I’ve been working on an upcoming event, and although not golf related, the event raises money for a great cause-so I figured I’d blog about it. Justin Tuck (two time Super Bowl winner) and his wife Lauran started this charity in 2008 and it’s still going strong. R.U.S.H. For Literacy encourages children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED and HOPE.
This foundation is something I have learned a lot about over the past few months and I really wanted to help spread the word on such a great cause. So please, if you have the time click on the above link, learn about the charity, and if you’re feeling just a little bit generous, donate.
Oh…and did I mention that Justin is a pretty decent golfer?
First par of the day. Took a little warming up, but it’s a great feeling sinking in a putt for par.
The season began for me the day the final round of the masters took place. Normally this would be my most ideal day to start golfing-head out in the morning, watch the back 9 when I return home…but that was not the case this year.
I got to the course with my parents, went to the locker room to grab an extra jacket and went to the starters box.
People were all over the place. There were cars-including a police car heading deep into the course and we had no idea why.
A bit later we found out. A member took a guest out-probably having the same idea as my family-go out, get some golf in and watch the end of the Masters.
Unfortunately things went downhill from there. The members guest had just hit his tee shot when he saw the members brother in his backyard (his house is along the golf course). He went over to say hello and just at that moment a tree literally fell on top of him-leaving him dead on impact.
This was a sad, sad day for us all at Montammy and I pray that his family gets through this horrible ordeal. You never know what the future holds so live life as if it’s the last, treat people with kindness and love as if you’ll never see the person you love again.
There are so many terrific players playing tomorrow. I am so excited to watch the first round! So my fellow readers, who are you rooting for?
As you all know, a couple weeks back my family and I took a little trip to Orlando to meet with Travis Kent to get fitted for a new set of clubs.
What we didn’t know was how amazing the technology is over in the TaylorMade vault.
At 6am my alarm clock went off after getting in the night before from a late flight causing me to only get a few hours of sleep! But that wasn’t going to stop me.
The fitting began and I had straps velcroed onto my arms, knees, head, waist- basically any joint that is a factor in the golf swing. Kent then told me to take a couple swings with my old clubs to see my swing.
On a huge tv screen in front of me was a virtual person-same body structure, same height and eventually I was paired up to a pro golfer with a similar swing and could compare my virtual swing to his and her virtual swing. It was quite fascinating.
After two hours of virtual swings and real swings on the range just seconds away from the vault, Kent matched up with a new set of clubs-including a new putter which I am very happy about.
Unfortunately the weather here in New York has not been ideal, but I will soon be testing out my new clubs and will let you know how I feel about them!
I highly recommend stopping by the vault and learning more about getting fitted by Kent.
Stay warm and swing easy…
So, before I post my follow up on my “lesson” and fitting with TaylorMade, I have come across an incredible story that I think gains rank over my most recent experience. This blog post is a feature story about a man who does not take no for an answer-his name is Colin Chandler and he is a golfer that just so happens to be blind.
At the young age of 15, Chandler knew something was wrong with his eyes. He was developing Choroideremia a disorder that causes progressive loss of vision due to degeneration of the choroid and retina. Through many struggles, Chandler has accomplished many things-most recently, 5 months ago he started to golf!
Just imagine stepping up to the tee and having little to no idea where the ball is teed up, where the fairway ends and where the flag is on the green. It’s pretty scary, but in a way calming. Chandler with the help of his coach who tells him where to aim, plays shot by shot, slowly and more carefully than most golfers out there.
He is literally able to focus on just the club, the ball and the wind-which most seeing golfers spend years working on.
Chandler is a hero to many and he will continue to work on his game and one day, maybe even play in some tournaments.
The best of luck to you Colin and please keep me updated on your future endeavors!
‘Travis Kent is a native Californian who became a professional golfer after high school and spent the majority of his golf career playing on professional golf tours around the country. Travis joined the TaylorMade Performance Lab team in October, 2006, and in May, 2007 he was promoted to Manager of the in Orlando, Florida.’
Kent spent 3 hours with me going over my swing, and analyzed my swing with different golf clubs-height, shaft etc. in order to best fit me with the perfect set.
Stay tuned for my review on the fitting!