Personal Injury on the Golf Course

The game of golf is played with fourteen clubs and one ball at a time. The player selects one club, which will, when correctly swung at the ball, propel that white dimpled ball the appropriate distance in the appropriate direction. Golf is not thought to be particularly dangerous to one’s health – apart from its obsessive psychological manifestation. This can lead to the cessation of long standing relationships, due to neglect of spouse or partner. People do get injured on the golf course, due to accidents and being struck by flying golf balls.

Personal Injury on the Golf Course

One would have to consider oneself pretty unlucky to cop a serious personal injury whilst out on the course. When other players tell you to keep your head down, they are, generally, referring to a swing tip, rather than giving you a warning of an impending incoming golf ball. The accepted term of warning is to loudly shout ‘fore’ in the direction of the player who inhabits the likely landing area of your powerfully struck ball. Indeed, in early golf history, competing players had two caddies – one to carry his golf bag and clubs and another called a fore caddie.

The fore caddie was responsible for following the path of the player’s golf shot and locating his ball down the fairway. Caddies have become obsolete from the game of golf, excepting at the highest level – the professional tours. Quite likely, the presence of so many caddies was prohibitively expensive and one of the reasons why golf was originally an exclusive pastime of the very wealthy. The game still bears remnants of this exclusive past and is why it remains deeply unpopular with some sections of the population.

If one is injured seriously on the golf course, one should seek the services of personal injury lawyers – who can see if some compensatory payment is justified. If the golf course management is liable for civil prosecution on the basis of providing an unsafe environment for players to play the game on their course.  Personally, I have been hit in the back with a Pensioner’s full blooded drive, whilst standing on the edge of his fairway – thinking that I was safe behind a tree. I have also, been attacked by magpies protecting their nesting young in spring; and this drew blood from my scalp and was like being king hit unexpectedly from behind. Ah golf don’t you just love it!

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Professional Golfers: Stress Relief Options

These past years, Tiger Woods made headlines not because of his dexterities in golf, but because of his predilections for escorts and cocktail waitresses. Most of his “affairs” happened while on tour and away from his now ex-wife. Since golf tournaments are physically and mentally stressful, do these competitions drive professional golfers to seek stress relief in the arms of escorts and prostitutes?

Tiger Woods and His Sex Life

You don’t have to click here and there to know the latest controversies surrounding Tiger Woods and his secret rendezvous with paid women. According to the National Enquirer, the golf superstar had sex with at least 121 women as of their writing. Some of his dalliances allegedly include porn stars, strippers and professional sex workers.

The Washington Post reported that a Hollywood madam claimed that Woods hired high-priced call girls multiple times. In fact, he did not blink an eye when he shelled out $15,000 for a night with a prostitute from Manhattan. There are also instances where Woods paid two girls for a threesome. In a Vanity Fair issue where Woods was the cover, he was said to “made monthly payments of between $5,000 and $10,000 to keep his harem quiet.”

Golfers’ Penchant for Sex Workers

In some states in the U.S., paying escorts for their time is considered as legal. That being said, remunerating them for sex is against the law. Some professional golfers are allured with awesome, no strings attached sex. They want to enjoy threesomes or mild S&M with fully breasted girls. With sex workers, they can explore their fetishes discreetly and without being judged. Moreover, a tryst with professional call girls serves as their outlet for allaying the stress brought by very competitive golf tournaments.

Liaisons with escorts is, indeed, a worthwhile experience since “they know what they’re doing.” However, there’s no turning back in it. Once you get caught, there may or may not be repercussions of great magnitude. In the case of Tiger Woods, his extramarital affairs led to divorce, drop in endorsements, and poor performance in the sport. As a matter of fact, AT&T, Accenture, Gatorade and Tag Heuer have withdrawn their support for the golf superstar. His world ranking also dropped due to his “leg injuries”, which may or may not be associated with his recent predicaments.

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Golf Can Cause Back Injuries: A Chiropractor May Help

Golf can put our spines under some pressure. Playing and practising too much, when your body is not fit enough, can lead to back injuries. Golf is a curious game and many of us approach it for the first time completely untutored. As red-blooded sporting men and women we would like to master the hardest game of all by ourselves. Not for me any lessons from the pro; I did it my way, thanks Frank. The crooners loved golf: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Sinatra love to swing in the green cathedral. But doing it my way, if it is the wrong way, is a quick way to end up in serious back trouble.

