Every year Golf Burnaby reaches out to the community by opening their doors to celebrate the beginning of the golf season! These festivals take place at Burnaby Mountain on April 20 and Riverway on May 4 from 10am-1pm, and include the following activities:
We can have a love-hate relationship with our golf clubs at the best of times. It is easy to blame a bad shot on them, and it is easy to place all the praise on your new $700 purchase when you hit a good shot. But is this the best way to get the most out of your game?
Getting clubs that are custom fit to you is so much more than just getting the most distance out of your driver (although that is a big perk). It is also making sure that we stay within the "Goldilocks" zones when looking at launch angle and spin rate. (Remember that storybook take with the too cold, too hot, and just right porridge?)
Why is this so important?
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.
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.
The key to golfing in the Off Season is layering your clothes.
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
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.
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:
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)
• Ace: It’s in the hole. A 1 on your card. A euphoric feeling that no drug can top. And Ace is what all those newfound friends in the bar will be calling you as you buy them drinks. Cheers.
• Albatross: The rarest of all birds, an albatross is playing the hole three under par (like making a 2 on a par-5, or acing a par-4). For most, it’s an endangered species.
• Army Golf: Going from the left side of the hole to the right, then back to the left again (left, right, left… get it?).
• Barkie: Hitting a tree and still making a par.
• Breakfast ball: An unofficial rule of golf that gives you a free mulligan on the first tee. For many golfers, it’s the most important meal of the day.
• Coast-to-Coast Flight: A ball that is hit from one green-side bunker to a bunker on the opposite side of the putting green.
• Chili-Dip: When you chunk a chip.
o The farthest part of the club head from the golfer
o The closest part of the club head to the golfer
o The middle of the club head where the golf ball is intended to be struck
o The lines set into the club to promote spin on the golf ball
o The bottom of the golf club
• Perimeter Weighting
o The weighting around the perimeter of the club to help make a golf club more forgiving
o The part of the club where the shaft and club head are one
o The tapered tube which connects the club head to the golf grip
• Kick point
o The point where the shaft is flexed to achieve different ball flights
• Shaft flex
o The amount the shaft will flex under stress of the swing