Look Out For Lyme Disease

April 24th, 2015
Lyme Disease

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I hope that all you Rock Heads are enjoyin’ your new golf season. I know I am. I’m taking a break today from talkin’ about the ins and outs of golf to remind you all of one very important part of spring and summer golf. Consider this a PSA from Scratch. After you’re done with your round and have left the 19th hole for home, give yourself a once over and check for ticks. These nasty little buggers can transmit the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease. These ticks are unfortunately out and about in large numbers and parts of the U.S., such as New England, are experiencing a rise in confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

 

 

“Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States, and the incidence is growing rapidly. In 2009, the C.D.C. reported thirty-eight thousand cases, three times more than in 1991. Most researchers agree that the true number of infections is five to ten times higher. Although some of that increase is due to heightened awareness, transmission is rising in areas, like New England, where the disease is well established, and is spreading to regions as far south as Florida, through changes in climate and the movements of infected animals.”

-Michael Specter, The Lyme Wars

 

 

What is Lyme disease? It’s an inflammatory disease characterized at first by a rash, headache, fever, and chills, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders. It can be treated with antibiotics if caught early, but delayed treatment can lead to difficult to treat, serious symptoms. It’s commonly found on the east coast, the west coast, and the upper mid-west. However, cases of Lyme disease have been reported in all U.S. states except Montana.

 

Symptoms

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Lyme disease has what’s called an incubation period. The symptoms won’t show up immediately after you are bitten. When the disease is still in a localized stage and has not spread throughout the body, patients can experience flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. 80% of cases will also have a bullseye-shaped rash called erythema chronicum migrans(EM). This will develop at the site of the bite within 3 to 30 days. Please note that not all patients develop the rash. Lyme disease can progress to later stages without the rash.

The disease will spread through the body within days or weeks of the localized infection. EM can develop on parts of the body with no relation to the original infection site. The Center for Disease Control states that an array of symptoms can occur at this stage such as

  • Facial or Bell’s palsy (loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face)
  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness due to meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)
  • Pain and swelling in the large joints (such as knees)
  • Shooting pains that may interfere with sleep
  • Heart palpitations and dizziness due to changes in heartbeat

Left untreated, after a few months the disease can progress to a point that is hard to treat and cause severe and chronic symptoms that affect many parts of the body, including the brain, nerves, eyes, joints and heart. The CDC reports,

“Approximately 60% of patients with untreated infection may begin to have intermittent bouts of arthritis, with severe joint pain and swelling… Arthritis caused by Lyme disease manifests differently than other causes of arthritis and must be distinguished from arthralgias (pain, but not swelling, in joints). Up to 5% of untreated patients may develop chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection4. These include shooting pains, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, and problems with short-term memory.”

 

The Good News

Luckily, there are preventive steps you can take when you hit your local course.

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  • Don’t go searching for your ball in the woods. It’s not worth it.
  • Use repellents that contain 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on the exposed skin for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Wear long pants. I know it’s hot, but covering your legs can prevent ticks from quickly latching on to exposed skin
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Make sure your check spots such as the armpits, behind the knees, in the bellybutton, and on the scalp.
  • Check your gear. Ticks can hitch a ride on clothes and bags then attach to a person later. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks.

If you do find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to panic. Just grab a pair of tweezers and follow these removal instructions provided by the CDC.

How to remove a tick

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

Don’t try home remedies such as covering the tick with nail polish or Vaseline. You don’t want to wait for the tick to detach. The longer it stays attached to you, the more bacteria can be transferred to you.

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The Bottom Line

If you find yourself bitten by a tick, don’t freak out. Not all tick bites result in Lyme disease. Monitor the bite and watch for those early flu-like symptoms. And don’t think you can’t get Lyme disease if you don’t get the bullseye rash. If you are feeling lousy, head to the doctor. The sooner you start treatment, the better your prognosis. If you want more info on Lyme disease, check out the CDC or Mayo Clinic.

Jim Furyk Wins Earns First PGA Tour Victory in Five Years!

April 20th, 2015

 

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Jim Furyk ends a nearly five year drought with a win at RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The former FedEx Cup Champion has a total of 17 PGA Tour Victories after Sunday’s and said despite the struggle, he always knew he would win again. Adding to the excitement he said that this is one of his favorite events and that it meshes well with his type of game. Furyk finished at 18-under, holding of Kevin Kisner in a two-hole playoff.

