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Rory McIlroy
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For those of you who are in the loop with major worldwide golf – you will know exactly what kind of stellar year Rory McIlroy is currently enjoying. For those of you who don’t however, well, you should take notice, because it is the kind of success story most aspiring golfers should get on board with.

After a far from impressive stint between the latter stages of 2012 and throughout 2013, Rory is now finally enjoying his golf again. But before we detail exactly why any prospective golfers should be looking up to the man from Northern Ireland at this current moment in time, let’s take a quick look at just how much of a turnaround the 25-year-old has enjoyed.

After rounding off 2012 in stunning style with a Race to Dubai triumph – ensuring he matched Luke Donald’s efforts of the previous year in securing victory in both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, his 2013 began, continued and ended in a whimper. In fact, if you had looked for his name in any of the sports news and betting sections around that time – such as http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting – you likely wouldn’t have found him! Of course, nowadays punters never fail to enjoy a wager on McIlroy as he transformed himself into a household name.

Equipment changes and off the green issues – one of the being a dispute over the aforementioned club changes – saw McIlroy go through 2013 with just the Emirates Australian Open to celebrate, however upon his return to golf in 2014, it seemed that we were witnessing the return of the old Rory.

Initial signs were shown in January, when a two shot penalty was the only thing between him and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, although the penalty was largely considered to be the result of harsh ruling, rather than a mistake on his part.

In March Rory lost a playoff for the Honda Classic, but again, the overall performance was promising and at Wentworth, England, he finally conjured up a winning effort. A stunning final day round of 66 took him past the previous leader Thomas Bjorn and into first place, before he followed the win up with success at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool – seeing off Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia in a play-off to do so.

It was at this moment that Rory was truly back to his best and he has since gone on to win other major events and reclaim his spot as world number one in the rankings. The ability to turn around such a lacklustre year not only in his golfing career, but with his personal and private life considering the off the green incidents he was dealing with is simply remarkable.

It is the kind of feel-good story that shows to young, aspiring golfers – and sportsmen and women in general – that no matter what the setback, it is important to tough it out and keep giving 100%. If you keep doing so for long enough, you will eventually be rewarded.

 

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PGA Tour Canada Upcoming Events

by Jordan J. Caron on July 30, 2014

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The summer of golf is certainly starting to heat up and as the PGA Canada begins to catch steam, it might be wise to check out a few of the coming events and next stops on the tour’s illustrious schedule this year. With Wes Homan currently topping the leader boards by just a single shot, he will no doubt want to retain that lead come the end of the events throughout the remainder of July and August.

ATB Financial Classic
This year’s ATB Financial Classic gets underway in just a few days time, as tee offs begin on July 31st at the Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary. The aforementioned Wes Homan will be at the event that begins on Thursday and has a whopping purs of $150,000, with the winner taking away a fairly generous $27,000 of that total. As many as 156 players will take to the greens and battle their way across the 7,200 yard golf course that is situated in Southwest Calgary, which also plays host to the nearby Grey Eagle resort and casino.

This venue is currently playing host to the Canadian Poker Tour’s Summer Showdown and features special appearance from players such as Phil Ivey. If you end up visiting Calgary for the PGA Tour Canada, then you might want to also check out the poker that is going on nearby. Nowadays, many of us enjoy indulging in some online and interactive entertainment. Casino and sport have merged, with many online casino sites, such as OnlineCasinoBlueBook, now offering sports books alongside gaming. In this sense, it’s no surprise that the ATB Financial Classic is held at Grey Eagle. You never know, if you win a bit of cash at the casino, you might be able to have a flutter on the golf!

Forces and Families Open
This year sees the introduction of a brand new event to the PGA Tour Canada; The Forces and Families Open. Dedicated entirely in benefit to the Military Families fund, the event sees 156 golfers turn out to drive, pitch and put their way to the top of the rankings, with the chance to earn a chunk of the $150,000 prize money pot. This is a regular tour event with four rounds, although it also includes many events and opportunities throughout the days of Thursday to Sunday for Canadians to participate in and enjoy. This begins with the ProAms on August 4th and 5th, while the event also offers full support for the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and their families through this vital and incredible military charity.

