What’s in the Bag?

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Just in case my readers were wondering, I decided I would let you know what was in my arsenal. Due to the fact I am cheap, and I don’t get to play too much, my clubs and tools are a little out of date. But today I thought I would let you know what I have, and do a small review over each of these products. Enjoy!

Cleveland Golf stand bag- this definitely made golf easier on me. The straps are so easy to use and make it much less difficult to walk a round of golf. This is very lightweight and versatile and has all the pockets I need. It even has a putter holder, but my putter grip is too fat to fit it.

TaylorMade r9 SuperTri Driver- This is my newest buy, and yet one of my favorites. I have always been a TaylorMade fan, and this is my second driver I have had of theirs. When I played in high school I had the r5, and my dad plays an r7. I bought this club last summer and fell in love immediately. You can customize it to your swing, change the weights, angle, etc. I believe TaylorMade drivers are #1 in golf and although the r11 is out, I still love my r9 and wouldn’t trade it.

Triumph Vertex fairway woods- I honestly have no clue where I got these. I believe a friend in high school gave me his old ones or something. These are nothing special and you probably couldn’t find them anywhere if you wanted to. But, they do get the job done.

King Cobra FP irons (4-GW)- these definitely changed my game. I bought these used and cheap and they are fit to me. This is for sure one of my better investments. These are very comfortable and smooth and I just love the look and feel of them. I had the chance to get some new ones and trade mine, but I like to stick with what I know. And if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

Maltby 60 degree wedge- Another one of my favorite investments. I bought this from Golf Galaxy for $10 and my short game has never been the same. I’ve never felt as if I have had more control, and from anywhere within 100 yards.

Nike Ignite putter- I honestly am not the biggest fan of this club. I can never get the feel of it and hardly ever use it any more. I don’t know if it’s the new technology, the two-ball putter, or what. But I just give this one a thumbs down.

Hagen trophy putter- This is my baby. I had a bunch of antique clubs passed down to me and this jewel was in there. I had it cleaned up, the rust polished off, and put a new, fat TigerShark grip on it. I can feel this putter so much better and my putting game just continues to get better. I LOVE this club.

Nike Juice ball- The Juice plus has become my favorite ball. I honestly do not think I am good enough or have enough experience or understanding of how to tell how good or which ball to use. But I seem to always play better when I play the Juice.

Callaway Warbird gloves- I have always use the gloves, except occasionally just grabbing something cheaper. But I love the feel of these and how they allow my hand to breathe. They also seem to last a while as well.

FootJoy SuperLites- I started in Callaway shoes and then had a pair of Nikes, but they both paled in comparison to how comfortable and durable my FootJoys are. FootJoy truly is the #1 shoe in golf. They are definitely worth the investment.

Bag- http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=averagolfe-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B0079PPU7C&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Driver- http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=averagolfe-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B003MSRUX2&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Nike Putter- http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=averagolfe-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B00560SSMQ&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Juice ball- http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=averagolfe-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B0028MVHI2&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Glove- http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=averagolfe-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B002V9HR2W&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Shoes- http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=averagolfe-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B007FD6N60&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

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What Is Your Pre-Game?

My last post talked about practicing putting and a warm-up to do so. But what I want to know is what are other people’s warm-up rituals. Do you even warm up? Do you putt first or hit the range? Do you go to the chipping green at all?

Comment below and get some discussion rolling. Let me know what exactly you do, or don’t do, before teeing off.

Lower Your Score

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I didn’t formally learn anything about how to play golf until high school, when I had to quit baseball and picked up the clubs. My high school coach wasn’t the best golfer himself, but he definitely knew what he was talking about when it came to helping my swing. Within my first golf season he had dropped nearly 20 strokes off of my game, and it slowly increased from there on.

Although he taught me several different things, one small thing changed my game drastically. Putting. 

When I started spending time on practicing

putting, this was single-handedly the most important change to my game. My lag shots were usually within a few feet, depending how far back I was. I was making more and more one-putts. I stopped making three-putts, because I almost always made the second. This dropped my score by just about 10 strokes.

We had a warm-up routine that I felt was a big game changer, and I want to share it and challenge you to go out and try it. So here it is:
1.  Always start off learning to feel the speed of the green. Start 2-3 feet off of the edge of the green and putt to the edge. Try not to go over, just landing it right on the edge. Also, use 3-5 balls so you don’t have to chase them as much.
2. Once you feel you have the speed down, pick a hole on the practice green. Again, you want to start 2-3 feet away from the hole. Stay in this range until you can consistently make the shot. We would typically land 10 consecutive putts before moving on.
3. Next, back up to 5 feet. You can be between 5-8 feet, but on this one we typically did 10 consecutive shots as well. So 8 foot putts can be frustrating depending on your patience and putting skills.
4. Fourth, move back to about 10-12 feet. From this distance you really want to take your time and red the putt. Stay in this range until you make 5 consecutive putts. And hey, if you’re on a roll, go for 10!
5. Lastly, hit some long putts. On these you aren’t so focused on making them as you are at getting them within 2 feet of the hole. My approach isn’t the best so I always end up with the longest putts possible on each green. One thing I learned was that a good lag putt can save you. Usually if I went for birdie from far I’d end up with bogie, pushing the putt too hard or so short it’s no where close. But when I went with a lag, I would usually walk away with par.