2. Jordan Spieth is now ranked No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings. It should come as no surprise that The Masters winner and golf phenom has gone viral on social media: he’s young, attractive, and pretty damn good at golf. And now the 21-year-old is ranked No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings. Spieth finished RBC Heritage at 10-under, tying for eleventh place– but if you consider the whirlwind this past week must have been for the kid, eleventh is still a pretty awesome feat.

3. Even without Tiger winning, 14 million people watched the final round of golf at The Masters. The number isn’t record-shattering, even with Jordan Spieth’s record shattering performance, but it isn’t bad either. That number peaked at 17 million in the final half hour of the event, from 6:30-7pm. The average number increased 26% from last year, but stays on par with 2013’s event. Some of this can be due to the Tiger Woods’ Effect: the idea that when Tiger plays, any and everyone will watch. Tiger did return for his first PGA Tour event in several months, and he did play well, and it was The Masters. This Sports Illustrated article delves deep into the stats.

4. The LSU men win their first SEC golf title since 1987. Heading into the tournament ranked seventh, the LSU Tigers Men’s Golf team overcame a five-stroke deficit to claim the title. Defending champs, Alabama, struggled in the final round, finishing at 10-over par. The Tigers will now play in the NCAA Regionals beginning May 14.

Links I Love:

  • This hilarious tweet from Bubba Watson calling on ESPN’s SportsCenter to nominate his trick shot as a Top Ten Play of the week.

  • Who needs a walk-off home run when you can have a walk-off eagle in golf. Sei Young-Kim hit an eagle shot to win the tournament outright– and for about ten seconds, had no idea what had just happened.
  • And here is your LOL for the week. This unmanned golf cart gets stuck in reverse and goes crazy on a college campus in Chicago.

    What to Watch For:

  • PGA Tour: The Zurich Classic of New Orleans begins Thursday in Avondale, LA.
  • European Tour: The Volvo China Open begins Thursday in Shanghai, China.

Golf Etiquette 101 – Because We All Need A Refresher Course!

April 16th, 2015

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It’s the start of golf  here in the ol’ US of A and after seein’ one to many pictures of unrepaired divots like the one above at a grass driving range, Scratch here has come to the realization that not every golfer knows how to act during a round. Now some of you Rock Heads out there may have just started playin’ golf and have yet to learn the unwritten rules of golf. For the rest of you, consider this a quick refresher course(ha, get it!) on your basic golf etiquette. Hopefully keep all of us Rock Heads out of hot water!

Etiquette is a word often associated with golf and not often with cavemen. I’ve never quite mastered that napkin thing; in my day we just used pelts. ANYWAY, what is golf etiquette? Etiquette guidelines are in place for the game to keep safety, pace and quality of the sport and its facilities. All golfers need to know the basic guidelines before you step foot on the fairway unless you what to hear some choice four letter words from other golfers.

 

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  • When swinging your club: Check your grip, and make sure there are no fellow golfers in your trajectory, or behind you. This will help avoid a bump or two (this goes for practice swings too).
  • Make sure the group ahead of you is out of range before hitting the ball, and don’t forget to yell Fore if someone is in the path of the ball.
  • If you decide to rent a cart, make sure you follow the suggested guidelines and take caution before you start your reverse spins.
  • And above all, NEVER Swing or throw you’re club out of anger. Not only do you look like a child, but you could harm yourself or others

 

 

Pace Of Play:5 minute rule

  • Avoid slow play. Pay attention and always be ready to hit the ball when it’s your turn. Don’t make groups wait for you, you never know when a golfer is gaining on you who has had a bad day.
  • The player Away (who’s ball lies furthers from the hole) should shoot first, but if you are in a friendly match, you can play as ready.
  • You are allowed 5 minutes to look for a lost ball, but if you REALLY want to take this time, allow the group behind you to play through before you take your penalty, because I doubt you will find it. Or to be a nicer player and save time, if a ball is lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds, play a provisional ball.
  • If you are riding a car, be sure to bring a few clubs with you as you approach your shot, this will prevent you from having to walk back to the cart if you grabbed the wrong one.
  • Always leave the putting green as soon as you have finished.
  • Limit yourself to one or two practice swings. Any more won’t really help.
  • Keep up with the group in front of you and always let faster groups play through.

