just wanted to link to a great posting that a friend pointed me to today. This applies as much to life as to golf. Think hard about what it means.


Nice win, Tiger.  But seriously?

77 PGA Tour wins? 8 times at Bay Hill alone?  8? 

That’s an insane PGA Tour CAREER for most players, but you had to do it on one course.  

That’s about all we need to say.  

Good job holding off Rickie, if he was even in your rear view.  That orange is pretty distracting.  

Oh, you should probably try the new R1 before Augusta.  14 fairways.  Think about it.  


How many times have you checked in your golf clubs with an airline due to the enticement of vacation golf?  Now, how many times have you received your clubs only to find your precious Scotty Cameron to have a new idiot mark on it that you didn’t put there?  JK and I have had that experience all too often.  In fact, JK used to carry a special travel putter just so his gamer wouldn’t get nicked by TSA.

Well, JK, TSA now agrees with us that this is ridiculous.  Beginning April 25, passengers on U.S. flights will be allowed to carry on — among other things — up to two golf clubs.  This marks a huge win for reticent golfer who would have rather rented “clubs” at the course than check or ship his own.  There are obviously 12 more reasons to keep fighting, but for now, we have two reasons to be very excited.  Also, please be advised, this rule does not appear to apply to international flights.  Those of you traveling abroad for your golf will still have to check the Big Dog and Lola.

I am also particularly excited because TSA will now allow me to to carry on include pool cues!  If you think golfers are anal about their equipment, go talk to a pool junkie.  Also, for you knife enthusiasts, you can carry on a retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.36 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch.  Why the two different metrics, you ask?  I guess TSA really just wants to use both sides of that ruler.  Enjoy!


Dear Readership,

We apologize for our months long delay in posting.  We have had numerous personal and professional issues between the two of us that have prevented us from being as active as we would like to be with the PF.  Whether it was traveling more weeks than not or changing jobs, we have simply not had the time to commit to the blog that we would like.  Like our friend Rory, we have not been in the best place mentally to give the PF our best.  But like Rory, we recommit to providing you with course reviews, equipment reviews, and technical know-how to improve your own game and golf experience.  Please stay tuned for new reviews and tips!

Thanks for sticking with us.

-The PF Team


Generally, we here at the PF find golf “accessories” to be unnecessary.  We all know “that guy” at the range with the staff bag and matching “tour” uniform (complete with white belt).  On the other end of the spectrum, there is “that guy” with everything including sharpie, bag tags, ball cleaner, towels, beer dispenser, groove sharpener,ball retriever, cigar holder, portable disco ball, and stereo system  dangling from his 14-way cart bag that it looks like a Christmas tree.  I say this, and look over at my own bag with a towel, bag tag, and brush hanging off the side… In any event, there is one “accessory,” however, that never seems out of place.  We see the pros using them on TV every day, but really don’t think twice about it until we wish we had it.  The scorecard holder.

Today, we review a golf necessity that truly stands the test of time and is worthy of any true golfer’s bag – Stanley Mayhem Scorecard Wallets.

Greg, the designer and manufacturer of these beautiful wallets, makes a wonderful product.  Above is an example of one of a pair of custom-designed scorecard wallets that he worked with me on in record-breaking time.  I must say, he was was great to work with.  He took my totally unreasonable request to make these wallets in a half his usual time and made it a reality.  A quick story: I had planned a trip to ATL to spend some time with JK and play a course (to review for this blog).  I wanted to have these wallets as a thank you for getting us out to the course, but the plan eventually fell through.  In any event, Greg was very accommodating and had the wallets in my hands prior to when I was scheduled to leave for ATL.

This picture is a little darker, but I wanted show the depth of the color of the dye used in this wallet.  It is a very rich dark brown color.  The letters on the bottom are “PF” for this blog.  This particular model is called the “storyteller.”  Other models include multiple pockets, custom insignia, and other amenities.  I just wanted a basic model that used elastic, had a pencil holder, and provided a solid writing surface.  The interior pocket on the flap is nice a nice bonus; I use it for holding my NCGA cards and a small amount of cash for on-course refreshments :).

Greg was nice enough to add a customization to the interior pocket – the two turtles.  This was a shout-out to JK for something he said one of the first time we played a round of golf together as summer associates.

