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What's News in Golf Technology?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:43:25 PDT

Whether it's new or improved, today's golf technology is designed to enhance your game and your viewing experience. Below is a sampling of some of the new tech available today to golfers and how you can use it to your advantage.1. Go, Go, Go! Can your golf ball fly even farther? Scientists are working with new polymers for the inside of the golf ball and scratch-resistant polyurethane exteriors. Amateurs may one day see their drives easily fly 300 yards - but, what's the fun in that?2. Before I started taking lessons at the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center, I never heard of FocusBand, a "thought-sensing" neurofeedback headband to help determine how you "feel" before, during and after you hit the ball.You know the Bobby Jones quote, "Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears,"...well, science has come up with a way to make sure that the mental game does not impede the physical one.How focused am I? I will be reviewing this technology shortly and will let you know my levels of focus and tension but, suffice it to say, reading brainwaves to improve your golf game is certainly the "wave" of the future!3. Callaway leading the technology wave? Callaway certainly has been in the news recently, from the release of their Callaway GPS watch which can count steps, Golf for Beginnerscalories, GPS and more for a variety of sports, to their new Epic irons which are said to remove standard limitations to enhance maximum performance.   https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikmatuszewski/2017/05/23/callaway-golfs-epic-year-gets-even-better-with-new-irons-several-years-in-the-making/#778ccaad103e4. Although Pro Tracer is not necessarily breakthrough golf technology, it has improved the viewing experience for fans of the game. This U.S. Open received accurate shot-tracking graphics for all eighteen holes along with Toptracer technology which allowed for, "live ball trace over video." How could this design be suited for the average golfer? I am sure someone is already working on it.5. Now you can play Pebble Beach for real! Okay, maybe not for real but HD Golf states about their simulators, that "from a realism standpoint, it’s as real as you can get — short of getting a tee time at Pebble Beach." HD Golf says they use a geophysical scan, high-res images, and drone footage.I have played Pebble Beach and would like to see if this simulator really makes me feel like I am standing on that 7th tee box, wind blowing in my face, heart pumping to land that golf ball safely on the green.What new golf technology can you add to this list that makes you go WOW? Place your comments into our Golf for Beginners blog below and tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



What Can Video Analysis Do for Your Golf Swing?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:54:25 PDT

Scenario: Inconsistency once again rears its ugly head in your golf swing and you chunk, thin it and watch as your shots fly off in all directions. You think this anomaly will solve itself over time but it only gets worse.What is the first step to a cure? A video analysis of your golf swing!Yes, I am guilty of not taking regular golf instruction to keep me on track but, after a recent lesson at the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center in Myrtle Beach, I realize that my swing won't fix itself.Instructors like Dale Ketola are awesome without using technology to guide them, but their skills are amplified with software such as V1.The software can show a hitch or improper plane angle with front or side views, allowing the teacher to give you the proper method of solving the issue(s). The student also benefits because he or she gets to watch the swing over and over again, with analysis from the teacher.In my previous blog, my video golf lesson using my irons showed that not only was my head in front of the ball but I was turning my body to look at the target, thus pulling my shots. Dale offered me an easy fix which I have been working on at the driving range.Next was an analysis of my driver swing which, I am happy to report, is excellent and right on plane!Even though I swing my driver well, Dale offered me a tip or two to improve my position even further (watch the video below for golf tips of view Rate My Golf Driver Swing on Youtube.com).  allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="225" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cOUQqgvYxO0" width="400">Don't forget the importance of having a driver fit correctly for your golf swing - if you visit the Myrtle Beach area, ask Dale for help with this as well!Do you regularly take golf lessons? Let us know the benefits you received below, on this golf blog, and tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Why You Need an Instructor to Video Your Golf Swing

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:04:17 PDT

Have you been pushing/pulling/chunking your golf shots?Are you out of sync?If you are nodding your head in agreement, and, if you are starting a list with your own issues, the next question comes as no surprise...When was the last time you took a lesson from a qualified professional golf instructor?Chances are you can't remember but, if you can, you probably came away with a much stronger game. I know I did!I knew something was amiss with my golf swing; although my ball contact is good, my shots were inconsistent - left, right, left, right...I was playing military golf!With the latest golf technology at their fingertips, PGA Instructors can identify, show you your flaws and help you to correct them. You will also be able to view the lesson online afterward so, when you hit the driving range, you will remember what you need to practice.I recently received a lesson from Dale Ketola, PGA, Director of Instruction at the brand, new Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center. Dale has all of the latest technology and my mouth was watering just thinking about using that V1 Software, Flightscope...Focus Band...Below is a video of my golf swing using an 8-iron. I will place the swing video using my driver in next week's blog but, suffice it to say, Dale had only good things to say about it.If you cannot view my golf swing video on this blog, click here: IRON SWING 1:https://youtu.be/hN_0Ab_0Ow8 allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="225" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hN_0Ab_0Ow8" width="400"> I was able to view my swing and Dale compared me with Paula Creamer (and with a similar outfit!) showed me what I was doing wrong and how to correct it right on the screen.If you are guilty of relying on your husband (or buddies) at the driving range to help when you have a problem, "Hey, take a look at me and see what I'm doing wrong", stop NOW and take one of these lessons!I am currently working on correcting these flaws which have quietly crept into my golf swing:1. Head in front of the ball.2. Open stance - Turning my body to look at my target.After my lesson with Dale, Barry and I played nine holes at Myrtlewood Pinehills golf course and, guess what! I scored nine shots lower than the previous week...and without even having a chance to practice what I learned!Thanks to Dale Ketola and the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center for the instruction. After I practice eradicating the swing flaws shown to me, I will be back for another lesson. I hope to try the Focus Band which can tell me my emotional state while I am striking the ball - that should turn up all kinds of issues!Contact Dale Ketola at the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center: EMAIL: Dale.Ketola@foundersgolf.comPHONE: 843-833-3332FACEBOOK: Grande Dunes Golf Performance CenterDo your golf lessons include visualization with the V1 Software? What other technology do you use to help eradicate swing flaws? Tell us below on our Golf for Beginners blog and tag on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Female #Golf Athletes - Do You Believe We Have Come a Long Way?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:56:29 PDT

