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Iberostar Anthelia Hotel Golf Tournament at Las Americas Golf Course 18th Sept

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You don’t want to miss this one Tenerife Golfers..

A game of golf at The championship Golf Las Americas golf course with a gala dinner at the 5 *Iberostar Anthelia Hotel Prizes for each category winners and entry into a great raffle…

The raffle prizes include a weeks holiday in Brazil, Andalusia and the Canaries at one of the Iberostars great 5 * Hotels plus many more I would like to win prizes.

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The Grand Final of the Tenerife and La Gomera Golf Circuit at Golf Del Sur Golf Course

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This Saturday the 11th September sees the “Grand final” of this years golf circuit being held at Golf Del Sur Golf Course a wonderful championship course in the South of Tenerife.

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So far this summer we have played 7 matches on the circuit covering all the major courses on Tenerife and the Island of La Gomera with an average of 140/160 players in each tournament.

The grand final at Golf del Sur will feature the top 20 from each category, playing by ranking order, in a stableford format, competing for the final placing in this years circuit.

Gentlemen                   Ladies                    Classification       

1st Category                         1st Category                  Seniors        

2nd Category                       2nd Category                Scratch

                                                  3rd Category

At the moment I am sitting 11th in category 1 and 12th in the scratch so am eligible to play in the grand final. This is the first year I have competed in the full circuit, missing only one match, I have found that the comradeship amongst the competitors fantastic as we all get to know each other moving from one tournament to the other regardless of nationality or language ( as not too many speak Scot’s ) .

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The organisation at each course has been first class with all the score cards and handicaps being done in a professional manner. The sponsorship from all the participating companies has helped put the circuit into the position of the number one golf tournament in the Canaries.

If you are participating in the “Grand Final” The cost will be 50 € per person.

More information please contact  Golf Del Sur Golf Course on 0034 922 738 170 or through its website here

The Wild Geese Charity Golf Competition at Golf Del Sur Golf Course

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The Wild Geese Charity Golf Competition In Aid of OROBAL Children’s Charity based right here in Tenerife.

This is one competition I would hate to miss, not only is it great fun day but you are also helping a super charity.

Friday 24th September 2010

Golf Del Sur Tenerife : Golf Course

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Individual Stapleford

Ladies and Gents Max Handicaps Gents 20

Categories 0 – 10 Ladies 28

11 – 20

Sponsor a hole or a green for 50 Euros

Donation for the day including Green Fee, Competition Fee,

Buggy, Prize, Charity Donation and Buffet is 60 Euros.

Buffet in Wild Geese from 7.00pm followed by presentations.

All enquiries phone Stef 650443061

www.thewildgeesetenerife.com

Association of Orobal

Golfing In Tenerife visits Costa Adeje Golf Course in Tenerife

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Just thought I would take my camera and take a few shots of Costa Adeje golf course as I am playing here with Club Amigolf on 10th April 2010, also to have a look at the overall layout and condition. Last year Costa Adeje Golf hosted the Tenerife Ladies European Tour event to great success and has more recently been the venue for a Rod Stewart and Elton John concerts.

The director Mr Paul De Sterck was more than helpful giving me access to all areas and supplying me with a buggy to get round the course. The course is moving into low season after a very busy winter but it was surprisingly busy on the day I visited.

The course I must say was in fantastic condition and the greens have held up well over winter and were lightning fast, as was commented on by some of the players I spoke with that day.

I must also add a comment on the buffet lunch, which for research purposes only I just had to try, It’s an all you can eat set up with a large  salad bar with everything you could expect including smoked salmon to a grill area with chicken, steak and pork followed by the most delicious sweets. It was honestly some of the best food I have had at a golf club and for a set price.The lunch service on the Terrace was full with many non golfers taking advantage of the fine food on offer as the restaurant area is open to the public but the dress code must be observed.

I am immensely  looking forward to Saturdays competition and Amigolf have negotiated a special price for members to include green fee, buggy and the buffet lunch…will my waistline cope ? …you bet it will.

1st Tourneo Circuito Aymerich 2010 at Golf Del Sur Golf Course Tenerife

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March 21st saw the first tournament  in the Aymerish  Golf Club  Circuit here at their wonderful golf facility  Golf Del Sur Golf Course in Tenerife.We had fabulous conditions, shorts were the order of the day, with the temp at 25c and very little wind so scoring was good. Golfing in Tenerife were represented by Sir Old Golfer who played off a handicap of 4 in this premier event of the season.The course was in great condition with the greens playing “true.”

Sir Old Golfer had an 8.02 tee time so almost the first group out in a field of about 90 players split into 3 categories. 0-18.4 and 18.5 –28 for males and a female category.

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A very welcome sight for all competitors was the tent at the 10th tee where Aymerish golf had supplied us all with refreshments and nibbles. After the golf you were invited back to the tent to fill in your score cards and to enjoy the hospitality once more with a beer or two whilst waiting for the full field to complete their round.

It was great to see a four ball of “Youngin’s” all low handicappers and lovers of the game of golf, who behaved impeccably throughout the day, one of which won the scratch off a handicap of 6…well done to Alvaro, I’ll get you next time.. Another in the group plays off 3, wonderful  I just wish I was that age again…

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The Golfers of Tomorrow !

At around 5 pm people gathered in the lounge area of the club house at Golf Del Sur for the presentation hosted by the club Directoria Maca Rodriguez and Nelly Platano .

The Winners on the day were as follows :-

1st Cat … Gonzalez Delgado,Francisco

2nd Cat…Bermudez Iglesias,Juan Car

Ladies…Watts, Carol Anne

Scratch… Hernandez Cabezuela, Alvaro

Sir Old Golfer missed the scratch by one shot, how many times does that happen.

Great day was had by all and we are all looking forward to number two in the series which is held at Golf Del Sur on the 17th of April 2010.

Some nice pictures of the day Here …..

A special mention to Spring Hoteles who gave a great raffle Prize of two nights half board, for two people, at one of their  delightful 4*Hotels in Tenerife.

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Winner :  Mr Ray Dunne

Coming up in February 2010 here on Golfing Tenerife ….

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I have some exciting things lined up this February here on Golfing in Tenerife…..starting with an interview with a long established golf pro on the island who is going out of his way to accommodate me with some tips, help and pictures. We have a full golf course review of one of the islands top courses with beautiful pictures and an interview with their general manager on how he see’s the future of Golf in Tenerife, which should be interesting.

On the restaurant review side, I have a new restaurant reviewer for the south of Tenerife and I have promised to do a review myself on a local restaurant that we use on a regular basis…Well they promised me a free beer !

The Game we play It’s Called Golf

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  • In primitive society, when native tribes beat the ground with clubs and yelled, it was called witchcraft; today, in civilized society, it is called golf.
  • The man who takes up golf to get his mind off his work soon takes up work to get his mind off golf.
  • Golf was once a rich man’s sport, but now it has millions of poor players!
  • Golf is an expensive way of playing marbles.
  • The secret of good golf is to hit the ball hard, straight and not too often.
  • There are three ways to improve your golf game: take lessons, practice constantly … or start cheating.
  • An amateur golfer is one who addresses the ball twice … once before swinging, and once again, after swinging.
  • Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize or laugh.
  • Golf is a game in which the slowest people in the world are those in front of you, and the fastest are those behind.
  • Golf: A five mile walk punctuated with frequent disappointments.
  • There’s no game like golf: you go out with three friends, play eighteen holes, and return with three enemies.
  • Golf got its name because all of the other four letter words were taken.

