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I am a young female who has decided to grind through the journey as a professional golfer. I am excited for the road ahead and cannot wait for what is to come. I'm an outgoing girl who lives life to it's fullest. Stay tuned for an exciting venture as I keep you updated with my blog and make my way to the LPGA!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Speed Whoosh

Hey everyone.  I hope you are all having a great week and working on your game.  I am getting ready to leave for my second event in Scottsdale, Arizona this Saturday.  I am excited and ready to compete!

Review:  Speed Whoosh

So I am not much of a  "gadgets and gizmos" gal but when I find something that really is worth talking about I promise I will share it with you all.  We are always looking for something to improve our game and fix our swing so we can hit the ball like Tiger.  The Speed Whoosh is as simple as they come and only takes about 10-15 swings each day.  There is not any "build it yourself" pieces or detailed instructions.  You pull it out of the box and it is ready to transform your swing speed.  The tool is designed to create more swing speed and harder impact when the club reaches the ball.  Many devices we see on television have these similar goals in mind but the Speed Whoosh is much more manageable.  Many products that want to speed up swing velocity are weighted in some shape or form.  The problem I have found with weighted clubs and heavy devices is that they can cause some unnecessary muscle pull or slight injuries.  I always believe that golf products targeting swing speed should market to a general audience because everyone could use a little more distance in their drive.  Older golfers or anyone with shoulder or back injuries should not be swingin' a sledge hammer around to get stronger. (I'm serious.....I have heard golf professionals say "sledge hammer.") This simple product is light and allows anyone to swing at their own speed.  The idea is that the ball slides down to the end of the shaft as you swing through and this creates a feeling of stronger impact.  When you switch back to a club the muscle memory of the Speed Whoosh stays present.  Another reason that this product is awesome is that it reiterates the fact that swinging hard is never a problem as long as you swing hard on your down swing.  Who doesn't want more distance.

I personally use this everyday and it literally has added 5-10 yards to my drives.  I bought it on EBay for about 70 dollars and it is easy to carry in your golf bag along with your other clubs.  I personally have a few shoulder issues and I have never had a problem with the product.  There are different lengths for men and women so make sure you get the correct one when you order it.

I give it 5 stars!

Warning:  Do not try and be the next Tiger and swing this product while watching Golf Channel in the house.  Your spouse finally let you buy one of these "swing aide" products so don't ruin it by breaking a lamp in the living room.  HAHA

Remember that this blog is intended to be an open forum.  Feel free to ask questions, post comments, or let me know of something interesting going on in the golf world.  Would love to chat about it.  Also, you can always email me at Golfpro295@gmail.com


Friday, January 20, 2012

Event 1- Palmbrook Country Club

Event 1  Pro am- I was feeling nervous but excited in the morning before the event started. Felt great in warm up and decided to relax and enjoy myself.  Played as a Pro with 4 amateurs in a very fun event and it was a joy to have their support.  Irv, Bob, John, and Dutch were awesome guys who showed me a lot about the course.  Highlight of the day.... A little girl about 5 years old came up to me and asked for my autograph and picture.  She told me that she wanted to be a professional golfer when she grew up and that she was very excited to meet all all of the girls.  This reminded me of how much we impact others and how important it is for me to be a great role model for young girls.   Each amateur payed to play and all the proceeds went towards the Cactus Tour.  We are so fortunate for these awesome people who support women's golf.  A huge thanks to Penny Pulz for putting the event together along with the owner of the Cactus Tour, Mike Brown.  Gained a lot of insight through this event and was very happy to be a part of it!

