Author: Jack Elway

Miniature Golf: Putting With The Kidults In All Of Us

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Miniature golf came as a craze in the country some time in the 1930s. An offshoot of the more familiar sport, miniature golf is, as its name presumes, basically golf’s principles condensed into a smaller space. What began in a Swedish hotelier’s seasonal feature became a pop culture phenomenon in Europe and North America.

Every other week, my wife and I would schedule somewhere fun for my younger grandkids to go to. We have a small platoon’s worth of kids and I usually can’t take all but the oldest of them to play the real deal, so we often go to a miniature golf place near home whenever the kids feel like having their own little PGA tournament.

Of course, I occasionally get in on the fun myself; it’s good practice for the putter, after all. Although treated mainly as a leisure activity, there are groups who practice it as a minor sport with all the seriousness it implies, and it shows. Although large strokes are ruled out in favor of putts, the game is by no means easy.

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Since all you’re allowed is putting, you’d have to give it sufficient power to make it go through the bends and twists of the typical course. Often, as with the courses my grandkids go to, the obstacles include tubes, tunnels (in the form of kitschy landmarks, often) and windmills.

In my honest opinion as a grandfather, I can say that playing mini-golf is an excellent gateway for kids to learn the full-scale game further down the line. They do quickly find that the bigger game plays much differently. Tiffany and Jace sure found out the hard way.

The dashing and debonair Jack Elway shares his tales of life, love, and golf on Twitter.

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How to get more distance in your golf swing

For a lucky few, power comes naturally, but if you’re like the rest of us, if you’re looking to add power to your golf swing, you can do so by adopting a few simple techniques.

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Here are a few of those techniques:

1. Keep your right foot ahead of your left, if you’re right handed.

Your stance is a crucial part of your swing. When you’re setting up for your swing, make sure to put your lead foot, in this case your right foot, a little in front of your left. This stance gives you better balance.

2. Keep a light grip on the club.

You’d think that gripping your club hard will result in a stronger swing, but tense muscles in your hands and arms can decrease your swing speed. Grip your club just enough so it won’t fly away at the end of your swing.

3. Unhinge your wrists just before impact.

Your wrists will be hinged or cocked on the backswing. Try to maintain this wrist position as long as you can to develop a stronger release. Avoid unlocking your wrists on the downswing until just before the club hits the ball. This is called follow-through.

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I’m Jack Elway. A retired golfer out of Florida. I like to give tips on golfing so be sure to follow me on Twitter for regular updates.

Living It Up: Benefits Of Being a Golf Club Member

If you love playing golf or would love to, then you should definitely consider joining a club membership because of the many perks you could get out of it. Some of those are written below:

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  • Play (almost) whenever you want: You can tee up more frequently with a membership because you have priority during peak playing times, which are often Saturdays and Sundays. There are even clubs that reserve their golf courses for members.,
  • Golf courses are well-maintained: The upkeep of golf courses typically has high costs. But because a large chunk of membership fees are allotted for maintaining the course, as well as the facilities, the gameplay and the whole experience is more enjoyable.
  • Availability of practice facilities: Those who would rather practice a specific skill, such as putting or driving, can do so at most golf clubs. There is no more need to visit other golf facilities that offer these practice grounds.

 

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  • Meet like-minded people: One of the best advantages of joining a membership is the opportunity to meet and befriend people who share your passion for the sport. Discussion and small talks can help golfers, particularly the novice ones, to learn more tips and techniques.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Being a golf club member could indeed be expensive for those who play sporadically, like once every month or so. But those who play more regularly will be able to save money by paying for annual membership fee instead of paying for every round played.

Jack Elway here, a retired golfer. Read more articles on golf by visiting this blog.

 

Golf Techniques For Seniors

More and more people in their 50s have been showing interest in playing golf. That’s because the baby boomer generation has mostly passed the age of 50, and that’s why gold instructions for senior golfers has become much more popular. To add to the list of advice and tips, here are golfing techniques for older adults to increase power without needing much flexibility.

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Play the ball back at address: Tilt your body to the right if you’re right handed, tilt it to the left if you’re a lefty. Less flexible players usually need more distance so they should learn to hit a draw.

