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Darn Right I Want That Senior Discount

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

First let’s review all the benefits of becoming eligible for senior discounts.  Close to the top is laughing at your kids because the curse is coming true.  At some point when your children lived at home you must have said, “When you grow up and have kids I hope they act just like you.”  Well, they are and we just barely hide our smiles.  The next important benefit of getting older is that it really beats the alternative.  Sleeping late; no rush hour traffic; and travel, pretty much completes my list, though feel free to make your own additions.  Getting a senior discount on pancakes should not make anyone’s list.

It is true that I once wrote the definitive article on senior discounts (which I unfortunately can’t find on my computer) and assumed that nothing more should or could be said on the subject.  However, I was driving down the road in my little RV while listening to satellite radio when a talk show host started complaining about senior citizens getting a discount.  With all the possible topics of interest from global warming to oil spills how this subject made it on the air is beyond me.

“Just because you are old doesn’t mean you should get stuff for free or at a discount,” he bellowed in the radio.  After a few minutes of this harangue I pushed a button and heard someone discussing whether Nancy Pelosi’s plane really needed an entertainment center.  I wonder if Nancy asks for the senior discount at Wendy’s.  Oh well, back to the topic at hand.

Let’s get real here; senior discounts are not going to change your life style.  A free cup of coffee with your gravy biscuit at Chik-fil-A is nice, but won’t make it possible for you to take an Alaska cruise or pay for a tummy tuck.  Seeing a movie for $7 instead of $9.50 is a fine thing but it won’t save enough to get those new golf clubs.  In other words, as perks go senior discounts are more like using the executive washroom than having a live-in maid.

Still and all I want those discounts and feel it is my duty to support businesses which have learned the secret of our spending habits.  Whether our incomes are $1,000 a month or $10,000 a month it’s now ours to spend.  My objective is to spend every cent that comes in every month (not that hard to do all things considered).  We seniors have scrimped and saved just about all we are going to scrimp and save.  If this were a beer commercial I’d say, “It’s Miller time.”

But let’s get back to discounts for a moment.  With a little effort you can get folks to send you e-mail discounts on a regular basis.  Right now on my computer there are discounts for Quiznos Subs, Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, Barnes & Noble, Red Lobster, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and Longhorn SteakHouse.  None of these are senior discounts, but we do have the time to take advantage of their offerings.

I remember asking for the senior discount and having cashiers make a joke about me not looking old enough.  They don’t do that anymore.  Now they are just as likely to give me the discount automatically.  Wonder why that is?

The bottom line is that it doesn’t hurt to ask for a senior discount.  Many places have them but don’t advertise the fact.

Why isn’t the senior discount for pancakes a great deal?  Because while it is true that you pay less; you also get less.  Wow!  Eat some pancakes for me anyway and enjoy.

Jack Kean is an author and humor columnist who writes on a variety of topics including senior living.? In fact he is a columnist for Modern Senior Living Magazine.? Living cheaply is one of his goals if it can be done in style.

Start Your Young Golfer on the Right Foot

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

It can be great fun introducing a child to golf, and the fun can last a lifetime. Getting off to the right start and making it fun is important. Providing the youngster with age and size appropriate equipment is a big help in that regard. Here are a few simple principles to guide your purchase of that first set.

The child’s height dictates the shaft length. There are a range of age-appropriate sets on the market, from kids’ golf clubs, to junior sets, to teen golf sets up to adult. Since all kids grow at different rates, let the child’s height rather than age dictate the club length. Thankfully, that’s how most manufacturers market their junior sets. Online vendors, such as Linksman Golf, have size charts to match the child’s height with the right starter set.

It’s OK for a child to choke up an inch or so, enabling you to get more than one year’s use of the clubs. Choking up two inches or more will lead to flawed swing mechanics. The game is tough enough.

A common approach in the past was to take an old set, cut the shafts down to size, and turn the kid loose. But a cut shaft is too stiff for a youngster. The grip will be too big and the club head will be too heavy. The result will be a flawed swing, low shots and a youngster learning the game with more frustration than we want. The game is tough enough.

