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Golf Courses Around Myrtle Beach Great for Beginners and High Handicappers

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:55:03 PDT

Are you a golf beginner looking to take a trip to the Myrtle Beach area and want to play a few rounds?The Grand Strand has over eighty golf courses; some are definitely NOT for newbies while others are perfect for an amateur just starting to "feel his or her oats".For many years I have championed for Myrtle Beach and it's golf courses; aside from the great value, the atmosphere is one of fun, the golf courses are exceptional and South Carolina, in general, is a warm, sunny and welcoming place for a visit.I have played many breathtaking Myrtle Beach golf courses and would like to share my favorites for beginners with you so, when you decide to take a Myrtle Beach vacation, you will have an idea of the lay of the land. Feel free to ask in the comments section of this golf blog about restaurants and things to do in Myrtle Beach.Let's start with the "beach" in Myrtle Beach - there are sixty miles of soft sand along the Grand Strand and there are north, middle and southern locations to stay and play which are filled with atmosphere. Below are the main areas and a couple of golf courses I have chosen based on amenities, ease of play and just plain beauty of their surroundings.South Strand and Pawleys Island: There are so many golf courses in the south end of Myrtle Beach, I was hard-pressed to select just a few!Caledonia Golf and Fish Club: If you want a real taste of the south, visit Caledonia in Pawleys Island; this golf club is a Lowcountry staple, complete with towering oaks, an antebellum-style clubhouse and nature preserve teeming with wildlife. The course is difficult yet fair and, as review upon review has stated, "One of the best I have played." From the forward tees, beginners' yardage is under 5,000 - even if you don't play well on this course, you will certainly admire the scenery.Tupelo Bay Golf Course: An executive golf course and par-3 course located just south of Myrtle Beach in Garden City, Tupelo Bay executive has the look and feel of a full-size course, and it is a great test for beginners as well as those golfers who want to ease into their stay and play vacation.Central Myrtle Beach:Pine Lakes Country Club: The "Granddaddy" of Myrtle Beach golf and host of many "firsts" along the Grand Strand. Between the beautiful Clubhouse (a wedding and event favorite) and the simple, aesthetic golf course design, this Pine Lakes is a "must-see" and a "must-play" along the Grand Strand.Myrtle Beach National - West Course: Arnold Palmer stands guard at the entrance to Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, a three-course enclosed compound along the 501 corridor; King's North and Southcreek round out the triad of courses and all have different personalities.The West Course, in particular, has been chosen for beginners and high handicappers; from the forward tees the course is about 5,200 yards, has open fairways, a traditional layout and is pretty straightforward. There is also a feeling of seclusion and natural forestry surrounding the fairways and the course is well maintained.North Myrtle Beach:Grande Dunes Resort Course:I didn't place Grande Dunes Resort Course on this list because it was easy - I placed it here because of that "vacation feel" it exudes right from the entrance where you cross over the bridge through the eighteen holes. Grande Dunes plays a little over 5,300 yards from the forward tees which offers a test but also offers inspiring views to relax the mind and spirit of any level of golfer.Hole 7, a par 5 is a tester but beginners have a better chance at moving forward using their irons so, if played smartly, the course will be fun and memorable. You can also visit Dale Ketola, Director of Instruction at the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center, before, during or after your round...just make sure to call for an appointment!Meadowlands Golf Club: I played Meadowlands when I was a beginner and, after reading an article by Ian Guerin recently, thought back and added this course. Just over the South Carolina border, in Calabash, Guerin states that Meadowlands, "gives players the opportunity to go after m[...]

Golf Advice You Should NEVER Follow #golf

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:51:15 PST

You're standing behind the golf ball visualizing your next shot. Standing nearby, waiting to take his shot, your playing partner innocently (?) says, "wow, is that your 6-iron? You're never going to make it over the water with that club!"What happens next...?Your ball takes a splash and you grumble something under your breath.Unsolicited advice can get inside your head, making it nearly impossible to concentrate on your own golf game. You only hear the "never" in the above sentence, much like when a playing partner says, "watch out for that bunker"...your eyes and your attention look towards the bunker and, ultimately, your ball finds its way into the sand.What other unsolicited advice should you steer clear of during a round of golf? Golf for Beginners has put together a few tidbits - feel free to add to our list in the comments section of this golf blog!1. "You Should Look At That Putt From A Different Angle":     My husband is always telling me to walk around every putt in order to see how the green breaks...which is good advice, however, according to, it might not be the best advice for some golfers."If you're a shaky putter, bringing in another view of the line won't be constructive. If anything, it will confuse you, or cause you to see something that isn't there. Plus, this isn't the Ryder Cup."2. Taking Tips from Pros on the Driving Range:    According to "The Women's Guide to Golf: A Handbook for Beginners", range pros who walk up and down the line looking for potential students may be giving you tips which may not work for your swing or game. This is called, according to the book, "trade dynamiting the tees" and a pro may throw you a "barrage of advice" which will probably confuse you more than help your game....then they get to fix the problem! Politely say "no thanks" for the time you are at the range and schedule an appointment with a golf teaching pro who has your best intentions.3. ANY advice to help you DURING your round:     Did you any USGA tournament, the Rules of Golf state that giving advice to another golfer (even with a motion) is not permitted - it's a two-stroke penalty during the round and a disqualification after the scorecard is signed.If a pro golfer receives unsolicited advice, however, and did not initiate the conversation, no penalty is given unless advice is offered twice. "The player should take action to stop this irregular procedure." He would incur a two-stroke penalty in stroke play if he allowed such advice to be given again.Tip: During a friendly round, skip the swing advice completely,; it won't help your game to hear that the way you are cocking your wrists is wrong or your ball is too far forward in your will just further mess with your head. Instead, here are a few golf tips to help when things just aren't going your way on the golf course!Follow Golf4Beginners on Twitter!Photo by Fancycrave from PexelsFollow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

