Lessons learned by some of the new PGA Tour Champions

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

Gary Woodland

Gary Woodland

This week, “A Lesson Learned” focuses on how Gary Woodland made a series of small changes that created great progress and led to his first PGA victory. It’s a great story of patience and persistance and a strong desire to improve – one that will work for your game as well as the best players in the world.

Over the last year and a half, Gary and his Dallas based coach, top PGA Instructor Randy Smith, continually took inventory of his game.  Gary and Randy used data driven instruction to identify weak areas and focus practice time.  They used his tour statistics to identify areas of need and then aggressively seeked to remedy those parts of his game.  This year has already shown the results of their efforts. With a lot of hard work on his wedge and short game, 2011 was a great success thus far, even before this week, as evidenced by one second place and two other top ten finishes.  The last addition to his reportoire was strategy work with Justin Leonard and tutelage from all time putting great, Brad Faxon.  In his own words, “One thing that helped me was putting, and today it saved me.”  Woodland took only ten putts on the back nine and 23 for the final round. “Luckily, it won me a golf tournament.”
Winning his first PGA tournament didn’t come easily for the Kansas native, Gary Woodland. Out of high school, Gary chose to play Division Two college basketball, rather than golf.  After a year, he transferred to Kansas, not to play for the powerhouse J-Hawk basketball team, but to rediscover golf.   And that is where he landed and won four college tournaments.  Early on he was known for the power of his 400 yard drives.  Through data driven instruction he has achieved the balance of a well rounded game.
As a player, you can collect your own data to drive your practice time.  Take a look at your own game.  Instead of just guessing, take some of your own stats.  You can be as detailed as you like.  You can use the internet, get software, or do it on your own.  I suggest that you track greens in regulation, fairways hit, putts, sand saves, and shots inside 100 yards.  Once you have your data collected, analyze it, with the help of a PGA Professional, to decide where to spend your practice time.  Add discipline to your game and commit to driving your practice where the data bears it out.  You may not get your first Tour win like Gary Woodland, but you will see the benefit of better scores quickly.
Chad Gibbs is a PGA, Class A Professional, and is a member of the Carolinas Section.  He is very pleased to be teaching at the Head Quarters of the new Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach , South Carolina.  From teaching junior golfers the basics to training seniors with disabilities, he delivers quality individualized instruction.  Chad relishes the opportunity to work with competitive juniors, college players, and tour players.  Chad is a student of the game and continues to educate himself through cutting edge seminars and observing other top players and teachers.  He lives in Myrtle Beach , South Carolina with his wife and two daughters.

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

Baddeley wins Northern Trust Open at Riviera

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

Aaron Baddeley wins Northern Trust Open

There were so many great storylines and lessons that all golfers could take from this past week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera. I could have written about how ageless good golf can be, as it was great to see Corey Pavin and in particular, Fred Couples, up near the top of the leaderboard all week. I could have written about how Riviera is a shotmakers course, and that distance is not as important as the ability to work the ball – something all of us could probably work on a little more. And I could have written about how difficult it can be, for even the world’s best players, to maintain focus when weather and pace of play means lots of downtime between shots.But to me, the most intriguing part of the week and most applicable lesson for amateur golfers was the resurgence of Mr. Aaron Baddeley. Many golf fans and teachers have long recognized the talent Baddeley has had, and it was just a matter of him finding his own personal comfort zone in order to flourish on the PGA Tour.

Aaron went through a well-publicized break from his long-time swing coach a few years ago and had mixed results with a couple of different philosophies. However, he struggled on the final day of the 2007 U.S. Open when he entered the final round with a lead and he ultimately went back to his childhood coach, Dale Lynch.

This week’s “A Lesson Learned” is not about what swing philosophy is better than another, it’s about the fact that there are multiple swing philosophies because there are multiple ways to play good golf. One of the things that we all – teachers and students – need to remember is that the purpose of golf instruction isn’t to make a perfect swing, it’s to lower scores.

It’s important that you find a teacher that you feel comfortable with, whose philosophy makes sense to you, and that you can remain patient and committed as you two work through several elements of golf that will make you a better player.

Baddeley’s success this week is not a testament for or against a particular type of instruction. It’s an example of what commitment, dedication and patience can do for a golfer who is willing to put in the work with a teacher they believe in.

