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What happens when you play golf?

Have you ever played a round and asked yourself “self, what-the-@&$! just happened?” Well if you have, you may understand the feeling of over-analyzing every shot and every swing from an entire round. This happens to all of us addicts. It is an inevitable feeling for most golfers out there who are looking to improve.

But, here’s the deal; there is some consolation, you may learn something.

What if, instead of focusing on how you hit each shot, you focused on the strategy you employed with each shot? It is extremely difficult to hit each shot completely perfect. But it is extremely easy to make the correct strategic decision. Maybe this could help you lower your scores faster than hitting golf balls?

After your round, ask yourself: Did your drive always give you the most potential for success? There are ways to reduce the overall risk of the hole. By hitting your tee shot strategically, you can severely reduce your potential for danger. In other words, if there is water right, avoid going over the water at all costs. Hit a power fade down the left side. You can set yourself up much more effectively by playing the correct shape for the hole.

When you hit your approach, did you focus on where the pin was? If it’s tucked left, did you hook it in from the right? If you didn’t, why didn’t you? Typically, in that case, you would want to spray it out right and try to hook it back left. That way if you miss, you miss with plenty of green to work with.

Once your on the green, did you give yourself a chance to make your put? If you missed it short, you never gave yourself a chance to make the putt. At least by going past the hole, you know you gave it a good look.

By implementing these strategies, you can focus on the decision making, which is much easier to improve relative to your physical swing. Or you can continue to drive yourself crazy, who really knows?

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5 Reasons Why Virtual Golf Is Great Practice


Here we go!  The top 5 reasons why virtual golf is great practice.

1.  You can get an exact understanding of your distances.  

In the real world, golf is full of variables.  You have wind, rain, roll, etc…  the golf simulator eliminates all of that.  You can get a very good understanding of your carry distances and ball flight.

2.  18 holes takes 2 hours instead of 4.

In the same time it takes for you to play real golf, you will have hit twice as many golf shots in virtual golf.  This gives the player the opportunity to see more holes and understand their misses better.

3.  You can play almost any course you want.

Most virtual golf simulators have a database of 20+ golf courses.  This gives you access to the types of shots that you would otherwise have to be a tour pro to play.  In addition, you can control the elements you plan to make it harder or easier.

4.  Less walking.

Nuff said.

5.  You don’t lose any golf balls.

It sucks when you buy a new sleeve of PROV1s for $15 and then proceed to lose every single one on the first four holes.  Everybody has been there.  But with virtual golf, you can shank it all over the place and never lose a golf ball.  Thanks science πŸ‘

The moral of the story is that virtual golf can be a better use of practice time then spending a lot of energy on the range.  Especially when you can get a deal for “off hour” rates or go with a friend to split the bill.  It will never be as good as playing in real life, but it’s better than hitting balls in the snow.  

Insert shameless plug for:

https://www.drgreensgolf.com/

And 

https://sunsetridgeme.com/

Both have great simulators and are a lot of fun.

NEW Spring Lessons at Sunset Ridge in Maine

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering spring lessons at Sunset Ridge Golf Course in Cumberland Maine.  As a part of promoting our partnership, we will be offering Spring lesson rates!

Check out the links below to see our rates for:

Simulator Lessons

Driving Range Lessons

Playing Lessons

Group Lessons

We will also be revamping our online lesson experience shortly.  Please keep an eye out for more updates.  We look forward to seeing you on the course!

This Guy is Electric

That is how you sum up a PGA golf tournament.  Mr. Sunshine bringing the heat.

2017 Driver Review

Ok so first of all, DRIVERS ARE WAYYY TO EXPENSIVE.  Of all the drivers that I tested, not a single one was less than $400.  That’s a car payment.  But that’s not the point of this blog.  The point here, was to have an unbiased third party perspective on the new drivers on the market.

Where did this experience take place:  Dicks Sporting Goods.  Yes I am aware there are retail golf stores but  I didn’t want to drive that far.

How did we/I formulate opinions:  completely subjective.  Absolutely no imperical data was used during the making of this piece.

The clubs tested:


2017 Cobra King F7

7 out of 10.  Overall one of the better feeling clubs and relatively affordable compared to others reviewed.


2017 Taylormade M1 and M2 drivers

6 out of 10 and 6.5 out of 10 respectively.  Never been more disappointed in a golf club in my life.  I thought Taylormade was the best of the best when it comes to drivers.  It turns out, however, their clubs feel like  wood.  The only reason it is not completely terrible, is because of all the clubs hit, the M2 went the furthest (according to the simulator).  Otherwise terrible.


2016-2017 Ping G series 

8 out of 10.  Best in class.  Ball felt good off the face for both cuts and draws.  Compareable distance to the M2 according to the simulator.  There is a lot to like about this club but it still didn’t blow me away.

On the whole, the experience reviewing these clubs was a disappointment.  I compared every club to my existing driver, a 10yr old Callaway FT3, and there was no difference.  I had hoped there would be a MASSIVE step forward in innovation between the past and today’s drivers.  But there really wasn’t and it has nothing to do with Callaway either because their XR driver blows.  No, in my opinion there has not been any significant innovation in driver performance since weights were introduced to screw up people’s swings.  Perhaps things will change.  But I doubt it.  For now, buy used.

