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Junior Golf: 4 Thoughts On Skin Protection

In this Wednesday Waggle we’ll look at some new ways to help protect your family’s skin.

Sunscreen is not on today’s agenda. It will get plenty of discussion in another post. It’s complicated.

Proper sun exposure is essential for good health but for golfers, the issue is perhaps too much sun rather than too little. More very interesting information on sun exposure will be presented in its own future post.

So your skin is your largest organ, let’s look at some ways to protect it.

1. Healthy skin starts with a healthy intestinal tract. A simple way to help your skin from the inside out is to make sure your whole family is getting enough quality omega 3’s. Lean, grass-fed beef, fatty fish such as mackerel or sardines, krill oil, flax seed, coconut oil and cod liver oil are good sources. For convenience, krill oil, coconut oil and cod liver oil are perfect. All are available in capsules most children should be able to swallow and no taste or smell. Fish oil caps are not usually your best choice.

2. Hydrate. Drink extra water starting 3 days before a tournament.

3. Cover up. Adidas, among others makes long-sleeve polo shirts for women and men. The new wicking/cooling technology makes these shirts very comfortable in hot weather. There are also the “sleeve” add-ons you see some LPGA ladies wearing. Collared shirts protect the back of the neck. Long hair and floppy hats can cover the ears, neck and forehead. When in doubt, cover.

4. Make a habit of conditioning your skin regularly, not just the day before a tournament. Mom, you’re likely way more informed than Dad on skin care products, but I’ll help cut through the maze of confusing options and offer some inexpensive, very low risk choices. We use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Costco carries 2-packs. It is extremely clean and we love it. Another very beneficial skin care item is organic unrefined coconut oil. This has so many benefits I can’t begin to list them here. Coconut oil is widely available. Make sure it’s organic and unrefined. For a slightly pricier, but amazing 3rd option try Dr Mercola’s Organic Moisturizing Body Butter. It’s top-quality at a reasonable price. Try any or all of these and choose one for your daily moisturizer. Most experts recommend applying it after a warm shower. You’ll figure it out.

See you on #1 tee protecting your skin… Sam

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Junior Golf: Midsummer Check List-5 Things To Do Now

In this Friday Flop Shot we will offer some things that should be done right now to prepare for upcoming fall events.

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Photocredit:Dubai Golf

Your kids are growing, his/her golf skills are improving and the career of a junior golfer is a marathon, not a sprint. Parents must be the ones to not just keep,up, but stay ahead of what’s going on.

Here are 5 things to get after right now:
Have your child fitted for the driver or longest club in their golf bag. Drivers that are too short, too long, wrong loft or too heavy put your kiddo at a disadvantage. Any PGA pro can do this.
Check the fit of his/her golf shoes. Kids notoriously wear shoes that are too small. Have them put on a pair of golf socks and the shoes and you feel where the longest toe is. If there is any doubt about fit, buy a larger size. Your youngster will grow into them at some point.
Do the golf shirts, shorts or skorts fit properly? Clothes that don’t fit can hinder the golf swing, be uncomfortable and even lead to chafing and irritation during a round. There’s enough stress during competition without having to deal with ill-fitting clothes.

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Photocredit:Green Valley Country Club

What is the weakest part of their golf game? If you don’t know, go to the range or play a round with your kiddo. Then you’ll know. Look online or at The Golf Channel Academy for some drills that will improve this.
Does your state have a tax-free weekend or sale period? Currently about 16 states have sales tax holidays which include clothing. Check out this link. Here in Texas that saves basically 8%. Look up states with sales tax holidays to see if your state is included. Most dates are in July and August and shoes, perhaps even golf shoes are included. This is a great way to save some money!

Ok, that’s it for today. Watch the LPGA KPMG PGA Championship this weekend and get ready to celebrate the 4th!

See you on #1 tee looking prepared… Sam

Junior Golf: Save Money Now

In today’s Black Friday Flop Shot we will look at some of the ridiculous sales in the world of golf that are going on right now and save some money! (image offcoursegolf.com)fimg_0106-1

Let’s see what 1 of our favorites, The Golf Warehouse, http://www.tgw.com has to offer: Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x custom name and numbers for $39.95 per dozen. A personalized very unique gift! Also Ecco, top quality golf shoes, Biom Hybrid 5.0 style for $119.99. And 3 different Caddytek push carts from $99.99-119.99. Big savings on these and a lot more items.

How about Golfsmith, http://www.golfsmith.com, being bought by Dick’s Sporting Goods: this is a special situation since Golfsmith is closing about 80 stores from California to Massachusetts. See the list of stores being closed here. If you are near a store that is closing, get there ASAP. Big savings are at hand. And the stores remaining open have a ton of great prices too!

