4 Ways To Reboot Your Putting

Pull yourself out of that rut and hole more putts
By Cameron McCormick
Was your performance in 2016 slightly less than satisfying? I know it’s not enough to hear it happens to everyone from time to time. You want to shake off the year of stubs, lip-outs and three-jacks before golf season rolls back around and you’re racking up missed putts again like a kid catching Pokémon. Well, if you really want to fix this flat-stick fiasco, you’re going to need a bit more than a 30-minute session rolling balls into those tiny golf cups. I recommend a full reboot. Here I’m going to give you four ways to pull yourself out of that putting rut. Sometimes only one of these will do the trick, but be prepared for the reality that you might need all four. Best get started. —With Ron Kaspriske
If you’re the kind of golfer who talks to a putter, gives it a good spanking when it isn’t performing, and even threatens to back the pickup truck over it in the parking lot, it’s time for the “we need to take a break from each other” conversation. Bench your putt-er for something different. Use a blade? Switch to a mallet. Always preferred heel-shafted putters? Try a centershaft. Everything from club length to grip circumference is up for consideration. Go get fitted (View: Your Ultimate Guide To Finding A Better Game). The big switch works for two reasons. First, there are no bad memories with a new putter. It’s a new day. Second, assuming the old one isn’t now residing in a scrap-metal yard, you’ll make it just jealous enough that it will perform its best when you rekindle your relationship.
“It’s not you, it’s me” won’t fly as a break-up excuse after the second Tinder date, but it’s probably true of your relationship with the putter. It showed up ready to bury every five-footer—but sometimes you didn’t. You need a refresher on mechanics. So I suggest you practice putting with your sand wedge. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. A good stroke is propelled by the shoulders and requires minimal hand or wrist action. To get the ball rolling with a wedge, you have to make that kind of stroke hitting the ball at its equator with the leading edge (above). This type of practice elicits precision and is good for the ol’ ego. You’re more apt to forgive yourself for a miss, which helps reduce those anxious feelings that turn you into a puddle of goo when the putts actually count.
You’ve held your putter the same way for so long the grip is starting to look like one of those training clubs that has grooved channels for your fingers. It’s time to switch it up, because what you’re doing, as they say here in Texas, is as pitiful as a three-legged dog. The easiest switch would be to flip hand positions so the higher one is lower. But I think you should take it a step further. Get crazy with it. Try the saw, the claw, the paintbrush, the non-anchored belly grip. Sometimes all you need is a dramatically different way of holding the club to reset your brain and start rolling the ball the way you used to.
On the putting green you need to be more Picasso than Pythagoras. In other words, knowing the math behind a putt is important (speed, slope, etc.), but don’t let it squelch your right-brain artistry. You probably aren’t crunching numbers when you ball up a piece of paper and try tossing it into the garbage. You just use your feel. My suggestion? Go deep. Find the longest, craziest putts on a green and try to make them. Even putting from well off the green will help you get your feel back. You know you have to hit the ball hard, and you know it’s going to break, but when you try these long-distance putts, you become less concerned with the mechanics and tap back into the hand-eye coordination you thought you lost. Another benefit? It will free up your stroke. No more trying to steer them in. You’ll putt without fear of missing. Reboot complete.
Cameron McCormick is Jordan Spieth’s instructor and teaches at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.
Source: Golf Digest

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7 Health Benefits of Golf – Good for the mind and body! Here’s why you should play more!

As all golfers know, a game of golf is both mentally stimulating and physically challenging. Golf may not be considered a physically demanding sport, but one round will likely mean you are outside and moving around, walking at a pace of 6-7km, for several hours at a time and constantly using your brain for the many mental challenges you face. There are many stated health benefits of golf, from scientific and anecdotal sources, but just how good is the game for the body and mind?

