Monthly Archives: August 2010

Good Golf Etiquette at Fallon Golf Course in Nevada

This must be something pretty cool. Maybe annoying to some. Imagine trying to hit your tee shot with hundreds or even thousands of birds talking all at once in the tree next to the tee.

Really… no kidding.

Fallon Golf Course somewhere in Nevada

It’s pretty cool they found some of the FREE GOLF TIPS for beginners on my website and posted on the website for their country club.

See for yourself and visit their website at http://fallongolfcourse.com/etiquette.html

Thanks! Maybe I’ll get to play your course someday.

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Why is GOLF so hard?

Ask any professional golf tour player and you’ll be told that MAYBE during a round they will hit 10% or less of their shots (excluding putts) they way they would call perfect. Playing good golf is not playing perfect golf by any means.

If you are able to accept this then you are one step ahead of thousands of golfers who take up the game every year and quit because the perfect shot was so evasive.

A recent quote from Outside Magazine stated: “Let’s start with the most common criticism: Golf is not a real sport. Wrong. It might be the most technically demanding game in the world. This is why so many top athletes – from Michael Jordan to Wayne Gretzky -have failed in their bids to play at a professional level after dominating their own sports.”

So why does it have to be so hard?

Take a look at the ups and downs of those PGA and LPGA Tour players. Every week there will be some at the top of the leaderboard – and some at the bottom. Almost every week you’ll see professional golfers shooting scores in the high 70’s and even in the 80’s.

It is hard for everyone. Unless you are tour professional why are you expecting to play perfect golf? … and even if you are why would you?

The TBT (Tampa Bay Times) recently had an article written about the fiasco ruling in the recent PGA Championship that caused so much controversy (of which there have been plenty of opinions prompting this blogger’s to be reserved).

Quote: “There’s no mystery why so few people take up golf, or why so many of them quit. It’s the hardest game there is to play, and that is just for those of us who play it recreationally.”

So why would someone want to play a game that is so difficult?

1. Golf is cool 2. Golf is a great way to spend time with friends or family 3. Golf is outdoors and in nature

How about golf is a game that can be enjoyed at most any age or ability – and you can play it nearly until the day you go to heaven?

That is – as long as you don’t expect to play with perfection.

Golf is about getting the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes possible – but it is also one of the few games which has a system to equalize players across the board and millions of hackers spend millions of dollars every year to prove it.

So whatever your level of play – it is OK. But you can get better and hit more of those shots closer to perfect.

How?

Many times just through playing with equipment that is fit for you. If you are swinging something that has the flex of a pine tree and your swing speed is 75 mph there is one obvious reason.

The other is in the technique you use. One small adjustment can sometimes mean a perfectly (did I say perfect?) played shot or one that you will be looking for as long as the rules allow.

Why do you think most all of those tour professionals have a swing coach? Because it is the thing to do if you want to play to your potential for one. Unless you are really good at video, know your swing tendencies or have a large mirror to carry around it is impossible to see how your fundamentals could be that fraction off.

If you live in the Tampa, Florida region you are in luck because YOUR coach can be within an hour’s drive. Some of the tour golf coaches live across the country – so that’s really not so bad.

Transform traditional golf lessons into having your own golf coach. You are guaranteed to take your game to the next level (or at least find out if there is one) and learn to play the golf you dreamed about.

Click here to find out more about Tony Simpson, PGA Golf Coach at Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club in Clearwater, Florida.

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PGA of America Championship & Donald Ross & Dunedin

The PGA Championship was born in the mind of department store owner Rodman Wanamaker, who saw the merchandising possibilities in a professional golfers’ organization.

Wanamaker invited some prominent golfers and other leading industry representatives to a luncheon at the Taplow Club in New York City.

On Jan. 17, 1916, a group of 35 individuals, including the legendary Walter Hagen, convened for an exploratory meeting, which resulted in the formation of The PGA of America.

