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Tee Off: How to Perfect Your Swing

Anyone can get out on the green with a club or driver in hand, but without practice and knowledge, the swing is no good. Golf is a great sport for business, friendships and family outings. Whether you have a love of a the sport and consider yourself a pro, or you’re just starting out, remember these basics of a good golf swing. Here are a few tips for you the next time you tee off.

Basic Balance

You would that think balancing is merely standing on both of your legs without falling over. However, it’s not that simple. Your balance plays a major role in your swing.

Where you stand on your heels and your toes will have an impact on your hands holding the club as you swing. Practice a few swings with your body weight evenly spread over your feet. The first thing you need to have a good swing is an even balance, otherwise your body will try to overcompensate in your arms and hands as you swing.

Even Power

Once you get your general balance down, you’ll want to work on evening out your power when you swing. Utilize the power from your body so that you give force to your swing. However, you also want some of the power to come from your chest and shoulders  in terms of control. Your body gives the force to drive the ball while your chest and shoulders give the control the club needs to direct the ball. Avoid using your hands to control the golf club as this is what creates inconsistency among swings.

Find Your Speed

Find the right tempo for your swing. You don’t want to swing to fast or you’ll have inconsistent weight shifts, causing the ball not to go as far as it could or even in the direction you want it to. Finding the right speed is essential to a good swing. With the right tempo, your body weight can shift as needed throughout the swing to provide the right amount of force.

Have Fun

Unless you’re one of the pros and you’re in a tournament, try playing just for fun. A relaxed round of golf removes the pressure of getting a low score. Without a competitive mindset, you’re giving yourself a more relaxed swing, which you’ll find you probably swing better under this circumstance. If you don’t have fun when you play golf, why play?

 

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Sergio Garcia After the Masters and onto the US Open Golf

It’s no understatement to say that Sergio Garcia inspired golf players all over the world both professionally and lovers of the sport when he became champion of this year’s golf Masters. For more than 18 years in his professional career, Garcia has seen many ups and downs on his journey to 2017 where he would take the victory at the Masters. Now after the Masters, Garcia is chasing more glory as he goes into the U.S. Open on June 15th.

The Erin Hill’s layout will be his biggest challenge since the Masters. Garcia states that this year is his year and he hopes to continue his drive and motivation. Reeling in his focus now more than ever, Sergio Garcia hopes to become one of the few to win back to back titles at both the Masters and the U.S. Open.

At 37 years old, Sergio has had a pretty decent year. Early in 2017, he announced on his Twitter that he would marry former college golfer, Angela Akins. Although this Spaniard golfer hasn’t always had the best relationship with those who pay to watch him golf in the United States, he overcame his reputation of being “moody” and listening too intently to the crowd. At Augusta National, Garcia quickly became the fan favorite, gaining his first major title from competitor Justin Rose.

On the green in Wisconsin, Erin Hill’s will hold 2017’s U.S. Open. Before the Masters, Sportsline predicted the outcome with incredible accuracy. For the U.S. Open, the week of the tournament will tell how well their predictions will stand. Unlike Garcia’s confidence, Sportsline believes Garcia will take top 6, but no victory.

With skeptics not on his side, Sergio Garcia is determined to prove them wrong at this year’s U.S. Open, striving for another victory. This is not at all impossible, but is extremely rare. Within the last 44 years, the only men to ever receive victory titles at both the Masters and the U.S. Open consecutively are Tiger Woods (2002) and Jordan Spieth (2015).

Perhaps it’s an 18 year long professional career that’s loomed over Garcia’s shoulder, as he was long a professional player without a major. In the upcoming U.S. Open, Garcia feels he has much to prove.

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3 Common Mistakes New Golfers Make

Golf is one of the most difficult sports to master. Many people have played golf for their entire lives, and every one of them is still working to improve their swings and bring their scores down. If you start golfing with bad habits, they become extremely difficult to break once you start playing more and recognize the flaws you’ve developed. The following mistakes are made by most golf beginners and typically slow their progress until the mistakes are corrected. You will be ahead of the game if you can avoid making these 3 mistakes when you hit the links for the first time.

Trying to Kill the Ball

If I could pass one piece of knowledge over anything else to new golfers it would be this: Hitting the ball 100 yards on a straight line is more beneficial than hitting it 300 yards into the woods. So many new golfers walk onto their first tee box with the mentality of hitting the ball as far as they can. You need to focus on striking the ball well and hitting it straight when you are first starting out. The distance will come in time as you refine your swing and make improvements. Focus on good fundamentals at first to set yourself up for success.

