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Why Young People Should Start Playing Golf Now

Golf is a great sport no matter what gender you are, how old you are and how much experience you have with golf, and sports in general. It is a great way to stay in shape and keep your mind on its toes as you learn all the rules and regulations of the game. For young people who have not yet found their niche, golf is a great place to start! If you have kids, or are looking to get some of the younger people in your life into the game, here are a few reasons why it is best to start playing the game young: 

  • It is a great way to meet new friends. Firstly, golf is a great way to meet some new friends. By joining a golf team or league, you are surrounding yourself with people who share the same interests and love of the game as you. It is an awesome ice breaker and you will know that you are spending time with people who value the same sport you do! 
  • You will burn a lot of calories. Golf may look like a leisurely sport, but it truly requires a lot of effort, stamina and muscle strength. Playing golf will allow you to burn a decent amount of calories per day, get your heart rate going and get a fun workout in. 
  • It is an opportunity for some fun fashion. Golf is one of the only sports that allows you to fully express yourself, in terms of fashion! There are so many great, unique brands out there to choose from no matter what the weather conditions are. Happy shopping! 
  • You will gain important connections. Playing golf is a serious, but also social sport. While you are on the course, you will gain the opportunity to make great connections with business partners and potential clients. 

Train Your Brain for Better Golfing 

We would be willing to bet that every golfer, whether a beginner or long-time player, has had the same exact thought: “I wish I was better at golfing.” If you are having a bad game, or a few bad games, it can be easy to get down on yourself and wish that you had more mental or physical skills on the course. While this feeling is totally normal, it can drastically affect your confidence and overall mentality for future practice rounds or games to come. It turns out that if you truly want to get better at golf, you must train your brain to think in a positive way before you showcase any of your skills on the course. How exactly should you train your brain to become better at golf? Here are a few ways: 

 

  • Attention. First, train your brain to focus on your attention-span. Think about times when you are on the course – are you fully attentive to what is going on around you? Are you thinking solely about your shot, or are other thoughts trickling into your mind as you are about to swing? Make sure that whatever you are doing on the course, your attention is 100% there. 
  • Awareness. Next, train your brain to focus on your awareness. This can mean several things, including your awareness of your stance, your posture, your form and awareness of your overall surroundings. It is important to make sure that your brain is fully aware of your actions throughout each round, as well as any environmental factors that may impact your game. 

 

  • Adaptability. A very important thing to train your brain for is its ability to adapt. In both golf and life, there are many times when things just do not go as planned. Train your brain to think on its feet, and always be ready for a new scenario, if needed.

How to be Mentally Tough on the Course 

When one thinks of their golf mentor or favorite golf professional, they will often comment on things such as how great their swing is, how perfectly they put, or how often they hit the gym to stay fit for the course. While the physicality of golf is extremely vital and important, the mental health of a golf player is just as, if not more important. Without strong and tough mental health on the course, the golfer would not be able to showcase any physical success. If you are finding yourself lacking in the mental health department throughout your game, here are some tips on how you can stay as mentally tough and fit as possible. Trust us, your game will thank you for it! 

  • Keep your head up. Everyone can attest to a time where they have had a bad shot, a bad putt or just an overall bad game. Do not let one wrong move, or a few wrong moves, get your head down. Keep your head up and stay ready for the next shot – and remember there is always room for improvement. 
  • Stay patient. Patience is truly key on the course. Do not feel like you need to rush through any shot. Make sure that your body is lined up with the ball, you are using the correct club and that you are giving yourself the time you need to strategize and feel comfortable and confident taking the shot. 
  • Think about your body language. Your body language can actually affect your emotional responses on the course more than you would think. Stay upright and focus on your posture – having strong, upright posture showcases confidence, which is exactly how you should emotionally feel throughout your game. Do not tense up your shoulders and keep your body as relaxed as possible. The more tense you physically are, the more tense you will emotionally feel. 

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open

The PGA Tour is headed to Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix OpenJ from January 29-February 4. The tournament takes place at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Stadium Course. This PGA stop boasts the largest attendance on tour and it is an audience participation event, especially on the 16th hole. This hole can be considered the most famous hole on the tour. And the audience? Well to get a better idea of the attendance, consider the 207,000 fans attending last year…just on Saturday.

This year’s field is as talented as its ever been, featuring five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, including world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, who with a victory can become the first player since Arnold Palmer to win the event three consecutive times. It would also make him the fifth three-time winner in the tournament’s history, joining the likes of Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Mark Calcavecchia and Gene Littler. Others include Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. 

