Sometimes when I play golf we play side games. This makes the game of golf a little more fun and some of the games help to focus on certain aspects of golf. One such game is the chip game. I was introduced to this game by MaryLou, K.J. and Jan, some friends from Idaho. This is how the games works. First, you throw up a tee to determine what order the chip will move through the group. To keep possession of the chip you cannot go in the sand, out of bounds, in the water or three putt. When you experience one of those offenses the chip moves to the next person. Whoever has the chip at the end of the game wins. We play for one dollar.
This game actually serves a purpose. It helps players become aware of their course management and their putting skills. I like the game for that reason. It is also a great game to play with a variety of abilities and handicaps. I have shot the round of my life but didn’t have the chip at the end of the game so I didn’t win. I enjoy this game. What types of games do you play with friends?
Over the years, I have decided that certain clothes are designed for certain sports. I know many of you already know this fact. However, when I was younger I couldn’t always afford running shorts, ski jackets, court shoes or golf clothes. These items were expensive so I would just wear what I could afford. Later on in life I heard this saying, You need the right tool for the right job! That applies to golf and athletic apparel and accessories too. Golf clothes are made from fabric that allows you to move comfortably with your swing. The fabric is breathable for summer play and lightweight yet warm for winter play.
I purchased this golf sweater by EP Pro (click on their name for a link to their website) and I just love it. In general, I love their clothes. They fit me well and last forever while staying in style for years. This sweater is lightweight, warm and doesn’t inhibit my swing at all. I like the vertical cable design because it makes me look taller and thinner. Who wouldn’t like that? This sweater retails for about $75 but it was worth it considering the number of times I will wear it and how many years I will have it. I like to call it price per wear ratio. What do you love about golf clothes?
Starting your game of golf with the correct mind set is important for an effective round. For some people this means getting to the course early to hit balls, practice putting or just relaxing. My husband likes to hit balls, warm up, chip and practice putting. I always practice putting before I play a round. I realize that the practice greens aren’t always the same speed as the greens on the course. However, I practice putting to build confidence. I usually only practice three to five foot putts. Another routine I have is to put my divot tool, tee and ball marker in my pocket. I, also, like to have my golf buddy out along with my water bottle. At the first tee I wet the towel I use to clean my ball. If I forget to follow any of these routines, I feel out of sync during the entire round. What is your routine when you get to the course?
I play with a lot of people that take a towel to the green to clean their ball. I rarely take a towel with me, for one simple reason, I forget it in the cart. As a result, I usually wipe the ball off with my shorts or clean my ball by wiping it on the grass. Not the best idea. Recently I found a unique ball towel. It is a Z Tech Mini Versa Towel (click on the name for a link) and retails for about $10.00. I purchased mine at Golfsmith.
This ball towel works for me for several reasons. First, it is small and my ball fits nicely in it. Second, it has a hook to attach it to my shorts, capris or pants. This means as long as I remember to attach it to my shorts on the first hole I won’t have to think about it again. Third, the square towel is sewn shut on one side so the ball fits nice and snug, therefore, the ball rarely falls out causing a distraction to other golfers. Finally, the towel fabric is thick and absorbent for quick and effective cleaning.
With the holiday season upon us I thought it would be a good idea to visit the PGA Tour Superstore (click on a their name for a link to their website) in Palm Desert, California to get some ideas for gifts. As I was wandering through the store I realized that golfers are difficult to buy for unless you know them really well. First of all, I would never buy clothes for anyone because it is difficult to determine the correct size and style that would fit and look the best. If that is what you think your fellow golfer wants, purchase a gift card for them. Second, I came across golf gloves. I couldn’t believe how many there were to choose from especially in the ladies section. Better add money to the gift card and let them decide on style, color, fingerless, etc. Next stop was golf bags and accessories for the bag. Wow, again an enormous selection. Every color, pattern, size and brand. Okay, the gift card is looking really good! I finally did find some appropriate items for stocking stuffers that I share in the video. So, my advice is stick with a gift card. The person receiving the gift will get exactly what they are looking for, want or need. Happy Holidays!
With winter golf comes windy weather. For some reason I think that I need to swing harder during the wind. I am not sure why I feel the need to swing really hard during the wind because mentally I know that never works. Swinging hard never works for me. One day I was playing and the wind was really blowing hard. A friend said, “Remember this phrase. When it’s breezy, swing easy.” And guess what? It worked. I always try and use that as my mantra during windy golf. What is your mantra?
At my home in Northern California I live close to the golf course. When I play golf, I take our motorized cart to the course. I have been known to forget my shoes every now and then. If I don’t have time to return home, I just play in my flip flops. Yes, it is true!
Believe it or not a couple of times I even forgot my shoes while playing other courses so, I had to buy a pair of golf shoes. My husband thinks it is a plot to increase my shoe inventory. I have to admit that I am a problem solver. As a possible solution, I finally decided to purchase a shoe bag. I found this really cute shoe bag by Sydney Love (click on their name for a link to their website). I just love it! It is brightly colored, has mesh on the top for those stinky shoes, really cute zipper handles shaped like shoes and an appropriate handle. Hopefully with my new shoe bag, I will never forget my shoes again.
Okay, I am the first to admit I struggle with the mental aspect of golf. A few years ago, I was finally able to play in my club championship and I was really nervous. I am just not tournament tough. So, I got desperate and looked for an app to mentally prepare me. I found an app at the iTunes Store called Visulax Golf for $4.99. I downloaded it, put my headphones on and began the mental preparation I needed to win!
This app uses visualization, relaxation, focus and positive thoughts to improve you golf game. It has a woman with a pleasant voice that takes you through a relaxation process for about 30 minutes. She focuses on your breathing and meditation. It was actually very productive. It suggests listening every evening for 21 days in a row to establish change. It also has written strategies on chipping, putting, bunkers, etc. I actually really like this app not only for my golf game but in my daily life.
I have been on the look out for a new golf bag. My current bag is about three years old and starting to look a little grubby. I found this brand new Datrek (click on their name for a link to the website) cart bag at, believe it or not, a garage sale for $30! Yep, that’s right! I was so excited. It was still in the plastic. I like this bag because it is a lovely color, it has 14 velour lined individual club liners, an insulated pocket, a putter holder and is very lightweight. Now, I just need to get all the accessories to go with it!
In the middle of October I played in a Pro-Am at Rancho Murieta Country Club (click on their name for a link to their website) in Rancho Murieta, California. It was a five person team that consisted of four ladies and the professional golfer. One of the ladies was a member at Rancho Murieta Country Club which made it nice considering none of us had played the course prior to the practice round. The format was two net best balls.
We were treated exceptionally well during the tournament. On Sunday we played a practice round and afterwards were treated to a pre-tournament party at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort (click on their name for a link to their website) with refreshments. We received an Adidas jacket, a $20 gift certificate to the golf shop, an insulated handbag from Dignity Health and a travel coffee cup from Jaguar as tee prizes. In addition, we received a 10% discount from the golf shop. The golf shop was well stocked with high quality merchandise that was really cute.
Now for the course. Rancho Murieta Country Club has two courses; a North and South course. We played the North course bronze tees which has a rating of 73.1 and slope of 137, totaling 5,608 yards. This is a hard course. In the late 90′s it hosted a tournament on the senior tour. Of course we didn’t play the same tees they played. The course had pretty narrow fairways and were lined with old growth oak trees. The greens were large and much faster than I was used to playing. The course was in fair shape. Some of the fairways were dry but, on a positive note, more distance comes with dry fairways.
Although I didn’t play well, I shot a 97 , I enjoyed the course and the tournament.