 

Don't do thisMaintaining the course :

  • Repair your divot marks and ball marks on the fairway and green. Seriously, I can’t stress this enough: REPAIR YOUR MARKS! It’s the responsibility of every golfer to leave the course in the same – or better – shape than they found it. Don’t know how, check out the image below!
  • Observe the cart rules of the course. Don’t go driving all over, unless you absolutely are sure you can jump the sand trap (wheels can damage the sensitive areas of the green and fairway).
  • Before leaving a bunker, players should fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others.
  • Replace the flagstick in an upright position.
  • Try to avoid making a divot on practice swings

 

 

How To Fix A Divot

Consideration For Other Players

  • Turn off or silence any electronics. Players should always ensure that they don’t disturb others’ play with unnecessary noise.
  • Silence is golden. Don’t move, talk, or stand close to a player making a shot. They could lose concentration and a club may find its way into yer mouth. Have fun explainin’ that one to the ER nurse.
  • Don’t curse out loud after a bad shot. Try your best to contain yer emotions after a shot, even though your golfin’ buddies might not mind, you may startle someone who is within ear shot.
  • Do not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.
  • Watch where your shadow hits. Don’t stand or cast a shadow on another player’s line of putt.
  • Remain on or close to the green until all players have holed out.

 

Golf Attire Etiquette

 

 

Jordan Spieth Breaks Records, Wins Big at The Masters

April 13th, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

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I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Jordan Spieth becomes the youngest golfer since Tiger Woods to wear the Green Jacket. Unless you have been living under a rug since Thursday, you’ve heard of Spieth’s spectacular performance at Augusta. The 21-year-old (the same age, by the way, that Woods won The Masters for the first time in 1997) also became the first golfer since 1976, and only the fifth ever, to lead the tournament from start to finish. After placing second last year at his Masters debut, Spieth entered the tournament a heavy favorite. He shot a 64 in his opening round and finished Sunday at 18-under par. Despite the list of popular names on the leaderboard, no other golfer would come closer than two strokes away from Spieth the entire weekend — and that only lasted for one hole. Spieth now ranks No. 2 in the world, just behind Rory McIlory.

2. Tiger makes the cut at Augusta, plays a complete 72 holes. He may have fallen short of the Green Jacket, but Tiger’s performance at Augusta is nothing to scoff at. On Saturday, Woods shot a 68, bringing with it flashbacks of the days Tiger was in his prime. His game was a little off on Sunday, shooting a 73 and he ended up finishing tied for 17. At one point on Sunday, Tiger jammed his wrist after a weird shot when he hit a tree root hidden under the pine straw. Afterwards, Tiger said he had to pop a bone back into place to continue on. Although his game has much improved since the last time we saw him earlier this year, Tiger says we won’t be seeing him for a while. He is going to take some time off to continue to improve his game. 3. A host of big names round out the top-ten at The Masters. Spieth held off some of best in the game: names like Mickelson, McIlroy, Johnson, Fowler, Poulter, and many more. Lefty tied with Justin Rose for second place, finishing at 14-under. Next was Rory McIlroy at 12-under. Hideki Matsuyama finished in fifth place at 11-under, with Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, and Ian Poulter tying for sixth. Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson, and Charley Hoffman rounded out the top ten finishing at 9-under. You can see the entire leaderboard here. 4. Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson finishes at par. Looking for his third Green Jacket, Watson fell a bit short. But he still got to pass the jacket on to Speith.

Links I Love:

 

 

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Tiger Will Play!

April 6th, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

 

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

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Here’s What’s Happened:

1.Tiger Woods will play The Masters this weekend. He made the announcement this past Friday by simply saying “It’s obviously very important to me and I want to be there.” This followed a week of speculation from the golf media after Woods dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since 1996. He announced he was taking time off to practice and perfect his game earlier this year, saying he did not want to compete unless it was at the highest level possible. Woods has won The Masters four times in his illustrious career. He missed the tournament last year with a back injury, the only time he didn’t play. Woods added, “I’ve worked a lot on my game and I’m looking forward to competing. I’m excited to get to Augusta and I appreciate everyone’s support.”

