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3 Steps To Prepare For Spring Golf

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will look at 3 things to do to help your daughter be prepared from a golf equipment standpoint, for spring golf. Tournaments will be here before you know it and the last thing you want is for your daughter to be walking out the door without an essential piece of equipment and no one is aware of it! (image jennleforge.com)image

Here we go:
Gather all her golf equipment. This means clubs, bag, zip-on top for the golf bag, push cart, head covers, tees, balls, golf brush, ball marker, golf towels, golf gloves, divot repair item-tees work fine and the very important Sharpie for marking her balls and the scorecard.
Carefully inspect everything. Is the bag fully functional? Does it have any tears or holes? Do all the zippers work? Are the stand legs working? Are the non-slip bottoms still attached to the legs? Are all her clubs there? Do her grips have the kind of soft tacky feel of new ones? If not, replace them. Or at least gently scrub them with non-abrasive soap and warm water, dry them and see how they feel. Does she have everything listed above? Wash the towels. Replace worn gloves. Do the old gloves even still fit? Does the Sharpie have any ink in it or has it dried out?
Take action. Look at the calendar. When is the 1st golf event? Plan a time to take your daughter shopping to buy the items needed. Go to the biggest possible golf store in your area. They will likely have a better selection and may also have some new items that your girl might like to try. (photo Junior_Academy_3.jpg, Banners Golf)

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Dad and Mom we’ve all been there. That moment when you thought you had everything in order only to arrive at the course and an item, usually one not sold at the course pro shop, is missing. Set your daughter up for success and do this little bit of advance preparation. It will save a bunch of headaches!

See you on #1 tee with everything you need for success… Sam

Junior Golf:What Is The PGA Show?

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will take a look at the PGA Show and what it is and what it means for your daughter’s junior golf and college golf careers.img_0102

Actually the proper name is the PGA Merchandise Show, the 64th one to be exact and more than 1,000 new products are on hand. Everything golf is being shown from the latest swing analysis and technology to golf clubs, balls, equipment, bags, carts, shoes, clothing and apparel, if you can think of it, it’s in Orlando this week. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

On the Golf Channel Morning Drive program today they just couldn’t stop talking about the ten miles of aisles, of exhibits, of course. That’s a lot. Dad and Mom, I encourage you to record the Morning Drive show tomorrow and Friday so you can see some of the great interviews as well as get a sneak peek at the new goodies that will be available for your daughter.

This morning Bubba Watson and Russell Knox were guests on Morning Drive. Bubba always attends the PGA Show and just loves it. He says he’s like a kid in a candy store, that he’s a techy kind of guy and this is about the most fun he can have without being on a golf course. It is Knox’s 1st time at the event and he was amazed at the sheer size and scope of everything that was available.

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Couple of interesting items from today: Aquila Golf Virtual Reality Trainer, $349.00 for the app and headset. Yes, it’s pricey but if your daughter is into tech and perhaps video games, this might be right down her alley. Load the app and connect it to her phone and she can practice visualization, course management and practical decision-making. Use the Frogger Latch-it system to easily and securely attach a rangefinder, phone, towel, brush or just about any similar item to her bag or cart. Cost is from $18.00-$23.00. Parents this is an extremely practical item. We and S3 were always wanting better ways of quickly and securely attaching these items. I’m buying a couple of these as soon as they are available in mid-March.

OK, set your DVR to record Morning Drive at least for tomorrow and Friday. Then sit down with your daughter and enjoy the broadcasts from this great show.

See you on #1 tee with a new piece of golf tech… Sam

Junior Golf: I Just Cried About Golf Balls

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a quick look at our family’s Christmas happenings yesterday and enjoy a special moment or 2. (image jennleforge.com)image

The plan was to get up and Linda and I would go to church and S3 and his girlfriend, Yessie, who was visiting us would meet her ex-husband to pick up her son. Then around noon we would open presents, have guests join us for a Christmas meal, then S3 et al would drive to Laredo to spend time with her family and then turn right around and return to San Antonio.

Well, the ex was late and it threw the whole day off. Lunch was on time followed by a bit of game-playing, but no present opening, then S3 and Yessie and her son drove south, spent a few hours and got back to us around 9:45pm.

Now we could open our gifts. It was an interesting time as Linda played Santa and passed around the presents. Really, while there had been a couple of casual conversations of, “l’d kind of enjoy getting a——-”, mostly we all didn’t know what we might receive.

