Posted: Monday April 11, 2005 11:28AM; Updated: Monday April 11, 2005 12:38PM
The most common suggestion was that I take a lesson from a pro. I don't have a problem with taking a lesson, except that I just don't have the time right now. I barely can fit a round of golf into my schedule, much less a lesson. Also -- and I know this is probably very ignorant of me, but still -- I'd kind of like to break 100 on my own. Perhaps I never will, but for now I'm committed to doing this uneducated.
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That said, most readers understood that my problems all seem to come close to the green. I accidentally deleted the one e-mail that resonated with me, which suggested I imagine a 3-foot ring around the hole, and instead of aiming for the cup, aim for that ring. This is something I can do; the one simple idea that I believe will shave strokes from my century.
I'll get out on the course soon and report back. Until then, I'm trying to figure out how to get one of those putting greens on the roof of my apartment building. As Borat would say, "High five!" Right, Tiger?
Game of the week
I was sitting at my desk at 6 p.m. on Friday when my assistant, Sam, came walking over and caught me playing this.
"It's, uh, research," I said. So I guess I have to link to it, now. Pretty fun, either way.
New technology of the year
Google introduced its new map service this week, and it's a stunner. You can search for places using the address box, but it more fun to click, scroll and zoom in using the bar on the left of the map. When you get close enough to whatever you're looking for, click on the "satellite" link on the top right and prepare to have your mind blown.
I suppose we should be a bit worried that such technology exists that we can now see pretty much any location in the United States. But if you're a sports fan, it's pretty cool to check out Augusta National, Yankee Stadium and all the movable-roof stadiums to see whether or not the tops were open or closed when they were taking pictures. It took me 10 minutes to scroll around San Francisco and find SBC/Should-Be-Mays Park, but once you find it, it's well worth the effort. Still can't find Area 51, though.
The Michael Vick experience of the week
If you're a Falcons fan, make sure you pick up your Ron Mexico jersey before next season starts. If that's not in the playbook, it should be.
American dream of the week
Do they accept write-in votes? I'm all about this guy getting elected. Hopefully he'll name Scorecard Daily an official "plank" in his platform. I also love the way he's totally into character -- check his quotes in the story.
Lang Whitaker is the online editor at SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com.