#GolfChat Bryson My Golf

Photos of the recent #GreaverCupII outing in Wisconsin courtesy of @RaphaelEivots. Custom tees courtesy of his daughter, @maddix_stovie

 

THIS WEEK:

Bryson winning majors, golfers gaining distance, clubs getting christened and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: How was your past week in golf? Where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2: @Wallajay asks “After watching US Open and @b_dechambeau’s success do you think golf is at a pivot point in how us amateurs approach the game?” #GolfChat

Q3: @tak6tak wants to know “Have you ever actually committed to adding distance through a coach and swing improvements, working out, etc? What happened?” #GolfChat

Q4: @KimKarrick asks “Do you give your clubs nicknames like they are your children?” #GolfChat

Q5: @talkinstatic asks “Has twitter helped your golf game? if so, how?” #GolfChat

Q6: What are you looking forward to this week? #GolfChat

 

#GolfChat Poll: @OrsonRosas asks “Should arm-lock putting be banned in competitive golf?”

 

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#GolfChat The Golf Life

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THIS WEEK:

Life and golf…from dreams to weddings and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: How was your past week in golf? Where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2: @Wallajay asks “Do you consider yourself to be living a ‘golf lifestyle’? What does that mean to you?” #GolfChat

Q3:  #GolfChat

Q4:  Have you ever used a golf course for something other than playing the game (e.g. wedding, party, extra-curricular activity)? #GolfChat

Q5: #GolfChat

Q6: It’s #USOpen Week! What are you looking forward to this week? #GolfChat

 

#GolfChat Poll: Do you have a specific budget you spend on golf every month/year or just freewheel it?

 

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#GolfChat 8 September

Photo courtesy of @CGCGreenkeeper

 

THIS WEEK:

DJ’s “win”, bad putting weeks, pro talent wishlists, and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: Tell us about your past week in golf: where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2: @XMoralHazardX asks “With @XSchauffele shooting the lowest score over 4 days at the #TourChampionship, should he be considered the winner of the tournament or did DJ’s season performance make him a worthy winner?” #GolfChat

Q3:  If you could have one aspect (driving, short game, putting, etc) of a PGA Tour pro’s game – what would it be and which golfer?”#GolfChat

Q4:  @STOV3TOP asks “What is your fix for a bad putting week?” #GolfChat

Q5: How many of you pay attention to where the ball goes when you are at a practice driving range hitting non-premium range balls?” #GolfChat

Q6: What are you looking forward to this week? #GolfChat

 

#GolfChat Poll: @golfinganchor asks “Am I the only one who hates leaving the flag stick in?”

 

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#GolfChat From The Road

Photo courtesy of @tak6tak, featuring him (left), @STOV3TOP, @OrsonRosas, and @twiterlesKale (right) with host @Back9Ben photo-bombing in the background

 

THIS WEEK:

Crazy weather, golf swing personalities, secret buddy trips, and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: Tell us about your past week in golf: where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2: @GOLFTEC recently retweeted a story of a player who saw noticeable improvement after replacing his 30-year old clubs with newer ones fitted for him. @FastestSurgeon thinks it was more the newer tech than the fitting that helped. What are your thoughts? #GolfChat

Q3:  @golfgetaways asks “Who are the best and the worst people you’ve ever been randomly paired with on a golf course?” #GolfChat

Q4:  @youngin_uk asks “What are your thoughts on hybrid irons?” #GolfChat

Q5: @XMoralHazardX asks “Has anyone ever been ghosted after a golf invite?” #GolfChat

Q6: What are you looking forward to this week? #GolfChat

 

#GolfChat Poll: @rbmcrae89 asks “Do you think more players at your local golf club sandbag for a higher handicap or have an artificially low handicap because they don’t always play it down or putt it out?”

