Archive for May, 2010

Is Golf a Snobs Game

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Is golf a snobs game !.

Having taken a recent interest in the beautiful game of golf, having landed a job chauffeuring people to and for from various golf courses, I decided to visit our local golf club, I arrived at the club house with my newbie clubs and dressed to golf perfection , Trainers , jeans and nice jumper lol,Having asked at reception for the procedure for starting the course I was informed that there was a much better golf course some 10 miles away much more suited to a beginner golfer, being some what miffed at the attitude I decided to press the matter, I was then informed that my attire was wholly unsuitable ,ok ENOUGH IS ENOUGH I isn’t a hero , so I head to the supposed beginners course ten miles away, half way there I decide rather than suffer the possible snooty attitude again I would return home and go online to get some much need info on golf etiquette ,

After googling for golf forums I land on a couple of forums, right so I said to myself lets get stuck in ,assuming the people chatting on the forum would be happy to help a newbie, I posed the question of what is a good starter club set for a beginner, I was instantly met with a barrage of insults for daring to post a comment on a forum for PROPER GOLFERS !, ok I said to myself I will try another forum, This time I thought I would try a different tactic to break the ice , I commented on how much I liked Michelle wie and what she has done for the female game of golf, well I kid you not , I may as well of insulted some ones mother , one guy in particular {ALEX longtime poster} launched in to a foul tirade on my obvious lack of knowledge on the inner workings of the female game which then progresses to a seriously right wing political broadcast / rant that had zero to do with golf and more to do with this guys puffed up sense of his own importance, Alex get a life, So is golf a snobs game actually no ,golf is a great game however seems a lot of snobs out there like to think they personally own the game .Stay tuned for more as I progress from newbie to the pga world tour,

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Monday, May 31st, 2010


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Select a Good Golf Equipment

Monday, May 31st, 2010

You’ve seen it all at home on TV. The magnolias and the dogwood are in full bloom. The red and lavender flowers surround the green which is perched at a steep incline just beyond a pond that is waiting for golf balls to fall into it.

The greatest golfer in the world consults with his caddy and throws a few blades of grass up into the wind. The flag stick is tucked into the upper right hand corner of the green and a decision must be made whether to go for the flag or hit the ball safely into the middle of the green. Tiger Woods caddy, Steve Williams, reaches into the gargantuan golf bag and pulls out an eight iron that has been specifcally manufactured to match Tiger’s height weight and swing and all the things that he’s looking for including loft, distance, ball control and spin, and the ability to shape his shot.

Now you have the bag and you want to get out there and duplicate Tiger. We have some tips for you on selecting golf equipment. You want to buy equipment and look professsional, but your pocketbook is not the same size as Tiger’s and you are just a beginner.

Let’s start with a bag to put your golf clubs into. Tiger’s bag is huge and is an endurance test for his caddy. Maybe you need something smaller that will fit nicely on an electric golf cart, or that you can fling over your shoulder if you want to play nine holes. Spalding makes a classy looking, medium sized bag for the right price, starting at around $60.00.

Nowadays bags come with a place to put your cellphone and you will need a strap for an umbrella in case you get caught up in an afteroon shower. Large pouches are essential because a few of your balls may find their way into the water and you may hit a tee shot or two into the trees.

When buying golf balls for the first few rounds, try to find a ball with a good hard cover that can withstand some mis-swings and not be left with a deep gouge in the side. Titleist has a nice sturdy ball, the ProV1, that gives you some distance and is durable at the same time. Its Tour ball is designed for the better player and gives you control and spin. Go with the harder ball the first time out and save the soft ball for after you break 100.

Tees are wooden or plastic and are used when you are driving the ball on your first shot of the hole. You can’t tee the ball up anywhere else. They are free in just about any pro shop in America and come with some nice print advertising.

You’re almost set; now all you need are clubs. Try to purchase a driver or number one wood with an oversized head for your first year on the turf. This gives you a larger striking area and if your swing comes unglued you still have a chance to hit the ball solidly. A titanium head is nice and allows the club to gide through on its downward journey to the ball.

