Friday, October 30, 2015

Trump Claims Obama Doesn't Use #Golf Course to Make Deals

President Obama playing golf
In his latest book, "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again", Donald Trump touches on Obama's inefficient approach to deal-making on the golf course.

"President Obama is big on playing golf. But he doesn’t play with the right people. . . . Believe me, I know how to use a golf course—and golf clubs—to make deals."

So, how does Trump, and other business leaders, use the golf course to further their goals?

Golf for Beginners understands that people spend time on the course for different reasons; some just want to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, some players believe walking the fairways can be therapeutic and others use the sport as an opportunity to gain time away from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Other folks use golf as a business tool, whether it is to learn more about a prospective business partner, curry favors or to thank employees for a job well done.

In this blog, we will present a few tips from deal makers who teach us that golf can be a useful tool for closing deals and building bonds.

1. Networking expert, George Souri, owner of UltraPawn maintains “You should use your time on the course to develop the relationship, not to sell a deal."

2. Looking for a character reference? Play a round with a potential associate. Julian Small, CEO of Wentworth Golf Club states, “When you do business with people, you need to know more about them. Golf rewards players who remain calm under pressure, never lose their temper and think strategically. These are all virtues in business, too."

3. Bill Storer, President of Business Golf Strategies, maintains that focusing on results.."outlining your goals and how you plan to meet them", should be your "pre-shot routine".

After reading these strategies, do you think President Obama is using the golf course to his advantage?

What is your advice for doing business on the golf course? Voice your opinion on this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Which Golf Shot Gives Tiger Woods and Amateurs The Jitters

While scanning through posts on a Google Plus golf community, I came across an interesting question which I address here, on our Golf for Beginners blog.

Originally posed by Michael Breed, host of The Golf Fix on Golf Channel and posted by Adam Young from Turnberry Performance Academy, the multiple choice question was...

Which golf shot gives you the most pressure?

For most golf beginners, almost every shot comes with its hair-raising moments, from setting-up to standing over the ball and then taking the shot, but there is one time which most players agree gives them that extra shudder.

Choices for most anxious-laden shot included:

Opening Tee Shot
Shot Over Water
Pitch Over a Bunker

Can you guess which golf shot was selected?

Yes, it was the dreaded drive on the first tee. Why would this shot cause more stress than flying your shot over water? Perhaps it's the pressure while people are watching or not knowing that you have visualized the shot properly - and would you believe that even the former number one golfer in the world steps up to the tee with reservations?

Tiger Woods tee shot

Tiger Woods definitely has first-tee jitters, says former teaching pro Hank Haney. "He has no problems finishing, but he's had problems starting, Most players are the other way around."

If, as Hank Haney states, golfers have the most trouble finishing a hole, it would be safe to assume that putting offers almost as much anxiety as driving the ball.

In my opinion, putting or finishing out the hole, can lend itself to a yip or two with about three hundred thousand mentions of "The Yips" on Google. Putting to save par or when you have the opportunity to make birdie or even EAGLE, can bring out a cringe or two in almost any level of player.

What can be done to help you relax before your shot and relieve some of that "in-the-moment" angst?

Visualizing your shot and focusing on your game, hole-by-hole, instead of your score with your mental thoughts being "one shot at a time" can take the worry out of a round and help you perform with confidence.

Taking a deep breath before you're ready to "pull the trigger" definitely helps, writes Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Director of Instruction Jerry Mowlds, and having confidenceknowing that you are going to make a great swing, is another way to help calm the nerves as you start your round.

Performance anxiety is a normal part of any sport; it's how you rise to the challenge which will determine how you finish. Believe in yourself and your score will take care of itself.

How do you deal with golf course jitters? Let us know on this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.


Friday, October 16, 2015

The Mystical Properties of Myrtle Beach Golf

Halloween may usher in a chill in many parts of the USA but in Myrtle Beach, with temperatures still balmy, golfers are happily driving onto fairways and fist-pumping as they hear the clink of their putt dropping decisively into the hole. What a great time to visit the Golf Capital of the World!