In honor of the NCAA Championships and the upcoming Women's Golf Day, Golf for Beginners posts this Q&A about the state of womenin sports from a student working on his final university assessment.Do you believe that equality has finally come to females in sports or is sexism still rearing its ugly head?Here are my answers:- How big an interest/fan base do you think there is for women’s golf?I think women's golf is constantly in a state of flux - the more entertainment value, the greater the audience.- Do women’s sports, golf, in particular, need better mainstream media coverage?Always, but not just on traditional sources. We need to reach people where they search. I believe Youtube has much to offer as well as sources that don't necessarily cover golf, such as fitness magazines. The keywords used should reach out to a non-traditional audience.- Generally, do you believe women in sports, and the sports themselves, have come a long way?Of course - take a look at the early days of women's sports...those skirts are floor length! Yes, Title 9 helped with that process (and so did young upstarts like Michelle Wie) but we still have a long way to go.- Are we at a stage where female athletes are recognized as role models to the next generation of women and girls? On the same level as male athletes?To girls that have an interest in sports, I believe more so than male athletes. They can promote physical fitness... strength of mind and body!- Does the media play a fair role in promoting and informing the public of female sporting events and their athletes?No. I believe that women's golf events need to be better promoted. I don't know half of the times/dates of pro events. I would have to go and search out those times although the media is doing an adequate job promoting the NCAA Women's semifinals.- Were events surrounding the vote at Muirfield the start of a change in women’s golf? Or have those events been forgotten about?I think that those events have been forgotten about for now but will be pulled "out of the hat" when they are needed to make a statement.- When discussing the media’s role, do you feel that in a newsroom you are equally represented?Women will be equally represented as they step into the field. There are now more female announcers than ever, and their viewpoints represent a different way of thinking than traditional male questioning.- Are we past the days of ‘body image’ when it comes to women in sport? Or are we still at the height of sexualizing female athletes?Unfortunately, we still need to "sexualize" women athletes to some degree in order to get more attention to the sport but the women in question do it in a very tasteful way. Body image will always be important to the world we live in but, hopefully, it can be balanced with an equally sharp mental state.- Is there pressure for female athletes to look a certain way? In a sport like golf does talent and skill play a bigger role?Female athletes that are "prettier" still get more attention but I believe that their sticks still do the talking!What do you have to add to these questions about women in golf? Comment below in our golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Should You #Golf With Better Players?

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:05:38 PDT

Do you immediately feel anxious when approached by a single golfer or couple who wants to join you for the round?Chances are, you may have been with your husband, wife or friend on the first tee and have been asked..."Want to pair up?" only to cut them short with one of the following hackneyed excuses:"I would prefer not to...""I'm not very good...""I haven't played in a while...""I play slow..."Yes, both my husband and I have, on occasion, approached a twosome and received those comments. It's kind of disheartening because we were not only trying to keep the pace of players steadily moving but also thought it would be nice to play golf with another couple.If you are on the receiving end...who feel intimidated that you are not good enough, take heart. There are always going to be golfers who play better than you do, or not as good as you, which is why the handicap system was invented - to level the playing field! Instead of worrying, go out to have a good time - you may just surprise yourself and play your best golf ever!For this blog, we will examine the positive impact playing with a better golfer can have on your game and how you can benefit from the experience.Reasons You May Not Want to Play Golf With a "Better" Golfer:1. You may "beat yourself up" if you start to slide down the rabbit hole.2. You may think you are slowing down the better golfer.3. You may feel intimidated by the golfers' swing, shots, demeanor.4. You may want to hit each shot, no matter how many you have to take, in order to get to the green.Reasons You Should Play Golf With a Better Golfer:1. You may pick up a few tips along the way.2. Great to watch a better golfer's course management skills.3. You might focus more on each of your shots and your score.4. Challenges your mental and physical game.5. You may just meet a new friend.In my opinion, the positives far outweigh the negatives. I am an advocate for playing happy golf, keeping my own frame of mind and enjoying the company of whoever is with me at the time.Tell you what...to all of those folks out there who are worried about playing golf with me;I won't comment on your swing, shots, and lack of experience if you don't snicker behind my back when I flub, okay?This Memorial Day weekend, when you are faced with this situation, I hope you will go with the flow and make the most of your round. Enjoy!Do you play with better golfers and why? Comment below on this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Do You Play #Golf to Win?

