Golf A "Round" with Sal

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Mind, Body & Soul – Starbucks Refreshers Cool Lime

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Since I have been on the injured list I have been getting my exercise through bike riding.  Read, my friend from Canada, and I rode about 10 miles to Starbucks and I had a lime refresher drink.  I had no idea what it was but I was desperate for something thirst quenching but not sweet and certainly not loaded with a bunch of sugar.  I was pleasantly surprised when my drink arrived.  It was light with numerous flavors such as lime, cucumber, grape and mint.  I really enjoyed it.  Afterwards I was walking around the store and noticed that you could purchase the product.  They come in little packets and you just add water and ice.  A box comes with 5 packets for $5.95.  They will be perfect to take on the golf course on a hot day.

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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What’s In Your Bag? First Aid Kit

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Every golf bag should have a first aid kit in it.  I have been playing golf and needed a bandage, cleansing pad or towelette. I can remember one time I got bit by a meat bee and it really hurt.  I usually go to the Dollar Store and purchase a basic first aid kit for my golf bag.  This particular kit has the following items:

10 medium self-stick bandages

4 alcohol cleansing pads

2 sting relief pads

1 soap towelette

2 non-adhesive bandages

1 roll bandage tape

1 conforming bandage

1 lens cleaning towlette

Of course, you can always add anything to your kit to personalize it for your specific needs.

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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The Masters

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Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon glued to the television watching the Masters.  I was absolutely in awe of their golf shots.  It was really fun seeing many of the pros have great shots and excellent putts.  I definitely could have 5 or 6 putted some of those greens.  They were huge.  I was reminded once again about how important the mental part of the golf game is for everyone.   All of those pros have the physical ability to make an excellent golf shot and the difference seems to be in their mental aspect of the game. Of course, experience helps but to mentally stay calm and patient is necessary.  Honestly, I am not sure how they do it but it reminds me that they are human which helps to put my game in perspective.  I was thrilled for Bubba Watson.  He played great golf, took risks which paid off and stayed patient throughout the round.  Great job, Bubba!  What did you think of the Masters?

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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Tips About The Game – Giving Putts

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What does it even mean to give a putt?  Often times if your ball is close to the hole, when playing with men in particular, they will give you the putt.  That means you can pick up your ball and add one stroke to your score.  When I first started playing golf I thought I didn’t have to count the stroke at all. :)   I know, my husband thinks I am dingy sometimes.  The problem with giving putts is not practicing those one, two or three foot putts so when you are put in a pressure situation you miss them.  I believe that is the reason that most women don’t give putts.  Every ball needs to go in the hole.  I know that often times if the ball is within inches of the hole I will give putts especially if we are just playing for fun, however, technically it is illegal except in match play format.  Most of the time I like to putt everything out so I know I can make those putts.

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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Apparel & Accessories – Shopping

 

 

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As the end of winter approaches, the stores begin their sales hoping to get rid of the merchandise.  That is when I head out shopping looking for those deals.  I have discovered that you need to visit the same store once a week because they are always putting out new merchandise.  My husband and I went to the PGA Superstore in PalmDesert and I hit the jackpot!  I found two Sport Haley shirts and DKNY shirt for less than $20.  I like these shirts because the sleeves are appropriate for cooler weather or summer weather.  These colors were perfect because I can wear them with a beige or black skort and beige or black shoes.  That makes it perfect for traveling.  So, it the stores and find those deals!

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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What’s In Your Bag – Rules of Golf

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The rules of golf are very complex.  It seems like there are tons of rules and they are not the easiest to understand.  Every once in a while a situation occurs when a rule pops up and either people can’t agree or simply don’t know the answer.  That’s when it is convenient to have a copy of rules in your golf bag.  The USGA (click on their name for a link to their website) provides a copy of the rules free. There is also an app that contains all the rules that you can download for your phone.  So, the next time you are in a pickle and need clarification consult your rule book.

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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Tee Time – Shadow Hills North Course

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The day before I officially went on the injured list, I played Shadow Hills North Course (click on their name for a link to their website) in Indio, California.  It was a small par 3 course but don’t let that fool you; it was a pleasant challenge.  The course was in excellent shape.  The entire course was impeccably manicured.  If you missed the green, and I did quite often, the approach shots had extremely tight lies.  Rather than use a pitching or sand wedge, a 7 or 8 iron hit and run shot usually got better results.  The greens were large with numerous undulations that often resulted in four putts. :(   The holes were attractive with ponds, native plants and nice homes.  Restrooms were located at exactly the right spots.  I played with Bob, Sharon and Dixie, friends from Canada, which was really enjoyable.

After golf we headed over to the 18 hole course clubhouse for lunch.  The menu had a huge variety of items and the food was delicious.  I splurged and had a chili cheese dog and it was really good.  In my defense I only ate half of the bun! It was a great day!

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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Kraft Nabisco LPGA

 

 

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Wednesday I attended the Kraft Nabisco LPGA tournament at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California. I purchased a ticket for $15 which allows it to be affordable for just about any fan.  This is the third time I have went to see the LPGA tour and I am so impressed each time.  First, I am amazed how much work it takes to put on a tournament.  The logistics alone requires good communication, organization and cooperation.  Each event works hard at developing and implementing a positive fan experience with numerous activities and vendors.  Today as I was leaving a bus load of children from the First Tee were arriving.  What a wonderful venue for young golfers to experience.

Of course the golf is absolutely wonderful to watch! Those gals can really execute golf shots.  Their swings are slow enough to analyze. Watching them chip and putt is definitely a learning experience.  And most of them are genuinely really nice people.  Stacy Lewis was chatting with some fans after she finished her round and you could just tell she was sincere with her remarks.  With all of the obstacles she has had to overcome, she is a good role model for any young golfer and a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf! If you ever have the opportunity to see the LPGA it is definitely a fun experience.

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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Apparel & Accessories – Shoelaces

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I just purchased new pair of  Lady FootJoy LoPro shoes (click on their name for a link to their website).  This is the third pair of these shoes I have which shows how much I like them and believe it or not I am thinking about a fourth pair. The most recent pair is white with these really cool multicolor shoelaces.  I love them!  They will match any summer outfit with their pastel colors.  Who would have ever thought that shoelaces could have such an impact on your golf outfit?  When I wore these shoes for the first time I got more compliments on the shoe laces than any other part of the outfit.  What does that tell you?  Either my outfit was uneventful or the shoelaces are really cool.

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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Mind, Body & Soul – Injured list

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Unfortunately, I am currently on the injured list.  I hurt my shoulder playing Pickleball and probably aggravated it even more playing golf. :(   I have been using ice, resting it and putting a bandage on it as the internet suggest.  I am also seeing a doctor next week.

It is amazing to me how much we take our health for granted until we no longer have it.  I have also realized the extent of which golf is big part of my life.  I probably play three to four times a week and boy do I miss it.  Since I am not as active, I also need to watch my diet or before I know it I will balloon up to much bigger size.  I definitely don’t want that to happen.  I hope I will be on the course soon until then I will just have to watch it on TV. :0

Remember ladies, golf is a journey; walk with me!

Sally :)

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