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May 24, 2012 | Golf Tips | Permalink


The game of golf can sometimes be very complicated.

The actual swing may take a few years to master and the efficiency with which you manage the golf course can take countless rounds.

The top professionals in the world are constantly working with coaches, managers, therapists, psychologists and nutrionists to perfect their trade.

As casual golfers, we may need to enlist the advice of an etiquette coach to help us become comfortable in the golf course surroundings. This coach will aid with rules, procedures, policies and most importantly, enjoyment.

Although golf is generally an individual sport, the majority of the time you will be participating in a small group of two to four people on a golf course which could possibly have another 150 to 200 people playing and another 30 to 40 employees present.

As your etiquette advisor for this column, we want to make each and every golfers’ day extremely desirable. You will encounter a wide spectrum of golfers on your journey from the most competitive to the most leisurely.

I recommend playing with people you are comfortable with to start.

Your friends will also be there to answer any inquiries you may have. Golf is a “gentlemens or ladies’ game” and everyone should be treated as such. Some quick reminders include being quiet while your partners are hitting, always stand out of your partner’s visual, preferably well behind or off to the side, and when you are on your green be careful to not step on your partner’s line (the imaginary line between the hole and golf ball that the ball must travel).

These simple tips will help you get from tee to green. Remember, this exception to the quiet tip — you must shout “Fore” if any of your own or your playing partners’ golf shots head in the direction of another golfer.

Pace of play etiquette is also very important. With guidelines set out by each individual golf course we must adhere to these as best as we can. The enjoyment of golf definitely has a timeline and by playing in the allotted time or quicker allows the other 200 participants to enjoy their day on the links as well.

I have talked about playing “ready golf” before and to do your part, each golfer should have his/her club in hand and be ready to hit when it is his/her turn, always take a few clubs with you if you are unsure which one you might need, try to employ continuous putting wherever possible and read your putt while others are making theirs.

Always play a provisional ball (a second ball played from the same spot as the original ball in case you have lost the original one) and be ready to hit your shot once the group in front of you is safely out of the way.

Golf is a sport that also contains gamesmanship and a little bit of chirping. We ask that you please pick your spots wisely. Tease your partners for enjoyment and only if they can receive it as well as dish it out.

I once heard a man tease his opponent in a very important match on the first tee. His opponent did not laugh and proceeded to finish the jokester in 12 holes.

A little fun is always recommended while you play and when you are in the company of willing combatants, drop the odd, “Wow, these greens are fast today” or “Oh my Marty, you are pounding the ball today” or “I have no chance against this superior ball striking” lines on them and watch the hair on the back of their necks stand up.

But if you do win that battle of attrition on Saturday morning, always remember the most important etiquette rule . . . You must buy that first round of libations in the clubhouse.

Jeff Mancini is director of golf at the North Bay Golf & Country Club


By Jeff Mancini FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012 06:29 PM EDTlay.aspx?e=3569725


Hump Day Tip: The Key to an Inside Path

May 24, 2012 | Golf Tips | Permalink

Posted: May 23, 2012

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Shawn Humphries has a simple drill to make sure your swing takes an inside path at impact.


Nike Golf Debuts New App to Help Golfers Better Themselves to Better Their Game

May 23, 2012 | Featured Articles, Golf Travel, Golfing Equipment | Permalink

EAVERTON, Ore., May 22, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Nike Golf NKE -0.86% today announced the introduction of a new app and website that will provide golfers with an innovative digital tool to improve, track and share their golf game. In keeping with the company’s aim to inspire, innovate for and enable golfers to become better, the new Nike Golf 360 (NG360) app is the beginning of Nike Golf’s move into a new era of potential for golfers.

The NG360 App is an easy-to-use tool that will allow golfers to track their rounds to see how they stack up; improve their swing techniques with the help of coaches; and view and implement athletic training workouts that are golf-specific.

“This is about serving the golf athlete. It’s about knowing your game to better your performance,” said Nate Randle, U.S. Marketing Director for Nike Golf. “The NG360 App lets golfers look at their game through a 360-degree lens. This is only the beginning of amazing things to come from Nike Golf as it relates to digital sport and the experience on and off the course.”

