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Author: Steve Zahn

SD Girls’ State “AA” Golf Tournament: One Parent’s Experience

05/21/2015 I watched my daughter grow up this week! A few days ago she competed, as a freshman, in the South Dakota State AA Girls Golf Tournament in Rapid City. Her actions during the tournament are the story but first I need to explain how she got there. Growing up she never showed much interest in golf. My wife plays golf as does our son, her twin brother. But she never joined us. While disappointed, we never pushed her. Last winter her freshman home room teacher, who is also the girl’s golf coach, discovered she had played a little...

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The Masters: A Very Different Observation of the 2015 Tournament

04/15/2015 I agree – the Masters was fun to watch this year. I just love watching talented people excel in their profession. You’ll find better in-depth, Mastesr analysis elsewhere and on other articles, but I marveled at one particular shot from Jordan Spieth–the eventual champion. You might have missed his approach to 17 on Sunday. From, I believe, 170 yards he put the ball exactly on the spot on the green to catch the slope to give him a perfect putt. Just amazing. The precision it requires is amazing. And then the discussion started on Monday. Shall we anoint him...

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World Golf Villages: A Wonderful Trip to St. Augustine

03/31/2015 Have you done everything you want to do in golf? Well, if not, then you should listen to Gary Player and “for the love of golf” pay a visit to the World Golf Village and the Golf Hall of Fame. My friend and I extended our annual Myrtle Beach golf and basketball trip by two days to make the trip to St Augustine last week. The place is awesome! I’d like to tell you about it. First there is the golf! The World Golf Village has two courses: The King and Bear and The Squire and Slammer. The...

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Strokes Gained: The Statistic That Could Help Change Your Game

02/10/2015 Imagine for a moment that you are the world’s Golf Dictator! Yours is the last word in golf and is played according to your wishes. However, you are a benevolent ruler and your subject’s love you. Then, one day, you decide that all golf statistics are now illegal except for Strokes Gained. Strokes Gained?! Your loving subjects rebel! Has he gone mad? Nope! Not only are your benevolent, you are wise, for Strokes Gained might be the best way to understand performance and improve skill the game has ever known. In this article, I will explain Strokes Gained...

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The Golfer’s New Year’s Resolutions

01/06/2015 Did you set your new year’s resolutions? I have to admit – I completely forgot about resolutions last week.  But no worries, I simply opened the ads in today’s Sunday newspaper, saw all the sales on exercise equipment and remembered…the retailers know! New Year’s Day and its associated resolutions represent our once a year, communal, hyper fixation on time. I suppose that is understandable, but it is also kind of fun.  With time, you get three choices: Past, Present and Future.  Where do you focus your resolutions? Are you resolving to remedy something from the past?  Perhaps you missed...

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A Letter to Santa Claus: Santa’s Response

12/22/2014 Dear Santa, Well, it is that time of year again. Time for ME to convince YOU that I was pretty good this past year hoping that YOU will treat ME kindly on Christmas Day! You know that I am not patient with my golf game.  But I really tried this year even with a slow start due to several surgeries. I still write my golf blog but I admit that I lost a bit of enthusiasm this year as I try to find my voice. Working with The First Tee continues to be a blessing. I put loads...

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Easier Said Than Done by Dr. Rick Jensen, Add to Christmas Stockings?

12/02/2014 Did you meet all of your golf goals this year? Did you rely one too many times on tips from your buddy that only worked for a little while? For many of us, golf is a purely social activity and we play regardless of goals or tips. (Maybe we should all do that?!) For others, setting goals and improvement are important. However, golf is hard and practice, with a coach, is fundamental for success. In fact, it is fundamental for just about any activity you wish to master. But lessons and practice alone won’t get you to your...

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The Original 13 Rules of Golf from 1744– Oh, the differences…

11/18/2014 Similar to the start of the United States of America and its colonies (states), golf also used the number 13 at its start. How many times have you discussed golf with someone who doesn’t play and they say “Golf rules are too confusing!” Then, you don’t have a response!  Do you shrug and agree? Or do you simply think “Where did these rules come from?” I think I can shed some light on that question. Reprinted below are the original 13 Rules of Golf as drawn up in 1744 in Edinburgh for the Leith Golf Club.  These are the...

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Golf Digest’s 36 Common Golf Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

11/04/2014 Golf Digest recently published a list of 36 Common Golf Mistakes and how to avoid them. I just love these lists and this one is particularly humorous. Here are my reactions to several of these mistakes. Apparently, I am guiltier than I care to admit! Full Golf Digest’s 36 Common Golf Mistakes Mistake #2: Not Playing Ready Golf Not Guilty! The First Tee teaches perseverance as one of its core values. They also teach honesty and so I must admit that slow play pushes my patience to its limits and perseverance is tested. Therefore, I do everything I...

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One Less Stroke Product Review: Have You Ever Used a Caddy?

10/13/2014 Have you ever considered using a caddy? Have you ever used one? I never have but I can think of times when it would have helped! If you think about it, why don’t we use them more often? A good caddy knows the yardages to help make good club selections. They keep you positive and in the right frame of mind. They help you with course management and to play the game. In short, having a caddy is like having a golf coach. Todd Kolb wants to be your caddy. Well……..not literally, but that thought served as the...

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