What the Bob Hope tells us about the state of golf.

(This is another one of those posts where you have to make it to the end before deciding if I am a jackass.)

If you put your opinions about what you think you need to do for your own game aside while you read this, you won’t be offended, you will see you are taking yourself too seriously, you will have more fun and you will shoot lower.

The Bob Hope used to be a premier event on the PGA Tour. All the top players, big name celebs and major network coverage. So why were none of the top 27 players there and why was the final round relegated to The Golf Channel?

I will tell you why. It is for one reason and one reason only…and it creates a domino affect. Amateur golfers take themselves way too seriously (pros do to and I don’t agree with that either, but they are skilled enough and are playing for their job).

Do you think Vijay Singh, Anthony Kim and even fan friendly Phil Mickelson want to sit on the course for 6-6/12 hours with four 15 handicaps grinding on their swing planes, pre-shot routines and being asked every shot exactly what yardage they have by guys who don’t know how far they hit their clubs within 15 yards, never mind 1 yard?…or would they rather take a 6 or 7 figure appearance fee to play in Dubai?

It always amazed me that amateur golfers would grind during a pro-am because they were out to prove to the pro that they were a good player. I’ll let you in on a secret. If an amateur…even a plus handicap, shot his career round, any pro is still going to think they are a chop…don’t compound it by taking yourself too seriously and being a duck.

I said earlier not to be offended. I have changed my mind. I am hoping I offend all of you into “giving it a rest,” and I am saying this for your own good. A one man intervention so to speak. If being a jerk helps some of you shoot lower…I am the man for the job.

Trust me, knowing the exact frequency of your shafts, knowing if your swing plane is an inch off at P4 and having to start your 2 minute pre-shot routine all over again because you forgot in step 8 if you threw up grass 3 times or 4…that is not going to help your game. It is ruining your fun, which makes your scores go up. Having more fun is way more important to your scores than any side benefit you may get from knowing all of the things I said in the beginning of the paragraph…actually, knowing all of those things is a detriment, because if you are aware of all of that stuff, the brain is not focusing on getting the ball in the hole.(remember I have admitted to doing all of these bad things too…that is how I know they are bad)

Plus, it makes golf take 6+ hours. Doesn’t it make you mad when you are on a two lane road and someone is driving 20 miles an hour and you can’t pass? A golf course is like a two lane road with no ability to pass.

I am sure all of you guys know someone who has a homemade swing and grabs the club out of the bag and hits the ball all in one motion… he has a set of clubs from 1985…and he beats your behind.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve your swing, or having a set of clubs that fits you. However, it has been taken to an extreme that is causing us all to lose sight of what is really important.

It’s a game and is supposed to be fun…and fun has a more positive affect on scores than perfect equipment, perfect swing mechanics and a rehearsed pre-shot routine that can be measured by a sundial.

“Hey Vijay, you said I had 162. I hit my 7 iron 164 and I am in the front bunker, that was a bad yardage. Maybe I didn’t loadshift enough, could you come over here and take a look. I need to par in for 83 and that is 2 shots under what my index is for the slope on this course. Maybe the cold weather is affecting my ball flight. I need to go have my shafts changed from 6.3 to 6.2 flex to compensate for the wet conditions and that’s why I was short…can you get me into the Titleist van after the round. Maybe if I would have thrown grass up again I would have seen it was a quartering wind and it turned out to be a 3/4 club wind instead of a 1/2 club wind.”

That…times four players for 6+ hours, four days in a row, or $500,000 in chips at the Casino in the Vegas of the Middle East just for showing up…HMMM? What should I do??????

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12 Comments

  1. Christian

    Good stuff. Kind of makes me cringe when I think about the times in golf league when I asked if anyone had exact yardage on a pitch shot, visualized my shot, addressed the ball, backed off, addressed it again, and then… shanked it. It happened more than once…

    My goal this year is to think a little less :-).

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  2. Sean

    Right on Monte, this should be posted in every clubhouse.
    Sean

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    • banchiline

      You should run for office . I love the truth .

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  3. Peter Balogh

    I care less and less if they are slow in front of me. I cant change it if they do not let me pass. Look at the flowers and the nice weather. Or think of Bo Derek Monte LOL

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  4. bobbyp

    I think we all know what we would do (if we were in the pro’s shoes) but how does the PGA fix this as it goes beyond the tour. I think what is missing is education. People new to golf learn how to play the game but there are no courses on etiquette or common sense (which is of abundance in your blogs) to keep play moving.

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  5. Schmiddi

    Hey Monte,
    If you only want to show ,by the example of the Bob Hope Classics, what is happened with golf as a leisure tim activity, I’m with you!
    If you want me to pity the pros, I’ve to say sorry!! I’ve to suffer the same situation day by day, 230 days per year at my job. I’m pitiful, not the PGA player 🙂

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I didn’t say to pity the pros. I was only saying why the top guys skipped the Hope.

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  6. Schmiddi

    I know Monte. But I want you to pity me!!!!

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  7. steve lyons

    Don’t stop doing what you’re doing Monte.

    I’d rather hit a bucket of balls than wait 5 minutes on every tee and fairway. I share your frustration.

    I hope for crappy weather. Get the riff-raff and the ducks off the course.

    Grow the game? Screw it! Shrink it. Sorry, I’m biased. I don’t sell balls, make clubs, teach, or own a course. I just want to play golf – not stand around.

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  8. Dion

    Took over five hours to play a round today but that’s still one of the funniest posts I’ve read in ages. .

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