On 2015-04-14 11:57:20, Mark Sheppard posted:
I noticed Phil Mickelson, no mean chipper, using the putter from off the green on at least 2 occasions in the final round at Augusta notably from left side of the 18th green.
On 2015-03-28 19:55:41, Peter posted:
I'm too old to moved to Germany but I'd love to play off 31. Trouble is blokes who used to play off low handicaps are now getting into the high teens and I've nowhere to go.
On 2015-03-28 19:02:51, John Beevers posted:
Peter, re "Hackers Cruelly Hampered" I couldn't agree more - as a fellow "28-er" there is nothing more soul- destroying than losing a quarter of your shots when you most need them (in a competition) before you even tee off! My wife and I were recently paired with a lovely German couple whilst on holiday in Fuerteventura, and on enquiring about handicaps on the first tee were told by the husband that he was off 31! Apparently German chaps start at 36 like the ladies... is there no justice? Still, keeping positive I'm sure our mutual cuts to 27 are just around the corner during the 2015 season...
On 2015-03-25 17:09:36, Tony Mason posted:
My sympathies, our four's age is 322. I am 'that youth' at 78, we only play 9 nowadays.
On 2015-03-08 20:39:58, Peter posted:
Nothing changes, Tony. We're all back in the bar to cause more damage to ourselves than we did to the course.
On 2015-03-08 12:19:16, Tony Mason posted:
The second half of the winter league used to be foursomes, to make it a bit quicker back to the bar and warmth in the 80's is it still the same?
On 2015-03-06 17:57:22, Tony Cluley posted:
Golf is a funny game! One minute you are on top of the world and the next you are bitten in the posterior! By your comments above I believe it was a wise decision not to play after Christmas judging from your reported results. At least it should have given you time (like Tiger) to hone everything to perfection prior to playing in the warmer weather.
On 2015-02-12 21:02:06, Peter posted:
I'm already working on my yips not that lazy sod. But I still believe he'll come up with the answer.
On 2015-02-12 16:13:38, Tony Cluley posted:
I hope that you aren't going to take an extended leave of absence like Tiger!
On 2015-01-16 17:00:58, Tony Mason posted:
Have a good rest now and learn this new chipping method, I am looking forward to hearing about it, I need all the help I can get! Have been hunting out Peter Dobereiner's books on the net, I didn't realise that you were colleagues, I can understand why golf writers have a good sense of humor, you need it when you have been playing this stupid, fascinating game for 50yrs or so. More power to your pen. Tony
On 2014-12-28 12:13:45, Tony Mason posted:
Best of luck with the cross country, it legitimises the way I usually play, although not by design.
On 2014-12-26 16:24:58, Tony Cluley posted:
I am sure that a gentleman of your caliber will get cut in 2015. I am looking forward to you reporting on the fact.
On 2014-12-25 09:42:04, Peter posted:
Thank you, Tony. My ambition is to get cut but all I can manage is to get half-cut. Merry Christmas
On 2014-12-24 21:34:06, Tony Cluley posted:
I always enjoy your words, many of which have brought tears to my eyes. Through your efforts I have managed to get cut! Merry Christmas
On 2014-12-24 15:20:11, Peter posted:
Thank you Clive, it is an honour to occupy the ground below you. Merry Christmas to you too
On 2014-12-24 14:55:46, Clive 'Silky Swing' Agran posted:
Your contribution to the game of golf is immense. Without complete hackers like you, indifferent golfers like me would feel even worse. Merry Christmas.
On 2014-11-24 17:43:17, Peter posted:
Hello Tony, I an assure you that the atmosphere in the bar is as rowdy as ever and the new chief snake, Dave Hankey, is playing a blinder.
On 2014-11-16 11:31:15, Tony Mason posted:
Lovely to read this, I have many happy memories of playing in the "Snakes" in the 70'sand early 80's before I moved to Devon, I'm now reduced to playing 9, three times a week, four hip replacements and other sessions under the surgeon's knife have taken their toll on my old body. I have never found the equivalent of lunchtime in the Men's Bar in all the other clubs in which I've been a member, I would like to think it was the same but I suppose it has fallen under equality umbrella and lost its charm. I look forward to being able to follow your trials and tribulations for a long time to come. Tony Mason
On 2014-11-11 13:48:56, Bob Bubbins posted:
Peter,Thanks for Sunday,it was superb to see you playing.Cheers Bob Wet feet no more Bubbins♣
On 2014-09-05 20:44:13, Richard posted:
Peter- No matter what -- make sure you put your card in and encourage all others to do the same! We cant all win and we cant all be last, but it is important that we all compete to the end.... a bit like playing cricket as a kid and batting for ever, but always prepared to do your share of fielding and bowling!! And even if your total score is not what you want.... you always got a chance of a hole in one!! Have a great day... see you at the 19th!
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On 2014-08-29 22:31:47, Andy posted:
I am amazed that you had the cheek to take it. But next Sat at 09.12 retribution will begin. Spend it quickly Mr Bond Correction Mr greedy sod. A F
On 2014-08-21 19:52:04, Liz Bigwood posted:
Sending you lots of love. So glad treatment is over. xxxxx
On 2014-08-06 15:23:24, Paul Gemmell posted:
Peter, Welcome back to writing about the wonderful world of hackers golf. The world that gives us so much pain, heartache and frustration. If it wasn't for the unsurmountable pleasure it gives us, I don't think we'd bother, do you? Glad you are out and about again! Cheers Paul
On 2014-08-05 08:49:49, Margaret Kellogg posted:
So enjoyed meeting you last night at The Ship! It is always fun to find a fellow hacker that enjoys talking golf as much as I do!! Don't forget to send me the photo of your grandson. Thanks again
On 2014-08-04 16:22:27, Peter Godsiff . posted:
- I have never played The Glamorganshire, don't know exactly where it is although I know Peter Hunt (where has he been on the West Region circuit this year?), but I read every Corrigan masterpiece and feel I know most of the club members, their jobs, handicaps and drinking habits. Keep writing Peter. I had hoped to see you at Porthcawl but preferred watching Langer..He has a better swing.
On 2014-08-03 20:01:04, John Town posted:
Welcome back, hope you make that sub 100 this year.
On 2014-08-02 22:33:27, Peter Jackson posted:
Good to see you back in action, Peter - air shots and all. I prefer to call them practice swings. Best wishes. Peter Jackson.
On 2014-08-01 19:33:35, Peter posted:
Thank you, Ian. I'm raring to get out and murder Royal Porthcawl like Bernhard Langer did -- although perhaps not in the same way. Cheers, Peter
On 2014-08-01 07:46:54, Ian Price posted:
Glad you are feeling well Peter. Look forward to further ' Hacking ' Best wishes Ian Price
On 2014-07-21 16:08:00, Richard Jones posted:
Glad to hear you are ok. Hope to see you when Wallasey come down on August 2nd & 3rd to fight for the BOW TIE.
On 2014-07-20 07:47:48, Peter posted:
Sorry Mark. Just reached the end of my chemo treatment and will be restarting the Hacker soon. But I'm feeling fine thanks. Cheers, Peter.
On 2014-07-18 12:15:11, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter, hope you are o.k. missing my hacker story fix very much. Slightly worried, Mark
On 2014-06-07 17:22:25, Peter posted:
Great to hear from you, Tony. Yes, I did take over from Graham back in the 80s. The Snakes are still going strong but you sound as if you are going pretty well yourself.
On 2014-06-07 17:06:13, Tony Mason posted:
How lovely to read your page. This brings back happy memories of the days when I was a member of the Glamorganshire back in the late 60s through to the early 80s. I am now reduced to 9 holes three times a week at Bovey Tracey having had four hip replacements,prostrate cancer and other unwanted visitors. I can sympathise with the life of the hacker, I'm nearly back to where I started! Would I be right in thinking you took over the post of"Chief Snake" from Graham Scarrett? Could you please give my very best to Graham James who was affectionately known as "hooky" in the old days, but I expect that is non pc nowadays, I can always remember tightening his grip with a screwdriver on th 12th, and having a drink with him in the men's bar afterwards. An absolutely remarkable man. Many thanks. Tony Mason
On 2014-05-14 21:41:05, Kevin Garside posted:
What was the carry on that 81-yard drive Pete? You must round up these golfing tales into a book. You've got a buyer in me. KG
On 2014-04-29 15:13:55, Peter Rumens posted:
Does one need special underwear ?
