Thursday, November 23, 2017

The REAL Reason You Need Head Covers on Your Golf Clubs!

When golf clubs were made of wood, the importance of the head cover was undeniable; wood is delicate and could be dented by other clubs in the bag, damaged by the elements and through careless tosses into the back seat of your buggy.

Time has progressed, with clubs being constructed from tougher and more durable materials, so the likelihood of a club head being made of wood is slim (unless you're going for a certain look over performance). Not only is the head of your golf club in danger of being scraped; the shaft is also delicate and can be damaged, hence the need for the material on the head cover and a nicely cushioned bag.

Your golf clubs are an investment, not only in dollars but in the way you feel out on the course. Golf club head covers serve as more than just a way to brighten up your bag. If you don't have coverage, it's time to look into your bag, and determine what you need in order to protect your precious set.

Craftsman golf head coversA recent golf club headcover giveaway in association with CraftsmanGolf.com forced me to look into my own bag.

My golf clubs are all properly protected but, since it's the season for giving, I also looked into my husband's bag.

Geez, his bag was a shambles...his driver had an old, ratty head cover, the covers on his woods were mismatched

...well, not anymore!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Barry...you have just hit the golf club headcover lottery! Barry's bag went from drab to FAB with the help of CraftsmanGolf.com.

Barry is very patriotic so his driver, three and five-wood are now cheerfully draped and protected in red, white and blue: the "USA Flag Long Neck Golf Head Cover set"!

Made of durable materials and stain/water-resistant, with interchangeable tag numbers and long neck socks to protect the shafts, these headcovers are impressive, combining great looks with functional design. Thanks for your help, Craftsman Golf!

Now, onto the real reasons why golfers need to use headcovers on their golf clubs.

Do head covers affect performance? A head cover won't provide you with a better physical game (call your PGA teaching pro for help) but the act of looking at something that brings you joy during a round, might just improve your mental game!

Reasons to Use a Head Cover

Identification: It's easier to easily find your club by looking at the tag in a bag filled with clubs than trying to find the number or degree of loft.

Protection: Keep Clubs newer longer, from head to shaft

Visual Appeal: It's the same reason you dress better, look better and feel better playing golf - psychologically speaking, it's uplifting to feel good when you play! Show your team or American spirit!  U.S.A., U.S.A.!!

A putter can be one of the more expensive purchases you make and can also suffer the wear and tear of being banged about next to the wedges, so be sure to protect your "putt-for-dough" club as well.

Show us your headcovers! Tag us on Twitter @Golf4Beginners and tell us about it in the comments section of this golf blog.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Managing Expectations: Can a Great #Golf Start Hurt Your Round?

Golfers have expectations, (as do all humans) whether they believe it or not when starting their round; a great score, awesome putting...the list is endless. Managing expectations is probably one of the most difficult issues to overcome for golfers of all levels.

On his first hole (the tenth tee) of the OHL Golf Classic at Mayakoba, Kevin Mitchell scored a hole-in-one. You would think everything would be coming up roses for Mitchell after that pumped-up start, and it did...sort of...Mitchell followed through with a birdie on eleven. Then Mitchell took a par, birdie, bogey and finally wound up with a 66 and tied for 68th place after four rounds. (Please note ESPN has his name listed as Keith while Golf Digest lists it as Kevin).

espn.com/golf/leaderboard

Can anyone maintain such high expectations after an ace? Should you try?

READ: Try to Win and You Won't?

On the flip side, Zimbabwean golfer, Marc Cayeux, left all expectations behind after a devastating motor vehicle accident left one leg shorter than the other. “It’s been a tough seven years, so, on my first year back, I had no expectations. I just basically tried to get back into the swing of things and learn all over again...". Caveux made the cut!

Managing expectations requires determination. Here are a few tips to help overcome thoughts that consume, in order to get positive results during a round.

1. SLOW DOWN: According to mind coach Gary Leboff, "signs of excessive intensity include rushing your food, driving too fast and shortness of breath." Identifying these changes and consciously doing the opposite will help you get into a calm mindset.

2. MANAGE HIGHS AND LOWS on the course: According to PositiveMentalImagery.com, you will lose momentum if you have a good round going and start to dwell on it. Conversely, don't believe that if you have been blowing all of your putts that it will continue to happen. Maintain realistic expectations about your game and stay grounded.

