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October 20, 2015 - 11:29am
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Senior golfers should take the time to hit some balls on the range before playing.

Don’t try to go directly from your car to the golf cart, particularly if you’re a senior golfer. That's the opinion of PGA Professional Don Berry, who won the Minnesota Senior PGA Championship this summer and recently qualified for the 2016 Senior PGA Championship.

Older golfers need more time to get loose, including doing stretching exercises and then hitting a few balls on the range. The last thing you want to do is pull a muscle or injure yourself and spoil a great day on the links.

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"The days for me, of jumping out of the shop and teeing it up on the first tee, are over," said the 53-year-old Berry, who has won back-to-back Senior PGA Section titles and also earned his ninth Minnesota PGA Championship.

So what can you learn to help get ready for your own round? Berry has three warm-up tips to prepare you to play healthier -- and hopefully better.

STRENGTHEN AND STRETCH: Older golfers need more time to loosen their muscles, particularly the core area and back. Make sure to take time to do some stretching exercises.

"I do a fair amount of stretching, and anybody should do that, but particuarly after you reach 50," Berry said. "Stretch a lot before you play. I’ll go in the locker room, lay on a bench and do some back stretches."


If you can run or jog to stay in shape, Berry said that's great. In his case, his knees won't allow that. Instead, he jumps rope for cardiovascular exercise.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Just taking a few practice swings in the air at the first hole isn't enough as you get older. You need to loosen the neck, shoulders, midsection and hips by warming up correctly. It also provides some positive reinforcement -- and muscle memory -- when you then step up to the ball for real.

"At bare minimum, I need to hit at least five eight-irons off the practice range before I try to rip a driver," Berry said. 

WALK, DON'T RIDE: Pass on the golf cart, if your course allows it. It provides more exercise and works your heart and lungs. And it helps your core muscles to stay loose and warm.

You don't have to carry the clubs. Get a push cart instead -- there are battery-controlled motorized ones on the market -- but get up and move around for the time it takes to play 18. Your body will thank you for it. 

"I still walk the course when I play, and try to walk as much as I can," Berry said. "I think that keeps you stronger and fitter, especially for later in the round. I try to encourage people to walk when they play."



October 20, 2015 - 9:49am
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T.J. Auclair
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railroad tie
marbo800 on YouTube
The poor guy in pink thinks it's hilarious that his buddy is attempting a bank shot off a railroad tie. He won't think it's funny in a couple of seconds.

So, you walk up to the edge of a green to find yourself in a Catch 22 -- your golf ball narrowly avoided the pond, but it's resting up against a railroad tie.

You could do the prudent thing and take a penalty drop for an unplayable lie.

But that wouldn't be any fun. Plus, if you pull off the railroad tie-bank shot, what a story you'll have to tell at the 19th hole.

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And, even if you don't pull it off -- like the guy you're about to see -- you'll still have a story to tell.

Check out this attempted bank-shot posted by YouTube user "marbo800" that ricochets into the a body part of a playing partner where no man wants to get hit:


Hilarious stuff... unless you're the guy in the pink shirt, of course.

And the guy who hit the ball isn't off the hook either. He'll be assessed a one-stroke penalty under Decision 19-2 in the Rules of Golf: "If a player's ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. The ball must be played as it lies, except when it comes to rest in or on the player's, his partner's or either of their caddies' clothes or equipment, in which case the ball must through the green or in a hazard be dropped, or on the putting green be placed, as near as possible to the spot directly under the place where the ball came to rest in or on the article, but not nearer the hole."