What to do When Things Aren't Going Your Way #golf

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 05:41:54 PST

Whether your golf ball consistently finds the water or you are playing military golf (left, right, left, right), there are some days that you wished you never played the sport. When things aren't going your way on the golf course and you can't get into the zone, don't chuck your clubs in the pond! Here is what you need to do.Even the tour pros have bad days and suffer from nerves or tension... which leads to a tight grip, pulled or pushed swing, the yips, and/or condescending mental attitude. One bad swing can lead to two and a round can blow up for the best of players.Trying to hit "perfect shots" and negative self-talk can wreak havoc on your round!Chez Reavie, a PGA Tour pro, won a tournament in his rookie season and began pushing for results instead of hitting shots one at a time. When his game began to collapse, he analyzed his thoughts - he may have been judging himself too harshly - and backed off a bit."I needed to realize that just because I hit this shot poorly or that it didn't go perfect, it has zero bearing on the next shot that I hit," Reavie said.  "The next shot that I hit could be the best shot that I ever hit…It didn't matter. I started thinking about that and was like, 'Wow. I've never really looked at it that way.' I was always like, 'Oh, s---, I pulled my last 7-iron so let's try and hold this one off a bit. Well, then I'd probably hit the next one to the right. I was just chasing my tail, whereas this way, every shot was a fresh start."If you are not playing in a tournament, this is a great time to change your mindset during the round work on your game. Turn a bad round into an opportunity to work out the kinks in your game. If you are playing in an event, take a tip from Reavie and start playing the game one shot at a time.For the beginner, average (or better than average golfer), Golf for Beginners offers up these bullet points to remember when you see your game starting to collapse.1. Remember that golf is a mental game - you may not be physically swinging the golf club well today but the way you talk to yourself is important - use your mind to turn your game around. Think about the good shots and keep your chin up. (Re-read Chez Reavie's quote above...every shot is a fresh start).2. Whether or not you are in a tournament, if things aren't going your way, stop looking at your score and put the scorecard in your pocket. Instead, play each shot one at a time, stay in the present moment and don't worry about the final outcome.3. DON'T QUIT or think of quitting - it is easy to just stop playing golf. and sulk. Always finish your round. Stop being a perfectionist and understand that golf is a game of working past bad shots.As I read in Psychology Today, author and coach Fred Shoemaker stated, "ultimately golf is just a motion of the body, a club, a ball, an intention, and a target." Keep your highs and lows in check and you will improve your score and mental attitude during any round.What do you do when things aren't going your way on the golf course? Share in the comments section of this golf blog and tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

The Finest Nine-Hole #Golf Course in the U.S.A.?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:01:24 PST

AndNine-hole golf courses are regaining popularity - here's why you should consider playing nine.A lack of time is usually the main reason why many golfers play nine holes instead of the regulation eighteen but there is so much more to gain from a nine-hole course.The Finest Nines, a book written about the best nine-hole golf courses in North America, states its case for the value of a short course.A "complete" round of golf today is eighteen holes, which is based on The Old Course in St. Andrews; originally this course had twenty-two holes but, if you look back even earlier into Scottish history (as far back as 1562), golfers played twenty-five holes!In his book, writer Anthony Pioppi states that a nine-hole round of golf is perfectly legitimate and that golfers should embrace nine holes and give the courses in this book validation as a true test of a golfers' skills.Did you know, according to the USGA, "the First U.S. Open in 1895 was played on a nine-hole course"?Nine holes are also great for a quick test of skills, an afternoon walk, and that it is totally "legit" and counts towards your handicap!According to a press release issued by the USGA and the R&A, in 2020, a universal golf handicap system will take effect. "A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds."The courses in The Finest Nines were selected for their architecture; strategy and shotmaking, how a golfer makes his way from tee to green and the diversity of the par-3's, 4's and 5's were the determining factors considered.So, which course did the author hail as the "finest nine-hole course in the country?"Pick up a copy of the book and find out! Okay, okay, spoiler alert - it's Whitinsville Golf Club in Whitinsville, Massachusetts!Add a comment to this Golf for Beginners golf blog below and text us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners. frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//®ion=US&placement=1510722718&asins=1510722718&linkId=7c11c485a1252550f6795d3b93dba6fa&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"> Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Why All Golfers Need to Attend Demo Days

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:36:36 PST

Spring is almost upon us which means (for the most part) golfers will be dusting off their clubs and taking to the driving range.After reconnecting with your driver and irons, you may think that you need new clubs but, before spending an arm and a leg on new golf equipment, consider attending demo days sponsored by manufacturers or your local will learn much about your swing, the newest technology and you may ultimately walk away with the correct clubs for your swing.Going to a demo day at a golf course or equipment resaler is like entering a candy store - there are so many different clubs to view and all of the reps are standing nearby, tempting you to try before you buy. Demo Day is a cornucopia of golf bags filled with all the irons and drivers you want to test.Why test new clubs when you believe your clubs will be perfectly fine for another season?Your clubs could be costing you shots; just because something is familiar to you or you are comfortable with it, doesn't mean it is still good for your game!Golf swings change, and so does equipment. What might have suited you up until this point may need some tweaking; your driver, for example, which could be ten years old, may no longer offer you proper distance - time for a new Twist Face or Rogue? Also, pay attention to the weight and flex of the shaft another important update due to changes in the speed of your swing.“Even with all the latest developments and technology in golf, most golfers aren’t using clubs that fit them,” said Dale Ketola, director of instruction and fitting at Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center. “Even if you’ve been fitted before, mechanics can change.  You should be checked every so often to make sure your clubs complement your game.”...from press release on And if you are still playing with those beginner golf clubs and have taken your game to the next level, a professional should review your clubs to see if they need to be updated.Read: How to Tell If You Need New IronsWith reps and pros on hand to answer your questions, Demo Day is a perfect time to reassess what is in your golf bag!Golf for Beginners has compiled a short list of what you should consider when heading out to Demo Day.1. Determine what you want to accomplish during the event and how much money you want to spend - it is easy to get lost among the shiny, gleaming, new clubs.2. Talk to a pro about your game (what is good/bad about it and show him/her your current set of clubs.3. Test the golf clubs - you may be surprised that hybrids feel more comfortable than long irons or senior-shaft clubs feel better to you than a women's set of golf clubs. Grips and shafts are also important. You may like a bigger grip or a lighter shaft - make sure you have the pro or rep help you through the decision-making process.Also, don't just buy clubs - use this as a learning experience and make sure you get properly fitted for the clubs before taking anything home.READ: Should You Replace your Long Irons with Hybrids?What do you learn most about your swing and clubs when you attend a Demo Day? Let us know in the comments section of this golf blog and follow/tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

