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It’s Kapalua time

Go Pac Golf is excited to attend the events at Kapalua beginning tomorrow!!!!

Is club fitting worth it?

I am a firm believer in the importance of club fitting. Having purchased new clubs after a fitting over a year ago and then watching my handicap factor drop by 4 within that same time frame, I am optimistic that the improvement in my game is in direct correlation to my new clubs. I was instantly more comfortable hitting with my fitted clubs. Everything about them felt right and I had a technological assessment of my swing to back it up.

Since 2011, major equipment manufacturers and golf ball manufacturers are placing a major emphasis on club fitting. Taylor Made has dramatically expanded its implementation of performance labs, Ping has developed a golf software program called ‘nFlight’ and other big companies have followed suit.

So what does a complete club fitting entail?

During a complete fitting, a trained fitter will address factors affecting your unique execution of hitting the golf ball. Such factors include face angle, launch angle, spin rate, ball speed, attack angle, and the path of the club as you swing. All of these factors are studied to discover the right shaft and club head combination to optimize your swing.

Getting your irons fit to you is one of the best things you can do for your game.

Tiger’s homecoming

 

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I wish one could say for sure that Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played competitive golf since the 2015 Wyndham Championships, is going to tee it up as scheduled at this year’s Hero World Championships in just over two weeks.
Woods, who is hoping to break his longest ever absence from golf of 15 months, in a recent discussion with Stephen Colbert said assuredly “I’ll be there playing”.
It’s amazing to recap what has occurred in the world of golf in Tiger’s absence. We have seen the swift rise then temporary plateau of Jordan Spieth, the ascent then injury of Jason Day, the awaited coming of Dustin Johnson, the return of conviction for Rory Mcllroy, and the steady intensification of the quality many other exceptional players. Matsuyama, Stenson, Reed, Scott…

Best Lessons Ever: Mickelson’s best bunker lesson | Golf Channel

Have a look at Phil’s bunker video. It’s worth the minute to watch.

World Golf Hall of Famer and 5-time major champion Phil Mickelson gives his best fluffy lie bunker instruction in this best lesson. For more great instruction like this, watch Best Lessons Ever on Tuesdays at 7PM ET.

Source: Best Lessons Ever: Mickelson’s best bunker lesson | Golf Channel

Golf and Ethics

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Golf and Ethics

Even the world of golf has not been spared by this year’s Presidential race politics as a big question has arisen as to whether or not the USGA should reconsider its hosting of the LPGA’s 2017 U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J.?

We at Go Pac Golf feel strongly that playing such a huge tournament at Trump National should absolutely be reconsidered and, in that belief, we are not alone.

Earlier this week, 3 US senators wrote a letter to the USGA to do so and urged the committee to make a principled change on the matter.

“The decision that the USGA makes is more consequential than simply the geographic location of a golf tournament,” the letter read. “In declining future association with a brand that degrades women, the USGA and LPGA have an opportunity to make clear to the world, and most especially young Americans, that our nation will not tolerate nor do business with any company that condones or excuses action that constitutes sexual assault.”

‘Golfweek’ interviewed 12 LPGA players and only one player was steadfast that the tournament should be moved. The general consensus amongst the few that were questioned was that the tournament should stay where it is (this late in the game) and that politics should not interfere.

As an avid female golfer myself, I personally would experience a kind of ethical dilemma if I were to indirectly endorse a Trump golf course by playing in a huge tournament there. No, I would not forego a berth in the US Open but might rather take the opportunity to say something about my concerns and hopefully initiate a move towards making something good out of it.

We’d love to hear from all of you about what you think about the choice that the USGA now faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Food for Play

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Food for play

 

I hope it does not feel like you are being driven into golf overload to now be reading about what to ‘eat’ on the golf course. In a world that is becoming increasingly health conscious, (my apologies if you don’t want to hear this) nutrition is an important factor on the golf course. Bringing to this conversation a 20 year background in competitive swimming and running and more significantly, a 25 year passion for organic gardening, food and nutrition, I cannot deny that I have given this question a lot of contemplation. As a result, I can positively attest that what one eats on the course can affect the outcome of one’s golf game. I am sorry to say, but, grabbing a “smoky” and a beer on the ‘turn’ is likely not going to help your game and is probably costing you a few or more stokes per round. It is not just the alcohol that is the culprit for the loss of focus on the back 9, but the spike in blood sugars from unhealthy food choices provided by the outdated fast food options offered by many golf facilities. A bag of chips, an overly sweet granola bar and a Gatorade are not the answer either. I have seen and heard it so many times; “I lost my focus for a few holes after lunch and the wheels fell off…”

 

So what does good nutrition look like on the golf course?

