PEDs or Performance Enhancing Drugs can take many forms. Many professional athletes, including golfers, have been caught taking PEDs through injections, pills, supplement powders and the like. However, now we have Deer Antler Spray!! I'm trying to imagine the first person who thought, "gee let's try Deer Antler Spray to improve my performance or recovery time". Seems like professionals will resort to anything and pay big for some advantage. Vijay said he paid $9000 for something to spray on his joints. Hey Vijay, I have some great in land to Florida you might want to buy!
On the one hand I think it's all ridiculous. Who cares if a player sprays himself with Deer Antler Spray? The line drawn on what's acceptable and what is not acceptable seems arbitrary at best. What happens when a gulf war soldier with artificial limps becomes the best golfer?
On the other hand the game needs protecting from those that would "cheat". What do you think the game of golf should do about PEDs?
2013 wait, wait, wait just a minute.... REALLY, 2013!
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The U.S. PGA Tour is about to kick off in Kapalua and I really wish I could be there. Seeing shots of Kapalua sure takes my imagination to golf wonderland. The weather in the midwest is cold. Need it to warm up and rain. Lots of rain needed in most areas of the U.S. to keep our courses from drying out.
Question for this week - What's the best winter excercise you have found to help your golf swing?
The 2012 Ryder Cup has to be one of the more exciting and surprising golf matches ever. Going down to the last two matches of the singles to determine the outcome. I'm not sure of the bigger surprise, the U.S. being ahead going into Sunday's single matches or the U.S. losing the Sunday singles matches by such a wide margin. Either way great golf was played and in the end the Euro's won.
Finally, I'm sure some can point to various actions that appeared to be "gamesmanship". But mostly what I saw was wonderful displays of "sportsmanship" that should make all golfers proud. Other sports can continue to learn so much from golf in both sportsmanship and being responsible for the integrity of their sport.
The Ryder Cup is about to kick off and excitement for this great event has been building all week. The American team is, again, certainly the long shot to win this week. But "I have a good feeling about this", as Ben Crenshaw once said before staging one of the greatest come from behind wins in sports. I look for the Americans to once again come from behind on Sunday and be victorious.
Have you ever experienced that great feeling of being down and then having the fortitude to dig deep and come back to win?
When the weather turns bad at a British Open it normally means bad scores for all players. Not so this year as Jiyai Shin withstood the challenge of the weather as the other players lost ground. Ms. Shin was the only player to shoot under par and ended with a 9 stroke victory. The largest margin of victory in Open Championship history.
Living in Kansas we normally have a 15 to 20 mph wind to deal with. It's not unusual to have 25 to 30 mph wind gusts. As can be seen on the pro tour wind can really make scoring very difficult. Do you have a golf story where wind played a significant factor in the outcome of your match?
Davis Love made his captain's picks for the Ryder Cup. There were no real surprises as he selected Jim Fury, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker. I'm sure Hunter Mahan, Ricky Fowler and some others were disappointed in not making the team again, however, Love made what most believe are the best choices given who is hot and who teams well.
This should be an exciting Ryder Cup and the Americans certainly have their work cut out for themselves the way McIllroy, Westwood and the other Euros have been playing. I'm picking the U.S. to win going away!
Another amazing finish at a "major", the U.S. Amateur. Steven Fox bested Micheal Weaver with a 15 foot birdie on the first extra hole. This was after Fox tied the match even though he was two down with two holes to play. It seems Mr. Fox has a well deserved reputation of coming from behind in some highly unlikely ways to win tournaments. The saying is you've been "Foxed". Quite reminiscent of a young Tiger Woods. The Amateur is such a great match play event to see as there tends to be surprising upsets and big swings of emotions. Great stuff!
How can anyone really put together a "favorite" list to win the PGA? You certainly can make a case for someone with major experience given what Ernie Els did earlier this year. Or you could make a case for someone hot like Keegan Bradley or Web Simpson. But look at all the first time winners we've had over the past couple of years. Look at all the "unknowns" that seem to be knocking on the door every week. Therefore I'm not sure I would be surprised by anyone winning, including a senior like Couples or even one of the young amateurs. I think this may be one of the most interesting PGA's in recent years.
On another note. What are your thoughts on golf courses using the larger 8" cup on the greens? Certainly has the positive of speeding up the game, lowering scores and thereby making the game more fun for many. Those are fairly strong benefits even if it goes against the tradition of the game and a way to compare scores with those that play the regulation cup. Personally, I'd like to see more courses give it a try.
Have you notced the ball tracker technology being used on the professional telecasts? It is so cool to be able to see the ball flights of each shot. I believe this technology is a big add to watching a tournament on TV. However, we need more new technology introduced to golf telecasts if there is any hope of maintaining good ratings. People are gaining in their understanding of technology. We have iPhones, iPads and many of the new apps associated with using those items. The younger generation gets bored way to easy with something that is mainly visual. They need interaction. If you attend professional golf tounaments today spectator involvement is critical to attendence, i.e. The Phoenix Open's 16th hole. Television golf prodcasts not only needs more visual applications such as ball tracker but we need technology that allows spectators to be more involved in the action.
What are your thoughts on adding technology to golf TV prodcasts? What kind of technology will involve the viewing spectator?
Now that was a "major" finish. Ernie made putts like he has not made in quite some time. Adam Scott lost his ability to hit greens when he needed to most. Many others entered the picture as a possible challenger only to fall back. However, to me the story of the tournament was the sand bunkers. These were truly "hazards" that each golfer had to change his game in order to avoid the potential severe penalties caused when entering such diabolical traps. I never saw so many shots played sideways out of traps. Think if these type of bunkers were built into your home course. Many would leave the game due to shear frustration.
Some think the question to be answered is - "Did Ernie win The Open or did Adam lose The Open"? I think the better question is - "Did the golers win or did the course win"?