Another example taken from Greg’s catalogue: The Nettle:

Other options include choice of colors of leather: Bison Brown, Charcoal Black, Scarlet Red, Forest Green, Deep Blue, Sunset Orange, Natural, and Deep Purple.  Greg notes that each wallet is dyed three times and sealed to prevent leeching of the dye onto clothing.  He cautions that the wallet should not be used in light colored clothing the first few times that you use it, but I never had an issue with leeching.

Once you make the very difficult decision to forego picking up a belt from Greg as well, he makes the process very easy.  Send him an email (greg.dibble@yahoo.com) with your idea and he’ll draw up an electronic design for you.  You make any changes, and wait until Greg hand makes your custom design.  Once your design is complete, Greg packages it up (very nicely, i might add) and ships it off to you.  It’s that simple.

Total cost for 2 custom-designed PowerFade golf wallets – $160.  Look no further for true golf luxury and craftsmanship.  I have used this wallet since about April and will never use anything else.  It has worn in well and only looks better with time.  To get your own, get in touch with Greg:


Predictions: Ryder Cup

September 25, 2012

This year, Team USA and Team Europe converge at Medinah to play in one of golf’s greatest traditions: The Ryder Cup.  Team USA is captained by Davis Love III, while Team Europe is led by Jose-Maria Olazabel.

The teams:


Keegan Bradley
Jason Dufner
Jim Furyk
Dustin Johnson
Phil Mickelson
Matt Kuchar
Zach Johnson
Webb Simpson
Brandt Snedeker
Steve Stricker
Bubba Watson
Tiger Woods


Nicolas Colsaerts
Luke Donald
Sergio Garcia
Peter Hanson
Martin Kaymer
Paul Lawrie
Graeme McDowell
Rory McIlroy
Francesco Molinari
Ian Poulter
Justin Rose
Lee Westwood

It should come as no surprise that given the depth of the US’s team and the recent success that they have had including Snedeker’s capture of the FedEx Cup, The PowerFade predicts that Team USA will be victorious! 



6 holes with a 7-iron

May 12, 2012

In keeping with JK’s recent advice to mix things up, and because my back probably would have given out had I tried to carry a full bag of clubs due to straining it at the gym, I decided to play a few holes with only one club – my 7-iron.  I’ve toyed with this idea a few times since reading about it in a post on the Sandtrap forum almost 2 years ago.  My reason for waiting this long is mainly a lack of time to play generally.  It’s hard to convince myself that I should spend the 9 holes that I get once every other week doing anything but playing real golf.  The results from the “tin cup” experiment, however, suggest to me that this might be as pure a golf experience as any other.

One of the more interesting results of this experiment occurred nowhere near the course.  Most people could not believe anyone would actually go out to the course with only one club.  Even a guy in the parking lot gave me a double take.  The starter in the clubhouse gave me a quick laugh and said “good luck.”   I was paired with three other regular shoreline duffers.  Halfway up the first fairway, each of the three players had offered to lend me clubs at least once.  They simply could not believe that I, by choice, had come to the course with only one club.  “Are you going to putt with it too?!?”  Yes sir, I am.

So what did I learn?  Well, I can do a lot more with a 7-iron than I thought.  Though I normally carry my 7-iron about 165 yards, I learned that I can purposefully blade it about 200 off the tee, bump and run it from about 30 yards (not very well), and can actually get pretty solid roll on the green with it when I pin it to my left arm a la Matt Kuchar.  Most importantly, I learned I can hit my 7-iron a lot farther than I thought I could when I’m not thinking about how far I need to hit the ball.

The first hole at Shoreline measures 489 yards from the white tee.  I teed off with my trusty 7, laid up with my trusty 7 to about 130 yards, and hit my approach with my trusty 7.  Unfortunately, hit it a little too flush and the wind took it over the green.  My first pitch was my first miscue of the day, but I lined up a nice 4 footer and dunked it for a bogey.

The second hole showed me exactly how far I could hit a 7 iron.  When I think back now, I hit a poor shot off the tee trying to get as much distance as possible.  From the left rough, I took a nice, smooth swing and left it about 20 yards from the green.  The total distance on the second was at least 180 yards (into the wind) on a nice low trajectory.  I guess it’s true – when it’s breezy, swing easy.

Having only one club afforded me another advantage – I played a virtually light speed.  I was able to tee off before the group in front of us had hit their second shots (most of the time), my rhythm was not interrupted by the slow play of my group, and I had nothing to carry with me!  Talk about taking all of the annoying parts of muni golf out of the game.  I played so quickly, in fact, that our group of 4 ended up skipping holes 3-6 because a three-some and a two-some were holding us up!

