Club Champion is Now Open In Palm Desert, CA

Club Champion, the country’s #1 fitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf, announces the opening of its new fitting studio, located at 72306 Highway 111, Palm Desert, California. The new store is open and accepting fitting appointments.

The new studio features two indoor hitting bays with TrackMan launch monitors for analyzing performance, a SAM PuttLab fitting system to find the perfect putter, and a build shop for repairing and assembling golf clubs by hand. The roughly 3,000 square foot space also includes a demo matrix to display the head and shaft options that make up their 35,000 hittable combinations.

For a limited time, the Palm Desert store will celebrate their grand opening by offering 50% off full bag fittings, normally $350 (now $175), and 33% off driver, fairway wood, long game, hybrid, wedge and putter fittings. The studio is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found at www.clubchampiongolf.com or by calling (888) 340-7820.
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How difficult is it for you to play with the lead as a round is coming to a close?

You would think it is easy having the lead but, for many golfers, there is an increased sense of pressure that comes with holding onto a lead.

Many golfers fear losing the lead or imploding during the round...

With one eye of the leader board, golfers playing with the lead can become more and more nervous as they see their lead shrink. When a golfer is in this type of position, they tend to play it overly safe which allows other golfers to climb back into contention.

This type of mindset is called the Play to NOT lose or Play It Safe mindset.

With this mindset, nerves, pressure and tension increase drastically making it more difficult than ever to just focus on playing your game.

The alternative to playing it safe is playing to win or focusing on success with each shot.

Playing to win requires that you overcome distractions, such as your overall score, the scores of other players, golfers that are surging up the leader board, your last bogey, the emotions you are experiencing, etc.

Playing to win is a matter of immersing yourself in the moment without over thinking or over analyzing your game.

When you play to win, you are still aware of your lead but you are not overly-focused on trying to maintain the lead.

Instead, when you play to win, you are trusting in your game fully and focused on the shot at hand.

Effectively managing the pressure of having the lead is what helped Brooks Koepka win the 2019 PGA Championship after entering the Final Round with a 7-stroke lead.

Despite a 7-stroke lead, Koepka only won by 2-strokes after shooting 4-over par on the final day of the tournament.

Koepka talked about the challenges that accompanied playing with the lead.

KOEPKA: "I think playing with the lead is a different feeling. It's very difficult. You want to extend it. But also, you're not trying to -- you're not trying to come back to the field, so every time you make a bogey, you're kind of thinking, I'm bringing everybody back; I keep coming back, why am I doing this, what's going on."

Koepka set goals throughout the final round while having the lead in order to keep focused on playing to win.

KOEPKA: "I think playing with a lead is a little bit tougher [than playing from behind]. It's easier in the sense of you know that you can afford mistakes, and you've just got to stay mentally sharp. I think you have to be sharper mentally when you have such a big lead that you still have to set goals. You still have to, okay, I still need to go out and go play."

Playing with the lead may be challenging, but it if you focus on what truly matters, you can remain mentally sharp enough to finish out the round strong.

How to Focus when Playing with the Lead:

Avoid protecting your lead or slamming on the breaks to not make mistakes--this is playing to not lose. You have to keep the pedal to the medal.

Challenge yourself to go for your targets and set up birdie chances on the remaining holes.

Avoid focusing on outcomes and think about each hole as a new round, each shot at a new challenge.

By PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn
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COMMON SENSE FOR ON—COURSE EMERGENCIES:
WHAT EVERY GOLFER SHOULD KNOW

Golf Course Emergencies

“It’ll never happen to me!” But it can and does happen to our friends, our playing partners. What we’re talking about is a medical problem or emergency on the golf course. This can range from a simple sprain to something as serious as a stroke or heart attack. Today, many golf facilities maintain extensive first aid kits as well as advanced medical equipment such as defibrillators. These are great, but every golfer should be ready to act if a medical situation arises.

One authority on dealing with on-course medical situations is Dr. Christopher Rogers of the Tri-City Orthopaedics Spine Center in Oceanside, California. Dr. Rogers is a physiatrist (a physician who specializes in physical medicine) and was the medical director for the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championships at La Costa in 2002, supervising medical treatment for PGA Tour players and their families during the event. Here is his insight on a range of golf ailments:

HEART ATTACK
Early recognition of the symptoms of a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death. Typically, patients describe chest pain that feels like a pressure or tightness. Usually, the symptoms will feel similar to someone sitting on your chest. Other symptoms include pain in the arms, neck or back and shortness of breath, lightheadedness or nausea. Although symptoms can appear while eating or resting, they’re most likely to occur with physical exertion or psychological stress. Hot, humid weather strains the cardiovascular system and can increase the risk of a heart attack.