How Flubs from PGA Tour Golfers Teach the Rest of Us

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:47:51 PST

Although professional golfers are the best in the world to watch for quality shot-making, they are still human and hit their fair share of flubs, wayward drives, and shanks. How can we use their errors and recoveries to improve our golf game?From Rickie Fowler blowing a one-shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to Ian Poulter's shank into the stands, pro golfers' blown opportunities remind you that they're human. Watch how a pro golfer maintains his/her composure under pressure and shakes off blunders to better your round.Take, for instance, Rickie Fowler's current state of affairs - he is now establishing notoriety as a golfer who "can't always get it done on Sundays." Does he agonize over each shot? When interviewed after his fourth messy round, Fowler looked at the positives of his game.  I "was in a decent position with a few to play and just had a couple — really didn't make bad swings."Of course, Rickie also mentioned his putting woes using one of the "best clubs in his bag" but that is par for the course ..."I know I'm a good putter, I putted well all week," confirmed Fowler.Learn from these three famous Ben Hogan quotes; you can then understand the mind of a professional golfer and be a better player in the long run:"This is a game of misses. The guy who misses the best is going to win.""A good round of golf is if you can hit about three shots that turn out exactly as you planned them.""The most important shot in golf is the next one."Golf is not an easy sport - a positive attitude combined with determination, solid planning and practice will help you to not only improve but to elevate your game.READ: 3 Steps to Achieving Your Golf ResolutionsDo you watch the pros and what do you learn from them? Leave your comments on our golf blog and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners for more golf tips!Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Outstanding Golf Club Memberships in the Austin, TX Area

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:00:38 PST

If you are a golf enthusiast in the Austin, TX area, you might be asking yourself, "Are there any great golf club memberships near me?" The answer is yes. The Austin area has a number of outstanding golf clubs that feature beautiful courses and local golf tournaments.Teravista Golf Club and Avery Ranch Golf Club One of the Austin area's finest golf clubs is the Teravista Golf Club located at 4333 Teravista Club Drive in Round Rock. This club has an 18-hole course with a total length of 7,200 yards. It has been rated a Beginner Friendly Course by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The club features a large practice facility, and it is home to the J.L. Lewis Golf Academy.When you become a member of the Teravista Golf Club, you also receive membership at the Avery Ranch Golf Club located at 10500 Avery Club Drive in Austin. The Avery Ranch Club course was designed by an associate of Jack Nicklaus. This is considered a difficult course to play even for more experienced golfers.Membership in these two clubs allows you to play rounds seven days a week. Members are allowed to use the club's full facilities for activities and events. Both clubs are also open for tournaments held by business and private organizations.Falconhead Golf ClubAnother well-regarded Austin golf club is the Falconhead Golf Club at 15201 Falconhead Drive in Austin. This course has the look of a course one would see on the PGA Tour as it was designed by professionals from the PGA Tour Design Center.A local golf tournament called the Ergon Masters is hosted at the club every year in April during the time of the Master's Tournament on the PGA Men's Tour. It is popular throughout the local golfing community.There are several membership levels at Falconhead, but there are really three basic memberships. The Classic Membership allows members to play each day and book 10 days in advance. There is also the Weekday Membership that excludes play on the weekends. The Range Play Plus Membership lets golfers play after 12pm.River Place Country ClubLocated at 4207 River Place Boulevard in Austin is the River Place Country Club. This is a par 71 course that was designed by PGA Tour winner Tom Kite. The course has a rolling design that is a challenge to any golfer.Signature members of this club are entitled to unlimited golf. The club also has tennis and swimming facilities that all members may use. Members may also use the club's facilities for meetings and events.Morris Williams Golf ClubMorris Williams is not a membership club. It is open to anyone who wants to play. It does host a number of local tournaments for Austin area golfers. They host the Spring Championship in March and the Austin Senior Championship in September.This course opened in 1964 and was designed by Leon Howard. It is located at 3851 Morris Road in Austin.These are just a few of the many private golf clubs in the Austin area. Austin has many places for golf enthusiasts to enjoy a round with friends, family, and colleagues.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

The Texas Hill Country Is Home To Some Impressive Golf Courses

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:16:32 PST

Austin, Texas is a great city for golf lovers. This is due to its vast flat landscapes, allowing for spacious greens, as well as year-round favorable weather conditions that make it possible to golf during every season. The city’s golf clubs are home to several local golf tournaments that take place at its several golf courses. There are two golf courses near Austin TX that are the most reputable, namely the Avery Ranch Golf Club and the Teravista Golf Club.Part of the Avery Ranch residential community located 20 minutes northwest of Austin, the Avery Ranch Golf Club was designed by former Jack Nicklaus designer Andy Raugust. The Club’s history is that the region was once home to Native Americans and robbers that were attracted to it due to its dense oaks, creeks as well as wildlife. The club was carved and blasted out of the rocky ranchlands along Bushy Creek – Raugust had to use dynamite to blast rock out of the landscape for five holes. Avery Ranch Golf Club is known for two holes on each nine, namely holes 7 and 13, each of which has its own charm. No. 7 requires a carry over a ravine and natural area from an elevated tee box and a precise tee shot if one wants to avoid the bunkers and tress in order to position oneself for the dog left to a green with another gully across the front of it. The hole itself is rather short, offering players with a good position to tackle the shot. From this position, players enjoy the Club’s the spectacular multi-level green as well as the huge rock wall fronting it, the large bunker to the right as well as native cacti to the back. No. 13 at Avery Ranch has been known as the city’s top par three hole. It is charming, featuring water on the right side, beautiful oaks in to its back as well as a unique ridge of rocks to the right of the hole. It is a reasonable distance and offers a bail out area (in case of a miss), all of which makes it a fun challenge. However, despite all its challenges, the course still manages to remain fair, offering an enjoyable, satisfying as well as scenic game of golf. It is part of the Austin Golf Trail that offers impressive stay & play packages. The Teravista Golf Club has its own charm, with a reputation for great golf course conditions as well as the best greens in the Austin area.The Championship 18-hole club is located in the Texas Hill Country, and as such it has impressive views that span over 50 miles. Spreading across 7,200 yards, the yard offers 5 different sets of tees suitable for golfers of all ages and abilities. In addition to the club’s beautiful rolling hills, the Teravista has recently introduced a health-club style membership, namely “The Players Club” that allows its members the convenience of improving their game that suits their schedule. Membership perks also include free practice times as well as two rounds of golf per month and weekly clinics on the Club’s state of the art practice area with several hitting, pitching and chipping locations, all designed to enable its members to become the players they have always wanted to be. Also not to miss is Caldwell Café, the Club’s full service restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and happy hour that offers a variety of golf inspired menu items. Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

When Should Golfers Play It Safe?

