Tuesday, October 21, 2014

9 Best tips on how to pack for your golf tip

One of the factors you need to take into account when planning your golf trip is packing your essentials. However, it can be a daunting task if you don’t pack carefully.

If you want a hassle-free trip, take note of these things:

Invest in a top quality travel cover
Instead of purchasing a cheap travel cover, choose the best quality brand. Although it's a bit pricey, you'll be ensured of your golf equipment's safety and protection.

Additionally, avoid buying an all-black cover so it you can tell it apart from other golfers' gear. Make sure also to place your name-tag or business card outside and the inside the bag, just in case the outside card is displaced.

A lightweight carry bag
If you’ve played golf in other parts of the world, you've probably noticed that the most experienced caddies favored to the lightest bag in the group. Bring one of those huge bags and you’ll be treated like a rookie.

Microfiber clothing
These amazing fabrics are made for golf travelers. They’re very lightweight, breathable, wrinkle resistant and dry quickly.

Take some stain-remover for mud
Otherwise, you might bring home a mud-splotched pair of golf slacks or khakis as a souvenir of your trip.

Bring two pairs of golf shoes
You must have an extra pair of golf shoes available in case you get caught in a downpour. Ideally, you need to bring at least two pairs of waterproof golf shoes, especially on golf trips consisting of four days or longer.

Quality golf umbrella
Don’t depend on the free umbrellas you received as a gift from your last corporate golf tournament. Instead, use a top quality umbrella that can withstand strong winds and can keep you dry.

Do a golf ball inventory
If you have high handicap, you’ll obviously need more golf balls. It's essential to evaluate your game first, then calculate how many golf balls will be needed.
Take note, buying golf balls outside America is usually expensive.

Bring healthy snacks
You’ll be glad you packed boxes of granola bars and peanut butter crackers, especially if you’re playing on challenging courses. While the beef barley soup, fish and chips are treasured favorites after a around, you’ll need some healthy snacks during play.

Bring some extra items
If you’re traveling just away from the US, make sure you take extra tees, pencils and divot repair tools which aren’t as readily available at golf courses outside the country.

Packing for your golf essentials can make or break your escapade. So, do it properly to make your golf trip memorable without any hassle.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Check Out The FLORIDA HIGHLANDS GOLF TRAIL Destination....

How About “Mountain Golf” in Florida?

The diverse landscape of the area just north of Orlando known as the “Florida Highlands”, is home to some of the most scenic vistas in the state of Florida – and great, natural terrain golf courses. In fact, the highest point on peninsular Florida is in this same area. OK…we’re not talking the Rockies or the Appalachians, but in a state most think as flat and ringed with sugar-white sand beaches, we do have some good elevations.  

Fortunately for us golfers, these elevations are within minutes of Orlando and are home to some of the highest-rated courses in the state. Check out the courses we refer to as Florida “Mountain Golf”… Club at Bella Collina, Sanctuary Ridge, The Legends Club, and Mission Inn. 

The designers of the courses noted above, did not move much earth during course construction. The natural “mountain” terrain, sand barrens, natural lakes and native vegetation mostly dictated the course design characteristics. El Campeon, “The Champion” at Mission Inn was designed and built in 1917, and like other courses born during that era, the natural terrain - not a bulldozer, was “the designer”. Some thoughts from Nick Faldo when building his Bella Collina masterpiece include, “the natural rolling site with steep elevation changes is very unusual for Orlando”, and “the course will provide an inspiring golfing experience for members and guests for years to come.”

These courses are all within a 45-minute drive (and well worth the trip) of the popular Orlando hotel and condo choices. Also, Golf Zoo has made playing these courses easier by offering   “Florida Highlands Golf Trail” Packages that include great accommodations and great golf courses that places our golf customers within minutes of the courses noted above.

Call us today to book these great Golf Courses!
Visit our GolfZoo Website and check-out the Florida Highlands Golf Trail!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

6 ways to lower scores and fix common golf errors on your golf vacation

It's okay to hit bad shots during your rounds on a golf vacation. Playing golf is not about hitting perfect shots every time (even pro-golfers make errant shots every now and then). It's how you minimize your mistakes that are the key.
Thus, recognize your playing flaws and make a way to minimize them. If you'd like to know how, here are some tips:

Grip the club with your fingers to hit the ball farther

It is more effective to grip the club more with the fingers than with the palms. To do this: Flip the club upside down, grip the skinniest part of the club shaft and take a few swings.

Tilt your shoulders for a better swing

To do this: Hit the ball with the clubhead a few inches away from the ball at address. This way, you can perform the correct swing position with your shoulders tilt. Tilting promotes more rounded and forward swing arcs.