If you have a history of pulmonary or heart problems, avoid playing in excessively hot, humid weather. Golfers with such a history should always have their medication with them on the course. Stay adequately hydrated and do not play after a heavy meal. To ensure your heart is working at optimal performance levels and receiving the proper amounts of blood and oxygen, a cardiovascular conditioning program is recommended.

Call 911 if you even suspect a heart attack is in progress. Monitor the individual for a shortage of breath or stoppage of heart rate. If the person is not breathing, initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you don’t know how to perform CPR, you should learn - golfers are often far from treatment facilities. Classes are generally available through the American Heart Association, hospitals, and local community colleges and universities, usually for free or at a nominal fee.

STROKE
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is caused by a loss of blood flow to the brain, due to a blood vessel rupture or blockage. Older golfers, smokers, diabetics and people with high blood pressure or heart disease are at greater risk than the general population. Symptoms include paralysis of the arm or leg, numbness in the arms, speech or vision disturbance (including double vision or blindness in one eye), dizziness and balance problems, or difficulty in walking. Recognizing early stroke symptoms is extremely important because treatment initiated within one hour is far more effective. If stroke symptoms arise, call 911 immediately and administer CPR as necessary. If there is any doubt, err on the side of caution.

HEAT EXHAUSTION
Severe dehydration can cause heat exhaustion, producing profuse sweating, headache, cramps, dizziness, and confusion. Severe dehydration can also dramatically increase core body temperature and lead to heat stroke, which is a collapse of the cardiopulmonary system. The most famous example of heat illness in golf came at the 1964 US Open at Congressional Country Club outside Washington, D.C. In those days, the final 36 holes were played on Saturday. Oppressive temperatures in the 100s coupled with 90 percent humidity pushed leader Ken Venturi to the brink of death. Towards the end of his first 18, Venturi became dizzy and light-headed. During the break between rounds, a local physician, Dr. John Knowles, urged Venturi to withdraw from the tournament, warning him that continuing to play in the searing heat and humidity of the afternoon round could kill him.

After taking a light lunch, along with iced tea and salt pills, Venturi went on to win the championship, risking his life in the process. You’re not playing in the Open, so quit before the point of exhaustion. Fluid loss occurs through perspiration, respiration, and urination. Risk of injury increases with high humidity, poor cardiovascular conditioning, increased body weight and a lack of proper hydration. A two-pound loss of weight would be equal to a quart of liquid needed during a round.

Water should be carried on the course - drink 10 to 12 ounces prior to the round. On very hot days, continue to drink, even if not thirsty, because, by the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrating. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which act as diuretics and contribute to dehydration. Golfers with diabetes and chronic renal failure should avoid playing in extreme heat. To combat the heat, wear porous, loose fitting and light-colored clothing to reflect the sunlight and reduce heat absorption.

Should heat-related illness occur, hydrate the golfer if he or she is conscious. Have them lie down in the shade, and apply cool, wet towels to reduce the body temperature. If symptoms are severe and persistent, dial 911 immediately.

ACUTE RESPIRATORY ARREST (Asthma)
Regardless of their present health, asthmatics must always keep an inhaler on hand. Check with your physician to see which types will best apply to your current condition. Golfers with more severe asthma should consider carrying a nebulizer, a prescription device that pumps medication into airways too constricted for a hand-held inhaler to be effective. In the most severe of attacks, call emergency services or rush the person immediately to the nearest medical facility. Asthmatics should avoid smoke and smokers, even outdoors.

SOFT TISSUE INJURIES
There is a myriad of injuries that can occur during a round of golf. Some are a result of outside agencies such as being struck by a golf club or a wayward shot; others the result of the swing motion itself. Sprains, strains, swelling or pain should be treated with ice. Apply as soon as possible and alternate 20 minutes on with 40 minutes off. Anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen is recommended. Stretch for 20 or 30 minutes (or as long as you can) prior to a round of golf to warm and loosen the muscles and joints. A daily strength and flexibility program will substantially reduce the risk of injury and nagging pain.

INSECT BITES AND STINGS
Insect bites and stings from wasps, bees, and ants can lead to serious allergic reactions characterized by a dangerous dilation of blood vessels that can result in shock, loss of blood pressure, impaired respiratory function and occasionally, death. Symptoms include itching, chest tightness, wheezing and breathing difficulty, or abdominal cramps. High-risk groups include people with a history of hay fever, eczema, asthma, and anaphylaxis – a reaction to insect stings or bites.

