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This Could Happen To You

In today’s Friday Flop Shot I’m going to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience that S3 and I had 2 days ago. It was unexpected and the kind of thing that money, at least for most of us, can’t buy.

Here’s our story:

S3 and I volunteered to caddy in the Valero Texas Open Pro-Am held Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The mindset is “hope we have some decent amateurs and a pro whose name we have at least heard of.” You never know what you’re getting. That was for sure the case today but on the other side of the coin.

So we found our group’s bags and were reading the tags to see who we each had. My guy was Martin Parrish, ok. Then S3 starts reading the rest of the tags and says, “Dad, come here.” He points to the spot that says Professional. And we do the classic Looney Tunes doubletake because it says Adam Scott, on all 4 bags, so it must be true!

It was five and a half hours of incredible memories. Oh, as I found out after the round, my player, Martin Parrish, is a top Valero officer and Chairman of this year’s VTO, the biggest dude at the tournament other than the players. He’s a great guy and brought 3 good amateurs with him. They were all fun to be around!

Now to Adam Scott and his caddy David Clark. I can’t imagine that there are any nicer, more helpful and genuinely patient and good guy professionals to be around than these two. Refreshing to say the least! It was just like talking to regular folks, no pretenses, amazing men, looked you in the eye and engaged when we talked to them. Wow, we are bigger Adam Scott fans than before, if that’s even possible!

As some of you may recall, our family has been active in golf in this city since 1925. The Executive staff at Golf San Antonio, a little birdie told me, wanted to put someone in the Chairman’s group they could trust to support and fit in with this marquee 4-some. They hand-picked us because they know us and were comfortable that we were the right guys for the job.

I told S3 this is a classic example of who you know and who knows you and what they think of you. I emphasized that this is a testament to our family’s golf heritage over all these years, but more recently to his, mine and Linda’s involvement over the last 20 years. Great life lesson!

Our group actually was third to pick a pro. Valero CEO played with Greg Norman who designed the course and manages the whole event. 2nd took Sergio and Martin chose Adam. Not bad.

I don’t have the words to convey how great this day was and getting to spend it with my son was so special. Incredible memories.

Next year we’ll reset to our original premise. Just hope we’ve heard our pro’s name beforehand.

Parents, let this be encouragement for you and your junior golfer to volunteer in big events. Something like this can surely happen to you, particularly when you least expect it.

Man, what a day! See you on #1 tee standing next to your favorite pro… Sam

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Dreaming of College Golf, Catch It Here

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will specifically address how to use me and Linda to give your child the chance to catch their dream of playing college golf.

High school golfers are the focus of this post, but all parents might want to note that the sooner you and your junior golfer decide if college golf is a goal, the sooner you can start planning. We started S3’s college golf plans when he was 5 years old. It was always the long-term goal. Time flies by quickly, it’s never too early to start.

Parents of high school golfers, please hear me: even if your child is finishing their junior year, there’s still a great opportunity to successfully pursue college golf. Time is short and we need to take advantage of what time is available. Be optimistic! Contact us immediately and we can get the process moving.

This is special college golf pricing and it’s different from other coaching packages listed on our site.

A. College Golf Bundle:

6 sessions over 90 days

$395

B. College Golf Hourly

1-hour sessions as needed

$75 per hour

What’s included:

The path to college golf is confusing and we’ll provide a structure and plan for you to properly proceed. This includes timing for when certain things need to be implemented. The who, what, when, where, how to contact/communicate with the people, places and entities involved.

You’ll end up with a clear path from right now continuing into the future when you and your kiddo are having serious talks with college golf coaches.

Parents of high school juniors, if you are going to do this, the time is now.

Scholarships for boys are widely available but you must know and implement the process to be successful.

The scholarships for girls are easier to get because there aren’t enough girls playing golf to fill them. However, parents, you must pursue the scholarship process properly.

For those parents of 5-year olds and up to high schoolers, we have considerable important input for the best way to help your junior golfer use the years remaining in his/her junior golf career.

Some of your most amazing parenting memories will be on the golf course with your youngster. Make those times more meaningful with a long-term goal of playing college golf.

See you on #1 tee wearing your college logo… Sam

Junior Golf: Inspiration For The New Year

In this Friday Flop Shot we’re offering you some very special inspiration to help fire up your junior golfer, Dad and Mom and the whole family as we enter a new year.Photo credit dubaigolfThere are reasons some athletes are great. And at times we can’t completely figure out why greatness is in some people but not in others. There are times that greatness shines beyond the boundaries of apparent human ability. Oh, and for those of you who think you’re a decent snow skier, this post may put things in perspective.

