The Mental Focus For A Senior Golf Player Senior golf is not only physical, but also it is a mental game. You have to have the ability to stay focused, concentrate on the game, and forget the distractions around you. This is very import when playing golf and as you get older, your mental ability to contrite fully on the game could result in a few mistakes in the game. The game is said to e ninety percent mental focus and ten percent physical. If this is the case, then a senior golfer needs to concentrate on the game and leave the world behind. Senior golf is for relaxing. Even thought you are playing to win, you need to relax and focus solely on your game. If you have a cell phone ringing or to many people around the tee box, you could lose your focus, miss that possible hole in one shot and come in above par. You want golf to be relaxing and enjoyable, but you also need to play to win. It is a matter on mind over matter when you golf. Not everyone can have this type of discipline. Some golfers work hard at focusing while others work at the physical aspects of the game. You need to keep your attention on both the physical and mental aspects of the game. There was a senior golf pro named Ben Hogan who was very quiet and subdued on the green. This was his way of concentrating and playing the game. Many people thought he was rude or unsociable, but he may have been focused on his came and had the discipline to keep his mind on the game. You see many senior golf players on the golf courses laughing it up and having fun. These golfers play for the fun and excitement but do not care if they make it to the PGA. Tommy Bolt was a loud player as he was verbal when he played and he had a bad habit of throwing his clubs. He lost many games because of his actions, but he may have had focus, but could not match that focus with his physical ability. It was often wondered how he managed to win some majors in his career. He must have had a reason for getting upset with himself. He knew he could do better, but some people just cannot concentrate with so much distraction around them. When all was said and done, he did come to grip with his anger and won in the senior golf with the PGA. Senior golf is harder to start at an older age if you have not been doing it a while. You have to condition the body to do the physical side of golf and you need to train your mind to focus and refrain from noticing distractions going on around you. If you are serious about senior golf, you can learn a few tips from the pros on how to improve your game and how to stay focused when on the course. Starting Young to Become A Senior Golf Pro To become a senior golf pro, you need to start early. If you have a good start when you are younger, you have a better chance of making it to the pros. You need dedication, focus, concentration and physical ability to become a senior golf pro. You can practice on the driving range and take a lesson to better your game. As you grow and continue playing, you learn more about your own abilities. As you gain more experience you can adjust your swing and equipment to give you more distance. Senior golf is just as relaxing if you play the game right. As you learn over the years what your game is like, you can shift your concentration to the fairway and the greens. You can work your way into some mini tours that will give you even more experience before you make your way to the PGA. If this is your goal, you want to be your best and shoot the game like a pro. Keep up with your game and you can play with the pros someday. The best way to keep your game going forward is to practice weekly. Once you know that golf is for you, before reaching your senior golf years, you want to maintain a healthy and fit you. Stretching and some type of physical fitness is necessary to stay fit and keep the body limber and flexible to play the game. If you start noticing you are feeling aches and pains, you might need to adjust your physical routine a little. As men and women reach their senior years, the body does experience changes. If these changes affect your game, you can adjust the way you golf or change your equipment to better the game. By changing equipment, you will give yourself more of an advantage with your swing. The senior golf pro does from time to time have to adjust their swing and by doing this, you might need to invest in a new set of clubs that have more flex in the shaft. This will help you get more distance and cause you less stress on the body. The seniors that golf are always changing their clubs to keep with their changing bodies. You can take the time to try new golf clubs and if you use a range finder, you can actually judge which club gives you the greater distance. When playing senior golf keep in mind some important tips from the pros. Relax, concentrate, and always focus on your game. Use the right equipment that will give you the edge on your opponent and stay on par or under. If you go over par on one hole, make it up with the next hole. If you keep these simple tips in mind, you can succeed in having a great game of senior golf. After all, this is what you need and want from a good game of golf, something to talk about with your golfing friends and family. Something New For Golfers- The Senior Golf Guild A new site to the Internet is the Senior Golf Guild where senior golfers review golf courses and they report their findings. This a new adventure that started back in 2004. The idea of the Senior Golf Guild is to report if the golf courses are friendly to the senior golfer and what they offer as far services and easy of using the golf course. For seniors starting their retirement years and want a good game of golf, this site will be a benefit when looking for golf courses that are senior friendly. Golfers just you can review golf courses and help others choose a course that is just right for them. The idea behind this rating system is show golfers good courses to play at, but also to address issues with golf courses that seniors might want to play, but they are not senior friendly. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing is a matter of personal opinion. If you are a golfer and happen to be a senior, you might want to experience courses the way they are instead of having improvements. Not all courses are designed the same and there are reasons for this, the top one being different playing fields allows the senior golfer to practice different techniques. As a golfer, you need to try different golf courses to have a variety in your game. If all the golf courses were exactly the same with all the same services and amenities, you might not experience different techniques for golfing. If a course is different, you have to adjust for that and continue with the game. This is what makes a true golfer a pro at what they do. Yes, some courses may not be as well groomed as others, but this is part of golfing. As long as you play the game, the way you need to, you can play anywhere no matter if they are senior friendly or not. The Senior Golf Guild does seem like a good idea, but maybe someone will see a golf course differently than another golfer does. Just because the course seems to be at fault for a bad game, it may be the person behind the game. Using opinions, that other have about senior golf courses should be taken with some thought. You might like the course or find the difficulty of the course more challenging than another senior golf player finds. Avid senior golf players will play at courses they like or even dislike as long as they find a challenge. What better way to find a challenge than to play at golf courses that might be up to the standards of other golfers. Yes, the condition of the course is important, but it also depends what the condition is and if it affects the overall game. Some people may think that rugged terrain is not for senior golfers, but then if you never try a course like this because of what someone else says, you may miss out on something exciting and you will never know how your game could have been. Working Up To Be a Senior Golf Pro Some interesting facts about the senior golfer might have some people amazed. There are three classifications that some believe in strongly. The top golfers/pros, the good amateurs and the hackers. It is said that to become a pro you will need to start early in life and hit over three hundred and sixty thousand golf balls by the time you reach twenty. Now this may be an exaggeration, but it is possible to hit a hundred balls a day if you do not work or have any other hobbies or obligations. For a top golfer or a pro