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Junior Golf: Weekly Tips for Family Success

img_0135-1In today’s Monday Mulligan, Linda is sharing three weekly tips you and your Junior golfer can use to help attain family success off the course.

During The Players this weekend, Jordan Spieth missed the cut. When commentator and PGA tour winner, Aaron Oberholser, was asked, “Was it just Jordan’s putting that got him in trouble?” as Jordan referenced. Aaron stated that Jordan had too much “we” in his talk about his mistakes on the course and that he needed to get to back to the ownership of “I.”

As a player, you have the ultimate say as to what’s going on, you must own your club choice, your shots, and your attitude. It’s the same for us, as individuals when we own our responsibilities, there is less stress and more flow in our everyday.

As parents, you lead the pack in setting this mindset for your family. In essence, you are to “own” your choices as you create and influence your family lifestyle.  Your lifestyle at home creates a pattern your children will either embrace or run from when they’re older.

Three tips we’re looking at today to help you help you attain family success are your weekly scheduling, weekly must do’s, and weekly fun.

Weekly Scheduling – builds time management skills.

  • Color Code your individual activities to discover potential overload.
  • Using a wall calendar gives a vivid and REAL picture of where everyone is during the week and what they’re involved in. Google calendar offers you the option of color coding as well.
  • The best time-balance is found in no more than two-night activities each week per child/family member.
  • If you have five in your family, coordinate your times/days so you’re not out every night during the week as taxi service.
  • Teaching your children at a young age to monitor their time will increase their ability to manage it better as they become more independent.

Weekly (Chores) Must Do’s – establishes personal responsibility habits.

  • Checklist Sheet – Have your family members walk through the house in different areas and list all the “must do’s” they can find that will keep your home in a peaceful and pleasant, or happy condition.
    • Taking out the trash
    • Doing dishes.
    • Cleaning clothes
    • Cleaning all the rooms of the house.
    • Toilets.
    • Making dinner.

This is a great time to remind yourselves and you children, that a family is people who have a special intimacy and loyalty to one another. It’s your place of belonging, as such… it’s not one person’s job to maintain the home/family. Everyone must contribute according to their abilities.family outing

Do you remember the term, Ohana used by the animated movie character, Stitch? It means family. I don’t know of anyone who heard him say that word that didn’t get choked up, because, being part of a family holds emotional importance. In the same way, it should not be a chore to coexist in a family, taking care of our home is something we choose to do because we belong to one another.

Weekly Fun – develops family bonding beyond golf. (Year round)

Use JOY Jars to bring variety into your routine

  • Meal time – everyone adds a favorite meal choice to be chosen once or twice a week, depending on your budget. Once a meal is chosen it’s removed until all are chosen then you put back in or replace with new.
  • Family time – everybody adds a favorite, “Oh, I’d like to do this, watch this, or play this!” Again, within reason and your budget. Playdates, puzzles, movies, etc.
  • Move-it time – everyone adds a favorite 30-minute physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Move your body 30 minutes a day with fun activities, clearing the yard, walking the dog. Anything that gets you off the couch. Bike riding incorporates both family and move-it time.
  • Downtime – maybe not in a jar so to speak, but select a time during the week or each day when you limit technology. Phones, iPads, iPods, TV is off. Creating a time of being still, reduces stress, allows for a mental regrouping, helps us to realize we don’t have to go go go all the time. Consider this family-massage… Play peaceful music throughout the home. Even thirty minutes a day sets a pattern your kids will look forward to over time. As soon as they get home from school, or right after homework. 15 minutes will work too.

There you go, three lifestyle tips to help you have family success off the course.

Have a blessed family week, see at the front door… Linda

Junior Golf: The WGC

imageThere are a number of organizations associated with golf that are commonly identified by their combination of letters or by their acronyms. Today in our Friday Flop Shot we will take a look at the WGC and what it means for your junior golfer.

Many years ago Arnold Palmer’s father told him that to be a truly great golfer he, Arnold, had to be great around the world, not just in the US. Back then, pros were from Europe, the US, a few African countries, and from a couple of Asian countries. Basically, worldwide during this era meant the US and Europe. (offcoursegolf.com)

So Arnold started playing in The British Open, now referred to as The Open Championship and won it in 1961 and 1962. This was a time when the winner’s purse did not pay the travel expenses from the US and many American players would not enter. As with so much of his positive impact on the sport, Arnold’s entering and winning and of course his wonderful likeability and charisma helped propel The Open Championship to a higher number of US players, larger purses and its proper level of prestige and status.

