Golf Tips for Winter Play

Golfing in Winter

So if you are in the same predicament as I am you should find this article very helpful and useful for your golf game. I live in the northeast section of the United States and if you reside in the north or northeast United States you will find this particularly helpful.

If you are familiar with this part of the country and actually live in this part of the country and you are an avid golf fan as I am, you then know that our golf season in warm weather is not as long as in other parts of the country.

So being such an avid golf fan as I am sometimes you have to brave the elements of the weather in order to play golf without having to travel to other parts of the country where the weather is warm pretty much all year round.

In this article I am going to try to educate you the best golf tips for winter play when you do not have the resources or the opportunity to take your golf game to warmer climates.

Dressing for Winter Golf

One of the most important things you will need to take into consideration when golfing in the fall and winter is absolutely dressing for winter golf. You need to be dressed properly so that you are warm and comfortable when playing in the cold elements.

First and foremost you definitely need to keep your head, feet and hands warm. These parts of your body determine how warm and comfortable your entire body will feel during a winter round of golf.

There is such a wide variety these days of golf attire for making your winter golf experience much more enjoyable. For instance there are plenty of different styles of golf gloves available by the pair, whereas you get both a right and left-hand glove specifically made for golfing.dress for winter golf

As far as your head goes there are many a wool hat ( which I recommend ) to keep your head warm.

Another very important thing to keep in mind for dressing for winter golf is to dress in thin layers of light clothing as opposed to dressing in big bulky jackets or coats.

Dressing in thin layers will keep you warm and also free up your golf swing, also if the day gets warmer as your round of golf goes on you have the opportunity to remove a layer or two of clothing.

Last and most importantly is your feet. If your feet are warm and dry your entire body will be warm. This is the reason why a really good pair of golf shoes are of the upmost importance.

There are a good deal of golf shoe manufacturers out there but don’t feel overwhelmed by this. In my opinion the best golf shoe available on the market today is foot joy. Not only are they durable but they are also totally waterproof. The latter being the most important when you are playing golf in the winter.

Normally when you begin your winter round of golf the ground is likely to be cold and dry but as the sun comes up and becomes warmer the ground will become wetter. This is one of the main reasons you need a good waterproof pair of golf shoes.

Winter Golf Club Selection

One of the biggest golf tips for winter play I would say will be your club selection for any given shot you might happen upon. The only club that you will not have to change would be your driver.

As far as the rest of your shots they are going to be a lot of things to take into consideration when playing golf in the winter. The main thing will be the condition of the ground itself in the fairways and on the greens.

In the spring and summer you are used to nice plush fairways and nice smooth tightly mowed greens to putt on. At this time of year you may hit your eight iron 140 yards. Come fall and winter when the ground is firmer and not as soft, your eight iron may roll out to 160 or 170 yards.

winter pitch and putt

When you are closer to the green and have a wedge shot to the pin you are not going to get the height you normally get with your wedges and when you do hit the firmer greens they are not going to stop as quick as on softer plush greens. All these variables must be taken into consideration when playing golf in the winter.

So, as you can see playing golf in the winter may be even more challenging than playing in the spring and summer. One good thing about playing golf in the fall and winter is that the golf courses will not be as crowded as usual. Most courses drop their green fees so it is not as expensive to play.

More often than not you will be able to play your round with two balls for every shot you have. This will give you even more practice for your golf swing. I usually don’t even use a score card when I play in the fall and winter. I just enjoy being out in the fresh air playing a game that I love to play.

One other thing I forgot to mention is your putting and the green conditions. Most golf courses at a certain time of year will stop relocating their pins on the greens, so if you play the same golf course expect the pins to be in the same position every day you play. The greens will also be fast and firm without as much break as usual.

When to Stop Playing Golf in Winter

Most golf courses, even in the North and Northeast would stay open year round if they could, unfortunately weather conditions usually makes this impossible.

I will only play golf in the winter if the temperature is above 35 degrees, not to windy and the sun is shiny. No matter what time of year it is golf is supposed to be a pleasant experience, not going out and try to battle the elements to play.

Another reason you should not play below a certain temperature is for health reasons. The chances of getting injured increases more and more the colder it is out on the golf course.winter golf

If it is to cold out no matter how well you think you are warmed up, you probably not. This increases the chance of injury dramatically. The game is meant to be fun and to get seriously hurt. Doing so could also affect your golf game the following season.

What are My Winter Golf Options

Believe it or not there are several winter golf options available to you nowadays. More and more golf driving ranges are now equipped with heated teeing areas where you can hit buckets of ball in complete warmth and comfort.

Another winter golf option that I have seen popping up more and more are golf shops that are set up kind of like a bowling alley but instead of bowling lanes, they have golf simulators set up.

If you are not familiar with a golf simulator, it is a larger screen with an area where you hit from and you are looking at a golf hole on a large screen. When you hit your ball into the screen and it automatically tracks your ball exactly how you hit, whether a slice, a hook or right down the middle.

The beauty of this is you can call for tee times just like at the golf course and you and three other golf buddies can go play an eighteen hole round of golf in the comfort of a warm building.

Another great thing about this scenario is these golf simulators can be programmed to play golf courses that you have only dreamed of playing, like Augusta National or Pebble Beach etc. You can also program the length of the course in accordance with your handicap.

One other option, although probably not financially feasible for many people would be to purchase your own golf simulator. Years ago this would not be an option for just about anyone but as of late the cost of a decent golf simulator has dropped drastically. You will also need the room to set one up like in a nice size basement or heated garage.

One More Winter Golf Tip

Depending on where you do live maybe none of the winter golf tips I mentioned above are convenient to you, you can still keep yourself in golf shape over the winter. The most important is doing your golf exercises on a regular bases, so you do not have to play catch up with your game come spring.

One more thing you can do rather cheaply is to pick yourself up a golf hitting net and an old piece of carpet and set it up in your garage or basement and hit some balls that way. Of course putting you can practice just about anywhere.