it is said that they started as kids, had a mentor or a coach, were natural at athletics, hit thousands of balls and spent hours perfecting the game. It is also said they have belong to some sort of golf club and play eighteen holes of golf regularly. The younger they start the more they have learned and have hit many balls to lead them on their way to becoming a pro. Now for the amateur senior golf player, they may have started as a kid, but usually start as a young adult. For the most part, they have some type of lesson whether professional or by someone, more experienced. They are also naturals as athletes and can say they have hit thousands of balls in their game. This is someone who also plays eighteen holes more often than not. Now the hacker is said to be someone who starts out later in life and some have even had lessons or are just learning as they go along. This might just be a new hobby that they discovered and are probably not very athletic by nature. The hacker also usually only has a couple thousand hits and a few games to such as ten to twenty or so a year. Some senior golfers believe you have to hit so many balls before the age of thirty to become a scratch golfer, which is someone that plays at par. This might not always be true since some golfers are just naturals at the game. Some pro golfers have the opinion that it is how you learn the game and how you achieve the distance needed to play the game. Whether you are a pro, amateur or a hacker, you can still come in at par or even under par if you have the god given talent at any age. For the most part, if you start out young, you have a better chance of becoming a senior golf pro. The idea of giving up your childhood is not for everyone, but you can still make your way in life as a golfer by enjoying life as well. Most players that play the game still like to live a little and do have active family and social lives. Becoming a senior golf pro boils down to dedication and the ability to take guidance and run with it. As your game improves so does your recognition. What Senior Golf Pros Still Give Lessons Many senior golf pros have given lessons and have made a difference in the world of golf for many people. One woman who offers lessons is Michelle Dube in Tijeras Creek. Michelle uses computerized equipment that enhances the student's ability to further perfect their swing and create more distance with the ball and the club. The lessons focus on putting, pitching, chipping and the full swing. The classes also include the mental golf workshop to get your mind fit for playing golf as well as your body. If you need lesson, she does have a website for finding out more information about her lessons and dates. Kylee Naffziger and Mark Holiday who are PGA professionals give lessons on the full swing, chipping and putting. They are located in Bridger Creek. They offer group lessons, ladies lessons, peewee lessons, turf mites, and a Nike full day camp to learn all about golf. You can also request private lessons with either one when your schedule works better. They are there for the young players to the senior golf player and teach you the art of golfing to win. If you opt for private lessons, they run about forty-five minutes and then you also have playing time. If you want to play senior golf like the pros, you are going to want a pro to give you some lessons. Phil Mickelson needed some help from coach Butch Harmon to get his swing back. He was lacking in form and posture and not doing real well in his game. Nevertheless, with the help of someone who has been there and done that he is back in form and riding on top. If you want to learn how to play like a pro, who better to teach you than a pro who has experience and can watch your every move and help in areas you need help with. You might even want to take some lessons from the PGA association professionals as well. Imagine having someone teach you how to play golf according to how the senior golf pros play. Not only do you benefit from this type of lesson, but also you do receive the finest training around. The PGA offers lessons by different age groups and can offer more ways to benefit from your swing. They have a website that gives more information about training and lessons for young and senior golf players. Many pros and organizations offer golf lessons where you will actually learn what you need to know before heading out on the fairway. Something's you also learn is proper golf etiquette, which is very important in any golf setting. Between lessons and manners and the rules of golf, you will be on your way to becoming a scratch senior golf player in no time. The amount of time you spend with lessons and the practice will also account for what type of a senior golfer you will become. Once you learn the sport, you will want to learn some new techniques that that pro's know about already. Three Popular Women Senior Golf Courses For years, women have been playing golf and the senior golf pros prefer courses that are not as long as the men's courses. They prefer courses that are considered "linked". There are three popular courses for women, although there more these three are the top of the list. The Chisholm Trail, Bandon Dunes and the Royal Links are the three top golf courses, which have shorter distances and are not as tricky as what the men play. One golf course the women want to stay away from is Whistling Straits. They do not feel this is a friendly course to play. The Royal Links in Las Vegas is friendly golf course for women. The course is shorter and if the women senior golf player can avoid the sand bunkers, you can actually have a scoring game. The Royal Links is a walking course only, you will want a caddie to help you along the way. Every hole has a different theme, while the course is designed and styled after the golf courses from Scotland, Ireland and England. On the eighteenth hole, you will find no water at the Royal links, which is rare for a golf course. This course is definitely a ladies senior golf friendly course. The Bandon Dunes in Oregon look out over the Pacific Ocean and have a spectacular view. This golf course has gained recognition for being the best links golf course in the United States. The course has a bounce and roll reputation, which the women like. There are however some high winds will have you playing more of a ground game. The wide fairways also make it easier to stay out of trouble. The course is also a walk only course as the Royal Links and you will want a caddie to take care of your equipment. The Chisholm Trail gained popularity as a mom and pop golf course when an optometrist retired and used a farm tractor to make the course. The sand hills in Kansas are the hot spot for this golf course. Many senior golf players would rather play this course than any other. You will not see any water surrounding the course, but you will see sand dunes and firm fairways and grasses that are native to Kansas. If you need some experience with low shots and some rough grass, this is a golf course to play. Sometimes the winds are as much as thirty-five miles an hour, but it is not uncommon to have consistent winds of about fifteen miles an hour. You can other popular courses around for a good game of senior golf as everyone differs and has a favorite course different from someone else. The entire idea about golf is to find courses that require a little creativity to play. This is how the golfers prepare themselves for the trickier golf courses that the PGA and LPGA play throughout the year. The courses played by the pros are usually more or less groomed and designed to attract the tours that are nationally televised. The Top 5 Senior Golf Champion Tour Winners With More Than Twenty Wins Senior golf pros have made a name for themselves. The top five leaders in first place wins include Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Gil Morgan, Miller Barber and Bob Charles. All but one, Miller Barber continues to play in 2007. They stay fit and in shape to keep up the pace of playing on the senior golf circuit. Hale Irwin won the Champion Tour forty-five times. Hale turned pro in 1968 followed by an incredible career in the senior golf circle that ranks him higher then any other senior pro. In his career as a pro golfer, Hale not only holds first place in wins, but he has had forty-three second place wins and twenty-two third places wins as well. As of September 28, 2007, Hale has played two hundred and ninety events with eighteen this year so far. Lee Trevino won the Champion Tour twenty-nine times. Turning pro in 1960, Trevino has played in