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PGA tour, country club and golf course facts

PGA tour, country club and golf course facts

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The PGA Tour schedule has some rich traditions that give glimpses into not only the history of golf but also the history of the locations where tournaments are held. Waialea Country Club, on Oahu, site of what is now known as the Sony Open in Hawaii, is one of those. Tourism? In Hawaii? As the PGATour website explains, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Waialea Golf Course, which opened for play in 1927, were built as part of a promotion to develop luxury travel to Hawaii. Given its position as one of today's top tourist destinations, it’s difficult to imagine that Hawaii tourism ever needed a boost to get off the ground. Waialea stands as a reminder that even a paradise-like Hawaii needed some in putting itself on the map, so to speak. The venerable old Waialea grounds, upon which ...
US Open: Serena Williams defeated in semi-final by Azarenka

US Open: Serena Williams defeated in semi-final by Azarenka

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US Open: The start was favorable for Serena Williams in the US Open semi-final on Thursday, but her left ankle injury pressurized to get defeated by 1-6 6-3 6-3 against Victoria Azarenka. The US Open final match is scheduled to be played on Saturday against Japanese Naomi Osaka. The Belarusian Victoria Azarenka last won a grand slam seven years ago. She said, "Mentally I'm in such a different place... I think seven years ago, after I won the Australian Open and stuff, and playing kind of consistently with good results, it was kind of expected for me to be in the final. I don't think that was the case this year." Ahead of the US Open final match between Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka, let us discuss some of the competitive Strategies needed in tennis. Although many tou...
Warm-up tips for competitive tennis

Warm-up tips for competitive tennis

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Analyzing Court Conditions When you step onto the court before your match, the first thing you want to do is to determine the court dynamics: speed of the court, wind direction, sun position, etc. This should only take you about a minute at most. Once you have done that, the real analysis begins. Analyzing your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses so that you can develop an initial match strategy is best use of your time during the “official warm-up” period. Analyzing Your Opponent's Game Begin pre-match hitting with little pace on your shots. Hit balls to your opponent’s forehand and backhand using both slice and topspin to see how he/she reacts to both. Hit some balls down the middle to see which side your opponent prefers. If he/she consistently runs around the ball to hit a...
How to set up a putt in golf

How to set up a putt in golf

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To professionals, amateurs and beginners alike, shots are won and lost on the golf course with the short clubs. These clubs are known as the scoring club and the most important club in the bag is the putter. It is not for nothing that Tiger Woods has gone through around 10-15 drivers in his career, but only one putter. The putter is the club with the most feel, the most consistency, and is the club that is used the most often. During a round of golf for a 20 handicap, only 10-14 shots will be drivers or woods, 5-15 shots will be long irons, 15-25 shots will be short irons, and around 30 shots will be putts, and maybe more. Stance When Reading a Putt When putting, like most other aspects of golf, stances and styles tend to vary greatly. However, as is the case with tee shots and f...
Tips to playing great golf and fitness

Tips to playing great golf and fitness

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Lots of athletes have made the visit to the nearest sporting goods store in search of the latest product promising improved performance in incredible fashion. Even though watching Camilo Villegas play a round of golf is all the proof anyone should need, a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has shown the actual answer to better golf performance is a dedication to improved strength, flexibility, and balance. The study researched three areas of golfer fitness: strength, flexibility, and balance. It also divided golfers into three proficiency levels, using the handicap (HCP) index: Zero or less HCP; 1-9 HCP; and 10-20 HCP. Researchers found that the best golfers had greater levels of strength, flexibility, and balance compared to the other two proficiency ...
Brief history of Olympics for disabled people

Brief history of Olympics for disabled people

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Olympic ideals are not something that is attainable solely by the most athletically gifted amongst us. The Paralympic competitions have become an established and respected vehicle for people to compete in a variety of sports with various disabilities. Paralympic Criteria To participate in the Paralympics, competitors must possess one of the following disabilities: visual impairment (this included total blindness), impairment of movement or some degree of paralysis due to cerebral palsy, disease or natural defect of the spinal column or amputation of part of whole limb. Sir Ludwig Guttmann The Paralympics is a concept that can be attributed to Sir Ludwig Guttmann. Known as 'the father of sport for people with disabilities,' Ludwig Guttmann (1899-1980) was one of Germanys lea...