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Fitness for golfers

Posted by Cynthia E. Newman, Certified Personal Trainer

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Fitness for golfers .. an important club in your bag.

By Cynthia E...

San Francisco the center of attention in the world of golf

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:37 AM

This weekend and through Wed of next week, San Francisco will be the center of attention for the world of golf.

The Cadillac World Match Play Championship is being played at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco with unique pool play happening through Friday then match play Saturday and Sunday to determine the champion Friday night there will be playoffs to determine the last players to the weekend.

Starting Saturday the U.S Amateur Four-Ball championship will be held at The Olympic Club on the border of San Francisco and Daly City, just a mile from TPC-Harding Park...

Tour Tales

Posted by John K. Abendroth

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Every year I get to visit with my old friend Mark Russell, PGA Tour V.P of officials and tournament operations The punch line to my relationship with Mark is, "...had I been a success...he may have been a failure..."

Now the rest of the story...

Who the heck is leading the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:12 PM

With two rounds in the books at Pebble Beach your leaders on the scoreboard are Ted Potter Jr and Brandt Snedeker...but who is the real leader?

With the unique format of playing three different golf courses over the Monterey Peninsula, it is hard to really know who is in the lead...and Mother Nature will have a lot to say about that Potter will play the tough Spyglass Hill golf course Saturday and he expressed concern for the length of the golf course in the media room on Friday...You could argue for Snedeker as he plays Pebble Beach on Saturday and Fredrik Jacobson who plays the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Saturday

In the case of Jacobson, he has had back and neck issues and seemed concerned about the possible cool weather and how that would effect him...

What will Phil do next?

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:42 PM

As the PGA Tour season for 2013 begins, Phil Mickelson begins the year as one of the most interesting and compelling stories in the world of golf To use the old marketing line from his Ford ads..."What will Phil do next/?"

In an interview recently, Phil said he has had the flu and was not able to practice very hard prior to the Humana event in Palm Springs, would start slow there, but end up T-37 The following week at San Diego he would barely make the cut at -1 on the Torrey Pines courses where he has played so much golf over the years.

Phil said he had a couple of break-throughs in his game this winter that improved his driving and putting which includes a new Versa Callaway putter that has distinct black and white colors that allows him to line up the putter better and have him not needing to think as much...

Dinner to Celebrate Champions of San Francisco City Golf Championship

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Dinner to Honor past champions of the San Francisco City Golf Championship.

If you are a true golf lover in the San Francisco region, you will want to attend the dinner, Feb 13 at TPC-Harding Park in the Sandy Tatum Club House (yes...Mr Tatum will be there) as we have fun, but show respect to those who have played in this championship over the past 95 years and honor the champions.

Even if you are not a champion you are encouraged to attend and for sure we encourage you to play in the championship this year Entries are available at www.sfgolfchampionship.com If you have an interest in being a sponsor for the dinner or the championship, let me know as well

To attend the dinner, give me a call at 650-692-6261, e-mail john@hookedongolf.com or send a check for $60 to reserve your spot to: Hooked on Golf/John Abendroth, P.O...

Win a great trip to Carson City and the Carson Valley Nevada

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Win a trip to Carson City and Carson Valley Nevada as part of the Divine 9 Golf Tour.

The winner will paid $250 and get expenses, hotel, food and rounds of golf Go to this link, http://www.divinenine.com/contest-enter-2012.php for all the details, you will write a story for us on your best golf trip ever and then the judges will vote on who the winner is Hooked on Golf will even throw in a hat and golf balls for the winner...

Very popular win by Ernie Els at The Open Championship

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The 2012 version of The Open Championship again provided the drama and surprise that makes it such a special championship as Ernie Els birdies the last hole and 4 total on the back nine to defy the 4-stroke lead held by Adam Scott with just a few holes to play, in-fact Els was 7-strokes back with just nine holes to play

Scott would bogey the last 4-holes finding a fairway bunker on the 18th hole and then missing a putt of about 10-feet that would have forced a playoff.

Ernie Els is a great story of patience to become The Champion Golfer of the year for the 2nd time winning his 4th major over 3-decades In his humble acceptance speach he acknowledged Scott as a great player and a great friend of Els...

Steve Molinelli, quite a player, quite a caddy, quite a guy.

Posted by John Abendroth, PGA

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Steve Molinelli is a very good golfer, infact he won the Club Championship at the Olympic Club recently which is quite an accomplishment for a Father of two and his own business to run

But when you look further down at the resume of Steve Molinelli you learn a little more about this unique guy who is currently caddying in the USGA Junior Girls Championship at Lake Merced Country Club for Casie Cathrea a very strong player from Livermore California one of the favorites starting the championship Casie started out poorly with 82 the first day, but came back strong with 66 the second day...

