Friday, March 28, 2014

Roadgolf: the Carolinas, Part One

It's roadtrip time for Ms. Legit and me. We packed up the dog in a rented SUV and headed about as far south as we reasonably could in one day. Even though the Carolinas are known for golf, I treated it as an afterthought and just sort of threw my dirty clubs in the back and aside from making sure to pack sufficient balls and a glove, I made no other plans or preparation. I didn't even pack the right gear for playing in the cold. I figured if an opportunity came up, great; if not, no big deal, it'll be nice enough just to take in the sights and to get away from goddamned New York City.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Roadgolf: Eastern Seaboard, Somewhere

I'm on the road right now. I did play a round, which turned out to be a most interesting round, but I'll have to wait until I have access to a full-sized computer terminal before I can share the whole experience, hi-res photos and all. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Winter/Spring Week

We are officially back at it now. Picking up where I left off late last year, scoring those cheap tee-time deals over on Staten Island. Two of them this week, one at the ass end of winter and one on the first day of spring.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Winter 2014, continued

It feels like we're still in the Little Ice Age of 2014, but at least the snow's gone now which means everywhere's open. However it's still a play-at-your-own-risk situation as I found out over the weekend.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Opening Day 2014

After seven weeks of daydreaming about playing golf the time has finally come to get real.

If the last post was a bunch of bellyaching about not knowing how to get back into the swing of recreational golf, then this latest outing was a reminder that I'm stupid, that nothing's really changed, and that it's gonna take more than a couple months' layoff to forget how to do any of this.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dark Thoughts 2014: The End

A random sampling of turf near in New York City. Since the local courses aren't answering the phone when I call, this is the only indicator I have of what it must be like out on the fairway.

Now that Daylight Savings days are here, it's probably high time to put away those dark thoughts of Winter 2014.

It doesn't matter that there's still snow on the ground--DST means that spring is nearly here. Right? Which means that at some point the earth will actually thaw out completely and miracles of miracles, we can resume playing golf like it's no thing. It doesn't matter how stubborn this lingering winter is--sooner or later the warmer weather will happen, it has to. There simply is no historical precedent for it not to. In the meantime the extra daylight will be nice--I guess. It makes it a little harder to wallow in gloom and that's probably good.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Legitimategolf In The Matrix

Launch monitor technology is everywhere in the golf universe these days. It's employed in telecasts to make the action seem more interesting. It's used as a teaching tool. And when calibrated properly a launch monitor is an invaluable sales tool for the retail industry.

I have mixed feelings. I mean, I suppose technology was instrumental in the discovery of the "new ballflight laws" which I'd consider somewhat relevant to living a good golf-life. But then again when you have rank amateurs freely tossing around terms like smash factor or angle of descent everyone loses, in my opinion. I mean it's natural to be wowed by all the hard data that comes out of these devices, but doesn't it seem that, on balance, worrying over such information creates more issues for golfers than it solves? (Granted I am a sucker for any conspiracy theory that involves the man trying to distract us from the real issues.)