Saturday, May 10, 2014

Book review

This week I finished a softback book entitled 'Who is Harry Bigballs?' It is NOT for the faint of golfer.

It's about a group of guys that have annual golf-a-pallooza of their own kind....the type of event that hundreds of males try to get hall passes for every year.

Inside the read there are mash-ups of events you would see during your fraternity days on a golf course....did I mention only guys should read this....guys that are interested in reading about others' escapades during a golf outing.

There are clever golf games to try though, with instructions on how to play....but will assuradly get forgotten if your group drinks as much as this foursome.

So,this is not your mama's book on golf....unless you wallow in the enjoyment of the extremes of bad behavior.

Thank you for the read Harry...I think.


Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Need a job?

For Immediate Release:                                
January 20, 2014                                                                                   
                                   
PGA OF AMERICA LAUNCHES 13th ANNUAL JOBS IN GOLF MONTH
AS HIRING FOR GOLF SEASON HEATS UP
 
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – While it may be the height of winter, hiring in the golf industry begins to heat up this time of year, as employers prepare for the upcoming golf season. Accordingly, the PGA of America’s 13th Annual Jobs in Golf Month will launch in conjunction with the traditional opening of this week’s 61st PGA Merchandise Show and continue promoting employment opportunities in golf throughout February.
Jobs in Golf Month highlights both the online employment resource tools and a breadth of jobs within the $68 billion industry. PGA.com/employment, home to PGA Employment Services, is the centerpiece of the Jobs in Golf Month initiative, as it serves as the golf industry’s online resource for jobs. Over the past year, a total of 3,936 jobs for both PGA Professional positions and the general public were listed. The Jobs in Golf Month initiative at the PGA Merchandise Show includes recruitment services by leading industry employers; employment workshops; and comprehensive PGA Employment Services.  In addition, a number of companies will conduct on-site interviews with candidates for open positions.
PGA Employment Services is an invaluable resource for promoting every imaginable golf industry job that is currently open, from general managers to PGA head professionals to equipment representatives to sales to chefs to wait staff. In addition, it serves as a solution that matches job applicants with potential employers by highlighting job opportunities that are currently posted on PGAJobfinder.com.
“Many people think of golf as their dream job, which explains why 2 million people point to the industry as their place of employment,” explains PGA President Ted Bishop. “Golf is a highly attractive workplace, thanks to the beauty of the golf course, as well as the amazing relationships you form with colleagues, contacts and clients who love the game as much as you do. With $55 billion in annual wages generated, many people wonder how they, too, can work in golf. With Jobs in Golf Month, this is your golden opportunity. And for those already in the industry, the program highlights the PGA of America’s commitment to working closely with our Professionals and industry employers to align candidates with new job opportunities.”
PGA Employment Services is supported by 12 regional PGA Employment Consultants, who strategically match applicants with employers that are seeking to hire talented and dynamic PGA Professionals. The Consultants also work to educate employers on the many benefits of hiring a PGA Professional.
Another feature of PGA Employment Center is CareerLinks, a complimentary employment referral service that enables PGA Employment Consultants to help employers identify the skills and experiences necessary to perform a specific job, and then enter the search specifications into the CareerLinks database to identify qualified PGA candidates. This service continues to grow, as 604 positions were posted through CareerLinks in 2013.
For more on Jobs in Golf Month and to find your dream job in golf, visit www.PGA.com/employment.
For more information on the PGA of America, visit www.pgamediacenter.com
 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Druid Hills Country Club

Georgia Airways for Fairways, an excellent tournament/fundraiser for the American Lung Association/GA Chapter was recently held here. Nestled inside Old Atlanta's Fernbank neighborhood, where the prestigious Dogwood Invitational is held,  Druid Hills Country Club offered up some fine golf that required exacting shots, and precision putting on some of the most challenging greens MyDailySlice has ever played.

It was nice to play inside the fences, instead of being on the outside looking in, to a gem of a private course.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Guest post


How Posture Boosts Golf Performance

 

Scott McCormick writes for Golf Now Houston about the best places to hit the links in Texas.

               

                Posture is important throughout our daily lives in a number of ways, and its significance doesn’t wane when the game of golf is considered. In a sport where technique and consistency are expected in order to achieve any level of success, posture is a key ingredient for a pleasant scorecard.

                A lot of it is mental, and a lot of it is physical. Posture is a major factor in a player’s efforts to acquire a fundamental technique on the golf course. Many factors affect a person’s ability to develop and maintain a good posture:

-Body type

-Practice

-Natural tendencies

-Physical ability and athleticism

-Developed habits

-Mental awareness

-Focus

The bottom line is that the exact ideal posture for each golfer is different. However, there are ways to improve it, and they often apply nearly universally in principle.

 

How to Position Yourself for Success

 

                There are a few ways that golfers of all types and skill level can enhance their stance and positioning. While all of them surely don’t apply to every player, the gist of each can often be applied to some facet of a person’s game.