The Mystical Golf Writer's Tournament was in full swing once again this past week at The Witch, Wizard and Man O' War courses; in it's fifth year of operation, sports and travel writers converge upon Myrtle Beach to play these unique courses which are different yet which share a common bond. In spite of the wrath which Hurricane Joaquin laid in its path, these three gems were unaffected and remain in very nice condition, ready to cast their magical spell upon tourists and locals alike.

In previous articles about The Witch, Wizard and Man O' War golf courses, I gave an overview of each course, from the enclosed and "macabre" feeling you get driving on the creeky paths of the Witch to the breathtaking feeling of the Man O' War, where many holes are surrounded by water, where the wind can be your friend or not and where island greens test your resolve.

Mar O War Golf Course hole 9
Bob Gillespie ready to putt on hole 9 at Man O War. Claude Pardue watches as Barry tends the pin.

The Wizard designed to be a links-style course, is as challenging as its sister courses but also offered scoring opportunities (especially from the forward tees, which is where the ladies played from during the tournament).

One big tip I can offer about all of the Mystical golf courses is, if you want to make a green in regulation, you must place your tee shot properly. These golf courses are built for shot makers - you can't just bomb away and wherever your ball lands you'll get onto the green - touch and thought is the name of the game.

The three Mystical golf courses are designed by Dan Maples, who has designed over thirty courses to date around the world and whose family has been involved in the business of golf since the late 1800's so now you know that, when you play a Maples course, your skills will be tested.

The Wizard Golf Course
The Wizard Golf Course Club House

A Myrtle Beach golf vacation would not be complete without the ability to choose from sixty miles of accommodations and from over a thousand restaurants. This year, our group was treated to a stay at The Breakers, one of my favorite hotels from when we used to travel here for vacation. Upscale and with awesome views, this hotel is located in a prime position, only a few blocks from the 1.2 mile Boardwalk (named by Budget Travel as one of the country's most awesome boardwalks) and a two-minute drive to Broadway at the Beach.

As for the food, tournament participants were treated to dinner at Wild Wing Cafe and then, arguably, to the top show in Myrtle Beach, "One" The Show at the Alabama Theater in Barefoot Landing. We had been to both venues several years ago at a previous Mystical Golf Writers' Tournament and were happily surprised to be going once again.

For Myrtle Beach vacationers and locals alike, "One" The Show is entertaining, patriotic and shows off great talent such as "Star Search" male vocalist and emcee, Greg Rowles, Grant Turner (aka the hilarious Ricky Mokel) and Irving the Dog from America's Got Talent.

Myrtle Beach...The Grand Strand...has seven of the "Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America" by Golf Digest and was ranked number one in 2014 on TripAdvisor's top summer destinations.

If you are looking for a golf vacation that fills your senses ...and your tummy... without taking a bite out of your wallet, which gives you an extensive choice of cushioned fairways and tricky greens, Myrtle Beach is the vacation spot for you and your family.

Views of Myrtle Beach

A special thanks goes out to the following people and companies for the warm welcome:

Mr. Claude Pardue
The Alabama Theater at Barefoot Landing- "One" The Show
Wild Wing Cafe at Barefoot Landing
The Breakers Resort
Mr. David Wood
Mr. Graham Williams, Director of Golf, The Witch Golf Course
Mr. Tim Sautter - The Wizard Golf Course
Mr. Randy Broughton - Man O'War Golf Course

For more information about The Witch, Man-0-War and The Wizard, please visit, or call 843.282.2977.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Why Follow The and Challenge Tour? #golf #infographic

Golf fans excitedly watched this season as Jordan Spieth decisively climbed the PGA Tour ranks to become number-one atop the world rankings and, although fans think this is a wow factor, there are other tours and players who are out there grinding it out but rarely receive much attention.

Have you ever followed the or Challenge Tour?

