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Nayar is meant to challenge serious golfers–the par-70 plays 6,809 yards from the blacks and incorporates strategy into each hole’s design–but the course also accommodates vacationers who play as part of their resort experience.“We have people who shoot 70s, or people who shoot 100 or higher, but they all love to come out and play every day,” Torres said. The Nicklaus redesign, completed in August 2011, added new challenges. Fairway bunkers come into play on almost every hole, and the undulation of the greens is quintessential Nicklaus. Afternoon winds affect almost every shot off the tee box– you’ll end your round with the wind in your face on the 18th: a tough 414-yard par-4 that stands out as Nayar’s signature hole.
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New Putter Knocks Strokes Off Your Game! by David Hopkins
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Gridiron Golf Grips mortgages from ‘side bets’ with their Ever play football? Toss a real foot- buddies. ball? I’m talking about a football made Bobby Rusher knows best this funny out of real genuine leather, not that fake bone of golf, and it’s all reflected in his pseudo phony lab-made leather. And follow-up book to his popular “How not those fuzzy foam To Line footballs, nor those rubUp Your ber pigskins. Fourth Best Grips recently P u t t .” introduced its new GridT h i s iron Golf Grips which new one are made of the is titled same leather as “When NFL footballs. Gridiron Golf Grips to Regrip These are the only Y o u r genuine leather grips Ball Remade in the USA. triever.” With titles like these, you Why real leather for golf grips? #1) know they’re going to make you laugh provides true tactile feel; #2 provides a ton-full. memory and adhesion; #3) provides Humor abounds in this well-illusthe highest shock absorption and comfort. (Same benefits accrued on the gridiron with a real football!) Think about the football with which you have played in past years or the football you have seen played Sunday afternoons on TV and you’ll trated book as golf balls do in any waeasily recall the durability factor ben- tery grave meant to remind golfers that efits of leather, as well. Kick it, slam there’s life after a round of golf. Chapit, pile on it… and it remains as good ters include: How to Avoid the Water When You Lie 8 in the Bunker; How as new. Now take that leather and try it on to Get More Distance Off the Shank; the grips of your golf clubs. Best Grips When to Explain to Your Opponent uses the finest genuine leather available. that He or She should Finish their Visit www.BestGrip.com for more Sway before they Begin their Lunge; How to Hit a Dunlop #2 from the information. You might just want to also take a Rough On Your Second Shot When peak at Best Grips’ exotic hides, from You Hit a Titleist #1 from the Tee. This one is another winner for the alligator to ostrich to shark, rattlesnake and lizard. These have unique looks author, as we all are… but only if we’re and a high tactile feedback so impor- willing to laugh at ourselves, a bit, during a round. tant when swinging a club. Visit www.4putt.com. Or, see You When To Regrip Your Ball Retriever Tube video—4th Putt Video. You gotta have a sense of humor if C’mon, don’t take your fourth putt so you play golf for seriously! the fun of it. This HOP! Repair Tool & Ball covers about all of Marker us who aren’t playBesides bets with your ing on some kind golf buddies, there is nothing of Tour, and those more that you lose during a who are not tryround than either your ball ing to pay their marker or your divot tool.
The scene on the green is as predictable as a Hollywood car chase down Lombard Street in San Fransico: there you are on the green, fumbling through your pockets. You’re looking for your ball marker. You’re away at 20’ plus, so you’re the first to hit, but you want to clean your golf ball first, and go through the routine that reflects you actually think you can sink your putt… but, you don’t have a friggin’ ball marker! The Frogger Store, well-known for its ‘Smarter Tools for A Better Game’ comes to your rescue with its new HOP! Repair Tool featuring six magnets embedded in its slick and greatlooking frame. “But wait!” you say. “I’m looking for my ball marker!” Frogger has already taken care of that for you because between the last green and the one you’re standing on, the ball marker you dropped
without destroying the turf. Visit www.froggergolf. com for Bob Koczor a display of other well-designed and multi-functional offerings by Frogger Golf. HOP! right to it!
Quantum Golf Gloves & Grips Most of us golfers in the Baby Boomer Generation have various degrees of arthritis or effete gripping ability. When it comes to hitting a driver or an iron, we find ourselves lacking that sturdy secure grip which enables us to keep the club from twisting or slipping upon contact. Sometimes the moment of impact hurts. Sometimes we hold back as we pre-dispose ourselves towards the pain to come. If you hurt or think of pain to come, diminished power and accuracy are the result. What to do besides enrolling in a costly Health Club for its weight-lifting machines, into your pocket at the last barbell exercises, and sugreen literally ‘hopped’ into pervised conditioning the magnetized HOP! Repros? pair Tool in your pocket Quantum Grip focuses and there’s no need for on hand strength and grip a search ‘n rescue misenhancement not through use of sion hands in pockstraps or gadgets. Rather, this wrist ets. and grip strengthener is a twoFrogger part system that looks like the thinks ahead HOP! Repair Tool golf clove and grip you’re using of the chalright now. lenges that The difference, however, is that the you may meet on the course, and makes for Quantum Grip uses the very simple a better game by eliminating these technology of “hook and loop” to make obstacles to a better golf game with a golf more accessible to all golfers, including older and physically challenged better idea. Never again will you be looking for persons so that they can easily and or asking your buddies on the green for securely hold and control a golf club a ball marker. It will always be there, in on the downswing and follow-through. Quantum Golf uses the Velcro ‘hook’ the same pocket with the HOP! Repair Tool, sitting securely in the highly mag- material which is recessed into the golf club grip, while the ‘loop’ Velcro matenetic pocket of the HOP! The HOP! Repair Tool itself reflects rial is constructed into the special golf ultra-22nd Century design, much like glove. This perfect union allows golfers the 250mph trains which are coming our way, yes, faster than a speeding bul- with arthritic conditions and those let. HOPS!’ ergonomic design provides with weakened hand strength to concontinued on page 10 ❱ leverage to repair ball marks pronto
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New Putter Knocks Strokes Off Your Game! w David Hopkins
t’s an undeniable fact that there’s no better time spent practicing golf than in improving one’s putting stroke. Every golfer at any level can improve his or her putting stroke. Not every golfer, however, can swing like a pro in other parts of the game, whether it be for distance or accuracy. One’s mechanical athletic abilities prohibit that. It’s said that in order to reach the highest levels of golf, 500 balls are needed to be hit on the driving range every day for years. During a round of golf, you are going to use your putter up to twice as much as any other golf club in your bag. Doesn’t it make sense that the value of your practice is best spent on the putting green? Every week a tournament is won on the PGA Tour by the golfer who is putting the best. Look at the statistics: the winner, tee to green, does not separate himself that much from the rest of the field. But they are always one or two in putting.
It’s no mystery to me why Tiger putter, that the putt was going to find Woods isn’t playing well right now. the hole. (Putt for dough.) The putter has killed more golfers’ careers than any other club in the bag has done. Look at Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia, at one time, top five in the world, and now struggling to make cuts. It’s because of their putting! They still hit the ball a mile on a string. They still hit their approach shots closer than most of their peers. But they cannot make putts. Putting is about confidence and confidence is acquired when you make putts. It’s a vicious cycle when you start missing putts. As the putts don’t fall, your confidence does. And so your putting goes from bad to worse. Vijay has tried every putter, gimmick, and gadget to improve his putting. Sergio has all but quit playing and it breaks my heart to see these guys It’s his putting. In the past, how many struggling like this. I wonder…will times has Tiger been standing over a these guys, Tiger included, ever be the putt on the final hole having to make golfers that they were? It hurts to see it to win the tournament? And you, he, the look of defeat on the faces of these and I knew that before he ever soled his champions.
My name is David Hopkins, inventor of the Pure Stroke Putter, a putting training aid designed for the sole purpose of grooving a pure stroke, although after testing, I have found that multiple other benefits come with this training aid. The concept is simple. The feedback is clear and immediate. Two forks on the front of the putter, each fork approx. 3 1/4” long, with space between to two forks being slightly larger than a golf ball. You simply putt the ball through the forks without hitting the side of the forks. If the ball bounces off the forks, the result is an errant putt. This is not easy task. But, if acquired, the results are the ball rolls as pure as any putt ever struck. With most other putting training aids, as long as you are square at impact, you will be successful. With the Pure Stroke Putter, because you take the putt outside the forks at take-away and back inside the forks at follow through, continued on page 40 ❱
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trol their swings through impact with the ball. This system also aids those golfers with elbow or hand injuires. Quantum Golf lets the golfer use very little strength to hold the club securely, thus building up confidence, as well, while lowering one’s score and playing the game of golf as it ought to be enjoyed. Quan-
Quantum Golf Glove tum Golf Grips are installed on a golfer’s existing clubs, and used with the Quantum Golf Gloves. For golfers who have challenges of hitting too many far-reaching slices, Quantum Grips & Gloves allow these golfers to hold their clubs less tightly. Jim DeLaby II, PGA Pro, says: “With Quantum Grip, I can actually feel what is called ‘the lag’ in the swing. I can retain my wrist angle on the downswing and snap the clubface through impact. My grip is on there so strong and so secure that I’m able to relax my wrists for the first time and not worry about them. I’ve gained 25 yards from my first swing with Quantum Golf.” Occupational Therapist Patrick Pinkart developed Quantum Golf after a spinal cord injury affected his hand strength for years. Yes, another example of necessity being the Mother of Invention. www.QuantumGrip.com. Bushnell Hybrid GPS/Rangefinder Fifty years ago, GPS systems cost an arm and a leg, like for a GPS unit for a boat in the ocean. $40,000 plus! I know, I was there with my Islander 36’ racing down the coast… and could not afford it! If you fell off the boat at night or in challenging conditions, chances were greater than nought that you got free burial rites at sea! Luck played a big part of pre-GPS rescues at sea. With time, GPS systems became much less expensive, much more accurate (within feet, not miles!), and easily available to everyone from skiers, to drivers on the freeway, to hikers, to golfers —just about everyone. GPS is so prevalent nowadays that the younger generation takes it for granted
that GPS has been around since Biblical Bushnell’s latest offering is its HyDays! brid, which is the world’s first Laser When GPS units first made their Rangefinder and GPS in one. appearance on the golf course, mostly Any and all the distance information on carts, this location device was a bit you’ll ever need on the course is only frustrating and served many golfers as one button away. A quick press of on a novelty rather than an aid to improve button and, pronto!, an instantaneous one’s game. GPS accuracy delivery of the distance you’re trying to needed on the course figure before your shot. was not always on the Bushnell’s laser rangefinders rely on menu. You had to an invisible, eye-safe Class I Laser beam trust the GPS read- which is “bounced” off distant objects ings that read the when you point and press the button. front of the green It’s that simple. was 177 yards away, Then the rangefinder’s high-speed not the 168 you knew it to be digital clock in the portable handheld since it was YOUR HOME GPS unit measures the time it took for COURSE! that laser beam to reach a target and As with all inventions, GPS on the return it to the unit. Next, using totally golf course improved and improved awesome advanced digital electronics, and improved. (There ought to be a his- the rangefinder instantly calculates the tory written about the evolution of GPS distance within +/- 1 yard and shows for golf!) the range in either yards or meters on a Most recently, I had a special “aha!” through-the-lens LCD Display. moment when I realized that with budIt takes no more than a nano-second get cuts now being heralded by every between the time you press the button politician in this country, the GPS sec- which sends the laser beam from the tion at the Patent Office in Washington Bushnell Hybrid to the time the exact DC office could be closed (or hours cut) range to your target is displayed. because… how better can these GPS This Pinseeker technology mode algolf devices be made?!? lows easy capturing of the flag without There are half dozen golf companies mistakingly reading background target whose GPS units now tally 75% of all distances. When more than one object sales of GPS units. Bushnell is one of is acquired, such as back bunker, backthem. ground trees at al, the closer Bushnell had of the objects is a life, a very shown on the successful LCD display. life, before the Scan it entered Mode allows the Golf you to pan like Industry a Hollywood about 15 cameraman years ago. wanting to The comview distances pany was the leader Bushnell Hybrid GPS/Rangefinder in every precision device hunters needed. You couldn’t talk about of everything in the LCD display. hunting without mentioning Bushnell. The Slope Mode measures slope by Their rangefinder products in hunting +/- one degree of angle and compenwere the most accurate and finely made. sated range, based on ball trajectory After all these years, Bushnell doesn’t and type of club used. All this info is stand on the side stage, anymore, when displayed on the LCD. it comes to GPS units for golfers. After Bushnell Hybrid also features developing and making more perfect 5-times magnification, and distance their products almost every year with to front, center and back of greens. An a newer and better model, Bushnell has “Auto Hole Advance” feature and “Auto paid its dues, and stands with the Big Course Recognition” feature puts you Boys in this niche of the Golf Industry. in the position of playing a course for
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the first time as if that course was your home course. The LCD features on the Bushnell Hybrid are: 1) Targeting Mode; 2) Option or using Meters or Yards; 3) Reticle, the distance to objects targeted in the crosshairs displayed on the Distance Readout with the press of the button; 4) A battery indicator flashes when the power is getting low. As with one’s eyes, lenses on a GPS are key to getting an absolute correct read to one’s target. Bushnell uses its patented Rainguard HD Anti-Fog technology which is a permanent coating of the lens that causes moisture from dew, rain, snow, sleet and one’s breath to instantly bead-up into very tiny droplets which scatter. This ultimate optics approach to distance reading rids a lens of fog, as well. Bushnell Hybrid features more than 16,000 North American courses preloaded, ready when you are. And don’t fret about monthly, yearly or one-time or recurring membership fees. There aren’t any! Like I said, you get a Bushnell Hybrid on the course of your choice and you’ll be running for office soon, trying to save your constituents money on patents and patents-pending because, how more effective can a GPS laser rangefinder be? See for yourself: www.bushnellgolf. com. Clicker Universal Remote Just when you golfers thought you had everything (must have been before this recession!), along comes a Universal Remote Control featuring, most importantly at times, a bottle opener designed alongside the panel control of the handheld clicker! No more fussin’ around looking for a bottle opener so you can drink your favorite Samuel Adams ale during the NBA Finals, if they hold them this year. Okay, the bottle opener feature is the “carrot” to a very well-made Universal Remote which controls nine components, including: TV, DVD, SAT, CABLE, VCR, CD, DVR, AMP, and whatnot! Featuring more than 800 preset codes or as many manufacturing devices, the CLICKER’s one-touch learning instructions make use as simple as… opening a bottle of beer or soda! This continued on page 12 ❱
Can’t Leave Home Without Them: Insta Golf Shoes! w Bob Koczor
ou can always rent golf clubs when you travel. What about golf shoes? It’s NOT that easy. Insta Golf Shoes provides the answer for any ‘on the go’ golfer who doesn’t want to lug his or her golf shoes around. Derived from the successful idea of wearing winter ice cleats when needed, Insta Golf Shoes provide full foot slip protection, tight traction, and sure stability just like your regular golf shoes. Introduced at the recent PGA Golf Expo in Las Vegas at which it was voted the Top New Innovative Golf Product, Insta Golf Shoes allow golfers to wear their favorite tennis (gym) shoes, or casual and even dress shoes on the golf course. Constructed of Dual-Density TPE Elastomer for durability and long wear, the lightweight pull-on Insta Golf Shoes secure to the bottom of your footwear quickly. Full foot slip protection with heel and forefront
cleats maintains traction throughout your natural stride while walking and swinging. Long-wearing cleats are replaceable. Available in several sizes for men and women golfers, colors are either black or white, with custom color orders accepted. Rick Hetzel, President of RLH Golf Ventures and author The Traveling Golfer e-book, came up with the simple but most practical idea of Insta Golf Shoes. Hetzel is also a partner in
To an old-fogie like me, it’s refreshingly healthy to meet such entrepreneurs whose success stories are now in the making. Insta Golf Shoes, whose retail price is less than $45, are especially great for the traveling golfer, for everyday golfers who want to stop the car and practice wedge shots at the local park, and ideal also for youngsters growing up faster than their parents’ budget allows for new golf shoes every year. Insta Golf Shoes are also a ‘perfect fit’ Irish Golf Vacations showing, again, for golfers with special footwear that Necessity is the Mother of All issues such as orthotics. Inventions. Have them available under the back I met Rick during the PGA Show at seat of your car, or pack them in your his booth, and if the future of the Golf suitcase or briefcase when you travel! Industry is related to such newcomLest you think I’m blowin’ smoke, ers, then the industry is remember: Just two in great shape the years weeks ago…. For more info, visit ahead. Rick is creative, InstaGolfShoes.com Insta Golf Shoes was hard-working, and bubselected by golf buyers bling over with ideas, many of which and PGA Professionals as a top new are in the simmering mode of what he innovative product at the 2011 PGA n has plans to unveil soon for golfers. Expo in Las Vegas!
