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Golf Pet Peeves
Written By: Steven Gribin on Nov 06 2008
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Hope this newsletter finds you well.  Before I get into this week’s article, I want to take a minute and send my prayers to Cindy Payne.  Cindy has worked for me 2 years.  She has done an unbelievable job on our website and on this newsletter.  She is an amazing woman that might be the best worker I have ever met.  After months of difficult times, earlier this week, Cindy’s dad passed away.  I hope you can all take a moment and say a little prayer for Cindy and her Dad.  She deserves it.

I have decided it’s time to open our annual discussion about Pet Peeves.  While thinking about this article, I’ve decided to go public with my biggest problem, face the truth, and do something about it.  More about this in a moment.

I define a Pet Peeve as anything on a golf course that feels like fingers on a chalk board.  They get under your skin; they can get in the way of having your great time on the course.  So here are my top Pet Peeves, let me know yours.  This will be the major topic of our show on Sunday morning so please give a listen.  And email me your pet peeves.

5 – The rule about Divots - I hate this rule.  “Rub of the green,” what a stupid idea.  You hit a ball down the middle (something I don’t do often), and your ball lands in a divot from another golfer.  If I were made USGA Rules Chairman, this is the one rule I would change immediately. I know God works in mysterious ways, but even He says we should not have to play out of a divot.

4 – People that do not pick up the tee area – How difficult is it to pick up after yourselves.  We pay big money to play golf in the metroplex and I should not have to be the “Clean Police” for every Tee Box.  Before I get too crazy about this, I do throw some of the blame on any golf course that doesn’t make the small expenditure for those little cone waste baskets for their tee areas.  But still, come on guys, hit a ball, bend over and pick up the tee. 

I have to tell you how crazy it makes me.  One day I’m playing at my home course.  We are behind a foursome where one player left his tee on every single hole.  Now I know who it was because the tees had his business logo.  With each hole I got more upset.  Beginning on the third hole I starting collecting the tees.  At our course, the 18th tee box is right next to the 16th fairway.  So walking down 16, I run over to the 18th tee box and dropped all the tees in the middle of the box.  He was not happy with me.  Probably a very bad idea on my part, but I just believe we have a responsibility to leave a course better than we found it.

3 – Cigar smokers – Because of my job, I play plenty of golf with people I don’t know.  It’s usually very fun, unless I am put in a cart with a cigar smoker.  What is it about these guys that they assume everyone wants their smoke.  After a round with Mr. Cigar Guy, I reek for about a week.  Smoke out of the cart and please, stop dropping your ashes on the greens. 

2 – Slow play – I admit it.  I probably get to play more golf than most of you.  I know it’s unfair but someone has to do it.  Being on the course so often usually leaves me less time in the office so I tend to play fast.  My Wednesday group can walk 18 holes in 3 ½ hours very easily.  Golf should never take more than 4 hours.  A tour player once told me the biggest problem with the average golfer is they do all their thinking over the ball.  Just a suggestion, but as you are driving or preferably walking to your next shot, begin to see the shot.  The worst place to be slow is over the ball.  The more you see and decide prior to your shot the better you will be. 

1 – For anyone that has been around me on the golf course, they know how I feel about Sunflower Seeds, especially on the greens.  I am a pretty passive person, but anyone that leaves sunflower seeds on the greens should have their mouths wired shut.  Better yet, these guys should have to vacuum every golf course green in America.  Let’s see, I really look forward to “picking up someone’s spit” on a course.  I often wonder what these guys’ living rooms look like.  Can you tell these guys make me the most crazy?

That’s my list, what is yours?  But I am not done.  See I know I break many people’s number one pet peeve on the golf course.  So I am going public with this.  I plan to enter into counseling and rehab immediately and from this moment forward I promise every player that I will break my worst habit.  Phone on the course.  From the first tee to the 18th green, can I do this? “Yes I can!”  From the mountain tops of Dallas National to the valleys of Stonebrair, can I do this? “Yes I Can!”  I will take to the cart paths and the rough; I will leave my phone in my bag, “Yes I Can!”  From this moment forward, change is coming to those that play golf with me, Yes I Can!”