Don't take the club too far inside to avoid reverse pivot

Once you take the club too far back to the inside, it'll make you lean too much over the ball. As a result, your weight will shift to your right side, which is the opposite of the proper direction on the downswing.

Rotate for a successful arc

Your head position must be aligned with your right knee when you do your backswing, to rotate your body correctly. Then, you need to put your hands behind the ball, turn your hips about 45 degrees, and rotate your shoulder about 90 degrees. This way, you can make bigger and more powerful arc into the ball.

Avoid too much sway for a better control
Rotating is different from shifting your weight while you swing. To check if you're doing it right, try this drill on your
golf trips:

Lean your golf bag against your hips and make a full backswing. If you didn't hit the bag or knock it over, you're on the right track. Otherwise, you probably shifted your body weight and swayed your hips too much.

Chicken wing is no power!

Your body should be rotating, your left arm should be in line with your club shaft and left leg, and your club should make solid contact with your golf ball. If they don't, you won't be able to release the club through impact, causing your arms to fold, and ending up with a chicken wing (the shortening of your left or right arm in the downsizing and impact). 

To avoid this, allow your arms and hands to rotate through the shot, keeping your arms extended through the hit. This will eventually make your ungloved hand cross over the gloved, and it will place your arms in front of your chest. 

With the right guidance, and ample time to practice, you'll see lower scores in no time on your golf vacations.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Golf Trip Tips: Getting started for the first time golfers

If it's your first time to be on a golf trip and to be playing golf in general, prepare yourself. According to one editor: “the hardest part about golf can be getting started.”

But, don't worry that much, remember that this is your first time and you just want to get a feel of what the game is all about.

Here are some of the things that you have to remember before saying, “I'm ready to take on the golf course!”

Since you're a beginner, make learning a priority-- and no need for the expensive equipment you may have wanted.
  1. Golf club. You don't need the best one there is to offer. Focus on finding the sort of equipment that will allow you to develop your 'imperfect skills' with minimal expense. But if you don't have time or money to buy a club, borrowing clubs during a round is permissible under certain circumstances, but it's against the rules in most. So it's best for a beginner to simply make sure you have the club you need.

  2. Golf balls. Again, choose the less expensive brand. If you're unsure of the number of balls to buy, buy balls based on how many you lose in a round or have multiple balls ready. You'll probably lose a few balls in your first round. Also, the rules of golf allow you 5 minutes to search for your ball, so take a look in the general area of where your ball went. If you don’t see it within 30 seconds, drop a marker where you thought it landed and keep on going. 
  3. Dress codes. Many golf courses have dress codes. Find out the appropriate dress code to wear at the course you're playing. A pair of khaki shorts or slacks and a collared golf shirt will almost always meet the requirements, but it's a good idea to check beforehand.
Yes, it's true, the Rules of Golf is 182 pages long, and getting good score is important. But for beginners:
  1. Rules. Learn the basics of the rules and etiquette of the game. There are any number of web sites where you can do this. Don’t worry about the rules too much. Frankly, you probably won’t even know all of them that well.
  1. Score. Don’t worry about your score also. Remember, this is your first time and you just want to experience playing golf. Just relax and enjoy your golf trip
  2. Position. Develop a pre-shot routine you are comfortable with and stick to it every single time - it will become almost second nature after a while and you will not even need to think about how to get yourself in the right position. Also, when playing, play one shot at a time. If you hit a bad shot, don't focus on what you did wrong, just move on.
And lastly, make sure you warm up and stretch before you even pick up a club. Remember, it's your first time so don't get mad if things go wrong. It's your golf trip after all!

Monday, October 06, 2014

How to improve your course management during your golf vacation

How do you handle bad shots and breaks on your golf vacation? Do you get frustrated or feel challenged?

Playing golf is a mental game, and part of your strategy should include good course management. Course management is your ability to play around the golf course, to avoid trouble, and to place each shot in the best position to hit lower scores in the next shot.

Significantly, course management is also important for a less frustrating and more successful round. So take your golf trip as an opportunity to improve on it. Here's how:

  1. Study the course
If you're playing on a new course, study and plan each hole as you approach it. Pay attention to wind direction, as this can be a very frustrating factor when playing golf.

Suggestion: Keep the ball lower than usual so the wind will have less influence on the direction of the ball.

  1. Have a game plan
The hardest thing to do when playing golf is to follow your game plan and not be tempted to knock the ball too hard. Thus, take a moment to visualize prior to your game. Picture how the game would go. Learn some good techniques in handling fairways, windy conditions, errant shots and other factors that might affect your game. And, always remind yourself of your game plan so you won't be tempted to shift your routines during your game.

  1. Play to your strength
Know how long you can hit a ball with any given club and keep an eye on your targets. For instance, when you are on the tee box, you usually won't be aiming directly at the pin located at 300 yards if you can only drive the ball 150 yards or less. Instead, hit a target that would set up your next shot on the green.

