Get in a few more rounds of golf while the leaves are on the trees and the Fall colors are peaking. Dry weather is a bonus which might come back to bite us. The grass is loving cooler weather and the fairways are perfect! Here’s what you might see out there
Do you remember this?
All winter long as the wind howls and the temps are below freezing you think of one thing. Summer golf. The ball travels further in hot, humid air, and rolls out after landing in the firm fairways. Your game is finally coming around and the course conditions are outstanding.
Don’t let the forecast of temps in the 90s keep you from taking advantage of the conditions. A few simple things will help you maintain your energy level, hydration and concentration level so you can play your best golf when others may struggle.
Here are a few things you can do that will help your round:
1) Stay hydrated
2) Wear loose, light-colored clothing
3) Use sunblock
4) Wear a hat
5) Have plenty of towels
6) Have extra golf gloves
7) Eat light
8) Warm up lightly
9) Find the shade
10) Pace yourself
11) Take a cart
1) Stay hydrated. This is NOT as simple as it sounds. Drinking plenty of fluids during your round is not enough. You need to actually begin prior to your round. Avoid caffeine and alcohol (save the fun drinks for after your round in The Grill Room).
Hot Tip: Try Nuun (available in the pro shop). What is Nuun? Nuun is Optimal Hydration. Nuun is an electrolyte enhanced drink tablet that dissolves in 16 oz of water to make a sugar-free, low calorie sports drink. (Widely utilized by the PGA Tour players)
2) Wear loose, light-colored clothing made of cotton or other breathable materials or moisture wicking material. The goal here is to keep the clothes breathable and not have it stick to you when you start to sweat. You’ll feel more comfortable, stay cooler and play better.
3) Use sunblock.
4) Wear a hat. Regular style caps are great; but they’re not perfect. A loose, light hat will do wonders in keeping the sun off of you. It’s not just about avoiding sunburn; it’s maintaining your energy level.
5) Have plenty of towels; bring at least 3. One towel will be just for cleaning your clubs. The second towel will be for getting the sweat off your face and hands. Take the third towel and run it thru ice cold water and use it to cool yourself down thru the round. Ever try putting a cold towel under the back of your knees. Sounds goofy, but it works.
6) Have extra golf gloves on hand; rotate them every hole to provide adequate time to dry (perhaps 3). This will help ensure a proper grip.
7) Eat light, but eat nonetheless. Again, if we want to maintain your concentration and energy levels, starving yourself is not going to help.
8) Warm up fully but lightly. You want to be prepared for your round, so hit balls on the range and roll a few putts on the putting green. But don’t overexert yourself. You’re going to sap your energy throughout the day. Don’t burn it all before you get to the first tee!
9) Find Shade. Although you’re probably aiming for the middle of the fairway, far from any shade, do your best to stay in the shade between shots. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to limit the amount of time you spend directly in the sun.
10) Make sure you pace yourself, relax and enjoy yourself.
11) And lastly, while we may like to walk, be smart and take a cart. Or at least use a push cart.
If you’re smart and prepared, you can enjoy some great times on the course when the day may be hot but your game is even hotter.
