I’m Giving Away A FREE Bushnell Neo XS GPS Watch!

April 18th, 2014

 

Come on Rock Heads, it’s spring and it’s time to start your yearly journey to a lower score! And Scratch is here to help! It’s time to enter Scratch’s 2nd April Giveaway for a chance to win a prize valued at over $200! I’m giving away a FREE Bushnell Neo XS GPS Watch!  Here’s what you need to know:

 

Enter to win a Bushnell Neo XS GPS Watch from RockBottomGolf.com! We’re givin’ away ONE of these rockin’ GPS watches at the end of the month; now’s the time to throw your hat into the ring!

Enter to win via Facebook today!

  • The sweepstakes ends on April 30th 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.
  • You can enter up to once a day.
  • 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.
  • You do not need a Facebook account to enter the contest; only an email address.

 

Now that the logistics are out of the way, let’s take a look at our fabulous prize! Just remember to Enter On Facebook!

 

Bushnell Neo XS GPS Watch Giveaway!Bushnell Neo XS GPS Watch!

Thin, comfortable, long battery life and up to 4 hazard distances per hole. Preloaded with over 33,000 courses in more than 30 countries, no downloads and no membership fees ever.

Features:

  • Pre-loaded with 33,000+ courses in more than 30 countries
  • Long Battery Life – over 3 rounds between charges
  • Auto Course Recognition and Auto Hole Advance
  • Easy-to-read Front/Center/Back Distances
  • Hazard/Layup Distances (up to 4 per hole)
  • Comfortable Sports Band
  • Round Odometer
  • Shot Distance Calculater
  • No Membership or Download Fees
  • Comes with USB cable to charge the unit via a USB port
  • Go here for more information on the Bushnell Neo XS GPS Watch!

     

    Don’t waste time procrastinatin’ Rockheads, hurry up and enter my Golf Giveaway NOW!

    The Best Of The 2014 Masters!

    April 14th, 2014

    Photo by David Cannon/Getty

    Congrats to Bubba Watson on his second Masters win! With an impressive final-round score of 69 on Sunday, Watson earned his second green jacket in three years. Watson was paired with newcomer Jordan Spieth in the final round. The 20-year old Speith quickly scored a two-shot lead on the front nine, however a number of mistakes heading into the back nine would ultimately keep Spieth from winning.

    After that, Bubba didn’t need any miraculous shot out of the woods. He dominated the rest of Augusta National including with a 366-yard drive on the par-5 13th hole. When he finally tapped in the last hole for par, Watson dropped to his knees with tears of joy before being greeted by his toddler Caleb and the rest of the family. He later celebrated the victory as only Bubba Watson can: by going to Waffle House. We at the Cave believe that this makes him officially the first person to ever eat Waffle House food sober. Congrats Bubba!

    We’d also be remiss not to congratulate the two players who tied for second: Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt. Watson has been to Augusta before, but this was the first time both Spieth and Blixt has played in the Masters! Spieth is barely 20 and showed moments of absolute brilliance out on the course. Even though Blixt never lead on Sunday, he is now one of two players to stay under par for each of the four rounds of his Masters debut. Good job guys and we can’t wait to see where you’ll both go from here!

     

     

    Check out Scratch’s favorite videos and pics from the 2014 Masters below!

    Bubba at Waffle House!

    ESPN’s highlights of Bubba’s Win!

    Golf.com recaps the tournament and analyzes Jordan Spieth’s future.

    The Five Hardest Holes At Augusta

    April 11th, 2014

    We’re having a great time watching 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 by historical scoring average, these are the most difficult holes at Augusta!

     

     

    5th hole

    #5

    5th hole: Par 4, 455 yards

    Hole Name: Magnolia

    Historic avg.: 4.27 (5th)

    2012 avg.: 4.21 (7th)

    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. 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.

     

     

    4th Hole#4

    4th hole: Par 3, 240 yards

    Hole Name: Flowering Crab Apple

    Historic avg.: 3.29 (T-3rd)

    2012 avg.: 3.22 (6th)

    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 two years ago. Two bunkers guard the green and tend to force players to hit long or left.

     

     

     

     

    11th hole

    #3

    11th hole: Par 4, 505 yards

    Hole Name: White Dogwood

    Historic avg.: 4.29 (T-3rd)

    2012 avg.: 4.32 (2nd)

    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 in 1987. Ben Hogan once said, “If you see my ball on that green in two you’ll know I missed my second shot.”