Kirk Oguri is a PGA Professional at Spring Rock Golf Center in New Hyde Park, NY. He is also the Equipment Expert/Specialist/Tester at Pete’s Golf Pro Shop, Mineola, NY. Oguri has played on professional golf tours around the world and is President and owner of A-Balance Inc., a golf product company. You can follow Kirk on twitter at @kirkoguri.In fact, I don’t like the term “swing instructor” so much as I do “golf coach.” I’ll help you swing better, but that’s a means to the real goal, making you play better golf, lower your scores and enjoy your time on the course more.

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

PGA Merchandise Show will be world’s largest

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

Merchandiseshow

Merchandise show

As the world’s largest professional golf equipment testing event, the PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day will welcome some 5,000 PGA Professionals and invited VIP retailers for the industry’s exclusive preview and hands-on testing of the newest innovations in golf equipment, tomorrow (Wednesday), Jan. 26, at Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, Fla. (The event is not open to the public.)

Within 200-plus hitting bays of the circular range and short game areas of the 42-acre practice facility of Orange County National, influential PGA Professionals and golf retailers will test the hottest equipment and accessories that will drive golf retail sales in the upcoming season from more than 90 top manufacturers including Bridgestone, Callaway Golf, Cleveland Golf/Srixon, Cobra-PUMA, Mizuno, Nike Golf, PING, TaylorMade Golf, Titleist, Tour Edge, Wilson and more.

The PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day also will feature several special appearances by PGA Tour and LPGA players.

While Outdoor Demo Day tees off the biggest week in golf for many, the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show doors officially open to more than 40,000 industry attendees from more than 75 countries on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the massive Orange County Convention Center. Nearly 1,000 top golf manufacturers and brands, from today’s golf market leaders to emerging companies, create the world’s largest business-to-business golf event. All of golf’s market leaders join industry manufacturing veterans and emerging companies are introducing an abundance of new products to drive golf retail in 2011.

The PGA Merchandise Show annually attracts international industry leaders, top CEOs, influential retailers and scores of celebrity endorsers from the realms of professional golf, golf instruction and entertainment. Matt Kuchar, 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup Team member and winner of the 2010 Vardon Trophy for lowest average score by a Tour professional, will be joined by celebrated saxophonist and golf enthusiast, Branford Marsalis, and PGA of America officials in the event grand opening at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday morning, Jan. 27.

Kuchar and Marsalis are among a long list of participating celebrities at this year’s industry-only PGA Merchandise Show. Many exhibiting companies will host PGA and LPGA players and renowned PGA teachers including Greg Norman, Paula Creamer, Peter Jacobsen, Annika Sorenstam, David Leadbetter, Rosie Jones, Brittany Lincicome, Dave Pelz, Rick Smith, Hank Haney, Natalie Gulbis, Brian Gay, Ryan Moore, Michael Breed, Lexi Thompson, Anna Nordqvist, Nancy Lopez and Johnny Damon.

In addition to the busy marketplace among nearly 12 miles of Show aisles in the Orange County Convention Center, Show days are full of professional learning opportunities in the PGA Show Education Conference, at the PGA Equipment Forum industry presentations and within a full schedule of events at the PGA Show’s Fashion Gallery stage. Each setting offers multiple opportunities for PGA Professionals to earn MSR credits.

The PGA Merchandise Show Opening Day features a global golf announcement by the PGA World Golf Alliance and subsequent headliner panel discussion on the Asian golf marketplace with Greg Norman, Hank Haney and Michael Breed. Also, The PGA/USA Today Golf Tips Hotline 2.0, the PGA Merchandise Show’s only consumer connection, will take place on Opening Day, Jan. 27, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., to include live streaming golf lessons by the nation’s top teachers, plus PGA Professional golf instruction via telephone, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and E-mail.

Attendees will find an energetic Show floor featuring exhibits, hundreds of vendor Show specials and promotions, plus some 47 equipment testing bays at the Indoor Demo Days; multiple New Product Centers to centralize the latest introductions for buyers; a new Inventor’s Spotlight Pavilion for patented products not yet available at retail; numerous specialty exhibitor pavilions including fitness, training aids and golf travel; plus the second annual PGA Merchandise Show Career Fair.

