“These Guys Are Good”

by Phil Bundy on January 15, 2009

PGA Tour LogoA few years ago, the PGA Tour adopted the motto, “These guys are good,” and added the phrase to the end of television commercials featuring popular players making amazing shots.

While Tiger Woods has clearly dominated over the past 10-plus years, the PGA Tour has never had a deeper pool of talent. From tee to green, every player is capable of hitting booming and accurate shots as parity is the result of refining robotic swings.

Even beyond the PGA Tour, the number of professional golfers around the globe is astounding. Many golf pundits consider the Nationwide Tour as the second best tour in the world and stronger than the European Tour. Other professional golf organizations include the Australasia, South African, Asian, and Canadian Tours. In the United States, the Hooters Tour and other mini tours include some great players.

As I begin my quest, my eyes are wide open. I am realistic and understand the long odds of playing myself into a single event much less qualifying for the 2010 PGA Tour. In the end, I may find that these guys are too good. Still, my effort is inspired, and I have developed a plan with a virtual dream team of advisors. While tempered, I am optimistic, feeling deep inside that I can accomplish my goal and knowing that success is measured in many different ways.

What’s your take? Have you ever undertaken a seemingly impossible task and found success? How did you ultimately reach your goal? Take a moment to leave a comment and share your story.

Until next time, enjoy golf, America!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ken Pierce January 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Phil,
I encourage you to keep on headed toward your goal. The reason why most people are frustrated with goal setting is not that they set them too high and don’t reach them, it’s that they set them too low and do reach them. I created the GolfGym PowerSwing Trainer in 1987 when “golf fitness” was an oxymoron. We are still here and growing with our new partner, PGA Tour Bio-mechanincs, Strength and Conditioning Coach Joey D. We are headed to Orlando for the PGA Merchandise Show at the end of January and are introducing our completely new packaging and product line. Throughout the past 20+ years, there were many times that we thought of pulling the plug, deep in debt, and totally discouraged, but we knew what we had was helping golfers and it kept us going. We will have the best year ever in the crummiest economy ever.
KEEP IT UP!!!
Ken Pierce, President, GolfGym LLC

Allyn Cutts January 17, 2009 at 9:00 am

Go for it… It’s inspiring to see people really go for their goals and passions!

I grew up in TX as a football player, def. tackle, so I wasn’t a small guy… 6′ – 230 lbs out of high school, but it wasn’t my passion, it was my fathers.

Got into running a bit in my 20’s, started running marathons… Dropped a few lbs, and enjoyed it. Then a met a guy who had just completed the Hawaiian Ironman. At the time I thought to myself… No way in H..L, would I ever do that. Then a few years later I moved to PA, met a guy who put on some foot races, and he was putting on the little triathlon thing. He convinced me to try it – said I could enter the clydesdale division, and if I won I’d when a cheese cake – go figure. I didn’t even have a bike, nor could I really swim,. My buddy gave me a bike and few tips for the swim… low-and-behold – I won a cheese cake. Long story- short, within about 1 1/2 yrs I went on to transform my 230lb def. tackle body into a lean mean 187lb Ironman machine. My first Hawaii Ironman was my 5th triathlon ever, in ’91. I went on to compete in three consecutive Hawaii Ironman triathlons with a personal best of 10:05 +/-.

Stay focused, stay on track… The only person who will ever truly understand why you must do this, is YOU! Your mantra: “These Guys Are Good, And So I’m I!”

Oh, my new passion… golf! Less stress on the knees, and about the same amount of time out of the house.

Phil Bundy January 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Ken, Thanks so much for your terrific comment. I really appreciate you sharing your story of success and offering encouragement for my quest. Your golf fitness company and products are testimonial to your entrepreneurial talent and hard work. Best wishes for your continued success! Phil

Allyn, Thanks so much for your inspirational comment… What a great story to share with me and other visitors! Good luck with your new golf passion. Phil

The Golf Nut February 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I heard a quote one time: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies within YOU!” Maybe a real long shot, but you’ve decided to go for it so stay focused and keep inspiring all of us golfers.

David Stargel, The Golf Nut

Phil Bundy February 7, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Hi Dave, Thanks for your comment and encouragement! Thanks also for the taking the time to talk with me by telephone and for writing the terrific post about my quest on your blog: http://www.the-golf-nut.com/golfer_on_a_mission.html

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