Archive for November, 2016

Junior Golf: Great New Gift Ideas

In this Wednesday Waggle we will introduce you to some wonderful new items that your junior golfer will likely be totally surprised by and will totally enjoy!img_0102

Sometimes it’s tough to find a new, different and useful gift for our young golfers. Gag gifts were not our thing as we wanted our golf budget to be spent on something of value that could benefit S3’s golf game. (photo golfdigest.com)

Here are a few very cool goodies. Let’s start with a high-ticket item. The Arccos 360 Performance Tracking System: Low-profile sensors attach to clubs and record every shot, generating swing analytics and providing live shot-tracking among an assortment of features. www.arccosgolf.com / $250. Yes, this is pricey, but if you are not close to a major golf facility that has this or similar equipment, this could be a bargain for the feedback it will provide.

There are a couple of things that can immediately shut down your son’s good round of golf and turn it into a nightmare. Cold hands are 1 of these things. The chemical hot packs have been around for years, are legal in events and work pretty well for keeping hands warm. Our guys always preferred the larger size for more and longer heat. And they’re inexpensive. The giant mitts are good too but the idea is to keep the hands warm, not let them get cold and have to warm them up again. We always carried both the chemical packs and mitts.

However, there’s a new wind blowing in the hand warmer world. It’s the G-Tech Apparel hand warmer used by both Patrick Reed, in this year’s Ryder Cup, and by LPGA star Lydia Ko. This is state-of-the-art technology and seems to be beyond everything else in its ability to keep hands warm in a comfortable and convenient fashion. While it’s not cheap at $99.00, you should get years of use for your money and it’s not player specific so it can be used by anyone and everyone in your house. Check it out at www.gtechapparel.com. (image: the warming store)image

Now this item may be my favorite of all of these. It’s the JBL Clip 2 Speaker with 8 hours of battery life. Clip it onto the bag and let the music fly. Not usable in most tournaments, of course, but S3 and his buddies always had music playing during practice rounds and non-sanctioned events. This Bluetooth speaker is perfect for walking, push carts or riding carts. Music relaxes all of us and our kids in particular. This is $60.00. Go to www.jbl.com. Love it!

Parents, your junior golfer will be totally surprised and amazed by finding any of these items with his name on it. Have at it!

See you on #1 tee looking hi-tech… Sam

Junior Golf: Change Is Good

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at change and why, in the great majority of cases, change is good. (image jennleforge.com)image

Charlie Strong, head football coach at my alma mater, The University of Texas, was fired Saturday and replaced by Tom Herman. This is a rather obvious example of good change because Coach Strong had 3 consecutive losing seasons, which is totally unacceptable at UT, and he had to go. We’ll see how Coach Herman does, but in any case, a change had to be made and made now. The losing could not be tolerated any longer. Optimism is once again in the air at The University of Texas football program.

Another great outcome of change was Ryan Moore’s dramatic improvement in his finishes on the PGA Tour, after changing golf balls. He went from middle-of-the-pack to Top 5 or Top 10 finishes and played his way onto the Ryder Cup squad where he clinched the winning point. Talk about positive results from change!image

So Dad and Mom, change something for your junior golfer. I’m not talking swing changes here. I mean a new ridiculous head cover that causes her to smile every time she looks at her bag! Or buy some colored golf balls. Or buy a different brand of golf balls, proper compression of course. Shop for new golf shoes. Perhaps get 1 of the new floppy hats which provide great protection for the ears and back of the neck. And there’s always some new practice aide that can be used in the backyard or even in the house. We are big fans of putting aides. They are an excellent way to shave off some strokes. Let’s use change to have fun!image

Inject a little fun in the game. Smiles are relaxing and we all know our kids can use some more relaxation on the golf course. (images global golf and roxy)

See you on #1 tee smiling… Sam

Junior Golf: Save Money Now

In today’s Black Friday Flop Shot we will look at some of the ridiculous sales in the world of golf that are going on right now and save some money! (image offcoursegolf.com)fimg_0106-1

Let’s see what 1 of our favorites, The Golf Warehouse, http://www.tgw.com has to offer: Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x custom name and numbers for $39.95 per dozen. A personalized very unique gift! Also Ecco, top quality golf shoes, Biom Hybrid 5.0 style for $119.99. And 3 different Caddytek push carts from $99.99-119.99. Big savings on these and a lot more items.

