Every year most major golf club companies launch their latest and greatest equipment offerings, and the drivers are the most anticipated of the bunch. Well, 2015 is no exception, with many fine clubs boasting technological advancements promising to help golfers like us hit the ball straighter and farther.
This winter has been tough on all of us. Record breaking cold combined with massive amounts of snowfall have stretched some of us to the breaking point. But for the avid golfer, especially those of us who haven’t travelled south for some sunshine and fairways, it’s been especially brutal.
Let’s face it, golf as a viable recreational industry could use some upgrades. While tradition in the game is extremely important, it’s becoming clear that golf, like anything, needs to adapt to an ever-changing world. Things like cost, simplicity and length of time needed to complete a round are all important issues to golfers, particularly recreational ones.
Modern technology has impacted golf in many ways: new materials, equipment modifications, golf GPS and scorecard apps on our smart phones, laser range finders, indoor golf simulators, and a variety of tools to provide instant feedback.
With all the sunny weather and multiple golf tournaments playing on TV over the past two weeks, I was bound to have a miss or two. And I will admit it; I should have paid more attention to the LPGA’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, which took place at Royal Birkdale July 10-13.
Recently I played 18 holes with friend and golfing competitor Kevin at Bucksport Golf Club, where I ended up getting an up close and personal lesson in something called “Slope Rating”. You see, Bucksport is a very nice, and challenging, nine-hole course, with a slope rating of 136.
Okay. I really hope I’m not the only golfer out there who feels a special affinity for one of their golf clubs. Actually, I have two clubs that I particularly trust and enjoy using. Golf equipment tends to be very personal, and people are drawn to different clubs for a variety of reasons.
Recently, I played nine holes at Hidden Meadows in Old Town with a good friend of mine, Dee Dauphinee. In addition to being a healthcare professional, Dee is an accomplished fly fisherman, published author, and a near-scratch golfer. He's also a natural teacher, and I've learned some great golf tips from him over the past few years.
In the course of a year, I usually play in two or three charity golf scrambles. They are fun events that raise money for some great causes. Believe it or not, until this year I had never participated in an open scramble, which many area courses host on a weekly basis (along with couples scrambles and senior scrambles).
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