5 Ways to Improve Your Game—and Your Life—in 2017

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5 Ways to Improve Your Game—and Your Life—in 2017

Happy New Year! With each new year, we have the opportunity to start fresh with new resolutions. Here’s a question for this year: why not choose resolutions that will help your golf game and your life?

By Abbie Algiers for GirlsGolf.com

1. Keep your eye on the ball

My dad has been my unofficial golf coach my entire life, always giving lots of advice. After maybe 1,000 rounds, “Keep your eye on the ball” wins the prize for the most repeated direction. It’s sage advice; we all know that if our head comes up too soon, the shot won’t be ideal. It’s the same way in life—as we go through each day, how about focusing on each moment? This is tough to do in our multi-tasking world full of distracting technology.

However, let’s bring it back to the tee shot. At the tee, your only job is to hit the ball. Head down, focus, and swing. That logic transfers nicely to life – address one task, focus on it, and move on to the next. The same goes with people – be with the people you are with, physically and mentally. The result? Better productivity, better relationships and better shots all around.

2. Swing slowly and steadily

Or, as my dad has repeatedly told me, “Don’t try to kill the ball.” As you swing, it’s about your intention and approach. Of course each shot requires a different technique, but a good general rule is to remember that haste definitely makes waste in golf. We need to breathe, address the ball, and handle each shot with thought and concentration.

Similarly, it’s good to approach each life task with a calm intention. Realize that you don’t always have to put it into overdrive. Take a breath. When we’re deliberate in our pursuits instead of hasty and frenzied, we’ll probably end up a lot closer to the pin.

3. Aim at your target

Your ball is not going to make it to the green if you’re aiming for the sand trap to the right of it. I always love it when my ball unintentionally goes right or left, and my dad tells me, “You were aiming that way.” Very helpful advice. But really, it does help to look at the target and visualize the ball reaching it. It also helps to line things up so your shot has a chance.

Off the course, take stock of your short and long term goals. Do you want better grades this year? Then start thinking about how you can adjust your studying habits to make it happen. Do you want to purchase something big in the new year? Then, find out how much you’ll have to save/earn to make that happen. If you’re not pointing in the right direction, chances are you’re not going to get there.

4. Learn from your bad shots

Let’s face it; we’re all going to have bad shots. However, instead of beating ourselves up after a bad hole and sinking into a mini-depression, try regrouping. Take a breath. Watch your what you tell yourself mentally. Shake off the bad juju and focus on making the next one better. True, the next shot or next 10 shots might be equally as bad. That’s why there are 9 or 18 holes of golf—we always have a chance to start fresh. That’s also why driving ranges and practice greens exist—if things aren’t going well, we can practice until we get it right.

Similarly, in life, when we have bad days, we can grow from bad experiences. Work on starting each day fresh and see where that takes you. We don’t have to take mishaps and bad days as affronts to our very being. Bad days, like bad shots, are actually learning experiences disguised as life’s annoyances. Let’s not let them get us down.

5. Cherish the great shots

This one’s not that hard to do, who doesn’t appreciate a great shot? However, how often do we really think about what we did to make that good shot good? Next time you have an awesome drive, think about how you made it happen. Then, stop and appreciate it, and take a second to pat yourself on the back and enjoy the moment. Similarly, if you’re having a great round with your favorite golfing buddies on the most beautiful day of summer – pause for just one second to soak it in.

“Perfect moments” don’t come along that often. It’s like this in life, too. Life is sprinkled with good times and bad. When we’re having good moments- with family, friends, or by ourselves- it’s important to make sure we really appreciate them because we know all too well that great moments or shots aren’t always a given. Yet, by keeping a positive mental attitude in good times and bad, we do have the power to make each day of the new year, and beyond, great.

Here’s to a year of fantastic rounds!

Useful Tips For Playing Faster

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Playing at a better pace is not about hurrying up or rushing around the course. It is simply about being more efficient with your valuable time, as well as everyone else’s. Adopting this mindset—and not being afraid to share it with your fellow players—will ultimately add enjoyment to your golf experience.