All the game-improvement technologies that work for adults work for young people starting out even more so. Think big, oversize, offset heads. Graphite shafts are a must. Hybrids are easier to hit than long irons. The lighter the club, the easier to swing and the easier it is to learn. Shafts should have lots of flex. Grips should be thin. If the club feels like a baseball bat, the child will struggle. The game is tough enough.

Buying a major brand endorsed by the pros for a beginning child is frankly a waste of money. The quality of the clubs from the budget manufactures is quite good. There are some fine sets available that provide a full complement of clubs, light weight bag and a few balls and tees — everything to get your child started — and it shouldn’t set you back much more than the price of a round of golf or two.

If your youngster has been playing for a few years and advancing smartly in skill, there are more sophisticated junior golf clubs available to match his or her abilities with more precise lengths, heavier weights and higher performance.

Let’s not forget that the most important part of the game is the social aspect, having fun with friends. Many courses offer youth golf clinics where kids can learn the game while making new friends. Call the courses in your area. The staff will me more than happy to steer you in the right direction.

(c) 2009 Linksman Golf, LLC

Mike Blair plays and writes about golf. Find out more about junior golf club sets at Linksman Golf

Some Of The Difficulties In Choosing The Right Golf Equipment For Junior Golfers

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Junior golfers plus equipment makes it hard for parents to choose their equipment. Juniors need to learn the game before they get the gear and they need to know about different parts of the course as well. As with any other sport, there will be a time where the player has to adjust to the game.

There are only a hand full of people that can start a sport and rise to the top quick. Although, sports usually make a starter to learn more and more about the sport before they start to go in the sport which they are studying. There are a lot of sports that can be taught while the learner is still a child and others as adults. Golf can go either way, but in this instance it will be the juniors and children, because this is what junior golf refers to.

Starters are those who are not familiar to the sport in which they are learning, and those are the ones who will learn more about it, when a starter first looks at golf they might not like it. After knowing that the learner is a junior, we can say that since they are also a beginner, they are most probably not aware of what goes on in the game. By discovering the easiest ways to explain to a kid, parents are able to teach the easy basics of golf to their kids. It will be of good interest to teach them the way of the clubs and the point of the game. This leads into the area where the kid will need to start golfing. Equipment should only be bought after the starter has been briefed and shows potential in the sport.

In many cases, children will be very excited to try a new sport, but it is important to teach them the game before spending money on the equipment and then they don’t want to learn. In addition, it can be helpful to have the youth on hand when shopping for their clubs and equipment that are going to be needed in playing the sport, and this is mainly because they can pick out which pieces of equipment they are most likely to use. For many parents, this is helpful because they want to make sure that the items that are picked out will be used by the child, and in many cases aesthetics can play into that.

When it comes to observing junior golf + beginners + equipment, it is necessary that people look at all components in order to ensure that the child have everything needed to play.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about golf as well as junior golf equipment at

Choosing The Right Golf Bag

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

When choosing your golf bag you have to decide what is best for you. There are many different styles and colors to choose from. They range in sizes from junior right up to professional. You must consider everything you will carry in your bag besides golf clubs. You need to carry rain gear, golf balls, golf gloves, golf tees, ball markers and  something to drink.
Here are some different golf bags you might want to consider.
A) Cart bag:  A cart bag is designed more for being put on a golf cart or for a push golf cart. They are a heavier golf bag and not meant for you to carry. They do have more storage than your average golf bag.
B) Carry bag: The carry bag is a golf bag that is more lightweight than the cart bag. They come with different types of straps. They have a single strap or a double V type strap. Most also come with a built in stand. You should experiment at your sports store and find the one that is the most comfortable and durable.
C)Junior bag: The junior bag is a golf bag designed for kids. These golf bags are much smaller and very lightweight. They hold fewer clubs and have less pockets for storage. They are much less expensive than regular golf bags so they are great for young kids who are just starting out.
D) Travel bag: A travel golf bag is great if you want to bring your golf clubs with you on a trip. They come with soft or hard sides. Some also come with locks not just a zipper so you won’t have to worry about getting anything stolen.
The prices for your average golf bag usally range from $100-$400. Just try to pick one out you like and get ready to stick some golf clubs in it and hit the links.