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new unit, which comes with a oneyear warranty, works with most major cable and satellite dish boxes. Selection buttons are illuminated, which greatly aids in drinking and surfing from one channel or device to another. Only two AAA batteries are required to help you get more out of your relaxing hours! This Clicker quickly transfers all data from the three or four separate remotes you now have to play with when switching from TV to DVD to… you get the point. Remember: Leaving your couch or favorite chair to open your favorite bottle is soooooo… 2010! Price is less than $25, with free shipping! —For more info, visit www.myclicker.com. Drymax Men’s Dress Socks It all starts from the ground up. I’m talking about comfort. Specifically, comfort from your toes to your ankles and upwards along your feet. Socks play a very large role in contributing to one’s comfort during the day. All day, on the course and off the course. With this goal of comfort, Drymax recently came out with dress socks that offer up to 25 times more dryness than other socks. Considering the sweat evoked walking miles in our regular routines during the day, not to mention the trek through parts of a golf course, 25 times more dryness is like stepping out of a 20-minute relaxing shower and not having to towel off your feet since they’re already dry! That’s what Drymax Dress Socks provide. Dryness. Plain and simple. No reading the small print or reading between the lines. Dry. Drymax’s new fiber technology deals with the fact that most dress shoes by design don’t breathe well. Dress shoes, whose primary purpose are looks, trap heat and moisture inside. Comp ou nd -
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ing this challenge, most dress socks are made of cotton or wicking fibers like polyester, nylon, acrylic or wool which cannot keep feet dry. Drymax uses two different fiber technologies interwoven together. The Drymax fibers don’t wick as they are super hydrophobic (water repelling). This means that moisture doesn’t stick to the inner layer of Drymax terry loops. The unique property allows Drymax fibers to lift sweat off the skin like a squeegee and instantly transfer it to the sock’s moistureattracting Clicker Universal outer layer. Remote The drying process is instant, at the speed of sweat. Don’t take my personal word and testimony about these 22nd Century socks by Drymax, consider the runner in the 2007 Las Vegas Marathon who ran the entire 26.2 mile race while wearing one pair of Drymax. At the end of the arduous race, his Drymax Dress Socks were dry, his feet were comfortable, and there was not even a baby or bulging blister to be found! I could go on in detail about Drymax socks’ technical features, such as its seamless insides, its odor-free fibers, 3D Advanced Fitting System, an antiblister system, their durability and their solid good looks. Suffice it to say, my Drymax socks will never be found in the mouth of either of my Golden Retrievers as they look for a security blanket for their night’s sleep. Much too precious. You know the socks ’n dogs! For more info on these Made-in-theUSA socks, visit drymaxsports.com. Extreme Golf Accessory Pouch During one round of golf or another, we all have realized that we left something at home, such as our better golf game. And then there are times when, in the course of playing a round, we realize that we can’t find our ball marker, or we can find our divot tool. And, of course, “Anyone have an extra tee?” you ask, as you stand in the tee box area of Hole 16 or 17…. (You don’t want to walk back to your cart!) The X-Gap Pouch eliminates these frustrating and sometimes embarrassing
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times, making sure that you are not want of tees, marker, divot tool or golf balls. X-Gap Pouch, 4” x 6”, is a flexible storage-sleeve encased in durable fabric blend with a thin magnetic plate inside. It holds two X-Gap Pouch golf balls, 2-to-4 tees, a divot tool made of durable metal, and a ball marker, again made of metal which attaches to the pouch via the magnetic plate. The X-Gap Pouch easily clips onto one’s belt or waistband. Or, you can attach it to your golf bag. The beauty of this pouch is that you have everything you need when you need it. Price is $14.75. For more info, visit www.Chrisjaninc.com. X-Gap’s Pouch is another way to keep play moving on the course, and keep your lost ‘n found game at home.
up their business establishments in Valley Springs. Golfers love to stay at the 10th Green Inn because, right next door, is La Contenta Golf Course. Stay ‘n Play specials for lodging and for unlimited golf (yes, unlimited!) are featured at only $59, and that includes cart, continental breakfast, and much more! The 10th Green Inn also features specials with Mike Nemee’s Trinitas Golf Course which is only nine miles away. So, the ideal short golf trip is to check into the 10th Green Inn and go play golf at LaContenta to your heart’s content. The next morning, drive to Trinitas Golf Course and play 18 holes there. Within 24 hours, you will have satisfied yourself with all the golf you wish, plus pleasant comfortable lodging which includes all the amenities, plus A/C, Wireless Internet, fireplace, coffee, etc. Visit www.10thgreeninn.com for a glimpse at what I’ve experienced over all these years. Enjoy yourself as well! Any questions? Call Jim or Jean at 209-772-1084.
10th Green Inn Golf Today Magazine has held three successful fun events at Trinitas Golf Course this year so far, with one more to go. This 400-mile one-way drive for me, requiring a set-up and theday itself, means that I must overnight near Valley Springs, CA. I’ve always chosen (no exceptions!) The 10th Green Inn —a stay to which I’ve been accustomed since 16 years ago when my wife and I first lodged at the comfortable Inn. Jim
Double Duty Divot Repair Putter This putter’s nomenclature is long because its purposes are many. Created by Walt Graves, the Double Duty Divot Repair Putter is steadily working its way into the hands of more golfers who want more than a well-designed putter which they can trust for accuracy every time they putt the ball. This uniquely-designed, perfectlypriced putter does make good of a golfer’s faith in a golf club. But it does more, and that ‘more’ consists of a divot-repair tool designed as part of the putter so that when you’re on the green, you don’t have to bend over to repair ball marks, a challenge for those with knee and/ or back problems, or just plain older age. Made of 431 stainless steel with a 72-degree shaft angle, the Divot Repair Putter features a 36” shaft, 360-gram head weight, swing weight of F2, and 3-degree face loft, all of which provides a true roll off the clubface.
10th Green Inn and Jean Fox are as hands-on 24-7 with their cozy establishment as any owners of their own business. Jean is also one of the most experienced realtors in the area, helping outside businesses to open
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Pro Putt 360 More Than Meets The Hole! w Bob Koczor
rowds are good for public political rallies. Crowds are also good for the public opening first show of a Hollywood movie. That’s why I avoid them both, as well as I can. Crowds in a practice area can be frustrating too! When it comes to
practicing or warming up on the practice greens, I much prefer to hit three balls in succession towards one hole at a time, rather than stop and wait for other golfers to hit to the same hole. More than one golfer per hole on a practice green is a soured spoiler, especially before you tee off. I’ve solved that problem with the Pro Putt 360, which is a lightweight rounded palm-sized multi functional line tool and practice target that I place on the practice green in lieu of standing in line for a hole on the green. Like the manufacturer says “It is more than a Line Tool!”, and in my opinion it’s much more than a line tool. You can see all the uses at www.proputt.360. SEE THE PRO PUTT 360? Professional com. golfers and their caddies using the Pro Putt It’s not that I’m unso360 on one of the practice greens at this ciable, but think about it: year’s Kraft Nabisco Golf Tournament. With the Pro Putt 360, I
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get my own hole when and where I want it on the practice green. I don’t waste time waiting for other golfers to pick up their golf balls on the practice green before I get to hit mine. Designed smaller in diameter than a golf hole, the portable and plastic Pro Putt 360 is perfectly-sized so that when my ball rolls over the top of it on the practice green (or strikes any part of it!), I know my golf ball would have gone into the hole. That’s all I need to know, and, without the need to bend down and test my backbone cartilage to get the balls out of the hole. No stooping required! You can also take the Pro Putt 360 out of your pocket any time and any place you want to practice, like at a public park, your lawn area, your home carpeting—you pick the place and time! I’ve also used the Pro Putt 360 for my own chipping practice, in a typical practice area that often looks like a barrel of large white marbles spilled over. It is even possible to use this tool to mark or represent a landing area, or as a
“hole” or finishing spot for you chips, or both! The Pro Putt 360 is multi-functional, and designed perfectly to lock a ball in place so that you can add an alignment line or ID marks on your golf balls without the hassle of Picassolike etchings on your fingers or hands. The best, of course, is drawing the line which acts as an alignment line, You can make the line any length you like; either 360-degrees around the golf ball, or in part as hyphenated lines or dots, whatever suits your eye. The Pro Putt 360s come two in each package, one white and one black. The story behind the different colors is that Paula Creamer’s caddie, Colin Cann, asked if the manufacturer could brighten up the black one with more white so that it would be easier to see in the shadows of a long practice putt or chip. Thus, the white one was created! Price for a Pro Putt 360 package is only $10.95, making it a perfect reasonably-priced stockin’ stuffer. They are available in selected stores and online.n
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This USGA approved putter is now showcased for $99.95, which includes free shipping and a head cover. Wholesale prices are worth contact directly with the inventor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Walt at 843-399-4043. (You will find Walt most knowledgeable about putters and a perfect gentleman!) A dozen lucky winners at Golf Today-sponsored tournaments this year h a v e won this dual-purpose putter and have wondered, after using it, w h y someo n e didn’t
create this putter 20 years ago to save
Double Duty Divot Repair Putter on the thousands of times they bent over on the green to fix the green, only to hear a ‘kink’ or feel a jolt in their back. Well, it’s now a putter whose time has truly come with the aging of the Baby Boomers! The Right Mind For Golf It’s always pleasing to see one of Golf Today Magazine’s staff or contributors author a book on golf. Dr. Barry Lotz, who has written articles of review for Golf Today for the past 20 years, has also authored 15 other books. His newest, The Right Mind for Golf, attempts to overcome golf ’s cornucopia of mental challenges. This practical Renaissance-like author intermingles advice on how to master one’s mental game in golf and in life. Dr. Lotz, a licensed attorney/Golf Game Guru, has done a superb job, keeping his guide to less than 100 pages, as he gets to the heart of explaining the mental aspects
of golf, and how to come out in such challenges to the better. Golf is a metaphor for life itself, so all the principles Lotz presents can be applied both on and off the course in business affairs or everyday life. If we do, indeed, accept the fact that golf is 90 percent mental, why is it that we spend only 10 percent of our time trying to figure out the mental side of golf? —This is where Dr. Lotz comes in. I especially was interested in his Chapter 7 —”Meaning: Nothing has any meaning except the meaning you give it…” and then the author goes on to say: “the only thing that stands between you and mastery (of golf, of life, of anything at all) is fear.” You get the gist. His message is worthwhile and
With PlaneFinder, you see how you’re swinging the club, you hear the results of your swing as it takes place, and you feel whether you’re swinging your club correctly. This PlaneFinder swinging aid, for right and left-handers, is a lightweight, portable sturdy tube device that quickly assembles and can be used anwhere: at your office, at home, at the range —anywhere. The PlaneFinder does just that (it finds the correct swing plane) when you swing your club —and you’ll know immediately with instant feedback if you’re swinging your clubs correctly, both on the backswing and downswing. PlaneFinder features two indicator arms which face away from the golfer. They move if contacted by your club swing. Three other indicator arms face the golfer. In between is a open channel several inches wide that provides the easily digestible. It path for the club to pass through when may be just that ‘push’ you need to bet- the club is traveling on the ter your game. proper swing plane. Dr. Lotz is one of the leading speakIf the ers, writers and researchers on mental g o l f e r strategies for more enjoyable and successful golf. He works wih numerous Tour pros and committed golfers of all abilities. He can be reached in La Quinta, CA at 760-777-1925, or email@example.com This is not a head-scratcher, nor a head-shrinker, but a commonsensical advisor you just may need. The PlaneFinder Learning how to play better golf is accomplished in a myriad of ways, the simplest being that of watching a CD, DVD, or listening to a recording say, while driving your vehicle. Unfortunately, by nature, these are limited conduits of learning since you hear and sometimes you see the instruction on how to improve your golf swing. Eating a pizza while watching a DVD, however, limits the learning curve possibilities. When you involve more of your senses (i.e., hearing, seeing and feeling), you have a better chance of learning, and that’s where instructional aids such as Hank Haney’s PlaneFinder pay off.