  • Choose healthy whole food options for snacks. As a rule of thumb these are often unprocessed ‘one ingredient’ foods such as carrot and celery sticks, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, fresh fruits, whole grain breads and crackers, cheese, low sugar yoghurt etc.
  • Choose low glycemic index foods to ensure no big rush or no sleepy ‘after effect’. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a scale that ranks carbohydrate-rich foods by how much they raise blood glucose (sugar) levels compared to a standard food. You want to avoid a spike in energy as well as a dip or crash. Both will affect your mental focus as well as your physical strength and energy levels. This also means avoid becoming too hungry while playing your round. Depending on your metabolism, you will likely need to eat something after a few hours on the course.
  • Have smaller portions at a time and stagger these throughout your game. For example, have half a sandwich on pumpernickel or a dark unleavened bread filled with proteins and vegetables. Whether you are raw, vegan, vegetarian or eat a meat lover, it is the quality of the protein that matters. Choose roasted, boiled, barbecued meats, poultries and fish over salty and processed cold cuts and salamis (these are filled with fats and sulphates). My favorite option is to barbecue a few extra chicken breasts and veggies at dinner and then put them away for sandwich and salad fixings the next day. If you are vegan or vegetarian, choose healthy spreads like hummus, babaganoush, nut loaf and seed pâtés and be careful to look at the labels to ensure that they are not processed with the wrong oils, salts, seasonings, sugars and preservatives. There are big differences out there in the quality of these products. ‘Making it yourself’ is often the easiest and most reliable method. A good hummus, for example, only needs a few ingredients. Chickpeas, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, tahini, a dash of cumin and a spring of parsley. Salt to taste and  blend it up. Don’t forget sushi rolls, summer rolls and wraps. These are easy to make and easy to slip into your golf bag.
  •  Make sure your food is relatively quiet and easy to access in terms of packaging. Trying to pry open a noisy wrapper can be annoying to both you and the person trying to hit their ball.
  •  Try foods that can be sipped from a bottle or thermos. Soups, yoghurts, and smoothies are excellent. There are some golf courses in the Pacific Northwest that offer a soup of the day on the ‘turn’ (packaged in a cardboard bowl or coffee cup with a lid) during the cooler fall and spring seasons. I love being surprised by a great soup on a golf course on a chilly fall day.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring a large water bottle so you can monitor how much or how little you are drinking. Never rely on getting enough water on the course from those little white disposable cups. Moreover, they’re are not ecological.

Anyhow, these are personal ideas  for how to eat to play good golf. I hope you have enjoyed the article and will contact me with further ideas and contributions to the subject.

 

Brooke Henderson wins another LPGA event ahead of Rio

Canadian golf sensation Brooke Henderson defends her title for the second straight time at an LPGA event, the Portland Classic. Coming off her first ‘major’ win only 2 weeks ago, she is forging a hot trail en route to the Olympic games in Rio.

Source: Brooke Henderson wins another LPGA event ahead of Rio

World No. 1 Day announces he’s won’t play Olympics | Golf Channel

For reasons regarding the Zika virus and the safety of his wife’s future pregnancies,  Jason Day has withdrawn from the 2016 Olympics. He is attending a press conference on the Golf Channel today at 10 am ET

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Source: World No. 1 Day announces he’s won’t play Olympics | Golf Channel

Henderson vs. Ko: A rivalry is born | Golf Channel

Go Pac Golf couldn’t be prouder of our Canadian super star!!!!! With nerves of steel, Brooke Henderson, 18, defeated Lydia Ko, 19, in a playoff for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship title, This has the earmarks of the start of an epic rivalry.

Source: Henderson vs. Ko: A rivalry is born | Golf Channel

xE1 65 Degree Wedge v2 – Taboola | xE1 Golf – Official Home of the xE1 Wedge

Does anyone have any personal experience to help us know if this wedge is for real? We at Go Pac Golf are wondering if it is any good. Please share your story. Testimonials welcome.

Source: xE1 65 Degree Wedge v2 – Taboola | xE1 Golf – Official Home of the xE1 Wedge

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