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Here are some recognized tips for improving pace of play:

Start Smart.
Confirm your tee time in advance and make it a point to arrive at the tee early with your golf equipment in order, ready to play. Remember essentials like extra balls, tees, gloves and appropriate clothing for the day’s weather conditions.

“Tee It Forward” unless you are consistently able to reach greens in regulation from the back tees.
In other words, play from a set of tees that is comfortable for you—one where you are more likely to hit lofted irons into greens instead of hybrids or fairway woods. It is acceptable for players in the same group to play from different tees. (The USGA Handicap System provides a formula for adjusting handicaps from different tees.)

Try alternate forms of play to speed up your round.
Match play, Stableford, best-ball and other formats are easy and fun alternatives to individual stroke play because not every player has to hole out on every hole. There are multiple resources online and in print to learn about the many different golf formats. Try one out.

Minimize your time on the tee.
On the tee it is usually acceptable for players to “hit when ready.” You can also save time by playing a provisional ball (Rule 27-2) if you think your original ball might be lost or out of bounds.

Plan your shot before you get to your ball.
Once you’re off the tee, think ahead. Determine your yardage and make your club selection before it is your turn to play. Very often, you can do this while others are playing, without disruption. If you take your glove off between shots, have it back on before it is your turn to play. Even a small step like this saves time.

Keep your pre-shot routine short.
Pick your line of play once and trust yourself. Try to take no more than one practice swing, then set up to the ball and play your shot. Most importantly, be ready to hit when it is your turn. Be efficient after your shot too. Start moving toward your next shot promptly.

Aim to play in 20 seconds.
From club selection to pre-shot routine to execution, strive to hit your shot in 20 seconds when it’s your turn to play. Help keep play moving at a brisk pace.

Develop an eye for distance.
You don’t have to step off yardage for every shot. If you need to determine precise distance, try to find a yardage marker before you reach your ball, then step off the yardage on the way to your ball. Or, consider investing in an electronic range-finder or global positioning system for golf and use it when permitted by Local Rule. If others you’re playing with are not familiar with the course, the Rules permit players to exchange yardage information without penalty.

When sharing a cart, use a buddy system.
Don’t wait in the cart while your cartmate hits and then drive to your ball. Get out and walk to your ball with a few clubs. Be ready to play when it is your turn and then let your cartmate pick you up. Or, drive to your ball after you drop your cartmate off and then pick him or her up after you hit.

Be helpful to others in your group.
Follow the flight of all tee shots, not just your own. Once in the fairway, help others look for their ball if you already know the location of yours. Volunteer to fill in a divot or rake a bunker for another player if needed. Be ready to attend the flagstick for others.

Keep up with the group in front of you.
Your correct position on the course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you. Arrive at your next shot just before the group in front leaves the area in front of you. If you are consistently not able to keep up and a gap opens in front of you, invite the group behind you to play through, irrespective of the number of players in the group.

Be efficient on the putting green.
Mark your ball and lift and clean it when you arrive at the putting green so you will be ready to replace it when it is your turn to play. You can usually line up your putt while others are putting, without disturbing them. Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee, and leave the green promptly after holing out. Wait until the next tee to record your score.

Remember that picking up your ball is permitted by the USGA Handicap System.
If not in an individual stroke play competition, it is generally OK to pick up your ball and move on to the next hole if you are “out” of a hole and want to maintain pace of play. This applies in match play and many forms of stroke play, including Stableford and best-ball play.

Don’t Have Time? Play Nine!
You won’t always have time in your schedule for an 18-hole round of golf. But you can still enjoy the game by playing nine. It’s fully compatible with both the Rules of Golf and the USGA Handicap System. And when it comes to golf, nine is better than none.

Women’s Golf Legend Peggy Kirk Bell Passes Away at Age 95

 

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Peggy Kirk Bell, a member of the 1950 USA Curtis Cup team, winner of the 1990 Bob Jones Award, one of golf’s foremost instructors and an inspirational ambassador for the game, died on Nov. 23 at the age of 95. Bell was born Margaret Anne Kirk on Oct. 28, 1921, in Findlay, Ohio, and cited her father as a strong early influence.

