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April 16 Grand Lake Golf Report

How long should my driver be?

Every golfer wants to hit the ball farther, and the quest for maximum length has led many 21st century golfers to opt for drivers with shafts that are 1 to 3 inches longer than the standard recommended length. However, the longer the shaft the harder it is to control the club and hit the ball squarely. You might hit the occasional drive farther with a longer shaft. But you run the risk of finding yourself chopping the ball out of the rough and fairway bunkers -- if not flirting with out-of-bounds stakes -- on a regular basis.

Men's Drivers

The standard length of a driver for men used to be 43.5 inches with a steel shaft and 44 inches for a graphite shaft. However, in the 21st century a standard driver is considered to be 45 inches. Most male golfers are wielding drivers that measure 45 to 48 inches, the maximum allowed under the United States Golf Association's Rules of Golf.

Women's Drivers

Standard drivers for women are an 1 inch shorter than standard men's drivers. Previously, the standard length for a woman's driver was 43 inches. As of 2012, it's 44 inches. You will see some smaller players on the LPGA Tour using 48-inch drivers that come up to their chin, but the average woman amateur won't be able to control such a club.

Gene Littler quote:

"Gene the Machine" for his smooth rhythmical swing,  once said that, "Golf is not a game of great shots. It's a game of the best misses. The people who win make the smallest mistakes." 

The Golf Calendar

Friday  May 18th Ye Old Golf Tournament Benefitting the Christian Medical Clinic of Grand Lake.  Return entry forms to:  Fr. David, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 555 East Third St. ,Grove, OK 74344-7139..

Fairland Lions Club 19th annual “Dr Bill Goodman”  Memorial Golf Tournament. The Tournament will be held Saturday April 21, 2018 at Peoria Ridge Golf Course.  918-540-4541. Save the date..

Disabled American Veterans Golf Scramble will be held on Armed Forces Day May 19th, 2018.  It will take place at Cherokee Grove Golf Course with much appreciated major sponsorship from the Bank of Grand Lake.  Four man Scramble benefitting the local DAV transportation and service fund.

Ridgerunner Golf Booster Club Tournament.  Sunday, April 22 1:30 p.m.  This event supports the Junior High and High school golf program.  918-801-2901 Christina Riggs.  Hole sponsorships are available. The entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team.

The Patricia Island Ladies Golf Association will be playing on Monday mornings this summer.  If you are interested in meeting and playing with a great group of ladies....Please join us.  Plan on being there at 9:30 as play will begin sharply at 10:00.   If you have any questions call either Laura Shaw 713 289 4114 or Trish Burns 918 344 0762.  Hope to see you there!!

Cherokee Grove Monday night league

Cherokee Grove Monday Night League started their season last Monday eventing..  Hit the ball at 5:15.  All are welcome.  You can stop by the Cherokee Grove Clubhouse to sign up.

Grand Lake Golf Venues
-Cherokee Grove Golf Course (Grove) @ 918-786-4100

-The Coves Golf Club (Duck Creek) @ 918-782-3220  

-Grand Cherokee Golf Course (Langley) @ 918-435-8727.

-Patricia Island Golf Club (Grove) @ 918-786-3338

-Peoria Ridge Golf Club (Miami) 918-542-7676

-Shangri-La Golf Club (Monkey Island) @ 918-257-4204

-Eagle Creek Golf Club (Joplin) @ 417-623-5050

-Elk River C.C. (Noel) @ 417-475-3208

-Kelly Custom Golf (Grove) 918-787-7640 golf shop


Keep it in the Middle!

Mike Kelly


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