Well, that’s about it from me for now. I hope you have enjoyed this article on my best golf tips for winter play. As always if you have found this information useful and informative, please feel free to ask any question or leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. And as always,

Good Golf To You

Robert


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Taylormade Golf Equipment


More pros on the PGA golf tour use Taylormade golf equipment than any other golf club manufacturer. Some top tour players who use Taylormade golf equipment are Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson among many other tour players. There must be something about the new Taylormade golf equipment for so many PGA tour players to be using them.

The Taylormade Company

The Taylormade golf company was founded in 1979 by a man named Gary Adams. At the time Mr. Adams was working as a salesman for the Witteck Golf Company. In time, he got a promotion with the company in the research and development department. Around the same time the new two piece golf balls had been developed.

In Adam’s research he noticed that the new two piece golf balls performed much better with the irons than they did with the original persimmon woods. With this new information in hand he left the Witteck golf company. He went on to start the Taylormade golf company.

Adam’s took the information he had and developed the Taylormade metal wood driver. The driver caught on immediately and Taylormade hollow metal woods ever since. To this day they continue to make improvements in their golf club design.

The Taylormade Drivertaylor made driver

Taylormade drivers are made of materials that make them easier to hit and to control your swing thus maximizing your driving performance. This is one reason that the Taylormade driver is one of the leading drivers used on the PGA golf tour. Their metal wood design have taken them to develop the famous Taylormade burner and the Taylormade bubble.

Probably the most popular Taylormade driver is the 2017 M2 driver which i recently did a review on. It offers a totally new level of distance and forgiveness in its new driver technology.

The M2 driver houses a new speed pocket that makes it twice as flexible as the previous model. The Taylormade driver is extremely strong and durable but yet light and easy to swing due in part to their titanium heads.

Taylormade Irons

taylormade ironsOne of the most popular set of Taylormade irons would have to be the 2017 M2 irons. They are considered to be Taylormade’s most technologically advanced iron made by them to date. Their low center of gravity helps even the lesser advanced golfer hit purer iron shots even on slightly missed hits.

The Taylormade M1 irons are very similar to the M2 iron put have a smaller head size and shorter blade length but they are more suitable for the more advanced golfer who strikes the ball on a more consistent basis.

Taylormade Hybrid Clubs

Taylormade has an extensive line of hybrid golf clubs. The difference in the different line of hybrid clubs depends mostly on a golfers swing speed and their swing tendencies. For those of you that are not aware of this, the hybrid club was designed to replace your hard to hit long irons. For instance the #3 hybrid would replace your harder to hit 3 iron. Some of Taylormade’s hybrid clubs:

The Taylormade burnertaylormade hybrid club

This hybrid club was designed for golfers with a swing speed between 70 to 105 miles per hour. It has a large head and a better center of gravity which translates to better ball striking and a higher launch angle. It is basically a very easy club to hit.

The Rescue TP

This hybrid model is more suitable for the more advanced golfer who has a swing speed of 90 to 115 miles per hour which is pushing the swing speed of the professional player. It has a smaller head and is less forgiving than the burner. The more skilled player does not need as much forgiveness. It has a lower launch angle and produces less backspin.

The rescue dual hybrid

Taylormade’s dual hybrid offers movable weight technology. In other words if you tend to slice the ball a lot you can change weights on the head of the club creating more of a draw bias and eliminating your slice. The club head is small but still offers a fair amount of forgiveness.

Taylormade Putters

Although Taylormade is more famous for their drivers, irons, fairway taylormade puttermetals and hybrid golf clubs they actually have a very attractive line of putters to choose from. All of their putters are designed with the Rossa insert system which is a technology called ASGI which stands for anti skid groove insert.

These systems cause less skid when striking the ball which leads to purer and straighter on line putts. They have 10 different lines of putters which you can check  out here.

Taylormade – Adidas

Most recently the Taylor Made company has purchased the Adidas corporation. So now besides being world renowned for their awesome golf clubs they now offer a full line of other golf equipment and accessories.

  • Manufacture their own line of golf balls
  • Produce the Maxfli golf ball
  • Carry their own golf bag line
  • Their own golf shoes
  • Many other golf accessories

The present company is known as Taylor Made – Adidas Golf Company, so come on in and check out the new Taylormade golf equipment.

 

In Conclusion

I hope i have helped you in your research if you are looking to purchase new golf clubs. Taylormade has many a full line of clubs and equipment for the man, for women and also a full line of junior golf cubs and equipment.

They also offer a selection of pre-owned golf clubs that you may find more affordable. Keep in mind if you decide to purchase Taylormade golf clubs they will not be cheap but they will give you many, many years of good golfing.

I hope you have found this article on new Taylormade golf equipment useful and informative, if so kindly leave a comment below.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

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Golf’s Trouble Shots – A Video Tutorial

Every one want’s to have a perfect golf swing and it takes a lot of practice to achieve this goal. Even, though you think you have acquired a pretty good golf swing no one is perfect. Even the PGA pro’s who have some of the best, close to perfect golf swings in the world still hit shots that go astray at times. Like I said no one is perfect, not even the pro players on the golf tour.

Of course every time you get on the tee box you want to hit your drive right down the middle of the fairway, or on a par three hit your tee shot right onto the green but things don’t always work out as planned.

Like I have said before there is a lot of mental thought that goes into always hitting a good golf shot. The slightest lack of concentration or focus can cause you to hit a bad golf shot. We are going to focus here on how to approach and play golf’s trouble shots without doing too much damage to your final score.

Playing From Thick Rough

When standing on the tee box your main objective is to hit your drive in the fairway. Unfortunately that does not’t always happen. Most golf courses are designed with first the fairway, then what is called the first cut of rough, this is where the grass is a little longer than the fairway. Usually not too hard to hit from.

