Par3golfer's Blog


What makes a golf instructor good?

The golf instructor can coach you. The golf instructor can educate you about YOUR golf swing and what research has proven to be effective. The bottom line is that the more you practice the right things to improve YOUR golf game, the better you will be. Feeling comfortable with and understanding a golf instructor is really important as you find instruction that works for you.

The following is a list of qualifications that will assist you in finding the right golf instructor:

  • Good communication skills; Good personality and attitude.
  • Patience.  A great golf instructor must be patient in working with you. This is essential and helps to create a ‘safe environment’ for you to try what you are learning. As Albert Einstein once said, “A person who has never made a mistake has obviously never tried anything new.”
  • Knows the universal basics—this is so important! Your  instructor must not only know the basics, but be able to communicate them      to you (Remember this from the top of the list?!)
  • Willing to help improve your golf game rather than your wallet. Expensive golf lessons are not always the best! Believe it or not, there is no standard price for golf lessons. The best thing is to find an instructor who can meet your golf AND budget needs.
  • An instructor who has a good golf swing is essential. Modeling technique is essential for effective teaching and learning. You need to be able to “see it to be it” and for this reason, your golf instructor must be technically sound. **
  • Great instructors provide personally relevant feedback. That is, they don’t offer ‘one size fits all’ suggestions and recommendations. They evaluate your swing—and tailor lessons to your individual needs.
  • Makes the learning process fun!! This is key to it all– no point in doing it, if it isn’t fun.

**NOTE: A great golf instructor may not be a great player. Just like, a good player may not be a good golf instructor.

SOOO, golfers of all levels can be mislead into believing that a golf instructor will make our golf game better. A golf instructor can help you…just like club fitting can help you. Great golf instruction is part of the solution. Don’t forget, it is the student who will make the golf instructor a good one!  Psst…that’s you!

I welcome questions and comments!!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

Advertisements


What I’ve got on Golf APPS…

Smartphones are all the rage—if you don’t have one yet (like
me), some people night think you are a dinosaur…also like me! Well, in an
effort to understand all the hubbub about smartphones (Droids or iPhones), I
asked around. I now realize that the applications that smartphones can offer
are so addicting…and helpful! I looked into the applications available for
smartphones that are valuable on the course. I have been thinking of getting a
high tech phone for a while and now…OK. SO—here are some neat Apps with great reviews:

Golf GPS APPS

SkyDroid (http://www.skydroid.net/)

Works with iPhones, iPads, & Droids with 3G Technology

Cost: $1.99

Features: GPS Distance to every green; Distances to water
hazards and bunkers

Pros: Great skycaddie for $2.

Cons: No instructions.

FreeCaddie Golf GPS (http://freecaddie.com/)

Works with most smartphones (incluing Blackberry, iPhones,
Droids, Windows).

Cost: FREE

FreeCaddie Pro Golf GPS is $9.95, and offers additional
capabilities (Not included here).

Features of FreeCaddie: Distance to the font, back, and
center of the green for 1 course. NOTE: The pro edition allows for an unlimited
number of courses.

Pros: #1 for Androids (with 700,000 downloads). There are
over 23,000 mapped courses.

Cons: Free version offers much less than the version that is
$10. Latest update isn’t working for all phones with DroidX technology.

 

Golf Score Card APP

GolfCard Pro (http://www.senygma.com/GolfCard/Home.html)

Works with most spartphones, including iPhones, iPods, and
Droids

Cost: Between $9.99 and $10.99

Features: Scoring, range finder, USGA Handicap Index,
Statistics, and more.

Pros: Great tracking and storage capability

Cons: Account required to use some features, such as adding
a course or uploading scores.

 

 

 

Other applications…

 

The Rules of Golf 

(http://www.usga.org/news/2010/January/USGA-Launches-New-Rules-Of-Golf-Application/)

Presented by the USGA

Works with iPhones, and Droids.

Cost: $3.99

Pros: Offers user the Rules of Golf, in addition to
Decisions on the Rules of Golf and Rules of Amateur Status.

Cons: Small and hard to read.

Golf Channel Mobile (http://www.golfchannel.com/mobile/)

Presented by the Golf Channel

Works with iPhones and Droids.

Cost: FREE

Features: Tournament leaderboards, news and blogs; golf
channel show clips and instructional video; photo galleries and player
profiles; and equipment and travel reviews.

Pros: Handy way to stay on top of all the professional golf
happenings!

Cons: None.

 

 



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

www.doverpar3golf.com



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

www.doverpar3golf.com

www.midwaypar3golf.com



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

FACEBOOK Cape May Par 3 Driving Range

 

 

 

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

FACEBOOK Cape May Par 3 Driving Range

 

 

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.



Today’s the Day!

Today is the day I have been waiting for this day since the fall golf season— it’s the day we Spring Ahead!! Somehow, magically, in the middle of the night, the time will change – and tomorrow, the sun gets up later and goes to bed later! Well, for everyone on the East Coast—there are a few exceptions: Hawaii, some of Arizona, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 2011, we Spring ahead on March 13th, and Fall back on November 6th.

The idea for daylight savings originated with Benjamin Franklin in —for you history buffs! During World War I the time change was introduced as a way to conserve energy, but then at the end of the war, it was repealed. Again, during World War II, daylight savings came into effect. In 1966, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act which gave the individual states the option of choosing daylight savings time or not- though the dates are not optional. The 2 AM time is just simply for convenience sake. There is no real ‘scientific’ reason for that specific time, other than it is less disruptive since people are sleeping – and people who work on Sundays are generally scheduled around that time.

 The original thinking was that daylight savings time would help to conserve energy- though the more recent studies have shown the savings is small—hardly anything. But, it is a great feeling that the sun will be up longer, which will give us more time in the evenings for a round of golf!

Enjoy your weekend– it’s sunny and nice out today! Get out and hit a bucket of balls or play a round of golf!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range