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Start Your Season the Right Way

Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, you likely have goals when it comes to your golf game. You may want to practice a specific part of your game (short game or putting), take additional lessons or maybe shoot a specific score or achieve a certain handicap. As part of starting a new golf season properly, make a list of some goals you’d like to achieve this year.

Before you play your first round of golf, make at least one trip to the practice tee. PGA Professional Chris Foley offers the following hints to include during your first session:

Stretching
Start your session by doing some general stretching of your shoulders, back, hips and legs. It is important to get your golf muscles loose anytime you go to the course or practice facility, but especially the first time back or if you haven’t been very active. A good way to loosen up is to take a couple of short irons, holding them together and swinging them back and forth slowly. Also hold a club behind your neck on your shoulders and do a few twists at the waist to help loosen your back.

Putting
The short game is the hardest area of the game to get your feel back. Good putting is critical to scoring well and spending some time on the putting green important. Begin by finding a putt with very little break on the putting green. Place several balls at a distance of about three feet and work on hitting solid putts into the back of the hole. Try to make 10 to 15 in a row before ending your putting practice.

Next, get a feel for distance. Pick out the two holes farthest away from each other on the putting green. Take several balls and putt the balls back and forth, trying to get all of the balls to stop within a foot of the hole.

Chipping
The motion made chipping the golf ball is a miniature version of the full swing. Hitting crisp, solid chip shots will translate into solid hit shots with the full swing. Remember, the correct technique is to set-up with a narrow stance, weight on the front foot and the ball position off the instep of the back foot. Grip down on the handle of the club and make a short, brisk accelerated stroke. To make the ball go up in the air, let the leading edge of the club work down to the ground.

Full Swing
Start your practice of the full swing with your shortest club (lob wedge, sand wedge or pitching wedge) and make short, easy swings. As you start to get a feel for finding the center of the clubface, start to make full swings. Progress your way through your clubs by hitting a series of shots with every other club in your bag. Move from sand wedge to nine iron to seven iron, etc. Finally, hit a hybrid, a fairway wood and then the driver.

Going through this type of practice session will give you a good idea of where the golf ball is going and give you a feel for hitting the ball solidly. Confidence plays such a big role in how we play, so starting the season off properly will make lowering those scores much easier.

New York State Golf Association: NYSGA Information

One of the benefits of being a member of our cnyEWGA chapter aka LPGA Women Who Play CNY Golf is that you belong to the NYSGA (New York State Golf Association).  This will save you $40 personally if you play in any of their events.   You can register on their site www.NYSGA.org to receive their e-blast and as we see articles, we will share within our newsletter.

ANNUAL GOLF OUTINGS

  • Chapter Championship
  • Member/Guest Golf Outings
  • Southern Tier Challenge v. Binghamton EWGA (Inter-Chapter Event)
  • Thruway Challenge v. Albany EWGA & Rochester EWGA (Inter-Chapter Event)
  • Inter-League Golf Outings
  • League End-of-Season Golf Outing & Banquet
For more information, contact GolfEvents@cnyewga.com.

With the exception of "Member/Guest" events, all events are for members only.

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