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Why the Line on Your #Golf Ball Could Hurt Your Putting

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:29:05 PDT

Do you draw a line on your golf ball and use it to point to where you want your ball to roll on the green? If so, you could be diminishing your chances to hole out.During a recent lesson with my PGA instructor, Dale Ketola, at the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center, the focus was on putting and the mental game. Dale made me realize that I don't need the line which I currently place on my ball to point to the target - the line, speed, confidence, and feel are all in my head.Dale incorporates really high line golf technology into his lessons to show where players need improvement or if they are on the right track. Along with V1 software, BODITRAK and Flightscope, my very able instructor utilizes FocusBand with his students.FocusBand is a mind-sensing neurofeedback device which shows when a golfer is thinking too much negative thoughts when playing the game. Sounds like it comes from the head of Gene Roddenberry, doesn't it? Several well known PGA Tour, LPGA and Web.com Tour players, such as Jason Day and Michelle Wie, use this apparatus...and now it is my turn to try it out!We used this headband during my putting lesson to help measure my subconscious thoughts while standing over the ball. Am I:- Overthinking (Excessive Fear or Anxiety)- Having Fear of Failure- Frustrated- In the ZoneDale dropped a ball on the green (as if it landed in that perfect position) and watched as I performed my pre-shot routine.The simple interface showed that, while standing over the ball ready to putt, my brain was "in the red zone". Uh, oh,...I was definitely thinking too much! But, what was I thinking of? That was for my instructor to determine as machines cannot give you that piece of the puzzle...yet.It is his experience as a teacher and player that made me understand what I am thinking, sensing and how to limit my thoughts to one visual before striking the ball.I asked Dale what he does during his pre-shot putting routine. He says that, before taking his putt, he analyzes the green, then stares at the dirt in the bottom of the cup and puts that thought of the circle into his mind; he goes up to the marker, places his ball (with a small circle drawn on top) into position, aims and shoots.At address, I need to, "Occupy my mind with what's going to happen, not how it's going to happen."You can also relate putting to driving a car and how you don't consciously think of pressing down on gas or brake pedal or placing your hands on the steering wheel or turning your car to the left or right - you just know how to do it already and make it happen.I learned quite a bit during my putting lesson at the Golf Performance Center - thank you, Dale! Now, I need to practice my new routine so that, when I get onto the course, my brain is in the "green zone" on the green!A parting thought about the importance of putting...After his sobering loss at the 99th PGA Championship, David Duval said of Hideki Matsuyama, "On a Sunday, I don't think you have to make a ton of 15-footers, but you have to make the four and five footers to win a golf tournament."Here is a great putt from Justin Thomas during the 3rd round of the U.S. Open which helps prove that the mind is what gets the golf ball to the hole:ARE YOU KIDDING? WHAT. A. PUTT! @JustinThomas34 #USOpen (🎥: @usopengolf) pic.twitter.com/foKFJsNo1K— GOLF.com (@golf_com) June 17, 2017 Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]


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The Masters 2017 Official #Golf Gear GIVEAWAY!

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:51:16 PDT

Golf for Beginners is happy to announce that, for our fourth consecutive year, we are giving away official gear from The Masters Tournament! Ready to win? Follow the easy directions below.The first of golf's majors takes center stage this week - scheduled for April 6–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia - and the odds say that the favorites to win are Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.Will you be rooting for either of these three great participants or, like me, are you waiting for Phil Mickelson to come to life on the back nine and steal the show? It is sad that Tiger Woods will miss his first Masters Tournament but the details are that Woods is not "tournament-ready". Tiger appeared stiff in practice sessions and, according to Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, "He just didn't feel he was ready."We wish Tiger Woods a speedy recovery and hope that he will be ready to play in the U.S. Open.Whoever wins The Masters Tournament the event itself, as always, be a memorable one and will carry forth all of the traditional elements golf fans have come to know and love, filled with southern charm.The Masters 2017 GIVEAWAYThat being said, there is nothing more exciting than a GIVEAWAY and, at GFB, we have our own Masters tradition, which is to provide a bit of swag for readers of our golf blog courtesy of the fine folks at MMOGolf.com,One lucky golf fan will win this Official 2017 Masters Caddy Slouch Hat. Read below for entry information.The photo shows the hat but the date will be 2017.In my opinion, this is one of the most-sought-after items at The Masters! Your foursome will envy you thinking that you learned the secret to getting swag from The Masters (how else could you have gotten this hat...through an invite?)What do you have to do in order to try and win this Officially Incredibly Cool Masters Merchandise?Here are the Official Masters Hat Giveaway Rules:This is a Twitter-based giveaway but we will also watch for the hashtag on Facebook and Google Plus:1. Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter (if you haven't yet done so) and send us a tweet with the hashtag #MastersCaddyHat telling us why you want to win this prized possession.2. Postings must include entrants' @username mention to @Golf4Beginners in addition to #MastersCaddyHat to be considered an entry.One Masters slouch hat will be given away by Golf for Beginners blog.Prize contributed by MMOGolf.com (see below).3. One Winner of Men's Caddy Hat  - Winner will be selected by me, Stacy Solomon, so please try to make nice yet opinionated Masters mentions as I will be reading and responding to all comments!4. Only one entry per person and feel free to RETWEET this Great Giveaway and tell your friends.5. Winners will be announced Monday after The Masters - no, Hootie and the Blowfish will not be playing at the announcement!What else can you do to increase your chances or to show you care? Follow MMOGolf on Twitter and add their handle to your tweets.Like MMO Golf on Facebook, suppliers of great Masters Merchandise and the site responsible for this giveaway.GOOD LUCK!As always, please follow Golf for Beginners on Twitter and subscribe to this golf blog.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]


