Reciprocal Golf Problog by Peter Baumann

WHERE TO BUY THE BEST GOLF CLUBS!



Dennis Grahovic in Germany sent me a message two days ago stating he needs to buy himself a set of golf clubs, and asked me where he should go. I am flattered, because it has been at least ten years since I quit making custom golf club sets at PROBE GOLF, www.probegolf.com.

At the time we started making the best performing golf clubs in the world at PROBE GOLF, in 1986, virtually no other golf company in the world made true custom fit, and custom performing golf equipment!

Read that sentence again, because it is the absolute truth. The closest other golf company that advertised custom fitting was PING. Remember their custom lie, custom length, custom grip promotion? Would it shock you to know that PING used the same shaft for all customers, and it was a shaft that fit no one?

In golf, the harder you swing, the stiffer the shaft has to be, and the higher the Flex Point has to be. PING did not wish to inventory a dozen different shaft types, so they compromised by using their PING ZING shaft, with a low flex point. A low flex point leads to a high, less controlled shot. By tipping (cutting more off the thin end of the shaft) the shaft more, they made a stiff shafted club for hard swingers, but with a high, less-controlled shot due to the low flex point. Easier swingers, and women, need the low flex point, but not a stiff shaft, because they can't swing it hard enough!

At PROBE GOLF, we stocked over eight different steel shafts for iron sets, and the same for woods. To prove my point, here are two examples of why PROBE irons were the best performing irons in the world, "for each individual golfer's needs":

1) When I started PROBE GOLF, I was a six handicap golfer. I had played for twenty-two years, and had never had a hole-in-one. When I made myself the first PROBE iron set, with the shaft best suited to my swing, I made a hole-in-one within one month, holing a five iron on the 195-yard hole # eight at the Lake Shastina Golf Resort near Mt. Shasta, CA.

I made my second hole-in-one a month later, holing my PROBE 2-iron on #11 from 222 yards. Not exactly short par-3's.

My handicap dropped within four months to a "plus 2", two strokes better than "0". I won the Men's Club Championship nine times in twelve years, and shot as low as 65 on the par-72 Championship course.

2) In 1987 I won the Lake Shastina Amateur Championship, with 200 of northern California's top amateurs competing, by shooting 70-70, four under par. The three men who finished right behind me were playing PING Eye 2 irons. Tom, who finished second, three shots behind me, told me that hole #16 that day made all the difference. I had hit my PROBE 2-iron into the wind 209 yards to one foot from the hole for birdie. Tom had hit his PING 1-iron twice as high as my 2-iron into the front bunker (due to his low flex point shafts) and made bogey! Tom asked me over a beer in the clubhouse that afternoon to make him a set of PROBE irons. I did so, using a high flex point shaft in his set, and Tom came back the next year to win the same tournament by SIX SHOTS!

Choosing the right shaft for each customer's needs is the key to turning a so-so golfer into a great golfer! In the last ten years I have had a personal friend of mine, Joe Roland, who knows the secrets of proper fitting each customer to the proper shaft, make all custom-fit golf sets for people who come to me for a better choice of golf equipment.

Therefore, to answer Dennis Grahovic's question, for him to buy the best performing golf clubs (for his swing) he should fill out my PROBE GOLF Custom Fitting Questionnaire, and then I will confer with my friend, Joe Roland, who will build the set for Dennis. And, Dennis' cost will be about 60% of what he would spend with Nike, Taylor Made, PING, Titleist, Cobra, or any of the other name brands!

I have decided to "restart" PROBE GOLF once again, to introduce our new PROBE 20/10 inverted-shafted putter, which will outperform our PROBE 20/20 putter we introduced to the golfing world through our Gary Player infomercial in 1993, and sold over 120,000 putters at $120 each.

(Pictured above - Larry Laoretti, winner of the 1992 Senior United States Open Championship, using his PROBE Driver and PROBE 20/20 inverted-shafted putter.)

It will be fun to once again make the best performing golf equipment in the world, and the best performing putter ever designed.
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More on the New Golf Equipment Rules for 2010

The new golf equipment rules for January 1, 2010, have to do with the width, depth, and sharpness of the grooves on irons. Basically, square grooves are out next year; but it does not apply to over 99% of casual golfers until the year 2024.

Only professional tournament golfers must comply next year. That's why I started the discussion about which tour players will move up in the world rankings starting this coming January, due to their ability to hit more fairways off the tee.

Amateur golfers who play in most USGA tournaments will have to comply by 2014. So don't worry about rushing out and buying yourself a new set of irons! The ones you are playing right now are good for at least another four years, and that is only if you are a top amateur.
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Speaking of Golf Radio Interview with Tom Horan

I was on the phone with Tom Horan early this morning, live, during his Speaking of Golf radio broadcast.
You can listen to the program at http://www.speakingofgolf.com/.

After discussing what Reciprocal Golf's toll-free, 24/7 services were all about, I promised I would give Tom's listeners a 25% discount off our normal Business Traveler Sign-Up of $585.

I want to offer that same discount to everyone who contacts us from www.reciprocalgolf.com by the end of the day Sunday, December 20,2009.

Just mention "Tom Horan" and "Speaking of Golf" to receive the 25% discount code from our office. Please remember that we must receive your request by the end of the day Sunday, December 20. We look forward to serving your reciprocal play requests at private country clubs.
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Just one more comment, in Tiger's defense.

For years, Tiger has reaped the financial rewards of his family-friendly image, in the form of sponsorships, but so has the golf business in general. Every pro on the PGA tour is now making more money, because Tiger's rise to fame brought increased audience attendance. And, now, they're turning on him.

After news of the affair broke, Tiger's long-time friend Jesper Parnevik said he "probably thought [Tiger] was a better guy than he is." Charles Warren, a six-year veteran of the PGA Tour, hinted that Elin Woods might have known about Tiger's extramarital affairs all along. "She's no fool." He said she probably "turned a blind eye because of the money and the kids and the lifestyle he provides." Ben Crane, who has two wins on the PGA Tour, said "This is no surprise to anyone who knows Tiger. He's a phony and a fake, and he can't retain that squeaky-clean endorsement deal any longer."

It seems to me that jealousy could be at play here. If it's true that these fellow pros new about Tiger's indiscretions, why didn't they say anything about it until now? I'll tell you why: money. They knew that Tiger's image was helping THEM make money. Like I said, their pay is higher since he rose to super-stardom and ushered in the most lucrative era in golf history.

Let's not forget that we're talking about a man's personal life. We all sympatize with his family, but it does not help to put them all in the spot light, especially if the press further degrades Tiger's reputation. In the long term, if fans stop watching the tournaments, this could mean less pay for all PGA pros. Let's not take one family's personal tragedy and turn it into a catastrophy for the golf industry.

Now that I've spoken my mind, I promise not to blog about Tiger again for a while. Let's hope next time he's in the news it's because he's back on a winning streak. After all, he still has a family support.
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The Ultimate Network!

Two weeks after graduating from San Diego State, I went to my local golf course, Stardust, and joined two strangers, both potato farmers from Boise, ID. By the time we finished 18 holes, I had talked them (and two other potato farmers they called on the phone) into putting up $100,000 to buy stock in my first company, Intertel, Inc. We ended up manufacturing and selling worldwide the world's first cordless telephone, and the world's first "touch-pad dialer", allowing everyone in the world using rotary dial phones (81% of the USA, and 100% of the countries outside the USA) to convert to a push-button phone! The dialer sent electronic pulses out over the phone line, and was used for decades before “tone” dialing was available.

That was my first of many success stories that were started on the golf course. Golf is a great way to meet likeminded people, to make friends and forge business relationships. That is the main reason I started Reciprocal Golf, giving members the ultimate opportunity to network. We make it easy for golfers to play private country clubs while traveling, without having to pay tens of thousands of dollars to join each private club.

Golf teaches us all honesty, integrity, perseverance, patience, and other life lessons. You can find out more about a stranger in four hours, during 18 holes, than you can learn in six months over a conference table. Know the rules of golf, and play by the rules, and everyone you meet and play with will know you are to be trusted, on the golf course and in business.

What is your favorite story about meeting someone on a golf course, becoming friends, and doing business together? I'd like to hear your success story.

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Where and how to play golf during the off season

Where do you play golf during the winter months, when your club closes due to snow? Do you just hang up your clubs for four months, or do you travel south to play? And if you travel south, do you play public golf courses or private clubs? And did you know that quite often it is possible to play private clubs for a lot less than it costs to play public courses during their "peak" season?

If you are a member of a private country club, you probably know you may play other private courses when you travel, providing you can reach your own head pro at home to call the private club you want to play, and have him set up what is known in the industry as reciprocal play. But if your home club is closed during the winter, how can you reach your head pro and ask him to set up your play down south?

If you are a member of Reciprocal Golf, all you have to do is call our toll-free phone number, 24/7/365 and make your request! And, while most public courses raise their green fees substantially during their peak season, most private clubs have a consistent guest rate year-round.

We've all heard the phrase, "You can work hard, or you can work smart." At Reciprocal Golf, our pro is always in. Since February of 2003, we have provided round the clock concierge services to our members, setting up their reciprocal play worldwide.

Some of the testimonials we have received from our members are amazing, and remarkable considering this tough economy. And as far as networking is concerned, whether personal or business, there is no better place to meet new friends and future business associates than on a private country club, playing with members of the club!

Let us hear from you regarding your own success story of networking on a private golf course.
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Groovy?

Are you in the groove for 2010?

Remember back in the 1980's when the PGA Tour tried to abolish square grooves? Mark Calcavechia entered the Tour with Ping irons, with square grooves, and the former PGA caddy started outplaying other tour players out of the rough! So the PGA Tour made a rule that square grooves could not be used on Tour. PING, faced with the possibilty of not being able to sell millions of sets of irons with square grooves, sued the PGA! The PGA gave in, and allowed square grooves.

Now, the PGA, after an agreed upon "cooling off" period, has ruled that, beginning January, 2010, Tour players may not use square grooves on Tour! Obviously, 156 tour players that tee it up every week will not determine manufacturing decisions that are made by the chief executives at PING, Taylor Made, Titleist, Nike, Cleveland Golf, Adams Golf, and other iron manufacturers. 25 million amateur golfers in the USA will continue to play their square gooves, UNLESS the USGA rules that square grooves are no longer legal.

But what if the USGA makes such a ruling? In my experience, amateur golfers will continue to play clubs that give them an advantage, so they can win their "weekend nassau bets" with their buddies. Only entrants in official USGA tournaments will comply with such a ruling.

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