     

     

     

     

    12th hole#2

    12th hole: Par 3, 155 yards

    Hole Name: Golden Bell

    Historic avg.: 3.30 (2nd)

    2012 avg.: 3.06 (13th)

    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 Par3.  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.

     

     

     

     

    #110th hole

    10th hole: Par 4, 495 yards

    Hole Name: Camellia

    Historic avg.: 4.32 (1st)

    2012 avg.: 4.24 (5th)

    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.

     

    When And Where To Watch The Masters

    April 8th, 2014

    Keep Up With The Live Leaderboard Here!

     

    Amen Corner

    Photo by Dom Furore

    It’s finally here! It’s Masters Week and everyone at the Cave is breaking out the pimento cheese sandwiches in celebration. It’s also time to get your own official Masters watching battle station together. Got the couch, popcorn, cold beverage? Don’t worry about searching the channels; Scratch has got you covered with this complete Masters television coverage schedule. But don’t worry Rock Heads if you can’t sit in front of the TV 24/7, there are other ways to watch. If you want to watch on your computer, Masters.com will stream some of the tournament live. Go here for live streaming. For smartphone coverage to Masters.com to download one of their apps.


    Tuesday, April 8

    Golf Channel
    7-9 a.m. — Morning Drive
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Live From the Masters (includes player news conferences)
    7-9 p.m. — Live From the Masters

    Masters.com/Masters App
    12-2 p.m. — Masters on the Range

    Wednesday, April 9

    ESPN/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
    3-5 p.m. — Live Par-3 Contest Coverage
    5-6 p.m. — Sportscenter At The Masters

    Golf Channel
    7-9 a.m. — Morning Drive
    9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Live From the Masters (includes Billy Payne news conference)
    7-9 p.m. — Live From the Masters

    Masters.com/Masters App
    12-2 p.m. — Masters on the Range

    Thursday April 10

    ESPN
    3-7:30 p.m. — Live First Round Coverage
    8 p.m. — First Round Encore

    Masters.com/Masters App/CBSSports.com
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Masters On the Range (Also On CBS Sports Network)
    2 p.m. — Masters Radio coverage begins
    12 p.m. – Completion Of Play — Featured Groups 1 & 2
    10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. — Amen Corner Live
    11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. — 15th & 16th holes

    Golf Channel
    6-8 a.m. — Morning Drive
    8 a.m.-3 p.m. — Live From the Masters
    7:30-9:30 p.m. — Live From the Masters

    Friday April 11

    ESPN/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
    3-7:30 p.m. — Live Second Round Coverage
    8 p.m. — Second Round Encore

    Masters.com/Masters App/CBSSports.com
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Masters On the Range (Also On CBS Sports Network)
    2 p.m. — Masters Radio coverage begins
    12 p.m. – Completion Of Play — Featured Groups 1 & 2
    10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. — Amen Corner Live
    11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. — 15th & 16th holes

    Golf Channel
    6-8 a.m. — Morning Drive
    8 a.m.-3 p.m. — Live From the Masters
    7:30-9:30 p.m. — Live From the Masters

    Saturday April 12

    CBS
    3-7 pm — Live Third Round Coverage

    Masters.com/Masters App/CBSSports.com
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Masters On the Range (Also On CBS Sports Network)
    2 p.m. — Masters Radio coverage begins
    12 p.m. – Completion Of Play — Featured Groups 1 & 2
    10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. — Amen Corner Live
    11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. — 15th & 16th holes

    Golf Channel
    6-9:30 a.m. — Morning Drive
    9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Live From the Masters
    7-9 p.m. — Live From the Masters

    Sunday April 13

    CBS
    1-2 p.m. — Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta: Nick Faldo At The Masters
    2-7 p.m. — Final Round Live Coverage

    Masters.com/Masters App/CBSSports.com
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Masters On the Range (Also On CBS Sports Network)
    2 p.m. — Masters Radio coverage begins
    12 p.m. – Completion Of Play — Featured Groups 1 & 2
    11:45 a.m.-6 p.m. — Amen Corner Live
    12:30-7 p.m. — 15th & 16th holes

    Golf Channel
    6-9:30 a.m. — Morning Drive
    9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Live From the Masters
    7-9 p.m. — Live From the Masters

    Why You Should Still Be Excited About A Tiger-Less Masters!

    April 4th, 2014

    Hole 12 At Augusta

    So by now, we’ve all heard the news, for the first time since 1995, Tiger Woods will not be competing in this year’s Masters Tournament. But don’t be discouraged! Whether or not you’re a Tiger fan, this year’s Masters looks to be as exciting as previous years.  Here’s Scratch’s Top 3 Reasons To Be Excited About The 2014 Masters!

