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Beau Rivage Golf & Resort - Wilmington, NC
Beau Rivage Golf & Resort - Wilmington, NC
Spring 2022
NEWS BRIEFS!
The National Golf Foundation reports that there were 130.5 course closures - as measured in 18-hole equivalents - in 2021. That amounted to a net decline of about 1 percent of the total golf supply in the United States. While it marked the 16th straight year closures topped 100, it was the lowest number since 2010. Ohio had the most closures (18), followed by Florida (15) and California (11).

In a recent survey of recreational golfers, 65% of golfers between the ages of 20 and 39 reported playing more golf now than compared to two years ago, and 61% said the reason was because they enjoy the game more.
Source: Longitudes Group
Have you ever wondered how you can hit shots like a pro during practice then struggle to break ninety? Every golfer, at every skill level, has experienced the wild discrepancy between practice and playing. What happens to all the "good stuff" during the ten-minute walk from the practice range to the first tee?

The answer is simple: on the practice range, you've been trying to fix effects (ie. swing mechanics) without addressing the underlying cause(s). Feelings are causes - mechanics are effects. If you can hit solid shots on the range, then you have the ability. The key to re-creating those shots is reinforcing the optimum feel.

Every consistent swing contains three common checkpoints or positions.

The first checkpoint is the impact position. For a right-handed golfer, the left hand is opposite the inner left thigh at impact. The second position is the end of the backswing. In a complete backswing, the player's back is facing the target. The final checkpoint occurs when the hands are approximately waist-high in the downswing. At this point, a line through the shaft of the club is pointing at the ball.

Are you familiar with the axiom "only perfect practice makes perfect?" The phrase sounds logical, but how do we achieve perfect practice? Rehearse these three positions accurately on a regular basis and you achieve perfect practice.

Effective muscle memory is developed by consistently re-creating key positions and their accompanying feel. Your unique feel is the secret to continually improving swing mechanics. A common misconception is equating the rate of improvement with the number of hours spent on the driving range. It's not uncommon to hear golfers lament that the more they practised, the worse they played. For the golfer well-versed in the nuances of swing mechanics, the three positions described above may appear overly simplistic.

Study frame-by-frame photos of your favourite players and you'll see the above positions. Variations in grip, stance, takeaway and length of backswing are idiosyncrasies a player has adopted to help re-create the three positions.

The ideal time to create new muscle memory is during the off-season. Mind and muscles need time to accept fresh ideas and "forget" comfortable patterns. A full-length mirror will accelerate your progress by helping you visualize the positions while you develop a unique feel. As your comfort level increases, rehearse the three positions with your eyes closed.
The Magic of Muscle Memory
By D. Johnston
Photo by Andrew Shelley
Mountain Aire Golf Course - West Jefferson, NC
Cedarbrook Country Club - State Road, NC
Salem Glen Country Club - Clemmons, NC
Golf Short Game Tips For Lower Scoring
By Kenneth Gorveski
Many golfers spend far too much time working on their long game thinking this is the key to getting better. Learning to spend more time on the short game is key to getting a lower handicap as quickly as possible. This part of golf involves shots from inside 150 yards which includes putting, chipping and wedge shots. Spend as much time as you can working on wedge shots on the driving range as hitting a lot of shots is the best way to develop the touch necessary to get good at these shots.

Chipping Tips:
Chipping around the greens is an often overlooked aspect to the game of golf. The best players always try to make the shot every time they are around the greens. Ball position during chipping is very important to ensure that you make solid contact. Your feet should point to the left of the target at a 45 degree angle with the ball placed parallel to the right foot. This setup is ideal for most chips as it will promote a descending blow to the ball which will allow the ball to come out of the rough quickly with maximum spin and control. Bump and run shots are often the best option to go with unless you have no green to work with and have to rely on the flop shot. The one key difference with the flop shot is ball placement which should be more towards the middle of the stance or aligned with the left foot (right handed players). You will most likely want to use a 60 degree or more lofted wedge for flop shots and also be sure the lie is not too tight and allows you to get under the ball.

Putting the ball well is definitely another key aspect within the short the game. Learning to putt well is mainly a mental challenge as most people have the physical ability to be great putters. Maintaining high levels of confidence is critical to being a great putter so make sure to spend a lot of time on putts inside 10 feet as this will allow you to see many putts go in the hole which will assist in building confidence levels. When you face a long putt be sure to see the ball going the hole on the last few rotations, do not aim for large targets on long putts like a 3 foot circle as this can increase your margin for error.
Learn to Improve Golf Putting Skills Fast
By Kenneth Gorveski
One of the best ways to reduce your handicap in golf is to learn to improve your putting. The short game accounts for nearly sixty percent or more of your total score for most rounds. The best golfers spend a lot of time working on the wedge game and chipping around the greens.

Find your perfect putting style:
There are many different putting styles out there to pick from. Do not get caught up trying to find the perfect stroke because every putter is different so you need to find a style that will work for you. The key to success in putting is to maintain confidence and believe that every putt you step over will go in the hole. Golfers that struggle with the putting yips usually get caught up always changing putting styles or drastically changing their routines. This leads to always doubting yourself which will inevitably lead to loss of confidence and a poor golf game. A key mechanical tip to keep in mind is to keep your eyes over the ball as much as you can. A good exercise to help you accomplish this is to hold a golf ball to your eye level and then drop the ball and see if it hits the playing ball on the ground.

Developing a selective memory is another key component to becoming the best possible golfer you can be. It is very important to remember to forget about the bad shots, learn what you can from them and then move on to the next shot believing the ball will go in the hole. Do not dwell on the misses as this is a surefire way to lose confidence and risk getting the yips. How you think has a great impact on your confidence levels so be sure to focus on the positive aspects of your game and learn from the negative experiences. Another key point to keep in mind regarding putting is to ensure that you are always putting to make it. No matter how long the putt is you want to always focus on making the putt as this will give you the lowest margin for error. This does not mean that you have to hit the putt hard but instead think about putting to make it in such a way that the ball rolls into the hole softly as this will reduce your margin for error and cause you to make the most putts possible.
On The Side of Humor
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