The Golfers Blog – Loyal Friend or Smiling Assassin?

Never before has it been easier to announce yourself and your golf game to the world. Seems the explosion of social media in recent times has enabled more and more players, be they aspiring pros or enthusiastic amateur, to share their game in such a variety of formats. In previous times, the web was the domain of the business owner, displaying their bespoke website and fancy links. Now, just about anyone with a tiny piece of virtual knowhow, can launch blog pages, fire up their Face book ‘friends’ or share Tweets with their chain of anonymous followers. At last, golfers of all standards can blog away merrily, safe in the knowledge that somebody, somewhere can ‘feel the connection’.

The golfing blog for me represents everything that’s good and bad about the world of social media. At its best, it’s a fantastic opportunity to share information, discuss new strategies to move your game on and connect with people who normally you’d have no chance of ever ‘meeting’. At its worst, it’s become a vehicle which is covertly destroying potential golf games. Even more alarming, is that the smiling assassin is the player themselves.

Don’t get me wrong, used with precision, the golfing blog is a fantastic resource which can propel your game forward quicker than ever before. The shared knowledge and insights you can collect makes for powerful reading and there are some unbelievably creative blogs doing the rounds. Half a dozen sit in my ‘favourites list’, from pros looking to climb the career ladder, to amateurs on a quest down to scratch. They are fantastic examples of how a blog can be a loyal friend and ally to your game.

Unfortunately, within my remit of mental coach, all too often I see the majority of blogs contain the Smiling Assassin, masquerading as everyday commentator and general golfing authority. Of course, the player writing the blog doesn’t see it in quite the same way as I do, but then isn’t that the way of the Smiling Assassin, delivering the fatal blow only after stalking its prey! No, the player sees it as just ‘telling it how it is, being honest or just a bit of friendly banter’.

Take a trip onto Facebook or Twitter and you don’t have to wait long for the Smiling Assassin to appear. Pre competition he likes to adopt the friendly banter approach, covertly running their own game down first before ‘spreading the love’ to ensure others get the full force too. This can range from telling everyone they are going to rip up the front nine in 28, to playing down their chances, likening their game to something a complete novice would be ashamed to own. But of course, it’s just friendly banter right?

And why wait until after the competition is over! No, the Smiling Assassin wouldn’t be playing fair if he didn’t exert a little more covert pressure at half time. He feels compelled to relive the appalling round he’s just played, just to ensure the state of mind ahead of round two is suitably kicked to the kerb.The Smiling Assassin does run the risk of being exposed at this point but he knows what he’s doing, after all, the player isn’t even aware the game is almost up.

The golfers blog for the majority, has become counter-productive. In fact it runs deeper than that, it’s now become as destructive to a player’s game as that niggling hook or poor pace control with the putter. The Smiling Assassin is gathering pace and has plenty of takers. Consider this. If you are a pro player seeking exposure and promoting yourself to a potential sponsor, ask yourself how it looks to someone looking in. Are you a good prospect if all you do is throw around criticism (under the guise of banter) and talk your game down whenever you have an ‘indifferent’ round? Would you invest in someone like that?

I use the word ‘indifferent’ because invariably the reality of the players effort is almost always, never as poor as the Smiling Assassin likes to paint out. But then his mission is to mislead you before striking.

Too many players have created blogs, fan pages, post tweets etc, but have lost sight of why they are doing it. If you’re aim is to never fulfill your potential and waste time writing about a version of your game that doesn’t exist, then carry on as you are. Invariably, the reality of our game is never as good, or as bad, as we’d like to think. Ask yourself what’s the real purpose of documenting your game?

Surely the aim of the golfing blog is to plot the progress of your game, report honestly on what’s really going on for you, seek resources to improve and embrace other player’s success along the way. Sure you will have ups and downs, report on both with a fair and balanced stroke of your ‘virtual pen’. The Smiling Assassin is closing in on the majority of golf game blogs, which are written by players who appear to have little awareness of how destructive the power of their words can be. It’s time for all players who construct thoughts on social media to realise that it forms part of your golf game preparation and analysis. Get it wrong and the golfing gods will forever view you in the clutches of the Smiling Assassin.

Is the golfing blog dead in the water- not quite yet, but the coastguard has been alerted!

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Golf Blogs Crucify Phil Mickelson

In case you have been hiding in a mud hut in Namibia with Angelina and Shiloh for the past month, Phil Mickelson came to the 72nd hole at Winged Foot last Sunday, slipped on a banana peel, fell sideways into the pond and drowned. He only needed to par 18 to win the U.S. Open. Only. The hole was a 450 yard par 4 into the wind on which the average score on the hole among the leaders on Sunday was 5.8. The accusation against Phil is that he should have forsaken his new longest ever shafted Driver and gone with the 4 wood.

