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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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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

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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



Ask The Golf Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

FACEBOOK for Cape May Par 3 near Wildwood NJ New JerseyPlease post any questions you might have about all aspects of the game at rick@capemaypar3.com and I will have James get back to you!

Thanks.
Rick Jones
Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

This was a question we received: I’m a 16 year old wishing to pursue a golfing career. What do I do?
James Quinn, the teaching Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range has this to say:

It depends what kind of career you’re looking to pursue. If you’re looking to be a Touring Professional, then at the age of 16 you need to be around a scratch or 2-3 Handicap. Ask your golf coach about playing in some junior tournaments and see how you rank among the best. Practice 3-4 times a week with at least 1-2 practice rounds per week. You need to spend a lot of time at the short game area. Anyone can hit the ball far. But –can you score? is the most important question. Good luck to you in your career.

If you’re looking to become a Teaching Professional, the best way is to watch your local Golf Pro teach or your golf coach and see how he connects with his students. If you play on the High School team, when you become a junior or senior, start helping your other teammates. See if you like teaching and if you do you should follow the next steps. While in high school, look into colleges that offer the PGM program. From there you’re well on your way to becoming a PGA Pro. If you do not go to college, you can complete the PGA program at home. This is a good option, but I would recommend the college route. Good luck in your career!

Cape May Par 3 Driving Range Golf Camps Ladies Clinics and Private Golf Lessons

James Quinn is the full time Golf Teaching Professional at Cape May Par 3

James graduated from The Golf Academy of America and is certified in golf course management, instruction, and club repair. He also has his player credential. James has a range of teaching experiences. He served as an Assistant Golf Professional at Meadow Oaks Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida; and taught at Ballyneal in Colorado. More recently, James taught at Twisted Dunes Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Now, James serves as the Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range.

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range
29 Fulling Mill Road
Rio Grande, NJ 08242



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