Where do I stay

Where Should I Stay on my Myrtle Beach Golf Package?

 — How to determine the best place to stay on your Myrtle Beach Golf Package? Myrtle Beach is famous for a lot of things. Golf, the beach, the nights, and the shows are just to name a few. Most people think of these things first; and why shouldn’t they? They are fun! Fact is, the accommodations you stay at while in Myrtle Beach have as much to do with everything else. Nobody wants to drive 90 minutes to a golf course. Most people don’t want to drive over 30 minutes. There is a place for you to stay that is inside your budget, comfortable, and located just for you.

Golf Villas
The most popular accommodation for golfers is the golf course villa. This is in few words, a condo on a golf course. These were made for the golfer that doesn’t need the ocean, because, he is here for golf. Have you ever seen a golf course in the ocean? I haven’t. The golf course villa is the most economical for any group of golfers. They have layouts of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms. The most popular way of breaking these down is to put 4 golfers in a two bedroom condo so everyone splits the cost. Bedding rarely is an issue as there are so many golf villas that you can have two, three or four beds in a 2 bedroom unit. In a golf villa, you will have a full kitchen, X amount of bedrooms, a living area, and a washer/dryer. Another good thing about the golf villa is that there are numerous golf villa locations around the area; north, central, south and even in between. The properties that these golf courses villas reside on often have outdoor pools, tennis courts, outdoor grills and putting greens. Only a couple of them have indoor pools and hot tubs. Some of the golf course villas in the area are Myrtlewood Golf Villas, True Blue Golf Villas, World Tour Golf Villas, Barefoot Golf Villas, and Brunswick Plantation Villas, just to name a few. Your golf director can help you choose the right place to be. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions. A couple of us have owned and/or lived in a golf course villa before.

Oceanfront Resorts
Golfers are also interested in staying on the ocean. The sound the ocean makes is one of the most relaxing sounds in Myrtle Beach. With the city behind you and the ocean in front, you kind of get away from all the hustle bustle. Like the golf villas, oceanfront resorts can be set up for any type of group. Bedding is rarely an issue, but sometimes the layouts of these resorts call for something different. The rates for these resorts spike during the summer-time, but are very reasonable in the spring and fall, and then a steal in the winter. Some of the oceanfront resorts in the area are Baywatch Resort, Patricia Grand, Avista Resort, and Camelot by the Sea. Again, like the golf villas being all over the area, the oceanfront resorts cover about 75% of the beaches in Myrtle Beach (about 60 miles worth!). So, from north to south, you can find something. Although: most oceanfront resorts are in Myrtle Beach and in North Myrtle Beach. Along with the ocean and beach come families and kids, especially in the summer. So if you are one of those rowdy groups, make note. Some of these oceanfront resorts have indoor pools, lazy rivers, and jacuzzis and so on. Guys, keep this in mind if your wife is coming along and she does’t play, because she will want something to do while you are out having fun! A common misconception about oceanfront resorts is that they have their own golf course. This is not the case. You will need to drive to your courses. And, again, ask your golf director about which resort is best for you.

Hotel Chains
Hotel Chains are obviously found all over the world and Myrtle Beach is no exception. Hotels like Comfort Suites or Hampton Inn cater well to short stays and smaller groups like singles or two-somes. So, if you have a larger group or a longer stay, go with the golf villas or an oceanfront condo. Most of the hotels in Myrtle Beach provide a continental breakfast at no additional charge, unlike the golf villas and oceanfront resorts. Next, location is key! Just because Hampton Inn is very expensive in downtown Myrtle Beach, doesn’t mean that it is in Pawley’s Island or North Myrtle Beach. And again, ask your golf director which hotel fits you best.

6 and 8 Bedroom Homes/Villas
The large bedroom homes cater well to larger groups who want to stay together. They can accommodate up to 16 golfers in one 8 bedroom house and 12 golfers in one 6 bedroom house. If everyone wants their own bedroom, that’s fine too. The houses are only available in the spring, fall and winter. Summertime in these units is just way too expensive for your average Joe. These units are mainly in North Myrtle Beach, so if you do want to stay in one of these, select courses in the northern area. Your golf director can help you out with the selection. Some of the houses will have a game room. The game rooms vary in what is in them. Some have pool tables, some have foosball tables, and some are just an extra den. The pool tables are the most popular, so if you want to book one of these, do it early. These houses are also either oceanfront or are second row (oceanview), so you get the beach as well. Next, and this is a biggie, bring your own toilet paper for these houses! No TP is provided. I’ll say it again. Ask your golf director for any additional information.

As you start planning your Myrtle Beach golf package, do some research on possible accommodations. Well, technically, you just did. Ask your guys what they think. Prices will fluctuate all year and you might catch a really good deal. In most quotes that you can get emailed to you, all of these options are listed. Don’t hesitate to ask about any of these as that is what your golf director is here for. Sleep well!

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

Hank the Shank

DO YOU KNOW HANK THE SHANK?

 Got the shanks? Once they come you try everything to get rid of them. You muse, how did I get them? You wonder if they will go away as quickly as they came. Then you wonder if they are with you forever. You tell everyone you play with that you are quitting the game, you can’t stand it any longer. You hit balls, you take anyone’s advice, but they come back after you thought you had it licked.

You are playing well and that big drive sets up a wedge to the green. #%^%$#*&^& you mutter as the approach sails low and right towards the woods or a nearby condo. Luckily you don’t hear glass after that hosel rocket.

CORRECT THAT SHANK……Try not to swing too flat and then throw your arms out cutting across the ball. You need to correct your swing plane. Hang your arms down as you hold the club. Push the club low along a straight path past your back knee. Your trunk rotation will now set the club on the correct plane. An inside out swing path now may just happen to fix that shank.

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

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