The best part about this event? 

A live 360 and VR experience will be available for all four rounds of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Similar to the TOUR’s Live VR events in 2017, this week’s coverage can be viewed globally in “360 video” on Twitter (twitter.com/PGATOUR), as well as through Samsung Gear VR via the “PGA TOUR VR Live” app.

Fans can now watch live in both 360 video and Cardboard VR via the PGA TOUR app on iOS. The “PGA TOUR VR Live” app will also launch on Daydream by Google – available on the Google Play Store – all at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. As the exclusive live virtual reality provider of the PGA TOUR, Intel will produce the live VR experience with Intel True VR technology, providing unprecedented access to areas on the course that can’t be experienced, even by fans on-site.

“The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most exciting in golf,” said Rick Anderson, PGA TOUR Chief Media Officer. “We look forward to bringing that excitement to our fans who can’t physically be at the tournament through live virtual reality. They will be able to experience all the thrills from home.” 

TV Coverage

The Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET. CBS will take over on the weekend beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

CVS Health Charity Classic Donates $1 Million to Southern New England Charities

CVS Charity Classic Gives Back

On December 23 at the corporate headquarters of CVS Health, President and CEO Larry Merlo announced that the CVS Health Charity Classic has reached an important milestone – a total of $20 million dollars in philanthropic support to hundreds of nonprofits in southeastern New England since the tournament’s inception in 1999. This year, the CVS Health Charity Classic donated more than $1 million dollars to nearly 100 area charities.

“The Charity Classic is one of the most important ways we give back in our home state,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairperson of the CVS Health Charity Classic “We are proud and honored to be able to support the invaluable work of these non-profits to support the communities we serve in the areas of education, health care, and social services.”

CVS Charity Classic 2017

CVS Health CEO, Larry Merlo, alongside Tournament Chairperson Eileen Howard Boone, as well as PGA TOUR professionals and CVS Health Charity Classic Co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, awarded the 2017 donations in front of a crowd comprised of CVS Health colleagues, working charity partners that volunteer their time during the event series, many of the awarded non-profits, and Charity Classic sponsors.

Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, natives from Rhode Island who have been with the event since its inception and the reasons why so many great players have participated in this wonderful local event that has done so much to help local charities both spoke. “I’ve played in many charity tournaments like this, but our little state is kicking butt with how much money we have been able to raise over the years,” said a smiling Faxon.

Billy Andrade said, “I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since our first event in 1999. Seeing how much we have been able to do makes us all so proud.”

The 2017 dates were also announced by Merlo. “We will be hosting the event at Rhode Island Country Club, one of our great partners since the inception, on June 18, 19 and 20.”

In all, 77 local non-profit organizations across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts will benefit this year from the CVS Health Charity Classic.

2017 Solheim Cup Wrap Up

Solheim Cup 2017

Another year, another heated USA vs. Europe duel in golf. This time on the lady’s side of things. Last week was the 15th Solheim Cup, and it did not disappoint.

This event wasn’t every hyped up before hand, I did not hear much about it personally. But I do have to say one thing about the event and the USA winning by the biggest margin since 1996.

The golf world watched, and liked it.

I was curious to see if the many people I follow on Twitter in the industry of golf, would give this event much love. I was blown away. My feed was loaded with duded rooting for Michelle Wie and talking about how cool the event was. But this years USA team was stacked, and no one was stopping them.

The team was made up of Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson and many more great golfers. Cristie Kerr was the USA’s workhorse going 3-0-1 to fuel the victory.

During the week the two teams battle in different formats. They include foursomes, fourball and singles. Like the Ryder Cup, they save the singles for Sunday when all the drama happens.

Lexi Thompson was trying to do her best Patrick Reed impression during the singles when the world number 2 was once down four, pulled some Captain America magic. She played holes 10-16 at 8 under!

That included a hole out eagle on 11 that got all of the gallery on their feet. The funniest moment of the day was captured on accident, and Twitter did not let it slip.

USA’s captain was Juli Inkster and she would follow certain girls around all week. Well Sunday, when it was all but over, she had a Styrofoam cup with her. Probably a water who cares.

Nope, when people paused it, in black pen on the side of the cup read “Vodka Tonic”.

Safe to say the celebrating got started early and the USA defended the trophy to keep it on this side of the pond.

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