Manure and Golf What do they have they in common ?

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Manure:  In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ‘ Stow high in transit ‘ on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term ‘ S.H.I.T ‘ , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word.
Neither did I.

I had always thought it was a well used golfing term.

Just to Brighten up one’s day !

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“I play golf in the low eighties,” I was telling one of the youngsters at the club yesterday.

“Wow,” said the young man, “that’s pretty impressive.”

“Not really,” I said, “Any hotter and I’d probably have a stroke.”

Happy New year from Wifie and I….

I haven’t written much in the last few months

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I haven’t written much in the last few months, a break was needed, but in the New Year I fully intend to start my Golfing In Tenerife… Golfing again.

I still get a few 100 readers a day so to them and you if your a new reader

A Very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to you and yours”

from the Sir Old Golfer and of course long suffering Wifie.

July 2010 Ladies Tenerife Open to be held at Buenavista Golf Course.

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Its has just been confirmed that this years Ladies Tenerife Ladies Open, part of the Ladies European Tour, will be held at Buenavista Golf Course in the North of Tenerife on July 1st-4th. Buenavista Golf course is a beautiful setting for such a prestigious event, once again sponsored by the Canarian government and tourism dept in conjunction with the Tenerife golf association.

We can expect a full field of top class international Lady golfers including the 2009 winner Falicity Johnestone. More on this as the year unfolds, but I for one expect to be there, maybe as last year, doing a bit on local radio.

Why not bring your clubs over and play the courses around the island and catch a few days of the open this summer holiday ?

Here is the beautiful Buenavista Golf Course Web site...

Golf in the 2016 Olympics ?

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Golf and rugby sevens face one last test on Friday 9th Oct. if they are to be included in the Olympics from 2016.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board voted to include both at a meeting two months ago.

But the recommendation must be rubber-stamped by a full meeting of the IOC congress in Copenhagen.

Top Ten Signs Your Too Old for the Senior Tour

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  • When you take off your golf shoe, you notice a tag around your toe.
  • Your foursome tells you to be quiet but it’s just your bones creaking
  • You need a cart just to get to your car
  • One of your competitors loses his ball in your prodigious ear hair.
  • Every time you swing, the waistband on your knickers chafes your nipples.
  • You have 3 walking speeds: doddering, shuffling and wobbling.
  • You strain your groin area just telling a joke.
  • Your golf ball: 384 dimples. You: 384 liver spots.
  • You have only two groupies – Margaret Thatcher and Kate Hepburn.
  • Good news: You make it into the Golf Hall of Fame. Bad news: it’s posthumous.

Whats on at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in October 2009.

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03/10/2009
VII TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB
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INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD. Dos categorías Caballeros y una categoría Damas. Salidas cada 8 minutos. Premios a los dos primeros clasificados de cada categoría.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de premios.
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10/10/2009
TORNEO COSTA SAN MIGUEL-AETSAMI.

PAREJAS MEJOR BOLA. ¾ de hdcps.
Salidas cada 8 minutos.
Premios a las 3 primeras parejas clasificadas y a la mejor pareja SCRACH.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de resultados.
15,16 Y 17/10/09
“MEMORIAL JIMMY GOLDING” PROFESIONALES DE CANARIAS 2009

18/10/2009
PRO-AM PROFESIONALES DE CANARIAS
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EQUIPOS (3AM+1PRO) TEXAS SCRABLE.
Salida a Tiro sobre las 09 de la mañana.
Trofeos a los 3 Primeros equipos clasificados.
Carpa durante el recorrido y Barbacoa al finalizar el PRO-AM.
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24/10/2009
TORNEO MEMORIAL JOSE LA-ROCHE.
PAREJAS MEJOR BOLA ¾ hdcps. DOS CATEGORIAS.(suma de 24 hasta 24 y mayor que 24).
Salidas cada 8 minutos.
Trofeos a las dos primeras parejas clasificadas de cada categoría.
Picnic en el recorrido y Coktail a la entrega de premios.

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31/10/2009
VIII TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD. Dos categorías Caballeros y una categoría Damas. Salidas cada 8 minutos. Premios a los dos primeros clasificados de cada categoría.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de premios.

Felicity Johnstone of England Wins Tenerife Open

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Its all over..Tenerife Ladies Open.

Felicity Johnstone, the 22 year old from Birmingham, wins her maiden L.E.T tour victory by two shots from overnight leader Becky Brewerton, so close Becks yet so far, hope you will be back next year I for one enjoyed your golf. Four great days entertainment played in good spirit at Adeje golf course. Wonderful for Tenerife. The L.E.T were great ambassadors for the game and many a man could learn from their swings.

Here is Felicity Johnstones web site.

How they finished up….

274 – Felicity Johnson (ENG) 69 72 66 67

276 – Becky Brewerton (WAL) 66 69 69 72

281 – Bettina Hauert (GER) 69 73 67 72

282 – Melissa Reid (ENG) 69 75 71 67, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 71 70 68 73

284 – Laura Davies (ENG) 72 77 66 69, Anja Monke (GER) 65 74 74 71

285 – KM Juul (DEN) 69 74 70 72

286 – Joanne Mills (AUS) 72 73 73 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 72 71 69 74

287 – Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 71 73 70 73

288 – Caroline Rominger (SWI) 75 68 75 70, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 71 72 74 71, Karen Lunn (AUS) 72 74 70 72, Beatriz Recari (ESP) 68 70 73 77

289 – Paula Marti (ESP) 72 71 70 76, Stefania Croce (ITA) 68 76 67 78

290 – Christel Boeljon (NL) 74 71 71 74, Nina Reis (SWE) 72 69 72 77

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN: Adeje Golf Course

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

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Ladies’ European Tour Scoreboard

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN
Costa Adeje, Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
THIRD-ROUND TOTALS
Par 216 (3×72)
204 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 66 69 69

207 Felicity Johnson (Eng) 69 72 66
209 Bettina Hauert (Ger) 69 73 67, Tania Elosegui (Spa) 71 70 68
211 Stefania Croce (Ita) 68 76 67, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 68 70 73
212 Elizabeth Bennett (Eng) 70 74 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 72 71 69
213 K-m Juul (Den) 69 74 70, Paula Marti (Spa) 72 71 70, Nina Reis (Swe) 72 69 72, Anja Monke (Ger) 65 74 74
214 Julie Greciet (Fra) 70 74 70, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra) 71 73 70
215 Melissa Reid (Eng) 69 75 71, Laura Davies (Eng) 72 77 66

A great Day out at Abama Golf Course , Tenerife

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We set out from Golf Del Sur towards Abama Golf Course myself  Sir Old Golfer and Gary both single figure handicap golfers full of expectations as we had just been quoted 400 Euros for two players for a day ticket including a buggy at Abama Golf, Tenerife but both being Celts we decided to go anyway and beat them down on the price in a face to face situation as no Golf Course was worth that price, their will de a deal to be done.

