Physics, Tragedy & A Magic Putter

Physics on the Golf course
Courtesy Hash Milhan

There is no doubt that you, as a Northerner/Mid-Westerner have been ready for the winter to end for months.  You’re jealous of those folks that live in Florida or California who have golf as an option every day of their lives, but you’re glad spring is finally here. Everyday from now until November you’ll be thinking of the greens while teaching your kid how to longboard, or doing dishes, or staring out your window. You just want to hit the links, beat your best score, and improve your putting. Is that too much to ask? 

Speaking of improving your putting, you may have heard of Dr V’s Magic Putter before. One that looks like a putter a teenager would use at a put-put course when taking his girlfriend on a date. A big, square head with so much space in between that it almost looks like a cup holder. Some pros swore by it, and it even looked like it might take off as a reliable piece of equipment in golf circles, but unfortunately for Dr. V and everyone involved, tragedy struck before that could ever happen.

Caleb Hannan

Caleb Hannan is an up and coming writer in his early 30′s who was doing what every young writer should be: looking for his big break. He thought he had found that when Bill Simmons – the most popular sports writer in America, and the editor-in-chief at Grantland.com, a sister site of ESPN.com – gave him the go ahead for a story on Dr. V’s Magic Putter, which he had stumbled upon on a sleepless night.

Insomnia

One night when Hannan couldn’t sleep, he did what every red blooded golf enthusiast does: searched for videos of tips to improve his game, putting especially. He ran into a video of a couple of golf pro’s discussing Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt’s magic putter with zero MOI (moments of inertia). Sounds fancy, but what it basically means is that there will be less movement in the head of the putter to give you more control over the club. He became intrigued about this physicist from MIT who invented a putter that sounded like it would change the game of golf once everyone discovered it, much like clap skates changed speed skating.

Dr. V

After some searching, and an exchange emails with strict stipulations by Dr. V herself that their conversation be about the putter only and not the inventor, Hannan had a phone conversation with the MIT intellectual. He was under strict order that because of the sensitive nature that her work consists of – secret government projects – she can not discuss herself or what she does. She was normal and intelligent in their conversation, and just seemed to be a physicist who thought it was time golf had a correct putter to use. She explained how she came up with the idea and some of what went into the design.

Strange

Hannan thought the stories Dr. V told him on the phone were a little strange. She said competitors tried to break into her warehouse and steal the club. She also said that she was allergic to the sun, and didn’t play golf herself. Pretty odd for someone who invented a gold club he thought. She was also 6’3” tall and had a very deep voice. She explained the deep voice by telling Hannan it was the affects of a collapsed larynx from a car crash. Hannan  wanted to know more about the physicist, so he kept digging.

A Secret That Turned Into A Tragedy

As Hannan dug deeper, more things didn’t add up. MIT had no one by the name of Essay Anne Vanderbilt working for them, and Dr V. refused to meet Hannan in person. She increasingly avoided his calls and emails, and finally – after being confronted with the MIT information – asked for the article to not be published. Hannan spoke to a lawyer who represented a company that Dr. V sued once, and in not so many words the attorney told Hannan that Dr V was actually born a man. Hannan dug deeper and found that fact to be true. Dr. V had ex wives, children, and used to be known as Stephen Krol.

Outing

Hannan tracked down a retiree from Pittsburgh who invested $60,000 into the putter to get more information on Dr. V. He also told the investor – who had no idea or questions about the Dr’s gender– that his business partner was born a man. Hannan tried emailing Dr. V and confirming all that he had learned, but she wanted no part of it, or of the article being written.

After 8 months of research on Dr. V, back and forth emails and calls that turned into desperate please to not write the article, Hannan received a phone call from Dr V’s former brother in law confirming that she had killed herself.

Aftermath

If you read Hannan’s story, it’s plain to see that he is a very good writer, and Dr. V hurt a lot of people in her life with lies that had nothing to do with her gender. What you can also see is that Hannah had no business outing her to a business partner, and he was pretty callous in the way he presented that facts in the story.

Hannan has received death threats since the article was posted in January, and the story is a major black eye for grantland.com what is otherwise very well respected website. Simmons himself wrote an apology for the way he and his staff handled the story.

The story is still up on the site, and Simmons has said it will stay there as a reminder on how to deal with sensitive subjects. Hannan has been quiet since the story published, and is now being sued for something that happened before the Dr v story was published.

Golf is a simple game that gives players a mulligan when they make a mistake. It seems like Caleb Hannan could use one of those right about now.

Lessons: How to hit out of the sand

In the second installment of our “Lessons” posts, we’ll have a look at how to excel out of the sand.

We all hate hearing that thud as our ball lands in the bunker, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. You’ll learn how to hit a sand shot just as well as you might hit a lay up from the fairway.

Enjoy!

Remember, our first lesson is right here.

The 5 Greatest Golf Clubs In the World

If you are searching for the top greatest golf clubs in the world we can help you. These clubs are from all over the world. You will find out what makes them unique.

Steve Jurvetson

Number 5

The Hirono Golf Club is located in Kobe, Japan. You will find that this particular course if man made. As you begin playing you will notice that the holes have been separated by pine trees. These pine trees are fully grown. Each of the holes is also different. An excellent example of this is the back nine holes have some ups and downs. They are beautiful but also they are challenging.

Number 4

The Royal Melbourne (West) is located in Melbourne, Australia. This particular course was designed in 1926. It officially opened in 1931 for individuals to play. You will find that while you are playing on the 18 holes what a beautiful golf club they have. As you arrive at the 5th hole you will see that there is a steep slope. This slope is steep from the front to the back and it can be tricky to master it. Each of the holes has different challenges for you to overcome. This is an excellent opportunity for you to fine tune your golf skills, if needed.

Number 3

The Royal County Down Golf Club which is located in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. This particular golf club is located in the Murlough Nature Reserve. As you are playing the course you will find that the course is laid out along shores. Each of the holes is different. You will find sand dunes and some fairways have purple heather and golden gorse. This particular course is said to be a stern challenge.

Number 2

The St. Andrews (Old Course) is located in St. Andrews, Scotland. This particular course is one of the oldest. One of the features about this course is the Swilcan Bridge and the Hell Bunker. If you would like to play on this course an excellent idea is to have a caddy. The caddies know the course very well and can assist you.

Number 1

The Pine Valley Golf Club is located in Pine Valley, New Jersey. This particular course has been named the greatest because of the world class holes; it has the finest collection of one, two, and three shots. These are just a few. This is by far considered the finest 18 hole course. It is 8,300 square feet. You will find that at each hole you will have different obstacles to overcome. This is an excellent course for any golfer.

As you are searching for an excellent golf club to go to these are the top 5. You will find that each of courses is very unique in their own way. They all offer something different. Their landscaping and views will simply amaze you. You will be challenged while at each hole. You will not be disappointed as you begin playing your golf game.

Lessons: Hitting Your Irons

We’ll be scouring the web to find the best training videos for you to put them in one place – right here on our site.

Watch a video before you hit some balls and practice one thing each time. We see it being an effective method of improving time and time again.

Learn how to strike your irons well:

Enjoy!

Let us know if you have any questions.