Golf Technology at Boca Grove.

IMG_4613August is coming to an end, as is “National Golf Month”. As we start to move into fall and hopefully cooler weather, golf games start to pick up. If you play golf competitively, or even socially, you want to have your game at the best it can be. Boca Grove First Assistant Pro Duke Trombetti is here to help make your game the best it can be with a little help from the technology with the FlightScope.

 

  1. What is FlightScope?
    1. FlightScope is a 3-D Doppler Tracking Golf Radar.
    2. Ball measurement and swing analysis.
  2. What does FlightScope measure?
    1. FlightScope measures 27 variables that are related to the ball, club or swing.
    2. The machine follows the ball trajectory immediately after it is hit giving you instant comprehensive ball measurement.
  3. FlightScope Variables.
    1. Ball Data:IMG_4634
      1. Ball Speed
      2. Vertical Launch Angle
      3. Horizontal Launch Angle
      4. Vertical Descent Angle
      5. Smash Factor
      6. Spin Rate
      7. Carry DistanceIMG_4633
      8. Roll
      9. Total Distance
      10. Lateral Landing
      11. Apex Height
      12. Flight Time
      13. Shot Dispersion
      14. Distance to Pin
      15. Skills Score
    2. Club Data:
      1. Club Speed
      2. Club Speed Profile
      3. Club Acceleration Profile
      4. Face Angle
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      6. Dynamic Loft
      7. Angle of Attack
      8. Club Path
      9. Vertical Swing Plane
      10. Horizontal Swing Plane
      11. Spin Loft
  4. How do you read all of this? 
    1. FlightScope tracks each shot and immediately provides the data on the iPad screen.
    2. Graphs and charts are available for viewing as well.
    3. Golf Professional can explain what it all means.
  5. What does this do for you?
    1. FlightScope can help you see how you hit the ball and why it goes in the direction it goes.
    2. It will help you improve your golf swing.
    3. It will allow the professional working with you to re-work your swing to get the results you want from the game.
  6. What’s next?
    1. Take a lesson using the FlightScope (http://bocagrove.org/Golf/Instruction_Clinics.aspx).
    2. Call the Boca Grove Golf Shop to make an appointment (561-488-2582).
    3. Hit some shots on the range and let the FlightScope do the rest.

Duke looks forward to seeing you on the range with his FlightScope in hand. You will never look at a golf swing or your ball flight the same again after this.

Waffles for Dessert!

IMG_4665“National Waffle Day” is August 24 and we want to get you ready early! Boca Grove’s Chef de Cuisine Dave Sirko pulled out the stops with this “Chocolate Marshmallow Waffle Torte”. It is even better than it sounds, don’t trust me? Give it a try!

 

For the Waffle:

3 tbls.                                    Butter

1 ½ cups                               Flour

1 ½ tsp.                                Baking Powder

Pinch of                                Salt

2 tbls.                                    Sugar

1 ½ cups                               Milk

2 each                                   Eggs

 

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Method:

Preheat waffle iron per manufacturer’s instructions.

Melt butter in a microwave.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

In another bowl, beat together the milk and eggs.

Whisk the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Stir in the melted butter.

Spoon about ½ cup of batter onto iron and close to cook.

Cook waffle until golden brown.

 

For the Marshmallow Mousse:

4 oz.                                      Semi-Sweet Chocolate

3 tbls.                                    Sugar

12 each                                 Marshmallows

½ cup                                    Milk

1 tsp.                                      Gelatin, Bloomed

1 ½ cup                                 Heavy Cream, Whipped

 

Method:

In a stainless steel bowl placed over simmering water melt the chocolate, sugar, marshmallows and milk.

Remove and fold in gelatin.

Allow it to cool slightly and fold in whipped cream.

 

To Assemble:

Top waffle with mousse mixture.

Allow to set and cut into 4 portions.

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Do you ever have waffles left over from your breakfast batch that you don’t know what to do with? We just gave you the perfect answer. Use it for dessert and make this delicious torte, and maybe even serve it with a strawberry milkshake. You will never look at left-over waffles the same way again.

 

Peaches All Dressed Up!

IMG_4685August is the month of the “Peach”! Boca Grove Executive Chef Dominick Laudia has pulled out the stops for “National Peach Month” with a “Peach and Duck Salad with a Basil Dijon Vinaigrette” that will easily serve four.