What’s in your bag – a long putter or a short putter? As a new golf season is underway, I thought it would be a good time to answer that question. Let’s go back to the 2012 season, way back to April 2012. That is when we first saw something that made us all cringe. I.K. Kim, a young woman on the LPGA tour missed a one foot putt. Yes, I said it. A one foot putt that cost her a major championship. As she missed it she put her hands to her mouth and let out a gasp, the same reaction as those of us watching at home. It’s a stroke she cannot get back and one that will haunt her for a long while I assume. In this case it was a young woman who is a good putter and will continue to be a good putter. She just happened to miss a short one. But for the rest of us, it was a glimpse into something many of us struggle with and are afraid to talk about. That subject is really what we are discussing here. Ok. Get ready. I am going to say the word now YIPPS. Ok, there I said it. I have them and I am not ashamed to admit it. Hence the long putter. I will get into whether it should be legal or not a bit later; first I want to take a look at the great players around the world who have the yipps. But first, give credit where credit is due. So far in 2013, the short putters have ruled. Wins by Tiger, Phil and Brant Snedeker, all obviously not suffering from the yipps. Ok, back to 2012: Bubba Watson won the Masters. He managed to win without ever making a meaningful putt. He dismantled Augusta hitting not much more than a wedge into every green. Yet he still had to win in a playoff. His putting has always been the weakest part of his game but it really showed at Augusta. It’s something we’ve seen many times; somebody hitting the ball far better than anyone but can’t get that little ball into the hole. If not for the best shot of the year, a pitching wedge from the woods with 40 yards of curve on it, he would not have won. If his shot had landed just a few yards short of the green I don’t think he wins., He would have been forced to chip it close and stand over a putt of probably 4 feet or so. That is a length I have not seen him make too many of. Same as the rest of us. He instead was able to cozy up a 40 foot putt to about a foot and a half and knock that in. Bubba is just one of many of his peers who have a tough time with those putts. That little twinge in our hands that makes the putter do something bad. The YIPPS.
The 2012 US Open, our first major won without a meaningful putt being made by the winner, was a precursor to the rest of the year. The US Open, won by a very nice fella with a belly putter; his name is Webb Simpson. The putter jammed into his belly so that twinge can’t make the putter move off line. As he sunk the winning putt 45 minutes before he knew it was the winning putt, we were all left to wonder if he would have made it had he known it was for the win. As the other competitors collapsed down the stretch missing putts left and right, especially Jim Furyk and Ernie Els, we had no idea how Furyk’s misses would come back later to haunt us in the Ryder Cup. It was our first look into what we all know, the older you get, closer to that 40 year mark, the YIPPS
The Open Championship turned out to be a nightmare for the R&A and the USGA. Adam Scott lead most of the way, using the long putter; anchored to his chest as he swept the putter back and forth. This is another player who hits the ball as good as or better than just about anyone but cannot make a putt to save his life. Using this putter allows him to compete when he probably can’t anymore. Even this style of putter finally fell to the pressure as he could not make a putt on the final holes and lost a four shot lead to Ernie Els. Ernie, sporting the belly putter jabbed so far into his chest he could barely breathe. He made a 20 foot par putt to win. He did not know at the time it was for the win, thank goodness for him since earlier in the year he looked like he was holding a rattlesnake ( I stole that line ) when the putt was for the actual win. Anchoring the putter allows you to stay competitive when you have this issue. If you’re in the mix, then anything can happen. Watching it live was nerve racking, especially for me because I have felt that twinge many times. The YIPPS are a brutal part of many good players’ games and dealing with them definitely is easier when you can anchor the putter.
The last major was actually fairly calm. The best player in the world, who may be the best putter in the world, won fairly easily. Rory Mcllroy wielded that short putter the way most of us dream of. He confidently stroked his putts with very little effort and made the game look easy. When you can putt, the game is easy. When you can’t. Well. It becomes very hard. That brings us to the Ryder Cup. And once again putting played a huge part. The Ryder Cup, played every two years, pits the best U.S. players against the best European players. Our captain Davis Love had a great team to work with until he decided to choose Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker. Once Davis picked a couple of his contemporaries I knew we were in trouble. It never fails. The Ryder Cup comes down to putting. The simple truth is once you’re over 40 you cannot putt like you can when your 25. When is the captain of a United States team going to figure that out? Unless your name is Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus can you please not pick your friends for the Ryder Cup. Watching Stricker and Furyk down the stretch was brutal. They could not have made a putt if nobody was watching let alone when the whole world was tuned in. If Davis Love could do it all over again at least give those two a belly putter. Maybe then we would have had a shot. The Europeans were younger and they could all putt. They put on a clinic making putts like the hole was a foot wide. Our age simply showed on the greens.
