As the sun starts to set on the 2012 golf season, we spotlight a Team Titleist member whose passion for golf is always blazing bright, Lou G.
Lou has a great deal of experience playing golf, "My longest ever drive was 325 yards with a persimmon 3 wood in high school." And Lou can recount many of his favorite rounds and low scores, but still adds, "I expect to beat these scores soon."
This positive attitude is matched with Lou's passion to learn and improve his game. Regardless of the topic, Lou's enthusiasm is frequently on display in a variety of Team Titleist discussions.
Check out the Q&A below as we shine the spotlight on our friend, Lou.
How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game? My dad used to take me to the driving range at age 10. I didn't get a chance to play golf until age 14 (when I started caddying at the St. Charles Country Club in 1972; incidentally, it is about an hour's drive from Indian Hill, the place where the author of Caddyshack looped at the same time).
How often are you thinking about your golf game and getting better? What are you currently working on? I think about it frequently. I'm mainly working on extracting all the capabilities out of my current golf set (adding more shots to the arsenal and doing shot shaping) and putting (needs a lot of work).
What's your best score and where did you shoot it? 2 over par at National City Golf Course (par 34) with 3 birdie putts missed by an inch. Miramar MCAS front 9 (par 37) was 42. I also shot 42 at Riverwalk Mission 9 using persimmon 5 wood and 10 wood along with 980F 3 wood (been on a plateau score-wise for awhile - generally between 85-88 on a par 72 and +3 for 9 on most short courses). Expect to beat these scores soon.
Can you recall the best golf shot you've ever hit? So many. Score-wise would be the 25 yard over the bunker shot on Riverwalk Friars #8 (403 yard par 4) that I holed out for birdie with my SM2 60.07. 2nd place is driving the green on Oaks North North # 2 and getting my first eagle putt last year (didn't capitalize - 3 putted for par). 3rd is missing a hole in one by a foot with my X31 6 iron at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course? My longest ever drive was 325 yards with a persimmon 3 wood in high school.
What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received? Putting a dollar bill under the ball in the practice bunker at Admiral Baker immensely improved my bunker play (friends call me "Sandman" because I make bunker play look easy).
What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag? Toss-up between my 910H 27*, AP1 PW and SM4 60.10 since these have been my stroke savers.
If you had to play one golf course every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be? Torrey Pines or Medinah. I've lived near both.
How do you mark your Titleist? Using a sharpie and putting a couple dots on it.
Do you consider yourself a tinkerer? How often do you change equipment? Yes, I've built my own set of irons, a couple of fairway woods and hybrids. I also like to dial in my own clubs. But, I don't change often (I used a set of irons for 27 years and had the same dual wedge between 1972-2006) but have been gradually upgrading since 2006 (when I took up golf again) to my current bag (which will probably stay for a long time).
How did you hear about Team Titleist? Was perusing the Titleist website.
Favorite golf movie? Caddyshack, no doubt.
Favorite golf book? Jim McLean's "The Three Scoring Clubs"
What is your favorite 19th hole meal? Lobster at Great Lakes back in 1976 (I was there for Navy schools). 2nd would be a Chicago Hot Dog.
Favorite golf destination? Hawaii - especially considering I was stationed there for 13 years.
Do you have any on-course superstitions? Don't go to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls before a round (generally take a few swings with my lob wedge and do some pitching and putting).