    1. The field is WIDE open

    This season has so far seen one crucial difference from previous years: a dominant player. Rory McIlroy mentioned Wednesday that men’s golf is a wide open as it’s ever been during his time as a pro. “It’s almost like golf is waiting for someone to stamp their authority on the game and be that dominant player,” McIlroy said. Consider this: Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are winless. The last 20 PGA Tour events have turned out 17 different winners. Only two of the top-10 current players in the world have won a PGA Tour event at all this season!

    Tiger’s back isn’t the only injury changing up the game this year. Phil Mickelson withdrew last week due to a pulled oblique; Jason Day’s having pain in his left thumb, and Hunter Mahan is also having back problems. That’s another three of the usual suspects who are now questionable. If Day wasn’t injured, he would have been the Cave crew’s top pick; hopefully his time will come soon. At the moment, we’re cautiously getting behind Adam Scott; he’s the second best bet on the bookmakers list behind McIlroy.

    2. More coverage of different players

    For years now, we’ve heard the same complaint: Why do they only cover Tiger’s group?! Without him, get ready for more hours of players we don’t get to see enough of like Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and Thorbjorn Olesen. And don’t forget the previous two Masters champs Scott and Bubba Watson. Surely, TV execs and advertisers will be missing the Tiger Woods ratings bump, but the rest of us viewers surely won’t miss hearing once again that, “Tiger’s on the hunt.”

    3. It’s freaking beautiful

    There’s a reason everyone gushes about the grounds of Augusta National. You’ll find images of Amen Corner on living room walls, desktop screens, shirts, even cell phone cases! There is something magical in those cypress trees and azaleas; it’s no wonder Augusta is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Even if you don’t ever get the chance to walk the greens, it’s a true pleasure every year to see that little slice of heaven on our televisions.

     

    Check out ESPN’s analysis of the field of golfers!

     

     

    What are you most excited about Rock Heads? Let me know in the comments below!

    Enter For A Chance To Win A FREE Sky Golf Sky Pro Swing Trainer!

    April 1st, 2014

     

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    It’s almost time for the Masters and to celebrate I’m having TWO giveaway this month! My first March Giveaway is for a Sky Golf Sky Pro Swing Trainer – that’s a prize worth over $200! It runs until April 15th and is FREE to enter  – so why haven’t you put your name in?!

     

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

     

    • The sweepstakes runs from April 1st to April 15th 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.
    • You don’t need a Facebook account to enter; just a email address!
    • 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 lasts ’til 11:59pm April 15th, 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!

     

     

    Sky Golf Sky Pro Swing Trainer!

    Sky Golf Sky Pro Swing Trainer

     

    SkyPro doesn’t just provide you with feedback, it also helps you determine what to focus on during practice. View your swing or putt from any angle, compare it to a favorite, or use the checkpoint system; SkyPro has many tools to help you find flaws in your swing. The end result is a thorough, but understandable, analysis.

     

    SEE. GROOVE. IMPROVE.
    For centuries golfers have searched for ways to develop a competitive golf swing. Now, anyone can with SkyPro. Make practice pay off and have more fun, too, with SkyPro!

    POWERFUL 3D INERTIAL MOTION SENSORS CAPTURE YOUR SWING AND SWING DATA

  • Automatically captures up to a hundred thousand data points from address to impact on each swing.
  • Ultra high-speed capture rate at up to 3,200 samples per second provides information you have never seen about your swing.
  • Auto-records your swing with no buttons to push.
  • Auto-transfers swing data to your smartphone.
  • Data includes: clubhead speed, swing path, club rotation, face angle, swing plane, impact position, tempo and much more.TRUE 3D PLAYBACK OF YOUR SWING IN VIVID HIGH DEFINITION
  • Face-on, Down-the-line, Top Views and more
  • True 3D allows views from any other angle
  • Zoom and rotate for close-up analysis
  • Real time playback, half-speed, quarter-speed and pause
  • Store thousands of swings
  • Tag favorite swings by club for comparison and drills
  • Synchronize and compare two swings
  • Auto-detects right and left-handed golfersHAVE FUN AND IMPROVE WITH GROOVE SESSIONS
  • Multiple Swing Checkpoints – provide immediate fault detection.
  • Address, halfway back, top of swing, halfway down and impact
  • Built in alerts to help identify swing faults at each checkpoint for club rotation, shaft angle and swing plane.Challenging Groove Sessions – include custom selectable goals and scoring to measure your progress.Fun, easy drills to work on your:
  • Swing Tempo
  • Shaft lean and angles at address and impact
  • Backswing length
  • Club head speed drills
  • Swing Path, Angle of attack, face rotation and much moreSHARE YOUR SWINGS AND ENJOY CLOUD STORAGE
  • Email to your coach, share on Facebook or via Twitter
  • Cloud storage for further analysis and progress trackingHARDWARE, CALIBRATION AND POWER FEATURES
  • Smart Calibration with auto club detection, including precise loft and lie measurements to eliminate troublesome and inaccurate manual alignments.
  • Anti-Rotational Stability (ARS) to insure your SkyPro stays calibrated and aligned throughout your session. Easy and secure mounting to almost any club.
  • Intelligent Power Management provides up to 8 hours of continuous use on a single charge. No on/off switch needed.
  • Smart Charging Case to protect your SkyPro and have it ready for your next practice session.
  • Ruggedized for outdoor use in any weather.SEE YOUR SWING
    Thousands of critical data points about your Swing Path, Club Head Speed, Swing Plane, Club Face Rotation, Shaft Angles and much more are instantly beamed to a FREE app on your smartphone to view from any angle in true 3D high definition. 