Bubba...A great Champion for the South and The Masters

Posted by John K. Abendroth PGA

Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Bubba Watson, your 2012 Masters Champion.

By John K Abendroth, PGA

Bubba Watson is your 2012 Masters Champion in a great shoot-out over the final round, with aces, triple bogies and a double eagle...what more would you want.  Now as the professional golfers from all over the world move on to the next event, Bubba Watson is the only man standing that can win the grand slam for 2012.

Recently he and his wife adopted a baby boy and hence his wife...his support group was not there for his victory and to share the "cry" that he had with his caddy on the final green, the 10th after an amazing shot from the lob-lolly pines onto to the green that led to the two-putt victory par...

San Francisco City Golf Championship comes of age at 95 years old.

Posted by John K. Abendroth

Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

The San Francisco City Golf Championship has come of age at 95 with an amazing story line from the champions of the 2012 Championship at TPC-Harding Park.

Let's start with the men's overall champion Cody Blick who wins 2-up with a great birdie on the tough 18th hole but during the second 18-holes, he made about 5 putts in the 20 foot range and a 60-foot bomb on the 6th hole He was up most of the day, but the match was square through 34, and Blick would win the last two holes to put his name down in the history books.

Now let's talk about the senior champion, Jim Williams a member of the USGA Executive Committee who would play two under par golf to win one-up He spent the week entertaining the Men's and Women's golf teams from Pitt where both of his kids play.

Now let's bring this full circle and show how the San Francisco City Golf Championship is like no other...

Hole in ones are a mystery, but fun when you make one...or five.

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Hole in ones may be one of the most unique things about the game of golf, mainly because they are so darn hard to do, but there is often a story behind them, and boy do I have a couple of stories to share with you I hesitate to talk about myself and my golf but when it comes to hole in one's I'm compelled to share.

This last weekend I made a hole in one on the 8th hole of the Lake Course at the Olympic Club, my second ace at the Olympic Club in 45 years as a member there The other ace...it was on the old 8th hole about 5 years ago and now I make one on the newly designed 8th hole...

U.S. Open to be stern test for 2012 at The Olympic Club

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Mike Davis is a busy guy as the new Executive Director of the United States Golf Association but on a visit this week to the Olympic Club for the 2012 U.S Open Davis had his other hat on for his role as the course set-up guru for the USGA.

With this championship by far the largest of the 13 National championships conducted by the USGA it's no worder that Davis has an ultra focus on every little detail for teh U.S Open course set-up.

Weather will play a huge role in the results this June in San Francisco, but Davis feels the dry mild weather will allow him to control the condition unlike last year at Congressional when constant rain took away that control...

Big Sunday at AT&T for 2012.

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Big Sunday at Pebble Beach for the AT&T, with Lefty and Tiger paired together.

Big Sunday upon us with Charlie Wi as the over night leader paired with Ken Duke and their pro-am partners, while Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are paired together Charile Wi played Spyglass Hill on Saturday said to be the toughest of the courses, but with wind effecting the other two courses more, Charlie was protected in the Del Monte Forest and he would shoot a bogey-free 69 to hold his 3-shot lead going into Sunday.

Ken Duke is a great story, as he is back up to the PGA-Tour with limited access after dropping down to the Nationwide Tour last year and earning his card back Ken is paired with Tom Dreesen the comic that opened for Frank Sinatra for years...

Back A Line a unique solution for back pain issues.

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The Back A Line back support belt offers a unique solution to the prevention of lower back pain This was invented by the owner of the company after a car accident and he could not find proper support for back issues.

It offers snug support that cradles your lower back while offering curved and firm support Learn more at www.backaline.com or go to the logo on our home page for more information.

When I personally have had great benefit is on 1-2 drives to play golf events and will even leave the belt on to hit range balls...it really works.

One golf professional friend of mine asked me after trying one on, "Is this legal?" It does not violate any rules of golf but is will help your posture for golf and likely help your game.

So try one for your self, with the standard model or with magnets attached as well.


The Grumpy Golfer on Slow Play

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA, aka...The Grumpy Golfer

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM

How come it takes so long to play golf?
As another tribute to Andy Rooney and how he would look at the game of golf...have you ever thought about why it takes so long to play golf?
Not everybody needs to play really fast, but golfers should be aware of those behind them On most highways you may see a sign that says, "Slower traffic stay to right..."
It's good manners to let faster golfers play through if there is room for them to move ahead.
What causes people to play slow anyway?
Not ready? Pay attention and be ready when it is your turn.
Bad player? Don't take 5-swings in a bunker or line-up the 5th putt, pick it up and move on.
Course too tough? Ask for your money back or play the most forward tees, it will be more fun and stop the dirty looks.
Golf is not just about the rules, but good manners...have fun...stay in touch.

