Function18 Launch Online Promotion to Celebrate the 2014 Masters

Online golf clothing store Function 18 has today announced the launch of their anticipated Masters promotion.

With 10% off all orders over £10 and 15% off all orders over £100, now is the perfect time to stock up on your golf clothing & accessories in time for the summer season.

The promotion is available across all major golf brands available online at Function18 including Oscar Jacobson, Nike Golf, Puma Golf, Adidas Golf and Hugo Boss, and will run throughout the Masters tournament until Sunday 13th April.

Take advantage of this great promotion this weekend and visit www.function18.com

Function 18's Masters Promotion

Golf Lessons Have Advanced Within the Last Decade

Golf Technology

The way people take golf lessons has advanced massively within the last decade giving today’s amateur golfer a much better chance of both understanding and improving their swing.

Previously golfers would be forced to rely solely on instruction given by their local golf professional. The problem with this is although the pro might get their student to swing well whilst in the lesson the student would have to rely heavily to learn and remember solely from feel, usually ending up in the pro manipulating the students arms, body and club.

Learning from feel is still a big part of teaching golf but today’s technology has made this aspect of learning a lot easier. Nowadays most teaching professions will use slow motion video technology within their lessons allowing the student to actually see and understand what is happening throughout the different stages of their swing.

Another benefit of new lesson technology now allows golfers to take their lessons home with them. With the introduction of high speed video recording a lot of pros now record lessons and use that recording to summarize what was worked on within the lesson and what should be worked on after the lesson. Pros can now include certain drills or swing thoughts which their students can refer back to whenever needed. Many amateurs benefit greatly from this as recapping on swing thoughts before a practise session or round can help focus the mind. That being said I do strongly believe that it’s important not to have too many swing thoughts as this can have a negative effect.

Online golf lessons now play a big part in the learning process as amateur golfers can now receive golf lessons without even having to leave their home. Advancing technology in smartphones and apps has made it easy for the average person to capture their swing with great precision. Golfers can now use that swing recording, sending it to pros who analyze the video and give a detailed analysis of swing faults and instruction on how to correct them. These types of lessons are becoming more and more popular as the cost of an online golf lessons is often far less than a traditional golf lesson.

Written by Dan Parker

Dan loves everything about the game of golf and gets out on the course whenever he gets the chance. Dan is also the Director at www.pros4golfers.com

On Rabbit’s Feet and Water Balls: A Look at Popular Golf Superstitions

Golf ImageBy Scott McCormick, a golfer and blogger with Golf Now Dallas.

Even professionals will admit that a little bit of luck can go a long way in golf. Don’t get me wrong – skill, focus, and intense training are all necessary to be at one’s peak. But at the end of the day, the odds of sinking a tiny ball in a tiny hole hundreds of yards away can leave one thinking that there’s more at play in the air other than wind resistance. Sports are often prone to superstitions, but golf is absolutely rife with them. The game’s most popular golfer, Tiger Woods, admits his iconic red shirt is actually a habit of superstition since his mother apparently warned him that wearing red on Sundays would boost his game – being the Capricorn that he is.

Here are some of the most prevalent myths in the game of golf, along with some analysis about how they might have started.

Hazard Balls Carry Bad Mojo

For a variety of reasons, many golfers have acquired the notion that using a ball that has been involved in a hazard shot might result in further hazards down the road. This holds especially true for balls that have unfortunately landed in a water hazard – many pros refer to these balls begrudgingly as “water balls” and will refrain from using them on any further holes for their round. On the other hand, some refuse to brush the dirt off if they’re in the middle of a lucky streak, since they believe that washing their ball will result in changing their luck.

The reason for the belief that balls can carry bad mojo can hinge on several reasons. For some, blaming the “energy” of a ball rather than other factors in the environment can help them explain the lack of consistency in the results of their swing. Others might consider these failings as due to minute differences between balls, despite the fact that they mostly seem identical. Regardless, most golfers aren’t willing to compromise logic when a gut feeling is saying that a ball has bad luck written all over it.

Don’t “Cheap Out”

When it comes to marking where your ball lies, the traditional decision has always been to use a quarter. But more than a simple tradition, many golfers refuse to use any other coinage (meaning going cheap with a penny or dime could spell disaster for your game.) And many golfers regard other balls found in sand traps or left abandoned out-of-bounds of the course to be similarly jinxed as previously stated, and they typically avoid picking them up. But instead of being based on mojo, many people regard this as unsportsman-like.