Adjust weight division from impact to follow through: Since senior players don’t have the flexibility they once had, it’s going to be difficult for their spine to support their backs during a swing. What seasoned 50-year-old golfers do is basically have their bodies to be in a consistent position while they swing the club. You’ll want your body rotation to be restricted only to left-right movement.

Correct wrist position at the point of impact: Your lead wrist needs to be flat, and the trail wrist should be cupped or bent right when you hit the ball.

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Taking your game to the next level

When playing golf, people have to realize that the body is a machine that needs to be tweaked and oiled all the time. This combination of bone and muscle has to be honed to generate the right skill and power for something like golf. This is why some golfers can hit farther and more accurately than others.

 

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Crucial here is realizing the body is your main source of power. Use it. The club is nothing more than a focus point for that power and no matter how good it is, it cannot compensate for power which doesn’t come from the source. Even more, you can’t even rely on just your arms to push that club forward and slice the air. Your body has to be in your swing so that the ball flies into the air more consistently.
You have to release tension in your body. This is oil between machine parts. If there is too much tension, there is more metal to metal tension or, in the body’s case, bone to bone. You’re then more prone to injury and damage. One golfer even suggests to always play a shot with a smile. The smile loosens you up and less tension in your body increases the fluidity in motion. This translates to ball movement and distance. These are the first few steps to taking your golf to the next stage.

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When you’re not satisfied with how your golf game is going, you can go to Jack Elway, a retired golfer whose new game is sharing tips with fellow golfers. Visit his blog for more articles about golf.

Too Good To Be True: The Craziest Shots In Golfing History

Who says golf is boring? Well it will be if players just swung from fairways to green again and again without any fuss. Thankfully there have been crazy golf shots that were almost impossible they just leave us in awe. Here are some of them in record.

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1. Vijay Singh’s skimming hole in one

Ever tried stone skipping? It’s difficult, but possible. Now try it with golf, make it skip cross a small pond, and get it in the hole. That’s what Vijay did in the 2009 Masters practice round.

2. Sergio Garcia’s one-handed trick shot

Here’s the scenario, you got the ball stuck on a tree, and in order to pull off a recovery shot, you’ll have to 1) get up on a tree, 2) position yourself in an awkward position, (he chose to stand backwards) 3) Hit the ball using just one hand. Everything in this shot is difficult already per se. Combining those would be impossible, but not from the great Sergio Garcia.

3. Rory Mcllroy’s “pocket” in one

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Maybe Mcllroys is so used to getting the ball in the hole that he tried to get his tee shot in one of the spectators’ pocket. The ball went too far right and landed on a tree and somehow found its way inside this lucky dude’s pocket.

Jack Elway here. I’m a retired golfer. Follow me on Twitter for more posts like this.

Much Ado About Golfing Hazards

The golden rule of golf is to always play the ball where it lies. It seems simple enough, yes.

Wrong.

Entire courses were designed to make this principle as difficult to follow as possible, with hazards sprinkled liberally throughout the terrain. There are several kinds of hazards encountered during a game of golf—obstructive forests, fast-flowing streams, shallow yet difficult lakes, rough patches of uncut grass, and those awful, awful sand traps.

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The entire point of pre-game prep, from measuring the strength of the stroke to the type of the club used to estimating the speed and direction of the prevailing wind on that day, is that all plays a role in improving the likelihood of the ball landing as far away from a hazard as possible. The difficulty of each hole in a course is measured through the number of hazards that stand in the way and how much planning goes into missing each one.

The most common of these hazards, of which specific rules govern their use, are water and sand traps. As my grandson Jace learned early on, they are incredibly frustrating to play through (been there, done that, kiddo). Yet, the rules play on, give or take a few penalized exceptions, and wherever a ball lands, one must play it there.

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In water hazards, a player is not allowed to remove any obstructions wherever the ball lands and must play it there regardless. When playing a ball in the water, you may not bring any artificial aid to help you play through, though, to everyone’s relief, you can remove your socks and shoes.

Jack Elway, a retiree golf fanatic lounging about in Florida. Follow me on Twitter for more tips, tricks, and thoughts on golf.