We hit the TF1 and headed west to the end of the motorway then took the road towards los Gigantes passing Callao and then about 5km’s further along the road it hit us “The Pink Palace,” no not a place where gays hang out, but the beautiful Abama Hotel and Golf resort the sun was shining and it just shone against the ocean background. What a day we had picked it was 27 deg with no wind and low humidity. Game on, Gary boy !

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Turning the car up the slip road into the hotel grounds we came to a roundabout,turn left to the hotel and turn right up to the Golf course,academy and clubhouse.We drove into the clubhouse car park around 10.30am to be met by a charming girl with a name badge with Nicola on it. Good morning gents she said in perfect English will you be golfing with us today, “we may be” was our answer thinking we better get the price sorted out first.”I am Nicola and I am the caddy master,welcome to Abama Golf, are your clubs in the car ?” I will arrange for them to be transferred to your buggy, at this Gary was hooked and handed over his beloved car keys, he looks twice at me when I ask for them. Nicola then showed us down to the reception area where two girls in matching uniforms were dealing with a German couple one broke away and greeted us in English “can I help you, sir” We looked at each other and decided there was going to be no discount here, “two green fees please” Gary said and the bullet was bitten.Certainly Sir that will be 400 Euros and do you need any balls ect.

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After a slight moaning about parting with all that money, we headed back upstairs and on the hall met an old friend of mine Mark Pursey who nowadays happened to be the head teaching pro at the resort, so we three went for a coffee in the beautiful terrace bar overlooking the course. Mark then explained the set up about the academy and the course so we had a much better idea of how things worked.

Finishing our coffee we went with Mark outside, and as he had no lessons for an hour,he took us up to the academy and driving range where we could hit a few balls before teeing off. The academy is on the highest part of the estate and we needed a buggy to get up to it. It has a five hectare practice area that includes three par holes for beginners and a superb putting green, many wont bother driving up but its well worth the run and its free.From the top the views over the Hotel and the ocean are nothing more than spectacular. This amazing golf course reaches a low point of 78 metres above sea level and reaches a staggering high point of 315 metres.Half a basket later and warmed up we headed down to the first tee, Mark decided to come down with us and play 3 holes before his lesson, we agreed and set of in our new buggy.I must say a bit about the buggy which was pre loaded with our clubs, thanks Nicola, also on board they had water in an ice cooler,4 bananas Abama face cloths and pitch repair markersand tees, all which I still have as a souvenir of the day and also a divot repair earth vessel. At almost every Tee they had free water and Bananas just part of the service.

Tee No1.as we were all good golfers we decided to play from the back white markers, but they have 4 sets of tees for all abilities, and if your Golf is not to a good standard don’t come to the whites, you will enjoy the course much better off the yellows as it a championship course and is set up as one, some of the fairways looked narrow and a bit daunting from the back tee.The course is a highly competitive 6,232 metres long par 72, and is set in the most natural surroundings.There are 22 lakes along the course joined by impressive waterfalls and white sand bunkers you travel between hundreds of palm trees and cacti and more then 300 species of sub-tropical plants and lush vegetation. Visible from most holes are spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and the island of Gomera.The large greens provide an infinite choice of flag positions, which combined with the wide tee areas at each hole, makes it accessible to players with high handicaps, and a challenge for any professional player.

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After our round we went to the bar and had beer and then decided to do it all again,so we went back round another 18 giving us 36 holes for the day.By this time the 400 Euros was long forgotten, we played 2 rounds with a buggy and we thought it was great value for money and will be going back as a wee treat once a year if Wifie lets me.

The Abama  Website

Lining up accurately on the Tee Box

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Do you struggle to find your target consistently yet your ball striking and distances are good? You are more than likely not aiming correctly. Here is a simple tip to help you improve your alignment and ultimately your accuracy on the tee box:

1. Before teeing up your ball, stand behind the tee markers and find your target.

2. Once you have decided on a target, find a smaller target on the ground one metre in front of where you are going to tee it up. This small target can be anything from a leaf to a different colour piece of grass or even a previous divot. This must be in the same line as your target.

3. Take aim at the smaller target in front of you and this will automatically aim you at your desired target further away.

If your accuracy was previously offline, you may find this method slightly unusual the first couple of times. However, you will find yourself hitting your target more often and your scores will improve.

The laws of Good Club Selection

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A ten-foot putt counts just the same as a ten-foot drive
Even if it’s a 5-iron, the lowest numbered iron in your bag will always be impossible to hit
Everyone turns in a 2-iron, but you can kiss that wedge good-bye
Funny-looking putters have short life spans
If you have to keep the cart on the cart path, unless you take every single one of your clubs over to your ball, you won’t have the right club
If you want to hit a 7-iron as far as John Daly does, simply play to lay up just short of a water hazard
It always takes at least five holes to notice that a club is missing
Its the right club, but you decide it’s the wrong club
It’s the right club, but you think it might be too little club so you try to kill it, or it might be too much club, so you quit on the shot
It’s the wrong club
Never ask the pro if you need a new set of clubs
Never buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it
Never hit trick shots with demo clubs
Nothing cools off a putter quicker than a hot driver
The best thing about a 60-degree wedge is it’s a great club for getting the ball out of the lies you’re going to end up in if you’re dumb enough to use a 60-degree wedge
The best thing about hybrids is that no one can tell that your 150-yard club used to be a wood, not an iron
The best way to cause the reappearance of a club lost on the course is to order a replacement
The reason those fancy wedges are so expensive is they come with a free case of the shanks
The straightest iron shot of the day will be exactly one club short
The week after you break down and buy one of those super-duper new drivers, they’ll knock a hundred pounds off the price and release a brand new model with a better shaft and a bigger head
When in doubt, just ask yourself, What would Tiger hit?, and use six more clubs
When someone asks what club you hit, always subtract one or add two
When you’re between clubs, it’s always the other club, unless it’s the other other club
You can hit the ball 30 yards with any club in the bag
You can’t hit decent tee shots with a 3-wood unless you carry a driver you never use
You haven’t really hit bottom until you need to get your ball retriever regripped
You really need only four clubs to hit every bad shot in golf

The Golf Pro Prayer

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The golf pro Prayer

The Pro is my Shepherd,

I shall not Slice.

He maketh me to Drive Straight

Down Green Fairways;

He leadeth me Safely

across Still Water-Hazards;

He restoreth my Approach Shots.

He Leadeth me in the Paths of

Accuracy for my Game’s Sake.

Yea, though I chip through the Roughs

in the shadows of Sand Traps,

I will fear no Bogies.

For his Advice is with me;

His Putter and Irons,

they confort me.

He prepareth my Strategy for me

in the presence of mine Opponents;

He anointeth my head with Confidence:

The Cup will not be runneth over!

Surely Birdies and Eagles shall follow

me all the Rounds of my Life,

And I will score in the Low Eighties

Amen

What’s on at Golf Del Sur Golf Course

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CALENDARIO DE ACTIVIDADES 2009


JUNIO

06/06/2009 MATCH AMIGOLF

20/06/2009 III TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

27/06/2009 TORNEO MUSICANARIAS.

27/06/2009 IV TORNEO ORDEN DE MERITO AMIGOLF.(Carpa y Comida).

