The One You Feed

How Callaway Saved My Golf Game

cg-logo-strataLast year I was looking for the best advice on irons to enhance my golf game and was thrilled to buy the RAZR X irons – steel shafts, as per the paid club-fitting session with the golf professional. Why the club-fitter sold the steel shafts? Not sure, but hindsight says there might have been a better option other than what was in stock and perhaps on sale?

I aggravated an old elbow injury (a dislocated elbow with a broken funny bone, which was repaired with steel pins) and I had to stop before the end of the season last year. After taking 2 months off to heal the inflammation, I felt the steel shafted irons were contributing to the “tennis elbow” pain and felt a lighter swing weight would help alleviate further damage to my elbow. Anxious to get this issue resolved and get my irons ready for this upcoming golf season, I met with another golf professional who was extremely helpful, informative and wondered why the “professional club-fitter” didn’t ask me about any physical limitations.

After weighing my 7 iron, comparing that weight to other graphite irons, hitting balls with those other graphite shafted 7 irons, we concurred that a different shaft would be best. So she sent me on my way to Golfmart to discuss options with them, because her expertise is with TaylorMade equipment and felt they would be helpful with the Callaway irons.

This is where the apprehension begins, because I know going to the big box golf stores to purchase anything is always a drill of dejection. I will be ignored, dismissed and misguided until I just give up and leave the store.

I brought in my 7 iron, just in case I could talk them into putting in a different shaft so I could try it out on the course. I could decide whether or not this was the right shaft and replace it in all my other irons.

I asked for the golf pro’s recommended guys at the club-fitting area and they weren’t there. I should have left then. The first guy I spoke with in the club-fitting area, listened to me for a less than a minute, and then dismissed me to another employee. Ok, maybe he is new and this other guy is the expert. I again stated that I would like options for replacing the shafts due to the swing weight. The first words out of that guy’s mouth, “You don’t want to do that. It will cost you $25 -$30 per new shaft and another $20 each for us to install them.”

Did he ask me how much I was willing to spend? No. I anticipated the cost around $50 for each iron and was willing to spend that amount. It was blatantly clear he wasn’t interested in replacing the shaft when he walked me over to the used clubs and shows me the graphite set that included the 3 & 5 woods. I let him know I don’t need the additional woods and he stated “We don’t break up these sets and that’s how it is sold.” He then just walked away.

Yes, that is correct, he just walked away. I stood around for a bit, looked at other used clubs and wondered where he went. The drill of dejection was apparent and I was in self-denial that it couldn’t just keep happening… could it? It’s 2013! Rice and Moore are members now at Augusta.

As he walked to the back of the store, I stood in his way, basically to figure out where he went and what options, if any, he found for me. He asked me, “Did you find anything?” Ah no, I didn’t.  I don’t want to buy another set of clubs, I have clubs. He then begins this oration, “The golf head weight on a steel shaft is lighter than on a graphite shaft so replacing the shaft won’t work anyways. We could put in a different shaft but we may need to add tape weight to the head.” Blah, blah, blah…

I didn’t say anything and frankly I quit listening. I just let him tell me why he didn’t want to help me. Since I am under the impression that club makers have options if they want the swing weight to be the same with steel or graphite shafts and that doesn’t necessarily mean two different weight heads. Maybe my RAZR X irons was the exception to the rule; maybe the head weights are different. Maybe I won’t be able to replace the shafts. Maybe it’s time to give up and join the ranks of the other disillusioned golfers that don’t get any better, won’t get any better and can’t get any better.

He sums up my dejected visit with, “Call me and I’ll check to see what’s in” and then turns to walk away. Meaning, “what used clubs are in” that he can sell “whatever” to me. Which isn’t what I want, I just want a lighter swing weight in the irons I purchased last year!

Alas, I shook his hand, thanked him for his time and didn’t expect or get a business card or any further assistance.

It really comes as no surprise that women don’t take up the game of golf or keep up with it. It’s not the only taint of disparity that we must endure from just the retailers; it also follows us to the course. I watch the boys play badly from the blue tees, put up with them telling us to hurry up because we are slowing play and throw my hands in the air when they hit into us.

I want to be able to play this wonderful game of golf for as long as I can and enjoy the best I can play, provided I can get the proper equipment to match my physical limitations. I have a 13.4 handicap and a 235 yard drive; I am definitely not your average amateur women’s golfer. I only ask to be treated with the same courtesy and respect as men golfers, what the spirit of the game of golf enriches in us all. It is time to call Callaway Golf to see if they will be of nobler assistance.

I just got off the phone with Erin, the Callaway customer service representative. After explaining in perhaps over detail as to my equipment issues, she had the answer I was looking for. Of course you can put different shafts in Callaway irons. We knew that.

I was provided a RMA number and off went my clubs to get the graphite shafts I needed.

Thank you Callaway for keeping this ole gal in the game!