It also took a lot of the guess-work out of the round.  Other than never having to think about what club I was going to have to hit, having only one club made every shot clear.  Off the tee, there was no stress.  I was ALWAYS  going to hit the fairway with my 7-iron.  From the fairway, if I couldn’t get to the green, I had to leave myself in position where I could bump and run the ball onto the green.  This meant playing the green, not the flag.  Putting was a different story.  Admittedly, I only figured it out after finishing the 9th hole, but I was able to hit a couple of nice chip/putts to save bogeys.

While I don’t think it’s something I’d do every day, playing a round with one club was a lot of fun.  It completely took the pressure off the round to play well and let me have more fun.  If you’re stuck in the golf doldrums, try playing 9 holes with only one club.  Without a doubt, you’ll find yourself in new places on a course you’ve played hundreds of times.  If you’re like me, the one club experiment may help you realize that golf is just a game.  Forget the swing thoughts, forget the mind games, just hit the ball.  It’s going to go straight.  It’s going to go a predictable distance.  After that, take what the course gives you and try to awkwardly slap in a putt.  The best part is that, bogeys/doubles are great scores!  I’ve made worse than bogey at one several times at 1 with 14 clubs!  I proved that I only need one to do better than all of those previous attempts.

This is a crazy game sometimes, but I feel like I figured out a little bit more of that craziness with this little experiment.  I recommend grabbing whatever club you can use to comfortably carry any hazards you know of on your home course.  Then, play one or two sets of tees farther up than you usually do.  Interestingly, I doubt anyone would have said anything had I played from the red tees.  From there, just grab a couple of old golf balls and make your way to the first tee.  Even if you don’t play well, who cares?  You should have had 13 other clubs, right?



The Doldrums

May 4, 2012

Golf is a game. It’s mean to be fun. It’s meant to be interesting, challenging, and, occasionally, exciting. The frustration of playing the game leads to joy at moments of achievement. Hours of work paying off for the benefit of the scorecard and the handicap, all leading to lower, better scores.

And then, there is this.

There comes a period in every golfer’s life that he or she simply is not excited by the game. So often, we hear exciting reviews of new products, scintillating stories of the “perfect round,” or humorous tales of a round gone sour. Even the worst rounds, though, don’t feel like this.

This is what I call the doldrums. The doldrums is the feeling of doing it just because you have to in order to get better. So many times in this game, we’re so excited about it that we can’t see how anyone could ever feel like the game is uninteresting. But, at some point, you will. This is rarely discussed in the game–in fact, I’ve been playing for 20 years now, and I can only recall one conversation, maybe two, where I discussed this topic with someone.

You play this game, you get better, and one day it’s like you don’t know how to play it any more. You can’t focus on the right things. Nothing good happens. You spend the whole day playing mediocre golf. You wish you hadn’t gone to the golf course, but, instead, had stayed home and knocked a few items off the honey-do list. And, worst of all, it keeps happening.

LG and I have both felt this, and all I can say to you out there that do feel it is–it goes away, eventually. There are basically two ways to approach it–keep playing, or step away for awhile. For those who step away, I can totally understand. It seems like every Winter I leave the game and every Spring I feel renewed, like I’m going to have my best year ever. There’s value to walking away for awhile; absence makes the heart fonder, and that’s definitely true of the game we love.

But, in the Summer, you don’t want to waste your nice days when you get them. Spend the time at the range; mix it up on the course and play from a new set of tees; try taking a different route on the holes–go for shots you wouldn’t normally and lay up on shots you wouldn’t normally; try a new ball, or a new setup of your clubs.

For some of us (LG, achem) the problem is putting. Not draining your putts can be a real drag, especially when you know you’re hitting the ball well enough to score. All I can say is this: don’t change your setup, your equipment, or your approach just because the putts aren’t dropping. If you’ve had success before, try to do what you used to do, but do it better. If you haven’t had success before, I would agree that there’s something to change, but that’s a rarity. Most of us that get this feeling know what a good putting round feels like.

As you go through it, know that you will make it to the other side. There’s nothing like conquering the game, especially when you’ve felt like you couldn’t. Our best wishes on making it through.


Happy National Golf Day!

April 18, 2012

If the weather near you is anything like the weather is near me, you should be outside enjoying National Golf day!  


It’s getting to be that time of year.

get excited.