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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:2 News Tips For Cold Weather

In this Friday Flop Shot we’ll offer some new tips that can make playing in cold weather more enjoyable and help your junior golfer shoot lower scores in chilly conditions. (photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106
Layering is the basic concept for dressing for cold weather but layering for golf has a couple of things that are different from normal. Your daughter’s swing will be encumbered so freedom of movement along with keeping warm and dry must be balanced. A good start is to use a sleeveless wicking base layer top next to her skin. This keeps 1 layer of sleeves off of her arms and allows a bit of extra freedom to the swing. Then she can add a regular turtleneck, sweater and finally a windproof/waterproof outer jacket.
The new tip here is the sleeveless top. S3 always used a base layer with sleeves and frankly we didn’t consider going sleeveless. He never complained about his swing being too restricted and by the 3rd hole he was usually taking layers off!
Extra bulk is an issue and we suggest you have your daughter try both sleeveless and sleeved layers next to her skin and see which she prefers, from a swing perspective.
Our 2nd tip today is so obvious that I can’t imagine why it has not been previously offered. Golf balls don’t fly as far in cold weather. The PGA has stats on this, but I don’t have them here. Why is your daughter’s distance decreased in cold weather? Several factors. 1st cold golf balls don’t compress as well as they do in warmer weather so spin and distance suffer. And your daughter’s swing is a bit hampered by the extra layers of clothes so she just isn’t swinging as efficiently as normal. And cold weather takes a subtle toll on the human mind and body, making it tougher to focus and play well. (image Carl’s Golfland)image
What does a parent do? Buy a lower compression ball for cold weather. Lower compression means it is easier to compress for slower swing speeds, which your girl will likely have in bad weather, and it will more likely travel a similar distance to her replay ball in normal temperatures. There you go: cold weather, lower compression ball, nearly normal distance. Wow!
As the first really serious cold weather is hitting much of the country right now, try these tips and see what kind of results your daughter achieves. It may surprise you!
See you on #1 tee ready for cold weather… Sam

Junior Golf: Better Sleep/Better Golf

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at how lack of enough quality sleep negatively impacts your son. Sleep deprivation and poor quality of sleep are widespread health issues among all ages all over the world. The facts are that better sleep equals better golf, better student and better overall health.image

In today’s fast-paced and exciting world it’s common to run across someone who wants to get by with 3 or 4 hours of sleep. They love life and have so many things they want to enjoy! Well, the studies show that only a very small percentage of the population can perform well on minimal sleep, usually meaning averaging less than 8 hours per night and I’ll tell you right now, it’s highly unlikely anyone in your family is included in this minuscule group. (photo jennleforge.com)

While the hours of sleep necessary can vary from infants to
pre-teens to teens to adults, a solid starting point is basically 8 to 9 hours of good sleep per night. Certainly right now some of you are saying, “No way! I don’t see that happening in our house.” (photo Trovati Faceplant Dreams)

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May I offer some data? Sleep deprivation may be associated with poor athletic performance, poor grades, decreased ability to learn and create, slowed reaction time, increased risk of depression, increased susceptibility to any number of health issues including diabetes, weight gain and blood pressure issues, a reduced ability to control emotions and responses and many many more. Folks this is real! (photo Phoenix, Tucson, Arizona golf images)

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Where do Mom and Dad start? Modifying your own sleep habits sets a good example. Your junior golfer will more likely do what you do and your proper example sets the standard for the whole family. Schedule a brief family meeting to review the new sleep times and how all will benefit. Be excited about it! Enough beneficial sleep is every bit as important as clean water, healthy food and exercise. It’s a big deal!

Back out the necessary times. When does everyone need to get up? If it’s 7:00am, have the kids in bed by 10:00pm for 9 hours of sleep. Grade schoolers were in bed by 8:30pm in our house and we worked our way up to 10:00pm for high school. Younger kids need more sleep. Parents, you’ll benefit too.

See you on #1 tee wide awake and rested… Sam

Junior Golf: Leave A Healthy Legacy

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will look at how our actions are influencing our junior golfers and everyone around us. Dad and Mom, you are leaving a legacy so let’s leave a healthy legacy. (photo golfdigest.com)img_0102

My Mom was an amazing person. She passed away in 2012 at the age of 102 years and was extremely active for 100 of those years. She was, like all of us, a creature of habits and hers contributed to her excellent mental and physical health.