3. STAY IN THE MOMENT: It's common practice to think about the next shot but, in many cases, golfers think way too far ahead. According to GolfMentalGameCoach.com, when French player Alexander Levy was, " totally immersed in the moment: seeing the shot, playing the shot, seeing the result and then playing the next shot," his game took a turn for the better.

Managing your expectations takes practice and strong resolve; understanding where your weaknesses lie and lessening the pressure you put on yourself is the first step to better enjoyment of the game.

How do you manage your expectations on the golf course? Share in the comments section of Golf for Beginners blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.

Friday, November 10, 2017

3 Simple #Golf Tips for More Distance

Every golfer wants more distance, right?

While trying to come up with a golf blog that resonates with almost every player this week, although accuracy is of utmost importance, if you can't get down the fairway, you won't be able to score.

"Simple" is better. Golfers tend to remember easy golf tips and to unknowingly incorporate them while at the range or on the course.

Golf for Beginners was originally conceived of by my husband, Barry, and myself as a way to break down complicated tips into simple thoughts. Therefore, this blog will offer up a few simple tips that should help you get more yardage during your round.

1. Think Short to Go Long. 

Basically, just shorten your backswing: I can't lay claim to thinking of this tip on my own but, when I implement it, I most certainly hit the ball longer...or, at least, I make better contact. Most average golfers believe, the longer the backswing, the more power, but the opposite is true. Bubba Watson can achieve that kind of contact and results (according to Golf.com), but, the weekend golfer is just going to wind up releasing the hands too soon leading to less-than-perfect impact.

2. One Deep Breath then GO!

This is always my last thought just before impact. Take a deep breath and pick out one point on the golf ball - after you exhale, take your swing. Your body will be more relaxed and, chances are, your mind will be on the task at hand instead of thinking of all those positions you should be in!

3. For more advanced golfers, transfer your weight. Many amateurs lose speed and distance because of poor weight shift. RST instructor Chris Tyler offers up a simple drill to aid in weight shift:




More simple tips to consider when trying to go longer include Hank Haney's golf tip to me in our Golf for Beginners podcast about the biggest misconception about distance, "you have to create clubhead speed to get distance."

What golf tips have you successfully used to get more distance? Share in the comments section of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.

Friday, November 03, 2017

#Golf Driver and Putter Head Cover Winners Announced!

CraftsmanGolf Skull_Driver_Putter HeadcoverThe golf blog will be a quick one this week, to announce the winners of the golf driver and putter head covers.

The recipients of the giveaway were very clever and put forth the effort to make this golf blogger sit up and notice!

Thanks again to Craftsman Golf for supplying the awesome headcovers. Golf for Beginners is excited to be able to bring you golf giveaways. Winners will be notified via Twitter DM and will be asked to supply U.S. mailing address which will be sent to Craftsman Golf for shipping purposes.

The winners of the Golf Driver and Putter Head Covers from Craftsman Golf are...

Winner #1: @wcuebas. We're looking forward to seeing a photo of the matching tattoo with the headcovers!










Winner #2: @theUnBWeavAble Don't think these headcovers will improve your skills but your clubs will look amazing in your golf bag!







Thanks to all who entered! Follow @Golf4Beginners on Twitter and Golf for Beginners blog for details on our next giveaway!

Friday, October 27, 2017

AWESOME #Golf Driver and Putter Headcover GIVEAWAY!

When Golf for Beginners was approached by Craftsman Golf to offer a golf GIVEAWAY to our readers and social media friends, we checked out the items and, after we said "WOW", we agreed!

Craftsman Golf, the leader in custom and distinguishing headcovers, is helping us to give away a 2-piece matching set; driver and a putter cover! These headcovers are awesome and will most certainly inspire you as you pull out your clubs on the course.

Did I mention that this GIVEAWAY is for a 2-piece set? Yes, I did! However, we are also authorized to give away just the driver and/or putter cover as we see fit...

Here is what YOU could win:

Skull Leather Driver Head Cover
(description as taken from the site):

- Fit almost 460cc driver
- Premium synthetic leather, water - stain resistant
- V-shaped design with cool skull pattern, fashionable
- Soft inner lining will protect your clubs
- Durable elastic inside secures to a tight fit


Skull Leather Putter Head Cover With Marker Holder
(description as taken from the site):

- Fit almost blade putter
- Premium synthetic leather, Water, and stain resistant
- The soft plush Inner Lining well protect your club
- Strong magnetic closure keeps your cover on the club
- Magnetic utility platform to secure ball marker


Okay, now you know what you can win. Here are the easy-peasy details on How to Win these amazing headcovers and be the envy of every golfer on the course:

Here it comes... it's the Official Giveaway Rules!

