A Pasta Dish for Fall!

img_5459“Pasta Day” comes once a year on October 17. It is here and in Boca Grove fashion we are going to celebrate the best way we know how with a fall pasta recipe from our Executive Chef Dominick Laudia. Grab a bowl and get ready to feel the warmth with Chef’s “Orecchiette Pasta with Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash”.

 

For the Pasta:

1 oz.                                      Olive Oil

1 cup                                     Onions, Julienne

1 tsp.                                     Garlic, Chopped

1 lb.                                       Kale, Chopped

2 cups                                   Vegetable Stock

2 cups                                   Heavy Cream

¼ lb.                                       Butter

2 tbls.                                    Sage, Chopped

3 cups                                   Roasted Butternut Squash, Diced and Blanched

2 cups                                   Cannellini Beans

2 each                                   Roasted Red Pepper, Cut in Strips

1 lb.                                       Orecchiette Pasta, Cooked Al Dente

1 cup                                     Parmesan Cheese, Grated

As needed                          Fresh Ground Pepper

 

Method:

In a sauce pan heat the olive oil and add the onions.

Saute until caramelized.

Add garlic and kale.

Saute until tender.

Add stock and simmer.

Add heavy cream and allow to reduce to half.img_5461

Whisk in butter.

Add sage, butternut squash, cannellini beans, roasted peppers and pasta, toss to heat.

Place in serving bowls and top with cheese and additional peppers.

 

Enjoy this dish today, all season long or for those special “Meatless Monday” night dinners.

Iced Coffee with a Twist.

It is “National Coffee Day” and we want you to celebrate all day long! Here is a happy hour pick me up, a dinner coffee or an after dinner drink from Boca Grove’s Assistant Food and Beverage Director Carla Hull, the “Café Frio”.

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For the Café Frio:

1 part                    Stoli Vanilla

1 packet               Sugar

1 part                    Coffee

1 part                    Milk

 

Method:

Mix the four ingredients.

Shake.

Serve over ice in a snifter.

Garnish with a rock candy stick!

 

Your iced coffee just got spiked!

TV Dinners Re-Worked.

img_4884September 10th is “National TV Dinner Day”.  Originating in the 1950’s, the classic TV dinner had peas and corn, a meat of some kind, a starch and fruit, usually peaches. In honor of the TV dinner and its national day of honor Boca Grove’s Chef Dominick Laudia and his team re-worked the classic TV dinner meal in to a modern plate of “Twin Soup and Sandwich with an Inside Out Salisbury Steak Fritter and Modern Peas and Carrots.”

 

For the Twin Soup (Tomato and Yellow Pepper Soup):

For the Tomato Soup:

1 oz.                                       Olive Oil

1 tbsp. each                        Minced Onion and Garlic

4 cups                                   Fresh Tomato, Seeds Removed and Chopped

4 cups                                   Vegetable Stock

1 cup                                     Heavy Cream

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

In a sauce pot sauté the onion and garlic until tender.

Add tomato and stock.

Simmer until the tomato is soft.

Remove and place in a blender until smooth.

Remove and strain.

Return to sauce pot, add cream and season to taste.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

 

For the Yellow Pepper Soup:

1 oz.                                      Olive Oil

1 tbsp. each                        Minced Onion and Garlic

4 cups                                   Yellow Pepper, Chopped

4 cups                                   Vegetable Stock

1 cup                                     Heavy Cream

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Method:img_4879

In a sauce pot sauté the onion and garlic until tender.

Add pepper and stock.

Simmer until the pepper is soft.

Remove and place in a blender until smooth.

Remove and strain.

Return to sauce pot, add cream and season to taste.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

 

 

For the Sandwich:

8 each                                   Sliced Gruyere Cheese

8 each                                   Bacon, Crisp

2 each                                   Fresh Peach, Cut in Wedges

2 tbsp.                                  Olive Oil

As needed                           Salt and Pepper

2 each                                   Ciabatta Hoagie Rolls

As needed                            Butter

 

Method:img_4880

Toss peach with oil and salt and pepper.

Roast in a 400-degree oven for 5 minutes, remove and chill.

Split open rolls and brush with butter.

Place cheese, bacon and peaches inside roll.

Press in panini machine or in a skillet (press down to toast).

Cut in half (each serving is a half of the sandwich).

 

For the Inside Out Salisbury Steak Fritter:

½ lb.                                     Ground Beef

1 each                                    Egg

2 oz.                                       Bread Crumbs

1 tsp.                                     Garlic Powder

1 tsp.                                     Onion Powder

1 oz.                                      Worchester Sauce

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Combine all ingredients.

 

½ cup                                Mushrooms, Chopped Fine, Sautéed and Chilled

½ cup                                 Caramelized Onions, Chilled

As needed                          Flour

2 each                                   Eggs, Beaten

As needed                          Bread Crumbs

As needed                          Oil for Frying

 

Method:img_4881

Take 2 oz. of beef mix, fill with combination mushroom and onions forming into a ball.

