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Janina Jacobs 
On the road, she prefers rental clubs
Friday, July 29, 2011
By Mark Anderson

Do you long for the good old days of air travel?  That is, when you could bring your golf clubs and the airlines would lose them, maim them, misdirect them, and then deliver them to your hotel as you are checking out – but at least back then you didn’t have to pay for the privilege?

 

It’s almost as if the airlines have singled out golfers for excessive fees, knowing that packing for the sport is difficult at best:  You have to take into account all types of weather contingencies, golf clothes vs. fancy duds, golf shoes vs. street and dress shoes, hats, golf balls (how many do you take?), umbrella, and of course, your golf bag full of clubs.  There’s virtually no way to get all of that paraphernalia into a carry-on.

 

Or is there a way around it?

 

In the past few years of traveling all over the world for golf, I’ve streamlined packing to the extent I can survive with only one carry-on, regardless of whether the trip lasts 3 days or a week.  Impossible....for a woman, you say?  Not so.  How I do it, well, I’ll leave that for another column.  For now, let’s talk about the biggest and most expensive issue:  Golf clubs.  Usually they constitute the double whammy: a second and oversized bag.

 

Most people are dependent on using their own clubs, which is rather surprising since these same folks probably were never measured for proper clubs via correct club-fitting anyway.  The majority of people I play with should be using different clubs, usually for a variety of reasons. m So, why not use golf travel as a way to save money, but also as a means for trying out new clubs?  Rent or borrow them.

 

In another era, rental clubs were saddled with a poor reputation.  If you had to rent clubs, it was almost implied that you weren’t a serious golfer, or you couldn’t afford to buy them.  Therefore, golf courses and resorts spent little or no time, effort, or expense to provide top of the line offerings in the rental club department.  Rental set selections were almost as bad as Rent-A-Wreck cars.  The clubs were old, used, abused, with the newest, hottest clubs on the market unavailable at any price. 

 

However, it is a far different story now.  Today’s golf resorts understand the hassle and expense of lugging golf bags around and have done a complete 180:  rentals are now often a perk for those who sign up for special frequent customer ‘clubs’ like the Fairmont Hotels’ President’s Club or when you stay at places like the Ritz Carlton or Walt Disney World.  Hyatt’s Gold Passport has a ‘No Hassle’ package for all leisure guests to encourage last-minute bookings; $25 gets you a set of clubs, golf balls, and a glove.  Many hotels with courses attached will usually have golf schools too, which use name-brand equipment companies like TaylorMade, Nike, Titleist, Callaway, Cleveland, Hogan, and Cobra.  A variety of sets will come in regular, senior, or stiff flexes, which incidentally is slowly taking the place of men’s and ladies designations;  you can also get regular or extra long lengths.

 

There are also companies specializing in online club rentals where you can order exactly what you want at varying rates according to club type, how long, and where: Rentalclubhub.com, Golfrentalandsales.com, Golfclubsaway.com, to name a few.  In most cases, you can order clubs online by 4 p.m., they’re delivered to your hotel or the course by 7 a.m., you play, and then you leave them at the course or hotel, where they are picked up later.  Insurance is offered should you anticipate a mishap.

 

Some people may even opt to rent clubs as opposed to buying them while at home.   This may seem strange to folks who have a garage full of clubs, but it does make sense.  Here’s why:

 

1)    You can play the latest and greatest clubs featured on tour;

2)    You may keep a club or set as long as you want, when you are finished using the clubs, return them, as is;

3)    You can shop from your home computer and avoid equipment overload when visiting a mega store full of every kind of club that is made;

4)    Your clubs are never outdated nor do you ‘outgrow’ them;

5)    Your outlay of cash is much less at a time

6)    You are not stuck with clubs you hate or will never use;

7)    If you decide you want to buy a club, most rental companies will let you;

 

Skeptical players will insist you can never play as well with rental clubs as you do with your own clubs.  To some extent, this may be true.  But I find it a challenge to try different clubs at every destination.

 

I stopped taking my own clubs years ago, after about the fourth or fifth time the airlines ‘misplaced’ them.  My game has not really suffered; in fact, I can play quite well with whatever I’m given as long as the shaft flex is regular, not stiff, the grips are decent, not worn or slippery, the putter doesn’t have too much loft (yes, you can see it) and the driver isn’t more than 11 or 12 degrees with a pronounced hook or slice face (though drivers rarely have slice faces).  That may sound like a lot of caveats, but really, it isn’t and every club has been able to accommodate my wishes. 

