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 to 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. For another 3 more tips from this article go here. Source : Cybergolf.com Nancy Berkley Pictures : US Army Rhys A
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. 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 WilsonSources : Golf Digest Links Magazine Pictures : Boston Public Library Don Graham
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
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. For complete coverage of this article from the NGF, click here.Source – 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. NGF Dashboard Pictures – Ed Balaun (supergolfdude)
A round of golf should be completed 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 encouraged to use the most forward tees and to tee the ball up in the fairway to speed up play. Golfers are encouraged to play “ready golf.” Whoever is ready to hit should hit. Putt out; don’t mark once you’ve started putting. Players should be careful that no one is standing close or in a position to be hit by the club or a ball. 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 encouraged 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 are encouraged 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 Pictures : Steve Snodgrass Steve Collis
1.Any thoughts about your swing on the golf course is counter-productive to a good score, whether it be 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. There’s a saying that In golf, “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 thoughtsTo see the other 4 Mental Mistakes to avoid go here. Source Golf State of Mind Picture – Keith Allison
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.
- boasts no golf teacher, ever
emotional when playing – demonstrates great joy on the course, but also impatience & anger, at times – even easy tears, with wins – also hyper-active, to which he admits
married, 2 kids, shares home life with media
big man physically & grew up on east coast of USA
- 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:
popular with fans
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