Nike Golf abides by the steadfast philosophy that every golfer is an athlete, and no two golfers are the same. With the NG360 App, each individual golfer has the unique opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of their own game, swing and body. As they begin to better understand themselves as golfers, they gain clarity on which areas of their game they need to focus. In other words, to know their game means to better their game — that is what the NG360 App represents.

View the NG360 App video here:

The key components that make up version one of the app are:

My Game

Golfers can track their game by keeping statistics such as their scoring average, driving accuracy, greens in regulation and average putts per round. “My Game” allows golfers to see how they stack up by monitoring results and beating their personal bests. Within “My Game,” golfers stay motivated by winning “trophies” as a result of improved statistics.

My Swing

Golfers can upload and compare video of their golf swing to their friends and Nike Golf athletes. They can also receive personal coaching from Nike Swoosh Staff members who are PGA Teaching Professional instructors. Swoosh Staff members can provide feedback and swing tips through a video swing analysis tool.

My Body

This will help golfers get into golf shape, thanks to Nike Golf’s partnership with the Gray Institute, the foremost leader in Applied Functional Science. The Gray Institute has developed the NG360 Functional Performance System that is tailored to golf movements that the body makes, a clear distinction from other training systems.

My Gear

Golfers can navigate products on the website that are suitable to their needs, while also receiving product recommendations from the Nike Swoosh Staff. Golfers can also upload the contents of their bags in the “What’s in their Bag” section. “My Gear” will increasingly become more robust as the NG360 App evolves.

The new NG360 App is one piece of a bigger initiative that is a holistic approach to improving golfers’ performance through physical evaluation and training, custom fitting of equipment and digital tracking applications.

The new NG360 App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at .

Located at NIKE’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great sport by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable and inspire athletes to become better. For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at www.nikegolf . To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit and to become a fan on facebook go to . To view Nike Golf videos subscribe to our You Tube channel at . Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit . For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative in respective countries for information.

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Yes, Ladies You DO Need to Play Golf

May 22, 2012 | Beginner Golf | Permalink

by By Julie Steinberg

Golf. Has there ever been a sport so polarizing? Some love it for its emphasis on gentle finesse, others hate it because they think it’s boring. The one thing that cannot be denied is its place in corporate America.

A few weeks ago, we published an article on the nine rules women need to follow to get ahead in the workplace. One of those rules is learning to play golf. Since then, angry responses have poured in, condemning us for being anti-feminist by telling women they needed to reconfigure their hobbies to suit mens’.

To evaluate those perceptions, we reached out to Leslie Andrews and Adrienne Wax, the authors of “Even Par: How Golf Helps Women Gain the Upper Hand in Business.” They believe the issue isn’t about golf, but rather about needing to be where deals are made and relationships are built.

“If the important people and deals were in the swimming pool, I’d say learn how to swim,” Wax, 57, said in a recent interview. “You want to be close to the nexus of power.”

And, like it or not, corporate retreats, business meetings and social events with clients tend to take place on the golf course. Women comprise one fifth of the 25.7 million U.S. golfers counted in a 2011 survey, according to data provided by the National Golf Foundation. Andrews and Wax want to add to that figure because they believe golfing enables a boss or client to see a woman as a human being worthy of a relationship, not just a number-cruncher sitting at a desk.

When Andrews, 51, was the head of marketing for, a female client once needed to be entertained on the golf course. Andrews was able to put up her hand and offer to play with her, and ultimately became a key contact with the client from that day on, which gained her exposure to the higher-ups in her company.

“I wouldn’t have gotten the visibility I did if I hadn’t known how to play,” she said.

If you’re persuaded by now that golfing is a route to moving up the corporate ladder, but are unsure of how to break in, don’t worry.

“You don’t have to be good,” Wax says. “Just good enough.”

Here are some tips to help you embark on your golf career.

Get over your fears

Women especially tend to think they’re not ready or not good enough to take part in a game, according to Andrews and Wax.

“I knew one Harvard M.B.A. student who had a beautiful swing and had been taking lessons for two years,” Andrews said. “When I asked her how long she had been playing, she said she had never been on a golf course because she wasn’t good enough!” And yet the student was confident enough to advise a packaged-goods chief executive on how to break into China.

While you do have to be able to hit the ball, you only have to play well enough to keep up with the pace of play. You don’t have to score well.