But you have to let me text…




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Comments

 

GolfSux said:

Pet Peeve – Developers taking beautiful land and putting a golf course on it…what a waste!

November 6, 2008 2:57 PM
 

Nevada Wolf said:

Steve, YOU HAVE OUR VOTE, (MY WIFE and I)for PRESIDENT of the USGA!

I CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND, 'WHY PEOPLE IN POWER', HARDLY EVER, SEEM TO BE BORN WITH "COMMON SENSE of FAIR PLAY!"

EVERY 'PET PEEVE' YOU MENTIONED, IF ELIMATED, OR at least CHANGED, FOR THE BETTER, WOULD MAKE PLAYING GOLF, ANYWHERE, MORE SATISFYING and ENJOYABLE!

I SAY, BORN WITH COMMON SENSE, BECAUSE, I TRYLY BELIEVE, "COMMON SENSE" IS ONE THING, YOU CAN NOT BE TAUGHT!

LUCKILY, FOR US THAT LOVE GOLF, YOU WERE BORN WITH COMMON SENSE, AND HAVE A POSITION, THAT ALLOWS YOU TO "TRY" AND POINT OUT, TO THE USGA, AND OTHER GOLFERS, "SOME SENSE and FAIR PLAY", AS THEY PURSUE THE OLD SCOTTISH GAME ON THE LINKS.

KEEP AT IT, PLEASE.

WARMEST REGARDS,

NEVADA WOLF

November 14, 2008 5:48 PM
 

Nevada Wolf said:

PLEASE, STEVE, PASS ON TO CINDY, OUR WARMEST SYMPATHY and BEST WISHES, IN THE DEATH OF HER FATHER.

MY WIFE and I, HAVE LOST BOTH SETS of our DEAR PARENTS, and we know IT IS HARD, to not have them around, BUT TIME DOES HEAL, SOME OF ONES HURT AND SADNESS.  OUR FOND MEMORIES, ALSO, HELPS US, SINCE WE CAN FEEL THEIR PRESENSE, it seems, anyway.

WARMEST REGARDS,

HARVEY AND CLARA(NEVADA WOLF)

November 14, 2008 5:56 PM

About Steven Gribin

Steven Gribin is one of golf’s premier analysts. His work for ESPN Radio, Yahoo Sports and XM’s PGA Tour Radio has led him to receiving a number of broadcasting awards including the International Network of Golf Radio Show of the year in 2007 and the PGA Bob Galt Media Award for Broadcast Excellence.

For 8 years, Gribin has brought a distinctive, professional and entertaining approach to golf. After a successful career in the radio business, Gribin chose to change his career path and move behind the microphone hosting a local golf radio program in Dallas/Fort Worth.

“I never thought I could make a living playing the game, as I am nowhere near good enough. But with over 20 years of radio background, I thought I could create an entertaining golf show,” Gribin said. “I also thought the metroplex was in dire need of a “real” golf program.” “Out Of Bounds” the golf show began airing in April of 2000.

In 2003, Gribin moved his show to ESPN Radio in Dallas. Over the last 5 years, “Sunday Tee Time” has grown from a local golf broadcast to being aired on over 350 ESPN Radio stations throughout America. Gribin brings his listeners the best in golf interviews including exclusive time with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and most of golf’s Top 50 players.

During the last year, Steven Gribin has brought his entertaining approach to golf to numerous new venues. He writes a weekly newsletter read by more than 25,000 golfers. He writes and creates video streaming for Yahoo.com/sports/golf and does a weekly 20 Q&A with different tour players.

For more than 20 years, Steven Gribin worked in radio sales and management. He spent the majority of his career in the area of sports marketing.

In addition to talking and writing about golf, Gribin owns The Golfers Home. The Golfers Home operates the radio shows as well as a golf membership program and a golfing division that takes over 3000 listeners to play golf annually.

He is married to CBS Entertainment Reporter, Sandie Newton. They have two boys that both play junior golf; Douglas, 18 and William, 13.

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