 

And, just so you know, good things can happen with borrowed clubs, consider this:  in March I was invited to play in the Bacardi Par-3 Championship at the Southampton Princess in beautiful Bermuda – a stone’s throw from Philly.

 

One of the assistants, Will Tucker, had some TaylorMade clubs all ready for me, but after chatting a bit he asked if I’d like to borrow his clubs, an older set of Titleist DCIs.  I decided to take his set and the rentals to Port Royal GC, where I was playing a casual round that morning.  I opted to use the TaylorMade woods and Will’s irons in the tournament.  I aced the second hole I played and very nearly aced another, 4 holes later.  At the end of the two-day event, I tied for the Ladies Division Championship.   Will was ecstatic and has since gotten an ace of his own, the first in his 15 year career...only because I warmed up those borrowed clubs.

 

The point is, if your swing is somewhat sound and your fundamentals are decent, you can play good golf with just about any club.  Put your money into golf lessons instead of expecting the newest clubs to fix your game. 

 

And, for those of you who have about 25 putters in your ClubCave.......I’ve always said this about putting: it isn’t the putter, it’s the putt-er.

 

Janina Jacobs is a multi-media consultant and freelance writer specializing in golf, business, music, nutrition, fitness and women's issues. These days, much of her efforts are devoted to her blog on the international golf and travel website, The A Position.  Her full bio is here.

 


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A few thoughts about the USGA and course set-ups
Sunday, June 19, 2011
By Mark Anderson

To hear players make favorable comments about the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) course set-up for this year’s U.S. Open at Congressional CC in Bethesda, Md. is, to say the least, quite a deviation from Opens past.   Who can forget the best of the best struggling mightily at Bethpage Black in 2009 just to get the ball to the fairway?  How many public course golfers could relate to that?   However, watching the players most golfers emulate hacking and whiffing through high rough on the way to over-par scores is.....well, was, just wrong.

 

But now, change has arrived in the persona of Executive Director Mike Davis, and even the somewhat stern, arm-band wearing USGA rules officials may have some time off from searching out wayward golf balls in places not fit for man nor beast.   Mr. Davis promises that he does not want players looking foolish nor does he have a target score in mind when setting up Open venues.  Some laugh, unbelieving.  Not me....the time is ripe for this.

 

Have you ever competed in a USGA national event under the watchful eyes of volunteer officials (they ARE volunteers and pay their own way, you know) and a real Rules Committee?  During my competitive amateur career, I have played in over 20 national USGA championships, including the U.S. Women’s Amateur, the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, and the U.S. Women’s Public Links (WAPL).  Tried for the U.S. Women’s Open a few times but fell short, with my best attempt at qualifying coming at Congressional’s neighbor, Columbia CC, when a late round triple bogey left me a couple strokes shy of the big show.  How I’ve re-lived that hook off the tee box into the Maryland trees. 

 

Playing in USGA events was always a great experience, except for when the USGA made errors in course set-up and would not correct them.  Yes, they DO make mistakes.   During a practice round for the 1988 WAPL in Tulsa, OK, there were four groups backed up at a par-3.  The USGA tee sign read 138-yards, yet player after player kept hitting the ball into the lake running from tee to green.  I thought, ‘what’s wrong with these gals? Take enough club!!’  Then it was my turn, and the distance surely looked farther than 138-yards.  Normally I’d hit a 7-iron but instead took a 5-iron – promptly splashing it into the drink.  Changing to a 4-iron, I barely made it to the fringe of the green.  Pacing off the yardage, the old fashioned way before lasers and such, it was 165-yards just to carry the pond.  After the round I informed the officials, many who I knew well after years of playing in this event, and they were surprised – because they sometimes don’t play the course prior to the event.   But the sign was posted, the scorecards were printed, and so it remained:  an official 138-yard par-3 that was really about 175-yards.

 

Why it was so difficult for the USGA, for so long, to improve course set-ups...I don’t know.   When you position yourself as the Ruling Body of anything, it is thorny to admit you’re infallible.    That’s why Mike Davis is such a breath of fresh air.  He understands that the course should be tough but also knows it must be playable, and variable, depending on weather and conditions.  He plans periodic seclusion in the privacy of his on-site office to watch the action on TV, getting a clear picture of what’s happening with his handiwork and making alterations if need be.  All the pre-planning in the world is useless if Mother Nature decides to do her thing, thus rendering previous strategies useless.  But still, there is a bit of the rogue in Davis:  he may decide to offer the traditional U.S. Open drivable par-4.  But he won’t say which hole.  "I want the players to decide what to do then and there without having practiced it."