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:55:56 PST

Phil Mickelson, one of the most recognizable risk-takers in golf, asked a kid in the stands during the Dell Technologies Championship for advice; should he go for the green or lay-up?Mickelson needed a 260-yard club to get him safely on the green and the ball was in the rough.Whether we are beginners or average amateurs, most of us do not have that shot in our bag, so the decision is slightly easier - go for the green in two shots....but which two shots do we take?Aside from the two-stroke penalty he should have incurred (Rules of Golf), Mickelson decided to go for the green and made the shot.What does the average amateur or beginner golfer need to assess in order to play it safe or go for the gusto? Here are a few tips to help you determine your next shot in the least number of strokes.1. Try looking at the hole in reverse order, from green to tee. If there is water right up near the green, you may wish to lay up in front of the green and make an easy pitch shot.2. Properly place your shot off the tee, so you take the trouble out of play. If there is sand or water on the right-hand side of the fairway, tee off on the right side.3. Golf ball lying in a thicket of trees? Your best bet is to get the golf ball back into play. Consider where on the fairway you want to position your ball for the next shot onto the green before you take your next shot.4. Putting: my playing partners in the EWGA used to talk about the "circle of trust"; an imaginary circle within three feet of the hole that golfers should try to aim for when making a long putt. Although you always want to make the putt, you don't want the ball to roll too far from the hole, leaving you a long, trying putt coming back.5. Don't go for low percentage shots. Think you won't make it over the water? Are you standing in the trees with no easy way out? Is your ball buried in the sand? Think safe and you won't be sorry!Share your thoughts on when is the best time to play it safe or go for it on this golf blog and tag us with your response on Twitter @Golf4Beginners!Photo by Markus Spiske from PexelsFollow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

You CAN Be a Successful #Golf Beginner. Here's How

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:31:05 PST

After introducing several of my colleagues to the wonderful world of golf, they caught the bug. It was inevitable - the ball was airborne, the weather cooperated...all things necessary for a successful start.What steps were taken to ensure success for these two golf beginners and what is needed by the newbie to establish advancement of their golf goals? Here are three tips to help beginners get in, and stay in, the game.1. Set a plan into motion. Most beginners want to get right out there on the golf course but that is not the best course of action. Time on the driving range is essential and, although practice is good, targeted practice is even better.You have to be able to move your playing piece before you take the next step, otherwise, playing "military" golf is no fun (left, right, left, right). Step one leads us directly to step two (see below).2. Qualified instruction is key to success. Although I put my colleague in the correct positions so that she could get started (she was very eager to hit the ball), when the professional golf instructor arrived, he noticed things I did not, such as a weak grip which was causing her to slice the ball. Take lessons but make sure to understand and learn each one before moving to the next.3. Get custom fit for golf clubs. (This tip goes for all golfers!)Did you know, it costs the same amount of money to buy golf clubs "off the rack" as it does to get them fit to your exact specifications? Also, a custom club fitter makes sure that the lie and weight of the golf clubs suit your particular swing.If you are reading this and you are the beginner, remember that only focused practice will allow you to improve. I know you are in a hurry to get out onto a golf course but you will have so much more fun if you learn the basics! Remember, this is a game that will last you a lifetime. Take your time and enjoy the process.What is the mentality of any golfer who wishes to become a winner? With so many different skill sets needed, from mental to physical, Golf for Beginners took one section from an infographic from to show you what, in their opinion makes The Perfect Golfer.1. Every shot counts, so remain focused on one shot at a time. If you hit a bad shot, it's automatically in the past and you must then focus solely on the shot you face next.Play to your own strengths and try not to overthink shots. Keep it simple: aim to find the fairway and middle of the green every time.Make your practice time a pressured environment. Imagine being in a scenario where that one shot counts. Apply your pre-shot routine and evaluate the success of each shot. This will help you when you play in your local weekend Stableford or medal competitions.Are you a golf beginner who needs answers? Ask away, we're here to help.Contact, leave a comment below or tweet us @Golf4Beginners.Thanks for sharing!Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

3 Steps to Achieving YOUR #Golf Resolutions

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:09:33 PST

Resolutions are made this time of year and, for golfers, the main theme is to work on areas which are weak and need improvement.What is your most important new year golf goal?PGA Tour players, in general, rely on the short game to get them into contention, so it seems like a just and proper resolution to work on wedge and putter development. Other golfers like Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, may be looking ahead to a certain major victory in 2018., and devising individual goals to get them there.One thing is for sure - luck and/or wishing won't make it happen. "You are what you do, not what you say you'll do." - Carl JungIn this Golf for Beginners blog, we hope that you set reasonable and achievable targets. Here is how to start this process:1. Look at your game and decide where you are at your weakest or where you lose the most strokes. For me, it is in my approach shots and putting.2. Put your goals down on paper - make a list and determine how you will achieve those goals. Break down each goal into smaller parts. As I have been told in the do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! SET YOUR GOALS NOW!As for my personal golf goals, I need to get to the range more and focus on shots that are 100 yards and in. I also need to bone up on chipping with clubs other than my sand wedge, such as my 8-iron.SET GOALS THAT WILL MOTIVATE YOU!A good tip I found on is to write down why your goals are valuable and important to you. Make sure that your goals are: specific. measurable. achievable, relevant and you attach a due date to them. Just saying, "I want to improve my putting this year" or "I want to lower my handicap" isn't enough.3. Get out there and make it happen!Many a resolution has been broken because we are not determined enough to work our way through our sluggishness ...we also make excuses. After reading this blog, why not work on one of your resolutions?Read: Golf Resolutions for a Happy New YearWhich golf resolution will you be working on this year? Write it down here, in the comments section of this golf blog, and tweet us at @Golf4Beginners, then make it happen!Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Just the Facts - 150th World Almanac Features All-Time Golf Winners

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 07:26:19 PST

Rankings play an important part in golf and every fan has an opinion.This is particularly true when golfers discuss topics like, "who is the best player never to win a major" or the flip side, "who is the worst golfer to win a major"."Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." ―  John AdamsThe 150th Anniversary edition of The World Almanac and Book of Facts for 2018 is a repository for golf facts as well as lists of notable personalities, science and technology innovations, maps and U.S. History.With a week off for some R&R, I had the chance to peruse this reference book and it is an eye-opener for anyone interested in learning more about the world in which we live.If you are a fact lover and are interested in who won the Olympic Gold Medal in golf (do you remember...seems like a really long time ago) or the Women's All-Time Leading LPGA Tournament Winners, this book may be just what you're looking for!"The World Almanac is considered America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs."Many internet aficionados may say, "you can simply search these facts on the internet" but there is something "novel" about thumbing through a physical book that makes this World Almanac a special resource. True, you may consider the 1,000 or so pages a bit of a paperweight but, when I received it in the mail, my husband grabbed it, commenting that he can't wait to read through it. And yes, there is a Kindle edition of The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 so, for all of you who prefer to go paperless, there is an option for you.Are you a fact lover? Which is the most unique golf fact that you have come across? Tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners or let us know in the comments section of this golf blog.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Picking Your Wedge With Confidence - guest #golf post