Despite clichés about golfers being well-to-do, the real basis of these superstitions doesn’t have anything to do with avoiding being a cheapskate; it’s that these practices further standardize the game and make elements of it feel more “controllable.” In a game in which so much is left to the wind (literally,) sports psychologists have recognized the trend of superstitions such as these arising as a means of assuming control over elements of the game in which they have little influence. Further superstitions along these lines hinge on lucky clubs, which players might bring along even if they remain unused. Others might bring lucky charms to focus on, which could boost their confidence when heading up for the tee-off.

The End Game

Regardless of the reasons that we hold these superstitions, the truth is that most of us are fully aware that they are arbitrary and baseless. The habits of seasoned vets may confound rookies who haven’t been in the game for long, but these routines have an important place in maintaining our emotional health while playing the game. The stresses of competition and performance anxiety can take a huge toll on us, but regaining control through these small quirks can be a great way to alleviate our minds and improve our game.
And as long as these practices aren’t inappropriate or too off-the-wall, who’s to say what’s in bounds?

Image Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raysawhill/8306067796/

Owensboro’s Steve Hayden Gets A Hole In One At Windridge Country Club!

Hole in One

On Monday August 12th, 2013, my buddy and that days playing partner, Steve Hayden of Owensboro (Ky) got his first ever hole-in-one at Windridge Country Club’s 4th hole.

The Par 3 was playing about 122 yards from the Blue tee’s and Steve’s Callaway A-Wedge hit a few feet short and tracked straight into the hole. You can see the ball mark about 6 feet short of the hole, right on line.

I snapped a quick picture and we hurried along to finish the round because it was just about ready to rain so hard you couldn’t see!

Congrats to Steve and thanks for taking me along ;-)

Golfing With Kids

Golf is a sport that requires patience, precision and a whole lot of practice. Getting kids to engage with any of those things can seem a little tricky, but actually, if you do it right, getting your kids involved with the game can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences. A round of golf gets you and them out in the fresh air, there’s space for learning and some healthy competition, and you can even see the world as you take them to visit golf courses. Once you’ve got your Golf Travel Insurance, gather the kids, and set off for some great family bonding, as well as the chance to play your favourite game. Here are four excellent places to do it:

1) Between July 8th and 14th, over 650 courses around Canada will be allowing kids under 16 to play for free, as part of the Take A Kid To The Course programme. Even if you can’t manage to visit during those days, Canada makes a great golfing destination for the whole family, particularly in areas like British Columbia. With hundreds of golf courses, plenty of affordable accommodation, beautiful scenery and, best of all, a real warm and welcoming culture, this is one of the best places to take the family.

2) The golfing world in Portugal may have the reputation of attracting the older generation, but the country is ever so family-friendly, so why not combine your golf and family holiday? The organisers of the Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship have done just that with their July event in the Algarve. If you’re looking for a place to go that is already prepared to welcome the little ones onto the course, the Amendoeira Golf Resort is the perfect place for you. With sunshine, and beaches nearby, and all sorts of activities at the resort to keep the kids busy if you want to squeeze in a grown-up round, you’re in for a lovely break if you take the family to the Algarve.

3) If your kids are really new to golf, it’s a great idea to get them some professional instruction. If you’re thinking of getting some tuition, there is no better place to learn than the U.S. The country that has produced some of the world’s top golfers is all about honing the craft, and there are no teachers more patient than American ones. The U.S. Kids Golf organization has a list of all the available family golf courses, which not only offer your kids an insight into the game, but will help you tune up your skills too. So why not combine the golf side of things with a trip to some of the kids’ favourite amusement parks in Florida?

4) There’s nothing like a family holiday to South Africa. But the opportunity to see the world’s most majestic animals on safari, and some of the beautiful scenery like Table Mountain, are not the only reasons you should go. In the last 30 years, golf has really raised its profile here, and the country now plays home to some of the best courses and an excellent junior team. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit different to take the family, why not book to stay in Sun City, to play on one of the courses there, or visit Leopard Creek course, which has views of the Kruger national park from its fairways. You might just find yourself teaching your kids to swing a club next to a giraffe or two (though good luck keeping their attention if you do).