 

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GolfChat Freestyle V

Time for another #GolfChat Freestyle! Come join in on the discussions this week! 5 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: Tell us about your past week in golf: where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2:  TBD

Q3:  TBD

Q4:  TBD

Q5:  TBD

Q6:  What are you looking forward to *this* week? #GolfChat

 

 

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#GolfChat 18 August

Photo courtesy of @1beardedgolfer

 

THIS WEEK:

Crazy weather, golf swing personalities, secret buddy trips, and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: OPENING QUESTION: Tell us about your *past* week in golf: where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2: From the winds of Bandon Dunes last week to desert heat of California this week, golfers often brave extreme conditions. @RamsHillGolf asks “What’s the craziest weather you’ve ever played golf in?” #GolfChat

Q3:  @talkinstatic has heard it said that the golf swing is an extension of our personality. “If that’s the case, what one word would you use to describe your swing/personality trait?” #GolfChat

Q4:  @GolfLRE wants to know “BDC says he’s changed his swing for more distnace. Faster takeaway and harder pull down on transition causes whip. Would you try the same?” #GolfChat

Q5: @BryanTweed16 asks “What’s the best buddies trip resort/destination that no one talks about?” #GolfChat

Q6: CLOSING QUESTION: What are you looking forward to *this* week? #GolfChat

 

#GolfChat Poll: TBD

 

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#GolfChat 11 August

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THIS WEEK:

Fivesomes, learning from watching pros, illegal clubs and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: OPENING QUESTION: Tell us about your *past* week in golf: where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2: @tak6tak asks “We had a 7 way tie late and it would have been a one group playoff. Whats largest group anyone has played in, or seen?” #GolfChat

Q3:  @MitchLaurance had an amazing time as the tee marshal on the par-3 4th for two days at Baltusrol in 2005. He asks “Who else has had a chance to get that kind of up close at a golf major?” #GolfChat

Q4:  @CaptPat48 wants to know “Do you ever learn anything watching the pros in a PGA TOUR tournament that helps your own game?” #GolfChat

Q5: @1beardedgolfer asks “Have you ever played a round of golf with a range ball or illegal club?” #GolfChat

Q6: CLOSING QUESTION: What are you looking forward to *this* week? #GolfChat

 

#GolfChat Poll: @DevonDembinski wants to know “What course playing conditions do you prefer: Firm and fast or soft and slower?”

 

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Trust Me, Just Try Golf – Mental Game

By: Adam Atkins

 

This was the exact conversation between my wife and I last week before a round with my dad:

“Okay Honey, I am leaving – be back in a few hours! Wish me luck!”

“Enjoy, have fun! And don’t let him get to you!”

 

Every time I get ready to go play golf with my dad, I know that I am in for a battle. My dad is just over 60 and hits the ball like he is in his mid-forties. He has that old-man golf game, where it goes straight and he doesn’t get into too much trouble from tee-to-green. He also still has plenty of strength to hit the ball far, which makes him a very good golfer in his circle of friends. However, I am a young 32-year old that is in the early stages of playing golf. I just started playing the game less than six years ago. I have the power to blast the ball miles, but I also don’t have the mind for golf. Every time I get ready to go play golf with my dad, I know that I am in for a battle… mentally.

 

  1. You have to be athletic to play golf
  2. You can compete at any level in the game of golf
  3. Golf requires mental awareness and strategy… if you want to win

 

Golf is a funny sport in which you try to hit a small ball across the yard and make it stop in a hole. I can only imagine what the first few rounds of golf must have been like; they had to take forever! Think back to when you first began the game of golf, undoubtedly there were times when you contemplated giving up. When you thought, this is impossible. When you wondered if you would ever be able to reach the green or even just hit the ball straight. Now think about trying the game of golf with wooden clubs, awful golf balls, shaggy grass, and obstacles everywhere. This is the beginning of golf…. how we decided that this is going to be one of the greatest sports is beyond me – but I sure am glad it survived!

As bad as the beginning of golf must have been, the progression and where we are now as a sport is just as advanced. PGA TOUR players and amateurs alike are spinning back golf balls to exact distances on the greens. When a player asks his caddie for a distance, they are not asking for 115ish yards they are asking for 116 or 114 yards – because it matters. Players are so good these days that they even miss in the correct spots so that way they still have a great chance at making par. The next event you watch, count how many times a player is on the green in regulation and still gets the same score as their playing partner who isn’t. Players have become so good, that there is almost as likely a chance to make a short chip as there is to make a long putt.

However, as impressive as the short game abilities have become – nothing is more impressive than a player that steps up and absolutely mashes a ball 300+ yards. Length is something that is needed in today’s game, and it is becoming more and more of a requirement than an advantage. Everybody wants to step-up to the tee box and obliterate a drive that makes everybody watching pick their jaw up from the ground. The saying goes, “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Who doesn’t love putting on a show?!?

