Have you made your 2017 New Years Resolutions Yet?

Here are a few New Years Resolutions from the staff of Hole19Golf.com to help you make your decisions.  I really like #4.
It’s that time of year, a time to reflect and look back over the last year and plan (with unwavering dedication) to do things a little differently in the coming year. Here at the Hole19 offices, we’re no different. We’ve been asking ourselves how we’re going to level-up our games in 2017 – here’s what we came up with: 1) “Spend less on golf balls” This is actually kind of a summary for the numerous “spend more time inbounds” and “avoid water like the wicked witch of the west” type resolutions we all seemed to have. For the most part, this is about knowing the course and playing percentage golf; looking at the shot, weighing up the risks and avoiding this kind of agony: 2) “Shake things up a bit” We’ve got some great courses nearby. It’s not that we’re bored, far from it. But we’re looking to 2017 as a year to broaden our horizons and play on pastures new. Thankfully, we’ve got our 40,000 strong, course database to help us pick from golf courses near and far. 3) “Dial it in within 120 yards” One from our CEO, Anthony. That’s not the only reason it made the list. It’s a darn good resolution. It can be tempting (and fun!) to get to the practice range and just smash balls into the distance. Not all that productive though. Spending a few hours a week honing that approach play on varying range targets will see you reap serious benefits on-course. Here’s one drill from Peter Finch we’ll be trying out:

The Top 10 Golf Books of All Time?

What are your Top 10 Golf Books of All Time?  This list by Swing by Swing has several that would certainly not make my Top 10!  My favorites include the following, some of which appear in Swing by Swings  list: Golf is a Game of Confidence by Bob Rotella, The Talent Code by Daniel Boyle, Master Guide to Golf by Dr. Cary Middlecoff, (which was my very first golf book) Ben Hogan’s Five Modern Fundamentals, Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible, The Match by Mark Frost, The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost, Swing the Clubhead by Ernest Jones, Final Rounds by James Dodson and Bobby Jones on Golf.  List some of your favorites below!
Golf has permeated our very culture. It has found its way into our movies, TV shows, magazines, and books. While the lure of picking up a hardcover book and reading it front to back is fading, that doesn’t diminish the quality of some great books about golf. Keep some great tradition alive by peacefully reading a book about our beloved game. Here is a list of the Top 10 Golf Books out there.
10. A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John Feinstein
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Feinstein paints the world of golf in a way that it has never been captured before. Feinstein gets inside the minds of some of the game’s greatest players but also its struggling newcomers. Journey alongside some great moments in golf, like Davis Love III’s epic comeback victory in the Ryder Cup. Feinstein expertly describes, “One week you’ve discovered the secret to the game; the next week you never want to play it again,” summarizing the every man’s relationship with golf. 9. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney
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It is no coincidence that Tiger won six majors during the six-year span the Haney was Tiger’s swing coach. He was at his side on and off the course, streamlining Tiger’s mechanics as well as discovering what made the athlete tick. For all his criticism, he is only on a quest to understand. Tiger’s most dominant fear on the course was “the big miss,” a shot so horrible it ruins the entire round. Haney gives us a metaphoric spin. 8. The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost
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This is the famous story of blue-collar kid Francis Ouimet, who grew up living across the street from The Country Club and would play the U.S. Open at the very course in 1913. Against all odds, and with his 10-year-old caddie by his side, he takes home the title in an 18-hole playoff against the great Harry Vardon. One of the greatest stories in amateur golf. 7. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella
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Rotella’s way of explaining the game that is is so simple and matter of fact that it only makes sense. He helps us realize the stark reality that the most important part of the game of golf is between your ears. He provides a mental perspective that not many other writers can. 6. The Short Game Bible by Dave Pelz
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This book is considered topical for advanced golfers, so it can be a tad overwhelming. But golfers who understand the importance of the game of golf inside 100 yards are better off than most. Enhance your game a great deal and read up.
To see the rest of this illustrious list of the Top 10 Golf Books, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Pictures : Amazon

10 Cocktails for the Golfers in the Family!

Are there golfers in your mix of family coming to visit at Christmas?  Spice up the evening with these 10 cocktails for the golfers in the family that will sure to be a big hit.  Thanks to Swing by Swing for presenting such an amazing array of cocktails!
 
