Posts Tagged ‘putting green’

How to Make Your Own Putting Green in the Backyard!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

For those of you with a bit of gardening skills, you might want to consider making your own putting green in the backyard.  I am not talking about those fake ones (I don’t like astroturf putting too much) but growing your own putting grass seeds.

First, you will need to find a relatively flat area in your backyard.

Second, plan out how big your backyard will be.

Third, you will need to determine what kind of putting green grass you will use.  For most cool-to-warm climates, you might want to go with bentgrass.   For people in Texas and southern states, you can try bermuda.

You can get some really high-quality bentgrass on Amazon here.

Fourth, you need to get that area in your backyard ready for seeding.  You can get the soil loosened first then get rid all weeds/debris.  Once that’s done, simply put the seeds all over the soil, then top it off with a thin layer of sand.

Keep the area moist at all times by watering 2-3 times daily.

After few weeks, you should have a new green, start mowing when it’s around 2-3 inches then you can mow it shorter for putting.

Also, you can aerate/replicate the green to other parts of your yard by using the ProPlugger, I find this the best tool out there for Do-It-Yourselfers.

If the putting green area isn’t drained well, perhaps water overfills, you might want to add a layer of gravel under the green.

Here’s another resource for building your own putting green.

 

 

Golfer’s Short Putt Yips Terror Video!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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Here’s a funny video of how golfers can terrorize themselves while doing such things as 2-foot putts.  This is certainly true if you have a lot of money riding on the putt.

Now, just don’t get the yips.  To fix the yips, just take a break from golf for a week then try practicing putts with a fresh mind.

Marvelously deranged manga artist Shintaro Kago has set up a YouTube channel and started uploading bizarre animated shorts. Among them are his “Terror of golf course,” which shows a golfer’s unfortunate encounter with a peculiar hole on the putting green…

via boingboing

How to Teach Your Baby to Be Better Than Tiger Woods!

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Well, I’ve decided to start a series of online blog golf lessons for teaching your baby to be better than Tiger Woods.

Of course, if you are a parent and you want your child to be on the PGA/LPGA tour someday, these are the lessons you will need to read.

The first thing you need to do is get your baby to get familiar with the golf grip, golf ball, and the golf club as soon as possible.

  • Age 1-3 months – Swing a golf club in front of your baby at least couple times a week.  “Monkey see, Monkey do.”  You can start as early as soon as your kid is born.  Tiger didn’t really start until he was 18 month old, you can get your kid a better chance by starting earlier than Tiger.
  • Age 3-6 months – Make a plastic-toy grip for your 3-6 month old baby to play with.  The earlier that your baby gets familiar with a golf grip, the quicker he/she will be able to control the club when he/she grows up.  You can order a junior grip from Golfsmith and pick up a plastic PVC pipe that will fit the grip at Home Depot.
  • Age 9-12 months – Take your 9-12 month baby to the driving range.  You can get one of these  Walking Wings to help her/him stand while you help her/him hit a real golf ball with your arms controlling the club while baby has her/his hands on the grip.  Also the putting green is great for babies to walk on while learning to putt.

Also, skip the plastic golf toys, they are too “plastic” and it’s probably better to get your baby learning with the “real” stuff ASAP.  Heck, you can make your own cut-down custom clubs by ordering parts from Golfsmith.

Am I being realistic here?

Yes, this is how you can get your baby to learn to hit a golf club before she/he learns how to feed himself/herself with a spoon.  If your baby learns to swing the golf club as something 2nd nature to him/her, he/she’s going to be ahead of 99.9% of population by the time he/she plays junior golf tournaments.

Trust me, I am a pro golfer, you need to get your baby started EARLY!  I started when I was 9 years old and I can see that I too could have played a lot better if I started when I was 1 month old.