Each day offers a full calendar of special events and each night, attendees can participate in and network at special industry events including the Association of Golf Merchandisers Product Preview and Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; the prestigious PGA Awards Night on Thursday, Jan. 27, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.; and the entertaining Elations “Rocks the Joint” Industry Concert featuring Lou Gramm of Foreigner on Friday, Jan. 28, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

Canadian PGA Pro out for 8 weeks with bum back

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

GrahamDelaet2

Graham Delaet out for 8 weeks

A bum back. Weyburn, Sask.’s Graham DeLaet isn’t the first pro golfer to be knocked off course by a sore spine, but there’s always concern when a young gun is put under the knife to fix. Today DeLaet, who became the first Canadian PGA Tour pro to retain his tour card in his rookie season when he made slightly more than $950,000 last year, will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc.

The injury stemmed from an old hockey accident, DeLaet told me last year, and recurred last fall while he was attempting to retain his tour card. Despite not being able to practice, DeLaet had some of his best tournaments of the year, with three Top 20 finishes in his last four events.

According to DeLaet’s agent, the golfer will be in rehab for eight weeks after the surgery. His agent characterized the surgery as “minor.” In my mind there’s no such thing as “minor” back surgery when it comes to golfers.  Bad backs have derailed the careers of some of the best in the business — like Fred Couples and Davis Love III.

Hopefully DeLaet will manage to make it back in time for the Shell Houston Open at the end of March, the tournament where he had his breakthrough in 2010, finishing third.

In the meantime, expect several of the six Canadians on tour to tee it up at next week’s Sony Open.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

Obama needs “Extreme Make-over Edition” on golf attire

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

PresidentObamagolfattire

President Obama golf attire

President Obama takes a lot of heat for playing too much golf, but to PGA golf pro-in waiting Matt Frey, it’s the Duffer-in-Chief’s links-wear that deserves trashing.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for President [Barack] Obama,” Frey wrote on his “Golf Today” blog Wednesday, “[but] his shirt is not of the right cut.”

Cringe-worthy. Frey, a recent college grad with a “PGA Golf Management option,” said tacky threads on the golf course make him “cringe,” even if it’s the president of the United States suffering a wardrobe malfunction. In the case of Obama, Frey believes a tapered polo or a smaller shirt would help POTUS sport a slimmer figure out on the fairways.

“Someone should really tell him to buy a medium next time,” Frey typed. “That’s change I can believe in.”

But Frey was not finished with the Obama makeover. There’s the little matter of the president’s headgear.

Get this man a new golf cap. “Please invest in a new cap,” Frey implored, “this one [from a recent photo of Obama golfing in Hawaii] looks like it was hung off your clubs, which were then placed in a closet under two fifty pound boxes.” Ouch!

Frey’s suggestion for the leader of the free world? Have PGA professional and golf director John Lyberger at nearby Congressional Country Club help him take an ensemble Mulligan. “He’s right down the road from the White House and he won The PGA’s Merchandiser of the Year Award in 2008,” Frey noted, “so he’ll be able to pick out the right [duds] for you.”

Just wrong. Oh, and don’t even get Frey started on former President Bill Clinton. “Wrong, wrong, wrong,” was Frey’s admonition about the “wild and busy” shirts and “too short” shorts that Hillary’s husband favored.

As for W, Frey liked the way the second President Bush presented himself at the outset of a round. By the second hole, not so much.

“His presentation went horribly awry, maybe because it was hot outside,” Frey observed. “Either way, my advice: keep at least one button buttoned.”

Tiger Woods certainly does not need Frey’s fashion advice. In fact, read how, despite losing a bunch of sponsors and going 0-fer-2010, No. 2 remains golf’s top money maker.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

Some Great Gift Ideas

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

HolidayGiftGuides

Holiday Gift Guides

Despite what the songs on the radio, the decorations in the stores or the nip in the air may say, the holiday shopping season truly begins after Thanksgiving. Well, it’s after Thanksgiving now and the joy (?) of shopping for the perfect gift is now the part of our collective tasks. But your favorite golfer (and that might be you!) already has a new driver, loves their trusty putter and maybe they’re not quite ready to get that new set of irons just yet. Is there a great golf gift still out there? You bet there is.One of the great things about working in the golf industry is getting a sneak preview at some of the latest and greatest offerings from the brilliant minds in the business. This past year saw innovations and improvements that every golfer should be aware of, though many have not had a chance to make a part of their game — yet.