2. J.B. Holmes wins Shell Houston Open in playoff. Holmes, tied with Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner, finished at 16-under. Spieth led Holmes by six strokes heading into Sunday, but Holmes birdied the first five holes and finished Sunday at 8-under to force the playoff. Spieth has played in the final group and been a top-two finisher in his past three starts and is currently fourth in world rankings and second in the FedEx standings.

3. Bubba Watson talks about his experience at The Masters. Watson sat down with ESPN reporter Scott Van Pelt and discussed how his play matches the course at Augusta, Tiger Woods, and his favorite NBA team. You can see part of the interview on ESPN.com, and a full-length article in the upcoming issue of ESPN the Magazine.

4. Brittany Lincicome is the surprise winner in LPGA playoff. She said heading into the tournament, she was focused on simply making the cut, but a 10-foot eagle putt and three pars boosted Lincicome into the winner’s circle at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday. Lincicome tied it up with Stacey Lewis when she made the eagle putt on 18 and stayed calm through three holes in the playoff to clinch the win just in time– the sun was setting as the women went to what would be the final hole in the playoff. This was Lincicome’s first title in nearly four years.

Links I Love:

 

  • Patrick Reed made a hole-in-one at the Houston Shell Open on Saturday, and lost his watch in the celebration.
  • This photo gallery from USA Today Sports depicting all of Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour Victories.
  • This new Nike Golf commercial featuring Rory McIlroy– a heartfelt tribute to Tiger Woods.

  • What to Watch For:

  • The Masters begin this Thursday from Augusta National. Find television listings here.

 

The Absolute HARDEST Holes At The Masters!

April 2nd, 2015

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EDITED 4/9/2015: The first day is almost over and as it stands right now, Rose and Hoffman are in the lead!

Check Out The Leaderboard All Weekend!

You’ll Love These Fun Facts About The Masters!

We’re having a great time prepping for  the Masters here at the Cave! The course at Augusta National has changed over the years, but one thing remains the same: This is a tough golf course. The narrow tee shots and many bunkers can easily knock pros away from par. This caveman gone through the history and has broken down the hardest of the hard, the toughest of the tough – the names might not sound very intimidating -but these are the most difficult holes at Augusta!

 

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5th hole

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5th hole: Par 4, 455 yards

Hole Name: Magnolia

With an uphill, dogleg left hole, this fairway was the fifth most difficult fairway to hit in 2012. There’s also those two massive fairway bunkers to contend with. Fun Fact: This hole was inspired by the legendary Road Hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Bobby Jones initially disapproved of the fairway bunkers. The green sits just above natural grade which makes it difficult to read. You may not see much of this hole on TV, but trust me, it’s a doozy.

 

 

 

 

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4th Hole

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4th hole: Par 3, 240 yards

Hole Name: Flowering Crab Apple

This long par 3 got a whole lot longer thanks to recent changes and test the long iron or fairway wood accuracy for most tour players. Designed as a long version of the 11th at St. Andrews, it’s brutal. Just ask Phil Mickelson. This is where it all went wrong for him three years ago. Two bunkers guard the green and tend to force players to hit long or left. It’s also often made much harder by deceptive winds.

 

 

 

 

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11th hole

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11th hole: Par 4, 505 yards

Hole Name: White Dogwood

Historic avg.: 4.35

This difficult hole is the start of Amen Corner, and wind is often a factor. It’s a blind tee shot through a narrow chute. A pond guards the green to the left and everything slopes that way; a bunker is placed right-center. This hole has decided all but three of the Masters sudden death playoffs, and may be best remembered for Larry Mize’s incredible chip-in to defeat Ben Hogan in 1987. Hogan once said, “If you see my ball on that green in two you’ll know I missed my second shot.” Fun Fact: Prior to 1950, Rae’s Creek ran in front of this green. It was replaced by a larger hazard in form of the current pond.

