Business tips for women who play golf.

Business tips for women who play golf.

Business tips for women who play golf.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I love teaching women golfers. They tend to listen better than men. 

I also think women who golf can do a lot of business on the course,  but some do not know how to go about it.  Here are some thoughts from Nancy Berkley on this very thought-provoking subject.

Business tips for women who play golf.

Looks like a great drive!

Almost every book written for women golfers ” from beginners to experts ” includes advice about how to use golf to advance your professional career. Here’s my advice, and it may not be what you expect.

First let’s talk about accepting an invitation from a business colleague, client or customer to play golf

Tip Number One:

Be prepared to stand out in the crowd. At most corporate golf events and even on most courses, there will not be many women. You will be noticed. For starters: Wear an outfit that you are comfortable in. Confidence is very important in the game of golf.
Remember: When you bend down to tee your ball up on the tee, three other golfers will see your backside. Be brave and check that view in a mirror. You may decide to wear a longer skirt or perhaps even a shorter one! (If you are a left-handed golfer, you can relax. Most tee boxes are set up for right-handed players.)

Tip Number Two:

Know your comfort zone. That means play in situations where you will not feel intimidated. If you are a super golfer with a handicap of 10 or less ” only 10 percent of women golfers are in that zone, you should accept an invitation to play golf with anyone anywhere. Your male business colleagues or clients will love to play with you, especially when you tee it up from their tees.

At the other extreme, if you have played only a few times and are still whiffing or dubbing balls, my suggestion is to decline the invitation until you improve your shot-making. I would make an exception if you are invited by another beginner golfer and together you can manage your expectations. I would also probably make an exception to the comfort-zone-rule if you are invited to a corporate golf event that is advertised as “fun” and uses a scramble format.

Most women golfers fall in between the extremes. So how good do you have to be for business golf?

Here are my guidelines: Most-of-the-time, you should be able to hit a ball about 100 yards off the tee, hit a middle iron (or hybrid club) at least 75 yards on the fairway, hit out of a bunker successfully two out of three times, know how to reach a green when you are 50 yards from the flagstick, take only one practice swing, three-putt ” or less on most greens, know proper green etiquette, and know when to give up and put the ball in your pocket.

Most important: Take this pace-of-play test on a day when your course is not busy. If you can play nine holes just by yourself and finish the nine holes in 90 minutes or less ” or 18 holes by yourself in less than three hours, you are good enough to accept most business golf invitations. Even if your game is not great that day, you will not slow your foursome or those behind you. Unless you are playing in serious competition, if you are having a very bad hole it is usually okay to pick up your ball and hope for miracles on the next tee.

Tip Number Three:

Know when to talk about business. Believe it or not, men seldom talk shop on the course. So, if you are playing with men do not talk about the office or your new product or the next sale until the round is finished ” maybe over a drink on the 19th hole. Build the relationship on the course, but make the sale the next day.

The business-talk rule is different if you are playing with women. We are very busy. We love to multi-task. If we can play golf and talk business at the same time, it’s usually a win-win.

Let’s move on to situations where YOU do the inviting.

Business tips for women who play golf.

For another 3 more tips from this article, go here.

Source: Cybergolf.com   Nancy Berkley

Pictures: US Army   Rhys A

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Golfing Presidents - Where does Barack Obama rank?

Golfing Presidents – Where does Barack Obama rank?

Golfing Presidents – Where does Barack Obama rank?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Has Barack Obama played more golf than any other President outside of Dwight Eisenhower? 

The answer might surprise you!  I’ve done some research using both Golf Digest and Links Magazine and have come up with a distinguished list.  

15 of the last 18 Presidents have played golf, and Barack Obama ranks in the middle at best of that group as far as the number of rounds played while serving in office.

* See which President played the most rounds.

* See who is rated as the best in ability on the course and who is second best.  (the latter was a surprise to me!)

Check it out!

Golfing Presidents - Where does Barack Obama rank?

President Barack Obama is the 15th of the past 18 American presidents who has played golf. He doesn’t play often, but he did during a vacation in Hawaii in August. Vice President Joe Biden, who discovered golf less than 10 years ago, has a Handicap Index of 8.2. Here’s our ranking of the golfing presidents, with an assist from Don Van Natta Jr., author of the book, First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters from Taft to Bush.

1 John F. Kennedy.

Despite chronic back pain, averaged 80.

2 Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Had a green outside the Oval Office.

3 Gerald R. Ford.

Clumsy, but was a legitimate 80s-shooter.

4 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

At 39, polio robbed him of a powerful golf swing.

5 George H.W. Bush.

Once got his handicap down to 11.

6 George W. Bush.

Outgoing prez is a capable 15-handicapper.

7 Bill Clinton.

Can break 90, especially using his “Billigans.”