Why?

He had hit 2 fairways that day. Who says that he couldn’t hit a third? Johnny Miller absolutely crucified him for this decision and Phil Himself crucified Himself as being the biggest idiot since Roberto DeVicenzo signed his scorecard incorrectly at Augusta thereby costing himself the tournament. Phil over cut his driver onto the roof of the hospitality tent and the ball kicked back in bounds into the rough. Phil had no sickle and was caught in a big pickle. Earlier in the round he had tried to hit a 4 wood out of the rough from 140 yards and whiffed. Perhaps he felt that the 4 wood had cost him enough shots that day.

Had Phil Mickelson hit one good drive on 18 then today and for the next month every golf blogger on earth would have been cheering him on wildly for the next month as he went to Liverpool going for the Tiger Slam and then the real slam. Phil Mickelson is The Modern Bobby Jones aka The guy who has brought unheard of excitement to golf for the first time since Arnold Palmer went for the first green at Cherry Hills, or somewhere, I wasn’t there, I wasn’t alive, I didn’t do it.

Who says that Phil didn’t do it on purpose? The crucifixion didn’t hurt Jesus’ popularity. Jesus didn’t have to go into the Temple in Jerusalem and tell all of the Priests to take a hike, and threaten the rule of the Roman’s puppet Governor Pontius Pilate. He could have stayed silent, or moved to Egypt, or India. He could have taken Paul’s advice and Let it Be. Would Michelle Pfieffer have left Don Johnson and bedded Kevin Costner if he had laid up on 18 in Tin Cup? I am you and you are me and we are all together, We are the walrus, coo coo coo choo. Speaking of Semolina Pilcher, Golf is like life only on a larger scale. People from every country get along like gold on the golf course and at the Olympics and the World Cup but in real life Geoff Ogilvie’s caddie Kim Jong Il is strapping on a suicide bomb and running into the hospitality tent. Golf Bloggers are screaming that because he smiles on the course Phil Mickelson is an evil megalomaniac. Phil Mickelson smiles to trick his body from total fear into relaxation because Bob Rotella told him it works and this trick came one hole from giving him his third straight major.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If we had listened to the global warming scientists like Stephen Hawking instead of the Exxon executives running the United States White House, Congress, and Supreme Court then we wouldn’t all now be facing an extinction level event – the thawing of the Arctic Siberian Alaskan Permafrost which will instantly release the carbon from the twigs and bones in the Permafrost up into the atmosphere releasing 1000 times the amount of carbon dioxide already up there and turning the Arctic into Phoenix in the summer. The Arctic and Antarctic Ice will soon melt completely and the earth’s one ocean will rise 50 feet and Denver will be prime beach front property. You would think from reading the golf blogs that Phil Mickelson had caused 911, the war in Iraq, global warming AND betrayed Jesus Christ.

Lets look more deeply at the root of what really is going on here. We all have a killer instinct. We needed to kill animals in the jungle for 5 million years to eat. We needed to kill other tribes for land to survive. We are all also racist. People will admit that they have a killer instinct but not that they are racist. White people have not had a heavyweight boxing champion for 75 years. They had to invent Rocky Balboa who won the title 5 times. Shaq and Michael took over basketball. Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron took over baseball. Tiger Woods took over golf and married a Swedish Supermodel to boot. The white male ego is so wounded now that Sigmund Freud, Bob Rotella and a case of Prozac couldn’t heal it. Then along comes Phil Mickelson and gives white males the sense that maybe just maybe they aren’t totally useless. And then he blows it. He blows the chance at the slam. Then all of our pent up fears and anxieties over Al Qaeda and Bin Laden and trillion dollar deficits and global warming and Twin Towers imploding come flooding out like a Tsunami washing Phil Mickelson into the Indian Ocean blogosphere.

