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”)


Say Goodbye to JAVA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp’s Java software…

Oracle, which develops Java software, was forced to fix the security hole Sunday after the department issued this rare alert late Thursday…

The consensus from security experts is to leave Java disabled in the browser especially as few sites use Java…

If you haven’t heard the scuttlebutt about JAVA, that pretty much wraps it up. I did want to share this with you.

Oracle offers a tip on how to disable their own product on their website. See the pop up bar? Java needs your permission to run….

Disable Java

Seems a bit counterproductive, eh? They push their product regardless of what The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says.

via Bits – Yahoo News – The H Security

How to Disable JAVA

DELL Recommends Windows 7

Just Another Reason: We Don’t Do McAfee

Tech mega mogul John McAfee, wanted by Belizean police in connection to the murder of a U.S. expatriate, revealed where he has been hiding for the past six days: at his compound, in Belize. And police tell they’re on the way over.

It’s a fresh twist on the increasingly bizarre tale of McAfee, the former security software mogul who founded the company of the same name. McAfee has spent six days out of sight yet hiding in plain sight, chatting on the phone with Joshua Davis, a reporter from Wired magazine. Late Friday night, McAfee told CNBC where he had been hiding the whole time.

NO McAfee

via FoxNews

Why I Don’t Use McAfee – McAfee Uninstall Tool – Uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus

Happy Halloween

Windows 8: The First 24 Hours

Launch Event for Surface Tablet (Windows 8)

I went to the Microsoft Store on Friday, found 70-85 people in line to “buy” the Surface tablet.

I was standing in that line too, until a Microsoft employee walked by and said “you don’t need to stand in line if you just want to check out the new tablet.”

Makes me wonder how many other people didn’t know that either.


Installing Windows 8

Installing Windows 8  reminded me of a long par 5. You’ve got 235 yards left to the green, 175 years to clear the water. You wonder what you are going to do, trying to make the right decision, whether to layup or take a hybrid out and take your chances. Wind direction, how’s the lie, where’s my bailout area.

After the clicking the download,  it checked my system (as I previously posted) then I clicked Next.

Went through the credit card gambit and 5 minutes later, the process began.  Download took 15 minutes. (Even with a 29.81Mbps download speed)

After that, you just let it cook, reboot, install. From start to finish, 1.5 hours. I’d rather would have been on that par 5.

The good news is, everything came over, all my apps, files, data, etc…, just had to put in a few passwords here and there. Yes, the install went rather well.

We May Not Need Badges, But We Do Need a Start Button

Fiddled around with the TILES and did my usual tweaking. I gave up trying to figure out the desktop without a START BUTTON. I don’t want to use Windows 8 without one. Head on over to STARDOCK and snag it. It’s worth the $5.00.

Oh and Bauer, you heard me say it here, I really rather like the LIVE TILES on the other start up screen in Windows 8.

Please stay tuned for Windows 8 – Tip of the Week posts!

Peanut Butter Recall

My sister sent me this email last night:

Hi . . . I cannot believe I switched from a Skippy Peanut Butter, to Open Nature, and it made it on the recall list:

 Amazing!!!!!!!!  What’s worse, is I ate some early today, before I saw this website.   My jar, is the exact number on the list.  What is with the food??

For Immediate Release-Portales, NM (October 4, 2012) – Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall of all products manufactured in the Sunland nut butter production facility between March 1, 2010 and September 24, 2012 because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The company reports that it is adding 139 products to the recall, bringing the total number of products being recalled by Sunland Inc. to 240 products. (yes, 2 years worth of their peanut butter production being recalled, you read that right)

The expanded recall covers all previously identified Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Tahini products as well as Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. New product categories being added to the list are several varieties of flavored butters and spreads, including Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate Butter and Banana Butter.

Heads up people! The recall includes products from Trader Joes, Harry & David, Sprouts and even Whole Paychecks (Foods).