When it comes to irons for the fairway, look for something with a lot of flex in the shaft to compensate for any problems you may have with your backswing. Hollow irons move out and away as you start your swing and give you a better chance for ultimtately making contact. Remember how you choked up on a baseball bat for some more swing control as a kid? Ask your pro about giving you clubs that are slightly shorter so as to compact your swing and allow for less things to go wrong.

A putter with a weighted, straight, solid head is good for keeping your ball on line right into the cup. Of course, all of your clubs will have soft rubber grips and your woods will have matching headcovers. The Jack Nickluas Signature Series is right up your alley. Jack gives an 18 club set (you can only carry 14 under the rules of golf) and he includes a real nice bag. All of this costs a modest $298.00.

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COXX & DIXX

Monday, May 31st, 2010


QUESTION OF THE DAY: Whats your favorite cable service in your town??? I can’t lie my face at 1:06 KILLS me LOL OKAY! So, yeah, not for kids. I just moved to Cali and every time I cut on tv I see tv commercials for COX cable company and they really emphasize the word COX and feel the need to say it over and over and over again. Which reminded me of growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio where DICKS sporting goods was popular and that commercial was REALLY out of like. They say “DICKS” a milloin times in the commercial as much as they could possibly fit it. True story. After enough of Cali’s COX cable commercials…I had an idea. The rest is history. SCRIPT: Where do you turn to for high definition cable television?! COXX! COXX service is the most FULFILLING cable service around! How you ask? Because COXX unlike our competition takes care of all your cable needs. We have the biggest, thickest, longest cables around! :COXX: Sick of the other guys not servicing you well enough?! Well plug us in!! Our package is the most gratifying package EVER!!! Rated #1 3 years in a row by lonely house wife magazine :COXX: Don’t settle for our stumpy competition when they simply just don’t lay the pipe…uh cable wires like we do! :COXX: Available whenever you need it. especially after 3am when weve just left the club and we’ve both had a drinks and looking for one last good installation before we go to bed. COXX has been brought to you by… DIXX! Where do you go for the right stuff for fun

Golfing Right! – Guide To Select Golf Set For Your Junior

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Junior golf equipment has come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days when young golfers had to use adult clubs that had been cut down to size.
Its fine to get a very young child started with a cut down 7-iron and putter, but as kids get older, they need a set of golf clubs that are made with their bodies in mind. Today there is a good selection of manufacturers making clubs specifically for juniors.

But with all the different types of clubs to choose from, there are a few things to remember when buying junior clubs.

Length

Length is the first consideration. The trick is to find a set of clubs that is the right length for the junior golfer, but also a set that the junior can grow with. Remember that it is OK for the junior to choke down or grip down on the club.
You just don’t want them to move their hands down the grip too much.

The basic rule is this: if the junior is choking down more than 1

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Hello From Orlando: Golf In Orlando – Playing Links-style At The Royal St. Cloud – Unpretentious Golf At Its Best

Monday, May 31st, 2010

For a real links-style golf experience we discovered the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, located in St. Cloud, about 25 minutes southeast of the Orlando airport or the Disney area. The Royal St. Cloud Links greet you with a rolling layout of links-style fairways, punctuated by classic links bunkers that feature names such as Hell, Spectacles, Devil’s Pocket and Hoofprint. True to its link heritage, every club in the bag will be utilized as the terrain is naturally varied.

Unlike other Orlando golf courses, the Royal St. Cloud is free of any residential developments and offers a pure golf experience. The design features four sets of tees and from the blue tee offers a championship length of 7,111 yards and a 74.6 rating, all on flawless fairways and silky-smooth Tifeagle greens.

Its motto, as printed above the entrance to the club house is “Original Golf Played Here”, and indeed the Royal St. Cloud features original style golf at its unpretentious best. I had a chance to talk to Bill Filson, the Director of Golf and since 2002 co-owner of this facility.

