Me and My BIG Imposing Shadow…

140901_001The end result of my chip on the green on the 115 yard 2nd hole at Southern Meadows. This was my 2nd shot and it lead to my achieving par on the hole.

I left my “shadow” in the photo…so to prove it was me and not someone else I’m paying to play for me (LOL) !

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Motivation….

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Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

You could beat the world
You could beat the war
You could talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock (yeah)
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon’ find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You can go the distance
You can run the mile
You can walk straight through hell with a smile

You could be the hero
You could get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke

Yeah, do it for your people
Do it for your pride
How you ever gonna know if you never even try?

Do it for your country
Do it for your name
‘Cause there’s gonna be a day…

When you’re standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

Be a champion, be a champion, be a champion, be a champion
On the walls of the hall of fame

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers
(Yeah)

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions
Be truth seekers

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions

Standing in the hall of fame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

(You can be a champion)
You could be the greatest
(You can be a champion)
You can be the best
(You can be a champion)
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

(You can be a champion)
You could beat the world
(You can be a champion)
You could beat the war
(You can be a champion)
You could talk to God, go banging on his door

(You can be a champion)
You can throw your hands up
(You can be a champion)
You can beat the clock(yeah)
(You can be a champion)
You can move a mountain
(You can be a champion)
You can break rocks

(You can be a champion)
You can be a master
(You can be a champion)
Don’t wait for luck
(You can be a champion)
Dedicate yourself and you gonna find yourself
(You can be a champion)

Standing in the hall of fame

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Be Like Bubba….

These showed up today…and they were worth the wait.

Kentwool Tour Socks…the Patriotic Design. Red, White and Blue and endorsed by Bubba Watson.

I never thought I’d pay $20.00 for a single pair of socks BUT these socks are extremely well crafted and simply the most comfortable socks I’ve ever worn.

Get yours today….and be like Bubba ! 140829_001

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Bridgestone Back In Play….

Bridgestone Tour HatA special thank you to Bridgestone Golf who have offered to assist me by supplying golf balls, gloves, and apparel for the upcoming 2015 season. I’ve played their TreoSoft ball a bit this year and it’s a fantastic ball but unfortunately it’s now out of production. I’ve been fortunate enough to have 4 boxes (48 balls total) of “old stock” supplied to me in addition to the TreoSoft replacement ball, the Bridgestone E5. In addition I’ve received two 3 packs of Bridgestone Tour model Gloves and some rather attractive ballcaps in tan and black.

Thank you Bridgestone Golf for your support and I’m proud to add Bridgestone to Wilson Staff, Adidas, and Oakley as MY equipment of choice.

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Get a Better Grip…

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I have big hands….a fact I can not deny and something I can’t do anything about.

I can adapt though….

Speaking briefly with my instructor today, I verified my suspicions that I would benefit from an oversized grip. An oversized grip will provide me with better control of the club and will provide me with a greater level of confidence when it comes to achieving a better, more stable grip.

After trying out a few different brand grips, I’ve settled on the Winn DryTac oversized grip for my drivers, hybrids, and irons. The overall feel of the Winn DryTac oversized grip is a significant improvement over the grips that come with my Wilson clubs and by changing out the factory grip to an oversized grip will provide me with a stable platform to further improve my game.

I order my new grips soon and hopefully have them installed and my clubs back in my possession shortly after the arrival of the new grips.

I’m proud to add Winn Grips to my equipment arsenal and I look forward to building upon my current skills through a balanced and calculated program of instruction, training, practice, play, and equipment technology.

 

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Visual Learning…

As I continue to struggle with the occasional slice, especially with my driver, I’m adopting a training regimen that I first observed on a PGA Training DVD. This device was designed specifically to illustrate proper foot placement, ball placement within the stance, and swing pattern. It’s called a Golf Swing Self Teaching Board and the beauty of this device is that I can use it at home, in my back yard, and receive immediate feedback as to my achieving (or not achieving) proper foot placement and swing path/pattern.

I ordered one this afternoon and I expect it to arrive by the weekend where it will be immediately pressed into service. It’s a given that if I can keep the ball on the fairway, my chances of shaving strokes off my game are increased significantly.

A simple Google search for “Golf Swing Self Teaching Board” will yield you a multitude of vendors who offer this training device for sale. I purchased mine off of E-Bay.

I look forward to training with the Golf Swing Self Teaching Board and I am hopeful that proper practice with this training tool will yield positive results.

 

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2015 Lesson, Course, and Tournament Program

golf-channel-am-tour-1792021-regular2015 will be my first full season of golf, and there are big plans made to hit the ground running.

Home Base: I will continue to call Southern Meadows Golf Course home. The owners Mike and Rick Clawson are fantastic people and Southern Meadows has become a second home for me. I enjoy their 9 hole course, its always in great shape, it’s accessible, and the welcoming atmosphere makes everyone who frequents the club feel at home.

Instruction: PGA Professional Mike Clawson will remain my instructor. I’ve gained valuable insights from his instruction and he have developed a “chemistry” where I’m at ease with discussing performance levels and deficiencies with Mike and his teaching style suits my personality. As my play develops, the depth and scope of my lessons will develop and mature as well.

Tournament Competition: I will continue to be a member of the USGA as well as the Rochester District Golf Association and the New York State Golf Association and as the 2015 RDGA and NYSGA release their tournament schedule, I plan on entering a number of RDGA and NYSGA tournaments. My main concentration will be participating in the Golf Channel Amateur Tour. If the 2015 Golf Channel Amateur Tour schedule closely mirrors the 2014 schedule, I will have the opportunity to participate in seven amateur tournaments in the Western and Central New York area. I look forward to the continued development of my skill level and testing myself in the Golf Channel Am-Tour in 2015.

For the remainder of my 2014 season, the lessons will continue and I will further my efforts to lower my USGA handicap and improve my play.

2015 will be a “breaking ground” year…one I look forward to with great hope and anticipation.

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