NOVEMBER 2020
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Golfing The Carolinas is an easy to use online golf course directory that makes it a snap to find golf courses in North Carolina and South Carolina to plan a day of golf, or to plan a golf trip. The list of golf courses is broken down by geographical area, making it easier to find a course in the targeted area where you want to play. Or, you can simply browse the site and view our list of golf courses to make future plans, see photos of courses and learn more about where you want to play. Visit www.GolfingTheCarolinas.net today.
Featured Course: Country Club of Whispering Pines
2 Club House Blvd. - Whispering Pines, NC 28327
(910) 949-3000
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The Country Club of Whispering Pines is one of the finest golf facilities in all of North Carolina, which is, to say the least, a state known for its excellent courses. Whispering Pines has earned a place among the elite by offering players luxurious amenities, high-quality service and a diverse playing experience.

Diverse Southern Pines Golf - 36 Holes: The Pines Course & The River Course ...

What do we mean by diverse? The Country Club of Whispering Pines consists of two separate layouts -- The Pines Course and The River Course. The Pines Course combines length with subtle terrain changes, ranking as a true gem among the "Golf Courses of The Sandhills," a series of courses known for boasting excellent designs. Players are often forced to deploy every club in their bag as they conquer this challenging yet scenic set of 18. Meanwhile, The River Course reminds one of a northeastern country club, complete with elevation changes, towering oak trees lining the fairway and overhanging greens. On the back nine, guests enjoy tranquil lakes and meandering streams. The River is not nearly as demanding as The Pines, but it does require shot making, if a golfer wants to brag afterward. The legendary Ellis Maples, a Donald Ross prodigy, designed both courses with his unique talent and ability to craft multiple themes on one property. At the Country Club of Whispering Pines, Maples has employed the open, hard pan rough, sparsely covered with native pine straw and love grass. These characteristics have garnered the course a reputation as the most natural 36 holes in the Sandhills.

Combine Whispering Pines golf excellence with our villas, fitness center, pool, tennis courts and fine cuisine and the ultimate sum is a fabulous resort experience. We can't wait to welcome you to the Country Club of Whispering Pines, where we always greet our guests with trademark southern hospitality!

Visit: www.CountryClubofWhisperingPines.com
A Few Highlights to Honing Golf Skills Faster and More Efficiently
By Maria Benner
 
There are a number of ways a golfer can improve their swing, drive and score. Meeting with an instructor, watching golf instructions videos and clips, covering various aspects of golf, can help new players and seasoned players alike. Improving your game starts by identifying areas that need improvement. What part of your game needs help? Here is a list of golf tips categorized in six parts:

Golf Basics - These tips on golf basics are great not only for beginners, but for golfers of all skill levels who need a refresher on the fundamentals such as the grip and the set-up position. So many other problems with a golfer's swing can be helped simply by improving his or her grip. A good swing starts with knowing the proper way to place your hands on the handle of the golf club.

Driver & Iron Play (full swing) - Drivers and irons are used for what's called the "long game," which consists of hitting the ball as far as the golfer can to drive it closer to the hole. This skill, also known as full swing, is essential to completing regulation holes under par, but oftentimes beginners struggle to perfect their long game. Fortunately, there are a number of resources out there for self-starting beginners who want to work on hitting those long, straight, consistent drives down the fairway toward the hole.

Wedge Play (Chipping, Pitching, Sand Shots) - If you're unsure of your chipping or pitching, or you struggle on bunker shots around the hole. Find tips to help you to improve your wedge game and ultimately reduce the number of strokes for each hole. Most golfers don't get a lot of experience before they're already playing their first round of golf. Getting balls out of tricky bunkers and onto the green takes skill and practice. Bunker shots require specialty clubs called wedges to lift the ball out of the sand pit and back up onto the playing green toward the hole. Similarly, players who find themselves in the rough grass just outside the putting green might have to chip or pitch their ball over the last few yards with a wedge in order to maintain control and guide the ball closer to the hole.

Putting Tips - Every golfer - even the best putters on the planet - wish they made more putts. Search for online instructional articles and videos whose aim is to help you make more putts, either through developing the basics or by suggesting practice drills that can help. But, here is one putting tip that is more important than all the rest: Simply spend more time practicing your putting. You'd be surprised how many golfers skip the putting green at the practice facility.