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 07:13:02 PST

This guest post is courtesy of golf aficionado Brian Adams, whose bio is below. Thanks for giving Stacy Solomon this week off for some R-and-R (and golf, of course), for which she is grateful!These golf tips are on the short game, from one-hundred yards and in...probably some of the most important tips you will read this year. Learning about your golf clubs is the first step to mastering them.(Editors notes) Before "digging into" this article, let's address a few terms, specifically BOUNCE, which is, plainly put, where the bottom of the club, or sole, touches the ground and LOFT, the number of degrees that the face of your golf club is angled upward.Bounce is a measurement of degrees; the higher the number, the more the leading edge of your golf club will be off the ground at address. discusses bounce as, "The more bounce a wedge has - the higher its bounce angle - the better it will resist digging. Another way of saying it: Higher bounce equals smaller, shallower divots."Picking Your Wedge With ConfidenceNot all wedges are created equal. Some fly high, some get you distance, and some are left in your golf bag for the rest of eternity, never again to see the light of day. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Let’s get you the basics on when to best utilize each wedge to your full advantage.The Pitching WedgeThis is the old standby. Of the standard selection of wedges, the pitching wedge will get you the most distance but offers the least loft.Recreational golfers are likely to be most familiar with their pitching wedge distance, using it for any and all occasions that call for a wedge. To that, I ask: would you use a fork to eat soup? And you might answer “Only if all the spoons are dirty and it’s not my turn to unload the dishwasher.” To which I would reply “I think we’ve lost the idea behind this analogy.” The point is that the pitching wedge is not your only option. There’s also...The Gap WedgeThe Gap is not only the place where your little sister worked part-time during high school; it’s also a wedge that can help you form a more complete short game.It’s called a gap wedge because it covers the yardage gap between your (longer) pitching wedge and (shorter) sand wedge. Not every beginner will necessarily have a gap wedge in their bag, as it’s not always included in a set of irons. As you begin to dial in your distances more accurately, a gap wedge may be worth adding to your bag to make sure any yardages are covered.The Sand WedgeFor many beginners, the sand wedge doesn’t offer much distance for the average player, but it can provide some extra loft from the 40-70 yard range.You’ve likely become acquainted with the sand wedge during some trying times in the greenside bunker.Although the sand wedge is designed to hit out of the sand, it’s not the only time you can use it. The sand wedge can be just as effective for short distances from the rough or the fairway as well.The Lob WedgeYou may have seen one of Phil Mickelson’s famous “flop” shots around the green, where he takes a full swing to get maximum height with within a short distance. This type of shot is typically executed with a lob wedge.The lob wedge is perhaps the least common wedge for a beginner to carry and is arguably the most difficult of the wedges to hit as intended. To achieve the desired height, you’ve got to swing hard.The main issue with the lob wedge is that, if you take a full swing and fail to get under the ball properly, your fellow golfers may be calling you Captain Sully Sullenberger. (As a reminder, golf balls don’t float on the Hudson River.) Overall, the lob wedge is a high risk/high reward club that you may want in your arsenal some day. Whether or not today[...]

Can Luck Be the Answer to a Winning #Golf Mindset?

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:45:22 PST

Skill vs. luck - which one ultimately wins a tournament? Jordan Spieth believes there is an element of luck to his game."If you believe that you put yourself in the right positions—like, obviously, making a 50-footer for eagle, for that to go in, there’s certainly luck involved."Spieth continues, "I put myself in position by executing to get it close, but if you have that extra element of belief that it’s going to go in, then you’re not surprised and you believe that it was you. Then you create a trend of your mental approach with it. And, obviously, it can go the other way really quickly. You can believe you are not going to get a break. And then you probably won’t. It’s amazing how it works."Tiger Woods once said, "There's no sense in going to a tournament if you don't believe that you can win it. And that is the belief I have always had. And that is not going to change." To believe is a good thing but, what happens when you don't win?After the third round of the Hero World Challenge, Woods seemed to change his tune and was just happy to be back in the game; he was enjoying the competition of the tournament, not considering the final outcome. "It’s nice to be part of the fight again,” Woods said. “Get out there and fighting against the golf course; fighting against the guys. That’s fun."Can having fun and not worrying about the outcome increase your luck on the golf course?Research has determined that "the idea that exceptional performers are the most skilled is flawed."Winning is overrated and exceptional performance often occurs in exceptional circumstances. Luck also has a lot to do with winning.Scientists have looked into the science of luck and believe that there is a measurable aspect to luck which "has more to do with psychology than probability." A positive mental attitude combined with not compensating when facing fear can better your chances of winning.So, can you be "lucky" at golf and improve your chances? Is there a scientific aspect to luck and, if so, how can you apply it to your next round of golf? Read: Improve your short game in 2 easy stepsAn article in Popular Science magazine says that it is possible to trick your mind into believing you are lucky...with "lucky charms". In fact, research has shown that superstitions of any kind can help you perform better on the golf course. "Researchers hypothesized that the people with their lucky charms by their side persisted at problems longer because they felt more effective like they had the assistance of some other power." So now you know it's okay to pull out that rabbit's foot, throw grass over your shoulder and mark your ball that certain way...Gary Player contradicts research by saying, "The harder you work, the luckier you get."Of which mindset are you...and what lucky charms do you carry in your golf bag? Let us know in the comments section of our Golf for Beginners golf blog and tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Improve Your Short Game in 2 Easy Steps

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:53:53 PST

Did you know that PGA Tour golfers get "up-and-down" only about sixty percent of the time? According to Dave Pelz, that number drops greatly for the average golfer.Driving the ball moves you down the fairway (maybe), but getting on the green, and finishing in the least number of strokes, is really what the game is all about!The short game, whether it's chipping, sand saves or putting, should be worked on only at the practice facility - you don't want to start working on your game during a round as that could prove to be disastrous.Golf for Beginners has compiled a few video tips and drills to help you score better down the stretch.1. CHIPPING: I just came upon this simple golf video tip from PGA instructor Meredith Kirk yesterday - getting into a good chipping stance. allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560"> Read: Tips to Improve Consistency in your golf game2. PUTTING: According to Dave Pelz, good putts start with tempo. Think "pendulum". Vary the length of your backswing to control the speed of your putts. Watch this video to see how the Master does it: allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="" width="560"> REMEMBER: Final putting tip for today: the only golf club in the bag specifically made to hit the ball into the cup is the putter – master it first, master it best!What golf short game tips can you share with our readers? Post in the comments section below and on Twitter, tagging @Golf4Beginners.Photo: WikimediaFollow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Golf Courses in Palm Springs Great for a Winter Warm-Up