Then there is what is called the second cut of rough. This is where the grass is so long sometimes it’s even hard to find your golf ball. Hitting from this rough can be quite challenging.

Often times, depending on how far you are from the green, you may just have to take a more lofted club and just try to advance your ball down the fairway as far as you can. This way you at least have a chance to chip onto the green and save your par, and at worst make a bogey.

Do not try to be a hero and try to hit a 3 or 4 iron or a hybrid club out of this kind of long rough because you will just end up squirting the ball right back in the same rough. Play it safe and swallow your pride. You’re final score will reflect this.

Playing Around a Tree

Once again you hit your drive a little off the mark. You are still in play but in the left or right side of the fairway in the first cut of rough. Say you are like a hundred sixty yards from the green but sixty yards ahead of you there are over hanging branches from a tree. This shot would normally need a six iron to get to the green but a six iron doesn’t have enough loft to get over the branches. What do you do here?

You actually have several options here. Depending on what side of the fairway you are on you could take a lesser club and hit your shot left or right of the branches and then chip up on the green and take your par. Another option would be to hit your shot around the branches and up on the green with a putt for a birdie. In golf terms this is called fade or a draw.

If, you are a right-handed golfer a fade would be aiming left of your target, the green, set up and aim to the left. On your downswing you would leave your club face open and your shot will start out left and then curve to the right landing on the green.

Again, if you are a right-handed golfer a draw would be aiming right of your target. Set up aiming right of the target and on your downswing you want your club face closed. This will start the ball out to the right and curve to the left and up onto the green.

If, you are a left-handed golf all the above would be opposite. You will have to spend some time on the driving range to perfect these shots but it would be well worth it to have these shots in your arsenal.

The Low Punch Shot

Let’s assume you really hook your drive and it goes way to the left or slice your drive and it goes way to the right into a tree lined area. How would you approach this situation. You have a couple options here. One, you could just punch it out, side ways back to the fairway and have a longer third shot to the green hoping to get it close for a short par putt, but bogey is more likely. Second, you could hit what is called a low punch shot under the trees.

This shot will work perfectly as long as there are no other obstacles beyond the trees and you have a clear look at the green. What you want to do here is take a less lofted club like a four, five or six iron, depending on how low the branches are. Choke down a little on the club and take a nice easy swing with very little follow through. The ball will come out low and hopefully roll up on the green with a putt for a birdie.

Chipping From Hardpan

Now and then, especially in fall and winter you will come across a shot where your ball land in an area of the golf course that is called hard pan. This is a situation where the ground under your ball is hard as a rock. This could be a very difficult shot if you don’t know how to execute it properly.

Most golfers have a tendency to grab their sand wedge or their lob wedge to execute this shot. The fact of the matter is that the exact opposite is the case. What you want to do here is take like your eight iron, nine iron or even your pitching wedge. The more lofted wedges have to sharp an edge and will tend to dig into the ground, thus chunking the shot.

Take your less lofted club and choke down on the grip a little, about an inch. Setup with the ball in the middle of your stance. You want little wrist action with this shot so I actually use my putting grip. Now just bring the club back and then through using mostly your body. Hitting it like a putt and let it roll out to the hole.

Trouble Bunker Shots

Many golf courses have sand traps/bunkers all over the place. Most times they are around the area of the greens, although some may be found in the fairways. No matter where they are chances are that during a round of golf you are going to find yourself in one of them.

The thing is you will rarely find yourself in a perfectly flat lie in the bunker. There are many awkward bunker shots you may come in contact with. Some being:

  • An uphill lie
  • A downhill lie
  • Ball below your feet lie
  • Ball above your feet lie
  • Ball up against the lip of the bunker

Each one of these situations require different setups, ball positions and swings to pull these different shots off. Check out the video below to learn how to practice and perfect these different bunker shots.

 

The Backhanded Golf Shot

Say you are a right-handed golfer and you hit your drive or iron shot off-line and it comes to rest up against the right side of a tree. What do you do here? Well, you have two options here, if your are very athletic and have ever practiced hitting golf balls left-handed, you could grab your least lofted club, say a four iron, take a left-handed stance and with the back side of the club and try to advance the ball as far as possible, thus giving you a chance to save par.

Second, Once again, if your a right-handed golfer, say your ball comes to rest on the right edge of a deep bunker and you cannot stand in the bunker to make this shot effectively, what you can do here is make a backhanded golf shot. What you want to do here is turn and face the opposite way you want your shot to go, now with your club in your right hand with the face of the club facing the target brace your right shoulder with your left hand. Now take a few practice swipes and then strike the ball popping it on the green. This technique can also be used with the tree scenario above.

 

I hope you have learnt and have enjoyed these video tutorials on golf’s trouble shots as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. Remember, if you want to perfect any of these trouble shots you need to hit the driving range or your local course and practice them because practice makes great because no one is perfect.

Once again if you have enjoyed this article and have any questions concerning it please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

 

 

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Golf Resort Vacation Packages

So you have been playing golf all summer with your buddies either playing at your country club and all the other local golf courses in your area and you are looking for a change. Especially if you live in the north or northeast part of the country where the weather is going to start getting colder.

Maybe it might be time for you to start thinking about planning a little golf vacation with your golf partners to a nice warm climate to get away and have some fun golfing. since,the emergence of Tiger Woods on the golf scene nearly twenty years ago golf is on a huge upswing.

More and more golf courses are being designed and built all over the world. To date there are over one hundred thousand golf courses all around the world with more being built every day.

Planning a Golf Vacation

With this huge emergence of golf courses and golf resorts it is an optimum time to plan your golf resort vacation package. There is more competition now than there ever has been, golf resorts are just begging for you to come to their golf resort for your golf resort vacation package. It is a premium time to plan your golf trip.

Most golf resorts want to accommodate you with a great golf vacation experience for everyone, whether you are an experienced golfer or a weekend duffer but some maybe some resorts not so much.