Mom loved to walk and growing up she always went at least 8 blocks every day, usually with a big dog on a leash. These were big blocks, long and straight. She walked fast. Most folks couldn’t keep up so she never really invited anyone to join her. And she loved her yard work. She mowed, trimmed, swept, did it all unless I was around to help. Dad was usually at work and frankly Mom loved the exercise. It wasn’t a chore for her.

She had an absolute aversion to being overweight. Her line was, “If I gain 3 pounds, I’m going on a diet!” And she did. Mom drank water with her meals and had some tea or a Coke made with sugar once in a while. She had a few guidelines as to what she ate. Her family was way ahead of the curve, using common sense for eating advice. “It’s the sugary things like desserts, breads, cookies and white potatoes that make you fat. Stay away from them.” And she did. Mom are whatever she wanted but controlled her portions. She quit eating when she started feeling full and pretty much never had second helpings. Ahead of the curve, way to go, Mom! (photo dailymail.co.uk)

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She was also not a fan of putting anything in her body that was not absolutely essential. So she stayed away from prescription drugs and all she took for those many years was one baby aspirin daily and a calcium supplement for occasional leg cramps.

I had to always check her inventory of her crossword puzzles and WordSearch and WordSeek books. She loved doing these and sometimes it was hard to find enough books to help her supplied. Her mind was always razor sharp! (photo net-thrift.com)

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Once I came to realize that Mom’s fabulous health was a product of a lifetime of healthy habits, I decided to emulate these habits. So I began changing my nutrition and exercise routine in college. Linda came along side me in these endeavors and we have made a concerted effort to be examples of healthy habits, mental and physical, for our kids and grandkids.

What can you do today to initiate or increase healthy habits in your home. Better habits, better golf, better everything!

See you on #1 tee with healthy habits… Sam

Junior Golf: Better Health Better Golf

Wow! After all the intense golf news of the past few weeks, in today’s Friday Flop Shot we will get back to focusing on helping junior golfers and their families. Let’s see how to begin the process of Better Health=Better Golf in your family.img_0106-1

Parents, I am usually hesitant to tell you that you must take some action. Today however, Linda and I believe taking control of your family’s health is so important, so readily available and so critical for all your family members and of course, your athletes, that we encourage you in the strongest terms to have the conversation we reference below. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

The 1st step is: Dad and Mom must have a discussion to decide if you want to address the taking control of your health issue. If the answer is no, then the status quo remains. If the answer is yes, congratulations, and the next step is to have another meeting and include your kids and inform them of your decision. Tell them that the family will be making changes in the areas of food, drink and exercise. Be positive, be excited. Your family is embarking on a life-changing journey! Mom and Dad must be united in this decision. Single parents, you may wish to discuss this with close friends and mentors, just be staunch in your decision.

If your answer is No, nothing changes. We sincerely hope you will reconsider your decision. Why did you choose No?

If you said Yes, here’s your next step after informing the rest of your family. Put together an action plan. Start simple because this can be a bit overwhelming. Frankly we could spend years on this topic and never cover everything so we are going to give you input to make this process as seamless as possible.

Linda and I have been serious amateur students of health, fitness, nutrition and supplementation for a long time. In fact Linda once held 2 certifications from The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, 1 as a Certified Fitness Specialist (precursor to Personal Trainer Certification) and 1 in wellness. Individually we had already taken control of our own health even before we met and have emphasized and maintained this philosophy continuously in our family. And it works. Our rare visits to the doctor ar almost always from sports/activity-based injuries. Taking control of your family’s health works! (photo pbase.com)

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Action Plan Step 1: Take a look at what your family is eating. Write it down. It may shock you when you see it on a piece of paper. Awareness is the 1st step in this process. People are always asking us for 1 sentence on health and nutrition. Over these many years what we have come up with is, “Take a look at what you are going to put in your mouth and ask yourself, “How close is this to the way God put it on this planet?” In other words, start cutting back on processed foods. Fresh fruits and veggies and quality meats are where we should be spending our food dollars. Get your awareness factor up! You may be surprised or even shocked by what your family is eating! We’ll stay on this for a few posts, so more great tips Monday.

