I really enjoy going to pawn shops and finding old clubs that only look good on the wall. They all have a story to tell. If I don't know a story, I make one up.

I get excited every year about this time.

New balls, new clubs, new swing concepts, new teachers, new rules to get familiar with, new friends, new courses to try out, new golf attire, new glasses, new golf shoes, new attitude, new career, and new spots on your face and hands.

There’s also new golf caps, new strategies, new diet, new tires on your car, new yardage thingy, new socks, same old undies, new beer, new jokes, what’s his name, new confidence, new mistakes, new four-letter words, new objectives, new routine, new technique, same result, and a few more excuses.

My good friend Ben Alexander mentioned a few weeks ago that he went to the PGA merchandise show. I always enjoy that as well. I remember faces and forget names and I never remember where I parked my car. It was either Orlando ... or Sacramento? All the new equipment is ... new.

I really enjoy going to pawn shops and finding old clubs that only look good on the wall. They all have a story to tell. If I don’t know a story, I make one up.

The best stories are actually true. A friend of mine tossed a defective putter in the pond next to number 10 green at Lake Shastina Golf Course over a year ago. I found it while searching for one of my own defective sand wedges.

If you have a funny story you would like to share with us, just give me a call and I’ll try to remember to write it down. We don’t usually print photos and don’t intend to begin anytime soon. Therefore, no photos please.

Rod Sims is the PGA Teaching Professional at Mount Shasta Resort. He would love to hear from you. He can be reached at (209) 329-5634.