Recently, fifty players on the Tour graduated to the PGA Tour and became card-carrying members with a chance of, one-day, winning events, getting more recognition and, perhaps, a few big-name sponsors. Some golfers' names are recognizable and others are just getting their start but one thing is for sure...dreams are alive on every Tour! tour-pga tour

Meet the fifty winners who earned a spot on the PGA Tour.

The Challenge Tour is the European Tour's answer to the Tour and has produced such recognizable names as Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen.

The Challenge Tour is now featuring a "Road to Oman" Challenge ranking system - if you are a golf fan, you will know that a recent winner is a first from Italy, Matteo Delpodio.

Although fans can't possibly watch every tournament, it's interesting to follow along with lesser known tours like the or Challenge Tour.

Keeping an eye on the rankings makes you feel closer to the struggles of golfers as they attempt to rise through the ranks and into the spotlight. The "feel" of each of these Tours is quite different and offer a look into venues and countries that inspire the average golfer to improve while understanding that, in golf, we're always learning!

Do you follow the Challenge or Tour? Let us know on Twitter @Golf4Beginners or on our golf blog.

See entire infographic at photo - pgatour,com

Friday, October 02, 2015

Jordan Spieth Breaking Records Won't Topple Tiger Woods Legacy #golf

"Tiger Woods changed the Game, Spieth plays it."

Golf fans desperately searching for the next Tiger Woods, here he is - Jordan Spieth! Or is he...?

While one of the greatest golfers to have ever played the game is now ruminating that the 'sun is setting on his career', the other, Spieth, is eagerly contemplating his future.

At twenty-two years old, Spieth is not only a multi-millionaire, but he's also already a record breaker, earning more than Tiger Woods in one season. Jordan has now regained the title of number-one golfer in the world, he's won two majors in one season (The Masters and the U.S. Open) and almost clinched the remaining major tournaments. He is also the youngest golfer to win five events in one season.

Jordan Spieth holding FedEx Cup and Tour Championship Trophies

But, is Jordan Spieth ever going to topple the legacy of the former World's Number One?

There are so many Tiger Woods devotees on social media that, after reading through some of the comments on the "Golf Nothing More" group to which I post, I have to say that it will take a major shift in mindset as much as very hard work from the young Spieth to change the hearts and minds of fans.

The question on the group page was, "Is Spieth a Better Golfer at Twenty-Two than Tiger Woods?"

Comments included:
David White, "Tiger never missed any cuts." which speaks to Woods' incredible golf ability at such a young age.
Steve Wesson, "Tiger changed the game - Spieth plays it. I love them both but I would take a young Woods over Spieth."

Tiger Woods did change golf and introduced the game to a whole new era of people that wouldn't know a hybrid from a wood. He got kids involved in the game just by being so far above the rest that people tuned in just to see him perform...and he was GOOD...the BEST that had played in a very long time.

I would have to agree that, at twenty-two, Tiger Woods still had the upper hand versus the young Spieth but, at the rate of growth of the current World's Number One Golfer, does Spieth have a chance to, one day, have his name on the lips of golf fans as the one who surpassed Tiger Woods' records?

Looking forward to a new year, the next question might be, "How is Jordan Spieth going to top his award-winning season in 2016?"

Spieth would have to win, at the very least, the other two majors that he closed in on this past year - The British Open and the PGA Championship - in order to have the elusive Grand Slam in his back pocket. He would have to win several larger tournaments that include a top-name field and do it easily, as Tiger Woods usually did in pressure-cooker situations.

We cannot predict the future nor can we write Tiger Woods out of the history books yet, but, as Jim Nantz mentioned during coverage of the Masters, "Win or lose, you just got a good look at a young man who’s going to be a big part of the future of this sport".

Jordan Spieth_Hero_World Challenge trophy
Isn't that Tiger Woods' trophy?

Join in the conversation on Twitter @Golf4Beginners and comment on this Golf for Beginners blog.

photo: TheBigLead.comThe Onion