Golfing through fall

    This week features my last column for the year. We have had the most fantastic summer, weather wise, in a long long time and hopefully you have had a great season of golf as well! Long range weather forecasters are calling for a warm fall so hopefully we can keep our golf season going until the end of October, please!

    The past two weeks I have talked about two of the most important fundamentals for good golf. First, straighter arms, especially the right arm through and after impact. Secondly, putting, concentrating on a short follow through keeping the putter head square to the target. If nothing else, focus on these two points as you finish up your year.

    It is not easy to become a good golfer. The sport requires hours and hours of proper practice to see improvement, become consistent and shoot low scores. We see the best in the world make poor shots so don’t be hard on yourself. Of course, some people are naturally more athletic than others and they see improvement quickly, however, that does not mean you can’t also improve or enjoy the game. Regardless of what type of game you play take time reflect on how lucky you are to be playing this great game and to enjoy your company and the beautifully groomed landscape.

    I think most of us play the game for the social aspect and the challenge. Playing with your friends would top the list and is why you see people playing with the same group day after day week after week. Then there is that personal challenge to see if you can beat your best score or of course beat your best friend! It never hurts to head to the course to get away from work or to just find 4 hours to relax and get away from the day to day stresses. We all have our reasons to golf. I personally, enjoy the 10k walk with my friends bs’ing about life and of course the challenge the game offers. Whatever your reasons are, keep on going as you have picked a game you can play for the rest of your life. There’s a reason why golf has lasted for over 500 years and will continue to be a major sport into the future.

    I hope you have enjoyed reading my articles, learned a few things and one or more of my tips have helped you. The way to truly improve is to pick up one better fundamental one at a time, make sure you have it, then add to it. Next year add one more and so on. Before you know it, you have become a good solid golfer, hitting more good shots and bettering your scores, which is always way more fun!

    Enjoy the last month of golf everyone, watch the Tour Championship and cheer on our Adam Hadwin in this year’s Presidents Cup!

    Cheers!