Jan 26, 2017

Golf Towel Review: UtherGolf - Not Your Regular Golf Accessory

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  1/26/2017 04:01:00 PM   No comments
The often forgotten accessory in a golfers bag is the golf towel. Usually not a lot of thought is put into the choice of a golf towel. Most of the time for the golfer it's just an afterthought and one is just used because it was lying around in your golf course.

UtherGolf from Toronto, Ontario has created some pretty great golf towels. I got to test out their premium golf towels towards the end of our golf season here in Ottawa and I came away more than impressed.

The quality of their golf cart towel is second to none. The microfiber fabric is durable and stands up to all playing conditions and cleans up beautifully. UtherGolf used a blend of microfiber because it was more absorbent than cotton plus it was anti-bacterial. With its woven rib pattern it worked great at keeping my clubs clean and what ever else I need cleaned. Perfect so a golfer can just concentrate on their next shot.

From UtherGolf's website:
By having two easily to distinguish sides, never mix wiping your golf club and hands on the same area.

The colours and design are completely original and a quick look at their website most people will find a colour scheme out of the three available for cart towels they'll like.

Great design and colours.

Good quality clip to attach to your favourite golf bag

Old Course Checked Cart Towel perfect for my golf bag.

  UtherGolf's Cart and Tour Towels range from $21.99 to $29.99 with free shipping to Canada and the USA. 

If you're into social media be sure to follow UtherGolf on Twitter and their Instagram account is great for pictures too.

Jan 21, 2017

Take Your Mental Game to the Next Level

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  1/21/2017 09:18:00 AM   No comments

While any sport has a mental aspect, golf, as a truly solo endeavor, has a powerful psychological element. Even the best golfers in the world will experience a huge shift in their performance if they allow frustration to take over their game. It's extremely important to master your emotions on the golf course. While it's not an easy thing to do, taking control of your mental game will have a dramatic effect on every aspect of your game.



Consistency Wins

You'll run into plenty of opportunities on the golf course to try for a Hail Mary shot. A reckless, aggressive shot could earn you an Eagle. It's more likely, however, to earn you a walk through the woods. If the low score is your priority, conservative play is always the smart way to go. You may get lucky once or twice taking wild shots, but playing recklessly will cost you strokes in the long run. More importantly, conservative play will improve both your mental and physical game more than taking chances will. Taking the conservative shot improves your fundamentals and keeps your mood centered — right where you want it to be.


Learn to Forget

Even the best golfers in the world screw up. They wind up in the water, in the sand, and even in the woods. One of the things that makes them the best in the world is their ability to forgive their own mistakes, rather than carrying frustration to the next hole. For the frustrated golfer, one bad swing can cost much more than a few strokes — it can ruin the rest of their game and even the rest of their day. Learning to just let go of frustration is a huge part of improving your game. Every great golfer has their own way of just letting go of a bad shot and focusing on the shot ahead. Whether you count to ten, take a deep breath, or distract yourself by chatting with a fellow golfer, it's crucial to let go of that frustration so you can get on with your game.




Focus on the Process

There's no question that pressure plays a huge role in golf. Many golfers like to add pressure during practice in an effort to teach themselves to deal with pressure on the course. They do this by setting difficult goals for themselves and practicing hard on the course during the day and a golf simulator at night until they achieve the goal. Once accomplished, they add to the difficulty of the goal. In order to reduce stress on the course, they do just the opposite. They take themselves out of the moment by not paying attention to the score and simply focusing on the shot. This focus on the process, rather than looking at the game as a whole, reduces stress and makes the goal — to make this one shot a good one — much easier to achieve.


Create Confidence

As with just about any sport, it's important to believe in your own abilities. Picture the shot in your mind. Imagine yourself swinging the club perfectly and placing the ball exactly where you want it. Stepping up to the tee with confidence and believing in yourself, as corny as it may sound, will have a huge, positive effect on your game.


Golf is a very mental sport. Overcoming this aspect of the game will take your game to the next level. It will also make the game much more enjoyable. Just like perfecting your swing, overcoming golf's mental hurdles takes hard work and practice. In the end, however, all that hard work will pay off in every aspect of your game.



Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.


Dec 5, 2016

Can Rory McIlroy Dominate Golf in 2017?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/05/2016 09:57:00 PM   No comments
Despite winning this season's FedEx Cup, 2016 was seen as somewhat of a year under the radar by Rory McIlroy’s lofty expectations.

Winning the $10m bonus that comes with becoming FedEx Cup champion AND claiming the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open AND the Deutsche Bank Championship would normally represent the year of a lifetime for about 99% of professional golfers. But not for Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy defines his career by winning Major Championships. 2015 and 2016 have yielded none of those for the Irishman - and that hurt. 2017 is another opportunity to add to his four Major past titles, with the Northern Irishman currently 9/1 to win the 2017 Open according to the bet365 golf betting.