JULIO

11 y 12 julio PUNTUABLE DE VERANO.

18/7/2009 III CIRCUITO ASOCIACION DE CAMPOS DE TENERIFE.

25/07/2009 IV TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

26/07/2009 INTERCLUB.

AGOSTO

29/08/2009 V TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

SEPTIEMBRE

12/09/2009 VI TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

24/09/2009 CHALLENGE-09.

OCTUBRE

03/10/2009 VII TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

10/10/2009 TORENO AETSAMI.

31/10/2009 VIII TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

NOVIEMBRE

14/11/2009 VII TORNEO ORDEN DE MERITO AMIGOLF.

DICIEMBRE

07/12/2009 FINAL SOTAPAR

12/12/2009 VIII TORNEO ORDEN DE MERITO AMIGOLF.

19/12/2009 TORNEO NAVIDAD.

Restaurante Los Asadores (The Roasters)

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If you like going to simple typical restaurantes, which serve meat and chicken from the grill (carne a la brasa),

Canary soups such as rancho Canario, lentil potaje and chickpea stew (garbanzos) then you will probably enjoy a visit to Los Asadores.

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This restaurant has been open since 1972 and I can remember when we used to sit on long wooden benches to be able to have some of their crispy grilled chicken, local wine, bread and chips.

But now there are tables and chairs it continues to be popular with locals and visitors alike.

There are usually no menu cards to be seen.

The waiter will tell you what they are serving that day, and so I have not included prices here but you can be sure they are reasonable.

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More Canary dishes offered there: chicken and mojo, roast pork (asado de cerdo), lentil potaje, chicken livers, ribs in sauce, salad, fresh bread, frangollo (raisin pudding), leche asada (milk & egg pudding), rice pudding.

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Los Asadores is located on the main road from Las Arenas down to Puerto de la Cruz at Carretera General de Las Arenas, 98.

You will find a convenient parking lot just below the restaurant, as well as a few places right outside the door.

If you are driving up the hill from Puerto de la Cruz it is on the right hand side, and the adjoining parking lot is just before the restaurant.

Open every day from 12 noon to 11 pm.

Telephone: 922 385 184 Their website with map.

My recommendation: This is one of those typical Canary restaurantes to visit for good, simple local dishes and Canary style grilled meat or chicken.

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My New Book : Chapter by Chapter !

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Many of you may not know it, but I have been very busy  over the last 2
years putting my thoughts and ideas together in a  book. I am very proud of the results and to assist with the marketing, I am asking friends and family to help me out.

I believe my new book on golf gives the reader valuable playing tips and
insider information that I have gained through my years of struggle and
experience. I’m hopeful you find this a useful tool to help you enjoy your
game that much more as you enjoy the great outdoors.

Chapter 1 – How to Properly Line Up Your Fourth Putt.

Chapter 2 – How to Hit a Nike from the Rough, when you Hit a Titleist from
the tee.

Chapter 3 – How to Avoid the Water When You Lie 8 in a bunker.

Chapter 4 – How to Get More Distance off the Shank.

Chapter 5 – When to Give the Ranger the Finger.

Chapter 6 – Using Your Shadow on the Greens to Maximize Earnings.

Chapter 7 – When to Implement Handicap Management.

Chapter 8 – Proper Excuses for Drinking Beer Before 9:00 a.m.

Chapter 9 – How to Rationalize a 6 Hour Round.

Chapter 10- When Does A Divot become classified as Sod.

Chapter 11 – How to Find That Ball That Everyone Else Saw Go in the water.

Chapter 12 – Why your Spouse Doesn’t Care That You Birdied the 5th..

Chapter 13- Using Curse words Creatively to Control  Ball Flight.

Chapter 14-When to Let a Foursome Play through Your Twosome.

Chapter 15 – How to Relax When You Are Hitting five off the Tee.

Chapter 16 – When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to Your Opponent.

Chapter 17 – God and the Meaning of the Birdie-to-Bogey Three Putt.

Chapter 18 – When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever.

Chapter 19- Throwing Your Clubs: An Effective  stress-Reduction Technique.

Chapter 20 – Can You Purchase a Better Golf Game?

Chapter 21-Why you always get that 30 foot putt… For an 8  ?

Thanking you in advance for your order.

Not Mastered The Driver, Yet ?

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Are you frustrated with your driving at the moment ..

The problem with most people who have trouble driving well off the tee is the fact that they haven’t mastered their swing before using a driver.

Sound like you ?….

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If you are having trouble with your driver ,the best way to get back on track is to leave it at home and tee off with a 4-iron instead or a Hybrid.

While you won’t get the same distance initially you will have more room for error and you will have a better chance of hitting the ball a lot straighter.The best idea is to swing your 4-ironor Hybrid in the same manner, as you would do with the 7-iron.

When you have the right control with these clubs you will begin to get more distance and you will be swinging in a slower more controlled manner, of course this won’t happen over night.

Once you move on  to the driver you will realize that you don’t have to ‘hit’ the ball. You will focus more on control with a slower swing and let the club do the work that you might have been expecting your body to do.

So remember this golf driving tips. Sometimes it is faster to take a few steps back to progress sooner.

ONLY A TRUE GOLFER WILL UNDERSTAND THIS

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If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age. 

Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it. 

Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing. 

When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. 

If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there.. 

The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. 

No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse. 

The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors 

Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. 

A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck. 

It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt . For a 10. 

Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut. 

Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts 

It’s not a gimme if you’re still away. 

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. 

You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time. 

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three. 

When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again. 

Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. 

If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.

To calculate the speed of a player’s downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap; I.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph. 

One of my personal favorites:
There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove. 

Hazards attract; fairways repel. 

A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours. 

If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint 

It’s easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to cut the grass.

A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game. 

Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot. 

A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are….that’s why I get so many calls to play with friends. 

If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life. 

Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week. 

It’s amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps. 

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).

The Peanuts Golf Society: Golf Del Sur: Tenerife

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The Peanuts Golf Society  originated in 1995.

And this is how it all got started :

The first Golf del Sur society was the ladies section. They  had problems with visitors driving into them and through them. The gentlemen being true Brits started booking the tee time behind them to prevent this happening.

There were four, Ken Gray, Ron Crawford, Don Uren and Don Edmonds. The four grew into eight and so on as more people became interested. A charge was instigated to play and the winner had free drinks in the Taberna Bar down on San Blas.

That carried on through 1995 and in February 1996 there were so many playing it was suggested they form a society.

They met in the Taberna and as they were always served a bowl of Peanuts with the drinks they decided to call it The Peanuts. That was on the 8th February 1996.

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The format remained the same for a few weeks until it was suggested they have prizes rather than money or drinks.

Today the Peanuts goes from strength to strength attracting both gentleman members and visitors from all over the world to their competitions played every Thursday at Golf Del Sur Golf club at Golf Del Sur,Tenerife.

The format is normally stableford played over 18 holes, after the game they hold a small presentation with prizes for both members and visitors, the prize everyone wants is the famous Peanuts Polo shirt only given to the winner and runner up each week these cannot be bought but must be won in one of their competitions, all winning peanuts wear their won shirts on competition days many older members still wear their late 1990’s shirts on match days .

