If you’re a golfer looking to buy the Bushnell Tour V2 rangefinder then it’s only natural that you would want to find the best price that you possibly can. And if you are buying it as a gift, why pay full price when you don’t have to.
Coupons and discounts are rampant on the internet today but they don’t always work and they are not always true. The Tour v2 pinseeker rangefinder is one of the handiest tools that a golfer can have in his bag. Is there some way to get it at a lower price than you would normally pay?
There certainly is. All you need to know is where to look. It’s not that a good rangefinder isn’t worth the normal price, in fact the Bushnell Tour V2 rangefinder is one of the most trusted and widely used rangefinders available today. But you don’t have to pay full price for it.
Just imagine how helpful and useful it would be to know the exact yardage to the pin on your next shot without having to pace off the distance from the nearest yardage marker. That’s provided you can find the marker. And how accurate is that marker anyway. With hole placements being changed on the greens those markers are merely an estimate of the actual distance. The Bushnell Tour V2 pinseeker rangefinder will give you an accurate distance to the pin to within a yard. What would that do for your game? And yes, it is legal for tournament play as well.
Just imagine how much your game could improve if you had your very own caddy that walks the golf course and records all the yardages that will be important to you when you play your round. That is exactly what you will have with the pinseeker rangefinder. Your own personal caddy that tucks nicely into your golf bag.
Naturally before spending your hard earned money you have the right to know if a product is worth it or not. One excellent method to find that out is to read some product reviews written by actual users of the product. There are several places on the internet where reviews of the Bushnell Tour V2 rangefinder can be found.
So if you want to get the Bushnell Tour V2 pinseeker rangefinder at the best possible price then you need to know how and where to get it.
It’s really quite simple. Very often Amazon has special deals and offers that you can greatly benefit by. You just need to know where to look for them.
Amateurs and golfers wish to hone their skills by practicing on a driving range. The market today has specialized accessories for this kind of use that is, on a practice range or a tee. A driving range is a tee separate from the main golf course and is generally used for practice or a short game. These driving ranges may or may not be a part of a bigger golf course. Nowadays, many houses and offices have their own driving ranges where one can practice to one’s heart content and according to one’s free time. Also there are paid driving ranges that charge golfers on a per hour basis and/or require them to become members of the same.
When practicing at such driving ranges, special driving range golf balls need to be rented and used. These driving ranges have hard surface and therefore, the balls to be used here have to be in accordance with it. With the burgeoning number of driving ranges in the last two decades, specialized golf equipment, especially for the driving range has made its appearance. The most prominent among them are driving range golf balls. The other equipment essentially remains the same.
These golf balls are specifically manufactured for use on a driving range and differ on various counts from the usual golf ball used on a course. Golf balls made for driving ranges feature very hard covers so that they won’t be easily cut or damaged. Practice range balls also feature a distinctive coloring so as to distinguish them from the other normal balls to be used on a golf course. Range balls often have a black or red stripe going around them and are easily identified. Furthermore, driving range balls may also refer to used balls that are used for practice on a driving range.
Although it is not as attractive as simply buying the most expensive club out there or doing one extra thing to your swing, golf practice is simply the ultimate way to become a better golfer. Practicing will bring you to a higher playing level whether you are just starting off or about to be joining the pro tour.
Golf practice will allow you to get a feel for the ball and of your swing. With considerable amounts of practice you should be able to create a swing that is both consistent and repeatable. This way you can hit the ball where you want every single time that you hit it.
Now golf practice may seem like that tedious task that you don’t want to be doing but it really isn’t all that bad and you don’t have to be at the golf course to have to do it. All you need to do is take out whatever club it is that you are practicing with and go to either the backyard, office, living room, or wherever it is that you have enough space to do a full and proper swing. Although the local golf course or driving range would be the ideal place.
So if you want to lower your score than golf practice is certainly a promising solution for you, after all there was a reason for the saying practice makes perfect. It may take a little bit more hard work then some other alternative but it is certainly going to be worth it if you find yourself becoming a much better golf player.
As the game of golf is becoming more competitive, the demand for assistive equipment like golf trolleys has increased. Golf trolleys essentially help a golfer to reduce the stress and hazards caused due to factors like carrying a thirty to forty pound golf bag on their shoulder and moving around for around four to five hours. Thus it definitely helps a golfer to stay focused on the game.
