Tom Patri: Time to hit the road for Long Island
Published 04/30/2013 at 3:06 p.m.
Well, that was it! Last Sunday was my last day teaching in paradise for this season. First and foremost, thanks to all who read this column. Special thanks even to those who send me those strongly worded emails after I ...
Tom Patri: The Masters proves why it's a tradition unlike any other
Published 04/16/2013 at 3:32 p.m.
Every year when the last putt drops at the Masters and the green jacket presentation ends, Jim Nantz says goodbye I get a bit sad. This event — more than any other in my golf life — always has pulled ...
Tom Patri: Do we need another golf course community? How about a public one instead?
Published 04/02/2013 at 3:31 p.m.
I was driving down Immokalee Road last week headed west, and as I looked to my right I noticed a massive land clearing going on. It was easy to see that a huge undertaking with many pieces of heavy equipment ...
Tom Patri: Can't wait to go nuts during Masters week
Published 03/19/2013 at 11:50 a.m.
Each year about this time I about jump out of my skin daily as that magic week in April approaches.
Tom Patri: Does Nike have a dentist for Rory McIlroy?
Published 03/05/2013 at 11 a.m.
I totally understand how injury or pain can affect performance. I have had two wrist surgeries myself, and the recovery and trying to play leading up to the surgery was a nightmare.
Tom Patri: Thoughts on Tiger, Phil, Rory ... and the Champions Tour
Published 02/06/2013 at 4 a.m.
Well, here we go again. Tiger wins going away, Phil lights it up,and Rory changes equipment for a zillion dollars and misses a cut looking like a 7 handicap. And Augusta is still two months away.
Tom Patri: Helping another sick youngster with tie to Southwest Florida golf
Published 01/22/2013 at 3:25 p.m.
Golf is a games of constant adjustments. It requires even the very best players to take every bad bounce, ugly hop, every spike mark in their putting line, and plain and simple, deal with those breaks the game sends their ...
Tom Patri: Cancer hits fellow teaching pro and longtime student
Published 01/08/2013 at 5:40 p.m.
I thought a long time about my column topic this week. The clear choice would have been the opening event on the PGA Tour and the upcoming season. However, my heart led me back to two dear friends. One is ...
Tom Patri: A Christmas wish list for the golfers out there
Published 12/24/2012 at 3:43 p.m.
I hope that all of our golf fans have a wonderful Christmas and Santa brings each and everyone of you:
Tom Patri: Web.com Tour would be great addition to Southwest Florida golf landscape
Published 12/11/2012 at 1 p.m.
Boy, for a mid-sized town tucked away in the lower southwest corner of Florida, we have some really fun sports events that we can get up close and personal with.
Tom Patri: Remember, the short game is the area to make the quickest and best improvement
Published 10/30/2012 at 1:01 p.m.
It's that time of year: winter season is upon us. For some of us its prime time, for others it's the offseason.
Tom Patri: Is this really the end of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as we know them?
Published 10/16/2012 at 11:56 a.m.
Well, as we head into the final turn of the PGA 500, where would you put Tiger Woods on the home stretch? Is he Tiger Woods anymore? Will he break Jack's record? Fifty years from now, how will golf's history ...
Tom Patri: The Americans didn't choke in the Ryder Cup
Published 10/02/2012 at 3:39 p.m.
Well, that might have been one of the all-time great meltdowns in recent golf history by the U.S. Team at the Ryder Cup on Sunday. We had Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie and Greg Norman at Augusta, but this ...
Tom Patri: Ready to come back to Naples, with the golf world going strong worldwide
Published 09/18/2012 at 1:27 p.m.
Well my season is coming to an end up here on Eastern Long Island soon. After a bit of R & R in the Keys I'll be back, recharged and ready to rock 'n roll at The Quarry on Dec. ...
Tom Patri: If this is your offseason, it's time to get serious about your game
Published 09/04/2012 at 12:30 p.m.
The holiday weekend is past us and summer has slipped away. Fall is here and our winter golf season is around the corner. For some of you, winter is "prime time," for others it's the "offseason.