    GROOVE YOUR PERFECT SWING
    Use SkyPro’s unique Groove and Practice Sessions to provide instant feedback on your successful swings and identify common faults immediately. You will quickly correct your faults and start hitting the ball longer, straighter and more consistently than ever before.

    IMPROVE YOUR SWING
    Repeating bad swings only grooves a bad swing. Now, you can see flaws instantly so you don’t groove your faults. Use tips and drills from Hank Haney and Michael Breed to make your practice time productive. SkyPro is like having your personal swing coach everywhere you go.

    TRY SKYPRO AND YOU WILL NEVER PRACTIVE WITHOUT IT AGAIN. GUARANTEED.

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    Quit procrastinating Rock Heads! Enter my Golf Giveaway today!

     

    Last Chance To Win A FREE Sky Golf SkyCaddie Aire GPS!

    March 28th, 2014

     

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    My Golf Giveaway is ending’ Mondy! This is your last chance to enter my Sky Golf SkyCaddie Aire GPS Giveaway! I’ve given away one each week this month and there’s one more left to win. It’s FREE to enter so why haven’t you put your name in?

     

    Enter to win via at the RBG Facebook Page here! Don’t delay – the contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on March 31st!Giveaway!

     

    • The sweepstakes runs from March 1st 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.
    • Only people residin’ in countries that we ship to can apply. International winners will get the value of the prize in caveman cash.
    • A winner will be randomly picked each week, totaling four winners over the month

     

    The sweepstakes lasts ’til 11:59pm March 31st, so enter quick for yer chance to win! Enter to win the RBG contest for four chances to win!

     

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

     

    Sky Golf SkyCaddie Aire GPS

    Sky Golf SkyCaddie Aire GPS!The AIRE from SkyCaddie is extremely affordable and offers fun, convenient versatility. It’s ultra-light, so you can wear it on your belt, hang if off your bag or clip it to a push cart. Get trusted, reliable distances everywhere on the course and make smart decisions on approach. The AIRE features a 1.8 inch greyscale screen with Front, Center and Back of Green distanced that update as you walk or ride. It’s compact and offers Auto Course Recognition, Auto Hole Advance, Auto Distance Update and Scoring. The AIRE also features an odometer, so you can track the miles you walked while playing golf. It will even let you know how many calories you burned. Play better and have more fun with the AIRE from SkyCaddie, the #1 Rangefinder in Golf.

    Features:

  • Big, easy-to-read front, center and back of green distances
  • High precision ground-corrected course maps*
  • Over 30,000 Updatable Preloaded, ready-to-play updatable course maps†
  • Odometer and Calorie Counter
  • Waterproof: IPX 6
  • Extras: Clock, timer, alarm, 12 languages, pace-of-play clock
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    That’s it! Now hurry up and enter the contest today before it’s too late!

     

    Talk About Burners! Study Claims Titanium Golf Clubs Cause Brush Fires!

    March 25th, 2014

    Sounds like we may start seein’ fire extinguishers at tee boxes. According to a recent New York Times article by Henry Fountain, scientists at University of California, Irvine, have found that titanium clubs can create sparks that burn long and hot enough to start a brush fire .

    It all started with two golf course fires in California, including one that burned 25 acres and injured a firefighter in 2010. The fire officials at the Orange County Fire Authority had originally thought the fires were sparked by cigarette butts or cigars. However, Steve Concialdi, a captain at the Authority, says that in both fires, golfers using 3-irons with titanium-alloy heads reported they hit the ground and created sparks that started the fires.