However, using high-tech equipment like golf trolleys call for proper and regular maintenance of the device. Being an electrical device, if not maintained in the correct manner, golf trolleys might malfunction in the middle of a game leaving a golfer stranded. It is essential for a golfer to know the tips and tricks of maintaining golf trolleys.
The first step to be taken care of is cleaning of the golf trolley. Golf trolleys, like all other equipment should be cleaned periodically to ensure its optimum usage. Failure to do so will hamper the performance of the golf trolley in the long run. The cleaning should be done using warm water and mild detergent only. High pressure jet washers must not be used to clean the equipment.
The next part to take care of is the wheels. As the cart becomes old and has already crossed many a mile across the lush green golf course, debris and mud gets stuck to the wheels. These when not maintained and cleaned properly, it causes the wheels to drag. To avoid this, the main wheel needs to be removed every few months and cleaned of the mud and debris.
The spindle and the clutch come next. The spindle needs to be removed, cleaned and then slightly greased before replacing. The clutch however, does not require greasing. And it is best to avoid greasing the clutch.
And last but not the least comes the charger. The charger is probably the most essential part of golf trolleys. Without it functioning properly, the battery will become unstable and might be damaged. The charger should be checked periodically to ensure that the settings are set correctly. This step is a must before purchasing a new battery. If the charger is not working correctly it can damage even new batteries to a state where they cannot be repaired. The charger should not be exposed to moisture and kept on a solid surface in a well-ventilated zone. For best performance the charger must not be used in a sealed container or operated on any soft materials like carpets. As any other electrical device it should not be dropped or in case of accidental impact, should not be used.
One very common mistake that takes toll on the longevity of the charger and battery of golf trolleys is the improper steps of switching the device on or off. Special care must be taken to make sure that every time a charger is operated, the battery needs to be plugged in before putting on the charger and removed only after turning the charger off.
If golf trolleys are maintained following these simple steps, they will definitely last longer and provide optimum service to a golfer, thus making it the best partner in your game of golf.
Sometimes I wonder how many golfers know the terminology of the game, such as birdie and bogey or address and alignment. It’s not difficult, really. But it may require that a golfing buddy decipher what the terms mean for the rank beginner. Without that knowledge you can still swing a club and count your strokes on each hole. But you won’t have the understanding of what your pal or pro is trying to tell you about changes in the swing that you may need to know, about the rules that govern the game or about etiquette on the golf course. Here are some terms or words I offer as a quick primer: Address: That is the position of the body as you stand over the ball. Generally, that means the right side and shoulder are set lower than the left. Alignment: This refers to the position of the feet, hips and shoulders in relation to the line on which you intend to hit the ball. A closed alignment has the feet, hips and shoulder aiming slightly to the right, while an open stance has the feet, hips and shoulder pointing a little to left. Arc: The route of the extension away from the body of a swing. Blade: The face of an iron club, especially those that have few, if any, of the characteristics of “forgiving” clubheads. Block: That means leaving the clubhead open at impact, which will result in a shot that flies to the right of your target. Chip: A short, low and running shot toward the hole from immediately around the green. Come off the ball: To prematurely move away or raise the body during the downswing. The result generally is a slice or a left-to-right flight of the ball. Draw: A shot that bends from right to left. If it is a big bend, it is called a hook. Fade: A shot that flies from left to right. An exaggerated fade is called a slice. Hybrids: These clubs have the appearance of fairway metals, but have the lofts of 5, 4, 3 and 2 irons. Irons: Metal clubs that are used for shorter shots, such as wedges and the 9, 8 and 7 irons. Middle irons are the 6 and 5. Long irons are the 4, 3 and 2, although few players today carry 2 irons. Lie: The position of the ball hit into the fairway, rough or bunker. A ball should be played as it lies, unless winter rules are in effect that allow the ball to be moved to an improved lie. O.B.: An area around the golf course (and occasionally inside the course) in which a ball is considered out of bounds. It will be marked by stakes or wire fences. An out-of-bound shot results in a one-stroke penalty and loss of distance. The third shot must be played from the spot where the original shot was made. Stay behind the ball: This term describes the correct position of your head and body