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YEAR 02 – VOLUME 5 - SUMMER 2011

Year 2 Number 5 Quarterly Summer 2011

Fernando Solorzano, VPGA Pompano Beach, FL Chairman Publisher

Manuel Contreras Miami Beach, FL Editor in Chief

Michael Berenger, PGA Carlsbad, CA Editor

Mark McBride, PGA Richmond, VA Editor

Umberto Bernardini, VPGA Weston, FL Director

Connie Solorzano Pompano Beach, FL Marketing Director

Advisory Staff Ryan Heiman, Independent Golf Reviews Peter Brandon, Wine Connoisseur

Summer is Here! Before heading outdoors to enjoy the long summer days, and obviously enjoy our golf make sure you’re armed with all the essentials for spending time in the sun safely: sunglasses, a hat and, most importantly, a good sunscreen. In addition to premature aging, excessive sun exposure puts our health at risk. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 1 million cases diagnosed each year. Melanoma cases — the most serious and fastest-growing type of skin cancer — have doubled in the past 20 years. About 90 percent of skin cancers occur on the head, neck, ears, lips or hands — those areas that are in the sun most often. Other factors that play a role in the risk of skin cancer include our age, complexion (light-skinned people have the greatest risk), any prior family history of skin cancer, and geographic location of the country (the sunny Southern states are a hot spot for increased risk of skin cancer). A sunburn can happen anywhere, not just at the park or the pool. You are exposed to sun while driving, through a glass window in your home, or reflected off another surface such as concrete, sand or snow. The good news: It’s never too late to begin protecting your skin. Recent studies by the Skin Cancer Foundation state that on average, individuals have received only 23 percent of their lifetime sun exposure by age 18 — not 80 percent as formerly thought — so there’s always a health benefit to be gained by beginning new habits at any time in life. Lets protect ourselves, enjoy the summer and let’s keep it in the short rough!


Ryan Heiman Independent Golf Reviews When it comes to driver technology it can be hard to tell what is marketing hype and what is real technology. There are all different innovations that companies try out and even claim help golfers drive the ball better. But more often than not, they are not really all that beneficial. The new E9 face technology of the Cobra S3 driver is the real deal. I took this driver to the course and even before hitting it, I liked what I saw. The black crown and black sole paired with a tall silver face with a smooth Cobra alignment aid offered a very pleasing look. It sets up nice and square in the Neutral position and offers closed or open settings. While it doesn’t have the adjustments of many other drivers on the market, the main 3 are probably the most useful anyways. Too many options just causes confusion. It does come in a bit on the long side for many golfers at 45.5” but is a nice D4 swingweight. The T006 Blur shaft by Fujikura is the real deal too. I decided to go X-flex since previous experience told me that the stock stiff was going to play a little soft. I am a tweener on flexes so I was glad I went to the X. On the course I found an amazing constancy of distance. It seemed that swing after swing, all round long I was always the same distance off the tee. Even when I could tell I hit it off center, the distance loss just wasn’t noticeable on the course. While I wasn’t always hitting them perfectly straight, I was getting excellent distance.

After the first round was over I took some time to examine the face and sure enough the exact pattern of the new face was the pattern of my shots. There seemed to be just enough dimple residue to see that elliptical pattern of my drives. High toe to low heel. In the next 4 rounds I found the same results, it was the most consistent driver I have ever hit distance wise. I didn’t get any “Wow, where did that come from?” but I also didn’t have the “Why is this one so short?” It was right at the distance I get with most drivers. In the past I’ve heard Cobra drivers from the other side of the course, but not with the new Cobra S3 driver. It offers a pleasant metallic whack. It is not too muted, but not too loud. It is probably the most pleasant sounding Cobra I’ve heard in a while. The Fujikura T006 Blur shaft is the newest in their line of great shafts. It is designed to be lightweight, yet stable. It offers a good mid launch with moderate spin. I seemed to hit nice flat tee shots with this driver. They would rise quickly to a mid height and then flatten out nicely during mid flight. The ball hit the ground with what seemed to be mid spin. I got some roll out, maybe about a dozen yards. While this adjustable driver is great, I wish I could purchase more tips. Sure the Blur is a great shaft and works well; but I still like to tinker and would like try some other shafts, especially some ones that are not available through Cobra The accessories that came with the driver all all nice. There is a felt pouch to hold the wrench. headcover is think and has a long sock to protect the and the standard tour velvet grip is

very The shaft nice.