Golf can cause back injuries: a chiropractor may help you to alleviate them. But, before you end up on the slab, here are a few tips to avoid golfing based back injuries in the first place. When you take up the game for the first time get some professional help, don’t do what I did, and countless of others have also done, which is practising the wrong things for hours and hours. The thing about golf, is that you cannot see yourself swing the club, unless you are standing near a mirror. Out on the golf range, mirrors are rare as hen’s teeth; which is actually a design fault when you come to think about it. But, because you cannot see yourself and you don’t really know what you are doing, it pays to have a PGA professional observing you and guiding you.

Golf Can Cause Back Injuries: A Chiropractor May Help

Wouldn’t you rather spend your money on golf lessons than on chiropractic bills for a back injury? Even if it is not a question of spending money in the first place, but rather a reluctance to seek professional tuition, golf is not a one-man game anymore. Think about the best players in the world, and how many coaches, personal trainers, mental trainers, nutritionists and other ‘team golf’ members they have in their retinue. The days of Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino and doing it by yourself, are well and truly gone. Success is a team effort. Most professional tours have their own gyms and physiotherapy clinics on course for the benefit and treatment of competing players.

The Brookvale chiropractor have treated a number of golfers for back injuries and are highly proficient in healing injuries of this nature. So, even if you have left your run for the Champion’s Tour a little late, they can help you, if you require a push or manipulation in the right direction.

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Golf for People With A Disability

When it comes to golf, some say that we all have a shared disability, the fact that we are human and that golf demands something superhuman. Perhaps, that is why we are all then given handicaps. When you first come to golf as a beginner, you often feel less than able; and that in no way is meant as demeaning toward people with disabilities. In fact, experiences like this engender humility and understanding in those that have struggled through that phase as a ‘beginning golfer’. Learning something that is physically and mentally challenging, a skill that does not come naturally to most human beings, stretches our conception of what it means to be part of the human race.

Once you have passed through that humiliating initiation into the game of golf, and for some that can last anywhere between several months and a lifetime, you wish to help others when it is appropriate. For people with permanent and very real disabilities, golf is a challenging recreational pursuit. I have played with a one legged golfer, a one armed golfer, a virtually blind golfer and plenty of deaf golfers (I heard that, can you keep it down while I am putting). I have been amazed at how these people have overcome the limitations of their disabilities to proficiently play the game of golf. It has been an inspiration, those few times I have played with a disabled golfer; and I wish those shared experiences were more numerous.

Golf for People With A Disability

It is the gulf of separation between the disabled and the able-bodied members of our community that deprives me of those inspiring experiences; and often isolates disabled people within their own communities. Of course, I can do something about that, I can get out and track down the Disabled Golfers Association and get involved. What I really would like to happen, is that the barriers between able and disabled people are broken down and that we all begin to share in recreational pursuits among other things. Golf associations are making way within their charters for the inclusion of golfers with disabilities.

Disability services and activities are doing their best, I am sure, to bring these kinds of things about. Perhaps, we could all make a concerted effort as golfers to encourage those disabled people we know into the game. Making golf more welcoming generally is a good idea for the overall health of the game. I regularly play with golfers who are octogenarians, and that doesn’t mean that they have eight arms and legs, and I am amazed at the level of play in competition that they often produce. Golf is one of the few games that you can competitively play with people much older than yourself, people much younger than yourself and those of a different gender; it is a truly universal game. Including golfers with disabilities in that equation just makes golf and even better forum for humanity to interact and exchange experiences.

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The Ten Best Asian Golfers Of All Time

The Ten Best Asian Golfers Of All Time

Golf in Asia is booming and there are now some great Asian players on all the world tours. The women have made more of an impact, I think, in terms of success and numbers of them on the premier golfing tours. The current number one golfer on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour is Lydia Ko; a Korean born young lady from New Zealand. This girl is a wunderkind in anybody’s terms, incredibly talented and modest to a tee. She will have a long and glorious career at the top of the golfing tree.

Minjee Lee is a Perth girl, who has only turned professional recently and has already won two professional events; including one on the LPGA tour. The LPGA tour is the women’s tour in the USA; and is regarded as the biggest women’s pro golf tour. Minjee Lee is the next big thing coming in women’s golf.

Shigeki Maruyama is the hottest Asian male player on the USPGA tour, which stands for the United States Professional Golf Association tour. This young twenty three year old Japanese star is almost at the top of his game. Beating Ricky Fowler in a play off at the Waste Management Phoenix Open recently put him on the world stage.