during the downswing through impact with the ball. You’ll probably hear your buddies saying “Keep your head down” when they should be telling you to “Stay behind the ball” through impact. Water hazard: A pond or lake on the golf course. To hit into such a hazard carries a one-shot penalty. The glossary of golf is lengthy. My suggestion is once you have decided to take up the game, read or at least take a glance at the rule book Ask your golfing pals about them. Better yet, take your questions to a professional. He not only can give you the correct answers, but is available to help you with your swing problems. MGA junior tourneys The Missouri Golf Association has a four-tournament series scheduled in June, July and August for junior golfers. According to Mike Wheeler, Missouri Southern State University golf coach and director of the Joplin Golf Foundation’s popular summer junior golf program, the Missouri Junior Match Play tournament will kick off the MGA’s season for young golfers. It is scheduled June 13-16 at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield. Next will come the Missouri Junior Amateur on July 9-10 at Paradise Point Golf Club in Smithville. The Ken Lanning Championship, which is named for the individual who launched a junior golf tour in Missouri, is scheduled July 18-19 at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla. Parents can go on the Internet to the Ken Lanning Junior Championship home site or the Missouri Golf Association’s junior golf program to get details on these tournaments. This could give your budding young golfer a taste of statewide competition. The final event on the calendar is the Missouri Junior Collegiate Preview Invitational Tournament. It will be played Aug. 11-13 at Jefferson City Country Club, home of some of the fastest greens this writer ever played. Carthage events Several tournaments have been added to the 2012 calendar of events at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course. The Carthage High School Sonic Invitational is set for April 26, with the MSHAA district scheduled on April 23 and the Carthage High School Girls Taco Town Invitational on Aug. 27. The Stix on Route 66 Couples will be played Aug. 18-19. Other events added to the calendar: The Carthage Junior Championship, June 28; Red, White and Boom 3-person scramble, July 4; and the Joplin Basketball Officials Association and Southwest Missouri Coaches tournament, July 7.
Being an owner of a golf cart has many advantages that one can appreciate. With the many choices of golf cart accessories you can give your cart a real personalized look. This gives you the option to show off your cart at the golf course or sidetrack your opponent with your carts flashy accessories. You also don’t have to use your cart strictly at the golf course.
Some people like to use their carts for other reasons. If you have a big yard a golf cart can make for easy travel from one end of the yard to the other. Some businesses will even use them for easy travel to get from one end of the facility to the other.
When we talk about golf cart accessories, I think of lift kits. Yes, they do have lift kits for carts. I like the idea of giving your cart the off-road image because it makes your golf cart look like it is nothing to be taken for granted. One can also say that about the owner of the cart because they are making a statement by giving their cart the option to take a risk and drive over that rocky terrain or climb that bumpy hill for fun just because you can. It makes your cart look beefy and it looks like you are ready to take charge and be a winner.
Lights and lighting packages are also a great accessory. I love lights because they have two important applications. One is practical and the other is just an addition to your cool factor of your cart. Lights can be very useful when your golf game runs a little later than you had planned. You can just flip on your headlights and light up that last hole. You can even put on running lights that are different colors. These running lights will definitely turn heads and will add to your cool factor if that is the image you are looking to create.
Some of my other favorite golf cart accessories are fuzzy seat covers, stereo systems, and of course rims and wheels. You can add so much color just by changing your seat cover. Not to mention that you won’t stick to your seat when you get up to take your shot on a hot sweaty day. Stereo systems are a great addition to your cart to liven up the game or even turn it on to celebrate after the game is over. Everyone loves music and you can get some really great stereos for not a lot of money. Rims and wheels add a bunch of attitude to your golf cart. Just like a car, you will be proud of your rims and your wheels once you make the right choice. Guaranteed you will have people coming up to you to say how great your wheels are on your golf cart.
A battery golf trolley is a wonderful thing. It’s a personal caddy that never gets tired, never complains and can always be relied on – as long as you keep the battery well charged. Its only downside is that it isn’t very good at selecting the club you want to use, though that may well come in time with future advances in robotic development. Who knows.