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:04:13 PST

Gary Player and Pete Dye really knew what they were doing when they designed golf courses in Palm Springs, California; they chose a U.S. vacation destination with about three-hundred days of sunshine a year and a backdrop worthy of a movie set!Palm Springs golf vacations are happily taken by many during the winter months - AccuWeather shows temperatures in the mid-to-high seventies there while many in the north suffer from the coldest days of the year. Temperate weather is only one reason why golfers choose Palm Springs...the golf courses, hotels, and views, are the real attraction! For golfers who would like to get a sense of what a Palm Springs holiday has to offer, pack your virtual clubs and join us as we whet your whistle and explore a few courses and hotels in the "Playground to the Stars".The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort: located on Dinah Shore Drive, the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort is surrounded by two amazing championship golf courses, the Pete Dye and Gary Player Signature courses. Golf Channel states about the course created by the "Black Knight" that the 7,062 layout is "versatile" yet also "formidable. "The Player sports better than 20 acres of varied water features and will play at its most memorable when the drink comes into play." With wide fairways, abounding desert and mountainous views, the Player Course is one you don't want to miss when visiting Palm Springs. The Pete Dye course is slightly shorter than the Player Course at about 6,700 yards and comes with its own set of challenges, from hidden pin placements to forced water carries and pot bunkers. Twoguyswhogolf offers this advice, "a key to scoring well here is to hit the fairways while avoiding the sand traps and rough, which can make recoveries for par quite difficult. Most fairways are bordered by mounding and trees, which though not dense can certainly come into play on errant tee shots and approaches." JW Marriott Desert Springs Palm Desert Resort: Fresh mountain air and palm trees in a desert oasis with two awesome golf courses to play - a virtual heaven on earth. The Desert Springs Palms Course takes players on a scenic trip through thirty acres of landscaped fairways, elevation changes, and views, view, views. The Palms offers the feel of a championship layout with the vistas and features that a resort course has to offer.  Some golfers have called The Desert Springs Valley Course, "an oasis in the sand" and that it "does not disappoint". The rough penalizes golfers but the fairways are "lush" and precision is key. My advice to people in the colder regions? Take a break from winter and play some golf in Palm Springs!Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

#Golf Tips to Help Your Team Win a Best-Ball Competition

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:46:18 PST

Scenario: You have been invited by your regular group to enter into a best ball golf competition. How do you ensure that you will be prepared and help your foursome to score low?First, a basic description of a best-ball competition: a group (two or foursome) hit their own golf ball off of their respective tees (usually, men are at the whites, seniors and juniors are one tee forward and ladies hit from the reds).The foursome then decides which ball represents their best chance of getting on the green, or into scoring position for their next shot (on a par-5 for example). The group then hits their next shot on the spot (or as close to) the area on which that tee shot landed (no cheating...if the ball is not on the fairway but close, you cannot improve your chances by placing the ball on the fairway). The team is basically looking to score birdies and the finish of the round, the winning team has the lowest score under par.So, now that you understand the basics, how can you score?Best-ball golf is a thinking man's (and women's) game...a mental game.Consider the abilities of four golfers in your group and determine who should play the safe tee shot, in order to help get you into proper position for your next shot.A woman who can hit long and straight is an asset to the team as she will usually get to play from the forward tees and, in some cases, can stick the ball close to the green (yes, I am talking from experience).Want to really make this competition really fun? Go as a TEAM! Dress in similar colors and get into team spirit! All shirts in orange, all hats in black....feeling like a team can really improve your foursome's resolve and enthusiasm.Let the player who is draining the putts take the last shot (if needed) so that he or she can watch how the ball rolls.Manage your expectations! Just because your team made three birdies in a row doesn't necessarily mean that you will be the low scoring team. Definitely high-five each other for the great score and then move on to the next hole.Do you really want to win? Plan ahead. Look at the scorecard before you go, check the stimp meter and practice on both the driving range and putting green. Execute shots from 100 yards and in (chips, pitches and lob shots).Share your golf tips on how to win a best-ball competition in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

The REAL Reason You Need Head Covers on Your Golf Clubs!

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:51:02 PST

When golf clubs were made of wood, the importance of the head cover was undeniable; wood is delicate and could be dented by other clubs in the bag, damaged by the elements and through careless tosses into the back seat of your buggy.Time has progressed, with clubs being constructed from tougher and more durable materials, so the likelihood of a club head being made of wood is slim (unless you're going for a certain look over performance). Not only is the head of your golf club in danger of being scraped; the shaft is also delicate and can be damaged, hence the need for the material on the head cover and a nicely cushioned bag.Your golf clubs are an investment, not only in dollars but in the way you feel out on the course. Golf club head covers serve as more than just a way to brighten up your bag. If you don't have coverage, it's time to look into your bag, and determine what you need in order to protect your precious set.A recent golf club headcover giveaway in association with forced me to look into my own bag.My golf clubs are all properly protected but, since it's the season for giving, I also looked into my husband's bag.Geez, his bag was a shambles...his driver had an old, ratty head cover, the covers on his woods were mismatched...well, not anymore!HAPPY HOLIDAYS have just hit the golf club headcover lottery! Barry's bag went from drab to FAB with the help of is very patriotic so his driver, three and five-wood are now cheerfully draped and protected in red, white and blue: the "USA Flag Long Neck Golf Head Cover set"!Made of durable materials and stain/water-resistant, with interchangeable tag numbers and long neck socks to protect the shafts, these headcovers are impressive, combining great looks with functional design. Thanks for your help, Craftsman Golf!Now, onto the real reasons why golfers need to use head covers on their golf clubs.Do head covers affect performance? A head cover won't provide you with a better physical game (call your PGA teaching pro for help) but the act of looking at something that brings you joy during a round, might just improve your mental game!Reasons to Use a Head CoverIdentification: It's easier to easily find your club by looking at the tag in a bag filled with clubs than trying to find the number or degree of loft.Protection: Keep Clubs newer longer, from head to shaftVisual Appeal: It's the same reason you dress better, look better and feel better playing golf - psychologically speaking, it's uplifting to feel good when you play! Show your team or American spirit!  U.S.A., U.S.A.!! A putter can be one of the more expensive purchases you make and can also suffer the wear and tear of being banged about next to the wedges, so be sure to protect your "putt-for-dough" club as well.Show us your headcovers! Tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners and tell us about it in the comments section of this golf blog.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Managing Expectations: Can a Great #Golf Start Hurt Your Round?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:36:10 PST