KJ Choi, another great Korean golfer has been a stalwart on the USPGA tour for many years now and has been showing signs of late of returning to top class form; so another win may be just around the corner. Will it be in the Year of the Monkey?

Inbee Park, yet another Korean, has been atop the LPGA women’s game for a number of years and does not look like slipping anytime soon.

Arjun Atwal is a great Asian golfer on the European men’s tour and has already had great success; with only more to come.

Bae Sang Moon, yes you guessed it, another great Korean golfer, has won on the USPGA tour and great things are expected of him.

Danny Lee from New Zealand is achieving high finishes and wins on the USPGA tour; and he may only get even better.

Amy Young is a star on the LPGA tour and is a consistent performer at the top level.

Yani Tseng is another fabulous Asian lady golfer on the LPGA tour with multiple wins under her belt.

Ryo Ishikawa is a Japanese player with huge potential and has already achieved massive success on the men’s Japanese tour.

 

 

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Golfer: The Hands of Time

Golfer: The Hands of Time

This poignant golfing story was inspired by a true incident related to me concerning a near and dear relative. This wonderful human being, who was my great uncle, had been a long standing golf professional, now retired and, unfortunately, suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Eric was regularly picked up by the local police, whilst he was lost and out walking, sometimes late at night. As those of us who have experienced the terrible scourge that Alzheimers is, would know, the compulsion to go ‘walk a’ bout’ is a very common circumstance. This delightful old chap would give the police putting lessons, while he was waiting back at the station for a family member to come and collect him. The issues of ageing in the twenty first century; and the game of golf’s universal appeal throughout the western world are presented interwoven within this tale.

Golf is such a great game for all ages, but it is particularly part and parcel of the retiree’s identity. The ability to test oneself against the course, to challenge oneself to still improve, despite age and infirmity, is the powerful appeal of golf for those of us making our way through life on the back nine. We swing our clubs and strike the ball, even if we cannot exactly see where that sweet white sphere is heading. We play in hope to break our ages; and to keep our heads held high in the club room of life. Golf is such a poignant metaphor for how we live our lives; our we going to lay up or go for the green?

I hope that you enjoy, this brief, but bittersweet story that I have crafted in ode to my lovely great uncle and his lifetime’s dedication to the game we all love to play. The inclusion of Old Tom Morris is my imaginative insertion as a creative writer and I reckon he wouldn’t mind being associated with the true story of my family member’s twist of fate on this mortal coil. The beginnings of this Scottish game are shrouded in the mists of time; and we all would love to make our imaginative way to St Andrews, the home of golf.

Robert Hamilton is a writer, historian, and a very keen golfer. He is at this time working on a collection of short stories, inspired by sport, but also entertaining what it really means to be alive; to be entitled She’ll Be Right Sport. Robert lives in desperate hope of breaking the magic 80.

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Golf Courses at Financial Crossroads: Mergers vs Land Sell-Offs

Golf is an industry with many positives going for it, but there are also parts of the industry being challenged in the twenty first century. The equipment side of golf, clubs and balls, is going from strength to strength; with new technologies revolutionising this part of the game. Tournament golf in the US and Europe with sponsorship levels and television audiences are all burgeoning. Club golf, on the other hand, all over the world has a few flat spots to contend with. Golf clubs are struggling to attract and maintain membership numbers; and this has forced some to fold, merge and sell off land to property developers.

In Scotland, the home of golf, membership statistics show a seventeen percent decline since 2004. It is a similar story in England, Australia and the US. In 2012 only thirteen new golf courses were built in the US, whilst one hundred and fifty four closed. Golf courses at financial crossroads: mergers vs land sell offs; will we be seeing more of these in 2016? The answer seems to be a resounding yes, as this is a continuing trend that began in the early naughties.

Why is this occurring? Well, we live in an increasingly time challenged world. The labour saving devices invented by technology have not delivered the increased leisure time that we were all promised. The reason why is that business continues to demand more productivity from its workers, so that no matter how inventive we are, capitalism, merely, lifts the bar of expectations. Many people do not have the free time to devote four plus hours to a game of golf and a drink in the nineteenth hole. Also, golf courses, were, in my opinion, overpriced in the decades leading up to the decline. Golf saw itself as an elitist past time and golf clubs were exclusive private clubs for white, wealthy males.