  1. Avoid troubles
Turn your attention to where you want the ball to go. If your last look or thought is at the trouble, chances are, that's where your ball will end up. Instead, focus on your targets and stop panicking so you won't miss your tee shots.

  1. Get out of trouble
If your ball is in troublesome areas such as a cluster of trees, in a pond, or, on one side of a hole, you should tee up your ball far away from it as possible. But be prepared for bad shots and breaks as it can be very hard to recover once you're in it. If you hit errant shots and breaks, let go of them, stay confident and focused to hit the next shot.

Once you've learned how to manage the golf course (and your game), you will enjoy your game, and this can help make your golf vacation worthwhile.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Golf Trip Tips: Preparing for your golf tournament

Everyone wants to play to be at the top of their game during a golf trip. But tournaments can put a little more pressure on a golfer than usual. If you happen to be invited to a competition, there's some expectations you will play at your best and you may feel edgier just at the thought of it.

How can you turn this pressure into success on your tournament? Work on it before and the day of. Here are some tips:

Check your list
Packing your things for your upcoming golf tournament can be a daunting task. So before you go away to your golf vacation destination, make sure your clubs, tees, pitch mark repairer, ball marks, and your gloves are packed beforehand.

Practice on the golf course
Go to the golf course and play with your buddy. Simulate the pressure of being in a tournament and learn to commit to shots. This way you can practice your swings, putting and things that can help you score. And through playing, you can actually see your strengths and weaknesses. If you don’t have someone to play with, compete with yourself and the conditions.

Your mindset 
You play on the same course, environment, and venue every day but why can't you consistently hit good shots every time? It's the mind that controls how you play your game. In fact, the hardest thing to control in every game is not the course, wind, or anything. It's your mind. So before you hit the greens, visualize, think positive and have an ideal goal with every shot you take.

Have a goodnight’s sleep
Get a good sleep two nights before the day. Sleep is a very important aspect you should not overlook. In fact, that sleep from your two nights, will carry you through on your tourney. Otherwise, you'll encounter fatigue, poor concentration, negative game mood and higher risk of injuries.

Start with a good breakfast on the day of competition. You can eat eggs as they are a great source of protein. You can also include oatmeal and fruits, which are helpful in sustaining energy. Lastly, don't forget to drink lots and lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.

Warm up
Focus on your movement’s tempo and balance. Most golfers tend to speed up their swing when under pressure and move too quick. Take note, hasty movements are likely to result in unsure shots.

Hit a few different shots
An hour before the competition, go directly to the putting green and hit a lot of long putts to establish a feel of the greens. And after about fifteen minutes, go to the driving range where you work through the bag. You can start with the lob wedge and hit a few with each of the other clubs.

Hit some chips
After warming up, go to the chipping area for a few bunker and chip shots, then go back to the putting green and putt as many as you can.

Above all, don't be afraid to fail and always believe in your abilities when you're on your golf trip.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Points to get the most out of your 'spectator experience' at Golf tournaments

If you're in your golf vacation, and luckily you've had a chance to experience a golf tournament, let us double up the excitement of this already-amazing opportunity.
Here are some tips:

Choose and Plan. Planning is still king in whatever venture. For golf tournaments, ask yourself: Do you want to hike and watch your favorite player or do you want to camp at one hole so you can watch everyone play the same holes and compare their games? Or do you want to really see the whole course?

If you want to follow your favorite player, keep an eye out for the pairings guide as you enter the grounds for the easy access of the players you’d like to see throughout the day.

If you want a taste of everything, consider spending your time at a location where you can watch most amount of golf. The best spots for you, according to an avid golf spectator, is behind the 4th hole so you can see the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th hole, or between the 15th and 16th hole.

Regardless of the path you choose, set your plan before you arrive.

What to bring (and not). Of course, you can bring sunglasses, binoculars, and plenty of drinking water. In most cases, tournament security will block spectators carrying backpacks, cameras, over-sized chairs, laptops, bicycles, radios, weapons, signs and banners, cellphones (and any other devices that could make noise—these devices might distract the players and other spectators). Or you better check first the list of the allowed things to carry inside the tournament course.

Weather. We are not ruining the train of excitement, but yes, bad weather can happen anytime. Just in case an inclement weather is announced, stay away from these zones: open areas, hilltops/high places, isolated tress, golf carts, and wire fences.

Etiquette. Yes, you do have to observe appropriate behavior while inside the course. To simplify, just follow what you're told by the volunteers at the course area. Most importantly, be courteous to the players, and don't distract them while they play since they have to concentrate. A small distraction may cost a player a million dollars. Remember that most of the players make a living of these golf tournaments.