1.       Stand tall with knees bent slightly:

 

One of the most critical factors in mastering golf posture is trying not to curve the back and stand tall. This helps golfers drive through the ball and avoid the natural tendency of pulling upward in the down swing. While there will surely be a dip of some sort in each player’s swing, the goal is to stay consistent through the stroke follow through. Standing mostly upright with knees slightly bent is a good place to start.

 

2.       Arms should fall straight from the body:

 

Arms need to be straight when a player gears up for a swing. This doesn’t mean that they need to be flexed straight to the point of hyperextension, but rather a calm and focused arm position.

 

3.       Body weight should be positioned to fall on the balls of feet:

 

 Like most sports, athletes perform better when they are acting and moving on the balls of their feet. Golf is no different, and with the importance of balance in the game, this idea is even more critical. The better the balance and weight distribution, the more fundamentally sound a swing will be.

 

                There are so many essential ingredients to compile a well-rounded and successful golf game. While posture is simply one of them, it’s a significant step toward improvement and performance on the golf course.

 

GA- Fairways For Airways Golf for the Lung Association

GA- Fairways For Airways



MyDailySlice will be there. Hope to see you too!

JFB

Friday, August 30, 2013

Guest Post


Golf Courses: Water Hogs?

 

It is common belief that golf courses are water hogs, which means that a lot of water goes to waste in maintaining them. This is not surprising because the lush green fields and perfectly manicured grass of golf courses often suggest that our community’s valuable resources are getting used up just so that the few elite can spend some leisure time. In spite of this perception, a recent article in the Sun Sentinel reported that instead of guzzling up precious water, many golf courses are contributing to the replenishment of drinking water.

 

How golf courses replenish drinking water

 

Although most people believe that golf courses contribute to water shortage, the grass on these courses can be highly beneficial for replenishing water supply during the rainy season. For instance, an average of 2-3% of the water in South Florida is used up every year by golf courses. During heavy rainfall seasons, they also give back almost 15 times the total water used up. According to the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Supply Administrator, Mark Elsner, the open spaces of golf courses and the grass fields are necessary for recharging the aquifer.

 

The national statistics indicated that an average 18-golf course is covered with 100 acres of turf grass. This type of grass is useful for filling up the Biscayne Aquifer with clean, drinking water. This aquifer is the main source of drinking water for residents in Palm Beach County. The dense roots of the grass filter any pollutants found in the rain water, including pesticides and chemicals, which can be harmful for the county’s residents. They also prevent the rainwater from running off-site, absorbing it back into the soil. This means that golf courses serve as an extra layer of filter for purifying water with high levels of phosphorus, salt, and nitrogen.

 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the quality of water can be affected to a significant extent by the presence of contaminants like phosphorus and nitrogen. Golf course managers have put a great deal of effort in preventing these harmful pollutants from entering the community water supply. Calculated chemical applications are used in maintaining the courses, so that the soil remains intact and free of harmful substances.

 

Golf courses contributing to the water recycling process

 

From what we have learnt so far about the water replenishment process in golf courses, it is safe to say that they play a critical role in the water recycling process. During the months of May and June in the year 2013, there was an average rainfall of 21 inches in the county, meaning that golf courses rarely relied on irrigated water. In the course of 60 days, the 142 golf courses in Palm Beach County collected over 60 billion gallons of drinking water. This calculation is based on the average rainfall records in the South Florida Water Management District combined with the county’s 21,300 acres of golfing greens.

 

These reports are clear proof that golf courses are not really water hogs but a necessity in rainwater harvesting and water recycling. Instead of guzzling up the community’s precious water resources, golf courses can give back plenty of clean, drinking water for a better environment.

 

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Melinda Bailey is an avid golfer and the Executive Editor of 9 & Dine Women’s Golf Apparel blog.  You can connect with Melinda via Twitter @9Dine.

 

 

 

A fun summertime golf book

Summer, a time to relax by the pool and take in the good vibes of lounging, eating what you want, relaxi...oh wait...I have kids, so scratch that....there is no such thing as relaxing. I'm more like an overburdened Sherpa pandering to the multitude of wants and needs as my kids regale in the pool and take in the good vibes and eat what they want at my expense.

But I digress.

In between the sleep, work, sleep routine that I have mastered, I get to enjoy a little solace. I want to tell you about a very good book I read this summer by Dylan Dethier. The book is '18 in America'.

The story is about a young man getting ready to go to college, but before he does, decides to take his life, clubs and car (he affectionately calls "Subi") on the road, attempting to play 18 holes of golf in every state of the Union.
In business we call that pivoting, in kid-speak they call that cool, in parent-speak we call that frightening.
But, with his parents' blessing, he takes off on the road to explore, endure, and relish his time spent hitting a ball on various turf-grass from Grover Cleveland Golf Course to Bandon Dunes.

For the next two months, he spends his hours finding out the ugly, bad, and good of the people he meets along the way, all the time telling his story with fast, witty and innocent prose, that reads light but fulfilling. I would totally recommend picking up a copy at your local bookstore. His story will make you wish you were a kid again with a chance to do what he did in America.

Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB