Gamesmanship For Hacks


Lets start off by defining gamesmanship. The dictionary says it is 1) the use of methods, especially in a sports contest, that are dubious or seemingly improper but not strictly illegal and 2) the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one's opponents or competitors. As you can see it is not cheating, technically, because cheaters never win. … [Read more...]

40 Games FORE The Golf Course


I love small, practical things you can carry with you on the golf course - from a simplified pocket rulebook to a pint-sized warmup guide, my golf bag pocket is stuffed with useful booklets I can easily access on the course. The most recent addition to my collection is the booklet "40 Games FORE the Golf Course" published by a new golf company, Fore Fun has a great mission … [Read more...]

Golf With A Grump


We here at GolfStinks always joke about some of the characters on the golf course, but because we tend to play together, times are few and far between that we actually get paired up with them.  But this past weekend, I went out for a nine-hole round with a fellow stinky golfer.  And sure enough, we joined up for a few holes with Mr. Grumpy "Rules-Guru" Golfer.  Though it lasted only three holes, … [Read more...]

Baba Booey & Having Fun On The Course


It never fails, the gallery quiets down as (insert favorite tour pro here) sets up for his or her shot when from the crowd someones yells "Baba Booey!". Now, I'm not really sure when Gary Dell'Abate (aka Baba Booey) from the Howard Stern show became such a hot phrase to yell. And since we're on the topic of yelling crap out at a golf tourney, we can put "mashed potatoes" in that category … [Read more...]

What Animals are Lurking on your Golf Course?


This past weekend, I was playing a local 9-hole golf course and was held-up on the third tee because of a flock of turkeys in the fairway (see photo above). This is why I love golf - because it's out in nature and not some fenced-in field somewhere. And fall is a good time to spy creatures on the course as many are out and about foraging. Earlier this year, I saw a few deer in the fairway … [Read more...]

Golf Clips In The Flicks


Golf has been the subject of many movies.  Some of them comedies (Caddyshack, Happy Gilmore) and some more serious (The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Legend of Bagger Vance).  In each of those movies golf played a major, or at least significant role.  But it's funny, for a game that's always taken so seriously, I've noticed many films or television shows that use golf as somewhat of a comic … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Not Stink At Golf

Winning Putt

At some point every hack has to come to the realization that their golf game could use some help. If you haven't, you are in denial and that's ok. We're here to help! The golf industry is flooded with gadgets, videos, apps and whatever else geared towards improving your game. We've all heard the b.s. these golf aids proclaim. " Gain 50+ yards on your drive!" or "Lower your handicap … [Read more...]

POLL: What’s Your Favorite Season For Golf?

Sleeping Giant Golf Course, Connecticut (Photo by Greg D'Andrea)

Well, we're into my favorite part of the year - autumn.  You can have the spring and summer.  Being a native New Englander, I live for the cooler temperatures, crisp night air, the changing of the leaves, breaking out the jackets and sweaters.  This is the weather I wait all summer for.  So not surprisingly, it's also my favorite season for golf.  Besides the cooler temperatures and no humidity, … [Read more...]

Seeking Inspiring Fall Golf Photos (Contest)!

Stinky Golfers Tom (left) and Chris taking in the view at Fairview Farm Golf Course (Connecticut) - Photo credit: Greg D'Andrea, GolfStinks, LLC

Lots of folks love autumn and lots of folks love golf. So, it only makes sense playing golf in the fall is...well, awesome! Cool temps; no crowds on the tee; and that haunting charm of fall foliage. Growing up in Connecticut, I got to experience a good amount of golf during the beautiful New England autumns. Before cellphone cameras became the norm, I would always lug my own camera out to the … [Read more...]

Fall Ball & Reflection


Now that I am in the transition period of replacing the swing of my golf club for that of a splitting axe, it's a good time to think back about this past season. Besides capitalizing on the great golf weather these next few weeks have in store for us up here in the northeast, I also like to take a few moments to be appreciative and thankful for the opportunities I did have on the course. It may … [Read more...]

10 Annoying Things Average Golfers Do

Stinky Golfer Greg in 2014; Trying to "keep it real" out on the course.

I've been golfing for a quarter of a century now and in that time, I have played many-a-round with the average golfer - heck, I'm one myself. Now don't get me wrong, for the most part, we weekend hacks are a good group of folks. But as with any group, there are little annoying idiosyncrasies common amongst its members. Below are ten such behaviors... 1. Bragging about how good they are. "I … [Read more...]

Why Do I Love Golf? Because I Don’t Care


I think we all know by now that one of our firm stances here at Golfstinks is the idea that the game of golf is more enjoyable if it's not taken too seriously.  And from every experience I've had, that's 100% true.  However, I guess you don't really realize whether or not you are taking the game seriously until you play with someone who truly doesn't care about anything except getting out on the … [Read more...]