8 Barack Obama.

The lefty plays more hoops than golf.

9 Ronald Reagan.

Didn’t play often or well (best was low 90s).

10 Warren G. Harding.

Struggled to break 95.

11 William Howard Taft.

As hapless a golfer as he was a chief executive.

12 Woodrow Wilson.

Played more than Ike but almost never broke 100.

13 Richard M. Nixon.

He shot 79 once and quit the game.

14 Lyndon B. Johnson.

Played with senators to secure votes for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

15 Calvin Coolidge.

When he vacated the White House, he left his clubs behind.

Golfing Presidents - Where does Barack Obama rank?

Best Presidents by ability:

1. John F. Kennedy
2. Gerald Ford
3. Dwight D. Eisenhower (pictured)
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt
5. Bill Clinton
6. George H.W. Bush/George W. Bush
7. Barack Obama
8. Ronald Reagan
9. Richard Nixon
10. Woodrow Wilson

Sources: Golf Digest  Links Magazine

Pictures: Boston Public Library   Don Graham

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Improve your golf with this effective workout routine!

Improve your golf with this effective workout routine!

Improve your golf with this effective workout routine!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Most golfers would like to play better golf, but a lot are hindered not by their swings but by their strength and flexibility.   

Improve those two things, and your swing will feel a lot easier and more powerful. A workout routine will not only improve your golf but make you feel younger and live longer! Here is a simple but effective workout routine from Alex Fortey, founder of Athletic Golf Training. 

Even Phil Mickelson has got his act in gear this past off-season with many reports of him following a golf training program and working out to improve his conditioning, power, and probably some fat loss too!

Improve your golf with this effective workout routine!

Here is the breakdown of the golf workout. All of the moves you see in the video can be tweaked and adjusted to suit your needs, ability and equipment. You just need to think a little laterally, so instead of cables, use resistance bands instead.

Medicine Ball Slams
1 Arm DB Snatches 
SB Table Tops
Seated MB Figure Of Eights
Upper Body Walk In And Outs
DB Squats
Lunge and Lateral Raise
Explosive Spidermans
Pull Ups
Alternating Cable Pull Downs
1 Arm DB Rows
SB Push Ups
Bosu Push Up With Shoulder Reach Or Burpees

Source : Athletic Golf Training

 
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The Big Story - Golf's Supposed Complete Collapse!

The Big Story – Golf’s Supposed Complete Collapse!

The Big Story – Golf’s Supposed Complete Collapse!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

What is your opinion of the biggest story in golf for the past few years? 

Well, Tiger’s struggles were certainly a hot topic. Rory’s split from his girlfriend was another.  But the Golf Medal goes to the media’s coverage of golf’s supposed demise.  Golf is dead, they are saying.  In my humble opinion, the USA’s economic downturn is the main reason, not that people don’t want to play golf anymore.  If families are struggling to put food on the table, golf is the last thing on their minds!  Golf is a discretionary income activity.  As soon as the economy returns, golf will be back with a bang!  Well, NGF Dashboard has a different take on the subject.  Read on!

 

The year in golf could perhaps be summarized by two high-profile relationships that went south.

The first one is that of PGA TOUR superstar Rory McIlroy and his then-fiancé, Caroline Wozniacki. Immediately upon their breakup in May, Rory won his first event in 18 months at Wentworth and then proceeded to capture The Open Championship, The Bridgestone WGC, the PGA, and regained his world #1 ranking. His return to form has been extremely popular.

The Big Story - Golf's Supposed Complete Collapse!

Irish Open Winner!

Unfortunately, 2014 was also the year when the relationship between the media and golf took a turn for the worse. Press coverage took on a sharply negative narrative about the recreational game and business of golf.

Hundreds of non-golf media outlets decided that the so-called “demise of golf” was a popular story worthy of their airtime, ink, and pixels.

The Big Story - Golf's Supposed Complete Collapse!

(Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For complete coverage of this article from the NGF, click here.

Source – NGF Dashboard

Pictures – Ed Balaun (supergolfdude)

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The importance of address and ball position.

The importance of your address and ball position in your setup!

The importance of your address and ball position in your setup!

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Just how important is your address position? 

This could make a whole lot of difference to your ball striking!  Mel Sole explains that you are setting yourself up for poor golf without the proper address and ball positions!  During your address position, you are 100% in control.  If that is the case, you might as well be 100% correct 100% of the time!

Source – Mel Sole Golf School

Picture – Mel Sole.

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Calling all Recreational Golfers – Have I got something for you!

Calling all Recreational Golfers – Have I got something for you!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

How would you like to play golf where you can move your ball out of a divot, unraked sand in a bunker? 

Any commercially available equipment, and you can carry more than 14 clubs?  Out of bounds is only a 1 shot penalty?