Ron Johnson researches and investigates all aspects of golf. Find out the basics of golf by visiting his website at and his blog at

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 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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Choose the right golf clubs for you

Monday, May 17th, 2010

There are so many golf clubs in the Market, and there are golf players in different level. How do we choose the right golf clubs for the right player? First, you should know the level of play.

Level of Play

Let’s be honest, if you’re a beginner or not-so-good golfer then check your ego at the door and do not go out and buy the big boy set when a lower end set will do just fine. In fact, most of the higher end clubs are made for people with handicaps less than ten. If you’re not there than don’t kid yourself and stick with a set of clubs that are more forgiving and easier to hit.

When in doubt stick to the “game improvement” clubs. Even many low handicappers use these.


Just like any other big purchase you need to stick within your budget. There’s not reason to invest in the most expensive clubs when they probably aren’t the right clubs for your game and considering technology improves so fast you’ll probably want a new set in two-three years anyway. Be smart and stick to a budget.


For most players you will want a driver, three-wood and probably a five-wood. However, with today’s clubs you may get away without a three- or five-wood and grab an extra hybrid club.

Irons, Hybrids and Wedges

With the advent of hybrids several years ago it has changed the game for the better. Depending on your level of play you may want as many as three or four hybrids in your bag. Consider a 2, 3, 4 or a 3, 4, 5 hybrid arsenal.

When it comes to wedges you will want at least two in your bag. A pitching wedge and a sand wedge. If you’re a beginning you may want an Approach or Gap wedge too which falls in-between your sand and pitching wedges. However, be careful when it comes to a log wedge. They are very difficult to hit consistently and for the better player.


At least fifty-percent of your shots are from within 100 yards. And most of those are on the green. So logic would say to choose your putter wisely. And I totally agree. All putters are not created equal and if you really want to lower your scores consider spending more on a putter than anything else.

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Golf for kids….The Right To Play

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

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The Right Golf Clubs for Kids

Friday, May 14th, 2010 Right Golf Clubs for Kids. This is where you can find the right junior golf club that will bring out the best of your child’s abilities in golf.

Choosing right Golf Club Sets for kids

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Guide for parents how to choose the right  kids golf club sets for your young golfer.

In recent years the amount of young golfers is increasing with a great speed. The Golf Industry does not stand still and take the rapidly developing events into account. Now parents have more options and can find a thousand of different brands on the market, different types of golf club sets manufactured especially for juniors, in consideration of their weight, arm length, height and other factors.  The good thing is young golfers do not need to use golf clubs that were constructed for adult players any more. Actually there are too many different kids golf club sets to choose from – cheap or expensive, popular or unknown branded, top of the line sets, which professional players or trainers recommend or used golf club sets, so the final decision could be pretty difficult. This guide will help you to make the right choice for purchasing the golf club complete sets for your little golf-mate.

Parents are always clueless on what clubs their kids are actually need but it is very important to determine what kind of golf gear and equipment needed. The most important thing is to find clubs that would be appropriate to young golfer’s specifics. Many people who golf say that you have to do some research and spend time until you’ll figure out what kind of golf equipment to buy.

I’ll will try to help you in this important task.

If do not take kids-champions into account, juniors are usually the beginners, so there would be a good idea to purchase used golf club sets to avoid burning a hole in your pocket in case your child are not serious about golf. Used kids golf club sets are more than appropriate for the majority of newcomers to the game. Kids and teenagers are always excited playing the first time but they usually loose enjoyment after a couple of games. New and expensive golf club set is usually a waste of money. Like new or almost new equipment could be a bargain, it’s cheaper than new but condition is very nearly perfect. But if you are gear up for the game with your kids regularly or decided to avoid any possible problems with used golf equipment, the best tip is to buy a new youth golf club sets. As is known, new is always better than used, no matter what you are going to purchase. The main criteria when choosing kids golf club sets is to make sure that they fit perfectly to your young golfer’s arm length, height, weight, age and swing speed.

If you are looking for Kids Golf Club Sets for sale and would like to know how to make the right choice – please read our guide – “Kids golf club sets for sale. Parents guide”. If you would like to know more about kids clubs, we would recommend you the following golf books and DVDs

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