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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: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: Warm Core

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will wrap up this series on keeping warm. The previous few posts have focused on keeping hands, feet, ears and head warm so that your daughter can execute good golf shots in chilly, cold or wet conditions. Nothing is more miserable than being cold or cold and wet as a golfer of any age, much less a junior golfer.image

Now let’s look at keeping your daughter’s core warm. Her core is basically her torso and we will include the back of the neck and her sternum. Keeping her core warm means warm blood will be flowing to her extremities. This is a major 1st step in keeping her warm from head to toe. A lot of blood flows near the back of her neck so having an insulated collar helps keep this blood warm. Many people have an internal thermostat basically on the upper part of their chest on the sternum. The ¼-zip jackets are designed to be unzipped to cool off or zipped up to warm up. This can be a great advantage for your daughter since being too warm and sweating can end up being as bad or even worse than being too cold.

Layering your daughter’s clothes is critical here. Start, we’re talking upper body here, with a base layer. Use heavier base layers for colder weather. Tip: a long-sleeve hot weather hi-tech shirt can work as a lightweight winter base layer and if the temperature warms up, you girl will likely be more comfortable than if she put on a heavy base top. Add a golf shirt over the base, then put on the fleece or windbreaker or whatever is necessary to get her round started.

Caution! The majority of jackets, sweaters, vests, etc have no wind or water protection. You must buy your daughter a quality rain/wind jacket that states waterproof and windproof, not just water/wind resistant. Our family has Nike and FootJoy, but there are a number of quality name brands. Buy these tops made specifically for golf. They will allow for the athletic range of motion required to hit good shots. This should be your 1st outerwear top purchase.

imageThere is another great clothing options. This includes wool and fleece vests and sweaters which have windproof liners. Since wool and fleece to a degree are water repellent, when they also have the windproof liner, your daughter can have some very nice options for both weather and fashion. For Christmas I got a lined lamb’s wool sweater in intarsia grey mix from proquipgolfusa and it fits great, looks great and is super comfortable out in the weather. Proquipgolfusa has some beautiful women’s vests in lined fleece. Check them out. At a college tournament in Arkansas, the guys in the host country club pro shop told us that their members said the warmest and best piece of golf wear on the rack was the FootJoy lined golf sweater. So parents, there’s something to this lined sweater/vest movement.

Remember, layering is the key. Always buy the very best name brand golf wear that you can afford. Our phrase around the house is stick some 20’s ($20 bills) in a sock until you have enough.

See you on #1 tee, looking warm… Sam

Junior Golf: Warm Dry Feet

In this Friday Flop Shot we will discuss the second most important piece of equipment for your daughter. Properly fitted golf clubs are, of course, the most important item in her golf inventory. But what we are talking about today is, with many parents, not given the attention and respect these critical items deserve.image

During golf practice and tournaments, your girl spends a lot more time putting 1 foot in front of the other than she does swinging a golf club. Parents, help your daughter appreciate and respect her feet. Shoes that are not golf shoes and ill-fitting shoes hurt your girl’s ability to hit good shots. Lack of traction, lack of lateral support, being too high above the ground all can show up in shoes that are not specifically designed for golf. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

Take your daughter to the nearest store that has at least 3 different brands of golf shoes and start trying them on. Write down the exact make and model number of the ones that fit and that she likes. If the price is above your budget buy them online during a sale. The selection becomes much larger once she starts wearing adult-sized shoes. Never buy any make or model of golf shoe that she has not previously tried on.

imageLinda, S3 and I have pretty much worn only 3 brands of golf shoes over the last 16 years: Adidas, FootJoy and TRUE linkswear. Adidas Tour 360 or similar models selling for around $200.00 are by far the ones we have bought most often and they are fabulous golf shoes! S3 is currently wearing spikeless FootJoy Contour Casuals and he loves them! Linda and I are currently wearing the TRUE linkswear zero drop, barefoot technology golf shoes which we find very comfortable. We always buy waterproof golf shoes. Wet feet are not your daughter’s friend on the golf course. (photo eBay.com.au)

imageCotton socks in our house are not for golf. I only wear them in hot weather to the range or if I am riding in a cart. There is no good reason for your daughter to wear cotton socks when she is walking in a golf tournament. The high tech socks available today provide a much higher level of cushion, comfort, hygiene, foot health, wicking and temperature control than any cotton or cotton blend can ever come close to. Buy several pairs of these and double check that your daughter likes them and will wear them without complaining. The 1st time she has trouble in an event from wearing the wrong socks, she will be much more amenable to your advice. Look for polyester or polyester blends or wool blends. Today’s wool is not as itchy as before.

Happy feet are a must to play good golf! Cushioned, dry, cool or warm as the temperature dictates is what you want for your daughter’s feet. Buy her proper golf shoes and socks today.

See you on #1 tee with comfy feet… Sam

Junior Golf: Shop The Last Minute Sales

In this Wednesday Waggle we will look at a way to buy some of those more expensive golf items. You know, the ones that can bust the regular budget. This time of year offers an excellent opportunity to buy these things at a very affordable price.image

Golf is a sport that offers Dad and Mom a lot of ways to spend money, in some cases a lot of money. So learning how to keep your son up-to-date, or close to it with golf clothing and equipment can be a financial challenge. Well, Holiday help is here! (photo golfdigest.com)

If your schedule allows and your mind can tolerate the insanity of shopping on Christmas Eve afternoon and early evening, there are some great bargains to be had. And you have time to wrap the gifts and have them under the tree for Christmas morning.

Another creative way we stretch our Christmas budget is to ask family members agree to the buying of gifts after Christmas during what used to be called the 13th Month sales, the time between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Yes, many desirable items will be gone or picked over, but I assure you there a ton of things to spend your money on. It is certainly possible to get 2 or 3 items for the original retail price of just 1 item. Maybe get that rangefinder half-off and also get a brand new pair of golf slacks marked-down 80%.

imageIf you don’t have the time to research it now, just put a handwritten note in an envelope telling your son what’s going on and put it under the tree. He may be a bit shocked or disappointed at first, but when you tell him that he may end up with more items than if you paid a higher price, he’ll come on board.

Many of you folks are careful and conscientious shoppers and likely spend your money more prudently than we do, but we do make a solid ongoing effort to be better stewards of our money and that certainly includes our family golf budget. So, take a minute and think about those pricier golf items your son has been wanting. The new driver for $479.00, that pair of great-looking slacks for $85.00 or the latest GPS or rangefinder for $299.00. We just very rarely pay retail for anything other than a bag of tees or golf gloves. There is somebody with some golf item on sale pretty much every day or the year and you might as well take advantage of it. (photo reliableindex.com)

Another factor is do you want to go to a brick and mortar store or would you rather just buy online and be done with it. Linda found the exact same item, same brand and everything that she buys at a local store, for the exact same price on Amazon. You know what she did, Linda bought from Amazon for the sheer convenience! On the other hand, tomorrow S3 and I are joining a friend to drive 50 miles to a huge retailer because the main item we are interested in must be seen and felt in-person and it’s already on sale for 40% off retail. A killer deal! Take a chill pill and get after it!

See you on #1 tee looking like you got a good deal… Sam

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