When to book your Golf Package

This has been and always will be a topic of discussion among Myrtle Beach golfers. When is the best time to take a Myrtle Beach golf trip? Winter? Spring? Summer? Fall? Maybe somewhere in between? In part one of this article we will discuss the pros and cons of the Winter and Spring seasons in the Myrtle Beach area.

Let me just get this out there. A lot of guys want to know when the rainy season is upon us. Bluntly, there isn’t one. Being by the ocean, there is no telling when a disturbance might pop up. If there is snow in the Northeast, it may rain here, it may not. If there is a hurricane aimed at Florida, it may rain here, it may not. This is true for much of the Southeast.

Now, when do you want to visit Myrtle Beach for some much anticipated golf? Let’s start with the winter. For most of you, it’s cold and probably snowing where you live in the winter. Guess what, it’s warmer here. It rarely snows. In fact, if it were to snow, just a dusting, the schools shut down and the National Guard may make an appearance. If you have the urge to get out and play, look at Myrtle Beach. The rates are at the cheapest of the year, the weather is playable, and not many people are on the courses. There are a couple different rate periods in the winter.

There aren’t many cons about the winter here in Myrtle Beach. The main problem that guys run into is travel. You all know how the airlines are with delays, cancellations, etc. You all know what happens when I – 95 closes. If you do book a trip and have travel problems, let your golf director know immediately. I guess the biggest con to Myrtle Beach in the winter is that since not many people are in town, the bars and nightlife are in a slow period. But, you should be here for golf anyway, right?

Now, let’s talk about the spring. The best time of year for a Myrtle Beach golf package is without question in March or April. In the Northeast it is probably still to cool to be comfortable. There might even still be snow on the ground. Not in Myrtle Beach. The temperatures are in the middle to high sixties throughout the spring. That’s perfect for golf! Also, there is no maintenance being performed on the courses for a couple of reasons. Number one, it is the busiest time of year for the courses. They don’t want any unhappy customers. Number two, it is still a little too cool for greens to heal after punching the greens. So, the courses would rather wait until May or June to start the dreaded aeration. Also, in the spring, you don’t have to worry about the tropics. It is still too early for any tropical systems. Another great thing about the spring is that spring break is in full swing. This should entice all of you single guys out there! The bars are packed, the clubs are jammed and there are college girls everywhere (girls are for single guys only!).

There are only a couple of cons about Myrtle Beach golf in the spring. First, it is the busiest time of year for golf. This means the courses will be pretty packed. We always tell guys to expect a 4 and1/2 hour round. It may turn into 5 hours. There is nothing anybody can do about it. It’s like a mall on the day after Thanksgiving. Thank goodness for daylight savings time! Next, most guys want a replay. The only way to guarantee a replay is to pre-book the round (suggested). This is usually at the full price. Now, here’s the kicker. You can wait until you get to the course and ask for a replay, which will be at a discounted price, but these replays are based on availability. They may be booked for the entire day! So, if you want the replay guaranteed, pre-book the round, otherwise you might not play a second round at all. Don’t let these cons scare you. Like I said, it is the busiest time of year, so it must not bother most golfers.

It really just depends on when you have that itch to get out and play. The weather is decent in the winter and perfect in the spring. How bad do you want to play? We’ll let you decide. Be sure to look for part II of this article in the future. It will discuss the pros and cons in the summer and fall seasons here in Myrtle Beach. Don’t miss it!

Myrtle Beach Golf Directors
807 Sea Mountain Hwy B
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 249-5800
https://www.myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com
info@myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com

Better Chipping for all Amateur Golfers

Hitting better chip shots requires a few fundamentals, most of which get overlooked by beginner and better players alike. Let’s look at a few and get your chipping back on track.

Choke Down On The Grip
This seems like an obvious mechanic, but choking down on the grip actually does a lot more than simply get your body closer to the ball to make a delicate stroke. Choking down also counterbalances the golf club, meaning added weight above the hands work to make it easier to make less than full shots without flipping the hands over too soon. As for your body, remember as you choke down: Don’t hunch your upper body. Instead, choke down with your hands, and get your body lower by adding more flex in the knees, as opposed to hunching over.

 

Stay Open & Narrow
Many of my students assume the best way to chip is to align their body either at or parallel to the target. I advise against this, since it’s important for the body to rotate (unlike a putt where it doesn’t rotate) just as with a full shot. Also, when it comes to chipping, because the hands have a delayed or lesser release than they do with a full swing, it’s even more important that the body be poised to turn. Think of it this way: If you’re too square, the body will resist rotating, and the hands will take over and get too active. That is, they’ll start to flip! Instead, make a narrow and open stance (don’t just flare out one foot) and let your body turn through the shot.

Weight On Your Forward Side, And Ball Back In Your Stance
Why? Simple. Keeping your weight predominantly on your forward side with the ball back in your stance (toward the target) helps to ensure a steeper downward blow into the ball. This prevents fat and thin shots and helps you make consistent contact with the ball. Also, by keeping your weight leaning toward the target, this helps maintain a consistent impact position, which will help you better control your shots and gauge different distances. As for the ball position, I like to play my shots just off the inside of my back toe. But you may prefer it slightly farther back or slightly farther forward. It’s okay to be flexible, but try to keep it consistent. And stay away from placing the ball too far forward in your stance. If you move it forward, you’d better be ready to hit a flop or lob shot–which is a different lesson for a different day.