Tom Patri: Even the PGA champion at Kiawah Island this week will have only survived
Published 08/07/2012 at 2:46 p.m.
The more I watch this game at all levels — be it the club championship or the U.S. Open — the more fragile it seems it is to me. At the highest level, the difference between a year that defines ...
Tom Patri: Golfers like Dufner, Zach Johnson showing U.S. Open mentality
Published 05/29/2012 at 12:21 p.m.
Well, Jason Dufner didn't hang on Sunday, but Zach Johnson did on a day at Colonial that produced some tough scoring conditions.
Tom Patri: Ben Curtis' rebound from struggles shows attitude makes difference
Published 05/01/2012 at 1:35 p.m.
We often wonder about our own games. One day we play like Jack Nicklaus, and the next like Jack "the wack"!
Tom Patri: Golfers, give everyone a thank you on your way out of town
Published 04/03/2012 at 1:44 p.m.
Well, the Masters is here. I'm going to save my Masters babble for post-tournament discussion. However, I will say this now: I think this event has a pre-tournament feeling like something big is going to happen.
Tom Patri: Christopher Timpone, Kyle Stanley evidence of goodness in golf
Published 02/07/2012 at 2:51 p.m.
This column this week is about being resilient in both sport and in life.
Tom Patri: Johnson Wagner-Bobby Heins pairing going strong
Published 01/24/2012 at 8:11 p.m.
I received a huge response to my last article about the belly putter. The responses ranged from "can I come take lessons?" to outrage that I would endorse a club that one reader felt violated the integrity of the game. ...
Tom Patri: Time to belly up to the belly putter
Published 01/10/2012 at noon
I'm not sure five years ago I could have ever pictured myself writing the following article. I have always been extremely traditional in my beliefs when it comes to the great game of golf. Especially in the area of putting.
Tom Patri: Time for you to set some goals for 2012
Published 12/27/2011 at 11:28 a.m.
This is the perfect time to plant the seed of motivation for each of us to think about some goals or resolutions for 2012.
Tom Patri: Matt Kuchar is more than just a great golfer, he's a great guy
Published 11/29/2011 at 2 p.m.
In a time in American golf when we really want a good guy to pull for, check out homegrown Matt Kuchar. This kid has very quietly — and may I say with a very humble manner — played some awesome ...
Tom Patri: Improving putting is the easiest way to lower your score
Published 11/15/2011 at 10:09 a.m.
With our winter season gearing up, and all you folks hoping to play some great golf these next few months, let's discuss an area dear to my coaching heart: The putting stroke.
Tom Patri: Cancer-fighting Christopher brings things into perspective
Published 11/01/2011 at 2:57 p.m.
It's certainly great to be back in Southwest Florida. The last couple of weeks up north teaching, I sampled that cold Northeast air and some cold rain. It is sure nice to feel that warm Gulf breeze again.
Tom Patri: Golf without Tiger ... yawn
Published 08/27/2008 at 12:01 a.m.
I was looking down the top-10 finishes at the Barclays — Matt Goggin, Martin Laird, Kevin Streelman — not exactly media standouts. Where are Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, all world-class players?
Tom Patri: Follow the pros: Get into a routine
Published 07/26/2006 at 12:09 a.m.
Well folks, hate to bore you with the occasional teach/coach column, but really want to share this one with you. The more I watch great players, the more I see one very common trait of truly consistent players: Routine, routine, ...
Tom Patri: Americans lagging far behind foreign-born golfers
Published 07/12/2006 at 12:20 a.m.
Is it my imagination or are foreign-born players kicking our butts at every event we watch on every tour? I’m not just talking winning the event, but carefully examine the top 10, top 15, top 20 on each tour each ...
Tom Patri: Woods ready for second-half resurgence
Published 06/28/2006 at 12:07 a.m.
Tiger Woods is about to light it up. Make no mistake, I expect a huge second half of this tour season. He will not lay down after the U.S. Open performance. All we saw there was the human side. He ...
Tom Patri: Playing at Winged Foot far from easy chore
Published 06/14/2006 at 12:12 a.m.