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:42:44 PDT

Scenario: You're behind by two strokes, nearing the end a very important golf tournament, and your ball is not sitting in the best position to go for the green. Your nearest competitor has not bogeyed all day long and appears to be in good shape. What is your next move?Do you:a) play it safeb) play to winThis was the dilemma for Ian Poulter as he debated his next move while 21-year-old Si Woo Kim stood ready on the fairway to increase his lead on a par-5 at the 2017 Players Championship.Poulter decided to play it safe, protecting 2nd place money and his world ranking. After the tournament and his decision had been made, Poulter received criticism from a Golf Channel commentator, calling the move "the worst shot of the day."Was it though? Chamblee, the commentator in question, clarified his statement to include that it was, indeed, a "fine shot" and, although it "didn't cost himself any money, didn't cost him any world ranking points", Poulter "clearly did not play to win".According to PGA.com, the hardest shot to hit under pressure is...the layup. "It won't get any votes for Shot of the Year" but it could make the difference in the shots that follow. A study in favor of opposing side, that is, playing aggressively in a tight squeeze, was published by Edmund M. Balsdon in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. He argues that "pros should start playing more aggressive under pressure because tournament purses are heavily skewed in favor of the winner."Of course, we don't play at that level but most of us do like to compete and beat our friends.So, do you play safe and wait for your competitor to make an error (which happens a lot at our level of play) or go for the low percentage shot and, possibly, the win if you make a great shot?I guess it depends on how well you are hitting the ball that day. Two thoughts to consider before making that decision during play:- If you've been making most of your shots and your confidence is high, then go for it!- If you have been scrambling all day, on the other hand, then you should play it safe.Good luck out there!Have you played it safe when your mind said, "Go for it?" Let us know your story below in the comments section of this Golf for Beginners blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Easy Solutions for #Golf Course Errors

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:49:50 PDT

Another blooper off the tee, one more golf green not made in regulation... you know you are doing something wrong but...how can you fix these problems?First, identify your issues. Place them on a list like the one I have created below. Most errors are easily avoidable and solvable. Here is our list of a few of the more common amateur golf mistakes:Duffing off the teeSlicing or hooking your shotsNot reaching your goalsGolf Ball flying past where intendedPlaying the wrong ballNot knowing the RulesSolutions for most of the above issues are rather simple and some have nothing to do with on-course management. The tips below should help you start your round off on the right foot (so to speak).Stretch Before a Round: A few stretches before you get to the first tee will help loosen you up for the next eighteen holes.Practice: Just a few minutes of chipping and putting on the practice green can help you line up your putts and get a feel for the speed of the green and for the clubs you are about to use.Boost: Keep Energized During the Round: Make sure you bring along a healthy snack.Lessen your Load: If you are carrying your bag, be sure to remove extras that could weigh you down.As for the on-course issues, some can be solved with simple practice. One of my earliest New York instructors once told me to remember the basics of G.A.S.P. (Grip, Alignment, Stance and Posture).He said to, "remember this simple acronym when you practice and put it into play on the course." It is something I have never forgotten and continue to use to this day. Gripping too tight causes tension in your swing and we know how that single behavior can affect your entire round!With relation to not reaching your goal or flying past your goal, that is most probably solved on the driving range by getting to know your club distances and including variables, such as the wind, as you make your club decision. Also, if you know your driver is not working well for you today, use a 3-wood instead. Golf is a thinking man's game so use your brain and your body to make the most of your round.Lastly, for this blog, and with relation to The Rules...knowing the basics or, at the very least, keeping a rules book at the ready, can help you to make up strokes. Know the penalties so you can correctly score.All of the above mistakes are curable are costly yet avoidable. Which golf course errors do you make on a regular basis? Share with us below on this golf blog and on our Golf4Beginners Twitter page.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Golf Tips to Help You Improve Lag Putt Percentages

Thu, 04 May 2017 05:52:59 PDT

Probably one of the most important golf tips we can offer on Golf for Beginners has to do with putting.Dave Pelz said that the "make percentage" of PGA Tour players averages just over twenty-nine putts per round compared with twenty to thirty handicappers who average a staggering thirty-five and more putts per round! Knowing this one simple stat makes you really want to work on your short game.Golfers know that it is extremely important NOT to choke on those easy three-footers, but it is crucial to learn the art of lag putting to get the average player into the "circle of trust".Move that little white ball safely into the hole in the least number of strokes and your score will drop.In his recent Golf Digest article, "4 Shots You Need to Win at Augusta (and Anywhere)", Brooks Koepka notes that a "tricky lag" was needed during The Masters in order to compensate for the speed and swing on the greens although the short putts were equally as treacherous."Nowhere else do you see four-footers that break three cups. You have to hit the short ones with authority, but to even get those, your lag putting needs to be dialed in," noted Koepka.This week, Golf for Beginners has put together a few easy golf tips and drills to avoid posting those nasty three-putts to your scorecard. If, as Pelz states, "PGA Tour pros three-putt an average of 2.4 times—per event," you can imagine how many strokes the average player is throwing away!- If you are the type of golfer who always seems to lag the ball short of the hole, Dave Pelz suggests putting with a chipping stroke. "Add a little wrist hinge both back and through. Again, this will help you avoid hitting the ball too softly and coming up short."- Bradenton Country Club’s Head Pro, Brian Lake, says that "feel" is overrated. "You’ll learn distance control faster, applying science.""If you play just by feel, it takes you three times longer to finally teach your brain what those distances are,”  Lake states. The science behind the tip is, for every one inch you swing your putter behind and forward of the ball, the ball is going to roll approximately one foot. If you swing your putter two inches back then two inches forward, the ball should travel approximately two feet, and so on.Golf for Beginners certainly doesn't want to overwhelm players so, since these two tips are easy to remember, try them the next time you practice your putting and let us know how these putting drills worked for you in our golf blog comments section below or on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



