Warm up your body

A warp-up is a brief 5-15 minute period of light exercise that comes before a workout or physical activity. This should involve a light callisthenic or low-intesity form of exercise and often involves stretching in the exercise. The purpose of a warm-up is to elevate your temperature and to increase blood flow to the muscles that will be used in your activity. 

In the golf swing "The body works in an alternating pattern of stable segments connected by mobile joints. If this pattern is altered - dysfunction and compensation will occur." As first noted by Mike Boyle and Grey Cook.

The mobile parts of our body for a normal golf swing are: Ankles, Hips, Thoracic spine (upper body), Shoulders and Wrists.

"AIR"ation: Why aeration is important to a healthy lawn

It’s the time of the year again, if you haven’t already, to AERATE your lawn. The play on spelling in the title says it all. Your lawn needs AIR, which includes oxygen and carbon dioxide (O2,CO2), to survive.

Just like, almost, every living thing, turfgrass needs to breathe, it just does it slightly differently. It can “take in” and “let out” O2 and CO2 through its leaves and roots. Above the soil surface there is nothing to get in the way of leaves “breathing” but in the soil there must be lots of pores (small spaces) between soil particles for the roots to “breath”. The problem is that we, as users of the lawn, walk all over it, push lawn mowers all over it, and in the case of golf courses, drive golf carts all over it. All that weight over time makes those pores (small spaces) even smaller, this is referred to as compaction.

Inspect Your Equipment

Make sure to check your equipment before you start swinging your clubs again this year. Things to consider:

• Check your grips! Grips can become worn and slippery over time, and this decreases the quality of contact between you and the club.
• Go through all your clubs and check for wear and tear. If they need to be replaced, take your clubs to the nearest Golf Shop for a recommendation.
• Clean your clubs and make sure to check your bag, umbrella and other equipment for defects. Examine zippers and stitching. Take out everything from your pockets and be sure to check your waterproof gear too!
• Check your shoes! Make sure your spikes still have tread and your shoes are still comfortable to walk in. Consider replacing your spikes or replacing your shoes all together.

A hidden gem for a warm golf vacation

Going to Southern California and want to play golf? Try this hidden gem.
Lots of us hop on a plane to go south to get away from our cold and rain in the wintertime.  The problem is that if you go to Palm Springs area you are usually dealing with golf cart golf and rather high fees (and in $US)!
Just about an hour away is Borrego Springs and the Rams Hill Golf Course.  What a treat to play!  And it’s well worth the drive.
The course meanders through some homes on a few holes, but you never feel like a bad shot is going to cause an angry homeowner to make your acquaintance.  With 5 sets of tees from 4979 yards to 7232 yards there’s enjoyable golf for everyone.
The great thing – you can walk the course if you want!  It’s up and down a little bit, but nothing too strenuous.  All in all, a great desert golf experience.

How an old wedge can be costing you strokes on the Golf Course

How an old wedge can be costing you strokes.

Each year brands come out with the latest and greatest technology for their woods and irons to help you hit the ball further and make the face more forgiving than the previous year’s model. Rarely does a company come out with a test that compares its new product, to their own product after being used for a season. Titleist has done just that with their wedges, and it shows how much a wedge actually degrades in performance over different ranges of use. Check out this refreshing video from Titleist to see the difference between the same club after 125 rounds, 75 rounds, and brand new:

Watch this video from Titleist. https://youtu.be/jLgtogECzN0

2019 Fall and Winter Golf Course Conditioning Preparation

Every year, in preparation for the fall and winter months, Golf Burnaby goes through an extensive maintenance program to keep all our golf courses the driest in the lower mainland. With golfers in mind, Golf Burnaby’s putting green maintenance programs occur in early October to ensure the best playing conditions through all of September (one of the best golfing months of the year).

Putting greens are aerified to ensure the turfgrass plant has plenty of oxygen.

Test your short game and improve your scores!

Test out your short game to see what you should be working on this off season!

You may have a handicap for your entire game, but do you know how each part of your game stacks up to others? We have a few tests that can help you find your weak spots so you can improve for next year.

Lag Putting:

Hit 10 putts in total, hit 2 putts from 7 Steps, 10 Steps, 13 Steps, 17 Steps, and 20 Steps away from the hole.

The Scoring system is as follows:

Sport Terms

Sports in general have a lot in common with one another. Perhaps because we are obsessed with golf that we keep hearing sports cliché’s that work well for golf.

Here are a few that come to mind:

New Set of Downs (Football)

When we are stuck in the trees it’s easy to try for the Hail Marry pass. The hail marry would be considered trying to thread the needle through tiny gap in the trees. Instead of trying the high risk play, sometimes it’s best to go for the middle of the fairway and get yourself a new set of downs so you can live for another play. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you commit to the shot with confidence.

Get Pucks Deep (Hockey)

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