 

 

 

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12th hole

#2

12th hole: Par 3, 155 yards

Hole Name: Golden Bell

Golden Bell is Augusta’s 12th hole and the heart of “Amen Corner”. One of the most famous holes in golf, it’s the shortest hole on the course at only 155 yards and Par 3. To the front of the green lies Rae’s creek. To the rear of the green lie dozens of azaleas. Immediately hugging the green on both front and back are bunkers. Players to choose their clubs VERY carefully here in order to loft their ball high into the air. Due to the swirling winds, club selection can range from a 6-iron to a 9-iron. In 2012, it produced 13 double bogeys, tied for the most of any hole.

 

 

 

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10th hole: Par 4, 495 yards

Hole Name: Camellia

This is it. The toughest hole at Augusta National. The hole is built around a perfect drive that needs to land on an undulating fairway that slopes from right to left. The ball has to come in perfectly high and soft, and there’s no chance of run-up to the perched surface. Too far to the left and golfers must deal with the trees on their approach shot; too far to the right and golfers can have an awkward stance off a slanted lie and an extra 20-30 yards to the green. But I’ll always remember this hole for Bubba Watson’s impressive hook off the pine straw out of the trees and onto the green.

 

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Jimmy Walker 1st Repeat PGA Winner This Year

March 30th, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

 

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

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1. Jimmy Walker wins in his hometown at Texas Open. His win makes him the first repeat winner this season on the PGA Tour — his first win came in January when he won the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine shots. Fellow Texan, Jordan Spieth, finished second by four strokes. Spieth’s finish pushed him up to fourth in the world rankings, while Walker moved from 13th to 10th.

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2. Donald Trump’s long awaited golf course opens in NYC on April 1. New York golfers have long wondered if the fabled golf course would ever become a reality. According to the New York Post, Trump Golf Links of Ferry Point will be open for business this week. “There’s never been anything like this ever built in the history of golf,” Trump said in an interview with The Post. “You have a world championship course that fronts the East River that has among the most magnificent views of the city.” Local businessmen and women will rejoice at this — Midtown Manhattan is just eight miles from the first tee. Perhaps close enough for a midday golf break?

3. Tiger is skipping Houston, the final event before the Masters. It was assumed he wouldn’t play since it hadn’t been a tournament Woods had played in the past, but his decision was made official this week. That means, if Tiger plays at The Masters in a few weeks, he will do so with just two events under his belt this season. Woods now ranks 96th in the world, and after having to miss The Masters for the first time last year due to injury, chances for his return for this year’s Masters looks slimmer and slimmer with every passing day. Woods has been making headlines recently (like this one about creating a scholarship, and this one about rebuilding a course in China), but he hasn’t tweeted since mid-March. Golf.com put together a list of nine reasons why The Masters need Tiger Woods. 4. Cristie Kerr wins first LPGA title since 2013. Kerr pulled away from previous leader Mirim Lee on the back nine after sinking four straight birdies. She finished at 7-under 65 to claim the Kia Classic title. World No. 1, Lydia Ko was tied for first at the 14th hole, but failed to make a birdie the rest of the way. 5. Aaron Baddeley holed out from 336 yards on a par-4 on Thursday… but due to a re-teeing penalty, his shot didn’t count as a hole-in-one. There has only been one recorded hole-in-one on a par-4 in Tour history. With the one shot penalty, Baddeley’s hole-in-one did still count as a birdie, and it counted in the history books. The shot is the longest hole-out for birdie and the longest hole-out of any kind since the Shortlink Era began in 2003.

Links I Love:

 

  • Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald got to show off their golf skills to some of the best athletes in the world.

 

 

 

Via Twitter.

What to Watch For:

 

Stop Back Pain And Get Back To Playing!

March 26th, 2015

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Changes are if you suffer from the golfin’ bug, you’ve also suffered some back pain too. Lower back pain is by far the most common ailment suffered by golfers of all ages. TPI polled over 31,000 golfers and found that 28.1% of all players deal with lower back pain after every round. And it’s not just us weekend warriors who are hurtin’. Data indicates that over 20% of pros play with pain as well. Nothing takes you out of competition like hurtin’ the old back. So Scratch here thought that he’d take a moment to educate all you out in Internet-land about how to avoid a back injury and what to do if you do get hurt.

golf1It’s no surprise that back pain is one of the most common problems for golfers. Although you might not believe it, according to this article in The Spine Journal by Doctors Gluck, Bendo, and Spivak, the golf swing generates a tremendous amount of force. Add to that, the twisting and turning motion of swinging a club, and you’re putting a lot of stress on your lumbar spine aka your lower back. A full golf swing (backswing and follow-through) rotates the spine with a great deal of force and little control, leaving the structures in the lower back particularly open to injury.