The Latest #Golf Club Fitting and Thought-Sensing Instruction Technology

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:41:24 PDT

As you drift aimlessly through your local golf superstore, how many times have you been tempted by the latest driver or irons? I'll bet it's every time the "eye candy" catches your attention. First thing you do is grab the club and head over to the hitting booth to try it out. Most golfers are guilty of the "grab and go", thinking that the golf club which you swung great in the store will serve equally up-to-par on the course. You then find out that it's just not the same converting a golf club from net practice to course use.What essential piece of the puzzle did you miss out on?  The Golf Club FITTING!Golf for Beginners has written several articles about the benefits of custom golf club fitting and, this being the start of a new season we would, once again, like to emphasize the importance to all level of golfer, in order to maximize your experience on the course.There are different ways to get to the same end in a golf club fitting; for the most part, professionals use an indoor booth and software that allows them to see how you hit the ball - the trajectory, distance etc. There is one problem with that equation...you are looking at a screen and only imagining the outcome.I recently met with Dale Ketola, Director of Instruction and Golf Fitting for the newly opened Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (on behalf of MBN.com).This golf instruction and club fitting center is unlike any I have seen. Why? I'm glad you asked! Watch my short Facebook Live interview with Dale, (see below). allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="401" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMyrtleBeachGolfCourses%2Fvideos%2F10155605816608465%2F&show_text=1&width=560" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="560">Dale uses the latest technology, including swing comparison V1 software for instruction and Flightscope® with doppler radar to track the golf ball in flight - offering real life results.Ah, but Dale has one special trick up his golf shirt sleeve; you can see the ball flight outdoors! I am sure there are other golf-fitting centers cross-country which utilize this tech but here, in Myrtle Beach, it's the first of its kind.Now onto the science-fiction-fact portion of this blog...an exciting new tech breakthrough, on the order of mind-reading, is a thought-sensing headset Dale uses to aid in visualization called FocusBand©. Worn like a headband, FocusBand©, measures your subconcious thoughts before, during and after your shot. Wonder if we can use that to enhance our personal relationships?Dale's thoughts on FocusBand©, “It's pretty cool and really works. I don't know of anyone else in the Carolinas who has one.”Want to check out the new golf technology first-hand? Listen to the end of the Facebook video for Dale's cell-phone number and email address and tell him Stacy sent you!Have you tried Flightscope® or FocusBand©? Let us know in the comments section of this golf blog and tweet us @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Say Ahh to Aching Golf Feet with New Massaging Flip Flops

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:41:30 PDT

Today was a great time to receive my new ahhsoles in the mail! I just finished a round of golf at Burning Ridge Golf Club and, although my Footjoys are amazingly comfortable, for me there is nothing quite like slipping off the golf shoes and putting on a pair of flip-flops.Most golf shoes come out of the box ready for wear but there is usually a breaking-in period; it takes a bit of time to soften them up! Players could use a bit of a "massage" after a round.If you find yourself rubbing your feet after taking off your shoes or, if you are a die-hard flip-flop fan as I am, a pair of these "peculiar" toe-wiggling, ripple or massaging open-toed, soothing sandals may be just what your tootsies need.I received two pair of ahhsoles - one had a foot bed made of cushioned "grass" and the other pair had ridges built into the foot bed for a massaging feel. I quickly tried on both pair and chose the Green Coral...all I could say was ahhh, perfectly named! The flip-flops are spongy and tingly - the fake grass sole is soft and cushiony - I happily wore them all afternoon.The second pair of ahhsoles had a "ripple" effect on the bottom of my feet. I get the idea of the knobs providing my feet with a massage but am still trying to understand the sensation; the pads felt a little hard on my soles. I found myself continually gravitating to the Seagrass Model (above) so I am happy to report that I found a new, after-golf, pair of flip-flops to keep in my car right next to my set of golf clubs.The ahhsoles tagline on their site says that these flip-flops are "offensively comfortable"; quite frankly, I find nothing "offensive about them. The styling is Gen Y/ Millennial - the colors are bright and refreshing and would also be great to take with you on a beach vacation!Thanks to Ahhsoles for sending me the flip-flops for review; opinions are my own.Have you tried ahhsoles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section of Golf for Beginners blog and send us a tweet @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Sergio Garcia Wins Masters - Golf Hat Giveaway Winner Announced

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:57:58 PDT

The 2017 Masters did NOT disappoint the fans as we witnessed a tremendous major win by Sergio Garcia. Justin Rose walked away with his dignity and cheering from the fans in his post-round interview with Dottie Pepper. Both golfers are true champions, in my opinion, as it took a playoff to come to a conclusion worthy of the Masters!News feeds are abuzz with Sergio's win, from an awesome save on thirteen to a putter which turned hot on the 15th hole ...and let's not forget how this win happened to fall on Seve Ballesteros' birthday.Congratulations to the 2017 Masters Winner, Sergio Garcia. Could this be the start of his Grand Slam season?Now, on to the announcement of the golf gear giveaway winner from Golf for Beginners and MMO Golf...The recipient of the Official 2017 Masters Golf Hat is...RICHARD from @RuchalaGolf.Here is Richard's entry which won us over - thanks for entering the Giveaway. We thank you for your service to our great Country! #MastersCaddyHatI was a Vet stationed at Ft Gordon. The hat is the best example of the Masters other than the green Jacket. I love the hat.— Richard Ruchala (@RuchalaGolf) April 9, 2017Thanks to all who entered! Looking forward to our next giveaway!Follow Golf4Beginners on Twitter! Comment on our golf blog below. 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! [...]