On 2014-04-29 12:01:03, Peter Rumens posted:
Hi Peter, Having moved to Spain some ten years ago, it was inevitable that Corinne and I would lose touch with the GGC and its characters. We are sorry to hear that you have had health problems, and of course we wish you well in your recovery. When asked what I miss most about the U.K. the answer is an immediate GGC - Mostly the nineteenth hole over-indulgence and the vociferous banter. Golf in Spain? - Well it was inevitable that I would eventually crack it. Now no longer a challenge, it became a choice between turning professional and playing the Seniors circuit, or tackling something more demanding. I read that the E. L. James 50 Shades trilogy has sold 70 million copies worldwide. Sadomasochism - I don't get it! I do know that if I took a whip to Corinne, she would come back with a sledge hammer. " But surely a straight, erotic, romantic novel is not beyond my writing skills ", thought I. The guys will not be surprised that my penchant for calling a spade an 'effing shovel prevailed, and the end product is a novel written in a highly explicit manner. However, the Ladies section of GGC must not despair. Pre-publish reviews describe "...But like there's no tomorrow " as a beautiful love story full of laughter and pathos. Even a cynical old bugger like you Peter, will be reduced to tears. Publish date 28th. August 2014. ( Troubador ). Take a look at Peter Rumens in Facebook to learn more. Best wishes to you and all at GGC. Peter. In the meantime I'll swing the sticks once a week - Just in case !
On 2014-04-17 20:33:01, John Town posted:
Thanks for the laugh, very funny. I was very lucky with my cancer, and hope you come through your chemo and bring us plenty more years of laughter and tears of recognition of golf's many and various ways of making us look total prats. Good luck.
On 2014-04-02 14:41:35, Roger Thomas posted:
Such public humiliation of Bob Edwards is beyond the pale and The Hacker needs to understand that besides the risk of domestic harmony Bob's kind invitation to me and my wife to spend a few days with him in Mallorca, meant that the rules of hospitality (be there when guests arrive which in this case coincided with the exact time that Bill Gill was valiantly playing his legendary round of golf) outweighed the calls even of the Snakes final. In any event if they wanted the attendance of someone with as many commitments as Bob (his numerous foreign holidays aside) surely they needed to tell him at least a year in advance that he was likely to be in the Final. Would Rory or Tiger (whose hourly rates pale into insignificance against Bob's) be willing or able to turn up on just a week's notice and at their own expense?! In the meanwhile can I suggest that if The Glamorganshire isn't going to enshrine Bill's name and accomplishment in gold leaf that serious consideration should be given to erecting a statue of him alongside the fifteenth green where he eventually gave up the ghost.
On 2014-04-01 16:32:02, Bob Edwards posted:
Just back from Mallorca and delighted to hear of the heroic exploits of Bill. By the reception I've received from the members of The Glamorganshire it seems that I'm now persona non grata so I've decided to push off to another island retreat until all the fuss has died down. Much as I would have loved to return half way through my extended vacation to honour my golfing commitment, my dear wife put me on a three line whip and made it quite clear that all those years that I practised divorce law wasn't going to save me from the torments that she would inflict for seeking to breach the whip. Bill remains devastated as it was a glorious opportunity to have his name in gold leaf. The argument that his heroics will be remembered well after the gold leaf fades into obscurity doesn't seem to appeal to him. As he has put it so succinctly, "If only you got off your fat arse and returned we would have beaten those hollow victors by a country mile". Maybe time will prove to be a great healer for Bill but as he was a top flight litigation lawyer I doubt it. I'm expecting a writ for exemplary damages any day now.
On 2014-03-31 11:35:19, Leon Reece posted:
I had agreed to play with Peter in the first Medal of the year; I was hoping to coax every ounce of golfing talent out of him in order to beat tiger to his next major. That was before his recent diagnosis with cancer, having recently supported my mother through her chemotherapy I knew that playing on the Saturday following his first treatment was a massive ask. Its true testament to the man that he arrived as normal to tee off for the first medal of the year. At that stage I didn’t really care if he shot 99 or 200 the important thing was he was playing the game he loves. Tiger may be a giant of the game but Peter Corrigan is a giant at the Glamorganshire.
On 2014-03-22 17:36:34, Theo posted:
Excellent blog you have got here.. It's hard to find high quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!
On 2014-03-22 07:01:42, Falkland Hacker posted:
Since I took up this game 5 years ago (not an easy thing to do if you're the wrong side of 50) I have drawn great inspiration from your column.I love to read your new column on a Friday night to set me up for my Saturday medal. I recently shot my lowest gross score an 81 net 60 and with this winning score came the princely sum of £3.40 for my efforts. It was a particularly windy morning so most of the usual crowd had decided to stay in bed. Just as you give inspiration to others I would like take this opportunity on behalf of all your followers to wish you all the best in your new fight. FJ
On 2014-03-19 22:59:11, Gary Moran posted:
Enjoyed many of Peter's articles over the years. A great writer and I hope you win this battle. Gary
On 2014-03-14 12:20:53, ma x posted:
Actually we were 10 better on 68. See you tomorrow when no doubt Andy will show us all up again!
On 2014-03-09 17:52:32, Andy posted:
There was no warning; you are a selfish old goat.! . Same time next week?????
On 2014-03-03 16:58:02, Roger Alban posted:
Peter, I was so impressed with Arwyn play, a gross 74, net 62, that I have invested four pounds in his ability by having the honour of being his partner in the Stoddard Cup this year! Regards, Roger.
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On 2014-02-28 12:33:31, Dave Bowers posted:
Hi Peter, if you are considering launching the Honourable Company of Shit Golfers, please will you promise to send membership details? My only concern is that I may be, somewhat, over-qualified. Regards Dave
On 2014-01-29 17:33:10, Peter posted:
Fair points, Paul, but the old curmudgeons are getting less crusty by the year. I just hope the game survives when their like are finally gone.
On 2014-01-29 17:22:28, paul leary posted:
The comment about scrapping the strict dress codes is very pertinent , as at most clubs we are seeing less and less 20 and 30 somethings playing . I have a few friends who fall into this bracket and their reasons for not joining a club are 1 why pay high fees , when i can pay and play 2 restrictive outdated dress codes 3 crusty old curmudgeons usually in tatty scruffy tweed who delight in pointing out minor dress code / rule infractions at full volume ( as opposed to a quiet discreet friendly word ) Rant over
On 2013-12-22 11:12:10, jammy posted:
your comments are very kind. a good summing up of the evening !!! You should have been a professional journalist !!
On 2013-10-28 15:40:53, John Adams posted:
Being accused of playing bad shots deliberately, reminded me of something that the late Sid Mouland told me of trying to play badly. Sid was a conscript in the armed forces, and while serving abroad he was summoned by his commanding officer. The C.O said that he had heard that Sid was a very good golfer, and would like a game. Sid accepted, but decided that it would be politic to let the C.O win, by playing badly. To Sid's embarrassment every "bad shot" he tried to hit turned out to be perfect and it was on of the best games of golf he'd ever played!!
On 2013-10-20 09:53:05, Barry Ward posted:
Hello Peter: Long time no see, mon ami. Have a happy birthday and here's wishing you many more years of contentedly battering away at the 100 barrier! I'm of comparable vintage (nine over fours next week) and for some years had an ambition to better my age when I reached 80. My target has now escalated to 90 but what the heck: I regard each day on the golf course as a blessing. When not travelling, I still play three times weekly with my fellow grey beards at Greetham Valley GC in Rutland where my handicap now exceeds my collar size and is rapidly approaching that of my inside leg measurement! But we old chaps have a ball and it's worth being on parade simply for the jokes... This is written in response to your piece on Bermuda. I too have happy memories of the island but for quite different reasons. For some years in the 1950s I worked there as a reporter for the Royal Gazette and was introduced to the game by a pretty lady golfer who became my wife. More, my introduction coincided with the launch of the Bermuda Goodwill tournament, an international pro-am, and when the Sports Ed searched for a knowledgeable underling to cover the event it transpired that I was the only one to play the game (although at that point my knowledge was limited to recognising a putter from a three wood!). So off I went to become a golf writer and 57 years later I'm still taking in writing for a living, still travelling and producing the odd (very odd) column and recently another golf book. I made a return visit to the island some years ago and was delighted to discover that it was unchanged. That's part of its charm: it is unchanging, in its beauty and ambience. It is a little bit of heaven on earth. Maybe I'll complete the circle and retire there.... That's a thought. Love your blog. You've inspired me to follow suit.
