Jul 19, 2017

The Beginner's Guide to Winning Pro Golf Bets

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/19/2017 09:10:00 PM   No comments
The game of golf has become more than just a past time as it is now one of the most popular sports in the world, together with tennis, basketball, and football. Throughout the years, golf has turned into an international attraction, driving millions of people to idolize its best players such as Tiger Woods, Jordan Speith, and Sergio Garcia to name a few.

The sport can now be found in almost all areas of the world, having major league tournaments just like the yearly US PGA Tour, European Tour, and Race to Dubai. It’s because of these reasons that the sport is not just anymore a viewing experiencing for its followers, but it also became as an opportunity for them to earn money through betting.




Tips to Winning PGA Tour Bets

1. Understand the “Post-Tiger Woods” Time
Higher-caliber teams have a higher chance of winning in a basketball game. However, that’s not the case with golf because all golfers have the chance to win a game even if they’re not a “high-caliber” golfer.

This is especially true now that it’s already the post-Tiger Woods era of golf, having him as the only exemption to this rule as he dominated the sport for more than a decade. But now that age is taking a toll on him, other professional golfers such as the American, Dustin Johnson, and Japanese, Hideki Matsuyama are trying to step up the ladder and following Woods’ footsteps.
With this, it’s safe to bet on the current favorites of the game even if they’re not really “dominating” just yet.

2. Golfers are Open to Sudden Changes
Another important tip to remember is that pro golfers aren't always in the top spot. They are open to sudden changes. This makes the world of golf betting very unpredictable.

It’s with this that you should never bet on the same golfer over the course of many games. The favorites won’t always be favorites because if they make a single error in their current game, they can easily be demoted as the underdog.

They might be a 201.0 outsider now, but tomorrow, they can be a 34.0 shot if they just make a single good finish. On the other hand, missing a cut can easily demote then to becoming a 91.0. That’s how unpredictable the game of golf is.


Knowing the Meaning Behind the Betting Odds
When it comes to golf betting odds, you’ll see numbers just like a 36.0 beside the player's name. But what does this mean? Well, the number you see is the likelihood of a player winning the forthcoming game. 

The lower the number is, the higher the chances of the player winning the game. The bookmakers are the ones that decide the betting odds they’re going to place on a player, based on the player’s current statistics and performance.


How Do Golf Betting Odds Work?
Betting odds work by multiplying the amount of your bet with the odds, and then subtracting the answer again with the odds. So if you're going to bet C$20 on a player that has 31.0 odds for an upcoming game and if that player wins, you're going to get C$589.

This is the general rule in computing for the odds percentage. However, there are different variations on this depending on the bookmaker, the place where you’re betting, and the type of tournament. But that's how it works.

However, you need to remember that before placing a bet, it’s recommended that you first know more about a handful of Canadian betting tips so that you’ll know what to expect and do when betting.

Why Tournament Winner Betting is Highly Recommended
This is the most popular golf betting game you can try, aside from it as being the simplest. Simply put it as betting on a player to win the entire tournament, and if that player wins, you get your money.
It’s as simple as that. With this, it makes perfect sense for you to bet on the favorite player. Just be sure to be always up-to-date because that favorite can easily slide back to being an underdog.

As of now, Rory McIlroy has an 11/2 outright betting while Dustin Johnson has 7/1, making them the best choices as potential tournament winners in the ongoing 2017 US PGA Tour. This makes this game the safest way to bet because the odds get accumulated and averaged out throughout the entire tournament.


But to make it even safer for your money, it's also best if have other betting games such as the First Round Leader, Golf Match, and Top Nationality Betting. So in case, your player loses the tournament, you're still most likely to win the other games you've bet on.

Jul 4, 2017

Golf Review: Carbon Fiber Golf Divot Tool

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/04/2017 09:55:00 PM   No comments
Last October I picked up new divot repair tool from Carbon Fiber Lifestyle to test out for my Texas Golf Trip. I've continued to use it this season both at work and while playing golf. Here's my review of Carbon Fiber Lifestyle's Divot Tool:


Great looking divot tool, the glossy finish of the carbon fiber gives it a unique look, people will definitely ask where you got it. At only 2mm thick it will easily fit into the pocket of your golf shorts/pants. 