The World Golf Championship is in effect the culmination of the promotion of golf as a worldwide sport. Today is day 2 of The WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. These prestigious events consist of the top 50 men in the world rankings plus a few additional winners of specific events and players from some specific team events. In any case it is a limited field compared to most PGA tournaments that have about 150 players. (pinterest.com)

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You and your son will enjoy watching this tournament. This is a legendary course with many of the top players in the world teeing off. And this is a rare opportunity to see some highly ranked world players who are not well-known in the US. The WGC events get a lot of high profile attention because they are in between regular tour events and majors. Big status, big money and FedEx Cup points!

Set the recorder for the Golf Channel today and the Golf Channel and NBC for Saturday and Sunday. This is a special event on a renowned and legendary course. Enjoy!

See you on #1 tee looking worldly… Sam

Junior Golf: Florida Golf Bargains

img_0102-1In this Wednesday Waggle we will look at the bargains in Florida golf and how you can take advantage of them. There are a bunch so let’s get started. (golfdigest.com)

Florida is a state which is bigger than it first appears to be. If you enter the state on I-10 at Pensacola and drive to Miami, you’re looking at 11 hours or so, and that’s on excellent divided highways the whole time. The good news for your daughter is that there are golf courses everywhere that are daily play and have reasonable to excellent pricing.

Our schedule has required us to go to Florida in the summer. How does this impact your family? Well, it is hot and humid, yes, the whole state. However, this is good news because the winter visitors, snowbirds, leave well before May 1 and this means there are a ton of available tee times. Snowbirds don’t care for the summer heat so they go somewhere cooler. The rounds played on golf courses drops so dramatically that there are literally price wars among most of the courses just to get someone to play the course.

San Antonio is also hot and humid so the Florida summers don’t bother us. Here are specific examples: at 1 of the Disney World courses we found that if we teed off at 1030 or later, the green fees dropped a bunch, and if we waited until mid-afternoon, they dropped even more! This is great and quite common. If your daughter can take the heat, you can save money and play on courses that are relatively uncrowded.image

Something else, absolutely amazing. For those of you who may be moving to Florida or can stay for an extended period, here is something to consider. A number of courses, including private courses and country clubs offer summer specials. Say, $500 for unlimited family range balls and green fees within the applicable dates, again about 6 months. Usually you must spend some money on food/beverage too, it varies so perhaps $1,000.00 total over the period. And it is quite common for Florida courses to charge you a $25 cart fee each time you play, in addition to the unlimited benefits. Some courses may not allow walking or only allow walking during certain times. Still, this is great stuff! So it will probably cost you $25 each to play around of golf, but that is peanuts compared to regular pricing. (golfguideweb.com)

If your summer plans include Disney World or Universal Studios, be certain to look up some golf courses nearby. I think there are 70 courses in the Orlando area. The Disney courses may require advance tee times so be advised. There are however, so many great courses you should be able to play some beautiful courses at low prices. Be aware of the heat.

See you on #1 tee sweating a bit… Sam

Junior Golf: Enjoy Florida Golf


In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a look a Florida golf and all the many ways for you and your junior golfer to enjoy it.

You may be thinking, “We’re nowhere close to Florida so how can we enjoy Florida golf?”. It’s easy! First, if you’re not familiar with the state you can get a decent geography lesson. Yesterday was the final round of the Honda Classic from Palm Beach Gardens on the Atlantic coast about 100 miles north of Miami. Then this Thursday the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Classic from Trump National Doral in Miami begins, followed by the Valspar Championship on the Gulf coast near Tampa and ending with the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. Of course the pros return to Florida in early May for the Player’s Championship in the Jacksonville-St Augustine northeast part of the state.
Other than the panhandle, you have had some golf exposure to both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. There are lots of wonderful golf courses all over the US, but for sheer number of courses and the number of top-quality courses, no state is even on the same plane as Florida. I think there are 70 courses in the Orlando area alone! Depending on whose numbers you are looking at, there are 1200-1500 courses in the state.  (blog.2ndswing.com)STD-SC.QK
How does this benefit you and your son? Watch these events. They are all on the Golf Channel and/or CBS or NBC. The signature holes should have your son drooling to want to play the course. You will see so many legendary and challenging holes. Every golfer and this includes kids, gets excited about playing where the pros play. Sure these courses can be expensive and you can’t really get on some of them. Be optimistic. Get online and see what it takes to get a tee time. Then plan a trip.
Here’s a perfect example of how much golf there is in Florida and how it can impact you and your son. A few years ago we were in the pro shop at The King and The Bear Golf Course at the World Golf Hall of Fame. We noticed that the beautiful logo golf shirts were considerably cheaper than similar shirts would be in Texas. I asked the manager if all shirts were on sale or just a few. She said, “That’s our everyday price. There is so much golf competition in Florida that there’s no way to charge full retail.” Yes, we bought shirts!
For now, use the tv and some web cruising to get your son, and you interested in what’s happening with Florida golf. At the minimum it will be informative and educational. Perhaps it will even inspire a trip.
See you on #1 tee thinking about all those golf courses in Florida… Sam