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After the game members and visitors alike retire to the courtyard of the clubhouse for the prize presentation, any announcements and a small supper of chicken and chips in a basket at the cost of only 5 Euro. All drinks at this time are at happy hour prices with many of the lads taking full advantage and staying maybe a bit longer than they should, but the banter is great, if only I had have got that putt or if I had just missed that bunker on the 6th etc.

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All in all a great day out with a nice bunch of lads, if you want any further information or would like to join in they have their own web site www.peanutsgolf.co.uk  and you just tell them you are coming out and they will book you in to their competitions.


Lynn Francis eliminates golfers problem shot

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Here is the feedback, I promised following my EFT treatment with Lynn Francis. I had heard through the grapevine that Lynn was achieving great results with Golfers who were experiencing psychological blocks in their game using a technique called EFT (emotional freedom technique) I read many articles about Lynn and learned she is well respected in the sports world and had even appeared on Sky sports TV. Her success in curing the nightmare problem known as the yips has brought people from all over the world for treatment with her. I was intrigued, so arranged to meet her for a chat.

During our discussion Lynn told me how she now wishes to play down her work with ‘yippers’ saying she feels that because of her success with the yips it actually stops many golfers from benefiting from her treatment. She went on to explain that although she now has enough ‘yippers’ to keep her going until retirement, helping local golfers with their psychological blocks is her aim now. Lynn’s main clients are golfers who are confident that their technique is correct yet still feel anxiety over certain shots and situations, loss of confidence, pre match nerves to name but a few can all be quickly and easily eliminated.

 I explained to Lynn that although I was confident that my technique was fine I still found myself questioning it due to the fact that I experienced an anxiety whilst chipping onto the green from 40yds in.  In practice I was fine and I could stand there all day and chip well but when playing in competition I over analysed and was aware of an inner tension over this particular shot.

 Lynn’s face lit up, excellent she said, that is a prime example of what I can sort out.  Really! Said I, so you can stop this happening, how long will it take. She explained that some problems can be quite complex and may take a few sessions but in many cases 1 or 2 sessions were all that were needed.. Now I really was intrigued so I booked a session.

Well all I can say is, it is a very strange technique indeed, and I now understand why she preferred not to try and explain anything about it prior to the treatment. I honestly would have thought she was a little crazy and me even crazier to go along with it. However what I do understand now is why she is so confident in her abilities, after only one 2 hour session, the problem has gone, yes completely gone, I no longer feel the anxiety and tension I felt prior to treatment, I now feel totally different when approaching this shot and chip with ease, it really is amazing!! I also feel more relaxed throughout my whole game.

It’s a feeling like going back to your “youth “when you really enjoyed your golf rather than putting pressure on yourself with these must get the ball close to the hole shots. I now believe I can achieve more in golf, at the moment I play off a handicap of five which isn’t bad at 50 plus and I am also the current club champion of our local golf club. With Lynn’s help I feel I can go much lower in handicap and may even have the confidence to enter larger amateur events in the UK to try to push myself even more to see in the end what is achievable. This technique has also eliminated my lack of tolerance, enabling me to accept other playing partners more readily and not to apply my standards to them as I now understand they are playing to their standard, This allows me just concentrate solely on my game rather than being upset with myself and others.

 All these changes were not gradual, but happened within a few days of my meeting and treatment with Lynn, I really was unaware that there was any changes in my game, the mind seems to trick you into thinking you are just playing better, nothing to do with the treatment. Lynn is fully aware of this phenomenon so for this reason before your first session she asks you to write down your feelings about the shot or situation that bothers or makes you anxious, just as well she did as you soon forget just how you felt prior to the session as you seem to think you have fixed yourself rather than accept that the treatment actually worked.  I cannot thank Lynn enough for what she’s done and will certainly be recommending her to all fellow players who may be experiencing psychological blocks or anxiety in their game.  Although Lynn is better known for curing the “Yips” she has definitely been a great help to me sorting the problems I had with my short game.  I highly recommend you give her a call, believe me, you have nothing to lose except your problem.

Thank you Lynn….

This technique is available to all,  Check out Lynn’s own site Here

Golf Grips : Why the vast price difference ?

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I was in the process of re-gripping my clubs so I looked the Internet for the best prices for Golf grips. The Grip I decided on was the Golf Pride Multi Compound grip and the price was in the region of between £6.00 to £8.00 per grip in the UK, here in Tenerife they wanted about 7 to 10 Euros per grip, so 13 grips would cost about between 91 and 130 Euros fitted.

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A bit more research and a  bit of time and I went to EBay and found this seller Gramola from the UK who sells the Sharpro Multi Compound Golf Grips, which by the way look identical to the Golf Pride ones, but cost a fraction of the price. In the end I checked some golf forums (Here is the link) for feed back on the Sharpro grips and the general consensus was that they were very much the same as the golf pride the main difference as far as I was concerned was the price I bought 13 Grips for just £23.00 delivered and I, with a bit of tape, will put them on myself, even if your unable to do it yourself the local Pro assistant I am sure would charge about £1.00 per grip to put them on, making your total cost to around £36.00 for 13 grips fitted.

I understand companies have to make profit, but for the life of me, I don’t see why the two products which seem so similar should be poles apart. I feel if the prices were more in line with the cheaper grip then more people would consider renewing their grips on a more frequent basis, giving more work and in the long run more profit to the club Pro.

The Mental side, where does it start ?

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Thinking of having a great round on the golf course can be a lot of mental work. The most important part of having a great round on the golf course begins with a few thoughts……..Question is where and how many? 

Preparing your mind for a great golf game can be quite time consuming and unhealthy, depending on where you start your mental game. Triggering your thoughts for a great game of golf should not be in the car on the way to the golf course. If you’re approaching a curve ahead of you going downhill on a slippery roadway, and you see a sharp curve ahead of you. Do you start thinking on how you are going to fly the bunker on the first hole? Trying to dream up a great game of golf in a coffee house can have your lips seared with hot coffee as well. Thinking of sinking that long 30-foot putt on the first hole, while having dinner out with your wife or girlfriend, could have that same coffee all over your lap. 

Trying to conjure up a great game of golf, while doing other things at the same time. Does not work!  No matter how good you are!  For some of us trying to play a golf hole in our mind is our way of preparing ourselves for the game to come. Thoughts on visualizing how you plan on conquering the fifth, or seventh golf hole that you always seem to have trouble with, could have you playing it over and over again in your mind, until you get it right. I think it gives us the self-satisfaction before we approach the notorious golf hole, that in our mind we have conquered the golf hole the night before. Have you ever lost sleep the night before trying to conjure up a great round of golf for the next day? 

The thoughts of having a great round of golf, and a good game plan, should start on the first tee box, looking down the fairway and visualizing the shot at hand. If you start thinking of anything other than where you want the ball to land on your shot at hand. You will find yourself scratching your head, and thinking of where you went wrong. 

Thoughts on a good game plan should be on your immediate task at hand. Most of us have been told to play one golf shot at a time. I think the same would apply on playing one golf hole at a time, taking one curve on the roadway ahead of you at a time, and taking one sip of coffee at a time, and leaving your golf game plan thoughts at home when you go out for dinner.