Mental Game Tips - So we're not into mind games and mental tricks on the golf course! But then, maybe that's why we don't score better than we do? All we know is that many of the best golfers in the world employ "mental coaches" (otherwise known as sports psychologists) to help them with their games and with golf psychology. If you think you might derive some benefit from access to the same mental tricks and tips that the pros employ, check out a book titled "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect."

Golf Fitness - Golf fitness is important for golfers who truly want to improve their games - and who want to improve their physical abilities. Because golf fitness means addressing issues of strength, flexibility, and balance, paying attention to golf fitness ?can improve your scores. Check online for exercises that describe and demonstrate exercises that target muscles specific to golf. Walking the course rather than riding in a golf cart doesn't just benefit the golf course - some may argue that it's better for the game overall. Head-to-Toe stretches is a good way to start every day but it's a good routine you can do on the driving range or even on the first tee in order to get your body primed for golf.

While it's important to recognize which elements of your game are lacking and which you are particularly skilled at, finding a balance between these strengths and weaknesses, as well as practicing in areas that need the most improvement, will help improve your score and eliminate more errors the more you practice and learn.

Fortunately, in recent years, more and more resources have become available for more specific help on everything from putting to short-game improvement, as well as books and guides for both male and female golfers to improve their specific games

For a quick refresher, golfers may choose to create and carry a list of Faults and Fix-it Tips that they can use as a quick reference checklist to help you diagnose the causes of errant ball flights (slice, draw) and common mishits (fat shots, topping).

Let's not forget that one of the most basic of golf basics is this: practice! You'd be surprised how many people think they can get better at golf simply by playing every once in a while. We believe you should always keep the focus on enjoying the game, but if you also want to become good at golf, making time to practice is a must.
How To Create Unstoppable Confidence
By D. Johnston
Every golfer wants to be more consistent. If your swing is a by-product of how you feel, then developing the feeling of confidence, is the first key to consistently playing to the best of your ability.

How would you define consistency?

The best players in the world understand that golf is a game of "misses". Obviously, the standards vary considerably based on one's skill level, but understanding that perfect shots are beyond your control, allows you to set reasonable expectations.

Your score is a reflection of the quality of mis-hits. Stop looking for perfection!

In contrast to most sports, golf is the one game where a players confidence tends to wane the longer they play. How long have you played the game? Are you more confident now than you were two years ago?

The first key to building confidence is understanding that the game is inherently unfair; the odds are stacked against you. Golf is played on variable surfaces under constantly changing conditions. The player has to wield fourteen clubs of various lengths and lofts (compared to one tennis racket), and try to filter through all the (often contradictory) swing theories on the proper way to swing a club.

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the game, is the unpredictability of cause and effect. No matter how many lessons you take or how much you practice, there are no guarantees. How you played the day before, the hole before or even five minutes ago has no direct bearing on the impending shot, however, the odds of success are greater when you stop beating yourself up!

Most golfers take lessons for the first two or three years and see gradual improvement. Their confidence level continues to rise. At this stage, a well-meaning friend may give the ebullient student a golf instruction book and/or video. Now the learning curve takes a serious dip and the aspiring student's confidence level often plummets.

Assuming you have the underlying technical skill, believing you can carry two-hundred yards over water is a matter of confidence. How you often have you duffed two shots in a row and then blasted the next drive down the middle?

Stop worrying about how you look or what fellow golfers think. In golf, cockiness is a good thing. The choice is yours. Why wait for the next perfect shot in order to feel confident? Decide on a club, pick the target and just hit the damn ball!

Golf is the ultimate game of feel. Learning how to create a feeling of confidence is the first key to unlocking your true potential. Results are beyond your control. Accepting the good shots and the poor ones with equanimity is the key to confidence.
How to Break the Faulty Head Moving Habit During Your Golf Swing
By Bob Doyle
During any golfer's swing, the take away, back swing, transition to downswing, downswing, impact, and follow through, the golfer's head can actually move in ten different ways. It can move straight up, straight down, forward, backward, up and forward, down and forward, etc., etc. At least seven of these movements are faulty, leading to a high handicap for the golfer. Head movements, as well as other golf swing movements, become habits, good or bad, acquired when the golfer was first learning the game.

