PRO REPORT

Adam Scott wins (-17) at Firestone. Tiger finished 37th (+1). That’s an 18 stroke difference. Is Tiger revving up to come back or is he now just another pro golfer? Oklahoma State’s Ricky Fowler did well coming in tied for second. I am very disappointed in Tiger’s former caddy Steve Williams venting after his pro Adam Scott wins. It just wasn’t the right time and place.

Do yourself a favor and go to www.fitchip.com

NEW - SHAFT FLEX TECHNOLOGY - “Helps the amateurs more than the pros!”

If you aren’t “SHAFT FLEX FITTED” you are at a disadvantage before you even tee up.

So, please read this…GRAND LAKE GOLF SCHOOL is now the official “Fitter” for www.fitchip.com in this area. This is a new fitting system in which we can measure instantaneously if you have the right frequency shafts in your clubs. The inventor and developer proved to me that 60 percent of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you either get the club face square back to the ball naturally or by force. Go to www.fitchip.com. Naturally is of course best. We offer a fitting and swing lesson for $50; If you replace and order your shafts at $45 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. Or, ask us about our demo plan. Call me at 918-257-4967.

LOCAL GOLF INFORMATION

PLEASE let me know if you or someone you know is having a golf tournament so that I may list it in this report. Also, I donate a lot of lessons, etc to tournaments for fund raisers. Contact me.

Special Mention: My friend Jack Moore is having his annual charity tournament again supporting the Special Olympics. It is called the Mary Moore Charity Golf Tournament. Jack and his supporters have donated thousands of dollars to this cause. The date is Saturday, August 27; 11:30 AM at the new clubhouse at Shangri-La Golf Club. The entry fee includes golf and cart, lunch, silent auction, prizes and raffle. Contact Jack for more info: 918-557-7670

-PATRICIA ISLAND GOLF CLUB – Grove

Pro Shop manager Randy Warren reports that Patricia Island resident and member Bob Goben shot under his age again. The left-handed Bob carded a 74 on August 2 at Patricia Island. Maybe I need to change sides and try leftie.

-SHANGRI-LA REPORT – Monkey Island

There are still big goings-on out on Monkey Island. The new nine holes, where the old Gold Course use to be, is now a beautiful, rolling and magnificent tract. The scheduled opening has not been officially announced. However, the opening is very near. The Summit restaurant is getting rave reviews. By the way, it is open to the public with reservations. To join Shangri-La with NO initiation fee is about to be over. Contact them for more info at 918-257-4204.

LADIES ATTENTION

We have a Ladies Only Clinic every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Patricia Island Golf Club and Estates. Gregg Compton assists me and we simply give you tips and suggestions while you hit balls on the driving range. The cost is $10 per person.  Anyone can come from beginners to low handicappers and you do not have to be a member at Patricia Island Golf Club to attend.

Ladies, we will stop these sessions at the end of August, so come on out while you can.

GOLF TIP OF THE WEEK

OK, I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes, but I feel compelled to mention the following:

If you have taken lessons from an experienced golf instructor and your results are less than you expected, please consider the following facts. (1) It would not make sense for an instructor to not offer anything except his or her best possible advice. (2) There almost always will be suggested changes. It takes a certain dedication from the student to try to make those changes. (3) Finally, if you are so inclined to blame the teacher for your ineptness, you really might want to take a look in the mirror.

On one hand, I am constantly given credit for a successful change (and I always pass the credit back to the student because they worked on the changes that caused the improvement). On the other hand, I constantly hear players blaming their bad play on anyone or anything. I guess that is human nature. The truth of the matter is, as the old saying goes: “Is it the arrow or the Indian that causes the miss?”  If your game is not where you want it to be, get some instruction but most importantly do some work. Many golfers just buy new and different equipment and then blame the equipment.

Golf is the hardest game that I know of. It does not come natural to anyone. It only responds to practice and proper technique. So, if you are inclined to “kill the messenger”, I hope you think it through a little bit.

GOLF SETS for SALE

I have created a set of clubs that are from the Alpha Golf Company (www.alphagolfclubs.com) for men or ladies. You can grow the set as you develop but for now they are everything a new player needs. More full sets are also available. Finally you can get quality at reasonable pricing. They also include a $50 credit toward lessons. $350 no bag; $400 with bag.

State of the Art ALPHA GOLF CLUBS for Men and Ladies;  Driver; 5 Fairway Wood; 3 Hybrid; Irons 7, 8, 9, Wedge and Putter. Call or email me and I’ll send you the info via email.

JOKE OF THE WEEK

From my golf friend Terri Traci:

Arthur is 90 years old. He’s played golf every day since his retirement 25 years ago. One day he arrives home looking downcast.

“That’s it,” he tells his wife. “I’m giving up golf. My eyesight has got so bad. Once I’ve hit the ball, I can’t see where it went.”

His wife sympathizes. As they sit down, she has a suggestion: “Why don’t you take my brother with you, and give it one more try.”

“That’s no good,” sighs Arthur. “Your brother is a hundred and three. He can’t help.”

“He may be a hundred and three,” says the wife, “but his eyesight is perfect.”

So the next day, Arthur heads off to the golf course with his brother-in-law. He tees up, takes an almighty swing, and squints down the fairway. He turns to the brother-in-law.

“Did you see the ball?”

“Of course I did!”, says the brother-in-law. “I have perfect eyesight.”

“Where did it go?” asks Arthur.

“Can’t remember.”

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. For information on lessons and equipment, or to pass along any golf-related news, contact Steve at 918-257-4967 or email him at stevepace.golf @yahoo.com.