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swings under the plane, the shaft will make contact with one or both of the arms facing away. If he or she swings over the plane (the dreaded ‘over-the-top’ move), contact is made with the arms facing the golfer. Feedback to one’s swing is made in an instant. As the golfer’s swing plane improves, the PlaneFinder’s channel can be adjusted to a smaller width to make the drills more challenging. The unit’s indicators let you know that you have hit them, as you can see your swing hit them, and you can hear your club hit them, and you can feel your club hit them. (3 sensory learning curve!) Use any club, from lob wedge to driver, and the PlaneFinder will let you
know how to build your swing into an effortless repeating golf swing which will lower your scores. Your learning curve is immediately from the getgo! For more information, visit www.hankhaneyshop.com. Just… swing away! ‘Brassies, Mashies, & Bootleg Scotch’ There are two sides to every story and to every coin, just as there are always two sides to every recession. We all know the bum side of our dour economy about to become double-digit, but there is a good bright side, as well. For example, the freeways are a lot less crowded nowadays, prices of most everything for sale have dipped downwards noticeably, and there’s always a table available at most restaurants, no reservations required. Golf books are also less in number compared to years ago when it seemed, then, as though there were half-dozen new golf books being published each day —meaning there were too many to read! Now, however, when a good golf book rolls off the presses, there is a 7th Inning Stretch of Time to digest that book in toto, not in parte, as Lord Francis Bacon said a couple hundred years ago. October 1st is the release date for one of the most genuinely reflective golf books published in recent years. Brassies, Mashies and Bootleg Scotch by Bill Kilpatrick is a charming account of growing up on golf courses in the 1930s. It’s a delightful look back at a time when golfers mostly hit balata balls and their c l u b s’ shafts were made of hickory, as in tree. Golfers called their clubs spoons, mashies, cleeks, and the putting area was ‘groomed’ by leveling the sand around the hole in the middle. Reading the greens as to which way the grass was bent was futuristic, as was Titanium, breathable golf outerwear, and GPS. continued on page 16 ❱
Wedgewood Clubs to the Rescue! w Bob Koczor
know Wedgewood. more savings in the accounts of this And I’ve known Wedgewood for Baby Boomer generation than in the many years, both because I usually younger generation paying for diaper carry one or two of these clubs in my costs and Montessori Schools. bag and because I’ve presented these Some of the money saved is used clubs as major prizes at Golf Today to buy whatever can, indeed, help us Magazine-sponsored tournaments dur- to improve our games. We don’t mind ing the past 10 years. playing to a 90, as long as it’s on the day The results I’ve personally seen are that the winds whipped up to 45 knots the same positive results that the win- the last six holes. ners of the clubs inevitably have. “Bob, Wedgewood comes to the rescue for you know that club I won at your last us, because now that we find ourselves event really worked well for me!” (The not in our prime, we sometimes strugWedgewood.) “That’s exactly what I gle a bit hitting our traditional irons. needed!” “My clubs used to work fine. I guess these Fact is, the demographics of my play- clubs are just getting old…” ers is a smitten image of myself when it Wedgewood Clubs are much-more comes to age, maybe a couple pounds forgiving than traditional irons, as overweight, more skin on top of our they produce a high ball flight with heads than actual hair, memories ear- extra backspin without you feeling marked by many 50-year anniversaries that you’re hitting that proverbial brick nowadays. You know wall which you know the picture. Nicklaus didn’t put in Try it and let me know: But my players and www.wedgewoodgolf.com his architectural deI still get a helluva lot signs for the middle more satisfaction from golf than the of the fairway. tall, lean, hittin’ machine players who For those of us with slower swing just got out of college and can’t figure speeds (“You can’t always get what you out what to do with their degrees, no want!”), Wedgewood provides that fault of their own. And there’s much extra power punch without exhausting
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The author’s father was a dedicated Scottish greenskeeper, thus Kilpatrick’s recollection and rare glimpses of this vanished golf scene are especially valued for readers who he introduces from his memory to a cast of characters from the giants of golf history at that time, to behind-the-scene eccentrics, to walkon stars like Hal Schmacher, New York Giants pitcher. Kilpatrick himself was privy to more than a firsthand glimpse of golf as it used to be, working as a caddy on the courses that served as his father’s offices. This book is also a dear narrative of the author’s relationship with his adored, sometimes impatient but always forgiving father. Price: $16.95. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Release date: October 1st; www.nebraskapress.unl.edu. Second Skin Golf Outerwear If you have never heard of “Second Skin” before now, take note: it’s the leading golf outerwear brand in Canada and it’s slowly but solidly making inroads across this country. Step-by-step, starting with the PGA Merchandise Show earlier this year, this apparel line has been successfully introduced to golfers south of our Northern border. The reception has been well-deserved. I’ve worn the Second Skin Coast Drywick outerwear apparel, both on and off the course. There are few peers compa rable to this Second Skin Golf qualShirt ity longsleeved, 1/4 zip pullover at its $69 price. I’ve donned my black-colored (light side panels) over a simple tee while playing golf, and I’ve just as comfortably worn this Second Skin while I’ve been off the course in town (Tehachapi) doing my routine chores. The Men’s Coast Drywick is suitable most times of the year because it features a proprietary technology that’s light, breathable, and promptly absorbs and disperses moisture from the skin.
It’s a versatile apparel that looks good, feels good, and works well. Second Skin’s well-priced offerings are for men and women. Their collection includes golf shirts, full zip jackets, vests, rain pants and more which can all be seen at www.secondskin.ca. Take your time and see the many website offerings by this golf apparel company. You’ll find your time spent, worthwhile, for any dollars you may spend on this quality apparel. WillGolfBetter.com Usually, a picture says it all, with one photo substituting for a thousand words or more. In the case of the following review, the words by the founder of WillGolfBetter.com clearly states where he and his friends are coming from when it involves their inexpensive and simple golf aides, his golf tips and instruction. So, I’ll let the founder of WillGolfBetter.com stand on his own words and then you, the reader, can make a choice to visit his site. Thus, from the founder, Will Neel of San Dimas, CA: ‘I have been serious about golf since I was six years old. My father has been teaching golf for over 50 years. I have had the opportunity to play and teach alongside some of the greatest teachers and players. I have had the pleasure to experience many of the great aspects of this great game we call golf. Whether it’s playing a new course or developing or trying the latest teaching aid, or just feeling better about my golf because I found a good place to eat on the way home, I continue to add to my collection of prized experiences. I will always be a student of the game and continue the pursuit of the next book or gadget or technique that will simplify the game. It is my goal that by sharing any of these experiences with you that you willgolfbetter. So whether you try one of my personal new products, a drill, or a take a tip from one of my fellow associates, or just follow one of our recommendations on where to play or stop along the way, go with confidence and know that you WillGolfBetter.com. —Sincerely, Will” Th e s e w o r d s s a y i t a l l . Any questions? Email Will at willneel@WillGolfBetter.com.
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Buddy, The Pain Reliever Okay, cut down on those pain meds and lighten up on the Jack Daniels. Here’s a new and quick way to help you relieve your back pain from the 18 holes you played earlier in the day. It’s called the Bed Buddy Warming Bear from Carex Health Brands. (Don’t worry, men still come from Mars, and testosterone levels will not be depleted!) The Buddy Bear is the latest in a series of breakthrough ThermaTherapy products that provide warmth and comfort to soothe those aches and pains that revisit all of us, more so the older we get. Made with 100% natural materials, Buddy Bear’s warm feet, tummy and paws provide the deep penetrating moist heat which is ideal for reducing pain associated with arthritis, back problems, ear aches, tooth aches, and stiff necks. And, yes, stress itself. Simply place Buddy Bear in the microwave for a few seconds, and that stored heat in Buddy Bear will last for up to an hour as it slowly transfers to your neck or shoulder. Or, you have the option to place Buddy Bear in the freezer to create a cold pack for the gentle cool relief of a fever or to use as a relaxant if you’re restless. Buddy Warming Bear, priced at $19.95, is perfectly matched, also, not just for the wounded golfer or fatigued
part-time gardener, but also for the like of visiting grandkids who may have fallen off the outside swing earlier in their visit to you. It’s also suitable for your wife who can’t readily understand
why your foursome wants to take a pilgrimage to St. Andrews. By design itself, Buddy Bear sure beats those plain whitecolored heated or frozen bags that keep slipping off your shoulder as you try to read the latest news on the Stock Market while you sit in your favorite chair. For more info, visit www.carex.com. (Yes, I personally used Buddy Bear after I went to the practice range one morning and tried to work on my follow-through. 100 swings at ‘followthroughs’ by a whippersnapper pro that I had seen pictured, but never followed through on. “Bob, you gotta follow through more!” —At the end of the session my instructor friend kept telling me that I didn’t follow through enough… while my back was telling me that I followed through TOO MUCH!?!). Buddy Bear, where are you?!? SnapStics! When you hit one of your longest drives ever, but your ball ends up in the middle of the adjacent fairway within easy range of its own tee boxes, don’t get mad… just get SnapStics! I’m talking about venting your anger with SnapStics, not with breaking your expensive clubs or throwing them into
the nearby dink. SnapStics. Simply take your SnapStic out of your bag and break the SnapStic in half over your knee! Or, throw it away and release continued on page 18 ❱
Distance + Height = Accuracy, Thanks to Slope Pro w Bob Koczor
When you’re talking about an uphill or downhill slope on any hole or two, you’ve got to consider a possible extra stroke here, maybe another un-planned stroke there. If you fail to accurately take into consideration these differences of height, plus or minus, during an entire round,
you’re talking about several strokes you don’t need or want added to your score. You’re protected from these challenges, you say, because you have a rangefinder or GPS unit that you bought for $400 to $500. Question: Are you sure you have slope elevation compensator as part of your GPS unit? You can spend up to $600 for other products –Chances are that that provide slope adjustment but the Slopeyour GPS unit does Tec™ SDx-PRO provides accurate yardage NOT compensate compensation at a fraction of the cost. for elevation changWith Slope-Tec™ you will never worry es. about batteries going dead, weak satellite And what if the reception, wet inclement weather, monthly batteries go dead subscriptions or spending hundreds of or weaken? Or the dollars to have quick, accurate, usable information at your fingertips! satellite reception Simply due to their design, satellite based is weak? Or, what if GPS units are very limited in the accuracy of the morning due is terrain change and the versions currently on as thick as the Brocthe market do not provide any information coli Soup you ate on elevation change. yesterday for lunch? Slope-Tec™ is used as a tool to enhance The Slope-Tec the yardage information received from SDx Pro, recently a Rangefinder, GPS unit or even a basic introduced at the fairway yardage marker. PGA Show in Las
Vegas, solves all these challenges at a The SDx Pro is a tool which propress of your fingertip on the unit’s vides more precise yardage for a more dashboard. Point the unit itself accurate game from that basic info at the elevated fairway in received from a Rangefront of you, click it, and finder, GPS unit or pronto, all the math geeven a basic fairway niuses inside the unit take yardage marker. a nano of a second to tell And, to boot, you you the exact distance don’t have to worry to the top of the rising about batteries because fairway, or to the flag it doesn’t use any. standing off-center in Most golfers ‘guesstithe next hole, fully mate’ how to play uphill accounting for the and downhill shots. “Ted, extra 29’ in higher it’s slightly uphill. Use a elevation. 9-iron!” Most important, Knowing compensatthis 22nd Century ed yardage for uphill Slope-Tec is priced and downhill shots so-right that I know provides the golfer you also will be surprised. with confidence of club $34.95. (The Slope Tec unit looks selection and during club swing. more like a $300 yardage Stop guessing on the course, start playn distance compensator!) That this ing an even better game! unit provides accurate yardage compensation at a fraction of the cost is www.slope-tec.com undebatable.
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Bob’s Reviews / Gift-Giving Ideas which has inherited the unique special feel through my stroke. And I felt all the anger and frustration virtues of previous putter models which control. from that one shot which lost The white-colored head is a continuTaylorMade found successful in most the round for you. ation of acceptance by golfers to deviate recent years. The ‘venting’ release from In 2008, TaylorMade introduced from the solid darker tones on the SnapStic is immediate and cheapthe Monza Spider Putter that suc- crown that have monopolized golf for er than buying new clubs. SnapStics ceeded in capturing a worthy share much too long a time. can be used at the tee, on the fairway, Price is right, as well. of the market worldwide. With its in a sand trap or water hazard, or on For more about the evolved Ghost high MOI and its radical shape, the green… anywhere your anger and the Monza Spider provided Spider Putter, visit www.taylormadefrustration ruins your game. Snap a extraordinary stability and golf.com. Snapstic and you will play a better a performance for golfers, noBionic Performance Golf Gloves game thereafter, and generate a laugh ticeably on Tour. At any consumer golf show in the or two. Two years later, TaySnapStics will relieve stress, anger lorMade launched the country, you can buy golf gloves on sale, and the frustration we Corza Ghost Put- sometimes three for only $10. Almost all get when our game ter, its first in a se- all of us would gravitate towards such TaylorMade’s Ghost is not up to par. These ries of putters distin- a sale, especially in these times during Spider Putter sticks, intended for guished readily by its which discretionary buys are the first snapping, also make whitecol- to be cut from one’s budget, and “sales” on socially acceptable. the perfect gift for every golfer at all o r e d That in no way is to deny the fact levels of play, evoking a smile and a head. that one gets what one laugh from anyone who receives them. T h e pays for. Whether SnapStics are actually used d e In the case of Bionic in a round to vent anger and frustration, sign Golf Gloves, performance or simply put into one’s golf bag and re- a n d (not price) is the key factor in purferred to after a bad shot, SnapStics will c o l o r chasing them, and rightly so. It’s hard add a little humor to any round of golf. ation helped In addition to being a humorous gift, golfers aim the face more accu- to find better made golf gloves on the SnapStics can also be used as alignment rately while, at the same time, eliminat- market nowadays unless you get them sticks. ing the glare which provided a distrac- tailor-made, custom-made, and delivered fresh directly to you on Hole #1. SnapStics are available at leading tion directly reflected off the crown. Bionic’s Performance Series deliver pro shops, green grass retailers, sportOn June 20th this year, along comes ing goods retailers, catalog houses TaylorMade’s new Ghost Spider Putter on promises, including enhanced feel, and golf specialty retailers. They can which now, rather genetically, combines a lighter grip, maximum breathability, be imprinted with company, club or the best qualities of the Monza Spider and increased durability. (Remember, organization logo, and they make for an Putter and the Corza Ghost Putter into you get what you pay for!) The technology behind the ergoideal premium gift, tee prize or tourna- what’s called the Ghost Spider Putter. ment favor. The newest TaylorMade putter nomic Bionic Golf Gloves features For more information, visit www. features the head construction, the size an exclusive Triple Row Finger Grip SnapStics.com. Or, Email bo@snap- and the high MOI of the Monza Spider with elongated flex zones. No more stics.com, or call 888-549-7678. combined with the white alignment at- design restrictions, as found in most oth- e r Loosen up! Chill Out! SnapStics! tributes of the Corza Ghost. Now that’s good business, and re- golf gloves. Ghost Spider Putter flects an honest trail of progress rather The sections I’ve never fully understood how a than just plain old marketing mischief. of the grip (3 business could create and then market I used the Ghost Spider Putter dur- s e p a a product as the penultimate best, say, ing the recent Golf Today Magazine- r a t e swing training aid in the world (“Close sponsored golf event at Trinitas, Golf o n e s the Patent Office!”) only to switch Course. I found the compact size more to all over to invent another different swing manageable than some of the larger f i n trainer and hail it as the very best ever putters which have “Engineered” re- gers exinvented. flected all over their monstrous design. cept the Seems rather contradictory, hollow, The Ghost Spider’s design made it feel t h u m b ) and disingenuous to me. easier for me to square up to the hole. flex indeEvolutionary betterment of a golf Quite simple, in fact. pendently product, on the other hand, is a totally I also felt a resonant conreasonable path of progress when it nection upon impact with Bionic Performance comes to good business, and that’s evi- the ball on the green, thereby Golf Gloves dent in TaylorMade’s recent launching giving me more immediate in June of its new Ghost Spider Putter
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to each other. Yes, it feels like a secondskin, not a golf glove made-for-amillion other hands! Bionic Performance Gloves also allow natural closure of one’s hand thanks to a pre-rotated finger design which takes into account the natural curvature of one’s fingers as they hold anything. Breathable leather and terry cloth material also enhance the comfortable feel of Bionic Gloves by absorbing perspiration. A lighter grip is assured thanks to its anatomically-design intermixing the supple Cabretta leather and terry cloth. Superior design + topnotch quality material = a better and more secure but natural hand grip with your club. I guarantee this, from my experience. Visit BionicGloves.com for more info. Bionic Gloves are available at fine pro shops and retail and discount golf outlets. Smart-E Motorized Golf-Kaddy Earlier this year at the PGA Show, I broke away from Golf Today’s booth to see what was new and exciting for golfers. It wasn’t a banner year for creativity, thanks in no small part to the economical limitations imposed by the Great Recession. One new product, however, caught my eye because of its design, functionality, durability and its aesthetic qualities. Golf-Kaddy features an offering of golf carts which reflect an easy-to-use, easy-to-transport, smart design that works dependably on the course. Its Smart-E Model is an Electric Golf Cart whose design is elegant, not cumbersome, both in looks and when the going gets tough on the course. Powered by a sophisticated battery, its high strength and low-weight aluminum construction is as durable as needed for all the ups and downs that a powered cart demands. The two extra-large rear wheels distribute the weight (45 lbs max) for sturdiness at turns, starts and slow or sudden stops. Thanks to these two wheels which snap on pronto, continued on page 20 ❱
Shot Starts with The Right Grip — and Grip Right w Bob Koczor
bout 20 years ago, I remember playing a pleasant round with a PGA Pro at a course near San Jose, CA. It was my third shot, an easy chip shot (his was already on the green). I stood above my ball and, for whatever reason, tensed up. To this day, I still don’t know why I was tense on that shot. But I do remember him saying: “Bob, relax. It’s more of a gentleman’s bet… And, don’t hold your club too tight.” Simple advice, but applicable for all golfers who play the game. Don’t ever bet with a pro and, always relax. No matter what one’s level of play, you must relax, and make believe you have a bird in your hands. You just want to hold it awhile, not crush it to smithereens. Grip Solid is a training aid which not only recognizes that one’s shot starts with the right grip, but reinforces the right and solid grip with its Grip Solid. It does all this so well that it was named as the Winner of the Best New Product 2011 PGA Expo held in Las Vegas last month.
