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Top 10 Laws of Golf

Top 10 Laws of Golf!…

Law 10 — A severe slice is a thing of awesome power and beauty.

Law 9 — Golf balls from the same “sleeve” tend to follow one another, particularly out of bounds or into the water

Law 8 — The last three holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be.

Law 7 — Every par-three hole in the world has a secret desire to humiliate golfers. The shorter the hole — the greater its desire.

Law 6 – All vows taken on a golf course shall be valid only until the sunset of the same day

Law 5 — Golf balls never bounce off of trees back into play. If one does, the tree is breaking a law of the universe and should be cut down.

Law 4 – The person you would most hate to lose to will always be the one who beats you.

Law 3 – No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come. This law does not expire on the 18th hole, since it has the supernatural tendency to extend over the course of your lifetime.

Law 2 — Trees eat golf balls.

Law 1– Your BEST round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former.

These are ALLL sooooo true! Hope you enjoyed my list…feel free to post a few of your own!

Rick

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range



Windy Weather!
December 2, 2011, 1:12 PM
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Hello!

Yesterday, the temperature was warm and the sun was shining—though the wind was blowing a bit. Because golf is played in the elements, there are guidelines that address some aspects of play in the wind. Crazy things can happen in windy weather on the course, and there has to be some way to address it. And, in October of this year, at the end of a 4 year review, the USGA, working with the R&A, updated and changed several important rules– including a rule that addresses the impact of wind.

Here is the updated rule:

Ball Moving After Address (Rule 18-2b). A new exception is added which exonerates the player from penalty if their ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that they did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.

Unfortunately for Nick Watney, these rule changes don’t take effect until January 1, 2012! Yesterday, he was caught in a situation where the old rule was applied and he was penalized a stroke. He addressed the ball, backed up, and watched it move—and was penalized one stroke. Under the new rule, the penalty stroke is NOT assessed if the wind moved the ball after the address. Taking it in stride, Watney remarked, “I might be the last player in history to be penalized under that rule. That could be a trivia question one day.”

Have a wonderful holiday season! I will catch you on the other side of the holidays.

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

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Those Pesky Ball Marks!

Ball marks are those indentations from where the ball hits the green from a your shot (from the air). A ball mark can cause the grass in the depression to die, leaving not just a scar but also a pit in the putting surface that can knock   well-struck putts offline. Repairing a ball mark restores a smooth surface and helps keep the grass healthy.   Sometimes, people accidentally incorrectly repair ball marks, simply because they don’t know the proper technique.

Unfortunately, “repairing” a ball mark incorrectly can actually cause more damage.  Incorrectly “repaired” ball marks take up to twice as long to heal as those that are properly repaired. So please help repair the ball marks and take care of the greens for everyone. And if you have a minute, and there isn’t another group of golfers behind you please feel free to fix one or two other ball marks, too, if you find more of them on the green!

Repairing ball marks isn’t just important for the health of the greens, and for smooth-rolling putts. It isn’t just a matter of golf etiquette. It is our obligation to help take care of the golf courses we play. And repairing ball marks is a big part of that obligation to the game. The ball mark repair tool is the right tool for the job of repairing ball marks. The tool should be familiar to every golfer; it’s a simple tool, just two prongs on the end of a piece of metal or hard plastic. If you don’t have one, please stop in the pro shot and there are tools for sale. There are some new ball mark repair tools on the market, but the jury is still out on whether any of them really do a better job at helping greens heal than the standard, old-fashioned tool you will find in most pro shops.

To properly repair ball marks, please follow the steps below.

STEP 1:

Take your ball mark repair tool and insert the prongs into the turf at the edge of the depression. Do NOT insert the prongs into the depression itself, but at the edge of the depression.