Is Distance Overrated for Golfers?

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 06:00:24 PST

Golfers always talk about the importance of distance; thoughts of gripping it and ripping it, bombing a shot, how far down the fairway did that shot go but, is distance overrated?The thought of hitting that little white ball (or in the case of my wife, Stacy, a yellow or pink ball) deep onto the center of the fairway is enough to make a golfer choke...literally...or to change the swing to compensate. Let's put it in perspective with scoring ability.On the professional level, golfers have so many shots in their bag that, if they spray a long drive off of the tee, they can still find a way to get onto the green from just about anywhere.We might think these are miraculous recovery shots (and they are) but these guys and gals also visualize the unthinkable to get the ball back into play...remember Dustin Johnson's incredible shot from tree to green using the roll on a cart path? For the average player looking to score, however, thinking in terms of distance can ruin your round. Is that extra ten or fifteen yards you visualize in order to bomb your drive really worth it if your golf ball lands in deep rough? Accuracy is key to a solid golf game.How good are you in getting out of trouble when your drive goes awry? Are you Dustin Johnson good?According to usgtf.com, "long hitters are able to get away with a lesser skill level than short hitters and still beat them, but they have their own challenges," which include lesser ability from one hundred yards and in or issues with accuracy. The approach to the green is the money shot and putting is the gravy.Where pros can play "military golf" and get away with a possible bogey, average golfers tend to have cards with snowmen. The once-a-week duffer needs to have drives that land in or around the fairway with reasonably direct approaches to the green. If your drives are shorter and land in the fairway, if you have a decent short game (130 yards and in) and can putt reasonably well, you have a better chance at a decent handicap and overall more pleasurable round.Distance is important to golfers and is not overrated as long as the shot can land safely, otherwise, thoughts of distance can lead to over-swinging, changing the swing to compensate and high scores.Think Accuracy over DistanceAccording to the PGA Tour, one of the most important statistics is "Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green" which evaluates a tour player's non-putting performance. PGA Tour Senior VP of Information Systems says, "This enables us, for the first time, to quantify player performance and explain how a player achieves his success on the course." Strokes gained from around the green are also important as shots are measured from within thirty yards of the edge of a green. Distance is just one statistic on the PGA Tour but finding where your weaknesses are and turning them into strengths far outweighs distance.Which tees do you play?The average ten to nineteen handicapper drives the ball about two-hundred and fifteen yards. According to Barney Adams, based on that single fact, "an average golfer playing a 6,700-yard course would be the equivalent of a tour player playing an 8,100-yard course." Talk about getting a bang for your buck but, at the same time, what is your level of enjoyment?Tee It Forward guidelines state that, if the ball goes 225 with your driver, your recommended eighteen hole yardage stands at 5,800-6,000 for optimal enjoyment. Course length decreases while enjoyment increases - a win-win situation.Where there will always be a fascination with bombing a three-hundred yard drive, remember that good contact, proper tempo and optimized course managem[...]


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Should Beginners Attempt to Play Caledonia Golf Course?

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:09:07 PST

Passing beneath the stately oaks that lead to the clubhouse of the famed Pawley's Island Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, I wondered about the course we were about to play; would it be a test or an easy walk along the fairway?From which tee box would I hit?What awaits me, as well as others at my skill level, better players a well as beginners? A golf blog was formulating in my mind right at the entrance to this scenic experience.Although this golf course is considered a bucket list must-play for Southerners and Northerners alike, Caledonia, as well as other well-known upscale masterpieces, may not be suited to all levels of golfer unless he or she is there for the high-end experience more than for the score.Natural beauty surrounds, and dominates, the senses - egrets are in flight,  alligators are lazily surrounding the lakes; yes, Caledonia is most certainly a beautiful golf course and, on the first day of March, it was wonderful to see the azaleas in bloom, reminding me that The Masters Tournament is just around the turn.This Mike Strantz masterpiece proudly shows itself to be the perfect respite for the vacationing golfer and for players like myself and my husband who wanted to feel like we are on vacation even though we live only half an hour up the road in Myrtle Beach. The greens are in perfect shape, the fairways are cushioned and the course is immaculately maintained.What should all level of golfer know before playing Caledonia Golf and Fish Club?Fairways are tight, strategically placed bunkers, water and waste areas abound so the golf course should be reviewed before heading out for the first time.First tip? Pick up a play book at the front desk to help guide you through the holes, download a golf app for correct distances and watch video flyovers of the holes on the Caledonia website before you attempt to play the course. Don't go out unprepared if you plan to score well.In my opinion, the holes got increasingly difficult as the round progressed. I ran out of fairway at hole thirteen as I couldn't see the trouble that lay at the edge of the fairway, causing a blow-up hole. Precision shots are important on Caledonia.Try These Three Golf Swing Thoughts to Avoid Blow-Up HolesFor the first nine, we played with members of Caledonia who were invaluable as they helped us through trouble spots. As we came upon the ninth hole, it was relayed to us that the course ran out of room making the hole very short. Playing from the forward tees with my partners, the hole measured eighty yards with sand guarding the entire front of the green and through me for a loop as I was in between clubs. Feel shots are just as important as precision on Caledonia!As we approached hole 18 on Caledonia Golf Club, I pulled out my camera as this is one of the most beautiful finishing holes in golf and was included in PGA.com's  "Dream 18 of South Carolina". Caledonia was also selected as America's 4th Best Golf Course by My Golf Spy.The eighteenth hole did not disappoint; water along the right side of the fairway created an island green effect. I landed my drive too far left but still in the fairway, leaving me approximately 160 yards to the pin...it looked like 200 yards to the pin from where I stood and was extremely intimidating to me. I pulled out way too much club and choked on the shot. I said, "this round isn't going to end this way for me" and so I asked Barry if I could "mulligan" the shot, taking what I originally thought would be the right club. Since he won the round already, he agreed and I plunked the shot pin-high just off of the green. TIP? Don't be intimid[...]



