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Looking ahead…
May 9, 2012, 7:24 PM
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I realize I am biased. I have spent just about my entire life around golf. I think it is one of the best sports in the world—and certainly popular world wide. As the London Olympics is set to take center stage this summer, I can’t help but to look forward to 2016, just 4 short years away, when Golf will once again return to the summer Olympics that will be held inRio de Janeiro. It will be a 72-hole stroke play tournament for men and women, with 60 players in each field.  How exciting!!

“I think it’s fantastic, an unbelievable day for the game of golf,” Jack Nicklaus said. “The impact is going to be felt all over the world, which is what I’ve always felt about the game. The game is a mature game in many countries, but it never had the opportunity to grow in many others. People of all walks of life will be inspired to play the game of golf, and play for sports’ highest recognition. For all sports, that has been a gold medal.”

Wie talked about taking up golf when she was 4, but never being able to dream of an Olympic medal until now.  “I can dream about doing something that neither Tiger nor Ernie have ever done, and that is to make the final putt to win an Olympic gold medal,” Wie said. “If this dream comes true, somewhere in the world there will be another 4-year-old who sees me on that podium and perhaps starts her own Olympic dream.”

Walt Disney said “If you can dream it, you can do it.” In 4 years, young golfers all over the world will be inspired to pursue their dreams with the hope of one day making it all the way to the top! What a great day that will be.

Rick

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

 

 

 

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Golf in the Cold Weather
October 28, 2011, 1:24 PM
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Well…the cold weather is here. YUK! I love the fall colors out on the course, and the slight chill in the air makes the  sounds of the leaves blowing in the trees relaxing; but I find myself longing for the warm days of May and June…already. In any case, here we are. So, I wanted to talk to you about golf in the cold weather and the small adjustments that need to be made in the cold weather.

So, a little science lesson will help you understand where I am heading with this…cold air is denser. Have you ever
noticed that the air pressure is higher in your tires during the summer than in the winter? That is because air molecules do not move as much in the cold temperatures as they do in the warmer temperatures. So, cold air is functionally heavier and it creates more resistance on the ball as it travels through the air. The problem for golfers is that many golfers, especially new players, think that simply hitting the ball harder is the answer.  Unfortunately, it leaves you open for more mistakes. Very basically, it causes you to be in the wrong position at the point of impact.

There are a few things you can do to help combat the cold temps on the course:

  • Try to keep your ball warm. Put it in your pocket until you need it.
  • Keep your hands, feet, and head when playing in cold weather. Invest in good gloves! If you are not cold, you will enjoy yourself a lot more—if that is even possible!
  • Work your swing to generate a lower trajectory, and play the ball slightly back in your stance. You will need to change your swing plane to a shallower arc.
  • Drop your right shoulder to lower than your left. From this position the right allows the left to control the takeaway. Lead with the left and follow with the right. Do not let your right shoulder to pass the ball, so that the spin on the ball will be right.

I hope these tips help. The biggest thing is that the cold weather is not the worst thing in the world…you can still get out, play 18 holes, and enjoy the game as always. You will be glad to get the fresh air—and who knows, you might come to enjoy and appreciate the renewed opportunity of  being successful on the course in even the coldest weather!

Rick Jones

par3rick@aol.com

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

www.capemaypar3.com

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

www.doverpar3golf.com



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.

 

 



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



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



What is the best thing you have done?

Cape May Par 3 Golf Outing

Cape May Par 3 Golf Outing

Over my life, I have done so many great things. I have been many places and accomplished a lot. I am a parent of 2 boys, who mean the world to me. The thing I have been so proud of is originating the Make A Wish Weekend in Cape May County. This event has been a great experience, one that I will always be so proud of—over the past 7 years, we have donated about $375,000 to the Make A Wish Foundation of NJ. It doesn’t get much better that that! This 2 day event includes the Cape May Par 3 Golf Outing.

I believe a Par 3 outing is the way to go! It is time to start planning your first par 3 golf outing! There are some things you will need to think about to get started. Remember, par 3 golf outings are successful because everyone can participate to help the cause and the possibility for growth is huge.

Partnerships—You will be much more successful if you partner with the right individuals and organizations. Some things to keep in mind…you will need a several key things. This can be costly, and obviously free is better. So, best case is to find a company willing to give it for free or extremely reduced cost, or find a sponsor. Things you might need are:

Publicity, including radio and print ads

Greens Fees

Tent, tables and chairs

Food & Drinks

Shirts, Logo Balls, and Bags

Banners/signage

Prizes for Pin prizes, raffles, and give aways

Various office supplies, such as envelopes and postage

At the Cape May Par 3 Make-A-Wish Golf Outing ( http://www.wishweekend.com ), we have been fortunate to receive a great in-kind support from community businesses. All the publicity, greens fees, tent, tables and chairs, shirts, and prizes have been donated. Food and bags have been given at cost. Cape May County is a tight knit community and it is a children’s charity. All the proceeds have remained in the county, which has been the most important reason people have given. That, and we involved a huge number of businesses and individuals. No donation is too small! The first year, we had 200 golfers, since we play 5 person teams, and accept 20 teams and 2 shot gun starts. Sold out golf outings are not common. But, with a par 3 outing, it is possible! Our first year, we raised over $24,000 (for a net of $19,400). Pretty neat! Wouldn’t you like to give your charity that donation?!

So, get out there today and get busy…set goals, and work toward them! If you need help, please email Cindy at cindydietrich@comcast.net. She is my go to person, and she will be glad to help you with more details.

Good luck!
Rick Jones
http://www.capemaypar3.com
http://www.doverpar3.com