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March 21, 2009 at 9:12 am

On the Practice Range, dont just Blast away !

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Going to the range to hit some balls is a good way to knock the rust off of your swing. However, is your definition of practice going to the driving range and hitting the large bucket of balls with just your driver?

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Well unless you are trying to compete for the  World Long Drive Championship, then you are probably not practicing the right way and may end up making your swing worse. The old adage, “practice makes prefect” is only accurate if what you are practicing is correct. For example, if your desire is to eliminate that slice off the tee and you go out and end up manufacturing a swing by hitting ball after ball until you can hit the ball straight, you may very well may end up hooking all your other clubs.

The first place to start is to get personal instruction in order to show you the right way to swing the club. By going out and hitting ball after ball with your current stroke, it will only reinforce that movement as it becomes ingrained in your mind. This is why the professional golfers are as good as they are because they start out with proper instruction and then are disciplined enough to practice that swing through repetition until it becomes second nature. Unfortunately, so many of us practice a bad swing and end up only with bad habits. Just remember, a lesson is about what one round of golf will cost and will eventually pay dividends later on down the road if you are able to lower your score and enjoy the game that much more.

When you are with the instructor, ask him or her if your equipment looks correct for you. If not, there is no good reason to practice by compensating from ill-fitted equipment. In this case, make sure to get fitted correctly before investing into a long series of lessons. In addition, practice can be frustrating at times. You may find that you are not improving
immediately or as fast as you would like. This is natural as the golf swing is a complex movement of many parts requiring muscle memory. So it may require taking one step back to go two steps forward as long as you continue to practice what was taught instead of reverting back to your old swing.

Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your practice:

Make it fun
If you treat practice as work, it will end up feeling that way and you won’t get the most of your time. Even if you don’t have time to go to the range to practice, you could try chipping or pitching the ball into a bucket in your own back yard.

Build confidence
If you are at the range with that large bucket, start out by hitting an iron (or favorite club) you know you can hit well. This will give you confidence that can carry over to the rest of the clubs. Just remember, that same swing that let’s say you hit your 7-iron well is the really the same swing as what you need to make with every club in you bag (well, except maybe the putter).

Mix it up
Just don’t hit you favorite club, try mixing what club you hit and try different shots. You may want to see what happens when you move the ball forward or back in you stance. Keep good notes as well. Writing down your results in a little journal or scrap piece of paper can be helpful the next time you are out on the course.

Work on alignment and distance
It is very easy at a range to just flail away at each shot as you usually have a large open area. However, make the most of your time by aiming at a flag or other focal point. You may also want to ask the operator at the range if the tees are up or back if the flags or signs have yardage markers associated with them, I use my Range finder to get exact distances. Pay close attention to the wind direction as well, just the same as you would have on the course. If you are hitting the ball more right than normal, it very well could be a strong cross-wind and not your swing.

Take your time
Keep that same pre-shot routine as you would on the course. You don’t get bonus points for hitting all the balls in x-amount of time.

On the green
This may not be an option at a range, but certainly it is prior to heading off to the course is to spend time on the practice putting green. Don’t just practice long putts. Try making those that are 3 feet and in by dropping a few balls around the hole. Once you can make a high percentage of these, then you can practice those 10-footers.

Read a book
If it is raining or cold outside, what better way is there to practice improving your game?

The game of golf is not only physical, but mental as well. So  spend your time here reading my Blog…. LOL.

Make the most of your practice time to truly make a difference in your game. From using the same pre-shot routine on the course, to aiming at a specific target, building confidence with your swing (even on the green) is all part about a good practice regiment.

But most important is to make practice a fun event, or what’s the point.

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March 20, 2009 at 8:50 am

Golf : The need to warm up before a round.

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Golf is a very demanding activity, more so as one gets older. 

The average person, one that does not play golf, thinks that golf is all about walking, riding a cart and hitting a little ball into a hole. They do not realize that swinging a golf club is a highly physical activity. Because of this, it is necessary to warm-up your body properly to help prevent injuries.

Before playing your game, you will need to warm-up. Your golf warm-up should consist of some light exercise followed by stretches. You should not skip exercising and go right to stretching. Exercising increases the blood circulation in the muscles and you are less likely to injure warm muscles and tendons. The following are the most common forms of exercise that will increase the circulation in the muscles used while playing golf.

WALKING– Walking is an excellent way to warm up your muscles. If you are not using a cart, you will need to warm up your legs. Using cold muscles to walk over an 18 hole golf course can result in cramps in your quads, hamstrings or calves. Walk back and forth for at least five to ten minutes.

ARM SWINGS/CIRCLES– Obviously, you will need to warm up your arm muscles in order to enhance your swing performance. Arm swings involve putting your arms out to the sides, bringing them in front of you, crossing them while spreading your shoulder blades apart; then you slowly bring them back to the sides and squeeze the shoulder blades together. Arm circles are just taking your arm and slowly circling it up, back and then down again. This exercise is most efficient when it is done one arm at a time.

Squats are another great exercise to warm up your legs. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Using your hands on your hips for balance, bend your knees as if you were going to sit down and stand back up. Do not let your knees go past your toes! Even certain exercises meant to prevent injury can cause some.

After your body is properly warmed up, you can begin stretching. You stretch one body part at a time, moving slowly and holding the stretch for 10-30 seconds. You do not bounce during these stretches and you do not over-stretch to the point of discomfort or pain. These stretches can be performed after a game for increased flexibility and to relieve sore or tight muscles.

SIDE BENDS– Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart. Take your golf club with both hands, holding it over head, and slowly lean to the side until you feel a slight stretch along the opposite side of your trunk. Hold for the appropriate amount of time and then slowly raise up and over to the other side.

CHEST/SHOULDERS– While standing, hold your golf club behind your back horizontally. Your palms should be facing out. Slowly raise your arms until you feel a slight stretch in your chest and shoulders. You do not lean forward while performing this exercise, stay standing with good posture.

ARMS– Hold the head of a golf club with one hand behind your head so that the club hangs down by your back. Use your opposite hand to reach behind you to grab the club as high as you can and gently pull down until you feel a slight stretch in the top arm. Then repeat on the opposite arm. This exercise is also a good stretch for the shoulders.

HAMSTRINGS– Place one leg on a bench or chair while standing up. Slowly reach towards your toes while keeping your back straight. Hold it while feeling the slight stretch and switch legs and repeat.

LOWER BACK– Sit upright on a bench or chair. Cross your right leg over your left leg. Using your left hand on your right thigh to pull you, twist your trunk to the right until you feel a slight stretch. Hold and repeat on the other side by crossing your left leg over your right and using your right hand on your left thigh to pull.

CALVES– Keep your right foot on the ground with its leg bent and move your left leg straight behind you. Slowly press your left heel to the ground and hold it when you feel a slight stretch. Switch legs and repeat with the right heel to the ground.

You should perform these exercises about four to five times on each side. When you are finally ready to approach the tee, perform three to five practice swings to help keep your body warmed up. You can then continue to stretch after each swing while waiting for your turn. You should also concentrate on using good posture while walking and watching your stance when swinging. When swinging, your knees should be relaxed and bent and your trunk should be bent at the hips while keeping your back straight. Swing away! and enjoy your Golf.

