Saturday Conversation: Scotty Cameron – Refinish or Not?

I’m looking for your opinion.  This is my Scotty Cameron putter that I’ve used for years (and years).  I love it.  I feel very confident with this putter, and have no plans to ‘upgrade’ any time soon.  I am debating sending it in for a refinish.  Nothing other than a tune up – repaint to the original look and clean up some of the dings.

What do you think?  Should I send it in, or leave it as is?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think…

In the Kennedy Style

It’s no secret that I’m a big thrift store guy.  Luckily, my better half is as well.  She has a knack for finding incredible things: knick knacks, vintage glassware, and coffee table books.  She recently found an excellent copy of In the Kennedy Style, a book about parties the Kennedy’s hosted during JFK’s Presidency.  The book is simply amazing.  Beyond the fact that Jackie and JFK are archetypes of American style and grace, they knew how to throw a hell of a party.

The book features pictures, details, and recipes from some of their parties, from the lavish galas in the White House to the casual get togethers around town.  It is a facinating look into a different time when hosting parties was a talent all it’s own.  I highly recommend the book.

One party that stood out was an event they held at Mt. Vernon, President George Washington’s residence, hosting the Belgian Prime Minister and his wife.  I won’t get into too many details, but there were some nice touches at the event.

One of those touches was a nod to our first President.  I agree that every party should have a special cocktail, and apparently I’m not the first…in his honor, they served mint juleps using the same recipe that George served…notice the measurements: it includes one CUP of Bourbon:

I imagine this was a wild night…

Mad Men: The End Draws Near

…getting pretty excited, and sad, for the April 5th start of the last of the Mad Men episodes.  Still, images like this are the cream of the crop:

Image: The Hollywood Reporter

High Five

Five things I’m eyeing this week:

Sur La Table Classic Mixing Glass: Mrs. Red Clay Soul and I are both into drinks that require such hardware:  for her, the Vesper Martini, and for me, the Manhattan.  Believe it or not, the drinks stir a lot easier in this cylinder, which obviously makes them taste better.

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New Oak Trees in Toomer’s Corner: While I might not be an Auburn fan, I do respect their traditions.  As Custer said: “It’s not about how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s about how many times you get back up”.  Nice recovery, Auburn.

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Georgia Peanuts T-shirt from Peach State Pride: My boys from Classic Georgia have teamed up with the great folks at Peach State Pride for an awesome collaboration.  How about this for a little Georgia pride?

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That Popover Sweater from J. Crew: Twitter has been a-flutter about all the NYFW stuff.  Truthfully, it’s hard to miss.  J. Crew killed it with this look…especially that sweater.  It’s Fall 2015, so it’ll probably be released in June.  I’m pretty pumped.

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The Southern Living 2015 Best Dressed List: I was impressed with this list…I saw quite a few friends: Josh and Odini, Jamie, and Caroline and Mark…  Hey – I know where that picture was taken (wink wink…).  Y’all keep on keepin’ on.

Winter Golf Wear

I have certain rules when playing golf in the Winter.  First, I won’t tee off if the temperature is below 40 degrees.  It’s just not worth it.  The risk of injury is too high. Second, I won’t play in the winter if there is any rain in the forecast.  No way.  I don’t like playing in the rain anyway, and being cold and wet is simply miserable.  I look at like this: if I’m paying money to play golf, I want to enjoy it.

Winter golf is actually a lot of fun, and the lower temperatures shouldn’t be a deterrent to getting outside for 18 holes.  The key is to remain comfortable without sacrificing too many shots.  I usually give myself a +3 from my average score and not look at the round as a total loss.  It’s a fact that you have to wear more clothes than normal, and with that comes some unwanted bulk.  Still, golf is golf, and I can’t be away for months at a time.  The key is layering.  There are so many good and playable options out there…here’s how I do golf in the winter:

From top left:

1. Penfield Sanford Pom Beanie:  Put the visor on the shelf until the Masters…you need to keep all that head from leaving through your head, so beanie up.
2. Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Zip Neck:  Back to layering – start your round with long underwear (along with #8), and take it off at the turn.  Get something lightweight and close fitting so it doesn’t get in the way of your swing.
3. Criquet Shirts Long Sleeve Player’s Shirt:  It doesn’t get any cooler than Criquet, but cool isn’t what we’re going for this time of year.  A Player’s Shirt with long sleeves is where it’s at.
4. Linksoul Half-zip Golf Sweater:  A good piece of outerwear that allows for movement is paramount.  This option from Linksoul is perfect: higher arm holes and pockets for #6.
5. 10th Tee Back Nine Golf Enery Bar:  You’ve got to keep your energy up during the round, so stock your bag with these energy bars.
6. Heat Factory Hand Warmers:  Don’t lose feeling in your hands, as it’s the second quickest way to hit a bad shot (first is pulling your head, and the weather has nothing to do with that).  Keep these in the pockets of your sweater (or pants) and grab hold between shots.
7. G/FORE Leather Golf Glove:  A good, clean, dry glove is as important as any piece of golf equipment.  G/FORE gloves are the best on the market…good colors, and they last forever…even with full cord grips.
8. Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Bottoms:  See #2.
9. Mason’s Torino Skinny Corduroy Pants:  Corduroy is a great this time of year.  It’s thick enough to provide warmth, but go with a slimmer cut to cut down on bulk.
10. Kentwool Tour Standard Socks:  Get on board with Kentwool, folks.  GREAT stuff.
11. Adidas Golf PURE 360 LTD Golf Shoes:  Next time you play in the winter, try walking 18, or at least nine.  It’ll keep you warm, and your heart rate up.  Be sure to sport a good pair of walking kicks…
12. Nike Golf Thermal Mapping Vest:  The ultimate layering piece…keep this in your golf bag just in case.

What did I miss?  Do you have any cold weather golf tricks?

Happy Valentine’s Day, from Red Clay Soul, and Dwight Schrute

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers.  I hope that all of you in relationships made good decisions, and those of you not in relationships make bad decisions.  And some fun, from my man Dwight Schrute:

A Weekend at Pebble Beach

I can’t think of a better place to be this weekend that at Pebble Beach.  The PGA Tour is in town for the AT&T…  Lordy I wish I was there.

I need to put this one on the Bucket List…