How about Golfsmith, http://www.golfsmith.com, being bought by Dick’s Sporting Goods: this is a special situation since Golfsmith is closing about 80 stores from California to Massachusetts. See the list of stores being closed here. If you are near a store that is closing, get there ASAP. Big savings are at hand. And the stores remaining open have a ton of great prices too!

And another of our favorite online stores, 3 Balls Golf,
http://www.3balls.com, has some killer deals: 20% off used irons, Oakley Sunglasses $59.99 and up, 30% off Adidas apparel and 15% off Puma golf shoes and much much more! Another trusted vendor!

Additional stores to check out are Golf Galaxy, Edwin Watts Golf, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Academy Outdoors.

The point is Mom and Dad your active junior golfer is always in need of balls, gloves, tees, clubs, clothing and outerwear. It’s just part of the deal. So plan ahead and save some money now. (image gfore.com)image

Final thoughts. I think we’ll do something we’ve not previously done. Get S3 some customized Pro V1x balls and get us all 1 of the beautiful colored Golf gloves, made by Footjoy and also by GFORE, pricey but gorgeous!

See you on #1 tee looking well-equipped… Sam

Junior Golf:Time To Be Thankful

In today’s Wednesday Waggle let’s start right now and get into the attitude of being thankful. Tomorrow is a special day and please take a breath, get your grocery shopping out of the way and enjoy being with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)img_0102
Whatever your situation, if you take a minute you can surely find some things to be truly grateful and thankful for. Some small, some large but there are still more beautiful things in your life than you may have originally imagined.
See you on #1 tee looking thankful that you live in a country that loves golf… Sam

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Junior Golf:Make More Time For Golf

In today’s Monday Mulligan we have a found an easy way to make more time for golf, particularly now that there is less daylight in the afternoon and early evening.image
How on earth does a parent find more time for practice or play when everybody’s day is already full? It gets dark by 5:30 or 6:00pm and there’s dinner and homework so how can you expand the clock to get the additional hours of golf time? (image jennleforge.com)
Gary Player talks about his youth, working as a teenager at the local country club. It opened at 7:00am so Gary always arrived an hour early, at 6:00am and spent the whole hour hitting shots out of the sand trap. This is, of course, how Mr. Player became legendary as the greatest “bunker/sand” shot maker in the history of golf. Nothing like hitting bunker shots at least 5 hours a week for 3 or 4 years to learn how to do it properly!image
S3 was starting his freshman year in high school and he felt like he needed to spend more time on the range. His afternoons were already full with golf team practice so what could we do? Tim, S3’s swing coach showed us how to turn on the lights at his driving range and set out some balls for us the night before. And he told the local police what we were doing. So for his whole 1st semester of high school we were at the range by 5:30am, hitting balls for an hour under the lights, went back home for breakfast and then to school by 7:45am. A full morning and a really full day, but well worth it! (Gary Player image Golf Today)
Mom and Dad, get creative. Is there a range nearby that might work something out with you? Well, you don’t know until you ask. Early, very early mornings aren’t for everybody, but then not everybody is trying to get a college golf scholarship. Help your junior golfer learn about sacrifice, learn about going beyond what everybody else is doing. It’s the stuff champions are made of!
See you on #1 tee bright and early… Sam

