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Living the Dream: Meet Scott E.G., owner of an independent Tour truck on the PGA Tour

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I often get asked, “who’s the coolest guy you’ve ever met during all your golf travels?” The answer is easy, especially for a complete equipment geek like me. Scott E. Garrison, the only owner-operator of a “Tour Van” on the PGA Tour. Here’s his story…

Scott E. Garrison (Scott E.G.) grew up in a military family, where his father was a Major and member of the military police. He became accustom to a nomadic lifestyle in his early years, which helped prepare him for PGA Tour life. At the age of 11, his mother bought him his first set of clubs. He would walk to “Las Vegas Muni” after school and practice. He spent so much time there that they gave him a job picking range balls. Fascinated by the complex nature of the game, Scott was sold; he quickly spent every second either trying to perfect his swing or begging his mother for the opportunity to play an upcoming tournament!

A friend suggested he get the clubs cut down and referred him to Bill Bayer. He watched his clubs get custom built and fell in love with the process.

“I was fascinated by the prospect of being able to re-grip my own clubs and I was mesmerized by how the sparks flew as he cut the shafts,” Scott said. “I began to tinker and learn from him. I still utilize the tips he gave me.”

After returning home from his time in the Army, Scott decided to follow his passion and bought a golf shop named Rocky’s in Las Vegas. He later changed the name of the shop to the Golf Doctor.

“It was the first shop in Vegas to have a state of the art swing analyzer and video,” Scott said.

Scott became known as “The Golf Doc” by local golf professionals, players, industry leaders and engineers. One significant relationship he began during this time was with Kim Braly, the shaft engineering genius behind what is now known as KBS shafts.

“I value my relationship with Kim both personally and professionally,” Scott said. “He was always on the cutting edge of technology and I learned a great deal from him.”

Eventually, Scott sold the shop and went on to do mobile golf repair. One of his trailers serviced 9 golf courses in Las Vegas, while the larger one was a permanent fixture at Angel Park Golf Club for over four years. He also did many Long Drive events for Harrison Sports.

By 2003, Scott, now a nationally recognized builder, was asked by Harrison Sports to go on the PGA Tour with his trailer. He secured a few more sponsors and the rest was history. He has been a staple on tour since, working with over 100 tour players and building relationships with companies such as KBS, Super Stroke Golf and SST Pure. Today, Scott is one of only two independent tour trucks and everyone now knows him as “Scott E.G.” His truck recently became one of the most technologically advanced ones out there with the addition of Cool Clubs equipment.

“Thanks to Kim Braly and Mark Timms (founder, owner of Cool Clubs), we now have the amazing technology that Cool Clubs has created right at our finger tips,” Scott said.

Last year, after spending time with Scott E.G., I highlighted the use of his SST Pure machine created to Pure shafts. This year, time with Scott E.G. did not disappoint either. He now has some amazing technology created by Cool Clubs that assists with EI Profiles.

What is an EI profile? The stiffness of a golf shaft varies along its length depending on a set of variables, which include materials, construction and quality. When speaking about EI, the goal is the test the shaft at different points (from butt to tip) to create an overall profile of the shaft. This is done by a simply process of applying force, measuring deflection and then using the variables to compute EI for the series of points.

According to Kim Braly, there are many EI machines on the market; however none of them are this thorough.

“This machine by Cool Clubs measures the entire shaft, torque, straightness, launch angle, spin and even frequency,” Braly says. “You can even measure frequency with the grip on or off.”

Scott says this process is invaluable because if a PGA Tour player wants to change shafts or try something a little different, the process allows Scott to compare shafts and fit the player properly.

By now, you’re probably pretty interested in what Scotty does as well! If you want to keep up with him and his travels, I would highly recommend following him on Instagram @scotteggolf. It’s one of my favorite follows and I am sure you will love it!

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Brendan is the owner of Golf Placement Services, a boutique business which aims to apply his background in golf and higher education to help educate players, their families and coaches about the process! Website - www.golfplacementservices.com Insta - golf.placement.sevices Twitter @BMRGolf

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  1. Benjamin Gold

    Mar 31, 2018 at 8:41 am

    This is super cool to hear of an independent on tour! Love to meet this guy and talk shop. I used to work for a really good golf shop with a well knowledge builder and I learned so much from him and the game. My friend is now long gone from Indiana and we have no golf shops in Bloomington, IN that can do anything. It would so cool if a traveling van could/would roll through a town such as ours and help fellow golfers out.

  2. Robert Parsons

    Mar 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Best golfwrx story to date!

    Don’t know the guy, never heard of him, but I’m a fan now!

  3. Zac

    Mar 29, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    This guy is too cool! I used to work at colonial and every year during the tournament he’s give use cases on rockstar energy drinks, showed us how to pure shafts, etc. just because he got bored.

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Everyone sucks at golf sometimes

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“Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with tools singularly ill-designed for the purpose.”

