Golf for BeginnersAuthor: Stacy and Barry Solomon
13 Dec 2017

Golf for Beginners

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    Improve Your Short Game in 2 Easy Steps

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    Did you know that PGA Tour golfers get "up-and-down" only about sixty percent of the time? According to Dave Pelz, that number drops greatly for the average golfer.

    Driving the ball moves you down the fairway (maybe), but getting on the green, and finishing in the least number of strokes, is really what the game is all about!

    The short game, whether it's chipping, sand saves or putting, should be worked on only at the practice facility - you don't want to start working on your game during a round as that could prove to be disastrous.

    Golf for Beginners has compiled a few video tips and drills to help you score better down the stretch.

    1. CHIPPING: I just came upon this simple golf video tip from PGA instructor Meredith Kirk yesterday - getting into a good chipping stance.




    Read: Tips to Improve Consistency in your golf game


    2. PUTTING: According to Dave Pelz, good putts start with tempo. Think "pendulum". Vary the length of your backswing to control the speed of your putts. Watch this Youtube.com video to see how the Master does it:




    REMEMBER: Final putting tip for today: the only golf club in the bag specifically made to hit the ball into the cup is the putter – master it first, master it best!

    What golf short game tips can you share with our readers? Post in the comments section below and on Twitter, tagging @Golf4Beginners.

    Photo: Wikimedia
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  • Posted on 13 Dec 2017

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    Golf Courses in Palm Springs Great for a Winter Warm-Up

    Gary Player and Pete Dye really knew what they were doing when they designed golf courses in Palm Springs, California; they chose a U.S. vacation destination with about three-hundred days of sunshine a year and a backdrop worthy of a movie set!

    Palm Springs golf vacations are happily taken by many during the winter months - AccuWeather shows temperatures in the mid-to-high seventies there while many in the north suffer from the coldest days of the year. Temperate weather is only one reason why golfers choose Palm Springs...the golf courses, hotels, and views, are the real attraction!


    December weather Palm Springs

    For golfers who would like to get a sense of what a Palm Springs holiday has to offer, pack your virtual clubs and join us as we whet your whistle and explore a few courses and hotels in the "Playground to the Stars".

    The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort: located on Dinah Shore Drive, the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort is surrounded by two amazing championship golf courses, the Pete Dye and Gary Player Signature courses.

    Golf Channel states about the course created by the "Black Knight" that the 7,062 layout is "versatile" yet also "formidable. "The Player sports better than 20 acres of varied water features and will play at its most memorable when the drink comes into play." With wide fairways, abounding desert and mountainous views, the Player Course is one you don't want to miss when visiting Palm Springs.



    Western Mission Hills Resort

    The Pete Dye course is slightly shorter than the Player Course at about 6,700 yards and comes with its own set of challenges, from hidden pin placements to forced water carries and pot bunkers. Twoguyswhogolf offers this advice, "a key to scoring well here is to hit the fairways while avoiding the sand traps and rough, which can make recoveries for par quite difficult. Most fairways are bordered by mounding and trees, which though not dense can certainly come into play on errant tee shots and approaches."

    JW Marriott Desert Springs Palm Desert Resort: Fresh mountain air and palm trees in a desert oasis with two awesome golf courses to play - a virtual heaven on earth.



    Desert Springs Palm Desert Resort

    The Desert Springs Palms Course takes players on a scenic trip through thirty acres of landscaped fairways, elevation changes, and views, view, views. The Palms offers the feel of a championship layout with the vistas and features that a resort course has to offer. 

    Some golfers have called The Desert Springs Valley Course, "an oasis in the sand" and that it "does not disappoint". The rough penalizes golfers but the fairways are "lush" and precision is key.

    My advice to people in the colder regions? Take a break from winter and play some golf in Palm Springs!
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  • Posted on 08 Dec 2017

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    #Golf Tips to Help Your Team Win a Best-Ball Competition

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    Scenario: You have been invited by your regular group to enter into a best ball golf competition. How do you ensure that you will be prepared and help your foursome to score low?

    First, a basic description of a best-ball competition: a group (two or foursome) hit their own golf ball off of their respective tees (usually, men are at the whites, seniors and juniors are one tee forward and ladies hit from the reds).

    The foursome then decides which ball represents their best chance of getting on the green, or into scoring position for their next shot (on a par-5 for example). The group then hits their next shot on the spot (or as close to) the area on which that tee shot landed (no cheating...if the ball is not on the fairway but close, you cannot improve your chances by placing the ball on the fairway). The team is basically looking to score birdies and eagles...at the finish of the round, the winning team has the lowest score under par.

    So, now that you understand the basics, how can you score?

    Best-ball golf is a thinking man's (and women's) game...a mental game.

    Consider the abilities of four golfers in your group and determine who should play the safe tee shot, in order to help get you into proper position for your next shot.

    A woman who can hit long and straight is an asset to the team as she will usually get to play from the forward tees and, in some cases, can stick the ball close to the green (yes, I am talking from experience).