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Registration for World Class Amateur #Golf Tournament is Now Open

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 13:36:17 PDT

My online friend, Ricky Potts, a well-known golf podcaster and marketer who also runs a terrific Google Plus golf group, has teamed up with Eat, Sleep, Golf for #TheOven17, a world-class, multi-day amateur golf tournament.

The fourth annual event heads to Tucson, where golfers will enjoy a weekend of competitive championship golf, delicious cuisine, locally-produced craft beer, and more.

The first round will be played at La Paloma Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature design managed by Troon Privé while the final round will be played at Sewailo Golf Club, an award winning Notah Begay III design managed by Troon Golf. Foot golf is also on the agenda.

“We are excited to be involved with #TheOven17,” said Scott Stevens, founder, Eat Sleep Golf. “Ricky has done a fantastic job organizing and growing a one of kind golf experience for participants. With this years addition of a private golf club it helps take the event to a whole new level. The event truly is one of a kind and we look forward to being involved this year and in future years.”

Entry for #TheOven17 is $225 per player. For more information on #TheOven17 and to register, please visit rickyleepotts.com/TheOven17.

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Step Back in Time at Pine Lakes - The Granddaddy of Myrtle Beach #Golf Courses!

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:16:47 PDT

When you first catch a glimpse of Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you know exactly why it is nicknamed "The Granddaddy"; the Clubhouse radiates with southern charm beckoning you set a spell and the course, with its well-manicured fairways, invites you to grab your sticks and play golf.The Clubhouse used to be an upscale hotel, and is resplendent with splendid chandeliers and large elegant gathering rooms with fireplaces - you could almost picture this entire layout as a scene in Gone With the Wind!Pine Lakes opened in 1927, so there is an abundance of history and tradition within the Clubhouse and on the golf course. The first President of the PGA, Robert White, was the initial course architect and, over the years, although there have been changes made to the course and to the original building, the heritage of the Granddaddy lives on in Myrtle Beach.I was fortunate to learn about some of the memories hiding in plain sight at Pine Lakes from the course's head professional, Jonathan Brock during a Facebook Live session with LPGA Teaching Pro (and Myrtle Beach superstar) Meredith Kirk.History Hall, located in the Clubhouse, for example, has many stories hanging on its walls such as where a certain well-known magazine got its start.I will be sharing my new-found, insider's knowledge about the "Birthplace of Golf" with readers on MBN.com; answers to questions such as:• Which hole is the most notorious?• Tips on what to expect when playing golf at Pine Lakes, aka “The Granddaddy”.• Which sports magazine (with ladies who sometimes grace the cover) kicked off right on the premises of Pine Lakes (go ahead, take a guess!)• And, can you name the uber-famous celebrity who had to change his company logo because it was too much like the Pine Lakes moniker?If you are considering a Myrtle Beach golf vacation to Pine Lakes and need to make golf tee times and lodging accommodations, check out MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com, the easy and affordable way to book.Read about two other southern-traditional Myrtle Beach golf courses: Caledonia and True Blue!Share your thoughts on The Granddaddy, Pine Lakes, on our golf blog and tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Golf Tips to Help You Spring Forward onto the Course

