Should I eat what Tiger eats?

Many people think good nutrition is not important in playing golf.  They see golf as less of a sport, like football or basketball, because they don’t have to run or otherwise demonstrate good physical fitness to play. Not True!  Think about all the long hours required to play golf……..much more than other sports…… and think about the demands made on your muscles, bones and heart.   Do yourself and your game a favor by eating healthy before and, also, during play.  And stay off the junk food…….or you’ll play like junk! Hear what has to say about nutrition and golf!
Organic carrots are a healthy nutritional snack on the course.

Organic carrots are a healthy nutritional snack on the course.

Golf is just like any other sport. To maximize your performance you must be in top condition, and a good diet is an important aspect of this. Eating the right foods is important for golfers to provide the energy to fuel your body during training and games, and for recovery afterwards. This is particularly important for those training and playing long hours on most days.   Another major nutritional crisis for many golfers is extra body weight. Despite the success of some overweight professional golfers, excess body fat is only a hindrance. Not only does the excess bodyweight add stress to the muscles and bones of the body as you play, the stress on your heart is potentially life threatening. Excess fat around the body can also hinder your golf technique, making it more difficult to produce correct technique, and the fatigue from carrying the extra weight can reduce your training time, affect concentration and add distractions to your game. As you can see, it is advantageous in many ways to lose weight.

A good golfer’s diet

The best nutritional advice I can give is to eat a healthy, well balanced diet, low in fat. The food that is available back at the clubhouse is not always the most nutritious. Often you don’t have the most healthy choices, and subsequently many golfers are overweight. The answer is in the planning. Eat a good breakfast so that the body is prepared for activity. Also prepare nutritious food at home, and take it with you when you go to play. You should also stay away from are caffeine and alcohol before and during play, as both can adversely affect your game.

What a Tiger eats

Some information provided on Tiger Woods official website gives us an insight into his typical daily routine and diet. After an hour of cardio followed by an hour of weight training, he has a high protein/low-fat breakfast at 8.30am. This meal typically includes an egg-white omelet with vegetables. The morning is filled with golf practice and a round of 9 holes. At 1.30pm he has a high protein/low-fat lunch, which typically includes grilled chicken or fish, salad and vegetables. Another three-to-four hours on the golf course and some upper body weight training, before dinner at 7pm. There is no indication of what a typical evening meal may consist of, but judging by his other meals it is also probably high protein/low-fat. He also takes daily supplements for bone protection and nutritional support. As for hydration, he drinks Gatorade during competition and long workouts to supplement carbohydrates and keep his fluids up. (see also Hydration for Golf)

What can you do?

Organic Apples are another way of eating healthy and nutritionally on the course.

Organic Apples are another way of eating healthy and nutritionally on the course.

                    Stick to lean meats and seafood, lots of fruits and vegetables and no junk food. You will need some carbohydrates (low GI) because they help fuel your performance for long periods of time. Make sure you drink lots of water and maybe a sports drink, particularly if you are playing in warmer weather
Source : Topend Sports Pictures : Charlene McBride    Jackie Waters   Corey Harmon

Senior Golfers……Come on in the Water's Fine!

Golf is played in such a beautiful environment.

Golf is played in such a beautiful environment.

                    Some older golfers have left the game and some are reluctant to take it up.  Why?  Mainly affordability and degree of difficulty. I’m here to change your mind on both issues plus two more! Affordability : The current economy is on an upswing, but green fees, etc. are still reflecting recession process.  Many clubs have opened their doors to non-members with special playing priveleges.  Most public courses and ranges offer big discounts on a regular basis.  Some USA clubs are offering “Golf-by-the-Hour” where you can play on a 4 or 5 hole loop for just $20. Degree of Difficulty : New ways of playing the game are being encouraged by the golf industry and embraced by recreational golfers.  “Tee it Forward” means men can shrink the golf course by at least 500 yards and women by as much as 1000 yards.  Check out the new U.S. Recreational Golfers Association ( where these 3 rules, along with many others, make the game easier to play. 1. You can move your ball out of a divot, un-raked sand in a bunker or bare turf and suffer no penalty. 2. You can carry up to 20 clubs and use any clubs that are for sale in stores (including long putters) 3. Out-of-bounds shots incur 1 penalty shot, not 2.
Winning never gets "old"