You might recall that several times I encouraged you to consider getting personalized and custom-numbered golf balls for your junior golfer. Linda and I did this for S3 and here’s how it went.

I knew we would put SG3 for his name, but I wasn’t sure about his number. A couple of months ago we very briefly touched on this subject and he said it would be cool to have his lowest score, 67, as the number on a custom ball. So there you go.

And the color selection for his name was a no-brainer. Probably when he was a junior in high school he was playing in a tournament at Plum Creek and stated that he had lost his blue sharpie. 1 of the guys in his group had a bunch of sharpies and gave S3 a hot pink 1. He loved the color and has marked every ball with hot pink since then. Imagine our excitement when Linda and I saw that hot pink was 1 of the personalization colors offered!

So we ordered a dozen Titleist Pro V1x’s with SG3 in hot pink and the number 67 in, of course, the standard Titleist red. Linda reminded me to turn the middle ball in each sleeve so it would show either his name or number through the viewing film when he opened the box. It worked like a charm. Linda handed S3 the wrapped box and he tried to guess it’s contents. As he tore the paper off, he saw the Titleist logo and now knew it was golf balls. But when he opened the box and saw his initials and number 67, he teared up and said, “Dad I remember talking about this but I forgot about it soon afterwards. And it’s even in hot pink!”image

For the next few minutes, every time he looked at those golf balls he got teary-eyed. Something as simple as golf balls with a personal touch brought back all those years of memories, the highs and the lows, what was, what could have been and what might still be. As we were finishing up and talking about what a long, exhausting and wonderful day it had been, S3 said, “And look at me, I was crying about golf balls!”

Mom and Dad, these moments are not in any store! They are the precious times that are only available every once-in-a-while between parents and our beloved kids. A true Hallmark Moment!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and we wish you a very Happy New Year! See you on #1 tee with your name on that golf ball… Sam

Junior Golf: One More Gift

In today’s Friday Flop Shot we are offering a few emergency options in case you really really feel like you need another gift or 2 or 3. (photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106

Well we’re down to it. Take a chill pill and make a list. Food items of course, which I am heading out right now to buy and hopefully scratch off my shopping list for good! And then the dreaded what am I forgetting gift list?

Isn’t this digital world wonderful? Here are several last minute gift-giving ideas that may partially save your sanity. The not very creative but works well for some members of your family gift card and a digital one at that. Most, if not all stores offer this. You can even have it digitally delivered to your loved one on Christmas Day. Very easy!

2nd item is to buy an item online and have it delivered to a store near you for pick up. Sony has combined with Best Buy to do exactly this. Purchase select Sony items including some of their great speakers, their newest 1000x Noise Cancelling Headphones and digital cameras through this offer and have the item delivered to a Best Buy store near you. In most cases you will be able to pick up your item before close of business, which I think is 6:00pm on Christmas Eve, at Best Buy.image

And if you’re feeling a little crazy here’s my final suggestion. Every few years, because we’re not really up to do this every year, S3 and I will pick out a big store that we like, say Dick’s Sporting Goods or Kohls and show up around 4:00pm Christmas Eve. Many stores give extra discounts in the last few hours before closing on Christmas Eve. It’s hectic, frantic and traffic is terrible, but since we have almost all our shopping done, we are not under any pressure and we can, in a strange sort of way, enjoy it. Try this, but please get your mind in the proper place beforehand. (photo Danford Golf)

One last thing. Linda and I stopped into a Walgreen’s Wednesday to have some passport photos taken. The young lady helping us said it would take 15-20 minutes and we were welcome to look around the store while we waited. Neither of us are regular Walgreen’s customers so imagine our surprise at the excellent and very low prices on a bunch of products throughout the store. Linda was able to find some nice last minute gifts for our grandkids and saved some good money in the process. Hey, swing into Walgreen’s. While they’re not a mega-department store they do have a much larger selection than you might expect. And there is probably one near your neighborhood. (image Merry Christmas Wallpapers HD 2016 downloads)image

See you on #1 tee ready to have a very Merry Christmas… Sam

Merry Christmas to all… Sam and Linda

Junior Golf: Still Time To Buy Customized Golf Balls

In this Friday Flop Shot we’re helping you strategize your Christmas shopping over these final busy days. If you buy something on the Internet today and over the weekend, most stores can still guarantee arrival before Christmas. Starting Monday, you’re getting into high dollar freight rates.img_0106-1