PGA.com will unveil a series of Holiday Shopping Guides through the remainder of the year. Most will be written by top PGA Professionals, what they recommend to their members, visitors and students. But this week’s feature is my own, based on the question I am asked the most — even from those already in the industry. “Is there anything out there that I don’t have that I should?” There’s actually quite a few new items that would make even the most experienced golfers offer fist pumps of joy. Here’s my Great Eight list for the best of Holiday Shopping 2010.

1.) TRUE linkswear shoes. Imagine playing golf in your most comfortable slippers. But these slippers are stylish, offer great traction and feel so light on your feet, you have to remind yourself you’re wearing shoes from time to time. And don’t just take my word for it, listen to PGA Tour star Ryan Moore. “These are the lightest, most comfortable golf shoes I have ever worn,” he says. Moore was so impressed, he’s become a major investor in the company. The shoes have just now hit the market and media and social media have been all abuzz about them. The company’s biggest issue could be keeping up with demand. TRUE linkswear is available at many retail shops such as PGA Tour Superstores or online at their website: http://www.truelinkswear.com.

2.) VedaloHD sunglasses: Every golfer loves a great pair of sunglasses, and there are a ton of great sunglasses out there. But rarely have I seen a pair that makes even the most cynical golfers do a double-take after trying on a pair and then taking them off. The high-definition lens from VedaloHD does just that, everytime. “Without a doubt, the best I’ve ever worn” said a certain caddie on the PGA Tour. Not sure if that impresses you, but considering that caddie is Stevie Williams, who could probably wear anything he wanted, that says quite a bit I’d say. You can order them at: http://www.vedalohd.com/.

3.) The Last Bag from Club Glove. I find it amazing how people will spend thousands on their clubs and then trust a glorified garbage sack to transport them from city to city. The PGA Tour players need to protect their instruments of their trade above all else and more of them trust Club Glove’s Last Bag than any other travel bag. There’s a reason. These can be found at most retail golf shops, ordered through most PGA Professionals or via their website at: http://clubglove.com/home.htm.

4.) Stiff Arm from Club Glove. Going to give Club Glove a little extra love in this list (hey, I don’t even have an endorsement deal!) but their Stiff Arm is a ‘must have’ for your travel bag, regardless of what type you use. It’s a metal rod with a concave plate at the top that will absorb most of the pressure that your clubs may endure when in their travel cases. For $26.95, it could be the best investment you could ever make in your clubs. Order at: http://clubglove.com/User/ViewProduct.asp?ProductID=18.

5.) Wine from Annika. LPGA Tour icon Annika Sorenstam has joined the growing number of golf personalities who have come out with their own line of wine. But considering Annika’s well-known passion for fine cuisine and her penchant for excellence, it doesn’t seem to be much of a stretch to believe her signature wine collection would be top notch. Early reviews have been favorable. The one caveat is that you should wait until after your round of golf before partaking. It’s never good to drink and drive. (What?, you don’t like bad puns?) More importantly, Annika wines can be purchased through her website: https://shop.annikavineyards.com/.

6.) Tiger Woods 2011 from EA Sports. At some point, these games are going to get too good. I mean, how long until you get a virtual burger from The Tap Room after your round at Pebble Beach? If your golfer also has a penchant for video games, this one is a ‘must have.’ The inclusion of the Ryder Cup means you can recreate the most dramatic golf event of the year, right in your living room. Without going into every detail, suffice it to say that if you love golf, and you can work your way around a Wii or Xbox or Playstation, you need this game: http://tigerwoodspgatour.easports.com/home.action.

7.) The Littlest Golfer apparel. The youngest golfers among us need proper apparel too. Not that they have to adhere to every dress code or norm, but they certainly need to be comfortable and protected from the elements as much, if not more, than their adult counterparts. One of the best companies around for children’s golf wear can be found at: http://www.thelittlestgolfer.com/.

