Interview: 19 Questions With Christina Lecuyer, Big Break Contestant and Golf Personality

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Christina Lecuyer was first introduced to the world on Big Break Ka’anapali and then again on Big Break Dominican Republic. Lecuyer may not have won either Big Break show but she turned her golf skills to good use as she contributes to radio including 103.7 The Buzz, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1. You started playing golf a little bit later than most, what was your reason for getting in the game?

I’ve been around the game my whole life. My Dad is a golf professional so I have been around the game since diapers. I had no intrest in playing the game, I was more into hunting golf balls and cleaning clubs as a way to make some money. I took up the game at 18-years-old after I started working at a country club in their outside service area. I only worked with guys and the only way to fit in and hang out was to play the game after work with them. Needless to say it was the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

2. What is your favorite club in your bag and why? I love the putter. I had to love it, if hitting greens is your weakness you better be able to get it up and down to have any chance! I have had only two putters since I took up the sport; the current one literally has worn out grooves.

3. You first joined the cast of Big Break Ka’anapali on the Golf Channel, what was the best part of that experience?

Was their one? Honestly, it wasn’t the best experience; however I learned a lot.

4. You returned to Big Break Dominican Republic , what is one thing you wish you would have done differently during your time in the Dominican Republic ?

The best part of Ka’anapali was it gave me Dominican Republic. I really enjoyed being on the Dominican Republic so much better. I was far more equipped for the “game” than I was the first time. The only thing that look back on was the approach shot on my second playoff hole with A-Rod. I chunked the shot and I should have backed away. That playoff was easily mine and had I won I probably would have won the MVP, but I know no regrets.

5. How do you get more people involved with the game of golf?

I think one of the best ways is working with women and children. I teach at the First Tee, I volunteer with summer kids fitness and golf camps, and I teach many lessons.It’s a game that you can play at any age.

6. We always like to talk fashion on the golf course, how do you define yours?

My style off the golf course is very classic. I like to think most things I wear are timeless, stylish, and “pretty”. On the golf course I tie classic shoes and usually a simple sleeveless shirt with a fun and exciting pair of Loudmouth golf short shorts. I have been wearing this companies products since before Big Break Dominican Republic.

7. What is the single best tip of golf advice you have ever received and who gave it to you?

I got this from Paul Azinger years ago when he was playing at my home club in Canada. He said no matter what’s happening in that day always learn something from those you are playing with, be a sponge. It’s stuck with me for some reason and I try to use it off the course as well.

8. You are now a radio contributor to 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock, Arkansas; do you see yourself transitioning more into sports broadcasting after golf?

I love sports! My business card title is “Golf Appearance, teaching, and playing professional”, but that hardly encompasses everything. The buzz is so much more than just golf, I need to know everything. I have always loved professional sports, but after living here in Arkansas for the past 10 years I know the only thing that matters locally is Razorback football and SEC!

I have been so blessed to have the local support here in Arkansas as well as from those back home in Canada. I have no idea what my future holds, but I do know I rarely say no to any work opportunities and I will always try something new.

9. How would your family describe you in three words?

Hard working, competitive, thoughtful

10. If you were in charge of picking the menu at The Masters next year for the Champions Dinner what would you serve?

Sides and dessert, I’m so not a food person. I am picky, but I do try and pick healthier options, but I rarely say no to dessert and fruit.

11. Let’s talk workouts, what do you do to stay in shape on and off the golf course?

I love to workout. It keeps me in a good place mentally and physically. I work with a trainer three times a week when I am home and I try to fit in some cardio at least five times week. I was would like to say I also fit in a yoga session as well, but I have slacked on that lately.

I rarely sit down and I love being active. I just don’t feel right if I have missed the gym for more than three days in a row. It keeps me in a good place and I feel a lot less guilty eating those desserts.

12. If we were to look at your top three songs played on your iPod, what would they be?

Probably something country, old school like U2 or my favorite Rod Stewart. I know, but always loved him.

13. How do you want to be remembered?

Hard working, a true friend, caring, passionate, successful

14. Do you think golfing with your significant other can be a good or bad idea and why?

I love golfing with my husband and I can honestly say he enjoys it as well. For those who are wondering, Yes, I beat him and he doesn’t mind. It’s my part of my job and I’m supposed to. I don’t beat him at his job, so we have an understanding.

I think it’s awesome for women to get out on the course with their significant others, but I also know they want their guy time as well. Just needs to be a balance.