Some quite haughty golf clubs have been forced to merge through falling memberships and some have sold off their land as a means of consolidating debts. Many other clubs, either, do not own their own land or are restricted by council land zoning; and these clubs simply fold and walk away from the land. It is a sad thing to see a once proud golf course left to go to seed; and these ghost courses are eerie places to visit.

The solution? There is no easy one answer, but things like increasing the numbers of women and children involved in club membership will improve the bottom line. Also, doing away with the fuddy duddy image and making the club facilities reflective of the twenty first century. Free Wi-Fi around the club house, a more outdoor café environment around the practice greens and a more socially inclusive attitude by managements, are all ideas that can be instigated for the betterment of golf clubs.

 

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Golfing Injuries: Who’s Legally Responsible in Sporting Accidents?

Golf, although seen by some to be a rather genteel sport, more of a game really, does involve a small white projectile travelling at around one hundred and fifty miles an hour. If you are struck by this projectile, as I have been, let me tell you, it really hurts and leaves a prodigious bruise. If you are unlucky enough to be struck in the head, then your injuries can be much worse; possibly even fatal. Golfing injuries: who’s legally responsible in sporting accidents?

Traditionally, liability for injury in the sporting arena has been limited because it is acknowledged that all those who choose to enter this arena understand that there are risks of sustaining a personal injury by the very nature of the sporting contest. More recently, however, in this age of blame and opportunism, there have been cases successfully prosecuted under the law of negligence. One such instance did involve an amateur golfer being held liable for failing to ensure that it was reasonably safe before striking his ball and causing injury to another golfer on the course. State government judicial legislature, in many states, has been enacted to prevent an insurance crisis and a recent report finds that the balance now favours defendants in cases involving sporting accidents.

Golf clubs are very proactive in protecting their members and visitors from personal injury being sustained on the golf course. There are signs warning participants, protective barriers, fences and nets erected in potentially dangerous spots and general reminders about safe play out on the course. Despite this there are still people being hit by golf balls during amateur competitions and whilst spectating at professional tournaments. Avaricious lawyers will always encourage victims of personal injury to mount a claim against clubs, courses and their insurance companies. Total and permanent disability claims when someone becomes a quadriplegic, are another matter altogether and these instances must be ruled accordingly to the serious nature of the injury.

Recently at my own golf club there have been a number of cases of residents who live across the road from the course being struck by errant golf balls on their own property. In the US I noted that personal injury suits in these instances have usually been unsuccessful, as the courts deemed a reasonable amount of shared risk must be taken by the home owner who chooses to live adjacent a golf course. In my own course’s experience we are currently attempting to redesign the hole causing the problem in a bid to prevent anyone else being struck by an errant golf ball.

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Improve your fitness with a personal trainer golf instructor

I recently returned from The United Kingdom perusing my twin passions, Golf and fitness. As a personal trainer I need to keep my qualifications up to date. The United Kingdom is recognised as a leader in sports science and regularly hosts conferences on the latest trends in personal training. Also the game of golf was invented in the United Kingdom. So what better place for a personal trainer golf nut.

There are many new things happening in the world of personal training, however for me the biggest news is about sugar. The latest research into sugar, weight and physical fitness shows just how detrimental high levels of sugar in the diet can be. Although there is a lot of media focus on the level of fat in processed food, especially take away food, it appears that sugar is much more detrimental. It is not so much that sugar is especially bad for us, although it does only provide energy and no micro nutrients, it is that sugar has infiltrated so many foods in our modern diets. Foods like pasta, baked beans, tomato sauce, many curry sauces and even bread can have more added sugar than a can of soft drink. Of course there are many of the mentioned foods that have low levels of sugar and you really do need to read the packaging labels. However there are now many scientists who believe the obesity epidemic is due to the high levels of sugar in the average diet.

Now the fun stuff; Celtic Manor Resort is rated as the number one golf course available to the public in the United Kingdom and I would have to agree. Celtic Manor is a three hundred year old building that has been fully resorted, the course is well laid out and the greens and fairways are magnificent. However no golf trip to the United Kingdom would be complete without a visit to the old course at St. Andrews. Playing on the home of golf was a spiritual experience, was it expense, yes but who cares. The layout of the course is not like any course I have every played on. Now I have only mentioned two courses but I played about a dozen courses on my trip. All magnificent.

So that’s it a personal trainer on a golf holiday in the United Kingdom.   