 


For the Salad:

4 each                                   Peach Halves, Diced

2 oz.                                      Red Onion, Finely Diced

2 each                                   Avocado, Diced

1 cup                                     Cherry Tomatoes, Cut in Half

1 cup                                     Pecans

4 cups                                   Mixed Green

1 cup                                     Crumbled Goat Cheese
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For the Dressing:

1 each                                   Egg Yolk

1 tsp.                                     Dijon Mustard

3 tbls.                                    White Balsamic Vinegar

½ cup                                    Salad Oil

2 oz.                                      Basil, Chopped

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

Whisk egg yolk, mustard and vinegar together in a bowl.

Slowly whisk in oil.

Season with basil, salt and pepper.

Combine all salad ingredients and toss with dressing.

 

For the Duck:

2 each                                   Boneless Duck Breast

As needed                           Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

In a non-stick skillet add seasoned duck breast skin side down.

On lower temperature cook duck until the skin is crisp, turn over and cook on the other side for 3 minutes.

Remove from pan and allow duck to cool.

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To Assemble:

Place salad on a plate.

Slice duck thin on bias and arrange around the salad.

 

Peaches have found their new favorite salad to be in, and trust me this may be your new favorite salad as well. It is “peachy”.

 

 

Golfing for Juniors.

Event-JR-GolfGolf month is at the halfway point and what better way to celebrate than with tips on getting the youngest players excited about the game. Boca Grove Assistant Golf Professional Phillip Gabes has some tips on how to get juniors on the course and wanting to play!

  1. FUN. The primary focus is to have fun.
  2. Juniors must learn the game first, as just that, a GAME.
  3. It is okay for them to make mistakes, as mistakes help them learn. Parents: Remember that they don’t need to have a perfect swing right from the start.
  4. When they enjoy the game, they want to get better at it.072208 033
  5. Too much focus on the technical side of the game early on tends to make learning golf for young players more of a chore than a game.  Save that for when they are comfortable with the basics.
  6. Make games out of practice. For example, put a hula hoop on the putting green for them to putt to instead of the regular holes. This gives them an easier task and a sense of accomplishment when they succeed.
  7. For junior golfers it is best to focus on the fundamentals when they are learning the game. Focus on grip, alignment and posture first and then work through the rest. Teaching them the entire swing at too young of an age can make them frustrated quickly and not wanting to learn.
  8. ALWAYS focus on the positive of a shot. Kids like to impress, so always try and find something positive about each shot. Extra tip: Even if they miss, you can let them know how great their swing was and that it was the ball that snuck out of the way.
  9. Junior lessons as a group or individual are great opportunities for kids to learn from peers, as well as professionals. Boca Grove has junior clinics every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. (http://bocagrove.org/Golf/Junior_Golf.aspx), as well as private lessons available for one-on-one help. Call the shop to sign up or get more information (561-488-2582).

 

Phillip can’t wait to see the juniors out practicing on the range, joining the clinics or honing in on their skills in a lesson.

Ways to Relax for Relaxation Day.

relaxAugust 15 is “National Relaxation Day” and what better way to celebrate than with ways to relax. With a little help from http://www.psychcnetral.com here are 20 ways to relax and unwind.


1.     Breathing.

The simplest and often most forgot thing to do. Breathe. When life gets hectic or stressful take a few seconds to take 5 to 10 deep breathes to help you relax.breathe

2.     Release Jaw Tension.
You may not even realize it is happening, but some people carry their tension in their jaw. Here is an easy way to release it – for about a half a minute or so open your mouth wide and breath naturally through your nose. When you feel like you have stretched your jaw long enough, let your mouth close gently.

3.     Care for Yourself.
This is caring for yourself with intention like taking a relaxing bath, going for leisurely walk or reading a book. When you take time to take care of yourself you are bringing calm and order to your life and lessening stress and tension. It is important to care for yourself to keep balance.

4.       Write.
Remember when you were young and you kept a diary or a journal, a place to write down your thoughts and feelings. If you do than this may be something for you to start again. Take time for yourself to write down a little or a lot, whatever will help relax from the day, just don’t make it a to-do list item.

5.       List the Days Triumphs.
When we get stressed we can tend to dwell on the bad things versus the good things. Another way to help relax from the daily stress is to write down the positives of the day. Aim for the three top positives. This will help you pause and think about the good and not stress about the rest.

