Michael Caan Shoots 59!!!

Golf Burnaby teaching professional, Michael Caan shot an incredible 59 at the Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows. Needless to say this is his lowest score ever! His 13 under par happened this past Friday during a friendly game of golf with his buddies.
“You have to play perfect golf and luckily for me, Friday was my day of perfect golf”
Michael has eyes on taking his game to the next level and playing golf on the Mackenzie Tour, but, due to travel restrictions in our region, he will continue to play on the Vancouver Golf Tour for the time being.
“If I just keep plugging along, good things are going to happen”
If you see Michael at the Riverway golf course and driving range please take the time to congratulate him on this recent accomplishment. The entire golf Burnaby Team couldn’t be more proud! Congratulations Michael!!!

Picking a target

When choosing your target the most important factor is having trust in your decision. Confidence is crucial and the more you practice the more you will understand your swing tendencies. The first step is finding a target that integrates your swing tendencies. This means if you typically miss the ball to the left, you should consider choosing a target down the right side. However, when there is a hazard down the right hand side in this scenario, favour more the middle to left hand side because trees will be less penalizing than the hazard.
In essence we are suggesting that you choose a target strategy that favors the least penalizing side of your normal shot shape. These strategies will lead to better decisions and ultimately lead to lower scores.
The more you practice the more you will trust your swing! Swing by the driving range today to work on your swing.

Alignment and it's relationship with how you aim

Alignment is often overlooked when a golfer is trying to problem solve a poor shot. If you become very good at aligning your golf club to the target, you will have an easier time creating a repeatable swing. If a shot is missed to the right, or left of the target, always ask yourself if you aligned there first, before blaming your swing for the mistake.

Throw down an alignment stick, or even just reference the edge of the mat the next time you are practicing. If you feel like you are aligning left or right of where you know the alignment stick is pointing, then you are more than likely to miss align on the golf course.

The Golf Grip

Whether you're an avid golfer or just starting out, having a solid grip (connection to the golf club) is one of the keys to having success on the golf course. 

Styles: whichever style you use, make sure your hands are together. You should not see any of the club grip between your fingers, or between your hands.

Thumbs: having a "short thumb" is when your thumb is touching the index finger bottom knuckle. This helps to promote a consistent grip for every swing. It also helps with stability at the top of the golf swing.

New Tee Time Booking Experience

Happy New Year! While we have gone live with our upgraded Tee Time booking engine, we appreciate your patience during this transition. Please note, that while the payment of green fees will still be collected at the Pro Shops, your reservation will need to be secured with a credit card in the Tee-it-Up booking engine to prevent no-shows (less than 4 hours notice). For more information, please visit our Tee time booking page.

The importance of layering your cloths in cooler weather

The key to golfing in the Off Season is layering your clothes.

 

 

About every 5 degrees celsius that the temperature drops, the golf ball will travel around 2 yards less. That could mean a full club difference from the beautiful 30 degree summer we had, to a 5 degree round of golf in November. Wearing the right clothing during the cold months can keep that drop in ball speed to one club by using these tips for layering up.

How far do you hit your Driver and 5 Iron?

How far do you hit your Driver and 5 Iron?

The discussion about how far the golf ball travels has been strong for quite some time now. The golf ball, and equipment advancements have made the game more enjoyable for many, but has it influenced what tee boxes you play? For some the thought of playing anything other than the back tee boxesis out of the question, and for others they only feel comfortable playing the most forward tees on the golf course. So what is the right tee box to play?

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

Practice with a purpose and improve your game

For most golfers, going to the driving range is the only way they can improve their game. While this is true and time well spent, we can make our time practicing more productive if we have a clear understanding of what our outcomes are after each golf shot. By using the poles at the end of the range as our guide, we can start to get a clear picture of whether or not we would have hit the fairway or green, or missed and hit the ball into the rough or trees. As a guide, here are the distances right or left of your target and this is where you would be if your golf ball traveled one pole right or left.

100 yard shot - 5.5 yards right or left

150 yard shot - 8.5 yards right or left

200 yard shot - 11 yards right or left

250 yards - 14 yards right or left

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