We are just a day away from our nation's national championship, the U.S. Open! The Winged Foot Golf Club is in this country's golf lore, "hallowed grounds." I remember the first time I played there. I was already a professional, ...
Tom Patri: Keep your chin up when you hit those speed bumps
Published 05/31/2006 at 12:11 a.m.
This past weekend another one of those 40-something guys, one Jeffrey Maggert, won the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He did so after missing three straight cuts. First, there is a lesson there in itself. I always tell my young ...
Tom Patri: Men's events are a Wie-bit much
Published 05/17/2006 at 12:08 a.m.
Michelle Wie gets through the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying. Now what? Canoe Brook in northern New Jersey, a long, tree-lined golf course.
Tom Patri: Red-hot Appleby has overcome adversity
Published 05/03/2006 at 12:07 a.m.
Last week Stuart Appleby won a golf tournament. Big deal you might say. Great players win golf tournaments. Well folks, for those of you who don't know in the last several years Stuart has won at more than golf.
Tom Patri: Putter cost Tiger a Masters victory for dad
Published 04/19/2006 at 12:10 a.m.
The Masters, golf’s rite of spring. It never fails, something a little crazy or dramatic happens coming down the stretch. Two weeks ago, we had Tiger Woods wanting to win “extra badly” for his father back in California. It wasn’t ...
Tom Patri: Clouded mind affects everyone
Published 04/05/2006 at 12:06 a.m.
Is golf not the most bizarre game in sport? Several weeks ago, Tiger Woods rips Stephen Ames apart at the match play, never letting him up for air. Mr. Ames is now The Players champion. He was supposed to suffer ...
Tom Patri: Handicap system in need of major overhaul
Published 03/22/2006 at 12:03 a.m.
The more I teach and coach, the more I feel the modern handicap system is a bit, well, shall we say, bogus. It really has very little to do with golf.
Tom Patri: LPGA shooting itself in the foot
Published 03/08/2006 at 12:02 a.m.
Well, they did it again. The LPGA Tour last week was sitting on possibly their most potentially positive media week ever and they managed to make it possibly their worst. Seems impossible, not for them.
Tom Patri: It's Pressel vs. Wie: Let the fun begin
Published 02/22/2006 at 12:02 a.m.
Well, I have got to tell you I'm really looking forward to this weekend in woman's golf. No, it's not the Open, the LPGA Championship, or any real event of historical significance — or is it?
Tom Patri: Even the very best get nervous around Tiger
Published 02/09/2006 at 12:01 a.m.
Does this Tiger guy amaze you as much as he amazes me? I watched Nicklaus as a kid, and was always astonished how he, simply said, always seemed to get it down. However, that being said, Tiger seems to take ...
Tom Patri: Best wishes to Duval in his comeback
Published 01/25/2006 at midnight
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.
Tom Patri: New teacher helping kids learn game
Published 01/11/2006 at midnight
Naples is slowly getting after its development of juniors (too slow for me). There, however, have been a few select folks out there who have gone way “above and beyond” in their efforts to both provide instruction as well as ...
Tom Patri: Golf courses restored after violent hurricane season
Published 12/28/2005 at midnight
Well, folks, this one comes to you from hurricane central. I went to the East Coast to escape the wrath of Wilma and the house — P.J. (my 5-year-old), a friend and I were hiding out. The back doors of ...
Tom Patri: Some people never take no for an answer
Published 12/15/2005 at midnight
It seems like every year I have a really unique experience in golf as some individual comes along and defies the odds. Last year, it was an 81-year-old lady from Summit, N.J. She was a wonderful human being with great ...
Tom Patri: Watching Tiger's swing sparks long film session
Published 11/30/2005 at midnight
I watched The Grand Slam last week on TNT. Tiger never ceases to amaze. That prompted me to bury myself in some old video. In my studio at The Health Club of Naples, I have over 500 tour swings (PGA, ...
Tom Patri: Missed cut nothing to worry about for Woods
Published 11/02/2005 at midnight
Well, folks, this one comes to you from hurricane central. I went to the East Coast to escape the wrath of Wilma and the house — P.J. (my 5-year-old), a friend and I were hiding out.