8.) Golf Lessons from your local PGA Professional. Do I write this because I work for PGA.com? No. Do I write this because I want you to spend money with PGA Professionals that I know? Not really. Do I write this because I’ve run out of things to include? Absolutely not. And though golf lessons are not new to 2010, they are still the best gift you can get for your favorite golfer (yourself include). The one guaranteed item that will make every golfer enjoy golf more is to play better — and the only sure way to do that is to learn under the guidance of an expert instructor. I’d guess I’ve recommended lessons to over 100 people over the last few years. I’ve had zero tell me they wish they’d have purchased something else. Now I’m not math whiz, but that sounds like a pretty good percentage to me. Find a PGA instructor near you here: http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/find-instructor.

These are the eight items I’ll be recommending this year. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any other items you think golfers would enjoy this holiday season. Enter your thoughts below and share your expertise with golfers around the world as to what will make their holidays full of good cheer.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

Have you got the low down regarding instruction?

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

InstructionalGuides

Instructional Guides

Who doesn’t love to see shiny, new golf equipment under the Christmas tree?

While the latest toys are nice to look at and brag to your friends about, consider them useless unless the proper steps are taken to ensure you get the most out of your special gift.
If you really want that golfer on your holiday shopping list to get the most out of his or her game, new equipment isn’t the answer if it’s the wrong equipment.
Here at PGA.com, we’ve enlisted the help of three top PGA Professionals from the PGA Center for Learning & Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to offer their input in three essential areas: instruction, equipment and fitness. If you consider the advice given in each of these three sections, your favorite golfer will get more out of their respective game than ever before.
Areas to consider regarding instruction:
Ah the Holidays, the dreams of putting a, “better golf game,” on Santa’s wish list and actually getting it. Well it may be more realistic than you think — if you are willing to be a good little elf (read as “an intelligent consumer”).
Here’s the key: just going out and throwing a dart at the phone book is as efficient a way to get real golf lessons as hunting a Saharan elephant with a bow and arrow using satellite imagery and shooting from the isle of Bora Bora. I suggest the following:
1. Draft a scouting report. Call your spouse’s golfing companions and find out what area of their game is really in need of help. Then find out which club it is that they hate to hit. Finally, find out what club it is that they like in their friends’ bag that they keep borrowing.
Here is what you just found out, you know the area of your golfing companion’s game that needs work, the “shots” that are giving them trouble and you know the shots they would like to be able to hit.
Now, what do you do with that info?
2. Go to the PGA.com Pro finder and find the PGA Professionals in your area, use forefinger to dial the 10 digit number, and suggest a package of lessons that will be a “strategic course” for improvement. For example, “Yes Dave, I would like to get my husband a series of lessons that will help his putting and sand play, in addition he has difficulty with hitting his fairway woods — so he probably needs to learn how to do that before I spend another $199 on a “club that doesn’t work,” and he seems to like the new hybrid 5-iron that his friend Ray uses, so perhaps he needs a look at his set makeup? Can we set up a package for this?”
Okay so maybe that was a really smart consumer, but if you are not that savvy your PGA Professional can fill in the rest!
3. And here is the beauty and magic of Christmas: when your spouse goes out for the lesson, it will be as if the pro already knew what to work on which will elicit the age old response, “Wow, there really is a Santa Claus!” – Joe Hallett, PGA Director of Golf, PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance
Areas to consider regarding equipment:
The golfer in your life and the holiday season can be the proverbial marriage made in heaven and not just for those of us lucky enough to live in a sunny climate.  However, golf enthusiasts have had their fill of exploding golf balls and fireplace sets in the shape of golf equipment under the tree. It’s not that these are poor gifts, but that there’s another option for your superstar.
Golf handicaps have not gone down dramatically in the past number of years in spite of advancements in golf equipment and state of the art instruction technology, not to mention the dramatic improvements in golf course playing conditions.
The bottom line is this: A new driver under the tree is a wonderful gift. The 10-round pass at the local course is sure to please when the weather breaks in the spring. But a beautiful new set of irons are worse than worthless if they are too long and upright for your player.
Swing improvements are next to impossible if the body is incapable of attaining stronger and more efficient positions. So to make a dramatic difference in your favorite player’s game this year, buy a complete player development program — buy the knowledge and commitment of trained professionals in a coordinated effort and change the player forever. The fulfilling marriage here is combining quality golf instruction, properly fitting equipment and a body capable of more efficient and consistent production customized for the individual in a complete player development program. Save the exploding golf balls for the company scramble.
Here are a few dos and don’ts this holiday season:
1. Don’t buy equipment based on the marketing alone. Do include a professional fitting in your gift with a gift certificate for the purchase of equipment.  Some facilities will even throw an incentive toward the purchase your way included in the fitting.
2. Don’t buy equipment because your friend Bill likes it. Do understand that Bill’s game is very different than yours and the equipment that will work for you will be unique to your strengths and weaknesses.
3. Don’t limit your search to the driver. Do think about the fact that less than full shots account for 65 percent of the game. A gap wedge and a perfectly compatible putter will most likely save more shots than the driver ever thought about.
4. Don’t limit your gift to the short term.  Do think about a developmental package for continuing improvement. As your superstar improves, equipment and instructional needs will change. Assist in building a relationship for the long term success of your player. – Eric Hogge, PGA Director of Club Fitting, PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance
Areas to consider regarding fitness:
Improving your golf game should start with a physical evaluation. The reason you swing a particular way is determined by how the muscles in your body contract and relax. In order to get the proper movement you need a correct push and pull in the body. Normally, the front side of the body is tight and restricts movement which creates an imbalance in the golf swing.
The problem with most physical improvements is that it requires you to do the majority of work. Not always the best gift to receive.
Here are three points to consider when buying or giving the gift of physical training for a golfer:
1. Not all golf-specific training programs are created equal. Show me the difference between a yoga for golf class and a regular yoga class. Is there really a difference between the Down Dog pose? The program should start with some kind of physical evaluations. You should perform motions in a unloaded state, with no weight and only you creating the movement, no club or bar. If these are not included in the training, go somewhere else.
2. Does the person working with you truly understand movement? If the individual you are questioning for sessions only wants you to lift heavy or work with machines, go try someone else. Just because they look good or work at a health club does not make them an expert. Ask them: why are we performing this exercise or activity? If they don’t know, then stop working and get a new person.
3. The only golf-specific exercise is swinging a golf club. The best way to train to run the 100-yard dash is to run the hundred, the best way to train how to swim is to, yes, swim, therefore the best way to train how to swing a golf club is to swing the club. Those individuals who say this exercise is the best golf-specific training, start for the door. Work to increase core strength, glute or butt strength, hamstring strength and joint stabilization. All those motions combined with proper golf instruction will help you perform better on the course. – David Donatucci, PGA Director of Fitness and Performance, PGA Center for Learning & Performance
Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

