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June 27, 2017

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February 06, 2016

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Posted in Muni Kids, Opinion


Let's Use Dogs to Grow The Game

Where have all the golf courses that allow dogs gone? We see the superintendent's dog out running and living the dream but that is usually the only dog. In America it seems with each year that passes we are seeing less and less of our furry friends roaming the course with their owners. I personally find this trend saddening. One of my favorite things in life to do is strap the dog leash to my Jones Bag and get an early morning or late afternoon nine in with my dog Khloe. She loves every moment of these two hour adventures where we walk the fairways together chasing the little white ball. Overseas in Europe, from what I understand, it's not all that uncommon to see dogs out on the links everyday. They have a much more relaxed policy when it comes to man's best friend. So is it the barking or droppings keeping dogs off the course in America? I propose that golf industry use allowing dogs to help grow the game and revenue. Dogs are the heart and soul of American outdoor recreation and I believe if the golf industry starts moving into a dog friendly direction, it will open up the game of golf to a larger audience. Maybe golfers will play more if they can take their dogs out for a quick 9 hole walk instead of a lap around their neighborhood.  I understand that there needs to be policies in place to make sure dog owners are keeping dogs on a leash and behaving. Right now, I think it is pretty common knowledge that public golf is suffering and searching for ideas to boost revenue. Allowing dogs on the course may not be the fix all answer but it can definitely be apart of the solution. I love golf and I love dogs, if the industry moved in this direction, I truly believe all it would do is grow the game. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

January 05, 2016

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10 Golf Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

Instagram, since it's inception has easily become my favorite social media platform to browse on a semi regular basis. It's less about words, opinions, and complaints and more about people out there living. Instagram has been a great source of advertising the lifestyles of businesses and documenting the lives of individual users. I thought today I would share some of my favorite golf inspired instagram accounts for you to check out.
(@sir_adamgamble)  Adam is from Detroit, Michigan and I'm positive he plays way more golf than you. His instagram feed is full of pictures taking you on a ride to what a golfers lifestyle is all about while proving he is a tastemaker when it comes to men's golf fashion.
(@malbongolf)  This instagram account is ran by Stephen Malbon, Founder of the Frank151 Media Group. His feed is full of hilarious golf pictures and memes that any golfer would appreciate. My day isn't complete without a good laugh from one of Malbon's daily posts. Keep spreading the joy of golf MalbonGolf!
(@minorhouse)  Not only is their instagram feed great so is their blog. MINORHOUSE focuses on showcasing golf brands all over the world that uphold the traditions of the game of golf. I've found some of the coolest brands I didn't know about through their instagram feed.
(@ashmaeb)  AshMaeb is another person who golfs way more than you most likely. Her photos of golfing in Park City, Utah and all over the country will make you jealous and inspire you to play more yourself! 
(@linksoul)  Linksoul is John Ashworth's new masterpiece. Not only does the Linksoul Golf Lifestyle Brand make great clothing, their instagram feed is a work of art. John Ashworth and Linksoul are a huge inspiration to me.
(@jonesgolfbags)  Jones is responsible for creating easily the most iconic golf bag of all time in the Jones Original. The guys running the company are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and they're stationed here in the Pacific Northwest which is great for our golf culture. Their feed showcases their timeless golf bags on some of the most beautiful golf courses in the PNW. #PlayersWanted #PlayJones
(@ashleykmayo)  Ashley Mayo is a Senior editor at Golf Digest and her instagram feed showcases the essence of the game of golf. Pictures include her and her Original Jones Bag traveling the globe playing some great golf courses. Follow her rise in the golf industry!
(@freshgolf)  Fresh is a golf review website for progressive golfers that focuses on reviewing top notch golf products. Their instagram feed includes pictures of timeless products they have reviewed and great courses they have played. Brands featured in their feed have received the Fresh seal approvable therefore you know it's good! 
(@claretdreamer)  I love the ClaretDreamer's instagram feed because he is a creator of beautiful handmade golf accessories and does amazing work in hickory club restoration. His feed takes you back in time and gives you a look into golf's past and history.
(@becombing)  Although Becomb is not about golf, it's important and inspirational to me in creating the Muni Kids Brand. Their feed is filled with pictures of people all over the world wearing their watches, which don't tell time. The concept behind the Becomb Infinity Timepiece is, when you're dedicated to what you love, time becomes irrelevant. An incredibly important concept to me. Follow Becomb.
October 17, 2015

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Getting Back To What Got Me There

As the 2015 Golf Season comes to close for me competitively, I look back at my year as rather average. Not average necessarily when it comes to scoring and tournament wins but average in the iron play and putting categories. Luckily, I drove the ball better than I have in 5 years so that really kept me in the game. Being that it was an average year, I was forced to look back in the archives for past seasons when I was much better hitting my irons and rolling the rock. It's funny the past two seasons were the first that I played a "players cavity back" set of irons instead of the classics blades I grew up on. My thought was, being that I no longer practice on a daily basis, I need as much help as I can get without sacrificing too much of my ability to flight the ball the way I want. I think this change aided me into mediocracy when it came to my iron play. I believe with a blade you know you have to bare down and hit it on the button every swing. A plus 2 handicap player should be able to do this day in day out, right? That's why I've decided to trade my shovels in for one of the sets I grew up on, The Ben Hogan Apex Blade. I want to look down and know I have to hit it perfect, for some reason it takes me to a higher level of concentration and the end result is, I hit better shots. I know I'm not in the majority when it comes to this concept but I guess that is what turns my cranks. My dad always says, "I like to play blades because it's more of a challenge." After hearing him say that over and over throughout the years, I think he hit it right on the screws! Also, for the next season I'm tossing the modern putter in the dumpster and going back to the old trusty Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless Newport Beach Putter. It seems like in the past years we are seeing less and less Scotty's being played. Everyone is going to all these high tec inserts and groove rolling technology as have I. I'm going back to old trusty because putting is an art not science. Feel is everything when it comes to great putting not science. All this being said, I think you get my gist. I'm going back to equipment  that made me the player I am today. I'm sacrificing technology for feel, because growing up developing my game at the muni, I never thought of technological advantages, all that mattered was hitting pure shots and rolling in birdie putts!
September 05, 2015

