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

Are you aware of the flaws are sabotaging your game?

Are you aware of the flaws that are sabotaging your game?  How many times during a round do you hit a shot that is just so bad that you’re dumbfounded as to where that came from?  Well, you are not alone.  Even the top professionals sometimes have a “brain fart.”  However, they have sports psychologists that work with them on a regular basis to make sure that it does not happen too often.  John Haime of Golfwrx gives us a few ways to improve our own game. rory_bends_shaft-1021x580
I was inspired to write this article by a quote I come across from a friend of mine, Melinda Harrison, a former Olympic swimmer who specializes in helping athletes transition from the world of sport to their next great venture.
“If you do not see the wave coming, it can smack you down and pull you under leaving you feeling tossed around, upside down, gasping for breath and picking out sand from areas you never knew existed,” she wrote.          
I knew this feeling well in my golf game. I was tossed around often. In fact, these waves were blind spots that eventually derailed a golf career that had promise. I found myself metaphorically picking sand from areas I never knew existed (far too many times), and I wasn’t understanding how it was happened. What are the blind spots in your game? Those waves you don’t see coming that leave you tossed around and falling short of your capabilities. Right now is a great time of the year to roll up your sleeves and reflect on what happened during the year — and what you might do in 2017 to get more enjoyment and make some positive strides in your game. How was your golf year? Happy with it? Wanting more? In a reflection exercise, I highly recommend you consider your own blind spots, and what might be unconsciously holding you back from moving forward and getting more out of your game.

Blind spots damage performance

Working with world-class performers every day, I can assure you that understanding blind spots is important in performance. Almost every performer I have worked with has them, and I expect you do, too. Part of my job is to help these world-class performers identify their blind spots, making sure they have a clear view of what’s beneath their awareness and might therefore be holding them back. Let’s highlight the idea of blind spots by using my own professional golf career as an example. This may help you start thinking about your own blind spots and get the wheels turning. I had a few tendencies that were constantly beneath my awareness that kept me on the treadmill and not striding forward on a steady, consistent career path. A few examples:
To see the examples of what to look for in your mental game, go here! Source : John Haime   Golfwrx Pictures : Susan   Golfwrx

What is the correct motion to set the wrists on the backswing?

There is no specific way to set the wrists on the backswing.  Johnny Miller and Hubert Green set their wrists very early on the backswing.  Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have almost no wrist cock until their backswing passes hip height.  Piers ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf give a very good explanation on the various options available to you.
In today’s Impact Show, we talk about when and how to set your wrists in the backswing. We also share our preferences and ideas on how to set the wrists, although there is no one way to do it.
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Looking for a Winter Getaway. Here are the Top 10 Caribbean Courses!

Looking for a Winter Getaway this year or early next year?  The Caribbean is a great place that is affordable, not too far, and offers great golf and white beaches.  A terrific place for the entire family to have the time of their lives!  Thanks to Step by Step for providing this Top 10 list to make the searching a whole lot easier!
With the Hero World Challenge taking place at Albany in the Bahamas this week, we can’t help the fact our tropical juices are flowing. As much of the nation prepares for the long haul of winter, we can all use some sand, sun, and most importantly, golf in our lives. That said, we rounded up a list of the top 10 courses in the Caribbean. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) Located in La Romana, Dominican Republic, this course was designed by a name we know all too well: Pete Dye. He built it in tangent with his wife and it opened for play in 1971. This course spans of 7,350-yards and 7 of the 18 holes run along the coastline. Check it out. Sandy Lane This Tom Fazio design was the host of the World Cup of Golf in 2006, located in the Barbados Islands. This is a public course, with solid terrain throughout. The 195-yard par-3 9th catches most people’s attention with an elevated tee shot onto a rather scary green. Of course, all of this takes place under the supervision of other golfers who have a great view of this whole from the clubhouse. See the course. Coco Beach This Puerto Rican course is built in close proximity to the Rio Grande. This resort actually contains four different courses, but all are equally magical. The Lakes and Oceans nines make up the Championship course, while the Mountain and Palms nines formed the International course back when Trump owned it in 2015. It has since been bought back by Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. Check it out. White Witch White Witch is a beautifully built course in Jamaica. Keith Stein situated this course 12 miles northeast of Montego Bay. While the course looks green and inviting at first, its namesake is the “White Witch of Rose Hall,” Anne Palmer. She was an early 19th century mistress of the former sugar plantation on which the course is built. It is rumored she abused her slaves and practiced voodoo, on top of murdering three husbands. The par-three 17th is a signature hole, with the beach white bunker contrasting against the lush green, with a lone tree in the back popping out against the ocean blue. See it here. Cinnamon Hill Golf Course Another course located in the beautiful and cultural Jamaica, Robert von Hagge helped redesign this course in 2002. This course is a neighbor to the previous course on the list, White Witch. While it does have some of the same sloping lands, Cinnamon Hill incorporates natural ruins such as bridges and rock walls, and even an ancient aqueduct. Check it out.
To see the rest of the Top 10 Caribbean Courses, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Pictures : Getty Images