 

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March 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

Rules for Senior Golfers Only

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Rules for Senior Golfers Only

I got this one on the internet and thought I would share it with you as I found them very appealing
If you have been playing under these rules, then please disregard this thread.
If you were not aware of these changes, you might want to make note of the following:
And…..sorry for the long post, but this is IMPORTANT STUFF.
Enjoy

Rule 1.a.5
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the
fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough
with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grass which
ground keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2.d.6 (b)
A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This is
simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior
player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled if it had not
hit the tree and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.b.3(g)
There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near
the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making
it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging
himself or herself with a penalty.

Rule 4.c.7(h)
If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped.
The law of gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Rule 5.
Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be
blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three
inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game.

Rule 6.a.9(k)
There is no penalty for so-called “out of bounds.” If
penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not
occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.

Rule 7.g.15(z)
There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should
float. Senior golfers should not be penalized for manufacturers’
shortcomings.

Rule 8.k.9(s)
Advertisements claim that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new golf
equipment. Since this is financially impractical for many senior golfers,
one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.

Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule changes.
Carry a copy with you at all times, to refer to when playing with
non-seniors.

The Golf Glove : Extend Its Life

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How many of you take your golf glove off after a round of golf and stuff it into your golf bag?

Well Being a Scot I will tell you how to make them last longer

The combination of your golf glove and sweat don’t mix well when you wad up your golf glove and stuff it into your golf bag. By doing that you reduce the life of your golf glove.

The next time you reach into your golf bag to pull out your golf glove you find a wad of hard leather. Combine this with the normal build-up of dirt and your golf glove can become kind of shinny and slick, which looses its effectiveness.

You can make your golf glove last longer if you do two things:

1. After a round of golf hang your golf glove out to dry. Find a way to clip it onto your golf bag. The easiest thing to do is wrap the glove around the golf bag strap.

2. When your golf glove becomes dirty and slick through it into the washer. Through it in with your clothes with cold water and mild soap.

Don’t put the golf glove in the dryer, but rather hang it up to dry so it doesn’t shrink. You’ll probably want to flatten the golf glove so it dries ready to be used the next time your out on the golf course.

Want to Drive the Golf Ball a Little Bit Further

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Looking to drive the golf ball just a bit further ?

Here are 3 simple steps to give you that added distance off the tee:

1. Widen your stance by moving your back foot about an inch farther back than normal.
2. Play the golf ball a little more forward in your stance than normal.
3. Tee the golf ball a fraction higher than normal.

Follow these 3 simple golf tips and it will set you up to launch the golf ball higher so you get more carry off the tee. No need to swing any harder, and its very important to maintain your balance. Just put your normal golf swing on the ball and watch it roll past your mates balls on the fairway.

Keep those Clubs Clean, It will show in your game

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Dirty Clubs !

It is common practice amongst club golfers to play with golf clubs caked in mud! A dirty club often means that the grooves on the club-face are filled in with mud. This has effect on the ball at impact (besides the extra weight). The point of the grooves is to create backspin as the ball runs up the face of the club at impact, which will keep the ball straight. Without this ‘grip’ the ball is more likely to fly with side-spin on it in the form of a slice or a hook. With short irons in particular it is this action that is responsible for stopping the ball quickly on a receptive green. Many amateurs should like to be able to make their ball spin back to the pin just like they see it on television – it is not easy, but you will certainly never achieve it with mud in the grooves!

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Golf club maintenance is easy and adds years of life to your set by simply keeping them clean and I think it gives a physiological advantage over an opponent just like dressing well and having clean shoes does. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taylor Made R9, The Review Sounds Great, but the Price !

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Yes, this is the review of the new TaylorMade r9 Driver, it all sounds very exciting, till it comes to the price, here in Tenerife they want around 450 Euros for this club. Does no one realises there is  a recession on ?

Its too much for my blood but I think the price will plummet when some one wakes up to the fact that a golf club is not one of life’s necessities and in this global resession can be done without. On saying all that its a nicely designed club and I would love to own one.

 

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The TaylorMade r9 Driver has three movable weighting ports with eight position settings allowing you to tune the head to create a desired flight and launch conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

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The Follow up to my Laser Range Finder Post

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Well my new toy a  arrived here in Tenerife safely, special thanks to Lady Old Golfer who brought it from Scotland , I bought the Bushnell Tour V2 its the world’s smallest, most advanced laser rangefinder – measuring a mere 1.6 x 2.8 x 4.3 in., weighing only 6.6 oz. and accurate 5 to 1,000 yards and comes  with a carrying case and straps.

Bushnell rangefinders have always been highly functional With the Tour V2, they have stepped up their game. Fitting their highly accurate optics and electronics into a palm sized device that looks sharp while taking up little space in your bag.

 

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Range

Reflectivity: 1,000 Yards
Tree: 600 yards
Flag: 300 yards
Accuracy: +/- 1 yard

 

The Tour V2 provides instantaneous measurements in yards and meters with incredible +/- one yard accuracy.

Other product features include:

  • 5x magnification
  • SCAN mode
  • In-view LCD display
  • Adjustable eyepiece with stops
  • Multi-coated optics
  • Built-in tripod mount
  • 3-volt battery included

 

Ease of use

It’s very simple and easy to use. It just requires a little understanding of how it works (although they give you full  instructions), so that one is reading the yardage to the correct object, especially in the Pin seeker mode. I can’t picture how anyone can regret buying this model. As I normally walk the course, the V2 is lightweight and the magnetic cover on the carrying case works very well, so that the case does not need to be zipped shut while walking a round. I don’t know how I ever played without a rangefinder before.

Here was my original Post……

Lynn Francis eliminates that problem shot

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Today I am having a session with this lady to improve my short game and relieve anxiety before I hit that short pitch or green side chip, I will keep you posted on how I get on. …….Here is the outcome of my treatment an interesting read

Short Game Mistakes To Avoid

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Are You Using The Wrong Club?

One of the biggest mistakes golfers make on the course is not using the right club. You can have a better short game, have more fun, and lower your score if you would just stick to a club which is the most comfortable for you when facing a specific shot. 

For example, if you are confident using a 7 iron club whenever hitting the ball from 35 yards in, then use it. Just because you may have read that an amateur or pro golfer prefers another club when facing the same scenario, or have seen a golf training video which stresses the use of a different iron, it doesn’t mean you have to follow their advice. Stick to what works, for you!

Short game success has just as much to do with your confidence and comfort levels as it does with technique and shot specifics. In time you will find what is called your “go to club” when playing through a specific shot. And when practicing your short game, those practice sessions should be focused around this club in order to improve at the fastest rate possible.

Stop Over-analyzing Everything

The reasons for choosing golf as your sport is to enjoy a game that is comfortable, confidence-building, and which is able to settle within your subconscious. This means avoiding the dreaded mistake over-analyzing everything. You must allow the game to come to you by just letting it happen.

The best thing you can do is develop a solid, consistent swing and grow your confidence with it. From that point on, the game of golf is simply hitting the ball towards the intended target, walking over and picking it up, and hitting it again, until you have reached the hole. 