Winning never gets “old”

                    Equipment : Great new year for senior golfers includes lightweight drivers, graphite shafts in senior flex, and softer compression balls for players with moderate clubhead speed .  And don’t forget hybrids, truly a great invention that’s made the game a lot easier.
And the winner is................

And the winner is…………….

                    Golf Instruction : Last, but not least, golf instruction is more affordable now. Get a package of lessons or take a 3 day “Senior Program” at a reputable golf academy and you’ll love that you took that jump! Other benefits for senior golfers include, getting out in the fresh air, plenty of exercise, golf is played in a beautiful place, camaraderie with your fellow golfers all adds up for me to conclude – GO PLAY GOLF! Source : Mel Sole Pictures : Neville Wootton  Ken Mattison          

A sure fire way to understand and correct most swing problems.

Do you know the sure-fire way to cure your swing problems? The key is in understanding cause and effect. Learn why these problems occur and then you can fix them. Fat shots, hooks, slices…  identify the swing path that creates these errant shots, and then systematically eliminate them. Mel Sole explains in this month’s video golf tip. Source : Mel Sole.

62nd PGA Merchandise Show a HUGE Sucess!

Happy to  say that I was one of the 2800 golf professionals and 35000 other industry people for the “Major of Golf Business” at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Jan, 20 to 23. Record attendance at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit plus at the PGA Show Outdoor demo day, proved that many people are investing their intelligence and skills in keeping this game alive and relevant. Personally, I was very inspired by the seminars on coaching, teaching, leadership and Sales & Marketing, headed up by such luminaries such as LPGA teacher Nancy Quarcelino, Dr. Jim Suttie, Dr. Paul Schempff, Stan Utley (short game) and Todd Anderson from Sea Island Academy. Greg NormanLexi Thompson   Bubba Watson entertained the crowd, Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on behalf of Cobra Puma and a panel consisting of the President of the International Golf Federation, plus Suzanne Petersen, Graham MC Dowell and more, brought us up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games. We will see golf as part of the games for the first time in 111 years. There was also impressive discussions about recruiting and retaining woman in the game, headed up by Suzy Whaley,  PGA of America and other prominent woman inside and outside the golf business. Read more about the worlds largest global summit for the business of golf as described by  
ORLANDO, Fla. – A lengthy list of golf industry leaders and luminaries joined 1,000 leading companies and attendees from all 50 states and 78 countries on a busy Day One of the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show – The Major of Golf Business – at the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday. With Golf Channel providing “Morning Drive” coverage from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Bubba Watson was on hand to officially welcome attendees and open the PGA Show from the Main Lobby, while PGA President Derek Sprague – as well as thousands of enthusiastic PGA Show attendees – looked on. “The first day of the PGA Show has been exciting, fun and very crowded. It’s busy, busy, busy,” said PGA Professional Tara McKenna of Fort Myers, Florida, who has attended every PGA Show since 1991. “For those in the golf industry, this is like Christmas morning.” Wednesday also marked the first of three days of the PGA Education Conference, featuring dozens of seminars on Leadership, Teaching & Coaching, Retail & Merchandising, and Sales & Marketing. Greg Norman and Lexi Thompson appeared on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA on behalf of Cobra Puma, while an update on golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 was another first-day highlight. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and women’s golf initiatives were highlighted in a special presentation in the same location, and a new website for women’s golfers,, was also unveiled. Panelists bring PGA Show attendees up to speed on the 2016 Olympic Games It has been 111 years since golf was last a part of the Olympics. But the return of golf to the Games is well under way, and the golf course where the competition will be held is in the final stages of construction. As the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, near, a panel met yesterday morning on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to discuss the state of construction on the golf course and the excitement for potential Olympic golfers. On the panel were Peter Dawson, president of the International Golf Federation (IGF); Ty Votaw, vice president of the IGF; LPGA Tour player Suzann Pettersen; PGA Tour player Graeme McDowell; former LPGA Tour player Amy Alcott, who is part of the Rio course design team, and Gil Hanse, president of Hanse Golf Course Design, the architectural firm in charge of course construction. “Golf in the Olympics is