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“My dad made a lot of money in the wholesale grocery business,” Bell told Golf Digest in 2010. “Financially, we were comfortable, but he made us work. He paid me 10 cents an hour, but the other two women got 20 cents an hour. When I asked him why, he said, ‘Because you’re the boss’ daughter.’ I grew up believing it’s important to teach kids to work early on. If you start them young, they’ll learn to enjoy work.” From those early days all the way into her 90s, Bell rarely stopped working. In a lifetime in the game, she compiled an outstanding record as an amateur in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and was a charter member of the LPGA. She then became renowned as masterful instructor and the owner/proprietor of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.

Bell is largely credited with being the driving force behind Pine Needles’ hosting of three U.S. Women’s Open Championships – in 1996, 2001 and 2007. Pine Needles was also selected by the USGA as one of the first two host sites of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which debuts in 2018 and will be held at Pine Needles in 2019. Bell received the USGA’s Bob Jones Award in 1990 for distinguished sportsmanship and service to the game, and was later a member of the Bob Jones Award Committee. In 2007 she was named the “First Lady of Golf” by the PGA of America. “She’s meant so much to so many people in the game,” Jack Nicklaus said at the ceremony. “There are so many girls, especially, that she has taught and worked with.”

RELATED: “MY MISSION TO GET PEGGY KIRK BELL INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME”

Bell was best known as an instructor. She won the 1961 LPGA Teacher of the Year Award and in 2004 was inducted into the Golf Magazine World Golf Teacher Hall of Fame. “She supported juniors, she helped touring pros, she was there for seniors, she was there for women. She was there for the game,” said past USGA president Judy Bell (no relation). “I don’t know anyone who loved the game more than she did. She was an icon.”

Bell’s hospitality, warmth and wit set the tone at Pine Needles. She lived in a house near the 18th green, but ate most of her meals in the clubhouse. Pine Needles guests would spot her observing meal preparation in the kitchen, dining at her table in the center of the room, then, more often than not, joining them for conversation. She had a wealth of anecdotes about her famous friends. “Babe (Zaharias) came to see me in the hospital after I had Bonnie,” Bell would say. “She took one look at her and said, ‘Peggy, I know just the name for her – Babe! Babe Bell! It’ll look great in headlines!’” Peggy and her husband Warren “Bullet” Bell instead chose the name Bonnie for their daughter, who was followed by daughter Peggy and son Kirk. Bell graduated from Rollins College in 1950 with a degree in physical education. A collegiate tournament has been named for her.

A long-hitter in her day, Bell had a fluid, classical golf swing that produced crisp iron play and helped boost her to an outstanding amateur career. She won the Ohio Women’s Amateur three consecutive years, from 1947-49, and also captured some of the most prestigious amateur titles of the day. These include the 1950 Women’s Eastern Amateur, the 1949 North & South Women’s Amateur and the 1949 Titleholders, where she beat a field that included the era’s best professionals, including Babe Zaharias and Patty Berg. With Zaharias as her partner, she won the 1947 Women’s International Four-Ball Championship. She was selected for the 1950 USA Curtis Cup Team, which was captained by Glenna Collett Vare. In the match at the Country Club of Buffalo in Williamsville, N.Y., she lost in foursomes with her partner Helen Sigel, who became a lifelong friend, but won her singles match against Jeanne Bisgood, 1 up. The USA defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 7½-1½.

Bell turned professional in 1950, enjoying a contract with the Spalding Sporting Goods Company that paid her $10,000 annually, $50 a day for exhibitions and 6 cents a mile for travel. For a few years she became the only player to pilot her own airplane, searching out the various LPGA stops by following road maps from the air. A narrow escape and a forced landing prompted her to sell the plane. Peggy and Bullet made two of the biggest moves of their lives in 1953 – they got married and, with partners, bought the Donald Ross-designed Pine Needles golf course in Southern Pines, then rolled up their sleeves to build a golf resort. Their first project was a chalet-styled clubhouse. The rustic resort grew in size and stature over the years as the Bells added lodges, meeting rooms and a pool. With a growing family and the demands of running the resort, Peggy retired from the tour and turned to golf instruction. “I gave my first golf lesson in “53 and I charged $2,” she said. “That was pretty good then.” A few years later, Bell and the late Ellen Griffin organized a golf school for women. More than 20,000 women have since visited the week-long “Golfaris” at Pine Needles.

