About Me

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I am a grateful golfer!

Golf is an amazing sport with secretive healing powers! It provides that rare opportunity for self-improvement, personal growth, and introspection simultaneously. After 40+ years, I continue to learn new aspects of the game and my life every time I tee it up.

Eleven years ago, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and started the most important journey of my life. Fortunate to have my wife (who is also my best friend) by my side, we endured three years of treatment and continually strove to make positive changes to all aspects of our lives. Unfortunately, in March of 2018 I was diagnosed with my second bout of the same cancer. After completing an autologous stem cell transplant, I am happy to say that I am well on my way to good health. I still have many months of recovery left, but that is my journey for now.

During my treatments, there were many dark days that occupied my thoughts. This is when the healing powers of golf played a significant role in my recovery. Nearing the end of my first treatments, I decided to embark on a journey of writing and positive growth through this golf blog.

In May 2012, The Grateful Golfer was launched. My intent was to talk about the positive aspects of golf, interact with like-minded golfing fanatics, and to have a constructive exchange about all things golf. The Grateful Golfer has morphed over these six years, but the main goal of improving my mental strength continues to expand.

As The Grateful Golfer grows, I strive to freely share tips, drills and positive views about this fantastic sport. Fortunately, I love playing, talking, watching, and reading about golf; so follow along and feel free to share your thoughts!

I am The Grateful Golfer! See you on the links!


31 thoughts on “About Me

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  4. Hi Jim
    I enjoyed playing with you in the North Bay…Osprey Tourney
    I met you in the chemo lab at the nbrhc and was sorry to hear your cancer had came back
    I also went through chemo for a year
    I still love the game but do not play that well anymore
    I used to be a 3 handicap at North Bay but the cancer as well as old age (76) have taken it’s toll
    Looking forward to seeing you at this years event
    Keep up the good work


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    • Dennis,

      Great to hear from you. Of course I remember you. Sorry to hear that you had to fight back the beast as well. Glad to hear you are still playing. I look forward to teeing up with you again this year.

      Cheers Jim


  5. Hi Jim just found your site. Hope you are still recovering well from your disease. I am 71 years young and a survivor of the Widow Maker. Like yourself; I am a complete golf nut for over forty years now. Read your take on the grip and thought I would put my two cents worth in. Just recently I discovered the ‘opposing grip.’ I start with my neutral grip and then I turn my hands slightly inward in opposition of one another. I maintain this slight pressure and take my swing. The results have been amazing. Hope you try it and let me know if it works for you

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    • Tom

      Thanks for the positive words. My recover is going well and I am getting stronger every day.

      The opposing grip sounds interesting. I will give it a try in the spring when I am back on the course. (Still have to go through 5 months of winter) From what I can visualize, it prevents excessive wrist movements and allows your swing to be square on impact. I will have actually try it to make sure. Thanks for suggesting something new.

      I hope you enjoy reading my blog moving forward.

      Cheers Jim


      • Absolutely! You and I are golf brothers as far as I am concerned. Little wonder you are attracting many to your site. I love new challenges and new ideas. Golf has not changed much since it was conceived during Learnodo Davinci times. He had to try swinging a stick at a stone. Don’t you think? Today I like to follow John Hensby the creator of a newly developed swing he calls Channel Lock. He stems from Australia. He is our age and I love watching his practice tee on You Tube over the past 2 years. You can find him at 1Atomingolf if you like Take care and get well soon. Cheers

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  7. Dear Jim, Just found your blog, and like it very much. I’ve pioneered the formal economic analysis of golf and you might get a kick out of my books. Check them out.

    Golfonomics was published in 2004. And Super Golfonomics was published in 2014.

    Stephen Shmanske
    Emeritus Professor of Economics
    California State University, East Bay
    Hayward, CA 94542

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  8. It was nice to learn more about you and why you blog. Cancer can teach us so many things. I understand how cancer could change your view of life. My husband died from cancer after a three-year long battle. So, I try to live the best life that I can to honor him and to provide a role model for our sons.
    So, my best to you and your wife as you continue to enjoy all of the really important things of life.
    Perhaps my poor golf game will improve by reading your site! Miracles do happen!!
    Happy Wednesday!

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