Pokemon Go has taken over golf courses nationwide.

We’ve seen a very large spike in the amount of Golfers in the past couple of weeks, especially golfers that play Pokemon Go. It was even suggested that we’d open up our golf course just for players to search for Pokemon. And to be completely honest, we’ve brought it up to the board and took these suggestions into consideration. But that isn’t what’s shocking here – what’s shocking is how many sports Pokemon go has replaced in the past couple of weeks. From hockey to golfing, many physical activities were replaced in an instant when Pokemon Go had come out. Maybe it’s because it’s brings back 1990’s nostalgia to the generation that needs it the most? Maybe it’s because hipsters find it cool to play a game oriented around a time in which they didn’t exist? There’s many reasons why players are heavily attracted to this game – but if I were to narrow it down to one sole reason, it would have to be related to pure addiction.

Sure, playing Pokemon Go isn’t as bad as nipping the bottle or participating in the consumption of any illicit drugs, but it can be if you let it go too far. So far, there have been more than several deaths associated with the game Pokemon Go and several arrests made because rival players had gotten frustrated with competition. I don’t believe any game in the history of mankind has ever caused so many problems in our society, let alone caused deaths. And the sad part is – this craze isn’t over just yet.

It’s been said that Pokemon Go will be releasing an update, so that players may play against one another in-person. If this doesn’t scream conflict, I don’t know what does. In a society that’s driven by videogames and technology, it can be quite hard to not join in a a fad like Pokemon Go. In certain parts, it’d become almost socially acceptable. Hell, CNBC reported that T-Mobile is offering FREE DATA for Pokemon Go users. If this isn’t crazy enough, certain restaurants are offering free food to those who are at higher levels. Being somebody who majored in marketing throughout my college years, I can testify that this isn’t only an amazing tactic, it’s probably one of the most clever things I’ve seen around. And I don’t think there will be an end to it either.

Pokemon Go says they might release battle grounds – registered places for people to travel to to battle other Pokemon Go players. Kinda like in the TV series, except a lot more hands on and EXTREMELY real.

 

There are many games that fall short of what Pokemon Go has achieved, like Racing Rivals. A game that seemingly took over the car world and became the talk of the town, where players could race one another with vehicles they modified themselves. Heck, it was so popular, people started created racing rivals hacks for cydia, obtaining hundreds of thousands of downloads every month. But then, the game died off. And it died of quickly.

Needless to say, is this game good for business? Absolutely. Is it going to help my golf course in obtaining my customers? Yes, of course.

The real question is, will it last long? I guess that’s for your to decide.…

Read more

How to hold a golf club if you’re left handed.

IMG_9006 (3)About 10-15% of the world’s population are left-handed, and it’s no surprise that lefties remain rare even in the golf course. Until recently, it was difficult for them to get ahold of golf clubs that are specially designed for them, so they just had to make do with what was available.

Even today, a wider range of equipment options are readily available for the right-handed but the options for the left-handed remain limited. All in all, only around 25% of all golf clubs are designed with a left-handed option. What’s more, most golf instructors and instruction materials revolve around the right-handed way of doing things.

Despite all of this, many left-handers seem to adapt quickly in playing golf right-handed. In fact, they have the higher advantage with this position, which only seems more natural as they are leading with their left side. It follows that holding a golf club is the same for both left-handed and right-handed golfer, the only difference is that the dominant and non-dominant hands are reversed.

Here are the steps on how to hold a golf club as a left-handed golfer:
Step 1
While you are standing over the ball, use your right hand to grasp the club. Your fingers should be wrapped around the club in such a way that “V” is formed by your thumb and forefinger. The “V” should be pointing at your left shoulder. Let your thumb point down the grip, and see to it that it is a bit to the left of the center. Your hand must be positioned at least a quarter-inch from the top of the grip.

 
Step 2
Put the small finger of your left hand between your right hand’s middle finger and forefinger. Just below your right hand, wrap the rest of your fingers around the handle of the club. The “V” formed by the thumb and forefinger of your left hand, called the overlapping grip, should also point to your left shoulder.

 
Step 3
Take the same position for your right hand as that in Step 1. Place your right hand’s forefinger in between your left hand’s the little and ring fingers. You can now wrap the rest of the fingers of your left hand around the handle of the club, directly below your right hand.

The “V” that is formed by the thumb and forefinger of your left hand, called the interlocking grip, should again be pointing towards your left shoulder.
The important thing about following these precise finger positioning is that the overlapping and interlocking grips are the basics in getting the hands to work together to swing the golf club.

 
Step 4
Again, position your right hand in the same way as in Step 1. Your left hand must be placed directly underneath your right hand. Be sure that the little finger of your left hand touches the forefinger of your right hand. Wrap all your fingers around the handle. The “V” formed by the thumb and forefinger of your left hand, called the 10-finger or baseball grip, must be pointing to your right shoulder this time.…

Read more

Why most golfers quit within the first month!

IMG_9006 (1)Why would anyone quit golf after barely even starting to know the basics of the sport?

Perhaps they don’t just get that “feel” in the golf course. Perhaps they are just too lazy to learn something new. Perhaps golf itself is just too complicated, and takes a lot of practice just to finally make that proper shot. Or perhaps . . .

Are you one of these people? They try golfing for a bit, say not even a month, but later on, they cannot be seen in the course already. Yes, maybe some even lasted 3 or 5 months, but they quit all the same.

Some golf club members admitted starting that way, but they rediscovered their passion for golf. That doesn’t seem to be the case for most people.

WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM HERE?

The most common reason professed by many is that golf is simply too hard. One frustrated golf trainee who quit golf after 2 months said that even though he was good at other sports like basketball, tennis and football, none of them got close to the how difficult golf was for him. Many others claimed that golf is impossibly difficult and won’t even lay a finger on a golf club.