If you’ve never hit a ball, you may want to invest in a few lessons. Think of it as taking a language course or business etiquette seminar to help advance your career.

Get the Invite

You’ll want to advertise your interest in golf so people know to invite you to play. Put up a screensaver on your computer of you on the course, the book recommends, or wear a golf shirt on casual Friday. Watch a game and sprinkle some highlights into your conversation the next day with your boss. Anything to broadcast that you take the game seriously and want to be included the next time there’s a trip out to the course.

Fake it Till You Make it

Know the general rules of the game and know enough to keep up for 18 holes, but don’t pretend you know every single thing about the game.

Adhere to the basic rules of golf etiquette, like turning off your cell phone, refraining from crunching potato chips — or something similarly audible — on the green and tee box. Know where to stand and when to move.

If you need to, pick up the ball and move it out of a tough spot, but let your partners know that you’re planning to do so. They’ll be much more grateful for your moving the game along than if you force them to wait while you take 20 swings to get out of the woods.

Harness the Connection

Don’t forget what you’re there to do: Have a good time, yes, but also relate to your bosses, colleagues and clients in a more personal way, Wax advises.

In an ideal world, Andrews says, gender wouldn’t be an issue and the mentoring relationship would evolve naturally in the workplace. But since many times it doesn’t, being able to swing a few with your boss will help that relationship develop organically.

“You’ll get noticed, you’ll be near powerful people, and you’ll have the chance to prove yourself a fun person to be around,” Andrews said. “It’s as simple as being where the people are.”

Write to Julie Steinberg at

Golf Tips with a Broken Foot – No Crutches Allowed

May 22, 2012 | Featured Articles, Golf Tips | Permalink

Posted by Karey Colyer on Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 06:55 AM

Got Golf? Got Injury?

Do you love to golf but aren’t able to get on the green due to a broken foot or injury? Golfers who suffer from a fractured or broken foot are often unable to get on the course for weeks, allowing for the injury to heal properly before playing. Don’t despair, pull out your putter and check out our tips for working on your game while recovering.

It is possible to work on your putting, improve your upper body form, correct mistakes, and get out on the course before your cast is removed! Always consult your health care professional before attempting to play any sports while injured.

Golfing Tips to Lower your Handicapped while Handicapped:

Hands Free Crutch vs. Crutches: The I Walk Free, Hands Free Crutches is the perfect product to get you off the couch and back on the green! This product frees your hands from the grip of crutches and allows you full ability to hold a golf club. It seems to good to be true! This product is available for everybody but if you love to golf, have great balance, and want to have the freedom crutches do not give you, try the Hands Free Crutch today.

Golf Cart Vs. Walking: Although playing from a golf cart may seem a little bizarre, it’s a definite possibility. Amputees and people with other disability that prevent them from walking the golf course are able to continue golfing by sitting on the back of the cart, allowing your legs to hang down off the back of the cart or rest gently on the ground depending on your comfort level. It is possible for you to engage in this activity to keep fresh and work on your putting and driving.

Putting Technique: Putting with a broken foot is possible but you may need to be seated (unless you have the Hands Free Crutch) If your golfing with a group, have a friend bring along a small stool for you to sit on while putting. You will have full motion of your arms and limited lower body movement. Although you can do this on any golf course, you can also do this on a practice putting green, or set up a small hole in your office or backyard.

Driving Technique: This is potentially the most difficult move while golfing during injury recovery. Unlike putting, driving a ball in golf requires extensive lower body rotation in order to generate power and speed behind the ball. As a result, driving the ball while seated will reduce your distance and potentially alter your regular stroke while you get back to golfing after injury. Try correcting your mistakes by analyzing golf tapes to improve your game for when you do get back on the course. If you have rented a Hands Free Crutch, it is definitely be possible to gain your full stroke while balancing on the crutch. Try practicing at a driving range before doing a full 9 or 18 round.

Still don’t believe it’s possible? Watch the video proof.

They won’t be laughing when you beat them on one foot.


Neshanic Valley Golf Course among best public courses in the country

May 21, 2012 | Golf Courses, Golf Travel | Permalink

Neshanic Valley Golf Course, 2301 South Branch Road, Neshanic Station, is recognized as the 30th Best Municipal golf course in the country.

