From "Window on Wake Forest" article "Golf Garb Finds the Fairway" featuring Laura Ormson.
In case you’ve missed it, Wear to Win’s co-founder Laura has been making headlines. She was named student-athlete of the week and was featured in Wake Forest University’s “Window on Wake Forest.” In that article, Laura was quoted as saying, “I never thought about becoming an entrepreneur. But now I’ve gained confidence and am following my dreams. I’ve learned how to adapt and change and adjust to the problems that come up whenever one pursues a passion or an idea.”
The whole idea of developing flattering and functional golf apparel started years ago when Laura played junior’s golf. Did Laura and her mom have any idea at the time that their aspirations would eventually develop into Wear to Win, especially before Laura even completed college? Perhaps not. But focus, goal setting, perseverance and patience have paid off.
So the question is, what dreams do you have? Do you think they are possible? Is there anything holding you back from trying? In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Do you dream confidently?
Here is another tip courtesy of PGA Master Professional Jerry Tucker. This Tucker tip: learning to read the grain of the grass to better your putting.
If it’s winter and you’re playing golf well south of the Mason-Dixon line, you desperately need to understand grain. Grain is the way the grass lays, the direction it is pulled due to the sun, water flow, gravity, etc. It is most prevalent in Bermuda grass, but is certainly exists in the North, as well.
The two main ways to determine the grain are to look at the hole, and to check the color and texture of the green. When you look at the hole, especially in the afternoon on a Bermuda grass green, if the brownish jagged edge of the cup is on the west side, then that’s the way the grain is growing. If you then look to the west, the grass would appear whitish and shiny. If you look behind you to the east, the grass will appear rougher and dark green. If you’re putting west, your putt will be 25-50% faster than a putt with no grain, and that much slower going east. While most grain in Florida goes with the slope, the grain will tend to be westward on a fairly level surface.
Jerry Tucker was twice named by Golf Digest as a top 100 teacher, has been a four-time South Florida player of the year, played 13 major championships and set 19 course records, as well as achieving several other accomplishments and accolades.
Just in time for spring, we are pleased to introduce the latest addition to our clothing line: a long-sleeve jacket. Wear to Win’s new long-sleeved top is shaped through the torso for a body slimming look. It will keep you warm and limber, while swinging the golf club or tennis racket. We designed this top with you and your game in mind. Take a look at a few of it’s features:
- Moisture-wicking fabric
- Cuffed sleeves
- Length through the torso
- Standing collar
- Front zipper pendant
- Available in eggplant, black, textured white, ballet pink and navy
Try one on a chilly morning, over a pair of jeans or with one of our skorts for a polished look. They can easily be worn alone or layered. Visit our online store for complete details…and be sure to get yours today!
I got one of the best Christmas gifts ever: an iPod Touch. Three months later, I am using it every day to keep my calendar, check my email, read the news, update Facebook, and play a game of Tetris every now and then. And, by upgrading to the iPhone, you can even improve your golf game thanks to awesome aps such as iSwing that uses the built-in camera to measure different speeds, postures and tempos of your golf swing. Is Mac awesome or what?
Clearly, the iPod is my must-have, don’t-leave-home-without-it item. But we want to hear what yours is. What is your favorite thing? Do you have a favorite brand/store/how-did-I-live-without-it item? We love discovering new things, so let us know.
Before you strike a golf ball, it is important to remember to stretch! Why? Well, consider this:
- - Before you even begin swinging, many of your muscles are under a lot of stress (think of the position of your body at address).
- - Also consider you are about to swing a club at 80+ mph, while maintaining this seemingly awkward position.
- - Plus, stretching decreases your chance of injury and helps promote a more fluid golf swing.
I love this quick video from EliteStretching: Stretches for Women Golfers. Take a look and give these easy stretches a try the next time you step up to the tee box.
Do you have any other stretches you do before or after a round of golf? Let our readers know!
I learned this drill from the Wake Forest University golf team, it’s one of my favs:
Criss-Cross Putting Drill
What you need: 3 balls, 6 holes
1. Divide the 6 holes into two groups of three (three on one side of the putting green, three on the other side of the green).
2. Begin with all three balls at one hole and putt one ball to each of the three holes on the opposite side of the green.
3. After you putt each ball out, gather the three balls at one of the holes on that side of the green and putt each one back to each hole on the other side (so one ball goes to each of the three holes across the green, hope this makes sense!)
4. Continue to putt each of the three balls from one side of the green to the other so that you begin from each of the 6 holes once (if you two putt every ball you should have 36 putts).
5. Set goals: try and two putt every putt… after that try to get less than 34 putts (two one putts), and then 33 putts, 32 putts… etc….
If there aren’t six holes on the putting green, stick a tee in the ground and putt to that.
Let me know what you think!
For those of us up north, the sun is shining and the temperatures are finally above freezing. The snow is beginning to melt away, exposing golf courses and getting our hopes up to be ready to hit the links soon. But, before we head out for our first 18 holes of the season, we all need to try these tips to ease into our golf game:
Get fit. Golf might not be the most strenuous or demanding sport, but you do need to be in shape if you plan to haul your bag full of golf clubs for a round of 18. As weather permits, head out for a run. Or, fire up the DVD player and give Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred a try. If you want to take it to another level, try the P90X® workout DVD.
Stretch it out. Start loosening up your muscles now. Yoga or basic stretches will get your muscles prepped and ready to go.
Start swinging. Head to a driving range and start practicing. Work on your consistency and get a feel for what you are capable of doing with each club. Continue to practice your swing even at home with some foam or whiffle golf balls. You might not get the perfect feel for how long your shot is, but it will work to develop muscle memory which will definitely help when you finally do step up to that first tee box.
Start warming up now and you’ll be ready to hit the course in no time. And, if you work hard enough, your first round might even surprise yourself.
Have you played a round yet this year? If so, let us know how it went.