the biggest grow-the-game opportunity we have,” said Dawson, referring to the golf industry as a whole. “The growth of the game is worldwide. Golf in the Olympics will lead to extra exposure and extra government support for the game.” Bubba Watson thrills crowd on PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA  The 2012 Masters produced one of the most memorable golf shots in recent history. Facing Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff, Bubba Watson pulled his tee shot at the 10th deep into the towering trees, where it came to rest on the pine straw. The left-hander proceeded to pull a 52-degree wedge, hit a 50-yard draw, and land it 15 feet from the cup on his way to winning the Masters. On Wednesday afternoon, Watson took to the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA to talk to PGA Show attendees about how he works the golf ball like he did at Augusta, his social media usage and what it’s like to win the Masters. “Whether you’re 92 or 35, like I was, when you have the green jacket on you’re 12 years old,” said Watson, describing the setting of the Champions Dinner at Augusta. “When we wear the green jacket it turns us all into kids. It’s great to see because it reminds me of why I play golf.” The reason he plays: Because golf is fun. Another fun thing for Watson is “doing weird stuff on social media.” When he’s not posting hip-hop golf videos, Watson uses his social channels to interact with fans. “If it’s the golf course, baseball field, football field or the doctor’s office, it’s tough to really see who a person is,” said Watson. “Social media is a way to interact with fans and show them who I am as a person.” Watson closed by taking questions from the audience and amazing a young golfer when he confirmed that he uses 10 wraps on his grips. About the PGA Merchandise Show The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 20-23, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 21-23 at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show is organized in partnership with The PGA of America as a trade-only event.
Source : Nancy Quarcelino  Dr Jim Suttie   Dr. Paul Schempp  Stan Utley  Todd Anderson Pictures : Steven Newton   Keith Allison      

The Punisher Drill

In this video golf tip, Mel Sole demonstrates the Punisher Drill–a chipping and pitching drill that helps improve contact and lower scores. Using a do-it-yourself training aid that provides immediate feedback, you can eliminate “scooping” shots for good.

Is your Child Ready to try his or her skills at Augusta National?

Who could forget the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National?

We watched 11-year-old Leo Cheng drain a putt that Rory McIlroy would be proud of, and 8-year-old Kelly Xu showed skills equal to Lydia Ko’s! Kelly also holds a historic record: the first female champion at Augusta National Golf Club.

Parents are keen for their child to play at Augusta National.

Parents are keen for their child to play at Augusta National.

                The Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America officially opened the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the qualifying schedule for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22nd. Click here to register for a competition. This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its third year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will provide playing opportunities throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters. The breakdown and schedule of the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying is as follows: Stage 1: Local Qualifying (May – August) Qualifying rounds are played at 255 host sites spread throughout all 50 states. Three juniors advance in each age and gender category from every venue. Stage 2: Sub-Regional Qualifying (July – August) Two juniors advance in each age and gender category from every one of the 50 host sites spread in 45 states across the country. Stage 3: Regional Qualifying (September) One junior will advance each age and gender category and rounds will be played at 10 host sites in 10 defined regions. Stage 4: Championship Final (April 3, 2016) The remaining 80 participants will play at the Finals at the  Augusta National Golf Club. The venues that will host the 10 regional qualifying events include several USGA Championship and PGA Championship sites: Chambers Bay Golf Course (University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open conducted by the USGA), Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Md.), Golf Club of Houston (Humble, Texas), Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minn., site of the 2016 Ryder Cup), Medinah Country Club (Medinah, Ill.), Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pa., site of the 2016 U.S. Open), The Country Club (Brookline, Mass.), Torrey Pines Golf Course (La Jolla, Calif., site of the 2021 U.S. Open), TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Valhalla Golf Club (Louisville, Ky., site of the 2014 PGA Championship). Click here for a full list of qualifying venues at the local and sub-regional level Source : Pictures : Tim Evanson     Mike Mahaffie  