So as the proposed rule was made public my first thought was, it’s about time. Although I have used the long putter for only a little over a year, I knew within minutes that it should be illegal. I turned immediately to our general manager here at Bowling Green and said it should not be legal. The nerves in putting should be part of the equation and the anchoring eliminated that to a very large degree. I have been very fortunate to have taught a great number of players so far in my career. Most of them struggle in the area of putting and it drives them crazy. My struggles began one day without warning in Southern California. I stepped up to a putt of about four feet for birdie and walked off with a six. Yes a six. I had a shocked look on my face because I had just felt something I had only heard of, but never experienced. The YIPPS. And my game has struggled with that like most of the gofers my age. I once asked the owner of a very famous golf course, who suffers from the YIPPS, when does he first start to feel the tension in his putting stroke. Was it at address? I asked him. Was it when he gripped the club was my next question. He thought for a moment and then gave me his answer. He said and I quote “as I drive by the 100 yard marker approaching the green.” Well of course we all laughed but he was not kidding.
Over the years of teaching I have seemed many different things tried to overcome the YIPPS. Different grips. Closing your eyes. Breathing a certain way as you putt. I even saw a fellowpro talking out loud as he stroked the putt to distract himself. He had a great conversation with himself all day but it never really worked. I have this friend who is a member here (no names) he had the YIPPS so bad on long putts that he actually putted with a four iron wrapped in caution tape. I kid you not. Whatever you think will work I am all for trying. But anchoring the putter should not be one of the choices. In my opinion the decision on this proposed ban Is the right one. Even though I will miss my long putter, I will have to do what everyone else does. I will have to adapt. The best players in the world will adapt, or they won’t be the best players anymore. As for the rest of us, well, the game of golf is and should be fun. So as you head into this season and you are plotting your improvement, make putting one of the things you work on. It’s by far the most important part of the game and can save you many strokes. As of yet there is no cure for the YIPPS other than laughter and tears. Both work sometimes but not all the time. Once you admit you have them I do believe it gets easier to handle them. So as the next season approaches, maybe we can all be thankful for the parts of our golf games that don’t make us so miserable.
For our northern New Jersey golfers, winter means the end of the golf season but it doesn’t have to mean the end of training and improving. Today George Heslin, our golf pro at Bowling Green Golf Club, is sharing a few helpful tips and drills for students and experienced golfers who wish to stay sharp during the off-season.
C1 C2 C3
Tip # 1
The more time you spend with the club in your hands correctly, the better your grip will become. It’s easy for this fundamental to be overlooked while playing during golf season so let’s use some down time during the off season. This weekend, while you’re couch bound, take a neutral grip and hold your club relaxed in the fingers. Your index finger and thumb should form the letter V. (C1) Keep the V pointed between your chin and right shoulder for the right-handed golfer. That’s the left shoulder for us lefties. Once you have the club positioned in your hands hold it there for a bit. See how the club can hinge up and down. Now rest it on your shoulder and watch some golf on TV or YouTube
This second drill will help you hit the ball with some power right out of the gate when Spring rolls around. Take your stance and posture, hold the club with your proper grip, (C1) and swing the club back until it is at hip height and parallel to the ground.(C2) Complete this movement without letting your hips move. The upper body is the what drives the back swing so the less your lower body moves, the longer the club can stay on the correct path, the easier it is to hinge upward and the more power will be generated.. At first, you may find this movement very difficult but after a few days of practicing, you will have a complete understanding of how power is generated. As your upper body turns back with the club and your lower body stays resistant you will be forced to stretch a bit. That feeling of stretching is exactly the feeling the touring pros have before they hit the ball 300 yards.
This third drill will help you to unleash the power of the back swing into the down swing with the golf club moving along the correct path. Now that your lower body is stable and moving only slightly, we are going to work on allowing the club to hinge on the correct plane. Start your backswing as in C2, keeping the lead arm straight, (left arm for right handed golfers). As you look down at the ball in the middle of your stance, allow that club to hinge. Think of pointing the butt end of the club at the ball. (C3) Your lower body has remained passive. The hard work is done; you’ve hinged the club correctly and have created some power from resistance in your back swing and you are now ready to let the club head fire at the ball.