Anyone who has trudged along the fairway pulling a heavy bag of golf clubs, or even pushing or pulling a non-powered golf trolley, will appreciate the advantage of having a battery golf trolley. The simple act of clicking a button to start the trolley moving silently, to keep pace with you with no further effort on your part is sheer bliss. It’s sophisticated, easy and it looks pretty cool too.
The battery golf trolley is powered by a battery of course. The battery has to be kept fully charged, and this can be achieved through plugging it into a house mains socket. Batteries come in different capacities in many cases. The common ones will cover a full 18 holes on average, or you can get double strength batteries that will cover 36 holes. Being a battery, this is not an exact science, but they have been designed to have the necessary staying power for the average golf course at least.
A battery golf trolley is a fairly large device. It has to be to carry a large bag of clubs around. However, this same large object needs to fit comfortably into the boot of an average sized car, so most golf trolleys are collapsible too. The battery usually has to be removed in order to collapse the trolley, then it can usually fold away into an object small enough to fit comfortably into any car boot.
Because no two people walk at exactly the same speed, and because people sometimes want to walk fast and sometimes slow, the better model of battery golf trolley will have a variable speed control. This is usually a rotary wheel control that lets you match the speed of the trolley to your walking speed, rather than the other way around. They can usually go quite fast too, so if you would prefer to job around the course between shots, you probably can.
Some people still prefer to have a human golf caddy, for a person can hand you the club you call for. But the sophistication of clicking a switch and matching the trolley speed to your walking gait definitely has a lot going for it too.
Umbrellas of various designs have long been a part of promotional product lineups around the world, with those used for golf and rain being the most common. Objects of utility but also style, umbrellas are needed as often as it comes a long, steady rain, which could be more than once week, depending on where you live. That frequency of use makes them potentially good promotional items, not to mention their place on the golf course, the boardroom beyond the boardroom for some companies.
Whether or not to include custom printed umbrellas among your company’s promo items depends in part on the customers and/or potential client companies you would target them at. But there are also some general considerations that help to determine whether an item has promotional value, particularly whether it fairs well or poorly regarding four criteria that usually predict the success or failure of most promotional products: advertising space in terms of product scale, usability, appeal and longevity.
An umbrella has great advertising space in terms of product scale, with the condition that your logo and contact information are printed on its top, where only taller people could see it once it’s user holds it as intended. Even so, the person that uses it always knows it’s there. And an item that presents its information to a single person could still have a marked impact, especially if that person is a decision maker at a potential client company.
As aforementioned, a rain umbrella becomes usable when it rains, which could be often or infrequently, depending on your climate. If you live in a rainy climate, or one that gets consistent rain for a season out of the year, an umbrella are reasonable choice. And regardless of your climate, a golf umbrella could end up being the most important product in your line up, especially if your potential clients conduct business on the golf course or regularly spend time there.
Like other items that offer utility but have room for style, opting for a durable, stylish umbrella is the best way to make it appealing to the individuals that receive it. With some promo products, cheap is the way to go, but not with an umbrella, or anything that a person wears as apparel or carries in plain sight. In such cases, an item reflects the taste of the person, which ultimately makes its appeal a condition of its usability.
If you invest in stylish, well-constructed umbrellas, chances are that they’ll be used for years to come, for rain and to shield the sun on golf outings. Unlike many promo items, those who receive them usually keep rain and golf umbrellas long-term.
Ask yourself the question, People take up golf for various reasons. Looking at the sport with untrained eye, Are Golf Lessons Worth The Price? It really doesn’t seem like it’s all that difficult. The goal of the game is to get the little ball into the hole with as few attempts as possible. This seems like a relatively easy goal and something most people can achieve on their own.
However, if you go out on the golf course unassisted you will find yourself spending more time searching for your ball in the rough or fishing it out of water hazards than you will actually playing a good game of golf. There’s no need to be frustrated, it happens to pretty much everyone unless of course you began your career as a three year old phenom.
One of the most difficult aspects of picking up the game of golf is learning to drive the ball. It should be simple enough. The idea is to wrap your hands around the club, keep your body straight, pull back and swing. Unfortunately, those first few principles don’t even begin to cover the basic golf swing.