15. Who is your favorite current PGA Tour player right now and why?

I’ve been friends with Ken Duke a while and Bryce Molder is a local guy, so it’s always nice to see the play well. I also cheer for a few of my brothers buddies like Graham Delaet and James Love. If your looking for big names I like Jason Day, Ian Poulter, Graham McDowell,and Darren Clarke.

16. If we raided your fridge right now, what would we find?

Lots of liquid. Soda, energy drinks, raw juices, breakfast drinks, almond milk, ice tea, beer, skinny girl margarita, wines, vodka, bottled water, Gatorade … the list goes on. The other staples are fruit, vegetables, pickles, and lots and lots of condiments. Anything I just buy as I need it. We love to cook, but with our crazy busy lifestyles it doesn’t happen as much as I would like.

17. What is next for you on and off the golf course?

I am home for another week doing radio, golf lessons, and hopefully playing a little golf. I then leave for 17 days headed to Canada where I will be working seven corporate and charity golf tournaments while hopefully squeezing in a little family/friends time.

18. For all the readers, we have to ask are you single, dating or locked down?

I am happily married to the only man on the planet who could put up with me and love me just as much!

19. What is your idea of the perfect date?

I call it quality time and it doesn’t really matter what we are doing as long as we are having fun and are together. Most of the time it requires activity, food, and sports.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMG04Z2o2BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–/RV=1/RE=1394798797/RO=10/RU=^ADAClROd9MQt1PtMHa7uZpeypvdLBg-

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Interview: 20 Questions With Charlie Douglass, Ladies European Tour Golfer

Charlie Douglass is currently showing off her talents on both the Ladies European Tour and Ladies European Tour Access Series. After an injury last year, Douglass was told she may never play golf again, and has fought back truly defining what being an athlete is all about.

Douglas knows the definition of never giving up and is working hard each day to move forward to live her dream. One of the many great things about Charlie Douglass is she sets an example that many other athlete’s should follow by giving back by being a patron of the Jude Brady Foundation.

1. How did you get your start playing golf?

My father played and introduced me to the game from a young age but I didn’t start playing until I was thirteen.

2. Did you have any interests in any other sports at a young age?

At school I pretty much played every sport that was available to me! I was pretty good at field hockey, swimming and athletics and I had national trials for all of those but turned them down because I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it (at this point I was becoming a golf obsessive!)

3. If you could only enter one and win what would it be a long-drive or a putting contest and why?

This is actually a pretty tough question! To win a long drive competition would be pretty cool but I’m going to say a putting competition.

4. What has been your favorite moment playing on the Ladies European Tour?

Walking onto the driving range at my first LET event and hitting balls next to Laura Davies was pretty insane because I grew up watching her play so it was a very surreal experience!

My favorite moment though has to be playing in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters – it’s such a huge event on our schedule, as well as being the last one of the year! The sponsors do such a great job and we are very lucky with the hospitality at that event.

5. Tell us what a typical day in the life of Charlie Douglass is like.

Non tournament week I wake up at 6:30 am, have some breakfast, stretch and do some yoga and then head to the golf course. I will usually do some range work followed by some short game skills challenges and then play at least nine holes.

What I do at the course usually depends on the work I am doing with my coach- it may be necessary for me to do more swing work than short game so I don’t plan obsessively! When I’m done at the course I will head to the gym!

6. What is your go to golf ball and why?

I play the Callaway Hex Chrome – it’s the perfect match for my swing speed so I get optimum performance, as well as being great round the greens!

7. What has been the biggest struggle you have faced as you are growing as a professional athlete?

I’ve had a really terrible time with injuries! Just last year I was advised that I may never play golf again after tearing ligaments in my wrist but I made a pretty good recovery from that, and I have recently found out that I have two degenerated discs in my back – I’m working really hard on my core muscles to strengthen the area which will mean I can continue playing at the highest level possible.

8. Could you tell us about the Jude Brady Foundation?

I am so proud to be a patron of the Jude Brady Foundation. Their main priorities are to raise awareness of stillbirth and neonatal deaths, as well as raise funds for child related good causes to help reduce the number of babies dying each year. It’s something very close to my heart as my cousin and his fiance went through this terrible experience a few years ago and so I saw first hand what they went through.

9. What is the best piece of advice you have been given as a golfer and who gave it to you?

“Never give up, always believe in yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goals” – that’s something my father has been telling me since I started playing and those words definitely help me, especially if I’m not having a good day!

