GolfisHardTV vs. LifeisHardTV

What is the first thing you usually do when you get off the golf course? Although your options are many, chances are they include grabbing a bite and/or a beverage at the 19th hole, or heading home to finish off your latest home improvement project. Perhaps you need to stop by the wine shop to pick up something nice for your dinner guests? Or maybe you believe that although you just spent 5 hours on the golf course, you didn’t get much real exercise, so you’re off for a workout. Whatever you typically do after a round, be sure to check out www.lifeishardtv.com first. With close to 40 video posts to date, and many more to come, chances are we talking about something in which you are interested.

Let’s take a look at what both GIHTV and LIHTV have to offer:

GolfisHardTV                                LifeisHardTV

golf instruction                                  wine education

golf humor                                           laughs with Larry

free entertainment                           free entertainment

keep your game in shape               keep your body in shape

ask questions about golf                ask questions about anything

see new equipment                          cool home projects

online golf pros                                 online wine experts

online golf pros                                 online personal trainer

online golf pros                                 online pro contractors

online golf pros                                 online chef wannabe

                                                                 (real chefs coming)

share with friends                            share with friends

You are starting to get the picture…check out LIHTV, we have a ton of stuff going on and much, much more to come. We are will be expanding soon into areas such as travel, gardening, music and hobbies. If you are passionate about something and wish to post a guest blog within a category, please give us a shout, we will be glad to consider posting your stuff. Hit ’em well.

Golf is Hard TV #85 – Equipment Review: Drivers, Fairway Woods & Hybrids

Ron Nihoff shows off his incredible golf swing and he also previews 2010 models from the “big 3”, Nike, Ping and Callaway. Check out their latest in drivers, fairway woods (metals) and hybrids. If you are local to Tashua Knolls, Trumbull CT, then you won’t want to miss Nike Demo Day on Friday, April 30th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can meet Ron and some of the Nike reps, try out all the latest equipment. Mention Golf is Hard TV and Ron will give you the special member’s discount. Enjoy the episode, and be sure to watch until the very end for a surprise appearance from a special guest! Have fun, now go practice!

Sunday Scramble #2 Winners – Stiletto Green Tool

Congrats to GIHTV’s Sunday Scramble #2 winners, as of Thursday evening at 10:31 p.m., it’s official…we have 10 winners:

1- Monte K.
2- John B.
3- Paula M.
4- Paul L.
5- John C.
6- Greg C.
7- Kevin
8- Vin N.
9- Michael M.
10- Dave C.

The winning answers are:

#1 Tiger eagled holes # 8 and 15 on day 1 of the Masters
#2 The foot bridges on hole #12 are named after Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson
#3 Hole # 18 at Augusta is named Holly
#4 The winner of the 2010 Master, Phil Mickelson

The winners will be contacted directly via email to confirm shipping info, etc. Stilettos will be shipped within 2 weeks after confirmation.

Once again, congrats to all of our winners and to all those that participated. We will have approximately 40 additional Stiletto Green Tools available here on the golf shop for $5 plus $2 shipping. When they are gone, you can find them on the Stiletto web site for about $15, they are available in select shops as well.

If you have any questions about your own game or requests for future topics, let us know. If you wish to post a guest blog, we welcome your passion.

Coach Dave & Marc

PS – keep an eye out for upcoming episodes with our new Fitness dude, John DiDio. Golf stretching and warm-up moves, a must-see and must-do before every round. If you have any fitness questions, John is your guy.

Injuries are a Blessing in Golf

Marc has presented us with an opportunity to address an interesting issue…the effects of minor injuries on your golf game. More often than not, I have seen minor injuries actually help a person play better golf (although in Marc’s case, it may be a bit more difficult since he has “broken” his finger). Fingers are obviously a very important part of the anatomy invloved in swinging the club, but at least it’s only his right pinky-finger. He may be able to get away with some short swings, and possibly some full swings with lighter grip pressure. This means that Marc should still be able to practice his short game and putting, and the mishap will definitely promote lighter grip pressure. We have repeatedly recommended here that we all spend more than 1/2 of all practice time on our short game and reduce our grip pressure dramatically (see prior eps on “grip”). This injury will be a blessing for Marc’s game.

Other types of minor injuries (that still allow one to walk) not limited to: neck-strains, muscle-pulls, sore backs, hamstrings, broken baby toes (big toes don’t apply), facial scratches, skinned knees, sore butts, broken noses and even the dreaded paper cut, often cause us to swing with a little less intensity, resulting in better shots.

So…if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a minor injury, self-inflicted or not, suck it up and get out there. In the end it will be a blessing in disguise and will help your game. In Marc’s case, if that finger becomes too much of a nuisance, then I agree with John over at LOFT, cut the damn thing off!

Sunday Scramble Winners – Nice Job!

Congrats to the 10 winners of GIHTV’s first-ever Sunday Scramble. Here are the answers to the questions along with our winners:

1. Computer Associates

2. Ernie Els

3. Puerto Rico. We also accepted Innisbrook (“this” week’s tourney) because my question was a little confusing.

4. Masters, US Open, British Open (a.k.a The Open Champ), PGA Championship Side note: the majors are not “run” by the PGA tour (my bad). Thanks Jeremy for clarification.