This may seem like an oversimplification, and of course practice and preparation are important, but if you spend time analyzing every second of the game to the point of seriously frustrating yourself, you are on the wrong track. Rather, enjoy golf and use your energy to focus and concentrate when the time is needed instead of mulling over every minor detail.

Did You Know ? Scoring Terms Explained

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Scoring Terms explained,  no I was not around when they came up with them !

The common used phrases in the game of golf are birdie, eagle and par. The word “bird” was a slang term in the 19th century that referred to anything considered remotely cool, still used today for women. So that term was used then for a great shot in a game of golf – one that led to a score under par – and was eventually turned into birdie. The word eagle followed with the same pattern as expected from the bird mentality. Par was used long before it became associated with the game of golf and basically meant something that was acceptable or average. The word simply became associated over time with the game of golf to indicate an ideal score among golfers.

Putting made easy :The Old Golfer way

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You have all heard it but how many take heed ? Nobody is a naturally good putter, although some get lucky now and again, all the good putters I know practice and practice regularly.

Don’t putt with your wrists or hands, (Oh I do that ! No you bloody don’t) you have to use your shoulders like a pendulum and stand still, dont rock. Only use the big muscles, if your wrists break, you will not hit solid putts. Putts will most likely come up short, but sometimes you’ll blast one by six feet past ….Consistency breeds confidence.

So Tighten up those wrists and putt with your shoulders and I’ll guarantee you will hit more good putts. Now go out there and spend 30 minutes putting once a week and you will lower your scores quicker than wasting money on that new driver, you dont really need. No need to thank me just send cheques to the address listed. Here is the way the Scots do it

How Sad is this ? How to mark your balls !

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Titleist have came up with this Web site on  “how to mark your golf Balls”  and thousands have responded, they even have a gallery of designs, some of which are actually quite good. I mean just how sad is that, you can see Northern Hemisphere is in the winter season.

Laser Range Finders, any good ? I think so

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I have just tried  one of these new gadgets and yes I think they are good, no they are bloody great, our course is not mapped by the GPS company’s and there is now way I am going to step it out, so I tried one of these lasers and found once you learned trust the yardage rather than your eyes it was a great tool for all golfers.

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Some of the benefits as I see them are :-

1. There are no maps to download. Just keep it in your golf bag and pull it out when needed. 
2. There are no yearly fees or maps to buy. The only maintenance needed is a new set of batteries every year. 
3. You select the yardages you want hazards, bunkers, trees, doglegs can all be measured. 
4. Distances are exact, no approximate middle, front, and back. 
5. You can use it to get yardages at the driving range, improving your knowledge of your own game.  
6. You don’t have to wait for the company to map your course and make it available for your GPS unit. Any course will work as long as it has flags. 

 A tree, bush, yardage marker, bunker lip, blade of grass, all can be measured with a range finder. If it reflects light you can measure it. A problem arrises  for blind shots or when you are deep in the trees, but then again you probably shouldn’t be trying to hit the green from there anyway…  

The main drawback for me anyway seems to be the price, I think they are overpriced for what they are, saying that I think it wont be too long till I have one on order and in the bag.

One point make sure your golf club has a local rule in place covering the use of  devices or they may not be allowed in competition.

Update ordered one today a Bushnell 1500 Pinseeker V2

Free Golf Video tips all aspects covered

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This is a great free Video golf tip site, covers all aspects of the game from Driving, chipping to putting. Go on make yourself a better player.

Single Golfers coming to Tenerife Looking for a game

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If you are on your own, in a golfing sense or otherwise, wife likes lying at the pool why not join the Peanuts for a round these guys play golf every Thursday and welcome visitors just contact them through their web site. or I have an article on them here

Good fun, competitive game with prizes and presentation, you may even get to meet me.

I took an inch off of my driver today

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Why did I do it, well I am getting older and my swing speed is not as before and I would rather hit one out of the centre than a toe or heel shot. With this in mind “the longer the club, the harder it is to hit solid and on-centre” and with most PGA pros using 44 ins shafts mine was 45 ins, I thought I would try it and I certainly have been hitting the centre  more often and I believe the ball is going as far if not further. How do I know this ?  I put some chalk on the face to see the shot pattern.

Shaft Length is a MAJOR factor affecting distance

Shaft Length is a MAJOR factor affecting Accuracy

Shaft Length is a MAJOR factor affecting Feel

No other golf club specification has three major effects on performance.

The reason that so many golfers do not fit to a driver of 45” and longer is that many golfers swing with an outside-to-in swing path. The more the club is swung on the down-swing from out-side-to-in, the steeper will be the descent of the club and the more difficult it will be to deliver a longer length square at impact. The same is true for swing plane. The more upright the golfer’s swing plane, the steeper the club will be delivered to the ball, and the more difficult it will be to bring the club back to square at impact.

Lastly, the faster the golfer’s tempo, the more difficult it will be to rotate the club face back to square on the down swing with a longer length. The better the athletic ability and hand/eye coordination of the golfer, the longer the club can be.  The belief that so many golfers hold, that the longer the club, the greater the distance of the shot, is only true if the golfer is able to hit a longer club on-centre as high a percentage of the time as they do with a shorter club and achieve a higher club head speed with a longer club. Drivers that are longer than a golfer’s optimum, result in reduced accuracy and/or reduced distance.

If you can hit your 3-wood as far as your driver, that’s a real tell-tale sign that your driver is too long.

The Golf Swing : Why is it so dam difficult?

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The golf swing, it always amazes me why so many words and articles are written on such a simple maneuver.You basically turn back and then through hitting the ball in the process, and yet millions of words are written every year, year on year, to describe this swing movement and I am sure millions more will be. Some people do go to incredible detail on how to achieve it, I wonder do people actually read and digest 12,000 words about a swing or is this where many go wrong trying to emulate the impossible, by getting too technically involved. I see a similarity to Sex in that many words are written about it but only the lucky few, myself included of course, are actually good at it……

Golf Tips : Psychology !

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Many people believe that most of your golf is played between your ears in the head. Once you have learned the physical skills of golf fairly well, your performance becomes as much a mind game as anything else.

    Here are some key pointers to help train your mind to maximise your performance.

1. Stay in the present. Only focus on the shot in hand, one shot at a time, not how your score is going or what hole comes next.2. Find a pre-shot routine and stick to it. It will help when the pressure is on. If you deviate from this or have any doubts about the shot, back off and start again.   

3. Visualise the shot you are about to play. It will give you more confidence when making the shot, which in turn will increase its likelihood of it happening.

4. Trust your swing – you have spent all that time practising, so let it happen, you do it every day on the range.

5. Think positive! Don’t think ‘I must avoid the water’ ; think more in terms of I must ‘hit the center of that  green’.

6. Try to enjoy your golf, after all that’s why we all play it, and tomorrow is just another round. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golfing Advice !

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Play Fast……….. Swing Slow !

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February 8, 2009 at 11:00 am

New section added “Meet The Pro”

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In this section I have decided to give you an insight into the Pro Golfer scene here in Tenerife. We have many different types and Nationality’s of Pro Golfers here many of whom I call friends.  I start the series off with an interview withFransisco” Paco” Millan the Head Pro at Golf Del Sur for the last 11 years.

Have a look at it here