2016 Golf Year In Review

2016 was a great year for golf.  Many have dispaired over the thought of reviewing the events of this past year, but not golfers. No.  For today’s golf fan there is much to be thankful for.  So here we go with this 2016 Year In Review.

It started with a bang at the Masters with 3 hole in ones on the same day:

Then Spieth collapsed at the end of what would have been an all time run.  My live tweets captured the moment brilliantly.

By the end of the day Danny Willet walked away with the green jacket as his brother so eloquently put it:

Next up was the U.S. Open, which to be honest, was meh.  Dustin Johnson won but the real storyline ended up being Paulina Gretzky.  Per usual…

The British Open was a showdown between Henrik Stenson (aka Martin Kaymer) and Phil Mickelson.  Martin ended up winning handily as Phil blamed a “shitty” journalist on national television:

Moving on we had the Olympics.  This had been a long time coming and something we were all looking forward to.  Well everybody except for these guys:


Communists.

Thankfully, Matt Kuchar came in to save 3rd place for America.  Gob bless you Matthew.

I honestly can’t remember the PGA championship but I know it was held in New Jersey.  Nuff said.

Obviously the biggest event of the year was the Ryder Cup.  The USA was finally able to beat the Europeans in a tug-of-war battle that featured some roudy fans:

The greatest Ryder Cup match of all time:

And Mickelson and Spieth “celebrating”:

Yes, the 2016 golf season was a lot of fun. We even had our annual Tiger Woods cock tease.  But alas, all good things must come to an end.  And what better way to close out the year, then with a pic of a fly-by-night Instagram model turned pro golfer in a onesie.


Happy New Year everybody!

Is Golf Better or Worse Without Tiger Woods?

As you may have heard, Tiger recently dropped out of the Safeway Open and it brings to mind this question that gets posed from time to time.  I’m not quite sure of the answer from a ratings perspective, but I will say that he provided the same electricity the Ryder Cup had a few weeks back.  That’s just a fact.

Golf needs that atmosphere.  More noise, more rivalries, more polarization.  Tiger brought all of that to every tournament he was in.  

Don’t believe me? 

I dare you to watch those clips and not get excited to play golf.  There are millions of examples of Tiger getting crowds involved in a sport that usually puts people to sleep.

I don’t think we see that anymore.  I think all we see is political correctness and underwellming sportsmanship.

If we want to #makegolfgreatagain we need to have more competition.  More Match play.  More team events.  More beers.  There should be cheerleaders on every hole and Rory should get booed every time he swings.  Fans should be able to heckle and yell over 2 footers.  And they should have AC/DC’s “Welcome To the Jungle” playing in the background.  I mean, it worked for the NFL, right?

Maybe golf is a “gentlemans game” but if it doesn’t learn from Tiger then it could be an extinct game.

U.S.A Better Than Europe at Golf…and probably everything else…

That was some of the most entertaining golf these two eyes have ever seen.  After all the dust had settled, the U.S.A. pulled ahead to win the Ryder Cup by the widest margin in over 30 years.  So what did we learn?

We learned Patrick Reed is a monster:

 

We learned that Sergio Garcia walks like a duck when he makes a putt…

And we learned that the U.S.A.  is better at golf.

But did golf learn anything?  I hope that the people in charge noticed how great this weekend was for all those who love the game.  Something I heard over and over again was how many fans showed up and how much energy there was this weekend.  Hopefully the PGA tour took notice.

If we want to continue to grow the game, we have to showcase tournaments that foster the competition we saw this weekend.  We need more teams, more best ball, more alternate shot, more rivalries and more fan participation.

I thought it was awesome that Rory was getting booed.  As a fan, you should be able to boo the person/team you are rooting against.  Screw the political correct BS.  Go win the tournament and have beers after. Or in this case, champagne…

P.S.  How salty is this guy…

Would You Play Golf For Your Country?

The answer is no for a lot of today’s pros. Whether it’s because of the Zyka virus, the outbreak of violence, or the drinking water conditions, many of the best pros have decided to take a seat at this years Olympic Games.  

Players not playing in Olympics:  So would you play golf for your country?  Personally, I think it’s speaks to the person.  Some people choose to serve their country, others choose to sit at home.  Some people see golf as a leisure activity, others as a tough test of athleticism and courage.     

Yea I get it.  Professional’s make millions. And if anything were to happen, they could have the most to lose.  They could also probably spend their time resting or making money doing something else.  After all, it was a grueling season and they definitely don’t make enough.

Maybe I don’t know anything because I wasn’t invited and couldn’t possibly understand.  Regardless, the answer to that question is most definitely a yes for me.  Golf is too much fun to turn down and it’s the least I can do for my country (like literally the least).  

So I’m gonna suggest we all take Russian steroids and see how much better at golf we can get.  Because anybody might be able to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games and I can’t think of an easier way to give back to the country that has given me so much. 

P.S.  Go U.S.A.

  
 

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