This is a Twitter-based giveaway but Golf for Beginners will also post and watch for the hashtag and your comments on Facebook.

Retweet our post, follow @Golf4Beginners and @craftsmangolf on Twitter and hashtag us back with #CraftsmanGolfHeadcovers telling us why you want to win this prized possession, so that we can see that you have entered the Giveaway!

Tag 3 friends (more, as you could to win these amazing head covers).

Postings must include entrants' @username mention to @Golf4Beginners in addition to #CraftsmanGolfHeadcovers to be considered an entry.

WINNERS MUST BE BASED IN THE USA only. Winners will not be selected from any country other than the United States.

Two headcovers - one driver and one putter, will be given away to two golfers by Golf for Beginners blog. Golf for Beginners has the right to split up the prizes and give out 4 prizes instead of two: 2 driver headcovers to 2 separate individuals and 2 putter headcovers to 2 different individuals.

Prizes contributed by CraftsmanGolf.com. (see below).

Winnings provided directly by Craftsman Golf and substitutions may occur. Golf for Beginners is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any substitutions in head covers or putter covers nor are we responsible if CraftsmanGolf.com fails to deliver on the prizes.

Each Winner will be selected by me, Stacy Solomon, so please try to make nice yet opinionated mentions as I will be reading and responding to all comments!

Only one entry per person. RETWEET this Great Giveaway and tell your friends.

Winners will be announced on November 3, 2017 and will be notified via private message. Shipping will be provided by Craftsman Golf. The winner must provide a real name, an accurate address within the USA as well as an email address and phone number upon winning the prize.

GOOD LUCK!

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Check out more wonderful items, pls go to www.craftsmangolf.com. Want custom head covers?
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

After a Pro Tip, Do You Tip the Pro? #golf

Golf beginners have so many unanswered questions, not only about how to play the game but concerns that are taken for granted by amateurs who have already been "around the turn". Golf for Beginners answers several of these questions in this blog with the hopes of making newbies feel more comfortable around the course, not just on it.

Question 1 - The Bag Drop Dilemma
Have you driven up to the bag drop area and felt uncomfortable with someone reaching into your trunk to pull out your golf clubs? You can screech to a stop and try to outrun the greeter but, chances are, he or she will be waiting with a smile.

Let's start by saying that these ambassadors work for the golf course and get paid to help you. My suggestion? Don't fight it, always have a few small bills at the ready - it's just one of the courtesies extended by the course. Instead, focus on the game ahead and let these "friendlies" work for you. Ask them where to check in, where the putting green is located and any other uncomfortable questions you have so that you can relax and ready yourself to play your best game ever.

Question 2 - What to Do at the Front Desk
Queasy at the thought of calling a golf course for a tee time? Not sure what to do when at the desk?

There are several ways to make a tee time - you can call the course or find an online booking company who will reserve your tee time for you. Start by planning ahead and knowing the date and approximate time you (and your foursome) wish to play. Have several dates/times at the ready and a credit card although you can pay for your tee time at the front desk of many courses.

Call the course and set up your golf game. Once you know your tee time, get to the course at least a half an hour in advance so that you are on time for your tee-off!

When at the front desk, the associate will give you a receipt. Give that piece of paper to the starter - the starter has a list of all of the golfers playing golf that day. He or she will take the ticket and let you know which group you will follow...and will give you helpful tips about the course such as where the bathrooms are, where you can find drinking water on-course, where the pins are located for the day and whether or not it's a "cart-path-only" day.


Question 3 - A Teaching Pro Tip
After a lesson (or a group of lessons), are you supposed to tip the pro?

You already paid for lessons and the instructor isn't offering you a service like cleaning your cleats so I would say there are better ways to show your appreciation to your teaching pro.

A few suggestions... leave a great review on his or her website (or Facebook page). If you really like the results, and your game is improving, you may want to take more lessons - this, more than anything, will probably make your pro feel like a million bucks!


Read next: Can Online Tips Hurt Your Golf Game?

What concerns do you have around the golf course? Write them down in the comments section of this golf blog and tag us with your questions on Twitter @Golf4Beginners. We will answer questions here and on social media.