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Charity Golf: Getting the Golf Sponsors On-board

Golf is one of the all-time great raisers of funds for charities; wherever the game is played. In the US the PGA Tour raised $140.5 million in 2014 and this brought the total amount donated to charity over its lifetime to $2.14 billion. The European Tour is raising similar amounts of Euros for charities in their neck of the woods. In other regions the game of golf is growing and they may have smaller populations and markets, but golf is constantly doing its bit there as well. Where do all these sponsors come from and why do they get involved?

Charity golf: getting the golf sponsors on-board is all about reaching out to the local business community. Golf courses are large facilities and they usually have a large member base to call upon. The game of golf is a very social affair, with four ball groups spending about four hours in each other’s company. This means that there is plenty of time to chat about things and if there are needs within the community not being met by government agencies, then, some charitable fund raising may be initiated. Sponsors are often found amongst the membership and businesses can promote themselves at the same time as doing the right thing.

Big car companies like BMW, GMH and Ford have been sponsoring golf for decades, in the US and Europe. Mastercard, Rolex and FedEx are major sponsors as well, and businesses that target wealthy customers are all looking at golf sponsorship as a viable means of promoting their business. Smaller companies like Hardy’s Wines, ACM and websites like Tripadvisor are also companies who could benefit from positive associations with golf. Golf is a wonderful family and the game is now attracting record numbers of women as participants in this healthy outdoor pursuit.

From your local golf club charity day and right up to things like the British Open, golf is part of the community, rolling up its sleeves and helping those less fortunate. It is a great game for networking on a business and social level, and similar to clubs like Rotary, Lions and Apex, the members want to make a difference. Sponsors can gain a great amount of traction out of participating in golf events on multiple levels, from the word of mouth from the participants to the advertising and signage promoting their name; golf is a sport keenly loved by its adherents.

 

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Women Golfers: Putting the Ball on the Green

There has been an explosion in the popularity of women’s golf at the top level, with thousands of college age athletes choosing golf as their professional career. If you just look at the bodies out there on the USLPGA and the women’s European tour; it is a different world to just a couple of decades ago. As in the equivalent men’s tours around the world, the bodies are younger and much fitter, gyms and personal trainers are now an essential part of competing in golf at the highest level.

Women are hitting the golf ball further because they are stronger and they have athletic swings. Whereas in the old days of watching women’s golf it was bigger female body shapes, especially around the bottom and hips which gave those ladies their distance on the course. There is much more physical sports science now being taught about the golf swing, and the girls out on tour now know how to time their impact through the ball to achieve maximum results. Lots of golf teachers recommend that amateurs, both men and women, will learn more from watching the best women compete because they have such correct swings and the speeds are closer to that of the amateur.

Women golfers: putting the ball on the green. Women golfers have always been great putters of the golf ball, often making long putts under competitive pressure. Think of Karrie Webb, Annika Sorenstam, and now Stacy Lewis. Putting is a game within a game in golf; and in the end it all comes down to whether you can get the ball in the hole.

Women golfers are great role models for young female sportspeople. They are very fit, they look great and they handle themselves gracefully out on the course. Women’s health in general can only be improved by more women being inspired to take up golf and getting all that exercise and stress relief the game provides. And, they are starting to make some serious money out there these days competing for some sixty million dollars on the USLPGA tour. The new young stars like Lydia Ko from New Zealand, Inbee Park from Korea, and Lexi Thompson from the US are earning millions of dollars in prize money. Throw in Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis and you have some seriously good golfers and good looking girls; which always helps television ratings and audience numbers.

 

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Marketing Golf – Is There Something Missing?

Golf clubs around the UK, USA and Australia are struggling in many instances and there have been permanent closures of well established courses. Some golf clubs have chosen to amalgamate, pooling their resources and members to stave off extinction. Why is this happening? What is wrong with the game? Times change and nothing stands still; we live in a new world of computers and mobile phones. Work no longer fits nicely between nine to five, five days a week; technology reaches outside those fixtures and into weekends and after hours. Dads are doing more with their families; rather than relying so much on mum. Modern men and women are saying that they simply do not have the time to play a game which takes up half the entire day.