And be reminded of the "Hands in the air" gesture by the volunteer, which means stop and be quiet while golfers are playing their shots.

The best holes. According to many, holes from 15 to 18 are the best parts of the game. These holes are the final stretch. You will surely get tips on how to play difficult shots for your game and try to emulate on your golf trip.

Above all, have fun. There's nothing like a professional golf tournament. It will surely complete your entire golf vacation.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Scott's Top 5 Lodging Options for 2015

Below you will find my list of the 5 best accommodations in Palm Springs, which I composed with what I believe to be important factors when choosing a hotel.
  • Friendly/accommodating staff
  • Cleanliness
  • Location
  • Room quality
  • Bang for the buck

1. Renaissance Esmeralda Resort - This hotel is my favorite in the area, it is the most updated with spacious rooms and a very friendly staff. It doesn't hurt that there are two outstanding golf courses within walking distance that are affiliated with the hotel. The hotel has even has a sandy beach on site!

2. La Quinta Resort - It goes without saying that La Quinta Resort is one of the best places to stay because of the golf located within alone, but the lodging is just as nice. The resort features everything you can ask for and more. Every time you turn a corner at the resort you run io a pool of some sort. They have a large selection of rooms from Resort Rooms to a Starlight King Upstairs room and everything in between. This is a great choice if you are looking to only stay at one resort and play golf due to the 5 golf courses affiliated with La Quinta.

3. Marriott Desert Springs Resort - How could I not have a hotel that features a boat that takes you around the property!! That is just one of the many things you will love about this Resort. When not playing on one of the two championship courses, take in the 18 hole miniature golf course!(First mini golf course I have played where I lost a ProV1!!) This hotel is a popular destination in the off-season as well with great rates and a great place to just relax.

4. Marriott Residence Inn Palm Desert - This is one of my favorite hotels for a group of guys on a budget. The hotel is in a great location, minutes from awesome golf and restaurants. It is one of, if not the best Residence Inn's that I have ever seen. The rooms are so big, and the staff is awesome. If you are looking for a great hotel at a slightly lower price point consider the Residence Inn Palm Desert.

5. Courtyard by Marriott - Another great option for the budget minded. Very nice, spacious rooms and it sits right next door to the Marriott Residence Inn, so it is in a great location.

That's my top five for 2015, call me today to plan your next golf trip and reserve a room or two at one of these awesome Resorts/Hotels. 
Scott Curry 888-985-9170

Monday, September 22, 2014

Playing Golf With The Right Attitude

Playing golf can be fun and easy when you have the right attitude. Without the right attitude, a golf trip can become stressful due to a bad day at the course. It requires patience and usually takes time to become familiar with the basic rules and etiquette. Golf is known to be a gentleman's game. Fans see this as true in the professional court with players being ever modest in their ways. The fact that a caddy's attitude also adds to a players status on the field means that the game of golf really requires a good character. Being a bad golfer may have been funny in the film, Happy Gilmore, but it does not go well in the real world. In fact, some businessmen exchange transactions on a golf vacation because of the calm and relaxing atmosphere mostly present there.

Having said all those things would probably lead you to the query as what the ideal attitude should be used on a golf course. The answer is positive. A positive attitude can come in different faces. It could mean being polite or being optimistic. Being polite is a given, as expressed earlier, but having that sense of viewing the future with an affirmative light means more than just politeness. Though maintaining a positive attitude can be difficult at times, the reward of it will sometimes surprise you – bringing good karma.

An exceptional golf trip needs positive momentum that could help bring a successful golf swing. The method of talking and walking is the fundamentals for ones confidence. In fact, such attitude can be considered one of the basic golf techniques – something that other sports also need in the game. To acquire that positive attitude means to develop that self-confidence.

A golfer needs to be able to get over any form of fear by constant effort and toil. Kids have it easier when it comes to learning new things because they have not learned to become afraid of what is that's new to them. Adult players become stagnant with their technique and hold up success because of pessimism. Thinking of that one shot a few holes earlier that didn't go your way will only lead to negative outcomes. But by foreshadowing a successful result, this has been said to somehow congregate the cosmos and provide a favorable outcome during a golf vacation.

One way to develop that self-confidence is for a golfer to constantly manage a personal “pep talk” as you play and after making a shot. Capturing the ways of a coach or those motivational seminars into the game would really bring about an inspiration that could become the main thrust into succeeding in a golf round.

Having that role model to follow is also a great technique to develop mental toughness into outmatching tough situations. True to the saying “Keep your cool head, while others around you are losing theirs”, self-confidence can bring a golfer to the top of their game, as it did with famous players around the world. A golf trip culminates and commences with a positive attitude and success can be accomplished with a sense of determination and perseverance.