Hole Outs, Hole In One’s and Another Major

Over the last week, there has been some great shots played on tour and here at Canterbury Woods. Dustin Johnson with a walk off, hole out, on 18 to win in Memphis, Stewart Cink with a Sunday Hole In One, Peter Christensen, member here at Canterbury Woods, with a Hole In One on Hole #8 and Mindy Williams, also a member here at Canterbury Woods, with a Hole In One on Hole #13. That feeling you get when you hit a great shot and see that ball disappear in the hole. Golfer’s dream of having those shots and the day they come true, its surreal.

The second major, US Open, tournament is this weekend. No better weekend than to have it fall on Father’s Day. It’s fun to see the USGA setup such a challenging four days of golf for the country and worlds best golfers to compete. Shinnecock Hills is one of the greatest venues and always sets up for a challenge of its own. I am very excited to enjoy some golf over the weekend.

To all the Father’s out there, Happy Father’s Day. I hope you get to enjoy your day doing what you love.

Golf's Up Rise

As season ramps up, golfers are coming out of winter hibernation, the course is getting some work done to make it all the better once we hit the Memorial Day weekend and into the full season of golf.

Last night, after hitting a large bucket of balls at a local driving range, I was walking back to my vehicle and I looked around at how many people were occupying the range. Beginners, intermediate, couples, high school, college, recreational, all types of golfers were present, it really goes to show how great this game is no matter how good or inexperienced you may be. As a young golf professional, this was really fulfilling to see that there is a future for golf and people have taken up the interest again for this great game. I can’t say there is one thing that has contributed to people’s spark for golf, but the industry is doing a great job and I hope to see a steep trend.

Practice hard, play well and enjoy your time on the range or the course.

Course Update

The grass is growing and the course has turned very green over the course of a week. Steve has been getting a lot of fertilizer down before the rains and it is really showing. Fairways and roughs are starting to be more defined and the course is taking shape.

After playing the course a few times and have started to get a better picture of the playability, I was able to go out and paint the course to get it ready for the 2018 season. There were some changes made, removing some Water Hazard (Yellow Staked) definitions and were made Lateral Water Hazards (Red Staked) definitions. You will find these made on hole’s 3, 4, 13 and 16. In preparation for 2019, we have gone ahead and made these necessary changes.

Here is the definition from the USGA Decisions Manuel for a better understanding:

A "lateral water hazard" is a water hazard or that part of a water hazard so situated that it is not possible, or is deemed by the Committee to be impracticable, to drop a ball behind the water hazard in accordance with Rule 26-Ib. All ground and water within the margin of a lateral water hazard are part of the lateral water hazard.

When the margin of a lateral water hazard is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the lateral water hazard, and the margin of the hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a lateral water hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. When the margin of a lateral water hazard is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is in the lateral water hazard. The margin of a lateral water hazard extends vertically upwards and downwards.

A ball is in a lateral water hazard when it lies in or any part of it touches the lateral water hazard.

Stakes used to define the margin of or identify a lateral water hazard are obstructions.

There are 5 options when your ball is deemed in a Lateral Water Hazard:

  1. Play it as it lies without grounding your club in the hazard.
  2. Take the last point in which the ball entered, mark two club lengths, no nearer the hole and take a drop.
  3. Take the last point in which the ball entered, keep that point between you and the flag and move back as far as you would like to go then take a drop.
  4. Equal and Opposite Margins.
  5. Go back to where you last played the shot and re-hit.
    All of these options, except for the first, incur a One Stroke Penalty.

If you have any questions about rulings, please feel free to come see me and we can go over the rules situation. I have always enjoyed finding the answer to a tough rules question and learning something new about the game of golf.

Golf Ball Distance Debate

I have had a few members ask me about the debate over a reduction in distance for golf balls. In my opinion and for my game, the further I hit it, the more trouble I can get myself into. I find that increased distance has given the senior generation of golfers an advantage to be able to play more golf later in life therefor adding more rounds of golf at each course. I am not saying let’s keep evolving the golf ball and equipment to where people are hitting 600 yard drives but I would say we level off for a while. Everyone likes a long drive as much as making a long putt.

I know growing up as a kid I would always try and hit the ball as hard and as far as I could. I always played with better and older people so that I would know where I needed to be to compete with them. The ability to hit a long golf ball isn’t derived from the golf ball itself, its more fundamentals of the golf swing. I was having a conversation with a guy who was part of the long drive tour and he said the best phrase, “you can teach someone to hit it straight but you can’t teach someone to hit it long.” Now, there may be those that were straight down the middle golfers and develop into longer hitters but very seldom.

All in all, I think technology is great, it has helped a lot of people stay with the game that they have enjoyed playing for so long and makes it fun to try new things. Golf is a hobby, I can’t think of many hobbies where you don’t spend a little money on something that you enjoy.

Equipment Needs

The Pro is here for all your equipment needs!

Are you looking at a new set of clubs for the 2018 season? Be sure to get fit. Golf clubs are an investment into your golf game; let’s make sure they are custom fit for your swing. Stop by and see me for all your club fitting needs and get a price on the clubs you want. I have worked with some excellent custom club companies such as Pure Performance Golf Labs and True Spec Golf to gain the knowledge on how to properly fit clubs. I have always enjoyed the technology evolution of golf and I bring it to my game any way I can. We have accounts with all the major club companies (Titleist, Taylormade, Callaway, Ping, etc.) and I can assure you we will beat any pricing by Dick’s Sporting Good or Golf and Ski Warehouse.

Need new grips? How do you know if you need new grips? If you played over 40 rounds in 2017 and haven’t had your grips redone, you need new grips. Slippery, worn-out, grips can have an effect on your golf swing resulting in an increase in grip pressure making those shots to go array. Now, when you go array here at Canterbury Woods, the result can be a big number on that scorecard. Let’s avoid that big number by having some new grips for the 2018 season. It will almost feel like you got new clubs!
Special grip prices for the month of April and we will get them done within 48 hours. We have a large variety of grip options, stop by and see me, and I will be happy to guide you to the right ones.