Ben Hogan's Secret Fundamental Tips for #Golf

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:25:01 PST

When an advance copy of Ben Hogan's Secret Fundamental came to me via snail mail, my husband, an avid player, snagged it for himself.Uncovering golf tips from a legend who was one of the best technicians of the game can always help those who want to learn.My better half took some of Hogan's "secrets" to the range and, when he returned, acknowledged that this book helped him through some of his rough moments.That being said, it was my turn to read golf tips offered by the great Ben Hogan, written by direct protege, Larry Miller, and to learn a few secrets to take to the course with me.What is Ben Hogan's well-guarded "Secret"?According to Miller, some of the best golfers in the world had their own opinions; Sam Snead said, "hands never cross" and Harvey Penick, in his "Little Red Book" touches upon the secret, basic geometry of right angles and parallel lines which Hogan used to create his "perfect golf swing". This new book, in my opinion, is NOT for beginners, unless, of course, that newbie has the fundamental knowledge of the golf swing and can put these tips into practice.In this Golf for Beginners Podcast, we help break down Ben Hogan's secret into simpler terms.How Ben Hogan Created PowerHogan was not a big man and created a tremendous amount of lag but there were other factors which were present in his golf swing. "The Hawk" had a very consistent golf swing, kept his swing on track, considered geometry in relation to his hands, knees and position and had perfect acceleration and speed through to impact. Putting Ben Hogan's Secret Fundamental to Work for YouBen Hogan once said, "Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing."Read the book with Hogan's quote in mind, considering the scientific aspect behind the golf swing.There are some really good golf tips within this book, starting from the basics and moving deep within the geometric framework of your body in correlation to the golf club. A few thoughts to consider when swinging away involve:- Starting from a completely neutral address position- Keeping the triangle intact from your shoulders at takeaway until the shaft of the club is horizontal- Keeping your golf club on the line in which it began.Ben Hogan was also terrific with keeping his focus / concentration and course management, to such a degree that, when you turn to page 123, Miller states, "Implementing this section is a guaranteed way to lower your scores even if you ignore the rest of the book."From Hogan's strategic way of mapping the golf course to walking the course backward and the value of "pin high", just reading this section starts the average golfer thinking of ways to better visualize shots, approaches and how to avoid trouble.One drill which was regularly used by Tiger Woods and Johnny Miller is called the "Nine Shots Drill", where you practice hitting different trajectory shots - draws, straight shots and fades."With each club you are hitting nine different shots," mentions the author. The idea behind this drill is to gain confidence in your ability to use each club in a different way - the more shots in your bag, the more comfortable you are when in a particular situation using the idea of "I can do this!"Watch as Johnny Miller on this YouTube.com video explains the Nine Shots Drill. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="225" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7JQjWc-GiOw" width="400">Ben Hogan's Secret Fundamentals book should be added to your "must-reads" list if you are ready to attack your[...]



How to Play Boring Golf Like Jordan Spieth

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:16:38 PST

The game plan for Jordan Spieth last week at Pebble Beach was to play "boring golf" and it paid off, winning the AT&T, tying Tiger Woods for most PGA Tour wins before his twenty-fourth birthday and securing a bucket list dream.What is boring golf and what tips can we take away from Spieth's AT&T Pebble Beach win to help improve our round?1. On the tee box, Jordan's caddie reminded him to play boring golf, in other words, play it safe, don't be a hero. Remind yourself to aim for center of fairways, avoid trouble taking the correct clubs to go short of trouble and look to land in the center of the green, not necessarily right at the pin.2. Be patient - Spieth spoke about taking calm and easy swings - improve your tempo and take a breath or two before you swing away.3. Visualization: Jordan picks specific targets and stays with it. He didn't go for the pin, especially with Pebble Beach winds gusting, instead planning how to shape his shots so that they land where he wanted.Watch Jordan's Spieth Pebble Beach Interview.What can we learn from Spieth's overall return to the winner's circle?1. Set goals each week and look to accomplish them.2. Stay with the process - keep practicing what you need help with to better your game.3. Hard work pays off - off-season, work on your long game, ball striking and putting, like Spieth did and you will see alot more fairways in the spring!What do you do to play "boring" golf? Comment on our golf blog (below) and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