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On 2013-09-12 17:46:13, Kathrynelliott.com.au posted:
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On 2013-09-10 13:06:57, Albert Fool posted:
Peter, The pint (of diet coke) will be on you of course. The answer is - get Jordan to play with you! Or perhaps he wouldn't do that at any Price. What you should not be doing is playing with another 20+ handicapper. The 3/4 is to offset the scoring potential of the high handicap player when playing with a low handicap player to cover for his bad holes. You are correct though that 3/4 of +2 is +1. The idea of applying the 3/4 is to offset the scoring potential of the high handicap when playing with a low (the low player "covers" for his bad holes) and give something back to the lowest handicap in the field. Take two pairs, one 0 and 0 other 4 and 4. normal foursomes pair A would give 4 strokes to pair B. In 4 ball the 4 handicaps would play off 3, ie they would get 1 less shot. Take now two players off +4 and two players off 0. In normal foursomes the +4 pair would give four strokes to the scratch pair. After applying 3/4 to maintain equity with the 0/4 situation the difference should be 3 hence 3/4 of "+"4 is + 3 (remember CONGU states a "+" handicap is really a minus number). If it were as Irwin says after applying 3/4 the scratch player would give less shots to the higher handicaps and receive more from the low. This would not be equitable. Now whether 3/4 is equitable is a different question all together. Be thankful you are not a 36 handicap lady who would lose 9 strokes! As in life there is always someone worse off than you (except in handicapping if you happen to be off 36 of course). A. Fool
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On 2013-09-07 07:00:11, Peter posted:
Thanks Irwin -- I shall investigate. Best wishes
On 2013-09-07 05:49:01, Erwin posted:
Peter, tournaments where the three quarter handicap rule is in use are good. It's only used in stablefort matches to give better players a chance. But as you say, the higher the hcp the more shots are taken from you. What is not correct is what you write about the plus handicap gaining a shot. It's the opposite. If a player has a playing handicap of - 2 this would mean incl. three quarter a playing hcp of - 2,5 which makes - 3. If the tournament organizations in the UK calculate otherwise they are fools and should be take off their positions in the Union of in the golf clubs ;-) Enjoy golf!
On 2013-08-30 22:38:34, Clive 'Silky Swing' Agran posted:
How could you go to Bermuda without me? No wonder you lost. Cheers.
On 2013-08-23 20:03:00, andrewf frosdick posted:
Dear Peter Its been a while since I have sent you a message. I am pleased you have got back playing after various ops etc and sorry to hear that sub 100 meal is still eluding you. Whatever you do don't give up as this game is ultimately about pleasure and enjoyment and not score and you obviously still get so much out of the game. Personally most of the warmest memories are of the friendship and companionship which accompanies playing. You never know just when that sub 100 score will pop up when you are least expecting it. Regards Andrew
On 2013-08-16 07:38:51, Mark Sheppard posted:
Couldn't agree more, it is one of the delights of Golf that amid the gym honed college clone golfers occasionally a Jason Dufner emerges victorious.
On 2013-07-30 12:30:02, Peter posted:
Thank you, Neil. I tend not to have too many old balls either. I've never had a hole in one. I've been close a few times but you need a little and hackers don't seem to get much of that.
On 2013-07-30 11:40:53, Neil taylor posted:
I regulary play with a 28 handicaper who will always be that handicap. His fault being that when he slices or pulls it, it goes of course so far as that he is always in deep rough. As you will appreciate he loses lots of balls and was recently winging when getting a new tube of balls out of his bag, when I said why don't you play with old balls. To which he replied " I never have any " Have you ever had a hole in one ! There used to be a saying something on the lines of the score reflecting your age but I'm not sure how it goes.
On 2013-06-21 11:47:16, Bob Bubbins posted:
The only failure is believing a target is beyond reach,I know you,ll beat this 100 number,keep at it Old Wise One,cheers Bob B.
On 2013-06-10 17:19:32, John Dodd posted:
You nearly did it. What a shame about the air shot. It won't be long now. Doddy
On 2013-05-24 12:10:23, Bob Bubbins posted:
Peter, Do not transfer too much weight to one leg,remember Long John Silver. Played with the gentle Roger Albany today,a man who fluctuates between good and bad,lucky I did,not play him Saturday. Well done Roger,there,s hope yet Peter,cheers Bob B.
On 2013-05-17 19:37:10, Paul Dyer posted:
Great article, enjoyed reading it, Penarth am byth!
On 2013-05-07 07:48:32, Mark Sheppard posted:
If this happened in America Hollywood would come calling, it's the classic redemption story the yanks love this kind of thing. Well done.
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On 2013-04-27 20:03:41, dukeofhazards posted:
Perhaps this extract from P G Wodehouse could help - 'Ferdinand Dibble always made life difficult for himself by thinking too much. Whenever he prepared to play a stroke he had a complete mental list of all the mistakes it was possible to make. 'He would remember how masters like Taylor had warned against dipping the right shoulder; how Vardon inveighed against movement of the head; how Ray talked of the tendency to snatch back the club; how Braid spoke sadly of those who sinned by stiffening the muscles and heaving. 'The consequence was that when Ferdinand, after waggling in a frozen manner until shame forced him into some definite form of action, he invariably proceeded to dip his right shoulder, stiffen his muscles, heave, snatch back the club, at the same time as raising as his head sharply as in the illustrated plate on page 34 of James Braid's 'Golf Without Tears'.' 'The Heart of a Goof', by P G Wodehouse, published in 1926
On 2013-04-12 11:02:58, John Dodd posted:
You were missed at St Andrews and we could have done with some of your warm weather.Everything went well. Hiedi sends her regards and hopes to see you next year. Doddy
On 2013-03-27 12:12:42, Mark Sheppard posted:
Playing in Spain a few years ago one of my partners was having a bad time and I noticed he was swinging very flat. I said nothing until late in the round when he could no longer win then mentioned the flat swing. He promptly started hitting the ball really well with a more upright swing on the last couple of holes. The next day he won with a stableford score in the forties, needless to say I got a right bollicking and a fine from the organiser.
On 2013-03-26 16:45:34, John Dodd posted:
Thank you Peter,yet again.I am looking forward to carrying on where I left off. Doddy PS Roll on St Andrews
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On 2013-03-01 09:42:10, Tony Cluley posted:
I suspect the golf was not up to your recent standard due to the excellent company you were with, but what weather! Much better than the UK!!!
On 2013-02-21 22:31:04, Gregg posted:
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On 2013-02-15 16:12:32, Bob Bubbins posted:
Legend, have a great time in the sunshine I,ll be in snowbound New York visiting my daughter at the same time. Hope this is the year to break the barrier. Miss Daisy broke her driver. You know my chest size,money no object,cheers Bob B.
On 2013-02-06 13:04:45, Mark Sheppard posted:
A couple of points: In one of Bob Rotella's excellent books he says that the average US club handicap 30 years ago when people were still using blades and wooden woods was 16, at the time the book was written with palyers now using peripheral weighted irons and large headed titanium drivers the average club handicap in the US was, you guessed it 16. Having said that when I started playing as a callow youth in the late seventies I couldn't use a wooden driver and didn't carry one, I still have the first Taylor Made steel headed burner driver I bought and remember the unadulterated joy of being able to get the ball airborn with it. My point is that none of this makes a lot of difference to us club golfers, certainly not messing about with long putters, I have never seen an amateur use one. What the authorities seem reluctant to do is sort out the ball problem, take 50 yards off for the pro's and we club golfers might lose 5 or 10 of a good drive and how many of those do you hit in a round. I rest my case.
On 2013-02-04 18:36:45, Duke of hazards posted:
Excellent points made in this article. It seems that all these multi-national companies, whether it be TaylorMade, Google, Facebook, etc, do what Wall Street demands and do not have their customers' real interests at heart. Brands like that start off with sound reputations but then people begin to lose trust in them. TaylorMade should be protecting the rules and conventions that have served the game so well.
On 2013-02-01 06:11:06, Paul leary posted:
I agree it is a shame they banned those drivers with the trampoline face , I found they went 10-20 yes further into the bushes , which was a great help to my scoring .
On 2013-01-11 15:13:19, Richard Jones posted:
Some years ago I was playing against a friend who was a member of a course on the other side of the Mersey (names withheld in case of litigation). He was plagued with a number of 'freshies'. I had to remind him that the ground was a little lower on this side of the river - this seemed to solve his problem!