6.       Clear Plans.
Everyone has a lot to do every day, and if this makes your mind race and no chance for calm than take the time to make a to-do list. Here is the deal though, write down a realistic list of what can be done in the day and in the order to complete them and let the other things go for another day. If you end up still thinking of all the “other” things, write them down too but on the “get to” list.

7.       Control.
There are many things we can control, and there are many things we can’t. When you are focused on something that is causing you stress you need to take the time to decide if it is something you can or can’t control. If you can control it than do what you need to so you can move on. If you can’t, then forget about it and release it to the powers that be, I know easier said than done sometimes. Gaining insight to what you can and can’t control will help you relax in the long run.

8.       Bedtime Ritual.relax (1)
A ritual can bring renewed balance, energy, empowerment and comfort. As adults we get caught up in the digital world that is around us which can keep us from turning off and relaxing. As it goes with children and bedtime routines, it is something we should remember as adults. Get in a habit of turning off the television and mobile devices before bed and unwinding with a book, a bath or deep breathing and stretching exercises. It will allow you to release the tension of the day and get in a relaxing state allowing you to sleep peacefully.

9.       Play.
This sounds easy enough, but how many of us do this? The idea behind this is to do anything that is pleasurable and has no concrete purpose. Like what you ask? Take the time to swing on a swing, dig in the dirt, finger-paint, pretty much act like the kid you used to be.

10.   Visualization.
What many of us probably don’t realize is that the brain cannot distinguish between reality and imagination, so visualization can be a powerful tool to help you relax. Take the time to visualize your favorite place and then take it a step further. Visualize every detail from the exact location, to the sounds, smells and people around you.

11.   Gentle Movement.
When it comes to relaxing many people think that being sedentary will help you unwind and destress, when in reality doing something active will release any tension and stress. For instance, going for a leisurely walk will do more for you than sitting on the couch, even some simple stretches will do more for you than doing nothing at all.

12.    Morning Routine.
Commonly people start their day by washing their face and brushing their teeth. Try doing the same thing when you need to relax, as it will signal your brain that you are starting fresh like you do at the beginning of every day.

13.   Give Support.
Sometimes it helps to relax by focusing on someone other than ourselves. Call or meet up with a friend and ask them how they are doing and then listen intently to what they say. It will take your thoughts to them, instead of yourself.

14.   Nature.Relaxing-Nature-Wallpaper-8
Take time to sit outside and engage in all of your senses. Smell the air, look around you, listen to the sounds of nature. Engaging your senses can be a powerful way to relax.

15.   Focus on the Present.
You can engage your senses at all of times of the day, not just in nature. Take time to focus on what is around you, such as the sounds inside your home, the inside of a building you walk by every day. Be present and you will naturally relax.

16.   Catnap.
Do you have 20 minutes to relax? If you said yes than take this time to take a small nap. Anything over 30 minutes puts you in a deep sleep, but a 20-minute catnap will revive and refresh you.

17.   Smells.
Engage your sense of smell in the everyday moments. Using scents to shower with, wash your hands with, in your lotion or burning in a candle can help you relax. Certain scents, like lavender or peppermint, can help relax just by the smell of it.

18.   Treat Yourself.
Think of something you would do for a loved one to relax and do it for yourself. It can be anything from going out to lunch to getting a massage. When you treat yourself well, you in turn will be better for everyone else.

19.   Bathroom Break.
Feeling stressed at work or out in public? Take a quick bathroom break. Step into a stall, close your eyes and breathe (breathe in for a count of 3, breathe out for a count of 3, repeat). This easy step will allow you to relax and get back to what you need to do.

20.   Works for You.
Figure out what works for you to relax and do that. This may take time and it may be more than one thing, but allow yourself to find what it is. Everyone is different, so don’t get discouraged if something that works for one person, doesn’t work for you.

Life is too short to be tense and stressed all the time. Take these tips, try them out, and enjoy the life you have and RELAX!

 

Meat and Potatoes Done Right!

IMG_4682It isn’t often that we are able to put two delicious days’ together, like we can with this recipe from Boca Grove’s Executive Chef Dominick Laudia. August 12 is “National Julienne Fries Day” and August 13 is “National Filet Mignon Day”, so we have a recipe that puts the two into one scrumptious dish, so you can celebrate both days at once! Here is Chef’s Filet Mignon and Julienne Fries with Mushroom Shallot Sauce, Haricot Verts, Asparagus and Tomato to serve four. We here at Boca Grove like to keep it classy while comforting.