three hundred and eighty events as of September 28, 2007, and has a record in second place with twenty-six wins and third place with fifteen wins. So far this year Lee has played only five events. Gil Morgan won the Champion Tour twenty-five times. Morgan turned pro in 1972, which lead to his third place standing in wins. In second place Gil won twenty-seven times and twenty-four times, he came in third place. These stats are calculated up to September 28, 2007. Morgan has played two hundred and seventy-nine events with twenty-three this year. Miller Barber won the Champion Tour twenty-four times. After turning pro, Miller has played in six hundred and three events taking second place sixteen times and twenty-one times for third place. As of September 28, 2007, Miller stills holds his fourth place standing in total career wins. Bob Charles won the Champion Tour twenty-three times. After turning pro in 1960, Charles went on to not only hold fifth in first place wins, he has twenty-nine second place wins and twenty-two third place wins. His overall performance includes four hundred and eighty-six events played as of September 28, 2007 with six being played this year. Although these senior golf pros continue to play the circuit, they do hold different rankings for monetary awards. Charles in ranked eighteenth in championship money awards while Lee comes in twelfth. They continue to play and heat up the Champion Tour wherever they go including the PGA circuit. These top five senior golf pros take golfing to a new level and help to encourage other seniors to continue golfing even if they are not with the pros. Senior golfing is a great way to stay in shape and the pros have definitely shown us this as they continue to play some the hardest golf courses around the country. Some of the courses they play are harder than others and the skill level changes from course to course. Still they continue to play and delight crowds that travel great distances to see them match wits with other senior golf pros. The Senior Golf Tour Spectator Rules and Amateur Qualifying To Play If you are following your favorite player and want an autograph, you can do this whenever he player is not playing a round. It is strongly enforced that no senior golf player be bothered when trying to play the game. All their attention is dedicated to the play. Volunteer's watch over the crowds to make sure all the rules are followed. Security is at it strongest during the all the days leading up to the final few days when things heat up. You can bring cameras onto the golf courses in the days leading up to the Championship days. Cameras are forbidden during the Championship rounds as well as workers are forbidden to have cell phones on the greens. Senior golf, which is for those fifty and older also, has vendors set up around the course where you can purchase food and drinks. They do have bleachers at some holes where you can rest for a while before moving onto the next hole. These do fill up quickly, so you should plan to stand the entire time. This can be of some concerns to the many senior golf followers. The do provide some handicap services such as scooters for mobility around the course. The Senior Open is set up to allow everyone to participate as the audience. Many people from everywhere head to the tournaments to see what all the excitement is about during the year. Qualifying To Play The Senior Golf Open If you have a Senior Golf Open coming to your city, you can jump up to the tee and try your hand at qualifying to play in the tour. Many times the tours need to fill some open spots and they have qualifying times for any senior golf player over the age of fifty. To even consider qualifying you need to an USGA handicap index of fewer than 3.4. You can apply to qualify and if you meet the requirements, you can be the next senior golf your participant. You will then play a few full rounds of golf and if you succeed, you can play with the pros. For an amateur senior golf player, this is a dream come true. Many people do however apply to qualify but they usually only need a couple of people for each location. You can find more information about qualifying on the PGA website that gives you all the information you need to know about dates and times of qualifying. This is a stiff competition because there are so many entries and only a handful of openings. Whether you are a spectator or interested in qualifying, you will enjoy your time. You have a chance to meet the senior gold pros and learn more about them and their techniques. It is after all a great way to learn a few tips about golfing. Keep in mind the rules that are in place and you should enjoy a great day of watching some of the best senior golfers around from around the country. Some Spectacular Senior Golf Courses In Alabama Senior golf can be played anywhere but some of the golf courses in Alabama have their fair share of visitors. If you want a great golfing experience and you happen to be a senior golfer, some these golf courses will intrigue you. The Appalachian Mountains are beautiful anytime of year. When you play a round of golf and look off to the distance, you will know you have experienced a great golfing experience. The Senior PGA Tour was played in Birmingham was just one of the major golf tournaments played in Alabama. Many golf courses attract the senior golfer. Some are the Cotton Creek, which Arnold Palmer designed, The Kiva Dunes, which was designed by Jerry Pate. Both of these are located around the Gulf Coast area. Many hotels in these areas provide hotel accommodations and golf packages for anyone wanting a golfing vacation. The state of Alabama is truly a unique area to golf with all the spectacular courses they have. You would never be disappointed with any of the Alabama golf courses. They are some of the finest courses around. The designs are extraordinary and the skill levels of each golfer are tested each time you tee off. Jones Golf Trail by Robert Trent Jones is unique in the design and development of the course. Jones was responsible for designing over six hundred courses and the senior golf players see these courses as a challenge of the game. The Jones Golf Course Trail will not be found anywhere in the world other than Alabama. The course is designed to be played along the trails. Completed in 1993, Alabama now has seven courses throughout the area. Hampton Cove is a fantastic setting with three differently designed courses. The three courses are the Highlands, The River Course and a Short Course. The River Course is completely free of sand, you have no bunkers to watch for when golfing. Senior golf can be exciting at any one of these three courses. Other courses in the area are just as spectacular to play a round of golf. There is Silver Lake, Oxmoor Valley, Grand National, Cambrian Ridge, Highland Oaks and Magnolia Grove. These are some of the finest golf courses around. The senior golf experience is wonderful and exciting when you play a game at these courses. If you want to try your game around the wetlands, rolling terrain or dense forests, you will want to play a round of golf in Alabama. Do as other senior golfers do and play a new one every day. Senior golf in Alabama has become very popular with the uniquely designed golf courses. With the added attraction of the Senior PGA Tour, Alabama has become known for their spectacular golf courses. Nowhere can you find such unique and specially designed courses by Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones. They have truly captured the hearts of golfers from everywhere. What a great way to enjoy a game of golf and meet people of all ages and skills. Some Interesting PGA Senior Golf Knowledge The 28th annual Senior Open for senior golf pros was held at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin. The course opened in 1998 and was designed by Pete Dye for Herbert Kohler of the Kohler Company. Before the Senior Open, the 2004 PGA Championship was held at Whistling Straits. The golf course proved to be the second longest course for senior golf pros with seven thousand and sixty-eight yards. The leader is Bellerive Country Club. The U.S. Women's Open was held at Blackriver Run, which has two courses, which are also owned by Herb Kohler. These two golf courses are located in Kohler, Wisconsin. Miller Barber won two Senior Opens in a row during the years 1984 and 1985. Jack Nicklaus has won the Senior Open three years in a row from 1991 to 1993. Alan Doyle has won two years in a row as well as Gary Player. When Doyle won the Prairie Dunes U.S. Senior Open in 2006, he was