Marketing golf: is there something missing? Well, golf has previously maintained an image steeped in tradition. Collared shirts and other dress regulations were strictly enforced on participants. Did the sixties actually happen in the world of golf? Well, Jack Nicklaus and others did wear those garish tartan slacks. Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Tiger Woods were global sporting stars beloved of their fans; and ‘he men’ to boot. But even watching golf on television takes an enormous amount of time, with tournaments lasting four days on average. Every golf tournament is like watching test cricket and cricket has responded to the same problem by inventing new forms of the game. One day cricket and now Twenty Twenty.

Will golf move down the same route by introducing new forms of the game lasting less time? What new marketing ideas will emerge to increase interest and participation in the game? There have been rumblings about a twelve hole game, with a much larger hole to make putting easier. Speed golf has been around for ages but has never really caught on. We do play nine hole competitions at club level and these have proved to be sustainable if not widely popular. Golf’s appeal to retirees is based on their having the time to devote to a game of eighteen hole golf. Golf demands things from its adherents, like time to play and practice; it is not an easy game to master. Golf demands concentration for around three to four hours, the time it may take to complete a round. But it also gives back in spades; the satisfaction of a well struck shot soaring into the distance. The fulfilling experience of completing an under par round in relation to your handicap; a net score rather than a gross score for most amateur players.

Social media is already playing a role in the marketing of golf; especially in the world of social golf. Social golfers are golfers who are not members of a golf club based upon a particular course but rather a club that plays a variety of courses. These days they have official handicaps and a lot of the growth has been in this area of the game. Golf as a game is still loved by a large audience; it is only the infrastructure around it that needs to change to accommodate today’s market.

 

 

 

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Golf is Great for Business

You know some people call the golf course a gold course because they generate so much money from networking whilst playing the game. Doesn’t that sound brilliant, doing something that you love and have fun playing, whilst simultaneously generating profits for your business or your job? Typically real estate agents and other sales people have benefitted from being members of a golf club; usually a wealthy and well regarded golf club.

You see, the thing about a round of competitive golf, and even a social round of golf, they take at least three to four hours. This means that you have a captive audience for your pitch or idea, away from interruptions like phone calls and office managers. Combine this with the essential fact that most regular golfers love their golf, and you have a pretty nice atmosphere to, possibly, plant a seed or, even, close a deal. There is camaraderie out on the golf course, there is gentle competitive ribbing between players and there is a rich shared experience; whatever happens.

The networking opportunities out on the golf course are very real, too, especially if you like to play regularly with different four ball groups. It can be a great way to introduce or grow your business, simply by spreading the message as you go round the course. Of course, you don’t want to be a bore; everyone is out there to play golf. Mention the news or opportunity and move on; don’t harp on about it. You may like to sponsor a competition and/or one of the golf holes on your course. There are plenty of branding opportunities at golf clubs; in programs and on cladding around the course.

Marcus Dervin of SharePoint Development Company is an excellent networker and Marcus often finds that AFL games are a great way to network with business owners who follow the Sydney Swans. Sport brings out the best in most people and whether watching the game together in the stands or out on the course swinging a club, it is a great place to do business. One of the most common refrains on a golf course, especially if the weather is an issue, is that, “this sure beats being in the office”. Fresh air, usually sunshine, the exertion of walking and the exhilaration of pulling off a great shot, all combine to make golf a great experience. And a great place to do business.

 

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Gambling on Golf

Many club golfers have a regular small wager between members of their four ball group. In most cases it is a dollar, or a few dollars, spread over the eighteen holes. One player will collect the four marked balls of the group and toss them over his head. The two balls landing closest together will form a two ball partnership against the other two. Teams will play a dollar for the first nine holes , a dollar for the back nine holes, and a further dollar for the aggregate eighteen holes. It will be adjudged on the four ball best ball principle, with handicaps on the Stableford score determining who wins the hole with the fewest strokes.

The popularity of this little wager is not about winning money but, rather, it spikes the competitive juices; especially as most club competitions are run as individual awards. The added team competition keeps players interested, even if they are out of the running to win the individual awards in their respective grades. Sinking a putt when the hole is on the line and, perhaps, the whole dollar on one of the nines increases the pressure and the perceived reward. Playing golf is all about mastering the skills under the gun, when your competitors are hoping that you will miss or fluff the shot.

Gambling on professional golf as a sport, when punters pick a player to win a tournament, is another matter altogether. Here bookies offer odds on form players and class players, much the same as they do on horse races. Picking a player to win one of the four major golf tournaments is much like picking the winner of the Cox Plate. You are looking for a player in form, due for a win, perhaps, having finished runner up or in the top five recently. Then, you need everything to go right for him, or her, and the golfing gods to be smiling down on you and your player. Today there are free bets and bonuses from bookmakers on golfing tournaments.

