“Coaches Coach and Players Play!”

Coach Mike Ditka made the phrase famous in a post game interview after a Bears’ loss.  He’s used it numerous times since as a NFL analyst on ESPN.

What he meant was, “I can draw it up for you.  I can tell you what to do.  But I cannot go block that guy for you, I can’t tackle for you, YOU (the player) have to do it.”

It also meant, in an oh so subtle way with regard to players and their thoughts of his coaching, “Keep your mouths shut.”

So, why all the chatter about the selection of Davis Love III as the 2016 Ryder Cup Captain for the US Team?

2016 United States Ryder Cup Team Captain Davis Love III (photo: AFP)
2016 United States Ryder Cup Team Captain Davis Love III (photo: AFP)

Love was successful as Ryder Cup player, wasn’t he?

Uh, in 6 teams as a player (26 matches) he has record of  9-12-5.

He captained us last time to victory at Medinah, right?

No wait, Europe came back from a 10-6 deficit and snatched the cup from the fingertips of the Americans the last time that we were on home soil.

He had Brandel Chamblee’s ringing endorsement, didn’t he?

Well, if you call a endorsing quote “The honor is too big to give somebody who’s only won one major championship that job, twice,” said Chamblee. “I don’t think he got the job done.”  Yikes!

Nah, there’s no controversy at all if your last name is Mickelson or Woods, members of the U.S. Ryder Cup Task Force.

Is it now, “Players coach and coaches…..” oh well, never mind.”

Davis was masterful in getting the Americans into position for victory with a 10-6 lead on Saturday night in 2012, but highly criticized after the Euros pulled of the “Miracle at Medinah” comeback on Sunday.

Throw in a few testy remarks from Tom Watson after the loss in 2014, a long plane ride home for the players, and here we are.

In Love’s own words, he is honored to be the captain again.  He’s looking to bury the memory of the loss at Medinah and move on to a victory at Hazeltine. Davis is saying all of the right things (listen below) and his heart is in it.

Which is fine.

With all do respect to the Staple Singers in 1975, “Let’s Do it Again.”

But, please.  Just one final question to the “U.S. Task Force” team of Lefty, Tiger and Company:  Where was the undefeated captain of the past 3 U.S. President’s Cup teams, Mr. Fred Couples, in all of this discussion?

“When they all got home (from the loss in 2014), they said, ‘We need you to do this,’” Couples told Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte in November.

But at the task force’s first meeting, DL III quickly came out as their only choice.

Maybe in 2018 in Versailles?

 

 

The 10th at Riviera – Perfect Matchbook Material

Back in the 80’s, matchbook covers were used as marketing tools.  Golf courses were big on this, and matchbooks from famous clubs became collectors’ gems, similar to logo balls and bag tags.

I’ll always remember one from Aurora Hills Golf Club in Colorado I saw around 1984.  It described the 10th hole there, the course’s signature hole.  I guess you know you’re in for something when the signature hole is the 10th.  Not the par 3 17th.  Not the closing 18th.  But, the 10th.

This gem is a 545 yard par 5, it looks like one that you’d play backwards, from green to tee, for it to make sense.  For starters, you run out of fairway at about 180 off the tee before the hole takes a 90 degree turn to the right.  A lake looms short and to the right if you try to cut the corner and white stakes are through the fairway if you go long.  The less you decide to cut, the tighter the fairway gets (see photo), and the more you try and cut, the greater the landing area but the longer the carry.

The 10th at Aurora Hills in Aurora, CO.  This par 5 runs out of fairway at about 180 yards.  Water short, OB long.
The 10th at Aurora Hills in Aurora, CO. This par 5 runs out of fairway at about 180 yards. Water short, OB long. Tee box is lower left of photo, green is upper right.

Who would want to start a back nine like this?

Who cares?  I did!  I kept coming back to find some way to hit that green in 2!  There were plenty of courses in Denver to play but I’d wait my turn down there at dawn on Saturdays to get out there, JUST BECAUSE OF THAT HOLE!!

Fast forward (and due west) to Pacific Palisades, CA and Riviera CC’s 10th.  Only about 300 in length, it has zero water, no out of bounds and made the best players on the planet look silly at the Northern Trust Open on Saturday.  Ryan Moore lipped out a hole in one and had to WORK to make par.  Retief Goosen’s birdie put missed on the HIGH side and ran off the green, some 20 plus feet off the green and he had to struggle to make bogie.

Again, no water and no OB.  I dare you to name another hole anywhere like this one.  Even the 17th at TPC Sawgrass has H2O and colored stakes!