STEP 2:

The next step is to push the edge of the ball mark toward the center, using your ball mark repair tool in a “gentle twisting motion,” in the words of the GCSAA. This is the step where some well meaning golfers might mess up. Many golfers believe the way to “fix” a ball mark is to insert  the tool at an angle, so the prongs are beneath the center of the crater, and then to use the tool as a lever to push the bottom of the ball mark back up even with the surface. Do not do this! Pushing the bottom of the depression upward only tears the roots, and kills the grass.

Just use your ball mark repair tool to work around the rim of the crater, pushing the grass at the edge toward the center of the depression. One way to envision this is to picture reaching down with your thumb and forefinger on opposite sides of the ball mark and “pinching” those sides together.

STEP 3:

Once you’ve worked around the rim of the ball mark with your repair tool, pushing the grass toward the center, there’s only one thing left to do: Gently tamp down the repaired ball mark with your putter or foot to smooth the putting surface.

That’s that! You have repaired the ball mark correctly! If you are unsure, or need more help with this, please ask one of our staff members. They play the Par 3 often and would be more than happy to help you learn how to fix ball marks the right way!

On behalf of everyone at the Par 3, thanks!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range



Beat the Heat with These 6 Tips!

As the weather heats up, it is important to be more mindful and prepared to play golf. We encourage you to read this list and make any changes that might help you enjoy your time on the golf course even more—as if that’s possible! We ALL wait all winter to be able to get out and hit balls and play a round of golf. Don’t let the heat discourage you from playing golf this summer!! Remember, a hot day on the golf course is still better than a nice day anywhere else! Here are some suggestions we have for ways to beat the heat or be prepared to handle the heat.

Hydrate. Hydration takes place for several days prior to your round of golf. If you golf often, it is important that you make hydration part of your every day routine. While some studies have shown that all drinks hydrate, obviously some are better than others. Water is the best way to get hydrated. Other healthy ways to hydrate yourself are by drinking milk, vegetable and fruit juice. Sports drinks are a good alternative to water if you plan on playing/walking 18 holes.

Wear appropriate clothing. When you are planning what to wear to play golf, make sure to wear light weight, breathable clothing. You will also want to wear light colored clothing, which will not absorb as much heat as darker colored clothes. Oddly enough, it is better to wear an undershirt, which will help wick away sweat and keep you cooler. When possible, wear a visor and not hat. Hats trap heat in and can cause you to be hotter. Stay in the shade and use sunscreen on your scalp when wearing a visor!

Plan your day accordingly. Plan to spend the time outside during the morning and/or evening. Avoid spending time on the course during the middle of the day. You will have a lot more fun, when you are not struggling with the sun and heat. If you can only fit your time on the links in during the middle of the day, be sure to wear a hat that offers coverage, as well as sunscreen!

Stand in the shade.  At Cape May Par 3, there are plenty spots with lots of shade. If you get too hot, have a seat on a bench in the shade. It will make you feel better, and able to finish your round of golf. Make it a great time to think about your mental golf game, or spend time with your golf mates shooting the breeze.

Eat sensibly. Eat smaller meals and not as much protein. Protein increases metabolic rate, which makes staying cool more difficult. So, eat lighter meals, and include fruit and vegetables (which also help to hydrate you) and whole grain foods. You might also find that reducing the amount of dairy you consume, directly before you play golf or hit balls, might help you feel better.

It is important to recognize when you are overheated. Some of the signs of being overheated are: sweating profusely, increased heart rate, dizziness, headache, and vomiting.  If you experience any or many of these signs, it is important that you rest in a cool, shaded area, drink cool liquids, such as water or sports drinks, apply cool compresses, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Just because it’s hot, doesn’t mean it isn’t golf weather! Make these small changes and you will be ready to play, even in the heat. Be sure to pay attention to your body. If you need help, please ask. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here’s to another great summer at Cape May Par 3 & Dover Par 3!!

See you out on the course,

Rick Jones

Par3rick@aol.com

www.capemaypar3.com

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Oh Balls!!