Drinking and golf really do go hand in hand. Whether you are stuffing beers in your golf bag at the turn or enjoying a well-mixed cocktail in the bar after the round, the two activities just go together. Here is a list of the Top 10 Golf Inspired Cocktails.
10. The Scottish Links
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Mix up this light and fruity cocktail with 50ml Glenmorangie Original, 15ml fresh lemon, 20ml chamomile honey, 15ml fresh pink grapefruit juice, and 10ml Manzanilla sherry. To mix, shake and strain into a rocks glass, then top with soda. For a little extra twirl, garnish this drink with pink grapefruit & chamomile flowers – but don’t say we told you so. 9. The Tee Off
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Step up the tee with this cocktail which calls for 50ml of Glenmorangie Original along with 50ml of cold early grey tea, 20ml of fresh lemon juice, 15ml of simple syrup, and finally bitter lemon. Shake all the ingredients, strain into a highball and then top it off with the bitter lemon. Garnish is optional, but it should be an orange twist if you’re feeling it. 8. The Birdie
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First, knock it on in regulation. Then pour 50ml of your favorite gin, 15ml of St. Germain, 20ml of lime juice, 10 ml sugar syrup, and five fresh mint leaves. Throw it all together in a Boston shaker, with ice. Shake furiously for 10 seconds, followed by a double strain into a martini glass. You can’t birdie them all if you don’t birdie the first. 7. The Eagle
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This drink will be make you see two-under par. It calls for 35ml of Eden Mill Golf Gin, 12.5ml of fresh lemon juice, 15ml of Maraschino Liqueur, and an optional dash of crème de violette. Combine the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until it is chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish. Drink it in, an eagle always goes down smooth. 6. The Bobby Jones
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A timeless classic. Fill a cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes. Add 1.5oz of brandy, 1/2oz of crème de cacao, and 1/4 tsp of grenadine. Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice and shake away. Strain this mixture into a chilled tumbler and drink to a legend.
To read the recipes for the rest of these tasty cocktails for golfers, go here! Source : Swing by Swing   foodanddrink.scotsman.com   pinterest.com   Twitter/@Blackbird_Chi   Twitter/@Maitlandfield Pictures : oodanddrink.scotsman.com   pinterest.com   Twitter/@Blackbird_Chi   Twitter/@Maitlandfield

10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

I must agree wholeheartedly with Eric Cogorno, for GolfWrks.com, that 95% of people at the driving range are there just to hit balls and not to improve their game.  This is evident as I watch golfers on the range next to my teaching area at Tupelo Bay Golf Center.  And, like Eric, I have no problem with that.  However, if you are a golfer who goes to the range to improve your game, then here are 10 things that will help you get the most out of your golf practice sessions.  Thanks to Eric and GolfWrx.com for sharing!   4739404299_2c0d7f140d_b  
I hate to say it, but many golfers spend a lot of time practicing and don’t get much better. Why? There are a lot of reasons, but by far the most pressing issue is the structure of their practice in the first place. I watch a lot of golfers practice as a golf instructor, and I’d estimate that 90 percent or more of their practice is little more than physical exercise; it doesn’t help golfers improve their skills and score better. If your golf goals are to get a little sun on your face, wind in your hair, or enjoy the company of others (or even a bit of solitude), I certainly don’t want you to get the idea that you’re doing things the wrong way. Please, continue to enjoy the game the way you want to enjoy it. This game should be fun, after all. My experience is, however, that even golfers who play strictly for fun a few times a year would like it more and have more fun if they could play better. So here is the deal: There are ways to practice golf (or anything) that are more effective than other ways. We can all agree on that. Below is a list of my top-10 practice principles I recommend to all golfers. What these principles do in a nutshell is guarantee the time you’re spending is as efficient as possible. You might notice that many of the principles I recommend are used a lot by the good golfers you know, but not as much by the bad ones. That’s no coincidence. Go to a professional golf event, and you’ll see all of these principles in practice.
1. Start each practice by writing down what you’re going to do. List the specifics, the games you’ll play… everything. 2. Do a full routine with tournament-like intensity on every single shot. 3. Play the ball as it lies all the time. Drop it and play it. Don’t fluff. 4. Think about what you’re going to do before you hit every shot, and assess yourself with feedback when necessary. Remember, prepare-perform-review. 5. Always do your putting and short-game practice before full-swing practice. That’s a requirement. Be disciplined with it even when you don’t feel like it.
To see the other 5 things to make your practice effective, go here! Source : Eric Cogorno  GolfWrx.com Pictures : Tobias Wutzow