Keep Your Head UP!
Let’s get this straight: Keeping your head down is never a good idea, especially with your chips. If you stuff your head into your chest, your upper body loses its ability to rotate and once again, the hands will try to take over. When that happens, the hands get flippy, and even if you manage to make decent contact, you’ll have a heckuva time trying to control your distance and direction. Instead, keep your head upright and your neck in line with your spine. This will free your upper body to rotate. And by the way, keeping your head up doesn’t mean taking your eyes off the ball.

Choose The Right Club
When chipping, I like to mix up my club options, depending on the amount of height and roll I want. This allows me to maintain the same chipping stance and ball position, and let the golf club do the work for changing the way the ball flies and rolls. But look closely at my options. I prefer to use an 8-iron, pitching wedge and a sand wedge. The 8-iron is my go-to for low-rolling chips. The pitching wedge does the same, except that I use it in deeper grass. But notice I omitted the lob wedge? Reason being, a lob wedge is for lob shots, not chip shots. A 56-degree sand wedge gives me the optimal height/spin combination, and because of the bounce, making solid contact is a lot easier than with a low-bounce lob wedge.

Make A Single-Lever Swing
Steve Stricker does it best. Next time he’s on TV, check out his single-lever chipping style. What that means is he hinges his wrist at the setup, then maintains that hinge all the way through the chip. The body rotates the clubhead through, and because of this, Stricker is able to consistently reproduce a stacked impact position. What’s that mean? It means Stricker, like many good players, can better gauge different distances by adjusting his swing length. So, longer chips require a longer swing; shorter chips need a shorter swing. He doesn’t have to make big changes to his ball position, how he releases the hands, etc. Instead, by using a single-lever method and rotating the body through the shot, Steve Stricker is able to get up and down a whopping 75 percent of the time. Good enough for fourth in Scrambling on the PGA Tour in 2010 (at the time of this issue). Copy this method and you’ll become a better chipper in no time.

Myrtle Beach Golf Directors
807 Sea Mountain Hwy B
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 249-5800
https://www.myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com
info@myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com

Best Golf Drivers for 2018: The Top 7

Nothing beats bombing one off the tee and straight down the middle, except blasting it down the middle twenty yards past everyone else.  

You get to innocently say things like “is that my ball way up there,” or “gee, my long irons are getting a lot of rest today.”

Today’s drivers will get you further and straighter down the fairway than ever before.  Every one of them boasts new levels of distance, forgiveness, and adjustability.

Before you can decide on what to buy, however, you need to focus on what you want from your new driver, forgiveness, distance, low spin, adjustability, or all of the above?

Let’s see if we can help with this short primer and rundown on the best new golf driver 2018 has to offer.

Can’t wait?  Here’s the Best Drivers of 2018:

  • 1

    TaylorMade M3 Driver / M3 440CC Driver

  • 2

    Callaway Rogue Driver / Rogue Sub Zero Driver

  • 3

    Cobra King F8 Driver / F8+ Driver

  • 4

    Ping G400 Driver / G400 LS Driver

  • 5

    Mizuno ST180 Driver / GT180 Driver

  • 6

    Titleist 917 D2 Driver / D3 Driver

  • 7

    Cleveland Launcher HB Driver

Myrtle Beach Golf Directors
807 Sea Mountain Hwy B
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 249-5800
https://www.myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com
info@myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com

2018 Veterans Tourney

The 19th annual Veterans Golf Classic, which has attracted 360 players from 28 states, is poised to tee-off on nine outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses.​ A 54-hole, two-man team event, the Veterans Golf Classic is open to all current and former members of the military and their friends.

The event features a different format of play each day – better ball, modified alternate shot and scramble – and each team must include at least one current or former member of the armed forces. Players are placed into one of four flights – Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Franks – based on their handicap.

The host courses for this year’s event are: Shaftesbury Glen, Tradition Club, Maples Course at Sea Trail, Burning Ridge, Aberdeen, River Club, Arrowhead, Wachesaw Plantation East and Long Bay Golf Club.

Participants will also enjoy a Wednesday night awards banquet, in addition to receiving a Veterans Golf Classic hat and shirt and an assortment of goodies in a golf tournament gift bag.

The Wednesday banquet is one of the event’s highlights. The colors of each service branch – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard – are presented and the atmosphere is the perfect blend of festive and respectful.

The competition extends beyond the standard two-man team event. The Branch Challenge pits the five branches of the U.S. Military against each other. Participants are entered into the contest and at the end of the tournament the branch with the lowest score is crowned champion.

The Carolina Cup, which matches members of the VFW against the American Legion, is another popular tournament within the tournament.

For more information, go to http://veteransclassicgolf.com/.

Myrtle Beach Golf Directors
807 Sea Mountain Hwy B
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 249-5800
https://www.myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com
info@myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com