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On 2013-01-06 20:49:59, Tony Cluley posted:
I have the utmost faith in you, so you will brak the 100 barrier in 2013. It will come!
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On 2012-12-13 00:35:37, Nev Nicholson posted:
Surely this unsportsmanlike gloating may well make you the Chief Snake's preference for the Spoon?!
On 2012-12-09 10:17:40, Peter Walker posted:
Always a pleasure to help a fellow sufferer. The original idea of keeping ones weight on the inside of the right foot (providing one has one), throughout the backswing must be married to a 'turning in the barrel' of the shoulders, (and by loose association the hips) originated from Ollwyn Brace the former Welsh scrum half in the days just after the War (2nd, not 1st)., He'd seen me swaying some 40 degrees from left to right prior to sending the ball 60 degrees off to the right. It worked for me - However, now I have other problems including a an NHS replacement knee! Still, you can't have it all I suppose and I look forward to a 50 guinea cheque from The Hacker for advice given.
On 2012-12-08 16:54:39, Nigel swaine posted:
Thanks mr corrigan u r a star love u two u r a credit of golf
On 2012-11-30 15:33:31, John Adams posted:
Peter there is a problem with the "hedgehog" rubber spikes, i.e they pick up replaced divots!!
On 2012-11-22 20:18:20, Tony Cluley posted:
Absolute brillance to play four rounds in seven days. Keep it up & you will soon be breaking 100!
On 2012-11-22 13:28:23, David Birtill posted:
Four rounds in seven day? Were you playing pitch and putt! Good to see you're still keeping you hand in...
On 2012-11-20 10:55:10, the strangler posted:
If you are following the debate over long-handled putters, today's Guardian newspaper carries this interesting item. The link is - http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2012/nov/19/belly-putters-golf-ban
On 2012-11-18 08:20:29, email@example.com posted:
I seem to recall that John Bickerton was blown out of his shoes by lightning on the golf course, not once, but twice! But, that would have been less of a shock than being 'out-angled' by The Hacker....................................
On 2012-10-23 17:12:50, brian griggs posted:
would it be possible to export the snakes and ladders concept to yorkshire or do the rules not travel well.This hacker( still 27 )by good fortune, charm and bribery has been invited to be the veterans captain and would like to try something differant.As a club our section is full of "characters" who would benifit from a rousing challange regards brian griggs hanging heaton golf club dewsbury
On 2012-10-22 07:23:54, Dave Ellis posted:
great column partner... Can't wait to see how you break the news of the events of yesterday. Don't for get to book a space for me if you're away this week, I'm coming!!
On 2012-10-12 22:51:49, Bob Bubbins posted:
Peter, We are in New York visiting family. There is a driving range where the higher handicaps have to go to the top balcony,when you are at ground level it appears to book snowing golf balls at times. Great to see you looking so well,I agree with John Dodd this could be the year you reach the ground level,cheers Bob.
On 2012-10-11 16:45:18, John Dodd posted:
Dear Peter, Just arrived back from USA. Looking forward to getting you back in training. I am sure we will get you through the 100 barrier next year. Doddy (Torrey Pines is not as tough as Royal Porthcawl)
On 2012-09-28 10:31:33, Peter Corrigan posted:
Thank you for your much needed support.
On 2012-09-27 19:49:48, Tony Cluley posted:
I would like to wish you all the sucess you deserve in breaking the 100 barrier!
On 2012-09-20 12:44:09, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter, I haven't commented for a while but I am still an avid reader, the maximum handicap used to be 24, perhaps that would be a possible compromise. Some of your long par fours would probably have been par fives in 1898 a scratch score would have been something like 76. Mark.
On 2012-09-14 19:01:31, peter higgs posted:
I would like to point out that after my miserable eleven points on the first day I proved my bouncebackability with 24 on Day Two ably aided by The Hacker himself, whose ball-finding skill far outweighed his playing ability. But , as you say,Pete, a great tiime was had by all - and thoroughly enjoyed your account of it. Toodle-pip!
On 2012-09-07 08:26:18, keith (Tresaithboy)!! posted:
Hi peter hope your taste returns as good as your golf as you know the 19th is The Ship Tresaith. look froward to seeing you there. Keith
On 2012-09-03 19:36:20, Nev posted:
Welcome back Peter! Reminds me of a pal of mine a few years ago who played some of his best golf after a bout of mumps, which makes you swing very sl-o-o-w!
On 2012-08-30 19:32:51, John Town posted:
Wonderful news, and an excellent return to the course. However, don't expect to keep the slow swing for more than a couple of weeks!
On 2012-08-24 14:57:25, keith posted:
Peter the best golf played is in the 19th !!! thanks for your company in Tresaith hope you enjoyed your break there and your game in Cardigan GC good luck with your health recovery. Just think if you'ed been fully fit you would of crusified us even more!!!
On 2012-08-23 15:35:26, MIKE B posted:
I wish I had known all that before I started mike
On 2012-08-17 10:15:37, Russy posted:
I witnessed my mate (who hits it a long way, but rarely straight) drive over the brow of a hill on a Par 5 in Spain and through 3 fourballs hacking their way down the long fairway! We had already waited for one of the ladies to hit 6 times before she got over the brow. The round took 6 and a half hours. Nice, sunny day tho.
On 2012-08-17 08:46:05, graham oneill posted:
it is done in Spain. I have witnessed it at El Paraiso a few times, I believe that some ladiy golfers on the continent have handicaps of 48 ! so if they are determined to hole out it is extremely slow.
On 2012-08-16 12:01:21, the strangler posted:
In the first paragraph of the above article on slow play, you say "clamp-downs are not easy to impose". Out of interest, I did a google on "golf marshal". One American site that came up on Google gave the definition as: "A golf course marshal ensures smooth pace of play on golf course, and acts as an information centre for golf and real estate development issues." A site connected to the New York Times was more sport-focused and said that: "Some courses allow marshals to force slow groups to move up, skipping part or all of a hole in order to speed up play." This sounds tough stuff. Does it actually happen anywhere, do you think?
On 2012-08-10 09:09:02, John Overend posted:
Well done Peter. Long may it continue.
On 2012-08-09 08:35:03, John Dodd posted:
Well done Peter, looking forward to renewing our matches at Royal Porthcawl. Doddy
On 2012-08-05 10:31:23, John Overend posted:
Peter, what can I say in response to such gracious comments. I could tell that we had a battle on our hands when I stood on the first tee and saw your fellows approaching with a cocky strut and the "who are you lookin' at" expression on their face that we know so well on Merseyside. A great, well deserved win and a great weekend. Young Edwards did his job well on Saturday night - I did not see too many unwilling victims though. Live by the sword.... Roll on 2013.
On 2012-08-03 13:09:10, Clare Corrigan posted:
Go easy on the Port Peter!
On 2012-08-03 13:01:22, Clare Corrigan posted:
Go easy on the Port Peter.
On 2012-08-01 09:51:31, Bob Edwards posted:
If it becomes obvious that you can't beat the Wallasey lads by raw talent (something I've sadly learnt to The Glamorganshire's cost over the past few years) then you are encouraged to stoop to embark on less honourable means to secure success, even though it means sacrificing yourself for the sake of the team. Supping with the Wallasey contingent the night before the big match was both a great joy and a window of opportunity to indulge in that gentlemanly passtime of heavy port drinking. It seems to have done the trick though I'm sure the boys won't fall for it next year! As I flew over Wallasey the other day, on my way to indulge in my passion of single malt drinking in Inverness, I swear I could see a black flag flying outside the golf club. It's a scene that we've become accustomed to at The Glamorganshire for some years now. My advice to Wallasey is keep off the port next year and join me in a couple of bottles of Glenlivit.
On 2012-07-30 11:55:19, Michael O'Callaghan posted:
Peter, What can I say. After an encouraging display by myself and my team on Saturday the Glamorganshire boys wore us down on Sunday. Richard and I were confident of victory early in the round but by the time we had climbed the hill to the 15th green Bob's special reserve port was taking it's toll and the writing was on the wall. Perhaps as Captain I should have led by example and politely accepted only one small glass of port but alas I am weak willed. However, the weekend was another great success and we look forward to next year
On 2012-07-27 12:26:27, Bryan Read posted:
Can't say I'm surprised you won. You played played someone with 3 hips. Surely this is a big advantage.