Emiliano Grillo
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Emiliano Grillo and Jordan Spieth share an interesting connection to a handful of other young players.
After he won the Open in a playoff Sunday night, Emiliano Grillo naturally received a number of congratulatory messages on social media. But one stood out – it was from Jordan Spieth.
How, you wonder, are Spieth – the current world No. 2 and a two-time major winner in 2015 – and  Grillo – a Tour graduate from Argentina – connected? The answer lies in their age. Both are members of the exclusive PGA Tour club known as the "Class of 2011."
That's High School Class of 2011, which is already looking like it will go down in golf history as one of the greatest producers of golf talent ever. The half-dozen or so members of this group are all friends and have kept tabs on each other as they've rocketed their way up the ranks.
Grillo's victory earned him this shoutout from Spieth:
Thomas – who fell one shot short of the playoff between Grillo and Na – also chimed in, but was not quite as effusive:
Thomas, it must be noted, did congratulate Grillo in person afterward. Apparenlty, the two celebrated by trying to put each other in a headlock.
And, just to make you feel totally inadequate about your own golf game, here's a quick rundown of the accomplishments to date of the Class of 2011:
Spieth (7/27/1993): World No. 2, reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion, member of 2014 Ryder Cup team, won a record $22 million in total prize money after capturing the FedExCup crown last month.
Grillo (9/14/1992): World No. 36, won the 2015 Tour Championship a couple weeks ago before winning the Open on Sunday in his debut as a full-fledged PGA Tour member, giving him victories in each of his last two starts. He also lost a playoff at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open, where he got into the field on a sponsor's exemption.
Daniel Berger (4/7/1993): World No. 42, was named the 2014-15 PGA Tour rookie of the year after winning more than $3 million and finishing 11th in the final FedExCup points. Played at Florida State for a couple of years, then spent a year on the Tour before making the PGA Tour. He finished second at the BMW Championship, and lost a playoff at the Honda Classic in 2015.
Justin Thomas (4/29/1993): World No. 62, earned more than $2.2 million last season and finished 32nd in the final FedExCup points. He tied for fifth at the John Deere Classic and tied for fourth at the Quicken Loans National in back-to-back starts last summer. Played his college golf at Alabama, then played one year on the Tour before making the PGA Tour. 
Patrick Rodgers (6/30/1992): World No. 106, played at Stanford, and was a 2011 Walker Cup teammate of Spieth's and a 2013 Walker Cup teammate of Thomas'. Won the 2015 Colombia Championship on the Tour, and tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship. 
Ollie Schniederjans (6/15/1993): Was ranked as the world's top amateur for 41 straight weeks at Georgia Tech, where he was a three-time All-American and a two-time ACC Player of the Year. He turned professional after the British Open last summer, where he tied for 12th.
October 19, 2015 - 9:04am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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Emiliano Grillo, Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy -- in the lime green shirt -- reacts after nearly getting plunked by a Emiliano Grillo tee shot during the third round of the Open on Saturday.

In case you missed it over the weekend, Open winner Emiliano Grillo nearly smoked Rory McIlroy with a tee shot on the 296-yard, par-4 17th hole Saturday.

Not realizing the green hadn't yet cleared on the short par 4, Grillo ripped a tee shot just left of the green that came within inches of hitting McIlroy. You can see the video here (go to the 23-second mark):

McIlroy, who was having a difficult week with the putter, later joked that had the shot hit him, it would have "put me out of my misery."

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Fortunately for Grillo, he overcame what could have been a bad situation to claim his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday in a playoff over Kevin Na.

"I didn't want to be the guy who almost hit Rory McIlroy this week," Grillo told the media after his win. "Kind of wanted to have this trophy and everybody know me because I have the trophy, and not because I almost hit him."

October 18, 2015 - 1:56pm
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Amy Yang
Amy Yang almost can't believe it after finishing with nine consecutive birdies in Sunday's final round.

Golf is filled with rare feats: aces, albatrosses and 59s. But Amy Yang's final round Sunday at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship might have been rarer still.

No one on the LPGA Tour had ever birdied every hole on the back nine in one round -- until Yang did it at Sky 72's Ocean course. Here's the approach and putt she had to sink to achieve that rare feat:



Yang's 27 tied the lowest nine-hole total in LPGA history. Her nine consecutive birdies matched the record set by Beth Daniel in 1999, and her 62 tied the course record set by Sung Hyun Park on Thursday.

Despite her outstanding, record-setting round, Yang still finished in a tie for fourth, two shots behind winner Lexi Thompson. 

Even Yang was stunned and surprised by her hot finish, according to the quote she gave the Associated Press afterward.

"I don't know what just happened. Just can't believe. Shots were great. Early in the week I was shaky, but I don't know, this back nine was crazy good."

October 16, 2015 - 9:02am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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bunker shot
You know, just because you don't have to be creative enough to execute a pot-bunker shot the conventional way.

As if a shot out of a pot bunker wasn't difficult enough, how about executing a gorgeous shot... from between your legs?

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That's what Jonathan Day of Essex was able to pull off in this Instagram video:


Trick shot Wednesday #trickshot #golftrickshot

A video posted by Jonathan Day (@jonathan_day1610) on



h/t Geoff Shackelford