This where you have to do your due diligence and do as much research you can on any resort that you plan to vacation at. There are many things to take into consideration when planning your trip. Does the resort:

  1. Have the amenities you are looking for, pool, spa, etc.
  2. Are golf fees and cart included
  3. How many rounds of golf are included
  4. If the resort does not have an on site golf course do they offer transportation to and from the courses
  5. Do they offer a continental breakfast every day you are there.
  6. Are any dinners included

Another thing you will need before booking your trip is how many of you are actually going on your trip. Most of the time golf is played in foursomes, so planning your trip should consist of four or eight players. I think eight is perfect for an enjoyable golf adventure.

And one more thing is to be sure you book your trip well in advance of when you would like to travel. The reason for this is you can get the best tee times available on any given course thus giving you the rest of the day to enjoy the other amenities that the resort offers.

The Best Discount golf Vacations

Most of the best discount golf packages will normally include air fare along with ground transportation from the airport to the resort you are staying at. Make sure they offer the best services you can get. Just because you are getting a cheap deal on your vacation package does not mean that you have to stay at a cheap hotel.

Even though discounted, you should receive many freebies, including full service concierge, green fees, cart and or a caddie, transportation, group outings or tours, so once again do your research on what is available for the best golf resort vacation package.

Are You Bringing Your Own Golf Clubs?

I would think that most golfers whether you are a beginner novice golfer or an experienced golfer I’m sure you would want to have your own golf clubs, otherwise you will have to take your chances with rental golf clubs from the resort that may not be up to your standards or be just be inappropriate for you. Not having your own clubs could put a damper on your entire golf vacation adventure.

If you are planning to bring your own clubs on your golf trip there are some things you will have to take into consideration in doing so. For one thing you will not be able to take your clubs on the airplane with you so you will need a golf travel bag.

The last thing you need to happen is to have your clubs ruined by airport luggage handlers, you know have they throw luggage around, so be sure you get a good one. A good golf travel bag will accommodate your golf clubs, your golf shoes and a few dozen golf balls.

A Golf Family Vacation

With the popularity of golf in general and especially the success of the LPGA, the ladies professional golf association golf has become just as popular with women as well. With organizations like The First Tee, more and more children are now learning the game of golf as well.

This leads to a perfect scenario for the entire family to plan a golf resort vacation package. Resorts also know how lucrative this can be for their resorts business. Many golf resorts are actually taking huge steps to make the family golf vacation as enjoyable as possible.

Many are offering free golf lessons for children as well. Even besides golf most resorts have many other amenities catering to the whole family. In other words the entire family can enjoy a golf resort vacation package.

Good Golf To You

Robert

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Golf Careers Opportunities – Work in Golf

I’m sure you all know me by now and you know that I am very passionate about the wonderful game of golf. I have been around this great game most of my life. Don’t get me wrong I’m not that good anymore but I still love to hang out at the golf course and enjoy the sheer beauty and camaraderie of being there.

I think so many golfers take for granted what really goes on at any given golf course or country club when they drive in to play their round of golf. The first thing they are thinking of when they arrive at the golf course is how am I going to play today, how is my swing going to be, how is my putting going to be.

They are totally unaware of what is going on around them. They have no idea what is going on behind the scenes of what make’s their day of as enjoyable as possible. This leads me to write this article about the best careers opportunities in the golf game.

What Does Go On ?

Like I said I have been around golf and the golf scene most of my life and it never ceases to amaze how blind golfers can be. Like I have never seen a golfer drive into the golf course and say, wow, look at all those clean golf carts all lined up for us. They pull up to the bag drop area, pop their trunk, put their golf shoes on and go park their car.golf cart

When,they get back their clubs are all loaded up on their golf cart ready to go. Granted most golfers will give the gentleman a tip but not all of them.

I’m not saying that golfers are snobby but a lot of them take for granted what is done for them when they arrive at the golf course.

When,they go in the pro shop to pay their greens fees they totally take the guy or girl behind the counter for granted not realizing he or she is also trying to make their day a pleasant one, When they pull up to the first tee and the starter that tell’s them when they can tee off, totally taken for granted.

Rarely have I seen a golfer stand on the first tee and say, man, the golf course looks just beautiful today. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are a good deal of golf careers opportunities that most people. Even golfers don’t even realize.

Why Do People Play Golf ?

There is a lot of golfers that really enjoy this great game, some have different reasons than others, some like to get out with their buddies, play a round of golf and throw down a few beers and go back home.

Others play to perfect their swing and try to get their scores as low as possible. Others just play for the fun of just playing the game itself. Going out having a few beers and just having fun.

So that being said, it is surprising to me that when all these people from all walks of life that love this game so much would not think about actually checking into getting into an actual career in this game so much.

They see on a daily basis all the jobs available to them and that’s just what they see with the human eye. There are  a good deal of golf careers behind the scenes you just can’t even imagine.

A Golf Career You Say

Golf today has pretty much become a national phenomenon. Thanks to the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the likes have created a golf frenzy. High schools all over the country have created golf programs where young kids are getting into the game of golf. If you are good enough you can get a full ride to college just on your golf ability alone.

If you don’t cut it as an actual golfer they offer programs that you can major in, in the golf profession. These can range from a horticulture degree where you can take that to be a groundskeeper on a golf course. You can get an associates degree in golf operations and management. The golf careers opportunities are literally endless.

When most people think about a golf career the first thing they think of is a golf pro and or instructor, he may a great golfer but not great enough to be on the pro tour. Nothing wrong with that, he will probably a great instructor, but the realm of golf careers opportunities go far beyond that.