    Fire officials had a hard time believing that so they approached the researchers at UCLA. James C. Earthman, a professor of materials science and golfer, started to examine the claims. He already knew that bits of titanium could burn spontaneously when exposed to air.

    He and his colleagues set up an experiment with a tee surrounded by embedded rocks. They took swings at the rocks with three titanium clubs and three with stainless steel heads and found that all the titanium clubs created sparks while the steel ones did not. The sparks the titanium clubs produced were definately enough to cause a fire. They burned for over a second, at temperatures high enough to ignite dry plants, and some sparks even flew up to four feet!

    “The real danger seemed to be when you had titanium on the sole of the club and on the leading edge,” Earthman said. “The more sparks you have, the further they go and the longer they last, you increase the probability of ignition.”

    Captain Concialdi recommends that golfers with titanium clubs in drought stricken areas like California “either take a penalty or, if your fellow golfers will allow you to improve your lie, do it. But do not hit the ball in this type of area.”

    Check out the video of Professor Earthman’s experirment below!

     

    Don’t Let Back Pain Stop Your Game!

    March 21st, 2014

    Back PainBy now, I’m assumin’ that most of you Rock Heads have heard that Tiger Woods has dropped out of this weekend’s Arnold Palmer Invitational citing back spasms. Many are questionin’ whether he’ll be able to compete in The Masters at all. 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.

    Since the golf swing puts a lot of stress on a golfer’s back, it’s no surprise that back pain is one of the most common problems for golfers. Back pain in golfers can be mechanical, disc-related, arthritis related, or even caused by a stress fracture.

    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 the spine vertical (meaning perpendicular to the ground) during the follow-through (and avoiding hyperextension of the spine) Many golfers think they should arch their lower back when addressing the ball, this can lead to back pain and a bad swing. Think, sticking your butt out, but curving your spine down. 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.

     

    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!

     

    Golf 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. We even have a topical pain killer on sale at the Cave! 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.

    Scratch’s Favorite Driving Drills!

    March 18th, 2014

    Golf SwingWhat’s the first thing you do during a golf game? No, not make an unwinnable bet with your friends. It’s driving. Everyone starts their game off with driving the ball. Now that the new season is finally here, it’s time to get your drive back. Try these driving drills to help you get distance and swing you need!

    Address Drill

    A successful driving golf swing start with the proper address position. Here is a drill that you can practice at the office, family room, basically anywhere.

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart and your shoulders and arms relaxed. Bend your knees slightly, hot too pronounced, think of it as someone is pushing down on the top of your head.  Take your left forefinger and touch the middle of your chest, while your right hand is in front of your body where the club’s grip would be. Imagine that your right hand is a tray of drinks. Take your right arm back in your normal swing motion (as if you are swinging a golf club) and when you are at the extent of your back swing, visualize that you are balancing that tray.  From this position proceed with your downswing and finish the follow through by touching your left shoulder with your right hand.

    This drill will always give an indication of your set-up at address through the swing path to your finish and it can be practiced anywhere. If you are a left handed golfer follow the same steps but reverse your hands.

    Follow-Through Drill

    One of the keys to a solid golf swing is the release, in which the wrists become uncocked and turn at impact with the ball. If that does not occur correctly, the club head will strike the ball at an angle, resulting in a ball flight to the right or left.

    To perform this drill, take a club and swing about half your typical speed. Stop when your arms make a L during the backswing and check where your wrists are. Swing through and release, turning your wrists through the ball and finish by creating the reverse L as you follow through.

    Continue swinging in this manner, but increase the speed. You will become more cognizant of these two important points in the golf swing while noticing increased power.

    If the desired ball flight is not occurring while you’re doing this drill, adjust your grip and arm angle. These should be slight adjustments that the individual golfer will need to experiment with, because it depends somewhat on the strength of the grip and velocity of the swing.

    During the adjustments, continue to do the drill and test different arm angles and grips. This will help the golfer understand the relationship between club head, wrist motion, arm angle and grip in his own swing.

    Penny Drill

    This simple but extremely effective drill will help a golfer get the ball off the ground quickly. Take a penny and place it on a practice mat. Hit a penny off a mat. Try to hit the penny off the mat with different clubs. See how high you can get it to fly. This will help you stop topping the ball. Now try to hit the penny when a ball is on top of it. This will continue to train you not to top the ball.

     

    If you’re more of a visual learner, check out these videos below for more helpful driving drills!