Want to tell all about your 30-footer for double bogey? Start a golf blog.
Web logs -- those self-published Internet gazettes that have injected so much mischief into the world of national politics -- have spread to golf. The online journals, known as blogs, are often devoted to professional golf, with the authors issuing predictable 19th-hole rants: Tiger vs. Vijay, Michelle vs. Annika, Nicklaus vs. the long ball, Hootie vs. the 21st century, yadayadayada. Maybe it's just us, but a little bit of that inside-the-fairway chin-pulling goes a long way.
Far more entertaining to us at Swing are the blogs devoted to amateur golfers' own games. They record, sometimes in pitiless detail, the authors' struggles and triumphs with this magnificently cruel pastime.
? Start with the Bad Golf Blog ( http:/
Not only is the writing good and full of funny detail, but the observations are honest in a way one rarely hears anywhere near a golf course. The author tells about the time he got beaten by a guy who'd smashed his finger in a garage door and so had to play with one arm. He recounts playing with his boss, where on the first tee he tops the ball and sends it screaming directly into the ladies' tee marker -- and watches in horror as the ball arcs gently backward and drops at his feet.
? SortaGolf ("gimme mulligan or gimme death") is a blog dedicated to the principle that a few key amendments to USGA rules will make the game more satisfying and fun for the struggling majority. The good news, as the blog explains, is that you're probably already using several of the "Sorta 7" principles: take one mulligan per round; count as good any putt that misses by less than the length of your putter's grip; improve your lie without penalty because hitting the ball squarely is difficult enough from a good lie; cap your score at double bogey for all holes; and so on.
Refreshingly, SortaGolf ( http:/
? Travelgolf.com has gathered a stable of bloggers ( http:/
? Golfers' Asylum http:/
And yes, anybody can create a golf blog for free. That includes you, Mr. Infomercial-swing-trainer-victim (not a bad name for a blog, come to think of it), and you, Ms. Four-putt (ditto). Many sites let you create a blog, but http:/