Turn Your Golf Passion Into A Career

Here are some different golf positions that could be available at any given golf country club:

  • Club Instructor: You would have to be a very skilled player to even apply for this position but you could start as an assistant and work your way up to head instructor.
  • Marketer: If you are educated in marketing most resorts, which are growing in droves are always looking for good marketers to bring people into their resorts
  • Golf course superintendent: If you have a passion for landscaping and maintenance you might want to get a position on the grounds crew of a golf course and after time could turn that into being a lucrative superintendents position

Besides the main positions that I mentioned above there are a good deal of other golf careers positions available that most golfers totally take for granted. Most have no idea what goes into running a golf facility with precision and accuracy.

golf mower

  • The grounds crew: These guys have probably been out on the golf course before you even gotten out of bed. If it were not for these guys you would be bitching all day about the course conditions.
  • Food service crew: From the ninth hole concession stand to when you get done your round of golf, who makes it possible for you to have that hot dog and cold beer at the turn or the lunch and cold beers when you are done your round, It’s the food service crew!
  • Chemical Technicians: These are the men and women in charge of fertilizing and keeping the greens and fairways bug and fungus free, who would have thought, so underated
  • Mechanical Engineers: These guys are the one’s that keep all the equipment in tip-top shape for cutting fairways, cutting the rough and rolling the greens.
  • Golf merchandise and sales: When you go in the pro shop because you need a towel or tees or even golf balls, they don’t appear from nowhere, someone has to make sure the shop is always stocked from hats, visors, etc.

In Conclusion

I can go on and on about jobs in the golf industry, I haven’t even touched on human resources, advertising, public relations, photography, the spokes’ person and then there’s the manager that oversees all of this stuff.

So believe me there are so many job positions in the golf industry it will make your head spin. So go out and take advantage of some of these golf careers opportunities.

Good Golf To You

Robert

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Golf’s Mind Game – The Mental Side of Golf

So by now if you are a novice or beginner golfer you should have your golf clubs and bag, you should have your golf shoes and all the other golf accessories that are needed to go out to the golf course and enjoy this wonderful game of golf.

Hopefully you have been to the driving range to practice hitting your driver, your long irons and also your short irons. I’m sure you have been to practice putting green to practice probably the most important part of a good round of golf, you’re putting.

So after going through all of this preparation to play good golf when you do get out on the golf course things don’t always go as planned. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and probably will that you just cannot control.

It is the way that you handle these situations when they arise that can either make or break a good round of golf. That is why we are going to get into another side of golf that get’s overlooked a lot and that is golf’s mind game, or in other words the mental side of golf.

Your Mental Approach

When do you actually start thinking about the round of golf you are going to play? I talk to a lot of golfers who say they start thinking about their round your golf mindof golf in the car on the way to the golf course, believe me that is not mentally healthy.

Some players will sit in their office and visualize hitting their drive on the first hole right down the middle of the fairway. That’s not going to work either. You should not be thinking about draining a thirty-foot putt while out to dinner with your wife or girlfriend either. You could end up with pasta on your pants.

Trying to dream up a good round of golf while you are participating in other things just simply does not work. You will do yourself more harm than good.

No matter how good a golfer you are it is not a good idea to think about a certain hole you might have had trouble with before and try to conquer it beforehand in your mind. Chances are when you get to that hole you’re going to mess it up. That is part of golf’s mind game.

Any thinking beforehand about your round of golf coming up should be about swing thoughts and techniques or you’re putting stroke, anything but your upcoming round of golf.

Your thoughts of having a good round of golf and coming up with a good game plan for the day should start on the first tee. Just think about that first shot and nothing but that first shot. Your mindset should remain the same for each and every shot from then on out until you have completed your round of golf.

Develop A Pre-Shot Routine

Just as you have come up with muscle memory for making different golf swings for different situations on the golf course you now need to have to come up with a mental memory visualization for every shot you may face on the golf course.

Mental side of golfThe best way to accomplish this is to come up with your own pre shot-routine. What this will accomplish is it will clear your mind of any distractions that may be around you.

Remember you should come up with your own pre-shot routine that you are comfortable with so you can be consistent with it for each and every shot. For example: you get to the tee box and take your grip on the club, then stand behind your ball and visualize your shot path you want to take, next stand up to your ball and take a couple of practice swings. Now take your shot and hopefully it goes where you wanted it to.

When it is time to take your shot the main thing you need to do here is focus, focus,focus.Do not be thinking of the last hole or the hole to follow, just focus on the shot at hand and that alone. Jumping ahead in your mind, even about the final score will do nothing but bring bad results.

The Power of Positive Thinking

The minute you get to the golf course and walk to the first tee the only thing you should be thinking is, I’m going to have a good round of golf today. The important thing here is focusing on success as opposed to failure, doing this more good things than bad will happen.

I know this is easier said than done but even the slightest negative thought could potentially ruin your entire round of golf. Even professional golfers make bad shots from time to time but the main thing here is when you do make a bad shot you need to immediately put it behind you and focus on your current shot, you can’t bring that bad shot back.

Better yet, when you do make a bad shot try to make a positive out of it, by that I mean try to learn from it. Try to remember what you did wrong on that particular shot and take it back to the driving range and work on it as to try to not let it happen again.

Just don’t get upset about it on the golf course. In order to play your best golf you need to be relaxed and stress free and getting upset over one or two shots will only build up stress in your body and possibly make things worse. Live and learn.

Retrain Your Mental Approach

In all of professional sports there are today golf is probably the one sport that mind power comes in to play the most. The thing you need to do is make a positive out of your mind power when you need to.

Like I said earlier you need to focus on your shot at the moment and nothing else. Avoid thinking of any past bad shots or any upcoming tough holes, worry about them when you get to them.

Another good mental tip that a lot of players seem to lose focus on is this shot. You are on the tee of a par three hole and the only thing between you and the green is water. This is a situation where golf’s mind game really comes into play.

You have to stand on that tee box and pretend that water is not even there. I would, be safe and take an extra club just to make sure I hit it far enough to clear the water, even if you hit it a little long you will not be in the water. Chip and putt for par and move on. That is way better than hitting in the water and making a bogey or worse.