See you on #1 tee looking healthy… Sam

Junior Golf: Ryder Cup Excitement Begins

In this Friday Flop Shot we will look at today’s start of The 41st Ryder Cup from Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. This is a team matchplay event where 12 of the best US men’s golfers compete against the best 12 from Europe.img_0106

If you’re not already recording it, I suggest you set the TiVo right now. Coverage starts on the Golf Channel at 730am central time today and goes until 600pm. Saturday’s coverage is 800am-600pm on NBC. Sunday’s broadcast time is 1100am-500pm again on NBC. We always record an additional hour in case the event runs long. Ties count and there is not a playoff but weather delays and other unknowns might cause matches to run longer than usual. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

You will hear 3 types of matches discussed. These 1st 2 are a bit confusing. Foursomes refers to 4 players, 2 2-man teams, in each group and it is played where team members hit every other shot with 1 team member hitting 1st on odd-numbered holes and the other hitting 1st on even-numbered holes. Often both players in singles play, use very different golf balls. Different degrees of firmness/softness and high spin vs low spin means the teammates must find a compromise ball since they aren’t allowed to switch balls each shot. The pros are so finely tuned to the feel of their golf ball that switching to another ball takes a lot of practice. It is very different. Yardages, amount of draw or fade, spin rates and backspin all are impacted. There’s a ton of pressure on Foursomes since you really don’t want to hit a poor shot which leaves your partner facing a very difficult next shot. You don’t want to let your partner down. Each team’s score is recorded on every hole and low score out of the 2 team scores wins the hole.

Fourballs is also 2 2-man teams playing against each other. All 4 players play their own ball through the hole and the low score for each 2-man team is recorded. Lowest score of the 2 team scores wins the hole.

Singles are on Sunday and the 12 matches will include every player on each team, 1 US player vs 1 European player. It’s very straightforward. Low score wins the hole.

Each of the 28 total matches is worth 1 point. The winning team of each match gets 1 point, the losing team gets 0 points and if the match is tied/halved, each team gets ½ point. The 1st team to reach 14 and1/2 points wins the Ryder Cup. If the teams tie at 14-14 the previous Ryder Cup winning team retains the Cup. (image agtgolftours.com)

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The crowds are very loud for golf tournaments. There will be more European fans than you could possibly imagine and they are loud. The enthusiasm and energy of the players and fans is unique and contagious. Pretty much every player will tell you that this is the 1 event where their knees are literally shaking on #1 tee. I mean, you’re playing for your flag, your country, your national pride. It’s so different than playing for oneself. I think it was Zach Johnson that said there was tremendous pressure on every shot in a Ryder Cup because the stakes are so high and the pressure on the 1st tee was insane! It’s a lifetime achievement for these guys, certainly equal to or close to the equal of winning major championships.

Please have your junior golfer watch some of this event. It should certainly excite him and inspire him to dream more and dream bigger. The excitement is contagious!

See you on #1 tee looking proud of your country… Sam

Junior Golf: PGA Village

In this Friday Flop Shot we will look at 1 of the premiere golf resorts in the world. This is a fabulous place our family has become well acquainted with over the last 4 years.image

Folks, we’re talking about the PGA Village in Port St Lucie, Florida. It is on the east coast of Florida about 2 hours north of Miami International Airport and about 3 hours south of Jacksonville. This is a golf resort with so much to offer, it’s hard to do it justice in a blog. With 54 holes of championship golf, a wonderful staff, excellent restaurant, plenty of teaching pros, lessons and camps and the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, it is the ultimate experience for a golfer of any age. Yes, and your junior golfer has plenty to do here. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

Stay and play packages are available and if you haven’t filled up your summer vacation calendar, I suggest you take a look at this great facility. Frankly, I can’t say enough good things about the PGA Village. S3 has been here the last 4 years playing in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and he and all the young men and women and their families are treated like PGA pros. The warm welcoming atmosphere and the attention to every detail to provide an environment above and beyond anything these young adults have ever seen is amazing! Players, coaches and families will tell you that they are treated fabulously here and it is hard to imagine being treated any better.image

And the golf courses are perfect. As PGA Village Membership Director Jack Lutz told us, “This is where the PGA is able to offer regular folks the quality of golf courses that the tour pros play.” And he’s not kidding or bragging, it’s a fact. After S3 finished the event his freshman year he told me, “Dad, this (Ryder Course) is the best golf course I’ve ever played on. Every blade of grass is perfect and if you read the putts right, the ball goes in the hole.” Now keep in mind our son has played on a ton of top quality golf courses, so this was a strong statement. This year, his Aussie teammate, Adam, was at PSL and he is Einsteinian in his knowledge of golf course grasses and he said that unequivocally this was the finest Bermuda he had ever seen. Yes, there are agronomists who can provide grass at this high level for those of us not on tour!

