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If you knew what caused a bad shot and could make the necessary changes to correct it, would you do it? Of course you would. Why wouldn’t you? I find people sometimes have mental blocks when it comes to focusing on the task at hand. Their subconscious mind prevents them from paying attention to what they want to do, and then they continue to get the same result. I am…

Golf

My whole life I have been told I’m not good enough. My big dream was to play on the LPGA Tour. I knew I needed to play college golf so I could get good enough. The trouble was, I didn’t know which schools had women’s teams. I wrote to Golf Digest Magazine and asked them if anyone there knew. They wrote back. The school that sounded good to me was the University of Miami…

Mexico’s Alejandro Nava, Canada’s Luke DelGobbo and Freddy Sun from Canada and American Jackson Chandler will compete for the International Junior Masters championship today at East Aurora Country Club. The four navigated their way through match play on Thursday to reach the semifinals. Nava will take on DelGobbo at 7:30 a.m. and Sun will face Chandler at 7:40 a.m. for …

Erie County

Drivers on the I-290, you're not seeing things. One of your landmarks disappeared today. The Town of Tonawanda's Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome was deflated Wednesday morning in order for a new dome to be installed. The landmark visible to thousands of drivers each day is getting an upgrade, a central part of a major, $2 million reconstruction to the facility. The curre…

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Finally, the weather is improving and most of us have had a chance to get out and play. How are you doing?  Are you happy with your game? Hitting it the way you like? Getting it up and down? Making most of your putts? Or, are you struggling?  That slice just has not disappeared.  Maybe you are continuing to chunk your chips? I have had the honor of witnessing an extreme…

The BDGA Match Play Championship semifinals were held Saturday at Lancaster Country Club. In the Open Division semifinals, David Hanes defeated Kevin Borowics in 19 holes. Jon Boland defeated Joseph Mitchell three and two, Joseph Napoli triumphed over Matthew Pawlak 1-up, and Michael Piccillo defeated Derek Roller three and one. In the Senior Division semifinals, Dan…

Golf

Have you ever stood over a shot that meant something to you and felt nerves?  Were you afraid to draw the club back? Maybe you couldn’t even move? Did you feel your heart pounding? Any dedicated, committed players know that feeling.  It doesn’t matter if it is for a quarter, $5, or to win the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. I wonder what Jennife…

Golf

How important is the ability to bounce back and recover from a setback in golf? It's only the most important thing. Why? Because we all miss shots. The Players Championships is this week. The first-round leaders — Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley — played terribly last Saturday in Orlando at Bay Hill. Bradley shot 75 and Fleetwood shot 76. Why is that a big deal…

Golf

How difficult is it to change your game? Pretty difficult. As I watched the final round of the Phoenix Open earlier this month, I felt as though I was watching a repeat of a few years ago. Rickie Fowler was playing well and all of sudden he made a couple bad swings, and everything changed. No longer leading. Doesn't win the tournament. This year, it appeared the s…

Golf

Anything and everything to do with the game of golf was happening last week in Orlando with the annual PGA Merchandise Show. The week started with Demo Day on Tuesday. Held at Orange County National Golf Club, you got an opportunity to try all the latest equipment. Orange County’s driving range and practice facility are the largest in America, so this was the perfect pl…

Health and Fitness

Jared Holsopple knows all about yo-yo dieting. He did it twice – going from 280 pounds to 205 back in college, and from 340 to 270 pounds three years ago, gaining all but 10 of those pounds back by late 2017. Both times, the weight went back on after initial success plateaued, his work and home demands intensified, and poor eating and exercise habits resurfaced. Last…

Golf

With the holidays almost over, my question for you is, “What do you want to improve for 2019?" When I ask my students what they want, the stock answer I get about 95 percent of the time is, “I want to be more consistent.” "Great," I would respond, “Define consistent for me.” Sometimes they don’t have an answer. I would define it as being able to hit the same shot …

Golf

Winter is the perfect time to work on your golf game. We are fortunate to have two golf domes in the area to practice. First, though, you need a plan. Here are a few questions for you to consider: 1. What would you love to change? 2. If you could fix one thing about your game, what would it be? 3. How much time/money are you willing to invest in improving? I…

Golf

All of us who have played the game of golf have at one time or another allowed this game to make us feel like we are a failure, worthless, incompetent, or just plain suck. The game is one that never allows us to be perfect.  We will always miss shots.  We can always improve. Since this is my last article of the year, I wanted to leave you with something I believe is ver…