Steve Pace

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GOLF TIP of the WEEK

How To Putt Under Pressure

Most golfers have an easier time getting the ball from tee to green, but getting their scores lower comes down to the number of putts. Here are some tips to help you putt better, especially when under pressure: 

• Have a good routine entrained in your mind. You’ll be surprised how well it can carry you through those high-pressure situations. 

• Tireless dedication to practice will train muscle memory to help your stroke hold up under pressure. 

• To be a consistent putter under pressure, always remember to keep your head still. 

• For most golfers, having wrist movement in your putting stroke is a style that will not hold up well under pressure because the extra moving parts of the wrist requires more coordination and timing. Wrist movement reduces control of distance and direction during the stroke, often causing those 3-4 foot putts to be missed when under pressure. Try instead to develop a big muscle pendulum stroke (shoulders, and arms moving together in a rocking motion), which will hold up much better under pressure. 

• Select a putter that looks good to your eye. This will give you more confidence when facing the pressures of putting. 

• Select a custom putter that fits you properly. This will help your muscles to be relaxed and without tension before the stroke. 

• There are at least three different putter styles to choose from: traditional, mid-length (belly), and long. Select the putter style that gives you the most confidence, stability and helps you relax under pressure.

GOLF JOKE of the WEEK

Two medical students were golfing when they saw an old man walking with his legs spread apart. He was stiff-legged and walking slowly. One student said to his friend: “I’m sure that poor old man has Peltry Syndrome. Those people walk just like that.”

The other student says: “No, I don’t think so. The old man surely has Zovitzki Syndrome. He walks slowly and his legs are apart, just as we learned in class.”

Since they couldn’t agree they decided to ask the old man. They approached him and one of the students said to him, “We’re medical students and couldn’t help but notice the way you walk, but we couldn’t agree on the syndrome you might have.  Could you tell us what it is?”

The old man said, “I’ll tell you, but first you tell me what you two fine medical students think.”

 The first student said, “I think it’s Peltry Syndrome.”

The old man said, “You thought - but you are wrong.” 

The other student said, “I think you have Zovitzki Syndrome.”

The old man said, “You thought - but you are wrong.”

So they asked him, “Well, old timer, what do you have?”

The old man said, “I thought it was gas,but I was wrong too!”

LOCAL GOLF REPORT

Excerpt from Shangri-La’s December Newsletter:  December was a busy month at Shangri-La Country Club and much has been accomplished. If you haven’t been by in a couple of weeks, you won’t recognize the old Gold Course area. Crews have been in major dirt-moving mode as they lay out the new nine holes that will be open in the fall. We’ll be enjoying the amenities of the new clubhouse long before then, of course. We celebrated the completion of roof truss installation in mid-December with the raising of an American flag atop the building. We should have it dried in within the next week or so, long before any rough weather is forecast. If the weather continues to cooperate, we’ll all be sitting around the new Club House to celebrate the Grand Opening Memorial Weekend. Excitement continues to build as we continue development progress. Delaware County Commissioners unanimously approved amendment of the Redevelopment Agreement relating to the County’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to aid in the redevelopment of Shangri-La, and we have had excellent media coverage. It’s great to see media outlets from Oklahoma City to Joplin expressing such interest in our future. If you haven’t had a chance to see our total $250 million master plan, check it out on our website. (www.shangrilaok.com). 

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. For golf-related news, or to inquire about equipment or lesson, contact Steve at stevepage.golf@yahoo.com or at 918-257-4967.