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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Time To Take Stock Of Your Golfing Year

While it is hard to believe, 2011 is almost drawing to a close. As another golfing year draws to a close, take a few minutes to look back at what you accomplished the year. Think about the good, the bad and the ugly. What worked? What didnt? If you took my advice and wrote some goals down at the beginning of the year, break them out and give yourself a report card. If you want to get better, you need to not only setachievable goals for yourself, but you need to track your progress and evaluate what you did to accomplish them and how successful you were. Then you can develop a new plan to take your game to even greater heights!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Great Holiday Golf Gifts

Tis the season to deck the halls with loads of golf gear! For those of you trying to check off that duffer on your list, here are some golf-themed presents that can make you a hero to your loved one this holiday season!

-Kentwool Golf Socks: Wear the golf socks the pros wear! Unsurpassed when it comes to comfort and performance, these socks are made exclusively with the golfer in mind! Coming in all different styles and colors, this is a fun gift that your golfer will enjoy! Check outthe Kentwool websitefor more information.

-Online Golf Lesson: Tough for your golfer to get out and get a lesson from a local PGA professional? Well, now you can get a lesson online! Internet sites likeSwingpaloffer golfers a way to get a lesson without leaving their house. All you have to do is pick an instructor and upload a video of your swing to the site. Then you will receive a customized voice over video analysis of your swing from the chosen instructor! You can also communicate directly with the instructor to get questions answered. Swingpal charges $29.95 for one video lesson, $49.95 for two and $89.95 for four. Very cool!

-A Custom Club Fitting: If you want to help that special golfer in your life improve their game, help them out by getting them a fitting session at a place like Golf Galaxy or Golfsmith. You can get a gift card that will allow them to go in and get fit for a driver, irons, a putter or even a golf ball.

-Optishot Home Golf Simulator: This one is on the more expensiveside ($399), and it is something that is certainly on my golf wish list! This is an in-home golf simulator that allows you to play golf in your living room! This is a very cool gift that can help your favorite golfer keep their game in shape during the winter months! Here is a demo video describing what it can do:

The Benefits Of A Putter Fitting

My new toy as a result ofthe putter fittingI recently had!

The single best innovation for the average golfer in the last few years has been how easily (read cost-efficiently) regular players can getcustom fit forequipment just like the pros do. Why buy a suit off the rack that might fit ok when you can get a custom designed one that fits perfectly for just a few bucks more? All golferswho are serious about improving their game should take advantage of custom fitting options.

When itcomes to gettingfit for clubs, however, most people focus on their Driver or irons. But ask yourselfthis: How many timesdo you hit driver in a round?Maybe 8-10 times. How about a 7 iron? Maybe 5 times. How many timesdo you use your putter?Usually at least 30 times! Yet when it comes to getting fit for clubs, many golfers overlookdoing a putter fitting. But you can get one at Golf Galaxy for $19.99, and it is money well spent.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Luke Donald Wins Player of the Year Award

This should come as no surprise - but the PGA Tour has just announced that the Player of the Year is Luke Donald!  Donald was the model of consistency this season, with two wins and  fourteen top ten finishes.  He also took the money title home, edging out Webb Simpson in the last event of the year, which he won.  Incredibly, Donald also took home the money title on the European Tour, winning the Race to Dubai.  Two money titles and ending the year as World #1?  Not a bad year for the guy who was so often knocked for being too short off the tee to really be relevant on Tour.

Keegan Bradley, winner of the PGA Championship in a playoff, took home Rookie of the Year honors.

Introducing the LPGA Player of the Year in 2040

You probably have noticed I have taken a break from the blog for the last few weeks - and with good reason!  My wife and I had our first child, Abigail Ann, on November 28.  It has been a fun and wild ride, and we are thrilled.  I have already been telling her how much she is going to love golf, and she looks to me like she is going to have a killer short game!
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