Is golf really that hard that people think it’s impossible for them to be good at it? An internet survey was posted on a popular golf blog, asking whether or not people are just too lazy to get better at golf. That got quite a variety of reactions, the most common of which were: (1) not having the patience to spend countless hours of practicing on the range, and (2) being too lazy to work hard at something that doesn’t even involve making a living.

Some would even go so far as saying that golf is only for smart people, since every move had to involve detailed calculations. This is a wrong line of thinking since that is not all there is to golf, although it may be true that people who can make calculations on the golf course really have a slight advantage.

There are those who, once they started playing, realize that they don’t have the time or patience to get better at the sport and simply walk away since it doesn’t really matter that much anyway in the first place. They lose the will to play golf that easily.

REIGNITING YOUR PASSION FOR GOLF

Since golf is all about practice and patience, not many has the ability and drive to endure it. Just thinking of the efforts that have to be done in playing the sport discourage many from even trying.

Despite this, there are many tales of people who had to go through many obstacles and hardships in pursuing their passion for golf. They stand now with pride in the golf course having the time of their lives, grateful for each time they get to play the sport they love the most. They did not get the hang of it right at the start, at least that’s what happened for the most of them, except maybe for the naturally gifted ones out there. It took them years to master the skills in playing golf, and not just overnight while reading a guide for golf beginners.

Aren’t you curious as to what made them stay with golf? Aren’t you curious why those who seemed to hate it first, now frequent the golf course on their own? How about those who quit just some months ago, but came back with renewed passion for golf? Aren’t you curious as well?

Don’t just be another quitter and get back on the course. There’s a lot for you to know before you even get the right to judge golf. It’s not yet too late to give up on it. Find out yourself what makes those people seem happy and content with golf. Surely, it won’t be an easy start, but isn’t that always the case for anything? It’s only difficult at first, but there’s that saying – everything gets better with time.

It may be true that golf is not for everyone. But if you love something, without a doubt, you will keep coming back to it.…

Read more

How to be a better golfer in just 3 simple steps.

Golf is all about being able to lead the ball into the sweet spot with the right balance of controlling trajectory and shaping shots. By and large, trajectory is mainly a function of clubface loft. To be more specific, it is largely influenced and dictated by the loft at impact. Making lower trajectory shots will typically generate more roll on the golf ball, which is very useful especially in windy conditions. What does it take then to hit the golf ball low?

There are some small adjustments to pay attention to in order to hit a lower trajectory shot. Normally, these adjustments can be grouped into three main categories, namely:

img_2084
1. Adapting the Right Posture and Adjusting Your Center of Gravity

To make a lower trajectory shot, the key is in adjusting your weight distribution or shifting your center of gravity. Doing this simply means having your hands and your whole weight lean forward.

Get into position by keeping your sternum and head in front of the ball throughout the swing. Make sure your hands are in front of the ball and that they feel like they stay well ahead of the club head, putting less wrist hinge to aim for lower trajectory. At the same time, the shaft must be leaning towards the target. The combination of these gestures really compresses the golf ball. This way, the loft is significantly decreased and a lower shot is achieved.

However, if you start leaning backwards and shift your center of gravity back up during the swing, you will cause the ball to soar in an upward fashion. More wrist hinge also results to higher trajectory.
2. Fine-Tuning Ball Position and Swinging Postures

Place the ball position a little farther back than usual; that is, play the ball back anywhere from center of your stance to your rear foot. Grip down on the club handle and make your swing flatter to make the ball’s trajectory lower.

Tilt your shoulder forward and lower when making a swing. Also, adjusting your swing speed can make such a great difference. You can make the shot fly lower by slowing down your swing pace: execute a smooth, abbreviated swing. To do this, either shorten the swing or choke down on the club. A softer swing pace can be achieved by creating an even, pendulum-like rhythm. The ball’s spin rate is lowered in the process, preventing an upward flight but keeping the ball flight lower and therefore, resulting to lower trajectories.

Practice baseball swings to adapt to this stance quickly. As opposed to a V-shaped swing, go for a more of a wide, U-shaped swing that will create a more shallow approach towards the ball. Developing the U-shaped swing will help essentially in just hitting the golf ball as high as the loft of the club will allow.

Higher trajectory shots work the other way around. Placing the ball position forward, tilting your shoulder forward and higher, as well as gripping up on the handle all contribute to the increase of the trajectory. Moreover, the faster the swing is, the more backspin and more height it creates.
3. Finishing Well: Making an Effective Follow Through

Even after the swing is made, it is important to set your weight forward, as emphasized quite fully earlier on, and maintain it there until the finish and the follow through. Leaning your weight forward helps a lot in delofting the clubface and ensuring a steep, descending blow. Many make the mistake of starting forward but unconsciously fall back up during the swing. Leaning forward often makes you pick the club up steeper, making the ball flight tend to go higher. Keep the trajectory low by making sure that your body leads the swing and finishes forward.

The release of the shot is another important aspect of that influence the trajectory as well. The more extended your arms are throughout the shot, the lower the ball flight will be. When you let the club come up more in the follow-through, the shot will produce more height.

Last but not the least, finish low by holding the club head below the waistline after impact. It is important to avoid executing a full swing at this point.

Now, On to the Course

Taking note of all the elements discussed here will be helpful in hitting a golf ball with a lower trajectory. Be sure to practice the positions and other critical points well in order to make the ball fly lower.

All told, changing just a few things in your setup and swing techniques can allow you to increase and strengthen your arsenal of shots and better prepare you for any obstacle you will face on the course. Though, obviously, the easiest alternative would be to choose a lower lofted club to make the shot low.…

Read more