PGA Recognition Award offered to two of television and radio greats

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

PeterAlliss & Sir Terry Wogan

Peter Alliss & Sir Terry Wogan

Peter Alliss’s illustrious career was acknowledged today (Friday, December 17) when he received the PGA Recognition Award at The Professional Golfers’ Association’s annual fundraising lunch.

The legendary golfer and BBC commentator, who has been a longstanding PGA member during which time he has scaled the heights as a player, course designer and broadcaster, collected the award at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Also honoured was his great friend, Sir Terry Wogan who was presented with a special PGA award celebrating his contribution to the world of television and radio.

Alliss who began his career alongside his father Percy as an unpaid assistant at Ferndown Golf Club, quickly blossomed as a player and between 1954 and 1969 won 21 professional tournaments including three PGA Championships.

He was also a two-time winner of the Vardon Trophy and in September 1958, he won the national championships of Italy, Spain, and Portugal in three consecutive weeks. In addition he made eight Ryder Cup appearances and is one of only two father-and-son duos to have represented their country at this level.

Alliss twice captained the PGA – in 1962 and 1987 – and golf is still going strong in the family with his son Gary a PGA Master Professional and his grandson Craig also a PGA professional.

“Peter is one of the best loved people in golf who has excelled in several areas of the game from playing through to course design and most famously as the voice of golf on television,” said PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones.

“As a broadcaster particularly, he has done a tremendous amount to generate interest and awareness in the sport and his passion and enthusiasm remains undimmed.

“He comes from a family steeped in the traditions of golf and it is a great honour for the Association to be able to bestow this award on Peter to reflect his outstanding contribution to the game stretching back more than 50 years.”

Jones also paid tribute to Sir Terry Wogan who is a keen golfer and famously holed one of the longest ever televised putts of 33 yards at Gleneagles in 1981.