Any half decent golf instructor will tell you that the ultimate goal is to keep your head perfectly still during the entire swing. If you are trying to hit the ball too hard, your end result will be somewhere off in the tall grass hunting for a little white ball that you now want to bash into pieces. By now you are asking yourself Are Golf Lessons Worth The Price?
Relax your body and your muscles before even attempting to swing. Trying to hit the ball too hard with tense muscles typically have poor results. Any golf instructor will tell you that focused energy will make the ball sail farther and straighter. That focus comes from a relaxed body and a head that doesn’t bobble about.
Maintaining your balance is important to creating a long and straight drive as well. Golf instructors report spending a significant percentage of lesson time focusing on keeping the head straight and balancing the body. Balancing the body in a game of golf is more than simply not falling over. It is about evenly distributing the body weight in all directions. Most people are able to maintain a good percentage of left and right balance, but often the front and back balance needs to be taught by a qualified golf instructor.
When playing golf, the head angles downward to allow the golfer to see the ball and maintain focus. This position encourages poor posture and the body weight to edge too far forward. A qualified golf instructor can assist a golfer in finding a good and solid position that is more balanced to allow for a much better swing. This is an unnatural position for most people and often there is a great benefit in taking some lessons from a qualified golf instructor to help correct the problem. Are you still asking yourself Are Golf Lessons Worth The Price?
It is often recommended to watch oneself in front of the mirror to help correct imbalanced golf swings. This trick can help produce a much better swing, but keep in mind while you are watching yourself you are not watching where the ball should be. This is where a qualified golf instructor can really benefit both the novice and practiced golfer. Often someone else’s eyes can pick up on what we ourselves cannot.
If you are self coaching instead of taking the advice of a qualified golf instructor, read as often as you can about methods of improving your golf swing. There are countless helpful articles, tips and news on the best-pro-golf-guide website. Remember that while the information presented on the web site is very good and comes with high recommendations, it is also valuable to recognize that every human body is unique and it may take a little trial and error to really get things moving in the right direction. Often the articles presented can enhance instruction given by a qualified golf instructor. The goal is achieve the best results in as little time as possible, and it can be advantageous to combine both resources.
The Benefits of Private Golf Lessons, Are Golf Lessons Worth The Price?
Private golf lessons can be quite costly. One of the first things to examine if you are considering taking private golf lessons is your motivation for doing so. Are you looking to use golf for business relations or are you simply interested in the game? Those who are looking to be able to tee off with clients or the boss can gain quite a bit very quickly by soliciting the help of a qualified golf instructor for private lessons.
If you are truly not interested in perfecting your game and simply want to hold your own with your clients on the golf course, a qualified golf instructor can help tailor your golf education to help improve your weaknesses without training you for eventual professional competitions. Often business people will pay top dollar for a qualified golf instructor to produce significant results in a short amount of time. If you view it as a business investment, the money you are paying the qualified golf instructor seems much more reasonable.
If, however you are interested in the game of golf and you enjoy the sport, a qualified golf instructor can give you accurate, cutting edge guidance in improving the quality of your game. You can insist on perfecting your basics and move through the process more slowly and gain a remarkable amount of information from a qualified golf instructor. Again, private golf lessons can be quite expensive, so it’s a good idea to make sure that not only are you motivated enough to make good use of the instruction provided, but that you will have the required time to devote to practice.
Whatever your reason is for choosing private golf lessons, you will have to devote ample time to practice. Practice is the key to any sport, and despite its simple appearance, golf is not any different. When choosing an instructor you should ask them how much practice time they prefer to see from their students. Any instructor who does not emphasis practice time is not interested in your overall success and is more interested in keeping you their student (and their income) for as long as possible. This is not the foundation for a healthy qualified golf instructor and student relationship.
The Benefits of Group Golf Instruction, Are Golf Lessons Worth The Price?
Group golf instruction is available and can be much less expensive. Group golf instruction may or may not fit your current needs, but for many people it is a premium option as it fits nicely into their golfing budget. Remember that you not only have to pay any qualified golf instructor, but you more than likely will need to pay club fees and tee fees. These extra fees are not only for lesson time, but for the ever needed practice time as well. Often the total cost of everything involved is quite high and opting for a group lesson is more feasible. If you are worried and concerned Are Golf Lessons Worth The Price? Then this might be the option and a grate way to learn the game.