Junior Golf: Change Things Up

imageIn today’s Friday Flop Shot we will start looking at changing things up in your daughter’s routine. Why should you consider this? What are the benefits?

Let’s begin by examining golf courses that are a reasonable distance from home. Sure, your girl has her favorite course. Perhaps you are members of a country club or junior golf club/team that practices and plays at the same venue most of the time. This is all good, but 1 thing that always invites excitement and anticipation is something new, like playing a golf course for the 1st time. (offcoursegolf.com)

S3’s home course until college was Olympia Hills Golf Club in a suburb northeast of San Antonio. It is a municipal course owned by Universal City and it is an excellent track that is always in wonderful shape. It has all the desirable qualities for a home course: close, affordable, challenging and fun! But there are times that a change is needed, just to get some enthusiasm back into your daughter’s game.

Our area has plenty of quality golf courses and most, if not all give junior discounts and juniors who walk, which they certainly should, can get really cheap rates. We bought memberships to our Alamo City Golf Trail, golf courses owned and managed by the city of San Antonio. There are a ton of benefits, including free rounds. With 6 courses total, this package gives us very affordable options to see some different territory.image

Perhaps 1 of the most beneficial reasons to play a different course is that it allows your daughter to enhance her creativity. Every golf shot is different and with the new course layout, new grasses for greens, fairways and roughs and perhaps a different attention to maintenance, this situation requires adaptability and creative shot-making. This helps create confidence and is essential in preparation for upcoming tournaments.

Every now and then she will play a course that is in less than perfect condition. This is a good thing because she will surely play a few tournaments on courses that are not green carpets. Some may not have been overseeded so in the winter she is playing on dead grass and dirt. Some have not had adequate water so everything is hard as a rock and there is plenty of bare dirt and hardpan to hit off of. This is OK. Please be assured, she will end up playing a tournament on a course that is in less than perfect or even poor condition. That’s golf. Her inventory of creative shots can always use 1 more.

Yes, there may be some complaining, but it’s time to make lemonade out of these lemons. Just encourage her that this is a great chance to work on her shots from these types of lies and that this will definitely help her in some future competition. Go find some of those inexpensive less-than-perfect courses and book a tee time. Make it a positive outing!

See you on #1 tee on 1 of “those” courses… Sam

Junior Golf At Torrey Pines

In today’s Friday Flop Shot we will relive our adventure at 1 of the legendary golf courses in the US and in the World, Torrey Pines, just north of San Diego, California. This is fun, get excited!image

In late June of 2007, we packed up the car and Linda, S3 and I started heading west on I-10 ultimately to spend a few days in San Diego. Our 1st overnight stay was at a Holiday Inn in Deming, New Mexico. This is a fun side note, so please bear with me. At check-in I asked how business had been, were they pretty busy? The unexpected response was, “We’re a bit slow today and glad of it. The whole cast and crew of the new Indiana Jones movie has been here filming for the last 6 months and they just left yesterday.” Yep, Harrison Ford and everyone else. So it was fun learning where the filming locations were and we heard a bunch of interesting stories. (Offcoursegolf.com)

Next morning we blasted west again reaching our destination in the late afternoon. S3 and I had some golf planned and we had tried to make a tee time at Torrey Pines on the Internet, but it was a pain and the agent wanted another $25 each to make the reservation. No thanks.