Also just introduced is a white version of this driver. The head is the same, but this one is paired stock with an Aldila RIP Beta shaft. It makes one stunning white combo. While there is no performance benefit of white paint, it does look cool. For more information:




ory McIlroy buried the memory of his Masters meltdown the same way he buried the competition at the US Open with a breathtaking performance filled with the promise of more majors to come Four days of flawless golf at Congressional ended Sunday afternoon with a 2-under 69 to shatter U.S. Open records that simply defy logic at the major known as the toughest test in golf. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland walked off the 18th green and into the arms of his father, Gerry, who worked three jobs so his only son could pursue his passion. Not even he could have imagined a day

By such celestial standards McIlroy might have come up short but it was a close-run thing as the Northern Irishman exerted his dominance over a famously brutish course, as well as a collection of the world's best. YE Yang, a PGA Championship winner, Lee Westwood, the world No2, Sergio García, a fallen idol on the road to recovery, and Jason Day, one of the leading lights of the game's new generation – great players reduced to the status of Hollywood extras. If only McIlroy had stayed at home this week, in Holywood, they would have contested a hell of a tournament. But he did not and they did not. Their consolation was a top-10 finish at a major championship and a ringside seat on the day potential greatness became greatness. "Rory is going to have a great career, there is no question about that. He has got all the components,'' said Jack Nicklaus, the 18-time major champion who has become something of a mentor to McIlroy over the last few years. "He is a great kid. He is humble when he needs to be and confident when he needs to be confident. He's a got a great swing. He looks a little cocksure when he walks, which you need to have. I like it."


Records clearly show that Golf has been played in St Andrews for well over 600 years and, from rudimentary beginnings of a ball and stick game, played on rough and links land, the Town has always since been the source of every lasting development of the “Royal and Ancient Game”. The Home of Golf offers a unique experience in sport, as modern golfers can still experience for themselves the trials and tribulations of tight lies, deep bunkers and an incessant breeze –all of which the centuries have left unaltered. The Links offers Europe’s largest Golf Complex, with 5 other Courses, in addition to the Old Course; so, there is golf for all talents, even some putting on the Himalayas, with Members of the Ladies Putting Club. Off the Course, great icons of Scotland’s past can be seen in the Cathedral ruins, the Castle Ruins and the University, one of Europe’s finest and dating back to the early 15th century.

Top Golf Destinations in Scotland •Old St Andrews (Old Course) •Muirfield •Royal Dornoch •Turnberry •Carnoustie •Royal Troon •Kingsbarns •Loch Lomond

As you can imagine The birthplace of golf and the British Open Championship, Scotland is many golfers' dream golf holiday destination. Classic golf courses in Scotland such as the Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Muirfield and Turnberry fire the imagination and invigorate the spirit. Many thanks to the great people of Scotland for their hospitality during our vacation. Mark McBride, PGA South Florida Golf Magazine

LONG AND STRAIGHT DRIVES Driving a golf ball straight is the one skill that had eluded me for much of my golfing experiences. I always loved hitting the ball as hard as I could and see how far it would go. Driving the ball long is the second most enjoyable shot for me. (Hitting a long putt or chipping within a couple inches is tied for first!) Sure I hit a few straight shots but it was always a mistake. I'd always aim way left because I hit a huge slice. If I did hit it straight I'd end up in the left rough. That said, if you play enough golf, you know that hitting a straight drive is a confidence builder. Hitting the ball in the fairway means you don't have to tangle with long grass, trees or the many other assorted troubles that lie in the left and right rough. This little info article tells you how I was able to conquer my slice and hit that straight drive that builds confidence and puts you on the path to shooting lower scores.

To learn how to drive a golf ball straight, I broke down and took lessons. Tried doing it myself, tried tips from friends, tried the magazines, tried the tapes, tried the tv shows and more. Nothing worked very well. Lessons did the trick and it did not take many to get me fixed. Here's the basics of what I learned.

1) GAPS - Grip Alignment Posture & Stance. Check them all and chill out on the Gorilla Grip 2) Smooth and easy on the backswing then hit to 2nd base 3) Think straight thoughts... then stop thinking! That's it...and just so you know, it works with the other clubs too! So let's get started.

Grip: The first change he made was my grip. I had what he said was a neutral grip. He wanted me to twist my right hand more to the left. The other problem I had was that I was holding the club too tight. I had what he called a gorilla grip. While that may work for a gorilla or a mechanic trying to break a bolt free, it does not allow for the smooth freedom in the hands and forearms required for an effective golf swing. Alignment: Next was the alignment. Mine was not too bad. The key for me was to make sure my feet were approximately parallel to the intended line of flight of my golf ball. I did this naturally by lining up my shot from the rear. Picking a spot about 5 feet out in front of my ball and lining myself parallel to that line. Posture: Same goes with posture. Just a good athletic posture as if you are going to take a short jump. Knees flexed slightly. Easy flex at the hips, shoulders up not hunched and I was ready to go. The only thing I had to remember was to keep my weight back initially and keep good balance on the balls of my feet not my heels. Stance: My stance needed work. I was not putting the ball in the right place for my stance.

This annual tournament brings together many of the top business executives from across South Florida, whose generosity supports our students and teachers through projects that excite our children’s curiosity and enhances the quality of education in Palm Beach

The 11th Annual Miami Dolphins Charity Celebrity Extravaganza got underway at its new venue the Diplomat Golf & Spa in Hallandale Beach. Celebrity host Dan Marino invited a few of his friends including Tim Tebow, Tony Romo, Don Shula, Jerry Rice, Adrian Peterson among others. The tournament will benefit the Children Miracle Network of Broward County




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