Grip Solid is a thin, negligibly lightweight (one ounce!) strap featuring a raised, flexible bar which helps to position your club more perfectly in your hands. The Grip Solid, with its FLEX•BAR facing outward, attaches around your existing golf glove, with a Velcro tab securing the around-the-hand strap on the back of your hand. Positioning the strap is threefold: first, by placing Grip Solid across the palm of your hand with the FLEX•Bar facing outward; then, you position the Index Alignment indicator in-line with your index finger. Thirdly, you adjust Grip Solid so that the forward edge is directly behind your knuckles when you make a fist. Used with any of your clubs, position your club so that it comes across your fingers below the Grip Solid FLEX•BAR which should be parallel with your grip’s leading edge indicators (‘tick’ marks or line which runs parallel to the club face). That all takes seconds. Now you’re on your way to a more perfect golf grip.
Using your normal grip by holding your club with both hands, squeeze the club until you feel the FLEX•BAR of the Grip Solid compress. Then, slowly release your grip pressure so that you can’t feel the FLEX•BAR, anymore. Now you’re on your way to a more perfect golf shot. Chances are greater than ever that if you have a slice incorporated into your game permanently or as an occasional visitor, you are holding your clubs too tensely. Too tight. Grip Solid’s FLEX•BAR tells you when you have the bird in control, and when you may start maiming it. Soft FLEX•BAR “fins” will press against your palm when you grip your club too tightly. There’s that in-between pressure that gives you fair control of your shot. Not too loose a grip and not too tight a grip. The feedback from the usage of Grip Solid is immediate, requiring nothing to attach to your clubs and taking only seconds to position on your gloved lefthand for right-handed golfers.
If you’re looking for a non-intrusive no-hassle way of learning the correct grip pressure and proper grip positioning you should have, Grip Solid provides that immediately and throughout your swing. You’ll see it in less hooks and less slices. You’ll see it in hitting your ball more squarely and accurately, giving you the distance you want because you’re hitting it straighter. Muscle memory later comes to bat automatically as you learn proper club positioning and pressure needed to control your shots. Pricing is right, as well, at a suggested retail of $19.95. For more info on this new training ad designed to cut your strokes and make the Game of Golf a more enjoyable a recreational pursuit, visit www.gripsolid.com. Grip Solid is so sure of its unique design features, its functions, and high performance of promise that it offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, as well. n
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Bob’s Reviews / Gift-Giving Ideas What to do besides sleep twice as long and eat two bowls of cereal? How about wearing an Zengyro Energy Band which is made with FDA-grade surgical silicon for comfort and durability? Each band contains three Zengyro holograms created by advanced laser technology. Sporty and stylish, you can wear Zengyro anytime and anywhere. Zengyro is said to be the world’s most energetic performance jewelry and comes in five sizes and various colors. Zengyro is a brand of products developed by Bioholograph, Inc of Modesto, CA based on proprietary holograms. People from every walk of life enjoy the holographic jewelry product for its energetic effect and for the fun of the fashion. Smart-E Motorized Michelle Wie, in addiion to other Golf-Kaddy top-ranked golfers, is a confessed believer in Zengyro. respects, one of which is that it feaFor more info, visit Zengyro.com tures waterproof housing and has no and/or MichelleWie.com. exposed wires, which means there are Energize yourself! no shorts and you don’t have to pray AimPro Alignment Ball Marker when it rains. Keep it simple. The Smart-E also boasts of a speed That’s what AimPro Alignment Ball control memory, which means the speed of the cart can be preset with Marker is all about. See how simple it is simply by visitthe push of the left button. The right button is the distance control function ing AimProGolf.com. You’ll be saying to me, “Bob, that’s which enables the cart to travel from 10 to 50 seconds. The German-manufactured charAimPro ger is designed for ease of use and Alignment Ball dependability. Marker The frame is made of Aviationgrade aluminum, weighing in at only 22 lbs. Folder dimension of the Smart- s i m p l e ! Wh y didn’t I think of E is 24” x 37” x 12.5”. A one-year manufacturer’s warranty that?” I’ll simply reply to you: “That’s simcomes with this ultra-modern Electric ply what everyone tells me.” Golf Cart. See more on the Smart-E model, as well as on other Golf-Kaddy golf cart Travel Stix (Golf) Here’s a pretty good idea: a credit models, by visiting www.golf-kaddy. card-looking flash drive that contains com. all the forms and complete information Zengyro Energy Bands that you would ever need when you Okay, we made sure we got our travel for golf or business abroad. 7 or 8 hours of sleep, then Information such as we ate our breakfast of identification of whom Wheaties or Oatmeal. makes medical decisions When we hit the course, when you can’t; a Medihowever, we felt like… cal History Summary an 187-year-older after a re: blood type, current night of dancing to dawn. medications, doctor and
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this powered push cart can be set to free-wheeling mode sans fear of even the slightest out-of-control or tippingover feeling. The “pilot’s” handle is adjusted by a large knob. The snap-on battery is located at the base of the handle between the two large rear wheels. Folding the Smart-E for transportation in one’s vehicle is as easy as 1-2-3, with an optional carry trolley bag available for easy storage in one’s car trunk. The Smart-E is smart in many
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specialist information, health insurance and emergency contacts; Travel I t i n e r a r y, customized for each trip; Complete health care proxy info; immunization records, and lots more. Simply plug the credit-card lookalike flash drive USB into your computer before taking off on your trip and fill out the forms (you can print copies). Then, simply take along the Travel Stix Card (2 GB) with your other credit and ID cards. If and when you need, the Travel Stix Card will provide for the medical and other travel information you may want to provide if you are in an emergency. All in one credit card-like flash drive. There are different forms on many different Travel Stix cards, which you can match to your needs by visiting mytravelstix.com. Come to think about it, you also can use Travel Stix even if you never travel. Remember, if you have a heart attack and the ambulance is driving you speedily to the hospital, the health care specialists want to know your identification and anything about your health. They’ll look in your wallet and if they can find a Travel Stix, all the more better for you! You can add any other documents or information you may wish to include on your Travel Stix Card, including passport, visa(s), boarding passes, birth certificate, eyeglass prescription, allergies, plus videos and music, of course. Your Travel Stix Card will tell anyone what you want them to know: MyTravelStix.com. Texthook As compared to Big Brightly Boxed Gifts under the Christmas
Tree, stocking stuffers will be in vogue this upcoming holiday season thanks to the effete economy. For less than $25 each, you can cover 10-to-15 more bases than by giving one shiny Waterford Crystal gift. Texthook is one such stocking stuffer, priced at $25, and is very timely in this day of smartphones. In short, the Texthook puts you within each reach for music, texting or answering phone calls while working out. You simply attach the Texthook to treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, stroller handles, or whatever. And then you place your smartphone into the Texthook and free your hand for whatever you want to do. www.thetexthook.com. Caddie Clip About 15 years ago, I remember giving away a “Cigar Holder” in the Tee Prize Package for each golfer participating in Golf Today-sponsored events. The cigar holders were about two inches high, shaped on top with a golf ball, with a hole into which you could rest a cigar as you hit one of your clubs. Smoking cigars took a nosedive in popularity, right about then. So, for the remaining samples of the cigar holders I had (circa 500), I promoted the idea at the golf events to use the ‘cigar’ holders to leverage one of your clubs in the middle of the fairway as you hit your second or third shot to the green so that the unused club would not get damp or dirty laying on the turf. Sure enough, Caddie Clip has encouraged this idea with its combination Cigar Holder and Club Holder in a new and exciting colorful clip. Ultra mod grip, in fact. The two-fold holder keeps club grips off wet turf and/or keeps cigars and cigarettes dry and free of pesticides, dirt and fertilizer! —Simply insert either the club grip or a cigar or cigarette into the Caddie Clip. What a great idea! I should have thought of it! continued on page 22 ❱
The Sport Pocket Idea Expands! w Bob Koczor
’m always amazed by the simplicity of ideas behind the start of new businesses in America. I’m not talking about the evolution of iPads by Steve Jobs (he is my hero & I wish him so well), nor am I referring to the new planes now designed to travel 10xs the speed of sound. I’m talking simple, as in small yellow pieces of paper called Stickies, or those round reflectors in the middle of highways throughout the country –safety light reflectors which have cut accidents manifestly at nighttime. (I’m told the inventor got a penny royalty for each mini-reflector, and he is long-retired as a multi-bazillionaire.) At the recent PGA Show in Las Vegas, I took my time and walked the aisles and talked to the owners of new businesses in the Golf Industry. Made me quite proud, because these people have walked their talk when it comes to good, old American Entrepreneur-ship. They get an idea, and as simple as it may seem, they pursue it, until they can’t keep up with the orders to
satisfy what they perceived (correctly!) as a need. I talked with the owner of JW Designs Inc, Juanita Wells of Stockton, CA, first at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL in January, and weeks ago at the PGA Show in Las Vegas. Great to say that during this onehalf year, her idea has expanded from a Sports Pocket to Pocket Purses to Custom Pockets and now to Garden Pockets. As if that’s not enough to keep her busy after her successful career in fabric design, Juanita now has other related business ideas, the fruit of which will be publicly forthcoming with even newer products. I’m amazed at the Sport Pocket which is exactly that: a pocket for women who are want of pockets in their skirts or shorts. The Sport Pocket is a fashionable and compact pocket (7” x 7”) which inserts into any waistband and is held in place by an attached pliable plastic insert. Wow! Why didn’t I think of this?!? (After all, I have four sis-
Comfortable and convenient ters and should have noticed that men had during play and never gets the pockets in the in the way of your swing family, not women!) The Sport Pocket effective “back flap”. Again, why didn’t I for women golfers provides a conve- think of that? nient and easily accessible place for golf And sure enough, at its debut at balls, tees, ball market, etc. without the PGA Show in Orlando, the Sport needing a search light or GPS. They’re Pocket nearly won the very top prize in all within reach! During a round, the the New Products Division. Sport Pocket stays in place, and works Now, JW Designs has created Black with any waistband, belted or elastic. Pocket Purses, Brown Pocket Purses, After the round, the washable Sport Garden Pockets and Custom Pockets. Pocket can be used to carry cell phones, I myself think the Garden Pocket is music devices, lipstick, keys, personal ideal since it does not take up too much items, and whatever. It stays in place space on one’s person to impede one in without worry about slipping off dur- the enjoyment of gardening. For sure, ing activities thanks to its “back flap”. this is a winner, as well! The idea originated when the creMSRP is $29.95, with a plethora ator of the Sport Pocket found herself of colors and designs most suitably on the golf course (yes, she is an avid presented on www.jwdesigns-inc.com golfer) NOT within easy reach of tees, If you’re looking for something difmarker and an extra golf ball. “I have an ferent for your next Tee Prize Package idea…” the caption of her thought bal- in a Women’s Golf Tournament, surely loon read. But, instead of using straps, you should consider The Sport Pocket. harnasses and bands such as in fanny Talk with Juanita re: volume discounts, n packs, Juanita used one simple but most as well as a custom logo.