When Bullet died in 1984, Peggy continued to oversee the resort with her children and their spouses at the helm. Pine Needles hosted five USGA championships, including the 1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. At dinner one night with longtime friend Judy Bell, a member of the USGA’s Executive Committee, Peggy said, “Well, we’ve had the old ladies and we’ve had the girls. Now if we could get some pros in here we’d have it covered.” Judy Bell later approached Peggy about hosting the U.S. Women’s Open and the championship was conducted at Pine Needles in 1996, 2001 and 2007. Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb won the first two Women’s Opens, and multiple major champion Cristie Kerr won in 2007.

A few years ago, the late two-time U.S. Amateur champion Harvie Ward summed up his friend: “She’s a great lady and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about Peggy Kirk Bell. They can’t.”

How To: Match Play

 

Most golfers are used to playing stroke play, where you play your own ball and count your strokes. But in some competitions (and a lot of times if you’re playing a friendly nassau with your regular golf pals), the format is match play, which means you’re playing head-to-head against another golfer, and you either win, lose or tie each hole, and the match is won by the player who wins the most holes. While both formats require the same skills, match play offers a unique type of strategy since the rules are slightly different from stroke play.

 

Match play has a lot of benefits, not the least of which is that a big blow-up hole won’t cost you the match the way it can in stroke play (in match play, a hole lost with a quadruple is no more harmful to your scorecard than one lost with a bogey). Another big difference between stroke play and match play is the ability to concede putts. If your opponent has a short putt left that either doesn’t matter for the match or you’re sure she’ll make it anyway, you can give it to her (and vice versa). Also, in stroke play, any breech of an official USGA Rule results in a one- or two-stroke penalty, while in match play the penalty is loss of the hole (since the format of play that is scored in a hole-by-hole competition.)

One of the most fun parts of match play is that it comes with a lot of strategy. Whether you’re playing in a match against a single opponent or you’re teamed up with a partner and playing a team match against another twosome, here are some strategy tips that can help you win:

1. Do everything you can to get off to a fast start.

Set the tone for the match by bringing your A game to the first hole (in other words, make sure you give yourself enough time to warm up and prepare before the round starts—you want to be able take charge of the match out of the blocks). If you can manage to win a few holes early in the match, you can be more aggressive and may close out your opponent early and not have to play all 18 holes.

2. Maintain your usual pace of play.

If you like to play quickly, don’t let a slower player slow you down and get you out of your comfort zone. If the opposite is true and you’re playing with someone much faster than you like to play, go with your normal routine so that you don’t feel rushed (but still be cognizant of keeping pace.)

3. Play to your strengths and always go for the safer option.

An important match is not the time to try to carry the 40-yard water hazard from 200 yards away. Know your shot strengths and always think ahead—play the shot to lay up short of the hazard, hit the next shot onto the green and think two putts for par or bogey. If your opponent hits in the water, you now have an advantage by playing smart and knowing the strengths of your game.

4. Watch your opponent.

If your opponent changes her pre-shot routine, chances are she’s feeling some pressure. Since match play involves mental toughness, watch for any changes that allow you to have an advantage.

5. Utilize your partner.

If you’re playing in a team event with a partner, take advantage of each other. If one of you has a bad hole, pick up the ball and move to the next hole. You may help each other read putts and talk about your strategy. Having a partner to talk to is a lot more calming than trying to make idle chit-chat with an opponent.

6. Be strategic when conceding putts.

One nice element of the match play format is the ability to concede putts, but you should always go into your match planning to hole every putt. With that mindset, you’ll be pleased when your opponent offers a conceded putt. Be careful not to concede too many of your own, though. A great strategy is to give a few putts early in the round, then make the opponent hole all putts as the round continues. A missed three-footer could make a difference in the outcome of the match.

7. Don’t let strategy become gamesmanship.

While it’s important to be strategic in match play, it’s even more important to be a good sport.

Winter’s Reads

Sure, there are shows to be binge watched on Netflix, but there are also so many books that we would never have the time to read during the rest of the year. Summer, spring, and fall all offer endless possibilities of beaches, golf, and events. Take the excuse the winter is giving you to stay inside and catch up on all of those titles you swear you’ve been meaning to get to, but never had a chance to. Winter is for staying in and waiting for spring. Like a bear who has to be awake.