Using the Wrong Clubs

The size of your clubs is one of the most important parts of hitting consistent golf shots. If your clubs are too long, too short, too stiff, or not stiff enough, you will most likely be playing from the rough or the woods for the majority of the day. Do yourself a favor and visit a local pro shop to get fitted for clubs. It will make your life much easier in the long run when you know how long your clubs should be. Depending on the pro shop, they may also have you swing a few different clubs to analyze what stiffness you’ll need.

Going for the Green from Everywhere

If you are behind a tree, in the rough behind a dogleg, or don’t have a clean shot at the green, do not try to go for it. Beginning golfers often tend to try to go for the green as much as possible, and it usually turns into a few extra strokes on their scorecard at the end of the day. It also doesn’t teach you to hit the ball from a good lie. If you can’t hit the ball straight from the fairway, there’s a good chance you’re not going to hit the ball straight out of the woods. Lay up and get the ball to the fairway so you can have a solid lie and give yourself the best chance to get to the fairway.

 

When it comes down to it, you are not going to be good at golf for a while. You might as well give yourself the best chance of improving by avoiding the mistakes mentioned above and focusing on getting a little better every time you’re out.

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4 Items Beginners Should Carry in their Golf Bag

Golf is a sport that may seem simple to the outsider. Get a bag full of clubs, balls, and tees and head out to the course for a few hours of fun. In reality, there is much more to pay attention to when you are on the links, and most golfers’ bags are full of items to help make some tasks easier. If you are not sure of what you should be carrying, the following list will help you decide. Make sure you carry these five items to your favorite course the next time you head out.

Ball Marker

There are many companies that sell all kinds of ball markers, but in reality, you can mark your ball with anything. The reason you’ll need a ball marker is in case your ball could interfere with someone else’s putt. You’ll generally want something flat and thin to mark your ball so it does not cause too much of a disturbance on the green. If you do not want to buy a ball marker, you can use a lucky coin, a guitar pick, a button, or something similar in size and weight.

Divot Repair Tool

Once you start getting your approach shots dialed in, you’ll notice your ball will make divots in the green. It’s poor etiquette to leave these divots in the green as they could interfere with someone else’s shot later in the day. Divot tools are inexpensive and can be found in virtually any pro shop in the world. To use the tool, poke holes in a circle around the divot and lift it out above the green. You can then use your putter to smooth it and get it back in line with the green. It doesn’t take long to fix your divots and it will help keep everyone who plays the hole after you happy.

A Wire Brush

Once you have a wire brush in your bag, you’ll wonder why you never carried one in the past. Whenever you have to use an iron and get some mud or dirt on it, it’s a good idea to remove as much of that debris with a wire brush to keep your clubs in good working order. Most sporting good stores will have wire brushes specifically for golf that can be attached to the outside of your bag for easy access.

Two Towels

You’ll notice most golfers have a towel attached to the outside of their bag, and you may be thinking that is used to wipe them off. In reality, that towel attached to their bag is used to clean their clubs. You should always carry a towel for your clubs, you you’ll also want a towel for yourself. It can get brutally hot on the golf course, and you’ll be thanking yourself when you can wipe the sweat out of your eyes with a towel before you tee off.

Golf is a game that is never the same no matter how many times you play the same course. By carrying these items, you’ll at least be able to keep your clubs and the course looking great while you are making improvements to your game.

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2017 Masters Preview: Final Two Group Predictions

Of the four major golf tournaments, the Masters is by far the most exciting for golf fans and players alike. After a long winter layoff, golf gets back to full swing every April in Augusta, Georgia, and it couldn’t. The perfectly manicured course is one of the most challenging in golf, and the Green Jacket waiting for someone at the end of the 18th hole on Sunday is one of the most coveted trophies in sports. This year’s Masters is shaping up to be an instant classic with a star-studded field of competitors. The following eight golfers are my picks for the final two groups to tee off on Sunday, in no particular order.

Henrik Stenson

Coming in at number five in the world, Stenson has a legitimate shot at being a frontrunner on Sunday in Augusta. He was the embodiment of consistency at the end of 2016, and he picked up right where he left off this year. If he can drive the ball well like he has in past Masters tournaments and putt consistently he will be in good shape.

