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Hitting Out of the Junk

How To Hit Out Of Trouble Without Ruining Your Round

Admit it, we’ve all been there. We’ve sliced or duck-hooked into the woods, or the place more affectionately known as “the junk.” We have all made the mental mistakes or poor shots that compound the misery of that first wayward shot – the mistakes that blow up holes and become a round-breaker. But you can save that round by making the right choices and handling the situation better. So, we asked two Minnesota pros for their tips on hitting out of the junk.In The Rough

First Things First

Chris Foley of Cragun’s Legacy Courses in Brainerd and John Kendall from Giants Ridge in Biwabik emphatically agree with what should be the first order of business. “Number one you have to play the percentages and, in effect, take your medicine when you have to,” Foley says. “Your first priority is getting out of that situation.”

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Keys to Creating a Consistent Golf Swing

How to Make Sure Your Swing is Repeatable

Professional golfer Tom Lehman, a Minnesotan long known for his ball striking, was once asked about the golf swing and he told a crowd of spectators that you can swing the club any way you want, as long as it’s something repeatable. He was talking about the importance of a consistent golf swing as a key to success on the course. We would all like a consistent swing like Lehman, but creating one can be pretty complex.

Speaking with a couple local teaching pros, they both agree that there is enough to talk about in creating a consistent golf swing to

fill an encyclopedia. But they did offer some solid thoughts on how to make sure your swing is repeatable.Golfer getting ready to take a shot

It’s All About That Base

John Kendall, manager and pro at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, says that a consistent swing starts with a solid base in your set up.

“The first thing I always look at in a student is their base,” he said. “From the waist down, what’s happening there? Just like any other structure, your foundation is the most important thing, and if that is not sturdy or consistent from swing to swing, there’s no way you are going to be able to return the club back to the ball in a repeatable fashion.”

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Essential Rain Gear for Spring Golf

Gearing up for Spring Golf in Minnesota

If you golf during the spring in Minnesota, it’s very likely you might get wet – even cold and wet.Golf in the Rain Still, with the number of great courses in the state, Minnesotans hate to wait too long to get the season started – so good rain gear is an essential spring accessory. It can be a bit spendy for something you use only occasionally, but well worth the price when spring showers fall. So, here’s our advice on what to look for when gearing up for spring golf in Minnesota.

The primary attributes to look for in rain gear include the following:

  • Breathability
  • Water Resistance
  • Room to Move
  • Cold Weather Protection
  • Lightweight Fabric

If you can get all those at an affordable price, you have shopped well. But according to Clint Roepke, PGA professional at Golf Galaxy in Roseville, “you get what you pay for when it comes to rain gear.”

Material Matters

Roepke says there are lower price points for primarily polyester-fiber rain gear and then higher ones for Gore-Tex, which claim to be breathable and water resistant. All rain gear will ultimately get wet, he says, but Gore-Tex is designed to keep you drier longer.

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Pro Golf Tip: Finding More Distance

Three Keys to Finding More Distance with your Driver In this golf tip Aaron Jacobson, PGA Professional and Director of Instruction at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove helps you learn how to find more distance in three simple…

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Tips for a Twin Cities Golf Tour, Part 1

Enjoy a tour of Twin Cities golf courses.

The Twin Cities metro area is a mecca for golf. There are more than 100 courses within reasonable driving distance from the Twin Cities, and many of them are excellently conditioned championship tracks. If you were on vacation for an entire summer and were content with doing nothing else, you probably still couldn’t play them all. Therefore, here are some tips for a Twin Cities golf tour—in two parts.Two Male Golfers Riding In Golf Buggy On Golf Course

This first tour covers some of the great courses in the northern part of the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. There are plenty more than this available, but we will highlight several that you don’t want to miss.

One of the area’s oldest and most popular courses is Braemar Golf Course in Edina. With 36 holes (including an executive par-three course), a huge practice area and an indoor dome, Braemar has been serving golfers since 1964 and doing it well. It’s variety of challenges makes it welcome to all kinds of golfers, and it’s a great place to learn the game. Braemar has been rated among the top 75 public golf courses in the nation by Golf Digest and was named by Golf for Women Magazine as one of its top 100 Women Friendly Courses.

Head west to Chaska to play Chaska Town Course (CTC), which may be the best Twin Cities course you haven’t heard much about. Located about a strong 3-wood from Hazeltine National Golf Club (it’s more famous big brother), CTC has shared duties with Hazeltine when some big golf events come to town. (In 2006 at the U.S. Amateur, Billy Horschel, now a touring pro, set a course USGA record at CTC with a first-round 60.) Though in the shadow of Hazeltine, CTC is no slouch. It has been voted in the top 10 best Golf Courses in Minnesota by Golf Digest and ranked the 23rd Top 100 Municipal Golf Courses in the U.S. by Golf Week.

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