Peaking for the Ryder Cup

As an athlete, I have participated in many sports at all levels including national competitions. As I prepared for the final matches, regardless of the importance of the event, I tried to focus my training in order to peak at the right time. Being able to play my best when required had a direct and significant impact on the final results. The players preparing for the Ryder Cup next week are in the same boat. Two players, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, are perfect examples of peaking (or not) for the big show! Continue reading

PGA TOUR’s 2018 Payne Stewart Award Winner – Bernhard Langer

Congratulations to Bernhard Langer on winning the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Payne Stewart Award. This yearly honour is presented at the TOUR Championship in “recognition of his supreme level of character and sportsmanship, his professionalism and the distinguished manner in which he embraces the values of golf.” Continue reading

You Are Not 20 Years Old Ya Know!

As my journey towards full recovery continues, I am often reminded by friends that I am not 20 years old anymore and that need to make sure that I manage my energy. Of course, this is at the forefront of all my activities, but I have to say that thinking I am not young anymore is a bit of crutch that I do not require. At 56 years young, regardless of my current health battle, I still think I am in my 30s and can do far more than most belief. Well, at least I believe I can and that is really what matters. Continue reading

The FEDEX Cup Changes Again

The FEDEX Cup has evolved 11 times since its inception in 2007. Well today’s announcement makes in an even dozen. The PGA Tour’s attempts to even the playing field over the years was not as successful as they had hoped, so the change in the 2018/2019 format is to simplify the Tour Championship so fans do not have to take advanced math degrees like Bryson DeChambeau to understand who has a chance to win the final prize money. Unfortunately, I think the FEDEX Cup decision falls short, again, to make the it a viable and interesting playoff format. Continue reading

Narrowing My Putting Stance

As I discussed before, I noticed that many professional golfers putt with a very narrow stance. I noticed this about 3 weeks ago at the start of the FEDEX Cup. I said that I would give it a try and over the past 4 outings, I have. Yesterday, I played 9 holes of golf and used my putter about 16 times. No, I did not three putt, but used my putter 4 times from the fringe. And every time I narrowed my stance. I still have some more practice to do, but I did notice a few things. Continue reading