Group golf instruction also allows for a quiet gathering of novice golfers who are simply trying to improve on their skill. Often the pressure that comes with a round of golf with the boss is alleviated during group golf instruction. Group golf instruction typically allows for you to choose which direction you would like your golf instruction to head. There are groups offered for driving, putting, hazards, and basic skills. While you can explain to a private qualified private golf instructor that you feel you need to focus on a specific area, groups are often tailored to specific, targeted skills.
If you are interested in group golf instruction but want to enhance your learning experience, you can add the informative tips provided on best-pro-golf-guide to your golfing repertoire. Combining the article information with the qualified group golf instructor’s advice and the tips of those in the group lesson with you may very well be an adequate combination of sources for you to seriously improve your golf game without breaking the bank.
Selecting a Qualified Private Golf Instructor, Are Golf Lessons Worth The Price?
If you have decided to engage a qualified private golf instructor to hone your golf skills, don’t rush into a commitment. It’s better to shop for a high quality instructor rather than just rush into lessons with the first person willing to give them. Ask a lot of questions before beginning. If you know that someone else is taking private golf lessons, as them how they feel about the quality of the instruction they are getting. Is the golf instructor punctual? Do they always give the full scheduled lesson or do they shave a few minutes off here and there? What are their cancellation policies? If the instructor cancels are you entitled to a free makeup lesson? How often do they cancel?
It is perfectly acceptable to request references from a potential private golf instructor. Most will have a reference sheet readily available for you as it is a fairly common practice. It is also acceptable to interview the instructor prior to committing to the lessons.
Keep in mind that just because someone has excelled in their sport doesn’t mean that they excel at teaching it. There are plenty of high ranking golfers who make excellent instructors, but there are some who truly can only play the game. Don’t get stars in your eyes and be a bit skeptical if their credential sheet has an overwhelming number of golfing achievements but no teaching credentials or achievements. Someone who presents with a solid mix of both teaching and golfing achievements may very well make for a better instructor. Golf instruction, or any kind of sport instruction, is really about the ability to communicate the skills rather than perform them.
Choose wisely and often you will find the experience of learning to play golf quite enjoyable. For more tips and references about everything golf, visit BestProGolfGuide.
PREDICTING THE WEATHER ON TOUR Herbert Lee Woods III
Today I had the chance to talk to Stewart Williams, one of the chief meteorologists’ of The PGA TOUR. He comes to TOUR tournaments to mainly focus on the weather and how it will affect the golf course. His job is to inform tournament officials when the weather could change or when enough electricity is built to create a lightning bolt and where it could possibly touch down. He also works in close partnership with the PGA TOUR Rules Officials. The meteorologist tells the officials what the weather is going to be like and how the wind will be blowing at any particular time. This helps them decide where to place the tees and the position the pins. For example, if the wind is going to be blowing in favor of the players, they will move the tees back. If it’s blowing against the players, they will move them up.
It was interesting to learn that Stewart works 26 weeks out of the year and goes to half of the TOUR tournaments. When you watch a golf tournament, you are never really thinking about behind the scenes and that there is actually a weather department onsite! When I first walked in the trailer, I was not sure what to expect, but Stewart was the only one there. I thought the Meteorologist Trailer stood out because although he was the only one in there, he had three computers set up. He was constantly watching the radar while simultaneously talking to us and explaining his role. There were global satellites setup to show where there was rain and when we could possibly see it. Another memorable part of my day was the chance to sit in on Corey Pavin ‘s interview in the afternoon, and someone asked what he does year-round to stay focused. He stated that he probably just uses his years of training, and never tries to get ahead of himself.
“It’s human nature to get ahead of yourself, but you just have to be aware of it and realize that you can’t do that,” he said. That question really stood out to me because a lot of amateur golfers like me tend to get ahead of ourselves. I also believe that we sometimes forget that the TOUR players make the same mistakes we make, but don’t make them as often as we do. When I walked into the interview room I saw a lot of people and a lot of cameras. I liked the interview room because I had the chance to see the real background behind what the room is made of and who it consists of. There were people from Golf Channel, local news and radio stations, and other national media. It was much different than viewing a press conference on television and I will always think of that the next time I see one! All in all my first day at the golf course was great and I look forward to what tomorrow has in store for us. .