the oldest win at the age of fifty-seven beating Roberto De Vicenzo who had the title back in 1980. Peter Jacobsen, Don Pooley, Larry Laoretti, Lee Trevino, Dale Douglass, Arnold Palmer and Roberto De Vicenzo won the U.S. Senior Open their first time out. The years were 2004, 2002, 1992, 1990, 1986, 1981 and 1980 respectfully. The U.S Senior is number two out of five major championships held for the 2007 season. The other tours are Constellation Energy Senior Players in October, The JELD-WEN Tradition was in August, Senior British Open Championship in July. Alan Doyle holds the title for having the lowest final score in the Senior PGA and the U.S. Senior Open. His all time low back in 1999 when he had an eight under par 64 in the PGA Nationals remains the lowest Sunday score in history of the Senior PGA. There are only three players that hold the title for bouncing back after a runner up finish the prior year, they are Bruce Fleisher, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. The largest margin for a win was by six strokes done by Gary Player who defeated Doug Sanders in 1987. Senior golf does have some interesting facts from over the years. Many of the senior golf pros will move onto next years U.S Senior open, which will see some more breaking records if this year was anything to judge the tour by when it was played. The U.S. Senior Open in 2008 will be held in Colorado Springs from July 31 to August 3. The 2009 U.S. Senior Open is planned for Carmel, Indiana. The next two years will see the newest members who are nearing the age of joining the senior golf circuit compete for the next title while we will see the regulars come back to set a new record on the PGA circuit. There are many sponsors for the PGA U.S. Senior Open and they remain true to the game. Companies that manufacturer the golf clubs and the senior golf pros that use them make sure everyone knows their clubs of choice. Senior Golf- The Senior Open History The very first Senior Golf Open was played in New York in June of 1980 at the Winged Foot Golf Club on the East Course. It was established because of the interest of senior golfers who wanted to compete on an amateur and professional level. The very first Senior Open had six hundred and thirty-one entries. At this time, the senior golfer had to be at least fifty-five years of age the day of the tournament. Some of the former champions competed in the first Senior Golf Open such as William Campbell, Tommy Bolt, Jack Fleck, Ed Furgol and Lew Worsham. The winner of the first Senior Golf Open was Roberto De Vicenzo while William Campbell was in second place. The age limit was lowered to fifty just one year later to allow for more participants in the tournament. Arnold Palmer went onto win the second Senior Open at the age of fifty-one in Michigan. Miller Barber won the Senior Open in 1982, which was just one of his three wins for a Senior Open. The other two wins were for 1984 and 1985. As of 2002, there were a little over three thousand entries for the Senior Golf Open. In 2006, Allen Doyle became the new oldest winner of the Senior Open at the age of fifty-seven, eleven months, seventeen days. The oldest winner before that was De Vicenzo at the age of fifty-seven years, two months and fifteen days. Don Pooley won his way into the Senior Golf Open by qualifying and went onto win the tournament in 2002. Today, you will see only a three or four hole playoff if needed were in the past it used to be four playoffs of eighteen holes. There have only been a few times in the Senior Open history of a playoff occurring, once in 1981, 1983, 1988 and 1991 with the winners being Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Gary Player and Jack Nicholas respectfully. In 2007, the Senior Open was played at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin where senior golf player Brad Bryant won the Championship. He had winnings of four hundred and seventy thousand dollars to take home with him. He did share his revenue with his caddies Tony Smith. The golf course designed Pete Dye was designed to attract PGA tournaments in the future. It proved to be a tricky course that is considered rugged terrain that does not have golf cart abilities. If you want a chance to watch the U.S. Senior Open when it comes to your town, you can buy advance tickets, walk around with your favorite players, and see how they fair in the tournament. Some of the courses they play are set up according to the guidelines established for the tours. This is just another way to see how the pros do it and how they apply different stances and what clubs they use to get distance and win the game. It is always a spectacular event for any city and golf course when the Senior Open comes to town. Senior Golf Vacation Packages If you are looking for a senior golf package where you can have golf lessons, a friendly game of golf or watch a PGA Tour, you might look on the Internet to see where the best places would be. You might travel to Arizona, Hawaii, Bermuda or Myrtle Beach. You can have some exciting rounds of golf when you book a senior golf package that includes accommodations, airfare and a day or two of golf. You will not only enjoy a day of golf, but the many attractions in the area as well. Vacation packages are great and when they include golf at one of the most prestigious clubs, you will have a better time. Myrtle Beach alone has some of the most prestigious packages with different adventures with each one. You can play the Big Cats and even have a lesson or two from a former Senior Golf Tour player Gary Cowan. Cowan was the winner of two majors and made eight appearances in other majors. You might want the Big Cat package, the Fanatic golfer package or the four rounds and three-night package. The later is for the true golfer in everyone. Four days of golf and only three-nights in the hotel is what you get with this package. In Maui, you can play one of the courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, enjoy a day in the warm sun and experience a golf course that you have never experienced before. You can stay at the Kaanapali Beach hotel and take the short walk to the golf course. The two courses are a senior golfer's delight. The South Course has an executive style, but with little difficulty where as the North Course runs through the foothills and along the beach and is considered a challenging golf course, which is home to the PGA Tour. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, you might try the senior golf package to Bermuda. With nine golf courses spread out on twenty-one areas of land, you will find this is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a lifetime. You can choose from fourteen hotels and resorts that offer the senior golf packages. With ocean all around, you will feel the warm breeze and smell the ocean as you enjoy a good game of golf. Many of packages include at least one day of golf, but you can find the deals with more days as well. Senior golf packages do not stop there, you might enjoy a trip to Arizona where you find some of the leading golfing schools. The golf courses in the area host the PGA and the LPGA. The Scottsdale area is filled with many senior friendly golf courses that will intrigue even the skilled golfer. Not only do you have the game of golf, but some of the finest entertainment is offered in the area as well. You can plan a senior golf outing anywhere you find some great package deals and even professional lessons. Senior Golf Strategies That Work As a senior golf player, you want to keep up with the younger players and keep your handicaps right where they are or better. To do this you need to have a few tips on the strategies that other senior golfers use. The first one is the club. The club is important for distance as well as how the ball sails down the fairway. If you have the right club with the proper amount of flex, you are going to keep with your game. If you do not make adjustments, as you get older, you may see your game and handicap slip away. The next strategy that senior golf players need to consider is the stance. If you are a little older, the way you present yourself to the ball will have a big impact on the game. You are going to stand differently as well as move differently when you swing. You should always keep this in mind when you are trying new clubs. If you have back problems, you will probably stand and move your body differently, which will great affect the distance you get with the ball as well as how you use the golf club. The most important thing to remember about strategies is the course you