Finally

Remember bad shots happen to all of us. Even a bad break, like a bad carom off a tree, remember that it would not have happened if you hit a good shot. Remember to put it behind you and focus on the rest of your holes. Remember what you did wrong and take it to the range and work on it.

Golf can be very competitive but it is also meant to be fun, no matter what, always remember that. Granted it is more fun when you are playing well but some days it doesn’t always work out that way.

An eighteen round hole of golf can be a long day and a lot can go wrong but remember why you are there, to have some fun with good friends and have fun. So don’t ever let golf’s mind games get to you. There’s always your next round of golf.

Good Golf To You

Robert

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Odyssey White Hot XG Putter Review –

Product: Odyssey White Hot Putter XG Line

Price: $99.99 – 299.99Odyssey blade putter

Best Place to Buy: Fairway Golf, inc

Size: 34″ 35″

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Odyssey White Hot XG Putter Overview

From amateurs to Pro’s the Odyssey company is world renowned for their putters. They actually have eighteen models to choose from, but I believe that the Odyssey White Hot XG model is the best model that they offer. They have come up with this new putter face insert technology that is second to none. It gives you a much softer feel when you are putting and it is only available with the White Hot XG putter.

According to the Odyssey company the new design was solely based on the new two layer golf balls that are also softer. To achieve this effect with the putter two different materials are used, the first being what is called an elastometer core material which is what gives the putter it’s softer feel. The second is a thinner striking surface which is made of a harder material. The face of the putter is also textured which gives a larger sweet spot which translate to more forgiveness with a not so perfect hit.

Odyssey White Hot Core Models

All the Odyssey core models come with the same technologies and all are based on classic putter designs. They are all variations of your classic blade putters and mallet putters. These models come in the Odyssey White Hot XG number one all the way up to the number nine versions. There is also the White Hot XG Rossi model

The Rossi model and the Number one, three and nine also come in left-handed models as well. Back in 2007 when Phil Mickelson won the Players Championship he was actually using the Odyssey White Hot XG number nine version. The most radical looking putter would have to be the number seven model which has weighted wings that helps you with alignment of your putts.

 

Odyssey White Hot XG progressive Models

The Odyssey progressive line of putters are based more on your modern basic designs especially as far as the putting alignment aids. Like the two ball putter which has more of a head weight distribution technique. There are two versions of the Odyssey White Hot XG Marxman putters. One is Odyssey mallet puttermore of a mallet design and the other is on the line of a blade putter.

 

The progressive models are more like two ball putters but as opposed to golf balls at the back of the putter they have long parallel lines to help you to line up your putts better. The more I see golfers putting their biggest problem seems to be proper alignment of their putts. These Odyssey White Hot XG putters will certainly help in this area of your putting.

The other five putters in the progressive series of putters are all two ball putters, which have become very popular on the PGA tour recently. These are also available in both mallet and blade designs.

The newest version of the Odyssey White Hot XG putter is called the Saturn odyssey saturn putterring technology putter. What it is basically a semi circle of metal is added to the rear of the putter. What this does are increase the sweet spot on the face and offer more forgiveness with off hit putts. It also cuts down on the club twisting on you thus preventing your putts going offline.

One of the biggest problems I see with most recreational golfers is that they tend to hit their putts offline. I believe the best solution for this problem would be the Odyssey White Hot XG line of putters. Which in return will make the game of golf much more enjoyable and more fun.

In Conclusion

I truly believe in the Odyssey White Hot XG line of putters. I use one myself and I am extremely happy with mine. I think if you switched to the Odyssey White Hot XG putter you will be extremely happy as well. You will be shocked with the amount of shots that you will save on the greens during your next round of golf.

I hope you have enjoyed my review of the Odyssey White Hot XG putter. Please, if you have any questions feel free to ask below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, feel free to leave a comment about my review below.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

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How to Read Greens Like a Pro

I’m sure you have probably been in the situation that I’m going to describe in a second, but first let me just refresh your memory about how you have gotten yourself in this position.

When,you first started playing golf you probably spent most of your time working on your golf swing mechanics. Hitting your driver straight, hitting your irons the right distance and direction and finally working on your short game (chipping) in order to get your ball close to the hole.

golf is terrificBut chances are you have spent the least amount of your practice time on your putting. So back to the situation I mentioned earlier. There you are on the tee of say a par four and you hit your drive right down the middle, next you hit you second or what is called your approach shot on to the green, say twenty feet from the hole.

You walk up to the green and your thinking great I have a putt to make a birdie. You approach your ball and take your putting stance and you putt your ball. All of a sudden much to your dismay your putt goes far right, away from the hole leaving you with a lengthy putt coming back, next thing you know you miss that one and you tap in for a five. How demoralizing is that going to the next tee. What happened was you did not read the green properly. So here I’m going to teach you how to read greens like a pro.

Reading Greensputting

Reading greens is actually an art and the sooner you can master the art of reading greens the sooner you will make fewer putts in a round of golf and therefore lower your scores and your handicap. A lot of factors go in to learning how to read greens properly and some of these are:

  • The type of grass you are putting on
  • The direction of the grain of the grass
  • Whether the grass is wet or not

Any or all of these conditions should be taken into consideration when determining where you will have to putt your ball in order to get your ball in or at least very close to the hole.

For instance if you are putting on a green that is damp or a little wet you may read your putt to break so much but the wetter grass will make your putt slower which in turn will make your putt break more than you thought, whereas a dry faster green will possibly not break as much and slide past the hole.

Develop a Green Reading Routine

Let me start with a major part of developing a proper green reading routine is to spend at least ten minutes on the practice green before you even get on the golf course. Just about all golf course mimic their practice green to the exact cut and speed of the actual greens on the golf course. This will help dramatically when out on the golf course.green reading

Once on the golf course and you get to the green your subconscious will take over and you will determine what speed you will have to hit the ball and what direction you will have to start the ball rolling.