So next time you are on the course, take some time doing these drills. Maybe even take a day at the course just on these. An hour or two on these a week, or even a month for some of us, could drop your score as drastically as it did mine. Then come back and let me know what you think!

If you have any other ideas or you go implement mine, feel free to comment and tell me about your experience! Go enjoy some golf, and putting. I’m sure everyone has heard the saying “drive for show, putt for dough”. Now it is your turn to do this.

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Silence The Roar

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Growing up I felt privileged to watch one of the greatest golfers of all time do what he does best. But in recent years, his personal life has gotten in the way of that. What makes matters worse is that the media will not let him live it down either.

Tiger Woods is one of the most incredible golfers, if not the most, of all time. For a few years now he has had problem after problem after problem, hindering him from playing the world’s greatest game. Between his injuries and problems with his personal life, I haven’t heard much about him golfing in a long time. And personally, I’m sick of hearing about the negatives.

People make mistakes!

And yes he may have screwed up by cheating on his wife and every other scandal, but who are we to judge? Everyone has made a mistake and done something wrong, and I am sure other golfers have problems as well. But I think that people just held him to such a high standard that they were just sitting and waiting until he screwed up, and now they won’t let him live it down.

Personally I feel like what happens off the course should stay off the course. Do not let what has happened make everyone forget what he has done for the sport, and how amazing he is. I feel like if everyone supported him again, or even just stop with all the negative media, that he would step back up to the plate and get back in the game.

Although he has injuries and that has been what has held him back most recently, but wouldn’t you think that with a little moral support he would fight through those? I recently read that some of his injuries were from him doing some extreme training, that Tiger was just “trying to feel like a true athlete”. That makes me think that he has lost who he is and looking for something to fill it. And I think some support could help him find that and become the World’s greatest golfer again.

Showing someone they matter and you care is one of the best ways to strengthen them. I just wish fans would remember what he has done for golf, and forget what else he has done. Let’s silence the roar of the crowd, and let Tiger roar once again.

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Fixing Your Swing’s “Engine”

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Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to play golf for the first time this year. Let me first start out by saying, I did terrible! I could not hit a drive straight to save my life, and usually my driver is my best club.

I could not figure out what I was doing wrong at all. I was hitting my drives with a hard fade and sometimes a very bad slice. At one point it almost looked as if my drive had hit an invisible wall in the sky that just made my ball turn straight right! My irons were decent, when I wasn’t topping it and swinging like a baseball player. And my putting was pretty bad as well. I just was all sorts of messed up. I quit keeping score but I am sure I was in the low 90’s to high 80’s.

I thought that it may be because I have been hitting the weights more this offseason than I have in a few years, but was not quite sure of why I played so bad.

When I got home that night I was messing around on the computer and came across a golf tutorial about your “Swing Engine.” I tried out the tip or lesson and it worked! So I decided I would share it.

The training was on how to generate the power and actually fuel your swing engine, while making a good rhythm as well. And it was fairly simple, and very inexpensive. It was actually free for me because I had it laying around.

So Here Is What You Do:
You take a one inch nylon or cotton rope and you cut it 36-40 inch long, while taping the ends with duct tape so they don’t fray. (You can use a dog leash or something of the sorts, but rope acts best.)
Next, you hold it out in front of you as if it were the club. You then take the rope back in your back swing and let it wrap around you before heading into your downswing. When you decide to go ahead and swing, if you are out of groove or something is out of whack on your swing you will immediately feel it.
The goal is to get the groove of the swing down, so that when swinging, at the point of contact, the rope should look as if it were a piece of steel.

One trick to sort of get your motion going is to slightly move the rope forward with your hands before takeaway. This gives it a little more momentum to make the rope backswing smoother.

Try this out and let me know what you think about it! I loved it. I actually found myself still moving forward slightly when using an actual club, but it didn’t mess me up. My next round of golf I hit all but a few fairways and only shot 3 over par.

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The Greatest Obstacle

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The other day I was doing some reading online of other blogs on my same topic, following the advice of Darren Rowse from ProBlogger. I also just wanted to know what other people were talking about when it came to Golf.