Golfers have expectations, (as do all humans) whether they believe it or not when starting their round; a great score, awesome putting...the list is endless. Managing expectations is probably one of the most difficult issues to overcome for golfers of all levels.On his first hole (the tenth tee) of the OHL Golf Classic at Mayakoba, Kevin Mitchell scored a hole-in-one. You would think everything would be coming up roses for Mitchell after that pumped-up start, and it did...sort of...Mitchell followed through with a birdie on eleven. Then Mitchell took a par, birdie, bogey and finally wound up with a 66 and tied for 68th place after four rounds. (Please note ESPN has his name listed as Keith while Golf Digest lists it as Kevin). anyone maintain such high expectations after an ace? Should you try?READ: Try to Win and You Won't?On the flip side, Zimbabwean golfer, Marc Cayeux, left all expectations behind after a devastating motor vehicle accident left one leg shorter than the other. “It’s been a tough seven years, so, on my first year back, I had no expectations. I just basically tried to get back into the swing of things and learn all over again...". Caveux made the cut!Managing expectations requires determination. Here are a few tips to help overcome thoughts that consume, in order to get positive results during a round.1. SLOW DOWN: According to mind coach Gary Leboff, "signs of excessive intensity include rushing your food, driving too fast and shortness of breath." Identifying these changes and consciously doing the opposite will help you get into a calm mindset.2. MANAGE HIGHS AND LOWS on the course: According to, you will lose momentum if you have a good round going and start to dwell on it. Conversely, don't believe that if you have been blowing all of your putts that it will continue to happen. Maintain realistic expectations about your game and stay grounded.3. STAY IN THE MOMENT: It's common practice to think about the next shot but, in many cases, golfers think way too far ahead. According to, when French player Alexander Levy was, " totally immersed in the moment: seeing the shot, playing the shot, seeing the result and then playing the next shot," his game took a turn for the better.Managing your expectations takes practice and strong resolve; understanding where your weaknesses lie and lessening the pressure you put on yourself is the first step to better enjoyment of the game.How do you manage your expectations on the golf course? Share in the comments section of Golf for Beginners blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

3 Simple #Golf Tips for More Distance

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:05:01 PST

Every golfer wants more distance, right?While trying to come up with a golf blog that resonates with almost every player this week, although accuracy is of utmost importance, if you can't get down the fairway, you won't be able to score."Simple" is better. Golfers tend to remember easy golf tips and to unknowingly incorporate them while at the range or on the course.Golf for Beginners was originally conceived of by my husband, Barry, and myself as a way to break down complicated tips into simple thoughts. Therefore, this blog will offer up a few simple tips that should help you get more yardage during your round.1. Think Short to Go Long. Basically, just shorten your backswing: I can't lay claim to thinking of this tip on my own but, when I implement it, I most certainly hit the ball longer...or, at least, I make better contact. Most average golfers believe, the longer the backswing, the more power, but the opposite is true. Bubba Watson can achieve that kind of contact and results (according to, but, the weekend golfer is just going to wind up releasing the hands too soon leading to less-than-perfect impact.2. One Deep Breath then GO!This is always my last thought just before impact. Take a deep breath and pick out one point on the golf ball - after you exhale, take your swing. Your body will be more relaxed and, chances are, your mind will be on the task at hand instead of thinking of all those positions you should be in!3. For more advanced golfers, transfer your weight. Many amateurs lose speed and distance because of poor weight shift. RST instructor Chris Tyler offers up a simple drill to aid in weight shift: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> More simple tips to consider when trying to go longer include Hank Haney's golf tip to me in our Golf for Beginners podcast about the biggest misconception about distance, "you have to create clubhead speed to get distance."What golf tips have you successfully used to get more distance? Share in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

#Golf Driver and Putter Head Cover Winners Announced!

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:50:13 PST

The golf blog will be a quick one this week, to announce the winners of the golf driver and putter head covers.The recipients of the giveaway were very clever and put forth the effort to make this golf blogger sit up and notice!Thanks again to Craftsman Golf for supplying the awesome headcovers. Golf for Beginners is excited to be able to bring you golf giveaways. Winners will be notified via Twitter DM and will be asked to supply U.S. mailing address which will be sent to Craftsman Golf for shipping purposes.The winners of the Golf Driver and Putter Head Covers from Craftsman Golf are...Winner #1: @wcuebas. We're looking forward to seeing a photo of the matching tattoo with the headcovers!I want to win the @craftsmangolf they will match my new Tat! @Golf4Beginners #CraftsmanGolfHeadcovers @BiGGsGOLFTALK @DavidLockr @Ronin1809— The GolfFather ⛳ (@wcuebas) October 27, 2017 Thanks to all who entered! Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and Golf for Beginners blog for details on our next giveaway!Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

AWESOME #Golf Driver and Putter Headcover GIVEAWAY!

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:58:38 PDT

When Golf for Beginners was approached by Craftsman Golf to offer a golf GIVEAWAY to our readers and social media friends, we checked out the items and, after we said "WOW", we agreed!Craftsman Golf, the leader in custom and distinguishing headcovers, is helping us to give away a 2-piece matching set; driver and a putter cover! These headcovers are awesome and will most certainly inspire you as you pull out your clubs on the course.Did I mention that this GIVEAWAY is for a 2-piece set? Yes, I did! However, we are also authorized to give away just the driver and/or putter cover as we see fit...Here is what YOU could win:Skull Leather Driver Head Cover(description as taken from the site):- Fit almost 460cc driver- Premium synthetic leather, water - stain resistant- V-shaped design with cool skull pattern, fashionable- Soft inner lining will protect your clubs- Durable elastic inside secures to a tight fitSkull Leather Putter Head Cover With Marker Holder(description as taken from the site):- Fit almost blade putter- Premium synthetic leather, Water, and stain resistant- The soft plush Inner Lining well protect your club- Strong magnetic closure keeps your cover on the club- Magnetic utility platform to secure ball markerOkay, now you know what you can win. Here are the easy-peasy details on How to Win these amazing headcovers and be the envy of every golfer on the course:Here it comes... it's the Official Giveaway Rules!This is a Twitter-based giveaway but Golf for Beginners will also post and watch for the hashtag and your comments on Facebook.Retweet our post, follow @Golf4Beginners and @craftsmangolf on Twitter and hashtag us back with #CraftsmanGolfHeadcovers telling us why you want to win this prized possession, so that we can see that you have entered the Giveaway!Tag 3 friends (more, as you could to win these amazing head covers).Postings must include entrants' @username mention to @Golf4Beginners in addition to #CraftsmanGolfHeadcovers to be considered an entry.WINNERS MUST BE BASED IN THE USA only. Winners will not be selected from any country other than the United States.Two headcovers - one driver and one putter, will be given away to two golfers by Golf for Beginners blog. Golf for Beginners has the right to split up the prizes and give out 4 prizes instead of two: 2 driver headcovers to 2 separate individuals and 2 putter headcovers to 2 different individuals.Prizes contributed by (see below).Winnings provided directly by Craftsman Golf and substitutions may occur. Golf for Beginners is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any substitutions in head covers or putter covers nor are we responsible if fails to deliver on the prizes.Each Winner will be selected by me, Stacy Solomon, so please try to make nice yet opinionated mentions as I will be reading and responding to all comments!Only one entry per person. RETWEET this Great Giveaway and tell your friends.Winners will be announced on November 3, 2017 and will be notified via private message. Shipping will be provided by Craftsman Golf. The winner must provide a real name, an accurate address within the USA as well as an email address and phone number upon winning the prize.GOOD LUCK!As always, please follow Golf for Beginners on Twitter and subscribe to this golf blog.Check out more wonderful items, pls go to Want custom head covers?Email Bella: @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