Lightweight and easy to repair divots. you won't have any problems using this tool to repair divots. I did have to get use to the pointedness of the prongs as well as to just how light it really is, I always make sure I have something else in my pocket with the divot tool like a couple of tees etc.




Not only did I find this to be the best divot tool I've ever used (I've repaired hundreds of divots unfortunately this season) but it can also be used for a bottle opener. The cost of a CFL Divot Tool will run you $20 Euros (On sale right now $15).


Jul 2, 2017

Golf Getaway: Hilton Head Island Awaits

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/02/2017 10:11:00 AM   No comments

Here's a great golf getaway itinerary from Kira Jones for one of the world's best golf destinations, Hilton Head Island. I know it's on my list of places to visit.

 

With over 30 world-class courses, Hilton Head Island is a golf enthusiast’s paradise, making it an ideal place for a golf getaway. And with direct flights available from many major airports, it’s never been easier to visit “Golf Island.”

 

What might a golf getaway to Hilton Head entail? Keep reading for a sample itinerary for the ultimate golf vacation.


Day One


Arrive at charming Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), less than an hour’s drive from Hilton Head.


Next, be sure to appreciate the striking vistas as you drive over the bridge onto the island. Check into your accommodations at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. With three miles of pristine beachfront ideal for tossing a football or just relaxing in the sun, an award-winning tennis center and an 11-mile lagoon open to kayaking and canoeing, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect home base for your Hilton Head golf vacation. Oh, and did we mention it boasts three championship golf courses?


 

After settling into your villa, head over to the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course for an afternoon tee time. The RTJ course is the most open layout at Palmetto Dunes, offering a nice opportunity to ease into the week(end)’s golf activities. Beware the winds rolling in off the Atlantic Ocean as they can provide a sneaky challenge for a visually inviting course. Rent Golf Bikes for a fun added twist.


Following your round, loser buys dinner at Scott’s Fish Market, conveniently located just outside the main entrance to Palmetto Dunes in Shelter Cove Harbour. This waterfront restaurant has been an island staple for almost thirty years and features fresh local seafood, hand-cut aged steaks and homemade pastas. Cap off the evening with a homemade Italian ice from Frosty’s.

 


Day Two


Get excited to play two Pete Dye courses in one day. Wake up bright and early for a spirted round at Robber’s Row, arguably the most scenic of the three Port Royal layouts. Originally designed by noted architects George W. Cobb and Willard C. Byrd, it was redesigned in 1994 by the renowned Dye. This course is a favorite among history buffs as it sits atop former Civil War grounds and features markers describing notable events that took place on the Island.


Then, stop off at Chow Daddy’s en route to your second tee time of the day. This casual restaurant uses fresh, local and organic foods to create delicious dishes such as the brisket burger, traditional pork bun and fried chicken breast. Be sure to order some grilled buttermilk jalapeno cheese cornbread for the table.


After you’ve recovered from your food coma, continue the scenic drive to Harbour Town Golf Links, situated within The Sea Pines Resort. The iconic course hosts the PGA Tour’s only South Carolina tournament – the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing – each April. The crowning achievement of Dye and design consultant Jack Nicklaus, this layout places a premium on finesse, imagination and shot making, rather than strength.


Following your round (or before if you need a little inspiration), be sure to explore the Harbour Town Clubhouse, especially the “Hall of Champions” featuring trophies and portraits of past RBC Heritage champions. Then, stop into Links, an American Grill, for happy hour. Sit outside and enjoy the temperate climate and splendid views of Harbour Town Golf Links.