On 2012-07-27 00:24:15, Richard Jones posted:
Peter, I am still in shock! After a wonderful golfing day at Royal Porthcawl, when as usual, the weather was glorious ( I don't recall any rain in all the years we have been down ) it was followed, as you say, by a wonderful meal made all the more enjoyable by the kind purchase by Bob of 2 decanters of Port. As you are aware, I usually decide on the pairings for The Match on Sunday but it appears that the pairings were made by committee hence our abysmal display (this will not happen again!). As you are aware we had a few new members playing this year and maybe they were overawed by the hospitality shown to them by members of Glamorganshire or it may have been the drink! As for next year be afraid, be very afraid. Once again thanks to the Captain and members of Glamorganshire and look forward to seeing you at Wallasey next year.
On 2012-07-26 14:26:59, MIKE B posted:
If I were you I would wear a bullet proof jacket and helmet
On 2012-07-25 08:08:24, Mark Sheppard posted:
On our annual golf trip to Spain I was playing in the last fourball of our group at Rio Real near Marbella, we waited on every shot and sat on benches at every tee. It was a lovely autumn day, the sun was shining and I was in good company, but there are limits. After 3 hours, yes 3 hours, we had completed 9 holes, the longest 9 holes I have ever played. Strangely though the back was played at almost a sprint in just 2 hours. It turned out that our organiser playing in the first fourball had gone into the pro shop and played hell with the staff who duly chastened sent out the Marshal to find the culprits and get them moving, they were astonishingly a 2 ball! Mark
On 2012-07-20 14:46:05, the strangler posted:
The Hacker has talked a lot recently about the row over belly-putters and other changes that are questionable as far golfing tradition is concerned. There's another thing. Courses who describe their main 18-hole course as a "Championship Course". One track I use near London is 5,960 yards off the back tees, (substantially shorter off the yellow tees, of course), yet it is always described in advertising and promotion material as a "Championship Course". Other places do the same. I have a lot of respect for this particular course, run by a company, because it offers relatively inexpensive green fees on an OK course, but I don't think it should have the right to call it by that name. It is misleading. Aren't there any rules over this? Shouldn't there be a minimum length? There seem to be rules about so many things in golf, why not this?
On 2012-07-18 19:51:59, Tony Cluley posted:
I love the idea of a stopwatch! If you take a shotgun with you that would be even better!!
On 2012-07-14 04:30:04, Tim posted:
Come and play in Asia where every super-hacker believes they are playing on the final day of the Masters. My record experience was 6 hours 45 minutes in a competition and the last 5 groups didn't beat nightfall. 38 C and 95% humidity added to the enjoyment. All good fun. As an expat I really enjoy the weekly posting. All the best from Vietnam
On 2012-07-13 12:47:24, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter, my first golf club was a new pay and play and so had many members who were new to the game and didn't know their way around a golf course. The winter league was a pairs beter ball stableford and rounds would typically take up to 5 hours. My partner and I were grumbling during yet another interminable wait on a tee when one of our playing partners said 'Oh I don't mind how long it takes, this is my leisure time the longer the better.' We were needless to say stunned to silence. Mark.
On 2012-07-07 14:54:55, Brian Joseph posted:
Hi Peter,totally agree with your comments,which is somewhat different for you and I on occasions! Setting up golf course like the U.S.A. demeans the players, and the spectators,who wish to see the worlds best players perform at their peak.Not made to play on unfair and unsuitable courses,which demeans their ability. Absolutely unbelievable.
On 2012-07-04 09:33:04, Chris Embo posted:
I was fortunate enough to attend the US & Irish opens this year. I found the US Open more enjoyable from a spectator point of view. The stadium feel of the course added to the drama and excitement of the event. Don't get me wrong Portrush was excellent but it lacked the amphitheatres of Olympic club. Indeed, for a links course which are generally flat Portrush was better than many Opens I have attended (miles better for spectating than say St Andrews). The US Open is golf's self-styled 'toughest test' so you know that few (if any) players will break par. A brutal test like this is fine from time to time. I find it makes us average golfers appreciate the skill of the top player. I would love to have had the opportunity to go on Olympic to try and break 100.
On 2012-07-03 16:02:14, Steve G posted:
Ah Monte Mayor, my favourite golf course just edging North Berwick into second, both of which are my favourites DESPITE their difficulty! Sorry to report though that MM has become a victim of the general malaise in Spain (and one suspects, its lack of attraction to the grip-it-and-rip-it resort golfer) and closed its doors at the back end of last year. I was there in November last on our annual trip to the coast and it ceased trading a day before we were due to play. She will be missed.
On 2012-07-03 14:32:16, Peter posted:
I was going to mention Monte Mayor, Mark. A terrifying place. Before I played it, I bought 12 second-hand balls in the pro's shop and I swear they were all back on sale by the time I'd reached the ninth.
On 2012-07-03 12:36:41, Mark Sheppard posted:
Difficult courses can be fun? On a regular Golfing trip to Spain some years ago my friends and I played Monte Mayor. The course is in the mountains above Marbella and follows a deep ravine in spectacular scenery, a little like those calendars you used to see. What made this extremely difficult course fun was that the mountain and Ravine side of each hole were marked with red posts as lateral hazards, so when your ball dissappeared off the edge of the fairway into the chasm below, you merely dropped a ball where it crossed the boundary and carried on. Admittedly you nedded a lot of ammunition, I think I lost 8 balls, but it made it playable. Mark.
On 2012-06-25 11:30:11, MIKE B posted:
will you be able to chalk the club face ?
On 2012-06-22 23:25:20, khaled posted:
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On 2012-06-21 13:01:45, Nick Lewis posted:
Does anybody have any reassuring 'redemption achieved after golf lesson horror' stories? Been playing three years, don't have a handicap yet but shot my first sub ton (95 at Rothesay) the other week; really pleased with my game this season so far... Went for a lesson with a local pro yesterday. Disaster doesn't begin to describe it. Changed my grip, my stance, my balance, everything. Couldn't hit the ball. Sklaff after top after fresh air shot; horrible. Very afraid that my, for me, great form of this season will now desert me.......
On 2012-06-20 22:24:45, Blair Rule posted:
Couldn't agree more. I've had one of these for 2 years. Provided you haven't got any steep hills to climb, these are far better value than battery trolleys and will last longer
On 2012-06-20 14:51:50, Mark Sheppard posted:
Putt with your knees! A great tip for those with yips appeared in Golf World recently from Butch Harmon. You take a conventional putting stance, then instead of moving arms shoulders etc. you bend your left knee and straighten your right knee, hey presto the putter moves back. Straigten your left knee and bend your right, the putter moves forward.
On 2012-06-18 12:34:46, Falkland Hacker posted:
Pleased to hear that you are well on the way to returning to the Quest for your " Holy Grail " I recently purchased a new putter Taylormade Inza from the lovely people at Golf Depot. It was on special @ £29.99. At that price I thought it was worth a punt! My putting has been transformed in my last competition I only had 29 putts which is my lowest number since I took up this lark 4 years ago.
On 2012-06-18 12:21:11, Falkland Hacker posted:
Try the Twinline 3 by Powakaddy had mine almost 3 yrs used in all weathers and it's still going strong. You can now get them for under £100!
On 2012-06-17 18:34:29, grimbo posted:
Strangler, look on ebay or nevada bob websites for trolleys
On 2012-06-16 19:14:33, Mike posted:
Missed reading your articles. Good luck in your recovery. Mike
On 2012-06-14 13:06:15, John Dodd posted:
Dear Peter, It was great to have you back at Royal Porthcawl yesterday. I hope those 18 holes of golf we played (on the putting green) didn't take to much out of you and I will be looking forward to getting my 50pence back I lost. Well done. Doddy
On 2012-06-14 10:58:35, thestrangler posted:
Any guidance from you hackers on buying a golf trolley would be gratefully received, with thanks. I play on public courses around London, and my favourite one has just raised its trolley-hire price to 4 quid a time, so it's time to buy my own. I don't need a power trolley; just a basic, fairly light model, that folds neatly for the car boot, but not expensive - and one that will last. I hope I'm not the demanding kind.
On 2012-06-13 08:50:03, James Laird posted:
Just been given site of your work by Iain Carter, good to read articles that me something to me. Golf Hackers #livestrong.
On 2012-06-13 07:29:32, Peter Godsiff posted:
Missed you at the Wales Open - delighted you are back. Best wishes for a complete recovery.