The Grumpy Golfer

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA, aka...The Grumpy Golfer

Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

In honor of his passing, here are a few observations of golf...if Andy Rooney were a golfer.

Have you ever wondered why so many golfers do a poor job of raking bunkers or don't rake at all?

Like our Mother's said, "do so for others as you like done for you." Your enjoyment for golf would be better if you had a good lie in the 4-5 bunkers you hit into The greens keepers did a nice job to start the day in most cases, but what a mess the players leave for you.

The two worst situations are when the player slams down the rake then pulls the rake That leaves a deep spot from the rake...

The Langley, A Tribute to Legends

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

In just 4 years, The Langley is quickly becoming a classic golf event run by the Northern California PGA with the name of legendary golf professional Jim Langley attached to the event Jim was the long time professional at Cypress Point in the Monterey Area and is now retired.

The LangleyThe event honors a local golf professional along with a notable golfer of national status with ties to Northern California This year, R.J...

An open letter to Tiger Woods

Posted by John Abendroth

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Dear Tiger:

To paraphrase a quote by Ben Hogan, “Don’t make too many changes when in a slump, play your way out of it.”

In my opinion you have made too many changes to a swing that was naturally very good and served you very well for a long time Instinct is very strong and to make radical changes to your instinctive swing appears to have been a mistake.

Now…about the wounded-knee.

A method I was taught had the knees flexed during most of the swing and only in the finish would the left knee straighten to allow a release and the high finish.

In your swing, you start in a slight flex, then bend the left knee more, then straighten early and abruptly This changes the plane of your swing and the elevation of your head and shoulders...

A Major victory for Darren Clarke

Posted by John K. Abendroth, PGA

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Major golf championships have earned the statue over the years in many ways that would include history, iconic sites, and legendary champions but the 140th playing of the British Open had that and much more with the corning of Darren Clarke as The Champion Golfer of the Year.

In an era of the young athletic golfer with the perfect swing, Clarke rose to the top relying on instinct being reminded by his agent Chubby Chandler that he player better when fat.

The win by Clarke seems like a movie, but the script has son many twists and turns you would have to trim it down to make it work He smokes and drinks, his lost his wife to cancer, quit playing and at 42 years old is engaged to a former Miss Northern Ireland In his award ceremony he said the prize money would help him buy more John Daly Loudmouth pants for his kids.

In his 20th attempt at The Open and ranked outside the top 100, Clarke would be posted at odds of 200-1 to win and I'd bet Darren made a bet at those odds...

Story lines galore at US Open this week.

Posted by John K. Abendroth, pga

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Many story lines this week, with Graeme McDowell the defending champ saying on Tuesday morning that he has a funny feeling that he will contend this week He is glad that all of his media and defending champion duties are out of the way...no more talking and now it is golf that he can focus on.

He has great memories of his win at Pebble with his Father there on Father's day and with all of the near firsts, with being the first Irishman to win the U.S Open etc...

But with memories nothing is stronger than Ken Venturi winning in 1964 a mear 47 years ago...

Highlights from 2011 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando

Posted by John Abendroth

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Spend a few days recently at the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando and there are always some exiting bits of news there, coupled with famous golfers on site.

Greg Norman was in his clothing booth, Paula Creamer was signing autographs with her pink golf balls and Matt Kuchar hit the opening shot indoors just after Branford Marsallis played the National Anthem Generally I thought the expo was up-beat and the amount of people seemed to be more than in the past years when I have attended This is good for the golf industry.

This year seems to be the year of colors, the driver and the year of the golf ball...

Take Part in the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club

Posted by John Abendroth

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Do you want to take part in the 2012 US Open at the Olympic Club? Check out the link to sign up to volunteer and become apart of the US Open!

U.S Open Volunteers | United States Golf Association


Support our troops... this time it is personal.

Posted by John Abendroth

Friday, February 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM

The 297th Charlie company, a medical unit of the California National Guard will deploy to Iraq for 14 months in February and for me it is personal as my Wife, Major Rose Abendroth will be in the group being deployed The unit operates a MASH type field hospital to support the troops on deployment.

Rose is a Physical Assistant for Kaiser in her day job working in Plastic Surgery in their Santa Clara hospital, but has been a member of the 297th for over 10-years.

It is awesome of she and her troops to do what they are doing and I hope you all say a prayer for her and the other troops.

Now a plea to you…

I am part of their Family Support and Family Readiness team which helps give support to the families of the troops and the troops them selves We send packages to Iraq, we have a picnic in the summer to boost morale for the families and will have a going away ceremony for the troops...

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