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Bob’s Reviews / Gift-Giving Ideas times the water as that of… just a reguFor more information, visit lar golf towel. caddieclip.com. Golf is more than a game of long drives. It’s a game of dozens of small Frogger Amphibian Towel fine points. You can pretty well tell just Having the best and most functional by looking at a golfer’s towgolf towel with you on the course elimiel whether that golfer wants nates the prickly challenge of dirt, to get more enjoywetness and grass stains on ment out of his the clubface. or her game. For the very best, If the visit www.froggergolfer is not golf.com. using any towInjinji Toesocks One might easily conFrogger Amphibian Towel clude that I have a foot fetish, tallying up all the reviews I’ve written over the el, then chances are betpast 47 years on shoes and ter than nought that this once-in-a-blue-moon golfer has no idea socks. Wrong! What I do believe, however, is that of the many purposes of a golf towel. If the golfer is sporting a rag for a comfort begins from the bottom up, towel ($1 each at a flea market), chances and that means wearing the right shoes are that that towel has never been at the right time in the right size. Same washed and is encrusted with dirt and for socks. One pair of socks does not fit and God-only-knows what pesticides all occasions. So it was with keen interest that I and whatnot have taken up residence put on the seamless injinji Toesocks in the towel. If you see a golfer sporting a Frogger for the very first time. Yes, toesocks! It Amphibian Towel attached to his bag has been years since I was pleasured or his golf cart, then you know that with a three-hour long Thai Massage, this golfer is much more serious about the start of which was 15 minutes of the game and fathoms the enjoyment having my toes massaged! (Entire story that’s possible with a clean, great shot published in Golf Today Magazine & top of Google lists, etc.) towards or onto the green. I recalled this experience as I pulled Why so? Because the golfer knows the Am- the new toesocks onto my toes on my phibian Towel is like the Rolls Royce of left foot, then toward and over my golf towels. It looks great, provides for ankle, and upward toward my knee many years of service, and cleans and about seven inches (crew length size). Pulling toesocks over toes is not dries golf balls and golf clubs and grips exactly what one calls a manly feat, but like no other. With the Amphibian Golf Towel, it is… a spec of comfort and warmth your clubs stay cleaner and drier and that you can take with you step-by-step keep their bite when you want your dis- throughout the day. I did, and truth be told… I enjoyed tance, more control and more backspin. the experience. Twice the size (14” x 14”) of a Come to think standard golf towel, the Amphibabout it, regular ian by Frogger Golf features a socks are akin to mitmoisture-proof inside barrier that tens on one’s hands, guarantees that the dry side stays while toesocks are dry and the wet side stays wet identical to gloves in rain or shine. You want the outside wet for cleaning clubs, and you want the dry inside part for Injinji Toesocks drying your clubs, grips, and your hands. The Amphibian’s inner pocket, made of special bamboo fiber, holds three
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wherein four fingers and a thumb are lodged in individual fabric cavities. My question is: why are toesocks not more popular? In my book, they certainly should be. Of course, I also think one Thai Massage each week for every human Hollas Lexington b e i n g Golf Shirt would make for a much saner, safer, and more sober world. For more information about my natural ‘high’ over Injinji Toesocks, visit www.injinjitoesocks.com. I wear the one-color black style, whereas Injinji also offers some of the most colorful socks in the world, made of different materials that best suit your need for the occasion. You’ll see what I mean as soon as their website appears on your computer screen! Hey, now here’s an idea for a “Stockin’ Stuffer”!
apparel back in the ‘60s when I started to review apparel. Y o u won’t find this XFC Fabric in any other line of apparel since it is exclusive to Hollas. Another feature of my (n o t i c e h o w possessive we all become!) new golf shirt is the four-button covered placket. You can wear the collar fully opened for a relaxed look, or you can button the collar to the top and wear more formally without the white placket showing. (The placket’s color matches/balances the four adjacent stitched lines of the logo-ed “H” starting in front and ending in back.) Creative. A bit bold, but not cocky. A statement with a smile not a sledgehammer. Hollas Lexington Golf Shirt For more info on this fine garment, If I had a million to invest, it sure visit www.secondskin.com if you want would be in the Hollas Apparel Com- a functional fit with performance pany out of Canada, making inroads in fashion. the U.S. as I write this review. I wore one of its Lexington golf The Cover Guard As with other golfers, I’m always shirts recently, all-black with its white “H” stitch design starting in the front, chasing rainbows and I’m always losing carrying through under the arm and to head covers! At one point, I was averaging one lost the back of the shirt. Wow! Talk about head cover per round, a feat of dubious feeling fashion-forward looking! This golf shirt is made of Ice Cool distinction not only for its honesty Fabric which is the latest of the newest but also because it just plain deserves of the most innovative and functional honorable mention in some sort of record book. fabrics available today. I solved my forget-me-not problem, Ice Cool Fabric lowers one’s body temperatures by one-to-two degrees by however, with The CoverGuard. These wicking away moisture while absorbing are tethers which clip onto the base of and dissipating heat. Keep in mind, my a head cover, with the other end clipped Hollas golf shirt is black, and I wore it onto the base of the next head cover, for the first time in August. I felt cool, and connected with more until each head cover is tethered to another cover. in more ways than one! Nothing is getting lost with this inThe perforated waffle-like texture of the fabric, unlike silk or polyester or novative system. A Quick Release Buckle enables varied microfibers, minimizes contact with one’s skin. That separation results you to remove a tethered club from the in staying cool and comfortable no mat- bag, keeping the cover attached, in a ter what the occasion, activity or tem- single click. A heavy duty bulldog clip with clamp perature. Another so very important feature of the Ice Cool Fabric is that it connects onto your covers with indusprovides up to 40 SPF UV protection, trial strength. continued on page 23 ❱ something we didn’t even consider in
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The CoverGuards are made of waterproof polypropylene, tough as any tether, and resistant to moisture, mildew and discoloring.
There’s no way a CoverGuard clip will accidentally separate from any head cover. It’s firm and reliably connective. CoverGuard works with all head covers, and that means any brand and any design. If you’re flexible, you can also use CoverGuard for attaching hats, towels or anything else to your golf bag or golf cart. For more info, visit www.TheCoverGuard.com. Remember, no more lost head covers! Golf Pilates Many are the steps that can be taken to improve one’s golf game. Unfortunately, most of us have jobs ranging from 8-5, or find ourselves with one or two jobs that consume most of 7-24, so we don’t have time to take all the steps we need or want to lower our scores. Even most golf pros I know don’t get out but once per week because of heavier and more consuming responsibilities in these trying times. One way to improve your golf game and, in general, become healthier is Golf Pilates which is growing more popular and more professionally recognized throughout the world. What’s Pilates? Pilates for golfers is a program which identifies and corrects golf swing faults by means of golf fitness and exercises. The Pilates Golf Program improves balance, core and hip stability, flexibility, strength, increases range-of-motion, connects mind/body (a sound mind in a sound body), and provides for effective breathing techniques.
Improving all these extends the years a golfer can play golf. It improves distance, accuracy, strength. It provides for a better golf game. Once learned, the Pilates exercises for golfers can be done anywhere and anytime, thus the wide and growing appeal for this program. The Pilates Golf Method work s b e c au s e I ’ve seen it work for dozens of golfers who realize that they can’t buy betterment on and off the course. They must work at it, bit by bit by bit. This approach to betterment doesn’t set limits when it comes to age, gender, size, weight, height or IQs. All people can use Pilates for their betterment. Although the pro golfer may be better fit than a recreational golfer, flexilbility and strength are essential for each. Pilates sessions will strengthen the core, back and knees as well as enhance flexibility for executing the golf swing correctly. Increasing one’s strength and flexibility are the visible goals no matter what handicap you carry. With such increases, one’s swing also improves noticeably. Step by step, bit by bit. With sequencing of improvements, the betterment at golf becomes instinctual for each golfer, all depending on the time and effort one is willing to invest in Pilates sessions. There are plenty of Pilates certification and exercise workshops available, with Dolly Delepecz on top of my ‘favorites’ list to call for more information. She is the owner and founder of the D.K. Body Balancing Method of Pilates. She can be reached at www.PilatesbyDolly.com. Nothing like going straight to the top. SKLZ Smart Glove Here’s a dual purpose golf glove, to be used for play on the course and/or to be used for practice. The difference is that the practice part of this golf glove consists of a
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wrist and grip guide which you insert for practice and remove for play. The flat yellow-colored guide easily slips into a pocket located on the outside of the glove. Its intent is to guide your wrist in a cocked position, then guide your wrist upon impact and release. This guide to proper backswing, impact and re-
lease is key to any effective swing. When you’re finished practicing with the guide, take it out of the pocket and start your real play. This Smart Glove truly provides that ‘movement memory’ which you can take from the practice range to the course. For more information, visit www.sklz.com. Brugal 1888 Though I was born and raised in Chicago (Southside), I never jumped on the city’s cultural beer-drinking bandwagon. At most, I can count less than a six-pack total that I have guzzled during my first 70 years. This non-beer approach to relaxation opened the door to California (i.e., Napa) wines in the early 60s when their vintages captured top awards over French Vintages at international tasting competitions. Then, I could also buy any hard drink possible at the NCO bar on base for only 25 cents each. It’s then I opened my mind to the world of rum, gin, vodka, saki (in Okinawa), Jack Daniels, etc. I never mixed any of these, relying on quality tastes rather than an umbrella ornamenting my drink. My choice of an alcoholic beverage always went a long way since I only wanted (needed) one ounce or two straight over the rocks or sometimes even without the ice for the relaxation from a hard day’s work. (I still have a
1.75 Litre bottle of Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin in my freezer after more than six years, 1/3rd filled!). I recently was introduced to Brugal 1888 Rum, another experience for my growing Bag of Memories. I slowly sipped the ounce (or two!) on the rocks one evening as I sat in my favorite chair as I read about the last Shuttle landing under U.S. direction. After completing my read of the essay, I remembered why I’m glad I’ve never been a passenger aboard the beer bus. Brugal 1888 is a double distilled premium rum, named so to reflect the founding year of the company, as well as to commemorte its founder, Don Andres Brugal. Brugal 1888 is also double matured, first in American white oak Bourbon casks and later in sherry oak casks from Spain. Brugal’s country of origin is the Dominican Republic. I found this rum smoothly comforting, and spiced with hints of effervescent hues of dried fruits and wood. Savoring the unique gentile taste, it was, again, a win of quality over quantity when it comes to imbibing. Remember, however, no matter what the drink and how much of th e drink , don’t drive thereafter! PHOENIX Keith Urban Unlike with women, psychology plays a major role when it comes to men’s use of cologne sprays and parfumes. I mean, we spray on our favorite which, and unless he gets stuck in a closed elevator going to the 46th Floor with half-
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dozen others, a man completely forgets that he paid pretty good money for an ounce of whatever, within a minute or two, will become a secondary underlying scent to that of male hormones such as testosterone. Cypress Classics Golfers are always on the hunt for something different—ranging from golf course design to golf apparel to tee package tournament gifts. Cypress Classics is a longtime supplier (1987) of many different golf prizes, gifts and awards. In my mind, their Keepsake Boxes are among the best choices for distinctively highquality tournament gifts/prizes. These custom image/presentattion boxes are made out of Maple hardwood which is lined with a rich forest green felt-like material and appointed with satin brass hinges. Inlaid on top of the lid is a ceramic tile which can be used with any image or graphics, say to promote an event itself for now and in the future. Or, the tile can promote a corporate logo. (If I had 144 boxes made up, I would feature Golf Today’s logo with copy as: Celebrating its 25th Year!”) The boxes come in four sizes with options for stock or custom images on the top ceramic tile. The Mini-Box is 3.50 x 4.50 x 2”; Small Box is 6.875 x 5 x 2.125”; Medium Box is 7.75 x 6 x 3.125”; Large Box is 8.75 x 6.75 x 3.125”. Please note that the Large Box is precisely measured on the inside to feature four sleeves of golf balls (i.e., one dozen). I have the Large Box on my desk in the office for easy accessibility to those items I need immediately at hand during business hours which are 24/7, as with so many of us. Just flip open the lid, and reach for what I need. For more information, visit CypressClassics.com. Retail pricing is right for all sizes, ranging from $30 for a mini-box to $100 for the large box. This is a high-quality gift, priced-right, and perfect for promotions such
as for sponsors of golf events, tournaments or otherwise. Stop The Presses! —New Putter! Everything happens right before going to press, and so it was no shocker to hear that Walt Graves, owner of W.H. Golf, most recently introduced a new longshafted Double Duty Divot Repair Putter! (You can read about the virtues of his regular sized (36”) Double Duty Divot Repair Putter above in my review of new products.) The new long-shaft model, also conforming to USGA Rules of Golf, sports lengths of 48” to 53” with a 78-degree shaft angle. Priced at $139.95, this new putter (one of a kind!) can be shipped on a 7-to-10 day turnaround. Price includes free shipping, double grips, shaft, head cover, etc. This exclusive putter is available only through Walt Graves, inventor of this dual-purpose putter, since it cannot be ordered online. Call Walt at 843-399-4043 with any questions or to order. Or, email the inventor at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be hard for you to find a more interesting golf maker of putters. Nolet’s Silver Gin You can always find a reason to celebrate, no matter what. It may be the holiday season around the corner, even if the budget is somewhat limited compared to years past. Or it may be that you shot the round of your life earlier today, but then again, you didn’t know that taking a ‘gimme’ from five feet out on Hole #1 would spoil the entire truth of the round…. So we celebrate what we can, when we can, and why we can, because we work as hard as we do, and are as honest as we should be. I used to think that five or six times a year, before a large continued on page 26 ❱
What’s Golf Pilates All About? w Dolly Kelepecz
(Editor’s Note: I’ve been asked many times how Pilates is related to a better game of golf, and I try to explain, but there is so much to be said and there is none better than a Master of Pilates to say it. Following are some very basic considerations of improving one’s body through Pilates, and seeing the results in you playing a better game on the golf course.) hen we hear the word Pilates we think of a workout that has been designed for women. This is just not true. If we go back in the history of Pilates, we learn right away that Joesph Pilates, a man, designed the Pilates method in 1926. Joseph Pilates also write two books, “Return to Contrology” in 1945 and “Your Health” in 1934. As a gymnast, a boxer and a martial artist, Joseph Pilates was a very fine athlete. He also was a nurse in the internment camps in World War I. While working in these camps, Joesph Pilates gathered statistics that supported his ideas about health including exercise for the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Services. The workout style was much like calisthenics. It was and still is an abdominalbased workout that develops postural muscles or backs stability, and also increases flexibilty. This information alone supports the fact that a man designed Pilates, for men, as well as women. Increasing the strength of the abdominals will not only improve our appearance but is a large part of correct posturing. In men, the abdominals tend to be a real problem area. Without the help of our abdominals to support our spine, the muscles and skeletal structure of the back and hip become over-used, creating an imbalance. Thus, there are a countless number of different spinal pathologies that can and will occur. At the same time you strengthen the abdominals, you need to increase the strength and flexibility of the back muscles and include the muscle of the hips. If you were building a house, you would certainly include the supports to the main structure. This would help with balancing the load so the main structure does not have to bare the
entire weight of the house. Your body is very similar in its structural design and should be approached in a similar manner when building muscle strength. Increasing flexibility in the entire body is very important. Flexibility is the component to our physical wellness that keeps us from toppling over. We have to be able to bend to and fro, with ease, in order, to catch ourselves from falling. Flexibility is also the other property of the muscle function. Muscles are made to contract and they are made to be elastic. In order to have a healthy muscle you must have both properties elasticity and contractibility. It is much like a house that is built to stand in an earthquake. It cannot be completely stiff. It has to be able to bend slightly to and fro. Even to withstand normal ground shifting, the house has to be able to give a little. Again our bodies are not too much different. There is no better exercise to address the above issues than Pilates and they are issues that apply to men, as well as women. Core training has recently become trendy, but it has actually been around for many years. The technique, which focuses and strengthens the pelvic floor and the transverse abdominal muscles, is one of the most beneficial aspects of spinal stability. In my 18 years as a rehabilitation therapist, I have used Pilates (a type of core training) to help hundreds of clients with scoliosis (a curvature of the spine), kyphosis (a rounding of the upper back), lordosis (an extreme arch in the lower back), herniations (a bulging of a disc either anterior or posterior), and S.I. joint instability (an over-stretched ligament of the sacrum). The pelvic floor muscles connect to the very base of the spine, the coccyx or the “tail bone”, the ishium or the “sitting bones”, and the pubis. The transverse abdominal line the pelvic wall and travel up to the mid-thoracic region. The transverse abdominal muscles are the deepest of the abdominal muscles. If these muscles are not stabilized when you are attempting your workout, your spine is not correctly stabilized. Technically the muscles that are used