The easiest way to prevent injuries is to make sure that you have good technique. This means you practice proper swing mechanics and club grip, proper conditioning, and use the proper equipment. When you swing a golf club, your lumbar spine goes through a variety of stresses and forces including compression and rotation. You can reduce the stress that swinging causes by:

  • Rotating the shoulder and hip the same amount during the backswing. Think about it: Your spine connects them so you don’t want to force them onto different planes. Not only can you hurt yourself, but you’ll lose power in your swing
  • Keeping a neutral spine position during the set-up and backswing. Many golfers think they should arch their lower back when addressing the ball – like they’re forming an “S” with their spine. This is an extremely common posture created by prolonged static postures, like sitting at a desk for years on end. However, this can lead to back pain and a bad swing. This puts stress on the muscles of the lower back. You can stick your butt out, but make sure to keep bend from the hips and keep your back flat and neutral.

Golf instructor Sean Foley, who teaches Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose, says he’s figured out the four main ways that golfers hurt themselves during their swing. Check out his article on Golf Digest to see if you’re guilty of any of these back sins!

You can also avoid injuries by following building strength in your core and having a good stretching regiment before you take to the course. Check out the video below one great back stretch you can do anywhere!

 

Back PainGolf Digest fitness advisor Ralph Simpson says try these exercises:

  • Stand with the heels of your hands on top of your buttocks, fingers pointing down, and arch your back until you feel tension. Hold for two seconds, repeat 10 to 15 times.
  • Sit cross-legged with the ankle of one leg resting on the knee of the other. Grab the knee of the resting leg and pull it toward your opposite shoulder until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds, then push the knee down until you feel tension in the hip. Hold 30 to 60 seconds, switch legs.
  • Cross your arms so your fingers touch the opposite shoulder. Turn your torso until the elbow of one arm passes over the opposite thigh. Turn the other direction. Do 10 to 15 rotations.
  • Lie face down supported by your forearms and toes. Keeping your pelvis higher than your lower back, tighten your abdominals, and hold. Relax and repeat.

 

If you find yourself facing a serious injury, it’s generally advisable to rest for a day or two, apply heat and/or ice alternatively, and take pain medication. Medications like ibuprofen or naproxen can help decrease inflammation and reduce your pain. You can also roll out any muscle knots an sore with a foam roller. If you find that your pain still ain’t going away, it might be time to treat yourself to a massage or even consult your doctor about your lingering aches. And don’t start playing again until the pain is gone; you could just injure yourself further.

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Matt Every Repeats at Bay Hill

March 23rd, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

 

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

 

blog-matt-every-arnold-palmer-03231. Matt Every wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the second year in a row. Every made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure the win over Henrik Stenson and secure his spot at The Masters in just a few weeks. Last year’s come-from-behind win was bested this year as Every headed into Sunday with a six shot deficit. His birdie putt would have forced a playoff, but Stenson missed wide left. Every is in good company joining Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts as the only others to repeat at Bay Hill. Every finished at 19-under 269 with all four of his rounds scoring in the 60s.

2. Hyo Joo Kim wins LPGA Tour’s JTBC Founders Cup. The 19-year-old rookie finished the final eight holes Sunday with five birdies, outlasting Stacy Lewis for the win. South Korean golfers have dominated this season, winning all six LPGA Tour events in 2015. Top-ranked golfer, Lydia Ko (born in South Korea, but is from New Zealand) finished sixth at the tournament this weekend.

3. Daniel Berger and Zach Johnson both score mystical albatross. Both golfers holed their second shots on the par-5 16th hole at Bay Hill over the weekend. First Berger on Saturday – the first on the course in 35 years – while Johnson followed suit on Sunday. According to several sources, the odds of making an albatross, or double eagle, are somewhere in the ballpark of six million to one. Since 1970, there have been a recorded 121 double eagles on the PGA Tour.

