Keefe Gorman is an experienced investment professional and wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York. Outside of his responsibilities as managing director of Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is an avid golfer.
Golf enthusiasts in New York state should consider booking a tee time at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, the state’s top course according to Golf Digest. Designed by William Flynn in 1931, the course is a 7,445-yard, par 70 with a 69.5265 difficulty rating.
Flynn’s course is regarded as one of oldest links in the United States. The original layout underwent a comprehensive remodeling at the hands of C.B. Macdonald before Flynn made the course his own in 1931. His vision for the course proved so strong that decades passed without any significant alterations. In 2012, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw expanded a few greens and implemented a new mowing pattern in anticipation of the 2018 US Open. The successful event was won by Brooks Koepka and the tournament will return to Shinnecock in 2026.
The course at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club ranks at No. 1 in New York and No. 4 in the nation, having ranked as high as No. 2 in the US as recently as 2007-2008.
According to Golf Digest, other top-rated courses in New York for the 2021-2022 golf season include courses at Southampton’s National Golf Links of America, the Fishers Island Club, and the West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck.
Based in Ithaca, New York, Keefe Gorman serves as a managing director at Merrill Lynch. When he is not providing Merrill Lynch clients with wealth management and investing strategies, Keefe Gorman enjoys playing golf and tennis.
There are three primary types of spin shots tennis players can make use of: slice shots, top spin shots, and flat shots.
To hit a slice shot, players must swing their rackets in a downward motion, slicing underneath the ball to create backspin. A slice shot typically moves over the court with a low trajectory and does not bounce very high, making it difficult for opponents to attack. Furthermore, slice shots travel slowly through the air, giving players time to regroup. All told, the slice is an effective defensive shot.
Top spin shots, meanwhile, are achieved by swinging upwards and hitting the ball with a slightly closed racket face. This causes the ball to spin forward at a rapid rate, creating a high arcing trajectory. The top spin helps players maintain control of their shots without sacrificing as much pace compared to a slice shot. On the first bounce, top spin shots jump forward, further amplifying both the offensive and defensive advantages of top spin and testing an opponent’s footwork and timing.
If a slice shot is primarily defensive and a top spin shot is a blend of control and aggression, flat shots are a purely offensive approach. By hitting the ball with a perfectly flat racket face, players impart little to no spin on the ball. This results in a high-paced shot with a flat arc. The lack of net clearance and spin reduces a player’s margin of error, but also puts added pressure on their opponent.
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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