The down swing is a very fast, smooth action that happens as a result of the hard work you put into the back swing. Keeping your lower body still during your back swing and hinging the club correctly (C3) will generate more power, more consistent ball striking and improved accuracy. The drills discussed here can be done in slow motion indoors. Remember your proper grip, stance and posture, followed by a back swing with very little lower body movement. The more the upper body turns back while the lower body resists, the more power you will generate. Give it a try and let’s see some long drives when springtime comes around.
What are some of your post-season golf tips? Let us know in the comments.
George Heslin is a seasoned Golf Professional with over 20 years of experience. He has extensive knowledge of the golf swing and modern teaching strategies. With his breadth of experience and knowledge and a state-of-the-art video swing analysis system, George can improve any golfer’s game, from beginner to advanced. And his quirky sense of humor comes free with the lessons!
Have you ever Googled tips on how to improve your golf swing, product reviews or the latest news on the Pro Tour? There are so many resources out there to find information and so we thought we’d share a few of our favorite golf related YouTube Channels with you.
Why We Like It: GOLF.com combines coverage from Sports Illustrated and GOLF Magazine. The channel provides a peek behind the scenes creating Golf Magazine content, reactions to the PGA Tour 2012 tournaments, Golf Magazine’s Travelin’ Joe’s Three Favorites series, and In My Bag feature videos. A video about The Oven brings you inside Nike Golf’s product development and testing facility. Content is uploaded several times a month. Check out the playlists for well-organized video content on instruction, pro gear, practice tips and more.
2. Golf Tips
Why We Like It: Golf Tips is an in-depth instruction and equipment magazine. This YouTube channel provides companion content to the golftipsmag.com website. Over 140 videos with tips and drills to help improve your game and most of the videos are 2 minutes or less. We find it’s easier to digest this instructional information in small bites.
Why We Like It: The official YouTube channel of GolfLink.com has an expansive library of instructional golf videos and tips. On this channel you’ll find videos from Hank Haney (Tiger Woods’ former swing coach), Jim McLean, Jimmy Ballard and many more. Like the Golf Tips channel, videos are often less than 2 minutes so you can check several in one sitting. We really enjoyed the Improve Your Short Game playlist
Why We Like It: Golfsmith, the superstore for golf clubs, equipment, accessories, gear, and apparel, posts videos with introductions to new products, reviews, and product testing. There is a large library of videos so check the Golfsmith channel when you’re considering purchasing a new piece of equipment for a comprehensive review. New content is uploaded once a week.
Why We Like It: The official YouTube channel of Jack Nicklaus is a great place to find interviews with the legendary golfer and features including “Conversations with the Golden Bear,”a video series produced by The Royal Bank of Scotland, in partnership with the USGA.
Why We Like It:Ben Crane is one of the funniest guys on the tour. Not your typical instructional golf channel, he has his own YouTube channel with many hilarious videos. The “Golf Boys” video has become a classic within the community.
This ridiculous music video was made with Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, and Hunter Mahan for charity.
Do you have a favorite YouTube channel that you turn to for advice to improve your game? Let us know in the comments!
There are few of us who have not been touched directly or indirectly by cancer .In September we supported Prostate Cancer Awareness month with a post about the importance of prostate cancer screenings, and this month we mark Breast Cancer Awareness month with a look at what the golf industry is doing in support of that cause. We welcome your ideas for Bowling Green’s future participation in either of these two causes. Read on to learn more about a few of the golf industry’s breast cancer initiatives.
One of the most important methods of fundraising for the breast cancer cause is through corporate manufacturer donations of a percentage of retail golf equipment sales. Wilson Golf, for example, donates 1 percent of the sales of its Hope line of premium women’s golf equipment to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to support clinical and genetic research worldwide.
Below is a round up of products from several retailers that support a variety of breast cancer charities. Any one of these items would make a great holiday gift for the golfer (see #4 for men!) in your life.
The LPGA, the women’s professional voice of the industry, supports the breast cancer cause through its association with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest non-profit source of funding for breast cancer research.
In addition, several LPGA pros have taken up the cause. Val Skinner, a veteran and six-time winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, founded the Val Skinner Foundation and the LIFE Event (LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer).
