Sunday at The Masters and Shot Making

Towards the end of last year I made a decision to try to be a shot maker again. Since 2004 I haven’t had to do so as the courses that I played at did not have any trees. I had become only worried about my mechanics and lost site of what my hands were really doing in the golf swing. I had a little luck last fall, but once Bubba Watson won The Masters I doubled down on my commitment.

I had my first range session of the year on Thursday and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I had this shot pattern with the clubs I was hitting. High fade, low draw, straight shot, knockdown, high draw, low fade, and straight shot again. I certainly didn’t pull off every shot, but I loved the challenge but what I really enjoyed was making my hands do more work than they have in the past 8 years. I also struck the ball better than I have in a while.

What goals have you set for the year? I can not wait to play Detroit CC, FCC, MCC, and Edgewood with the new game that I will be working on!


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Steve Williams

Okay, he has now issued an apology for not congratulating Adam Scott during his interview after the Bridgestone. Why are his comments even a story? Here is a paraphrase of his words for sake of space:

“Every time I go out on the course or drive in a race, my intent is to win. I am happy I won today. It is the best win I have ever had.”

Let’s break down what Stevie said:

When he said, “Every time I go out on the course or drive in a race, my intent is to win.” Does anyone really think he was the only person out there? You have to be a half-wit to not think he was speaking of “I” as we (Adam and he). I am pretty sure that Stevie is well aware he is not hitting the shot when the club hits the ball. He also is well aware he is a part of the a team which is what the professional playing thinks about the relationship with the caddy.

When he said, “I am happy I won today.” Again, does anyone think he means “I” as a singular person. Is it remotely possible that he meant we? Once again, you have to be a moron not to think he is talking about the team of he and Adam.

When he said, “It is the best win I have ever had.” I now have issue with his statement. Stevie, you have 12 major championship wins with Tiger. There is no way the win is the biggest.

In the end, the press needs something to talk about and they certainly found it.


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PGA Tour Interest

Is it just me or is the PGA Tour incredibly boring since Tiger has been MIA? I have zero interest in watching any golf except the majors. There is not a single golfer that interests me or excites me other than Tiger. I feel he has spoiled us all with what he did from 97-08.

I have been watching the PGA Tour since 1986 and I came up with a list of golfer I was excited to watch in any tournament. I came up with the following:

Greg Norman 1986-1996
Fred Couples 1992-1996
John Daly 1991-2000
Tiger Woods 1996-present

Not one of the young guns on tour get my juices flowing. They are all robotic and without any emotion. Tiger has gotten boring since he scaled back his celebrations after big shots.

What am I missing?

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Best Par 4’s in Fargo-Moorhead

The list of Par 4’s are as follows:

#4 @ The Meadows

This tee shot requires power and precision at the same time. It is driveable with the correct wind, but water looms to the left and bunkers galore on the right. The green is very difficult.  A if you do not hit the correct side you are left with a long putt up a hill or down a hill with huge break.

#15 @ The Meadows

The shear length of this hole makes it difficult. It measures over 454 yards with a dog leg to the right. The green has three different levels and the threat of a three putts looms all the time.

#7 @ Village Green

This hole forces you to shape your tee shot as huge fairway bunkers are found to the left and right side of the fairway 200 yards out. The hole dog legs to the right and if you do not hit the ball far enough you are left with a long second shot to a large but multi-tiered green.

#14 @ Rose Creek

Water on the right side of the fairway makes this dog leg right difficult hole. The water runs all the way to the green making a shot that fades too much a scuba divers treasure trove. The green has a lot of contour and bunkers will catch short approach shots.

#7 @ Edgewood

This par four is another dog leg right. It forces you to make a good club selection off of the tee as a ball hit to long and through the fairway will catch trees and make for a difficult second shot. A severely sloped green from back to front also provides for an exhausting close to the hole.

#2 @ Village Green

An easy tee shot, but long second shot into a green with water in front and all the way around the right side make this hole difficult. Everytime I set up for my second shot I worry about the ball fading too much and landing in the water. This green is typically firm which makes the long second shot roll out rather than stopping quickly.

#6 @ FCC

Shaping the tee shot is extremely important on this hole as a bunker in the fairway can come into play depending on the tees you are playing. The second shot is straight forward and the green is not difficult. What makes this hole difficult is playing the back tees. In case you have never seen it, the rear tee box is almost on the property line a solid 75 plus yards behind the normal rear tees.

#10 @ FCC

Trees on the left and the downhill left to right sloped fairway make the placement of the tee shot important. A back to front sloped green and no bail out left also challenge the second shot. This is a very fun hole to play!

#9 @ Oxbow

Not a difficult tee shot, but the second shot is trouble. The green sets up lower than the fairway and water is found in front of it along with a bunker in front and a bunker in the back. I have trouble judging the distance as the hill and the clubhouse create an optical illusion.

Let me know what you think or if you think another hole is better let me know.




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My Favorite 18 Golf Holes in F-M Area

I have played every golf course in the F-M area and started thinking,  “How good of a golf course could I create if I selected the best 18 holes from said courses?” The “best holes” course has to add up to a par 72. I start with the par 3’s today:

Par 3’s:

#14 @ Village Green – I love how this hole plays one more club than the distance. I have been told it is uphill, but can not confirm it. The green is extremely tilted from front to back so if you miss left or right you have a bender of a putt remaining.

# 15 @ Moorhead Country Club – The second most difficult par 3 in town. The length and the trees which over hang make this tee shot intimidating. With water in front forcing you to take extra club leave you with a down hill or side hill putt.

#15 @ Oxbow – This is the most difficult par 3 in the F-M area. Water looms everywhere with no bail out if you want to go long, unless you like playing from the trees or having a downhill bunker shot towards water.

#13 @ Rose Creek – Bunkers galore and depending on the hole location you may not be able to see the hole.

Let me know what you think of these holes and if another hole deserves consideration make a case for it.

Par 4’s will be on the next post.



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My drive off of the #1 tee….

Just got the blog going and I am looking forward to some interesting topics and questions to be answered by my readers. I will hopefully have the blog main page ready by Monday.

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