Anyone in the at-risk population should consider carrying a medical kit containing epinephrine in small syringes. Epi-pens are available by prescription. A shot should be taken in the event of a severe reaction. CPR should be administered if difficulty with breathing occurs. In non-allergic bite cases, apply ice for fifteen minutes and look for signs of infection for the next several days.

EYE INJURIES
A foreign body in the eye is the most common eye problem affecting golfers. Sand or material from the ground can cause serious potential damage. Immediate irrigation with water is the first treatment suggested. If you wear contacts, always carry supplies to clean and store the lenses. If the objects cannot be removed, see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible, since the risk of infection is high. Allergies to freshly mowed grass, chemicals and pesticides are common and antihistamine drops or pills are the most effective treatment in these cases. Topical anti-inflammatory medications can also be obtained from an ophthalmologist or your regular doctor.

SUNBURN
Unprotected, extended exposure to the sun increases the risk of skin cancer. Even on cloudy days at higher elevations, the sun’s rays are still powerful and potentially dangerous. Use either cream or alcohol-based sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Wearing a hat will minimize exposure to the ears, face and the top of your head. Women’s makeup containing SPF 15 is also available. A long sleeve shirt and/or pants are also recommended.

A first-degree burn will result in redness and pain. Treat this burn with a corticoid-steroid spray. At this point, get out of the sun. A second-degree burn will result in blistering and will require a medical evaluation to minimize the risk of infection. One of the best ways to cope with medical problems on the course is by carrying a cell phone. If possible, keep a one in your bag, but turn it off in consideration of other players and local restrictions.

KEYS TO REMEMBER
Especially with heart attacks and strokes, it is essential to recognize symptoms early. Err on the side of caution.
Use common sense and take proper precautions before playing. Always carry appropriate medication for a pre-existing condition.
If a problem occurs, end the round. There will be plenty of golf later.

Carry a cell phone in case of emergency. Know the number of the golf shop as well.

Prior to starting a golf round, it is always a good idea to check to see whether the course has an automated external defibrillator (AED). This is a small, lightweight, battery operated, portable defibrillation. You may see these devices in schools and public buildings, airports, malls, sports arenas, health clubs, golf courses, and some businesses. Have your playing partners, as well as yourself, be aware of how to contact the pro shop in the case of an emergency.

The rate of sudden cardiac death can be reduced by placing AEDs in the community and by teaching people how to use them. Seconds and minutes count when cardiac arrest occurs. The rate of survival drops for every minute that goes by without this type of help.

Most anyone with or without a medical background can learn to use an AED or apply the pads properly and administer a shock by following the prompts provided by the AED. Usually, people learn to use an AED in a course that also teaches CPR. The computerized device will tell a rescuer to push the defibrillate button if the cardiac arrest is from an abnormal heartbeat that could respond to a shock. (Not all rhythms will.) This could be either ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. Ventricular fibrillation is the most common heart-rhythm problem in victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Lastly, it is advisable to always carry CHEWABLE baby aspirin in your bag.

By Len Finkel and Dr. Barry Lotz.
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DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES

This is what is known as False Advertising, Deceptive Trade Practices and Misrepresentation

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1. Click on the Level IV Master Golf Teaching Professional® link under 4 Levels of Golf Teaching Certification at the top left hand side of the USGTF website. It takes you to:
http://usgtf.com/recent-leveliv.html

2. This photo shown on their website, which we pasted to this statement of fact on December 25, 2010 is over 5 years old! They use the same photograph on other pages such as under the “Teaching Certification” category box:
Level IV – Master Golf Teaching Professional® and on http://usgtf.com/level4.html

3. In this photograph, the name of one of the graduates is spelt Mike McCormack. His name is Michael McCormick who was recertified by the PGTAA over 4 years ago.

4. The USGTF mentions “500 graduates” therein, therefore their advertising would lead a reasonable person to assume they have at least 500 Level 4 graduates, this from over 19,000members! (This is stated on their video which by the way, was
modeled after the PGTAA’s video. What this really tells you is that the quality and standard of their “students/applicants” could only produce 500 Master Teaching Professionals and this photo was taken five years ago! There is no current photo.

 

If you want to become a RECOGNIZED professional Golf Teacher, the PGTAA Certification is your answer. We screen every applicant for experience, skills in teaching, communications and golf. And each student must obtain at least an 85% pass rate on a 101 question essay style written exam. Not 25 questions as called for by the USGTF.

Furthermore, we do not believe in different levels that cost students money to complete. Rather, we believe that to obtain the highest quality students, the PGTAA needs to offer the best, most affordable and most accepted curriculum, study materials and teachers. This is our foundation to our credibility and the highest reputation we enjoy. This can only be found at the PGTAA and it is why we work with over 40 Tour players!

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