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Why Now? 08.25.09 at 1:43 pm ET
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By: Pro From Dover

It’s late August, golf season is in full bloom, the courses are in wonderful condition, it’s vacation time; life is good.

Yet at many quality golf courses desecration looms. What’s that all about?

Ah yes, the dreaded in-season aeration! That’s the process where machines are run across the turf to remove plugs of earth resembling the droppings of our ubiquitous Canada geese, then top dressed with sand and other additives which effectively leaves a putting surface resembling the surface of the moon.

Many clubs just do the greens but some aerate tees and fairways as well. The work done on the greens is bad enough but fairways are left shredded because of the softness and uneveness of the terrain. The tees we can work around because we have a peg upon which to place the ball.

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Is Golf Olympian? 08.19.09 at 9:07 pm ET
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By: Pro From Dover

Since August is the month when most people slip into mental neutral, an interesting golf-related event occurred last week which may have gone largely unnoticed.

The fifteen-member Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee voted to recommend the inclusion of golf in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. The entire 106-member board of the IOC will vote on acceptance of that recommendation in October at which time they will also award the games to  Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid or Tokyo.

If annointed by the IOC Board, this will be first time since 1904 that golf will be in the Olympics. (To see the five minute video presentation made to the IOC Executive Board go to internationalgolffederation.org)

Even golf enthusiasts have differing views on whether golf should be included so let’s look at some of the pros and cons.

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The Disrespected Major 08.13.09 at 7:51 am ET
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By: Pro From Dover

What is it about the PGA Championship that renders it the Rodney Dangerfield of golf majors?

The 91st rendition will be staged at Hazeltine Golf Club in Chaska, MN this week and, as always, it seems as if it is being treated with benign neglect. It’s almost as if there are THREE MAJORS and, oh yeah, the PGA. The biggest story so far this week has been Tiger’s irritation at being put on the clock at the Bridgestone last Sunday.

Why the disrespect?

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Stupid Rules 08.06.09 at 8:02 am ET
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By: Pro From Dover

The late, great broadcaster, Paul Harvey, used to observe about the United States, “Self government requires self discipline.”

One of the coolest things about golf is the player, for the most part, is responsible for enforcing the rule book on him or her self. After a long time observing and playing the game we are persuaded that the vast majority of players intend to adhere to the rules and even if they don’t know the strict interpretation of a particular violation, are responsible enough to bring it to their companion’s attention and try to do the right thing.

But sometimes, this is very hard to do because there are rules in the game that scream “UNFAIR or STUPID or BOTH” and those make self-enforcement tough to swallow. So we want to explore just a few of those.

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The Slump Stump 07.30.09 at 6:42 am ET
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By: Pro from Dover

The Boston Red Sox are hoping they can salvage a lousy July this week. Their offense has been non-existent from top to bottom of the order. How can that be? How can Youkilis, Pedroia, Drew, Ortiz, Varitek and rest just fall into a huge slump at the same time? These guys are professionals.

The answer is: it can happen to anyone in any sport at any level at any time. Unfortunately for the Sox, there’s a simultaneous meltdown.

(A related old time baseball observation from Casey Stengel, “I prefer good pitching over good hitting because pitchers don’t get into slumps.” Casey had never heard of Steve Blass, but that’s another story.)

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Down the Cink 07.23.09 at 7:51 am ET
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By: Pro from Dover

In 1986 famed Boston College alum, Doug Flutie, was playing for the Chicago Bears in the NFL. Jim McMahon, their brash quarterback, was recovering from an injury and, perhaps threatened by the loss of the limelight, dubbed the handsome, fleet, diminutive Flutie, “Bambi.” Not a compliment.

The equally brash Mike Ditka was the Bears coach and during a televised game he was seen berating Flutie on the sidelines. When outrage was heaped on him by fans Ditka whined that he was being unfairly criticized for yelling at “Bambi.”

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Turtle Golf 07.16.09 at 6:44 am ET
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By: Pro From Dover

Tyranny of the minority.

A relative handful 0f ignorant, self absorbed, ego centric, clueless weasels jam our golf courses and inflict tortuous, long rounds on all who follow them.

Ah, there, venting makes one feel better.

More than expense, the thing most threatening to the growth and enjoyment of our wonderful game is slow play. Article after article is being written about the plaque so let’s add one more, with a little twist, to the queue.

Turtle golf is not a new phenomenon and it isn’t reserved for amateurs.

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Whyizzit? 07.08.09 at 8:00 pm ET
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By Pro From Dover

Sitting slouched and emotionally devastated in front of his locker after a horrendous round of golf, the man slashes his wrists and watches the blood slowly pool on the floor. Relief. Soon, the misery will be over.

Then he hears a voice, “We need a fourth for tomorrow.” The man presses his wrists together to stop the bleeding and replies, “What time?”

What is it about this game that makes most us crazy? Do we love it because it cannot be mastered…by anyone, ever? Does it bring out the masochist in us? Was Mark Twain right about it being a good walk spoiled?

We love the game and yet it taunts and humiliates us. Golf is not a good friend.

Why is it that:

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All Inclusive Golf Trips 07.02.09 at 7:17 am ET
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By: Pro From Dover

The carnage from the ongoing recession is strewn about with lost jobs, pay cuts, furloughs and general misery. Many of those not directly hurt seem to have had an epiphany, as well. Whether impacted or not, folks are reassessing their budgets and their lifestyles.

Frugal is the new extravagant. Individuals and families are reassessing the need for a new car. The boat has been sold. Close attention is being paid to budgets.

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Just Hated the US Open 06.24.09 at 8:29 pm ET
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By: Pro From Dover

A week ago, with our white sport coat and a pink carnation, we were all dressed up for the prom. And our date pulled a no show.

After twelve months of eager anticipation this is what we got? A disjointed, stop and start and stop and start, very unsatisfying swampfest. Even the players didn’t know the day and what round they were playing. The president of the USGA couldn’t even come up with the winner’s name at the trophy presentation. It was Lucas Glover. Wasn’t he the guy in “The Rifleman?”

Peculiar, the whole thing was.

We endure an endless winter because, we say with not a little arrogance, June in the Northeast is the best possible time of the year. Not this time around, Slick.

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