10 of the most Incredible Shots on the PGA Tour!

I think it was Arnold Palmer who said, “I would rather be lucky than good!”  These 10 of the most incredible shots on the PGA Tour will take your breath away.  Also, my dad always said, “Golf is not a fair game, if you want fair, go play something else.” I think you have to take the good with the bad.  Most golfers (including myself) tend to remember the bad breaks we get on the course and quickly forget how an out of bounds tee shot miraculously hit something and bounced back in bounds.  I will try and remember that in the future.  Thanks to Swing by Swing for sharing this with us!
A little luck never hurt anybody, especially on the golf course. We can all think of times when wayward shots actually turned out to be the highlight of our round due to a fortunate bounce or break. Even the pros can use a little luck sometimes. Here is our list of the 10 amazingly lucky breaks we found, from professionals and amateurs alike. Darren Clarke
Former Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke got away with murder on this approach a few years back. His shot looked like the only place it was going to end up was in the water. The ball danced around a couple of cliff faces before nestling itself right on the edge of the playable surface. All he could do was smile Matt Jones
Australian Matt Jones became friendly with a ridge of rocks during the third round of the 2013 PGA Championship. He ricocheted off and his ball shot towards the pin, only to settle down on the fringe and slowly roll back even closer to the hole. The golf gods were looking down on him that day.
Rory gets lucky
It certainly seemed like Rory’s tee shot from a tournament in Dubai was headed straight for the water hazard. By sheer luck, he landed right on the cart bridge and popped up over to the other side where he had a wonderful lie for a recovery shot. Got to love those cart paths. Fuzzy Zoeller
In this clip, we see golfer Fuzzy Zoeller strike a tee shot that looks less than impressive at first. It lands beyond even the fringe of the green and into the surrounding rough. It stays there for a while, until it miraculously frees itself and rolls down the sloping green right into the cup. Just like he planned. Leif Olson 
This shot makes it seem like Olson had billiards on his mind when going through his round. This tee shot lands north of the pin but rolls back down the green until it strikes the shot of a previous player. By sheer luck, the balls hit each other in a way that the tee shot shoots straight for the hole for the ace. He won a new BMW with that shot!
To see the rest of these unbelievable shots, go here! Source : Swing by Swing.  

The 10 Toughest Holes played on the PGA Tour!

When Swing by Swing put out this list of the Top 10 Toughest Holes played on the PGA Tour, I immediately went through them to see how many I had played and how I did when I played them. I have played half of these 10 and the scariest for me was the  8th at Pebble Beach.  My drive landed about 3 feet short of the cliff, (see pictures below) and standing over that shot was one of the only shots I hit that day where I did not let my weight move forward onto my front foot.  I hit that sucker off my back foot and pulled it slightly left of the green.  I did manage to get it up and down from there to save par!  I am planning to revisit that hole in February 2017!  Thanks to Swing by Swing for this fun article! 8-part-28-part-3
                        At some point or another, we’ve all been standing on some tee, peering out at the green, and thinking to ourselves “I have no chance.” There’s also a strong possibility you’re not a professional golfer. PGA Tour players have a knack blocking out the trouble on any given hole, but there are a few holes out there that make even the best in the world cringe with fear. Here is our list of the top 10 most terrifying holes on the PGA Tour. #10 – 17th at TPC Sawgrass
 
