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Without Old Tom Morris would we have had this wonderful game?

Without Old Tom Morris would we have had this wonderful game?

Without Old Tom Morris would we have had this wonderful game?

Without Old Tom Morris would we have had this wonderful game?

Old Tom Morris – The Grandfather of Golf!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have always loved and respected the history of golf.  One of my favorite books on golf is Tommy’s Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf’s Founding Father and Son by Kevin Cook.  If you love reading and love golf, then this is a must-read for you.  It clarifies the way professional golf started and began the great journey of competitive golf and playing for money.  Mark Donaghy of Golfwrx gives us great insight into those early days, and the profound impact Old Tom Morris had on our most beloved game.

The Grandfather of Golf: Old Tom Morris

 I don’t normally do requests, but a GolfWRX reader asked me to consider penning an article featuring Old Tom Morris.

I was lucky enough to be a member of the New Club in St. Andrews for a few years while I worked in Edinburgh in the 1990s. The club and the town hold fantastic memories for me, and I considered my time playing there to be a privilege. Just by being in St. Andrews you get a sense of history. Golf is in the blood; it is part of the fabric of the town.

The game that is now played all around the world really stemmed from here, and we have Tom Morris to thank for that. He didn’t invent the game, but you would be hard pressed to find an individual who made such an impact. So I feel like I have a link to the town and the man, who spent a lot of his later life in the New Club.

Not an easy job!

Imagine working a 12-hour day, including some heavy laboring, digging out gorse, humping sand from the beach, mowing the greens, repairing clubs, making golf balls, giving lessons and then acting as starter for some foursome matches and allocating caddies. Sounds like a busy day, right?

But then imagine playing three rounds of golf the very next day (12-hole rounds) to win The Open. Well that’s what Tom Morris did in the 1864, beating 15 other competitors at Prestwick in the fifth British Open. The prize then was £6, a good return when you considered the average annual wage was just twice that.

But you can bet Old Tom was back at work the next day. In fact, that seemed like the norm for the average club professional back then. There was little glamour and a lot of hard work.

To read the rest of this fascinating story of Old Tom Morris, go here!

Source: Mark Donaghy   Golfwrx

 
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Ted Ray was the early John Daly - They didn't throw away the mold!

Ted Ray was the early John Daly – They didn’t throw away the mold!

Ted Ray was the early John Daly – They didn’t throw away the mold!
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!
 
The original triumvirate consists of Ted Ray (in the picture below), Harry Vardon (picture below), and James Braid.  The real character in that group was Ted Ray, who was an early day John Daly.  He loved to hit the ball hard, play for lots of money, and generally have a good time.  (Sound familiar?)  They don’t make them like that anymore,  says Mark Donaghy of golfwrx.com
 
Ted Ray was the early John Daly - They obviously didn't throw away the mold!

Ted Ray and Harry Vardon.

Ted Ray was a US Open & British Open Champion and remembered for being part of the playoff in 1913 with Vardon and Ouimet
An interesting look at a golf swing from 100 years ago. My question is how did they swing in coats and jackets in those days?

Colorful personalities on professional tours have become a scarce thing these days.

Characters like Seve and John Daly came along and added a bit of personality to the Tour.  Today, Bryson DeChambeau with his Hogan hat and outlandishness is about as entertaining as it gets. It seems that the media has played a big role with golfers keeping their heads down. Showing a personality or having an opinion nearly always ends in trouble for the player. It seems that our forefathers in this game had much bigger personalities, and worried less about what the world thought of them.

Born Edward Rivers Ray in 1877, Ted was one of several top players to come from the Isle of Jersey, off the coast of England. He followed his idol Harry Vardon into professional golf, and became one of the top players of his time over a 30-year period. He was best known for his role in the 1912 U.S. Open.  Playing with Harry Vardon in a playoff along with the historic winner Francis Ouimet. You may remember Ray portrayed in the Disney movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” In one of the scenes, he is in a bar taking a drunken bet to drive a ball through a telephone directory, which of course, he duly obliged.

Tall and stocky, people knew Ted Ray for his prodigious power off the tee (think John Daly).

Ray had a philosophy reflected in the advice he once gave a golfer who wanted to hit the ball farther: “Hit it a bloody sight harder, mate!”