The 2012 LIFE Event was held on June 11 at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey and is noted as one of the biggest single-day golf event fundraisers for breast cancer initiatives. The Life Event has raised nearly $8 million for breast cancer research, awareness and prevention programs since its inception in 2000!
Cristie Kerr, the 16-year LPGA veteran, is just as passionate when taking on breast cancer as she is on the course. On October 1stKerr hosted the eighth annual Birdies for Breast Cancer Celebrity Golf Classic at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.
Among the LPGA professionals who participated were LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, 2007 Kraft Nabisco champion Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, and Cindy LaCrosseto name a few. Pros were joined by a field of amateurs and special guests like former U.S. Open and Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, former baseball great Rick Cerone, and hockey players Rod Gilbert, Marty Turco, and Jeremy Roenick.
The outing, along with an accompanying silent auction, raised approximately $400,000 for the fight against breast cancer with the bulk of those funds earmarked for the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Care at the New Jersey Medical Center in Jersey City, Hudson County’s first comprehensive breast health center. Since the center’s inception it has been able to provide more than 15,000 breast examinations!
Have you ever participated in any of these events, or are you doing anything this month for breast cancer awareness? Let us know in the comments!
In August Bowling Green Golf Club shared a blog post with the ins and outs of playing the front nine of the Bowling Green golf course which you can read here. This month, we are sharing local knowledge tips on how to play holes 10, 11, 12, and 13.
These intricacies of a golf course are usually only revealed when a golfer plays the course on a regular basis. Since this Local Knowledge may not be obvious to the first time visitor we are sharing some tips to make your first round at Bowling Green an enjoyable one. With these tips you’ll be able to play the course with the members’ advantage.
The opening hole of the back nine at Bowling Green is a fairly tough Par 4 that can trip you up. Here’s a piece of advice that will help to shave some strokes from your round. As you approach the green, pay attention to the pin location. If the pin location is in the front portion of the green, hit your approach shot below the hole. Even if you lay up short of the green, an uphill pitch will get you where you want to be.
- If you end up pin high right, a three putt is likely.
- If you end up pin high left, a three putt is also likely.
- If you end up beyond pin high, you’ll be praying for a three putt!
The 11th hole is the first Par 3 on the back nine and it’s also the shortest Par 3 on the course, playing 160 yards from the white tees. Based on the scorecard, it may appear to be one of the less intimidating holes on the course but watch out for the large bunker and mound that looks as though it is short and right of the green.
The bunker is not short of the green; it actually goes rather deep into the green. In fact, the area just beyond that bunker is the middle of the green. If the pin location is back right, don’t make that sucker shot. Aim to the center of the green. A slight miss hit will leave a putt instead of a buried lie in the face of the bunker.
Hole 12 is the most challenging Par 4 on the back nine at Bowling Green, playing 374 yards from the white tees. You will find water hazards right, left and center of your tee shot and right, left and over the green on your second shot. If your drive isn’t long, straight, and favoring the right side of the fairway you can end up racking up a considerable number of strokes on this hole.
What we suggest while playing the 12th hole is to lay up (or use a driver as the case may be) to the 100 yard marker. This will take the water out of play. Now a solid approach shot will give you a chance at par. A bogey may just win this hole anyway!
On the 13th hole you’ll want to hit your tee shot left center of the fairway, leaving yourself approximately 110 yards to the green on this shorter Par 4, which plays 303 yards from the white tees. Longer hitters may have to lay up. Your second shot will be a straight shot into the green leaving you with your first real birdie chance of the back nine. The pin location is left center and you have an uphill putt that looks straight or right edge, what appears to be a green light situation.
Hold on and take a second look at the green. The left side mound located just off the green influences the break on the left side of the green. This means that a straight or right edge putt will actually move more right than anticipated.
We’d love to hear some tips from our members and frequent golfers so please feel free to share some Local Knowledge tips with your fellow golfers in the comments!