On the morning of July 4th, 2007, we got up with nothing to do until 6:00pm so I said why don’t we drive to Torrey Pines buy some logo shirts and practice on the putting green, expecting there to be no way to get a tee time. So we are talking to the guy at checkout and it happens he is from our part of San Antonio. As we visit, he says,”When’s your tee time?” I told him about our unproductive internet experience to which he replied, “How many are playing?” I said, “2”. He said, “Sam this is a muni (municipal golf course owned by San Diego County). We work in 1’s and 2’s all day long. Go see the starter and tell him you have 2 for the South Course.”

imageS3 and I got in line, we were maybe 3rd. All the guys ahead of us professed to be locals, meaning they got a MUCH lower rate and the starter made them show about 3 photo ID’s and everything except for a blood test. They paid like $45 walking. It’s our turn and I say, “2 for the South Course.” Starter says, “2 for the South Course, #1 tee in 10 minutes. That’s $185 each, no junior discount and $50 for the cart.” We expected it to be expensive so the money didn’t matter. I asked if we could ride 3 in the cart so Linda could join us and the starter said yes. (fitnessfatale.com)

We teed off and frankly I played quite poorly and S3 played pretty well. We were grouped with 2 brothers from the local area who were nice guys. And Linda had the time of her life videoing the course and all the absolutely stunning views. Some of the holes are on top of the cliffs that run right along the edge of the Pacific and others have views of the surrounding countryside. Torrey Pines is a beautiful amazing golf course. There is a reason why a number of US Opens in addition to the annual Farmers Insurance Open are played there on the South Course, the tougher and more famous of the 2 courses.

If you are ever near San Diego, make it a priority to play the South Course at Torrey Pines. Just walk up to the starter, don’t mess with a reservation if there are 2 or less of you. Don’t worry about how you play. You will get an education in Kikuyu grass (tee boxes and fairways) and Poiana grass (on the greens). You’ll understand after a couple of holes.

See you on #1 tee on an amazing golf course… Sam

Junior Golf: Our First Tee Seminar

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle we will look at the seminar Linda and I along with Dr Nick Askey put on last Saturday at the First Tee of Greater San Antonio.

A large part of our community outreach involves being in front of people live and in color. The FTGSA has been very welcoming and has invited us into their fold to put on seminars to help the parents of their junior golfers. Last Saturday we held our third seminar and Nick Askey, Sports Therapy and Rehab Director of AIRROSTI Rehab Centers was able to join us. (golfdigest.com)

Our seminars are always coordinated with classes at FTGSA to help increase attendance. So Linda and I began at 1:00pm and talked about discovering your/the parent’s personality and then identifying your child’s personality. Then Linda gave the parents immediate words and phrases to use to enhance communication and dynamics in the whole family. Folks this stuff works. We have seen it time and time again in the nearly 4 years we have been doing this. Parents will contact us after attending 1 of our events and tell us, “It’s amazing, my communication with my son is better than ever!” Parents, you can enjoy the wonderful world of dramatically improved family dynamics by attending 1 of our seminars or by contacting us for more information.

In case you are wondering, improved family dynamics can mean hundreds of things from just a better attitude from your son, less or no talking back, better grades, better golf scores and just a really more pleasant situation all around. Yes, your household can enjoy these benefits.

Nick took the stage around 1:40pm to talk about flexibility, stability and the golfer. Dr Nick Askey, DC, ACP is a medical professional who is also Titleist Performance Center Certified, so he really knows what he’s talking about. Here’s my review of some of the highlights of Nick’s talk.

Core strength is critical to a good golf swing. And there are numerous exercises to increase core strength, but the limited time in the seminar meant Nick had to show some simple exercises that could be done almost anywhere. So our favorite, the good ole plank was the top choice here. Frontal plank, then right side plank, then left side plank, all with ears, butt and heels in a straight line. Tighten core and glutes. Hold as long as you can. I think maybe the PGA Tour average was around 3 minutes each, but I’m not sure. What I do know is that your son will love beating you at this! Make it a contest. Put a timer on the floor where he can see it. Planks are great for your core. Nick is not a fan of sit-ups and crunches.

