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Junior Golf: Buy A Fun Gift

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will consider buying something different for your daughter, something fun and unexpected. The nuts and bolts routine of buying white golf balls, white golf gloves and tees is just taken for granted. Well, Mom and Dad, this is the time of year to get a bit more creative with your golf purchases for your girl.image

Christmas shopping is in full speed ahead mode and stores already have plenty of discounts and sales going on. This is 1 of those times to buy an off-the-wall gift or 2 for your daughter. So what are things you could buy that would be at least half-way useful and not totally embarrass your daughter out in public? Those of you with teenage daughters know that they very well may believe that a parent’s sole goal in life is to publicly embarrass her. That being a given, let’s proceed.

Think about what she wears and uses on the range and on the golf course. Here are some easy suggestions: buy a new crazy or animal head cover for her driver. I mean if you look you can find at least a half-dozen different animal heads, plus a couple of bird heads, including roosters. There are college mascot head covers as well. And there are some head cover designs you would never have imagined in your wildest dreams. So this is just fun.

Also there are now a couple of golf glove makers who offer colors in addition to white. You know what her favorite colors are, so buy her a couple of gloves in bright colors and surprise her. Also be certain, and we have mentioned this before, to buy some of the wet or wetter is better gloves and tell her to keep them in her bag and remember that they are in there. Most major glove makers have these and most are sold in pairs, as in a right and a left hand glove, and are black. Just buy these and put them under the tree. If she already has a paired wet gloves, buy her another pair from a different maker so she can decide which brand she prefers. These gloves are absolutely essential in damp or wet weather.

Now, it’s time to really get crazy. Linda, my dear wife, just loves to play with colored golf balls. I mean if there’s a yellow, orange, hot pink or purple golf ball handy, she’s teeing it up! Frankly those purple balls are hard for me to see and I think for us that color slows down play. And of course, I can’t say to her if she would just hit it in the fairway and on the green it would be much easier to see!!! Linda and I were playing recently and I found 1 of those Callaway Truvis Chrome Soft White red and white golf balls. They are quite striking to look at. Linda immediately put it in play. I’m not sure if for me, those 2 colors make it harder for me to focus at 1 spot on the ball. And then maybe with my golf game it doesn’t really matter.image

For those of you with sons instead of daughters you can still use this information. Just consider what your son likes, or what would embarrass him in your buying decisions, just kidding, well maybe. I mean, if Tom Watson can wear beautiful and colorful golf gloves, your son can too. The point here is to break out of your normal buying habits without breaking the bank. A sleeve of colored golf balls and a colorful golf glove might be $35.00 total at most. Head covers range from inexpensive to ridiculous.

Have fun. Show your fun self to your daughter or to your son. They’ll love it!

See you on #1 tee looking colorful and fun… Sam

Junior Golf: Planning Ahead-Weather

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle, we will look at how to properly plan ahead for weather and specifically for changes in weather. Since golf is an outdoor sport, the weather is always a major factor in pre-tournament preparation.

Every serious junior golfer will play in so many different weather conditions, it will make Mom and Dad’s head spin. Tournament play continues when the players safety is assured, the course is playable and there is adequate visibility. What this means is that you must have your daughter’s clothing and accessories available for several different weather scenarios at each event. And you’ll know what to bring when you check the weather in advance and have an idea of what the realities are on the course for the whole day.

Here’s a classic example. This will happen at least 1x every year, perhaps more. Your daughter tees off at 9:00 am and it is 60-degrees, partly cloudy with light winds out of the south. A pretty nice day really. On about hole #6 clouds start rolling in and the wind dies and then starts to come out of the north. Well, here in Texas we know what this means: find something warm and waterproof in a hurry! A front is hitting, a cold front or norther as we call them. Winds will likely increase to the 2-3 club level and some showers may be in store. So the temperature drops 25-degrees in 30 minutes and those that aren’t prepared are miserable, at least more miserable than those who were prepared because now everyone is dealing with strong winds, much cooler weather and perhaps some rain.

So how do you prepare for this? One way is to be totally unaware and unprepared and thus completely miserable once and then you will pack half of your house when you head to the next tournament. The best prep starts with checking the weather at least several days before the event and then keeping a close eye on the weather until you walk out the door. There are a million weather sites and apps and I am sort of a weather app junkie, but my go to iPad app is The Weather Channel. They have plenty of accurate, up-to-date weather. And today we’re talking about dramatic temperature changes which are fall, winter, and spring events, at least down here in Texas.

Your first consideration is for your daughter. To keep bag weight down put these “must have” items in her bag before she tees off: a beanie or insulated band to cover her ears, a cap/visor to keep rain out of her eyes, a waterproof windbreaker and 2 large hand-warmer packs. You may consider adding an umbrella but they are useless in high wind and frankly, most kids can’t stand them and don’t want the extra baggage and weight. Waterproof pants are also a great item if there is room in the bag. We have seen time and time again that many boys and girls will leave their rain pants on long after they have removed their rain jacket. Part of this is to free up their swing and part is that pants can be a pain to take off, but the legs seem to be very comfortable with rain pants left on. They don’t add any weight really. Remember: in most tournaments you cannot give your daughter anything once she tees off.image

Now for the spectators, Dad, and Mom, et al: if you are in a cart, simply put all the above items for each of you, plus a blanket or 2 in the cart and you are set. Leave them in the car and you’ll find yourself driving full speed to the car to grab your gear once the front hits. You may want some gloves or mittens since you are not moving your body and really not getting your blood flowing, so your extremities may get cold. And for you Moms who love to wear flip flops on the golf course: you better have some real shoes somewhere because your feet are going to get cold. And some good socks, not cotton. Walking spectators need basically the same items as the junior golfers.

See you on #1 tee, well prepared… Sam

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