God Bless America – Kate Smith

God Bless America – Kate Smith

Dave Neel sent this link to me and with perfect timing.  This year I’m asking Santa to bring us a blessing from God.  With all the divisiveness going on today, we need to get back to the basics that our Founders envisioned.  We’re getting off track and our opponents know it.

Watch this video of Kate Smith singing God Bless America and have a very Merry Christmas!  We forget GOD we can forget the blessings!

The Army Navy Football Game

What’s the Army Navy Football Game
doing on a golf blog?

I’ve made it a ritual to always watch the Army Navy football game every year on TV.  Well, thanks to one of our great students, (Steve Fortner former Navy Veteran himself), tickets to the game were secured and Steve and I drove up to Baltimore to see the game yesterday.  If you have never attended the Army Navy game and can get tickets, (hard to get) it is worth every minute and every dime that it costs you.

I’ve been to several Super Bowls and the super bowl is not comparable to the Army Navy game, sorry.  With all the commercial hoop-laa at the super bowl the tradition and atmosphere at the Army Navy game is far superior and unbelievable.

The festivities started with the parachute jumps down to the field of play followed by fly overs by helicopters and jets.  I don’t mind admitting that I had to hold back the tears from all the emotion.  My first thought was a thank you to grandfather for making the effort to come to America in 1920.  Without his courage and belief in the American dream none of what I saw yesterday would have been possible.  (By the way, he came to America expecting nothing more than an opportunity)

Most impressive were the cadets on both sides.  Yes we still have fine young people in America that are smart, polite, well groomed and dedicated to their country and defense of our constitution.  They could teach a thing or two to some of our folks in congress.

Here’s a picture of the field of play below with the team coming out of the tunnel.

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There were several videos that were played on the large screen and the video below is the one that I thought was the best.  Watch below.

Oh yea…who was I routing for?  Well I attended an Army Military Academy as a youngster but my son is a former Navy Corpsman so I have to go Navy or else.  But there is one thing you could feel throughout the stadium.  No matter what team would win, no one held animosity or were disappointed.  The game is great but the brotherhood in arms is far more important. May God bless every cadet out there and may God Bless the United States of America.

I Like the Way John Spieth Plays Golf

I Like the Way John Spieth Plays Golf

Great golf swing tempo, rhythm and balance

Golfers get so hung-up on golf swing positions that I think many golfers miss the point.  Of course it is in the best interest of the swing gurus and golf magazines to show positions and do comparisons.  Good for business.  Guilty as charged!  I do it all the time.

However, is the golf swing tempo and golf swing management even more important or influential to your success as a golfer than the golf swing position?  Proper swing positions can “in theory” make it easier or “less risky” to return the golf club face to the proper impact position.  Yea?  Tell that to Jim Furyk or Lee Trevino.

Now just maybe, (in the case of Jim Furyk and John Spieth, having less than ideal swing positions like grip and more), questionable swing positions might cause one to have to be even more cognizant of their swing management.  As an example both Furyk and Spieth are excellent golf game managers.

Roberto DiVincenzo, (great Argentine golfer that had controversy at the Masters) once told me, “great faith will beat a great swing any time.”  Let’s add to that, “great swing management will beat a great swing without good management every time.”

Why not spend a little more time on your swing preparation, (pre-shot routine) swing ignition, (how you start it back) and over all tempo of your golf swing, especially on the initiation of the down swing.  Nickalus used to say, “swing within yourself.”

You can swing harder and not hit the ball any further because you missed the center of the golf club face.  So concentrate on the above as well as a good center hit and improve consistency.  Here’s the swing analysis of John Spieth below.

New Callaway Golf Ball

New Callaway Golf Ball

You’ve heard me many times that you should consider hitting the same golf ball throughout the entire season.  Not for distance as much as for around the green.  You MUST get used to how the ball comes off the putter face, (recoil speed) as well as your chip shots and how the golf ball reacts when it hits the green.

Well, with the slow down in the sales of new drivers, you will see the golf club companies really focusing on the technology in the golf ball.  One of the downsides to that is the new golf ball every year syndrome.  You have to recalculate with your new golf ball the distance and short game performance.

With all this being said, Callaway is very excited about a break trough they’ve made with a new golf ball configuration (The Callaway Chrome Soft) that promises to offer the best of both worlds.  Generally the longer golf balls are hard and not very agile around the green.  A perfect example is the Pinnacle golf ball that mostly long drive contest golfers use.

The soft cover and core golf ball like the Titleist V1, the Callaway SR1,2,3 have the best performance around the green but usually cost top dollar as well. As much as $5 every time you hit a golf ball in the water, yikes!

I have no idea what the new Callaway golf ball is going to cost but I do have the preview video sent to me by Callaway that describes some of the features with Phil Nickelson.  The video does not mention the name but it will be the Chrome Soft.

Follow this Blog for an update once I have it.