Make four fritters and place one at a time in the flour first, than the eggs and then the bread crumbs.

Place in 350-degree oil and fry until golden brown.

Place in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

 

For the Peas and Carrots (Green Pea Coulis and Ginger Fried Carrots):

For the Pea Coulis:

1 each                                   Shallot, Minced

2 tbsp.                                  Oil

2 cups                                   Green Peas

1 cup                                     Vegetable Stock

As needed                           Salt and Pepper

½ cup                                    Heavy Cream

 

Method:

In a sauce pan saute the shallot in oil.

Add peas and stock and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat, blend and strain.

Return to sauce pan and add heavy cream and season.

 

For the Ginger Fried Carrots:

2 cups                                   Carrots, Small Dice

4 oz.                                      Oil

1 oz.                                      Fresh Ginger

1 oz.                                      Olive Oil

1 tbsp.                                  Ginger Powder

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Method:img_4878

Place ginger in oil and heat until slightly smoking.

Add carrot and fry until golden brown.

Remove and place on a paper towel.

Place in a bowl and season with olive oil, ginger powder and salt and pepper.

 

To Assemble:

Pour the soups simultaneously in a bowl.

Plate the soup bowl, sandwich, fritter and peas and carrots on the plate as desired.

Serve with Root Beer, Coke or your favorite soft drink.

 

Turn on your favorite TV channel, grab your TV tray table and enjoy this re-worked TV dinner. That’s a lot of TV.

 

 

A New Way to Teach.

golf month“National Golf Month” is at its close and two of our pros are ready for a new approach for the upcoming season. Boca Grove’s First Assistant Golf Pro Duke Trombetti went to a certification class that has him excited and ready to try a new approach to golf lessons. He and Assistant Pro Phillip Gabes can’t wait for the improvement in our members’ game to come from “Coaching” the game of golf versus “Teaching” it.

 

1. “Teaching” versus “Coaching”?
Golf is one of the only sports where you are “taught” how to play the game. In every other sport you are “coached” on how to play, given proper training, supervised at practice and helped to set goals.  Golf should be no different than any other sport. Professionals have coaches, why shouldn’t you?
2. What is involved in “Coaching”?
Golf is a complicated game that is not easily mastered and it takes more than reading magazine tips, watching videos or taking a few lessons here or there to fully learn the game. This is where coaching comes in. The concept of coaching will help you develop your skills across all of “The Four Steps to Mastery”: Understanding Cause and Effect, Supervised Practice, Transfer Training and Play.

3. Step 1: Understanding Cause and Effect.
This is the assessment stage where the Golf Coach will go through drills to understand the current performance level and to set realistic goals to achieve what can be accomplished. This stage is the key factor in determining a player’s motivation for improving, assessing their level of availability and commitment, determining which skills will provide the greatest improvement, establishing the hierarchy of skills to be developed and providing a clear concept of what will be learned and how. This is the foundation of the coaching experience.

4. golf coachStep 2: Supervised Practice.
Many times a golfer does not play to their full potential because they never fully learn what they are taught in a lesson. It may have been tried a few times, but it did not get stored in their brain. This step focuses on deliberate practice, guidance and effective feedback. A Golf Coach will not leave practice up to chance; they will instead design, encourage, facilitate and supervise practice. Golf Coaches will create a learning environment where their players can participate in regular practice activities, making it deliberate practice.

5. Step 3: Transfer Training.
In this step the Golf Coach creates conditions that facilitate the progression of a player’s skill from one that is a conscious effort to one that is automatic, therefore transfer training. When a skill becomes automatic, or transfer trained, then the player can focus on external targets, general swing triggers and course strategy, and let go of specific technical swing positions. How often are we in a competitive environment on the course and we “choke”? This step works on making this not happen. When “choking” on the course happens it helps to reveal to a Golf Coach what is weak in a player’s game and that it is something that needs to be focused on and learned to make sure we don’t revert back to old habits. This also brings on practice sessions that focus on pressure and course conditions by taking the player on the course and doing “transfer training”.

6. Step 4: Play
This step focuses on coaches taking their players on the course to observe and coach them while they are actually playing. The Golf Coach will spend this step helping players manage on-course interference with intensity management, attention control, thought control and focus of energy.

7. Change in Lessons.
With Golf Coaching changing the way of teaching, so will the change come to lessons. Instead of a lesson here or there it becomes a commitment between the coach and the player(s). There is a set monthly fee that devotes specific time to develop “The Four Steps of Mastery” on a weekly basis either individually or as a team of 4. This will save money by not paying lesson to lesson but by one set cost (like when you get a series of lessons – but better).

 

Duke and Phillip cannot wait to delve into this new thought of teaching and coaching a great team of players.

