Pinemeadow Golf Blog
29Mar/110

Time for Augusta

Better weather and longer days, especially for us in the Northwest, are among the most relevant, but April also excites us because it is the kick off to golf's first major, "The Masters".

Every golfer knows the week of the Masters to be the best golf event of the year. It's tough to understand what it is that puts this competition in a category all its own, but golf and the Masters seem to go hand-in-hand. Could be the course? The Players? The Coverage? The Name? I am sure we all can agree it's probably a combination of it all.

Regardless, it is every professional golfers dream to win this event, and though there may be a handful who claim not to put too high a priority on it (highly doubtful), it is easy to imagine that achieving the most coveted victory in golf, and at last, putting on the Green Jacket is likely a good feeling - it would be hard to argue otherwise. Professional golfers view the Masters as the one major to win.

Of course the experts have their picks but here are some picks from the staff at Pinemeadow:

Bubba Watson:"I don't read the PGA Tour site to highlight all of his stats but he uses Twitter to keep me updated on his life and his golf game. I appreciate his tweets and he's having a great season so far. His play is relaxed and he knows he can finish. It's a perfect foundation for him to get to the next level and a Green Jacket would suit him well."- Gabe B.

Nick Watney:"He is one of the more accurate drivers in the game while not giving up any distance. The confidence he gained with his putter at Doral to capture the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship will carry over to Augusta. Go get-em Nick!" - Chris C.

Ben Crane:"Well he drives the ball straight, he is putting well and he ranks high in scrambling !! It's Augusta .. He who putts well on those greens wins." - Guy M.

Fred Couples:"Freddy and Augusta go hand and hand. It would be pretty awesome for the game of golf if he were to make the final group. It's hard not to root for the guy and let's hope he can put together a magical run together like Watson did at the British Open but close it out with a win!" - Tommy B.

Phil Mickelson"I love rooting for Phil. He's fun to watch." - Nathan H.

Like most of us we will never hit a drive, make a putt at Augusta and the only green jacket we'll wear in my lifetime is the one someone gave us years ago, and it says nothing of our ability to golf. We can only enjoy another magical week in golf, which is good enough for everyone here at Pinemeadow.

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28Mar/110

Play the Hollow Grounds of Augusta National, a Bobby Jones Masterpiece

Entering the members gate of Augusta National is a dream but now you have the chance to capture the nostalgia of Magnolia Lane and Founders Circle for yourself. The home of the The Masters has partners with EA Sports to invite you and your pals to walk across Rae's Creek for the first time on a game console. Tee time is set for March 29th., golfers with a PS3, XBOX 360, Wii will be able to play the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 "Masters Edition" video game. Conquer Amen Corner in pursuit of the putting on the green jacket.

Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National established the formation of the Masters Tournament Foundation, which is designed to invest in the game of golfs development programs world wide. All of the the profits from the video game will be donated into the new foundation.

"I am very happy and excited that the Masters Tournament is featured in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour game," Woods said. "There are many new and unique elements in the game that will make everyone feel like they're really competing at Augusta National." - Tiger Woods

In addition to Augusta National, the game features St. Andrews and Pebble Beach Golf Links among the 15 other courses to play.

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18Mar/110

Oversize vs. Regular Wedges

It can be argued that wedges are the second most important clubs in your bag. They are used so often in a round they can really make a difference in the improvement of your game. Some players will carry up to five wedges, but it is more common for players to only have one to three depending on what suits their game. An assortment of wedges can be used for every type of shot and lie.

With so many things to consider when purchasing the right wedge, it is important to choose the wedge that is going to work for your particular game. When wedges were originally made, they were designed with regular sized club heads, but golf technologies and the game have changed so much that oversize wedges are being made available to go along with the standard, regular sized, wedges. Carrying an assortment of wedge types and lofts is a new concept that is gaining momentum.

With this is mind, it is important to decide what type wedge head size suits your game. Having an oversize versus a regular wedge head is not necessarily better, and vice versa. Here are some things to take into consideration when you are making your decision.

The advantages of an oversize wedge:

Added face height, larger sweet spot, increased forgiveness

If you have problems getting under the ball on shots out of the rough or in the deep sand, the additional face height will improve ball launch without having to dig deep. The extra face height helps to ensure contact.

Most oversize wedges also have a larger sole than usual. The design concept of the wide sole is to have a lower center of gravity (LCG) making it easier to get the ball in the air. The LCG helps reduce topping the ball.

