Golf is Not Too Expensive to Play – It Is Just Too Expensive to Start

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Have you ever asked yourself how expensive is it to get started playing golf?  The short answer is that it is very expensive. I started examining the costs of playing golf because I realized that good golfers, as compared to mediocre players and beginners, have VERY different theories about why the number of golfers is decreasing in the United States and around the world.  Obviously, the reasons are multifactorial, but a large reason is that golf can be cost prohibitive just to get started. [Read more…]

Can We Call Tiger Woods the Best Ever Without 18 Majors?

This Blog is largely excerpted from an AP report right after Tiger’s Announcement that he is not only unable to play the Masters but will also likely sit out the rest of the 2014 PGA season due to back surgery.  There was no commentary to this report, but it lists in great detail the LONG list of injuries that Tiger Woods has endured over the years. [Read more…]

There is No Reason Why Interest in Golf “Should Be” Decreasing!

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  1. It is one of the only sports you can play as you get into your 80s and 90s.
  2. It is one of the only sports you can play as a family whether it is a young family or an old one.
  3. It is one of the only sports where you can think of it as a walk in the park.
  4. It is one of the only sports where you can speak complete sentences without catching your breath.
  5. It is one of the only sports where you can make a business deal without catching your breath.
  6. It is one of the only sports you can play without having to run a 4.3s dash.
  7. It is one of the only sports you can play with your arm around your honey at sunset.
  8. Golf is one of the only sports you can play around green fields, sand, and beach.
  9. Golf is one of the only sports where you can play against yourself.
  10. Golf is like an “open marriage”. You might start with a twosome but leave with a foursome.
  11. Golf is one of the only sports where you every phrase can be construed as a sexual innuendo.
  12. Golf is one of the only sports where your dad or mom can beat you with a club without going to jail.
  13. Golf is by far the most interactive sport you can spend with your children, wife– hours of family time.
  14. What other sport besides golf can you spend hours interacting with your children, wife, or family?
  15. You get to play with a ball… and some of them are colored.
  16. It’s a game you can play for a lifetime.
  17. Golf is the most fun you can with your clothes on.
  18. Golf does not require a high degree of physical fitness to play well.
  19. A solo person can go to any course and be joined with other players. Golf is like a dating service.
  20. Golf is the only sport where a handicap is desirable.
  21. Golf is a sport where you get out of work to play a Charity Tournament… but it really is just like playing golf any other day.
  22. Golf is great as it fosters competition, etiquette, integrity, honesty,… and even math.

 

Decline in Golfers Around the World — What’s the Cause and What can be Done about it?

junior golfThe forecast for Golf around the world is unfortunately one of doom and gloom.  The growth in the United States, Canada, and Europe are either stagnant or decreasing annually.

Many reasons have been provided for this decline including the costs of playing golf, the decline in the economy, or even slow play and long rounds; but one can argue that one of the more significant reasons is the decline in the interest of junior players  or millenials who find that golf is just not Fun and Engaging.

And the challenge, according to the National Golf Federation is to make golf more attractive to this segment of the population [Read more…]

Play SMART Golf

We all know that over-thinking in golf is a dangerous thing.  Which is why Vision 54’s concept of a “Think Box” and “Play Box” is a great way to keep swing thoughts in their proper place.

Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, founders of Vision54 teach that before hitting any golf shot, stand back from the ball (in your think box), analyze the hole quickly and decide what you’re going to do  — what club to use, where to aim, where to place the ball in your stance, etc.  

Then the moment you walk up to the ball (and go into your play box), set up for your shot based on what you committed to do in your think box; stop thinking and just swing freely.

It’s brilliant in its simplicity, but then again, aren’t most SMART ideas simply brilliant?

Golf is hard – no doubt about it.  But it doesn’t have to be complicated.  Simplify and improve your game by playing SMART golf:

Strategize every hole from green to tee

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Ernie In his Think Box

With every hole on the golf course you need to think strategically and have a plan of attack, not just for the next shot, but every shot you plan on hitting on that hole.

Start mapping out your plan from the green and work backwards.  Your GPS App will show you the layout of the hole and where the trouble is so you can decide where you want your ball to be for your next shot.

This is where golf starts to look at lot like business.  A good business plan always starts with where you want to be, not where you are.  You work backwards from there asking yourself, “What needs to happen to get me to this spot?”  Keep doing that until you’re back at the tee.  You’ll probably find you won’t hit as many Drivers as you used to.

If you run into trouble, you’ll need to adjust the plan, but it’s still from green to the ball, not from the ball to the green.

Measure distances for every golf club

Striker Golf GPS MapDo you know how far you hit every club in your bag? If you don’t then you can’t possible have a plan of attack for any hole.

Hitting balls on the range won’t tell you how far you hit the ball because, let’s face it, unless you belong to a very exclusive club, most range balls suck.

So you need to figure out your distance with every club while playing over time in different conditions.

Using Striker’s Touch-point technology you can measure the distance from where you are to your target and watch it automatically tell you the distance from your target to the green.

Compare where your ball lands with the target to see how accurate your assessment of your distance with that club really is. After a few games, you’ll have your distances nailed down for every club.

Aim at a very small target

So you’re standing in the fairway about to hit your approach shot.  What’s your target?  For most golfers, it’s the green – anywhere on the green is good as far as they are concerned.  But that’s not going to give you the best result.

Aim to the smallest target you can see – a tree branch, house chimney or maybe the flag if you’re confident.  If you aim big, you’ll miss big.  Aim small to keep your mind and body focused and your misses minimal.

Release the club head freely

Tension and doubt kill distance and accuracy.  So when you walk from your think box into your play box, trust your plan, waggle out the tension, take one final look at the target, take your back swing and then release the club head free from tension and doubt — almost as if you are trying to throw it down the target line, as talked about in Extraordinary Golf.

Track your stats and practice your weaknesses

stats and scoreDo you have a handicap?  If you’ve been playing longer than 2 years, you really should.  Remember,  you can’t improve what you don’t measure, so get a handicap and record your games at least monthly.

But that’s not enough.  To really improve at golf you need to track your stats (fairways hit, greens in regulation, number of putts, up-and-downs, # of shots inside 50 yards/100 yards, etc).

Plan your practice sessions based on what your stats tell you is your biggest weakness.  You’ll find that handicap of yours dropping steadily as you Track & Attack your problem areas.

SMART golf isn’t rocket science; it’s common sense.

So before you play your next round of golf, download Striker Golf GPS to your iPhone or Android phone.  Use it to help you practice SMART golf and then let us know how you’re doing.  We love hearing from you!

Your golf buddies at Striker

 

Best Golf Tips Ever

Best golf tips ever - dreamstime_xs_32091025Recently I read an article about the best tips some top PGA pros ever received.  It was interesting how many of them talked about advice other than swing tips.  My favorite was what Jack Nicklaus’ tennis coach shared with double heart transplant survivor, Erik Compton, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery.”  It’s a great reminder that the past does not predict the future in life and in golf.

I’ve often heard from golf pros that their business thrives because of all the advice their students receive on TV, in golf magazines and online.  Having been the victim of many silly swing suggestions, I can believe it.

But to be fair, I’ve also received some amazing tips that have resurrected my game and occasionally taken it (and my life) to the next level.  Here are my top three… [Read more…]