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January 7 Grand Lake Golf Report

JUST SAY NO … to using your lob wedge every time you’re around the green

Where there’s enough green that the ball has a chance to roll to the hole like a putt, a lower-lofted club like a 7-, 8-, 9-iron, PW or hybrid (in some cases) should be used instead of pitching with the 60 degree wedge.  Using lower-lofted clubs for these shots helps in three simple ways:

  1. Allows for a shorter swing, thus less chance for golfer error.
  2. Allows for a more consistent prediction of spin. Or, in other words, less backspin on the ball that makes it easier to judge roll-out and how hard to swing … just like a putt. Allows for more error in contact, because as the ball rolls out like a putt with less clubhead speed and spin, less variance from mishits occurs, because – in simple terms – less can go wrong. Of course, a “skulled,” or very poor shot with either won’t result well, but you’ll be amazed just how much more room for error the lower-lofted clubs create in comparable mishits.

Grand Lake Golf Venues

-Cherokee Grove Golf C.se (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 Joke

Dear Abby,

I've never written to you before, but I really need your advice. I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs. Phone rings but if I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out with "the girls" a lot recently although when I ask their names she always says, "Just some friends from work, you don't know them."

I always try to stay awake to look out for her coming home, but I usually fall asleep. Anyway, I have never approached the subject with my wife. I think deep down I just didn't want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to really check on her. Around midnight, I decided to hide in the garage behind my golf clubs so I could get a good view of the whole street when she arrived home from a night out with "the girls".

It was at that moment, crouching behind my clubs, that I noticed that the graphite shaft on my driver appeared to have a hairline crack right by the club head.

Is this something I can fix myself or should I take it back to the pro shop where I bought it?


Golf Quotes All seasoned players know, or at least have felt,
that when you are playing your best, 
you are much the same as in a state of meditation. 
You're free of tension and chatter. 
You are concentrating on one thing. 
It is the ideal condition for good golf.
-Harvey Penick

Keep it in the Middle

Mike Kelly


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