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holiday dinner, that having the best drink in the world was an ice-cold below zero-degree, straight up, two olives on the side, Sapphire in a Martini glass. You know the one, the blue and silver bottled best of the Bombay line of upper crust gins. One Martini is enough to relax a phalanx of Roman solders facing hordes of attacking Huns. Now, new to America and new to me is Nolet’s Silver, a modern take on premium quality gin with a refreshing floral and fruit-forward flavor featuring peach, Turkish rose and raspberry. Make sure the glass and gin is as Arctic cold as before freezing temperatures. For mixes like Gin Fizz and dozens of other cocktail recipies, visit www. noletsfinestgins.com. The Nolets of Holland represent the 10th generation of its family going back 300 years. They are well-known, also, as the creators of the very popular Ketel One Vodka. Nolet Gin is the new neighbor on the block, so with the start of the holidays a flip of two calendar pages away, give it a chance to prove to you why his birth certificate is so many successful years of the past. Neater Feeder By inclination, golfers are a good group of giving people. Just think about it: who else gives so many ‘gimmes’ in a 5-hour period? Holiday season brings out even more of the best in golfers. A dozen new green-colored golf balls by Bridgestone for Joe in your foursome, a Jack Haney training aid for your wife (on second thought…), a new golf book such as “Let There Be Pebble” for your father who taught you the game so many and rounds and years ago. Okay, all the bases are covered. Or, are they? What about the four-legged members in your family? Are you going to give them just an extra bone for the holidays, like you
did last year? They ARE family, aren’t they? How about the Neater Feeder for them? —It’s a self-serving gift, in many ways, primarily in that it’s a revolutionary new feeding system that keeps spills of food and splashes of water off the floor. That means you don’t have to clean up after your dog(s) or cat(s) finish eating. The Neater Feeder is a two-part container that keeps food in the top reservoir while water drains into the easy-to-empty lower reservoir, thus protecting your floors from stains and damage and reducing much clean-up. (The two-level feeder also comes with additional legs to suit the height of your pet.) I have two female Golden Retrievers, both almost 3 years old (18 days apart!), and when one eats in the morning and evening, the other eats at the same time, the aftermath of which reminds me of some of the mess halls I experienced in the Marine Corps during the early ‘60s. You gotta have a proper set-up, a disciplined procedure, and a feeding unit that minimizes food and water being tongued in every direction. You don’t need to clean up after what looks like a food fight! Neater Feeder solves this messy problem, and it’s kick-proof, to boot. Yes, sturdy, easy-to-clean, and it comes in various sizes to fit the nature/size of your pet. (Cats included) By design, the Neater Feeder also is more comfortable for your dog to eat from. Think, for a moment, about the challenges your dog has when its food is served on a plate flat on the floor… up an elevator in the mouth to the 4th floor, then along a level conveyor belt. The Neater Feeder makes eating healthier and more comparable to that of people having their food go into the mouth and downwards. The new feeder looks neat, as well, which is no surprise since its name reflects that attribute. Fo r g e t about the extra big bone for your dog th i s year. Help your pet clean up his or her act by visiting www. neaterfeeder.com.
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My Drap Holiday season raises the standards of entertainment. This higher level need not require big bucks, but rather, to suit the times, more creativity. Rather than spending $12 for each voice & light-activated-when-opened holiday card, why not get a Parker Ink Pen out of your drawer and use the good old-fashioned Palmer style of writing to pen a personal creative note of holiday cheers on a sheet of white paper to those family and friends of yours? Why not send an invitation to share an afternoon at a museum or ball game after the holidays? Personal and creative is in sync with these times. How about a round of golf, on you? Another inexpensive but unique idea is MYdrap napkins and placemats with which to entertain others. MYdraps come in a perforated roll featuring 12 soft and supple cotton or linen squares and rectangles that you can tear off
as needed. They’re biodegradable and recyclable, and you can wash them over and over. Featuring three sizes and more than 20 colors, MYdrap napkins and placemats enliven the holiday spirits without emptying your wallet. Ask for golfrelated designs. www.buymydrap.com. Smiley Cookies I’m a softie when it comes to Smileys. Seeing a Smiley in any way, shape or form always makes me smile. -I’m sure it happens to millions of other people who see the same Smiley. You probably have a Smiley somewhere on your computer right now. Or you have a Boxer pair of PJ’s which feature a Smiley design. Maybe you just
have a p a d o f Smiley yellow stick-on notes? –The point is, Smileys are all over the place. The beauty of Smileys is that they generate smiles. Sort of an IOC (Instant Osmostic Conception). Yes, try it for yourself. Hand an inflated Smileylogoed balloon to someone and, presto!, the person does what? –Smiles! (Beware of the person who does not smile because that person may have been featured on TV’s “10 Most Wanted” the night before!) Smileys also are found logo-ed on golf balls, which make tons of sense if you’re playing one of your better rounds. One of the most attractive Smileys I’ve recently run into are Smiley Cookies which feature a handiced Smiley image on one side of a delicious sugar My Drap cookie. Made fresh daily, these Smiley Cookies come in a colorful cornucopia of smiles, colors, and sizes. They also can also be custom-made with your own company or club logo. Or, a person’s name! The Smiley cookies are delicately packaged and shipped to you or to whomever you want to brighten up their day and tastes for the day. The Smiley Cookies are boxed in, what else? attractive Smiley Cookie boxes to be used and re-used for years to come for whatever purpose. Price is less than $14 dozen, making it a unique and well-priced gift, say, for a person in your golf group who hits an Eagle or Hole-in-One, or for someone’s birthday, or for any continued on page 28 ❱
Best Made Plans Often Go Astray sans SURE STICK w Bob Koczor
’ve seen it happen. You have, too! par. What happens is that we don’t take –I’m talking about when someone the mere seconds needed to properly in your foursome hits a 250-yard align ourselves and the ball so that the plus home-run drive propelled by a ball will hit squarely on the sweetspot Tour Player kind of swing only to have of the clubface. the ball land a football field length away So, the ball does fly far and straight from the center of your fairway. and accurate to your stance & alighnTruth be told: You had noticed that ment, but not to where you intended. the golfer at the tee was facing offJust like we all forget that a “Califorcenter, but you didn’t want to interrupt nia Stop” is not, really, a stop, for police his swing. It’s just not proper etiquette. ticket purposes, we all get in a rush As his ball was about to land, howev- and forget, at times, that if you’re miser, you try to make up to your longtime aligned with your target, there’s no way friend: “Joe, that was a terrific shot. your golf ball, even with your ‘best ever’ But… your ball went exactly to where golf swing, will end up at your intended you were aiming.” target… except with luck. As with me, you’ve all done it too The good news is that the alignment –we’ve hit a perfect shot from the problem is one of the easiest to fix in sound of impact clubface-to-ball to the golf. It’s basic, almost a no-brainer, and completion of the follow-through. But, proper practice shows you the results the ball went errant, way out in a no of correct alignment quickly. It’s not man’s land. emergency heart surWith a beautiful hit gery in an overbooked Get yours at like that, if you would www.golfalignment.com plane flying 375 mph at have aligned yourself 35,000 feet high! properly before your swing, you would How to practice? You can go from be carding a birdie, maybe, or at least a the very basics of using white chalk to
draw an arrow to the intended target. It’s a cheap aid, but it most probably will be your last arrow drawn on that golf course. Or, you can visit Google and type in golf alignment and get 685,000 plus sites or stories or blogs on aligning a golf ball. Alignment training aid sticks of various weights, lengths, colors and styles abound –and it would take about as long as the 100-Year War back in the Middle Ages to read all about these alignment sticks. I’ll save you lots of time and lots of money by focusing on The Golf Alignment Stick which I used for the first time at the recent PGA show in Las Vegas. To my knowledge, Sure Stick is the only collapsible alignment stick available to golfers. Coming in a brightly colored set of red sticks (2 sticks per set) for $29.95, the Sure Sticks can be used from the
getgo for learning how to square up to the target, how to align your feet with the ball and target, and much more. I showed one person how to take the conceptualization of a slice with the use of these sticks to the real thing by holding my club too loosely and edging outwards and, sure enough, the ball sliced as in slicing a very large watermelon! Golf instructors would do very well in using these training aids, especially for golfers new to the game. These Alignment Sticks can be easily folded and carried in one’s golf bag to pulled out when needed, say, on the practice range. Remember, make sure you are correctly aligned to the target of your shot. The alignment starts with practice and understanding, and the Sure Stick is provides for this practice, understanding, and better and more enjoyable golf n game.
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Golf at Indian Valley Country Club in Novato w Hal Gevertz
hat is now Novato was originally the site of several Coast Miwok villages. One was Chokeche near downtown Novato, while another was Puyuku located near Ignacio, and Olompali which is found at the present Olompali State Historic Park. The park overlooks the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay from the east-facing slopes of 1,558 foot Mount Burdell. Several historic buildings are preserved within the park. This all came about when the Mexican government in 1839 granted 8,876 acres (Rancho Novato) to Fernando Felix. The rancho was named after a local Miwok leader who had probably been given the name of Saint Novatus at his baptism. The original town was located around Novato Creek at what is now South Novato Boulevard. A railroad was built in 1879, connecting Novato to Sonoma County and San Rafael. The area around the town depot be-
came known as New Town and forms the edge of what today is Old Town Novato. The station minus the railroad still stands today. You can also be visit Novato’s acre Miwok Park and museum built around The Marin Museum of the American Indian. The gallery primarily houses exhibits of Coastal Miwok and Pomo Indian Cultures. So it is only natural when it became time to built Novato’s first golf course in 1957 that it should be named Indian Valley. Its located right across the way from Stafford Lake’s 139-acre Park west of Novato on Novato Blvd. The very fishable lake is also used as a backup water reservoir for Novato. They say that variety is the spice of life and if you look at it in the design of a golf course architect Robert Nyberg, he must have his hands full when he took on the job of utilizing 6,374 yards on every conceivable topography that Indian Valley has to offer. Every hole is either up, down, sideways or even
a level one for a change of pace. You will even note that numbers 13 to 14 is reached by a caged electric operated enclosed tram with a touch of the steep alpine spirit. But what Indian Valley also has to offer more that any golf course you have played is its treasure trove of trees
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La Tranquila Resort Unlike the Punta Mita development, where no buildings exceed three stories, the towers at La Tranquila Resort-Spa & Beach Club, a few miles up the coast in Litibu, ascend seven floors. Viewed from oceanfront rooms, the white sand beach shoreline stretches for miles and the aqua blue ocean panorama seems endless. There were daily sources of wonderment: watching Humpback whales offshore, Great Frigatebirds floating by at eye level, and impressive sunsets. Modern design and décor in the high-ceiling oversized rooms blend with a ubiquitous, azure sky and sea vistas. Water flowing to a mega swimming pool complex runs through the lobby under a clear glass floor to a large beachside, infinity pool. La Tranquila Resort is part of Playa Libitu, a project sponsored by Mexico’s Tourism Development Authority, Fonatur. The plan includes Litibu Golf Club, a public course. Fonatur has invested $67 million to establish the golf course, five resorts and 4,000 rooms in Litibu. La Tranquila, the first resort ready for guests had 25 one, two and three bedroom units available during
Pacifico and Bahia There are eight ocean-side golf holes at the Nicklaus Pacifico course, including one of the most unique ever devised, the Tail of the Whale, hole 3B. It plays from the shoreline to the world’s largest natural island green. Pacifico includes 19 holes, with back-to-back par threes, 3A and 3B. The black lava island green is accessible by cart via causeway at low tide or amphibious buggy at mid-tide. The course is no push over, but the fairways are generous. The approach shots are testing, and the surroundings are always magnificent. The course slope ratings leap from 114 for the 4,974-yard tees up to 131 for the hefty 7,014-yard markers. Since 1999, the scenic beauty and softly undulating coastal routing on 200 acres has offered a challenging and pleasurable play adjacent to the Four Seasons. “You would be hard-pressed to ask for a more beautiful backdrop for a golf course than Punta Mita,” Nicklaus said of the course. “To be given spectacular oceanfront land as a canvas not
once, but twice, here at Punta Mita is exciting for a designer. I’m confident people are going to enjoy the challenge and beauty of this golf course, as well as the incredible scenery.” Bahia was the second opportunity Nicklaus had, opening in 2008, and making Punta Mita, “that much more of a golfer’s destination,” said director of golf Phillip Ferrari. Bahia’s greens are a bit larger and more undulating, guarded by deeper and more abundant bunkering—up to seven deep-faced traps around some greens. Hence, more challenging play. Bahia’s verdant fairways are wide and rolling, coursing around residential housing, the St. Regis Resort and along six ocean holes. Precisely delineated transition zones are more prevalent here than on Pacifico. Players can choose tees and slopes ranging from
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my visit. Phase 2 will add four towers and 255 more units. (latranquila.com. mx) The Greg Norman design, adjacent to the resort, is a delightful layout of well-crafted holes routed over 168 acres of rolling terrain. It ambles through a mix of open and jungle landscapes,
playable from 5,295 to 7,022 yards. Salt-tolerant Paspalum sea-dwarf grass, ideal for the seaside location, runs from tee to green-broken up, however, by 130 bunkers. The picturesque 13th hole, a 483yard par-4 is framed by Monkey Mountain as a backdrop, a green complex fronted by six amoeba-shaped bunkers, and large Gringo and Parota trees behind the green. Together they form a striking symbol of golfing at Litibu, an artistic golf routing through a tropical Mexican wonderland. Shortly after opening in 2010, Litibu Golf Club hosted a Canadian Tour event. Then, a few months later, torrential rains triggered mudslides that wiped out hillsides, homes, roads and bridges in the area. Washouts and layers of mud closed
the course. When I visited, the back nine was playable but the front side was not quite ready for prime time. It should be shipshape by fall 2011, and will ultimately have a pro shop, clubhouse and snack bar, practice tee and driving range. (Website under development.) Mystical Culinary Journey Many changes are evident since I first traveled the Nayarit coast to surf in 1967, but genuine Mexico still flourishes. Native culture and history are interwoven and celebrated in architecture, towns, villages and resorts throughout the region. The same is true of the cuisine. Mexican food and drink are an essential part of the Four Seasons, St. Regis and La Tranquila experiences. Their palate pleasing menu selections reflect distinctive, original regional tastes and infused gastronomic marvels. Culinary delights fashioned by talented and passionate chefs yielded multiple eruptions of cascading flavors, exotic aromas, and zesty seasonings, serving after serving. I savored a mystical parade of succulent culinary magic. Resort Executive Chef Sebastian Fontes supervises culinary conception, preparation and presentation for all restaurants at the St. Regis Resort. A
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he PGA Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic and PGA Champions Tour ’s Charles Schwab Cup gave the 2011 Bay Area Fall Golf Show its latest major endorsement, re-signing as sponsors of the three-day golf expo, Oct. 28-30 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Tickets, exhibitor information, lists of
activities and more are available online at bayareagolfshow.com. As a thank you to the 5,000-plus golfers who make the Bay Area Fall Golf Show a success each October, producers Varsity Communications have upped the ante for 2011, teaming with Shankmeister.com to bring 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler to this year’s show for a personal appearance. In addition to signing autographs and taking pictures with show attendees, Stadler will hold court on the golf show Main Stage to share stories from his three decades on the PGA Tour, and answer questions from the audience. The Charles Schwab Cup, Nov. 3-6, is the championship event of the PGA TOUR Champions Tour, featuring the game’s greats going head-to-head at San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park for a winner’s purse of over $440,000. At last year’s event, John Cook outlasted an elite field including Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Fred Funk, Tom Lehman and others to win his secondstraight Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while Langer’s fourth-place finish clinched the season-long title and a $1 million cash prize. The Fresh Express Classic, held Apr. 12-17 at TPC Stonebrae, has meanwhile become one of the marquee events of the PGA TOUR Nationwide Tour schedule, with this year’s winning purse of $108,000 exceeded by just one other tournament in the season’s first
five months. The 2010 winner, 2008 NCAA Champion Kevin Chappell, is now excelling in his first full season on the PGA TOUR, and currently ranks 81st in the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup points standings. As part of their sponsorship, both tournaments will have the chance to showcase their events, and the courses that host them, to the over 5,000 attendees expected to pack the hall throughout the three-day show, the largest fall golf show on the West Coast and one of the largest of the season in the United States. Also, locally based Igolping recently committed to our Fall Golf Show this October. Igolping will feature their state of the art fitting area on-site where consumers can come improve their swing, get properly fitted, learn course management and lower their score. The three-day show has developed a significant and loyal following among Bay Area golfers, who return each year to take advantage of clear-out prices on name-brand clubs and equipment, connect with dozens of exhibitors in the golf, travel and related industries, and bank savings for the coming year on rounds of golf, country club memberships and much more. Major retailer Golf Mart will return as a presenting sponsor, packing a 4,000 square-foot on-site superstore with the latest clubs, accessories and apparel, and lining the indoor driving range with reps from up to a dozen of the industry’s leading manufacturers. In addition, Black Oak Casino, San Ramon Valley Golf Club, Summer Winds Resorts and several other sponsors are back on board for 2011, excited at the chance to market their services to an n eager crowd of golf consumers. To inquire about exhibit, sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call David Stolber at 1-888-367-6420 x.1204 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bayareagolfshow. com.
