Author: Jack Elway

What Tiger Woods’ return means to golf

Golf’s prodigal son returned to competitive play this past November, 301 days since his last tour appearance. The venue was the Bahamas, and it was the Hero World Challenge.

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This latest comeback of the 14-time major champion is greeted with much anticipation by golf enthusiasts, for sure. It’s been more than two years since Woods posted a top 10 score, more than four years since his last victory, and going on 10 years since he last raised a major championship trophy.

A slew of back injuries and “extra-curricular” brushes with the law have hounded the golf star. But his wide, toothy smile, focus, and trademark fist-pumps were in full effect. Too bad Woods couldn’t really get going in this new return, finishing with back-to-back bogeys en route to a four-under 68 showing and a 9th-place finish.

Still, Woods made six birdies and an eagle during a torrid start in the final round, which was more than okay for his memorable and encouraging comeback from fusion back surgery. His very presence in the golf course is enough to drive tons of fans back to the game, perhaps led by the intrigue or truly hoping that Woods can rewrite history once more.

One thing is sure: each time Tiger Woods is in competition, even the most recognized new names in the sport like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson become doubly focused on their games and on winning. Woods has always upped the ante, and his repeated comebacks should pay off one of these coming days. And by then, we wouldn’t be surprised: if anybody can do it, it has got to be Tiger.

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Hello, I’m Jack Elway, a retired golfer who still is very passionate about the game. For more of my golf writings and insights, pay this page a visit.

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Best public golf courses in Florida

Disneyworld – is the thing that comes to mind to most people when they think of Florida. But the Sunshine State isn’t just about waiting in line to see Mickey Mouse. Florida also boasts a number of top-notch golf courses making it one of the best places to for adults to have a great time too.

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Here are four top public golf courses in Florida:

1. Streamsong Resort Red: The 18-hole golf course is one of the most popular places for relaxation, rejuvenation, and enrichment. Decades-old sand dunes, lakes, and natural bunkers make it a perfect place for a casual game of golf.

2. TPC Sawgrass: TPC Sawgrass serves as the world headquarters of professional golf. It was created to be a special and unique host site for THE PLAYERS Championship. TPC has two golf courses, designed by renowned architect, Pete Dye.

3. World Woods Golf Club: This golf course was designed to be a world-class golf course open for all to play. Tom Fazio, the club’s designer, even call it his “best work,” which you’ll definitely be in agreement in one visit.

4. Camp Creek Golf Club: One of Camp Creek’s biggest draws is its encapsulation of the natural beauty of Northwest Florida with its emerald green waters and pristine white sand beaches. Camp Creek offers nearly 7,200 yards of undulated fairways with a view of the green from every tee box.

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Hi, Jack Elway here. I’m a retired golfer out of Florida. For more about golf tips, visit this link.

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.

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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Hi, my name’s Jack Elway, a retired golfer. I regularly write tips about golfing and the like. If you’re interested, visit this link.

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.