We all think about clubs as we play golf– but what about the balls?? Every year, golf ball manufacturers research and develop all different kinds of golf balls to improve the game. When you are spending your hard earned $$s on golf balls, you want to make sure you buy golf balls that meet your needs. How do you pick out golf balls? Well, there is a general approach I’d like to share with you. Think back on the last few rounds of golf you have played. How did you do? Maybe you noticed your ball moves too far to one side. Your shots might lack distance or fly too low or too high. Or maybe you’re short on the greens.

 If you need more distance:

Choose a golf ball made out of two pieces. Golf balls with two piece construction have a cover and one piece on the inside. if you are looking for more distance and less movement on the ball, this is the right kind of ball. If you read the packaging, it will say: “extra distance” and “low spin” , which tells you that it is a two-piece ball. New golfers often use two-piece balls with very little spin.

 If you need a ball that curves more:

Look for a three-piece ball if you want the ball to curve more and stop faster on the greens. High spin balls also often fly higher in the air. Many three- and four-piece balls are designed to spin less when hit with a driver and spin more when hit with higher lofted clubs around the green. Pretty cool!

My best suggestion is to buy a sleeve of balls of various golf balls. Buy some that are two piece balls and some that are three or four piece construction. Play several rounds of golf using one brand and style of golf ball for each round. Pay attention to how the ball responds to your game. If you find one that works particularly well, you will be set!

Rick Jones

www.capemaypar3.com

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Mental Golf Game

Hi my friends

Spring has sprung, although you wouldn’t know it by looking out the window today!! I know we are all looking forward to the sun and warmer [Golf] temperatures. The one nice thing about lousy weather days is that it gives me the chance to catch up on some things I don’t always get to. Today is no exception!

Periodically, I receive something in my inbox that I really believe is worthy of sharing with you. Michael Anthony is a prolific author on golf  and he is a great resource.  I love his emphasis on the mental game of golf– our minds are very powerful and can lead us to achieve greatness– on all areas of our lives, not just golf. Please take a minute and see what I mean about this!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

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MENTAL TIP by MICHAEL ANTHONY

“Fear Can Not Exist In The Present”

I have been interviewed on radio talk shows around the country. Many of the hosts who have read my book “The Mental Keys” commented about my statement that fear can not exist in the present. They had never looked at fear in that light. But, they all acknowledged that the concept makes total sense.

I have consulted with athletes in many different sports from Olympic Gold Medalists to low and high handicap golfers. All of them admitted that fear was public enemy number one on their list of negative emotions. Since an athlete, golfers especially, can not deny the reality of the mind/body connection, it is easy for them to realize that fear causes their performance to diminish. They, also, readily acknowledge that when thay are performing at their best they are not thinking. They are playing on instinct.

When an athlete experiences fear, he/she is thinking about a future outcome that has not occurred. Fear about an outcome triggers adverse chemical changes in your brain, which cause your performance to deteriorate. Because of the mind/body connection fear makes it impossible to duplicate the same stroke mechanics that you have when you are relaxed.

If you think about it, fear can not exist in the present. Since you can only physically exist in the present, you only have control of the present. In the present all one can do is execute at their curent level of proficiency. How well you control the present, determines the future outcome — good or bad. It is only when you think about a future outcome that fear enters the equation and throws off your performance.

The vast majority of individuals have spent their entire life chasing the outcome. However, you can train your mind to ignore the outcome and stay in the present by focusing on mastering the process. This is a major cultural change for anyone brought up in the Western civilization’s belief system of materialism and winning. Ignoring the outcome is a huge undertaking, but it can be accomplished.

In contrast, the philosophy of Zen is based solely on being the process — be the ball. In the Eastern culture, centuries ago, samurai warriors were highly skilled in the martial arts. To be at their best, they were trained to fight without the fear of dying. Golf is a game! Golf is not a life or death situation. So have fun and relax.

Learn to have fun on the golf course and train your mind to stay in the present. If you do, you will have less fear and your scores will fall.