Thanksgiving for the golfing family? 14 suggestions from Joel Beall!

Do you have the entire family descending upon you this Thanksgiving weekend?  What to do to get out the house and yet make sure everyone enjoys themselves.  No need to wrack your brain when you have the great folks from Golf Digest around.   has 14 suggestions for Thanksgiving for the golfing family, that might make you look like a hero.  Check them out!

Football is the unofficial sport of Thanksgiving, but backyard pigskin works better as an idea than an activity. Half the players aren’t fit enough to play, there’s always one guy delivering cheap-shots and hard tackles, and the quarterbacks are so bad they make Ryan Fitzpatrick look competent. Plus, nothing screams “holiday cheer” like a trip to the E.R. for a broken nose.

Which is why we humbly propose a new Thanksgiving tradition: a round of golf. Yes, putting together any golf outing can be an endeavor, so it’s understandable the holiday hoopla can throw extra wrenches into the process. But fear not. Our insider’s guide to the proper Thanksgiving golf outing will give you all the tools you need to tee it up this Turkey Day.

How do I play golf without my loved ones disowning me?

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering, but at some point, everyone needs their space. Don’t worry about offending your family by heading out to golf; they’re probably getting sick of you anyway. Besides, chances are part of the clan is going shopping. Their journey to the mall is your ticket to the course.

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Do I have to bring the rest of the family?

Depends. Make sure everyone feels included; conversely, this is not the time for your 94-year-old grandma to pick up the game. If a family member isn’t totally foreign to the sport, pass along the invite.

Keep it a family affair, or can my friends come too?

You wouldn’t think twice about sending the invite if it was backyard football, and many friendships are just as important, if not more so, than family relations. Plus, odds are you’re going to need a few bodies to fill out your groups, yielding a sound reason for bringing your buds along.

When should we play?

Morning. There are negatives to this. Chiefly, it’s going to be on the colder side, and — depending on the prior night’s events — it could be a challenge to roll out of bed. However, the later in the day, the more likely you’re going to be foiling family obligations. And there’s a good probability your mom and sisters are doing their shopping before lunch, making the morning window your best opportunity.

Speaking of cold, weather around Thanksgiving can be dicey. What’s the cut-off for acceptable playing weather?

Is it snowing or raining? No? Then layer up and get your butt to the course.

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How are you carving your pumpkin this Halloween? Here are some ideas!