Today we’re not talking about a golfer. We’re talking about Franz Klammer. Who? That would be the Franz Klammer who is the greatest men’s downhill ski champion of all time! What does skiing have to do with golf, you ask? As we look at genuine greatness, today it has everything to do with your junior golfer.

Examples of greatness can leave us with our eyes and mouth wide open, shaking our head at what we just saw! Hopefully that’s what you all will feel after watching the attached video.

Frank Gifford, former pro football player and avid skier and Bob Beattie, former U.S. national ski team coach are doing the play-by-play. The setting is thus: a Swiss skier has just set an incredibly fast time in men’s downhill skiing, in the 1976 Winter Olympics. The very fast time seems almost impossible to beat. Klammer is the last skier with any chance, no matter how slim, to take the lead which would mean winning the gold medal. Klammer is Austrian. The Olympics are at legendary Innsbrook, Austria. He’s going for gold in front of his home crowd. Franz Klammer is revered as the greatest athlete in Austrian history! Could any athlete have a more exciting opportunity than this, heck no!

Here’s the link to the video. The first 2 minutes set the scene and the last 2 minutes are the run. I highly suggest watching this on the biggest screen possible with the sound turned all the way up to capture the enthusiasm of the announcers. This is one of the top individual performances in the history of sports.

The Winter Olympics are coming this February. Men’s downhill is one of the first events, usually starting the first Saturday and only running a couple of days. You easily can miss the whole thing. We always record men’s and women’s downhill plus a lot of other events too. Franz Klammer’s 1976 performance is special but that doesn’t mean you won’t see someone else put on a spectacular gold medal performance. If you don’t watch, you’ll never know!Photocredit Sports Illustrated

The lesson here is belief. Believing that you can do it when you need to do it. Hit the fairway, hit the green, make the putt. Ya gotta believe!

See you on #1 tee believing you can put on a great show… Sam.

Junior Golf: A Great Last Minute Gift

In this Friday Flop Shot we’ll share a great last minute gift idea for your junior golfer. Mom, Dad and all the family can enjoy this!

We’re talking about Junior Golf Magazine and Linda and I are excited to inform you that we have an article in the current/December issue. This is our 2nd article with JGM and we appreciate the opportunity to share some more timely and helpful information with young golfers and their parents.

Our article, Calendar SMART For Junior Golf Success, begins on page 4. To access the article, go to JuniorGolfMag.net and check out the 3 options to subscribe: Print Edition Only, Digital Edition Only or Print and Digital Editions. Be sure to check out any special offers. Each choice is a great value and we encourage you to subscribe.

Be safe and be polite as you finish your last minute shopping. Merry Christmas to All!

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Junior Golf: What Is Wearable Technology?

In this Wednesday Waggle we will have a look at wearable technology and what it is. These 2 words will show up more and more in clothing, accessory and footwear items and it is a good thing to have a basic understanding of these 2 words.img_0102

Wearable technology definition from Dictionary.com: a small computer or advanced electronic device that is worn or carried on the body. While there are some more specific and slightly different definitions, this 1 is perfectly adequate for our junior golfers. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

With the rapid advances in digital technology and also the new materials and techniques being used in clothing and footwear, this amazing tech is appearing in more and more places. Perhaps the most common items we all notice are the golf watches/GPS systems that are made by a number of quality companies such as Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, Suunto, Callaway and more.

The next big offering will be smart golf shoes. Under Armour’s smart golf shoes come with a built-in accelerometer that tracks your steps, calories burned and game duration. Sounds pretty neat to me! They are based on the UA Drive One shoes that Jordan Spieth has been wearing and are expected to be on the market sometime this year.

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Now let’s get really crazy! Samsung’s spinoff company, IOFIT makes a smart golf shoe that analyzes your golf swing and provides instant feedback through a mobile app to improve your game. Coming soon! Learn more at this link: IOFIT Smart Shoes.

Dad and Mom all this tech is coming to you and your junior golfer at warp speed. At some point this subject will come up. In the not so distant future all our clothes will be talking to each other. We will have the opportunity to be monitored from head to toe, 24/7, scary, actually. Oh, and there is some money involved. Currently few, if any of these items are less than $100.00. Get informed.