Dustin Johnson

DJ is a fan favorite, and plenty of experts are picking him to win the whole thing. He finished tied for fourth in last year’s Masters, and he has been showing improvements in his game each tournament since. He took over the world number one spot and played well down the stretch in 2016. Solid iron play will be the key to his success.

Rickie Fowler

It seems like Fowler has been on the fringe of excellence for the past few years, and he is poised to break out in 2017. His putting has always carried him at Augusta, but he needs to be able to drive the ball consistently and hit more greens in regulation to have a legitimate shot on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy

Rory has been nursing an injury that kept him sidelined for the majority of 2017 thus far. Augusta would be the perfect course for a return to top-tier competition as he strives to complete the career Grand Slam. He’s finished in the top 10 in each of the last three Masters, and if he can avoid any awful rounds like in 2014 and 2016 we could see him walk away with the Green Jacket.

Jordan Spieth

Spieth knows what it is like to win at Augusta(2015), and he also knows what it feels like to fall apart (12th hole in 2015) on Sunday. Nobody has played as well as Spieth over the last three months, and he is carrying that momentum from the West Coast to the Masters. Barring a meltdown or any bad luck, Spieth will be in the hunt on Sunday.

Phil Mickelson

Masters experience. Lefty has more of it than the majority of the field combined, and that alone could be enough for him to fly under the radar to Sunday. He hasn’t played well as of late, particularly with his irons. If he can get his midrange game together, Mickelson will be mixing it up at the top of the leaderboard.

Adam Scott

Scott hasn’t finished inside the top 10 at Augusta since winning the Masters in 2013. With the ability to crush the ball, keep it on the fairway, and play with extreme poise all weekend, he has the potential to tee off with the leaders Sunday afternoon. He will need to hit some challenging putts without his long putter to put himself in a position to win.

Sergio Garcia

There is no love lost between Sergio and Augusta, and this may finally be his year to contend for a Masters championship. He has not fared well at Augusta recently with only one top-10 finish in the last 10 years. His play has been streaky as of late, but if he can string together a few good rounds he will be playing as the sun is going down on Sunday.

Regardless of who is in the final two groups on Sunday, we are in for an exciting weekend of golf. Augusta National always has a number of surprises in store, and this year will be no different.

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The 5 Nicest Golf Courses in San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and it only continues to gain recognition as a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Among the city’s attractions are its countless golf courses, many of which have gained attention for their scenery and playability.

Here are five of the nicest golf courses in San Antonio:

La Cantera Resort

La Cantera Resort has one of the best reputations of any golf resort in the United States, and it is arguably one of the most popular resorts offered in the San Antonio area. The resort includes two prestigious courses–The Resort Course and the Palmer Course–each providing views of surrounding attractions and scenic divisions of the city. Annual passes are offered at a reasonable price and include a variety of discounts on course shops and lessons.

The Dominion Country Club

Standing across 54,000 square feet, the Dominion Country Club’s clubhouse is a marvel to behold in itself. The massive construction stands as evidence of the Dominion’s dedication to excellence and sophistication, which spreads into its equally elegant 18-hole golf course. The course provides a healthy balance of scenery and difficulty, featuring a design that ensures no player will ever tee off into the rising or setting sun. Other features include a piano bar and lounge, a wine room, and a library complete with a fireplace.

The Golf Club of Texas

The Golf Club of Texas officially reopened its doors to the public in the Summer of 2015, after undergoing over $6 million in renovations. The club provides green surfaces made of optimal golf grasses–including L1F Zoysia and Jamur Zoysia. Additionally, the club’s practice area has introduced two new putting greens as well as a short game scoring area. All of these amenities are included in the hope of offering the “best course conditions anywhere…and at an affordable price,” according to the club’s website.

Northcliffe Golf and Country Club

Originally conceptualized in 1979, the NorthCliffe Golf Club offers a vintage “links-style” design implemented by course mastermind Joe Finger. This design features a wide open front nine and includes large fairways paralleling nearby creek beds. The course is sometimes regarded as one of the most well maintained golf courses in the San Antonio area.

Briggs Ranch Golf Club

Briggs Ranch Golf Club boasts not only its easy accessibility from downtown San Antonio, but also its ability to seal off the commotion of the city. The 18-hole course features bent greens, rolling terrain, and stunning views of its oak tree-filled landscape. Visitors can also enjoy the club’s esteemed practice area, which is designed for players of all abilities. The clubhouse veranda offers a beautiful view of the club’s eighteenth hole.