The expanded recall adds forty-nine (49) products that are currently within the manufacturer’s recommended shelf-life, that is, the “Best-If-Used-By” dates have not expired. The expanded recall also covers ninety (90) products consumers may still have in their homes which are older than the “Best-If-Used-By Date”.

A list of all products being recalled by Sunland Inc. can be found in the company’s recall announcement. Check it out and verify you aren’t eating your peanut butter & jelly sandwich contaminated with Salmonella.

Do NOT  eat the recalled products. This is especially important for children under the age of 5 years, elderly adults, and people with weak immune systems. All products with “Best-If-Used-By” dates of March 1, 2011 or later should be discarded or returned immediately.

Sis, hope your jar was bacteria free, but if you aren’t feeling well later, we’ll know that Sunland’s acceptable risk for sloppy production protocols, has infected you.

Nobody Actually Plays Golf Slowly

I decided a few months ago to marshal at my local public golf course. Sneak it in as much as I can when work allows.

Albeit I really don’t have much of an issue during my scheduled time with slow play, my golf buddy who also marshals at Balboa Park, does. She exhausts me with her recap of all she had to do to keep pace of play, and tend to the golfers.

Matty Reyes, Golf Starter/Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at Balboa Park Golf Course, sent us out this great article regarding slow play.

Here are some excerpts:

The NGF’s Pace of Play Survey asked “WHAT SLOWS PLAY?” and reported these causes (with the percentage of facilities mentioning them):

• Golfers playing tees too long for them (57%)

• Golfers looking for lost balls (56%)

• Holes that cause a bottleneck (41%)

• Golfers stopping for food and beverages (37%)

• Cart path-only policies (33%)

• Water hazards (24%)

• Inexperienced golfers/lack of golfer education (17%)

• Narrow fairways (15%)

• Bunkers/waste areas (14%)

• Blind shots (12%)

• Short tee-time intervals (9%).

The NGF Pace of Play Survey, asked its 700 responding facilities “WHAT SPEEDS UP PLAY?” and received the following responses (with percentage of facilities mentioning).

• Encouragement of Ready Golf (69%)

• Encouraging proper tees (47%)

• Ranger program (46%)

• Generous fairways (40%)

• Golfer education (37%)

• Shortened rough (35%)

• Fewer water hazards (30%)

• Longer tee-time intervals (27%)

• Limited bunkers/waste areas (22%)

• Pace of play programs/systems (12%)

• Re-positioning groups (10%).

The chance of overall pace of play improving via players becoming more skillful is slim. Both the NGF and the USGA concur that a “Core” golfer is someone who plays more than eight rounds per year, and averages about 94 strokes per round, with an average Handicap Index of 20.0. Despite these golfers’ well-intentioned and sometimes diligent efforts at improvement, these numbers have been consistent for many years.

Great article! Read more at A Pace of Play Resource

You’ve Got Spam: How to “Can” Unwanted Email

I was getting SPAM everyday from these maroons that needed a website designer. (You know who you are)

They used a plethora of different domains, such as,, etc…

And no, asking them to stop didn’t do anything.

So, I notified the FTC.

Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Send a copy of unwanted or deceptive messages to The FTC uses the unsolicited emails stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive spam email.

Let the FTC know if a “remove me” request is not honored. If you want to complain about a removal link that doesn’t work or not being able to unsubcribe from a list, you can fill out the FTC’s online complaint form at Your complaint will be added to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel database and made available to hundreds of law enforcement and consumer protection agencies.

Whenever you complain about spam, it’s important to include the full email header. The information in the header makes it possible for consumer protection agencies to follow up on your complaint.

This is the first morning without that crappy ass SPAM message for a website designer in my inbox in over 3 weeks.

Thanks FTC!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

The 2012 September equinox comes on September 22, at 9:49 a.m. CDT (14:49 Universal Time).

On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night”.

The September equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south.

Summer is gone, winter is coming.