This quote dates back over 100 years, and has been credited to a number of people through history including Winston Churchill and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. Although the game and the tools have changed a lot in 100 years, this quote remains timeless because golf is inherently difficult, and is impossible to master, which is exactly what also makes it so endearing to those that play it.

No matter how hard we practice, or how much time we spend trying to improve there will inevitably be times when we will suck at golf. Just like with other aspects of the game the idea of “sucking” will vary based on your skillset, but a PGA Tour player can hit a hosel rocket shank just as well as a 25 handicap. As Tom Brady proved this past weekend, any golfer can have a bad day, but even during a poor round of golf there are glimmers of hope—like a holed-out wedge, even if it is followed by having your pants rip out on live TV.

I distinctly remember one time during a broadcast when Chris DiMarco hit a poor iron shot on a par 3 and the microphone caught hit exclaim “Come on Chris, you’re hitting it like a 4 handicap out here today” – the shot just barely caught the right side of the green and I imagine a lot of higher handicap golfers said to themselves ” I’d love to hit it like a 4 handicap!”. This is just one example of the expectations we put on ourselves even when most golfers will admit to playing their best when expectations are thrown out the window.

– Gary Larson

Dr. Bob Rotella says golf is not a game of perfect, and that’s totally ok. The game is about the constant pursuit of improvement, not perfection and with that in mind there are going to be days when no matter what we just suck.

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By definition, there will be no 2020 U.S. Open. Here’s why the USGA should reconsider

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In 1942, the USGA decided to cancel the U.S. Open because it was scheduled so soon after U.S. entry into WWII.  They did this out of respect for the nation and those called to war. There was a Championship however called The Hale America National Open Golf Tournament, which was contested at Chicago’s  Ridgemoor Country Club. It was a great distraction from the horror of war and raised money for the great cause.

All the top players of the era (except Sam Snead) played, and the organizers (USGA, Chicago Golf Association, and the PGA of America) did hold qualifying at some 70 sites around the country. So effectively, it was the 1942 U.S. Open—but the USGA never recognized it as such. They labeled it a “wartime effort to raise money” for the cause.  Their objection to it being the official U.S. Open was never clear, although the sub-standard Ridgemoor course (a veritable birdie fest) was certainly part of it.

The USGA co-sponsored the event but did not host it at one of their premier venues, where they typically set the golf course up unusually difficult to test the best players. Anyway, Ben Hogan won the event and many thought this should have counted as his fifth U.S. Open win. The USGA disagreed. That debate may never be settled in golfer’s minds.

Ahead to the 1964 U.S. Open…Ken Venturi, the eventual winner, qualified to play in the tournament. His game at the time was a shell of what it was just a few years earlier, but Kenny caught lighting in a bottle, got through both stages of qualifying, and realized his lifelong dream of winning the U.S. Open at Congressional.

Ahead to the 1969 U.S. Open…Orville Moody, a former army sergeant had been playing the PGA Tour for two years with moderate success-at best. But the golfing gods shone brightly upon “sarge” through both stages of qualifying, and the tournament, as he too realized the dream of a lifetime in Houston.

Ahead to 2009 U.S. Open…Lucas Glover was the 71st ranked player in the world and had never made the cut in his three previous U.S. Opens. But he did get through the final stage of qualifying and went on to win the title at Bethpage in New York.

Ahead to 2020…The USGA has decided to postpone the event this year to September because of the Covid-19 virus. This was for the fear of the global pandemic. But this year there is a fundamental difference—the USGA has announced there will be no qualifying for the event. It will be an exempt-only event. By doing so, the event loses it status as an “open event,” by definition.

This is more than a slight difference in semantics.

The U.S. Open, our national championship, is the crown jewel of all USGA events for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is just that: open. Granted, the likelihood of a club professional or a highly-ranked amateur winning the event—or even making the cut—is slim, but that misses the point: they have been stripped of their chance to do so, and have thereby lost a perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to realize something they have worked for their whole lives. Although I respect the decision from a  health perspective, golf is being played now across the country, (The Match and Driving Relief—apparently safely)

So, what to do? I believe it would be possible to have one-day 36-hole qualifiers (complete with social distancing regulations) all over the country to open the field. Perhaps, the current health crisis limits the opportunity to hold the qualifiers at the normally premier qualifying sites around the country but, as always, everyone is playing the same course and is at least given the chance to play in tournament.

In light of the recent “opening” of the country, I am asking that the USGA reconsider the decision.

 

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TG2: Reviewing Tour Edge Exotics Pro woods, forged irons, and LA Golf shafts

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Reviewing the new Tour Edge Exotics Pro wood lineup, forged irons, and wedge. Maybe more than one makes it into the bag? Fujikura’s MCI iron shafts are some of the smoothest I have ever hit and LA Golf wood shafts get some time on the course.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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