers and refusals, she put me on hold to get me an return authorization number. A few minutes later, she gave me the RA and said as soon as they received the clubs they’d credit my credit card for the $469.

So I shipped the clubs back. The clubs arrived at Warrior Custom Golf on February 5, 2007 at 10:31 am. The driver arrived a few days later.

Today, I called WCG customer service as my credit card has not been credited. I was informed that they had, indeed, received the irons on Feb 5, but they hadn’t received the driver back so I wasn’t due a refund. I explained what Peter Quinn had told me about the driver, but she apologized for the misunderstanding, but the driver is only free with a $100 purchase. She said she’d sell me the driver for $50. Here we go again. I said I have a driver purchased on clearance at Wal-Mart for $5.50 that works just fine, I’ll send the driver back.

For anyone wishing to buy or test golf clubs, I recommed to go to someplace besides Warrior Custom Golf.

UPDATE: Please read subsequent post on this subject. I finally got this all resolved and got my money back.

If you decide to use Warrior, just remember two things. (1) Don’t be fooled: the test program is really a sales program.  (2) The price they list the test at is not the lowest price for which they’re willing to sell the club(s).

I have no complaint about the quality of their merchandise. The clubs they sent me were high quality clubs. I just didn’t like them. I subsequently bought Ping G2 clones from a different vendor for about the same price I would have paid (ultimately) for the G-18 clones from Warrior.

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