Here are some amazing books that are perfect to hunker down with this winter:

Fiction:

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Go Set a Watchman

by Harper Lee
From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic

Mystery & Thriller:

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The Girl on the Train

byPaula Hawkins(Goodreads Author)

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

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And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Romance:

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Confess

by Colleen Hoover (Goodreads Author)

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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Why Not Me?

by Mindy Kaling (Goodreads Author)

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

Nonfiction:

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Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg

Now a New York Times Bestseller

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

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The Dogs I Have Kissed

byTrista Mateer(Goodreads Author)
Known for her eponymous blog and her confessional style of writing, this is Trista Mateer’s second collection of poetry.

Things You Learn While Playing Golf

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They say the game of golf mirrors the game of life, don’t we all agree, many if not most of the lessons you learn while playing golf are lessons than can be applied to just about anything! Here are 5 we thought were the most important!

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1. Luck doesn’t exist. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Prepare yourself to be the best, and then the opportunity will arise. It doesn’t work the other way around.

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2. SLOW DOWN. Rediscover your joy. When you feel a deep sense of relaxation throughout your whole body, you’re reminded of why you love what you’re doing, an unlimited abundance of great shots lie ahead.

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3. You control what you think. Don’t get stuck in your head. In the event of a bad shot, you can say things like: “Interesting… It’s unlike me to shoot that way.” By not reacting to any “failure,” you’ll keep your center in check and avoid sabotaging the shots you have ahead.

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4. Let go. There is always another shot waiting for you. Your score is directly related to your ability to forget past bad shots and let them go.

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5. Talent is a myth. Be consistent. Being consistent with your actions is how you maintain the endurance and the strength to carry yourself where you’re going. Consistency will always reap benefits. Sure, talent can help. But it is not enough. Practice makes you a master. At everything.

First Ryder Cup Win in 8 Years for USA

After three straight losses, the United States defeated Europe to win the 2016 Ryder Cup with a final score of 17-11 on Sunday.

The PGA Tour’s official Twitter account showcased the excitement from the home team at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota:

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The United States held a 9.5-6.5 lead after two days in the competition. The Americans got off to a 4-0 start in the Friday morning foursomes, and the Saturday afternoon four-ball pairings earned a 3-1 advantage for the home team.

Still, the competition always comes down to singles play, and this year was no different.

Patrick Reed won a showdown with Rory McIlroy in the first match of the session and Rickie Fowler used a late comeback to down Justin Rose at the 18th hole.

Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia combined for 19 birdies in their match, but they only halved.

Mickelson’s halved match and wins by Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka set up Ryan Moore to clinch the win on the 18th hole.

Moore tapped in for par on the 18th green to win his match over Lee Westwood and secure the Ryder Cup for the United States.

Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson rounded out the day with wins in two of the final three remaining matches to hand the United States a six-point victory at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

THE LEGACY OF ARNOLD PALMER

Arnold Palmer, a three-time USGA champion and seven-time major champion whose charismatic and charming personality helped popularize golf in the late 1950s and early 1960s, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the age of 87.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Palmer died at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been undergoing heart tests since last Thursday.

“Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word,” said Mike Davis, executive director/CEO of the USGA. “He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans, and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport. Our stories of him not only fill the pages of golf’s history books and the walls of the museum, but also our own personal golf memories. The game is indeed better because of him, and in so many ways, will never be the same.”

Some golfers collected more wins and major championships, but few could rival Palmer’s popularity among the masses. His go-for-broke style of play appealed to fans and his ability to engage with people inspired legions of followers that dubbed themselves “Arnie’s Army.”

Palmer was the first iconic superstar of sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s, and he connected with people like no other golfer before him. Because of Palmer, who came from humble beginnings in Latrobe, Pa., the game transitioned from an upper-class pastime to a sport accessible to the middle and working classes.

USGA President Diana Murphy:

“With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Arnold and recognize his life and legacy, remembering his great championship moments and his incredible humility. We are grateful for his contributions to the USGA as a champion for the game, our member program and our museum, which is named after him.  He always had a twinkle in his eye, and a smile of encouragement for all of us. His history is our history, and  his impact on the game transcends generations.”