10. Let’s talk about your fashion on the golf course, how would you describe it?

Well, I would definitely say it’s Loud as I’m sponsored by LoudMouth Golf. I really enjoy breaking the mold a little bit! Where’s the fun in being ‘normal’?! I love the colorful prints and the various styles and designs LoudMouth produce- with the various colors there are in each piece I always feel like I’m wearing a brand new outfit with up to five t shirt options for just one skort/shorts! I love matching my jewelry to my outfit too!

11. How would your fellow LET golfers describe you in three words?

I actually asked a few of them about this question! The three that came out on top were: Determined. Loyal. Truthful.

12. As a lefty do you think you have any advantage playing on golf courses?

I think on certain courses it can be an advantage. Most designers will work on putting bunkers/hazards in the way of a poor shot from a right-hander, or shape a hole a certain way which can look better to my lefty eye!

13. Have you ever been star struck by a golfer that you have met? If not, who would it be?

Tiger Woods came to my club, Brocket Hall (Hertfordshire, England) for a Nike Corporate day in 2006 and I have no shame in admitting I was completely in awe! It was brilliant to watch him play and practice, especially with it being at my club but when I was introduced to him I think I just about managed to stutter a hello and an awkward smile!

14. Let’s talk workouts, what do you do to stay in shape?

I do a fair amount of yoga and Pilates, I have my personal trainer twice a week, attend spinning classes and I also have a strength and conditioning programmed to work on the rest of the time! I generally only have one day a week where I’m not working out.

15. Do you have any unusual talents?

I’m not sure I have any unusual talents but I’m pretty good at baking cakes!

16. If we were to look at your top three songs played on your iPod, what would they be?

At the moment I can’t stop listening to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Can’t Hold Us’ , Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ and Rudimental ‘Waiting All Night’. Those three songs are literally on repeat constantly!

17. What is your go-to snack?

Usually some kind of nut/cereal bar!

18. What is up next for you in your golf career?

A huge goal of mine this year is to play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and I have the qualifier coming up for that in a few weeks!

19. For all the readers, we have to ask are you single, dating or locked down?

I’m very much locked down! I’ve been with my boyfriend Adam for four years now and we are really happy!

20. What is your idea of the perfect date?

A stroll along the beach followed by a nice meal!;_ylu=X3oDMTByMG04Z2o2BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–/RV=1/RE=1394799518/RO=10/RU=^ADAbWVLYcN3ygbVFtKhR41kY8ztYFY-

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Reunion Resort in Orlando Welcomes Guests ‘home’

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From the moment you arrive and check into the Reunion Resort in Orlando, you feel like you are home.

Maybe it’s the beautiful decor, maybe it’s because it’s so quiet, or maybe it’s because it’s so easy to navigate, you fell like you’ve been there a million times before.

Even the representative that checked us in “Judy” warned us that the next time she she’s us returning to our room, she will say “welcome home.”

Yea, right. At a resort this size?

I thought the same thing until each evening after returning to the expansive lobby at Reunion, Judy was there saying “welcome home.”

After arriving “home,” we had our choice of restaurants, pools, and other nooks at Reunion that we could hang out.

That is if we wanted to leave our spacious (and I’m putting that mildly) condo that featured a deck the size of Wyoming.

If you aren’t familiar with Reunion, it’s a AAA Four Diamond-rated property that is close in proximity to everything in Orlando. It includes meeting spaces that range from traditional ballrooms and breakout rooms the elegant reception locations such as the rooftop restaurant, Eleven, which offers spectacular views of EPCOT’s nightly firework display.

Amenities and activities include a waterpark, the boutique spa, and top-notch golf. The resort is the only place in the United States to include signature golf course designs by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.

It also includes the personal attention to your golf game at the Annika Academy where you can get instruction and interact with Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam.

Reunion Resort offers a 96-suite main hotel called The Grande and luxury private homes, each with large interiors and exquisite decor. visitors can also choose from luxury condominiums, private villas and vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of lush landscape and nature preserve, elegantly appointed meeting space, the full-service boutique spa, slides, water playgrounds and a 1,000-foot lazy river. What more could you ask for?

Come home to Reunion in 2014.

Reunion Resort is located at 7593 Gathering Drive, Reunion, FL 34747. For more information, visit

Oh yes, welcome home!