The sick thing about golf is that no matter how successful we are in real life we tie our sense of self worth right to our latest score. Isn’t Geoff Ogilvie white? Didn’t he make the best chip in on 17 since Tom Watson? Yes, but he isn’t American. He wasn’t about to become the great white hope legend. Look at Monty? Americans hated him until only Britain joined them in Iraq. Now they love him. Monty stands on 18 tied for the lead in the center of the fairway 160 yards out for 10 minutes holding a 6 iron. At the last second a thought comes into his mind that the adrenaline will give him another 20 yards, switches to a 7 iron, comes up 20 yards short in the junk, and makes the same double bogey as Phil. If he had stayed with 6 iron he would have hit his normal fade stiff and gone from being Tom Weiskopf into becoming another Phil Mickelson. What was Jim Furyk doing out there, the salsa? He backed away from his 5 footer on 18 more times than Sergio Garcia used to regrip his club and then choked the 5 foot putt that would have put him into the playoff. Is there a point to any of this? Yes. We did fine without cars for 5 million years, we know that if we keep driving we will go instinct, yet we keep on driving SUV’s that get 9 miles per gallon. Human beings are the most intelligent and the least intelligent species on the planet. Would a Panda have hit Driver?

The Temple of Love – The World Peace Religion makes peace among and unites Christianity Islam Judaism and Everyone else and the countries they all live in as the first step towards World Peace. This is a good thing because as every nuclear scientist knows, including Dave Pelz, Phil’s short game coach, Nuclear World War 3 and its aftermath nuclear winter then ultraviolet summer will have exactly zero survivors and we are now involved in a world war in case you hadn’t noticed because you were too busy blogging about what an idiot Phil Mickelson was.

The good news is that The Temple of Love is the first Religion in which golf figures prominently. You don’t even need to believe in God. You just need to follow the rules of nature carved in stone by your own God Himself just like golfers do in the legend of Bagger Vance. You cannot break the rules of nature but if you do it will break your back. We are too technologically advanced for Nuclear World War 3. Like Monty we have outsmarted ourselves. All we are saying is give peace a chance. We are calling upon the golfers of the world to lead the people of the world away from world war to the safety of world peace.

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Easy Blogging Profits – The Straight-Line System To Create Blogging Income

Have you ever heard of “The Law Of Straight Lines”? I bet you have! The law basically means that the fastest path to any destination is a straight line. Any “detours” increases the time taken to get to that destination.

So you want to make money from blogs. What is the straight line to get you there? This article will reveal a simple step-by-step system you can put into action today to see results:

Step 1: Find a topic to blog about

This is simple. Write about what you know! Since your blog should be personable, informative and even controversial at times if you want to retain readers, you should write about topics which you are passionate about. People will sense the fire and passion in your words and they’ll hang on to your every word because they can relate to you.

Step 2: Sign up for a blogging account

Most of you reading this will have a blogging account by now. If you haven’t, just sign up at Blogger and get started! It’s as easy as A-B-C. It’s fill-in-the-blank easy.

Step 3: Write content

Start posting some content on your blog. Again, this is simple. If you are passionate about your topic, you’ll have lots of stuff to write about, so pour it out on that virtual paper!

Step 4: Add in money-making elements

These are the elements where you’ll make money from: Google AdSense and affiliate programs. Affiliate programs are essentially commission-based programs where you earn commissions for every product you sell. Amazon and eBay have been using this affiliate marketing arrangement to explode their business! It’s easy to plug in AdSense to your account. Just go to your Blogger “Template” section in you control panel and insert those AdSense ads on your page. This is how it works: when someone clicks on those ads, you earn money!

Step 5: Market your blog

Marketing is what brings in the money! Here’s an online marketing 101 lesson: only go for targeted traffic. Meaning, don’t advertise a golf blog to rugby fans. Advertise a golf blog to golf fans. Let’ say you own this golf blog. You would advertise it at golf forums in your signature file, under golf-related keywords on Google Adwords, and in golf ezines.

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How to Follow Golf

Have you ever heard people talking about Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson and not really know what they are talking about? I assume they are talking about them winning some tournament or maybe about Woods’ demise a few years ago.

I know that not everybody can watch or pay attention to the PGA Tour as much as some people. Personally, I can’t get enough of it, mostly because I love the game of golf and I love watching these professionals play and try to play like them. The way that these guys play is an art form in itself. Golf is one of the hardest sports I have ever played. Anyone who plays the game can attest to that, I’m sure.

I encourage everyone, even if you don’t know the first thing about golf, to watch a round of golf on Sunday, especially on the back 9 holes of a major championship. If that doesn’t make you want to go to the driving range and try to hit a golf ball straight then I don’t know what will.

I am going to tell you how to get started in following golf, specifically the PGA Tour.

The first thing you need to know is that the players who play on the PGA Tour are some of the best players in the world. Also, they play in tournaments every week which start on Thursday and end on Sunday. They play 18 holes (1 round) per day.

On Thursday and Friday, the Golf Channel will typically show a few hours of coverage of the tournament that is being played that week. They will have a featured group and the majority of the coverage from this is basically just from that featured group. Typically the featured group will be with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, etc. People who have won major championships and are very well known are the guys who are in the featured group.

