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Fall Issue- September 2011

Tips from the Pros: 3 Quick Tips
On the Course:
Making Hazards Your Friend
The Right Stuff:
The Perfect Choice for your Feet

TIPS FROM THE PROS:
Doug Weaver, Director of Golf Instruction
3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Game!
Contributed by Doug Weaver, Director of Golf Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Alligator Arms:
Alligators have short arms and golfers need to take a cue from these reptiles. When you keep your arms, more precisely your elbows, close to your ribs then the swing is more likely to be controlled by your body.

Big Muscles, Not Little Muscles:
Your hands do most day-to-day activities and when golfers play, they tend to control the club with their hands and arms, which have small muscles compared to the hips and thighs. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods both intentionally developed strong legs. Remember this, the power lies in your hips and thighs not in your hands.

Golf is a Game of Opposites:
Golf is a game of opposites, the harder you try the worse you do. This is why golf is so frustrating to so many. What your mind tells you and what should actually happen during the swing can be entirely different.

Our instructional programs will provide opportunities for you to experience the proper golf swing for you and your equipment. The private lessons, three-hour classes and 50-minute clinics all include supervised instruction with patient and gracious instructors.

"Your memorable quotes — 'alligator arms' and 'golf is a game of ease, etc…' stick in my mind. They are great learning aids since they are so easy to remember and apply what I learned." —Dave Stewart & Mary Riopelle


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Upcoming Tournaments:
Amateur Tour Championship
Oct. 21, 22, 23
Sponsored by GolfWeek for the top players throughout the country. Held on several courses around Hilton Head Island, including all three of our Palmetto Dunes courses. Arthurs Hills course is headquarters for the tournament.
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Golf Academy & Lessons:
NEW Clinic for Fall:
Power and Distance Class

Learn how every golfer's body creates power uniquely. Learn which of the five major power and distance moves need your focus and attention. Wednesday 9-9:50 a.m.
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Smartphones Are Your Friends
We recommend you bring your phone to the lesson and ask the instructor to summarize your lesson while someone else videos your swing and the instructor's comments with your phone. Remember a picture is worth a 1000 words. If you do not have a smartphone, let us know and we'll set you up!

Instructor Facts
Edward Sires and Doug Weaver are PGA Professionals who love to play and compete in the game of golf. Both players are in the Top 10 for 2011 Player of the Year standings for the Hilton Head Island PGA. Learn more about our instructors.

"All the golf instructors at PD are "players". We are passionate about our golf games and helping our students achieve their golf goals. We want our students to enjoy the true spirit of the game of golf."
—Doug Weaver, Director of Instruction

Golf Academy & Lessons:
Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia
Seven Days in Utopia Movie

Last newsletter, we reviewed "Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia". We are happy to announce that this great book for golfers is now a movie with Robert Duvall. Visit your local theater and begin improving your game immediately.
Watch the movie trailer here.


 

ON THE COURSE:

Making Hazards Your Friend
Contributed by Brad Marra, Director of Golf, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes is home to some of the best golfing in the country and features three top-rated courses. Next time you're playing Jones, Fazio or Hills, keep an eye out for the hazards below and learn to use these to your benefit and enjoy them as opposed to being intimidated.

Arthur Hills: On the 12th hole, the fairway appears small and the lake looks big (if you do end up in the lake, your ball will reside within a sunken Indian dugout canoe).
Robert Trent Jones: The 6th hole has the biggest and deepest bunker on the course. Make sure you use a lob wedge and a full swing! The 8th hole is flat, blocking the fairway. Try not to look at the lake or the bunker but focus aim on the 150-yard marker.
George Fazio: The last 4 holes of Fazio are the most difficult on the island, but can be overcome by aiming. The Fazio is considered a tough course for its elevated greens, among other things. Accounting for elevation in your swing can help you save strokes.

Remember that most hazards are optical illusions and can be overcome simply by aiming. By purchasing a yardage book, you'll be able to see each course layout and make better decisions. You'll be able to play with more confidence and save money on golf balls and strokes, no matter your skill level!


emptyReserve your next tee-time on any of our three championship courses now or call 866-627-4506.

THE RIGHT STUFF:

The Perfect Choice for Your Feet
Contributed by Wes Martin, Merchandise Manager, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Nike Lunar Control: the essence of Nike Golf.
The Lunar Control golf shoe incorporates sport-specific technologies through innovative solutions that could only come from Nike. It addresses stability (Flywire technology) and underfoot comfort (LunarLon foam) to give you true lightweight performance. Key characteristics for performance:
  • Waterproof full-grain leather from Sadesa®Nike Flywire technology for lightweight, midfoot supportLunarlon cushioning systemPower Platform
  • The smoothest ride in golf
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