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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 opportun…
I think we have all been there. You are staring down a long par 4 from the tee box. The fairway is lined with trees on both sides. The landing area is tight and hitting 3 wood or iron is not an option, the hole is too long.
You pull out driver and tee up the ball, knowing to win the skin with your buddy you have to land this tee shot in the fairway. You take a few practice swings, address the ball, look down the fairway (it looks a little tighter than before), begin your backswing, and bang!
Your body tightens up. You hold onto the club and hook it into the tress. You think to yourself that bogey will now be a good score. You are upset at yourself and watch as your playing partner swings a smooth driver that lands the ball on the left side of the fairway.
You begin to grudgingly walk towards your ball, hoping you will find it, saying a few things under your breath, and questioning your swing mechanics.
What just happened? A situation that most of us have encountered at some time in o…
Balance is very essential in executing the right golf swing and in this article I point out three reasons why you may be having difficulties achieving the required balance and I also give three golf tips for balance to correct the situation.
A) Poor setup: A good setup as you approach your shot is essential to helping you maintain balance throughout the golf swing. Setup is easily the most critical golf tip on balance and being able to make a good shot. If your setup is good, even if your other technique is wrong the chances of making a good shot become very high. Part of making a good shot of course involves maintaining your balance throughout the swing.
B) Trying to hit the ball with all your strength Here is a rather familiar problem amongst amateur golfers. You want to make your drive as long as possible and therefore you hit the ball with all your strength. Not surprising this action rarely has the desired effect and in many cases it results in loss of balance. The golf tip here…