The Great Waterway Classic
Hugo Leon won this event earlier in the year to mark his second PGA Tour Canada win and he will no doubt want to repeat the feat when the tournament rolls around again at the end of August. Leon won the last edition of this tournament in some style, having birdied both of the last two holes to score a 67 for the final round and win the Classic with a one-shot lead. Leon will likely want to secure an easier win this time around, rather than a nail-biting finish, but either way it won’t come easy, as he faces some stiff competition.

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The Laws of Attraction in Golf

by Jordan J. Caron on June 7, 2014

What your mind thinks often comes true. Not just in golf but every day life. For the sake of this post I will talk about golf.

I have long been a believer in positive thinking on the golf course. When I was growing up I was envision playing a big round the night before but visualizing myself hitting solid shots. More often than not I would go out and hit those shots on the golf course the next day.

This brings us to present day and I still try and help the people I play with buy into this concept of positive thinking. It’s basically the laws of attraction for golf.

Yesterday was a great example.

The third hole on my home golf course is a long par 4 with a road on the left hand side. There is maybe 10 yards of rough between the road and fairway. So it can get tight. But there is lots of room to bail out to the other side of the hole.

As my group was approaching the tee we noticed a lady walking a dog. She owned a dog walking Victoria BC company and had about 7 dogs on a leash. As we walked by her one of the guys in my group said, I sure hope I don’t hit one on the road and end up hitting her or her dogs.

Right away his mind was thinking about hitting a bad shot onto the road. I had to get him to change his mindset and to think more positive. So I asked him what he saw to the opposite side of the road.

“A giant, wide open fairway” was his reply.

“Perfect! Now hit it there” I replied back.

Now his mind was thinking about the wide open fairway and not the road. Quite a drastic change from thinking about hitting it on the road and hurting someone.

Usually what happens is that when you get negative thoughts in your mind, you end up making a fearful swing. You’re fearful of what might go wrong rather than thinking positively and excited about what will go right with the shot and swing.

It’s a very small yet major shift in thinking.

The first step is to be aware of your negative thoughts. When you notice them, think about hitting a good shot. Now this isn’t going to cure you and make you hit amazing shots from here on out. But it will give you a better chance to hit great shots.

The next step is simply play a round keeping score of when you noticed your negative thoughts and changed your mindset to a positive one. You can read more about keeping score in golf here.

Back to my example. Where do you think the shot of my playing partner ended up?

If you said in the fairway you were right!

He was able to avoid the Victoria dog walking lady and hit his drive in the fairway.

So next time you are playing golf, think of the laws of attraction and filling your mind with positive thoughts before you swing the club.

 

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Golf continues to miss injured Tiger

by Jordan J. Caron on May 13, 2014

With the world of golf continuing to miss Tiger Woods, the world number one has admitted he is still unsure as to when he will be able to return from his latest injury setback. The 14-time major winner has been sidelined for over a month after being forced to pull out of April’s Masters with a back injury, missing the first major of the season for the first time in his career following surgery at the end of March.

While the surgery was successfully performed in Utah by neurosurgeon Dr Charles Rich, Woods has been told he still has a significant spell of rest and rehabilitation before he will be able to return to the course. With a recover time from similar operations is around the three to four month mark, Tiger is hoping to be back in time for the Open Championship and the U.S. Open this summer – not the mention September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

“As I’ve said several times, I hope to be back sometime this summer, but I just don’t know when. I’m doing everything I can and listening to my doctors and working on a strength program, and then we just have to see how my back is,” said Woods when asked about his injury.

“There’s the Greenbrier Classic [to look forward to] and the Open Championship, and of the course the U.S. Open is about six weeks away. You can understand why I want to hurry up and get better. I’d also like to play in the FedExCup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup.”

Woods has been struggling with his back since the end of last year, and the injury was a key factor behind the American’s lacklustre start to 2014. While missing a significant part of the season will be a blow to the 38-year old, there is a good chance it will mean Woods will be able to return to the course fully fit and refreshed ahead of an important few months this summer.

This back injury is the latest in a number of fitness issues to have plagued Woods’ career over the past six years, with a knee injury in 2008 the first of a series of injuries that have included an Achilles problem and culminated in this latest back complaint. But after coming back so many times before, there won’t be many writing off Tiger when he finally does return to action this summer. And with so much left to play for in 2014, Woods will surely still be very much in the minds of those who bet on golf when it comes to the remaining majors this season.