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A Couple Of Golf Tips

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People are always on the lookout for tips to make their golf game better. Golf isn’t an easy sport to master. Those of us who love the game know that the more information you have regarding the swing, course management, putting, etc. the more chance you have of playing better. That’s why we will take golf tips from almost anyone who’s willing to offer.

So what kind of golf tips can we offer up in this article? Space is limited, so we’ll try to focus only on those tips that are most asked for. First, if you have a bad temper, you probably shouldn’t take up golf. We’re just kidding, really. Actually, golf can be good for your mental state.

You may find that you can take out your frustration on the golf course in productive ways and perhaps you can gain better control of that temper!

Since most people have trouble with their setup, our first set of golf tips will deal with the setup.

* Position your body so your body is parallel with the target line

* Your feet should be shoulder width apart * With short irons, put the ball in the center of your stance

* Middle irons should have the ball placed one ball toward the target side from center

* For long irons and fairway woods, place the ball two ball lengths toward the target from center

* The ball should be three ball lengths toward the target from center

* Balance your weight on the balls of your feet

* Bend your knees slightly and keep your spine straight

* Move your body from the hips and make it a smooth, fluent motion

Keep your eye on the ball until well after you complete your follow-through swing. If you don’t do this, you will have a tendency to stand up on the ball which will cause you to top the ball. Do this with all shots. Look at the back of the ball and don’t take your eyes off of it until it’s natural to look and see where the ball has gone.

When putting, the best golf tips we can offer up are:

* Visualize the path your ball will travel so that it will go in the hole

* Read the green and take into account any dips that may cause your ball to change its direction. Then you can compensate with your aim.

* The putting swing is a smooth, pendulum-like action with no wrist break. You will swing with your shoulders and should always keep your head down.

* Be sure you put enough speed on the ball so that you will actually make it to the hole. There’s nothing worse than coming up short on a putt. These lead to three putt disasters and can be very frustrating!

There are all sorts of golf tips out there to be found. Take any tips on your golf game that you can find and then try them out to see if they work. You can never have too many tips if you really want to make your golf game better.

To learn about putting drills and pictures of putting, visit the Putting Tips website.

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Sportsmanship And Best Practices; The Etiquette Of Golf

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Picture a football game, a soccer match, a tennis match up or even basketball tournament. What do all of these sports have in common besides extremely impassioned fans? All of these sports make use of some kind of referee.

Golf, while still just as much of a sport as the previously mentioned entries, has long gone without the direct oversight of a referee. This is because the game of golf lends itself heavily from the idea of the individual holding themselves accountable for their actions, adherence to the rules and yes, how they treat others before, during and after the game.

The first important rule of golf comes down to the notion of safety. Often times, golf courses schedule specific tee-off times that largely off-set any chances that players will run into one another when playing a round. But for those who play in large groups, waiting your turn seems like an elementary precaution on the outset but very important in practice.

More than 13,000 injuries occur each year from golfing related activities. Before you tee off make sure they way is clear and you have adequate room around you. When driving a golf cart, adhere to the speed limits and be observant of those around you.

It goes without saying that golf requires an immense amount of concentration and focus. When a player is about to tee off or swing, it is absolutely imperative that no on be talking or making any sort of loud noise that would impair the golfer’s ability to get of a clean shot. Another thing to look out for is how your shadow is being cast. Try not to stand in such a way that your shadow is to the detriment of the golfer at tee.

Along the lines of scheduling, all golfers playing on a public course that is open to other golfers need to be aware of the pace that they are setting. This by no means rushing through your set, but being aware of the groups in front and behind you. Little things can be done along the way to speed up this process.

Form having your golfing bags ready to be pushed along to the next hole in a timely manner to not loitering around a hole that is next in queue to be used by another group or golfer.

Having a golf ball become lost due to a sand trap or nearby shrubbery can be an annoyance for you and your group, but it’s important that your missed shot’s time delay not be imparted to the group behind you. In the event that a ball becomes lost to one of these hazards, golfers should play an extra ball.

In the event that it becomes necessary to retrieve the ball that has become lost, the golfer should alert the group behind them that is okay to share the hole that they are on.

Another important thing to be aware of is the impact you as the golfer make on the course. When teeing off or putting make sure to carefully replace any divots you create in the process. On the same note, tracks made in sand traps should be brushed away to give the next golfers the same experience you had.

My name is David Bryce and I am an Online Publisher for Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, MO.

