Author: Rick Vacek

Too often, the going has gotten tough in our great game. And you know what the tough do: They get going. It’s time (pun intended) for some tough love – penalties that hurt on the pro tours, extra fees thatREAD MORE

We watch. Whenever they show pro golf on TV, whether it’s on a weekend afternoon or a replay in the middle of the night, we watch. Friends, especially non-golfers, don’t understand it. “You’d get it if you played,” we tellREAD MORE

Sometimes the wheels fall off out there after you hit a bad shot or two. But then there are the times where the wheels don’t just fall off – they explode and your round goes hurtling over a cliff. HowREAD MORE

A long time ago, when I was still young and stubborn – as opposed to today, when I’m old and, I hope, a little wiser – I took a lesson from a local pro. He was a respected guy. HeREAD MORE

Every time you have the privilege of playing golf, you have choices. Driver or 3-wood? Go for it or lay up? And, when you’re done, burger or salad? But the decisions go well beyond that. A lot of times, there’sREAD MORE

If golf was like competitive diving and had degrees of difficulty on every shot, two of Gary Woodland’s challenges on the back nine Sunday would have been around 9.9 on a scale of 10. He nailed both of them, andREAD MORE

As I walked all over Pebble Beach during the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, I noticed a lot of interesting things. Such as: –The vibe at a pro golf tournament is different from that of any otherREAD MORE

How many times have you heard someone say this: “I always wanted to play Pebble.” If they lived elsewhere, they no doubt were lured by the beauty of a February afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula while they were shivering inREAD MORE

Our golfing journey is never like driving down a straight, boring road with no trees, no views, no personality. It is like a winding drive in the mountains with S curves, highs and lows, and challenges. I was reminded ofREAD MORE

Golf is about a lot of things – beauty, honesty, resilience, perseverance. But I think I’ve discovered the three words that sum it up best. Do it right. I came to realize this recently in a seemingly innocuous way. IREAD MORE

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