UPDATE: Just picked up my re-shafted irons. Callaway polished the heads so they look brand new. And when I got back to the office, a box of Callaway HEX Chrome golf balls had been delivered by UPS. (Sent to me via Callaway as a “sorry you had to put up with Golfmart”)


Time to Buy My New Phone | HTC DNA or Samsung Galaxy S3?

Went out yesterday to touch and feel the phones available from Verizon.

Bauer mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S3 as a look-see, and I wanted to check out the HTC DNA.

Here’s a comprehensive video that Phone Reviews put together:

Note** the HTC DNA is HUMONGOUS people! Put two of them together and some wheels on it and you got a skateboard! Sure it has impressive hardware, but you’d need a separate messenger bag to drag it around. It’s redonkulis and sadly, and with some hesitation, I can’t use it.

The Samsung Galaxy S3, on the other hand, albeit it pretty slick, it’s got an outdated operating system, dual core processor and frankly, I don’t do Samsung.

Since an iPhone isn’t an option and the Windows Phone lacks (apps, period) and some critical apps that I need and use, we’ll just have to wait and see what next year brings. I’ve done this drill before…

Golf Today

Genetically Engineered Food: It’s What’s for Dinner!

New chemicals, new ingredients. How about a dash of an organism in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally? A second helping of plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.

Umm delicious! No?!

The Just Label It campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GE foods. Simply label it so we know what we are consuming. Let us make the choice not to consume genetically engineered food.

Over one million people have contacted the FDA and told them we have a right to know what’s in our food. Become part of this growing movement and join them today. Sign this petition to the FDA and make sure your voice is heard!

FDA: Says OK to Radiating Spinach/Lettuce

FDA Did What?

Nice Note – Computer Whisperer

Here’s a nice note. I’m called the Computer Whisperer!

(New client sent it back to the referring client, who shared it with me)

Back to Work Tuesday

How To Play Golf: A Beginners Guide

Ah yes, I remember what it was like to be a newbie… I knew I liked being outdoors, tattooing a little white ball with a big club, wearing shoes with cleats. But there is so much more than just getting out there and playing around.

Like, what kind of clubs you need? What are the rules? How to get into golf shape? What to wear? When do you know that you’re ready for the golf course?

I found this online beginners guide for those of you who know nothing about golf. Check out this 9 part series to get acquainted with the game, learn to play and have as much fun as we do.

via How To Play Golf: A Beginners Guide From Golf Digest.

Keep Your Data in Sync with Your Computers & Smartphone

How do you keep all the data overload in sync with your systems? Here’s a glimpse of what I am using. Oh, and it’s FREE!

First off, Microsoft Exchange is a must to keep my mail and calendar in sync with two of my computers and my DInc2. (Droid Incredible2). But that’s just my one main mailbox and the main calendar. I have to use Google calendar for Tasks since MS Exchange doesn’t have that feature built in. But wait, there’s more.

I access 2 more personal email accounts, and another business email on my smartphone. Windows Live Mail syncs to a few miscellaneous email accounts including a “just 4 stuff” email account on a laptop (I have 6 active email accounts I monitor) and Outlook 2010 keeps all my email accounts in sync on my main computer. Outlook Connector keeps me synced to the MS Exchange account.

I’m using OneNote 2010 to keep notes on just about everything, from recipes to equipment to buy, and have it in sync with 2 computers. However, OneNote doesn’t sync to a DROID and I had to find another option. Batman kept raving about Evernote so I finally implemented it. I now keep notes in sync with a laptop and my smartphone. (OneNote is still my favorite “note taking” software)

I did need a way to move files to my DInc2, without having to tether the device and Dropbox solved that issue nicely. Dropbox, you need it, so go get it.

Windows SkyDrive keeps business documents “in the cloud” if I need to access them from any computer while out in the field and once there is a reliable DROID app for access, I may start using it more. I also tucked a few mission critical files up there as part of my disaster recovery plan. Skydrive has 25GB’s of storage goodness and it only makes sense to use it.

So you can see it is a challenge to keep everything synced. I’m not sure I have it working seamlessly yet, but it seems to be working for now. How are you syncing it all?

For more information, check out this article:
via Keep Your Data in Sync Across Platforms and Devices – Computerworld.

T Minus Time to Buy My New Phone

As of yesterday, my Touch Pro2 decided to quit turning on the backlight. Sure, it works briefly if you pull the battery out, but as soon as it goes to sleep mode, nothing works.

Ok, so time to replace it. And my posts have been stating that I’m ready, but still no phone out there yet. (No Windows 7 phone on Verizon yet, yes I know, the Trophy will be there shortly, but who wants a Trophy? not me)

Won’t buy anything Samsung, so that rules out the pricey, non-dual core processor “Charge”…the Droid X2 is bulky and comes with a wonky UI…Droid Bionic, albeit announced in January has still yet to hit the shelf.

Any suggestions? iPhone perhaps?