Know Your Yardages to Improve Your Game

If we asked you what your 150-yard club is, would you be able to give us a confident answer? How about if we asked you to perform that shot now on the golf course. Would you still be as confident in that answer?

If you do not know your yardages when you play, you'll face two issues:

  1.  You can hit a perfect shot and come up short or long from your target.
  2.  You can feel unsure of your shot during your swing, which results in poor execution. You need to trust what you are doing to perform at your best.


The Solution

Warm up your body

A warp-up is a brief 5-15 minute period of light exercise that comes before a workout or physical activity. This should involve a light callisthenic or low-intesity form of exercise and often involves stretching in the exercise. The purpose of a warm-up is to elevate your temperature and to increase blood flow to the muscles that will be used in your activity. 

In the golf swing "The body works in an alternating pattern of stable segments connected by mobile joints. If this pattern is altered - dysfunction and compensation will occur." As first noted by Mike Boyle and Grey Cook.

The mobile parts of our body for a normal golf swing are: Ankles, Hips, Thoracic spine (upper body), Shoulders and Wrists.

"AIR"ation: Why aeration is important to a healthy lawn

It’s the time of the year again, if you haven’t already, to AERATE your lawn. The play on spelling in the title says it all. Your lawn needs AIR, which includes oxygen and carbon dioxide (O2,CO2), to survive.

Just like, almost, every living thing, turfgrass needs to breathe, it just does it slightly differently. It can “take in” and “let out” O2 and CO2 through its leaves and roots. Above the soil surface there is nothing to get in the way of leaves “breathing” but in the soil there must be lots of pores (small spaces) between soil particles for the roots to “breath”. The problem is that we, as users of the lawn, walk all over it, push lawn mowers all over it, and in the case of golf courses, drive golf carts all over it. All that weight over time makes those pores (small spaces) even smaller, this is referred to as compaction.

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:

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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