The winners, along with submission time and date, are:

1. Eric S, 5:50 pm, 3/14

2. Jeremy H, 7:41 pm, 3/14

3. Erwin Y, 10:47 pm, 3/14

4. John C, 8:00 am, 3/15

5. Paul L, 8:08 am, 3/15

6. Hugh N, 8:16 am, 3/15

7. Rodrigo, 10:45 am, 3/15

8. Tony R, 6:06 am, 3/16

9. Greg C, 7:07 am, 3/16

10. Monte K, 7:24 am, 3/16

Again, congrats to all of our winners and thanks to all who particiapted. The next step for our winners is to choose a model from http://www.heavyputter.com/mid-weight/c2-m/  Available contest models are: Mid-Weight Series C2, J2, K4, H1, H3 (satin only), and L3, choose the finish (black or satin) and the length (32″ – 36″) and R or L. Our site will be set up soon so you can order through here, we are hoping by the end of the week. Keep an eye out. For those wishing to purchase a Heavy Putter from GIHTV for a nice discount, come back next week and you will be able to order here.

The next Sunday Scramble will be Masters Sunday, April 11, and will feature the Stiletto Green Tool http://www.stilettogreentool.com/ . Thanks for watching!

Golf is Hard TV #78 – Sunday Scramble Heavy Putter Giveaway

It’s finally here! The very first of monthly Sunday Scrambles here at Golf is Hard TV. Be one of the 1st 10 people to answer these 4 golf trivia questions and win a free Heavy Putter (you only pay the shipping cost of $10).

Here are the questions:

1. What does “CA” stand for in this week’s WGC event, the CA Championship?

2. Who was the winner of the 2010 CA Championship?

3. Where is the PGA Tour event being played this week?

4. Name the 4 majors on the PGA Tour.

Leave your answers in the comments to win… The first 10 correct answers get the goods!

Check out http://www.heavyputter.com/ to view some of the cool styles and see past episodes here for more information. Good luck!

GIHTV’s 1ST Sunday Scramble – Coming March 14th

GIHTV fans, see our upcoming video about the long-awaited Sunday Scramble. We are giving away 10 Heavy Putters to the first 10 fans that answer three golf trivia questions correctly. We will post the questions next Sunday during the PGA Tour event. If you are not lucky enough to win one of the first 10, you can buy one here for much less than the retail price of $119.99 anytime going forward.

Stay tuned for excitement and very good deals on many more cutting-edge golf products. Following the HP is THE greatest little green repair tool, called Stiletto Green Tool  http://www.stilettogreentool.com/ This is a brand new tool to fix ball marks on the green (yes, you should always fix your ball mark, and find another from the idiot before you that did not fix theirs). More to come. Spring is here, go out and play!

In the meantime, check out http://www.heavyputter.com/ to learn more about this great new concept in putters. 

Congrats to Camilo on a nice victory and solid play on Sunday. Also, Fran Quinn won on the Nationwide Tour last week, his fourth career win. Keep it rolling Fran, have fun out there!

See ya soon!

Don’t Rush Tiger

By now you have all seen Tiger’s public statement and you have likely read and heard most of main-stream media’s comments and predictions about what is next and “best” for Tiger. If you are an ESPN fan, you may have witnessed Woody Paige’s (panelist on Around The Horn)  idiotic claim that Tiger must and will return for the Masters, that Tiger “owes” it to the PGA Tour to return to golf. Fellow pro golfer Ernie Els stated that Tiger was “selfish” to make his public statement during the Accenture Match Play event (although I think he later retracted his selfish statement). In short, those who really care about Tiger getting his personal life in order know that it will likely take an extended period of time.

If you have been following us here at Golf is Hard TV, you know that we are among the biggest Tiger fans. Nothing would be better than to see Tiger come back and play again, because quite frankly, my interest in watching golf has greatly diminished. I tune in occasionally to check the leaderboard, hoping maybe there is an interesting dual happening (like Casey and Poulter….ugh!), or maybe trying to catch local (Worcester, MA) golf hero Fran Quinn on the leaderboard (talk about a great golf story, a future blog topic). I have more interest in watching Freddy dominate the Champions Tour and would rather see Michele Wie play (prediction, she wins three times this year). There is just no spark on the Tour these days! I was, however, impressed by Camilo’s maturity and confidence during his post 3rd-round interview at this week’s Honda. Would love to see him win a few.

Back to Tiger, yes we want and need him back playing golf. I agree that he has a finite number of Majors left and that he has an excellent shot to notch a couple more this year given the venues. However, he has to focus on getting his life in order first, and based on his public statement he is planning on trying to do so. It will be a task more monumental that winning a major, more difficult than anything he has ever accomplished on the golf course. It would be easy for him to come out and hide inside the ropes but it likely wouldn’t help his personal life. He needs to prove to Elin that he messed up and is truly sorry. Will she ever forgive him? Will she stay? You will have to pick up a People to find that answer. Tiger is dedicated to trying and if you heard what he said, it will take time…and lots of it. It wouldn’t be shocking if he took the entire year off. If he really wants to try and get things right at home, he may need to.

In the meantime, Tiger misses a few majors, PGA Tour ratings tank and his sponsors drop him (most already have). With hundreds-of-millions banked, he doesn’t care and he does not need the money. Tiger will take his time and we fans will get a lot more done around the house since we won’t be watching much golf. When he comes back, it will be with a whole new set of sponsors and ratings will be the highest ever. Another year of golf without Tiger…hard to imagine.

Go Freddy, Michele and Fran!