A hard way to make a living: Here are the 12 worst jobs in golf

You know what they say: a bad day of golf is still better than a good day of work, especially if your work is one of these 12 gigs.


If there’s anything more awkward than the ham-fisted flirtations of a pudgy middle-aged man with booze on his breath, it’s the wan smile on the face of a patient young woman mixing yet another cocktail for her sloppy suitor and wondering when her shift will ever end.


The way tournaments have been going these days, odds are something’s going to happen—and when it does, you best know the 600-plus pages of the Decision on the Rule of Golf like you do your kids’ birthdays.


Like Mad Max on a fuel run, he heads out in his rickety, jerry-rigged ride, fully aware of the grim fate that awaits him. In an instant he is spotted by club-wielding barbarians with bucket-loads of ammo and brainless ambitions. On the course, these heathens rarely hit a green in regulation. But on the range they unleash screamers with frightening precision, whooping in celebration as they rattle the mesh cage around our hero, who, regardless of what he’s earning, should really be getting paid a whole lot more.


Though it may sound grandiose, “ambassador” is an apt title for a role that strains even the finest diplomatic skills. Pressed by antsy golfers to get things moving, our on-course Kissinger drives ahead for delicate negotiations with a stubborn, sluggish foursome, who remind him haughtily that they’ve paid their $400 so they’ll take six hours if they damn well please. Ever tactful, even in the face of such surly nonsense, our ambassador strikes a statesman-like balance between persistence and politeness. But he has no real power. As the pace of play crawls on, he rides away muttering to himself, “You came out of retirement for this?”


A caddie’s job is to keep up and shut up. That part’s easy. The hard part comes when the player does neither, banging balls all over the planet while droning on incessantly about himself and his game. Being the insufferable fellow that he is, he also blames his looper for misreading putts that he barely gets rolling and misclubbing him on irons that he flat-out shanks. He caps the miserable day by failing to tip.


Forced to wait all day for a single loop, he finally gets one. It turns out to be the guy described above.


As if an eight-hour shift under a broiling sun isn’t hard enough, there’s nowhere to relieve yourself. Well, expect for that Gatorade bottle.


He got into this line of work because he loved the game, not because he dreamed of playing yes-man to a pack of self-important Judge Smails-types who find reason to complain in everything from the speed of the greens and plushness of the fairways to the offending branches of a 300-year-old oak tree they’re bent on seeing removed.


The last time he played, he shot a tidy 67. That was 11 years ago.


On the one hand, we respect the bravery and bull-headedness required to don a wetsuit and plunge into a festering, predator-filled pond in the hopes of recovering some ProV1s, which reliably re-sell for as much as a buck each. On the other hand, we wonder: has your brain gone cloudy from the bends?


Years ago, when life spread out before you like a bright green promise, you dreamed of one day penning the Great American Novel. But now, in the age of Trump and Twitter, your own limited talents, combined with the limited attention span of readers, have reduced you to what you were probably meant to be: the author of a zillion golf-related lists. Hey, let’s see you try to do this.

Courtesy of Josh Jens (golf.com)

Contest – Win The Next PIMP List Wedge

Contest – Win The Next PIMP List Wedge

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First, let me say a quick Thank You to all of you who kicked in theme ideas for the next #PimpList wedge.

The guys at Golf Alchemy are ready to get started bringing your ideas to life. Before they can, however; we need to select a winner from your Top 5 Submissions.

It’s time for the final vote.

The Giveaway

To be eligible fore the giveaway, all you need to do is vote for your favorite theme from the list of choices below. Once the final count is tallied, the guys at Golf Alchemy will create two wedges. One will be sent to MyGolfSpy to be kept in our vault. The other will go to one of you guys (selected at random) who vote for the eventual winner.

The winner will be selected at random.

Voting Ends 11/23/2014 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time. Basically, you have just over 1 week.

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Titleist 913 “Dot” Driver Hits USGA Conforming List

Titleist 913 “Dot” Driver Hits USGA Conforming List

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Early last week I posted a flurry of newly approved drivers in the mygolfspy forum. I left one off the list because I thought it could turn out to be something very interesting…article worthy even.

It seems that Titleist recently had what’s being called the dot version of their 913 D2 driver added to the USGA Conforming List.

A new Titleist Driver more than a year ahead of the next scheduled release? This could be huge.

As you probably remember, the last time a major OEM ‘Tour-only prototype’ made an unexpected appearance on the conforming list, the TaylorMade SLDR was born.

Should we expect something similar from Titleist?

Probably not…maybe even definitely not.

I know there are plenty of you who get plenty excited at the first sniff of a new Titleist driver, but this is one you’re probably going to have to wait a while for…maybe forever.

Titleist Borrowing from TaylorMade?

A couple weeks back we got word that Jason Dufner had been testing out a new Titleist driver. The story that made its way to my desk was that Dufner was absolutely blowing up Trackman with the prototype head.

Ball Speed up. Smash Factor up too.

The preliminary info was that Dufner’s prototype featured a more forwardly placed center of gravity.

Sound familiar?

Higher Launch, Higher Spin

I’ll be the first to admit it…I was as jacked as an AP1 Pitching Wedge (sorry…couldn’t resist) with the idea that I might have just been handed a story about a competitor borrowing an idea from TaylorMade. I mean, let’s be honest…usually the storylines feature TaylorMade in the role of borrower.

It’s good to switch it up from time to time.

As it turns out, Jason Dufner is one of those guys who actually needs more spin (as a high spin type myself, I’m continually baffled when I encounter those types of guys). The original never-approved prototype, while it did feature a more forward CG, was never conceived to be a low spinning monster. The goal was actually to increase spin.

That original Trackman killer was a 10.5° D3. Dufner subsequently tested a modified (internally weighted) version of the 913 D2 that also never found its way to the USGA.

The USGA conforming dot version is the first of the prototypes sourced from entirely new parts. It’s a 9.5° model (.5° more than Dufner’s current driver, and closer in spec to his previous 910).

While it appears the dot version has been created for Jason Dufner, I’m told the as of late last week, the new parts hadn’t yet found their way to him.

Retail Implications

As I said, the story we’re hearing is that this dot version isn’t coming to retail, but Titleist will no doubt be looking closely at how the modified design performs. There’s no reason to think it couldn’t be a precursor to the 915 (assuming current naming conventions and release cycles hold).

The one potential ripple for Titleist is that they’ve historically avoided the whole “tour issue” thing. They’ve maintained that what their tour players put in play is exactly the same as what you buy at retail.

Having a dot version out on tour and not retail represents a change of sorts in the stated policy. For 99% of golfers it’s a non-issue (most probably will never hear about it), and the implications would be much greater should Titleist decide to ship a mid-cycle release out to retail.

Go Get Fit

More than anything the creation of the 913 dot head illustrates the lengths to which a golf company will go to get their guys 100% dialed in. Think about it; Jason Dufner just won a major. To do that you’ve got to be nearly perfect, and yet Titleist is still plugging away and trying to help Duf make his game that much better.

It’s pretty incredible…and yet most of you reading this are still buying off the rack.

You’re no Jason Dufner (unless you’re Jason Dufner), but seriously, even if Titleist won’t engineer a driver specifically for you, why in the world would you not get fit?

It doesn’t make sense.


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