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Costco Drives Titelist to Court over Kirkland Signature Golf Balls

Last year Costco released a Kirkland Signature golf ball that made national headlines for its performance that rivaled the best name brand balls on the market. While most top-tier golf balls are priced around $40 per dozen, the Kirkland Signature balls were selling for just $15 per dozen. Golfers throughout the nation quickly caught wind of the superior performance of the ball at a much lower price point, and Costco couldn’t keep up with the demand.

The national media attention coupled with the high praise from golfers caught the attention of many golf ball manufacturers, and they were less than happy. Acushnet, the parent company of Titelist, was one of the companies that did not take the news of Costco moving into the golf ball market well. Acushnet decided the best course of action was to send Costco a letter claiming infringement of 11 patents and using false advertising by claiming the Kirkland Brand balls “meet or exceed the quality” of the larger national brands.

This isn’t the first time Acushnet has gone after a golf ball manufacturer with similar claims, but it is the first time the golf giant has targeted a company as large or as powerful as Costco. In the past, Acushnet has sent similar complaint letters to smaller golf ball manufacturers in an attempt to strong arm them out of the business. The small companies do not typically have the finances to go to court with the likes of Acushnet, and the accusations brought forth are enough to force most small manufacturers to close. This practice is known as “sport court” and it is common amongst larger businesses that are getting competition from smaller companies. However, Costco is not one of those smaller companies that is financially strapped for cash.

Costco fired back with a federal complaint against Acushnet almost immediately to request the court state it did nothing wrong. A spokesperson for Costco said the company did nothing wrong, and furthermore it never directly compared the Kirkland Signature ball to any ball manufactured by Acushnet. This will mark the first time that a company has fought Acushnet’s accusations. In the meantime, Costco plans on releasing a second round of Kirkland Signature golf balls in April for the start of the golf season. With the highly-anticipated release just around the corner, it will be interesting to see if Titelist has a drop in golf ball sales while it battles the wholesale giant in court.

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The Unwritten Rules of Golf

Golf is one of my favorite pastimes, but when I was first starting out I couldn’t wrap my head around the lack of a rulebook. You just show up, get a cart, and away you go. There are many nuances that go into a round of golf that an outsider may not pick up on. It’s not until you walk through someone’s putting line or hit your ball out of turn that you start to realize that there are a lot of unwritten golf rules. This guide will help decipher what you should and should not do the next time you’re on the links.

Silence

Golf is a game that takes great concentration, and staying silent while someone is approaching the ball will help them maintain concentration. There is nothing that is more annoying than someone who isn’t paying attention and is talking through your backswing. You may not notice that you are doing it, but once it happens to you, you will understand how distracting it can be.

Keep the Putting Line Clear

Walking through someone’s putting line could throw off their concentration, and you could also physically disrupt the ground between the ball and the hole. While most golf shoes are now being made without spikes, it is still a good practice to be aware of. This rule can also be applied to your shadow.

Tend the Flag

When someone has a longer putt, it may be difficult for them to see the hole. It is a good practice to keep the flag in the hole until they strike the ball. Once the ball is moving towards the hole, make sure to remove the flagstick so it does not aid or hinder the outcome of the shot. If it is windy, keep the flag from blowing and creating noise.

Rake the Bunker

You are going to find yourself in the bunker, and you’ll probably be revisiting more than you’d like. Once you hit your ball out of the sand, make sure you rake your tracks along with your divot. Keep the rake in the bunker so it does not influence any ball that comes close to approaching it. Also, remember that you cannot touch your club to the sand until you actually strike the ball.

Respect the Pace of Play

If you are playing a slower game, allow the group behind you to play through. The same goes for you if you are constantly on the heels of the group in front of you. Make sure you don’t spend a lot of time looking for lost balls or taking an obnoxious amount of practice swings as it will slow down everyone’s round.

Carts are not Toys

Golf Course maintenance is a science, and if there is a “cart path only” sign, it is a good idea to keep the cart on the path. You may be killing newly planted grass by driving on it, or the ground may be soft in the designated locations, which could result in you getting stuck in the cart. When you are driving on the fairway, be sure to drive from side to side and not up the middle of the fairway.

Once you understand these unwritten rules, you will have a much more enjoyable time on the golf course. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you see someone breaking these rules or they will never learn proper etiquette.