Well, now you can.  Join the U.S. Recreational Golf Association, a non-profit organization working to grow the game and make it FUN!  FREE Membership and only 13 simple Rules of Golf.

Calling all Recreational Golfers - Have I got something for you!

The Recreational Golfer Association is going after the weekend golfer!

The Game of Golf is an ancient sport with rich history and traditions.  Golf should be fun!  Unlike most sports, the player is ultimately responsible for his or her own behavior, following the Rules and showing consideration for other players.  Deviating from these traditions is discouraged.  The Rules of Golf were originally created in 1744 in Scotland by the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. 

Over the years, the original 13 Rules have been amended continuously, and today, the USGA has 34 sometimes confusing Rules of Golf. 

These are appropriate for organized competitions for skilled players.  The United States Recreational Golf Association has created 13 simple Rules of Golf designed to make the game more fun and less intimidating for recreational golfers.  These rules directly reflect how the majority of golfers play the game in the United States.

A round of golf should finish in approximately four hours.  Players should be aware of their position on the course at all times and should attempt to keep up with the group in front of them. Letting faster players play through is a recommended courtesy.  Players are should encourag others to use the most forward tees and to tee the ball up in the fairway to speed up play.  

Whoever is ready to hit should hit.  Putt out; don’t mark once you’ve started putting. 

 If a player hits a ball that may hit another player it is customary to shout “fore” in the direction of the player.  Players are should encourag others to show respect for their fellow players and not cause distractions (talking, rattling clubs, etc.) that will disturb them.  On the putting green players should not step or stand on another player’s line to the hole.

Players should encourage others to fix ball marks on the putting green; their own as well as those of other players.  Replace divots in the fairway or fill with sand.  After hitting a shot from a bunker the player should carefully rake the sand and smooth it for other players.  Players may enlist the aid of a caddie to help them with their equipment or raking bunkers.

For the complete list of Rules and Etiquette, go here.

Source: LinkedIn – US Golf Leaders and Dave Felker

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5 Mental Mistakes to Avoid at all Costs!

5 Mental Mistakes to Avoid at all Costs!

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I know most golfers want to improve their golf and spend a lot of time on the range, improving their long and short games.  

But what about the mental part of the game?  Are you missing out on this important aspect of the game?  Here are 5 Mental Mistakes to Avoid at all costs! David MacKenzie of “Golf State of Mind” tells us how.

1. Any thoughts about your swing on the golf course are counter-productive to a good score, whether in between shots or during your swing.

Trusting what you have is far more important than trying to correct something or forcing a movement while swinging. Trying to consciously control your body during any action makes the task more difficult.

Think about if you drove your car while consciously thinking about what your body is doing (“foot on brake, now accelerator…”) and you’d probably get into a crash! Instead you simply trust your ability as a driver. Thinking about your swing while swinging creates tension which interferes with the free-flow of a good swing. It’s fine to think about it on the driving range when you’re practicing a new movement you’ve learnt in your golf lessons, but on the course your mind has to be quiet to play your best.

Swing thoughts usually creep in during a round when a few wayward shots are hit, and subsequently the golfer analyses the swing and attempts to correct the problem. A lot of these off line shots are simply caused by tension, which increases with the more control over the swing the golfer attempts to have.

In golf, there’s a saying that “You need to give up control to gain control.” And I strongly believe that to be true.

Instead of being focused on the body’s movements, we need to be connected with the objective – to hit the ball to a specific target with a pre-determined shot shape, and then trust the body to do what we’ve practiced. The best swing thought is to trust the swing you have, but if you need some help, you can try saying the words “one-two-three” – “one” for the back-swing, “two” for the down-swing and “three” for the follow-through. This should help eliminate the swing thoughts

5 Mental Mistakes to Avoid at all Costs!

“You need to give up control to gain control”

To see the other 4 Mental Mistakes to avoid, go here.

Source Golf State of Mind

Picture – Keith Allison

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Are you a Bubba Watson or a Ricky Fowler?

Are you a Bubba Watson or a Ricky Fowler?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The PGA Tour features some interesting personalities.

In the January 2015 edition of Golf Digest magazine, Rickie Fowler said, “… if you’re going to make me say who my best friend is out here, I gotta go with Bubba.” Wow! They are two very different people. I can’t resist the comparisons or rather lack thereof.

BUBBA WATSON

Are you a Bubba Watson or a Ricky Fowler?

  • Boasts no golf teacher, ever. (He does see his college coach once in a while.)
  • Emotional when playing – demonstrates great joy on the course and impatience & anger, at times – even easy tears, with wins – also hyper-active, to which he admits.

  • Married, 2 kids, share home life with media.

  • A big man physically & grew up on east coast of USA.

