4/18/21: Whispering Willows 9 hole league’s registration closes April 1. Please contact Marybeth Newman email@example.com to get on their mailing list for next year.
The driving range. The place we go, usually alone, to hit shot after shot with, say, a 7 iron, groove our swing, good or bad, maybe switch to another club, hit some more, tell ourselves we’re practicing with a purpose.
Prepare to adjust your whole idea of a driving range.
Toptracer technology is now installed in all the practice bays and on the grass tees at Miles of Golf. If you watch golf on TV, you’ve seen the highlighted ball flight. That’s the technology. And it’s free!
Something for everyone.
At the range, Toptracer Range offers an amazing number of choices, from games of skill (and fun), to simulated world-renowned courses. Grab a beer/wine and enjoy!
For golfers aiming to improve and learn more about, say that trusty 7 iron, there’s distance and carry, ball speed, launch angle and height, and you can keep all those stats on your phone.
We’re pretty excited, so here’s a quick look and easy-start guide.
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT – IT’S EASY
In the practice bays there are monitors, on the green tees you use your phone. You can play as a guest or as yourself.
Before you head to the range
- Load Toptracer Range App on your phone
- Open the App, select “Sign Up” and create your profile
At the range
The monitors in the bays are as simple as press a button. If you’re on the grass tees …
- Select “Play Now”
- Select “Play Mobile”, then select “Locate Position”
- Follow the directions on your screen & you’ll be ready to play!
Bring a friend and play “Closest to the Pin”
It’s a friendly challenge game. You’re practicing distance control, understanding exactly how far you hit each club, AND getting a feel for Toptracer Range. Maybe check out some of the other challenge games.
Try “What’s in Your Bag”
You tell Toptracer what club you’re hitting, and it traces and tracks all of your stats. All shots are stored for easy access. Grab a beer if you find this too humbling.
NEXT TIME YOU GO
On your next visit, maybe you want to invite 3 friends to play Pebble Beach. Or you want to understand the data details of the ball when you hit driver. Speaking of driver, you can challenge your friends to see who hits it farthest. Or maybe you’re thinking of the possibilities of league play.
Toptracer Range can be a platform for an all-friends, all-fun outing with drinks and snacks, or the virtual golf instructor who never forgets a shot. Like golf itself has always been, it can be both a social hoot, or a very personal endeavor. Take a swing at it at Miles of Golf.
3/14/2023. For up to date information about leagues, please visit http://hvwgc.org/leagues/league-summary/
Experienced golfers (handicap 53.9 or less) looking for some friendly competition and beginners (no handicap required) on a quest to improve their game can find a league appropriate for them through the Huron Valley Women’s Golf Club (HVWGC) in Southeastern Michigan.
Competitive and Starter leagues begin in the spring and run through the glorious Michigan summer on a variety of golf courses in and around Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and the surrounding areas. Leagues play on a variety of days using both 9- and 18-hole formats.
People can start signing up in November and we recommend that. Our non-competitive leagues tend to fill later as new ladies start to think about golf in February/March but this year those are very popular also and have filled early.
We do have wait lists and also have members who only want to sub. Subs are ALWAYS needed and it’s a good way for ladies to check out different courses and leagues at a very low costs. 9-hole league subs pay $10 and 18-hole league subs pay $15. Very nice deal and great way to meet meet people.
Members on wait lists. often can get in. We have people who change their plans or we are able to add more tee times so that’s always an option in addition to joining as a sub.
HVWGC, a non-profit established in 1991, complies with the USGA Rules of Golf and the World Handicap System. The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) provides handicap services through GHIN, the USGA Golf Handicap Information Network. Our members really know and learn how to golf!
At the 2010 Masters Fred Couples sported golf shoes that looked alarmingly like sneakers and the world took notice. They alleviated his long-term back pain, he claimed. They looked so stylish, said everyone. And thus, spikeless golf shoes came walking into our lives.
Shopping for golf shoes? Here’s the lowdown on cleated vs. spikeless shoes.
Today’s soft spikes are designed to grab the turf and not let go. Through your weight shift, in the wet, on a slope – when the going gets tough cleats offer stability and confidence.
- Superior traction
- Excellent stability in wet conditions including morning dew
- Spikes can be changed – like new!