Tips and Tricks for Improving Your Golf Etiquette

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Golf etiquette refers to a set of rules and practices designed to make the game of golf safer and more enjoyable for golfers and to minimize possible damage to golf equipment and courses. Although many of these practices are not part of the formal rules of golf, golfers are customarily expected to observe them

Don’t Be The Slowest Player

Play “ready golf” (hit when ready, even if you aren’t away) until you reach the green, be prepared to play when it’s your turn and never search for a lost ball for more than five minutes.

Keep Your Temper Under Control

We all have our moments of frustration, but the trick is to vent in an inoffensive way. I often follow a bad hole by hitting the next tee shot a little harder – for better or worse.

Respect Other People’s Time 

Always make your tee times and show up for your lesson with the pro a little early.

Repair The Ground You Play On

Fix ball marks, replace divots and rake bunkers like you mean it!

Be A Silent Partner

Stand still from the time a player sets himself until the ball has left the club. Never walk in someone’s line of play – the area around the hole is sacred ground. The first thing to note when you walk onto a green is the location of every ball in your group, then steer clear of their lines to the hole.

Make Your Golf Cart Invisible

Leave no trace you were there. Golfers tend to play “follow the leader” and drive in single file. It’s usually better to “scatter” – everyone take a different route – so cart traffic is spread out.

Always Look Your Best

Your appearance speaks volumes about you, and the neatly appointed golfer, like a businessman or someone headed to church, gives the impression he thinks the golf course and the people are special.

Turn Off Your Cell Phone

I don’t know all the gadgets and settings on phones these days, but do whatever you have to do to keep it quiet. If you must make a call, move away from other players and make it brief so you don’t disturb anyone.

Lend A Hand When You Can

It’s easy to help out your fellow players; look for lost balls, watch errant shots, pick up the extra club left on the fringe or the head cover dropped next to the tee, and return it to its owner.

Learn The Little Things

There are a hundred bits of etiquette I haven’t mentioned, like laying the flagstick down carefully, tamping down spike marks, letting faster groups play through, and so on.

Golf has a way of returning favors, and every piece of etiquette you practice will be repaid tenfold.

What to Keep in Mind When Buying New Clubs

Best New Golf ClubsWhen you’re playing a sport, few things are more exciting than getting new equipment. And even though you probably have your favorite clubs, you can’t deny the excitement that comes with getting new ones. Writing for Links, Tom Wishon gives us 10 things to keep in mind when on the hunt.

Drivers

When it comes to getting a new driver, a good rule of thumb is “the shorter the better”. This is something the pros already know: the average PGA competitor’s driver is 44 ½  inches in length, compared to a manufactured average of 45 inches. Why is this the case? For the simple reason that a longer club makes it harder to hit the ball squarely. Also, go for a closed-angle head because they are least prone to slicing.

Let’s get unconventional! Consider using a 3-wood instead of a driver. It really comes to a question of lft. The difference that some drivers proved is marginal at best. Wishon suggests opting for a 3-5-7 wood combo instead of the more traditional driver-3-5.

Irons and Hybrids

Irons have changed a lot over the years while manufacturers consistently lower the loft in order to get longer distances. These changes, again, prove just a marginal benefit to most golders. 3 and 4 irons just aren’t worth it.

To get around the iron issue, use hybrids. Just be sure to match the hybrid club with the iron it is intended to replace. Also remember that the fairway wood is not a hybrid. Even though hybrids are generally iron replacements, some are very similar to woods. So what do you do? Here’s what Wishon suggests:

“If you sweep shots cleanly off the turf, fairway woods are for you. If you have a steeper   swing (you tend to take divots), you’ll be better off with hybrids.”

Wedges and Putters

When selecting wedges, be mindful of your home course. Depending on the green and sandbunkers, you’re going to want wedges that can best match the style of play you will be most frequently using.

For putters, avoid incorrect length, loft, and lie angle. Anytime one of these are off, it will effect your entire putting game.

Miscellaneous

You’ll probably see “standard” club lengths, but if you really want to make an impact, note that everyone is different and that there is no “one size fits all” model.

If you play with a high handicap, consider using more custom equipment to help you correct your shortcomings in the game.

Look for falls that will give you the most distance off the tee and nice spin off the wedge.

That’s all for now! What do you suggest looking for in clubs?

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