forget the beautiful weather and the green, green grass. The real reason to think about golf this week is the PGA debut of women's tour superstar Annika Sorenstam.For women duffers and those of us looking for something more than 24- hour Tiger, Sorenstam is the most exciting thing to come along in golf since those fancy drivers with the pumpkin-sized heads. Sure, this week's PGA event reeks of a publicity stunt, but it will probably inspire more people to get out and hack away at balls on a summer afternoon.
Those of us who for mysterious reasons regularly spend small fortunes to be frustrated for five hours trying to make a small ball do as it's told have long turned to the Web for guidance and much-needed tips. The world of golf, made-for-TV events included, is slightly voyeuristic, with spectators taking great pleasure in others' struggles and constantly offering ill-advised direction on how to be better.
As in the real world, these suggestions are often unsolicited and probably won't do anything but confuse and infuriate you further. Golf is like that. Happy swinging.
The difference between the PGA and LPGA is crystal clear. Go to http://www.tigerwoods.com and you get a flashy corporate site sponsored heavily by Nike. Go to http://www.annikasorenstam.com and you get a dummy ad site where you can buy DVD copies of Goldmember. For info on the top women's player in the world, go here, to Sorenstam's page on the LPGA site, or to http://members.aol.com/ripey/annika/anni.htm, the fawningly named Consistency Thy Name Is Annika fan site.
If Sorenstam's efforts this week get you jonesing for a day on the course, the Ontario Golf Guide will get you sorted. Includes reviews, info and links to courses all across the province as well as advertorial features on destination courses worldwide.
Now that your game is up to speed, why not blow off an entire week and play a links-style course in Newfoundland or one nestled in the mountains near Whistler? If you're looking at booking a golf holiday anywhere in Canada, this guide is a crucial first step.
Looking for a new set of clubs and not keen on spending a few months' rent? Why not get a used set? This site buys and sells used clubs, with a focus on name-brand equipment - important if, like many golfers, how you look is as important as how you play. Another great place for bargains on sticks is http://www.ebay.ca. A good place to go if, after a frustrating round, you've decided to give the goddamn game up for good.
Considering how stressful golf can be, it's surprising there aren't more incidents of golf rage. This site documents three of them. If you're turning purple with frustration and want to put the club through a window or into the pond, have a peek at Tom's Golf Anger Chart (http://krmidas.home.netcom.com/golf.htm), a handy five-point guide on your frustration and the suitable, violence-free response.
If that doesn't work, check out this site for free golf tips. No guarantees that they'll actually work, but they will give you something to concentrate on the next time you want to melt your clubs down for scrap.