If you need more reminders of how maddening golf is, the cartoons in this golf book will do the trick
GolfDigest.com regularly highlights golf books we find of interest to readers. This week is:
It’s a Stupid Game, It’ll Never Amount to Anything: The Golf Cartoons of Joseph Farris
By Joseph Farris; Skyhouse Publishing, $18, hardback, 144 pages
In the introduction to his book of golf cartoons, Farris writes, "I'm amused by the fanaticism/addiction of many golfers." His amusement becomes our means for laughing at the foibles of the game in this funny look at the highs and lows and delights and failures of the game of golf. With Farris' passing away last Janaury at age 90, this is also a great tribute to a cartoonist who could see the big picture of golf and how it could make us laugh and cry in the same round of golf.Related: Catch up on other Golf Digest book reviews
There are more than 150 cartoons reproduced in color, and the presentation in a 10 1/4 by 8 3/4-inch book makes it ideal for sitting around on the proverbial coffee table for occasional viewing.
I particularly liked: Whenever a cartoon struck upon the never-ending frustrations of the game, but could still hint at the loyalty and stick-to-it-iveness that becomes part of the golfer's DNA, such as one cartoon of a twosome playing in the rain, with one guy saying to the other, "The weather was much too rotten to go to work."
“Jordan Spieth is the new Tiger Woods,” the headline in the Telegraph reads. Oliver Brown explores the potential of Spieth to be a transcendent star. “Spieth, ultimately, could have far greater influence than McIlroy in appealing to the American mass market,” he writes. “Wholesome, deferential, good looking, God fearing, he looks like the identikit product of the middle-class heartland but plays the game as if touched by the heavens.”
“Dear James, Over the next 25 years, you’ll go through struggles and triumphs that you can’t even imagine right now. From a shoe salesman at Nordstrom to a PGA Tour winner, I’m here to help walk you through that journey.” The PGA Tour’s James Hahn pens “A Letter to My Younger Self” for Derek Jeter’s new website, The Players Tribune.
Pete Dye, architect of the Harbour Town Golf Links at which the RBC Heritage is being held, is nearing 90 and not slowing down. “[He] visits sites of the four or five projects he keeps going at the same time, draws greens complexes in the dirt, directs others where to push the dirt, asks superintendents whether grass will grow in certain spots,” Stephen Fasenau writes in the Beaufort Gazette. “He walks the sites, never able to sit for long. And when the work on a project is done, he tours again.”
The opportunity to play Royal County Down surely is part of the lure of the Irish Open this year. But so is Rory McIlroy. Five former top-ranked players in the world are entered, as are eight major champions. “Rory has pulled in a lot of favours and it’s a testament to the high esteem Rory is held that it’s going to be the strongest field for a long time,” Darren Clarke said in this story by Phil Casey.
So you want to be a tour pro. Well, it’s not as glamorous as it might appear. “Dr John Fry, of Myerscough College, Preston, told the British Sociological Association annual conference in Glasgow: ‘The perceptions many people have of the lives of professional sports people and their families is one of leading a life of luxury with very few cares; however the reality, it appears, is that in many ways this is not the case and many have particular stresses.’” Angus Howarth has the story in the Scotsman.
“We have kind of taken it that way,” Marc Connerly, executive director of the California Golf Course Owners Association said on Friday.
It is easy to see why. A story in the Daily Beast about Bermuda Dunes in the Coachella Valley east of Los Angeles carried this headline: “Town with 11 golf courses is sucking California dry.”
“We feel that some of the comments are a little unfair and maybe have called some negative attention to us that is undeserved,” Connerly said. “I have been in communication with the governor’s office. His staff has tried to make it clear that they’re really not targeting us, but was using us an example of large landscaping, large turf areas. We just kind of fall under that category.
“We’re tyring to use that attention to get our message out there, and to start to share how efficient golf courses have been for many years, and how proactive we’ve been to use our water very wisely.
“The thing the public needs to realize, too, is that golf course superintendents have a great deal of education and training that go into their position. They know so much more about what it takes to care for a lawn than the average homeowner or landscape maintenance guy at a park or office complex. There’s really lot we can learn from superintendents. It is unfortunate people look at golf courses as water wasters. It couldn’t be further from the truth.”
A point that tends to be missing from any discussions of golf courses and water usage in a drought that has entered its fourth year is “the importance of golf to the economy,” Connerly said.
“It’s a $13 billion industry and employs 128,000 people [in California]. Golf courses uses less than one percent of potable water. So be careful what you ask for. If you want to take away that one percent, are you prepared to put 128,000 people out of work and send a $13 billion hit to state’s economy?”
Check out this $200 million Florida listing that includes multiple practice greens and a miniature golf course
Probably not, but you might enjoy seeing just how awesome this property is. Named "Gemini" (you know it's a sick property when it has an official name, especially one like Gemini), the family compound encompasses 16 acres on a barrier island just south of Palm Beach.
The main house measures 62,200 (can't forget that extra 200!) square feet and sits on the Atlantic Ocean. There's also a guest house that faces the Intracoastal and the two structures are connected by an air-conditioned and furnished tunnel. That alone might make this the most jaw-dropping piece of real estate on the market, but there's more.
The compound also includes a seven-bedroom house, two four-bedroom "cottages," a pool, a pier, a basketball court, a tennis court, and a golf practice area with two greens.