Next he addressed glutes and shoulders. His quote was, “A golfer cannot have too much glutes!” And he showed us a great floor exercise which I will not try to describe. Just look up some glute exercises on your own. Then we learned about shoulders. Nick took a piece of the 3 or 4-inch wide workout resistance tape which comes in a roll, cut about a 10-foot length of it, tied it to a table leg, got on his knees in an upright position, took the tape in 1 hand and showed us all we needed for golfer shoulder strength. Then he switched hands. Sorry, this 1 is also tough to describe. Maybe we can get some videos.image

Lastly Nick reminded us that muscle bulk is not for golf. If you have a son who is in the “bulk” mode of working out, you will want to help him change his routine to benefit his golf game. Remember that muscle bulk is different from gaining weight. S3 has always been slim on the verge of skinny and he has worked really hard at getting his weight up so he has the muscle tone, strength and flexibility to compete at the college level. Thankfully his college PT has the correct mindset for his golfers and is constantly begging a couple of the guys to change their weightlifting habits. S3, at the ripe old age of 21 years old, has finally gotten to 160 pounds at a height of 5’11”. I think he’d like to get to 165 pounds and keep it there.

See you on #1 tee looking fit… Sam

Custom Clubs: Let’s Buy One

imageIn this Wednesday Waggle we will look at how to get started in custom golf clubs for your daughter. A conservative approach is best when you venture into new territory so that’s how we will approach this. Let’s buy one!

If your daughter is like our son, she will be very excited when you even mention custom golf clubs. New equipment is always fun, but Mom and Dad must maintain a sense of reality. There is not any household budget that the game of golf cannot easily exceed. So to have a plan and maintain a bit of sanity we are going to begin your girl’s adventure in custom golf clubs by purchasing just one club. (golf digest.com)

How do you decide which club to get? If you adhere to the legendary Harvey Penick’s philosophy that the 3 most important clubs in the bag are the driver, wedge and putter, you now have 3 great options. Depending on the age, strength and skill level of your daughter, she may use something other than a driver on the tee.. So you can consider customizing her main club she uses to tee off with as an option.

Ask your daughter what she considers to be the strongest part of her game. Is it driving (again maybe with a 3 or 5-wood instead of a driver), approach shots, chipping or putting? Once the 2 of you have agreed on her strongest suit, go that direction. If you’re not sure or your junior golfer is at the beginner skill level, go the putting or chipping route. The fastest way to lower any golfer’s score is around the green, chipping and putting.image

Please remember that parents of beginner level golfers can customize any and all clubs just by having them the correct length, weight and grip size. This is all you need to do for now. Maybe you could put a new grip on her putter, perhaps just a more fun color or different style. This is quite inexpensive and could have a very positive effect. It may just make putting more fun, but that means she enjoys practicing more and hopefully more balls go in the cup.

Intermediate and advanced players may take a different approach. If your girl is a good putter and chipper but is having trouble off the tee, you might want to address her weakness so she can be more competitive with her driving stats. Your family golf team will need to decide which approach is best for your daughter’s current situation. Addressing strengths or weaknesses?

S3 and our whole family got completely customized putters 2 years ago and they have made a world of difference. We all make more putts than we ever had before. These putters are totally worth the expense! So for your girl to change every other club in her bag, including what clubs are in her bag at 1 time is a big bite and not for the faint of heart. If you customize everything she will play much better, but needs to accept that it takes lots of range time to get used to the new clubs, not to mention the $ investment.

Have the family meeting today. What will the golf budget allow? Is 1 club the best path for now or can your daughter handle and will the budget support more than 1 club? The cost for doing 1 club could be from $10-15 for a grip change to $200 or more for a state-of-the-art new shaft, grip, etc. Parents be aware of the costs. It can be a ton of money and you must have a commitment from your daughter before moving forward. Customizing for beginners is basically length, weight and grips while customizing for intermediate/advanced players can mean dozens of options. It’s all fun!

See you on #1 tee looking customized… Sam

Junior Golf: Custom Clubs, The Remaining Ones

imageIn this Wednesday Waggle we will look at the remaining custom clubs in my bag. Previously we discussed my driver and 4-P. Now let’s look at what’s left. (golfdigest.com)

My TaylorMade Rocketbalz 3-wood, factory stiff shaft, was untouched except for a new Lamkin grip with an extra wrap of grip tape under my low (right) hand. This was more of a function of time and not really needing to do much to it since I already was hitting the club quite well. This club may end up competing with my new driver. This 3-wood goes 250-270 yards when I catch it on the screws. Yes, I like this club.