After a Pro Tip, Do You Tip the Pro? #golf

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:30:12 PDT

Golf beginners have so many unanswered questions, not only about how to play the game but concerns that are taken for granted by amateurs who have already been "around the turn". Golf for Beginners answers several of these questions in this blog with the hopes of making newbies feel more comfortable around the course, not just on it.Question 1 - The Bag Drop DilemmaHave you driven up to the bag drop area and felt uncomfortable with someone reaching into your trunk to pull out your golf clubs? You can screech to a stop and try to outrun the greeter but, chances are, he or she will be waiting with a smile.Let's start by saying that these ambassadors work for the golf course and get paid to help you. My suggestion? Don't fight it, always have a few small bills at the ready - it's just one of the courtesies extended by the course. Instead, focus on the game ahead and let these "friendlies" work for you. Ask them where to check in, where the putting green is located and any other uncomfortable questions you have so that you can relax and ready yourself to play your best game ever.Question 2 - What to Do at the Front DeskQueasy at the thought of calling a golf course for a tee time? Not sure what to do when at the desk?There are several ways to make a tee time - you can call the course or find an online booking company who will reserve your tee time for you. Start by planning ahead and knowing the date and approximate time you (and your foursome) wish to play. Have several dates/times at the ready and a credit card although you can pay for your tee time at the front desk of many courses.Call the course and set up your golf game. Once you know your tee time, get to the course at least a half an hour in advance so that you are on time for your tee-off!When at the front desk, the associate will give you a receipt. Give that piece of paper to the starter - the starter has a list of all of the golfers playing golf that day. He or she will take the ticket and let you know which group you will follow...and will give you helpful tips about the course such as where the bathrooms are, where you can find drinking water on-course, where the pins are located for the day and whether or not it's a "cart-path-only" day.Question 3 - A Teaching Pro TipAfter a lesson (or a group of lessons), are you supposed to tip the pro?You already paid for lessons and the instructor isn't offering you a service like cleaning your cleats so I would say there are better ways to show your appreciation to your teaching pro.A few suggestions... leave a great review on his or her website (or Facebook page). If you really like the results, and your game is improving, you may want to take more lessons - this, more than anything, will probably make your pro feel like a million bucks!Read next: Can Online Tips Hurt Your Golf Game?What concerns do you have around the golf course? Write them down in the comments section of this golf blog and tag us with your questions on Twitter @Golf4Beginners. We will answer questions here and on social media.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

Can Online #Golf Tips Do More Harm than Good to Your Game?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:50:09 PDT

I am a proponent of professional golf instruction - meeting with a teacher and getting help with your game works for golfers from beginners through to the best in the world (even Tiger Woods needs an instructor).But, what differences does a face-to-face experience offer vs a magazine article ....or, can we essentially learn proper technique either way? With more and more posting golf blogs, articles from renowned players and teachers, and videos, it would seem that an online tutorial can also help your game, however...A teaching pro is right in front of you, showing you how to execute a shot. In stark contrast, golf tips we receive from PGA Tour pros who tell us via magazine article or show us what to do via youtube video cannot give us any feedback.Justin Rose in a recent blog, offers how to pull off certain shots as well as recovery techniques for an amateur who has been playing the game for a while and who understands course management and shot making but may confuse the beginner.In other words, not all learning methods are best for every student.Tips such as golf etiquette and understanding overall swing concepts are fine to learn from an established online source but, after you have gotten to the next level, it might be better to incorporate lessons if you are to improve in this game.Two-way communication is essential in golf training - an instructor will watch your swing, talk to you to determine the source of the problem and may add the latest technology to the mix in order to show you where you need help. It's like when you are sick - if it's just the sniffles you may choose to take basic cold medicine but, at that point do you choose to visit the doctor?My golf blog tip of the week? Take tips from magazines and videos with a grain of salt - you have to know when to take advice and when to get advice in person.Do you take online golf tips with a grain of salt? Let us know which pro rely on for advice in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]

What Type of #Golf Do YOU Play When Score Matters?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:08:50 PDT

How do you think you would play golf if your PGA Tour card was on the line? Would you calmly navigate the golf course or would your grip tighten on every club and suddenly come down with a case of "the yips"?Some familiar names on the Tour, like Sam Saunders and Peter Uihlein, rose to the occasion this past week and snagged a spot for the 2018 season. Other golfers, like Matt Harmon, could not muster up the skills needed to deal with the situation at hand, missing short putts when they mattered most.With only two holes left to play, Matt Harmon unraveled.It wasn't necessarily his putting that let him down, although he missed several short putts on 17 and 18 - it was his mental game which collapsed and, to wit, Harmon snapped his putter in two further allowing his emotions to get the better of him.Even more upsetting to this competitor is that, according to Golf Digest, Harmon is number one in driving distance on the Tour which means he had no troubles in getting to the green in regulation, just holing out.What was the difference between Harmon's journey to claim his tour card and Sam Saunders' triumphant 59 with his PGA Tour card at stake? In my opinion, attitude under pressure.You can either give in to nerves or take a deep breath, assess the situation and not let pressure take control of you. Ok, easier said than done.Golf for Beginners has compiled a short list of ways to combat nerves on the course.1. Divide and Conquer: You wouldn't eat an entire cherry pie, would you? Ok, maybe some of you would... Instead of looking at the golf course as a whole, try separating the entire eighteen holes into individual slices, making each into its own journey.2. Breathe: Sounds simple, doesn't it? Try taking a deep breath right before you take your next shot. Stand up to the golf ball and, just before you are ready to take that swing, slowly inhale and exhale. You will be amazed at how this simple fix gives you better tempo and ease of mind.3. Opportunity Awaits: You made a bad shot, or the hole is lost. Time for positive self-talk instead of drowning your sorrows. Stay in the moment, tell yourself that the shot is over and you can't get it back and look forward to the next shot or the next adventure. Dr. Bob Winters says to create a "now" mentality. "It is far better to accept what is than to pout and become irate over something that is history and now entirely out of your control."What do you do to combat nerves on the golf course? Post your golf tips in the comments section of Golf for Beginners and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]