And another of our favorite online stores, 3 Balls Golf,
http://www.3balls.com, has some killer deals: 20% off used irons, Oakley Sunglasses $59.99 and up, 30% off Adidas apparel and 15% off Puma golf shoes and much much more! Another trusted vendor!

Additional stores to check out are Golf Galaxy, Edwin Watts Golf, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Academy Outdoors.

The point is Mom and Dad your active junior golfer is always in need of balls, gloves, tees, clubs, clothing and outerwear. It’s just part of the deal. So plan ahead and save some money now. (image gfore.com)image

Final thoughts. I think we’ll do something we’ve not previously done. Get S3 some customized Pro V1x balls and get us all 1 of the beautiful colored Golf gloves, made by Footjoy and also by GFORE, pricey but gorgeous!

See you on #1 tee looking well-equipped… Sam

Summer Junior Golf: The Best Sunscreen and More

imageThis Wednesday Waggle will wrap up our summer junior golf sunscreen coverage by naming the best sunscreen and providing more helpful hints. Protecting an outdoor athlete’s skin is very important and we hope you will take action on some of the information that has been offered. (Jason Duffner photo from golf digest.com)

In order to maximize your youngster’s skin protection, there are some items which are very beneficial:

1. drink plenty of water on a regular daily basis. We have already discussed hydration during practice and tournaments.

2. use antioxidants to help build an internal network of protection against sunburn. By eating foods high in these your kiddo is not only benefitting his skin, but the rest of his body as well. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries have high some of the higher antioxidant concentrations. Most whole fresh vegetables and fruits, not fruit juices, are good sources.

3. moisturize your child’s skin before going outside. Organic coconut oil is an excellent choice.

4. OK, the best sunscreen, what is it? I know you’ve been on pins and needles! The EWG (Environmental Working Group) says: “The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals to absorb through the skin, no questions about whether they work.”

imageBack in my childhood we would spend all day long at the beach, in and out of the water and when we were concerned about sunburn, what did we do? We put on a shirt and if we got burned, guess what, it was the skin not covered by the shirt! Yes, some wisdom is timeless. (photo by blitz conditioning.com)

There is a most interesting app called D-Minder. It has solid information about details of sun exposure at latitude and longitude and can answer a number of questions about the sun exposure in your geographic area. Quite informative.

You can spend your whole life studying sunburn, sunscreen and skin disease, so our information here is not even the tip of the iceberg. I encourage you to take control of your family’s health and make informed decisions.

See you on #1 tee and I don’t want to see your young golfer covered in white lotion… Sam.

Summer Junior Golf Tournaments: 4 Steps to Deal with the Heat

imageIn today’s Monday Mulligan we’re going to look at 4 steps to deal with the heat in summer junior golf tournaments. Your junior golfer is going to play in a lot of tournaments where it is just plain hot! Embrace the summer tournaments, even when it is very hot.

Here we go:
Step 1: hydrate properly. Your youngster hopefully has established the good habit of drinking plenty of pure, clean water every day. Three days before a hot weather event, S3 starts drinking extra water, mainly sipping/drinking water all day long, not to a point of discomfort, just steadily throughout his waking hours. All golfers need to be constantly drinking water during their hot weather rounds. The ill effects of dehydration can be life-threatening at worst and lead to poor mental decisions and poor shot-making during a round.

Step 2: eat properly before and during the round. Load some carbs and healthy fats 48-72 hours prior to teeing off. Eat a good meal before teeing off. For nutrition during play we use fruit snacks, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky (non msg) or a pbj cut into 4 pieces.

Step 3: dress appropriately. Light-colored breatheable wicking fabrics make all the difference n the world in comfort. Our family rarely wears cotton shirts/tops any more. The comfort level of the new high-tech fabrics is absolutely amazing! Long pants are pretty much worn during cooler weather.

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Step 4: set a positive mental attitude. When Sammie was 5 years old he said to me, “Dad, it’s really going to be hot playing golf today.” To reset his attitude, I said, ” Son, we live in South Texas and you are going to play more tournaments when it is 90-degrees or hotter than you will in cooler weather. We will work as a team to prepare you to be comfortable in the heat and play well in it.” He said, “OK, Dad.” And that was the end of the discussion. We implanted these 4 steps plus some additional factors which we will get into later this week.

Enjoy your hot weather golf! Proper preparation makes for an enjoyable time!

