Business tips for women who golf.

I love teaching women golfers, they tend to listen better than the 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.
Looks like a great drive!

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 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 :   Nancy Berkley Pictures : US Army   Rhys A

Golfing Presidents – Where does Barack Obama rank?

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! Golf Obama 1  
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:
Gerald Ford in his Golf Cart,

Gerald Ford in his Golf Cart,

                  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

Improve your golf with this effective workout routine!

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 Mickleson 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!   Phil Mickelson
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 Big Story – Golf's Supposed Demise!

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 economic downturn in the USA 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 mind!  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.  
Rory McIlroy.  The future's so bright he has to wear shades!

Rory McIlroy. The future’s so bright he has to wear shades!

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.   Closing Down Sale   For complete coverage of this article from the NGF, click here.
Source – NGF Dashboard Pictures – Ed Balaun (supergolfdude)        

The importance of address and ball position.

Just how important is your address position?  This could make a whole lot of difference to your ball striking!  Mel Sole explains that without the proper address and ball positions you are setting yourself up for poor golf!  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.

Calling recreational golfers!

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.   Rules   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 that 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 are a direct reflection of how the majority of golfers play the game in the United States.
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  

5 Mental Mistakes to Avoid at all Costs!

I know most golfers want to improve their golf, and those that do spend a lot of time on the range improving their long and short game.  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 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 thoughts Ernie
                    To see the other 4 Mental Mistakes to avoid go here. Source Golf State of Mind Picture – Keith Allison

Are you a Bubba or a Ricky?

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                    
  • 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

  RICKIE FOWLER 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


Top 10 European Tour Momentsof 2014.

There is no doubt Rory McIlroy was the dominant player not only on the European Tour but throughout world golf.  Here are the top 10 Highlights.  
Ernie Els putting out in a European Tour Event.

Ernie Els putting out in a European Tour Event.

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 it was 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 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