Bill has an extensive teaching background. He has personally studied under some of the top-ranked teaching professionals and brings 12 years of teaching experience that featured beginners to PGA tour professionals. Bill has consistently been a top-ranked PGA Professional. The Royal St. Cloud’s teaching staff is complemented by Dave Rummels who brings 17 years of valuable PGA Tour experience with him and can share advice from the “Tour” with the students. Associate Professional, Doug Holloway, has 16 years coaching experience.

At the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links the commitment to teaching the game of golf commitment includes state-of-the art video equipment and even a teaching tent for inclement weather. Lessons, programs, and clinics are offered for every skill level and requirement. Bill explained that they run very reasonably priced children’s clinics at $7.00 per clinic and the club has 120 members in their junior program. Ladies can also learn the sport without embarrassment in a relaxed, comfortable environment. And with every family membership at the club kids play for free.

Bill prides himself on offering one of the greatest values in golf in the Orlando area. For the 2005-2006 season rates vary from $46 to $48 from November 1 to January 10, and $64 from January 11 to April 30, 2006. Discounted tee time rates
are available after 11 am or 12 pm respectively, 7 days/week. Bill went on to say that the fees at the Royal St. Cloud are always reasonable, and that he aims not to oversell his course, but to exceed the visitors’ expectations.

In addition, he offers a very unique proposition: a 100% money-back guarantee with no conditions if you didn’t enjoy your playing experience at the Royal St. Clouds. He said in the almost three years since he has run this course only 2 people ever asked for a refund; a phenomenal achievement, considering that several tens of thousands of rounds are played here every year.

One of the very unique features of this course is the handcrafted stonework which is evident in four bridges found throughout the course that have been hand-built by one individual brick by brick. Bill said that some of the bridges are even a little bit crooked, just to give them more character. The most famous stone bridge can be found on the 5th hole and many of the British visitors to this golf course come here specifically for this unique feature.

Bill explained that his golf course serves a value-based market that is composed of local residents, snowbirds escaping the cold northern winters, and British golfers, a very loyal crowd who refer this facility to many of their friends back home.

The Royal St. Cloud Golf Links have been rated as one of the Top 5 Most Underrated Golf Courses in the Orlando area and they have hosted the 2004 and 2005 British Junior Amateur. With its wide-open fairways the course looks deceptively simple, however, I experienced very quickly the unique challenges offered by the Royal St. Cloud. Traditional links golf is played on the ground, unfortunately I still managed to find water several times, despite the generously open fairways.

The other feature I really enjoyed were a number of the ponds on the back nine of the course that were playing host to a variety of local wildlife and water birds. I particularly enjoyed watching a very rare specimen of wood stork stalking the edges of a pond for food, and a crane standing upright with stretched out wings. The course had a very relaxed, casual and friendly feel to it and we enjoyed a tasty hot dog after our game on the beautiful patio outside the clubhouse as a way to cap off a very enjoyable golf experience on a gorgeous day.

Driving Directions from the Disney Area:
Royal St. Cloud Golf Links is an easy 25 miles from the Disney area.
(25-35 minute approximate drive time)
? Take Osceola Parkway to the Florida Turnpike
? Take Exit 244 to Hwy 192, turn left.
? Go 4.6 miles to Vermont Ave, turn right.
? Take Vermont 2.1 miles to Creek Woods Road, take a left.
? Go only .7 miles to Michigan Ave, take a right directly into the Golf Club.

Statistics
Par 72 Yards Rating Slope
Blue 7111 74.6 128
Gold 6680 72.2 125
Green 6083 69.2 115
Citrus 5531 66.6 111

For more information please visit Royal St. Cloud Golf website or call them at (407) 891-7010.

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Golf – Teaching Your Child How To Play

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

More children are learning to play golf today than ever before. A big reason for this is Tiger Woods. He has taken the sport and popularized it among children of all ages. What used to be a boring game for kids to play has suddenly become increasingly popular.