Tournament-  I was proud to say I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be.  Day one I scored horrible but played well.  Couldn't make any putts.  Some of the toughest greens I have ever seen were present this week.  As easy as it would be to becomes frustrated I tried to stay focused and finish strong.  Day two I played better with a little more confidence in my putting.  Day three was interesting. I played extremely well (or though it felt) with one really bad hole that threw my score out the window.  Overall I was bummed I didn't play to my true potential but extremely fortunate for learning as much as I did.  Despite my score, this tournament actually boosted my confidence and allowed me to see that I CAN keep up with these girls.  I was excited before but now I'm hooked.  Hooked on figuring out how to win and keep my mental game under control.  I am so happy that I have the support to continue this wild journey.  
Course Review:  If you are ever in Sun City, AZ I recommend that you play this course.  Kept in great shape throughout the year, it is a treat to play.  Set in the middle of a nice residential community the course seems to be a "what you see is what you get" kind of facility but in fact it is much more difficult and exciting than meets the eye.  Now folks...I must warn you....the greens are ridiculously challenging but they will test your ability, not only as a golfer, but as a patient person.  I always pride a golf course on their practice facility because not many put that as a high priority.  We often see too many Taj Mahal club houses but unfortunately those aspects of a course are not going to make us a better patron of the game.  This course has ample room to spend all afternoon perfecting that wedge game or working on that infamous putting stroke.  Penny Pulz has worked hard with the course to keep the facility in great shape. 
 I give it 4 stars!

Next event is in Scottsdale....Don't forget to check the calendar.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Getting To Know Me

Hi Everyone,
My golf career started in the summer of 2005. I was 16 years old and decided I would have to play some serious "catch up" if I was going to make this work. But before I fill you in on the golf side, lets back up a few...well practically a decade before golf. I was a lean mean...softball machine?! Yup. I played softball on a travel ball team and loved every minute of it. I loved sports and played everything I could without overloading my schedule. From dance to volleyball I wanted to do it all... When entering high school I knew softball was my passion and hoped to play in college and professionally...but as sophomore year approached something changed. I had made it to the Western Nationals and was blessed to be on a team that fought till the end and ended up taking the title. As that moment of excitement overwhelmed me I never thought I would be switching to golf by the end of that year. Sophomore year was a test to make sure I really wanted to close the softball chapter. Now for those of you who have ever picked up a golf club you understand that it isn't something you just pick up easily. So what was I thinking? Although challenging, I fell in love with the game and knew I would have to play "catch up" if I wanted to play with girls who had been doing this their whole life....I spent all of the next 2 years beating balls and playing at every chance I had available...high school taught me not only the game but the hard work it was going to take to make this a career later on. After high school I attended Pepperdine university. Upon entering college my game was not quite where it needed to be to play full time with the Pepperdine team so I decided to play a year on my own and keep training so I could walk on the following year. You know those times when you try and plan things out....You end up doing something completely unexpected. I found an amateur tour hosted by the Golf Channel. The tour was mostly men but allowed women to play...I decided to try it out and see what I could do with my game. I ended up staying with them for four years and played on the national team for California and we won the national title. I was the only female but I always felt welcomed by everyone. This helped my game in ways unthinkable. I never ended up playing for Pepperdine and while some disagreed with my decision, I wouldn't have changed it for the world. This last May I graduated from college with a degree in Psychology and have been working on my game for the past 7 months preparing for this next adventure. Every week I will try to post a review on a product/book/ or anything I find along the way. This way you can get info on golf products that hopefully lead you in the right direction. I will be sharing my experience based on my truthful opinion. Feel free to comment and or discuss anything that you find different or exciting.

This week I read Shut Up or Putt Up by Lacy Maran
The book is a very easy and light read that provides enough laughs for a lifetime. The book is written with a witty sense of humor that jabs the funny bone. The tone of voice is forward and to the point. For any golfer this is a must read because we all at one time have used crazy excuses so we don't have to blame our poor swing for the end of the day score. To be honest the last 10 pages or so seem stray from the first half but must have been necessary to the writer. So when you have an hour to kill sit back and enjoy some of golfs greatest excuses....you know you need a laugh.

Also, I leave for my first event Saturday and am feeling excited and a little nervous. Can't wait for my first professional tournament!