The first people who heard that Arnold Palmer was going to start a golf only channel, even Arnolds biggest fans thought he had backed a loser.  How could a channel like this survive?  Was there enough people who would watch it?  Well, for anyone who knows Arnold well, knew that this would work.  This was not going to be flash in the pan idea.  With the influence of Arnold to propel this idea, it was a winner right from the get go!   Doug Ferguson of the Golf Channel tells the story.
Arnold palmer, Founder of the Golf Channel.

Arnold palmer, Founder of the Golf Channel.

Twenty years ago on Saturday, Arnold Palmer flipped a ceremonial switch to launch a risky venture that cynics saw as an easy punch line. The Golf Channel? Tennis magazine mocked the idea as ”24 hours of chubby guys in bad clothes speaking in jargon that only they understand.” Rick Reilly, in his column for Sports Illustrated, suggested programming that included ”Body by Jack,” a workout session with Jack Nicklaus in which he ”takes you through a 30-minute routine you can do without getting out of the cart.” Even the players had their doubts. ”I’m always stunned that there’s enough golf stuff for 24 hours a day,” Paul Goydos said. ”I would have thought, ‘Do we really need a Golf Channel? Is there enough viewership? Enough material?’ I thought it would be a tough row to hoe, in my opinion. They’ve proven me wrong.” Players today can’t imagine life without Golf Channel, as it is now called.
Source : Doug Ferguson     Golf Channel Pictures : Cliff

10 Reasons to get your kids started in Golf.

I really enjoy teaching juniors!  They have such enthusiasm and love for what they are doing, and to start them off on a path that will not only make them better golfers, but better people, is a pleasure I enjoy every time I get a junior as a new student. I myself had a very positive experience from the very first day I ever picked up a golf club, and it has led me through life learning a lot of life’s lessons along the way.  I recently took my son on a golf trip to Scotland (picture below) and this was a great experience for both of us.  As parents, we are doing our kids a HUGE favor by starting them off on a path they will never regret.
A trip of a lifetime!

A trip of a lifetime!