The Somerset County Park Commission Neshanic Valley Golf Course, located at 2301 South Branch Road in Neshanic Station, has been named in the May 11 issue of Golfweek as the 30th best municipal golf course in the nation.

The list of nationally ranked public access and daily fee courses positions Neshanic Valley as the only golf course in New Jersey to be recognized in the top 50, continuing as the number one municipal golf course in New Jersey.

The facility has also been honored as among the Best Public Golf Courses in New Jersey by Sports Illustrated and

“Neshanic Valley has maintained its reputation as the best municipally-owned golf facility in New Jersey because of its design, its versatility, and the dedicated staff that understands that Neshanic Valley must be maintained to the highest standards,” said Darrell Marcinek, director of golf maintenance. “We are proud to be able to provide a world-class golfing experience to the people of Somerset County, the state, and the region.”

The Golfweek recognition comes as Neshanic Valley prepares to host to the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship from June 18-23.

The complete golfing facility provides an all-inclusive golfing experience with a 27-hole Championship Course, a 9-hole Academy Course, the Learning Center, and the Callaway Golf Performance Center. The state-of-the-art Learning Center includes a double-ended driving range with grass and mat hitting areas, a 12,000 square foot putting green, a practice facility including bunkers and three chipping greens, and two practice holes.

The Callaway Golf Performance Center at Neshanic Valley, the only facility of its kind on the east coast, offers a state-of-the-art computerized golf club fitting and swing analysis system, operated by Callaway-trained professionals.

Great Golf Tips To Build Up Your Skills

May 21, 2012 | Golf Tips | Permalink

Posted by Golf on May 17, 2012 in How to golf | 0 comments

If you are lucky enough to have entered the sand trap yourself, take care to leave it in a good condition for whoever comes next. When you are done getting out of it, take a minute or two to rake the sand trap again. Indents from your clubs or footprints can create serious problems for golfers who enter the sand trap after you do. It is important to be courteous to your fellow golfers, and cleanly rake any sand that is misplaced, due to your freeing your ball.

If you consistently swing the ball too far to the right, make sure your body isn’t slipping leftward while you swing the club. When practicing a downswing, learn to release your hands faster to reduce the affect your body has on the ball’s direction. Doing this can make your shots infinitely better.

Before hitting the golf ball, take a nice, deep breath. This can help calm you so that you can focus on the ball. Take as long as you need to visualize where you want the ball to go and take a swing. Deep breaths can also eliminate tension in a competition setting.

After landing on the green from any longer distance, check the area around your ball for a divot mark, and repair it. Balls coming in from a great height can damage the grass, leaving large marks and valleys that are annoying to putt through when they are not repaired. You can use a divot repair tool, or simply a tee, to put the grass back to a flattened position.

Maintain a neutral grip with your hands on the golf club. A grip that is overly tight will pull your shot rightwards. If you hold too loose, the ball will likely go to the left. Use what directions your shots go to find the appropriate middle ground in your grip.

Your feet should be lined up properly. You can truly improve your game and swing by doing this simple thing. Your feet need to be perpendicular and lined up straight to the way you need the ball to go. A way of accurately determining this is lining the golf club up beside your feet. The golf club end will point in the direction of the ball travel.

Although it may be hard to believe, you can improve your golf skills by playing miniature golf. Navigating the obstacles that miniature golf courses use can help you learn to putt much more effectively over time. The fun of putting around hills and through windmills may seem like just an amusing way to spend an afternoon, but it can very well turn into successful putting on a real golf course.

Try to get a lighter grip if you are having trouble swinging to fast. This fix will help your club guide your swing better.

When playing golf, you should be both mentally and physically prepared. You need to temporarily forget about all of your other problems and singlemindedly concentrate on the game at hand.

To get the most from your equipment, you should learn to tell the difference between each type of club. The function of a putter may be obvious from its name, but you’ll also need to understand when and how to use irons, wedges, woods, and other clubs. Utilizing the wrong club can spell disaster.

Play with others who are your same level. This can help your confidence. While you are a beginner, find easier courses to play on with people of a similar skill level. Don’t crush your enthusiasm taking on tough courses and competing against those who are much better than you.

With the information you learned in this article, you’re ready to get out on the course and practice these techniques. The only thing left to do now is get out there and try something new! Golf is a more enjoyable sport if you just have fun!