See you on #1 tee wearing rules compliant devices… Sam.

Junior Golf: Useful Stuff From The PGA Show

In this Monday Mulligan we will take a final look at some of the very useful new items that we showcased at last week’s PGA Show in Orlando. (image jennleforge.com)image

Part of our obligation Dad and Mom as parents of a junior golfer is to keep up with new things, innovations, in golf equipment and techniques and there is surely a ton of things to glance at. Having a nimble mind helps so you can quickly get a synopsis of the new product and its potential application to your daughter and decide to pursue it or not.

3 things to take a look at:
Golf Pride MCC Align and MCC Plus4 Align Grips. These grips have a vertical strip on the back which helps your girl, and yes, golfers of all skill levels, remember the proper placement of her hands on the club. This is a new wrinkle on a concept which has been around for a long time. Hey, it is so easy to get the hands out of position on the golf club. When it’s time for new grips, put these on. Golfpride.com
Golf bling from Navika. As a guy, this site is overwhelming. It is a girl/lady company which has so much variety in everything golf bling, I can’t put it into words. Since Navika is a leader in the golf industry, be sure you are looking at retail customer items, not wholesale. Dads, this is a great place to get unique golf gift items for the women in your life. So much bling, so little time. Have fun! Navika.com

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Nikon CoolShot 80VR laser rangefinder. Nikon has made top quality cameras, binoculars and scopes for years and their newest entry to the golf rangefinder market brings some great innovations. It works out to 1,000 yards. The vibration-reduction feature gets your girl a quick and steady on-target read while the featured Locke-On algorithm helps quickly finds the actual target by basically distinguishing it from the background clutter. Very useful! nikonsportoptics.com

So there’s a wrap on the show. From about $11.00 for 1 grip, to whatever you want to spend on bling, to $400.00 for a very handy rangefinder, determine your budget and start shopping.

See you on #1 tee with something innovative… Sam

Junior Golf: What Is Bubba’s New Golf Ball?

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a look at Bubba Watson and his new golf ball that he is playing. Bubba is all about having fun while he creates his amazing golf shots. (image jennleforge.com)image

So on January 3, 2017, golf ball manufacturer Volvik announced they had signed Bubba to play their ball. OK, some of you are saying who or what is a Volvik golf ball? And I’m right there with you. The 1st time I saw a Volvik ball was a couple of years ago when I found one on the golf course. It was a matte finish crystalline-looking ball and I have no idea what I did with it. Not being familiar with it I had no pressing desire to play it.

The top players are always looking for ways to improve their games and Bubba wants to add a fun factor as well. In his own statement, Bubba said he became interested in the balls because they were used by the guys in the Long Drive Championship and with great success. So Bubba, as if he needs more distance with his driver, got some Volvik balls and started hitting them on the range and liked them. And better yet, Volvik makes balls in a bunch of different colors and finishes.

I’ll give you 1 guess what color Bubba is looking for. Hot pink of course! The story goes that the Volvik S4 ball which is what Bubba would play is only available in white. Well, Bubba is really wanting to play a pink ball so Volvik apparently found a few dozen for him and is now considering making a run of pink S4’s for Bubba. And Bubba wants a pink golf ball because? He says it would make the game even more fun. And he likes the feel and flight of the S4’s.

What is the next step for Dad and Mom? 1st and foremost , if you have not done so in the last 90 days, have your son’s swing speed checked. It will change as he gets bigger and stronger and it is necessary to know his speed in order to buy the correct golf balls.

Now, having his swing speed, proceed to Volvik.com and look around the site. It is user friendly and all the colorful golf balls make it fun just looking around. After you have cruised the site a bit, select the Ball Fitting tab. This is a logical, clear path toward selecting some proper golf ball options for your son. It is good!

My toughest choice was the color. Different eyes see colors differently. The blues, reds and dark pinks are hard for me to see. White is easiest, but I would enjoy playing with a color other than white. Not sure what color I’ll end up with, but I must be able to see it easily.

Perhaps it’s no problem for you or your son, but remember that the pros have caddies, forecaddies, marshals and fans to help them find their golf balls. Your son on nearly every shot has only himself and perhaps every now and then a group member to help find his ball. The easier it is for his eyes to see his golf ball, the better. Try some different colors. Let him choose several and go along with his choice. There is a definite fun factor with colored golf balls. Help your son increase his fun factor, go with those young eyes!

See you on #1 tee with a fun-looking golf ball… Sam

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