 

Janina Jacobs is a multi-media consultant and freelance writer specializing in golf, business, music, nutrition, fitness and women's issues. These days, much of her efforts are devoted to her blog on the international golf and travel website, The A Position.  Her full bio is here.


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You never know who is watching...
Thursday, May 26, 2011
By Mark Anderson

When junior golf programs were not as high tech, organized and involved as they are today -  with every parent assuming their kid could be the next superstar - we kids of the 1960s and 1970s ambled over to the local muni for lessons, plain and simple.

In my case, there were 30 or 40 of us who attended lessons twice a week for three weeks at junior golf 'school', which meant the local pro taught us some of what he knew: basic fundamentals of the game such as grip, stance, backswing, impact (sort of), and follow through.

There were no video cameras, no swing plane measuring devices, no launch monitors, no space age equipment, and no junior tours.  If we were lucky, we got to play at the other nearby muni course in a season-ending tournament – that is, if our parents could take us.  If not, the bus did.

The one thing we learned that hasn't changed one iota is the etiquette of the game.  In fact, our very first lesson was devoted almost entirely to proper behavior on the golf course.

Is that taught anymore?  It surely doesn't seem so.  Let's not even dwell on slow play because that's an entire column, which I'll pen another day.   But let's do talk about care of the course.

On any given day at any course in this country, you'll find an abundance of: 1) divots that haven't been replaced, 2) unrepaired ball marks on the green, 3) tees all over the teeing ground, 4) paper and other garbage blowing about along the fairway, and my favorite, 5) unraked bunkers.

I just don't understand this.  Who do guilty golfers think will take care of all the housekeeping?   The Magic Fairway Genie?  Their mothers?

On occasion I've heard golfers remark, "I've paid enough money in green fees here.  Let them take care of it."   Well, I've always wondered who 'them' was.  If golfers expected course personnel to tidy up behind them, green fees would triple in order to pay the staff to do this.

It's like this:  please leave the course at least as good as you found it.  If you'd truly like to score some brownie points, leave it better by fixing extra ball marks, replacing or filling divots you didn't make while you're waiting for others in your foursome to hit...or even raking other spots in the bunker after you've raked yours.

A number of years ago I was playing somewhere, though the name of the course has long escaped my memory.  It was a beautiful club and the greens were so perfect to putt that I felt compelled to fix at least two or three extra ball marks on just about every green as I waited for others to putt.  It really only take seconds to properly fix a ball mark (if you don't know how, please ask someone from the pro shop; they'll be happy to show you) so this didn't slow anything up.  

Toward the end of the round, one of the gentlemen who had been in the group behind came up to our group.  I thought something was wrong.  He approached me and said, "I watched you fixing ball marks on the greens all day long and just had to come up to see who you were.   I want you to know that I own this club...and you can come back here and play any time as my guest."  Then he turned around and went back to his foursome.

Lesson learned.  You never know who may be watching you practice proper etiquette..or not.

Janina Jacobs is a multi-media consultant and freelance writer specializing in golf, business, music, nutrition, fitness and women's issues. These days, much of her efforts are devoted to her blog on the international golf and travel website, The A Position.  Her full bio is here.


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Great column. This needs to be said, great job.

Teach a kid golf -- the right way
Friday, April 29, 2011
By Mark Anderson

Do you long for the good old days of air travel?  That is, when you could bring your golf clubs and the airlines would lose them, maim them, misdirect them, and then deliver them to your hotel as you are checking out – but at least back then you didn’t have to pay for the privilege?

 

It’s almost as if the airlines have singled out golfers for excessive fees, knowing that packing for the sport is difficult at best:  You have to take into account all types of weather contingencies, golf clothes vs. fancy duds, golf shoes vs. street and dress shoes, hats, golf balls (how many do you take?), umbrella, and of course, your golf bag full of clubs.  There’s virtually no way to get all of that paraphernalia into a carry-on.

 

Or is there a way around it?

 

In the past few years of traveling all over the world for golf, I’ve streamlined packing to the extent I can survive with only one carry-on, regardless of whether the trip lasts 3 days or a week.  Impossible....for a woman, you say?  Not so.  How I do it, well, I’ll leave that for another column.  For now, let’s talk about the biggest and most expensive issue:  Golf clubs.  Usually they constitute the double whammy: a second and oversized bag.

