Archive for December, 2016

Junior Golf: 3 Steps To Plan 2017

In this Friday Flop Shot we are going to help you get your junior golfer’s new year off to a good start by using 3 easy steps to plan 2017. (photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106-1

It is essential to have a plan so you can set goals. Without a plan you are operating on the whim, off the cuff and this is not desirable. All kids need boundaries, in this case it’s structure for the new year in regards to junior golf.

Step 1: have a family meeting. Include everybody. While we are focusing on your junior golfer, the other family members have scheduling needs too and this includes the other at-home kids, if any, and yes Dad and Mom. All these schedules must be coordinated. Ask everyone to bring up the obligations they are currently aware of and write them down in calendar order starting with January 2017. This would include school, extra-curricular events, tournaments, spring break, Holidays, church and anything else whether it occurs once or every week. You are making a Master Calendar.

Step 2: prioritize the events. In our house, grades always came first so school and homework would be high priorities, followed by tournaments. S3 was immersed in golf, aiming for a college scholarship, so he entered every tournament our budget would allow. 1 summer, I think he played in 23 days of tournaments from the end of May until the middle of August. It was fun, but we had to budget well in advance for it. How you prioritize is specific to your family, but you must do it because some of the lower priority items will be cut from the calendar. Your family can’t do everything, but you can do more than you previously thought with good planning. image

Step3: set up a budget and a golf budget would be a sub-category. Frankly once you really get into the junior golf program you will likely find that there are more tournaments, clinics, summer golf camps, golf this, golf that, and there’s just no way to do them all because pretty much no one has both the time and the money to pull all these functions off. We always left some room in our budget. In other words we didn’t budget every dime, we held some money back for special circumstances. Maybe you learn about a new amazing tournament that wasn’t in your plans. Now you have some extra money to take a look at it. Always try to have some funds in reserve. You don’t have to spend it, but it’s there if you need it. And I’m talking about the junior golf category within your total family budget. (image 24-7Calendars.com)

See you on #1 tee looking organized… Sam

Junior Golf: Relive Some Good Memories

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we want to relive some of those good memories from your junior golfer’s 2016 experiences.img_0102

It’s a common thing. Businesses do it, newscasters do it, so why shouldn’t you and your daughter do it as well. The difference is that you and your girl want to focus on the positives, not the negatives as is common, particularly with the news. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

The brain is powerful and so are memories. As parents we want to encourage our kids to fill their sponge-like brains with as much positivity as possible. By reliving the good times we stimulate smiles, laughter, a sense of enjoyment and wanting to have more fun times in the future.

And those good times on the golf course imprint a feeling of achievement, a can do attitude. I’ve done it once and I can do it again. Success feeds off success!

So talk about that great shot she made! Or mention an amazing up-and-down she completed to save par! Or bring up that long snaking putt that went right into the center of the cup! Stay positive. Her brain needs to be filled with positive thoughts!image

And a quick reminder that some of the golf stores, both brick and mortar and online are having some ridiculous prices right now. Some are advertising various products for up to 75% off. I know we still need a couple of new golf bags. I’d better take a look!

See you on #1 tee thinking about those good shots… Sam

Junior Golf: I Just Cried About Golf Balls

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a quick look at our family’s Christmas happenings yesterday and enjoy a special moment or 2. (image jennleforge.com)image

The plan was to get up and Linda and I would go to church and S3 and his girlfriend, Yessie, who was visiting us would meet her ex-husband to pick up her son. Then around noon we would open presents, have guests join us for a Christmas meal, then S3 et al would drive to Laredo to spend time with her family and then turn right around and return to San Antonio.

Well, the ex was late and it threw the whole day off. Lunch was on time followed by a bit of game-playing, but no present opening, then S3 and Yessie and her son drove south, spent a few hours and got back to us around 9:45pm.

Now we could open our gifts. It was an interesting time as Linda played Santa and passed around the presents. Really, while there had been a couple of casual conversations of, “l’d kind of enjoy getting a——-”, mostly we all didn’t know what we might receive.

You might recall that several times I encouraged you to consider getting personalized and custom-numbered golf balls for your junior golfer. Linda and I did this for S3 and here’s how it went.

I knew we would put SG3 for his name, but I wasn’t sure about his number. A couple of months ago we very briefly touched on this subject and he said it would be cool to have his lowest score, 67, as the number on a custom ball. So there you go.

And the color selection for his name was a no-brainer. Probably when he was a junior in high school he was playing in a tournament at Plum Creek and stated that he had lost his blue sharpie. 1 of the guys in his group had a bunch of sharpies and gave S3 a hot pink 1. He loved the color and has marked every ball with hot pink since then. Imagine our excitement when Linda and I saw that hot pink was 1 of the personalization colors offered!