 

 

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The Sport of Business

 

The idea that many of biggest business deals are done on the golf course may be a cliché, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still true. Yes, even in 2016. Not many sports can bring you all the benefits that golf does, from physical activity to making friends, and even career building.

The advantage of making business on the golf course is not only getting the deal you wanted but also getting to know, like, and trust somebody in a way you couldn’t in any other setting. Research has show that there is a higher chance of connecting with someone on the course than at a conference or an organized happy hour. Being in that vulnerable space and learning what other people’s fears are, and then also going and trying something new, causes you to become more innovative. You open up and are able to connect. Ultimately, the value is being able to spend time building a relationship with your client in a relaxing, non-conventional business setting.

Playing with the big boss

The best thing about playing with your boss is that you’re on an even playing field. It’s not about making sure you don’t make a fool of yourself, it’s about getting to know your boss more authentically. You’re on the course together and one of you shanks a drive and you both start laughing – now you have an inside joke or a funny memory that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. It’s about getting to know them on a deeper level. They’re going to start to vouch for you more, sponsor you and mentor you. Those are the things that happen when you know, like, and trust somebody. With that being said, it’s always important to try and follow the etiquette of the game.

 

What NOT to do when playing golf with clients and colleagues 

Speed of play is huge.Par to Pick Up is a great rule to have when playing with clients or colleagues, whatever par is—3, 4 or 5—after you hit that many shots in the fairway, you pick up your ball, walk to the green, hand wedge the ball onto the green, and then you get two putts. The way it works out, any hole you play, the max score you can get is a double bogey. So you have a double bogey, you’re having fun and you’re seeing the whole course. However make sure to bring this up with the other players so they understand what you are doing, chances are they probably will want to do the same thing! The max amount of time any round should take is four and a half hours. On the business side of things, the rule of thumb is to never close a deal on the course. Don’t talk about business until the fourth hole, and not after the 12th hole. The reason is that from holes one through four, you’re getting comfortable with the game, trying to find your groove and your swing. Use that time to ask more personal questions as opposed to the business questions. Then on the reverse, you shouldn’t talk about business after the 12th hole because everyone is exhausted. You’re hungry, you’re tired, and you may be frustrated with your game at that point. After the round, in the clubhouse bar, is when I typically make the ask. What are the next steps? How do we make this deal happen? Should we set up a meeting? What information do I need to send you? That’s the best time get into the nitty-gritty.

Whether you’re looking to explore the game of golf to further your professional career or simply pick up a new hobby, there are several avenues to begin the process. Step outside your comfort zone and discover the limitless resources available to introduce you to our beloved sport.

Golf Friends VS. Golf Coach

If you are new to the game of golf you will soon find (if you have not already)  how many people who want to come to your aid with golf advice from A to Z. It can be confusing to chose who to listen to and what to do. Many times, existing golfers serve as the entry point to the game for new golfers. Often though, those existing golfers are still looking for their golf game, but have no problem providing you with advice.

For the purposes of this article, I’m assuming your entry to the game isn’t accompanied by a large golf group . And that’s okay! One of golf’s greatest benefits is that you encounter many new friends in this sport as you tackle learning a rewarding game that takes mental patience to master. But be sure to draw a distinction—there’s your golf friends and then your golf coach.

The best way to learn this game is through a Golf Professional. Most of the golf courses in your area should have at least one employed, if not more. Work to find a teaching professional you can be comfortable working with. This golf coach will help you build your swing, teach you to take your game to the course, provide you with good practice habits and offer you the best advice on purchasing your initial golf equipment.

In other words, find an all-around coach you can trust because their training and expertise will set the foundation for your golf game. Most golfers you encounter along this journey will be very nice people. They will truly want you to learn to play well and enjoy the game they love. Many however, think they know enough to put you on the right track. Your golf friends may provide great fun and camaraderie, but be wary when they provide advice that could turn into poor swing habits for years to come.

When it comes to learning to play the game, find a  Professional in your area. Plan a schedule with them that can put you on the track to all of the great fun and experiences this game has to offer you.