But while we've seen those type of amenities in luxury listings before, here's a new one: A miniature golf course. With a model train set running through it. Amazing.
The Wall Street Journal describes that last feature as being "for children." Ha. That would be the first thing we'd check out if we ever visited.
1. Jordan Spieth: It's been nearly a week since his historic win, but golf -- and more importantly, sports -- fans are still buzzing. In case you didn't know, Spieth is only 21. And he's already won a green jacket and generated a LOT of hype. Can he catch Rory McIlroy in the world rankings? Is he the next Tiger?! How many majors will he win in his career? Will he win every major this year?! There's a lot to discuss, but pace yourselves. This guy should be around for awhile.
2. NBA Playoffs: After another long regular season, a long postseason is here. In the East, we have about a month to wait before the Cavaliers will take on the Atlanta Hawks in the conference finals. But in the West, oh boy, do things get real right away. The last day of the regular season wasn't good if you're a Spurs or Clippers fan. Despite being the hottest two teams in the league down the stretch, these two title contenders (and there probably are only four legit title contenders with the Cavs and the Warriors being the other two) will have to play each other in the first round. Rough. I'm thinking the Spurs get by and go all the way. It's tough to imagine anyone beating them in a seven-game series after the clinic they put on in last year's NBA Finals.
3. NHL Playoffs: Hockey's postseason has already started? (*Remembers boss is a big Rangers fan*) Oh, I mean, hockey's postseason has already started! Hooray! Last year, I picked the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup and they nearly did so I'm rolling with them again. This year, "the Blueshirts" -- as they're known to us big fans -- won the Presidents Trophy for having the NHL's best regular season record. They last achieved that in 1994, the last time they won the Stanley Cup. Boom! I just dropped some serious hockey knowledge on you.
4. Britt McHenry: A video of the ESPN reporter going off on a towing company worker went viral on Thursday ("Lose some weight, baby girl"). It also prompted a fair discussion of whether McHenry (pictured above) deserved the week suspension she got from her employer for something that happened in her private life. No matter what your take is, I think we can all agree: Not acting like a horrible human being is usually a better strategy than acting like a horrible human being.
5. "Get Hard": My fiancee and I saw this Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart movie and it was as stupid as the previews made it seem. In other words, it was fantastic. OK, so fantastic is a bit strong, but it certainly topped my expectations. Hart was funny, and Ferrell? Well, he could read the telephone book out loud and I'd laugh hysterically. Hmm. "Telephone Book," starring Will Ferrell. You're welcome, Hollywood.
Cleaning out old files. Guess this constitutes old. Sent by something called a fax machine. pic.twitter.com/pRcicwJznW— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) April 17, 2015
Good thing this didn't happen on a golf course. A golf cart doing repeated doughnuts in the fairway would undoubtedly tear up the grass and require some serious maintenance.
Thankfully, this happened in a parking lot at the University of Loyola-Chicago, so we can laugh about it.
Not really sure how this cart got stuck in a "do repeated circles" mode. Hopefully that's not something the golf carts at your local course can do, although it'd be fun watching a starter trying to put an end to this doughnut madness.
Ah, but those pesky Hawaiian winds can get you. A gust knocked this guy's hat off and blew it into the water. And apparently, he really likes that hat. That led to this minor disaster:
At least, the man got his beloved hat back. But he lost his beer -- and maybe his shoes? Where are his shoes?! -- and got soaked in the process before probably getting the boot from the tournament. Oh, and it was all caught on TV (nice job by the announcers calling the action!). Not this guy's finest moment.
WHERE TO START
Get your overall T levels tested—including your level of "free" testosterone--ideally twice. Free T is greatly responsible for sexual traits early in life and is linked to energy, sex drive and bone density as we age.
10 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR T
1. Lift weights: Numerous studies indicate that performing multi-joint exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench presses stimulate T production. Exercise also can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
2. Get in the sun: Twenty minutes a day of unfiltered sun exposure will produce sufficient amounts of vitamin D3. This vitamin is known for improving overall bone health and neuromuscular function.
3. Sleep better: Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center found that men who slept less than five hours a night for one week had up to 15 percent lower T than those who were better rested.
4. Reduce inflammation: Unhealthy habits such as excessive drinking, untreated allergies and overeating can keep the body in a state of chronic inflammation and hamper T production.
5. Back off the sugar: Refined carbohydrates (think sweetened, processed foods) can make the body more resistant to the role of insulin as a blood-sugar regulator. When that happens, testosterone production also slows. Furthermore, foods high in polyunsaturated fats (think foods fried in cooking oils) inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha reductase from metabolizing testosterone.
6. Avoid gluten: Gluten is a protein found in many grains and is commonly consumed in bagels, cereals, salad dressings and mayonnaise. Any intolerance to this protein leads to gut inflammation and its power-zapping side effects (see No. 4).
7. Remember to buy avocados, almonds, oregano—anything high in omega-3 fatty acids. These acids balance hormone function, including testosterone production.
8. Eat beans or any other foods high in magnesium. This mineral has been shown to boost T levels in athletes as well as sedentary people.
9. Grab a handful of brazil nuts for selenium and good cholesterol. The cells in the testes needed to produce testosterone--the Leydig cells--will function better.
10. Herbs can help: Tap into your inner Eastern philosophy by eating extract from maca and tongkat ali plants. Both are widely believed to be T boosters.
Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.
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