Home of the PGA of America in the early days was Dunedin Country Club in Dunedin, Florida    www.dunedincc.com

Quote from website: With the inception at the hands of golf course architect nonpareil Donald Ross himself…to the Home of the PGA of America in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s…to today, Dunedin Golf Club has seen its share of golf history and hosted a veritable “Who’s Who” of American golfers.

It’s considered a badge of honor to Dunedin regulars that Ross designed their course.  In fact, it’s that way at most of the more than 300 courses Ross laid out in the United States from the time he came here from Scotland in the late 1800’s until his death in 1948.  Ross designed many courses in North Carolina but he found time to branch out.  A natural destination was Florida, where less than 20 of his designs are still in operation

LIVE SCORING for the PGA Championship and lots more about this tournament and the Professional Golfer’s Association of America is at www.pga.com

Experience the excitement of discovery in your golf game with Tony Simpson, PGA at Chi Chi Sports Complex in sunny Clearwater, Florida. Visit www.villagegolfpro.com to learn more.

Learn how your patronage for golf rounds, range balls and golf lessons all help Chi Chi’s Kids at www.chichi.org

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Want to lower your golf score? Make more putts!

It's in the hole!

Do you wish more of your putts were ‘in the hole’?

Putting is an art. If you look at the players on the PGA and LPGA tours it is those who can make the putts that see success.

How can you putt like a pro?

First break your putting practice into two segments – short putts and long putts.

Being repetitive on your short putts requires precision and confidence in your stroke. Building a stroke that will repeat itself starts with a step-by-step process you can depend on under pressure.

1. Read your putt and decide on your line. Then commit to it.

2. Place your putter behind the ball focusing on placing the putter face perpendicular to the line you chose. Then leave it there.

3. Your body will set up comfortably to the putt once you have placed the club into position behind the ball.

4. Trust your line. If you feel uncomfortable with it – read it again and re-commit to a line. Right or wrong – commit to a line.

5. Once your putter is placed on line and you have stepped up to grip the club and take your stance – focus on a stroke which will be shorter in length and keeping the clubface perpendicular to the target line. In a short putt this will be easier to do.

6. The stroke – being kept shorter in length – will always be as short back as possible always allowing the golfer to accelerate during the stroke. A stroke that goes back too far will tend to decelerate causing a loss of confidence and a lot of missed 3 footers.

The short putt is what we will call a “left brain” activity. Mechanical, repeatable stroke. Short back. Short through. Clubface stays on the line.

The long putt is more of a “right brain’ experience where the creativity and skill of visualizing come into the equation. The putter face staying on line is not nearly as important as the pace of the stroke (more long and lazy) and how far we roll the ball is important.

To develop a sense of control in the distance one must practice the art of putting a good roll on the ball.

1. Stand tall so the arms are longer and engage the shoulders into the stroke.

2. Rather than trying to control the length of the stroke it is OK to let the putter swing on a longer, more rhythmic stroke.

3. After picking the line like in short putts – put the putter down and commit to your alignment choice.

4. On longer strokes it is especially helpful if you keep your head down (eyes on the ball) until the ball is gone. Mishit putts can lead to loss in your touch and much less chance of being able to consistently control how far you roll your ball.

In a round of 72, at least half the strokes are attributed to putting if you hit every green in regulation. 2 putts per green equal 36 and that’s half your strokes.

So work on your putting as much as you do the other parts of your game.

Drive for show and putt for dough.

To improve your putting contact Tony Simpson, PGA Professional Golf Teacher – located at Chi Chi’s Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida.  www.villagegolfpro.com

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Want to experience the excitement of discovery in your golf?

Discovery happens at every age and expertise level. My little man discovered the beach in Clearwater for the first time last weekend. Think he is excited?
 
Just imagine how excited  you could be to finally master that perfect swing! 
 
Visit Tony Simpson, PGA at his new home for teaching golf  – Chi Chi Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida.

Luke's first trip to the beach where daddy went as a kid in Clearwater

To learn more or to schedule a golf lesson visit www.villagegolfpro.com 

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