Earlier this year, I was invited to the Dominican Republic with 100 other PGA professionals for the PGA Ambassador Conference. It was a mix of breakout sessions discussing industry standards, golf, networking and viewing the spectacular property that is Casa de Campo. I had previously visited the property in 2008 before it had undergone a $20 million renovation shortly thereafter in 2009.
2013 proved to be a year that the stars of both the PGA and LPGA tours prioritized their relationships first. See below for a list of who’s “going to the chapel…”
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, a professional tennis player, haven’t been able to enjoy their relationship without the press scrutinizing their every move. For the past two years of their courtship, when either of them didn’t perform well, it has always been because of the distraction of a relationship. Twice in the past year, it was reported they were splitting. He had a year of turmoil on and off the course. Rory has said that his recent New Year’s eve engagement in Sydney, Australia to Caroline “has given him stability. I am in a great place and I’m happy. It’s shaping up to be a great year.”
Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of arguably the worlds greatest hockey player, were engaged this past August and are planning to wed in the fall of 2014. As a very heterosexual woman, even I look at Paulina, 24, and think “wow.” No wonder Dustin put a rock on her finger, and when I mean rock, I mean it is in the category of a Kardashian, Gabrielle Union rock.
Paula Creamer gets engaged to her 33 year old boyfriend, Derek Heath. Paula is 27 years old and is currently ranked 13th in the world. She and Derek were introduced by their fathers, who flew together in the Navy and still remain friends. Derek is a pilot in the Air Force. This is the most adventurous proposals of this year- he did it while skydiving.
G-Mac is officially a married man. Graeme McDowell married his longtime girlfriend, Kristin Stape, in the Bahamas in October. He proposed the year before atop a helideck at the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
Brittany Lang and Kevin Spann were engaged and married. Lang, 27, said the two met in the parking lot of TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. She was raised in McKinney and still calls it home. After putting out for par at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, she was met by Spann where he got down on one knee with the Golf Channel cameras rolling. He asked her if he could watch her play golf the rest of their lives. The two were married on 1/11/2014.
Enjoy this blogpost by Rod Hagwood that ran in a recent Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel blog about a new Under Armour Golf Apparel line! This sounds like it could help us in the South Florida sun!
And here’s a spot for the new line: http://youtu.be/fT3BSpmfAu4
Are you left or right-eyed?
Make a circle with your thumb and first finger.
With both eyes open look at an object on the wall or in the distance, and center it inside the circle.
Now close one eye, and then the other.
When you closed your left or right eye you should have found that the object jumps outside the circle.
If the object seemed to move when you closed your left eye – then you have left eye dominance.
If the object moved more when your right eye was closed, then your right eye is the dominant one.
Your brain builds up an image of the world around you using slightly different views from your right or left eye. Most people tend to have a dominant eye so that even when both eyes are open, one is giving priority information.
The object you chose was lined up to be in the circle using information from your dominant eye. When you close this one you can see that the object was not lined up for your other eye.
About 80% of the population are right-eyed, and a very small percentage seem to have no eye-dominance at all.
What it means and how it effects your golf game
Golfers who are right-eye dominant tend to see the hole to the right of its true location. The reason is that they set up with their right eye too far inside the ball and the target line when they putt. Initially, they push their putts to the right. Then they adjust their stroke accordingly (outside to in) and then pull their putts to the left. The opposite is true for those who are left-eye dominant if the left eye is out of position. Initially, they pull their putts to the left. Then they adjust their stroke accordingly (inside to out) and push their putts to the right. You can read your putt’s break and hit a perfect stroke, but still end up missing it because your eyes deceived you. Learn which of your eyes is dominant to account for this optical illusion.
About 70 percent of the population is right-eye dominant, which puts the trailing eye (that’s the one farthest from the hole) in the driver’s seat when putting. If this eye is not positioned properly, your view of the hole becomes distorted, lessening your chances of holing out.
To set up correctly for eye dominance, follow this routine
Read your putt from behind the ball, crouching down so that your eyes are at the same height they’ll be during the actual putt. This way, you don’t confuse your brain and your initial read when you set up over the putt. The taller you stand, the farther away the hole appears.
Walk into the ball, aim the club face and then take your stance, making sure to place your dominant eye directly over the ball and your target line. Your body should be parallel, or square, to the putt’s starting line.
Once your eyes are over the target line, swivel your head to take one last look at the hole (with both eyes) and then stroke away.
Thank you to golf.com and sciencymadesimple.co.uk for some info in this post!
There must be something in the water! Last post we told you about a Jack Nicklaus course in Mexico, this post is about a new course designed by Tiger Woods in Cabo San Lucas.
He says it will be similar to the courses in California he grew up on.
To read more about the course, click here: http://web.tigerwoods.com/design/diamante.html
If you are a sucker for golf courses on the ocean, like me, here is one to look at: Punta Mita, Mexico. It is a Jack Nicklaus signature course located 25 miles outside Puerto Vallarta, MX.
The course contains the world’s only natural island green. It is open to members, and guests staying at the Four Seasons or St. Regis resorts. The course has 8 holes that directly face the ocean or play alongside it. The Pacifico course is ranked #1 in Latin America.
The optimal season is November through May. The average temperate is 73 degrees with very little rain.
Of course, golf is good for your kids to learn. It teaches discipline, rules, etiquette, and gets them outside and away from the computer.
But there could be another even more important reason. Maybe they should learn how to play golf so you can retire!
Check out the chart below and what the top earners bring in annually!
Impressive, isn’t it?
The holidays are coming soon, and it might be wise to get them their own set of clubs!
And yes, I can help teach them the game!
Last week’s BMW Championship gave the golfing community something exciting to watch when Jim Furyk shot an elusive 59.
All of the recorded 59’s have had birdies and eagles, but his was the only one to have occurred, despite making a bogey.
Have there been lower scores recorded? Yes, according to this post about the lowest 18-hole golf scores, there have been four rounds of 55 recorded, so many 56 and 57s that they can’t keep track of them, and only a few 58s:
Lowest scores in professional golf
In official golf tournaments on major tours:
With all this discussion about the new rule in effect, do you understand what it means? This link explains exactly what is going into effect January 2016. The rule is going to be 14-1B stating that “a golfer in making a stroke must not anchor the club, either ‘directly’ or by the use of an anchor point.
More importantly for the discussion of golf, the decision was made without any statistical data. Surprising? Not really. Particularly because of the lack of authority in golf. Next up for discussion- why TV viewers can influence a ruling in golf?
On a good chip shot, the hands lead the clubhead through impact. However, many golfers try to add loft by letting the clubhead lead the hands through impact causing the arms and wrists to collapse at the finish. Here is a drill to practice making the correct motion:
- When going to practice, take the club that you are practicing with and one extra iron.
- With your second iron, turn it around and place the narrowest part of the shaft (nearest to the clubhead) behind the grip on your current practice club.
- For right-handed golfers, place the elongated shaft under your left arm.
- Swing at the chip shot with a putt-like motion. Your wrists should be firm, lower body steady and the swing length short and controlled. The second club is in place to give you instant feedback if you are executing incorrectly.
It may feel uncomfortable at first, but once you take the second club away, be happy with your new chipping technique.