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Happy Birthday Tiger Woods!

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The professional golfer turns forty today! He decided to celebrate the day despite the lingering questions about his future career that have been circulating the professional circuit recently.  No one has doubted that Woods has been one of the greatest players of all time, but they do wonder if that spark will ever return to the now middle aged player.

Tiger Woods was once ranked at the number one golfer in the world for around seven hundred weeks. Now, the golfer ranks at number four hundred and fourteen – which is quite the drop. He has not won a major since 2008, and a tournament since 2013. It’s hard to picture that he was once the golfer who won the Master by twelve strokes in 1997. However, in the past couple years, Woods has been plagued by numerous injuries, because of which he has to have various back and knee surgeries. As a result of these surgeries, Wood has moved to a new swing – which he has struggled with.

Besides injuries, Tiger has had to deal with the fall out of his marriage for the past several years. In 2009, Woods dealt with a cheating scandal that rocked the mainstream media and the golf world in a way it had never seen before. He addressed the scandal in an interview with Time magazine recently, along with the idea that “he has reconciled himself to not playing again if it came to that”.  However, that was a vastly different tune then to the PGA Tour blog, where he mentioned how excited he was for a return in 2016.

The golf world has noted that it would be a different feel if he was no longer apart of it. After all, the golfer has broken and held many different records, and changed the face of golf for many Americans.

Speaking to VOA News, Kuan Koa – a commentator for Golf Channel, said ““For us, we’ve been seeing him since he turned pro in 1997, won the Master’s at a very young age of 21. He had really brought the game across the globe pretty much because he’s a mixed race, and a lot of people can associate with him.  I think a lot of Asian people see him as Asian,  African-Americans see him as African-American.  Basically he was such a young prodigy, he brought the game of golf to the young crowd.”

For many, the return of Woods is an exciting idea. We can only wait and see what 2016 will hold for the golfer. In the meantime, once again, Happy Birthday Tiger Woods!

Getting Away From the Trees

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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!

This video provided by Golf Tips Magazine via YouTube

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Learn to Swing Big

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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.

This video is provided by Golf Tips Magazine via YouTube

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Belal El-Atari