See you on #1 tee… Sam

Junior Golf Tournaments: Last Minute Checklist

imageIn today’s Friday Flop Shot, we’ll go over your last minute check list for junior golf tournaments. It is time to gather everything and head to the golf course. Your child is excited, really everyone is excited and it is easy to forget something important in the thrill of today’s possibilities! (Flop shot photo from offcoursefolfnetwork.com)

Take a breath and lets get started:

1. golf bag and clubs, 14-club maximum by rule.
2. golf balls, tees and 2 gloves
3. a towel or 2, small ones, for cleaning balls and clubs and to wipe face, hands, arms, etc
image4. sunscreen and insect repellent
5. cap, visor, glasses
6. golf shoes

Proper clothing is another requirement. The mindset is that you want to dress nicely out of respect for the game, course and tournament. For boys it is basically wear slacks or Bermuda-length shorts , with belt and collared golf shirts tucked in. Denim shorts, jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless shirts, denim shirts and shirts with inappropriate words or images are not permitted.

Girls are asked to wear blouses with sleeves or sleeveless blouses with collars. The most popular top for female golfers, however, is the polo-style shirt. Turtleneck tops are also widely accepted. Inappropriate tops for the golf course include T-shirts, halters and tank tops. For warm weather, girls are mostly wearing crops, shorts or skorts. Jeans, sun dresses, sweats or athletic pants are all considered improper. (photo from paloaltojrgolf.com)

Last but not least is nutrition and hydration. Make sure your golfer get a good meal, but not too heavy or spicey before teeing off. During the round, which can be as long as 5 hours, your kiddo must have a lot of hydration and additional nutrients. Good clean water is best and some sports drinks are OK as well. Snacks for summer golf are tricky, because some are made inedible by the heat. Foods that work are: gummy bears in the small baggies as the brain must have some glucose. Additional excellent choices are peanut butter crackers, pbj sandwich cut into 4 pieces, small baggies of non-msg beef jerky and health/granola bars. Avoid chocolate as it turns into a nasty mess almost immediately in the summer heat. Remember that in most tournaments, unless you are the caddy, you cannot give you junior golfer anything once they have teed off. So these items must be in the bag.

Your junior golfer needs to drink fluids almost constantly and consume some food, just a few bites,every 3 to 4 holes.

Are you wishing you had reviewed this list last night-lol! Enjoy the tournament, these are some of the best times of your family life!

See you on #1 tee… Sam

The Sun: Friend or Foe for Golfers

God has put the sun here for our benefit. Golfers spend a lot of time in the sun so learning how to take advantage of it’s benefits and how to protect yourself from overexposure are very important. Today we will visit several aspects of how to properly address the issue of prolonged hours of sun exposure. Some of what we will discuss is controversial and you will need to choose what is best for you and your junior golfer. My family and I have decided to take control of our health and make many proactive decisions regarding our own sun exposure. I am not a medical professional and encourage you to pursue appropriate advice where you deem it necessary.

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Excessive exposure to sunshine is part of golf and there are effective ways to gain its benefits and avoid its hazards. The biggest health benefit is proper Vitamin D exposure. Your body makes Vitamin D from sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the U.S.because of the fear of skin cancer and all the media talking heads telling to stay out of the sun. This is ridiculous because the sun is here to help us.

Your body requires UVB rays for the production of Vitamin D. For more information please visit: http://www.mercola.com and search: vitamin D resource page. Please understand that proper levels of Vitamin D are extremely beneficial to your family’s health. I encourage you to read up on this subject. D-Minder is a great free app to help you learn more about Vitamin D exposure in your location. Visit the App Store.

We live in South Texas so we have sunshine all the time. For the healthiest protection on the golf course, you have some good options. Wear a cap or visor to keep the sun off of the sensitive skin around your eyes. This also eliminates the need to put sunscreen on the forehead which can end up sweating into your kiddo’s eyes and be painful and is not helpful for playing good golf. Do put sunscreen on the ears, nose, back of neck, arms and possibly the calves.

Alternatives to putting sunscreen on the arms and back of the neck are the wonderful SPF shirts for golf, but smaller sizes for junior golfers may be hard to find or may be crazy expensive. In addition to the short-sleeve versions, there are long-sleeve versions which are comfortable in hot weather. Look at http://www.underarmour.com, http://www.nike.com, http://www.adidas.com, http://www.tgw.com and other leading golf websites for more information.

Most popular sunscreens not only have potentially harmful ingredients, but also block the beneficial UVB rays, so your kiddo is not getting any Vitamin D benefit from their golf. We use healthier options. Go to http://www.swansonvitamins.com or http://www.mercola.com and search for organic sunscreens. These will at least not have the more undesirable ingredients, and may allow the UVB rays to pass into the skin. Use as little sunscreen as possible.

As you see, the sun can be both friend and foe…make wise choices.

So go enjoy those sunny days, yes, even the hot sunny days☺️ Always work on improving your kiddo’s game.

See you on #1 tee… Sam

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