Monday, April 25, 2011

Ballmarks!! A Badge of Honor?

You're 150 yds. out with a trap between you and the green.  You hit that high arching 7 iron and land with a thud in the center of the green 10 ft. from the pin.  Be proud, replace your divot, stick out your chest and walk to the green as if you've just won the Master's.  Then with the rest of your foursome watching, proudly fix that ballmark with a smile on your face as if to say look at me, I hit this shot and it landed right here.  You might even want to fix one or two more, just to imply you duplicate this shot with regularity.  Repair that ballmark and revel in that great shot.  Wear that Repaired ballmark as a Badge of Honor!

- Jack

End of an Era

The "Tiger Woods Era" is over!  No longer will Tiger dominate professional golf as he once did.  Will he win again?  Probably.  Will he break Jack Nicklaus's record for majors?  No.  Why?  My reasoning is as follows:

  1. His golf swing is not as good as it once was.
  2. The putting "magic" is gone.
  3. Four left knee surgeries.
  4. His competition has improved and no longer fears him.
-Greg Johnson

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The "Game Plan"

     The question is, "How do I improve and lower my handicap?".  Read a golf Magazine?  Watch the Golf Channel?  Listen to my amateur fellow competitors?  New equipment?
     The "Game Plan" is actually quite simple.  For the answer we look at the players who play professionally on the various tours.  They all have the following "Game Plan":
  1. Instruction
  2. Practice
  3. Play
  4. Compete
  5. Exercise
  6. Equipment
     All amateur golfers would benefit by following that same plan.  To start, make a personal assessment of yourself in each area.  Depending on time and budget constraints you can then begin the implementation of your own personal "Game Plan" towards a lower handicap.  In future blogs we will take a closer look at each component.  Enjoy the journey!

Greg Johnson
Western Lakes Golf Pro