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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: Changing Spikes

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at the most common maintenance required with spiked golf shoes and that is replacing the spikes or cleats, as they are sometimes called, on the shoes. (image jennleforge.com)image
Changing the spikes sounds so simple, but I can assure you that there have been several times I thought I was going to pull a muscle trying to break a worn spike loose. Some of them seem to be almost glued in place!
2 keys which will make changing cleats/spikes much much easier is 1st have a proper tool for the job. These sell for about $5-$10, fit your hand nicely and are as they say, the right tool for the job. The 2nd aide is to get a pan or bowl big enough to hold at least 1 golf shoe, obviously holding both shoes is better. Put about 1-inch of water in the bowl and let the sole of the golf shoe soak in the water for a few minutes to help loosen and mud and dirt around the threads of the cleats. Now the tool should relatively easily break the spikes free and you can remove them. If, after soaking, they still don’t come loose, spray some lubricant on them and allow them to soak a few minutes. Hopefully now they will come loose. If they still won’t cooperate, repeat the above steps or get someone bigger and stronger than you to turn the tool.
Once all the old spikes are out, clean the orifices so all dirt and grime is removed. Allow them to dry. Spray a bit of lubricant in the holes before installing the new spikes. This step seats the new spikes nicely and may aide in easier removal the next time you swap them out. (image soft spike images, link is not active)image
Be certain to buy the correct spikes for your daughter’s shoes. There are several different thread patterns and what you buy must match the grooves on her golf shoes. Once you have identified the thread type, there may be 2 or 3 different kinds of spikes to choose from. This changes a lot so just because you have spikes left over from her previous pair of golf shoes, don’t assume they will fit her current pair. Double check!
Examine her cleats at least monthly. Always replace any missing cleats. We replaced S3’s cleats every 6 months or more often. He was constantly playing golf and these soft spikes wear out and then they begin to lose their grip. Got to have good spikes!
See you on #1 tee looking for good traction… 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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