I am sure there is no body of professional games players who so cheerfully know so little of the rules of their game as do professional golfers.
As attention turns to the Hero World Challenge and Tiger's return, many eyes will be on his newly named swing "consultant" Chris Como.
PGATour.com's Sean Martin knows Como from Westlake Golf Course in Thousand Oaks, and reminisces about the early years of Como's development as an instructor and about the role of public courses like Westlake.
It’s been inspiring, and fun, to watch his career progress, like watching that band make it from the local bar to the Billboard charts. His sacrifices have been plenty -- moving around the country to work under top instructors, taking night classes for his masters in biomechanics while working full-time and going into debt to buy his first Trackman.
It’s all paid off.
He's told me many times that golf instruction has never felt like work. He didn’t make the sacrifices to become rich and famous; he was just pursuing his passion. Each golf swing is a puzzle, played out over three dimensions and influenced by innumerable variables, that he wants to solve. It's constant stimulation for a curious mind.
Farrell Evans reflects on what Como faces as an instructor and the burden of taking the job.
Harmon, Haney and Foley can each claim great success with their famous employer. By Tiger's reckoning, as judged by his decision to leave them for other teachers, they had all failed to help him sustain a dependable swing that supported the evolution of his body, advancements in golf technology and the predicament of injuries.
Really neat stuff from CBS's Memorial final round telecast with Peter Kostis analyzing Bubba Watson's swing, then weaving in Jack Nicklaus's, only flipped to show the Golden Bear lefthanded.
Swing geeks rejoice!
Nice story by Steve DiMeglio on Justin Rose's win as vindication for the often unfairly criticized instructor Sean Foley.
The criticism has been relentless at times, which Foley, by the way, deflects with ease, so much so that Rose, even while holding the U.S. Open trophy was asked if the victory was affirmation of Foley's instruction.
"I feel like my golf game has gotten better and better every year. I've picked up distance and I'm hitting the ball straighter. And for me to come into a U.S. Open and feel like this is one of my legitimate chances to win a major is a testament to my ball striking. So I got to give a lot of credit to Sean," Rose, 32, said. "I would say it's more than just a player/coach relationship. I regard him as a true friend and I regard him as someone who, if I ever had a question upon golf or upon life, he would be very much at the top of my list.
"He's a very mentally, I think, a very interesting character and very strong mentally. And he passes that on as well."
John Huggan also looks at this as a big win for the English male golfing contingent who were beginning to wonder if they would ever win a major in the 21st Century. He also points to a Derek Lawrenson interview with Rose prior to Merion where the U.S. Open champion made this frank statement:
"If we're really honest, I think it has now reached the point where it's down to the fact if we (the English) can handle the pressure we will win a major and if we can't, we won't."
From part one of Brian Wacker's "exclusive" Sean Foley Q&A at PGATour.com. It's exclusive because PGATour.com is acknowledging someone in golf who is not a member of the PGA Tour.
Nonetheless, as with any Foley interview, it's not short on engaging topics including Johnny Miller's recent comments about passing on the chance to teach Tiger, and this...
Q: I want to go back to that day about 10 years ago when you were sitting in a bar in Canada with Sean Casey, who's now the director of golf at Glen Abbey, and you saw Tiger Woods on television and you said "I'm going to coach him one day." What made you think you could?
SEAN FOLEY: I used to say it and then be met with a phase of ridicule. There are some things that are difficult to explain. It's like asking anyone about ideas like God or destiny. It's really difficult to put into terms and into words and to quantify. I can tell you that there probably weren't many people who ever thought [I would coach him]. But I've seen people like Nelson Mandela get thrown in jail and stay in jail for 27 years and then come out and become the president of the country. It's not just that he became president, but he came out forgiving his oppressors.
Even though that has nothing to do with my situation, to me as a kid, it was like, OK, if he's capable of that, what am I capable of? I always wanted to teach golf. There were a lot of things I wanted to do, and that's the benefit of being so young. And I just thought it would be cool.