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I was so committed in hitting a lot of practice balls to get those core muscles ready for new year of play that I forgot about taking care of my hands.  I use my older gloves when practicing.  Golf gloves are about $12.00 apiece and really don.t last very long, so I try getting the most out of them.   Well guess what, wore a hole on the finger next to the thumb on left hand right where the right hand overlaps the left hand.  Now later in the season you’d have built up callouses in both spots mention, but right now I have to cut back on practice cause I have broken blisters in on both finger.  They are really sore.   So take care of your hands.

 

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Tiger Woods, My names Bob West, I gotta think that your dad is up there in Heaven looking down on you and would make the following challenge to you.  Get up off your painful ass and follow Ben Hogan example.  Learn to play with the pain.  Block it out of your mind like Ben did and over come you injuries.  Your still young and a competitor.  So was Ben Hogan.  I just want to tell you what your dad would say.  Hogan suffered near life threatening injuries in a car accident.  Everyone thought that even if he lived, his playing day much less his ability to walk were over.  I believe he won a U.S. Open a year or two later.  I’m joining your father in telling you to put the pain in the back of your brain and get back in the winners circle.   Bob West

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The ultimate golf match in which gambling was involved was in 1956 two days before the Bing Crosby Clambake which is play over three courses in Monterey, Ca. early in the year.  It used to be the first Pro-golf tourney of the year.    The three courses were Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Cypress Point.   This match was set up to play at Cypress Point two days before the opening round of the tournament.   They announced they would play Pebble Beach, then change venue so there wouldn’t be a crowd.  The original bet started with Eddie Lowery, Frances Quimet’s caddie in the 1913 U.S. Open, and Geo Coleman, a noted amateur of the era.  Both were very wealthy and active USGA executive members.

Eddie Lowery boasted to Geo Coleman he had the best two man best ball team in the world and would take on any too Professional golfers.  Eddie and Geo had been making challenges on almost any thing for years and egged each other on.  Geo said any two and Eddie said any two.  The bet and match was on when Geo looked at Byron Nelson, now retired for 10 years, who nodded.  Geo said he had one call to make and excused himself and left the room to make a call.  He called Bing Crosby’s home where he new Ben Hogan was.  He got Ben on the phone and told Ben that Byron said he’d play if Ben would play and Ben said ok.

The two other players that Eddie was claiming could beat were two amateurs,  Ken Venturi (Byron Nelson’s protégé) and Harvie Ware (Ben Hogan’s protégé).  Match is on so go read the book “The Match” The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever.

 

 

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I know in my prior post on warming up I stressed really doing a lot of stretching .  We I was excited about it being a real nice day.  It was pushing 50 degrees with no wind.  So I pushed the envelope and cut short on the stretching.  I hit 120 balls and could never get a good rhythm or tempo.  Just wasn’t relaxed.  I’m going to go to my exercise club, Mountain Valley Fitness and health, and do my whole routine and then go back an hit balls.  I can’t stress the importance for every one, especially for those of us that are in our “golden Years” to exercise before we hit the links, or driving range.  Enjoy yourself out there.  Don’t force those shots when your body’s not ready.

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Your round of golf starts with a good breakfast then getting to the golf course at least a hour before you tee off.  Proper Golf Warm Up is important to physically and mentally prepare to play a good round of golf.    Start with stretching your legs, shoulders, core muscles before hitting your first practice ball at the range.  Then, take a wedge and start hitting the short shots and gradually lengthen the swing and hitting other irons before  getting to the driver.  Proceed then to the putting and chipping green.  Start again with puts of about 3-4 feet and get proper alignment and speed before taking longer putts.  Same with a few chips and pitches.  Get the technique down.  Now your ready to tee off.  Take your time and stay relaxed.   In addition if you have  golf instruction scheduled show up early and warm up so that the instructors time is not wasted while you prepare for the lesson.   A separate appointment of golf instruction could include proper golf warm up.

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My advice for golf betting tips is as follows.  Almost every golfer that plays with the same group of fellow golfers gambles. So some advice on Gambling on Golf.  There is so many different ways to gamble or wager during a round of golf.  Usually your playing with the same golfer and you might have individual, team, 4-some Vs 4-some.   You might even be part of a larger group of 40 or 50 plays that get to gather 3 or so times a week and throw so money in the pot and have different games, usually paying gross and net either individual or team payouts.   From experience teams are arrange into 4 player (low handicap teamed with mid and higher handicaps)  team of equal abilities.  These are safe groups because every ones scores are turned in and new players have to wait until they establish them selves with the group.  Watch out for the individual games within the 4 fore some and individuals playing in other groups.  Make sure you get full handicap.  A lot of lower handicap player hat to give full strokes.  Beware of these players, they’ll take you money with out shedding a tear.  Games like wolf or ship captain crew are designed for the low handicapper.  If you aren’t in there class don’t play there game.  Stay with $.25 a hole or a nasau game like $1-2.00 front, back, and 18 hole.  Get the strokes you need and don’t forget these important golf betting tips.

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Golf balls, keep price within your abilities and income. Golf can be an expensive game.  Golf balls can cost between $1 to $4 plus a ball. Think about the level of difficulty your playing and your abilities. Don’t play the $4 when you can get same score playing $1 ball. Fortunately golf balls have improved over the last 20 years. If you don’t hit the ball in the fairway and rough is long and tough play cheep. Play ProVxs if your good. You can play them forever. Just keep them clean. I have a practice bag of all ProV and clean them in bleach and they return to bright white, just like new unlike a lot of other ball brands. Being macho on ball purchase can be expensive when your game sucks.

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My golf tips for beginners is go to your local golf Pro and set up a lesson plan.  In the spring most golf course and driving range Pros have individual and group golf lessons.  Sign up for the group  lessons.  If you have a friend that is a low handicap golfer they can get you start, but do go to the local Pro.  That Pro is your ticket to proper  technique and can help you find clubs for the beginner and answer all your questions about how to play.

Start up cost to play golf can get expensive.  So start with some used club.  It’s cheaper to get used and put new grips on than buying new.  Just get help from your local Pro on what you need to start with.

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golf clubs accessoriesThe Golf Club Accessories you play with are important because you can spend a lot of money keeping up with new technology that might or might not improve your  game.  Club accessories are grips, shafts, and club heads.  Your club Pro is your first stop in determining what clubs are right for you.  Important choices of grips, shaft flex, club head shape and groves to fit your individual swing need to be made and your club Pro can help you acquire the right clubs for you.   Remember, golf clubs can cost up to $2,000.00 for a complete new set.  So make sure they are what fits your game.   Personally, when young and having a growing family, I didn’t have extra cash laying around to upgrade to new clubs,  but keeping in touch with other golfers and the local Pro, I did a lot of horse trading for used clubs maybe a year or two old that friends had replaced.  By getting used then putting new grips and maybe lengthening the shafts(I’m 6’6″ tall) I was able to make advances and keep handicap in mid-single digit handicap.  I could still hit the ball further that almost everyone even though I didn’t have that $500.00 new driver the pros were using on tv.   So, take a hard look at cost of upgrading every year.

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