So we ordered a dozen Titleist Pro V1x’s with SG3 in hot pink and the number 67 in, of course, the standard Titleist red. Linda reminded me to turn the middle ball in each sleeve so it would show either his name or number through the viewing film when he opened the box. It worked like a charm. Linda handed S3 the wrapped box and he tried to guess it’s contents. As he tore the paper off, he saw the Titleist logo and now knew it was golf balls. But when he opened the box and saw his initials and number 67, he teared up and said, “Dad I remember talking about this but I forgot about it soon afterwards. And it’s even in hot pink!”image

For the next few minutes, every time he looked at those golf balls he got teary-eyed. Something as simple as golf balls with a personal touch brought back all those years of memories, the highs and the lows, what was, what could have been and what might still be. As we were finishing up and talking about what a long, exhausting and wonderful day it had been, S3 said, “And look at me, I was crying about golf balls!”

Mom and Dad, these moments are not in any store! They are the precious times that are only available every once-in-a-while between parents and our beloved kids. A true Hallmark Moment!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and we wish you a very Happy New Year! See you on #1 tee with your name on that golf ball… Sam

Junior Golf: One More Gift

In today’s Friday Flop Shot we are offering a few emergency options in case you really really feel like you need another gift or 2 or 3. (photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106

Well we’re down to it. Take a chill pill and make a list. Food items of course, which I am heading out right now to buy and hopefully scratch off my shopping list for good! And then the dreaded what am I forgetting gift list?

Isn’t this digital world wonderful? Here are several last minute gift-giving ideas that may partially save your sanity. The not very creative but works well for some members of your family gift card and a digital one at that. Most, if not all stores offer this. You can even have it digitally delivered to your loved one on Christmas Day. Very easy!

2nd item is to buy an item online and have it delivered to a store near you for pick up. Sony has combined with Best Buy to do exactly this. Purchase select Sony items including some of their great speakers, their newest 1000x Noise Cancelling Headphones and digital cameras through this offer and have the item delivered to a Best Buy store near you. In most cases you will be able to pick up your item before close of business, which I think is 6:00pm on Christmas Eve, at Best Buy.image

And if you’re feeling a little crazy here’s my final suggestion. Every few years, because we’re not really up to do this every year, S3 and I will pick out a big store that we like, say Dick’s Sporting Goods or Kohls and show up around 4:00pm Christmas Eve. Many stores give extra discounts in the last few hours before closing on Christmas Eve. It’s hectic, frantic and traffic is terrible, but since we have almost all our shopping done, we are not under any pressure and we can, in a strange sort of way, enjoy it. Try this, but please get your mind in the proper place beforehand. (photo Danford Golf)

One last thing. Linda and I stopped into a Walgreen’s Wednesday to have some passport photos taken. The young lady helping us said it would take 15-20 minutes and we were welcome to look around the store while we waited. Neither of us are regular Walgreen’s customers so imagine our surprise at the excellent and very low prices on a bunch of products throughout the store. Linda was able to find some nice last minute gifts for our grandkids and saved some good money in the process. Hey, swing into Walgreen’s. While they’re not a mega-department store they do have a much larger selection than you might expect. And there is probably one near your neighborhood. (image Merry Christmas Wallpapers HD 2016 downloads)image

See you on #1 tee ready to have a very Merry Christmas… Sam

Merry Christmas to all… Sam and Linda

Junior Golf: Last Minute Questions

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will consider some of those nagging last minute questions that go through our minds as we get closer to Christmas.img_0102

So now we’re down to crunch time. What do I still need to get? Have I forgotten anybody? Did I get everyone pretty much what they were hoping for, at least budget allowing? Who’s going to be at our house? Do we have all the food and enough of it? (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

Man, we can generate a 100 questions and get ourselves all into a tizzy, can’t we? The reality is that more is not better, yes, really. And if your junior golfer gets something that is in their wheelhouse they’ll be excited. Gosh, in my mind, having enough food is more important than having a ton of gifts!

As the main chef in our house, I’m going over our Christmas food list like 10 times a day. My personality is detail-oriented and I really prefer to have all my ducks in a row. So whatever I still need to get in the food category, I’m finishing up today. Got to take a breath!

So Mom and Dad, where can we still buy what’s left on our lists without going insane? Let’s get groceries out of the way 1st. If you’re looking for seasonal food items like special cuts of roasts, hams, organic turkeys or even cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie spice, green bean casserole fixins or such buy them sooner rather than later because those items will sell out.