4. Jimmy Walker leads FedEx Cup standings with 1,150 points. In second place, Bubba Watson with 1,088. Patrick Reed is in third with 1,076. Dustin Johnson and Robert Streb round out the top five with 910 points and 903 points respectively. You can see the full list of standings here.

5. An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calls this golf season “melodramatic and leaderless.” The author’s argument? In the eleven events so far this calendar year, there have been no repeat winners. On top of that, he says that no one has “stepped up” and taken the place of legends like Tiger and Jack Nicklaus. Heck, even Rory is working on his game. He calls for a central hero, and hopes that The Masters next month will bring someone to the forefront. My opinion? It’s early yet. Let’s give it some time. What do you think?

Links I Love:

  • Golf lovers in Western Pennsylvania braved the harsh winter to throw the Frostbite Open. Photo gallery via ESPN.
  • Golf.com is asking you to vote for the best American Golfer. Vote here.
  • This photo gallery from Golf.com showcases the strangest trophies in golf. Some of them are just plain weird looking!

What to Watch For:

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win FREE Taylor Made SLDR Irons!

March 19th, 2015

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My newest contest of the month for my Facebook fans has JUST started, and this time I’m giving away something an amazing set of sticks! Worth $900, Taylor Made SLDR Irons will set you up for success no matter the course! They deliver the distance and forgiveness that every golfer wants! So don’t delay – go enter my awesome Giveaway Contest for FREE Taylor Made SLDR Irons!

 

sldr_fb_giveaway_custombannerEnter to win via Facebook today! Don’t delay – the contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on March 31st!

  • The sweepstakes runs from March 16th to March 31st at 11:59pm, so you can’t procrastinate in entering to win these fabulous prizes.
  • You must be 18+ years old to enter and win. As much as we appreciate you young pups taking an interest in golf, get your parents to enter if you’re not quite reaching that age requirement.
  • All entries will be used and drawing will be random.
  • All you have to do is enter your email address. No purchase necessary! If you are chosen as a winner, the email address you submitted will be used to contact you to obtain an address to send the prize.
  • A Facebook account is needed to enter.
  • Only people residin’ in countries that we ship to can apply. International winners will get the value of the prize in caveman cash.

 

The sweepstakes only lasts ’til 11:59pm March 31st, so enter quick for yer chance to win! Enter to win via Facebook today!

 

Now that that’s are out of the way, let’s take a look at our fabulous prize!

 

FREE Taylor Made SLDR Irons!

sldr_fb_giveaway_buttonTECHNOLOGY YOU CAN SEE.

PERFORMANCE YOU CAN FEEL.

TARGET:
All players who want the best of both worlds — a traditionally shaped and sized iron that also has modern performance technology that enhances distance, launch angle and forgiveness.

The SLDR iron is ideal for players who want the eye-appeal and responsiveness of a classically shaped iron with as well as modern performance technology that promotes higher and longer shots.

When we say classic looking we mean a simple, triangular shape, not too big, with a thin topline, thin sole and beautiful chrome finish. Many golfers find this look appealing, but don’t feel like they have the skill for such an iron. The SLDR iron has changed that – its new, ThruSlot Speed Pocket helps you launch the ball with more speed and with a higher launch angle than you can with past player’s iron. The high flight promotes a steep descent angle for quick stops on the green.

We’ve never made an iron like this that goes this far and feels so good. And it’s all thanks to careful calibration of the Speed Pocket’s design as well as the discreetly positioned badge on the back that absorbs unwanted vibration.

Any player who loves the look and performance of a classic player’s iron, including those who’ve admired them from afar but convinced themselves they don’t have the skill to put them in their bag, will love the new SLDR iron and its extraordinary of beauty and distance-enhancing performance.

Features:

  • New and improved Speed Pocket with ThruSlot Technology
  • ThruSlot Technology promotes fast speed and high launch across the face
  • Modern-classic blended shape, slim topline and thinner sole for superb look and playability
  • Complex vibration-dampening system delivers Tour-caliber sound and feel
  • Consistent gapping and precise distance control throughout the set
  • New KBS Tour C-Taper 90 designed to promote high launch, and spin control

Go to Rock Bottom Golf for more information of the Taylor Made SLDR Irons!

 

So don’t delay Rock Heads, go Put Your Name In The Hat for a chance to win FREE Taylor Made SLDR Irons!