We are in a time of our lives where we are witnessing riots, violence and total disrespect for others, authority and property. Let’s not have any of this, with tempers flaring out of control, anywhere on or around the golf course. Golf should be a fun and safe haven for us all.
G.O.L.F. Or, great opportunities, lifetime friends. Let’s discuss the first part of this acronym, “great opportunities.” Let’s replace “challenge” with “opportunity.”
Golf is a game and a game provides diversion of attention from our everyday life. We all need a respite from our 24/7 focus on Coronavirus and playing golf is a great way to be safe with social distancing and provide yourself with recreational relief.
I don’t mean to be crude, but I do my best thinking on the toilet and in the shower. Some of you think I should flush my ideas down the toilet! But bear with me and my ADHD as I try to put on paper an idea for the future for learning the game of golf.
The USGA just came out with their Distance Insights Report. Anyone who has played this game for forty years or more, realizes that distance is so much more a factor. Face it – the further your shots travel, especially off the tee, the easier it is to score lower.
Balance, rhythm, tempo and timing are crucial to any golf swing. You cannot be taught these fundamentals, but you can learn them.
We have previously discussed some Christmas gift ideas for golfers, mainly adults. Let’s explore how you can give a child a present that lasts a lifetime and will be one of the most beneficial gifts you will ever give them as a parent or coach or mentor.
With only nineteen more shopping days until Christmas, I would like to discuss what a golfer might or might not need and want. That way, Santa can bring the best gifts this year that your favorite golfer (or you) will appreciate.
It looks like we are mostly done with our warm days and now we face some weather challenges, especially if we love to live here and don’t want to travel to play golf in warmer temperatures (and higher greens fees).
Most of us learned the traditional method of chipping. I was a very good chipper when I practiced and played a lot. But in the golf management business, I rarely had time to practice or play. And my chipping skills suffered.
All learning encompasses three main learning styles. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic. A person will have a dominant style with the other two taking a backseat to their preference. Nowadays, the most prevalent style is, by far, visual.
I have seen many boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, friends and parents doing their best, with great intentions, to teach those they care about how to play golf.
Playing golf with your spouse can be fulfilling. The dream is to do something together with your spouse that enhances your relationship.
The way we make sense (or non-sense) of incoming data is through our senses. Those five senses are: Visual (seeing); Auditory (hearing); Kinesthetic (tactile touch); Smell and Taste. In the realm of golf, the first three are of concern.
Spend a few hours observing a “driving range” or what should be appropriately called a “practice area.” Just watch. You will see friends coaching friends, spouses teaching spouses, parents instructing children – and you hear the regurgitation (another name for this is vomit) of myths that have perpetrated golf for a long time.
The Masters Invitational at Augusta National Golf Club is being held this week. I want to share with you some history and interesting tidbits regarding the first golf major of the year.
The new USGA Rules of Golf have been in effect for two months and there has been some consternation, discussions and changes. Watching some of the golf telecasts and listening to some of the commentators reinforces my laughable definition of an “expert” as a “person a long way from home.”
Happy Valentine’s Day. A nice dinner, roses, candy, perfume, jewelry – all are to show your love for another. A day where many do their best to be the most romantic person to the person they love, a lofty goal given our exposure to soap operas, advertisements, tv and movies.
We will continue our discussion with winter practice suggestions to include aim, alignment, hold and release. This is a great time to focus on your aim and alignment.
We will continue our discussion with winter practice suggestions to get the most out of your golf game during inclement weather days.
We are in the midst of our cold-weather golf season. In the next few columns, we will discuss what I suggest to get the most out of the days when we cannot play. In the winter, even if it is cold outside and the course is closed, you can develop better mechanics and improve your golf game without striking a single ball.
As we prepare for the new 2019 Rules of Golf, I want to discuss four rules with you. The first one, I consider a negative, while the last three, if enforced by the PGA and LPGA Tours will, I am sure, lead to their improved pace of play.
In 2019, there will be a new procedure for dropping a ball. Your ball must be let go from knee height and fall through the air without touching any part of your body or equipment before it hits the ground.
I am strongly suggesting that all golf clubs and courses get to work right now on marking their golf courses, having new Rule Books available, educating their players and developing their local rules to coincide with the new Rules of Golf that go in effect on January 1st.
Some of the 2019 rule changes are going to have a huge impact on the course ratings and handicaps, especially if some local rules are implemented (i.e. out of bounds relief option, pace of play, etc.) and dependent on how the golf course is marked (i.e. out of bounds, red penalty areas, yellow penalty areas, no play zones, etc.).
The R&A and USGA have made some big changes to the Rules of Golf, beginning in 2019. These changes are intended to modernize the game and speed up the pace of play.
I think we all can agree that we play golf because it is a challenge and a never-ending quest for some common goals. Some of the common goals that I hear a lot from students is that they want to be consistent, hit the ball farther, improve their accuracy, and have fun.
This is the third of a series to assist you with putting. We will discuss different types of strokes and how to get the most out of your practice putting sessions.
We discussed playing in the wind and now we are in our monsoon season, which means playing in soft, wet conditions. I will share some things that I think are important to playing your best during this time of year.
Begin reading the green and lining up your putt as soon as you reach the green. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green.
We are continuing our series on slow play and how to play golf in a timely manner.