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BC’s Kelowna Golf Mecca w Bob Fagan
s an inveterate golf explorer, I live to discover great courses and exciting new golf destinations. While I still find many interesting golf courses, very seldom am I been surprised by finding a really “overlooked” worthwhile “golf destination.” Surprise! You must come to the
Kelowna in British Columbia. Kelowna (meaning “Grizzly Bear”) is a beautiful modern lakeside city of 115,000 people that swells to 180,000 during the height of the vacation season. Golf is but one of many surprises to delight you in the Kelowna area. The region is largest settled area along the
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68-mile Okanagan Lake. Just a 50-minute flight or 240-mile drive from Vancouver, the immediate area features 25 wineries together with a collection of galleries, museums, theaters, craft and farmer’s markets, and restaurants making it a delight for families or couples, or for a dedicated golf getaway. I recently had the good fortune to play twelve of the area’s golf courses (there are 17 in all) and can state with complete confidence that even the most discriminating golfers along with casual players, together with those on a budget will find more than a few layouts to fit their bill in Kelowna. By my count, I played at least six “outstanding” courses and the remaining six were quite good - fun for anyone. The views are varied and wonderful, the conditioning very good, and the prices are quite reasonable. Most importantly the people are extremely hospitable. It’s no wonder that once Americans and fellow Canadians visit the area, they fall in love with it and return often, sometimes to live! Yes, there is a golf course offering for every type of golfer and budget. Here
is a quick rundown. Predator Ridge Bob Fagan is the furthest a w a y from downtown Kelowna, but only an easy 45-minute drive north at that. It’s original course, The Predator, is well-known in Canada having held two Canadian Skins Games and has been rated among the best in the Country. Then in 2010, The Ridge opened to rave reviews – “The Best New Course in Canada” and comparable to the best anywhere in the United States. The Predator is a faux links course that plays firm with tricky undulating greens, and has lots of mounding reminiscent of the feel you might experience on an Irish links. In contrast, the newer Ridge Course, features some eye-popping rock croppings and elevations changes that are not only so very picturesque, but are exciting to play. The Ridge is slightly more forgivcontinued on page 35 ❱
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ing with much less movement in the putting surfaces, but a very creditable test nonetheless. Together they are at the top of the golfing food chain in Kelowna with excellent conditioning and service to match. If there was a real golf course surprise for me on my trip, it was The Club at Tower Ranch designed by Thomas McBroom. Whether for its absolutely
impeccable conditioning, head-twisting views, or stunning challenge, there is a good chance that you will agree with me that Tower Ranch may be one of the more memorable courses you will ever encounter. The playing surfaces rate among the best I have ever encountered - anywhere! The fairways play firm, fast, and tight while the only excuse for not holing a putt would rest with the golfer. The course is anything but easy as the dramatic bunkering and native grasses can be deadly to errant shots. When you add many false fronts to the testy fast greens, it makes for a fairly stout test. Now for the best news, the views from this hillside layout of the Kelowna Valley and the lake beyond are spectacular! Gallagher’s Canyon continues our Kelowna feast. The facility known throughout Canada has a spectacular 18-hole layout that winds over a variety of terrains among the towering ponderosa pines and affords several spectacular views of the so-named Gallagher’s Canyon several hundred feet below the course. Stray from the course anywhere and you will be challenged to recover. And speaking of feasts, I enjoyed an absolutely superlative gourmet meal at the Gallagher’s Canyon clubhouse! For another outstanding treat, the Okanagan Golf Club features both two heavily forested layouts, The Quail by Les Furber and The Bear by Jack
Nicklaus. I am still having trouble trying to figure out my favorite between the two as both are spectacular and similar in look and terrain. While you should want to play both of these gems, if you can only play one, a toss of the coin would suffice. Both layouts qualify as shotmaker’s courses as they demand accuracy off the tee and strong approaches to the well-guarded greens. If there is a fun member’s club that is busy to boot, it is the Kelowna Golf & Country Club. Of all the area’s golf courses, this had the most “club” feel to it as it does have m a ny m e m bers belonging. Outside play is thankfully available which makes for a hefty 55,000 rounds in an 8-9 month season, and it takes no time to realize why it is so popular. Located close to downtown, it has two defining spectacular features; an adjoining steep rock mountain that uniquely borders the par-five sixth hole, and the gorgeous lake that impacts three holes for Kelowna’s version of “Amen’s Corner” and is a nice backdrop for the clubhouse. Like many of the other Kelowna layouts, it is defined by its towering pines, and the conditioning is excellent despite its relatively heavy play. This is not a particularly long course on the card, but the good players will not find it easy either; it’s a most entertaining test. If you get want a change of scenery from the majestic trees that adorn many of the layouts and want to golf your ball in the wide-open expanses, the Harvest Golf Club is recommended. The Graham Cooke-designed layout plays among the open meadows that are adorned with apple trees topped off to keep them from producing. Though mostly flat, the fun layout sits above the town and affords wonderful views of the lake as well. Sunset Ranch & Country Club is the “player’s club” in Kelowna. The tall pines that guard most of the fairways make for some of the tightest hitting areas I encountered. When you consider the smallish diabolical greens, you have to be a complete golfer to score well
here. Sunset Ranch definitely qualifies as a “local knowledge” course with lots of up and down holes, and you will likely leave a few shots out there during your first visit or two making for a great reason to return! Black Mountain Golf Club is another very scenic course and is just less than 6,400 yards from the tips, but may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Its set of six par-3s is as challenging as you will find with five of them measuring more than 210 yards! Golfers will also enjoy the natural rock outcroppings and the par-four 5th island green. Just across the lake a scant 10 minutes away in West Kelowna is the engaging Shannon Lakes Golf Club. The rather non-descript bunkering belies the fact that this is a very engaging layout that just manages to grow on you. It is extremely playable for the average golfer, but offers lots of subtle challeng-
es for the better player. The course just gets better and better as it progresses and golfers will be very impressed with challenging speedy greens. The stretch from ten through twelve enveloped in the trees in the hillside and the lakeside par-four seventeenth are some of the best holes in the region. Finishing up my tour of Kelowna golf is the engaging Kelowna Springs Golf Course nearly adjacent to the airport. It is a flat valley course that is very walkable and playable. It is not without its challenges, however. True to its name, seven ponds come into play on 11 holes. It features interesting wellbunkered undulating greensites that keep your attention focused. Friendly Kelowna Springs may be the best option for the casual golfer on a budget. And speaking of lodging and restaurants, many of the golf courses features continued on page 40 ❱
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Golf Today’s Annual Golf Bag Review w Terry VanderHeiden
nce again Golf Today is offering up the Annual Golf Bag Review. This is our sixteenth year of showing you what’s new in golf bags and this year has some great selections for you to choose from. All the carry bags in this year’s review come with pop-out legs to stand the bag up while you are hitting your shot. All of these carry bags have with dual shoulder straps to balance the weight of the club over the shoulder. There is one manufacturer that takes this backpack style golf bag to a new level this season, it really is quite clever what they have done and it makes a huge difference in the weight distribution. Read on to find out more.
Sun Mountain Sun Mountain (www.sunmountain. com) has three bags in this year’s round up. First is their cart bag the S-135. The S-135 is designed for a power cart. However, we found it to work fantastically on a pushcart as well. The S-135 starts with a 10.5” top that has a seven-way divider for your clubs. There is plenty of space for all your clubs, ball retrievers etc. The top is staggered in order for you to put your short clubs in front and your long clubs in back, so nothing gets blocked. The molded non-slip rubber feet of the bag help it stay where you put it on the cart. The S-135 has the same rubberized material on the three hoisting handles on
the top of the bag, which makes it easy to grip the golf bag when you need to take it out of your trunk. There is an additional handle on the bottom of the bag to make moving it even easier. The S-135 has nine pouches, all with heavy-duty zippers. Two of the pouches are velour lined for your valuables and they are large enough for items such as a rangefinder. There is a generous insulated pouch (with a venting hole) to go along with the two full-length zippered pouches. All of the zippered compartments are facing forward so while it is on a cart, everything can be accessed. There is even a zippered pouch for the shoulder strap when it’s not in use. The S-135 comes in all black, green or tricolor (red, black and white.) Next up from Sun Mountain is the Four-5 Carry Bag. This is kind of a cross over between a super light carry bag and full-featured cart bag. The 10.5 “ top has 14 club compartments. So you have a space for each one of your golf clubs. With this kind of club organization you always know where each club is. It also makes for an easy system to see if a golf club is missing. In the past, 14-way dividers only came on heavy cart bags—but Sun Mountain has engineered this bag to be only five pounds, which makes it great for carrying around the course. The Four-5 has the contoured E-Z fit Dual Strap System to make golf with your clubs a comfortable walk.
There are eight pouches in all on the bag. One is a mesh pouch inside a side pocket and one is a beverage pocket. The rest are all zippered pockets, including a full-length pocket and a velour-lined valuables pocket. There is a handy penholder conveniently positioned on the spine of the bag so it’s out of the way unless you need it. The Sun Mountain Four-5 also has a nice integrated, rubberized handle built into the top of the bag for assistance in getting the bag out your trunk. If you do decide to put this bag on a cart, you can as the bag can lock the legs in place and the base is cart-friendly. If you are looking for a carry bag with supreme organization check out the Sun Mountain Four-5. Lastly from Sun Mountain is the Swift ZG. This is the bag that is different than the rest of the carry bags. While most carry bags get their inspiration from the backpacking world and incorporate two straps—Sun Mountain has taken it to the next step and the Swift ZG comes with a hip belt. This unique belt takes the weight off your shoulders and distributes it to your hips. It also helps keep the bag from moving around as it is secured at three points. All this technology does one main thing, reduces the fatigue associated with carrying your golf clubs. The hip belt is adjustable to fit waistlines from 28”to 48”. If you do have a 48” waist and start carrying your golf bag and start walking the course, you’ll be adjusting that hip belt down in no time.