    Want to really make this competition really fun? Go as a TEAM! Dress in similar colors and get into team spirit! All shirts in orange, all hats in black....feeling like a team can really improve your foursome's resolve and enthusiasm.

    Let the player who is draining the putts take the last shot (if needed) so that he or she can watch how the ball rolls.

    Manage your expectations! Just because your team made three birdies in a row doesn't necessarily mean that you will be the low scoring team. Definitely high-five each other for the great score and then move on to the next hole.

    Do you really want to win? Plan ahead. Look at the scorecard before you go, check the stimp meter and practice on both the driving range and putting green. Execute shots from 100 yards and in (chips, pitches and lob shots).


    Share your golf tips on how to win a best-ball competition in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.
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  • Posted on 01 Dec 2017

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    The REAL Reason You Need Head Covers on Your Golf Clubs!

    When golf clubs were made of wood, the importance of the head cover was undeniable; wood is delicate and could be dented by other clubs in the bag, damaged by the elements and through careless tosses into the back seat of your buggy.

    Time has progressed, with clubs being constructed from tougher and more durable materials, so the likelihood of a club head being made of wood is slim (unless you're going for a certain look over performance). Not only is the head of your golf club in danger of being scraped; the shaft is also delicate and can be damaged, hence the need for the material on the head cover and a nicely cushioned bag.

    Your golf clubs are an investment, not only in dollars but in the way you feel out on the course. Golf club head covers serve as more than just a way to brighten up your bag. If you don't have coverage, it's time to look into your bag, and determine what you need in order to protect your precious set.

    Craftsman golf head coversA recent golf club headcover giveaway in association with CraftsmanGolf.com forced me to look into my own bag.

    My golf clubs are all properly protected but, since it's the season for giving, I also looked into my husband's bag.

    Geez, his bag was a shambles...his driver had an old, ratty head cover, the covers on his woods were mismatched

    ...well, not anymore!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS Barry...you have just hit the golf club headcover lottery! Barry's bag went from drab to FAB with the help of CraftsmanGolf.com.

    Barry is very patriotic so his driver, three and five-wood are now cheerfully draped and protected in red, white and blue: the "USA Flag Long Neck Golf Head Cover set"!

    Made of durable materials and stain/water-resistant, with interchangeable tag numbers and long neck socks to protect the shafts, these headcovers are impressive, combining great looks with functional design. Thanks for your help, Craftsman Golf!

    Now, onto the real reasons why golfers need to use head covers on their golf clubs.

    Do head covers affect performance? A head cover won't provide you with a better physical game (call your PGA teaching pro for help) but the act of looking at something that brings you joy during a round, might just improve your mental game!

    Reasons to Use a Head Cover

    Identification: It's easier to easily find your club by looking at the tag in a bag filled with clubs than trying to find the number or degree of loft.

    Protection: Keep Clubs newer longer, from head to shaft

    Visual Appeal: It's the same reason you dress better, look better and feel better playing golf - psychologically speaking, it's uplifting to feel good when you play! Show your team or American spirit!  U.S.A., U.S.A.!!

    A putter can be one of the more expensive purchases you make and can also suffer the wear and tear of being banged about next to the wedges, so be sure to protect your "putt-for-dough" club as well.

    Show us your headcovers! Tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners and tell us about it in the comments section of this golf blog.

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  • Posted on 29 Nov 2017

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    #Golf Driver and Putter Head Cover Winners Announced!

    CraftsmanGolf Skull_Driver_Putter HeadcoverThe golf blog will be a quick one this week, to announce the winners of the golf driver and putter head covers.

    The recipients of the giveaway were very clever and put forth the effort to make this golf blogger sit up and notice!

    Thanks again to Craftsman Golf for supplying the awesome headcovers. Golf for Beginners is excited to be able to bring you golf giveaways. Winners will be notified via Twitter DM and will be asked to supply U.S. mailing address which will be sent to Craftsman Golf for shipping purposes.

    The winners of the Golf Driver and Putter Head Covers from Craftsman Golf are...

    Winner #1: @wcuebas. We're looking forward to seeing a photo of the matching tattoo with the headcovers!


    — The GolfFather ⛳ (@wcuebas) October 27, 2017



    Scheduled for Nov 2!!! pic.twitter.com/zzGJ7cmj6S
    — The GolfFather ⛳ (@wcuebas) October 27, 2017





    Winner #2: @theUnBWeavAble Don't think these headcovers will improve your skills but your clubs will look amazing in your golf bag!


    I want it because my putts already scare my playing partners, might as well have the putter scare them in my bag as well
    — Brian Weaver (@theUnBWeavAble) October 27, 2017


    Scary good? Ummm.. Direct quote from one of my playing partners, "That's the worst putt I've ever seen, you're FURTHER away from the hole!😶
    — Brian Weaver (@theUnBWeavAble) October 27, 2017



    Thanks to all who entered! Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and Golf for Beginners blog for details on our next giveaway!
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  • Posted on 29 Nov 2017

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