This dude is seriously 51?
Your missing out on some cool charts...
Jim Forsha a.k.a. forsha09
How old are you and what's your occupation?
I'm 51 years old, though, in my business, no one is supposed to know. Frankly, I never worried about it . . . until I lost a very good job because of being honest, and because of a lack of practicality on the part of others. You may have guessed: I'm an actor and model. I know it sounds like a Seinfeld episode, but, after a ten-year career as an English teacher and professor, a random picture submission about which I had no knowledge led to a meeting with a modeling agent. Years later I'm still kicking around, going on auditions and loving every day that I'm fortunate enough to work; and, yes, I do a lot of hand modeling (which is why I wear gloves on both hands when I play; and since I often earn several hundred dollars an hour for hand modeling, you can quit giving me grief about the gloves . . .). See, as examples, the most recent round of commercials for Red Lobster, or even the movie 'Meet the Parents.' That would be me turning and brushing the grilling shrimp (and doing everything else involving movement of the food), and doing all of the close-ups for Robert DeNiro. No, I'm not kidding.

When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started playing golf, but only very sporadically, at age 19. Wish I'd found the game much earlier! Same with golf lessons. Finally, last year I decided to end the monumental frustration and took some serious instruction. Went from a 16 handicap to an 11 in one season, and broke 80 for the first time (four times). Do yourselves a favor: Get some legitimate lessons; it'll be well worth the time, trouble, and monetary outlay.

How often do you play?
Lately I've been lucky enough to play about two times a week. I have, also fortunately, been able to parlay my educational background and abilities into doing some writing for golf publications/purposes, and darn! if I don't have to sometimes play certain courses in order to be able to write about them.

Tell me about a great shot you've made.
While I've never had a hole-in-one (my mother has had two!), my favorite shot came at the end of last year. Was finishing a round with my father (a convert to the game at age 50, who worked his way down to a six handicap, but has had back surgery and struggles a lot now), and on the last hole, a 160-yard downhill par-3, I dropped my ball on the teeing ground, then struck the purist eight-iron I may ever hit. The coolest thing about it: The instant I struck the ball, my father said, 'That's the most amazing sound of contact I've ever heard. It was like a pro hitting the ball.' Not coincidentally, the thing hit three feet directly behind the pin, then backed up to about six inches.

What is your best golf memory?
My golf memories are too numerous and varied to separate. Hopefully you may one day read about at least a few of them in the novel I'm writing as a tribute to my parents and the great game.

What is your "home" course?
Since I'm constantly traveling between New York City and the rest of the Northeast, I have no 'home' course. The closest thing would be a course that is, thankfully, often in my path, and a course I simply love: The Club at Morgan Hill, in Easton, PA. Yes, it's tricky, sometimes difficult; but always gorgeous.

What ball do you play?
Won a gift card for a pro shop, didn't really need anything, so I splurged on Callaway Tour balls. Wow. No wonder Mickelson can do so much of what he can with a golf ball. I never would've believed there was so much difference between balls and that it could make as big a difference in one's game.

It may be out of habit, but, after recommendations, as well as trial-and-error, I've always played Ping irons and Callaway woods. My 'magic putter' is an awful mutt: A $19.95 no-name brand that I've outfitted with lots of lead tape and a great oversized grip. Hey, it works!

Favorite pro?
The stock answer: I like watching Mickelson and Vijay play, as much for their unpredictability as anything else. But more: Had a chance to walk a few holes with Annika once (I was modeling golf attire at an event where she was speaking), and I can only say: This woman is not only the classiest act I've been privileged to meet, but the most amazing effortless talent I've ever seen. We men need to watch more women's golf, and not just for the short skirts.

Favorite course you've played?
Saratoga National (upstate NY), Caledonia (Myrtle Beach; years ago), Rocky Gap (Flintstone, MD), oh, and a nine-holer in Ireland that I'd be hard-pressed to ever remember the name of or ever find again . . .

Dream course you've yet to play?
From reading Jim Nantz's book, I'm itching to simply be at the course at Cyprus Point (CA). Don't even care if I get to play it. Just want to soak it in.

Best round ever- and what course?
I surely hope my best round(s) is (are) yet to come. One that I got a great kick out of: Played Riverview, in Easton, PA, with my girlfriend and a couple with whom we were matched. Started off seven over after five holes(!), lost the other couple at the turn (the round was taking too long for them), then completed the last 13 holes in two under, including birdieing the last two holes! The funniest part: My girlfriend's response after telling her it was my best score ever: 'Your best score? How's that possible? You stunk at the beginning.' Well, yeah, there was that.

Oh, and another that was simply cool: Shot a 79 at a course called Sunset (Middletown, PA). But the best part: My father--a man a very few words--telling me that, at that moment, I was the best golfer he'd played with in many years.

What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
Improvement? Yikes. I'd simply like to hit my drives as consistently straight and solid as I have during certain stretches; also, to make my 40-yard-in game more up-and-down than it currently is.

Jim mentioned he's writing a golf book. Here is a short story/essay entitled "Old Hackers Never Die" that he included with his GoW profile. Enjoy!


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[ comments ]
klangdon says:
good luck on the book.
John Flanagan says:
great story sir! your Mother sounds even more incredible. Keep swinging good luck with your book and you game... John Flanagan
girlgolfer1 says:
It sounds like your "beauty" is way more than skin deep.
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