What most players get wrong about golf

A lot of people who play golf regularly think that they know a lot about golf, when in fact they fall to same prejudices and misconceptions as beginners do. One of the most important misconceptions out there is that you have to be rich and have extremely expensive golf clubs to play golf. That’s just not true – i know plenty of golfers who are playing extremely well on affordable set of clubs. The trick is knowing how to choose golf clubs properly. Those same people who think that money can get you better results look down on buying used golf clubs as well. In fact, used golf clubs are extremely useful for those who are tight on budget. You just have to know how to choose them well and what details to look out for so that you don’t get scammed.

It is also always good idea to spend more on golf lessons than you spend on equipment alone. But don’t spend too much time learning basics of golf. I think the return on investment of paying for golf lessons steadily decreases after one or two lessons. After that, the best way to get better at golf is to just be on the course and play regularly. Practicing and getting good golf clubs is, in my opinion, the supreme way to improve your golf skills. For example, if you’re slicing your shots, getting a draw type driver and practicing with it a lot can fix most of your problems.

One more thing that people often don’t realize is also related to the cost of golf clubs. They don’t like to pay thousands for golf clubs, but when you think about it, golf clubs are only minor costs compared to what you pay for course fees over time. For example, high quality set of clubs might cost you about thousand dollars, but you pay much more on the course actually, not to mention the time you spend playing golf. My point with this is, if you are going to spend a lot of time and money on your hobby, you might as well do it right and not be cheap when it comes to golf clubs. This is not to say, of course, that you should try to buy your way into success when playing golf. That is impossible. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be hesitant to pay for quality.

Some people also don’t realize that having golf as a hobby can be a great addition to traveling. I, as an experienced traveler, can attest that these two hobbies go very well together. I don’t know if it’s generally accepted fact, but for me, playing on the fields of a country can be  a great way to get the vibe of countryside and in general, get the best from my traveling experience. I think this fact about golf isn’t as ignored as the others, but this sport can also be a great way to get to know interesting people, who will enrich your network. That’s why a lot of businessmen play golf – to have fun and relax, of course, but also in order to make new, interesting acquitances.

The role of clubs in golf

People often over-estimate the importance of using high end golf clubs and how much they can affect your overall performance. Generally, it is held that expensive golf clubs can make your game much more powerful and effective. I agree to that opinion, but only in smallest extent. My view is that golf clubs can indeed be powerful tools when wielded by someone who is experienced in golf and knows how to use them. On the other hand, in hands of a newbie golfer, high end clubs that cost thousands of dollars will be no better than average golf club set that costs two or three hundred. There might be slight difference, but not nearly enough to justify paying for extremely expensive golf clubs. This applies when we’re talking about beginner golfers. If you are on a higher level of experience and have played golf at least for few years, then spending extra on golf clubs might actually bring you significant results, but i’m still skeptical about it.

If you’re not fond of the idea of buying golf clubs as a set, you can try buying individual clubs one by one. For example, i know of a guide that can help you find affordable drivers.

One type of golf club which is extremely important to get right is the driver. It is also an area in which you can buy the most performance for your money. Cheap drivers are usually subpar when it comes to results that you can achieve by using them, so it always makes sense to invest in good golf driver. If you’re tight on budget, but still want to get the best golf driver for your buck, then i suggest you check out used drivers on eBay and craigslist. You have to have some knowledge of golf clubs and be careful when choosing them. Some sellers will try to pass off knockoff clubs as genuine ones and we as buyers have to look out for that. Besides that, eBay offers some protections on purchases of used golf clubs from their platform, while craigslist offers none. So eBay is the safer of the two options when it comes to buying used golf clubs.

When it comes to other types of golf clubs, especially the irons, differences between expensive and affordable golf clubs aren’t that noteworthy. If you are a beginner, you won’t be able to tell the difference at all. So if you have some money to spend, i would advise it to be spent on the driver. 

Other than that, golf clubs might also have decorational value for some people. I personally feel much better about holding and carrying around a golf club that looks good, as compared to a club that looks scruffy. That’s one of the reasons for why i don’t like to buy used golf clubs and always prefer to save up for the new one.

Overall, to sum it all up, the main point of this article was to declare that when it comes to succeeding in golf, golf clubs aren’t nearly as important as people believe them to be. Beginners would be much better off if they spent some money on golf lessons and other golf accessories that would make their lives easier on the golf course. 

The most convenient golf clubs i’ve ever owned

Before i start telling my love story with certain golf club set, i should tell my love story with convenience first. I absolutely adore convenience in everything – personal life, hobbies, and even work. That’s why i think i’m the perfect person to be writing about convenient golf clubs – where and how to get them. I have been playing golf for several years now, mostly on weekends but i sometimes go golfing after work as well. I greatly enjoy this sport, and i think mainly due to the fact that my golf clubs are so good and easy to use. I don’t know how good of a professional golfer i would be. That would mean making golf my job, and anything that’s your job automatically becomes boring, right? 