Of course, with a larger club face comes a larger sweet spot. The bigger the sweet spot, the more forgiving the wedge will be on miss hits. That can be an advantage on any type of shot. A larger sweet spot will give you assurance that you are going to make good contact on every shot. Basically, a larger sweet spot results in increased forgiveness.

The disadvantages of an oversize wedge and why some people prefer to have a traditional/regular wedge:

Harder to shape certain shots and wedge doesn't get caught while approaching impact

Traditional size wedges give you more control. You do lose a little forgiveness and size of the sweet spot but you have the capability of shaping your shot. To hit a regular sized wedge, you should be at the point in your game where you are confident in sacrificing some forgiveness to gain control. Another disadvantage of an oversize wedge is that it can get caught up in the grass and sand a little easier and result in less distance. Since the club head is bigger, the bottom of the head has more of a chance to grab the grass or sand during your swing.

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11Mar/110

What Putter Is Best for Me?

When making a decision to purchase a new complete set of golf clubs, most golfers spend the majority of their time researching and analyzing information about woods and irons. Customers often overlook the importance of finding the correct putter. It widely known that most golfers add unnecessary strokes to their game while on the putting green. Selecting the right putter those strokes can be easily avoided or at least minimized.

If you are having trouble reaching a specific benchmark in your game, try improving your putting game. The right putter can make a huge difference, whether you are trying to break 100 or 80. It is important to research putter styles to find an effective putter for your game.

All of us have grabbed a putter and instantly knew it felt good after a few practice swings. First impressions are important here. You can instantly determine what type of look and feel appeals to you. You want a putter that gives you confidence in making the putt, before you even hit the ball.

Here is a simple checklist we go over with our customers to help them decide on a putter. Of course there are numerous considerations; we try to point out the obvious to make the decision easier for you.

  • Decide on a putter head shape design.
  • Determine what alignment system is going to help you visualize the line you are seeking.
  • Insert or No Insert? What type of feel at impact feels good to you?

We can categorize putter head shapes into three different styles:

  • Cavity back putters are traditional looking putters with a hollow area in the middle back of the putter, which generates a larger sweet spot. Weight is distributed toward the perimeter of the putter head. A classic cavity backed putter is the Ping Anser putter, first popularized in the early 70s.
  • Blade style putters have the weight of the club head distributed to the heel or bottom of the putter, leaving you a thin top line to look at when you are addressing the ball. The Titleist Bullseye is a great example of a popular blade putter.
  • Mallet putters are typically much bigger than traditional putters. Many newer models even include alignment systems. The shape of mallet putter heads vary widely, as do their weight distribution. Half moon putters are a type of mallet putter with a rounded head shape. The Odyssey Two-ball putter is one of the hottest mallet putters on the market today.

Alignment Systems:

There are various types of alignment systems available in putters. It can be difficult to decide which one to choose; golfers should base their decision on what feels most comfortable.

To make your decision easier, determine what visual aid helps you line up a putt. For example, a line, ball, or double lines can all assist your putting accuracy. There is no indication that one system is better than the other, which is why there are so many variations of putters used on the course. All alignment systems are designed to aid you in lining up your putt, however you use them.

Inserts:

There is a reason why inserts are located in the sweet spot of the putter. Various insert materials will provide different results. Some inserts are soft, some hard, and some are milled so the surface is completely flat. The insert material affects the way the ball behaves when struck.

Inserts can reduce skipping at impact. This is an important feature to make sure your putt stays aligned. The main purpose of an insert is to provide a specific feel to the golfer. Some golfers prefer the feel of certain insert materials over others.

Comfort:

Overall, the most important factor is to play a putter that feels comfortable when you address the ball in your putting stance. The more comfortable you are with your putter in your hands, the more it will feel like an extension of your body. That will translate to confidence, and hopefully, less time on the green.

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4Mar/110

Advantages of a High Lofted Woods

We all know that long irons are hard to hit. It’s rare that we see an average player with a 1, 2 or 3 iron in his or her bag. Hybrids are replacing these clubs but you are also seeing a lot of higher lofted woods being played too.

Woods with lofts higher then 20 degrees have been around for quite sometime. Adams Golf really led the way with their original “tight lies” series of woods. The original club, if our memory is correct was basically a very thin low profile strong 3 wood. The low profile design really allowed the golfer to move the club head through the rough easier. The result from the fairway was a higher ball flight and much easier “scoop” off tight or short grass lies.

From the success of the “Strong 3 Wood” a family of clubs was created: 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 woods. All giving you a much easier chance of a solid hit combined with a higher ball flight and generally better control that you will see from your long irons. If you are looking for higher lofted woods, a thin profile our Yukon Shallow Face series are right up your alley.

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