 

Most people are dependent on using their own clubs, which is rather surprising since these same folks probably were never measured for proper clubs via correct club-fitting anyway.  The majority of people I play with should be using different clubs, usually for a variety of reasons. m So, why not use golf travel as a way to save money, but also as a means for trying out new clubs?  Rent or borrow them.

 

In another era, rental clubs were saddled with a poor reputation.  If you had to rent clubs, it was almost implied that you weren’t a serious golfer, or you couldn’t afford to buy them.  Therefore, golf courses and resorts spent little or no time, effort, or expense to provide top of the line offerings in the rental club department.  Rental set selections were almost as bad as Rent-A-Wreck cars.  The clubs were old, used, abused, with the newest, hottest clubs on the market unavailable at any price. 

 

However, it is a far different story now.  Today’s golf resorts understand the hassle and expense of lugging golf bags around and have done a complete 180:  rentals are now often a perk for those who sign up for special frequent customer ‘clubs’ like the Fairmont Hotels’ President’s Club or when you stay at places like the Ritz Carlton or Walt Disney World.  Hyatt’s Gold Passport has a ‘No Hassle’ package for all leisure guests to encourage last-minute bookings; $25 gets you a set of clubs, golf balls, and a glove.  Many hotels with courses attached will usually have golf schools too, which use name-brand equipment companies like TaylorMade, Nike, Titleist, Callaway, Cleveland, Hogan, and Cobra.  A variety of sets will come in regular, senior, or stiff flexes, which incidentally is slowly taking the place of men’s and ladies designations;  you can also get regular or extra long lengths.

 

There are also companies specializing in online club rentals where you can order exactly what you want at varying rates according to club type, how long, and where: Rentalclubhub.com, Golfrentalandsales.com, Golfclubsaway.com, to name a few.  In most cases, you can order clubs online by 4 p.m., they’re delivered to your hotel or the course by 7 a.m., you play, and then you leave them at the course or hotel, where they are picked up later.  Insurance is offered should you anticipate a mishap.

 

Some people may even opt to rent clubs as opposed to buying them while at home.   This may seem strange to folks who have a garage full of clubs, but it does make sense.  Here’s why:

 

1)    You can play the latest and greatest clubs featured on tour;

2)    You may keep a club or set as long as you want, when you are finished using the clubs, return them, as is;

3)    You can shop from your home computer and avoid equipment overload when visiting a mega store full of every kind of club that is made;

4)    Your clubs are never outdated nor do you ‘outgrow’ them;

5)    Your outlay of cash is much less at a time

6)    You are not stuck with clubs you hate or will never use;

7)    If you decide you want to buy a club, most rental companies will let you;

 

Skeptical players will insist you can never play as well with rental clubs as you do with your own clubs.  To some extent, this may be true.  But I find it a challenge to try different clubs at every destination.

 

I stopped taking my own clubs years ago, after about the fourth or fifth time the airlines ‘misplaced’ them.  My game has not really suffered; in fact, I can play quite well with whatever I’m given as long as the shaft flex is regular, not stiff, the grips are decent, not worn or slippery, the putter doesn’t have too much loft (yes, you can see it) and the driver isn’t more than 11 or 12 degrees with a pronounced hook or slice face (though drivers rarely have slice faces).  That may sound like a lot of caveats, but really, it isn’t and every club has been able to accommodate my wishes. 

 

And, just so you know, good things can happen with borrowed clubs, consider this:  in March I was invited to play in the Bacardi Par-3 Championship at the Southampton Princess in beautiful Bermuda – a stone’s throw from Philly.

 

One of the assistants, Will Tucker, had some TaylorMade clubs all ready for me, but after chatting a bit he asked if I’d like to borrow his clubs, an older set of Titleist DCIs.  I decided to take his set and the rentals to Port Royal GC, where I was playing a casual round that morning.  I opted to use the TaylorMade woods and Will’s irons in the tournament.  I aced the second hole I played and very nearly aced another, 4 holes later.  At the end of the two-day event, I tied for the Ladies Division Championship.   Will was ecstatic and has since gotten an ace of his own, the first in his 15 year career...only because I warmed up those borrowed clubs.

 

The point is, if your swing is somewhat sound and your fundamentals are decent, you can play good golf with just about any club.  Put your money into golf lessons instead of expecting the newest clubs to fix your game. 