While Tiger’s place at the top of the golf rankings could be in threat from the likes of Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and recent Masters champion Bubba Watson, the golfing world will be continue to eagerly await the return of the game’s true king before a busy second half of 2014. With three majors, the FedExCup and the Ryder Cup still left to come this season, Woods will know the importance of making sure he is fully recovered from this injury before making his return to the course

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Golf Etiquette

by Jordan J. Caron on May 8, 2014

Are you new to golf and wonder what the proper golf etiquette is? It can be intimidating having never played the game before. Especially since there are so many rules and of course the etiquette.

This blog post idea came to me when I recently met Jayson Postle at a local young entrepreneurs mixer, he started White Lotus DJ & Events, a Victoria DJ Company. We were talking about my career and when I told him I use to teach golf lessons in Victoria. He mentioned that he had never played golf but always wanted to.

I told him I’d take him out for a round at my home course. A few days before hand he asked me what the standard golf etiquette was. I sent him an email with the standard golf etiquette.

My goal is to make your feel comfortable on the golf course just like Jasyon. If you are like him and have never played or have played before but are looking for how to behave on the course, this post is for you. You could be playing for fun or trying to impress your boss. No matter the case this blog post will provide you with it all.

#1 Dress Proper

Always wear a collard shirt and tuck it into your shorts or pants. Sloppy or baggy cargo shorts are acceptable on almost all golf courses but I avoid them. Instead wear a nice khaki sort and not a sport short. As for pants, don’t wear jeans but wear khaki pants or dress pants and you’ll be ok.

When in doubt, call the golf course ahead to find out what their dress code is.

#2 Course Care

It’s best to always leave the course in better shape then when you played it. So rake all sand traps, replace divots and repair ball marks on the greens. If you happen to make spike marks on the greens, tab them down.

#3 Group Play

When you play your round chances are good you’ll joined up with someone you don’t know. This is where you must be very quiet and aware of where you are standing.

Always be quiet before someone is about to hit. And never move during their swing. Also be sure to never stand behind someone when they are hitting. On the putting green be sure not to stand in their through line. This means don’t stand behind the hole directly in their line of sight.

Pace of play is key so always be ready to hit. No more than 40 seconds should elapse after someone has hit a shot. In the fairway you must try and walk to your ball and be ready to hit right after the person before.

On the green the furthest away putts first. To speed up play be sure to putt our your ball until it’s in the hole.

These three areas and all the tips will help you better understand golf etiquette and prepare for your next round.

If you have any questions, let me know the comments below.

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Every Golfers Best Friend

April 18, 2014

With Tiger Woods recent surgery for his back and absence from last weeks Masters, it reminds of this: Golf puts a lot of stress on your back. Speaking of the Masters, what did you think? Without Tiger in the mix Augusta just wasn’t the same. So here’s to wishing Tiger a healthy and speedy recovery. […]

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If You Don’t Do This Before Your Round, You’re Doomed

April 6, 2014

I’ve just recently started to play more and more golf now as the weather has been great in my hometown of Victoria BC. But as I’ve been playing more, my back has gotten very stiff and sore during and after rounds. It reminded me of why I had to take some time of golf. I […]

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Having a Range Finder Is A Must For Your Confidence

March 31, 2014

On Friday I was out playing with my friend who owns Reel Obsession Sport Fishing. He’s not much of a golfer but when we do play he likes to be very precise. That’s why he bought a range finder. I haven’t talked at all about how a range finder can benefit your golf game and […]

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Golf Etiquette For Smokers

March 29, 2014

I was playing golf yesterday for the first time in months. It was great to get out on the course. I played really good too which always adds to a round with good people on a warm and sunny spring day. There was something the disturbed me on the 6th green however. It’s something that […]

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Stay Agressive in Golf

March 14, 2014

Back in 2010 PGA Tour member Robert Garrigus held a 3 shot lead standing on the 72nd hole of the ST Jude Classic. He only needed a double bogey to win. So he had plenty of wiggle room to win his first event on Tour. But pressure is a crazy thing and it sometimes makes […]

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