are playing. Not all golf courses are created equally. Many courses are going to require you to adjust your swing and distance. Some of the best golf courses are the ones that require some degree of thinking and planning your drive. If you are playing against a wind, or on a drizzly day, you are going to have problems no matter how good you are in the game. Plying against the wind might require a different flex shaft because the wind is going to push the ball backwards. The entire game is going to depend on how you tee off. As you age, you will have to change the way you position yourself over the ball. You may need to continually change this as the years go by. You can play golf for years after reaching fifty, you just have to realize when you need a change in your stance and positioning. Your distance not only comes from the club, but also from your presentation to the ball. Hit the draw is a term many golfers use to describe how you stand over the ball and how you will hit that ball The best strategy is the tactical and practical strategies rather the mechanics. This is the thinking of many of the senior golf pros including Jim Hartley, who wrote a book about just that way of thinking. Golfers also have to have the mental image of the course in their minds in order to play more efficiently and know how many hits they need to make the putt easier and closer. Keeping all this mind should allow you to play the game and keep your handicap the same or better as you enter into your senior golf years.
Senior Golf Resorts In Orlando Many senior golf resorts offer golfing every day along with a stay at the golfing resort. One place that has accommodations and golfing is down in Florida by Walt Disney World. The villas and resorts are beautifully decorated and the golf courses are within seven miles from where you stay. There are five golf courses in that area such as Highlands Reserve Golf Club, Champions Gate Golf Resort, Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club, Mystic Dunes and Celebration Golf Club. You could spend a week and play a different course every day. These golf courses have been home to some of the best-known senior golf tournaments. The Celebration Golf Club has a half a day senior golf school where you can receive some tips and pointers on your swing and how to obtain the distance you need. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones in the wetlands and has terrain that evolves around many lakes and vegetation. It has been the home to the U.S. Senior Open in 2002 and the 2006 and 2007 drive, chip and putt finals. This golf course has been rated highly by many senior golf [layers in recent years and will allow you to experience one the renowned golf courses designed by Jones and his dad. The Mystic Dunes Golf Club is considered number two as far the golf courses in Orlando go. This golf course is part of the Mystic Dunes Resort and is situated in the wetlands of Orlando. Senior golf is seen as a relaxing way to spend your time at the resort. Gary Koch who is a Champion Tour player designed the golf course. There are different tee boxes that provide an exceptional golfing experience for everyone. Some senior golf amateurs have said the course is the best in the area of Orlando. Ridgewood Lakes Golf Course and Highlands Reserve Golf Club are also two of the finest golf courses in the area. You can play a round of golf and find some tricky areas that challenge the senior golf player. They have a par four and five advantage. They are both close to accommodations and offer a great day of golf. Yu will find that the courses are designed to intrigue you as you maneuver around the courses. The top rated golf course in Orlando is Champion Gate Golf Resort. This is a thirty-six hole golf course and resort that was designed by Greg Norman. There is the links course and the American styled course. You could play the morning on the links course and the afternoon on the American styled course. You have two different golf courses to choose when you play and stay at the Champion Gate Resort. Florida and the warm weather they have br9ngs senior golf enthusiasts to the area all year round and if golf is your game, you will find that these golf courses offer you something you do not see everywhere. Some of the pros vacation in the area to keep up with their game when not traveling the senior golf circuit. Senior Golf Pros Retired Arnold Palmer who was born in 1929 is a well-known golf pro who had gone on to turn pro in 1954 now has built many golf courses and a children's hospital. Arnold has an overall performance record of ten first place holdings in the Champion Tour and sixty-two first place holdings in the PGA Tour. He played three hundred and nineteen events in the Champion Tour and seven hundred and thirty-four PGA events. He still continues to talk about his days of golf and is one of the senior golf pros that are still making a name for themselves. Jack Nicklaus born in 1940, turned pro in 1961 and tied Arnold Palmer with ten first place wins in the Champion Tour with eighty-four events played and seventy-three first place wins in the PGA Tour with five hundred and ninety-four events played. Jack also played two Nationwide Tours, which he made the cut just once. He has gone onto providing lessons to golfers who need a few lessons in the game of beginning, amateur and senior golf. Seve Ballesteros retired just recently in 2007, after having years of back pain the preventing him from playing many years. He held fifty European Tour victories and five other championships. At the age of fifty, he did try the Champion Tour and finished last. He did not have the attitude that most senior golf players need, he was telling himself he needed to retire and that helped his game drop to nothing. In 1979, Seve won his first major and is now playing golf leisurely. When they turn a certain age, most of the senior golf players start playing more than what they did before. Golf is the choice of sports for baby boomers nearing retirement. The retire pros retire from the spotlight but they never really retire from the game. Golf is the top rated sport as you age. Tennis and skiing are not far behind, but you are going have more fitness problems with these two sports. Golfing is soothing and a great way to spend a day. Even retirement from the limelight does not mean they never touch a golf club. If you play about twenty-five games a year, you are considered an avid golfer. The senior golf player will have more time to play, which accounts for more games played. Because of the handicap system in golf, more players can stay competitive with the younger golfers. To play as a senior golf player, you need flexibility, endurance and some strength to keep playing. Many of the retired pros can offer some of the new senior golf pros some tips that they have learned. Arnold Palmer still watches the rounds and does speak out about what he sees, but it mostly the distance he sees that needs improvement. As you get older, most avid golf players know you need to adjust your swing and your equipment to get the same or more distance when playing professional or amateur golf on the golf course. Senior Golf Mini Tours Did you know that many senior golf pros started their careers with senior golf mini tours? These tours are for the amateurs and the professionals alike. Both men and women stat their careers with mini tours, which in some cases have payouts up to twenty-five thousand dollars. This is not a bad purse for a mini tour. If you are considering joining the ranks of the PGA or the LPGA, you might consider gaining some experience with a few mini tours to see how you stand up the rest. This is a fascinating way to life the life of a pro without all the hype right away. You might sign up for the Cadillac Classic Series or the Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour. You can participate just as the pros do, but with less stress in winning. You can gain pointers on how to make the grade as you travel on your way to the PGA or LPGA. This is great experience for senior golf amateurs trying their hand at joining the ranks of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. You compete for a title, but without the pressure of the PGA. You can use the min tours as a way to brush up on your swing, chipping, long drives and short games as well as your putt. Once have tried your hand at the senior golf mini tours, have succeeded in obtaining a good score, and are confident about your overall golf ranking, you might think about moving onto the PGA or LPGA. You must of course, qualify to