Junior Golf:2 News Tips For Cold Weather

In this Friday Flop Shot we’ll offer some new tips that can make playing in cold weather more enjoyable and help your junior golfer shoot lower scores in chilly conditions. (photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106
Layering is the basic concept for dressing for cold weather but layering for golf has a couple of things that are different from normal. Your daughter’s swing will be encumbered so freedom of movement along with keeping warm and dry must be balanced. A good start is to use a sleeveless wicking base layer top next to her skin. This keeps 1 layer of sleeves off of her arms and allows a bit of extra freedom to the swing. Then she can add a regular turtleneck, sweater and finally a windproof/waterproof outer jacket.
The new tip here is the sleeveless top. S3 always used a base layer with sleeves and frankly we didn’t consider going sleeveless. He never complained about his swing being too restricted and by the 3rd hole he was usually taking layers off!
Extra bulk is an issue and we suggest you have your daughter try both sleeveless and sleeved layers next to her skin and see which she prefers, from a swing perspective.
Our 2nd tip today is so obvious that I can’t imagine why it has not been previously offered. Golf balls don’t fly as far in cold weather. The PGA has stats on this, but I don’t have them here. Why is your daughter’s distance decreased in cold weather? Several factors. 1st cold golf balls don’t compress as well as they do in warmer weather so spin and distance suffer. And your daughter’s swing is a bit hampered by the extra layers of clothes so she just isn’t swinging as efficiently as normal. And cold weather takes a subtle toll on the human mind and body, making it tougher to focus and play well. (image Carl’s Golfland)image
What does a parent do? Buy a lower compression ball for cold weather. Lower compression means it is easier to compress for slower swing speeds, which your girl will likely have in bad weather, and it will more likely travel a similar distance to her replay ball in normal temperatures. There you go: cold weather, lower compression ball, nearly normal distance. Wow!
As the first really serious cold weather is hitting much of the country right now, try these tips and see what kind of results your daughter achieves. It may surprise you!
See you on #1 tee ready for cold weather… Sam

Junior Golf: More Help For Parents

In this Wednesday Waggle we will learn about an exciting new website that offers more help for parents. All of us want to do a better job of raising our kids and this website has excellent information.img_0102
I’m referring to Linda’s relaunched site http://www.livepowerfullynow.org. It went live yesterday and the response has been wonderful! (Dufner image golfdigest.com)
What does it offer the parents of junior golfers and all parents for that matter? In just the Parenting section of the site there are: Your Parenting Toolbox, Parent Coaching, Parenting Awesome Kids and Parenting Junior Golfers, a wealth of helpful information for every Mom and Dad.
Sign up for Linda’s newsletter and receive 2 valuable freebies: Stress-Free Holidays, A Matter of Choice! And A Quick-Tip Guide into Your Child’s Personality. Great stuff, tips and insights you can use immediately!image
In addition to the Parenting Section, you’ll find Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth, Healthy Relationships, T-Wow Conference, Media and much much more. Check it out right now and be sure to sign up for Linda’s newsletter. Being a good parent is tough and http://www.livepowerfullynow.org and http://www.parentingjuniorgolfers.com work together to provide top quality input that parents can put into action right now!
See you on #1 tee with great support from your parents… Sam

Junior Golf: Holiday Golf Getaways

In today’s Monday Mulligan we are going to offer some holiday golf getaways, places you can take your junior golfer and the rest of your family and have a great time.image

Exotic Locales: these would include places involving airfare and resort-type scenarios. There are always bargains on travel. It takes patience and knowing what you are seeking. Here’s a real-life example. Linda and I recently spent some time at the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in Jamaica. We bought the golf package and upgraded to a junior suite with private pool. The folks at this resort were all wonderful with a smile on their face and nothing was ever an issue. I really don’t know how we could have had a more enjoyable time! The golf course was middle to upper-middle caliber, not TPC quality but had full grass coverage and the greens rolled true and the scenery was beautiful. And no crowds on the golf course, excellent pace of play! The food was great, the accommodations were great, the people were great and the golf was great, what more is there to say? Another advantage to this Jamaican resort is our total time in the air was 3 hours and 35 minutes. San Antonio to Houston Hobby and Hobby to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Physically, it’s an easy trip. And it’s not all that costly. Watch for deals on airfare and sign up for the Jewel Resorts email alerts, which offer very inexpensive packages.

