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Getting Away From the Trees


Uh oh! Looks like your ball went right under that tree. Probably going to be a difficult shot. Normally this would be true but you actually have quite a few options at your disposal. It’s important to take a lay of the area in which your ball is situated and really understand what the surroundings are like. The last thing you want to do is rush a shot and end up having it ricochete backwards, or worse, break your club on the tree. I recently discovered this helpful video that taught me about the options I have taking shots from under  a tree. Take a look and happy golfing!

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Learn to Swing Big


Driving the ball deep down the fairway is one of the biggest and most important parts of the game of golf. I know it has taken me many years to get as close to a perfect swing as I can get, but I am still learning the best stances for each course. Your drive can definitely vary in the event of inclement weather, altering clients, and many other factors. I wanted to highlight a a great video on learning how to really swing big and drive the ball really far down the hole.

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Tiger Woods Addresses Bullying

Although a lot of people may still view Tiger Woods as a bad guy, he has made some improvements and manages to help out where he can. Tiger recently wrote a letter to a troubled teen that has been the victim of bullying.

Golf Digest’s very own Ron Sirak has been working with LPGA touring pro Sophie Gustafson, who battles a severe stutter daily. Gustafson works and mentors people who have the same or similar issue as herself.

Gustafson has been working with a high school student named Dillon, who has been the victim of relentless bullying at school. Dillon’s torment almost drove him to drastic actions a few weeks ago, his mother reported. Gustafson has been in correspondence with Dillon’s mother who wrote this email:

“Wanted to give you update. “Things had been going well for awhile. He played football for the first time this year, however, he was teased about his stuttering and quit the team. He has really been struggling lately, feeling lonely due to the really does not have any close friends. On the week of April 16th, he had a bad week, he had been teased about his stuttering. That evening, he attempted suicide. He yelled downstairs ‘Good bye, I love you.’ Me and my husband immediately ran upstairs, his bedroom door was locked, we busted down the door and he was sitting on the window and was getting ready to jump. We were able to grab him and keep him from going head first onto the concrete below.”

Dillon’s mother told Gustafson that Dillon is still a huge Tiger Woods fan and he loves to watch Tiger play. She asked if there was any way that Tiger could be made aware of Dillon’s love and support for the player, as well as Dillon’s story.

The Bronx Receives Trump Style Luxury Golf Course

belal-el-atari-bronx-golfAfter a many years of planning, setbacks, re-organizing, and every other type of speed bump possible, the Bronx in New York finally received  luxury golf course. The Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point are located near the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. The new urban golf course location will provide countless golfers with an opportunity to play the 18-hole course throughout the rest of Spring, all Summer, and even into the Fall.

belal-el-atari-donald-trumpGiven that the course is more well kept and offers high amenities players will be paying more to play. Being just outside Manhattan, thats also an expected piece of playing golf. The greens fees are almost triple that of the other courses in the city. City residents will pay $169 for weekend play whereas a non-city resident will pay $215. Golf carts are permitted on the course and are state of the art with top of the line GPS systems. There is also an interactive screen for players to use that will allow them to order food and beverages directly to their location on the course.

As many may recall, Donald Trump company won the bid to run the course, but what others may not know is that the course is built on a former landfill that was shut down in 1963. Although there are vents on the course for releasing methane gas, the grounds remain exceptionally clean and well tended.

The course is bordered by residential buildings on one side but the course offers beautiful views and wonderful geography attributes. The slightly hilly course has impeccable views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River.

Ruben Diaz Jr. the Bronx borough president, played this past Wednesday for the grand opening and was quoted in saying, “I’m out here on Day 1, letting people know that we have a world-class, P.G.A. links-style golf course right here in the boogie-down Bronx.”

Players are so excited to play on the new course that reservations for April have been booked extremely fast and far in advance. Ronald C. Lieberman, an executive VP of the Trump Organization said “Within 15 minutes all the prime time slots had sold out for every weekend,” when referring to the April reservations.

belal-el-atari-golf-club-houseWhat’s Next For The Course?:

Construction on a brand new $10million clubhouse will soon begin. For the meantime there is a temporary clubhouse with a pro shop and a grill. Donald Trump and his organization also hope the course will feature major tournaments with the P.G.A. and the even the Ryder Cups.

Top 5 Best Golfing Video Games

5. John Daly’s ProStroke Golfbelal-el-atari-John-Daly's ProStroke-Golf

John Daly’s ProStroke is first golf game to take advantage of the PlayStation 3’s Move controller and does some great things when it comes to motion-sensing controls. Other than that, there isn’t much else to hold your interest.

4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13belal-el-atari-Tiger-Woods-PGA Tour-13

Absolute Swing Control is probably the most meaningful addition to the PGA Tour series. “Left stick” movement has complete control of how a shot behaves. What was once called a Pre-set shot type and shot meters do not exist anymore. Each gesture during a swing will affects where the ball goes, so the fate of the ball literally relies on the players hands.

3. Mario Golfbelal-el-atari-Mario-gold

Mario Golf makes hitting a ball as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. However, the more skillful route reaps more rewards. The game gives you the option to either line up the ball normally and just hit for power, or you can switch to the manual mode, and use various combinations to achieve a fancy shot.”Mario Golf has an excellent balance of risk and reward”.

2. Links 2003belal-el-atari-links-2003

This hall of fame game is a must have for every PC gamer. Not one does this game fulfill every golfers need to remain interested in golfing online but also warrants the $40 dollar purchase. Overall this game is excellent. The game has more than enough features to keep a newcomer interested. The Real-time Swing is implemented well and the whoever designed the courses for Links 2003 gives advanced gamers a  reason to stick around.

1.Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004belal-el-atari-Tiger-Woods-PGA Tour-2004

Golf history fans will love the new mode, but most young gamers today probably prefer to play the game as a teenage Tiger Woods as teenage Tiger Woods. However, While PGA Tour 14 might not be the most “exciting”  game as the previous versions, it is way more technically proficient preferred for the “i love a challenge” gamer. PGA 14 grants access to the more exciting features of the game. For the online golfers, the Country Clubs and Tournaments allow PGA 14 to be the best series out.