Golf Digest’s Website is an Unreadable Jumble of Tripe

A month ago, I got the idea to do Golf Website Awards for 2014. I envisioned things like “Most GIF-Tastic” going to Kyle Porter at CBS (because, to borrow from Joe Biden, Kyle Porter articles consist of a noun, a verb, and five animated GIFs). I also planned a “Biggest Tiger Lackey” award going to… well, that one would have a lot of competition, wouldn’t it?

I  thought I’d even include a serious category for the best golf websites, where I’d mention Shackelford’s website along with a couple of others. Looking for those couple of others, I first looked at GolfDigest.com. Their website was such a frustrating mess, I had no desire to travel any farther into the golf coverage wasteland and, in fact, soon lost interest in the project entirely.

I had jotted down a few notes that morning, but I never bothered to return to them until now. Here they are, in their raw form:

Golf Digest. What a mess. Unusable. The first screen of the homepage is comprised of a huge banner ad. Below that is a huge masthead. Below that is a gigantic graphic display, which scrolls horizontally every five seconds. Scroll down and you get a huge advertisement taking up the right-hand 1/3 of your screen. Scroll down a little more and — voila! — a drop down ad descends from above, further obscuring the screen. A Golf Digest subscription ad, the fourth such ad you encounter just at the top part of the homepage.

Is there any content whatsoever on this page? After all, the homepage is 23-screens long. Why, yes, there is content. To the left of the advertisements, and beneath the drop-down ad at the top, we spy a grand total of three stories we could click on.

Dude goes nuts, snaps all his clubs in golf course parking lot” — Oh, America’s funniest faked home videos. Yeah, that is great stuff.

Other articles: Music’s Top 100 Golfers

A suit designed for bigger-bodied dudes Huh? This “article” was apparently a J Crew ad, even including a link to their clothing website.

I found the website layout a visual and logical mess, and the content was largely idiotic nonsense or advertisements presented as news.

The thing is, believe it or not, I’ve read good articles at GolfDigest.com in the past; however, I now realize those were arrived at via a Google News search. Another realization: I often cut and pasted those articles into a text document, to escape the distracting “motion” on the actual Golf Digest webpage.

It’s now been a month since I jotted down those notes, so let me take a quick look at what the website looks like right now…

Okay, visually it’s just as bad as before. Actually, it’s even worse. Today, in addition to all the prior garbage, there is a popup ad for a contest, as well as a prominently-placed animated GIF which loops every three seconds.

Bottom Line: There is no redeeming factor whatsoever at the GolfDigest.com website. If you stumble upon an interesting Golf Digest article via Google News, I recommend you cut and paste the body of the article into Word, so you can read it without distraction. (Or read the Google cached version if one is available.)

Unless you want to give yourself eye strain while lowering your golf IQ by 20 points, stay as far away from Golf Digest’s website as possible.

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Shackelford

If you’re not reading Geoff Shackelford’s golf blog, you should be.  I took a quick glance tonight and found a clever parody of a meeting of the Ryder Cup task force thingy they just announced.  (Sorry, folks, but if there is anything I care less about in golf than the Ryder Cup I don’t know what it is.  Give it a rest, already, how bout it?)

That was an amusing bit, but what makes Shackelford special is his willingness to ruffle feathers in his pursuit of the truth.  In just the most recent six or eight entries, there was a piece highly critical of Tim Finchem, and another that took a nice, and well-deserved, shot at a remark of Johnny Miller’s.

I might start posting comments at Shackelford’s website next year, I don’t know.  The only thing preventing me from doing so is I like to criticize and stir the pot and have some rowdy, lowbrow fun at times, and his website strikes me as above that kind of thing.  It’s too classy (I’ve mentioned before that his commenters are astute and logical and well-spoken [well-written?]) and — I have to say this — too important.  Shackelford cares about golf and has strong opinions that aren’t swayed by the madness of crowds.  He has a good thing going, and I don’t want to sully it.

I really, really need to finish my review of his book, “The Future of Golf.”  There is truth on every page of that book, and seldom is it truth popular within the golf industry.  I’d promise to finish soon, but, quite honestly, I don’t much feel like writing about golf (or anything else) right now.  It took great discipline just to tap this out.

(I wrote a “review” of the Golf Digest website a while back, but I lack the impetus to tidy it up and post it.  Maybe I’ll force myself to spend five minutes cleaning it up and post it.  I also have a pretty good article — okay, a DAMN good one — written about Lucy Li and Tiger Woods and “athleticism” in golf.  Unfortunately, it’s written in my head, not on paper.)

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Is CBS Sports Phasing Out Their Golf Section?

What is going on at the CBS Sports website?  It’s gotten embarrassing.

There’s not even an accessible article about Sang Moon Bae’s win this past weekend.  I clicked on what looked like a link, and it sent me to Porter’s Eye on Golf blog.