This week we have a special guest post about prostate cancer from Dr. Gregg Zimmerman, of Morris Urology, division of Garden State Urology and medical director of robotic surgery at Saint Clare’s Health System. Dr. Zimmerman is special to us because he, through early detection, diagnosed and treated our very own Joe Riggs. We hope you find the information he shares below helpful to you and yours.
When my patient Joe Riggs asked me to write a blog to help educate his Bowling Green guests about how early detection of prostate cancer saves lives, I knew the request came from his heart and his experience. I met Joe when he was 57 years old and a picture of good health. He’s married, healthy, an active grandfather, a busy executive and entrepreneur, an active golfer (of course). On vacation at his favorite destination, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, he bikes, hikes and fly fishes. Fortunately, he also makes time to get annual physical exams with his primary care physician. It was there he discovered a year-over-year jump in his PSA level and even though it was still within the “normal” range, Joe took aggressive follow up action. He credits this early detection and his early action with saving his life. Here is some information he asked me to share with you.
The prostate gland is part of a man’s reproductive system, which can impact the flow of urine. It also makes part of the seminal fluid. Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in American men. In fact, the National Cancer Institute projects that in 2012 approximately 242,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and nearly 28,170 men will die from the disease. Unfortunately, this number is increasing and the disease doesn’t lend itself to a “one size fits all” diagnosis and treatment. The best defense is to arm yourself with information that allows you and your doctor to decide what treatment is best for you if prostate cancer is detected.
Signs and Symptoms
Prostate cancer is largely asymptomatic during the early stages. It’s not unusual to be like Joe and feel great, yet be diagnosed with it. In advanced cases, there may be symptoms such as difficulty urinating, urine retention, bone pain, weakness and weight loss. There may also be blood in the urine or semen, discomfort in the pelvic area and swelling in the legs.
Annual screening for prostate cancer is typically recommended for most men beginning at age 50. High-risk patients, including African-American men and those with a family history of the disease, should begin screening at age 40. The primary screening method involves a blood test called a prostate specific antigen (PSA), which measures the level of a protein produced by the prostate, and a digital rectal exam to evaluate for abnormalities. The PSA level is used as a tumor marker because the level typically rises in men when prostate cancer is present. If the PSA level is elevated and/or the DRE is abnormal, a prostate biopsy may be recommended.
When to Treat
A “normal” PSA reading historically has been considered to be between 0 and 4 ng/mL, however, men with PSA levels in this range can still have prostate cancer. The PSA velocity, or how that number changes over time, is a more accurate indicator. For example, a patient with a stable PSA of 6 over a number of years may not have cause for concern. However, a PSA that jumps from 0.5 to 1 and then to 2, could indicate a problem even though the numbers are in ‘normal’ range.”
The decision about whether to treat the cancer also factors in the health and age of the patient, family history, longevity and the growth rate of the disease.
Fortunately, prostate cancer is typically a slow-growing disease, with many treatment options, including continued monitoring or active surveillance, surgical removal of the prostate, radiation, and cryoablation – a freezing technique. The decision to treat often depends on grade (how aggressive the cancer is), stage (where the cancer is), patient age and life expectancy, presence of other medical problems and a patient’s personal preference.
One common way to treat prostate cancer is with surgical removal of the entire prostate.
There has been a shift in the paradigm for treatment of prostate cancer, from the open radical prostatectomy to robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.
- Open Radical Prostatectomy. It is a major surgical procedure with a hospital stay of three to five days. Patients wear a catheter following surgery for two or three weeks and typically return to work in approximately six weeks.
- Minimally invasive da Vinci® Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy. Patient benefits of laparoscopic surgery include a shorter hospital stay (typically overnight), smaller incisions, less blood loss, less pain and a quicker return to normal activity. Patients wear a catheter for about a week following surgery and may return to work within two weeks.
After surgical removal of the prostate, PSA levels should become undetectable, as long as the cancer had not spread outside the prostate.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Men concerned about prostate cancer should ask the following questions of their primary caregiver or urologist:
- Is PSA a reliable marker for the detection of prostate cancer?
- What are my options if prostate cancer is suspected?
- What are the personal factors that should be considered for treatment?
- Does prostate cancer need to be treated in all cases? In my case?