After Nike announced they were pulling the plug on producing golf clubs and balls in August to concentrate solely on their clothing and shoes range, that left staff member McIlroy needing to find a new hardware provider. Naturally, there was no shortage of suitors and McIlroy made the switch to TaylorMade Woods (although he could still use this year’s Nike irons in his bag next year) in October, just enough time to get plenty of swing practice in before the sun sets on 2016.

McIlroy’s best year to date was 2014, when he claimed two Major titles and held the World Number One ranking for 22 weeks. He went on to win a total of four tournaments that year but still critically, one of golf’s biggest prizes eluded him yet again, the Masters. McIlroy’s holy grail is to win the annual Augusta event, which he so far has a tainted relationship with.

2011 saw McIlroy hold a one shot lead as he teed up at the 10th hole on the final day. However, six dropped shots in three holes saw a remarkable collapse as he ended the tournament in tied 15th and left to lick his wounds.

He was 21 then and to a certain extent that collapse could be seen as a positive as he went on to win the US Open later that year in a season that kickstarted his career.

McIlroy has the attributes, unique talent and long drive that makes domination in 2017 a very distinct possibility. When Jordan Spieth burst onto the scene in 2015 with two major wins, he simply looked untouchable. 2016 was perhaps not quite the year he was expecting but still impressive nonetheless. But McIlroy was still there in both years, reminding everyone that he is still the main man on the world stage.

Where McIlroy edges his rivals Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson is his continued consistency. Since 2009 McIlroy has won at least one tournament a year on either the European, PGA Tour or PGA Tour of Australasia.

That eclipses all of his rivals' records and confirms his natural ability at striking a ball. Four different major winners in 2016 is testament to the fact that next season is shaping up to be wide open. If McIlroy can sort out his slight erratic play around the greens then we could see Rory repeat his 2014 season and dominate the sport once again.

"Rory McIlroy & Gerry McIlroy" (CC BY 2.0) by TourProGolfClubs

Nov 30, 2016

Grégory Bourdy

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/30/2016 09:49:00 AM   No comments

Grégory Bourdy is a French golfer with many credits to his name, including a victory over Rory McIlroy in the UBS Hong Kong Open, and rose to the position of highest ranked French golf player in the Official World Rankings. Grégory Bourdy is available for booking to appear at private or corporate events as an after dinner speaker or for a brand opportunity, through London based talent agency MN2S.

One of Bourdy’s most high profile wins came in 2009 as he held a lead of two shots over Rory McIlroy to take first place and the UBS Hong Kong Open. His other significant triumphs include the Estoril Open de Portugal, where he emerged victorious from a three way play off, and the ISP Handa Wales Open in 2013.

Bourdy boasts the impressive statistic of being the highest ever ranked French golfer, achieving his highest spot at 81 in the world rankings in 2011. Bourdy’s 2014 season was disrupted by a wrist injury, but, a testament to his determination to succeed in the game, Bourdy returned strongly, finishing strongly in the Laguna National, Irish Open and Portugal Masters. More recently, he has picked up several top 10 finished in 2015 in Austria, South Africa, Malaysia and Qatar.

Bourdy’s experience at the Lyoness Open in June 2015 however was an unfortunate one; carrying a two shot lead into the final round, he went on to shoot a six over par 78 in the final, leaving him to finish in tied 6th place.

Born in Bordeaux, he lives and trains there still, turning professional in 2003. He has played full-time on the European Tour since 2005, previously competing on the second-tier challenge tour. His first victory came in 2007 at the Mallorca Classic, which elevated him to finish 39th on the European Tour’s Order of Merit list, he first appearance in the top 100.

Beginning to play golf at young age in Bordeaux, it quickly became Bourdy’s passion. Having finished his homework for the day, he would desperately try and practise a few chips before dinner time, his room at home adorned with posters of golfing legends like Norman, Ballasteros and Faldo. A dream of acquiring the infamous green jacket possessed him, and attaining his baccalaureate was merely an obstacle to move out of the way of his subsequent pursuit of his golfing dream.

Bourdy’s fascinating path in the world of professional golf is one worth hearing first hand – a dedicated and determined professional, he is a fine choice as an after dinner speaker at any corporate or private event. His consistency and humility mark him out as a remarkable individual, and his ascent to the record of highest ever ranked French golfer is a strong achievement worth widespread recognition. To enquire about booking Bourdy at an entertainment event, please contact an agent at MN2S Talent Agency.

Nov 19, 2016

Book Review: Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/19/2016 08:07:00 AM   No comments

Having never met Arnold Palmer it was great reading his stories in his new book Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played.


Short, consice and endearing snippets of his life the book is a must read for anyone not only the golf fan. He pulls stories from all facets of his life: Golf, Life, Business.


Reading the book is like sitting down with Mr. Palmer outside his beloved Latrobe Country Club having a wee chat about "life".


Personable, candid, honest, a straight shooter Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played won't help your swing but it sure will put a smile on your face and give you insight into one of golf's finest embassodors. "The King" Arnold Palmer.







I'm running a Arnold Palmer A Life a Well Play Giveaway right now on social media, both on Twitter and Instagram. Like the post/picture to enter. Contest will run another week or so. Good Luck.