INSIDE THE MILTARY CADDIE PROGRAM Sachi Hamada My experience as a Junior Course Reporter started off wonderfully as we jumped right in and met with David Pillsbury, the executive vice president of Championship Management and president of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties. We sat by a fireplace as Mr. Pillsbury answered our questions about golf tournaments. We asked if the economy had affected the tournaments at all and he explained that they have been affected like everyone else through this time, but that it is well on its way back to normal. He believes that 2011 is going to be a fantastic year for charity.
Throughout the rest of the day we visited many interesting places, but the most fascinating to me were the TaylorMade and Titleist trucks. We were given a tour around the Titleist truck and I was amazed by all the different sizes, shapes, colors and types of clubs there were locked away in little drawers. The different smells of the solutions made for building a club with a mix of Chick-fil-A sandwiches filled the crowded work area. We were luckily given souvenirs from both of the companies and left to continue our day.
As we marched through the muddy walkways into the cold wind, the greatest spot of all to me on the golf course was the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by the Annenberg Foundation. This is a military hospitality tent set up as a thank you to the military for their hard work and sacrifice for our country. It was so interesting to me because it is not what I expected to find at the golf course! Annie Ascioti from the PGA TOUR’s Community Outreach department was our tour guide for the day and took us by the tent to share with us information on the different charitable programs the PGA TOUR is involved in.
Once at the Patriots’ Outpost, we met John Flaschner, the PGA TOUR’s director of public relations and community outreach, and he took some time to explain the different programs they have in place for the military, including free tournament admission for all active, retired and Reserve military and their families. Another neat program we saw in action is the Military Caddy Program. Military members have the chance to caddy for one of the TOUR players in the tournament. We had lunch with one of these lucky caddies – Johnny Harper AWR1 U.S. Navy, who caddied for Corey Pavin.
Mr. Harper is a naval officer who flies helicopters for search and rescue. He said he had a blast spending time with Mr. Pavin as they walked the moist fairways of Riviera Country Club. I think that this program is really important because it is recognizing the military for their dedication and giving them a chance to experience a once-in-a-life time opportunity to meet with the TOUR players. I believe they deserve to enjoy a day on the beautiful Riviera Country Club and have fun watching the intense game of golf.
After scurrying from place to place, I really enjoyed having the time to meet all these great contributors to the game of golf. I learned that it takes a lot of time and effort to plan a tournament like the Northern Trust Open. The greatest thing is that the proceeds are all donated to charity and makes changes to other people’s lives. This experience has expanded my knowledge of golf and I have learned so much. I can’t wait until tomorrow.
HARD WORK IN THE EQUIPMENT TRAILER Matthew Kopstein
The Northern Trust Open on Wednesday was filled with rain, mud and wind, but it was all worth it. When I walked up to the huge trailer with TaylorMade on the side, I really didn’t know what to expect when I walked in. The stairs to the trailer lined with brand new golf clubs was a really good sign that I was about to see something really spectacular.
When I walked in I was greeted by two gentlemen eating at a little table, but as I turned I saw that this was no ordinary trailer. Tall golf bags full of newly built drivers were the only things standing in my way of basically one of the coolest golf club assembly rooms I have ever seen. There were gripping machines, glue machines, shaft cutters; anything you need to make a golf club was there. But when he started opening the drawers, my jaw dropped to the ground in amazement. Drawer after drawer filled with shaft, driver heads, iron heads, hybrids, I felt like a kid in a candy shop, except it wasn’t candy, it was $1,000 dollar golf clubs.
Wade Liles was the TaylorMade Rep who showed me everything they have to offer. But the thing I took in the most was the hard work it took Wade to get to where he is today. Wade started out as just another guy working on the assembly line making clubs, but after many years, he worked his way to the top and now travels all over the country building clubs for the pros. He really showed us that patience and hard work really does pay off in the end. I didn’t walk out of there empty handed, though; I got a very nice hat from Wade and then let him get back to work. To see what they do in there was great and hopefully I can find myself back in one of those trailers again one day.
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