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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

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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.



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



5 Tips for Buying Golf Shoes

Spring is right around the corner…and when you think of Spring, you think of GOLF SHOES, right?! Of course right! Well, according to golfshoesplus.com, there are over 500 styles and brands of golf shoes. That’s 500!!! That’s a lot of golf shoes! I put together some tips for helping you figure out what shoe is the right shoe for you.

1. Brands—I tend to rely on the same few brands. If you have a brand you really like, head down to your local sporting goods store, get measured, and ask to see the golf shoes in your brand of choice. You might also ask to see comparable shoes in a couple different brands. It is important to get a good fit, so when you take that trip to the store, wear appropriate socks! The socks you wear to play are the best socks to wear. Otherwise, you might not get the right fit.
2. Cleats—many courses do not allow metal spikes. So, if you only play one or two courses, you might want to call the course and ask the pro, or shop manager and ask about that. If at all possible, get a pair with replaceable spikes. It will extend the life of your shoes.
3. Leather shoes—you will want to get a pair of golf spikes that are leather uppers. Make sure there is enough room for your toes to wiggle, and support for your arches. Pliable leather will break in with more ease and more quickly than other materials.
4. If it is a rainy area, look at weather proofing spray or weather proof shoes. When you play in the rain, directly after you take your shoes off, and put balled up newspaper in the shoes. This is the best way of helping shoes dry out in short order!!
5. For the fashionistas—make sure you purchase a pair in a neutral color that matches your golf wardrobe. For the more adventurous sort, go for the gusto and make a statement with your golf shoes…

All I can say, is at Cape May Par 3, and Dover Par 3, we are looking forward to a great spring golf season! Bring it on!

Rick Jones
http://www.capemaypar3.com
http://www.doverpar3golf.com



Midway Par 3 Announces Updates & New Site!
February 14, 2011, 4:33 PM
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Rehoboth Beach, DE. February 15, 2011 — Midway Par 3 & Driving Range
announces the launch of its new website www.midwaypar3golf.com !
 
This month, Midway Par 3 & Driving Range has launched the new website,
midwaypar3golf.com. The crew at Midway Par 3 is excited to better serve
their customers by making this site available.  Now more than ever,
customers are able to stay in touch with the specials and activities at
Midway Par 3.  In addition to the new website, other changes have been
made to better serve the customers. For your convenience, Major Credit
Cards (Mastercard, Visa, and Discover) are now being accepted at Midway
Par 3 & Driving Range.
 
Owned and operated by a long time local family, Midway Par 3 Golf
Course has served year round residents and vacationers, alike, for 30
years. Located just north of Midway, Delaware, this 18-Hole Par 3
course and driving range offers you “Fun for the Entire Family!” Midway
Par 3 is a year round Par 3 course with regulation size greens. Minutes
away from all the major resort stops including: Downtown Rehoboth
Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach, the Rehoboth Outlets, this is the perfect
place for golfers of all levels. Everyone loves golf at Midway Par 3!
 
The Jones’ family is excited about the future of Midway Par 3 & Driving
Range. We believe we offer our customers a great, budget friendly golf
experience. Our recent updates and changes will carry Midway Par 3 well
into the future, for the next generation of golfers.  If you have any
questions concerning Midway Par 3 & Driving Range, please email Barbara
at par3barbara@aol.com and she will get back to you. Or, stop by today.
Midway Par 3 is located at 34578 Pinnacle Rd. Lewes, Delaware 19958.

Please stop by if you can. I appreciate you taking the time.

Enjoy the day~ the sun is shining and the air is fresh!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range



Dover Par 3 Rolls Out the New Website!

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range is Now New and Improved

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range Announces the Launch of ther New Website and Recent Rennovations. Improvements are being made, including the addition of Baseball and Softball Batting Cages.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release)Feb 10, 2011 – Today is a great day for the friends and family of Dover Par 3 & Driving Range. We are so pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our new website: http://www.doverpar3golf.com. This new site has been especially created for people interested in family fun in the Dover, DE area. We have lots going on and hope you can stop by to see all the work we have done this winter! Visit our website today and register for a FREE round of golf & medium bucket of balls on our range, along with 5 FREE tokens for the newly renovated batting cages. We have many packages and offers for you, our customer, and hope you can join us soon!

Over the winter, we have made several huge improvements to our course, updating the look and feel of the course and grounds. And, I am so excited to share we have reopened our batting cages, with baseball and softball pitching machines. The possibilities are limitless, with the course, the batting cages, and driving range! You can come for a short visit to hit a bucket of balls or bat around a bit, or stay all day—we are here to serve you year round.

Dover & Driving Range is a Par 3, 18-Hole course with full size greens, a practice green for putting and chipping, and a full length driving range. The course is well maintained and conveniently located in Dover Delaware. Dover Par 3 is an excellent golf course for everyone, including new and experienced golfers.

In addition to the Par 3 Course and Driving Range, Dover Par 3 & Driving Range now offers newly renovated batting cages for baseball and softball. The cages are a perfect chance to get out and do something fun with friends and family. Also, it’s great for players to get some swings in before, during, and after the season. There is no off season anymore!

Along with our team at Dover Par 3 & Driving Range, I am excited for the future of Par 3 Golf in Dover, Delaware. For more details on what is going on at the course, see http://www.doverpar3golf.com. For information on how your organization, team, or family can take full advantage of all the Dover Par 3 & Driving Range has to offer, I can be reached by calling 302/745-1206 or emailing me at par3rick@aol.com.

Thank you.
Rick Jones
Cape May Par 3 & Dover Par 3