On 2012-06-12 23:20:49, Peter posted:
Nice to see you back. I've missed your regular description of my rounds. Good luck
On 2012-06-12 21:39:40, Mark Pope posted:
Peter, Good luck with your quest to improve your putting. I look forward to reading about your recovery to full health and to eventually breaking 100. Best Wishes, Mark
On 2012-06-11 17:45:11, the strangler posted:
A belated thank you to Mark Sheppard re the help on the R&A's conforming/nonconforming website facility.
On 2012-06-11 06:30:57, Roy Gardner posted:
I really enjoy your musings on the terrible life that we hackers endure. I hope that the break in postings does not mean that you are unwell. Many thanks for cheering me up so many times...
On 2012-06-04 07:16:18, Ian price posted:
Hi Peter I am so pleased to have located your website ,and look forward to catching up with previous hacking stories . Also of course, so pleased to speak to you recently and hearing of your great progress following that big bad op.! Looking forward to future writings and to seeing you in Trap 2 at Royal Porthcawl once your taste buds have recovered sufficiently to enjoy a pint of '' back passage ' ! Ian
On 2012-05-31 08:10:37, Mark Sheppard posted:
'thestrangler' if you go on the R & A website in the equipment section they have a conforming/non conforming search and you can also download a list of conforming/non conforming clubs. In a friendly game I wouldn't worry about it though, but your mates might give you some stick if you let on.
On 2012-05-31 06:06:09, Albert (Pop) Kemp posted:
It was good to see you back at home where you belong and I am so glad you are now able to get about. Go get 'em Tiger the 2nd
On 2012-05-29 11:25:09, thestrangler posted:
I have one of the big-headed drivers, but I've no idea if it's one of the illegal ones or not. How does one tell. I bought it for a tenner a few years ago. Under the head it says - Ben Sayers 12deg MK7. How do I know if it's an illegal one, can anyone tell me please. I don't belong a to a club, I live in London and play around the various public courses on the outskirts, which are not the best courses but do a great job at relatively low cost - but nobody really minds what you play with.
On 2012-05-28 13:18:21, CHIEF SNAKE posted:
welcome back you champion of hackers ! here's wishing you a full and speedy recovery on behalf of all snakes !
On 2012-05-28 11:58:08, John posted:
Welcome back. I have to agree with you, but perhaps we contribute to our own downfall in these matters by proving again and again what suckerws we are for that new club which will finally allow us to hit the ball as far and as straight as those lower handicappers!
On 2012-05-19 07:14:07, Arwyn Williams. posted:
Hi Pete, Great to hear that you are out of "The Heath" and recovering well I am told. Good to read your latest missive so it shows you can never keep a good man down. Look forward to seeing you in the Henry Howell bar before too long. Off to France with the "Chips" tomorrow for 5 days. Have "J J J Jeff" in my car so there will be plenty of arguments (before we get to the Severn Bridge) and loads of moans about lost balls because he hits them out of sight and not very often straight!! Best wishes Pete and see you soon. Pob hywl, Arwyn.
On 2012-05-18 19:20:04, Bob Bubbins posted:
Welcome home Leader,speedy recovery see you on the sward,cheers Bob B,
On 2012-05-16 12:51:45, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter, I have a Taylor Made R580xd (non conforming) driver languishing in my cellar, I hit my current driver a Ping as far if not further. I do recall occasionally, perhaps once every couple of rounds or so, a drive flying off the face and going maybe 5 to 10 yards further. This could have been for many reasons though, a folowing wind, a freak bounce or just maybe a better swing. Mark S.
On 2012-05-16 10:19:40, joe posted:
am looking for a hacker to work with
On 2012-05-10 15:58:18, PETER MORGAN posted:
Peter, Very good to see that you are writing and reminiscing again. Trust this means that you are on the mend. All the best mate.
On 2012-05-08 15:35:09, Albert (Pop) Kemp posted:
Peter Glad the Op went well and you are on the road to recovery. Am thinking of you. Don't forget "Hackers do it with a Swing"
On 2012-05-08 12:34:16, John Boyman posted:
Get well soon Peter. As a hacking journalist myself, you have inspired me to start sharing my tales of woe with the world, the latest of which can be found here: http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/sport/9692861.FORE_/?ref=la
On 2012-05-07 19:56:40, John Hastings posted:
Peter I didn't know you had been suffering health-wise until recently when one of your fellow members at the golf club told me.I've just read on your web-site that you will be going in for an op soon which I sincerly hope goes well for you.Looking forward to seeing you again in good health and hoping that this will be the year when you finally break the elusive 100 barrier. .
On 2012-05-03 18:02:17, Bob Bubbins posted:
All the best with your medical excursion Peter,it can help your golf I am living proof. After my operation my handicap has come down 3 shots to 10,almost good enough to beat you,be happy my thoughts are with you,Bob Bubbins.
On 2012-05-03 09:10:31, paul leary posted:
When driving remember right ball under left , and with the irons its right ball over left . this simple tip will I am sure improve your ball striking !!!!!!!
On 2012-04-29 12:35:19, Peter Godsiff posted:
Lovely to catch up with The Hacker again. For those who view his tales of misadventure on the golf course with disbelief, let me reassure you that much (all?) is so true. There was a famous occasion in Spain on one of the superb golf journalists trip organised by the legendary Cal Carson Agency ( Colin and Ethel Farquaharson) a few years back. We stayed at La Manga and visited Hacienda del Alamo to meet Dave Thomas and his son Paul who designed the golf course. We had to use our imagination - there were a few strategically-placed green patches we were assured would be fantastic greens and a few half-built villas. But the beer flowed in the temporary marquee where we were entertained in style. We also played a couple of rounds of golf - one at a course I have forgotten - but for one lifelong memorable moment. A Hacker (yes, the only real one) stood on the first tee surrounded by high fencing erected to prevent an errant golf ball inflicting permenent damage to luxurious residences under construction. He then proceeded to slice not one but two tee-shots over the fence...... Come on Pete - give those new website readers the chance to read the column you wrote the week after in the Sindy. It was one of your best. Great that you are keeping up one of golf's most enlightening columns.
On 2012-04-29 12:29:09, mark massey posted:
Thanks, im new to both the game and moe recently to your column. I,ll do my best to keep up to date and send in quereries as soon as i get them. While i'm on though do I need to bother taking notice of any co-workers tips or are they likely to be 'cobblers'?
On 2012-04-26 12:51:42, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter, I have been trying to get my mechanically minded work colleague to stop worrying about his swing and just go out and play the game. I thought he might try the Bob Rotella tip of only remembering the good shots after a round and ignoring the bad. Last Monday I asked him how his regular Sunday game had gone and he replied, "Not good, I tried the Bob Rotella tip but I could only remember 4 good shots".
On 2012-04-24 11:27:41, Max Kipling posted:
Peter, Never mind the poor scores, what you have is a positive, 'Never give in ' attitude and the ability to raise a smile. While you were away Mike raised the biggest laugh when he turned up in shorts on the coldest, wettest,windiest April day this century having forgotten his waterproof trousers were not in his bag. Take care. Max
On 2012-04-23 15:41:38, Stuard (joe) Middleton posted:
"Basically, we all know what to do — God knows we’ve been told often enough " I one heard Garry Player comment "Golf is the most taught but least learned game on the planet" How true....
On 2012-04-20 13:18:27, Bob Bubbins posted:
Yet again Master,a brilliant column. As for your quest for the Holy Grail (breaking the ton) if I can help in any small way please call.By the way,today,I spotted Jon Dodd giving putting lesson. As for your minor health problem my thoughts are with you,cheers Bob B.
On 2012-04-18 11:43:30, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter, In an article I read recently in a well known golf magazine, it was stated that the pros were hitting the ball an average of 30 to 40 yards further, however the average amatuer had perhaps gained about 5 yards and then only when he managed to put his best swing on it. Mark.
On 2012-04-09 15:34:17, Derek Day posted:
You should not play Porthcawl. It is too difficult.
On 2012-04-09 09:27:40, John Cox posted:
Great seeing you on Friday
On 2012-04-07 16:10:32, John Cox posted:
Lets keep in touch
On 2012-04-07 16:08:31, John Cox posted:
I horoughly enjoyed your article and meeting you again at Penarth Rugby Club/ I wish I still played golf as I am sure I would have enjoyed a gane with you. I was warned many years that anyone with a handicap of more than 24 was to be viewed suspicion!!! Lets keep in touch John Cox PS I have told Bob Evans
On 2012-04-03 14:53:29, Albert (Pop) Kemp posted:
Peter You continue to be an inspiration for, as in my case, the lowest of the hackers.