- Replacing spikes gets costly
- Spikes clog with debris and have to be cleaned
- No walking on hard surfaces
- Heavier that spikeless shoes
Research and FitBits everywhere say that the average golfer walks 6-8 miles during a round. You’ll do your feet a favor by selecting a light, comfy shoe – and that’s often a spikeless style. Ditto if the day is dry, and the course is relatively flat. And the ease and convenience of wearing just one pair of shoes from home to course to clubhouse to home again – well, that’s big.
- Wear them on or off the course
- Spikes never need changing
- Easily cleaned/don’t choke with debris
- Cushioned comfort
- Lugs cannot be changed
- Less traction than soft spikes
- Much less traction in wet conditions. Hello, Slip and slide.
Rain or shine, ride or walk, a quick 9-and-dine or a competitive tournament – golf world is different every day. And the ideal footwear might be different every day too. So cleated vs. spikeless, can we just say, “l’ll take one of each”?
“Just a chip and a putt” – it sounds so easy. But in a blink of an eye, it’s a chip and a putt and another putt. Or a chip and a chip and a putt and a putt and oh, another putt. You see where I’m headed – the downward slope to a hellish score. All because of a simple shot, done poorly.
My friend chips with great technique and consistent results. I want what she’s having.
And so, a goal – become a better chipper this summer. The stroke itself is so simple – see Sandy’s video here. With those visuals and a 6-step plan, I’m off to pursue a ship shape chip shot. I think there are at least 4 strokes waiting to leave my life.
- Know the basic mechanics cold. Take a lesson, watch a video, do it again.
- Practice. Boring? Bring it home. Chip to a laundry basket in the backyard.
Grab a friend and play closest to the basket. Wine can help.
- Track chips. Mark hole with a check when a chip shot lands on green in satisfactory distance/placement to the pin, and with an X when it’s a miss. Compare shots over several rounds to get an idea of how chipping affects score – and to see improvement over time.
- Get to course early and groove your chip shot.
- Feel the pre-shot swoosh. In the rough, run the club head through the grass several times to get the feel of it before setting up for the shot.
- Putt! Golf isn’t a game of givens; creativity is often rewarded. On the fairway just short of the green? Don’t automatically reach for the lob wedge. Is a putt a better percentage shot than a chip? Sometimes, yes.
“A chip and a putt” – that’s what I’m going for.
Golf lessons, friends’ advice, magazine how-to’s, golf on TV, our own experiments, and practice, practice, practice – these are the many good, bad and sometimes successful ways we get better at golf.
And then it’s crunch time. We stand over a ball with a lot of thoughts and it can be, well … confusing. Shoulder, grip, ball position, that darn right foot, whoops, what was that about the wrist, uh oh, we’ve started our downswing and who said what about the club face, here we go. Hit the ball. Heck.
It helps to write the good things down.
Golfers keep notebooks for many reasons – to set goals, keep stats, list practice ideas, track progress, chronicle an amazing afternoon or one awesome shot.
There are many good and personal ideas for keeping a golf journal. Read some great suggestions here.
But I’m here to say that keeping a golf journal is a way to keep swing thoughts simple.
Five years ago I took a lesson on the bane of my golf existence – the fairway wood. After a half hour, eureka, I’d learned my 3 keys to hitting it. I wrote them down. Every April after a long Michigan winter I reread them in my notebook.
And then it’s crunch time – I’m standing in the fairway over the ball. I mentally check those 3 points, that’s all that’s in my head. And then I hit with confidence, clarity and (some) success.
And when it’s good I send a mental fist bump to the guy who taught me and told me to write it down.
Love, love the golf cart – that mini-car of camaraderie and competition. The cross-course quickness, the searching and circling for lost balls, the charging up ahead to see what’s what – love it all! The wind in our hair! Stowed snacks! Scorecard and pencil at the ready.
Walking the course brings another rhapsody – about building fitness and health, and being one with the golf course. No doubt about it, 18 holes (6 miles, estimated) is a long walk. But take heart, there are ways to bring fitness and the close-to-the-course feel to any round, even when carts are required.
TIPS TO BECOME A WALKING GOLFER
- Walk the front 9, ride the back 9.
- Take turns walking. Let your cart partner drive to the next hole or ball while you hoof it. Then switch places. Many of my super-smart golfer friends do this – love it.
- Keep it light. If you’re walking, use a pushcart. Only bring the clubs and balls you need.
- Love your feet. Be sure you have comfy, light supportive shoes.
- Water! Bring it, drink it. Staying hydrated is smart.
