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!

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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!

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Ditka

Mike Ditka Resorts Annual Golf Tournament
Good Morning Mike!

The name says it all, doesn’t it? Say it with me… Ditka. Ditka, Ditka.

Aside from his role in that terrible Will Ferrell film, Mike Ditka is an iconic figure that transcends football. The classic SNL parody of him is legendary, as is his secure place as one of the all-time great football coaches.

I got an e-mail from Brooke at Geneva Hospitality who asked me to blog Ditka’s upcoming annual golf tournament. This is the 2nd year of the event and all proceeds will be going to “Gridion Greats,” a charity that provides financial assistance and coordinates social services to retired NFL players in need who are pioneers of the game and have greatly contributed to the NFL’s status as the most popular sport in America.

The event is April 16th-18th in Orlando, FL. Wish  I could say we’ll see you there… but we’ll probably still be digging out from more snow in CT.

Learn more about Gridiron Greats and the Mike Ditka annual golf tournament.

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Golf Cart 1, Jim Leyland’s Toe 0

I was poking around some news sites today and came across this doozy of a story. Apparently, Leyland’s third base coach ran over Jim’s toe and broke it. Ouch.

In other news, we got a least a foot of snow here in CT. When will it be golf season again? I’m tired of complaining, but sheesh, enough is enough already!

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Golf Digest Classifieds

Who else loves Golf Digest classifieds? Go on, admit it. You look. You know you do. I’m sitting here watching the Seminoles beat down North Carolina (hold on boys.. game’s not over yet!) and  flipping through some back issues and came across some real doozies that I had to share.

Am I that desperate for new golf blog content? Apparently so!

Anyway, here are a few good ones.  The Golf Knickers folks (you’ll have to guess at the URL, I’m not linking to them!) has an awesome photo of a guy in some cool red knickers. The hat matches the pants and his argyle socks complete the picture.  Umm, no.

The Swami, some sort of GPS device uses the clever headline of “Less for GPS, More for Beer.” Nice idea, but not so much with the funny.

The best ad though is listed under “training aids” and proclaims “The mind controls the body, which controls the golf club. The ad has a url, but I’m afraid to visit it to be totally honest. I’m picturing one of those vertigo inducing magician like guys who will hypnotize me and steal my credit card number.

Got a favorite golf ad? Share it here.

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Golf Musings

It’s the end of February and we’re faced with yet another snow storm coming later this week. Sigh. I haven’t had time to work on my putting like I have in the past and I’m feeling way behind the eight ball for this coming golf season. I’m starting to come up with some goals for this year outside of a desire to simply play more golf.

First of all, this year I think I’ll focus more on having fun and less on shooting lower and lower scores. That said, I’d love to be able to consistently break 95 and maybe, once shoot a 90 at Tashua Knolls.

I also will invest in some new equipment this year, including some new wedges. I also would love to get my irons re-fitted, based on some episodes we did with Ron towards the end of 2009, my swing has changed and it’s time for better fit clubs. Hey Ron, hook me up man!

I’d love to play a few new courses this year as well, and am taking some time in Myrtle Beach in August, and will need to find some fun courses to play while I’m there this year. I’ve played Tidewater before and would love to find something ehhh.. a bit cheaper.

As for Golf is Hard TV – we want to build the traffic and get more comments, more swings to review and to have more fun!

What are you looking to accomplish in 2010 in golf?

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Golf is Hard TV #74 – The Heavy Wedge

We continue our series at Boccieri Golf and get to try out the new Heavy Wedge!

First, let us apologize for some fuzzy video towards the middle and end of this video. All we can say is, oops.

More importantly, let’s talk about what it felt like to swing this new club. Fundamentally, both the Heavy Putter and the Heavy Wedge are different than other clubs. By putting a backweight inside the handle, the club is completely balanced differently than what most of us have in our bags today. As I understand it, this radically changes how the club feels and works in your hands.

While I only had time for a few swings, I clearly felt a difference (and yes, it’s possible it was all in my head). My swing felt smoother and I was taking a terrific “divot” on the mat, and hitting the ball a lot more solidly than I was with the Cleveland wedge. That said, until we get this bad boy on the course, we shouldn’t say much more – other than to say we ‘re extremely excited to see if the new Heavy Wedge from Boccieri Golf can help us shave a few strokes off our games.

For more, check out Stina Sternberg’s write up on Golf Digest from the recent PGA Merchandise Show.

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Free Golf Directory

Get ready for pure golf directory awesomeness…

We’re thrilled to launch our latest new feature – a free golf directory!

Here’s the deal – we love great golf businesses, cool golf stuff and tricked out golf social networks. Our directory will one day be the golf directory envy of the entire golfing world. Really. It will.

But right now, we need your help. We need listings! Do you have a favorite golf website or blog, or perhaps run one yourself? Please submit your listings today! Once you submit your listing, we’ll check you out and approve you, ensuring worldwide attention and amazing new traffic to your site. Really! Well, we’ll see.

Don’t see a category? Never fear, we’re on the job… leave a comment here or e-mail us and we’ll add to the ever growing category list lickety-lick quick.

In all honesty, we think this free golf directory has big potential and we’re excited to launch it, on this, the day of Tiger’s press conference. Umm… on this, the day of Tiger’s incredibly awkward announcement.

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Golf is Hard TV#73 – Boccieri Golf

We spent quality time with Boccieri Golf shooting multiple epsisodes at their world HQ in CT. In this first episode, Marc spends time with Steven Boccieri learning about their classic heavy and mid-weight putters as well as the new lite-weight putter and the all new heavy wedge!

We love talking golf with Steven because to us, he’s the wonderfully mad golf scientist. His depth of knowledge on the science of the golf swing is astounding – if we had only taped the 45 minute chat we had BEFORE we remembered to turn on the cameras! Stay tuned for more with Bocceri including a lesson in swing weights coming soon.

If you missed our earlier episodes with Boccieri from season 1, don’t miss part 1, episode #49 and part 2, episode #50!

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