When that last group on Saturday came through, things were so crazy that Sergio Garcia decided to “drop in” and join the party.  Literally.  Dropped into a greenside bunker on #10 from the 13th fairway.  Only about 70 yards off line.

The hole got a bit easier on Sunday with a back pin location and Mother Nature assisting with some rain to soften the dance floor up a bit.  But, Saturday was like nothing we’ve ever seen on a 10th hole anywhere.  McCord and Feherty were having a field day on the air with it.

Rewind back to the muni-track outside of Denver known as Aurora Hills.  That matchbook cover I mentioned, a prized piece of marketing real estate back in the 80’s, could have shown a color shot of a the course, the address and phone number or, or something logical.

Instead, I remember it saying simply, “AURORA HILLS – THE 10TH HOLE IS A B!T@H”

Which made me wonder what a matchbook cover about Riviera’s 10th might have said after last Saturday.

Especially if McCord and Feherty were handling the artwork.

 

Vapor Family

Nike’s new line of Vapor irons get a big boost with input from Tiger and Rory

Few major golf manufacturers had such an interesting route to prominence than Nike Golf. For 30 years, Nike was known for one thing: it made shoes, focusing heavily on high performance athletic footwear. It began producing golf shoes in 1986, but didn’t leap into the golf equipment market until 2000, helped in no small part by signing Tiger Woods to an exclusive deal. Since that time, the company’s balls and clubs have helped it become a major player in the golf industry and its latest line of Vapor irons is the most recent example of the company’s dedication to high performance and technological innovation. With blessings from both Woods and the world’s current No. 1 player, Rory Mcilroy, the Vapor iron’s replace Nike’s Covert line. Lighter in weight, with a center of gravity moved to the center of the club face, Vapor has a much thinner face than its predecessor, resulting in Nike’s most precise, longest and most forgiving iron to date.

“The lightweight design helps golfers generate more club speed, the ultra-thin, ultra-fast face creates faster ball speeds, and moving the center of gravity to the center of the face makes the club more stable,” said Rowdy Bank, General Manager of The Golf Mart in San Diego. The three models — Vapor Speed, Vapor Pro Combo, and Vapor Pro are each built for golfers at different stages of their game. Both McIlroy and Woods had input in the design process, but it was the research and development team at Nike Golf that figured how to implement the ideas. “My favorite feature of these clubs is the Vapor’s clean aesthetics, which is a departure from the Covert line,” Bank said. “They feel great, as well.”

LATE-NIGHT TEE TIME

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to tout Nike’s new Vapor irons and that’s when the fun began.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open, “The Greatest Show on Grass”

Waste Management 2The biggest names in golf will take the stage this weekend in TPC Scottsdale Arizona for the second stop of the West Coast swing. Even Tiger Woods will be competing after a “not so good” season last year with back surgery and a complete remake of his game. With the announcement of Tiger playing this year, the crowd expectancy is due to triple or quadruple over last year’s turn out. Rory and Tiger will be in full swing with their new complete Nike Vapor series of golf equipment that has officially launched in-stores this weekend. Find a store near you.

Here are a few of the new products you will see in play at the Waste Management event:

+ FJ Hyperflex – Eric Compton was spotted wearing this FootJoy Hyperflex shoe during practice rounds. Check out more on these innovative shoes here: http://www.worldwidegolfshops.com/hyperfelx/Search

FJ, Footjoy, Hyperflex, Eric Compton
Footjoy Hyperflex Shoe

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Tiger Woods was seen lacing up his new Nike Golf TW15 shoes during a practice round  (Available soon at www.worldwidegolfshops.com)

Tiger Woods, TW15

Callaway Chrome soft – Phil Mickelson recently announced that he has changed his golf ball. Phil has never been afraid of making equipment changes and says the new Callaway Chrome Soft is the ball for him.Callaway, Chrome Soft,

Click here to view the new Callaway Chrome Soft Balls

 

 

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Bill Haas Wins Humana Challenge

Bill Haas Wins 2015 Human Challenge
Bill Haas Wins 2015 Human Challenge

“It felt like a train wreck all coming together,” Haas said.

Leading by a stroke on the final hole Sunday in the Humana Challenge, Haas flew the right bunker with his drive and the ball trickled left and stopped on the ledge of the front lip.

“I could see from the tee where it ended up and I was shocked,” Haas said.

Haas came up with an imaginative escape, conjuring memories of the shot he splashed out of the water to 3 feet in his playoff victory in the 2011 Tour Championship,