However, if you can’t watch it in the afternoons but have access to a computer, you can go to pgatour.com and click on leaderboard. There, you will find an up – to – date leaderboard of every player in the tournament.

If you want to go into more detail, click on shot tracker. I use this all the time because I know my favorite player, D.A. Points, rarely gets TV time. Here, you just click on the player you want to see, and it will show you where that player has hit every shot for the round. It will show you how far he hit his tee shot and where it ended up (i.e. fairway or rough) and how far they have for their next shot. It is really a cool thing to use and it is extremely accurate. The only bad thing about is it that it is not available to use for major championships.

Another way to follow the PGA Tour is by going to pgatour.com and reading all of the different articles that are written. They also do previews of each tournament including statistics about the golf course, the players who are competing in it, who the experts pick to win, and they also do a blog that is updated throughout each round on big happenings in the tournament.

There are many different blogs that you can read too. For example thegolfblog.com is a good one to read. They give insights and reviews of tournaments. Not only do they talk about the PGA Tour but they also have done posts about things going on in the golf industry. They have every post archived dating back to January 2004. Therefore, if there is a big event from the past that you want remember and want to see if they wrote about it, you can make a couple clicks and you will probably find something about it.

That isn’t the only good golf blog to check out. Tourgolfblog.com is a good blog to check out too. Not only do they cover the PGA Tour, but they also do some interesting stories. For example, one of the ones is about sibling rivalries in golf. Some of the people mentioned include the Harbaugh brothers, the Molinari brother, the Villegas brothers, and the Harmon brothers. Pretty interesting facts and stories are included in each of those paragraphs.

There are also applications that you can download for free with the iPhone. The PGA Tour app is probably the best one to download. They have live leaderboards that update pretty frequently as well as some videos of good shots that occur during each round as well as interviews with different players. The Golf Channel app is pretty good to use too. They have a live leaderboard as well but they seem to have more news stories than the PGA Tour app does. Either of these apps are great to download and use if you are wanting to keep updated with the tour events and news.

Golf is a great sport to get into. It is one of the only sports that you can play when you are over 50 years old. If you play golf, you understand just how special the touring professionals are. They are the best in the world and spend countless hours perfecting different parts of their games. Even if you do not play it or care to play it, it is pretty relaxing to just watch too. There are some people who find golf boring to watch, but I believe that it is very fun and exciting come Sundays.

Also, it is relatively easy to follow. Unlike other sports such as basketball or baseball, there are no teams. You don’t have to be paying attention to any trades with players or anything like that. All you have to do is flip on NBC or CBS on Saturday and Sunday and watch the world’s best golfers in the world go head to head on a weekly basis. If you really want to follow closely, I recommend that you follow one of the instructions I listed above.

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Can Reading Golf Training Reviews Help You Play Golf Better?

I enjoy relaxing during my available hours by playing golf, which includes rounds on the weekend and a golf league on Thursday evenings. When I can’t play, I try to find the newest information on the most recent golf equipment or golf swing mechanics. It didn’t take me long to discover the best place was reading golf training reviews.

I find them on online blogs and in a few golfing magazines I get in the mail. When I have free time, I browse through the different articles. I especially like ones that have golf tips I can use out on the golf course, as it provides me with the extra advantage over my competition.

Can golf training reviews help golfers get valuable golfing information?

– They tell you which equipment or training aid to try.
– Reviews can pinpoint a specific product to buy over another.
– Get information on the latest creations, as equipment is always being improved, revised, and updated.
– You can learn tidbits from the experts and gain valuable information.
– Compare articles, which can help you with the purchasing process.
– Find out more information about reviews when you visit a golf website.

Most golf training reviews are filled with valuable information on new golf equipment or training aids. Sometimes you can learn about new items before they have been released. Many times the pages or websites are filled with new ideas or tips that are invaluable.

Reviews can also help someone do a comparison of different training products that are available. It can make it easier for you to find something that works for you personally, as you learn about different training pieces. Plus, you learn about the newest innovations being released to the public, as companies are always trying to improve, revise, and update their product.

These articles can be found in golfing blogs or websites. There are golfing magazines completely devoted to producing quality reviews from the experts and professional golfing world. It is also nice when you can read a review that was written by a regular person. When different viewpoints are provided, you can find information that works for you.

The nice thing about finding a website that regularly has valuable information is it can be bookmarked for future reference. This is why many visit different golfing websites. You might not always agree with everything, but reading different golf training reviews will help improve your game.

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