Even 30 minutes a day of walking can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, increase energy and stamina, reach weight-loss goals and improve bone strength according to the American Council on Exercise. Find opportunities to incorporate fitness into your round – it’s a winning golf strategy!
Congratulations to Volvik winner, Ariya Jutanugarn, who posted a third consecutive LPGA Tour win. Our games will never, ever reach the heady heights of the women who played in our local LPGA event, but take heart. There’s info and insights from the week we can apply to our own games, however humble they may be.
3 Take-Aways from the Volvik Championship
- Be flexible – Make a game plan to fit the situation. Jutanugarn is one of the longest hitters on the tour, but Travis Pointe held too many risks for her usual game. “It’s really hard for me because I can’t hit my driver and I really have to have a good game plan,” she said.
- Learn to play with pressure. Known for her final round meltdowns and 10 missed cuts last year, Jutanugarn has worked on her mental game. ”I didn’t know how to control when I got very nervous,” she said. Rather than simply relying on her pre-shot routine, Jutanugarn’s coaches have taught her to focus on slower tempos and less tension in the shoulders. Find a go-to shot that feels comfortable. Jutanugarn birdied 4 of the last 6 holes!
- Good sportsmanship is never out of style. Finishing her winning round, the victor was swarmed by other players spraying her with water. Runner-up Christina Kim remarked, “There really hasn’t been a player like her in my generation. The way she powers the ball, it’s remarkable. And she has such imagination around the golf course and incredible touch. She’s kind and she’s got a beautiful smile. Honestly, I can’t say enough about her.”
Do you follow up a lousy golf shot with a string of excuses, remarks, angry antics, frustrated curses? Maybe an embarrassed laugh or turning away from the sight of that sad trajectory is your personal MO. Call me guilty. A post-shot routine is a way to maintain focus, reduce tension, and keep positive as we move to the next shot. It builds consistency throughout our round.
This season I’ve committed to working on my own end-of-shot routine, and here’s what I’ve discovered and humbly share.
A post-shot routine is a consistent procedure – a sequence of thoughts and movements – that a golfer performs after hitting a shot. Watch the pros, and you’ll see it again and again. It is personal to each golfer. Build your own sequence – and then repeat it shot to shot.
Here’s how a post-shot routine might go after a less-than-stellar shot:
- Watch it, and take a moment to feel fully disappointed, annoyed, etc.
- Take a deep breath and release those thoughts.
- Release the tension. Gently tap your club on your shoe, the ground. Or create your own tension-release move.
- Take a mental mulligan. Visualize the shot with a good result (enjoy!) and make a note of what you will do differently next time.
- Move on, that poor shot is history. Snap all attention to the present and get on with it. Try the 10-step rule – be DONE with that shot after walking 10 steps away.
Good shots are way more fun than bad ones.
- Congratulate yourself and enjoy the feeling.
- Maybe add a specific action – a little fist pump – to fasten the feeling and take ownership.
- Mentally replay the shot – swing, contact, trajectory, etc. Make a mental note of what went right.
- Give yourself a cue to end the mental play – “Good shot,” or a nod of the head.
The whole point of a post-shot routine is managing the mental – out with the bad, in with the awesome. That’s a golf attitude we all seek!
Our tee shot takes off with a soul-pleasing whack – but then, woe, at 100 yards it takes a hard right, sucking the distance right out of the drive. It bounces even further right when it lands. Welcome to Slice-land.
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With knowledge comes understanding … and maybe a straighter drive. Here are 5 simple things to know about ball flight and the slice.
- In an amateur’s perfect world, a ball is hit square on the club ace, sailing straight and long. It flies through the air with BACKSPIN..
- Once upon a time golf balls were smooth… until players noticed that battered balls traveled farther. Dimples are born – they create little pockets of suction that grab the air as the ball spins.
- “Grab the air” doesn’t sound good, but it is! As the ball spins BACKWARDS in flight, dimples grab air molecules on the top of the ball, propelling them backwards and speeding them up. Meanwhile on the underside, air molecules are slowed down. Now in physics we trust… low pressure is created on top in comparison to underneath and we get LIFT!
- So how about slice? When a clubface does not meet the ball “square” (see picture at right) ,the ball starts spinning sideways. All the physics – ball rotation, dimples, air pressure – work to create “lift”, but it’s SIDEWAYS.
- Picture this. Throw a tennis ball with horizontal spin. See how our arm moves from the outside to the inside. That’s exactly our club’s path when we slice. Fix that and things will be straight, long and true in our golf world.