Book Review of “Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force” (Part 1 of 2)

For professional golfers who ever competed on the PGA Tour, Adam Schupak’s book Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force (2011) is a must read. Many club professionals who never played the PGA Tour will find it interesting as well, partly due to the relationship between the PGA Tour and their association, the PGA of America. I’m not going to do a full book review of it here, but will tell mostly about the two crisis the Tour had, one being during Beman’s twenty-year career as commissioner of the PGA Tou … [Read more...]

Billy Casper (Part 2)

The media eventually gave Billy Casper the nickname “Buffalo Bill.” It happened because he had allergies, and an allergy specialist put him on a restricted, unorthodox diet that included buffalo meat. In fact, even now Casper's website has an image of a buffalo that serves as the logo for his Billy Casper Golf company. It is a business of golf course design, but mostly managing about 140 golf course facilities in 28 U.S. states.Like his putting stroke, another thing that is unorthodox about B … [Read more...]

Billy Casper (Part 1)

Billy Casper was one of the greatest golfers of all time. He was unquestionably the best putter on the Tour throughout his career. He won 51 PGA Tour tournaments, and three of them were majors. He is seventh on the all-time PGA Tour list for most wins.The most prominent feature of Billy Casper's golf game was his unorthodox, yet syrupy-smooth, putting stroke. He liked to hit the putt just hard enough for it to reach the hole and fall in gently. Billy was like another great putting wizard in … [Read more...]

Jeane Dixon

One year during the late 1960s, I was playing on PGA Tour in the Oklahoma City Open. I read in the newspaper that Jeane Dixon was making a rare public appearance and that it would be there in Oklahoma City that weekend. She had a syndicated newspaper column about astrology and was becoming one of America’s foremost astrologers and psychics in the twentieth century. She had even advised U.S. presidents, including FDR and, later, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.Jeane Dixon was scheduled to s … [Read more...]

Almost Persuaded

One year early in my PGA Tour career, I was playing in the Atlanta Classic at Atlanta Country Club and paired with a player whose name I will not divulge. He was a successful Tour player with whom I had gotten along with just fine.In those days, Billy Casper was one of the top four players on the PGA Tour along with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Casper was often bothered by allergies. I could relate to that because I was too. The media frequently badgered Billy about it and … [Read more...]

Karsten Solheim (Part 3)

One of my favorite stories about Karsten Solheim is his philosophy about the golf swing. He believed that the more a golfer could keep the club face square to the target line through the impact zone, the straighter his or her shots would fly. Actually, that was good thinking. But it’s how Karsten tried to accomplish it that seemed strange to most golfers. When he swung the club, after he made ball contact he would keep his hands stiff and his arms straight on his follow through. The result was t … [Read more...]

Millard Says, “Use Sheep Instead of Lawnmowers”

Today's USA TODAY has an interesting article on p. 3 entitled "The USA Is Getting Its Goats." It's about people and various entities in the U.S. increasingly using goats and sheep to keep the brush, weeds, and grass clipped. They're using them to replace lawnmowers. It's better for the environment and cheaper. No more spraying chemicals. This article compares the costs in detail.Sheep eat grass, and goats eat everything else but grass. Both of them eat all day, only laying down to take a … [Read more...]

Karsten Solheim (Part 2)

Karsten Solheim first introduced his PING EYE irons in 1979. They were stainless steel, made with the investment cast process, and had the usual cavity in the back which enabled perimeter weighting. In 1981, Karsten substantially improved them and named these PING EYE2 irons. I then started playing PING irons for the first time in my PGA TOUR career. Karsten had finally made irons I believed were superior to other iron clubs made by equipment manufacturers for pro golfers, that is, except for one … [Read more...]


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