In the old days, back in the nineteen fifties and sixties, before golf prize money became substantial, professional players would wager big money on themselves to earn a decent living. There are infamous tales about players like Lee Trevino and Sam Snead taking on golfing hustlers for thousands of dollars. Nerves of steel are required when you are staking your own money on sinking a putt or getting up and down to win ten grand.

 

 

 

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Golf Is Good For Kids

Is golf good for kids? It is, probably, the most difficult game or sport to master. Adults are regularly challenged and defeated by the demands of the game of golf. Golf for kids, and I mean children under twelve years of age, is best played with a light hearted approach; focusing on what the kid wants to get out of it. There are too many rules and protocols in golf for young children to suffer, unless of course they have a natural proclivity toward the game. There are kids who can concentrate for long periods of time and enjoy the challenge of four plus hours of competition with the course.

Most kids, however, do not, and I know myself from personal experience that you can turn your children off sports by getting too tense or just too involved. Early days are best spent mucking around and having some fun. The positives in golf at this most basic level are, firstly, the exercise of walking and swinging a club in the fresh air. Next, there is the interaction between players, whether friends or family; and this may involve some gentle competitive camaraderie. Smaller kids love the motorised golf buggies and this can be an opportunity for them to experience the basics of driving a vehicle; under the supervision of an adult. The buggies are pretty safe and apart from the time my ten year old daughter ran over the foot of my eight year old son things have gone quite well in this regard.

As children become teenagers, they may like to see if they can master golf in a more intensive manner. Hitting the golf ball as far as humanly possible is always a major attraction for young men. Women, actually, swing the club better than most men, simply because they are not hell bent on whacking the ball into tomorrow. It is much more instructive for amateur golfers to watch professional women playing the game for this reason.

Golf demands self-awareness and attention to detail, and these qualities can serve children and adults well in all aspects of their lives. Conditions like central auditory processing disorder can benefit from the meditative self-aware qualities inherent in a good golf swing. Golf also requires great integrity and sportsmanship, which again can serve all human beings well in their lives. To play golf well you must be centred and grounded in your physical body; not locked intellectually inside your head. Breathing and feeling your body is a healthy way to live life.

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Eco-Friendly Rubbish Removal on Golf Courses

Golf courses generate three main types of waste: pesticides and herbicides in the form of unused supplies and the packaging these products came in; parts cleaners, waste fuels and paint wastes; and gear and engine oil wastes. These substances must be safely disposed of through appropriate environmentally controlled channels. Many golf courses around the world are now instigating green policies, when it comes to the environmental management of their activities. In response to concerns by their members, golf clubs have been consulting with waste management specialists in a bid to reduce their hazardous wastes.

There are certain things that can be done by the green keeping departments of golf courses to successfully reduce chemical waste. Substituting hazardous cleaning methods with non-hazardous cleaning methods is a first step, it is education and training which can introduce more ecologically enlightened practices into golf course management techniques. People tend to keep doing the same things if they are not exposed to new thinking on these matters; tradition is not always a good thing, which golf finds hard to swallow sometimes. Further, golf club staff can reduce the toxicity of solvents and employ processes to maximise solvent life, and then distil solvents when disposing of them. Minimising the use of oily contaminated wastes is another way to reduce production of them overall. Commercial rubbish removal must be executed by professional waste management operatives; who are trained in eco friendly waste management techniques.

Reducing the reliance on pesticides and herbicides in the maintenance of the golf course is a major step toward more eco friendly golf courses. The answer is not always inside a bag or drum of chemicals. Again, this is an attitudinal thing, much like in the farming industry, where many farmers have turned to more organic methods of farming, turning away from what their fathers and grandfathers used to do on the land. Chemical companies have an investment in selling chemicals and producing dividends for their shareholders; they are not ultimately concerned with the soil health of the nation. Often what appears to be the easy way of dealing with problems on the course creates a dependence on the use of more and more chemicals over time. Natural methods may initially take longer but they produce much better long term results. There are, even, organic golf courses in places around the world, including Australia. Golf has had a bad name in greenie circles, forever, but things are changing fast in the face of membership pressure to do the right thing by the environment.