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Troubleshooting your golf carts

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Golf carts have become handy vehicles on both the golf course and roads. These vehicles are commonly being used in our neighborhood, shopping malls, recreation centers and resorts mainly because of their low cost and ease in use. Golf carts are becoming handy vehicles on road these days due to their durability and performance.

If your cart gets stuck in middle of golf cart or on the road then consider some tips for troubleshooting of the vehicle.

Let us consider some of the tips for troubleshooting of golf cart

  1. Ensure whether the key of the vehicle is inserted properly and check whether the position of the gear is correct. The key should be on position and the gear should be kept in neutral. Some golf cart models require parking brakes to be applied while starting the cart.
  2. The batteries of the golf cart are usually present beneath the seat. Before troubleshooting ensure that you have a protection supplies. Always wear safety gloves and safety goggles as the battery rust might injure your fingers. Check the connections of the battery and secure some of its terminals. Use a wrench to tighten any loose connections present.
  3. Check whether the terminals of the battery are corroded. The battery consists of acids which is the main reason for their corrosion. By using a hard brush remove all the corroded particles from the battery terminals. If possible use an acid neutralizing solvent and after cleaning tighten up the terminal connections.
  4. Water level inside the battery is an important factor. This life and performance of the battery depends on the water level. Open the battery caps and make sure that the battery plates are well immersed in the water. Pour distilled water if you feel that the water level is too low.
  5. Check all the wires connecting the battery and various electrical fittings which are inside and outside the golf cart. Wrong connection can lead to problem and by using a multi meter it can be checked whether the connections continuity is done in a proper way.


Besides this the proper maintenance of the golf carts is very important and make sure that you have all the necessary tools for it. Many online solutions have come regarding the golf cart troubleshooting and for high level repairs these are very useful.

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Improving Your Golf Game; One Swing At A Time

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Jumping into any new activity can be a trying time. From learning all of the ins and outs of rules, getting the right equipment and lastly, making sure your moves, swings, jumps and what have yous are right up to par is another thing entirely. Anyone knows that practice makes perfect and the game of golf is no exception. To master this art, an immense amount of time, concentration and commitment is needed.

But having said that, getting your game to a place you want it to be at doesn’t have to be as big of a headache as you might have imagined. With some of the simple tricks and tips below, you’ll be teeing off with the pros in no time.

The first tip to really revolutionizing your game is having a set of goals and keeping to a relatively close rubric on how you want your improvements to play out. Make a list of the things you want to improve up, then with the knowledge of how much time you will realistically be able to lend to the endeavor, create a roadmap for your progress.

Want to be able to get your ball successfully out of a sandtrap, make that your goal. Want to bring more precision to your follow through? Add that one too.

Now, let’s get down to the specifics. The key to any great swing is your center. Imagine the striations of a roadway. Keep your feet firmly planted in the “opposite lane” while your club stays in the oncoming traffic lane. Make sure the ball is in the oncoming traffic lane and your feet firmly planted in the other.

Imagine the ball to be a car that is parked just off the tip of your left foot. As you go to take your swing, add a little more pressure to your right leg. As the club comes down to make contact with the car (or the ball), switch up your weight distribution and allow the left leg to take more of the grunt.

The next best thing you can do to improve your game is really focusing on the your finger and hand distribution as it relates to the club. Depending on your dominant hand you will need to switch this up a little bit, but for the sake of this piece, let’s pretend we are all right handed.

To begin, place your left fingers on the club and allow your thumb to fall right on top, point right to the ground. Now, take your right hand and place it in such a way that it is directly covering your left hand and thumb. Depending on how long or short your fingers are, try either intertwining your fingers or for the short digited golfers, lock your left pink with your right index finger to get a great, secure swing.

Lastly, you will want to be acutely aware of how tight you are gripping the club. A grip that is too tight will end up hurting your swing. Loosen up a bit. Imagine the golf club to be a ketchup bottle. You don’t want to apply too much pressure as you would end up with ketchup everywhere.

My name is David Bryce and I am an Online Publisher for Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, MO.

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Ping Rapture V2 Irons will definitely take your game to the next level

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The Rapture V2 irons in my opinion have the largest sweet spot of any irons I have previously owned. The ball tracks straighter and the ball flight is higher, probably explaining the little bit of distance loss from my previous clubs. I’ve owned the TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons and mizuno mp54 irons, these are by far more forgiving.