This 137-yard par-3 tee shot is one of the most visually daunting shots on Tour today. It gets it’s fame from The Players Championship. The green on this par-3 is completely surrounded by water and suspended by railroad ties. A lone pot-bunker protects the surface of the front of the green, but wind and shot trajectory are what you really need to worry about. A high shot is preferred so it doesn’t bounce and roll off when it lands, but higher winds can push you completely off target as well.  
#9 – 18th at Trump National Doral
This hole is as beautiful as it is scary. Water lines the entire left side of the hole and comes to a crescent moon shape in two places. This 473 yard par-4 has been giving pros trouble since it’s inception. You need to keep your tee shot to the right of the fairway to avoid the water, then also keep your approach to the right to avoid rolling off into the drink. “It’s an impossible hole,” said Bubba Watson when he played there in 2012. The 18th is pictured above with the five palm trees jutting out and the four bunkers leading up the right side of the hole to the green and gallery.  
#8 – 12 at Augusta National
They call this hole the “Golden Bell” and it is the meat of Amen Corner. Rae’s Creek guards the green as the bank slopes steeply downward, carrying short shots to a watery demise. The small green leaves no room for error when aiming for the pin. While the azaleas to the back of the green may look stunning, hitting long into those will cause equally enough trouble as you have to hit back towards the creek with no barrier in between.  
#7 – 18th at Quail Hollow
 
This whole, aptly nicknamed, “The Green Mile,” ranked as the fifth hardest hole on Tour back during the 2013-14 season, with an average score of 4.452. The fairway is shrouded by a long, jagged creek on one side and dense trees on the other. The truly scary shot on this hole is the uphill second shot. Smart players must avoid the water to the left while also taking note of the bunkers to right. This hole always makes the Wells Fargo Championship very interesting on Sundays.   #6 – #4 on the South Course at Torrey Pines
This long, 488-yard par-4 is a staple of the Farmer’s Insurance Open each year. The two-tiered green is perched on the very edge of the course, with cliffs hanging over the back edge. Wind is usually a factor as it gusts in off the open coast, causing the tee shot to be a cause for much anxiety. The views, however, are phenomenal. Not to mention numerous gliders flying by trying to catch a bird’s eye view of the action.
To see the rest of the Top 10 Toughest Holes on the PGA Tour, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Pictures : Getty Images

Hitting that high soft shot from the bunker is not that hard if you know how!

Hitting that high soft shot from the bunker is not that hard if you know how.  This shot is scary even for some low handicap players.  However, this does not need to be so.  Once you understand that it is all in the technique, as PGA member  Mitch Lowe shows in this instructional video, then you should be able to hit the shot that lands on the green like Lee Trevino once described as “a butterfly with sore feet!” Source : Mitch Lowe  PGA.com Picture : Phil

The 3 Best Business Lessons we can all learn from Arnold Palmer!

Every single golfer on the planet loved Arnold Palmer!  That is a statement I can make with confidence.  And Arnold amassed a fortune with his swashbuckling style, good looks, and magnetic personality!  But Arnold was smart enough to know that just playing golf and winning money was not enough.  So he slowly and methodically built a huge business empire of products all across the spectrum through TV commercials and magazine ads.  If you want to learn about business, learn from this great man!  Thanks to Tanner Simkins for Entrepreneur for sharing this educational article! 5688381415_c91435809a_b
  In September earlier this year the world lost golf’s patriarch, Arnold Palmer. His stellar playing career aside, Palmer’s biggest achievements stretched well beyond the game. Known today as the originator of sports marketing, Palmer was one of the first athletes to turn his name into a brand. Using his image and business acumen, Palmer’s empire was valued at approximately $700 million upon his death. Here are three lessons business owners can learn from Arnold Palmer. Related: 5 Lessons Golf Teaches About How to Succeed at Your Business