“Sir Terry Wogan is one of our most popular TV and radio personalities and we’re delighted that he will be a guest of honour at the PGA lunch which will raise valuable funds for the PGA Benevolent Fund,” he added.

In addition to raising money for the PGA Benevolent Fund a special cheque presentation of £34,000 was made to the Golf Foundation by PGA captain Jim Farmer on behalf of the Association.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

Have you been naughty or nice – Things that may be on your Christmas list

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

santachecking

Santa checking his list

The season of giving is upon us. With all that giving, you’re sure to be receiving too. And who are we kidding? It sure is nice to receive, isn’t it? It’s OK, we’re all (Facebook) friends here — you can admit it.

With the holiday season in full swing, it seemed fitting for this week’s, ‘A Quick Nine,’ feature that we ask our PGA.com Facebook fans: What golf item are you asking/hoping for this holiday season?
The results? You’re all asking for a lot! And, if you get any of it, you’re spoiled rotten!
We received loads and loads of feedback and based on the comments, it appears all of you were very, very good this year.
Happy holidays! Here’s what you told us you’re hoping/asking for:
1. A new driver. Apparently a lot of people are still looking for more distance, as drivers were the most popular request we saw this week.
Facebook fan quotes:
“Titleist 910 D2 with rip shaft stiff.” — Marco Leoni
“Nike Machspeed Driver!!” — Ron Garcia
“Titleist 910 driver.” — Jr Samms
“Titliest 910 d2.” — Austin Speedbump Smith
2. New irons. Playing with new irons are so much fun. For most of us, irons are the least-changed piece of equipment. Irons don’t get changed out nearly as much as drivers, putters and wedges.
Facebook fan quotes:
“I’m wishing for a new set of Taylor-Made irons.” — Calvin Graham
“New Mizuno blades.” — Ben Martinez
“Already ordered my Burner 2.0 irons.” — Peter Tomlinson
“The new Nike Pro Combo irons.” — Chris Andres
3. A golf-related gift certificate. You really can’t miss with a gift certificate. It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves golf, but you’re not sure exactly what it is they need or want.
Facebook fan quotes:
“A gift certificate for a round of golf.” — Sarah Gorospe
“A gift certificate for a new putter.” — Dorothee Leneutre
4. A new swing. If only it were that easy! But, a slate of lessons with your local PGA Professional will go a long way toward correcting those flaws.
Facebook fan quotes:
“A better swing.” — Elie Salem
“To appear on an upcoming season of “The Haney Project.” — Blaine Meller
“Consistency.” — Will Johnson
“Lessons!!!!” — Mari Crispano Meli
“A year’s worth of lessons, and a new swing!” — Jan Lorah
5. New putter. If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with your putter… or putters. I swear, I have a rotation of about five and it still isn’t enough. I choose whichever one I’m in the mood for that day. Problem is, whichever putter that is usually isn’t in the mood for me.
Facebook fan quotes:
“Scotty Cameron Circa 62.” — Ryan Belcher
“Anything from Scotty Cameron. New balls and irons can wait until Spring.” — Scott Holcombe
“A Scotty Cameron Del Mar ‘heavy’ Limited Edition would be great. I’d love to have a black Scotty putter and this is the only one offered to the general public.” — Gary L. Brumley
“Ontic Golf M-Pulse putter w-tri weight gold.” — Gary Templar
“Taylor-Made Ghost putter (bit early though as already have it).” — Luke Stannard
“Odyssey Black Series Tour Design 2-Ball Blade 34″ shaft.” — Ernest Craig Thomas
“A putter that never misses the hole. I’d pay $100k for that Santa.” — Kirk Oguri
6. New wedges. These are high on my wish list too. While drivers are nice, the truth is, the only way to lower your scores is to improve your short game. Fresh grooves certainly help in this area.
Facebook fan quotes:
“New Titleist Vokey 52 degree wedge.” — Jordan Sosby
“An ‘undented’ 60 degree wedge.” — Pam Denning-Levengood
“Wedge packages with a 54, 56, and 60 degree lofts by both Titleist or Callaway for left-handers; being a left-handed golfer stinks when it comes to equipment. Very limited!” — Dan Hubbell
“Titleist Vokey Wedges. 58* and 62* with conforming grooves.” — Dustin Alcorn
7. A Range finder/GPS. If you’ve never played with one of these devices, you need to. Not only are they deadly accurate, they also speed up the pace of play. No longer do you have to find sprinkler-heads to guess the yardage. Range finder and GPS devices are as precise as you can find.
Facebook fan quotes:
“Range finder.” –Bryan Henson
“Sky Caddie SGX.” — Mark Hetherington
“A Callaway UPro would be ideal for me!!” — Derron Gsabrell Wasp
“Bushnell laser guided distance finder thingamajig.” — Noel Javate
“Garmin S1 GPS Watch! I am hoping Santa will have one under the tree for me!” — Julie King
8. New golf shoes. We all know that golf buddy who has that horrendous pair of beat up shoes. Today’s shoes are so much cooler and so much more comfortable. Hook your golf buddy up, will ya?
Facebook fan quotes:
“I would really love to have a pair of golf shoes that don’t hurt my feet and don’t cost a fortune! Looking for 6 1/2 wide.” — Shari Estes
“I need some awesome shoes.” — Howard Artrip
“TRUE linkswear shoes. I must have these shoes.” — Adam Tychostup
“A pair of Foot-Joy shoes.” — Christer Stolpen
“Just a Pair of Foot-Joy Golf Shoes is all! Thanks!” — Michael Girke
“A shiny new pair of Foot-Joys please.” — Stewart Charlesworth
9. Some golf-like weather. Not sure whether or not Santa can control this, but if he can, really, there would be nothing better for those of us bracing for a long, cold winter.
Facebook fan quotes:
“Living in New Hampshire, an early spring is on my wish list!” — Wayne Robinson
“Warm weather, sunshine, and good health please.” — Kevin Maiers
“Good weather… 65 sunny and no wind!” — Jason White
“Warm weather (i.e., no snow or rain) and time off from work so I can actually get out & play!!!” — John Bright
Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