Obviously if the ball goes in the hole you have read the speed and break properly. if,you missed the putt either left or right you have miss read the green. if, the ball did not reach the hole then you did not hit it hard enough. This is one of the biggest putting mistakes because if the ball does not reach the hole it will never go in the hole. A good tip here is to always try to hit your putt a foot farther than the hole.

Another great tip for your green reading routine is this:

When you do hit your approach shot on the green, as you drive your cart or if you are walking pay close attention to the slope of the fairway in correlation with the slope of the green. This will give you an initial pre reading of the green.

If I’m driving in a golf cart I will drive up to the green and take my putter out and walk back ten or twenty yards back down the fairway and have another look. Then walk up to the green and look at your putt from all sides. This should tell you if the putt is a downhill or an uphill putt and possibly which way it will break. The best way to read the break of the putt is ultimately behind your ball.

Your Final Decision

Once you have gone through your green reading routine and have come up with the direction and speed of your putt, do not change your mind.When,you approach your putt and are ready to take your putt you will most likely start second guessing yourself about your decision, please try to resist this temptation at all costs. Always go with your first instinct, most of the time it will be right.

Do Not Get Angry

Remember one thing, you are not going to make every putt, even some of the most perfectly struck putt does not always go in. Many things can prevent a great putt from going in.angry golfer

For instance a gust of wind could affect your putt, an improperly repaired ball mark could knock it off-line a little, even a small unseen pebble could affect it.

You’ve probably seen a putt that goes all the way around the hole and not go in. These are just part of this wonderful game of golf. Do not get angry, all this will do is carry over to the next hole which could be disastrous. Nothing good can come out of getting mad. It’s only a game.

In Leaving

Remember you focus should always avoid the dreaded three putts. if,you can avoid three putts you will knock a lot of strokes off your final score. if,you can play an eighteen hole round of golf with thirty-six putts or fewer you should consider this a very successful round of golf.

I like to look at this game as what I call bogie golf. Most golf courses are a par seventy or seventy-two, so if you bogie every hole you’re shooting a ninety or better and with practice the pars and birdies will come, lowering your score even more.

I hope you have found this article to be informative and helpful, if so please feel free to leave a comment below, and as always if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will get back to you as so as possible.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

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Best Golf Fitness Exercises for Women

It is no secret that in order to reach your ultimate golf level, golf fitness exercises play a huge part in your reaching that level. Even the professional men on the PGA tour and the professional woman on the LPGA tour understand the importance of golf fitness exercises to keep their respective games at their ultimate level.

There are so many questions floating around on the topic of golf fitness exercises and a few are:

1) What are the best golf exercises to improve your golf playing level

2) Are stretching and flexibility exercises better than other golf fitness golf stretchexercises

3) What are the benefits of golf fitness exercises for the woman golfer?

As we move on here I am going to focus on question number three, that being the topic of the best golf exercises for woman.

 

Women Pro’s vs Women Amateur Golfers

Is there really that much difference in golf fitness training between the LPGA woman’s pro player and your everyday woman’s amateur player? The answer is no, not really.

Granted the woman’s pro player has a lot more at her disposal as far as personal trainers and portable gyms available to them when they are on tour but that does not mean the woman amateur player cannot take their golf game to a level they are comfortable with through proper golf fitness training.

The professional woman golfers are the best in the world at their sport but that’s the only difference between them and any amateur golfer. The pro woman golfers have the same skeletal make up as an amateur golfer, they have the same muscular make up as an amateur golfer, they even have the same neurological make up as an amateur golfer.

The one thing the pro woman golfer has the upper hand with is their swing mechanics. They have been training their swing all their lives whereas the amateur golfer has not. So in that sense the amateur has a lot of catching up to do.

A Golf Fitness Program is Sport Specific

What does sport specific actually mean? Sport specific means coming up with a training program primarily geared around the sport of golf and golf alone. There are many positions, body movements and actions. Some that are not really a natural action for the human body to make.

Because of this certain golf fitness exercises need to be learn in order to train the woman golfer to perform these movements without fear of muscular damage or injury.


 

The first and probably most important fitness training would be improving the woman golfers flexibility. In improving your flexibility your will develop a larger shoulder turn which in turn will give greater club speed which will create longer drives.

Execute the Golf Swing Correctly

The body does most of the major work in creating a good and consistent golf swing. So in order to execute the golf swing correctly you must maintain certain levels of:The golf swing

  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Power

 

All of these things should be taken into account for the woman golfer to put together a golf fitness program that will take their golf swing to a nice consistent level. The actual golf swing is really quite simple if your really think about it. Mainly it is the body’s backward and forward motion in order to accomplish a goal, which is to hit a golf ball with a club.

 

Flexibility

In order for any of this to happen the core needs to coil and uncoil in a continuous motion to execute the golf swing correctly. This is where flexibility comes most into play.

You need to develop rotational exercises in order to strengthen your core. These can be as easy as sitting in a chair and rotating your body back and forth, stand up and rotate your shoulders and torso back and forth, practice doing planks to engage and strengthen your abdominal area.golf plank exercise for your back

Balance

Doing some of these same exercises will also improve your overall balance in your golf swing. When your take a golf swing not only does your core have to be flexible but you also need to be balanced, there should be little movement anywhere but for your shoulders and torso rotating back and forth.

Endurance

Another key element in your executing the golf swing correctly is your endurance. Have your ever gone to the driving range and got a large bucket of balls and by the time your are half-way through your golf shots seem to start to scatter all over the place.

This is a sure sign that your muscles and stamina are getting fatigued. You can correct this by just walking, power walking or use a treadmill to grow your stamina and endurance.