Speaking of which…  has Porter given up?  Most of his pieces now are little more than four or five embedded GIFs with no informational value to golf fans whatsoever.  The rest are mostly nonsense about Tiger Woods.  Today, for example, Porter has a headline announcing that Woods went to two football games.  Who in the world would cares about that?  That vapid of a headline calls for an ironic “Quick, someone alert the media” comment.  Oh, wait, Porter is supposed to be the media.

You’d think the network that has the television rights for the Masters could do a little better job of covering golf.  That they don’t makes me thing they may phase out the golf section on CBSSports.com.  There is a website called CyberGolf.com that bills itself as an official partner to CBSSports.com.  It looks more like an advertising website than a real, meaty golf website, but, hey, at least they have an article on Bae’s win.

It’s frustrating for those of us who try to support the CBS Golf website presence, as we seem to be the only ones who even care.

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Tiger Woods: A pretty good career, nothing more, nothing less

Now that we are clearly in the early days of the Rory McIlroy golf era, we can look back at the Tiger Woods era with clear eyes.

Final judgement: A pretty good career, well above journeyman level, but far short of “great” (a very overused word these days).

Numerically, Woods posted good numbers.  However, just like Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods’s numbers are tainted.  Visits from Anthony Galea (doping doctor extraordinaire, and about whom Woods lied) and Biogenesis connections leave little doubt that Woods’s advantage over his peers was the use of PEDs.

And Tim Finchem is probably the most corrupt commissioner in all of sports.  That’s saying something when we consider how Roger Goodell has tried to cover up domestic abuse in the NFL, and how Bud Selig ignored PED use in baseball.  Knowing that dishonesty is rampant at the commissioner level in other sports, is there any doubt that Finchem would cover up or turn a blind eye to connections between Tiger Woods and PEDs?

When it comes to legacy, remember this: Baseball fans still talk about Babe Ruth.  Bobby Bonds is already an asterisked footnote.

Woods won many tournaments, and we can assume he would have won some number of them without PEDs, so it would be far-fetched to say Woods would have struggled to keep his PGA Tour card.  I think Woods would have had a career much like, say, Charles Howell III or Hunter Mahan.  Very respectable.

Why was there such a disconnect between the reality and the perception regarding Tiger Woods’s career?  Let’s put it this way: The only part of Woods’s career that was not overhyped was the hype.

Woods will be long-remembered as the most overhyped sportsman in history.

For social and political reasons, Tiger Woods always received more attention than deserved.  We also live in an age of declining IQ scores in America.  It’s very easy to become a “megastar” nowadays.  Compare the big stars of Woods’s day with Jack Nicklaus’s.  Jack’s peers were Muhammad Ali and the Beatles and and Secretariat.  Woods’s were Paris Hilton and Tila Tequila and YouTube cat videos.  Jack shared the stage with Kareem Abdul Jabbar of the L.A. Lakers, Woods with Paula Abdul of American Idol.  “Famous for being famous” is the buzz phrase of the 21st century.  Deserving of fame?  Who cares!

As we wrote yesterday, there is reason to believe things are changing.  Rory McIlroy is aiming to win the Grand Slam.  Instead of inventing a “Rory Slam” to try to gain fame dishonestly, Rory is grabbing the bull by the horns.

I am elated that golf once again has a hero who is… heroic.

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Rory McIlroy Eyeing the Grand Slam? He’s Studying Bobby Jones!

Sports fans have long dreamed of a golfer winning the Grand Slam, but they have been frustrated for 85 grueling years.

Is 2015 the year the Grand Slam drought will finally end?

Charlie Rymer, of Golf Channel, reports Rory McIlroy has been reading up on Bobby Jones, the man who won the Grand Slam in 1930.  It has not been done since, and no one has even come close.

That we are even talking about the possibility shows the Rory Era will be unlike anything we’ve seen before.  (Although Golden Bear fans recall Grand Slam talk surrounded Jack Nicklaus every spring during much of his career.)

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So… why the fuss?

So tell me, why the big fuss about the Ryder Cup?  It couldn’t have anything to do with NBC and the money they pay for broadcast rights, could it?

What reason do golf fans have for caring about the Ryder Cup?  In my opinion, there isn’t one.  It’s a super-hyped Tavistock Cup.

I’m glad Golf Channel covers it live, but, man, the two-year buildup is tedious beyond description.

But help is on the way: Lanny H will soon be a part-owner of Comcast — and I will not be afraid to make my opinions heard!

 

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Ryder Cup Saturday (running post)

6:30 Update

When Lanny Talks, People Listen:  My advice was taken regarding the uniforms of the two teams.  Today the Americans are dressed in blue sweaters and blue hats, the Europeans in white hats and white shirts.  Viewers can actually distinguish between the two teams!

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