Archive for January 2009

Steve LaPorte Indoor Putting Green

Posted by cjsharp1 on January 10, 2009 in Golf Gear 1 Comment

Steve LaPorte Indoor Putting GreenWinter is in full-force here in Chicago. Instead of practicing your putting in 3″ of snow, check out this top-of-the-line indoor putting green by Steve LaPorte.

This indoor putting green features a 5′ x 11′ “high density non-directional, top quality nylon surface”, a mock water hazard and mock bunkers, and a tapered contour pad for adjustable breaks. With the tapered contour pad, you can “create endless break combinations, eliminating the chance of ever mastering the same hole”.

The cost of this putting green is $896, which may be a little pricey for a golf noob, but may be the perfect practice tool for the professional golfer. Also be sure to check out the other indoor putting greens that Steve LaPorte offers.

Will It Blend? – Golf Balls

Posted by cjsharp1 on January 3, 2009 in Videos 0 Comments

Is Golf a Sport?

Posted by cjsharp1 on January 3, 2009 in Discussions 0 Comments

I came across an article on that provides some argument to show how golf can be considered a sport:

It’s an age-old question debated in pro shops and pubs across America: is golf a sport? Neil Wolkodoff, director of the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver, thinks it is, and he has some data to back up his claim. Wokodoff took eight better-than-average golfers and tracked their heart rate, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, and how far they were walking through a few rounds.

“The study shows there’s significant energy expenditure in golf, more than bowling and some other sports it’s been compared to,” Wolkodoff said to the AP. “There are a lot of sports that don’t have this level of energy expenditure.”

Subjects walking and carrying their clubs burned 721 calories per round, while the lazy folks in the carts burned just 411. Surprisingly, there was no difference in carrying clubs versus using a push cart, so save your back and rent the cart. The data also suggested that players went past their anaerobic thresholds after walking through two uphill holes (feeling the burn).

So golf burns more calories than an hour of billiards (216), fishing (302), or even a relaxed canoe trip (345), but we’re not sold that energy expenditure alone defines what a sport is. Everyone agrees that cheerleaders have bodies to prove they’re burning calories, but good luck getting consensus on whether it’s a sport. Curling only burns 345 calories during an hour of competition, but in Canada, it’s not just a sport, it’s the national pastime. Is Tiger Woods proof that golf is a sport, or is John Daly confirmation to the contrary? That probably depends on whether you’ve got a set of clubs in the garage.

I guess looking at the burn-rate of calories is one way to look at it, although one of the commenters did notice that the author did his comparisons to other sports incorrectly. The author claims that one round of golf burns 721 calories, or 180 calories per hour (based on a four hour round), which makes it the sport that burns the least calories in one hour.

A New Year and a New Season

Posted by cjsharp1 on January 1, 2009 in News 1 Comment

Woohoo! It’s now 2009, which means I can start looking forward to the new golfing season. I figured the best way to improve my golf game (and to work toward the goal) are to make some 2009 resolutions and goals.

But first, I just wanted to say “thanks” to all my friends and family who gave me some golf gear for Christmas. From Beth, I got a 6-pack of SpongeBob SquarePants golf balls, which will be used in the apartment for putting practice. From Sarah and the Maloney’s, I got golf ball finder glasses (yup, I got two different pairs, and I’ll keep both). And from Denise, I got a ‘Putt Straight’ putting practice aid. I already tried it out, and I realized that I need to practice putting a little more.

So, onto the 2009 resolutions and goals, in no particular order:

  • Average 3 rounds of golf each month for every month between April and October
  • Complete 25 rounds of golf on at least 20 new courses
  • Break 100 (at least once) and consistently score better than 115
  • Play a full round of golf without losing more than 5 golf balls
  • Get a birdie on a par 4
  • Play in a golf scramble
  • Finish the course list in the Golf Tracker

Those seem like some reasonable, attainable goals (although, some of them might involve a lot of luck). Now, I just need to wait until some warmer weather, then let the 2009 season begin!

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