Back 9: Newest Hi-Tech Golf Faze: TwitterWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Golf has been all about Hi-Tech for many years. Low compression, soft feel, golf balls that explode off of a 460cc, high MOI, WMD with light weight, composite graphite shaft that produces more swing speed, a higher launch angle and less spin for extra carry and distance. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda. The newest and hottest technology, by far, is Twitter and it doesn’t even cost a dime, no $499.99 price tag. Even the worst weekend hacker can chat up Hank Haney, Paul Azinger even Rory McIlroy on your home computer or smart phone.
With the explosion of the social media phenomena the newest hi-tech advancement for golf freaks is Twitter. It seems that Twitter connects nearly everyone in the golf world. In fact Ian Poulter and Stewart Cink are in a tight race for the most followers or Tweeps. Poulter has 1,210,038 but Stewie Cink is currently the leader in the clubhouse, however, with 1,210,205 followers. That’s right I didn’t stutter, they have over 1 million followers, each. And you thought you were the only crazy golf nut out there.
Twitter offers anything from swing tip advice from Hank Haney to up to the minute news flashes from Tiger Woods. That’s right ”The” Tiger Woods. He announces everything via his website and twitter. You can get up to the second news that ESPN, the Golf Channel, or other sports news media receive about tournament scoring, updates or even Eldrick, himself. Follow the LPGA, PGA, Ladies and Mens European Tour, or Golf Channel announcers such as, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, and Rich Lerner for golf news and analysis. It’s inter-active, you can even chat them up, in 140 characters or less.
If you like to talk about golf 24/7/365 and are looking for others to chat with, Twitter is for you. There is always someone on Twitter that will chat, argue, or discuss any golf topic that meets your fancy. Enhance your viewing pleasure by twittering with other golf fanatics while watching golf on TV. Make fun of the announcers, share the joy of an amazing golf shot just pulled off by one of the professionals, or ruminate over the 13 shots that John Daly just took on the par 4.
If you decide to join golf’s newest hi-tech phenomenon, jump on Twitter, follow me, and give me a shout out @tolohgolfr. I’ll be there. I’m hooked.
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