How to prepare yourself for playing golf in the winter months

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

cold_weather_golf.t1

Cold Weather Golf

“Winter golf” has different meanings depending on what area of the country you happen to be in. In Florida or Arizona, it means peak season. In Minnesota and Massachusetts, it means a time to put the clubs into storage. But for some areas, the weather is just warm enough to keep the greens cut and the pins in the hole, but still cool enough that you’ll need to properly prepare yourself for a day in the elements.

One of those regions is Charleston, South Carolina, one of the premier golf destinations in the country. Most courses are open here all 12 months, but at this time of year, there are days when frost warnings and dipping wind chills can make a round of golf as trying as it is enjoyable.

We asked Jeff Minton, PGA Professional and Director of Golf at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, SC to advise you on how to prepare yourself for playing golf in colder conditions.

With the cold weather upon us the following tips will help keep you and your game in tip top shape. The tips are geared towards golf however they would be beneficial for all sports.

  • It is important to stretch before playing golf anytime of the year; however in the winter months it is imperative. On the first tee or at the practice range spend a few minutes doing some golf stretches. An easy stretch to do to improve your shoulder turn is to put a golf club behind your back and between arms, bend from the waist slightly and slowly rotate your shoulders level as if you are making a backswing and a forward swing. This will make that first tee-shot much more comfortable!
  • The way you dress in the winter season will have significant impact on your swing or stroke. Try to avoid wearing tight fitting, heavy outerwear. This will hamper your ability to create the proper motion and not allow your body and arms to swing freely. When heading to the course or the courts on those chilly mornings dress in several loose fitting layers that you can shed when the temperatures rise. Keeping you head, hands and feet warm will also make those winter rounds much less frigid. Wear a hat, warm socks and winter gloves. This will take the bite out of the winter chill.
  • If you can, walk the Golf Course. Walking will keep you warm not only by the exercise you get, but also will reduce the chill of riding in a golf cart.
  • While swing the golf club in cold weather focus on maintaining a steady tempo throughout your swing and good balance. This will ensure that you are hitting solid shots that will fly farther and stay on line.
  • On days where the winter chill is too much for you to handle (for me that’s below 60 degrees) there are a couple drills you can do indoors to improve your game. The first is to position yourself in front of a full length mirror and take some simulated swings while watching yourself in the mirror. The more your eyes see the proper positions in your golf swing the easier it will be to re-create that motion when playing a round. This is also great tip for Tennis players as well.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!