Don't worry - it's happened to ALL of us at some point: you step up to the first tee in an uncomfortable setting, and all of the suddeen, you get nervous. It doesn't matter if you're a scratch golfer, an experienced player or a newbie - the first tee jitters are real and can strike anyone, anywhere.
But don't fret! With a a little practice and perspective we can turn those first tee jitters into nothing but minor butterflies. Golf magazine, The A Position, has a few words of advice:
"Regardless of your golfing ability, this is the vey time to organize your emotions and declare to yourself that at least for the next few moments, you own the tee. It is your safe bubble, your happy place. It’s not enough to think it, you must feel it. You are just stepping into your “safe area” with the realization or feeling that you have as much right to be there and perform as anyone. You’ve earned it no matter your supposed station in the game or life for that matter."
"And should you still experience what you’ve always known as fear, acknowledge it, thank it, but reframe it into “excitement.” Love the opportunity to play in this safe bubble and you will gradually put fear back into a tiny corner."
Read on for The A Position's full advice on ridding yourself of the first tee jitters. [MORE]
“I think I proved in the Olympics I was good enough to compete,” Ashok said. “It’s something I look forward to doing more often.” These are the words of the youngest player in the women's field at the Rio Olympics, India's Aditi Ashok.
Fresh from her Olympic experience, Ashok passed the first round of Q-School. The LPGA Qualifying School is a series of tournaments. Players that "graduate" from Q-School become members of the tour the following season.
What was Aditi's most memorable Olympic experience? “My father thanked me for making him a part of it all as my caddie,” Ashok said. "I felt lucky to have him with me, and to see how happy he was all week.” [MORE]
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The line between fact and fiction is often blurred. Here are a few myths we've heard on the fairway and the actual facts behind them. [MORE]
The Olympics has always been cheering for your home team. The United States has been one of the larger medal winners at the games. This has given many a myopic view of the sporting competition.
“I think it’s a huge matter now that golf is an Olympic sport,” said Nhung Tang of Vietnam. “It does inspire me, and it also inspires junior golfers in Vietnam.”
“Just to be called an Olympian is something I will treasure,” said Tiffany Chan of Hong Kong. She finished 37th in Rio. [MORE]
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As any beginner golfer can attest, golf has a lingo all to its own. Whether it's the basics (like "slice" or "hook") or more dreadful phrases like "you're still out", there's enough verbiage to fill a dictionary.
This week, we're going to have a little fun with golf's vocabulary. Our friends over at The A-Position put together this list of phrases NO golfer ever wants to hear - and trust us, we get nervous just reading the phrases. Some of golf's "worst three-word phrases" include:
"You're still out", often said after your first putt fails to get any closer to the hole than your playing partners
"Toss me another", for when your first ball is unplayable or you just don't feel like chasing it down
"You looked up", a common refrain heard from a playing partner after topping the ball
"See a splash?", for when you're not sure if your ball actually went in the water and you're left looking for evidence
And that's just the start! Head over to the A-Position for their full list of "golf's three dirtiest words".
The Lite Caddie by VM Golf allows players to play "Ready Golf". The lightweight balanced bag attaches to the primary cart golf bag. When arriving at your destination hole, detach and carry the clubs needed from cart to hole.
"The best putters don’t always have the best mechanics. I see too many amateurs trying to copy other putters, trying to imitate what they see on TV, "is the advice of Brittany Lang, 2016 U.S. Women's Open Champ.
See if Brittany's tips will improve your putting. [MORE]
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EWGA is closed today, Monday, September 5, 2016 in honor of Labor Day. We hope that everyone enjoys the day off and can get in a round or two of golf. See you tomorrow!
Match Play is a fun alternative to stroke play and has some unique rules and strategies. Should you concede a putt to your opponent or make her hole the putt? Check out these strategies you could use when playing in the EWGA Cup or another Match Play event [MORE]
It's no secret that EWGA members love to play and compete. But for a few members in particular, their passion for golf and ability to play has elevated them to some of the most prestigious golf events in the United States.
Take for example Karen Garcia, a member of EWGA Sacramento. In 2015 Karen claimed the USGA's US Women's Senior Amateur Championship in Nashville, TN by winning the match-play final. Garcia, who is a high school guidance conselor when she's not playing golf, will return to defend her title at the 2016 event. The championship will be held September 17 - 22 in Wellesley, MA.
"The highlight of my championship week was giving myself a chance to fight back and win some matches," stated Karen in an interview with the USGA. "I went down early in my first match and fought back. I never felt like I was the leader of the pack. How many times in life do we have opportunities to push ourselves to excel?"
"The best part about winning the event was realizing that there were so many people along the way who have helped me. I think the best part of being a champion is they have all been a part of that."
This time around, however, Karen won't be alone. She'll be joined in the competition by fellow EWGA members Pat Ayres of the Palm Beach Chapter and Maria Marino of the Ft. Lauderdale Chapter.
"I had never ever considered this tournament as something in my reach," said Ayres. "There were some skilled , experienced players out there who had a history of successful play in the FSGA and in USGA tournaments. The greens were running fast and the rough... well, sometimes just finding the ball was a victory. I am glad that qualification is over and thrilled that I made it to the finals. I have sooooo much more practice to do before September 17th."
We can't wait to cheer and support our EWGA Members later this month!