Press-Republican

May 25, 2012

Welcome to Golf Month


Press-Republican

---- — By WILLIE KING

PGA PRO

The PGA of America has initiated several wonderful golf programs for the 2012 season. One of the programs that we are promoting is "Welcome to Golf Month."

This program is to let all the former golfers know that we are going to do our level best to get you excited about golf again.

One benefit of Welcome to Golf month is that I offer any golfer a free 10-minute golf lesson at Adirondack Golf Club. The interested golfer must call my golf shop at 561-2337 to make an appointment. Also, I will be offering a six-week ladies golf clinic starting in June. They will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Adirondack Golf Club. The clinics will cover every phase the game and the students will also go out on the course one session to go over the etiquette and rules of the game.

To get the entire community more excited and involved I have set up two demo days from the two best golf companies in the business. First of all, we have a demo day with the Titleist Golf Company Friday, May 25, at Adirondack Golf Club from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Then on June 8, we have the Ping Golf Company from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

All interested golfers may try any and all golf clubs and the range balls are free of charge.

I suggest that all the golf clubs in the North Country to try to promote "Tee It Forward" program. This is designed so that the senior golfer, junior golfer and all golfers with a high handicap will enjoy the game a lot more. This change will lower your golf scores, enable you to have more fun, and you will play in much less time. The "Tee It Forward" program is getting tremendous response in the areas of the country that are promoting it.

Here are what some PGA pros told PGA Magazine about the program:

Jack Nicklaus says, "It's the way to play."

Paul Creamer says, "It's cool."

Dustin Johnson says, "Its fun. Play faster and have more fun."

Finally, our "Its O.K." hints for beginners has also been very receptive where initiated to this point. Some of the It's O.K. to play golf for fun are:

1. Its O.K. not to keep score

2. Its O.K. to play from the shorter tees

3. Its O.K. to give yourself a better lie

4. Its O.K. to throw your ball out of the bunker after one try

5. Its O.K. to pick up in the middle of the hole and enjoy the scenery

6. Its O.K. to play golf in your sneakers. Be comfortable!

7. Its O.K. to move your ball away from trees, rocks, or very hilly lies.

These above guidelines are for beginning golfers and not for tournament play.

Plattsburgh Golf/ Adirondack Golf Club are a participating ' PLAY GOLF AMERICA "facility. We will be having golf programs and initiatives all year long to help you the golfer better enjoy your time playing golf.

The Rule of The Week: If you break or damage your driver during the course of play, are you entitled to replace it under the rules of golf?

Answer: Yes, you are allowed to replace it.

The Golf Tip of the Week: Practice the correct posture and your golf swing will definitely get a lot better. Pick out a PGA Tour player such as Adam Scott or Julie Inkster and try to emulate their posture and or set-up.