Power

As with men golfers the same principle hold’s true for woman golfers. The more club head speed your can generate the longer your drives will travel. So even woman golfers need to incorporate a power regime in their golf fitness workouts. When doing your strength exercises your must be careful not to use too much heavy weights, heavy weights will create muscle mass and that will lessen your flexibility. What you want to do is use less weight, say five or ten pounds at the most. Use less weight and more repetitions until your muscles fatigue, rest and repeat.

In Summary

So whether it is the LPGA woman pro or the amateur woman golfer the golf fitness program is the same. The exercises in the woman’s golf exercise program are designed to improve the movements and positions that are required to improve tour golf swing. Just always remember the golf swing requires a certain level of flexibility, balance,strength,endurance and power to perform it correctly.

I certainly hope your have found this article helpful and informative. If your have would you please leave a comment below so I can continue to bring useful golf knowledge and information to your, and as always any questions you may have please feel free to ask below as well.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

 

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Play Golf Your Level Best

The Difference in Golf Courses

Not all golf courses are created equal. What i mean by that is you could go play a hundred different golf courses and not one of them will be the same. Each and every golf course has its own unique design set up all depending on the architect that designed that particular golf course.

Some golf courses are flatter than others and some the fairways will have hills and undulations in them so you cannot always play golf your level best. The shot that you can be sure will be level is your first shot from the tee box.

Traditional Golf Courseamazing golf courses

Most golf courses in the United States have what would be considered traditional golf courses. Traditional golf courses are mostly tree lined with narrow fairways with strategically placed sand traps, water hazards and other obstacles that make you carefully think about and plan your next shot.

Most of the fairways on these traditional golf courses have predominantly flat fairways with just subtle hills in the fairways. The completeness of these courses are made up on the putting surfaces where you will find many hills and undulations.

Links Style Golf Course

The other type of golf course you will come across is what is called a links style golf course. The links style golf course is most common on the other side of the pond in Europe in places like Scotland, where some say golf originated and Ireland. A links style golf course is just the opposite of a traditional golf course.golf course links

Most recently more and more links style golf courses are being designed and built here in the United States, especially out in the mid west where there is plenty of wide open land. When you get the chance to play a links style golf course, believe me you will know the difference.

First off you will not see a tree in site and you can usually see the entire golf course from just about anywhere. You will not find a flat area to hit from after your drive anywhere on the course, Every fairway will have nothing but hills and undulations throughout the golf course land with tall fescue grass.

Different Golf Ball Positions

In previous articles on golf training and tips and what i would always mention is practice, where you would go to the driving range to hone your golf swing but at the driving range you are always hitting from a flat level ball position where there are actually five or six different ball positions you could encounter during a round of golf, especially on a links style golf course. These different positions are:

  • The flat ball position
  • The uphill ball position
  • The downhill ball position
  • The ball below your feet ball position
  • The ball above your feet ball position
  • The fairway sand trap ball position

I’m going to explain to you all the different mindsets and set up positions you will need to pull off these different style shots with more confidence.

 

The Flat Ball Position

Well its what you need to do when you are in this situation, its basically your regular golf shot. Align your body to your target line with the right golf club for the distance you want to hit the ball and take your normal swing.

The Uphill Lie

When you are faced with this situation where you are standing on an uphill you will need to make some adjustments for the situation. First when you set up to your ball you want to be sure you tilt your shoulders so that they are in alignment with the hill.golf uphill lie

Next you want to have the ball placement a little further up in your stance with most of your weight on your right side and keeping it there throughout your swing.

One more thing is the ball will want to fly higher and you need to make an adjustment to this by using at least one more extra club than you would normally use for the distance you need to hit the ball.

The Downhill Lie

When faced with this shot the first thing you want to do is align your shoulders with the downhill lie leaning your body forward towards the target, you are going to want to lean your body the other way but resist the urge to do this.

You are going to want to have most of your weight on your front foot here and keep it there throughout the swing. With this shot your ball is going to want to take off with a lower trajectory with a lot more roll at the end so please take this into consideration.

The Ball Below Your Feet

The ball below your feet shot is probably the hardest shot for any mid and golf ball below your feethigh handicap golfer. There are so many things going against you with this shot. One is the feeling that your are going to actually fall down the hill, which you won’t.

Here’s what you need to do to pull this shot off. First when you take your stance you want to grip the club at the very end of the grip, second bend your knees so you feel like you are squatting a little and the last thing is the ball is going to want to go to the right naturally so aim a little left and you should be able to hit a nice fade.

The Ball Above Your Feet

When you are faced with this situation where the ball is way above your feet there are certain things that you need to take into consideration. The first thing you are going to want to do here is as you approach your ball and take your stance you are going to choke way down on your clubs grip otherwise you will chunk the club into the ground.

Next you want to kind of lean into the hill with your weight on the balls of your feet. You will also want to be a little closer to the ball and stand a little more upright. Keep in mind that with this shot the ball is going to want to take off to the left when you hit so make sure to aim to the right to compensate for this.

The Fairway Sand Trap Shotgolf sand shot

The fairway sand trap shot is not really that hard of a shot as long as you are on a flat part of the trap and you don’t have too big of a lip to get over.

So basically you want to take your normal stance and then shuffle your feet into the sand a little. You will want to choke up a little on your grip to make up for sinking in the sand a little, by doing this you will want to take an extra club to make up for choking up.

To pull this shot off you want to have very little lower body movement, you want to hit this shot with your upper body just picking the ball out of the sand with little explosion.

 

To Summarize

So to play golf your level best your not always going to have a perfectly level lie even in the fairway. At some point in your golfing journey you are more than likely going to come across at least one or more of these awkward shots that i have mentioned above.

Unfortunately you just can’t go to your local driving range and practice these shots. If you have a local course where they know you maybe they would let you out in the evening and let you practice some of these shots or maybe you have a buddy who belongs to a golf club and he can take you out to practice some. Anyway somehow try to practice these shots as often as you can.

Robert

Good Golf To You

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