Tom Patri: Best wishes to Duval in his comeback

How about David Duval and his closing 63 in Hawaii? It would be a great story to see this guy pull himself out of the golf cellar. We have seen this slide into golf's abyss before.

Eddie Pearce, Billy Ray-Brown, Frank Nobilo, Ian Baker-Finch, the list goes on. It should go to show the average player how fine the line is between a good spell in your game, and golf's living hell. These fellows mentioned above are really talented world-class players who could not right their ship. Bad advice, an injury, personal issues ... they all affect one's golf game so much more than we sometimes realize.

Anyway, even though I have never been a big Duval fan, as a person who once attempted that life which "seems" glamorous from afar, I can only wish him a sincere "Godspeed," and pull for him all the way. No one ever would want to see such a talented guy go out that way. Let's all wish him well this tour season, and put all our positive vibes together, and help him bring it back.

A few events coming up I want to share with all you golf nuts out there. A few columns back I told all you guys and gals about a trip I made to Phoenix, to see a new club fitting/technology situation called Hot Stix. If you remember, I sang their praises as the most unbelievable club fitting technology I have ever witnessed and a great education for me. Well, Hot Stix is coming to Naples.

The truck will set shop at Lely on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 all day on the Flamingo range. The truck cost just over $1 million to build and is truly a state-of-the-art mobile club fitting/evaluation truck. Star Wars for golf on wheels if you will. It is touring the country and we will be one of their very first stops this year. You can call Hot Stix directly for an appointment at 877-513-1333 and tell them you're calling from Naples and TP sent you. Not only will it help you, you will truly enjoy the process. Awesome stuff, just ask one of the many tour players who use Hot Stix for their club needs.

Next, all you folks out there who enjoy my bi-weekly rambling, and even you folks out there who don't see eye to eye with my unbiased, calm, middle of the road thoughts, come one, come all. The nice folks at Borders here in Naples (Corner of 41 & Immokalee) have been so kind to ask me to come in and do a two-hour book signing for my "Six Spoke Approach." I would love for you all to stop in whether you already have a copy, want a copy, or just want to say hi. I would love to meet every one of you. Please do stop, not only to meet me, but possibly meet and make some new "golf friends." The signing is Feb. 16 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hope to see you guys there.

Tom Patri's teaching academy has moved to Lely Resort, with an indoor studio now open at The Health Club of Naples on Immokalee Road. Patri is one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America. He can be reached at tpatri@mindspring.com. To set up a lesson, contact Brandi Hanson at 597-0787 or e-mail brandih@thehealthclubofnaples.com, or go to www.tompatri.com.

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