              As a golf instructor, I meet hundreds of people every year and some of those have become lifelong friends, people I look forward to seeing and golfing with every year. If you need any encouragement to get your kids into golf, below  is an excerpt from Andrew Wood of Legendary Marketing‘s top 10 reasons.
 I didn’t know it at the time, I was only 10, but the day the old golf pro, at Cow Glen Golf Club, near Glasgow died, would prove be the start of the amazing odyssey that has been my life. A life dominated by chasing a little white ball around the World. The friends I have met, the money I have made, the lifestyle I have enjoyed all link back to that dumpster! The dumpster where they put 60 years worth of old clubs, balls and rubbish that the old pro had accumulated in his tiny little pro shop. From it my uncle Forbes, whom I happened to be visiting, rescued a hand full of hickory-shafted clubs, which were promptly cut down and sent back with me in England. My parents didn’t play golf so I started hitting balls on my own on a playing field. Soon after I persuaded my parents to get me into a club as a junior member. For the next 8 years I spent every waking hour, other than school, at Llilleshall and later Shifinal golf clubs. The handful of kids I played with there are still my best friends today although I moved 4,000 miles away. The knowledge I gained about life and business on those fairways surpassed anything I ever learned in college. Although my golf did get me a full scholarship J Make no mistake about it, getting your kids involved in golf will be one of the greatest and most valuable gifts you will ever give them! I grew up in the late 70’s and sure we had video games like Space Invaders and Pac-man but it was an afterthought, not a lifestyle. Today’s kids need more than ever to get away from the computer games and get out and socialize with real people not virtual people. Golf is by far the very best way to accomplish that and set your kids up for success in life. Here is Why:
  1. Anyone Can Play: Golfers come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be particularly strong, tall, lean or fast to succeed. Golf champions come in every shape and size imaginable. It’s never too early to start, and unlike most other sports you can enjoy golf your entire life!
  2. Minimal Risk: Unlike many other popular sports like baseball, soccer and Football, the chances of injury, especially serious injury, are almost non- existent; golf is a non-contact sport.
  3. Safe and positive environment: The golf course is a safe place and facilitates mentoring relationships.
  4. Lifelong friendships: You never know who you will meet on a golf course, but it’s one of the easiest place in the world to make friends. Success breeds success and people who play golf are by in large more successful than the average bear. Those are the people you want your kids hanging out with! Best of all, golf creates a unique bond so those friendships can be developed all over the world and last a lifetime!
  5. Prepare for business: It’s hard to think about it now but kids grow up and the people they meet as children can play a huge part in their success later in life. Golf is a sport that helps prepare kids and teens for careers in business and other professional arenas. Even at 12 I was learning about real life business every day from all the adults I played with.
  6. Time Spent Outdoors: In today’s world of video games, smart phones and child obesity, it can be hard to drag your son or daughter off the couch. Golf is the perfect excuse to spend an entire day enjoying nature and presents the opportunity to develop healthy lifelong exercise habits!
  7. Important Life Lessons: Golf closely parallels real life as one experiences the highs and lows of the game. The range of experience, from birdies to bogeys, rewards a young person’s ability to keep each shot in perspective, manage one’s emotions, maintain a positive outlook and focus on the shot at hand. Golf is a sport that will teach your child things like integrity, discipline and respect. As they learn to conduct themselves on the golf course, these lessons will translate directly into everyday life. (See
  8. College Scholarships: Avid golfers have a lot of opportunities when it comes to college funding. The earlier your child starts, the greater his or her chance is of gaining access to scholarship money.
  9. Spend time with family: Golf is a game that encourages family participation. When children are young, they enjoy doing just about anything with you (but it doesn’t long last so start now). Golf is an opportunity for quality bonding time and it’s one that can last a lifetime.
  10. It’s FUN: This should probably be at the top of the list, but one of the best reasons to get your son or daughter involved with golf is that they’ll have an absolute blast. They’ll have the chance to learn new skills both physical and mental, make new friends and discover new opportunities.There are a million things you can buy your kids or gift your kids in the hope that it helps them learn and grow, only a few make a real impact. Next Steps:
    • Get your kids some lessons with a local pro.
    • Get them a junior membership, normally amazingly cheap compared to other activities.
    • Give yourself a high five for doing something that will make a real difference in your child’s life!
    I know it did in mine… I can’t tell you, what an amazing difference golf has made to my life. Although I had hoped to become a golf professional, I never did. In the end it didn’t really matter, the travel, friendships, business opportunities and the fact that at 52 I’m can sill easily walk 36 holes in a day, more than made up for it!
Source : Andrew Wood     Legendary Marketing Picture : Peter MacKey

Bryan Brothers of SC are getting our attention!

Trick Shot


The Bryan brothers from South Carolina are on a mission to change the way you think about golf through trick shots and other fresh ideas.  I admire these two innovative guys who perform amazing shots on beaches at Pinehurst, at Medieval Festivals, at football fields, over cars and much more.

Have fun watching this one!