join the PGA, but there are people to help you with every step needed to be taken to join the circuit. The min tours are just a step in the right direction. Your winning games could even add up to pocket change if you play the game well. Many senior golf mini tour players stay with the mini tours for their entire golfing career. They like the mini tours because they are affordable and they can travel less then what you do with the PGA. When you join the PGA, you travel away from home for long periods of time where as a mini tour is scheduled a few times a year and you do not have to participate in everyone if you do not wish. You gain experience, but at your own speed. You have no commitment to any other tours if you do not feel it is the time. A senior golf mini tour can benefit anyone who is an amateur golfer trying to gain recognition into the golfing circuit. Although you are playing for a purse, you so not have all the expenses that come with being in the PGA or LPGA. Men and women both participate in mini tours as a way of enhancing their experience and never move up into the rankings of the PGA. There many organizations that can help you register for the min tours and will give you all the information you need to get started. Senior Golf Injuries Are Common Senior golf does have advantages and some disadvantages. The most common disadvantage is the injury rate. Seniors over fifty have more of a chance of injury than a golfer who is younger. To understand and treat your injury is important. Preventing an injury is even more important. Sometimes no matter how careful you are, you can sustain an injury. The most common injury is tendonitis of the wrist as well as the hamate fracture. Back and ankle injuries are also seen with senior golfers. Prevention is the key to a successful season of golf. Sometimes preventing the hamate fracture condition is not easy. The symptoms of a hamate fracture are pain around the wrist area and the heel of the hand. You might also have no feeling in your fingers, mostly the little finger. For the most part, an x-ray will not reveal the fracture, but a MRI will show the hamate fracture. As you may know already, the MRI is very expensive. Early detection is crucial for a senior golfer. If it is left untreated, it will hinder your performance on the course and cause more pain than you can tolerate. If you think you have a hamate fracture, you should see a doctor for treatment. The treatment is a simple process where the hook is removed and the wrist is then able to have blood flow to it again. The surgery works better than just simple immobilizing the wrist. It could take weeks to recover when and the golfer will need to refrain from golf. You can prevent a wrist problem by changing the way you grip and hold your club. A different club design and style may also prevent the wrist problem. If you have a tight hold on the golf club, you are more prone to a hamate fracture. Adjust your grip will help prevent a hamate fracture and prevent tendonitis as well. Senior golf does also affect your overall body. Staying fit will help prevent injuries and allow you to keep with the game. Some senior golf players experience back pain. This is common if you put your entire body into the swing. Some golfers will wear a back brace to keep the back straighter when completing the swing. They make braces that are more comfortable than the old styled braces that were bulky and stiff. Another complaint is ankle injuries. As you swing, you are not only twisting the back, but also the ankle. This can cause a sprain, which will hurt more so than if you would break your ankle and may take longer to heal. Senior golf pros are just as prone to injury as the seasoned players. If you keep your body limber, take precautions with your grip, swing, and follow through, you can prevent injury. Use the right equipment as well. You can enjoy playing senior golf up to any age as long as you adjust your game as you age. Preventing back, wrist and ankle injuries are important so you can keep playing the game. Senior Golf Championships Recognized There are now five major senior golf championships played including the Senior PGA, U.S. Senior Open, Senior British Open, The Tradition and the Senior Players Championship. The oldest of the five being the PGA Senior Championship, which started in 1937 followed by the U.S Senior Open, The Tradition and the Senior players in the 1980's. The Senior British received recognition in 2003. Senior golf amateurs and pros from all over the world compete in these events to see who will come out on top, win the championship, and take home the winnings. The women or the LPGA recognizes four annual championships, which are Kraft Nabisco, McDonald's U.S. LPGA presented by Coco-Cola, U.S. Women's Open and the Ricoh Women's British Open. In 1969, the first player from outside the United States was introduced to the tour card. Her name was Vivien Saunders from the United Kingdom. Today, there are currently participants from twenty-six different countries playing the LPGA. The Women's Senior Golf Tour was established in 2003, which then became known as the Legends Tour. Women who are forty-five years or older play the LPGA Legend Tour. This well-publicized event draws attention from the media everywhere. Senior golf is not just for men, many women compete professionally just as well as the men do. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, golf does not have a gender set as to who can golf and who cannot. Many women have come to prove that they can complete and ensure the even the toughest golf courses just like the men. Some of the top leaders in the LPGA have won some pretty impressive purses and have gone on to become professional senior golf players who also offer lessons to beginners and those wanting to improve their game. In 2006, Lorena Ochoa from Canada won the player of the year and Vare trophy while Seon Hwa Lee of Korea won the Rookie of the Year. Before 1994, the majority of the trophy winners were from the United States. From 1994 until today, the majority of winners are from other countries this goes for the leading money winners as well. Although at the end of the 2006 season, the third place career money winner was Juli Inkster with Karrie Webb from Australia in second and Annika Sorenstam of Sweden in first place. Women senior golf is not as large as the men's senior golf, but it is fast becoming something more women are taking an interest in today and becoming successful. Because many more women are taking an interest in senior golf and golf in general, you may see more women tournaments then the scheduled ones they have to date. The LPGA and the PGA are both highly published events that are watched by millions either on television or in person when the events are being played. The women senior golf pros bring in just as much revenue during the tours and can keep the audiences attention just as well as the men's tour do. Popular Senior Golf Equipment If you happen to be a senior golf player then you might enjoy a few toys that just help enhance the game a little more. Golf Cow Online has some great gifts and accessories to give that special golf or just buy the things yourself. The first thing on your list might be the Skycaddie. This is a handy gadget that will tell you were the bunkers are located and some other areas of the course to avoid. This handy rangefinder is something that will have you playing like a pro in no time. It is approved by the USGA and the R&A. Senior golf enthusiasts will want a Speed cart to make things easier on those walk only golf courses. Since you cannot have a golf cart, the motorized Speed Cart starts up and away it goes. You can set it to go by itself for up to sixty yards without you behind it to control the buttons. You can sue it as a manual cart or as a self-powered cart that will make your day even more enjoyable. Save your energy for the golf swing, let the Speed Cart do all the heavy work. You will never need a caddie again. If you have a few problems finding the golf ball, you might like the Ball Finder Scout. It can help you find them hard to balls that seem to disappear out of sight when you least expect it to. Never worry about losing sight of another ball. If you happen to hit the ball in water or into a wooded area, the little gadget might not work, but if the ball is even one to two percent visible, it should find the golf ball. For a senior golf player this might come in handy. Another little compact gadget for the senior golf player is the Zelocity Pure Contact Launch and Flight Monitor. How it works is amazing, how to use it is easy. This is something that can help you improve your swing for distance and tells you how you hit with the club you are using. This is nice for making over that bunker coming around. If you know how many yards you get with that one club, you can accurately choose the right club for that specific shot. This works great for conditioning yourself and teaches you how your swing is decreasing or improving as well. As a senior golf player, you might also want some little gadgets that have your name on them, such as golf tees, spot markers, golf balls and a hand towel with your name or initial. There are so many different accessories that can help enhance your game and some that just make you feel good about yourself. It is every golfers desire to hit the ball and play like a pro and with some help you can accomplish everything you want to as a senior golf player. Golfing is fun and some minor accessories only enhance the game you might say. Planning A Senior Golf Vacation Many senior golf players enjoy getting away by planning a golfing vacation. Whether you play golf regularly or just once and awhile, a golf vacation is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors just like the pros. The senior golf pros play golf for many of the same reasons the amateurs do, they love the game and enjoy traveling to new golf courses. The more you play and learn, the better you become at playing. Understanding what clubs to use and when is also important. A travel agent or an online travel site will be a good place to start if you are planning a senior golf vacation. You want to find a course that offers a challenge as well as some great people to meet. You might even consider playing a game at some the courses where the pros give lessons or play a leisurely round of golf just like you. You can look through brochures or websites to see exactly where to plan your next golfing vacation. When you plan a golfing vacation, you usually find a package deal that includes hotel accommodations, golfing and other related rewards to your vacation. You might even enjoy a day of lessons from some pros. Senior golf is an enjoyable sport that sees no age limit as with other sports. This sport is for all ages, the more you play, and with a few good tips, you gradually improve your game. If you plan your senior golf outing at the right time, you might even find that the weather is just right for playing. After all that is why the pros use these courses to stay in the game. You could find yourself right in front or behind some of the most reputable players in the world. This sure would enhance the golfing vacation. You can choose where and when to travel, but if it happens to be in an area where the Senior Open is going on, you could also spend a day watching how they perform. Some golf courses even have there own resort hotels, which makes tee time no problem. If you plan your golf vacation, make sure to schedule a tee time so you do not miss out on the experience of playing golf away from home on a new course. This is the most exciting part about planning a golf vacation. You might consider a senior golf outing to the Jack Nicholas Golf Course down in Florida. This course is considered a prime golf course that offers a challenge for any player. If you find yourself intrigued with the course and need more time, you might even consider a condominium right by the course so your vacation can become permanent. You are going to see many different courses you can plan a vacation around looking for information about the top courses is found on the Internet. Start your search with "Championship Golf Courses" and see where the pros keep up with their game and stay in shape. Meet Senior Golf Pro Tommy Bolt And More Tommy Bolt also known as "Thunder" or "Terrible Tommy" got his nicknames because on the green he had quite a temper. Tommy had fifteen tour wins and one major win in a championship game back in 1958. Tommy was born in 1918 and made it into the World Golf Hall of fame and was a member of the Ryder Cup team twice. His senior golf years were spent winning the PGA Seniors Golf Championship in 1969 after which he became a key player in the creation of the Champion Tour formerly the Senior PGA. He had a temper and through his clubs, but he knew the game. At the age of eighty, Bolt was still playing senior golf. Gene Littler was born in 1930 and became pro golfer. Gene had twenty-nine tour wins with the PGA and eight wins with the Senior PGA. In 1961, he gained one win in the U.S. Open. He also took a win in the Amateur in 1953. He was a member of the World Golf Hall of fame, Walker Cup Team as well as eight Ryder Cup teams. He was voted Comeback Player of the Year in 1973. After taking a break from senior golf in 1972, Gene came back and won in Saint Louis. He did have a great career in the golfing circle. Cary Middlecoff was born in 1921 and died in 1998. Cary had forty tour wins and three major wins. He was a member of the World Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and in 1956 he won the Vardon Trophy. Cary was a great senior golf pro and was dentist before joining the PGA. He wrote a book called the "Golf Swing" as well as did some broadcasting before he died. He was known as slow paced senior golf pro. Harry Cooper was born in 1904 and died in 2000. He Cooper took thirty-one tour wins, but had no championship wins in the majors. In 1937, he won the Vardon trophy and was a leader in money win with the PGA. He was a member of the World Hall of Fame. Cooper went on to teach golfing lessons in New York for twenty-six years. He then moved to the Westchester Country Club were he continued teaching until he was ninety-three years old. This shows you that you can be a senior golfer for as long as you want. Ben Hogan was another great senior golf pro who was born in 1912 and died in 1997. Hogan had sixty-four tour wins and nine major championship wins. Hogan was also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and won the Vardon Trophy in 1940, 1948 and 1941. Ben Hogan played his first tour event in 1932 and won the money purse of $8.50. In 1927, Hogan turned pro at the age of seventeen. Hogan also had golf clubs that bore his name and were considered some of the best clubs one could buy for many years. Increase Your Distance With Tips For Senior Golf Players Just because you play senior golf does mean you lose that distance. If you have been playing regularly, you may have already adjusted your fitness and your clubs and other equipment. If you continue to play, you always make adjustment for age. You never have to stop playing golf. Golfing is probably one of the most popular recreational games an older person can play without hurting himself or herself. You might need some instructions or tips on how to maintain that distance that every golfer wants. While your body changes as you get older, you want to stay fit. This is the reasoning behind doing some strengthening exercises and some flexibility training. Keeping your body strong and flexible will only enhance the game and help you achieve the distance you need. Maybe a little weight lifting to keep the upper body in shape is needed as you get older. Stretching the legs daily will help to keep you flexible for a natural string, which helps with the distance you get from your swing. The more flexible you keep the body, the better you will be in you swing. Fitness is also necessary to walk the distances between holes as well. If you are not use to walking, you could tire easily. Not all golf courses will have golf cart for you. Having the right equipment also makes a difference in your swing and the distance you get on the ball. As a person ages, they need different clubs that can help you swing better and drive the ball farther. The thing to look for is the club shaft flex, the length of the club and of course the lie angle. These are important factors in a golf club. Sometimes the senior golfer may take a lesson or two from a pro. This just enhances the game and you can learn some techniques that the pros use. The clubs you use do make a difference when you participate in senior golf. Even the pros change golf clubs as their body and age changes. The more flex you have in a club should give you more distance. This is seen by seasoned players as well as the pros. If you are just starting out, you will probably want to take a few lessons and practice on the driving range to get the most distance on the ball before trying the greens. Senior golf has become very popular even for beginners. It is a nice way to spend your