Next is S3’s and my favorite “shared” club of all time, our 10-year old Nike Ignite 5-wood with factory stiff shaft. We would move this from my bag to his depending who was playing next. There is something about 5-woods. They tend to be sweet and easy to hit. This club goes about 210-225 for me. I heartily suggest taking your junior golfer and hitting some 5-woods. This stick can easily become a comfort club that is always helpful to have in the bag.image

Now to my driving iron. It’s a tour edge exotics CB ProH head, which is a cavity back design that allows for the manufacturer to thin out the face for more rebound (speed). Full steel construction. The shaft is a Nippon NS Pro, a Japanese shaft maker that generally makes the best lighter weight shafts. It’s about 100 grams and has constant wall thickness. Basically it is a 21-degree, specialized 3-iron. I love the way it feels and just need to hit it some more to get comfortable with it. 200-220 yards looks about where the distance will fall. Driving irons are in the golf bag to provide a dependable, easier to hit club when confidence in driving accuracy is required rather than maximum distance.image

Wedges, my Cleveland wedges. Until I got S3’s previous set of Cleveland’s, I had never picked up a Cleveland wedge. Well, it was love at first sight! Immediately I knew why they had such a great reputation in the wedge community. They just feel so good to hold! Mine are REG 588, 56-14 (56-degree loft, 14-degree bounce), bent strong to 54-degrees, for more distance and the 60 CG 16 (60-degree loft and 12-degree bounce). Adam will bend this to 59-degrees when he has the opportunity. Since I now have 3 instead of 4 wedges, the strong bending helps cover the distance gaps between the clubs. Both have the matt finish to help reduce glare and both have Lamkin grips with the extra tape under the low hand. I hit the 54 about 85-95 yards and the 60 about 60-75 yards. S3 is helping me hit down and compress the ball better with these clubs which will certainly add distance. It’s fun!

That’s my bag, except for my putter. See you on #1 tee looking customized… Sam

Junior Golf: Custom Clubs For Slower Swing Speeds

imageIn this Friday Flop Shot we are going to take a look at my clubs, the clubs Adam custom-made for me. When Adam went home to Australia for a month over the Christmas break, he had 6 sets of clubs to customize and I am thrilled that he included my clubs in that group.

Why are my clubs of interest to your junior golfer? There are a couple of major reasons: first-my swing speed is about 10mph lower than S3’s. His swing is 105-110mph and mine is 93-97mph. There is a dramatic contrast in our clubs. My son is a college athlete in great physical shape, quite strong, extremely flexible and a 2-handicap. For being north of 60 years old, I am in great physical shape, reasonably strong, quite flexible and expect to get back to regularly breaking 80 in the near future. (Offcoursegolf.com)

The difference in our swing speeds is important, but only 1 of many factors involved in making custom clubs. So the second reason my clubs are important to your young golfer is to show the dramatic contrast in clubs with 2 different people. Please understand my point here. Having golf clubs custom-fitted to your youngster is a very complicated task and requires the best PGA club fitter you can find. Ask around. Probably 1 or 2 names will come up more than once.

I had quit hitting my driver because there wasn’t 1 in our many golf clubs that felt good in my hands. Adam, after being with me on the range several times and playing a couple of rounds with me, had a definitive plan. The new length would be 44.75” with a men’s regular shaft and a weight and kick point that fits my swing. Here you see the Fujikura Speeder67 Evolution R-Flex shaft. The head would be my current, but unused, Rocketbalz head, 10.5 degrees. Feeling I needed more loft, Adam said he could add loft to the head, ultimately getting it to 12 degrees. He has since stated that increasing my driver loft is his finest piece of artwork in all of his custom golf club efforts, and it is totally invisible to anyone looking at the head. Weighted tape was added to the bottom of the Rocketbalz head as Adam felt it just needed a bit more weight. And when I asked about the tape, he said to leave it on.

The driver grip is an orange Lamkin grip with an extra wrap under the low hand. This club feels great when I pick it up. It’s an extension of my arms. My natural shot with a driver is a fade and right now I’m hitting a slice, but things are coming around. One of the things Bubba Watson says about shortening the driver is that you hit more balls in the middle of the face. That is certainly true, even with me! So as I fine tune my swing, doing the couple of things I need to do to get consistent with this club, I am having a blast. I am certain this will be a very dependable club for me and 1 of my favorites. It’s hard to put into words how great this club feels!

See you on #1 tee, ready to hit the big stick… Sam

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