I ended up coming across a website called Peerless Golf, which is dedicated to talking about coaching and travel in golf. And what I found there somewhat added to my 4th rule in my last post, about not adding up your score until the end.

On this site however, they discussed it in a different way. In the articles I found here, here, here, and here, they talk about how Par, or as they call it “Old Man Par”, is always against you.

So not only should you not add up your score until the end, sometimes you should actually “forget” about par. One thing you can do, which Tiger Woods did growing up, is to develop your own “Personal Par.” Set a range or your own score for each hole and try and beat that first, before ever trying to reach actual par.

Now some people may think this is a stupid concept, but hear me out! First of all, most of us are scratch golfers who play on the weekends anyways! When we can away from work we use golf as a getaway sport, or for relaxation. And if golf is your job, or your favorite sport and you are really good at it, then please email me or comment (I would love to know who you are)!

But for all of us average golfersWhy are we trying to play at the same level as everyone else, or even as the pros?!

When I first started playing golf, I was a junior in high school. One of the first things my coach taught me was something similar to this personal par concept. He told me to play bogie golf first, but to tweak it slightly to where I played double bogeys on a Par 3.

It worked wonders for me! I went from 110 on my first tournament (ever), to breaking 100 on the next. I then played true bogey golf for a few rounds and quickly broke 90. And I continually improved my golf game throughout that year.

So what is the point I am trying to get across? Well my question to you is, Is Par Relevant? Or is it always necessary?

Par has become my greatest obstacle when I am on the course. The best days that I have on the course is when I have someone else to keep track of my score and all I say is a number and move on to the next hole. Then I am never thinking of over or under par. My worst days are when I didn’t grab a scorecard and so the only way I keep track all day is over/under.

So next time you are on the course, try setting your own “Personal Par.” I can almost (almost) guarantee that you will play and enjoy a better round of golf.

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5 Tips For A Better Round Of Golf

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Here are a few things that I always try and keep in mind when going to play golf. You may disagree with some but just remember, this is not professional advice.

1. Dress your best! – I have come to find out that when I dress up and am feeling like I look sharp, I tend to feel like a better golfer, and somehow compose myself throughout the day.

2. Pack an ice chest! – This is especially important when playing in the summer, or somewhere that is extremely hot. Pack a few waters in there, and maybe even your favorite candy bar and a sandwich. I tend to find I am more thirsty than my wallet can pay for in the pro shop. Also, make sure the course allows this.

3. Take a partner! – Take this lightly because it honestly depends who you take. I have several people that I would have rather gone by myself, but having the right partner can also help you relax, and maybe lower your score. One of my favorite rounds of golf was with my dad at Murder Rock!

4. Do not add up your score until the end! – I would say this is probably my most important one. If you add up your score every hole you have already lost focus on the most important part, the game. Try not to focus on the score so much until the very end of the round. I talk more about par and scores in The Greatest Obstacle.

5. Do not be in a hurry! – If you have a time crunch by any means then do yourself a favor and don’t go play that day. If you try and rush you will just get frustrated at yourself, and anyone else that is in front of you. I never try and go unless I have 4 hours at a minimum to play. Anything less than that and I will either play 9 holes, or just wait until another day.

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Murder Rock

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A few years back, in 2009, my father and I decided to treat ourselves with a summer end vacation. We had been working hard all summer, setting aside our wants for free time to max out the income we could get in just a few months. But when July rolled around, that all changed.

We took a quick trip up to Branson, Missouri for a little R&R. Up next on the “To Do” list, 3 golf courses: Payne Stewart (a top 100 course), A Thousand Hills, and John Daly’s Murder Rock.

We were shocked with the beauty of Payne Stewart, and the crazy hills of Thousand Hills, but what was in store at Murder Rock was unexpected.

With the course being built by John Daly, of course it is going to have some odd features. There were golf carts shaped like old Bel-Airs, his crazy “loudmouth” clothing in the Pro Shop, and an insane course placement.

This was one of the longest courses I had ever been too. It seemed even longer because the course was spread out throughout the mountain side. Which soon posed a challenge.

Midway through the course, I made a turn and faced the longest par 3 I had ever seen. It was a 250 yard hole, but with the mountain, creek running across the middle, and all the trees, it seemed to be much longer. The biggest challenge was how terrible I am with my woods. But because of the great mood I was in, and since it was vacation and not a tournament, I decided to go for it.

I teed up my ball, pulled out my 3 wood, and lined up my shot.

With one of my best swings of the day, and some help from mine and my father’s prayers, I hit a perfect draw and landed my ball, what looked to be from far away, inches from the cup. Which once I got up to the whole it was truly about a foot and a half out, but still an easy birdie putt.

This put the cherry on the top of an already amazing getaway trip with my dad, and gave us both an amazing memory.