 

(For more information and pricing call the Boca Grove Pro Shop at 561-488-2582.)

Trail Mix Options for Everyone.

Trail Mix DayAugust 30th is “National Trail Mix Day” and we want to make sure you are prepared with your very own trail mix. We tirelessly searched the internet looking for the perfect trail mix recipes for back to school and we found two that we think will work from yummly.com. The first one is a “School Fuel Trail Mix” from thenutritionadventure.com and the second recipe is “Trail Mix No Bake Cookies” from a-kitchen-addiction.com.

 

For the School Fuel Trail Mix:

¼ cup                                    Walnuts

¼ cup                                    Banana Chips

2 tbsp.                                   Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries

1 tbsp.                                    Raw Pumpkin Kernels

1 tbsp.                                    Salted Sunflower SeedsSchool-Fuel-Trail-Mix-1

 

 

Method:

Combine all ingredients into an 8-ounce container.

Shake to mix.

 

For the Trail Mix No Bake Cookies:

1 cup                                     Sugar

¼ cup                                   Unsweetened Baking Cocoa

½ cup                                   Butter, Melted

½ cup                                   Milk

1 cup                                     Peanut Butter

1 tbsp.                                  Vanilla Extract

3 cups                                   Rolled or Quick Oats

1 ¼ cup                                 Trail Mix (suggestion: almonds, cashews, peanuts, M&M’s and raisins)

 

Method:trail-mix-no-bake-cookies-vert-w-name

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Stir together sugar, baking cocoa, butter and milk in a large saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.

Remove from heat.

Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.

Stir in oats until combined.

Add trail mix and stir again until combined.

Drop batter by heaping tablespoons (an ice cream scooper will work) onto the prepared baking sheet.

Gently press to shape into a cookie (can use the back of a spoon or your hand).

Top with additional M&M’s, if desired.

Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Keep them in a cool place to store them.

Note: The cookies will appear “loose” when you scoop them on the baking sheet, but as the cookies cool, the oats will soak up the moisture and “solidify”.

 

Make one or both trail mixes and pack them for a quick healthy snack. An easy treat for anytime of the day.

 

How Sweet it is to be Cherry Popsicle Day!

tumblr_naxj6h4Ad41sq18tno1_500School is back in session and summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean summer treats have to come to an end as well. August 26 is “National Cherry Popsicle Day” and we want you to have some options on how to celebrate. With some help from yummly.com we have a recipe for “Cherry Yogurt Popsicles” from naturallyyella.com and “Cherry Pineapple Popsicles” from platingsandpairings.com.

 

For the Cherry Yogurt Popsicle:

2 tbsp.                                  Concentrated Cherry Juice

1 cup                                     Water

1 cup                                     Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 tbsp.                                  Honey

½ cup                                    Milk

 

Method:

In one bowl, combine the cherry juice and water.

In another bowl combine the yogurt, honey and milk.

Using 3 oz. popsicle molds, fill 1/3 of each mold with the yogurt mixture.

Stripes Method:

Freeze the first 1/3 of the filled mold for 45 to 60 minutes.

Remove from the freezer and add 1/3 layer of cherry juice and place back in freezer for another 45 to 60 minutes to let it set.

Remove from the freezer again and add the last layer of yogurt and add the stick.cherry yogurt popsicle

Place the mold back in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

Blended Method:

If you don’t want to wait for each layer to freeze you can do all the layers at once.

Start with the 1/3 yogurt mixture and then add the cherry juice and the last layer of yogurt.

Use a skewer to swirl the layers and add the popsicle stick.

Freeze overnight.

 

For the Cherry Pineapple Popsicles:

2 cups                                   Pineapple Chunks

3 cups                                   Pitted Cherries

1/3 & ½ cup                        Pineapple Juice

3 tbsp.                                  Simple Syrup

 

Method:

In a blender combine the pineapple chunks with 1/3 cup of pineapple juice.Cherry-Pineapple-Popsicles-2-1-682x1024

Taste and sweeten with 1 tbsp. simple syrup, if necessary.

Transfer the pineapple puree into a liquid measuring cup that has a spout and set aside.

Rinse blender and puree the cherries with the ½ cup of pineapple juice. Taste and sweeten with 2 tbsp. of simple syrup if needed.

Transfer the cherry puree into another liquid measuring cup with a spout.

Pour the cherry puree into the molds half way, and then slowly pour the pineapple puree in the last half.

Insert the popsicle sticks into the molds and freeze for 4 to 5 hours until firm.

 

How to make simple syrup:

1 cup                                     Water

1 cup                                     Granulated Sugar

In a small sauce pot, combine the water and sugar. Bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

 

Serve them as a treat or a quick breakfast out the door. Either way summer can hang on for a little while longer with these delicious treats for any age.

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
      5. Face to PathIMG_4636
      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.

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!

 

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!