Children are now discovering what many adults already know: golf is a lot of fun! While your children may love hitting golf balls with one of your old golf clubs, how do you begin to develop their skills? Here are a few tips to help you give your children a good head start in the golfing world.

One of the first things you may want to do is enroll them into a golf class. Many of your local golf courses have classes just for children. There is no need to go out and buy a new set of golf clubs for your child. The class will provide the equipment necessary. This will not only save you some money right now, but it will give you time to find out if your child truly enjoys the game of golf or not. You don’t want to go out and spend a few hundred dollars only to find out your child doesn’t really like golf after all.

The next tip is one that is very important for both you and your child. Be patient. It is so easy to want to see your child start hitting long drives and sinking 30 foot putts. In order for them to want to continue learning the game of golf they need your support. Let your child progress at their rate. The golf classes will help them develop immensely.

When you are on the practice range with them be sure you encourage them, even when they are spraying the ball all over the range. They will pick up the finer points of the game later as they grow older.

When your child has taken some classes and they show a genuine interest in the game of golf, buy them their own set of golf clubs. Be sure you have your child fitted properly. Of course, since they will be growing in height and weight, understand that the clubs you buy today may be too small within a year or two at the most. You can get children’s golf clubs at an inexpensive price.

Use the time that you spend golfing with your children as a bonding time. Enjoy yourselves and the time you’re out on the course. You can even use this time to develop a good communication with your child. Talk about other things than golf. You’ll be surprised at how the golf course can help you and your children bond together. It will spill over into other areas of your lives as well.

Your child may never grow up to be the next Tiger Woods, or Michelle Wie, but they can grow up loving the game of golf. More importantly, they can grow up enjoying the time spent together with you out on the golf course.

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Golf Through a Childs Eyes

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

I was fortunate as a youth to grow up on a golf course. Besides the scenic view, there were numerous benefits to living on the golf course.

I could pull up a lawn chair and observe and take in all of the free golf lessons a young aspiring golfer could ever want. There were many good golfers worthy of picking up pointers, but the golfers that really stuck into my memory over the years were from the bad golfers.

Golf, while a serious competitive game, was taken a bit too serious by some. One of my first golf lessons was watching the turf fly further than the ball. While we have all done that once or twice, the real lesson was the four-letter vocabulary I learned that was used to describe such a shot. That lesson could then proceed to the more advanced lessons on how to ground your club hard into the ground. If it was a real special day I might even learn how golfers wrap their clubs around trees.

Living on the course I would also occasionally dive into the golf course ponds to pick up golf balls. This was very profitable as we could on a good night pick up 75 or more name brand balls and sell them the next day for 50 cents a piece. For a young kid I was rolling in the dough!

The best finds out of the ponds were not the golf balls. Once in a while we might pick up a club or two. But the grand prize of all was finding complete sets of golf clubs. Evidently for some golfers wrapping the club around a tree wasn’t enough. So if you’re that frustrated why not throw the club into the pond!

Looking back I think the guy that threw his whole set of clubs in at least had something right. He knew that he had to walk away from the game. Golf is meant to be fun! We all have bad shots or bad days but don’t let it eat you alive.

I still wonder how the guy that threw his whole set ever got home that day. I still have his keys!

Stephen Long is an avid golfer who loves various sports and outdoor activities. Check out the latest golf tips, techniques, as well as some of the best golf vacations in North America at Pro Golfing Tips

Maximize Your Golf Dollar!

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Creative thinking is the key to maximizing your golf dollar! Opportunities abound for you stretch your golf budget.

Yeah, the economy has gone into the tank & most people I know are hurting financially — some real bad and others bad enough where they have to make changes in their lifestyle. But if you’ve been searching for an article like this, I assume that you haven’t decided to give up golf! Rather you’re looking for a way to continue to enjoy the game, but cut down on the expense. I like to call it “becoming a frugal golfer”!