After enjoying a delicious snack, take some time to visit the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, home to the distinctive red-and-white striped Harbour Town Lighthouse; a variety of stores and restaurants; and a full range of watersports. Multiple ice cream options make it difficult to say no to a pre-dinner dessert. If it’s a clear day, take a tour of the lighthouse for unparalleled views of the island and Calibogue Sound. Then, visit Sea Pines Beach Club for dinner accompanied by stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.


 


Day Three


Make the short trip across the bridge for an action-packed day in Bluffton. Begin your adventure with an early round at Island West Golf Club, which you passed on your way to the island from the airport. Island West was designed by Fuzzy Zoeller and is exactly what you’d expect from the Major Champion: fun and entertaining. The rolling, tree-lined course was built around natural marshland making it quintessentially low country. Grab a quick bite at the clubhouse Bar & Grill before venturing to your next stop: Crescent Pointe Golf Club.


The only public course in Hilton Head designed by Arnold Palmer, Crescent Pointe features elevated greens and tees unusual for the area. While the Signature Course offers generous fairways, challenging approaches to undulating greens test even the most skilled golfers.


After 36 stimulating holes you’re sure to be hungry, so stop off at Old Town Dispensary in Bluffton for good food and a relaxing atmosphere. Happy hour specials run from 4 -7 p.m. (Monday – Saturday) and include $1 tacos and $6 dozen wings. Featuring outdoor seating, fire pits, delicious food and the occasional band, OTD is the perfect place to fully embrace vacation mode.


Day Four


Close out your trip with 18 holes at Shipyard Golf Club. The club boasts three distinct nines, all of which meander through tall pines, magnolias and moss-draped oaks. The Galleon Course – Shipyard’s original nine – requires accurate placement of approach shots into heavily guarded greens. The Brigantine Course’s water hazard-filled nine holes necessitate shot-making and a good short game to navigate slight doglegs and well-placed bunkers. Perhaps the most difficult layout, the Clipper Course requires accurate tee shots, well-measured approaches and a soft touch around the greens.


For lunch, visit Java Burrito Company, located just outside Shipyard’s entrance. A Mexican grill and specialty coffee bar, Java Burrito uses all-natural ingredients sourced locally with no artificial preservatives and no growth hormones. Order a burrito to eat at the restaurant and an espresso milkshake to go. Note: Java Burrito is closed on Sundays.



Then, head back to Savannah for your direct flight home and tell your friends about your epic vacation to “Golf Island.”

 

 

 

 

Jun 20, 2017

Galvin Green Launches Ventil8 Plus Range for Spring/Summer 2017

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/20/2017 09:01:00 PM   No comments

 

Was impressed with their Ventil8 golf apparel line when I review it last year but I'm always intrigued by any tweaks that are made to an already impressive golf apparel lineup. So here's the latest news from Galvin Green.

 

 

Press Release

 

Galvin Green Launches Ventil8 Plus Range for Spring/Summer 2017


New Premium Performance Blend Offers Exceptional Moisture Wicking Via Body-Mapping Technology



(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of functional golf clothing for serious players and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX® – announces the introduction of its 2017 Spring/Summer Ventil8 Plus range featuring body-mapping technology.


Designed for ultimate breathability and comfort in excessive heat, Ventil8 Plus fibers feature a revolutionary body-mapping technology to wick moisture twice as fast as a traditional polyester shirt. The ultralight material draws sweat away and diffuses it over a larger area for rapid evaporation alongside ventilation panels for maximum airflow.



“Created by golfers for golfers, our team knows what’s required to play and perform your best in even the hottest conditions,” says Jonathan Wong, President of Galvin Green Canada. “The Ventil8 Plus line offers lightweight, comfortable and extremely stylish pieces with unbeatable quality.”


The latest Cool Layer advancement within the brand’s heralded Multi-Layer Concept, Ventil8 Plus is offered across a range of men’s, women’s and junior’s polos, trousers, shorts, and skorts. Boasting a UV protection rating of 20+, all garments are developed with an anti-bacterial effect for odor control and are machine washable for easy care.


Based in Sweden, Galvin Green is a pure golf brand that developed the sport’s first apparel layering system – the Multi-Layer Concept – more than a decade ago. This distinctive approach uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance.