Customized golf balls, and I mean custom numbers and custom names/words are still being offered on www.tgw.com at $39.99 per dozen (Pro V1’s, other brands may be cheaper) with delivery before Christmas. S3’s customized Pro V1x’s have arrived and they look amazing, he’s going to love them! This is the 1st time we’ve done the custom ball thing, but I fully expect it to become a new Christmas tradition. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

Linda has been fascinated with the Callaway TruVis Chrome Soft Golf Balls which come in yellow with black and also white with red. When we were in Golf Galaxy getting her new golf bag we wanted to see if we could find either of these color combinations in stock. It was our day as a delivery had just been unloaded and both were in stock. The yellow with black was what we bought, but the white with red seems to be easier for my eyes to see. Next time for white with red.image

When I mentioned to the young man helping us that these balls weren’t all that easy to find, he said that they had been the fastest/best selling golf ball in America for the last year. They were flying off the shelves. (image tgw.com)

Our helper mentioned 1 man came in and asked for the yellow with black combo and the employee said they were bringing in 12 dozen off the truck and the guy said “I’ll take them all.” Those balls never even made it onto the display rack. They were gone! Can’t wait to get on the course and try these balls! Buy some if you can find them. Don’t know if customization is available for these.

A quick trip to www.amazon.com searching for customized golf balls brings up several pages of options including ladies balls, and brands like Callaway, Bridgestone-Tiger now plays their B-300S, Srixon, Wilson and more. There’s a great selection.

Dad and Mom, give this a try. Buy his/her favorite ball or experiment with a different ball. If your young golfer doesn’t like it, he can give them away as mementos. Have some fun! Do something different!

See you on #1 tee with a custom golf ball… Sam

Junior Golf: It’s Getting Late

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we’re just reminding you that it’s getting late for taking advantage of special shipping offers to get your gifts delivered before Christmas.img_0102

There are so many good deals on so many neat items right now that it’s had to keep up. Take a look: The excellent Troon Golf Group is offering great packages at their clubs in the Mobile/Fairhope/Gulf Shores, Alabama, area. Buy a 6-pack of rounds and get some great pricing. They also have specials on logo balls, golf gloves and more. Items from very inexpensive to several hundred dollars. If you aren’t able to take advantage of the golf, buy a few logo balls. Your son will be the only kiddo in his area with them. (Dufner image golfdigest.com)

And http://www.tgw.com has free shipping on orders of $99 and higher plus standard shipping will still arrive by Christmas. There’s a Mystery Sale today. Visit their website and see what’s up.

Another company to look at is Frogger Golf. They are known for their innovative golf accessories and these items are most interesting. Go to www.froggergolf.com and check out the award-winning Brush Pro Original, Catch Latch Bag And Belt and TRAX Towel. Cool stuff!

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Please also remember your brick and mortar golf shops which includes golf clubs and local driving ranges as well as Edwin Watts, Golfsmith, Golf Galaxy and Dick’s Sporting Goods to name a few. FYI Golf Galaxy and Golfsmith are owned by Dick’s so there is some commonality within those 3. Just spur of the moment stopping at a local driving range may result in some wonderful bargains. They don’t have the budget to advertise so you’ll want to swing by. Our local ranges put their golf shoes on at ridiculously low prices several times a year, but you wouldn’t be aware of it if you didn’t go by in person.

We understand everyone is crazy busy this time of year. Take time today, sacrificial time to do some creative shopping and still get standard shipping delivery before Christmas.

See you on #1 tee with something new and different… Sam

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:Tiger’s Return And More Gift Ideas

In this Friday Flop Shot we will look at the much anticipated return of Tiger Woods to the pro tour and since it is that time of year we’ll also offer up another gift idea.img_0106

It’s been talked about for months. It’s been on again and off again, but he has finally teed off in a PGA Tour event. Tiger finished his 1st round in competition in more than a year with a 1-over par 73 at his event, the Hero World Challenge. This is a field of 18 top players and no cut, so Tiger gets to play 4 rounds against tough world-class opponents. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

After 4 birdies in the 1st 8 holes, he was out in 33. The back 9 was less productive as he came in with a 40, totalling his 73. His swing looked good and he seemed to be healthy and pain-free. Glimpses of the old Tiger showed up, but so did a bit of short game rust and some errant tee shots. Tiger’s not back yet, but he is on his way. The Hero World Challenge continues through Sunday.