Pumpkin carving is an art that appears once a year around October!  You get your regular “Jack – O – Lanterns” but then, as in any endeavor, you get those who go the extra mile, stand out from the crowd and make everyone else’s pumpkin look like doo doo!  Here are 10 to make you chuckle!
Each year for Halloween, the most creative of the creative carve pumpkin designs us mere mortals marvel at. And each year we see some splendid new golf designs. Click through for the 10 best golf-themed pumpkin carvings on the Internet.
10. Ian Poulter ian-poulter-white Photo via IJP Design. 9. LPGA Logo lpga-white
Carved by Amy Eneroth. Photo via LPGA. 8. Titleist Golf Ball
titelist-ballPhoto via Pintrest. 7. Jack Nicklaus jack-nicklaus-white Carved by Mike Pickett. Photo via Mike Pickett. 6. PGA Tour Logo pga-tour Carved by D.J. Piehowski. Photo via PGATour.com. To see the other 5 great pumpkin carvings, go here! Source : Swing by Swing

Need a dark horse for your Fantasy picks? Check out this list!

To be successful with fantasy picks, you need a dark horse.  Someone who nobody else thinks of that gives you the edge and separates you from the pack.  Here  of Golf Digest makes the search a lot easier.  These players all have a legitimate chance of hoisting the Wannamaker Trophy on Sunday afternoon.  #6 is my pick this week!

1. Tony Finau

2. Emiliano Grillo

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3. Martin Kaymer

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4. Matt Kuchar

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5. Kevin Na

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To see the rest of the players on this list, go here! Source :  of Golf Digest Pictures : Getty Images

Are you a Golf Junkie? Take the test to find out!

Here is the ultimate test to find out if you are a golf junkie!   of Golf Digest presents you with 35 easy to answer questions.  Get more than a 50% grade and you are standing on the precipice.  Get more than 75% and you are a golf enthusiast.  But get 100% and you are a certified, card carrying, golf junkie.  Welcome to the club!

If you’re reading GolfDigest.com, you likely have some interest in the sport. But to many of us, golf is more than a game. It’s our religion, a theology that requires utmost attention. Our leisure periods are devoted to hitting the links; when we’re on the clock, we’re rehashing our rounds or counting the hours until we return. We occasionally curse its name, but will defend it to the death to any that besmirch it. In short, golf is our addiction.

Not sure if you fall under this umbrella? Here are 35 signs that you’re obsessed with golf:

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  1. You use an umbrella to work on your takeaway

Be sure not to click the automatic button when bringing it back.

2. When buying a carpet, you don’t care about color or material, only “Can I putt on it?”

If the dealer gives you an odd look for bring a Stimpmeter into the store, then clearly they don’t deserve your business.

3. You can’t remember all your fiancé’s friends, but can roll-call every Masters champion

In your defense, “Charles Coody” is an unforgettable name.

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4. You have an unusually strong opinion on white belts (or the interlocking grip)

The Golf Digest rule: If your age plus handicap is under 35, you’re in the clear to rock whatever you please.

5. The first week of April is your favorite holiday

If we have to tell you why, then you’re reading the wrong list.

6. You can’t explain Einstein’s theory of relativity but do know the Stableford equation

You might sound like John Nash from “A Beautiful Mind,” but it makes sense to you.

7. Deem only one word an expletive: “Shank”

Even writing said word makes me shiver.

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8. Think Will Smith was robbed of an Oscar in “The Legend of Bagger Vance”

He at least deserved a nomination!

9. You constantly find yourself thinking, “This would make a great par 3”

True story: I once found myself contemplating this at a cemetery during a funeral.

10. You have some serious year-round tan lines

You don’t get that type of burn from playing softball, my friend.

To see the other 25 signs that you are a golf junkie, go here!

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Playing golf as a single is tough these days. Is there a way?

When I was an assistant pro at Royal Johannesburg Golf Club, and then again at Reading Country Club just outside Johannesburg, I used to love going out to play solo at around 5 pm.  There were very few golfers on the course at that time and I could play 9 holes in about an hour.  Those days are long gone, but I sure miss them.   If you also enjoy playing a solo round  but you are not a member of a private club, there is a way.  Go to the pro shop and ask for the last tee time of the day.  Chances are you’ll be out there on your own.   of Golf Digest talks about the trials and tribulations of playing golf as a single and trying to get out and play in peace!