 

RICKIE FOWLER

Are you a Bubba Watson or a Ricky Fowler?

  • One coach his entire life, Barry McDonnell, until McDonnell died in 2011 – Rickie tried to go it alone after-wards, without success – hooked up with Butch Harmon sometime in 2013 with fantastic results – Four Top 5’s in Majors in 2014 – He so values his first coach that he sports a tattoo of McDonnell’s autograph inside his left wrist.
  • Displays resilience, confidence, and patience, on-course – no complaining and no big highs or lows – as Mike McGraw, Rickie’s Oklahoma State golf coach, says, “Rickie does a really nice job of forgetting the bad shots.

  • Single, and keeps private life very private.

  • A slight build, and grew up on western USA coast.

However…. both of these current PGA Tour players are:

    • Winners.

    • Popular with fans.

    • Fashion-conscious.

    • Loyal friends.

Personally, I think it’s great for golf that these two players are best buds.

Let me know who your favorite players are and why.

Also, do you feel that your personality and playing style mirrors a certain Tour Player?

Content Source – Mel Sole

Picture Source: Tour Pro Golf Clubs   Philip Wilson

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Sun Protection you can wear - Fashion combos for Men and Women!

Sun Protection you can wear – Fashion combos for Men and Women!

Sun Protection you can wear – Fashion combos for Men and Women!

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How would you like to combine these three categories?
1. Sun Protection.
2. Fashion.
3. Golf.

Sun Protection you can wear - Fashion combo's for Men and Woman!

Before slathering on sunscreen by the pool or on the golf course.  Consider this — another study suggests you could be injecting chemicals into your body.

For the second time this year, researchers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have released a study showing that many popular sunscreen products release chemicals into the body through the skin at levels beyond what the agency considers healthy.

The FDA gets concerned if ingredients are found in the bloodstream at a level of 0.5 nanograms per milliliter or higher. At that level, the FDA says chemicals need to undergo rigorous analysis to ensure they don’t have harmful health risks.

In its most recent study released this week, the FDA said six chemicals found in sunscreen products were found at levels ranging from 3.3 to 258.1 per milliliter, depending on the product and how it was applied.

Earlier this year, the FDA released a study that found sunscreen chemicals could enter the body after just one day’s use and were at much higher levels than recommended. The agency analyzed four off-the-shelf sunscreen products and found that they “resulted in plasma concentrations that exceeded the threshold established by the FDA for potentially waiving some nonclinical toxicology studies for sunscreens.” 

Both FDA studies focused on six chemicals commonly found in over-the-counter sunscreen products — avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate. The agency said previous research has identified those chemicals as having potential health risks, but it concedes that the findings were not conclusive.

Sun Protection you can wear - Fashion combo's for Men and Woman!

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Source – SanSoliel.com

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The Top 10 European Tour Moments to Thrill you in 2014!

The Top 10 European Tour Moments to Thrill you in 2014!

The Top 10 European Tour Moments to Thrill you in 2014!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

There is no doubt Rory McIlroy was the dominant player on the European Tour and throughout world golf. 

Here are the top 10 Highlights.

Top 10 European Tour Moments to Thrill you!

1. THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, MUM:

Rory McIlroy’s Open Championship victory at Hoylake was the highlight of the European season. He was simply peerless at Royal Liverpool. Even though he grew up in Northern Ireland, McIlroy isn’t really a big fan of links golf. This win proved beyond doubt, if there even was any, that he’s the complete player. Oh, and that he’s also a mummy’s boy.

2. HO HUM, EUROPE WINS ANOTHER RYDER CUP:

Europe winning the Ryder Cup is becoming as routine as when the United States had a stranglehold on Samuel Ryder’s prized chalice. This time there was no miracle needed. The Europeans had this one in the bag thanks to the domination of the foursomes.

3. McGINLEY’S MASTER CLASS:

Quite simply, Paul McGinley is the best captain ever to lead a European side. His attention to detail was outstanding, and he fully deserved all the accolades thrown at him. He’s going to be a tough act to follow.

4. KAYMER’S DEMOLITION JOB:

The German probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves because golf is still a relatively minor sport in his homeland. He’d garner major headlines if he were British or American. He deserved plenty of column inches for the way he took the field apart at the U.S. Open to win his second major.

5. RORY WINS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP:

McIlroy punctuated his season with his second PGA Championship victory. Just when we thought he’d stumble short of the finish line after leading for each of the first three rounds, he goes 5 under for the final 12 holes to prove why he’s the world’s best. Oh, and that 284-yard 3-wood to the 10th hole that set up an eagle wasn’t bad either.

To see the other Top 5 European Tour Moments, Click Here.

Source – Alistair Tait – GolfWeek

Picture – South Asia Golf

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