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:07:36 PDT

Azaleas are blooming in the southern portion of the U.S. due to an abnormally warm winter, so many golfers in the south have had clubs in their hands for much of the year. For those players coming out of their snow-filled cocoons, however, you have probably been relegated to putting on carpet or have been bundled up, hitting balls in heater-assisted driving ranges.  This week, Golf for Beginners offers you a few tips for spring golf, with the hope that the rust will easily fall away and be replaced with a swing of gold.GOLF TIP 1 - Check your golf bag:Our first tip has nothing to do with your swing but, rather, with your golf bag. Your faithful stand bag or cart bag has probably been stored in the garage or in the trunk of your car all season long so give it a thorough going over - check all pockets, remove partially-eaten snacks, old water bottles and pare down on the number of tees you have collected from last year.Blog: Do You Know What's In Your Golf Bag?GOLF TIP 2 - Check Your Equipment:The most obvious check is to make sure you only have fourteen golf clubs in your bag. Next, check your grips - do any of your clubs need to be regripped?Clean your clubs - a shiny set will get you in the right mood to start the season off right. Also, when you clean the clubs, look at the shafts, the head...make sure all clubs are as you left them last season or take them to a qualified professional for adjustment.GOLF TIP 3 - Driving Range:The first thing I would suggest if you are rusty is to get a lesson from a teaching professional - your swing is probably out of alignment and could use an adjustment.Don't start off by banging balls on the range with a driver if it is your first time out - instead, start with a wedge and gradually work up to mid-irons.Make sure you PUTT and Chip! Putting indoors all winter is nothing like putting on a true green. Roll a few, get the speed down pat and get into the circle of trust. With regards to chipping, get your feel back.Think about your tempo and don't rush your swing - consider how wonderful it is to be outside swinging a golf club and hear a song in your mind that reminds you of spring.Read: More Tips to Spruce Up Your Golf Swing for SpringGOLF TIP 4 - Set Goals:How did you finish last year - did you get into the 90's, were you determined to play better out of bunkers? Set goals that you can achieve early on in the season - write them down and make them a reality!You can be a better putter, you can improve your driving distance, you can get better at course management! More daylight, warmer weather...get out onto a range, green or golf course and enjoy the season.How are you getting ready for spring? Add your tips - Tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners and let us know on this golf blog!photoFollow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Is True Blue for You? #golf

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:16:51 PDT

After playing Caledonia Golf Club in Pawleys Island last week, Golf for Beginners decided to play her sister course, True Blue. Both are designed by Mike Strantz, beautifully landscaped, have challenging layouts and both are ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.Like many sisters, though, these two courses are like different flowers from the same garden. In our link above, we mention the pros and cons of Caledonia; below is our take on True Blue golf course.True Blue is neither easy nor obliging for the casual golfer.Most of the fairways on True Blue are forgiving...conversely, the approaches to the greens are very well protected with water and waste areas. The greens are fast, deceiving and have subtle breaks, oftentimes looking like they break one way when they break entirely different from your read. To compound the already difficult greens, they were just aerated so, as a tip to all who play any fine golf course this season, call before you make a tee time to confirm that the greens are ready to roll.Waste areas, not typical bunkers, are found throughout the entire golf course from tee to green. These waste areas dominate the sides of the fairways as well as surround the greens. On True Blue golf course, we mainly drove our golf carts within the waste areas and used wooden ramps to make our way onto the fairway.Tips for hitting out of waste areas:The one major difference between a "regular" bunker and a waste area is that you are allowed to ground your club, take practice swings in the sand, move the ball if it lands in a tire track and remove loose impediments like leaves and rocks.According to this PGATour.com blog, hit the ball first. If you don't hit the ball before the sand in a waste area, you could "find yourself in the waste bunker for your next shot".In my Caledonia Golf blog, I asked readers if a relative beginner should attempt to play the course. I will respond to my question for True Blue with a "no". True Blue is definitely a shot-maker's course and is rated "Difficult" by NorthMyrtleBeach.com website.I would suggest that True Blue not be the first golf course you play this season; get your golf game up to speed first! Then, if you think you have the right shots in your bag, you will find that True Blue lives up to its difficulty level and you will enjoy it.Thanks to Bob Seganti for the invitation! Have you played True Blue and/or Caledonia? What were your thoughts on the difficulty of these golf courses? Let us know in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]