Inspect Your Equipment

Make sure to check your equipment before you start swinging your clubs again this year. Things to consider:

• Check your grips! Grips can become worn and slippery over time, and this decreases the quality of contact between you and the club.
• Go through all your clubs and check for wear and tear. If they need to be replaced, take your clubs to the nearest Golf Shop for a recommendation.
• Clean your clubs and make sure to check your bag, umbrella and other equipment for defects. Examine zippers and stitching. Take out everything from your pockets and be sure to check your waterproof gear too!
• Check your shoes! Make sure your spikes still have tread and your shoes are still comfortable to walk in. Consider replacing your spikes or replacing your shoes all together.

A hidden gem for a warm golf vacation

Going to Southern California and want to play golf? Try this hidden gem.
Lots of us hop on a plane to go south to get away from our cold and rain in the wintertime.  The problem is that if you go to Palm Springs area you are usually dealing with golf cart golf and rather high fees (and in $US)!
Just about an hour away is Borrego Springs and the Rams Hill Golf Course.  What a treat to play!  And it’s well worth the drive.
The course meanders through some homes on a few holes, but you never feel like a bad shot is going to cause an angry homeowner to make your acquaintance.  With 5 sets of tees from 4979 yards to 7232 yards there’s enjoyable golf for everyone.
The great thing – you can walk the course if you want!  It’s up and down a little bit, but nothing too strenuous.  All in all, a great desert golf experience.

Test your short game and improve your scores!

Test out your short game to see what you should be working on this off season!

You may have a handicap for your entire game, but do you know how each part of your game stacks up to others? We have a few tests that can help you find your weak spots so you can improve for next year.

Lag Putting:

Hit 10 putts in total, hit 2 putts from 7 Steps, 10 Steps, 13 Steps, 17 Steps, and 20 Steps away from the hole.

The Scoring system is as follows:

Sport Terms

Sports in general have a lot in common with one another. Perhaps because we are obsessed with golf that we keep hearing sports cliché’s that work well for golf.

Here are a few that come to mind:

New Set of Downs (Football)

When we are stuck in the trees it’s easy to try for the Hail Marry pass. The hail marry would be considered trying to thread the needle through tiny gap in the trees. Instead of trying the high risk play, sometimes it’s best to go for the middle of the fairway and get yourself a new set of downs so you can live for another play. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you commit to the shot with confidence.

Get Pucks Deep (Hockey)

Humorous Golf Terms

• Ace: It’s in the hole. A 1 on your card. A euphoric feeling that no drug can top. And Ace is what all those newfound friends in the bar will be calling you as you buy them drinks. Cheers.
• Albatross: The rarest of all birds, an albatross is playing the hole three under par (like making a 2 on a par-5, or acing a par-4). For most, it’s an endangered species.
• Army Golf: Going from the left side of the hole to the right, then back to the left again (left, right, left… get it?).
• Barkie: Hitting a tree and still making a par.
• Breakfast ball: An unofficial rule of golf that gives you a free mulligan on the first tee. For many golfers, it’s the most important meal of the day.
• Coast-to-Coast Flight: A ball that is hit from one green-side bunker to a bunker on the opposite side of the putting green.
• Chili-Dip: When you chunk a chip.

A junior golf story: World Stars of Junior Golf Championhip

Melissa is currently a golf student taking lessons with Jodi Reimer, Riverway PGA of Canada instructor at the Riverway Golf Course. Jodi loves teaching golf and is truly inspired when she has the opportunity to teach someone who is as dedicated to learning as Melissa is. “Melissa is a pleasure to teach, she is eager to learn and very devoted to improving her golf game, she is such a pleasure to teach” says Jodi.

Below is Melissa’s testimony of her experience at her first international golf tournament at the World Stars of Junior Golf Championship in Las Vegas.

Glossary of Golf Terms

Golf Club


Toe

The farthest part of the club head from the golfer


Heel

The closest part of the club head to the golfer


Face

The middle of the club head where the golf ball is intended to be struck


Grooves

The lines set into the club to promote spin on the golf ball


Bounce

The bottom of the golf club


Perimeter Weighting

The weighting around the perimeter of the club to help make a golf club more forgiving


Hosel

The part of the club where the shaft and club head are one


Shaft

The tapered tube which connects the club head to the golf grip


Kick point

The point where the shaft is flexed to achieve different ball flights

Custom Club Fitting: Choosing the correct club head style

Choosing the correct club head style

When choosing the correct club head style it is important to match your contact tendencies to a head style that enhances your performance. During the fitting process your custom fitter will narrow down your tendencies by matching your launch angle needs, spin needs and your forgiveness needs by letting you use the different heads to match to your maximum performance. Make sure the club you choice is one you are excited to play with. Confidence in a club can be just as important as the technology that goes into them.

Confidence

Confidence and trust are underrated when it comes to the game of golf. We are too quick to question our technique when it could be as simple as you having second thoughts over the shot.

Developing a routine that allows us to walk up to the golf ball with confidence will go a long way in improving your game. We want to take in all the information at hand, digest that information into a clear plan of action and have the confidence in that plan that it will suite your game at the time of the shot.

There are many correct ways to play any given golf shot, but if we are over top of the golf ball, still deciding what the best play is, we are already setting ourselves up for failure. Try and have a clear plan on what you are trying to do before you put your club behind the ball. If we are between two thoughts, chances are you won't be able to do either of them.

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