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The Anti-Ageing Properties of Golf

As you stride down the fairway, of what I call my Green Cathedral, you feel a certain youthfulness at the beginning of your round. Optimism abounds, inside of you, and outside, the sun is shining on green grass. The very colour green, is to my mind, a healing colour, there is a reason why things that are good for you, like broccoli, are green. Green is the fourth colour in the electromagnetic spectrum of light, and, of course, you want to score a four on the opening par four, first hole. The very word ‘green’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘grene’, which is from the same Germanic root as words like ‘grass’ and ‘grow’.

Green is also about chlorophyll, about plants photosynthesising sunlight into chemical energy, you cannot get anything more anti-ageing than that. Green is about giving life and about new life. Golf is played on the green, literally at times, and green things are all around you whilst playing golf; unless you are playing at Chambers Bay of course. I love golf because of the colour green, I admit it; green has always been my favourite colour. Even at school I was in the Green faction at every sport’s carnival and meet.

The anti-ageing properties of golf are fundamentally in golf’s greenness, with the colour of growth and goodness all around you on the course. Perhaps, as you dream of setting up your SMSF Melbourne franchising business, you will see yourself playing many more rounds of golf, free from money worries. In the United States money is green too! Many golf courses are tree lined with majestic green trees reaching up to the heavens; and despite the fallacy of trees being ninety percent air they are the sentinels inside my green cathedral. Golf is a sacred game, which originated in the Scottish coastal town of St Andrews; a university town named after a saint. God is in it up to his eyeballs when it comes to the game of golf; His name is regularly invoked by players on golf courses around the planet.

Fresh air and exercise, mental and physical concentration, these are the key ingredients for golf’s secret in keeping its adherents young. The friendly banter on the course between competitors, the respect for golfing etiquette, and the rules of the game, are all hallmarks of golf’s greatness. I don’t mind taking a divot because I will repair it from the sand bucket, which accompanies me for all eighteen holes.

I may not be as optimistic by the time I enter the back nine but I am stronger for not succumbing to the vicissitudes I have encountered during my round. In the words of a very famous golfer, Friedrick Nietzsche, “What does not kill you makes you stronger”, or words to that effect.

 

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What Luxuries Await the Next Golfing Superstar?

As the private Leer jet touches down on the tarmac and rolls to its eventual appointed stop, the door opens releasing the stairway and its prized cargo. Stepping down is the wunderkind golfing superstar, being trailed closely by his manager, personal trainer, mind coach, dietician and girlfriend. He is dressed in Nike clobber, especially designed for him, from head to toe; all part of his billion dollar sponsorship deal. Our golfing superstar’s gait is slightly inhibited, as he is still recovering from his snowboard injury recently suffered in Aspen; whilst staying in his private lodge on a well earned holiday from the rigours of golf.

Young Mister Golf, has managed to maintain his number one spot on the world golf rankings despite the injury lay-off. The pressure, however, is coming with the emergence of a new, even younger, golfing superstar breaking through for his first win, despite the fact that he is till attending primary school in the Virgin Islands. The resultant media focus on this new potential rivalry caused YMG to have a very public spat with his girlfriend, the recently retired Russian tennis star, Ayanka Nervousa. This fight and breakup occurred at Bea restaurant in New York, over cocktails, and YMG was forced to buy the most expensive Tiffany’s diamond bracelet so far sold in 2015. Their relationship has graced the covers of most of the world’s celebrity magazines, and has recently been described as in a ‘fragile state’. Encounters with escorts, has been whispered in the press, as at the bottom of their disagreement; which is all very Tiger like.

YMG has just released his own fragrance, called “Splash Shot”, under the auspices of Nike and Christian Dior. “Experience the shower of confidence every Splash Shot triggers when you move your balls,” is the tagline, which accompanies promotions of this exciting new men’s fragrance. YMG has extended his sponsorship deal with Mercedes Benz to include an Ambassadorship of the new F 015 luxury model. He now also has homes in Malibu, New York, London, Los Angeles and a hunting lodge in Oregon. Rumours about his gambling problems continue to hound him, however.

The question is, what luxuries await the next golfing superstar? Perhaps, a trip to the moon with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Space. It could very well be the purchase of several Greek islands, which would help their struggling economy. Most likely it will be a two billion dollar ten year deal with Nike, as part of their ongoing commitment to golf. Of course, you cannot forget the millions of dollars raised for charity by global golf and golfing superstars like YMG and BWG (Boy Wonder Golfer).

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