Tag: Golf

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

More Exciting Than You Think: The Riveting Appeal Of Golf

At the risk of sounding like “that guy,” I’m going to go right ahead and say it. Golf is much, much more exciting than it looks.

Make no mistake, golf isn’t your average fast-paced sport where the excitement brews from the furor and frenzy of players trying desperately in vain to catch or wrest an object in fast flight. But just because people aren’t yelling and screaming doesn’t mean they aren’t at the edge of their seats. For those in the know, the presumed calmness of golf games is a deceptive serenity, and it all has to do with just how difficult golf can actually be.

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The excitement from golf is derived from the tension that mounts as the pressures are factored in. Although the concept of the sport is simple (get the ball across rugged terrain using as few strokes as possible, never more than par), accomplishing this is a complex undertaking.

Among the many conditions that must be factored in include how strong the stroke needs to be, how much the wind can affect the trajectory of the ball, and which direction must the golfer hit the ball to make it fly across the course. All this adds incredible pressure on the golfer, who despite the pressure must remain calm to hit the ball correctly. The tension involved can ruin a swing.

The deadpan commentary and the seemingly calm faces of the spectators belie a protracted period of heart-stopping suspense, all banking on whether the golfer can achieve enough distance with each stroke to make it below par.

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Thankfully, though, much of that tension is reserved for competitive players. There’s a lot less pressure when you’re playing for fun or just practicing. All that we have to worry about outside a tournament is to keep the strokes within par.

Jack Elway, casual golfer and retiree, at your service. Follow me on Twitter for more tips and factoids on the deceptively serene game of golf.