- What are all the treatment options and the respective risks and benefits?
- Can urinary continence and sexual function be affected by treatment?
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a terrific booklet and video with more information for you. Joe also helped me educate the public after his treatment including in some articles that can be found on my website.
There are thousands of golf related smartphone and tablet apps available which can help you with your game, analyze your score, help you with the rules or even act as a surrogate caddy. Today we’re sharing some of Bowling Green Golf Club’s favorite golf apps that can help you on the golf course or entertain you off the course.
Swing by Swing’s Golf GPS Range Finder is a free GPS distance app for your mobile phone. With more than 21,000 courses in its database, finding the course you’re playing is almost certain. Once selected, the app portrays aerial imagery of the golf course based on where you are standing.
Considering you can buy golf GPS devices for upwards of $300 this free app does the job fairly well.
By creating a free membership at swingbyswing.com you have access to:
- Center of green GPS yardage;
- Distance to any point on the course, simply by touching the screen;
- Satellite view of every hole;
- Basic 4 player scorecard and statistics, stroke 4 play or stableford;
- Measurement of how far you hit your shot.
With a $14/year membership you have access to all of above plus:
- Green view with distance to front/back;
- Track and improve your game with stats like putts, drive direction, and more;
- Play games with handicaps enabled;
- Club tracker to measure the distance of any shot and review your round in 3D;
- No advertisements.
The ability to touch the screen and find out how far you are to the point you’ve selected is a great feature for deciding on where you want to hit your tee shots, or where you want to layup to. The green feature displays different colored lines on an enlarged image of the green, displaying distances to the front, middle and back of the green.
With a clean interface, navigation is simple. You can search for courses either by name or location and you are able to write a tip for each hole to help yourself (and others) remember how to play the hole next time around. If you are considering a GPS device but are perhaps put off by the expensive prices, this is a perfect app to try.
With the Golf Channel Mobile app you can have the golf world at your fingertips. Read the latest articles, blogs, and analysis from the game’s most knowledgeable insiders. You can mark and follow your favorite players in the week’s tournaments with leaderboards from all major worldwide tours. Also available are videos covering the latest news in the golfing world along with instructional videos from the world’s best instructors. Golf Channel experts share their picks before each tournament, as well as breaking news as it happens.
Some of the appsfeatures include:
- The latest Golf Channel shows (news and originals), with behind-the-scenes videos, photo galleries and other exclusive content;
- Tips from golf’s best instructors and legends;
- Start your day with Morning Drive live audio streaming.
GSA LITE is the first application available on the market that enables golfers to instantly learn about their golf swings. It records your swing motion and sends the information straight to your smart phone by using the GSA LITE app. Features includecalculating your tempo, club face angle andhead speed, and Attainable Ball Distance. You will need a 3BaysGSA device connected to your club grip to link with the GSA LITE app in order to capture your swing motion analysis.
With the GSA LITE app golfers can instantly:
- See 3D animations compiled from the 10,000 data points captured per swing
- Measure consistency, tempo,back swing time, down swing time, face angle, club head speed, impact force, attainable ball speed, attainable shot distance, andswing path;
- View comparisons of your current swings with your best swings;
- Share with friends via Facebook, email, and Twitter;
- Store historical swing performance.
The small, lightweight, unobtrusive 3BaysGSA device captures each of your swings and instantly presents you the related information with high accuracy. Its plug and play technology makes it completely free from obstruction to your set up or swing, and it does not affect the weight distribution of your golf club.
We wrote about a similar product, the Swingbyte, in our Father’s Day Gift Ideas blog post that you can read about here. The Swingbyte is slightly less expensive than the 3BaysGSA.
Although this app lacks the ability to analyze your swing or keep you up to date on the latest tour news, Super Stickman Golf could possibly be the most fun and addictive golf app on the market.
The graphics are simplified but the retro feel adds to the games charm. The easy to play but difficult to master (especially in later levels). The game lies in the design of the holes and the physics employed to recreate accurate movement of your ball through the air. With sandtraps and water hazards joined by other obstacles, such as conveyor belts, huge gaping canyons, pillars and more, the challenge is not just to get the ball in the hole, but to do so creatively.
