Monday, April 30, 2007

Sorenstam needs Wie for Ginn Tribute, Big Break's Cindy Miller gives slice advice and Q-Link review

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This week, Golf for Beginners discusses the Ginn Tribute hosted by Annika Sorenstam. Although Michelle Wie has accepted a sponsor's exemption at the end of May, we wonder if Annika Sorenstam's back injury" will prevent her from playing in her own event. Will Michelle Wie's wrist be mended one-hundred percent in time to compete? And, could Sorenstam be depending on Michelle Wie's fame to contribute heavily to the gate? This might be a good time for Annika to shift focus onto her many other projects, allowing the younger ladies to take the reign's over at the LPGA.

Lorena Ochoa and Julieta Granada tied for second place at the Corona Championship (held this past weekend) and continually gain ground in the rankings, honing their skills, waiting patiently for Michelle to emerge from her self-inflicted cocoon. Can Michelle Wie finally prove herself to the many people who believe her to be just a "flash in the pan"? The latest Rolex Rankings place Wie in the twentieth position but she's going to have quite a struggle as she pushes past these women who have been playing regularly on the LPGA Tour.

We also review the Q-Link bracelet. I have been wearing the Q-Link for over a month now, hoping that the claims of both heightened energy and increased focus would work for me. Lorena Ochoa and Charles Howell III are just two of the many tour players who are confident that this technology has assisted them in times of stress and distraction.

Ochoa stated, "Since I started using my Q-Link, I have won three times and I feel calmer in tough situations. It really makes a difference under pressure."

Are these just endorsements or does this bracelet really work? Listen to this week's broadcast and I'll give you my findings.

One of this week's golf tips comes from Cindy Miller. Miller was a contestant on both Big Break III:Ladies Only and again, albeit briefly, on the Reunion show. Her simple tip will help those of you who slice. Try this one at the practice range!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Podcast: Mickelson hires Butch Harmon, 4-in-One Golf Club System review and tempo/balance

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Butch Harmon, a top golf teaching professional and Phil Mickelson's new swing coach, helps us (and our listeners) with the short game this week. Although it is reported that Mickelson hired Harmon to help him with his erratic driver after an unimpressive Masters, I'm betting that Lefty will also receive help with his wedges.

We have discussed pre-season exercise routines to get you stretched and ready for the spring season. We have talked about the mental game and how slowing down your breathing and allowing your heart to guide your head can lower your scores. This week, in honor of our first twilight golf game together, we relate the importance of tempo and balance.

The 4-in-One Golf Club System is reviewed this week, an interesting choice for golfers who travel but don't seem to find the time to practice their short game. Now there is no excuse!

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Golf Podcast: Davis Love III needs more Suunto G6 practice, country club golf versus publinks and you've got to have heart!

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Davis Love III is winless so far this year, but still has two top ten's to his credit. Still, could the former five-time winner of the Verizon Heritage use a bit more time on the driving range with his Suunto G6 "Wristop Launch Monitor"?

Love, a spokesman for the Suunto G6, claims this training aid, "quantifies the feeling of a good swing."

Our review of the Suunto G6 confirms Davis' statement although being "tech saavy" helps as it is confusing in both it's initial setup and while reading the manual. Suunto G6 functionality improves as it's used: press it's buttons and learn as you go. We found this golf swing training aid to be a perfect fit for use on the driving range, teaching consistent rhythm and tempo from takeaway through impact so that you can improve your consistency with every session. The "test" feature really interested Barry and he's waiting impatiently to get out and play golf so that he can put the "Game" function to more practical use, downloading the information from the "watch" to the available computer software.

We also talk about the function of the heart in relation to the mental game after reading an article in Golf Digest Magazine. Heart versus head? For the tinman in the Wizard of Oz it was an easy decision!

A listener's email about joining a country club prompts us to discuss the benefits, and deterrents, of joining the "elite" on manicured greens and sumptuous fairways. Could this "Life of Reilly" be calling you too?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Former Masters Champion Tiger Woods gives driving lessons, stay warm with Ultimittens and imagine your way to a better game

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Tiger Woods anticipated winning this year's Masters Tournament but didn't bring along his "A-Game", nor did he look relaxed and confident, thus leaving the door open for young Zach Johnson. In this week's episode we talk about Tiger's astonishing ability to drive the ball, his terrific swing as shown in this month's Golf Digest Magazine and his uncanny determination to always be in the hunt on Sunday.

At the same time Barry and I received the Clicgear push cart, we also got Ultimittens, a great gift for the cold weather golfer. Innovative and inexpensive, these Ultimittens provide much needed hand protection for golfers crazy enough to brave the elements year-round.

Finally, in honor of Bobby Jones and the Masters Tournament, we discuss the mental game and how to imagine yourself making more birdies!

Too bad for Phil Mickelson at the Masters but what was even more unfortunate was the way Phil was "shanghaied" after his round to answer a question about if his game this week was affected by his collapse at Winged Foot! It took all of his strength but Mickelson remained calm and composed, answering with aplomb. Good for you Phil!


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Monday, April 02, 2007

Will Mickelson assist Woods with Masters jacket? Clicgear push cart review and great golf tips are also featured

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Face it, we all want to see a Tiger Woods - Phil Mickelson duel at this year's Masters Tournament. Even Arnold Palmer declared, "It helps the game to have that kind of rivalry. The more we can talk about Phil and his golf and the challenge to Tiger the better."

Barry and I give you our predictions and discuss how the amateur golfer can learn from the "masters" at this year's major.

We also review the exceptional Clicgear three-wheel push cart, winner of Best New Product at the 2007 PGA Merchandise Show.

Ultra-compact with great features, the Clicgear Push Cart has easily replaced our Bag Boy EZ Fold 12 in the trunk of our car.

Finally, we assist a golfer whose angle of attack is too steep. Help flatten your swing with this week's golf tip!

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