No one tends the flag as well as the bears

Such a fun little video here, this is why I don’t hit greens. You just never know what Dangers lurk. Also, apparently this video is from 2014 although I am just getting around to it now, I’ve been a busy guy.

New Hampshire 2021 schedule dates released

We always do our best to plan early and get our dates early so that our players and their families can prepare as best as possible. This year worked out well with it being a lot of every other weeks which is nice. As you guys know, I will fill in the locations as we get closer to the season and courses start taking tee times. We also do our best not to change much on there but occasionally we do change dates with notice. Anyone who has any connections to courses or ideas of places we could play, let me know. The schedule fills out quick but we always want to try to get some new courses on the schedule.

Click on the link to check out all the dates.

How to make the most of your time at the range

We all are obsessed with Golf and many of us spend quite a fair amount of time at the range. In general a lot of our guys do tend to have pretty good range sessions and understand the process of getting loose and or improving their game. Here are some valuable tips though that could help you save some strokes.

Warm up

It is a fact that most of us walk straight to the first tee without first loosening up. It stands to reason that we should warm up beforehand, and all the more so if you are planning to hit lots of golf balls. Stretch your hamstrings, quads, back, arms and neck before you hit a ball. It will enhance your feel and performance from the start of your range session. It can also prevent muscle injury.

Take your time

Take your time hitting balls and make sure your set up and alignment is correct before each shot. Use alignment sticks if you have them or clubs if you don’t. Impact tape will tell you if you are consistently hitting the sweet spot. If you see lots of toe or heel marks you may be standing too far or too close from the ball.

Have a purpose

After you have struck say 30 balls try hitting different clubs after each shot. This will help you work on distance control. Pick a different target or flag and work on direction control. Why not imagine you are on the course playing a hole, such as your favorite par five – driver, fairway wood and short iron to the green. It gives your practice a purpose.

Don’t start with your driver

We all love pounding the big dog, but begin your range session with some short pitch shots; half swings with a wedge of some description. This will help build feel and help create a smooth tempo for your range sessions.

Aim at a target

It may sound obvious, but lots of us hit balls without a specific target in mind, something we would never do at the course. If you don’t give yourself a specific target, how do you know if you are aiming correctly. Pick a spot, check your alignment and you will quickly see your typical ball flight. Alter your ball position to see if it changes your ball flight.

Put it into practice

The range is the perfect place to go after a golf lesson. What your pro has taught you might well feel alien but stick with it. Get those good new habits ingrained into your swing. You will see the benefits. And don’t listen to the 18-handicapper in the next bay!

Get the basics right

This is perhaps the most important thing of all. Your swing may be perfect but you need to check the basics because everything flows from there. Stay on top of your grip, alignment, posture and ball position, and this will make your shots far more effective. Put a couple of clubs down for your alignment and ball position and check your grip after every few shots.

Break things up

Don’t hit 100 balls to the same target with the same club. Change your target or club, at the very least, every 10 balls. This will help you to analyse that batch of shots and will remind you to check your basics several times over the course of your practice. Keep count of how many you strike well and hit the target, and then try to beat that with your next batch of balls. This will also tell you which are the clubs you perform best with.

Challenge yourself

Have a purpose to your range sessions. There are all sorts of things that you can do. Pick two points to hit between to simulate a fairway. Depending on your standard, try shaping shots – hit, say, five from left to right, five from right to left and five dead straight. Start with a lob wedge, and hit one shot with each club in your bag, trying to hit the target with all of them. If you miss, go back to the lob wedge and start again.

Improve your weaknesses

We all have areas of our game that can be improved. What better place than the driving range to work on them? Spend time on the weakest parts of your game. For example, If you have trouble with 80-90-yard shots to the green, spend at least 15 minutes hitting this length until you get the feel right. The hit shots with other clubs and return to the 80-90-yard shot.

Work on your short game

If tour professionals spend most of their time working on their short game why don’t we? It will save you plenty of shots when you get out on the golf course. Many short game shots are about feel and there is simply no substitute for practice. Don’t forget to get on the practice green, where there are all sorts of drills that can be used. It is all about repetition. Drop 10 balls two feet from hole. When you have holed them all, move to three feet. If you miss one, start all over again. Drop three golf balls 30 feet from the hole – your target here is to avoid three-putting. And if you do take three putts, start again. This is a great way of perfecting your feel on lag putts.

Don’t go alone

Having somebody with you at  the range will make the whole experience more enjoyable. Challenge each other to competitions and help each other with basics such as alignment, grip etc.

Use the range to develop a pre-shot routine

If you don’t have one, then you should start building a pre-shot routine and what better place to do so than at the range? Find a process you can repeat, from how you walk into your shot and take your stance, to the lead-up to your swing. You will be surprised how much more comfortable you will feel on the course if your pre-shot routine is consistent, comfortable and well drilled.

Did you know…The longest putt in PGA Tour history, was not actually a putt.

So, in 2014 at the Buick invitational an individual by the name of Craig Barlow made a “Putt” from 111 feet and 5 inches. Most interesting part about this was that the way the green was set up, Craig was short right and the pin was deep right and over a bunker that cut slightly enough through the green to not give Craig a look at putting. He decided to go with the lob wedge, and as he struck the shot quickly realized his caddie was not tending the pin which way back in 2014 a “Putt” was not able to hit the pin. His caddie quickly got there to remove the pin as the ball fell into the cup for your longest “Putt” in the shot track era.

For those wondering Craig barlow still competes on the Korn Ferry Tour.

PhiGolf wgt home simulator review

I have seen this product being advertised in front of my face for the last few weeks or so. Today while checking my normal golf blogs I found a decent review on the PhiGolf simulator that you can use with the WGT app. It seems relatively easy to connect to the TV and in general from the review at the $250 cost, could be a fun addition any household.

Check out the rest of the review here.

64 year old Fred Funk, who drives the ball less than 240 yards making the cut in Bermuda is insane.

Damn impressive story out of Bermuda this week as with a chip in on hole 18 yesterday Fred was able to secure his spot for the weekend. He has now made the cut in 5 decades on the tour. He is only the 4th player since 1970 Joining Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson to make a cut at or above the age of 64. Fred also only averaged 235 yards off the tee with heavy winds throughout the week. Although he shot +4 yesterday and currently stands at +3 going into Sunday. It’s still real fun to root for the old guy.

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