Archive for December, 2016

Junior Golf: It’s Getting Late

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we’re just reminding you that it’s getting late for taking advantage of special shipping offers to get your gifts delivered before Christmas.img_0102

There are so many good deals on so many neat items right now that it’s had to keep up. Take a look: The excellent Troon Golf Group is offering great packages at their clubs in the Mobile/Fairhope/Gulf Shores, Alabama, area. Buy a 6-pack of rounds and get some great pricing. They also have specials on logo balls, golf gloves and more. Items from very inexpensive to several hundred dollars. If you aren’t able to take advantage of the golf, buy a few logo balls. Your son will be the only kiddo in his area with them. (Dufner image golfdigest.com)

And http://www.tgw.com has free shipping on orders of $99 and higher plus standard shipping will still arrive by Christmas. There’s a Mystery Sale today. Visit their website and see what’s up.

Another company to look at is Frogger Golf. They are known for their innovative golf accessories and these items are most interesting. Go to www.froggergolf.com and check out the award-winning Brush Pro Original, Catch Latch Bag And Belt and TRAX Towel. Cool stuff!

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Please also remember your brick and mortar golf shops which includes golf clubs and local driving ranges as well as Edwin Watts, Golfsmith, Golf Galaxy and Dick’s Sporting Goods to name a few. FYI Golf Galaxy and Golfsmith are owned by Dick’s so there is some commonality within those 3. Just spur of the moment stopping at a local driving range may result in some wonderful bargains. They don’t have the budget to advertise so you’ll want to swing by. Our local ranges put their golf shoes on at ridiculously low prices several times a year, but you wouldn’t be aware of it if you didn’t go by in person.

We understand everyone is crazy busy this time of year. Take time today, sacrificial time to do some creative shopping and still get standard shipping delivery before Christmas.

See you on #1 tee with something new and different… Sam

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Junior Golf: Highlights From Yesterday’s Anger Seminar

In this Monday Mulligan we’ll look at some feedback we received during and after yesterday’s anger seminar we held at The First Tee of Greater San Antonio.image

As we anticipated, the room was overflowing. As our Parenting Junior Golfers seminars have become a regular part of TFTGSA’s calendar more of the parents and their young golfers now put us on their schedule. (image jennleforge.con)

The topic was Anger: Manage It, followed Dr Nick Askey’s presentation of lacrosse ball exercises to gain mobility in the upper neck, back and shoulders. Great stuff!

Here are a few of the less obvious situations with anger:
1. Many junior golfers will have issues with anger, both boys and girls. If you and your junior golfer do not have to address anger issues, ever, count you both as extremely blessed.
2. How to handle it when a member of your son’s playing group loses it to anger. We were excited to have S3 with us and when I asked him how many times he encountered this in tournaments, he said, “A lot. It can suck the life out of the whole group so it can be really hard to stay on your game.” Then I asked what can you do? S3 said, “Get away from him. Walk to the other side of the fairway, put some space between the 2 of you. You might try saying something, but it probably won’t work and you must be careful not to offer coaching or advice. Say to yourself, now I must take a breath, try to remain calm and continue to hit good shots. It’s tough and a real test of your ability to focus.” (image Collins Golf Bar)

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3. Another question for S3, “What is a college coach’s reaction when he sees a junior golfer exhibit anger?” S3’s reply, “He’ll quit watching your son and start watching someone else. He may remove your son’s name from his list of recruits. That coach has hundreds of kids who want that same spot on his golf team and he doesn’t need to deal with anger issues with anyone on his team.” S3 still talking, “You will play in a lot of events where college coaches are present but you don’t even know they are there. Always be on your best behavior!”

Anger in junior golf is a genuine issue. And parents, plenty of you have anger issues as well, so please don’t think you are immune. Please remember that Linda and I are not sports psychologists or PGA professionals. We are parents sharing our experiences over 17 years of our youngest son’s junior golf and college golf careers.

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

Junior Golf: Parenting Junior Golfers Seminar Tomorrow

In this Friday Flop Shot we want to invite you to our Parenting Junior Golfers Seminar tomorrow. (photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106-1

As you may be aware the First Tee of Greater San Antonio has graciously partnered with PJG and we have been giving seminars to their junior golfers and their families for more than a year now.

Attendance has grown and now the First Tee families look forward to our upcoming seminars and topics. What we do is a bit different. Starting at 1:00pm, usually on a Saturday, Linda and I will speak for about 30 minutes on a parenting topic and then our Titleist Performance Institute certified medical partner, Nick Askey, DC, ACP, Sports Therapy and Rehab Director, Airrosti Rehab Centers presents his interactive material.

For instance tomorrow, Nick will instruct the kids on how to use a lacrosse ball to gain mobility in the upper back, neck and shoulders. He will provide enough balls so that every attendee can attempt the exercises during the presentation. It’s totally interactive and everyone loves it! Nick encourages videoing these routines so they can be perfect at home! It’s great!

I think initially the kids were just wanting Linda and me to hurry up and finish our talk so Nick could show them the fun stuff! However, youngsters are full of surprises and now they are paying close attention to our words and actually listening and asking great questions.

The room should be jam-packed tomorrow as Linda and I take on probably the most requested, by the parents at least, topic we get: anger. Our title for Saturday’s seminar is Anger: Manage It! (photo az quotes)image

Please understand that we could spend days on the subject of anger so 30 minutes is barely a decent introduction. Certainly we may need at least 1 more session to do this subject any justice. All of our PJG seminars have information that is immediately usable and helpful, both in the parenting topics that Linda and I cover and with Nick’s always great stretches and exercise tips.