When you’re getting golf clubs for yourself, there is a question of performance vs convenience. Which do you prefer? But before you answer that, this question should be answered clearly : what is performance when it comes to golf clubs? Ease of use or something else? Well, to me, convenient golf clubs are of course, first of all, easy to use. For a golf club to qualify for a label of “convenient’ in my perspective, it should also be light and easy to maintain. I’m not the kind of person who likes to clean and carefully store all of their belongings, so that might explain my need for convenience when it comes to golf clubs. So, back to the question of performance vs convenience. It’s not hard to decide, really. If you’re like me, and just play golf to relax and have a good time on the field, then convenience is well worth sacrificing a little bit of performance, if it even comes to that. With enough budget, i think you can get clubs that are extremely well designed and crafted. So if you’re rich, you might not even have to choose between best-performing and most convenient golf clubs. You can afford to get clubs to manage both of these qualities into one.

One of the best ways to get convenient golf clubs is by buying them as a set. When golf brands sell entire sets of clubs, buying them can be a great idea because they offer few key advantages. First of all, each club in the set will be cheaper when you buy all of them at once. There are other ways in which entire golf club sets are convenient. For example, when you have custom-made golf club set that contains all the clubs you picked out individually, there is a chance that something might go wrong, like your golf bag may not fit them all. With golf club sets, all of that kind of risk is eliminated, because club sets are made to work in tandem. Not to mention the fact that club sets are usually much more affordable than other sets. My favorite set, and the most convenient set of golf clubs i’ve had so far, is Callaway Strata Ultimate. You can read review of this Callaway Strata set here.  To any beginner looking for a great set of clubs, that is the set i recommend, because i had the pleasure of playing using these clubs for few years now.

How to make sure your kids don’t grow up hating golf

Yesterday, during my time on golf course, i saw a kid with his parents on the course. But something about him was off, he dragged his feet and didn’t seem to enjoy his time on the course. I went on playing my game, but once i got back home, i thought about that boy some more. I am 24 year old guy, currently engaged, and while i don’t plan on having kids any time soon, i want to have them in distant future, so i got to thinking what i’d do differently as a father. It is obvious that his parents were forcing him to play golf for some reason. Common reasons for forcing your children into certain sports are things like scholarships and vacating time for yourself to be alone without worrying about the kid. And while i do realize it’s very tough, but it’s still a little off for me. Golf is especially sensitive topic to me. I am golf fanatic, and don’t want to take any risks in that regard. I must make sure that my kid loves golf as much as i do, it’s one of the dreams of my life. It might be the case for that boy i saw yesterday as well, but his parents took approach that is clearly wrong. You can’t force anyone into liking a certain sport.

Instead, i will try to get my son to initiate going to the course himself. Whatever it takes, even if it’s expensive candy and surprises, i will find a way to make it work. First, as a parent, you have to associate golf course with a place where you have fun. And the rest will follow. I’m no psychologist, but i know how kid’s mind works, so i’m sure in my plan and how well it will work.

It’s funny though, because i don’t have a lot of money right now, yet still in my imaginations, i’m the rich dad who won’t refuse anything his kid asks.

As far as my research goes, i’ve also discovered that choosing very good junior golf club set is also very important. If your kid is just a beginner, you can get started with any junior club set made by decent brands like Callaway or Wilson, but once your kid starts to get serious, you have to have golf clubs fitted and pick the one that your kid will like the most. Golf is individual. Salesmen will tell you that this or that club set is the best and will work for everyone, but in my experience, that’s not how it goes. What i would recommend, is to go to your local golf retailer and let your kid try on different club sets before he or she finds one that he/she likes.

Anyways, that’s about it for today. I really do think that all kids should be going out and be active. Not sitting at home and playing videogames all day, as they are doing now. That’s just unhealthy, both for brain and the body.

Social and networking benefits of playing golf

I have discussed a lot of topics related to golf lately, but i haven’t yet talked about one thing that is often overlooked by everyone. That is, golf as a medium through which you can socialize with your co-workers, boss or even get to know new people and build relationships in the industry you’re working in. I never see people discussing this side of golf, and can’t understand why. Perhaps people don’t want to be seen like they are charming people and taking advantage of golf, but that’s not what i’m talking about. I’m talking about mutually beneficial, respectful relationship between people who are involved in same line of work, or a way to relax after work with your coworkers.

 Golf is very slow paced sport, so it allows you to have casual conversations while doing something. And it is also good ice breaker, which allows you to get to know people better and familiarize with them. It is also very flexible in terms of activity. If you want to be active while playing golf, you can, but it is also accommodating to players who don’t want to get wasted on the golf course. You can ride golf cart and go on with your day as if nothing had happened. As opposed to working out in gym, which takes few more hours to recover from.