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Nov 11, 2016

The ‘Coast is Clear’ as Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Slate of Winter Stay-and-Play Packages

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/11/2016 07:22:00 AM   No comments

Once the snow starts to fly golfers start to dream of golfing again. Hilton Head Island is a great place to relax, golf and get away from the cold northern weather. They've got some great Winter golf packages. Check out the Press Release below and enjoy your weekend and your family.




(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – recently ranked among the top three islands in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler readers – has unveiled a slate of winter stay-and-play packages as nearly all of its award-winning golf courses and resorts have or will re-open in the next few weeks.

At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the “Winter Golf Package” delivers the perfect warm-weather golf getaway for groups of 12 or more. Starting at $133 (per person, per night based on quadruple occupancy), it includes three nights in a two-bedroom villa, three rounds of golf on the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio courses, range balls, dining and pro shop discounts, two hours of tennis court time, and preferred rates and priority access to all other resort activities. For reservations and more information, call 877.567.6513.



The Heritage Golf Group’s “Hilton Head Island Winter Challenge” provides an ultimate winter wonderland for larger groups. Starting at $160 (per person, per night based on 12 players), it offers three nights’ accommodations, personalized bag tag, tee gift, logoed golf balls and unlimited golf on any of its seven courses. If playing at Oyster Reef Golf Club or Robber’s Row, the best individual score of the group will receive a $100 merchandise card. Heritage is also offering monthly “Unlimited” or “10 Round” cards through February. Additional packages include a “Couples Weekend Retreat” and “All You Can Play Golf Getaway.” For more information and reservations call 843.681.1709.



The “Villa Golf Package” gives golfers the chance to tee it up on The Sea Pines Resort‘s three acclaimed courses. Starting at $154 (per person, per night, based on quadruple occupancy), guests can enjoy three nights’ accommodations in a private villa with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and up to four bedrooms. Also included are three rounds on iconic Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III plus complimentary afternoon replays, range balls and access to the fitness center. For more information call 843.842.1488.



“We’ve worked tirelessly to get our golf courses back up to par following the storm and are excited to re-open them on a daily basis,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “We want to assure our loyal guests there’s no need to alter travel plans; by the end of November nearly all operations will be back to normal if they aren’t already.”



Crews have been working around the clock to fix landscaping damage and clear fallen trees and other debris from golf courses. Buildings and other structures experienced very little impact and have been open since Hurricane Matthew passed earlier this month.



At nearby Fripp Island Resort, nearly all resort amenities including dining, tennis, pools, activity center, marina and Ocean Creek Golf Club have been open since Oct. 27. Plans are to re-open the acclaimed Ocean Point Golf Links by January 1, 2017. Starting at $110 per person, per night (based on eight-or-more players, taxes and fees not included) the Stay and Play Package includes nightly accommodations, 18 holes with cart on Ocean Creek and complimentary replay round based on availability.



With numerous courses for players of all abilities, exceptional value, pleasant year-round weather and direct flights from more than 20 major cities, Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. In addition to being named the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers, Hilton Head has also received accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.



Getting to “Golf Island” is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airwaysoperates non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (LGA / JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop from Indianapolis (IND), Cincinnati (CVG), Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT), among others cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.



For more information on the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year,” visit www.hiltonheadgolfisland.org or call 800.523.3373.



About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.



Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Hilton Head Island also was named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016. Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.



The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

Nov 10, 2016

Golf Course Review: Waterview Golf Club

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/10/2016 09:42:00 AM   No comments

A fun Texas track for a buddies trip.

Located in Rowlett, Texas Waterview Golf Club was the third Course we played during the 2016 Dallas Invitational. We had another beautiful day for golf and the staff was both knowledgeable and friendly something that seems to resonate at all the golf courses we played in Dallas.


The conditions were good both tee and fairways but unfortunately the Bermuda grass greens were terrible. Many dead areas with bare patches. A weed, like crab grass seemed to have infiltrated the Bermuda greens. I'm not sure what was going on but it didn't detract from our golf experience.



Some bunkers were a little thin but on the most part playable. If you played by the appropriate tees they most definitely come into play.


Waterview was a fun course to play good generous fairways and enough challenge for all levels of golfers. Five sets of tees to choose from, including senior tees. Pick the right tees and you'll have a great experience at Waterview.


The layout is good none of the holes are awe inspiring it's just a good test of golf when you have a group of guys wanting a fun and challenging layout.


Some fun and challenging par 3s at Waterview including the 2nd hole. Left side here is a whole lot of trouble.


A great wide open par 5, the third hole challenge is your approach shot as you can see from this picture.
Everyone loves a good short par 4. The 5th hole is just that, good drive Craig.


Water is defintely in play on the 8th hole a fun par 3. Jim here played it safe and hit it out to the right.


Trees line the 11th hole a nice par 4. Even though there's houses close to the course they never really infringe on your golf game.


Tees and fairways were in good shape for a October round in Texas.


Mr. Fairway loved the 14th hole.


Another great drive from our host Don King.




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