Playing the game alone is fun, but playing against friends and racing to see who can get the ball in the hole first, makes it even more enjoyable. You can download the multiplayer version of the app and play with your friends and family.
- 7 unlockable super clubs;
- Over 280 unique holes;
- OpenFeint online leaderboards;
- Amazing HD graphics;
- Integrated OpenFeint Achievements.
What Super Stickmann Golf lacks in the graphics department Flick Golf! Makes up for. The game is not a realistic golfing simulation but more of a target practice game using golf mechanics. The player simply flicks their finger upward to hit the ball and then flicks in midair to change the spin of the ball. Landing the ball as close to the hole as possible. The game has 3 modes: Quick Shot, where scoring as many points in 60 seconds is the goal; World Tour, where the player has 9 shots to score as highly as possible; and finally there’s Quick Shot Pro, where holes are windier, bonuses are worth less, and players only start with 30 seconds on the clock.
After lining up your shot and flicking the ball, you’ll be able to change the direction of the ball in mid-flight by swiping your finger in the direction you want the ball to go. This lets you put all the top spin/back spin/curve on the ball that you want in an effort to guide it to the hole. As you’ll quickly realize after your first shot, this game will have you swiping up a frenzy. Factor in ever-changing wind direction and speed, and you’ve got a recipe for a game that offers up a unique challenge no matter how many times you approach the same hole.
Do you use other golf related apps? We want to know! Share your favorite golf related iPhone, iPad and android apps with us in the comments!
Golfers at every level can improve their game greatly by reviewing the fundamentals of grip, posture, stance & alignment on a regular basis. Periodic lessons to make sure your fundamentals are in place will insure that you play your best golf. Last month, Bowling Green Golf Pro, George Heslin shared tips to help you find the best golf grip and grip pressure for your game and in this installment; he’ll share his tips for posture, stance & alignment.
Most amateur golfers know that the basics of proper alignment mean positioning the feet, knees, hips, forearms, shoulders and eyes parallel to the target line but it is so easy to let carelessness creep in. The most common mistake made is to aim too far right, then self correct by swinging left. The result: a slice. You may find that you’ve aimed right but swung left to subconsciously compensate or the opposite, aimed left and then hit a slice. George recommends the following as a simple way to insure proper alignment:
- Take the golf club in your right hand (for a right-handed golfer) and place it behind the ball and aimed at your target.
- Align your feet & body to the target while looking at the target, not the ball.
- Remember, you’re aligning to the target, so you must be focusing on it as you set up to the ball.
Making alignment a part of your pre shot routine is the best habit to develop.
Now that you’ve checked your alignment the next step is a proper golf stance. The proper golf stance first & foremost needs to be athletic and can be described with these simple thoughts. Keep your feet shoulder width apart, your knees flexed, but not bent and most important, bend at the waist while keeping your back as straight as possible. Now your arms are free to hang naturally. That posture along with proper alignment, will have you ready to hit good golf shots.
Finding the correct stance width isn’t complicated. Your widest stance will be taken with the driver, that is, shoulder width apart. As you move up to shorter clubs, you MAY wish to narrow your stance for comfort.
Great golf posture is the crucial next step for consistent, accurate and powerful ball striking. For examples of perfect posture, watch the pros on TV on Sunday afternoon! Use the drill below to feel the proper posture:
- Stand up tall and place golf club against your nose, chin, and belly button.
- Bend forward from the hips and make sure the club doesn’t leave any of the three contact points.
If you bend your lower back or slump your shoulders the club will move away from these contact points indicating you no longer have good posture.
The next time you are setting up your swing, take a few moments and apply these tips to assure you have the proper alignment, stance and posture. Once you feel comfortable with these three fundamentals, you willbe ready to take an athletic golf swing to the course. Playing professionals practice fundamentals on a daily basis and what works for the prosshould be essential for amateurs! Sign up for a lesson with George at Bowling Green Golf Club to make sure your fundamentals are correct.