Jack Nicklaus started playing at about age 9. By the time he took lessons from his first teaching Pro, Jack Grout, young Jack had acquired the faulty habit of what Grout called a "bobbing head." Like most habits, they are NOT easy to break. No matter how often, Grout told Jack to stop moving his head, Jack could NOT do it. One day, out of sheer frustration, Grout grabbed young Jack by his curly blonde hair and made Jack hit balls for three hours... until Jack cried. But Jack Nicklaus got the tactile and painful feedback, and the three hours of repetition, needed for him to break the habit. Jack Nicklaus teaches and preaches what he calls "a rock steady head."

Like Jack Nicklaus, golfers are not born with bad golf habits. A habit is an acquired pattern of movement or behavior, good or bad that becomes ingrained in the golfer's swing and is unconscious to the golfer. Habits are acquired through repetition of an aspect of the golf swing that may have been learned from one's own attempts, from another golfer, from bad advice, contradictory magazine golf tips, golf books, videos, perhaps even from some golf instructors.

Faulty head movement may be the most prevalent bad habit of high handicap golfers. Golfers are usually unaware of the behavior or the movement or the habit. If the habit is faulty, as with a bobbing or moving head, the golfer will probably never break 80 or even 90, unless the bad habit is broken. But like most habits, they are not easy to break.

Physiologists and researchers in brain and motor memory tell us that repetition of the desired pattern of behavior is necessary so that the brain can store the desired pattern as a new habit and thereby break the existing bad habit. For the golfer with faulty head movement it means repetition of the swing while holding a steady head, similar to the teaching technique of Jack Grout.

Some golf teachers will hold the grip end of a club against their student's head and have the student swing and hit balls. Hank Haney used this technique with Charles Barkley during Golf Channel's Barkley Project. It did not work. One reason is that it is difficult for the teacher to hold a perfectly still club for any length of time without the club wavering. Another reason is that the teacher can only do this for a few minutes during a typical 45 minute lesson. The golfer cannot get enough repetitions of the desired steady head to break the faulty habit.

Wouldn't it be great if the golfer could exercise and swing with a steady head to gain sufficient repetitions to acquire the new habit of a steady head? Is there a way for the golfer to know that she/he is holding a steady head during their swing? Verbal feedback from an expert can help. Or the Hank Haney/Charles Barkley approach mentioned above will help somewhat, but not enough to break the habit because of too few repetitions. Videotaping can also help. But is there something out there that could give instant feedback to the golfer on any head movement, at any time during the swing? Wouldn't it be great for the golfer to know how it feels to be holding a steady head and doing it correctly? Wouldn't it be great for the golfer to transfer that habit to the course?

The patented PRO-HEAD 2 Trainer can do exactly that. The golfer sets up in front of the PRO-HEAD 2 Trainer and adjusts a foam cylinder, at the end of an arm, to swing height. The golfer rests her/his head against the foam, applies slight pressure and takes golf swings, with or without a club, while hitting balls or not. The forehead against the foam is the fixed reference point for the golfer. Unlike the end of a club, the foam is stationery and does not waver or move. If the forehead moves in ANY direction, away from this fixed reference point, the golfer gets instant tactile or touch feedback on such head movement, and during any aspect of the swing. This feedback is similar to the feedback Jack Grout gave to young Nicklaus.

The Exerciser/Trainer enables the golfer to exercise and gain repetitions anywhere indoors or outdoors, swinging with or without a club, and hitting or not hitting balls. Through these repetitions of the swing and instant feedback from the foam rubber, the golfer is soon able to hold a steady head. This new pattern and feeling of a steady head is sent to the brain and the new habit is formed. New motor memory is developed. The golfer gets the feel of a steady head when s/he has learned this new pattern and this desired behavior. With repetitions over time, this feeling becomes permanent and unconscious to the golfer. The new habit is ingrained and can now be easily transferred to the course.

Many golf teachers are using the new PRO-HEAD 2 Trainer, which they affectionately call "the mechanical Jack Grout." Ask your Pro if he has one. Or find a retailer on the Internet to buy one.
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