The Swift ZG has two compartments to separate your golf clubs from each other and a built-in lift assist handle. There are five pockets, including a velour lined valuables pocket, a water bottle pouch and full-length garment pocket. If you would like a little more space than a lightweight carry bag, but would like the comfortable stability of a threepoint support system, check out the Swift ZG. adidas adidas golf (www.adidasgolf.com) is showing off the University Stand Bag this season. The University is an ultralight model with a very stable pop-out leg system. Weighing in at 3.9 pounds, the University is very easy to carry a full set of golf clubs. There are four compartments for the golf clubs with two full-length dividers. Each of the five zippered compartments are very easy to access and the zippers work very well. The University also comes with a water bottle pocket that is built into one of the pockets and it is positioned for easy access while the comfortable double straps are on your shoulders. The adidas University Stand Bag also is equipped with FAS-TEK or Fast Action Snap Technology. This technology is integrated into select adidas golf bags where a special locking clip knob is added on different parts of the golf bag. It is on this knob that your accessories can go and be handy at a moments notice. As part of continued on page 37 ❱
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the Fast Action Snap Technology, you can get a soft case that holds what you need. The idea is to have the items you use often; handy and ready when you need them, not buried deep in the bag somewhere. For example; lets say you use a GPS device on the golf course. Well adidas thought of you and put one of their clip knobs right on the shoulder of one of the straps. Now your GPS unit can sit right next to you (also in the best position to pick up the tracking satellites) for use when you need it. With just a glance you can have your distance be ready when it’s your turn. The accessory cases come in lots of sizes to fit things like your smart phone, cell phone and there is even a cigar holder. TaylorMade Golf TaylorMade Golf (www.taylormadegolf.com) has two bags to take a look at, first up is their cart bag called the Catalina 2.0 Cart Bag. This is a lightweight cart bag weighing in at only 5.9 pounds but yet it is full of features the organized golfer will be looking for. The top has a 14-way fused nylon club holding system and each has a full-length divider—thus eliminating the eventual troublesome “grip tangle” at the bottom
of a golf bag. (You know, where you pull out your six-iron and the nine and seven irons come out with it…) The Catalina 2.0 Cart Bag has nine pockets that are accessible from the front of the bag while it’s strapped on to a cart. There is rubberized port on top of the putter well that is integrated into the bag. This rubber top doesn’t allow the putter to bounce around and rattle while you are moving. On the other garment pocket on the other side of the bag i s an integrated sleeve for your umbrella, giving the bag a very clean look even when it is loaded down. The front of the bag has a very large insulated cooler pocket that is certainly big enough to carry water and your lunch. Best of all, this pouch has drainage ports so mold or anything nasty can’t grow there over the winter months. Higher up on the bag is a velour lined valuables pouch (one of three on the bag) that also has a mesh pouch sewn inside. Inside this pouch is a clip that you can attach your keys to, to assure that they don’t end up on a cart path somewhere. There is the FAS-
TEK technology on this bag as well. With three locking buttons located in strategic spots on the bag. The Catalina 2.0 Cart bag also has two nifty handles built into the side of the bag that makes this a breeze to lift and position on a golf cart. Next, there is the Pure-Lite 2.0 Stand Bag. Here is a carry bag that has a lot to offer. Starting at the top of the bag, it is divided into six club compartments with three full-length dividers. This allows the golfer to separate his or her long irons, woods, scoring clubs—but not having to place a club in only one designated spot. Also at the top of the bag is an integrated handle t h a t makes moving the bag to and from the trunk of your car very easy. The Pure-Lite 2.0 has, of course, has the TaylorMade dual strap system. However these straps are different. These carry straps on the Pure-Lite 2.0 are ventilated so that you don’t end up with moisture collecting on the straps during round in warm weather. This is a very nice feature.
This carry bag has six zippered pockets. Inside some of these pockets are nice mesh pouches sewn on to the inside of the bag. One mesh pocket is zippered while the other has elastic edges. This allows the golfer to organize even more. The zippered mesh pocket is built into the perfect place on a golf bag. In the long garment pouch that runs down the side of the bag, this pouch is sewn in mid-way on the side. As you know, if you have ever used this large garment pocket, everything tends to settle at the bottom of the bag. This space is normally wasted space! TaylorMade has made good use of the space by sewing in this handy mesh pocket. The Pure-Lite 2.0 is a great carry bag and is also good for placing on a power cart when needed. This bag features the FAS-TEK technology to keep you even more organized so you can concentrate on the game and not where your golf n stuff is. Terry VanderHeiden can be reached for comments, questions or suggestions via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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center fairway placed ancient oaks standing in the way of continuing upward progress. The fairway eventually tales off on the left side where a slight two-level green is located that breaks from left to right. This is followed by a fairway (408 yds) that takes off in an upward motion and then makes its way down to an undulating putting surface. It’s fenced in the rear to avoid players hitting off the 18th located tee from getting clobbered. There is also a deep, grassed draw that is used for rain runoff and a hazard for incoming approach shots. A bag full of bunkers is part of the 485-yd par five number three as it makes way over a long downward drygrass rough and a heavenly endowed tree until the upward fairway is reached with its sand traps on both sides of the hole to avoid. A narrowing raised green waits accurate approaching that slants from front to back. The easiest hole on the hole follows with 120-yds of straight down terrain to overcome with a roundabout putting surface with little movement to have fun on. The 289-yd par 4 5th and the 367-yd 6th are smothered with acres of lovely framed lumber with a smattering of fairway space in between
to get into trouble if your ground game becomes wayward on both sides. And when you reach the 420-yd 7th, you will find a blind shot along a fairway that tilts from right to left. A blind second shot ensues as you make you way down to a green that falls away on the left sanded side and rear. The 365-yd par four 9th is the most picturesque hole on the course. From a high promenade Stafford Lake appears on its left side with oodles of trees along the valley below. When you eventually get close to its raised green, you will come across a well-defined maize of bunkers and a grassy rough depression to get you into trouble. Across the road is the 360-yd 10th that requires a center cut drive to keep you out of trouble with a large oak tree just to the right of the fairway as a target line. The fairway then drops down while turning left to a green faced by a large trap by its entrance. A 324-yd par four curving left fairway with trees blocking the left side follows the proceedings as it makes its way
up to a “Tiny Tim” size putting surface that breaks from left to right. The next hole of 425-yds reverses itself as it turns down along a right angled fairway until you reach the bottom of the hill where an extensive, undulating putting surface is found with lots of room to make good or bad decisions. There are two ways of succeeding to the next hole. If you have an electric car, a curving path will take you up to the next tee. But if you are walking or pulling a hand cart, a caged tram awaits you with the pushing of a bottom that will take you to the next driving area. If you are looking for a “stairway to the stars,” the 375-yd 15th is just the ticket as the fairway makes its way uphill with some heavy duty bunkers on the left side near a tilted putting surface that breaks severely from right to left. What comes up must come down and the following tree framed par five
of 528-yds gives one an exhilarating view and fairway as it cascades its way down along undulating terrain until it reaches a small football shaped putting surface that breaks from left to right. It’s followed by another par three of 148-yds that falls away from tee to a far below formidable green that breaks from right to left. The 491-yd par five 18th is found on ground level as it curves to the right by a smattering of trees. As you make you way to the approaching area you will find in front of you some distinctive bunkering framing a two level green with putts guaranteed to break from right to left. Most golf courses include practice facilities in different sizes and shapes. But when it comes to one at Indian Valley, you are going to be entertained by hitting practice balls into Lake Stafford. It even has designated yardage signs dug into the shallow mud flats of the lake. I presume when it comes time to retrieve the balls, it could become a messy job. They do have a dry uphill driving area for short and mid size irons, but that’s no fun. For reasonable rates, information and reservations, call 415-897-1118.n
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very good food and there are plenty of other places to eat at in a city this size. The same goes for the lodging. I stayed at the clean and comfortable Coast Capri Hotel that was centrally located to the golf courses as well as downtown, but there are many other
offerings. As for the golf courses, tee times at any of the twelve golf course that I played or the seventeen in the region can be booked by visiting www. golfkelowna.com. For general information, you can find a wealth of it at www. tourismkelowna.com. The other attractive aspect of all the
golf you’ve just read about is that the courses are well-marked and so conveniently located near one another, yet feature a variety of looks. Would you believe that I played all twelve courses and didn’t even come close to using half a tank of gas? And if you are really ambitious, Kelowna makes for a great
starting place for more great golf just located not much more than an hour north in Clinton or a bit further in Kamloops. So whether golf is your focus or just part of your agenda, Kelowna, British Columbia is indeed a spectacun lar golfing Mecca.
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there is simply no way to hit the hole it unless the stroke is perfect. The Pure Stroke Putting Training Aid is better than all the other golf putting training aids simply because it is a golf club. You can practice with it anywhere --at home, at the office, in a motel room, or on the putting green. All you need is a golf ball. After practicing with my golf training aid, I could putt with a block of wood. It’s all about muscle memory: the goal is to repeat the stroke. Now when I go from practice to play, the stroke with my putter is the exact square to square pure stroke that I have ingrained with my Pure Stroke Putter. Any golfer at any level could learn to putt better with my putting aid. The forks on the front of the put-
ter are like an arrow, pointing to your target. So, you learn how to better align the putter that you play with. Great putters know four things: line, speed, stroke, and confidence. With this golf aid, you will achieve all four. My handicap is probably about a 10 to 12, but I putt to a 3 or 4 handicap because of this putting aid. I say “probably” because I now do not even carry a card. Most weeks, I take the clubs out of the trunk on Saturday morning and put them back in the trunk in the afternoon, and never make a swing in between. Most of the time I don’t even hit balls before I play. But, I putt, 50 strokes a night on my carpet religiously. After all, how does someone only have 23 putts in a round of golf and still shoot 82? That’s right: two weeks ago in my
Saturday game, I had 23 putts in a round and still shot 82! Two of my putts were from off the collar in excess of 50 feet. By the end of the round, my buddies were blubbering…. “Do you really practice with that Pure Stroke Putter?” They all were snickering when I shanked my chip about 28’ from the hole. “Well, I guess you’re not going to get your nine one-putts this side of the round,” they said. “I hit it over there just to prove this is no fluke,” I responded. Confidently, I stroked the putt, and the putt found the hole, leaving them shaking their heads. Last week I made a 48’, 38’, and 20’ putt, all for birdie. My buddy won the closest to the pin on #5, hitting it about 3’ away. Making my 38 ft. putt to top him sure took the
wind out of his sails. This putting aid is no gimmick. It works! I guarantee that with practice at the amateur level, you will shave 3 to 5 strokes off your game. I know that I will never hit the drive 300-plus yards of the tee nor will I make the Senior Tour. But I am a great putter and no matter what level you are at, you can be a great putter, as well. I wish I could give Sergio or Vijay or Tiger my Pure Stroke Putter, and would if I knew how to go about doing it, because I know with practice, it would put smiles back on their faces. At least I can do that with you: n www.mypurestroke.com.
I putt, 50 strokes a night on my carpet religiously.
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another St. Regis custom, highlighting the special amenities found at the St. Regis Punta Mita resort and anticipated by our guests for years to come,” said Carl Emberson, St. Regis Punta Mita general manager. Development of Mexico’s newest tourism initiative will bring additional resorts, boutique hotels, spas, and golf courses to Riviera Nayarit along more than 100 miles of pristine shoreline from Punta Mita to San Blas. The region abounds in authentic and enduring culture at resorts and in coastal towns and villages under a backdrop of
the Sierra Madre Mountains. Riviera Nayarit is a vision of brilliant sunsets, white sand beaches, resident and migratory wildlife, unspoiled fishing communities and a history dating back to the Aztecs. It’s difficult to imagine that Punta Mita could be much more desirable than it already is. But future plans, calling for another golf course and another luxury resort, can only burnish its place in this appealing slice of paradise. n Bill Nestor writes about travel, golf and lifestyle from his home in Vermont.
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Golf Pilates deeper since of symmetry As you journey down the path of a strong and healthy spine, you should take into consideration the pelvic floor and transverse abdominal muscles. If you do not learn to contract them, you are not supporting your spine from top to bottom. Pilates core training is enjoyable to execute yet yields impressive results. From a problem as small as low back tightness to a problem as large as a spine herniation, Pilates core training may be the answer. Pilates Joint Stabilizer Before you attempt to lift, or push, or pull heavy loads, the major joints of the body must be stabilized. Because of the deep intrinsic work of Pilates, it is the perfect joint stabilizer. I have mentioned the spine as a series of joints and how Pilates can benefit the spine. Now I would like to give you insight on the shoulder, the knee and the ankle joints. The shoulder is the most vulnerable joint with only one bony attachment to the body, at the sternoclavicular joint. We all are familiar with the biceps, triceps, the deltoids and the latissumus muscles. These muscles are primary movers and provide gross motor skill movement. But, we need to have a stabilized joint before we do gross motor skill movement, making sure that the long bone of the arm (humerus) is securely held in the shoulder socket. Pilates works those muscles, which stabilize the shoulder, more commonly known as the rotator cuff muscles. This enables safer workouts and a lessened chanced of a dislocated shoulder. The knee is also another vulnerable joint suffering from many instability problems. This can indirectly affect the health of the spine, the hip, and the ankle. Pilates can be the answer for many common knee dysfunctions, acl problems, misaligned patella, and medial and lateral instabilities. Because Pilates equipment does not use weights, Pilates does not create a load or tension on the joint. It is designed to adjust the pull of gravity though
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spring resistance. This is a non- stressful method for strengthening major joints and can bring relief and healing to those suffering with knee alignment problems. The ankle like the knee joint, if misaligned or weak can transfer instabilities sequentially up the leg to the spine. The ankle is also a main source of balance for the body. The muscles of the ankle are smaller muscles and are usually neglected in our standard workout programs. In Pilates the feet
are one of the focal points. Working the feet in several different positions builds a bi lateral well rounded strength in the foot, which helps to stabilize the ankle, which in turn effects the entire body alignment. Keeping every joint strong and supple should be a goal for our health. Pilates can give you both the strength needed for stability and the flexibility required for a supple agile body. www. n PlatesbyDolly.com.
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in the pelvic floor are pubococcygeus, iliococcygeus, levator ani, coccygeus, and the obturator internus. Imagine a basket, in the base of your body; connected to all four sides of your pelvis, that is how these muscles connect to your bones. They are located just below your belly button and above you pubic bone. When you correctly contract them you lift the base of the body upward. Women are more familiar with these muscles because of the traditional keggle exercises, designed to support the uterus and the bladder. One of the easiest ways to understand the pelvic floor and the transverse abdominal muscles can be a little graphic. It is so abstract that if not explained clearly and plainly, it will not be understood. It is as if you are going to the toilet and you stop. If you can control those muscles, you are well on your way to stabilizing your pelvic floor and finding your core muscles. This may seem a little simplistic but, it is the bases for the support of not only your internal organs but also, your lower spine and sacrum. Because Pilates is core training, it is highly beneficial for all levels of spine dysfunction. Many Pilate’s exercises are designed to create postural strength focusing on the abdominal muscles as well as the small intrinsic muscles that support our spinal column, such as the pelvic floor muscles and the transverse abdominal muscles. The entire theory of Pilates is developed around the idea of lengthening the muscle groups while all the time engaging the abdominals. This type of action increases strength and flexibility around the spinal column as well as other major muscle groups. Creating symmetry is another goal that is important to the health of our spine. When our bodies have proper alignment, we are more apt to exercise correctly with less risk of injury. The practice of Pilates is designed to stimulate the proper neurological innervations to create a
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