Golf Pipeline has recently had the opportunity to have a guest blogger join the GP team. His name, Mulligan Max, and he has done a series of golfer stereotype articles and written a few other articles for us. We had the opportunity to sit down with him in a short interview to find out more about him and some of his golfing experience.
Who Is Mulligan Max?
I’m a golf pro in my own mind but that is actually far from the truth. I actually grew up not really knowing what golf was up until my freshman year in high school. I took lessons for a few years throughout middle school, but we usually just messed around on the range. In high school I decided that hockey wasn’t enough and I needed to find a spring sport. Baseball, Tennis, and Track just couldn’t spark my interest, plus I knew a hockey team mate or two that got me to go out for golf. I wasn’t all that great of a golfer my first two years in school, but I sure tried hard! I would put up scores of mid to low 50’s per nine. Towards the end of my junior year and into my senior year, my golf team was good, and I was slowly getting better. My scores were dropping eventually into the high to mid 40’s. I was able to play alternate position when my team made it to state, and we even won it too, but the team ended up throwing out my score of 113. I had two birdies though!
How Did You get the Name?
The name comes with my ultra aggressive swing from the tee box. My swing has always been alright, a sultry mix between that of Tiger and Jesus, but my accuracy has never been completely on point. Golfing with friends for fun in the summer months, I would take more than the occasional single breakfast ball, and people just started to call me Mulligan Max. It has a catchy ring to it, but most of all fits my golfer stereotype.
What’s Your Handicap?
Well thats a great question. And to be completely honest I don’t really know. I would assume that my handicap would be somewhere between 15-25, and just to err on the safe side I will say its around a 20ish. Ever since high school I haven’t played much competitive golf, and I didn’t learn about score tracking until I found out about Golf Pipeline. So this year I am committed to tracking scores and establishing a real gauge of my game.
How about your best hole? Do you remember it?
My best hole I ever played was about 2 years ago. It was a short par 4. It was right around 340 yards and it was a slight dogleg left. There was a cross wind with me and it was quartering from right to left perfectly towards the hole. I had been playing a slight fade for the last two months so I was confident that the ball would end up quite straight. As I swung the wind picked up slightly and I actually hit a pure straight shot. The ball followed the right side of the fairway, and with the help of the wind, got pushed left towards the center of the fairway. I’m no power hitter by any means, but I somehow, either really got a hold of this ball, or there was a fat jet stream above the tree line that I couldn’t see. The ball carried over 310 and rolled just shy of the green. If I had a ruler, I swear it landed dead center of the fairway. Ecstatic, I knew the hole wasn’t over, and I’m no Phil Mickelson with my wedges, so I took a few moments to compose myself and then went for the pin. The ball left the wedge different than normal and I thought I hit it way too hard. Trajectory was low, but I put a little extra spin on it this time. I thought my line was way off, but the spin caused my ball to check extra hard on this hole. Once it slowed, my line looked to be dead on with the cup. At 10 feet I started to do the Tiger walk down, but as I got ahead of myself, the ball stopped just inches from the pin…Needless to say I’ve never had an easier birdie putt before. It was a great series of shots. I have no clue how the pros can stay that composed through 4 rounds of 18!
What is your favorite part about the sport?
I would have to say that my favorite part about the sport would be golfing with people that are better than me. I have quite a few friends that understand the game better than I do. It has taught me to learn a lot more about the sport than I could ever learn on my own. It has taught me to appreciate the game much more too. I love watching people’s approach right before they hit. The concentration is really amazing. Something I need to practice on for sure.
Do you have a most embarrassing moment on the course?
I’ll embrace the fact that I am clumsy on and off the course. I’ve had many mishaps. I’ve slipped on mud, crashed a golf cart, duffed shots, duffed putts, fallen down a 5 foot ravine searching for lost golf balls (yeah, that one sucked), attempted to hit shots out of the woods that came back and hit me, 4 putted, 5 putted, taken more than 3 shots to get out of the sand, and even skipped a ball over the water, so there is no single moment that stands out, but just a lot of them added together that make me realize I’m only a golf pro in my own head. I did play from the ice once though. There was a pond that had not quite defrosted from the previous winter, and it was late March when we played. My ball hit the ice, didn’t break through, and was just hanging out on the ice berg. I took off my shoes and socks, walked through two feet of water, was actually able to stand on the ice and play the shot. I hit it back into play and made a bogey on the hole. it wasn’t pretty at all,but it’s one of those holes I’ll remember for a while.
Do you have any final words for our fans?
Absolutely! For some golfers, especially like me, natural talent isn’t up front in your vocabulary. It takes a lot of time and effort to get better at the game, or whatever it is that you are passionate about. I personally have spent countless hours watching golf, playing golf, and trying to get better and it HAS worked for me. My swing has gotten better over the years, and my score is ever so slightly getting lower. If you have a love, like golf, don’t let the bad days get in your way. Try to learn from them. Everyone needs an escape from the real world. Hold on to that passion and always try to get better!
Thanks for taking the time to get to know Mulligan Max and keeping up with Golf Pipeline. You’ll see more articles coming every month.