Frugal means costing little, inexpensive, & marked by economy in the spending of money. Even though golf is inherently an expensive game, opportunities exist in numerous places to save money — sometimes big bucks! As you might expect, the internet is your best friend for exploring most of these.

1. Discount Greens Fees – There are a multitude of national, regional, & local discount golf pass programs that cover reduced greens fee at courses close to you. Google “discount golf pass programs” plus “(your State)” & you should come up with a number of possibilities. Check your local newspaper’s sports section for coupons (Monday’s edition is popular in my local area). Subscribing to your local course’s e-mail listing (check a course’s website) can result in coupons. Many courses’ pro shops will gladly share this type of information with you if you just ask about it!

2. Online Greens Fees – Many internet companies sell online teetimes for specific dates & times at reduced rates. Some sites ask you to name your own price, and even auction sites like eBay are getting into the act. Do an internet search & surprise yourself at what’s out there.

3. New Golf Equipment – Retail stores, driving ranges & golf courses are the only way to go when you need to try out equipment to see if it is right for you, but once you’ve identified what you want, you have to check the internet. Low overhead of itself gives the online stores a big price advantage over the brick & mortar facilities. Ebay & Amazon can be the source of big savings! Timing your purchases (January & February in many areas) to just before the new equipment comes out can take advantage of overstocked inventories.

4. Used Golf Equipment – In the search for the new driver, iron, wedge, or putter that will magically reduce their scores, golfers are constantly abandoning perfectly good & in many cases, virtually new equipment. That driver that the golf manufacturers were glowing about just last year didn’t just lose the 20 yards it promised you, did it? Used equipment can be found just about everywhere because there is simply so much of it!

5. Clone Golf Clubs – Many clone golf clubs perform quite well, so check them out, but be careful to distinguish clones from knockoffs. Knockoffs will try to fool you by imitating brand name clubs to the extent that it can be hard to tell the difference. Clone golf clubs will level with you up front with phrases like “compare to” or “similar to” a brand name club.

6. Recycled, Refurbished, Reconditioned Golf Balls – Whatever term you prefer, these are used & there is a big market out there. Golfers lose millions of balls every year, many of which have only been hit once or twice. Golf ball recycling companies clean these balls up & resell them. The highest grade of recycled ball looks & plays perfectly (your playing partner will never know unless you decide to brag about how little you paid for them – typically about half price).

7. Sell or Donate Your Used Golf Equipment – If you decide to sell your used equipment, be prepared to swallow hard – you are likely only to get pennies on the dollar for them! A better way to go might be to donate them to charity for the tax deduction. Some charities won’t accept golf equipment, but others like The First Tee Program (for kids) will be delighted to take them!

8. Get a Part-Time Golf Related Job – Just a couple of shifts as a starter, ranger, cart attendant, or pro shop attendant at your local course is usually enough to get you abundant free golf (although generally with some time restrictions). Work a shift or two at a golf retail shop can result in significant discounts on everything they carry.

Trade specific brands of balls with your buddies, shop the coupon sites on the web, and forget the more expensive brand names for the non skill items like gloves & grips. There are so many ways to save if you put your mind to it! My passion over the years for this expensive game has led me to find whatever way I could to reduce the expense, but you know what? Besides saving the money, becoming a frugal golfer has been really satisfying & yes – fun!

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Lee Triplett retired from a government job on a Friday in April 2005 & on the following Monday started a part-time job at a golf course 5 minutes from home. Years of trying to stretch his golf budget, combined with his golf job experiences, and a natural affinity to exhaustively explore the internet before buying anything, led him to build his website www.frugalgolfer.com

Tim busts a big drive

Sunday, May 30th, 2010


Tim Seidel shows great form while hitting another big tee shot. These US Kids clubs are hard to beat for kids his age. If you wonder why so many good swings are popping up, blame it on them. This is the most important factor in teaching young kids, getting equipment that fits!!!