Driveable Resorts: these would put drive time in the equation instead of airfare. There are offers coming in every day from various resorts including TPCs from California to Florida. Prices are all over the place with the TPC Resorts usually being at the high end, but you get PGA Tour quality golf courses. The hotel chains have some amazing golf resorts as well. SPG, now owned by Marriott, has some beautiful golf resorts and of course Marriott has hotels at the TPC sites. Then Salamander Resorts has Hammock Beach and a couple of additional Florida/Southeast US golf venues. Plenty of great options, how far are you willing to drive? (image ship sticks TPC)image

And weekend/day trip outings: if time and budget are limited, find the best or most unique golf options within a day’s driving distance a make a reservation. Choices might include highly-rated golf courses that your kiddo has never played. New, as in not having previously played courses, are always exciting! Or find your closest Top Golf and spend some time there. It is a different and fun experience, a nice break from the playing/hitting balls regimen.

So take a look at your schedule and budget and see what makes sense. These suggestions are ways to keep your young golfer involved and excited about the sport during a time when it’s easy to slack off. And the whole family can find something to do at every one of these locations.

See you on #1 tee looking resort-refreshed… Sam

Junior Golf:Enjoy Veteran’s Day

In this Friday Flop Shot we encourage you to enjoy Veteran’s Day. Hit some balls or go play and make a special effort to thank veterans for their service! (image pinterest.com)image
See you on #1 tee with an attitude of gratefulness and appreciation for everyone who has sacrificed on your/our behalf… Sam

Junior Golf: A Parent’s Vision

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will look at what Dad and Mom see when they consider your son’s junior golf experience. What is your vision for your son?img_0102
The full definition of vision is: a : the act or power of imagination, b (1) : mode of seeing or conceiving (2) : unusual discernment or foresight <a person of vision> c : direct mystical awareness. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)
For now let’s look at vision as the act or power of imagination. In other words, when you close your eyes and consider your son’s junior golf career, what do you see? Yes, the possibilities are endless, but let me offer a couple of tips that may help with your focus and direction.
Help your youngster set some goals. These must be divided into short-term and long-term items. Examples of short -term goals would be practicing 3 days a week, playing twice a week, entering tournaments, making the club, junior high or high school golf team.
Long-term goals can also include some of the short-term goals depending on your son’s age and skill level. Our #1 long-term goal was ALWAYS to attend college on a golf scholarship, always be scholastically eligible and get his undergraduate degree on time!image
S3 started playing golf when he was 5 years old and as soon as he made it clear that he enjoyed golf and wanted to pursue a junior golf career, Linda and I explained the college goal. He was probably 6 or 7 years old at the time. While there is always pressure associated with any goal, S3 bought in totally and we all agreed to have FUN pursuing this goal. So we turned the pressure around and used it as fuel.
Mom and Dad I want to assure you that 1 of the greatest adventures of your life is joining your son on his junior golf endeavor! It is just so much fun! Highs and lows. Beautiful weather and horrible weather. It all adds up to years of wonderful memories that cannot be bought for any price!
And the moment of moments, the amazing end to this chapter of all our lives was when, after walking his college stage and receiving his diploma, on time and being eligible to play golf all 4 years…seeing S3 in the courtyard in his cap and gown and he saw me and said with tears in his eyes, “I did it, Dad!” And I said, “Yes, Son you sure did and I am so proud of you!” Parents, this is a lifetime moment like no other! 17 years of junior golf and college golf combining to achieve that long-term goal that seemed
light-years away when it was first discussed. Wow, how the time flew by!
Please get your vision going and ask your son to share his vision with you. Work together for a common vision, 1 you are all comfortable with. Now you can set a course full steam ahead.
See you on #1 tee with a vision for the future… Sam

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