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Five Ways to Get Your Longshore Season Off To Great Start
Westport’s Longshore is the fastest and friendliest golf course in Fairfield County and was recently ranked the 9th Best “Courses You Can Play” in Connecticut by GolfWeek Magazine. Here are five tips for getting your spring season at Longshore off to a great start:
1. Take advantage of the twilight rate that starts at 4:00 PM and play 18 holes for only $20 all seven days a week for residents and $22.00 non-residents. It’s the best deal around.
2. Say hi to new Longshore Superintendent Michael Golden who has an amazing resume which includes stints at Stanwich Club, Edgewood CC and Century CC. You’ll see Mike around the course with his dog. Introduce yourself and let Mike know of any questions or thoughts you have on course conditions. And don’t forget to thank Mike’s crew for the great work they’ve done to get the course in shape this spring.
3. Make a resolution to warm up on the range and practice when you don’t have time to play a round. Top teachers say you should practice one hour for every round of golf you play. The range is always open (except Tuesdays mornings.) If you really plan to get serious about improving your game, save money by signing up for the Range Plan. It’s only $375.00 for 70 buckets of range balls and includes a $100 pro shop credit. You can sign up in the Pro Shop.
4. Get your clubs regripped. It can make a big difference in your score, particularly when the weather gets hotter. And while you’re at it, consider one of the new fat putter grips, like the SuperStroke that helped Jordan Spieth win the Masters. A wide variety of in-stock and special order grips are available at the Pro Shop.
5. Build a solid foundation for your swing. Today’s golf shoes are all about marrying technology and comfort. If your golf shoes are looking and feeling tired, why not replace them with a pair of ECCOs. They’re the cool and relaxed looking golf shoes made famous by Fred Couples and worn by Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell. At the very least, replace your spikes. Both ECCO shoes and a variety of replacement spikes are available at the Pro Shop.
Pro Tip of the Week: Set Your Personal Par
For many golfers, the first holes of a new season feel great. They’re happy to be back out on the course. Their swing is loose and easy and they have no expectations or pressure on scoring. But when they start to try a little harder on the back nine, their round goes downhill.
Here’s a tip for relaxing on the course and improving your score.
Set your own personal par and play the course three holes at a time. So, for example, your personal par for Holes #1, #2 and #3 might be 13 strokes. Try to match or better that score and not par on the scorecard. If you don’t make your personal par on those three holes, give yourself a fresh mental start with a personal par goal on the next three holes.
We all play better when our expectations are realistic and we don’t feel under pressure. When we start to press for lower scores, most of us tend to tighten up and hit errant shots. Setting a personal par and matching or beating it over a three-hole stretch can boost your confidence and help you enjoy your round more.
Try it the next you go out. You’ll find it really helps.
John Cooper, PGA Professional
Longshore Ranked 9th Best Courses in State by GolfWeek Magazine
Longshore gets some ink in Golf Digest
Here at the Longshore golf shop we carry top line merchandise from Ping, Mizuno,Taylor Made, Vineyard Vines and many more. Check out our group clinics at Get Golf Ready or call or stop by and set up a private lesson. "Golf is a game of a lifetime but shouldn't take a lifetime to learn."