How President Trump is Using #Golf to Perfect The Art of The Deal

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:32:19 PST

The White House announced that President Trump will be playing a round of golf with a group that includes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago course.The first thing that Mr. Trump stated is that he is going to make sure that Mr, Abe is his playing partner, not his competitor, and that they were going to have "fun".Trump uses golf for business and this event is no exception as he expects to "get to know (Abe) better on a golf course than (he would) over lunch." And, as Mr. Trump once said in a GOLF Magazine interview, "You learn a lot about people playing golf: their integrity, how they play under pressure."Editor: Wonder if he'll also pull out that awesome golf gift he received from Mr. Abe, a Honma Beres S-05 driver with 9.5 degrees of loft with a 5S Armrq Infinity stiff shaft?Will he be using his time-tested tactics to work on building bridges with our Japanese ally? Most definitely! This is a combination of The Art of the Deal and the basic rules of business golf.So, aside from the obvious "fun" factor which Mr. Trump plans to have during the round, the time spent will also be like a four-hour business meeting on some of the greenest fairways in the country.In a survey by a global hotel chain, over one-third of CEO’s at top-level companies interviewed said, “Some of my biggest business deals were made on the golf course”. Women executives weighed in as well with more than a third saying that "playing golf resulted in additional business for them”.So, how can you use time on the course to better your business relationships?Here are a few golf tips you can use to make an unforgettable golf impression on prospective clients:1. Golf shows character traits: don't cheat - be honest about a miss, A future boss or business partner does not want to work alongside of someone who has "improved the lie". The way you play golf directly resembles the way you conduct business. Play fair!2. Don't go out cold - make sure you are ready to impress whomever you are playing with - that doesn't mean that you are a professional player, but it does mean that you can move the ball forward and that you know the rules of the game. There is nothing worse than stepping on your playing partner's line on the putting green just after you slipped in a pitch for something important to you.3. Learn about your playing partner early in the game.Sometimes you might want to give putts thinking that it's a good thing but it could be a double-edged sword. Donald Trump calls it an "interesting dynamic" because giving too much to a partner you are trying to impress may make him/her think (as Trump says) "you are feeling sorry for him". Not a good way to play. As Trump says, "It's a very fine line."Next read: How Much Would You Pay to Play Golf on a Donald Trump Course?What are some of your best tips playing golf for business? Let us know in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.photos: Golf Digest, scmp.comFollow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]


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VIDEO: Tiger Woods Golf - Venturing Into the Unknown

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:56:46 PST

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AU6q9sgHYXc" width="560">Tiger Woods returned to Torrey Pines after a seventeen-month hiatus. Woods has won on this golf course an astounding eight times, so this seemed to be as good a course as any to kick off his return."We all know I haven't played s full schedule in a long time, so this is an unknown," mentioned Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open.Tiger also stated that he needed to get into the playing rhythm once again.Fortifying the former number one golfer in the world's comfort level was being paired with friends Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.Was his comeback a success or is Tiger Woods a little rusty?The rough got the better of him but, overall, the most important thing is to put one foot in front of the other, which is what Tiger Woods did at Torrey Pines.According to a quote found in the New York Times, "Woods acknowledged that he needed to cut down on the 'dumb mistakes', saying, 'Playing tournament golf is a little bit different than playing with your buddies at home in a cart. I need to get more rounds under my belt, more playing time and that’s what I’m trying to do.'Think Tiger Woods will win a PGA Tour tournament in 2017? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.Video: Golfing WorldFollow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Three New Technologically Advanced #Golf Drivers for a Beginners' Swing

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:09:30 PST

A beginners golf swing is different than one that has been fine-tuned through the help of time, instructors and technology. A lack of confidence and awkwardness in the golf swing is especially noticed with the driver, as it has the longest shaft (and biggest clubhead) in the bag. It is also usually the club which can make, or break, the score for a beginner so it is important that you have the right driver in your bag.When I first considered which golf drivers are best for beginners in 2013, I selected a few which offered game-improvement technology. Updates to my golf blog in 2015 made sure to list drivers with 460 cc heads and adjustable weight and loft technology.But, do golf beginners really need all of the bells and whistles in order to get the ball airborne and safely onto the fairway? Do they need something as technical as the Wilson Staff Triton, which won Golf Channel's Driver-vs-Driver competition? Probably not.Yes, distance matters but accuracy and consistency in your golf game matters more. There is no better feeling than to walk to your golf ball which has landed safely in the fairway, hole after hole! (Okay, distance really DOES matter!)Technology also matters if it helps create golf clubs which make it easier to get the ball airborne or to, almost effortlessly, get the ball lofted off of the clubface and fly straighter down the fairway.Here are three golf drivers with new technology, selected to give newbies (and players who need more consistency) a head start on their 2017 golf game.1. Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver: Forgiveness for both men and women is the keyword for this driver. The club designers positioned substantially more weight in the perimeter and far back from the face, resulting in a dramatically higher level of forgiveness.The new titanium Exocage and shape cuts through the air lightly and with "an especially satisfying sound and feel", says Callaway. I love the sound my Callaway X2 Hot driver makes as it connects with the sweet spot of the ball, so I know this club manufacturer understands the value in that aspect for beginners!2. Ping G Series Drivers: My favorite set of Ping Karsten irons has prompted me to look into Ping drivers as I hit those irons like a champ (most of the time, otherwise, I would be on Tour!)Ah dragonfly, are you the reason that Ping redesigned their popular line of drivers?According to Ping, the wing pattern of this insect helped in the design of the crown sections to improve the MOI (moment of inertia) and CG (center of gravity) with biomimicry in mind. According to a Golf.com review of the Ping G Driver, there are many pros to using this club including a high level of accuracy and forgiveness with "point-and-shoot" playability.3. Cobra King F7 Driver: Golf World testers landed this driver in the gold medal position along with the Callaway we placed on this list.The new Cobra Connect Powered by Arccos system in the grip could be one reason as you receive instant feedback of distance and accuracy with every swing directed to your smartphone.A carbon fiber crown redistributes the weight in the clubhead and the E9 face offers distance even if you mis-hit the ball.Might be just a little bit too much for the first-time beginner but, for someone who is in that second stage of learning and ready to try something a little bit different (because we're always learning), get over to your local retailer and take a few swings to see if this driver is right for your n[...]