1. Take measured risks, explore new opportunities.

At a time when athletes focused simply on their performance, Palmer opted to create a brand out of who he was on and off the fairway. This approach was not only entirely new to golf, it made him one of the most successful athletes of any sport well after his playing days ended. In his lifetime, he earned almost $4 million on the golf course; while earning more than 100 times that off it. In 2013 alone, Palmer made $40 million despite not playing a round of competitive golf since 2006. It was was unheard of for golfers to become household names, but Palmer was the first golfer to successfully break out of the golfing mold and gain widespread popularity among a variety of people. Later in life, Palmer attributed his brand equity to his willingness to stretch his business endeavors outside the narrow realm of golf. Palmer’s business ventures and diverse portfolio of endorsements all flowed through parent company Arnold Palmer Enterprises. This enabled Palmer to put his branded signature on golf clubs, lawn mowers, sunglasses and other products from cardigan sweaters to cigarettes and everything in between. Over the years Palmer was endorsed by Coca-Cola, Rolex, Cadillac, Hertz, United Airlines, Penzoil, Heinz, Callaway and many more. Palmer’s branding genius even extended to his self-made lemonade/ice tea blend dubbed “an Arnold Palmer”; now commercially licensed to AriZona Beverage Co. In 2015, the “Arnold Palmer” beverage alone eclipsed $200 million in sales. Early stage companies can look to Arnold Palmer as a model of effective diversification.
To see the other two business lessons we can learn from Arnold Palmer, go here! Source : Tanner Simkins    Entrepreneur Pictures : Getty Images

Can you make a full shoulder turn? I bet you can!

A full should turn is part and parcel of the “power package” in the golf swing.  But, as Chuck Quinton of Rotary Swing.com (why he does not introduce himself at the beginning of the video is a mystery to me) shows us, a poor shoulder turn is the product of trying to start the backswing with the lead side.  By using the trailing side, you have a much better chance of making a full shoulder turn.  Work on this on the range before you try it on the course just to get comfortable in changing the sequence pattern of your golf swing.
Now that you know you can make a full shoulder turn, it’s time to add some POWER back into your golf swing!
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10 ways to make your hotel stay easier!

As golfers, we must travel to play the courses on our ever increasing bucket list.  It seems that every time I eliminate 2 or 3 courses from my list, I add 4 or 5 more! Some of this travel includes hotel stays.  Some a nice and some not so nice.  Here are 10 ways to make your hotel stay easier, both on your life and your budget.  Thaks to Tim Gavrich of GolfVacationInsider.com for sharing these.  These are definitely quite a few I will be using on my next hotel stay!
We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from our tip of two weeks ago on golf and golf travel “hacks,” MacGyver-style. This week, we’re bringing you another slate, this time more geared toward potential off-course mishaps during your vacation. Let us know what you think of these and feel free to add your own ideas for travel hacks in the comments at the end of this piece… Does your hotel room’s squeaky bathroom door keep waking you up? Rub some soap on the hinges and it’ll swing as smooth as Ernie Els. 161129-door-hinge Hotel room thermostat won’t adjust beyond a certain temperature? Google the name of the unit plus “override” or “bypass” for instructions on putting it in “VIP mode” so you can set it as warm or cool as you like. Many will revert back to standard mode in 72 hours. hotel-thermostat-override Find lint or pet hair all over your “dinner” outfit? Use the sticky side of your checked baggage tag as a makeshift lint roller. sweater-bagtag Forget something “universal” like a charging cable for your phone? Ask if you can borrow an unclaimed one at the hotel’s lost-and-found (just be sure to return it). lost-and-found Hotel room drapes won’t stay closed all the way? Use a hanger from the closet (the kind with the clips) to keep the light out.
161129-drapes-hanger To see the rest of these ingenious ways to make your hotel stay easier, go here! Source : Tim Gavrich of GolfVacationInsider.com