Engineered to bring golfers maximum forgiveness, the PING Rapture V2 irons utilize multi-metal technology to launch the ball longer, higher and with more accuracy. A dense tungsten sole weight positions the center of gravity low and away from the face to optimize the launch conditions. This is made possible by the lightweight titanium face that frees weight for where it’s needed most—low and on the perimeter.

The Rapture V2 irons ‘ high launch angle allows for stronger lofts so golfers can generate greater distance without sacrificing control. The custom tuning port stabilizes the titanium face to help ensure a solid feel and consistency.Color Code’s Choice of these irons may be written down in the blank of “order postcript” before clicking “submit” when you place the order. 12 color codes are all available.

The Ping Rapture V2 Irons combine the key properties of various materials to deliver a club that Ping claims produces an optimal performance.These are ideal for higher handicappers as they are very easy to hit and the extra weight in the sole can get you out of most bad lies.

This set is made up of a tungsten sole weight, a titanium face and a stainless steel body. The lightweight titanium face allows weight to be relocated to the wider tungsten sole that positions the centre of gravity ideally for a higher launch angle and increased MOI.

As a result the Ping Rapture V2 can incorporate stronger lofts to increase distance without sacrificing any control. Ping have also introduced a variable offset throughout the set and a deeper Custom Tuning Port on the back of the clubface increases face stability and gives a solid feel across the whole clubface.

All in all,the confidence I have when addressing the ball with these clubs is amazing. Everything about the clubs screams “clutch.” They are definitely over-sized and have a dark grey finish not all that dissimilar from the color of the Black Pearl Cleveland wedges.

The grooves are deep, the Ping AWT steel shafts are weighted nicely, and the tungsten in the sole of the clubs provides the perimeter weighting for an extremely forgiving response. I can’t say I’m a great golfer but in one round I noticed a marked improvement in my ball-striking ability when compared with mizuno mp54 irons.

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7 Lessons I Learned Playing Golf

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I have been playing golf since college, and while it has not always been easy to find my “A” game on the course, it has always been a learning process. In this post, I’d like to share seven lessons I’ve learned from the game of golf.

1. Patience – You have to learn patience to succeed in golf quite simply because it takes time (at least for me it did) to learn the fundamentals of the golf swing and the techniques of putting, chipping, and driving the golf ball.

Having learned patience by practicing and mastering some of these techniques you also need patience to play a round of golf since in most cases you will be playing with other golfers both in your own group and on the course and many of these players will be slower than you!

2. Honesty – Like any other game golf is governed by rules. But, unlike many other sports golfers enforce the rules on themselves. Even in professional tournaments with referees and observers, there are countless stories of golfers assessing penalties on themselves because they broke one of the rules. Golf is a game where you are really playing against yourself constantly trying to improve.

But, improvement doesn’t really mean anything if it’s not honest improvement. If, after years of playing you are finally on the verge of breaking 80 (as I am), doing so by fudging a stroke here or there or by not taking that penalty stroke for hitting the ball into the water hazard diminishes the accomplishment.

3. Acceptance – If you want to understand the ancient philosophy of the Stoics I suggest that you take up golf. There is no quicker way to learn the value of acceptance. In golf, you have to hit the ball where it lies and there are only certain cases where you can take relief from your lie.

So, each shot requires that you accept where the ball is and play those conditions. As Epictetus once said “people are not disturbed by things, but by the views which they take of things.”

4. Embracing Challenges – Closely related to the previous lesson and perfectly captured by the Epictetus quote is the lesson of being able to embrace challenges. Jack Nicklaus once told the story of being in the clubhouse and listening to various golfers complaining about the course conditions that day. The rough was too high, the bunkers too deep, the fairways too narrow, the wind too strong.

But, one golfer was not complaining but rather eager to face the conditions that day. Jack knew this was the golfer that would prevail on that day. If you can look upon difficulties as challenges and opportunities instead of impediments your chances for success increase greatly.

5. Managing your Mistakes - Everyone who plays the game makes mistakes. Making mistakes is after all part of life. But, the key to success, in golf and life, is to manage those mistakes so they don’t become worse than they really are.

In golf that means if you hit your drive into the woods don’t always try to make your next shot heroic by going for the green. Sometimes you have to accept your fate (see lesson 2 above) and minimize your mistake by chipping back out onto the fairway and moving on.