On 2012-03-29 17:04:32, Len May posted:
Geoff could have made a fortune as a stand up comedian. His ability to see the funny side of any situation is quite amazing, spontaneous repartee is almost instant, before one has has actually clarified in their minds what has just been said his response is being given. He is invariabley a speaker at presentation dinners, where every one is delighted with his interpretation of why the recipient of the prize should achieve such prominence.You can publish my website. Len May
On 2012-03-26 22:40:11, BRIAN GRIGGS posted:
Fed up with moans about how many shots you get,all that well meaning but total confusing advice and thous pitting looks.I have a plan 1 get elected on to club committe DONE 2 elect to go on handicap committee SORTED 3 work way up to chair WORK IN PROGRESS The power and world domination must surely follow Hackers of the world unite there are more of us than them
On 2012-03-23 18:51:49, Brian Keogh posted:
Just picked up your blog what great fun,well done Wales, keep poking it down the middle Peter
On 2012-03-19 14:17:45, Derek Day posted:
Very enjoyable but you are taking the 'snakes' competion too seiously. I suggest you have rest after 6 holes and get Maurice to have pee and practice his grip.
On 2012-03-16 20:17:57, Bob Raine posted:
Having started as a 24 handicapper, got down to 16 and now because of old age and dodgy knees playing off 21, I am amused at the moaning of those that I used to give shots to when they are asked to mark my card. What goes around comes around.
On 2012-03-15 13:38:48, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter have you noticed that there is a definite hierarchy in the giving and receiving of tips. It is perfectly acceptable for the 24 handicapper to give advice to a 26, after all he is obviously the superior player. The reverse though is only acceptable in extemis, i.e. if the 24 is going through a particularly bad patch!
On 2012-03-15 07:53:24, Maria posted:
I know a guy who plays that way and is a fantastic lpayer hits darts all day long but suffers when he needs a small touch around the conservational. I am sure if you talk to any lpayer who has been around awhile has come across a guy like this-as a novice golfer I wouldn't recommend that grip. Here's the best tip for the grip whatever grip you choose-strong,neutral or weak make sure your bottom hand mirrors the top by having your palms are permanently facing eachother at address. Excellent luck man!
On 2012-03-13 09:40:35, graham o'neill posted:
Sad news on Porky's revenge but please keep the articles coming, a wonderful lighthearted start to he week.
On 2012-03-12 18:01:07, Tony Cluley posted:
Absolutely brilliant as usual!
On 2012-03-07 14:37:40, Peter posted:
Thank you, Mark. The problem is that the worse a hacker is, the more advice he is going to receive and most of it is guaranteed to confuse him even more. I've learned the hard way to ignore everything that isn't simple. The simplest tips are to do with stance or grip and they are the easiest to try. They may not work but you won't do any damage in trying them out. Apparently, Maurice's grip was so wrong he couldn't possibly hit the ball right consistently. It was suich a basic fault it was easy to put right and by adopting the interlocking grip he has found immediate improvement. However, we'll see how he goes under pressure on Sunday. I shall maintain my method of emptying my mind of all thoughts apart making a full trun and swinging slowly. If the pronation of my left knee even crossed my mind for a nano-second I'd be buggered.
On 2012-03-07 12:33:55, Mark Sheppard posted:
Peter. A question this week kind of relating to Porky's new grip. I have two work colleagues who are keen golfers: one is new to the game, has been playing about 18 months, has yet to break 100 but is doing the right things i.e. having lessons and has just joined a club, the other has been playing for a number of years off a handicap of 18 and is utterly obsessed with finding the perfect swing, you probably know the sort, buys books, videos, gadgets that look like they may have come from a dubious website and so on. The 18 handicapper regularly gives advice to the new player, which usually has the effect of destroying his fragile fledgling swing. My question is, how should the hacker respond to advice and what do you do when told you are not pronating your left knee correctly etc?
On 2012-03-02 09:57:45, Tony posted:
John, don't be pessimistic for too long over your golf. It's no good hacking around saying "Oh dear, it couldn't get worse than this!" As a lapsed optimist, you can be far more optimistic about it all - of course it can get worse!
On 2012-02-26 20:56:32, tony keary posted:
A truly uplifting column for the down trodden hacker.keep up the brilliant work peter.
On 2012-02-24 17:07:11, Bob Bubbins posted:
You are never spoon material in my eyes,the people of Barry would rise up and protest. See on the barricades,an old ex Chief.
On 2012-02-21 14:27:22, Peter posted:
Thank you, Mark. I can't believe that I've had that book by Darwin for many years and have never read that chapter. It's priceless and may well form the basis of a column devoted to hackers of the past who suffered just like we do -- perhaps even more because they didn't get as many shots as we do! Cheers, Peter.
On 2012-02-21 12:46:39, Mark Sheppard posted:
To prove that hacking is nothing new, I found this paragraph in Bernard Darwens Golf Courses of the British Isles written over a hundred years ago, by an anonymous Golfer referred to only as a ‘Long Handicap Man’. “I am sometimes inclined to think that the long handicap player gets quite as much, if not more, enjoyment from his golf than does the man who receives only a small number of shots from scratch. We are not so much depressed when we miss our drive, because it happens more frequently, and the joy experienced when we execute a perfect shot (and this sometimes does happen) is all the keener because of its comparative rarity. Further more, our anguish, when we are ‘right off our game,’ can be nothing in comparison with that of the skilled golfer who is in a similar condition.” This paragraph is in chapter 9 all of which is devoted to the long handicap player (Hacker) and is well worth a read. Mark.
On 2012-02-14 13:32:03, Peter posted:
Very grateful, Mark, to know that a 13 handicapper can still think like a hacker. We all worry that if and when we get down that sport of handicap we'll become different people. Peter
On 2012-02-14 12:58:25, CHIEF SNAKE posted:
superb stuff---may you 'hack' forever !!!
On 2012-02-14 12:38:59, Mark Sheppard posted:
I never got into the habit of reading the Sunday Indy, the Saturday one lasts me all weekend, I found your articles through the Independent phone App. I am definitely a ‘passing through hacker’ but such are the vagaries of golf that I have passed through hacking phases many times. It took me two years in my late teens to break 100 and 90 followed a couple of year later; alas 80 still eludes me. When I first joined a golf club I think the handicap committee smelled a rat and gave me 16, I then inevitably failed to break 100 in my first medal. I now play off a respectable handicap of 13, but beneath the veneer of apparent competence, the hacker lurks as witnessed by my 102 in the Spring meeting at my club just a few years ago, and a couple of rounds in the high nineties every year. I now have your site on my favourites and look forward to your weekly updates. Keep on hacking, there but for the grace of God and all that! Mark.
On 2012-02-14 12:07:48, Peter posted:
Thank you, Matt. I aim to write a new column every Monday but I sometimes fiddle with the site during the week. Peter
On 2012-02-14 07:03:51, Matt posted:
It's great to have you back any chance you could set up an email alert for when you post a new article do I don't miss it?
On 2012-02-13 19:00:08, Tony Cluley posted:
All of us suffer from this lifting of the head once in a while!
On 2012-02-13 16:48:32, Mike posted:
Great news to find your column has found found a home. Always an amusing read.
On 2012-02-11 20:40:08, Derek Day posted:
Very amusing and informative. I'll go to Tesco again if this is the follow on.
On 2012-02-10 14:16:26, Max Kipling posted:
Great to see you still in print. Missed you last Saturday, first time I've played in snow in 44 years. Mike insisted that we were not allowed to clear the snow on the greens to putt although everyone else was. I think he was just cross because he was having trouble completing his 4 drives. When we got back to the club we found that it was perfectly legal to do so.
On 2012-02-09 19:48:30, Arwyn Williams. posted:
Best wishes in your endeavours Peter. Hope your new website is as well visited and read as your column in the Independent. Their loss is our gain!
On 2012-02-09 17:43:30, Steve posted:
am so glad your column has found a new home. Your column was my main reason for getting the Independent on Sunday & you will becsadly missed. But have now found you here hurrah.
On 2012-02-07 10:33:36, peter bridges posted:
Have followed your column every week and together with Dave Hadfield's rugby league it is the main reason for the choice of paper. I always cut out the column to take to my playing partner to swap for the gardening section of the Telegraph for my wife, saving money in true Yorkshire fashion. Now you are on line what can I swap? An excellent read as usual, keep up the good work.