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What I Learned From Coaching College Golf

Last year I decided to enter the world of coaching serving as an assistant golf coach at the local community college. I was very fortunate going into this experience in two ways. I grew up with a father who is a college basketball coach, and the head golf coach of the team I was helping with really gave me free range to do what I thought was best to improve the team. It was an incredible experience for me in terms of understanding competitive golf on a new level. I have always felt, at least in last 5 years, that my mental game was the strongest part of my personal package as a competitive golfer and after my experience coaching, I realize how important this is to the success of a golfer. I went into the year thinking that I would help my players with more of the physical side of the game like swing techniques and adding to the types of shots they are capable of hitting. In the end though, I felt like 90% of what we worked on and improved was the mental side of the game. I never realized that how you think when you are competing greatly outweighed how good your physical game was. Every night before tournament rounds we would sit up in the hotel room and plot mental game plans for each player. I learned through watching these guys play how important it was to be yourself when you play. If you are happy go lucky, you need to play that way. If you are super methodical, that's how you have to be during your round. As the season progressed our team got better. No one on the team was necessarily hitting it any better, they were just thinking better, being themselves on the course. We almost won our conference championship which would have been our first win of the season which was an incredible experience for me and the players. I was very proud of the improvements that we made as a team. Coaching was an incredible experience and it helped my own personal way of thinking when I play as well. I can't wait to get back at it this season!

September 04, 2015

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Caddying for a Friend :: What's Expected of You?

Over my golf career I've played in many top tier amateur events and professionally for several years and some of the memories that stand out to me are moments I shared with friends who were caddying for me. You should definitely read this article before you commit to caddying for your friend next time they come looking for a looper, especially if you aren't sure what to expect. I will guide you through what the player expects of you and how to navigate through the week. First there are two types of caddies out there, the caddy who is more competitive than the player and the laid back caddy. I've had both types. First the competitive caddy; you can't be more negative or fired up than your player, it makes them uncomfortable. It makes the bad situations seem 10x worse. Your job is to keep the player calm and composed so they can play their best. Also, the competitive caddy always seems to be the caddy losing stuff like headcovers, towels, rangefinders, and even clubs haha. Your most important job is too keep track of everything, you need to be more engaged in that department, rather than how good or bad the player is playing. Keep calm and keep track of the stuff! Now, the laid back caddy can be even more challenging at times. This caddy always seems to be what I call the WE vs. YOU caddy. When things are good, WE are playing good. When things are bad, they let you know YOU need to start playing better haha! One time when I was on a roll, my buddy said, "Wow WE are tearing it up right now!" I responded back with, "WE need to keep up!" Which brings me to my next point. The laid back caddy has to walk at the pace of the player, there is nothing worse whether you're playing good or bad to be at your ball waiting for a caddy that is 20 yards behind you. When things are going good, you can't hit your shots fast enough and when things are going bad, the player doesn't want to wait around to hit bad shots. So the exchange I had with my caddy, although all in good fun, was also letting him know to keep up, I'm in a groove! The last point I'll make from the players prospective is, sometimes as a caddy there isn't anything you can say to make bad situations better. Golf is a game for realist. Bad situations are bad, don't make them worse by being overly positive and that goes for both types of caddy. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all. Doesn't caddying sound like fun? But keep in mind I'm talking about caddying in important events. As a player though, you should always remember that this is your friend helping YOU out and YOU need to make it enjoyable for them as well, because after all, they are just doing it for fun and to help you out!

July 29, 2015

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Sang-Moon Bae is Being Forced to Fulfill Military Duty

The 29 year old sweet swinging South Korean and two time PGA Tour winner is being forced to report for mandatory military duty starting this fall. The South Korean Military Manpower Association (MMA) has rejected his appeal seeking exemption from his mandatory military service. All men ages 18-35 are required to serve 2 years in the military in South Korea. Bae, who has stated publicly that he has mixed emotions, proud to serve but very concerned on the effects this will have long term on his golf career. Bae has made over 2 million dollars in earnings this year on the PGA Tour alone and this fall he will be making a mere $130 dollars a month to serve the military. Other issues that have arose from the ruling are that Sang-Moon Bae will no longer be able to compete in this years President's Cup, which he was looking set to make the team and will no longer be able to fulfill the dream of competing and representing his country in the pursuit of winning a Gold Medal with golf finally being reintroduced into the Summer Olympics for the first time in a long time. There have been many mixed reviews by the American public since the ruling was handed down. I've read posts where people think it's ridiculous and I've read posts where people believe that Americans should be forced to serve a mandatory 2 years in any branch of the military. As much as I respect the way he is handling this, ready and willing to serve his 2 years, it feels more like a prison sentence than a fulfillment of duty. South Korea gains way more positive publicity from Bae competing on the PGA Tour, in the President's Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics than they will with just one more currently untrained soldier. Bae is one the best athletes to ever come out of South Korea. I've read several people's comments comparing it too Ben Hogan serving during the prime of his career when the United States Drafted him during World War 2. That was a World War, it's not even comparable to this situation. I fear that the South Korean government is doing themselves a giant disservice in this situation and need to go back and relook at Bae's appeal. So much more positive comes from him serving his country golfing rather than in the military.