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Preparing for a Round of Golf
It's a beautiful day for golf. Before heading out to the course, it is important to go through a checklist of items you will need to ensure an enjoyable round. Before leaving your home, it is important to check the latest weather conditions so you can dress appropriately and bring any necessary items to deal with adverse conditions.
On a day that conditions are forecasted to be clear and comfortable, it is appropriate to wear clothing appropriate for conditions. Some players may choose to wear walking shorts if they are allowed by the golf club. Some sort of hat is always recommended to protect the playerís head from the sun, and golfers should always wear sunscreen. On a day when rain is anticipated, an umbrella and rain suit is desirable.
A golferís bag should be equipped with certain necessities, besides the clubs and balls that may make the day more comfortable. These items would include towels to wipe away sweat and mud, a rain suit or an extra shirt, a spare pair of socks, and perhaps a snack and sport drinks. Also, don't forget your golf shoes.
Now that you have the things you need to spend five hours on the golf course, what should you do once you get there? It is recommended that you arrive at least one hour prior to the start of your round to prepare and practice. Immediately upon arriving, head to the pro shop to check in, pay for your round, acquire your golf cart key, and purchase any additional items you may need for your round. Normally, you can purchase a bucket of golf balls to warm up at the practice range before teeing off.
Most golfers spend 20-30 minutes hitting golf balls before their round. It is recommended that after stretching your muscles, you hit 5-8 shots with each club, beginning with the pitching wedge and working up to the driver. After hitting a bucket of balls, you should move to the practice green to work on your putting. Take three balls and practice work on three identical putts from various spots on the practice green.
Ten minutes before your scheduled tee time, check to see if you want to take a fresh drink onto the course, and you may want to go to the bathroom. Upon arrival to the first tee, you will normally need to check in with the course starter, who will cue your group in line to begin. Use this waiting time to make final preparations for your round. Place a few tees in your pocket, a ball or two, and some sort of ball marker for use on the greens. When the starter alerts your group that you are next on the tee box, then it's time to enjoy your round.
Long time PGA Tour veteran, Chez Reavie, is back in the Winner’s Circle. His last win was back 2008. Heading into Sunday’s round Chez had a 6 shot lead, but history tells us that is not safe at TPC River Highlands. In the last 14 years The winner of the tournament was at least 6 shots back of the leader heading into Sunday’s final round. In the end Reavie was able to hold off Keagan Bradley to bring home the win. The Stats That Count In my Travelers Championship preview I predicted that a shorter hitter would have a chance this week since the course isn’t really long. (Click Here to read the article.) Which meant to win it would come down to approach shots and putting. Reavie hit 75% of his greens in regulation and averaged 31.4’ from the hole which ranked him 2nd in the field. Chez hit 83.9% of his fairways (T3) and only averaged 279.2 yards off the tee. He ranked first in shots gained total. Just like most weeks the player that hits a lot of greens will have a ton of birdie o
You can’t watch a weekend of golf without hearing talk about stats and specifically strokes gained. If you are unfamiliar with the strokes gained stats it is okay. I will try to provide a simple explanation to help. It simply looks at the players in the field for that day or tournament and how a player is playing relative to the field. For example is the field average score is 3.5 on hole 4 and a player scores a 3 they gained a half of a shot on the field. Can this help us as everyday golfers? That question is stay out for debate but I do believe stats can help us with identifying key areas of your game and to help with managing expectations. This week we are going to take a look at driving and the importance of fairways hit. Distance is really dominating the game. Does hitting the fairway not matter anymore? It depends… It depends on how far you hit. Each week the winners on Tour tend to be long and straight! I know shocking! To help with the debate I have added a chart for Gol
Journeyman, Nate Lashley, is in the Winner's Circle for the first time! Nate has an interesting story dating back to his college playing days at the University of Arizona. His parents and girlfriend were tragically killed in a plane crash after watching him play in a tournament. After graduating from U of A he bounced around some mini tours and had a career in real estate. This week he is a PGA Tour winner! Taking home $1.3 million. Not bad for a real estate professional. Lashley 4 rounds included 63, 67, 63, 70 to finish 25 under par and 6 shots clear of runner up, Doc Rivers. The Stats That Count When diving into the stats and looking to see where Lashley excelled, I couldn't find one part of his game that stood out. Which means Nate played some really solid all around golf. Looking at the basic stats he hit 81.9% of his greens in regulation and hitting it to 30'10" within the pin. He also had an average number of putts per GIR of 1.5. Lashley only had 3