 

And, for those of you who have about 25 putters in your ClubCave.......I’ve always said this about putting: it isn’t the putter, it’s the putt-er.

 

Janina Jacobs is a multi-media consultant and freelance writer specializing in golf, business, music, nutrition, fitness and women's issues. These days, much of her efforts are devoted to her blog on the international golf and travel website, The A Position.  Her full bio is here.

 


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Masters: Was Rory McIlroy hurt by the pace of play?
Friday, April 15, 2011
By Mark Anderson

The final round of the 2011 Masters was probably one of the most exciting finishes in recent Masters history.   Pre-tournament predictions abounded everywhere but were quickly amended after Tiger returned to sparks of his former greatness on Saturday.   But the two questions on everyone's mind likely were:  Could Tiger put together two great rounds back-to-back, possibly setting him up for a much needed win?  And, could Rory hold on?

Since all Hades broke loose in Tiger's world, he has not been able to put enough good rounds together for a victory.  Rory has been a resilient performer and has finished strongly in a number of events, including majors.  However, there is one question nagging at me for which I know there probably is no correct, tactful, or available answer:   Did the seemingly slow play of eventual winner Charl Schwartzel have an appreciable effect on Rory and Angel Cabrerra as they waited...and waited...and waited to hit their shots? For Rory, obviously the wheels came off.  But was it because the field was catching up to him as they played ahead – including Tiger, though not in his never-miss-a-putt mode – or was it because he didn't have the experience to deal with delays and temper his tempo accordingly?

We have all been there, though perhaps not in contention for anything as serious as the Masters green jacket.  We've stood behind groups with players who lollygag and take endless practice swings and size up imaginary breaks and visualize their shots, ad nauseam.   We've stood patiently while players up ahead wait to hit par-5's when their drives didn't even make it half-way there.  We've rested hands-on-hips, hoping the offenders glance back to see that we are waiting.  Patiently.   Well, maybe not so patiently...but we usually feel powerless to do anything about it except to grouse.

During the Masters TV coverage, we couldn't gauge where Schwartzel's group was in relation to the group ahead, and thus truly assess if there was an official slow play situation.  And if there had been, would we see Masters Rules Officials timing the players – let alone penalizing anyone? In recent years, there has been talk about the lethargic pace of play as Masters threesomes take almost 5 and ½ hours with the final days' twosomes needing 4 and ½.   As amateur competitors in USGA tournaments, we'd definitely be on the clock.  But it was difficult to watch Charl take practice swing after practice swing and go through his obvious visualization techniques, especially while parked in the middle of the fairway and not having to hit recovery shots, which do take more time to size up.   Are 3 or 4 practice swings really necessary?  Are 8 or 9 needed for a chip shot?   I found myself getting agitated and talking to Charl through the TV to 'just HIT the ball!!'  No one is arguing with Schwartzel's results and his place in Masters history.  But at whose expense?

Do you remember when Sergio Garcia used to grip and re-grip – up to 35 times (I counted them) – before he finally took a swing?   These are learned habits.   Sergio unlearned that one, thank goodness.  Slow play on our courses can be unlearned as well – that is, if those in charge will speak up.

If Rory McIlroy was asked, point blank, whether or not the pokiness of the group in front had an effect on his back nine meltdown, what do you think he would say?

Janina Parrott Jacobs, or the Silver Fox, is a multi-media consultant specializing in golf, business, music, nutrition, fitness and women's issues.  She blogs about golf at The A Position. A 4 handicap, she lives in Michigan.  Her full bio is here.


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Golf-wise, what to give up for Lent
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
By Mark Anderson

For those of us who are Christian or, in my case Catholic, or who celebrate the Easter Season, we are smack dab in the middle of Lent, a time which used to mean "giving up" something choice, like chocolate or ice cream or pop or watching TV...or for older adults, alcohol.   These days, the emphasis is more on service to others or improving your life, rather than deprivation.  A good move, I think.

As the golf season approaches sun-starved northern climates, wouldn't now be the prime time to "give up" some bad golf habits in favor of new and better ones?   Here's a Top-10 list to get you started, 5 habits to lose and 5 to gain:

The BAD:

1)    Stop looking at putts from 15 angles or plumb-bobbing as if you truly know, exactly, how it works.   Your first thoughts are usually accurate and you should trust them.

2)    Don't go to the driving range and immediately grab your driver, swinging as hard and as fast as you can – hitting 45 balls in 10 minutes.  This does NOT help your swing and only reinforces poor technique. 

