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Rich Szabo a.k.a. nytrumpet
Rich Szabo, our Golfer of the Week is a great example of how to become a better golfer. He plays whatever balls on sale at K-Mart but hits 500 balls a day at the range. Wait... so it's not the equipment?

How old are you and what's your occupation?
51. Professional trumpet player

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf when I was in high school. My handicap is that I own clubs. Actually my GHIN handicap is currently 5.2.

How often do you play?
I hit the range every morning and wack at least 500 balls. I try to get out a minimum of 4 times a week to play 18, sometimes 36. Being a musician my job usually is at night so I am lucky in that respect.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I played in a Pro-Am earlier this year. I hit a great shot off the tee and was about 150 yards out from the pin. I hit my second shot really thin. I'll be honest... I topped it and it was like a rocket worm burner. When it finally stopped it was about two feet from the hole. One of the Pros in my group looked at me and said "That's the best mishit I've ever seen".

What is your best golf memory?
There are so many. One that pops into my head is many years ago back in the dark ages when steel spikes were still allowed... The band I was in played golf everyday. This one day we were a little short on time so we decided to try to get just 9 in before the gig. We actually wore our tuxedo pants and shirts to the golf course. We got in our 9 holes and one of the guys said "let's keep going. We still have plenty of time to get back". Now, we are about an hours drive from the Casino we were playing at. We actually finished the 18 holes, jumped in our rental car and flew back to the casino. We ran into the showroom, threw on our jackets and ran out onto the stage. All you could hear was click, click click click as we took our places on stage. We were in such a rush to get back we forgot to take off our golf shoes! So here are 16 musicians on stage in tuxedos wearing white golf shoes!

The headliner that we were working with looked at us and said "Gentlemen.... this is not a vacation interupted by a gig. And by the way..... who won?".

What is your "home" course?
Pocono Manor

What ball do you play?
Whatever is on sale at KMart.

Irons: Mizuno MP60
Woods: Taylormade Burner TP
Putter: Ram

Favorite pro?
Arnold Palmer

Favorite course you've played?
Augusta National

Dream course you've yet to play?
Old Course at St. Andrews

Best round ever- and what course?
I shot a 69 on the East Course at Pocono Manor this summer. Everything just fell into place.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Everything. It's like playing the trumpet. When you play great you want to come back and repeat it. When you crash and burn, you want to come back and fix it. Every day is a new learning experience. There is always something to improve upon. It's not that you get good at one thing and it's on to the next. It's a game with ups and downs that is constantly evolving. One day you may one putt every hole. The next day you start to 2 and 3 putt. It's a lifetime adventure of learning.

Tell me a story.
I was with a band on the road that will remain nameless. We used to play golf everyday. One of the other trumpet players had a really nasty banana ball off the tee and would always wind up in the rough or in the woods. He would spend so much time looking for his ball that it would make the game a real drag. One day he lost a ball and 3 foursomes actually played through us as we scoured the rough looking for his ball. One of the other guys in our group finally figured out a way to move things along. While we were helping "Joe" look for his ball in the woods, "Bob" yelled "Hey Joe, what ball are you playing?" "A Titelist 1".. Bob then went into his golf bag grabbed a Titelist 1 and dropped it in the first cut. Then yelled "Hey I found your ball". So everytime this guy would lose a ball that was the drill. To this day he never has caught on.


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[ comments ]
onedollarwed says:
I love the peaks and valleys of your scores! A wild ride. Do you play some really tough courses? Or, is it the late nights/ mornings?
I'm looking for a decent used trumpet, a notch or two up from band quality, but not real big bucks. Any suggestion on brands, sources?
nytrumpet says:
The ups and downs are because I'm constantly trying new things and tweeking my swing. Going through yet another swing change. ARRGH! All courses are hard depending on what day it is.

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