March 10, 2015 - 1:39pm
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Playing golf pregnant
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Randi Stephens is an avid golfer who loves the game. She and her husband, PGA Professional Greg Stephens, are expecting their first child but that hasn’t stopped Randi from enjoying the game she loves.

By Greg Stephens, PGA; Director of Golf at Victory Ranch; Nike Golf Elite Advisory Staff

My wife Randi is an avid golfer who loves the game. We are expecting our first child but that hasn’t stopped Randi from enjoying the game she loves.

Golf is a great way to enjoy being outside and get good exercise while pregnant. Be sure to consult with your physician before participating in any physical activity when pregnant.

My wife’s doctor loved and endorsed the idea of Randi continuing to play golf throughout her pregnancy. It is a good way to keep your core strong since most core exercises should be put on hold during this time.

What you need to know

The biggest keys we have worked on with Randi’s swing are balance and not over swinging. Be sure to spend some time warming up before you play.

Start with pitch shots and gradually increase the length of your swing. This will help get your core loose before making full swings. It is also a great way to find out where the limit of your swing is that day. 

Randi’s swing has gotten a little bit shorter as her range of motion is slightly limited, with this has come a little bit of distance loss with her irons. Taking one extra club with your irons will solve this issue. Do not try to over swing or hit the ball harder as this will have an effect on your balance.

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Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy may have an effect on how long your swing is. You may go from full swings to three-quarter length swings and possibly even half-swings.

Listen to your body and don’t try to make long swings like you typically would. 

Tempo is extremely important here. Since your swing may be getting shorter you may feel the need to swing faster so be aware of this and swing with a smooth and relaxed tempo. Focusing mainly on balance and tempo will help you make solid contact with your clubs. 

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Try to hold your finish a little longer than you typically would, this is a great way to ensure good balance and tempo. Again, listen to your body and don’t over-do it. 

Some days you may have the stamina to play all 18 holes, other days maybe 9 holes is enough and some days maybe you skip a hole or two throughout the round.  You don’t have to put golf on hold when you’re pregnant, just being out there continuing to enjoy the game you love is the key.

Playing golf pregnant - Enjoying the game when expecting
October 28, 2014 - 8:04am
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GolfTEC
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GolfTEC is celebrating its five millionth lesson milestone with a charity promotion benefitting The First Tee.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- GolfTEC -- the world leader in golf lessons -- has announced that it will commemorate the occasion of teaching its five millionth lesson by providing complimentary 30-minute golf lessons on November 8 or 9 to customers who make a donation to The First Tee.

Offered at all GolfTEC locations in the United States, this unique opportunity allows golfers to sign up online at golftec.com or by calling 877.446.5383. To complete the process, customers follow instructions on making a donation to The First Tee and show that receipt upon arrival at GolfTEC. Each lesson is valued at more than $50, far greater than the $20 suggested minimum contribution to The First Tee.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization focused on introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through afterschool and educational programs, it helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

"We gave our first lesson nearly 20 years ago and since that time GolfTEC has grown to become an industry leader, employing more PGA professionals than any other organization," says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. "Our goal is to grow the game by helping players improve and enjoy golf more, which creates a devoted consumer base excited to play and share this amazing sport."

Highly efficient and boasting a 95 percent success rate, GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches mostly in indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC's philosophy. This is embodied by the company's popular game plans and lesson packs, which are available in a variety of options to suit all budgets.

"The First Tee and GolfTEC have a shared vision of introducing more young people to the game of golf and ensuring they have the necessary tools to succeed on and off the golf course," says Jennifer Weiler, vice president of strategic alignment and development, of The First Tee. "We are grateful to be part of this unique promotion, which will undoubtedly raise awareness for our mission."

GolfTEC's first-class instructors have gone through rigorous certification to master the analysis of golf mechanics, the technology of the GolfTEC system and the most productive teaching techniques. Each of the company's locations boasts an array of state-of-the-art equipment and services specially designed to provide customers a totally unique experience. Among the technologies currently employed:

* g-SWING teaching technology -- Patented software program displays real-time video with motion measurement, capturing body positions throughout the swing; coaches use the info to diagnose, communicate and measure the changes that will lead to improvement.

* TECfit -- using Foresight launch monitors to capture critical performance data -- ball flight, ball speed, clubhead speed, launch angle, sidespin and backspin -- coaches cross-reference this information with GolfTEC's proprietary SwingLabs database to help select ideal clubs for each student’s swing; they can then accurately illustrate changes in ball performance resulting from club adjustments.

To learn more about GolfTEC, visit www.golftec.com.

GolfTEC celebrates five million lesson milestone
Who has the best swing
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From left to right, Wayne Gretzky, Charles Barkley, Ken Griffey Jr., Bo Jackson and Peyton Manning.

Let's have a little fun.

We've had the opportunity here at PGA.com to be able to get some golf swings of some major stars in other sports, and we wanted to put them on display for you to take a look at.

Not to judge - everyone's swing is different and even humongous sports stars have feelings - but to simply vote on which swing you think is smoothest. 

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And it's a pretty impressive lineup of athletes here.

We have who many consider the best hockey player in the history of the game, Wayne Gretzky, also tied to PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson through his daughter Paulina (who was also on the cover of Golf Digest). There is Charles Barkley, a Hall of Fame NBA player and also one of the biggest names the sport has ever produced.

Ken Griffey Jr., currently No. 6 on the all-time home run list. Bo Jackson, one of the most talented athletes of our time. And Peyton Manning, the QB's QB and certain NFL Hall of Famer when and if he decides to retire.

Again, this isn't science. This is fun. We don't have a huge sampling of swings, so we used short clips you'll see below. Take a look below and vote. We'll let everyone vote for a week and then publish the results. Thanks for playing.

 

 

 

Poll: Which sports star has the best golf swing?
December 11, 2013 - 3:33pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Mark Sheftic explains how to remedy common mistakes amateurs make with their chipping.

 


 

Tip of the day: Using the proper loft for chip shots
December 10, 2013 - 3:29pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Thomas Troncoso talks about what you should be seeing and hearing when hitting chips around the green.

Tip of the day: Innovative ways to improve your chipping
December 9, 2013 - 12:46pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Le Ann Finger explains what you should be aware of when teeing your ball up and how to ensure the correct height for the ball.

Tip of the day: The proper height to tee your golf ball