 I guess that’s why golf is viewed as rich man’s sport. And most rich men happen to be older than average. It is indeed perfect activity for old men who want to hang out with their friends, while making connections and deals at the same time.  And i guess that’s why presidents are notoriously criticized for the time they spend on playing golf. But we have to understand that they might be doing serious business at the same time, and take it easy on them.

 There are a lot of douchebags on golf course, who like to show off their wealth and still can’t buy their golf game. They take tons of classes and still end up as mediocre players, or buy  best seniors golf clubs they can find, but for one of those guys, there are dozens who are cool people and knowing them can be a great asset in your business career. Or just as a friends. By the way, it’s possible to buy even better golf clubs than they have, you just need to know where to look. My favorite place for golf club reviews, and in particular senior’s golf club reviews is GolfClubsGuru.  This culture of golf, culture of business, is why i love it so much and will keep playing it for the rest of my life.

Value of old golf clubs

I am a person who trades with vintage items and deals with collectors a lot, and there is something i need to clear up about my niche of business. There is common misconception among golf players that all old golf clubs are worth a lot. I believed it myself, so i looked up prices of 50 and 70 year old golf clubs on eBay, and surprisingly, they weren’t worth much at all. I got curious and started to investigate, and found out that unless your specific golf club was of very limited edition, or was owned by famous golfer who won important championships with them, your old golf clubs will have tiny value because they were massively produced, so there is no shortage of old vintage golf clubs for anyone who might be collecting them. And on top of that, they are not as well-built and well-designed as some top notch clubs clubs available today, driving their prices even lower. For affordable prices on new golf clubs for women, see this GolfClubsGuru tutorial.

 And this misconception isn’t exclusive to golf players either. Because of some odd exceptions, which were sold for millions, public thinks that everything, even if they are not rare, can get expensive with age. Which, obviously, couldn’t be further from the truth. Some cars might get more expensive, because they were not produced in such high quantities as they are today. Especially those cars made by Henry Ford, before he had discovered advantages of mass production. But even mass produced cars might have broken down or got rusty over the years, so if you have well-groomed old car, it might actually be worth something today. I don’t understand the whole obsession with cars, but apparently, some people get kick out of it, and if those people happen to be rich, and badly want to have your car, consider yourself very lucky.

 Anyway, that’s all i wanted to talk about today. I just got irritated because i get calls from so many people expecting to get rich off their old golf clubs, and telling each one of them the truth, results in their disappointment. And that’s kind of exhausting and hard to do. So i hope this helps someone, and i’ll be back with more tips on golf in short period of time.

Healthier alternatives to eating bread

If you are a carbohydrate queen, then you do not discriminate. You will gladly bite into a hot and chewy roll or even a forkful of pasta, either grab a handful of pretzels, or devour a just-out-of-the-oven blueberry muffin. While I’m all for enjoying carbohydrates, loading up on bread products is not the ideal strategy if you’re attempting to shed pounds. Notice how many calories you’ll save by utilizing these easy bread swaps with veggies and fruit.

A new study tells us that in addition to its known contribution to weight gain and obesity, white bread, bagels and white rice additionally contribute to a 49% growth in lung cancer!

Glycemic index is defined by the rate at which blood sugar levels are increased after swallowing a given food. Foods with high levels of refined sugars raise blood sugar levels significantly and quickly, while those high in fiber and low in sugar have a lower glycemic index. One reason why fruit is healthier than candy is that the fiber slows down the digestive process, slowing down and lowering the blood glucose levels after consumption.

Highly processed white rice and bread made from wheat is what is causing the high glycemic index — the fast conversion of carbs to blood sugar makes white flour and rice almost as bad as candy! One solution would be to flip into whole wheat for a replacement for breads made from processed, white flour. When picking bread, do not rely on the labels that state “Whole Wheat Bread.” Instead, check the ingredients. If the first component is “wheat flour” or “unbleached enriched flour,” then it’s still highly processed flour with a high glycemic index. Start looking for labels using the very first ingredient listed as “100 percent whole-wheat wheat” or “100% whole grain.”

Another fantastic way to lower your glycemic index would be to replace white bread and rice with breads and pastas not produced from wheat. A lot of individuals are already doing this in order to prevent gluten, a protein in wheat products which has a negative effect on digestion. To avoid the high blood glucose that comes out of eating white bread and rice, then try out some breads and pastas made from such choices.

It is simpler than ever to find healthy alternatives to try — so experimentation with many of these whole grains in breads, pastas and side dishes. Because you can see, there are lots of wholesome alternatives to processed white flour and rice, and they even taste much better compared to their highly processed alternatives!