Most people who begin the game of golf just want to step up and hit the ball as hard as they can. Who doesn’t? There may not be a better feeling in golf than when you smash a drive and your ball drops a care package to your playing partner’s ball as it sails past. It is also absolutely an advantage to know that most holes you are going to be 30-40 yards closer to hole. Which leads everyone to wonder – what is the secret to hitting the long ball?

If only it was as simple as stepping up and swinging as hard as you can. However, most accomplished golfers will tell you – swinging harder usually results in a hook or slice. If the shortest distance from point A to point B is a straight line, then a hook or slice – no matter how far – is not ideal. In the game of golf, you need a smooth swing with perfect impact and perfect club face and perfect swing path and perfect body movement – seems easy right? Riiiiigggghhhhtttt.

This is what makes golf a mental minefield. If you can’t hit the ball straight, you are going to find trouble all over the course. You have to use strategy to work your way around the course and put yourself in good spots. It does you no good to be 90 yards away from the hole if you have to go over trees and carry a greenside bunker with a tucked pin. Instead, just hit a smooth shot that places you 125 yards away in the middle of the fairway and leave yourself a good look at the green. Far too many times, golfers take the strategy out of the game and just hit the ball as hard as they can every time. In order to be successful, you need to utilize all the golf clubs in the bag and leave yourself a perfect distance and shot location into the green. I have seen far too many golfers smash their drive when in reality they could have easily just hit their 7-iron to 150 yards and been perfectly fine.

Golf is a terrific sport because not only does it require length, it also requires the mental awareness to know when to use your length. It isn’t always about hitting the ball far – it is also about controlling the ability. The next time you are out on the course, I encourage you to play a few holes with two balls. Hit one ball with your driver and hit one ball with the club that you feel has the best chance to get you to 150 yards out and land in the fairway; play both balls out and see which one scores better. I think you will be surprised how many times the second ball either wins or ties with the first ball. Golf is progressing, but there is no progressing past the mental side of things!

 

2 hours later…

“I’m back.”

“Why are you so upset?”

“He did it again! He started playing mental games and I started swinging out of my shoes!”

“Honey, I love you – but you are an idiot.”

 

 

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#GolfChat PGA

Photo courtesy of @Portland_John

 

THIS WEEK:

Golf careers, lessons learned, staying relevant and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: NEW OPENING QUESTION: Tell us about your *past* week in golf: where did you play and how did you do? What TV golf did you watch? What’s something new you learned? #GolfChat

Q2: Have you ever considered becoming a PGA professional or making golf a career? Why or why not? #GolfChat

Q3:  What’s the best thing your PGA pro has taught you about the game or even something else? #GolfChat

Q4:  @TheGratefulGolf asks “If you could caddie for any player in the #PGAChampionship, who would it be and why?” #GolfChat

Q5: @fnf2017 asks “How tough is it for @PGA pros to keep up/stay relevant with online instructors? #GolfChat

Q6: @tak6tak asks “How legit is the @PGA PAT (player ability test)? Can most people pass it?

Q7: NEW CLOSING QUESTION: What are you looking forward to *this* week? #GolfChat

 

#GolfChat Poll: @TheParTrain asks “When putting your golf bag in your trunk, do you lead with the clubs or the bottom of the bag?”

 

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#GolfChat 28 July

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THIS WEEK:

Golf injuries, golf jokes, golf collectibles and more! Come join us starting at 5:30 PM PST (click this link to get your local time)!

 

This Week’s #GolfChat Questions

Q1: What has you excited about golf this week? #GolfChat

Q2:  @1beardedgolfer asks “What’s the most embarrassing injury that you have suffered on a golf course, and did you quit?” #GolfChat

Q3:   @Wallajay asks “What’s your favorite golf joke?” #GolfChat

Q4:  @GeraldONeillJr asks “Would you rather play an uncomfortably long par-3 or super long par-5?” #GolfChat

Q5: @GolfDigest asks “What’s one golf-related item you collect?” #GolfChat

Q6:  @BlindShotsPod wants to know “From what distance are you not really mad if you three putt?” #GolfChat

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