On 2012-02-06 19:37:40, John Keast posted:
Good stuff, Peter! It does us all good to see ourselves as others see us.
On 2012-02-06 15:46:39, John Salter posted:
I stumbled across your writings after reading Derek Lawrenson's tribute to you in the DM. I delved into your website and was captivated by the subject matter, the style and the sentiments. So much so that I wondered if, from time to time, I could print the occasional article in our Pavenham Park Seniors' InPutt newsletter, of which I am the editor. I would like to start off with your "Why hackers are unique in sport". Would you be good enough to give me permission to print the occasional article? If this is OK, how would you like me to write up the acknowledgement? If you would like a copy of the next modest edition of InPutt, appearing in March, I would be pleased to send it to you. John Salter
On 2012-02-06 14:05:19, graeme b posted:
Great to be able to continue to follow your golfing progress. Too many of my Indie favourite columnists have bitten the dust lately (Viner, Ingrams, Dixon) and now the Hacker. Keep at it, we must get better soon surely?
On 2012-02-06 01:10:44, thestrangler posted:
Gratitude to the former Ireland international rugby ace Neil Francis for telling this story....... THIS balding, middle-aged salad dodger is hacking his way around a rural golf course. Precariously perched on a greenside hillock, his wooden swing precipitates a shift in balance and he falls into the ditch. His body connects with a hidden lamp and suddenly — whoosh — a genie appears. “You know the drill about releasing genies from the lamp at this stage,” says the genie, “but in this instance I can only give you two choices. I can turn you into the greatest golfer in the world or the greatest lover.” After some deliberation, the man says, “the greatest golfer please.” The genie is surprised and says, “are you sure?” “Certain,” says your man. ALACASAM. A few weeks later, the genie, enjoying his freedom, turns up on the golf course to check out how his subject is getting on. Your man hits a doozie 330 metres off the tee with a little bit of fade and has a lob wedge in his hand as he strides purposefully ahead to address his ball. “Great shot,” says the genie. “Thanks,” says your man. “Do you mind if I ask you something?” enquires the genie. “Shoot,” replies your man. “Ninety nine point nine per cent of men would have gone for the ‘greatest lover' option. Just looking at you, I'm very surprised; would you be able to tell me how many times you made love last year?” “About five or six times,” your man answers. “That's not a great average now is it?” asks the genie. “No! It's not, but it's not bad for the parish priest in a small village.”
On 2012-02-05 09:56:12, Bob Murray posted:
I was sorry that I would not be able to get my Corrifix on Sundays it was comforting to read of someone who, despite everything kept soldiering on.Having found you again is a happy experience.To a large extent it mirrors my attempts to recover a handicap that was once respectable but is now pathetic! Keep up the good work. Bob M.
On 2012-02-04 08:44:49, Norman Giller posted:
Welcome to the wonderful world of the web, Peter. If you had the same command of clubs as you have of words you would be a 'significan' force on the fairway. Your dodgy past is revealed here: http://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/the-giller-memorandum/the-hack-whose-career-stuttered-badly-in-b-b-bulgaria/
On 2012-02-03 14:51:56, Henry Stephen Colley posted:
Have just found your website and as I have never read the Independent it came as a wonderful surprise. I am also a 28 handicapper. As I am in my 80th year I don't think I will lower it in the foreseeable future. I wonder if your partner is related as we share the same surname. I am originally from Poplar in East London. Just a thought.Steve Colley
On 2012-02-03 11:01:11, Alan Hubbard posted:
Top hole Peter, as always. Delighted The Hacker is now likely to be getting an even larger audience than before. Best wishes, Alan.
On 2012-02-02 19:52:48, Terry Ainscough posted:
Peter, welcome back. Great to find you are still at it after the Independent on Sunday. Keep up the good work. Terry
On 2012-02-01 17:47:30, Bill Elliott posted:
Great to see you're keeping going Pete. Good luck with the website. I'd say good luck with the golf as well but having played often with you I know that would be a wish too far.
On 2012-02-01 13:41:52, Rob Evans posted:
Great news that The Hacker will continue to entertain us each week! Good luck and keep thinking of Annika!
On 2012-02-01 11:09:58, thestrangler posted:
I'm fairly fit, but whatever club I use - even a driver off the tee - the ball never travels further than 175 yards at most. Yet people say my swing looks OK. It's maddening.
On 2012-02-01 09:14:33, John Jenkins posted:
Congratulations on keeping he flag flying,
On 2012-01-31 23:54:54, Trevor Peake posted:
I could never stretch to the Independent on Sunday. What have I been missing?
On 2012-01-31 20:03:59, John Town posted:
As an optimist who is becomming a pessimist, I long for the day when I achieve the status of "happy". oh how I long for that far off joyous day! Just discovered you and your writings, long may you continue and thank you.
On 2012-01-31 13:09:50, Albert (Pop) Kemp posted:
Peter, What a brilliant read. your point of view transcends all sports and even includes my own chosen labyrinth of running where my chosen designation is that of a "plodder". Keep-up the good work, Bampy Albert
On 2012-01-31 12:49:33, Bob Bubbins posted:
You improve weekly,l,ve seen the Captain,s backside so for once I,m happy you lost. I wish you a great weekend,if you break 100 atPortmarnock I,ll show anything anywhere. All things to you hero,Bob.
On 2012-01-31 11:21:16, Alan Stevenson posted:
Excellent. I too am a 28 handicapped hacker and share your enthusiasm and delight for the great game of golf. I have been playing for 3 years now, twice a week and love it and continue to hope that one day i will reduce my handicap. Thank you for your insight and enthusiasm. Alan
On 2012-01-31 09:47:07, Nick Grimmitt posted:
Hi Peter, Many congratulations on attaining independence from the Independent. You have given good golfers as well as hackers many laughs over the years and I look forward to reading further tales of wow. Hearing of the terrible plight of Bob's double hit and The Captains howling reminded me of the time I did something similar in a first team match at Caerphilly about 15 years ago. I still fear a repeat of that shot every time I stand over a lob shot.....playing off scratch does not mean you can be immune from self doubt and the dreaded golfing gremlins. 15 years of continual practise has seen " no improvement!". Keep your fingers talking on the keyboards of golfing life for many years to come. Regards Nick
On 2012-01-30 20:38:53, Ian Philps posted:
Peter, about 6 months ago I wrote to you complaining how often you used the annual Stableford story in your column....it seemed like every 3 weeks. However I should have apologised as in reality it doesn't matter....I have enjoyed your column for a number of years, searching it out each week, and now have this site in my favourites. Keep it up...
On 2012-01-30 19:50:54, pat posted:
On 2012-01-30 16:40:36, keith ewart posted:
He is Jammy by name and by nature. Be thankful he didn't start reciting poetry to you or singing silks from the musicals.
On 2012-01-30 14:12:47, PETER MORGAN posted:
WELL DONE PETER --- VERY WELL PRESENTED. YOU DESERVE TO BE SUCCESSFULL, BUT REMEMBER THE "TOUR RULES" NEXT WEEKEND !!!
On 2012-01-30 14:12:00, Neil Morton posted:
Pete, so pleased you found a home for your hidden gem of a column which will be sorely missed in the Sindy, especially by yours truly who helped to found it all those years ago and who has tittered and guffawed weekly ever since. I'm the kind of part-time player who can only dream of being regarded as a downtrodden hacker and who enjoys the occasional vicarious pleasure of acting caddie to a talented son. Look forward to reading about your coming (mis)adventures. Cheers Neil
On 2012-01-30 12:16:52, JAMES WALLER posted:
An absolute pleasure to see your website up and running and I wish you continued success as well as breaking 100. James
On 2012-01-30 10:57:33, tony stenson posted:
Fun and funny to read as usual. Independent's loss is the web's gain.
On 2012-01-30 10:49:32, david plant posted:
As a 68 year old ex hacker, who has for many years played off a handicap of 20+, a new lease of life has occurred since I retired at the age of 65 and joined the seniors section at my club, Thorney Lakes GC near Peterborough. I have risen to the giddy heights of 16 !, perhaps due to a more relaxing atmosphere but more due I think to a purple patch last summer when the ground was dry and hard and my ball was travelling unheard of distances. I feel that it will take many moons to reach my previous level at 0.1 shot a time and once again become a happy hacker. I look forward to reading your weekly column as I have done for many years in the Indie. All the best Dave