Ah, New Years. The time when all the horrible stuff you did the year before magically disappears, and you can proceed with a fresh slate. No more reliving all those three-putt bogeys, those snap hooks out of bounds and those shanked wedges -- you know, the really awful stuff. Why, what were you thinking?
@GolfDigestMag Like all the other years: swing easy, hit hard.-- Ronald Beer (@Calculator60) December 30, 2013
@GolfDigestMag Hit all fairways in one round.-- Derek Evers (@derekevers) December 30, 2013
@GolfDigestMag invest in better technique and productive practice rather than new 'toys'. Get handicap below 15 and play to it.-- David Digby (@Diggers8) December 30, 2013
@GolfDigestMag Get a golf scholarship from a University!-- John Breen (@johnmbreen) December 30, 2013
@GolfDigestMag I'll be in Norway all year, so it's going to be to try and play all the courses in the country :)-- eric sefcik (@mrbubbles0311) December 30, 2013
It's Bob Barker's 90th Birthday today! To celebrate, we made five GIFs of the time he issued Happy Gilmore a beatdown.
By Alex Myers
It had been a relatively quiet year for Fred Couples -- until last night. Couples had the honor of raising the flag for his hometown Seattle Seahawks before their big tilt with the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football and he didn't disappoint.
"I'm going to act like a nut here for 30 seconds and get them all wound up," said Couples, who snapped a golf club over his knee to fire the fans up even more.
It worked. Behind the support of their 12th man home crowd and led by a budding star quarterback, Russell Wilson, the Seahawks trounced Drew Brees and the Saints, 34-7, to improve their record to 11-1 and take a huge step toward locking up homefield advantage in the NFL playoffs. The team's raucous fans also set a new Guinness World Record mark for the crowd noise, registering 137.6 decibels during the second quarter.
"I've got to be honest, this is more fun than golf ever is . . . this is a blast to be a part of," Couples said in this interview at the game.
The Seahawks also put together a video preview for Couples raising the flag. It's worth watching, if just to see Fred Couples highlights set to the "Rudy" theme music.
(h/t SB Nation)
By Alex Myers
Chi Chi Rodriguez made a guest appearance on Golf Channel's Big Break NFL Puerto Rico. He wound up learning a painful lesson: golf can be a contact sport.
Rodriguez attempted the show's notorious glass break challenge, but his ball ricocheted off the apparatus and appeared to hit the 78-year-old in a sensitive spot. Check out the unbelievable clip, which includes some great reactions by the other participants:
A shaken up Rodriguez walked it off and uttered, "I forget I have something there," drawing laughs. Rodriguez eventually regrouped and broke the glass with his next shot. He then got that delayed-reaction from such occurrences (Guys, you know what I'm talking about) and bent over in discomfort.
Following his (much) more successful attempt, Rodriguez was asked to do his famous sword-routine celebration and he obliged. What a gamer.
Since Rodriguez is OK, it's OK to laugh. Hey, America's Funniest Home Videos has been profiting from bloopers just like this for more than two decades. Therefore, we present Chi Chi Rodriguez hitting himself below the belt with a golf ball over and over again in GIF format. Enjoy!
Golf is fertile ground for awkward interactions, even for those of us who have been around the game for decades. The worst moments? We think it goes something like this:
1. When the act of tipping befuddles you.
2. When a member of your group rakes a bunker incorrectly.
3. When you've told everyone you're a good golfer, only to be exposed as a fraud.
4. When your guests arrive in questionable golf attire.
5. When a playing partner has rage issues.
6. When a member of your foursome is a cheat, and everyone knows it.
7. When you inadvertently hit into the group in front of you.
JFK suffered from severe chronic back pain for most of his life, and at times it was debilitating. With the spine being the integral part of the golf swing that it is, JFK was forced to compensate for it in a number of ways. At address he has a narrow stance, his upper body is hunched over and his hands are all very close to his body. These are all things that are common among players with back problems, Guss said.
"There are a lot of things going on here where he's protecting his back," Guss said. "You can tell he's trying to get comfortable."
"He's got really good path on his swing, shifts his weight and has a great extension of his arms through the ball," Guss said. "His post impact is beautiful."
But while his back doesn't look to bother him in the final moments before he strikes the ball, it's evident once the ball is gone. JFK's arms and upper body collapses during the follow through, Guss said, and he visibly falls onto his back foot to prevent putting too much pressure on his spine.