Makeover Diary - Ken Dashow

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 3, 2004, 4:00 pm
Natural Golf Makeover ChallengeEpisode1: Bright and early--the course is gorgeous and tough. 1st hole, all you can see is the sand traps, blind fairway. Four video cameras, two film cameras, crane, two boom mics, we're each wired for sound and I'm supposed to relax and hit??? Ha! I know I'm supposed to get better but I don't want to totally flub it off the tee. Please golf gods, give me a good one to start. Thank you golf gods--long, straight down the middle; as Gleason used to say, 'And away we go!'

Later, my game falls into its usual fits and starts a combination of slow-going because of all the cameras and having not played for five months. I'm spraying the ball pretty good.

Funniest golf moment: over-swing on the tee box, fall out of my shoes and drill it into a fairway bunker 170 yards away. Get to the bunker, ball is on a slope, 150 yards to the green. I smoke a 7 iron 150 yards within 3 feet of the pin...this is the definition of golf for me: how can anyone miss-hit a tee shot so badly, then hit an incredibly difficult bunker show so perfectly? Should be one or the other, not the same guy three minutes apart. Yoyoma doesn't occasionally play like a screaming cat and if you gave me a cello, I couldn't occasionally play Bach either.
You can or you can' least that's how it should be.
Episode 2: You've heard of the book 'Tuesdays with Morrie?' Well, my life is now 'Tuesdays with Mick,' as in my Natural Golf instructor. What a wonderful guy and a great teacher for me. He doesn't lecture, he doesn't participate, he just explains the mechanics of the swing, what I need to work on, etc.

We're just working on the basic swing. I'm ready to go out and play 18, but Mick is steps.
Episode 3: More baby steps, straight back and through. I tell Mick that my short game stinks - we begin working on really teaching me the wedge game. I love this.
I can honestly say in all the years I've been playing, I never understood the mechanics of chipping and putting - finally, someone to teach me!
Episode 4: More baby steps; straight back and through. I tell Mick that my short game stinks, and we begin working on really teaching me the wedge game. I love this.
I can honestly say in all the years I've been playing golf I never understood the mechanics of chipping and putting. Finally, someone to teach me!
Episode 5: Filming my lesson, a cold, rainy day in NYC, but I am so thrilled that my golf game is coming together. Still plenty of miss-hits, but when I 'get it,'it feels like 'buttah!'
It's coming, I can feel it!
Episode 6: Driving, wow. I'm not hitting it off the tee, I'm blasting it off the tee, all with what feels like a half swing. So, I really don't use my back in my swing. These Natural Golf boys might be onto something!
Thanks to Kelly Blackburn, I am seeing amazing results! Just by cutting my portions in half and doing my exercises, my clothes fit better and I just feel better overall!
Episode 7: I am SO comfortable with my swing now, I feel totally confident singing the praiseS of my new game, 'I am one of Moe's children!'
I'm going to tune up my short game with Mick before I head to Orlando but I am relaxed and trust that my ball is going up in the air.
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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.