 

For the Filet Mignon:

4 each                                   Filet Mignon, 8 oz. each

2 tbls.                                    Oil

As needed                           Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

Season filets with oil, salt and pepper.

Place the filets on a hot charcoal grill.

Cook for 6 minutes on each side.

Remove and let rest.

 

For the Sauce:

2 oz.                                      Butter

1 cup                                     Mushrooms, Cut in Quarters

4 each                                   Shallots, Cut in Half

2 oz.                                      All Purpose Flour

2 oz.                                       Red Wine

2 cups                                   Beef Stock, Cold

As needed                           Salt and Pepper

 

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Melt butter in a sauce pan.

Add mushrooms and shallots to melted butter.

Sauté until tender and add the flour.

Cook for 1 minute, add the wine and beef stock and stir with a whisk.

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.

Season as needed.

 

For the Haricot Verts, Asparagus and Tomato:

1 cup                                     Haricot Verts, Blanched and Chilled

1 cup                                     Asparagus, Blanched and Chilled

12 each                                Baby Tomato, Blanched and Peeled

4 oz.                                      Butter

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

Sauté vegetables in butter and season to taste.

 

For the Julienne Fries:

2 each                                   Potato, Peeled

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

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Method:

Heat oil in a pot or fryer to 375 degrees.

Cut potato on a mandolin set on fine julienne.

Drop potatoes in oil until golden brown.

Remove to paper towel and season to taste.

 

To Assemble:

Place sauce on the plate and garnish with vegetables. Slice filets and layer over the sauce and vegetables. Serve with the fries on the side.

 

Enjoy your new meat and potato dish to celebrate this weekend, and any day you are craving a good dish that makes you feel good inside and out.

 

Putting Practice Made Fun.

Don't Miss!How many golfers out there like to practice putting? I don’t know many, but I do know when you make a game out of it (really anything) it is easier to bear. Here are two ways to spice up your putting practice from Jordan Spieth and his golf coach Cameron McCormick from Golf Digest.

 

Gate Crasher:
Spieth likes to start this particular game at the beginning of his putting warm up. Why? It helps him dial in his accuracy before he heads out on the course. To perfect this game, it is key to keep your body steady and make solid strokes.

Game set-up: Find a dead-straight putt that is eight to 10 feet long. Place two ball markers at almost halfway between your ball and the hole. Set the markers up just wide enough apart that a ball can roll between them.

Goal of the game: Hit putts that not only roll between the two markers but also go in the hole. Simple, right? Make is competitive by playing against someone and earn points. Give yourself a half point for getting the ball through the markers and a full point for making it in the hole. The player with the most points after a predetermined number of putts wins the game.

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Leap Frog:
Trying to work on your speed? Then get ready to leap, that is what Spieth does.

Game set-up: Place a ball marker on the green five feet away from you on a mild upslope or downslope.

Goal of the game: The goal is to putt the ball to the marker while trying to stop the ball no more than six inches past the marker. That is only half of it though. To make it more challenging you have to predict right after the ball leaves your putter whether it was successful and where it will end up. No matter the outcome, putt another ball and try to get it to reach the first ball, not going more than six inches past and predict again the outcome. Continue this until you get to 10 feet out.

Make it interesting: Keep score with this game too whether playing against someone or by yourself. This time however your goal is to get the least amount of points. Points work by adding a point every time you areunsuccessful with your putt and prediction, or just the prediction. (Remember the point of the game is to work on developing your feel, so prediction is key!) You get a half a point if your putt is unsuccessful, but your prediction is correct. If your putt is good and so is your prediction than you don’t add any points. When playing against someone the person with the least amount of points by the time you get to 10 feet wins. If you are playing alone then the goal is to try and beat your lowest score.

Go the distance: This game can be tailored to go to any length. If you have struggle with speed on long putts than play the game from 20, 30 or 40 feet. However, remember that the longer the putt the longer the roll out distance should be. For example, if you are playing from a 30-foot putt, a good putt will leave you no more than 18 inches out, and don’t forget to predict!

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Get on the practice putting green and give these games a try. You may find yourself practicing your putting longer and enjoying it while you are doing it. As they always say, “Drive for show, putt for dough” and after this you will be bringing home some more dough!