Top 10 Trick Shots of 2014

Can you think of a better way to close out the year than to put all our best golf trick shots into one video? We couldn’t either so that’s why we’re dropping this gem for you today! We’ve had an amazing year traveling across the country to perform trick shots from South Carolina to California on some pretty awesome golf courses and in some pretty amazing places. It’s amazing to think of what’s happened in just this year alone, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us! Thank you to everyone who’s supported us along the way, our social media fans, golf courses who’ve tolerated our craziness, other crazy people out there who’ve joined our trick shot quest, friends, family, and all those who’ve watched, liked, and commented on our videos. Happy new year to everyone! We look forward to sharing 2015 with you!
 Click here to watch this amazing video  Source : Picture : Kevin Stanchfield  

Tom Wishon, the Father of American Clubfitting.

After I had read Tom Wishons book “In search of the perfect club”  I finally understood how complicated clubfitting is.  In the years I was a club pro in South Africa ( from 1966 to 1983) clubfitting was taking a student out on the range letting him hit a few balls and saying “You need a “R” Shaft and a D2 Swingweight.  If the student was very tall I would say “Lets add an inch”  That was as technical as I ever got.  Todays club fitters use sophisticated technology to measure club head speed, toe down, kick factor, smash factor, ball spin and launch angle, just to name a few of the measurements. Here is an insight into the Father of American Clubfitting, Tom Wishon done by Tom Wishon          
This months not so “Quick 9″ is with master clubmaker, Tom Wishon. Tom discusses club design, golf club myths, getting properly fitted, future technology and much more. You’ll learn a ton. I promise. I’m so thankful to Tom for agreeing to do is and put this important (and often VERY misunderstood) information out there for you. First: Who exactly is Tom Wishon? With more than 35 years of experience in the field, Tom Wishon Golf Technology is recognized as one of the industry leaders in the research of golf club design, performance and clubfitting technology. Our R&D has been at the forefront of the golf industry including the development of more than 50 golf club design technology firsts as well as countless discoveries in the science of golf club performance for golfers. Having begun his golf equipment career in 1972, Tom Wishon has designed over 300 original and innovative clubhead models, more than any other single person in the 500 year history of the game. His clubhead designs represent more than 50 different technology firsts. Tom Wishon is the only designer from the custom clubmaking side of the golf industry whose clubhead designs have been used to win on the PGA Tour, the Champions Senior Tour and in Ryder Cup competition. He has designed and custom built the golf clubs used in competition by Scott Verplank, Bruce Lietzke, Ben Crenshaw, as well as the last set of clubs played by Payne Stewart before his tragic accident in 1999. Tom is the also the author of 9 books within the field of golf club design, performance and clubfitting, in addition to hundreds of equipment related articles written for virtually every golf publication in the golf industry. As Terry McSweeney, Director of Communications for the PGA of America states, “Tom has the unique ability to communicate technical issues about golf equipment so non-technically minded people can easily understand and follow the subject” Two of Wishon’s books, The Search for the Perfect Golf Club and The Search for the Perfect Driver qualified for best-selling status and won successive Book of the Year awards in 2006 and 2007 from the International Network of Golf, the oldest and largest organization of golf industry media professionals in the world. Shortly after they were published, both books became a part of the curriculum for membership training in the PGA’s of Sweden, Great Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is considered the ‘go-to guy’ by the equipment editors for many of the major consumer golf publications in their search for honest, marketing-free explanations about the technical performance of golf clubs. Jim Achenbach, equipment editory for Golfweek magazine has said, “Tom is the smartest person in the golf industry when it comes to golf clubs.” As Tom stated in making his decision to establish his own company in 2003: “I completely respect the product design work of the large golf equipment companies. But my three decades in golf club R&D has proven without question that the best set of golf clubs any golfer will ever play will be a set of professionally custom fit golf clubs, and not a set of standard made clubs simply bought off the shelf. I am committed to educating golfers about the tangible, game improvement benefits of being professionally custom fit because I know this is the only way any golfer can hope to play to the best of their ability and benefit the most from swing instruction.” Click here for the rest of the interview. Source : Picture: