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.

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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!

Book Lovers Do A Body Good.

book-lovers-day-8-9-2-550x320“National Book Lovers Day” is August 9 and in honor of readers everywhere, especially at Boca Grove, we wanted to look into the benefits of reading. With some help from Reader’s Digest and lifehack.org here are 10 things that reading does for you.

 

Brain Workout.
When you read your brain gets a different kind of workout than when you watch TV or listen to the radio. No matter what the reading material is when you read you are working parts of the brain that have to do with vision, language and associative learning all at once. This is a challenge for any brain and makes it work!

 

Workout Staying Power.
While you are giving your brain a workout, you can also give your body one too. Instead of listening to music or watching the television on your cardio equipment, read a book. According to Weight Watchers magazine when you are in the midst of a good book you stay on the machine longer so that you can finish the chapter you are in the middle of. Tip: Prop the book on the book ledge of the machine so that you don’t strain your back or neck.

 

Brain Youth.Book love
Reading a good book can take years off your mind. In a recent study by Rush University Medical Center it found that adults who spend their downtime doing creative or intellectual activities, such as reading, had a 32 percent slower rate of cognitive decline later in life than those who don’t. It has also been found that older adults who read are two and a half times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Stress, Be Gone.
Taking time to read a book can lower high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A British study found that participants faced with stress were given either a book to read for a few minutes, music to listen to or a video game to play to relax discovered that the stress levels of the participants who read dropped 67 percent, which was a highly more significant dip than the other two options.

Vocabulary Booster.
Reading at any age can expand your mental dictionary. Researchers estimate that five to 15 percent of all the words we learn come from reading. This is especially important for children, whose size of their vocabulary is directly and dramatically related to the books they read.

Improved Understanding.
When you get wrapped up in a book you get involved with the character’s lives strengthening your ability to understand others feelings. As you delve into the life of a character and empathize with them you are also learning to empathize with someone in real life that resembles the book character.

Inspire Life Goals.
When you read a book where a character overcomes an obstacle may motivate you to reach for your own goals. Reading about them working through a problem will help you relate and give you the inspiration to act.

Concentration and Focus. books
Life is full of distractions, especially with the digital world we are in. We spend our days being pulled in so many directions and multi-tasking, however, when you read a book you focus all of your attention on the book. By taking time out of your day to read, you will find yourself being more able to focus on the other everyday tasks.

Brighten Your Day.
Books with happy endings or story lines similar to your own memories will tend to bring up more positive feelings. Who doesn’t like reading a book that puts a smile on your face.

Save Money.
Books are entertainment that last. Buy a book and you can go back to it over and over again. Borrow a book from the library or get a free e-book and make it even more cost effective.

To the readers out there, curl up with a book in your favorite spot and bask in all the good you are doing for your health!

Get Golf Month Started Right with the Perfect Golf Stretches.

Before every game of golf, you should stretch, so with that being said our first “Tee Time Tuesday” for “National Golf Month” brings some stretches for every golfer. Boca Grove Fitness Director David Schlueter is here to make sure all limbs are stretched before you hit the tee.

 

  1. Golf MonthStability Ball Twists. Sit on a large stability ball with a smaller ball squeezed between your knees. Keep your bottom half quite, twist your torso with your arms extended, twisting from side to side. This is loosening the back muscles you use when you swing, plus increasing your flexibility to turn.
  2. Golf Month-001Hip Rotation. Lay your back on the ground, bend your knees and place your hips on a stability ball. Extend your arms out and keeping your shoulders on the ground twist your hips from side to side. This will loosen your hips and lower back before you play.

  3. Golf Month-002Stretching Machine.
    The Boca Grove Fitness Center has a stretching machine that lists stretches for specific needs and one of them is for golfers. Two important ones are the hamstring stretch and the lower back stretch, both vital parts of the golf swing.
  4. IMG_4694Side Stretch. Stand with your feet spread. One foot pointing forward and the other at an angle. With your arms extended out start sliding your arm down the side of the body with the toe pointed on an angle. Go as far as you can to stretch your side, switch sides and change toe directions.
  5. Golf Month-003Turn Stretch. At the pull machine set the weight to the heaviest weight. Extend as though in your back swing to reach the rope and stretch. Do the same on the opposite side.

 

Your back is stretched as are your hips and legs, so get out on the course so you can grip it and ripe it right down the fairway with no injuries in sight.

 

Wine Pairing Like a Pro!

Pierre Leon
Pierre Leon, Food and Beverage Director at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club

Finding the perfect wine is an art. Here are examples of Boca Grove Food and Beverage Director Pierre Leon choosing the perfect wine compliment to an extraordinary dish:

 

The Club was hosting a six-course dinner and wine pairing. The third-course was a dup lamb dish described as “Roast Lamb Chop and Braised Lamb Belly with Fried Pickles and Toasted Black Barley”. Combo presentation dishes are a challenge all their own by finding a wine that will compliment both aspects of the plate. Pierre chose a Diemersfontein, Reserve, Pinotage 2012 from South Africa. This choice was one of Pierre’s most exotic pairings especially with the delicate lamb dish. The strong mixture of fruit and everlasting aroma from its full body ended up being the perfect balance of the dish.

 

At this same dining event the fifth-course before the dessert was a “Pan Seared Kobe Sirloin Steak Served with Root Vegetable Gratin, Forest Mushroom, Carmelized Cippolini Onions Sauce”. For Pierre this was a simple pairing, a Don Mateo Grand Reserve, Cabernet, 2011 from Chile. All steak lovers can appreciate a well-prepared Kobe steak, pairing the perfect wine with it only enhances the meal. The purity of this basic, non-expensive full bodied wine had the perfect aroma and finish to complete the dish.

 

Balancing your palette does not have to be an expensive task, you just have to be willing to take the risk – Pierre Leon.