Celebrity #Golf Match - Pair the Pros to their Mates!

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:08:34 PST

You watch McIlroy and Mickelson drive and chip; you cheer as birdies are made and boo as a three-footer for par is rimmed around the hole...Now, Golf for Beginners wants to see how well you know your favorite golf celebrities off the course. Sharing knowledge of current events will certainly liven up any lull in conversation while walking with your mates on the fairways and at the 19th hole.Match these golfers with his or her mate!We have selected several professional golfers for this game; how well do you know the spouses, fiancees and/or significant others of the below celebrity golfers?Note: You can click on the links to see the spouses immediately or take the challenge and wait until the end of the blog to see the answers:PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS:1. Phil Mickelson: This pairing should be easy! Married for over twenty years, the happy couple have been spotted on and off the course establishing  initiatives like Birdies for Brave.2. Rory McIlroy - : This top professional European and PGA Tour golfer recently announced nuptials, hoping for a 2017 fairy tale wedding in a castle in Ireland.3. Stewart Cink – Draws inspiration from his wife who is bravely fighting a breast cancer battle. We support her fight and wish her a speedy recovery.4. Dustin Johnson - For "All the Single Ladies" here is DJ's lady, summing up her life with the 2016 U.S. Open winner in this Instagram video.  5. Sergio Garcia - You have to love social media - Twitter is how Garcia announced his recent engagement. Maybe Sergio's battle with a Major will be over with a new an improved, calm and carefree attitude.WIVES and/or SIGNIFICANT OTHERS - NOT in correct order.a.   Angelina Akinsb.   Paulina Gretzkyc.   Lisad.  Erica Stolle.  AmyThink you know them all? Answers below...as in golf, no cheating!On a score of 1 to 5, how well did you do? Let us know below in the comments section of this Golf for Beginners blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.photos: WikipediaAnswers: Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and friend us on Facebook! [...]



Tips to Improve Consistency in Your #Golf Game

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:57:05 PST

I recently came across a Golf Digest post, "2017 New Year's resolutions for five of golf's brightest stars", from Dustin Johnson to Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. These resolutions were not made by the golfer but more of a cynical look at what these pros will have to do to maintain their status on the PGA Tour.The blog noted that DJ will have to be "more consistent on Saturdays and Sundays." After this week's year-opening SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort. a sixth place finish for Dustin Johnson shows that he is on track for another great year.Consistency is something that professional golfers need durig four rounds each week; for the average golfer, we only have to keep it together for eighteen holes, maybe once per week.How do you stay consistent during eighteen holes of golf? Consistency is meant for all areas of your golf game, from consistent ball contact to a more consistent golf swing. Playing with consistency throughout your round...dependably, reliably...is probably the most important fundamental in golf.Here are a few tips to help you gain consistency from tee to green in 2017:1. Stretching and Fitness: You can't get around it; you have to be fit for golf. Walking eighteen holes is a terrific way to stay in shape but you have to be able to do it without feeling tired or the walk will sap your energy and cause you to swing erratically.Stretching just five minutes before a round of golf should be mandatory; your muscles will loosen up, your breathing will improve and you be prepared to swing the club with ease.Exercising the correct muscles will help you gain a repeatable golf swing. Here are a few targeted golf exercises to help your upper body get fit for the new season.2. Shorten your backswing: Chances are you believe your golf club is parallel to the ground in your backswing but you are probably over-swinging ...most amateurs resemble John Daly and don't even realize it!Next time you are on the driving range, have someone record your swing. If the swing is too long, it's more difficult to get the club back to the ball, arms may not stay together, rotation gets out of whack.Snyper @ Oobgolf.com compares golf to tech, "The more things that move, the more things that can break." Well said; the more moving parts, the more chances your arms, elbowsand shoulders will not stay connected. Take the club back seventy percent and also slow down the speed of your backswing, which leads me to the next tip on gaining consistency for the golf season.3. Tempo: Research by John Novosel has proven that "the backswing takes three times as long as the downswing." Another way to improve your tempo and consistency?Rob Akins in Golf Digest article suggests three-word golf swing takeaways with one word at impact...FINISH. These great sayings, like "low and slow" for driving consistency, work in the subconscious mind to improve your tempo, stop you from hitting fat or thin and improve the overall reliability of your golf swing.4. Routine: Having a pre-shot routine will stop you from thinking too much about where to place the ball, where to stand, etc., and you will, instead, spend your time visualizing where you want the golf ball to go.Know what happens when you feel confident? Your score, and handicap, begin to drop and you can't wait to get out onto the first tee with your mates and your reliable insert golf phrase here (...golf game, golf swing, putting)!Share so[...]