A singleton has no rights,” wrote Tom Chiarella in the excellent Thursday’s Game. I remember thinking of this as an antiquated, headstrong belief. Now I realize Chiarella was not opining; he was telling it like it is.

I’ve always been prone to playing solo; a move away from friends and family has made single golf my new norm. Taking on a course alone has its advantages: An in-tune experience with the outdoors, more practice time, quicker rounds, an opportunity to develop tempo and a more leisurely environment, to name a few.

Unfortunately, this past year has reinforced Chiarella’s observation. Singles aren’t treated like first-class citizens. Hell, we’re barely above caddies.

To explain our plight, here are the eight worst things about playing golf alone:

  1. Fewer tee-time options

Many courses won’t book a single until the day of, if at all. This is especially true of online tee-time services. In short, if you’re solo, you are S.O.L. on reservations.

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2. Pairing paranoia

You’re on the practice green, glancing around at the partner prospects. You notice a mid-50s couple skulling chips, clearly new to the game. Hmmm, not sure why they’re laughing at those shanks. Is the guy reallystanding behind and holding her hips? Oh, matching ensembles; that’s cute. C’mon guys, a first-tee selfie? I need to join a countr…

Starter: “On the tee, the Cunninghams and Beall.”

(Begins to cry.)

3. Unable to input score into GHIN handicap system

Golf is trying to make the game more accessible and inclusive, which is why the USGA ruled that scores recorded when playing alone are disqualified for your handicap. Oh wait, that’s in direct opposition to the sport’s welcoming initiative.

Something odd about calling yourself a game of integrity, only to turn around and say, “But yeah, you need an observer for your round, because we don’t trust you.”

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4. No witnesses = no believers

I’ve had three aces in my life. All have come alone, unless we’re counting the grounds crew at Pound Ridge and a lady walking her dog near the 10th tee at Devou Park. True, the only person you need to prove anything to is yourself. Conversely, it’s only human to want good shots or scores validated by your peers.

To read the rest of the single golfers plight, go here!

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Build yourself a putting green at home!

How to make a putting green (in your backyard)

Gather your supplies

  • Synthetic grass
  • Set-out paint
  • Vibrating-plate compactor

You’ll also need

Road base; crusher dust; golf cups; golf flagsticks; garden hose or long piece of rope; weed-mat pins or similar; utility knife; landscape rake or soil spreader; mulch; plants; turf; lump hammer; shovel; wheelbarrow; sand; weed mat; garden mix soil; motorised turf cutter (optional); post-hole digger (optional)
Here’s how
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Step 1

Decide where you will position your putting green and roll out synthetic grass. With set-out paint, mark corner points and roll the grass back up, or set it aside if you have room. Then, join the corners to mark out entire area.
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Step 2

Remove existing lawn inside set-out area. This part of the job doesn’t have to be perfect as the green will smother the grass. For a large green, you may want to hire a turf cutter; for a small area, you can simply chip the lawn out with a rake and hoe, or a mattock.
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Using a piece of rope or hose, decide on the shape of your green. We went for a stylish kidney design. Once you’re happy with the shape, mark it out using set-out paint. We included a teardrop-shaped bunker for an extra challenge. This bunker will be excavated to about 300mm, lined with a weed mat and filled with sand.
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The next step is to add road base. This is coarser than the crusher dust that will be used as a finishing layer. Add the bulk of road base and use a rake or spreader to level out. Aim to fill all hollows and make the area reasonably level.
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Use the vibrating-plate compactor to compact and further level your putting green. You may wish to introduce a few contours at this stage.
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Now add the crusher dust and spread it. It is finer and easier to smooth down than the road base. If you wish to add any finishing contours, mound the crusher dust where desired.
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Step 7

Use the compactor to bring your crusher dust to the finished form.
To see the other 8 steps to completing your home putting green, go here! Source : Better Homes and Gardens    Yahoo7Lifestyle   Pictures : Better Homes and Gardens