retirement and stay fit at the same time. Some of the pros do suggest starting out slow if you are new to golf and before you take any lessons or play a round of golf, you should have some type of fitness regiment to keep the body flexible. This will help your game as well as prevent injury. A good pair of shoes is also very important not only for walking in but also for your stance. If your shoes are uncomfortable, you are not going to stand correctly when hitting the golf ball. Five Top Female Senior Golf Pros Dorothy Campbell was born in 1883 and died in 1845. She was known as Dorothy Howe and Dorothy Hurd as she was married and divorced a few times in her career as a senior golf pro. Dorothy only had five major championship wins in the amateurs. She won the British Women's and the U.S> Women's Amateur in the same year, which was 1909. She came from a family of golfers as her sisters and uncles play the game as well as her father. Campbell's last win was the U.S. Senior Amateur in 1938. She died in a car accident at the young age of sixty-one. Glenna Collett Vare was born in 1903 and died in 1989. She had no known tour wins but had six major championship wins. She started playing golf at the age of fourteen and by the time she was nineteen in 1922, she won the U.S Women's Amateur and continued to do it five more times. She played until her late fifties, Vare wrote two books in the 10920's. She was well respected as a woman golfer and had a great game play when it came to making the green. She has a trophy given out every year to junior girls, it is call the Glenna Collett Vare Trophy. Joyce Wethered was born in 1901 and died in 1991. She had four major championship wins and was a member of the British Curtis Cup team. When Wethered and Vare came to play together three times in their golfing history, Wethered beat Vare all three times. Although she never competed in the senior golf tours, she could however drive the ball two hundred and forty yards with precision. Wethered was known more in the British circles more so than in the United States. She married and became Lady Heathcoat-Amory. Patty Berg was a top leader in the senior golf circle. She was born in 1918 and died in 2006. She had sixty tour wins, which includes wins before the LPGA was even formed. Patty also had fifteen major championship wins to add to her golfing career. She was successful in winning the first U.S. Women's Open back in 1946. She set a record for being the only woman to win fifteen major championship tours. Patty turned pro in the year 1940 but joined the Navy until 1945. The "Patty Berg" award is given out every year to the woman who makes the greatest contribution to the game of golf for women. This tradition was started in 1978. There are many great senior golf pros and they have been made members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, as have these ladies. They have contributed to the golfing circuit and have become well known by many of the men senior golf pros. Many women still compete in the senior golf tournaments and have made a name for themselves. Some are good at the long drive and some are famous for their short game. These women have made way for the new generation of golfers. Find The Right Senior Golf Clubs When you are thinking about changing golf clubs to fit you better as you age, you want to look for golf clubs that will give you distance as well. You may want to have an iron that is custom made, a hybrid club or a clone wood. These are just a few different ideas when you are thinking about golf clubs. Although the clone clubs are slightly different from the original clubs, many golfers find that these clubs are more suited for their changing needs. Whether you need new irons, woods or drivers you can find some with just enough flex in the shaft that will help you gain more distance. There are many manufacturers of senior golf clubs such as Calloway, Wedgewood, Adams and Nike. You need to choose a golf club that has enough flex in the shaft, but not too much. It will depend on your ability to swing the club as the amount of flex you need. The flex is what allows the golf club to bend as you swing and connect with the ball. You will choose from the ladies flex, senior flex, regular, stiff and extra stiff flex. If the flex of the shaft is not matched with your swing, you could miscalculate your swing. A senior golf club has a little more flex that that of a beginning golfer. Many golf course pro shops do have golf clubs with different flex shaft ratings that you can use out on the driving range. This allows the senior golf player to find the right club that will give you the distance. Before you buy a club, trying different shaft flexes will enable you to find the one you need without mistakenly buying the wrong one. You can also find a shop that custom makes golf clubs for senior golfers and have a set of clubs make especially to enhance your game. Whether you buy an expensive senior golf club or a discounted club will not matter as long as you buy the right club with the right amount of flex. You do however need to buy something durable, this is where it pays to be critical with discount clubs. Just because the club gives you, the distance might not mean it will be the best. Some discount clubs may loosen up as you use it more. This could cause the flex to become softer than what you need. Senior golf players have more advantages today then what they have in the past. The clubs are designed more for their use and flexibility where as golfers in the past usually only had a few club flexes to choose from as they gained more experience in the game. Finding the different golf clubs and understanding the best clubs will help your game. You can look at different websites under the manufacturers of the clubs to see what they offer and what the ratings are before you seek a pro shop to try the club on the greens. 8 Things To Becoming A Great Senior Golf Pro Eight things will help make you a great senior golf player. There is attitude, concentration and focus, recovery of the game, practice, fitness, technique and foundation, balance and distance. Keep in mind that these are the foundation to becoming a seasoned golf player and will help you become as good as the pros and maybe even a pro. You need to play the game of golf with determination and stay with what works for you the best. Your attitude about the game has to be focused on the win. Having a positive, "I can do it" attitude is the only way to succeed as a professional golf player. If you want to play the senior golf tournaments, you have to work up to it and dedicate your time to enhancing your game. Your concentration and focus, plan your shot before you even reach the tee. Never change your mind once you are over the ball. Second-guessing yourself does not make a pro golfer. When you address the ball, you already know where the ball is going and how you are going to get there without any hesitation. Talent and recovery are what help you win the game. If you have a talent for thinking and hitting the ball right where you need it to be, you have a better chance of coming in with a scratch shot, however even the senior golf pros do have an eagle or a bogy here and there. If you do have a bad hit, you need to know how to recover from that shot and make your next play make up for the previous bad shot. This is all apart of golfing. If you have a two over par on the previous hole, try to go under par on the next hole. It is all in the recovery and the planning. To become a senior golf pro, you need to be fit and practice. Just because you have been playing golf for years does not mean, as you get older you do not need a little more fitness in your day. You need to stay in shape and practice your game regularly. Keep in mind, you might need different equipment as you get older and this is going to require plenty of practice time with the new equipment to improve your game. You need to learn techniques that lead to a solid foundation in your game. A senior golf pro does not stop learning and improving their techniques. You want to change as your age changes to get the same distance that you were getting before you started reaching the senior age. You are going to need your balance and your Zen for golfing to play with the pros. If you keep practicing and stay fit, you should be able to play golf well into your nineties if you wish. Most importantly, keep your distance or enhance your distance to stay in the game and compete on the same level as the rest of the senior golf players.
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