Our seminar tomorrow runs from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at The First Tee of Greater San Antonio, 915 E. Mulberry Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78212 or visit www.thefirsteesanantonio.org or message me for more information.

See you on #1 tee looking not angry… Sam

Junior Golf: Buy The Right Golf Bag

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will open up some ideas for gifts that may not have been on your radar. Let’s think outside the box and buy something different, like a new golf bag! Which style is the best for a junior golfer?img_0102

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will open up some ideas for gifts that may not have been on your radar. Let’s think outside the box and buy something different, like a new golf bag! Which style is the best for a junior golfer? (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

We don’t think about golf bags too often in our house, partly because S3 had school-issued bags in high school and college. Another bag can come in handy, however. If your son has gotten bigger, he probably needs a larger bag.

Depending on his skill level, strength and typical weather conditions, his required features on the bag can vary. If for example, he’s not carrying 14 clubs, buy him an ultra lightweight adult bag with just a couple of pockets. It likely won’t have a stand but that’s OK. The very light weight combined with a limited number of clubs will make it a pleasure to carry. There are a number of adults who like to walk and prefer these bags to stand bags because they just weigh little to nothing. Also some of the walkers don’t carry 14 clubs, sometimes to reduce weight, but sometimes to force creativity by having only a few clubs. This is a ton of fun, by the way!

Next size larger would be a stand bag, a bag with collapsible legs that extend out to keep the bag “standing” when it is set down. These bags are 1 of the great golf inventions of all time. All school bags are stand bags and your son will love having 1.image

Now a school-issued bag gives you no choice, but when you pay for a stand bag on your own, here are the things to pay great attention to. 1. Make sure the rubber tips on the ends of the legs are seriously attached, not just slip-ons over the metal end. When these come off, replacements are difficult to get and the bag will want to slide when your son attempts to stand it on a slick surface. For something so minor, it is a real pain. 2. Check the weight. Some bags are amazingly light, while others are ridiculously heavy. 3. More pockets are better. Really your son will want a pocket to put a water bottle in and depending on the make and model of bag, it may be an insulated pocket or just a stretch web pocket. This is a must have. Most bags will have enough other pockets for extra gear plus an umbrella slot. (image: affordable golf)

The next 2 larger sizes of golf bags are the cart bag and the Tour bag. Neither is appropriate for your junior golfer. They are too big and not practical.

Please follow the golf equipment sales going on right now. Be patient and you will find some golf bags on sale. Have fun!

See you on #1 tee with that new stand bag… Sam

 

 

 

Junior Golf: There’s Still Time

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a look at the calendar and see that we still have time to order a customized gift for our junior golfer.image

There are several places offering Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls personalized with both name and custom numbers at no upcharge from the regular price. Mom and Dad, this is a great deal! This is something we have never done before and really I don’t know why. S3 has played Pro V1x’s for years, so this Christmas Linda and I ordered him a dozen with his special number and his nickname on them. He’s gonna love them! (jennleforge.com)

The Golf Warehouse, www.tgw.com, was where we ordered ours, but a quick glance around www.amazon.com, showed that Srixon, Bridgestone, TaylorMade and more also offered some type of personalization. If you aren’t finding your junior golfer’s specific ball offered for customization, buy a new brand. Just match it to your junior’s swing speed and compression requirements. These are so cool! Your kiddos will show these balls to their friends and everyone will want to get some! What fun!

Something else there’s still time to do is get some special monogramming or embroidery on a piece of clothing. Would your daughter enjoy a new cool weather golf vest, sweater, pants or windbreaker? It’s easy to get some special details put on these items and with most online retailers it only adds a day or 2 to the shipping times. Be advised that doing this to rain gear is likely to invite leaks, so let’s keep our good rain gear waterproof.image

This next suggestion is just so simple and inexpensive, you’re going to certainly want to give this to your young golfer. For years we have had S3’s name or initials embroidered on his caps and visors. It looks great, is inexpensive and you can get everything done in your area. Buy the cap/visor, find an embroidery shop, select font, font size and color. Pick the finished product up in a couple of days. So easy!

See you on #1 tee looking customized… Sam

Junior Golf:Tiger’s Return And More Gift Ideas

In this Friday Flop Shot we will look at the much anticipated return of Tiger Woods to the pro tour and since it is that time of year we’ll also offer up another gift idea.img_0106

It’s been talked about for months. It’s been on again and off again, but he has finally teed off in a PGA Tour event. Tiger finished his 1st round in competition in more than a year with a 1-over par 73 at his event, the Hero World Challenge. This is a field of 18 top players and no cut, so Tiger gets to play 4 rounds against tough world-class opponents. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

After 4 birdies in the 1st 8 holes, he was out in 33. The back 9 was less productive as he came in with a 40, totalling his 73. His swing looked good and he seemed to be healthy and pain-free. Glimpses of the old Tiger showed up, but so did a bit of short game rust and some errant tee shots. Tiger’s not back yet, but he is on his way. The Hero World Challenge continues through Sunday.

Hey Dad and Mom, another excellent gift idea for your daughter! Push carts! http://www.amazon.com has them from around $50.00 and up. We bought a Clicgear 3.5 a couple of years ago and really love it. It is absolute top quality with desirable features for $219.00. You can literally push it with 1 finger. Linda, S3 and I have all used it at 1 time or another. No negatives, none. (image the pro shop )image

A couple of things to keep in mind. 1st check how much room you have in your car. While most models fold up smaller than you’d expect, they still take up space. Buyer beware! Also, your young man, once he gets into high school, may not wish to continue to use the push cart. It’s not manly! Ok, that frees it up for other family members to use. A tip, always buy the best quality you can afford. Quality pays for itself in the long run.

See you on #1 tee with that new push cart… Sam

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