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Call Your (Opponent’s) Shots

Dec. 4, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Practice the shots you wouldn't normally play in a fun little game.

One of the quickest ways to improve is to practice shots you don't normally hit. If you normally play a cut, can you play a draw? Can you hit a low drive and keep it straight, or a high drive? Can you knock down a 5-iron?

Nobody knows your game better than your favorite opponent. Here's a little game you can play to improve your game and try new things at the same time. Set up a match with your pal and call each other's shots. If your pal normally hits a draw, ask him to hit a low cut. If he likes to fly the ball back to the hole, ask him to run the shot up. He'll be doing the same to you.

Keep it friendly and don't get too nutty - asking for a 60-yard slice or a 7I from the tee on a par 5 isn't "fair." Keep your own score, and if you want to bet, mix in a penalty shot for failing to hit the called shot.

The Office Depot Father-Son Challenge

Dec. 4, 2004     By     Comments (1)

The Office Depot Father-Son Challenge gives the next generation a taste of the big life.

The Office Depot Father-Son Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla as another event in the crowded Silly Season looking for attention. Yet, this tournament stands apart through the work of Alistair Johnston of IMG, one of the largest sports marketing firms. He set out to create a tournament that had serious competition with serious prize money. As it turns out, getting players to participate would be a no-brainer.

"This event will never be pressed to get a field," said David Charles, son of 1963 Open Champion Bob Charles. "It's such a unique event they could have 50 teams out there."

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Score!

Dec. 4, 2004     By     Comments (0)

You score with your wedges and your putter. Learn to trust them, and you'll soon be scoring too.

BrainThe next ten "Tip of the Day"s are being taken from an article by Dr. Bob Rotella for Golf Digest, titled "Inside the Golfer's Mind." We're paraphrasing, changing the language a little, and condensing his typical three to four paragraphs into one or two. This is tip ten of ten: SCORE!

Tour players and scratch golfers don't just "get up and down" a lot - they put the ball in the hole a lot too. And when they miss, they leave themselves tap-ins or manageable putts. When a pro misses a green, it usually takes him out of birdie contention, but it rarely results in a bogey. When a pro has a shot from 100 yards or less, he's more likely to get up and down than anything else.

Your scoring clubs - your wedges and your putter - are designed to score. Many don't take advantage of that. Many dread a chip shot or a long putt. To score with these clubs you need to understand them. If a driver is 10 yards offline it's not a big deal. If a wedge is, it's a tremendous deal. You need to understand the spin, trajectory, and distance of each of these clubs and from various positions, to different kinds of pins and green conditions.

You score with your wedges and your putter. Learn to trust them, and you'll soon be scoring too.

The Butterflies are Your Friends

Dec. 3, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Butterflies are good. They demonstrate that you care.

BrainThe next ten "Tip of the Day"s are being taken from an article by Dr. Bob Rotella for Golf Digest, titled "Inside the Golfer's Mind." We're paraphrasing, changing the language a little, and condensing his typical three to four paragraphs into one or two. This is tip nine of ten: the butterflies are your friends.

People get butterflies all the time. Before their first child is born. When they're up for a promotion. When they need to hit a shot 215 over water to win a $5 nassau.

Butterflies are good. They demonstrate that you care. That you want to do a good job. That you've put yourself in a position to do something great. Nobody gets butterflies doing routine things.

Butterflies can be bad if you let them overcome you, if you let the fear overcome you. Fear alone is not bad either - being overtaken is what kills ya. Learn to make the butterflies your friends, and you'll have a lot more blue skies in your future.

Ryder Cup Points Shakeup

Dec. 2, 2004     By     Comments (4)

A major announcement regarding the accumulation of points for Ryder Cup play: the first major shakeup since 1993.

Ryder Cup K ClubFresh off their drubbing just a few months ago, the PGA of America has revised its points system to award more points to players with top-10 performances in Ryder Cup years, major championships, and tournament victories. The change goes into effect January 6-9, 2005 at the Mercedes Championship. Points accumulated thus far will remain intact.

"The PGA of America's goal is to ensure the strongest possible team for the next edition of the Ryder Cup Matches at the K Club in Ireland," said Roger Warren, PGA of America President. "The new system rewards the game's hottest players as well as many players who have won events in the year of the Matches."

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Man Steals Golf Course

Dec. 2, 2004     By     Comments (1)

A New York television station is reporting that a Cayuga County man has been arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property for stealing bits and pieces of the Owasco Country Club over the period of three years in order to build his own three hole course on property he shares with his twin […]

A New York television station is reporting that a Cayuga County man has been arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property for stealing bits and pieces of the Owasco Country Club over the period of three years in order to build his own three hole course on property he shares with his twin brother.

Now, that's what I call dedication to the game. It's too bad he might not get to enjoy it for 3-5 years. :)

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Just Trust

Dec. 2, 2004     By     Comments (0)

Trust your swing. It's the only thing you've got, after all.

BrainThe next ten "Tip of the Day"s are being taken from an article by Dr. Bob Rotella for Golf Digest, titled "Inside the Golfer's Mind." We're paraphrasing, changing the language a little, and condensing his typical three to four paragraphs into one or two. This is tip eight of ten: just trust.

Athleticism is often about reaction. Often you'll hear a player say he "overthought" something; athletes are at their best when they simply "do" without a lot of conscious clutter. Golfers "in the zone" are so "unconscious" in a way that they may not notice a fly landing on their ball during their swing, a change in weather, or even - as in my case a few years ago - a huge gash on my cheek from a tree limb.

To "go unconscious," players must trust their swing. It must be intuitive and instinctual. A mis-hit shot should not shake the foundation of trust, nor should it send a player into a tizzy of thought. Phil Mickelson shot 59 recently and hit only five of fourteen fairways. Had he stopped to ponder "what's wrong with my swing?" on the second tee he'd have never broken 70.

Trust your swing. It's the only thing you've got, after all.

Brand New Server

Dec. 2, 2004     By     Comments (0)

We've got a dedicated little server here just for The Sand Trap .com!

The Sand Trap .com moved today. You may not have noticed, but we have. We're sitting here on a brand new server, folks! That's right. We've grown so quickly (the addition of the golf forum helped!) that we thought we'd better do this sooner than later, and so we have.

The Sand Trap .com is coming to you live from a new new server. It may take a little while still for your caches to clear and for DNS servers worldwide to agree, but the fact is simple: we're here. Or there. Or not where we were this morning. But still right here on your screen. :-)

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Forum Open

Dec. 1, 2004     By     Comments (1)

The forums are open, the forums are open! Register today!

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