Galvin Green is the Official Team Supplier of Outerwear for the 2016 and 2018 European Ryder Cup Teams. Through this partnership, the company will provide its premium waterproof garments to the captains, vice captains, team members and their caddies during the matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club (2016) and Le Golf National (2018).


Learn more at www.GalvinGreen.com; get social at www.Facebook.com/GalvinGreen and @GalvinGreen


About Galvin Green

 

 

Galvin Green is a family-owned business founded in 1990. A pure golf brand, its products – including premium outerwear, tops, bottoms and accessories – are available for purchase at better green grass shops and golf-specialty retail locations in more than 20 countries.


Crafted by golfers for golfers, every garment and layer has been developed to be compatible – providing exceptional comfort, freedom of movement and protection from the elements. Each detail exists because the game demands it.

 

Jun 14, 2017

Brandt Jobe Wins With SeeMore Nashville Studio Series ONE SS Putter

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/14/2017 08:28:00 PM   No comments

 

Nice to see Brandt Jobe win his first PGA Tour Champions Tournament with a SeeMore putter in the bag and of course with a Rosemark grip. Be sure and check out my review of my SeeMore putter, my gamer since last year.

 

Press Release


Congratulations to Brandt Jobe on his 1st PGA Tour Champions Victory!!


Using Nashville Studio Series ONE SS




(Franklin, TN) Shooting a near flawless 67-66-69- 202, 14 under par, Brandt Jobe rode some great play tee to green, and great consistency with his putter, to a very popular victory at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. The winner check of $262,500 vaulted Jobe into 6th place in the Charles Schwab Cup. He led the field in most birdies (18) and fewest bogeys (2), and made putt after putt all weekend when he needed it most.



Jobe put the new SeeMore Nashville Studio Series ONE SS, in play 3 weeks ago in Birmingham, at the Regions Tradition, a Major Championship, leading to a top 25 finish. He then finished top 10 at his next event, another Major, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Now in his 3rd event with the Rosemark grip and SeeMore putter, he holds off Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, and Kevin Sutherland for the biggest win of his PGA Tour career.

 

Jun 12, 2017

Father’s Day Golf Gift Guide

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/12/2017 09:48:00 PM   No comments
Most of the Dads I know enjoy the game of golf including my Father-in-law who I credit for getting me started in this crazy game some 17 years ago (I got a late start into the game at about 32 years of age).

At this time of the year those that are looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift and have a Dad who loves golf, might want to check out a few of these products that will both keep their Dad looking good on the golf course but also playing well too.




Golf shoes come in many style and colors but Nike who recently got out of the golf club business still does an amazing job with their shoes and apparel. Nike’s Lunar Control Vapor Golf Shoes are perfect lightweight golf shoes for your Dad with a breathable mesh bootie. Your Dad will thank you when he’s walking the fairways in style.






Golf apparel can be a very personal thing when it comes to golfers so some shy away from buying Dad that certain polo or golf pants. Look no further then Under Armour’s golf apparel for Dads of all persuasions. Can’t really go wrong with their golf apparel great moisture wicking fabric, sizes from S to 2XL and many colors and patterns to choose from including the Under Armour Cool switch Pivot Polo worn by none other than Jordan Speith. Under Armour’s Matchplay Shorts and Adidas Golf Ultimate Shorts are the perfect match for your Dad to look good and play better. You can finish the look with the Storm Windstrike Half Zip Jacket by Under Armour.



My Father-in-law uses a Garmin Golf GPS watch but there’s also handheld units like the Garmin Approach G30 Golf GPS. These units are always very helpful for the average golfer and golf techies love them as well. Garmin is one of the leaders in Golf GPS units.

Nothing says I love you on Father's Day like a new driver and the New Cobra King F7 Ti Driver has one of the largest oversized heads that Cobra produces resulting in greater forgiveness, ultimate distance and a higher ball flight. Perfect for the Dad who needs all the help he can get and the price is right too.














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