Ted Ray used to play with an attacking style (think Phil), and had to develop phenomenal recovery skills to be able to compete. (think Seve). He played with a pipe invariably clenched between his teeth, and usually wore a felt trilby hat, plus fours, waistcoat and flapping jacket, making him a good target for the cartoonists of the day. And he only had six clubs in his bag, including the driver and putter; so that only left four irons, his favorite of which was his niblick (his wedge). He made a reputation for himself for the ability to play a variety of niblick shots in a major tournament conditions  His recoveries with that club from seemingly impossible places was legendary.

Ted Ray was the early John Daly - They obviously didn't throw away the mold!

1920 US Open winner at Inverness – Ted Ray receives the trophy

To read the rest of this interesting story on Ted Ray, including video footage of his powerful swing, go here!

Source: GolfAus  Golfwrx  Mark Donaghy

Pictures: Secret in the Dirt  Golfwrx

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Are you the type of golfer everybody wants to play with?

Are you the type of golfer everybody wants to play with?

Are you the type of golfer everybody wants to play with?
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!
Are you the type of golfer whose phone constantly rings as friends ask, “Are you free to play this weekend?”  or are you the type who is doing the calling?  Some golfers are so enjoyable to play with that their scores are irrelevant.  Then, the more skilled golfer is a pain to play with because he constantly complains about slow play, poor greens, or that the tee boxes are not level.
I can tell you this, I would rather play with a poor golfer who is funnier than a good golfer who is a pain in you know what!  Mark Donaghy of GolfWRX gives us a good insight into the 4 types of golfers.  Read on!
Are you the type of golfer everybody wants to play with?

Asian young couple playing golf on the golf course, the male partner is a trainer to the female golfer.

Which type of playing partner are you?

If you’ve played golf long enough in one area or at one golf course, surely you’ve become part of a group of guys or gals who you play golf with every so often. It’s a foursome, or maybe more, and you know their golf games, tendencies, attitudes and basically everything about them — because how better to get to know someone than on a golf course?

Well, today we’re in for a treat. In this article, you’ll meet the “four amigos.” They’re a group of guys (who I made up), who represent, in some capacity, the four playing partners in your group. And if you haven’t met any of these four golfers, you either don’t play much golf, only play golf alone, or one of them is YOU!

We meet the four amigos on a Friday night during their weekly Saturday match. Which one is most like you, or your buddies?

Kenny.

First up is Kenny, a golfing sociopath. He has his clubs and shoes cleaned, bought three dozen new balls, and has his golfing wardrobe selected, color coordinated and laid out ready for the morning. Kenny has checked the weather forecast and loaded the bag with all the essentials. Kenny had a lesson mid-week to dial in his angle of attack and has been practicing all week, preparing for the “the best round of his life.”

He’ll be in bed early reading Hogan’s Five Lessons and will be up early for a nutritious breakfast before heading to the club first thing to warm up, hit balls and practice his short game. He’ll play, lunch afterward at the club and then head back to the range to work on his game for a few hours. He might get a chance to get to the DIY store later to buy new locks for his house just in case his ex-wife comes around and trashes his apartment again! But that can probably wait. He’ll probably just head home for a night on the couch watching the Golf Channel. Kenny dreams of playing the tour some day but hates the fact that he has to work at the bank to pay the rent.

John.

John is also playing tomorrow. His clubs are in the trunk of his car, exactly where he left them after last Saturday’s round. The mud is now fully caked on his irons and there is a nice pungent smell exuding from his FootJoys. He’s out tonight at the bar to watch the game and will have several drinks. He’ll wake up tomorrow with a sore head and throw on whatever clothes are closest to hand. He’ll arrive late coming into the car park on two wheels, screeching to a halt, grab his clubs and run to the tee, coffee in hand. His first swing of a club is his opening tee shot. He’ll munch on a breakfast roll for the first few holes. 

His triple-bogey, double-bogey start doesn’t surprise anyone.  But he comes good toward the end of the round and suggests to his group that next week he’ll take things easy the night before… until he realizes that it’s Chad’s bachelor party next Friday. Kenny hates John, as he has natural talent.  He knows that if John wised up he could beat Kenny with one arm tied behind his back. But John cares less about golf; he just enjoys playing each Saturday with his buddies. He knows that when he does eventually settle down sometime in the future, he can focus a little more on his game.

Are you the type of golfer everybody wants to play with?

To read the rest of Mark Donaghy’s story, go here!

Source: Mark Donaghy   GolfWRX

Pictures: GolfWrx    Dean Shareski

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