Hey Dad and Mom, another excellent gift idea for your daughter! Push carts! http://www.amazon.com has them from around $50.00 and up. We bought a Clicgear 3.5 a couple of years ago and really love it. It is absolute top quality with desirable features for $219.00. You can literally push it with 1 finger. Linda, S3 and I have all used it at 1 time or another. No negatives, none. (image the pro shop )image

A couple of things to keep in mind. 1st check how much room you have in your car. While most models fold up smaller than you’d expect, they still take up space. Buyer beware! Also, your young man, once he gets into high school, may not wish to continue to use the push cart. It’s not manly! Ok, that frees it up for other family members to use. A tip, always buy the best quality you can afford. Quality pays for itself in the long run.

See you on #1 tee with that new push cart… Sam

Junior Golf: Great New Gift Ideas

In this Wednesday Waggle we will introduce you to some wonderful new items that your junior golfer will likely be totally surprised by and will totally enjoy!img_0102

Sometimes it’s tough to find a new, different and useful gift for our young golfers. Gag gifts were not our thing as we wanted our golf budget to be spent on something of value that could benefit S3’s golf game. (photo golfdigest.com)

Here are a few very cool goodies. Let’s start with a high-ticket item. The Arccos 360 Performance Tracking System: Low-profile sensors attach to clubs and record every shot, generating swing analytics and providing live shot-tracking among an assortment of features. www.arccosgolf.com / $250. Yes, this is pricey, but if you are not close to a major golf facility that has this or similar equipment, this could be a bargain for the feedback it will provide.

There are a couple of things that can immediately shut down your son’s good round of golf and turn it into a nightmare. Cold hands are 1 of these things. The chemical hot packs have been around for years, are legal in events and work pretty well for keeping hands warm. Our guys always preferred the larger size for more and longer heat. And they’re inexpensive. The giant mitts are good too but the idea is to keep the hands warm, not let them get cold and have to warm them up again. We always carried both the chemical packs and mitts.

However, there’s a new wind blowing in the hand warmer world. It’s the G-Tech Apparel hand warmer used by both Patrick Reed, in this year’s Ryder Cup, and by LPGA star Lydia Ko. This is state-of-the-art technology and seems to be beyond everything else in its ability to keep hands warm in a comfortable and convenient fashion. While it’s not cheap at $99.00, you should get years of use for your money and it’s not player specific so it can be used by anyone and everyone in your house. Check it out at www.gtechapparel.com. (image: the warming store)image

Now this item may be my favorite of all of these. It’s the JBL Clip 2 Speaker with 8 hours of battery life. Clip it onto the bag and let the music fly. Not usable in most tournaments, of course, but S3 and his buddies always had music playing during practice rounds and non-sanctioned events. This Bluetooth speaker is perfect for walking, push carts or riding carts. Music relaxes all of us and our kids in particular. This is $60.00. Go to www.jbl.com. Love it!

Parents, your junior golfer will be totally surprised and amazed by finding any of these items with his name on it. Have at it!

See you on #1 tee looking hi-tech… Sam

Junior Golf: Change Is Good

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at change and why, in the great majority of cases, change is good. (image jennleforge.com)image

Charlie Strong, head football coach at my alma mater, The University of Texas, was fired Saturday and replaced by Tom Herman. This is a rather obvious example of good change because Coach Strong had 3 consecutive losing seasons, which is totally unacceptable at UT, and he had to go. We’ll see how Coach Herman does, but in any case, a change had to be made and made now. The losing could not be tolerated any longer. Optimism is once again in the air at The University of Texas football program.

Another great outcome of change was Ryan Moore’s dramatic improvement in his finishes on the PGA Tour, after changing golf balls. He went from middle-of-the-pack to Top 5 or Top 10 finishes and played his way onto the Ryder Cup squad where he clinched the winning point. Talk about positive results from change!image

So Dad and Mom, change something for your junior golfer. I’m not talking swing changes here. I mean a new ridiculous head cover that causes her to smile every time she looks at her bag! Or buy some colored golf balls. Or buy a different brand of golf balls, proper compression of course. Shop for new golf shoes. Perhaps get 1 of the new floppy hats which provide great protection for the ears and back of the neck. And there’s always some new practice aide that can be used in the backyard or even in the house. We are big fans of putting aides. They are an excellent way to shave off some strokes. Let’s use change to have fun!image

Inject a little fun in the game. Smiles are relaxing and we all know our kids can use some more relaxation on the golf course. (images global golf and roxy)

See you on #1 tee smiling… Sam

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