For gift items, here are a few things from the internet today. Under Armour has up to 40% off at their outlet store. Golf Week is giving away a trip for 2 to the 2017 Masters Tournament. Order today from Costco and get overnight shipping on select items. Golf Now has some great prices on green fees at some legendary courses, check it out. All the golf retailers still have plenty of items at good prices. Get your order in today or you’re on the brick and mortar storefront path to complete your shopping. Yikes!image

While the getting gets most of the attention, it’s actually the giving which can impact your young golfer and all of your family in a more significant manner. From simply putting some money in a Salvation Army bucket to serving meals to the less fortunate, there are ample opportunities to give rather than receive. Linda and I have dozens of examples of kids we have known from age 5 or 6 up to college graduates whose lives were deeply touched when they participated in a giving opportunity. Once they realize that what they, our kids, are doing is truly giving a person a bite to eat or a piece of clothing to ward off the cold, their expressions are all over the place. From excitement that they are helping, to sadness that they can’t do more and perhaps a dose of reality that there is so much more that needs to be done, just look at those faces!

See you on #1 tee ready to enjoy giving me 3 strokes a side…Sam

Junior Golf: Be In A Good Mood

In this Monday Mulligan we will emphasize the importance of being in a good mood especially this time of year.image

Emotions are readily transferred from 1 person to another. The easiest and most desirable emotion to radiate to your junior golfer is excitement or enthusiasm. Being positive, happy, joyful, grateful and thankful has tremendous benefits obviously to everyone close at hand but also to overall health and well-being. More and more research is confirming this. (image jennleforge.com)

From now until Christmas and also somewhat during the following week things can get a bit crazy. Your kids are out of school and are wanting to have a pleasant time over the long holiday. The horrific traffic, jammed mall parking lots, and loud shoppers in every store can sometimes make us parents want to tear our hair out! Please make every effort to remain calm and downplay and laugh off these stressful situations.

Our kids mirror us. We set the example, good or bad. Be aware. The more calm you exhibit in handling the Holiday insanity, the better example you are setting and the more likely it is that your youngster will start handling her own stress better. Their brains are sponges that are soaking up everything you do and say, please make your behavior something that you would be proud to have your daughter emulate!

This is a particular time to be joy-filled. For Christians and Jews there are powerful religious events to celebrate. For everyone else it is an opportunity to be in a good mood and show your family and close friends how much you love them.PJG logo

Whatever your reasons please resist the temptation to get flustered by all the rush of this time of year. You and everyone you come in touch with will be much happier if you will take a breath, smile and be joyful. Have a great time and help your daughter and all your family have a great time as well. It’s a special time!

See you on #1 tee looking happy to be there… Sam

Junior Golf: Still Time To Buy Customized Golf Balls

In this Friday Flop Shot we’re helping you strategize your Christmas shopping over these final busy days. If you buy something on the Internet today and over the weekend, most stores can still guarantee arrival before Christmas. Starting Monday, you’re getting into high dollar freight rates.img_0106-1

Customized golf balls, and I mean custom numbers and custom names/words are still being offered on www.tgw.com at $39.99 per dozen (Pro V1’s, other brands may be cheaper) with delivery before Christmas. S3’s customized Pro V1x’s have arrived and they look amazing, he’s going to love them! This is the 1st time we’ve done the custom ball thing, but I fully expect it to become a new Christmas tradition. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

Linda has been fascinated with the Callaway TruVis Chrome Soft Golf Balls which come in yellow with black and also white with red. When we were in Golf Galaxy getting her new golf bag we wanted to see if we could find either of these color combinations in stock. It was our day as a delivery had just been unloaded and both were in stock. The yellow with black was what we bought, but the white with red seems to be easier for my eyes to see. Next time for white with red.image

When I mentioned to the young man helping us that these balls weren’t all that easy to find, he said that they had been the fastest/best selling golf ball in America for the last year. They were flying off the shelves. (image tgw.com)

Our helper mentioned 1 man came in and asked for the yellow with black combo and the employee said they were bringing in 12 dozen off the truck and the guy said “I’ll take them all.” Those balls never even made it onto the display rack. They were gone! Can’t wait to get on the course and try these balls! Buy some if you can find them. Don’t know if customization is available for these.

A quick trip to www.amazon.com searching for customized golf balls brings up several pages of options including ladies balls, and brands like Callaway, Bridgestone-Tiger now plays their B-300S, Srixon, Wilson and more. There’s a great selection.

Dad and Mom, give this a try. Buy his/her favorite ball or experiment with a different ball. If your young golfer doesn’t like it, he can give them away as mementos. Have some fun! Do something different!

See you on #1 tee with a custom golf ball… Sam

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