3)    Give up playing from the Back Tees so you can "get your money's worth."  If your handicap is in mid-teens or higher, you should move up more toward Regular Tee status, or below 6,500 yards.  You will get your money’s worth just fine, and maybe even shoot a good score while feeling that your money was well spent.

4)    Stop arriving at the course five minutes before your tee time.  This is not courteous to your playing partners and the lack of any warm-up isn't good for your body.  You'll feel rushed for at least the first few holes, and by then, your round is usually ruined.

5)    If your handicap isn't in the single digits, don't even bother trying to give out golf tips or lessons, especially on the course.  No one wants to hear them.

The GOOD:

1)    Care for the course as if it is your own by doing extra clean-up.  Repair your ball mark and two others (not just one).  Replace divots and/or use the sand/seed mix to fill.  I know you've heard this before but until I play a course with every divot filled and no ball marks, I'll keep harping.

2)    Bring a kid or two out to play golf, teaching them proper etiquette – and donate to the Platt Caddie Scholarship fund while you're at it.  This is the future of our game.

3)    Cut down on practice swings.  You don't need them and they delay the game needlessly...OK, OK I hear the groans already.  Take one swing and a waggle.  No more.  Just enough to ease the tension.

4)    Practice the game from 100 yards in and your handicap will go down.  Guaranteed.  Unless you don't want it to go down...then keep busting drivers as in Bad # 2.

5)    Try to eat some nutritious food, which helps performance and stamina.  Fruits, sandwiches with whole grain breads, and natural energy bars are so much better for you than dogs-n-chips.  If your course doesn't stock these items, ask.  And drink water rather than soda pop.   Consumption of too many soft drinks is one of the  reasons we are fat.

Janina Parrott Jacobs, or the Silver Fox, is a multi-media consultant specializing in golf, business, music, nutrition, fitness and women's issues.  She blogs about golf at The A Position. A 4 handicap, she lives in Michigan.  Her full bio is here.


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íYou swing like a girlí
Thursday, March 10, 2011
By Mark Anderson

Almost 40 years have passed since Title IX was enacted and, still, a comment like "You swing like a girl" is perceived as an insult.   For those of you who haven’t been around that long, Title IX legislation addressed the lack of females’ sports opportunities in high school and college and allowed women to play on men’s teams if there were no comparable women’s teams.

Not too much is said anymore about the law since women's athletics have become a major factor in most schools.  Come to think of it, you don’t hear the old Virginia Slims cigarette slogan, "You've come a long way, baby," which came out a little later and capitalized on Title IX by the portraying women athletes as prime cigarette smokers...obviously not so appropriate today.   But it surely sold a lot of cigarettes at the time.

"Swinging like a girl" is a phrase no man wants attributed to him, though why that should be is buried deep within the psyche of many males who still assume superiority to women in a number of areas.  Golf is one of them.   C'mon guys, you know you do.   I’m simply putting it out here in the open.

During one of the semi-final matches of the PGA Tour's Accenture Match Play Championship on Saturday last month, the always-effervescent Johnny Miller quipped that eventual runner-up Martin Kaymer had a "swing like a girl."

Quickly, the comment took off running with a mind of its own when pundits everywhere assumed an it was an insult against Kaymer.   CBS Announcer Peter Kostis hit Twitter with "Ha Ha!  I think Johnny just said Martin Kaymer has an LPGA swing!  Wow."  

So why was the comment taken negatively to mean Kaymer's swing resembled that of an uncoordinated and talentless woman rather the athletic swings of Yani Tseng, Paula Creamer, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, or even Michelle Wie?   I'd bet on their games against 95 percent of the male golfers out there.   In many ways, it is still a man’s world.

However, some forward thinking has emerged among the educated and learned fans of the game.  The consortium of golf writers, editors and instructors comprising the website The A Position posted a running discussion on their new site, GearEffectGolf.com. Comments reflected some enlightened thinking among those who follow the game closely.

Quite often I'm told by men that I "play like a guy" – and they do mean it as a compliment.  And, I've accepted the comments in that way, so I'd suppose I'm as guilty as anyone in the reverse situation.  Of course, the question I should really be asking is, "Which guy?" 

For all I know, they could be talking about Charles Barkley.

Janina Parrott Jacobs, or the Silver Fox, is a multi-media consultant specializing in golf, business, music, nutrition, fitness and women's issues.  She blogs about golf at The A Position. A 4 handicap, she lives in Michigan.  Her full bio is here.


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