The point here Dad and Mom is that the complete atmosphere at the PGA Village is an amazingly successful 1 that many resorts strive for but few achieve. It all starts at the top with PGA’s top executives and permeates through the whole staff from PGA Village General Manager, Jimmy Terry, to every person working in the grill, restaurant, cart barn or golf course. The PGA Golf Club is part of the PGA Village. Check them out at pgavillage.com.

See you on #1 tee, maybe at the Ryder Course at PGA Village… Sam

Junior Golf: VTO, Just Go

In this Wednesday Waggle we will continue encouraging you to attend the Valero Texas Open. If our San Antonio locale isn’t convenient for you, then please find a PGA Tour site that works for you and your junior golfer and go spend some time there during their tournament. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)img_0102

The best time to go to any tournament is when you can. Don’t overthink it, just grab your kiddo and everybody else that wants to go and head out the door. For a more relaxed atmosphere, the days early in the week are excellent. Today is the final Pro-Am day at VTO, as in most professional golf events and is a perfect time to see how the tour players interact with the group sponsors. You can learn a lot by watching and listening and the course is basically devoid of fans. You can easily move around to follow different players. And the course is full all day. There is a morning and afternoon Pro-Am.

The pros and cons of going different days are interesting. Sure, so can only attend on the weekend and that’s a great time because of the drama and huge crowds associated with the final 2 days of a Tour event. A bit of advanced planning goes a long way. For instance, there is no parking on site. So plan extra time for off-site parking and shuttle time. Locations are posted on the VTO website.

Allowed and prohibited items are also on the site and be certain to carefully check this out so you are not inconvenienced by having to return an item to your not-so-close car or surrender it. There is plenty of food and drink available and some is fairly reasonably priced. There is no real need to load up like a pack mule. A hat or cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes are the basics.

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The main differences between going during the week vs on the weekend are less crowds on weekdays for easier movement around the course, closer access to players and a more relaxed atmosphere. Weekends again mean bigger crowds, more drama as potential winners start to show up and a vibrant thrilling environment. (Phil photo casino.org)

Dad and Mom, PGA Tour events are major happenings. Go enjoy 1 with your kiddo today!

See you on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio… Sam

Junior Golf: Custom Clubs-Yes Or No

imageIn today’s Friday Flop Shot we will begin our evaluation of everything involved in going the custom club route so that you and your junior golfer can decide if custom clubs make sense for him.

Who can benefit from custom golf clubs? Of course here, we’re primarily talking about the junior golfer(s) in your house. Who else can we consider? Our family is full of personalities that love to upgrade everything from buying the top trim level of our cars to custom golf clubs, it’s what we do. Every golfer who wants to improve his game should seriously consider custom clubs. They are truly amazing when done properly. Please remember that custom clubs require a commitment to considerable range time to get used to them. But they are worth it! (offcoursegolf.com)

Getting back to your son, you actually started down the path of customizing his golf clubs when you had them fitted to him. Usually with beginners and lower to intermediate juniors this means making sure his clubs are the correct length and weight. This is essential and needs to be done with every junior golfer no matter their age or skill level. Clubs that are the wrong length or are too heavy, make it impossible to hit consistent golf shots. Every time your son grows an inch you need to check the length and weight of his clubs. Your PGA Professional can do this.

If your son is an improving junior golfer who expects to be competitive in elite junior golf events, junior high, high school and perhaps even college golf, you must give him every advantage possible. There is plenty of tough competition and your son needs good equipment that suits his skill level, swing, strength, flexibility and body style. Giving him the best tools means more consistent shots which means lower scores. Check out custom engraving on S3’s wedges.

So yes, our family, I, Linda and S3, believe that custom clubs are very important to playing great golf. Now understand that there are plenty of kids playing with basically factory, off-the-rack golf clubs and some of them play really well. The question always is: how much better would your son play with golf clubs customized to him? Where do you start? We’ll look at that next post.

See you on #1 tee… Sam

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