6. Perspective – Above all, golf teaches the proper perspective for things in life. Golf, after all, is just a game. It can be fun and it can be frustrating. But, so too can life. The secret is to keep trying and not get frustrated. As the great golf teacher Harvey Penick once said “if you play poorly one day, forget it.” Everyone has bad days. But, tomorrow’s another day.

7. Courtesy – Etiquette is an important part of the game. You don’t talk when someone else is addressing the ball. You don’t stand on someone else’s line when putting. You don’t pull for someone to miss their shot. You don’t point out bad shots someone makes and you compliment good ones.

Being polite goes a long way both on and off the golf course. Like the other lessons, this one applies to life in general. Keep smiling and keep playing!

Kevin is an assistant professor of philosophy at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, KY. He teaches courses in philosophy, logic, and ethics. In addition to teaching, Kevin has autho…  View profile

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Improve Your Golf: Tips On Correct Swing And Correct Grip Techniques

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If you want to improve your golf, some advice on correct swing and correct grip techniques will certainly help since your golf swing is the most important part of your golf game to perfect. There are many aspects to improving your golf game on which you might want to focus, but your swing is the most important of them.

If we target correct grip techniques first, it is important that you understand the effect of your grip on the direction of the ball. We are assuming here that you are not a beginner, and that you have a basic understanding of the effect of spin on the direction a golf ball will take after the strike, and that you are also aware of the basic components of a good swing.

Adjustments to your grip can be used to correct problems such as the dreaded slice or hook, but by using the correct grip you can also control these faults to use a fade or a draw to drive round obstacles such as trees, or bring your ball into the green on a much better trajectory. In fact that is one of the major ways in which you can improve your golf game.

As an example, by strengthening your grip – that is moving your hands more clockwise round the shaft than your normal grip – you can impart clockwise spin on the ball that will bend it from left to right.

Do that inadvertently and you will slice the ball, but if you use that golf grip in a controlled way, and move your stance so that your feet are aiming left of target, then you can spin and bend the ball from left to right into the flag rather than straight at it. You could use that grip to avoid a green side bunker, or to allow the ball to run to a flag placed in an otherwise awkward position to reach.

Switch your grip the other way – counter-clockwise – and place your feet to right of target, then you can draw the ball into the green from right to left. Another grip technique you can use to improve your golf involves using a lower grip down the shaft on chip shots where you want to use less of a backswing, but it’s important with all of these that you also get your feet placed right and use the correct swing technique to go with the shot.

You can also improve your golf by using various training aids to correct swing problems, examples being the swing plane trainer and the weighted club. The swing plane trainer helps you to correct problems with your swing plane: the circle that your club head makes between the upswing and follow through.

These should occur in one plane for maximum control, and there are various types of golf training devices to help you achieve that, ranging from the large circular devices you see at driving ranges to lasers attached to your club head.

A very important aspect of your swing is flexibility, and golf flexibility exercises can help considerably in enabling you to improve your golf swing. A correct swing technique is a twisting and rotational movement that is not natural to the human body, and the more flexible your joints and muscles then the more capable you will be of executing this movement correctly and effectively.

You also need strength to hit the ball and follow through at speed, let alone the stamina required for you to play at maximum ability throughout 18 holes. Strength and flexibility exercises to improve your golf fitness cannot be done in a gym, and traditional weight-lifting training is not involved.

A weighted club can be used to swing in order to build up those muscles used during the rotational movement needed in a correct swing, and a medicine ball or other weight can be used at arms length to help you twist your body from side to side while sitting in a chair.

There is more to training your golf swing than just playing golf, and many of the exercises that can be used improve your suppleness, flexibility and golf strength can be carried out at home or in the office. Here’s an example:

1. Sit upright in a chair with a medicine ball, heavy book or any other weight in your hands.

2. Hold your arms straight out in front of you, and twist as far as you can to the right – hold for five seconds.

3. Twist round to the left as far as you can and hold for five seconds.

4. Carry out ten repetitions.

You can do that in three minutes in your office two or three times a day, and within a week you will see a difference in your game. You will be able to drive faster and add yards onto your length. Add to that some more indoor training, such as going through your swing at normal speed using a weight, such as a barbell or even a heavy iron rod in your hands, and you will build up your rotational muscles.

There are many ways for you to improve your golf and if you work on correct swing and correct grip techniques, and also on your fitness for golf, it won’t be long before your length rockets, your scores start to tumble down and your handicap drop with them.

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