Seven health benefits of golf

  1. Heart health – any form of physical exercise helps get the blood pumping to your heart. Walking, carrying your bag and swinging all increase your heart rate and blood flow. Your risk of a stroke and diabetes are reduced, and there can be positive effects on reducing blood pressure and harmful cholesterol, especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. The Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) found that during an 18-hole round, a player will have an average heart rate of 100 beats per minute, over a two to five hour period
  2. Brain stimulation – regular daily walking strengthens the brain’s memory circuits. Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, says: ‘Whether it is going for a jog or walking the golf course, keeping physically active is a great way to keep your heart and your brain healthy. By keeping active you make sure your brain has a good, strong blood supply, which is essential to help it function better now and in future.”
  3. Weight loss – the golden number of steps per day needed for weight loss is 10,000. An 18-hole round easily exceeds this recommended number, especially when you walk and do not use a golf cart. The Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) found that recent research projects (referring to those in Norway, Japan, Germany, the US and Sweden) revealed that a male golfer burns around 2,500 kCal during an 18-hole round, and female players burn approximately 1,500 kCal (read 9 Holes for Better Health – in Norwegian)
  4. Reduces stress – the pleasure of walking in fresh air, socialising, with an added mental challenge means golf releases endorphins, the natural mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain, which make you happy and relaxed
  5. Improved sleep – exercise and fresh air are a powerful combination for improved sleep. Walking the course will give you a good workout. Regular exercise helps you sleep faster and remain in a deep sleep for longer. Sleep helps your muscles rest and repair
  6. Low injury – golf is a low-impact activity in the sense that one walks on a soft, gently rolling surface. More mature players find this attractive as they can burn calories with a low risk of injury
  7. Live longer – a Swedish study by the Karolinska Institutet led by Professor Anders Ahlbom, found that golfers have a 40% lower death rate, which corresponds to a 5-year increase in life expectancy (read Golf: A game of life and death – reduced mortality in Swedish golf players)

“The health benefits of golf are far greater than most of us seem to believe, and may have a much greater and broader impact on our wellbeing than we may have realised. Considering how well a good golf facility can appeal to people of all age groups, golf is a wonderful way to encourage exercise,” says Edwin Roald, EIGCA Council member.

In addition to the scientific research above, the NY Times ran a story in July 2015 following two studies which found there are many health benefits of golf: “A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the progress, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.” (read this blog post).

Golf carts are not a fundamental part of the game

The use of golf carts is widespread and it can be all too easy to jump in a cart rather than take a leisurely stroll. While golf carts are useful in terms of enabling the elderly and people with disabilities to enjoy golf as a form of recreation, their extensive use has likely contributed, as much as anything else, to golf‘s apparent elitist image. Whenever possible, golfers should say no to a cart and play golf on foot, as it was meant to be played, and reap the rewards of the health benefits of golf.

Source: European Institute of Golf Course Architects

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Mainlands is turning 47! We’re celebrating with 2 Golf Tournaments!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it’s not Christmas just yet, but it’s close because…

Mainlands Golf Course is turning 47!

We’re Celebrating with Two Golf Scrambles and whole day of festivities on November 10th! Celebrate with us because we wouldn’t be here without you! You could win FREE Greens Fees for 1 Year — see below!


7:15am – TRADITIONAL TOURNAMENT: 4 person BETTER Ball Scramble
12:15pm – AFTERNOON CRAZY 18 HOLE: 4 person BETTER Ball Scramble

(5 Holes will have a mini-game)

COST is to be $55.00 (+tax) per person for per tournament. Must be paid by 11/9/18. In Honor of Veteran’s Day $5 from every entry fee will be donated to Local VFW

  • Donuts, Danish, and light food for breakfast. Lunch is provided to all. LIVE MUSIC! ! !
  • Goody Bags for all golfers, with giveaways, coupons, balls, tees, candy, raffle tickets and
  • Best Ball format, 4 person teams, prizes for top 3 teams, closest to pin, longest drive, AND…
  • FREE BEER! ! Enough SAID
  • Fun for All, Prizes for most!
  • Golf trivia challenge + Putting Contest from 11am – 12:30pm.
    $5.00 Per Ticket – 50% of the Proceeds will go to the Local VFW
  • Always one of the best days of the year. We look forward to celebrating our birthday with

To Sign Up, Call the Pro Shop at (727) 577-4847 or email mgolfcourse@tampabay.rr.com


The Final Sunday Scramble At Mainlands!


Sunday Two Person Scramble

Try to Beat the Mike/Tyson Team! 

Sundays at 4 PM |  $15 per person

Price includes:

  • $3 that goes back for prizes
  • Top three teams get gift certificates. 
  • The pot is split 50%, 30%, 20%  for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

Come in to the pro shop or call to sign up – (727) 577-4847 

This final format:

  • September 30 – Better Ball Scramble

We will post the results on our blog and Facebook page on Monday!

Scramble Results Weekend of 9.22.18

Well what a weekend for Golf!!  Tiger is back on top in a rather dramatic fashion.  People are going nuts and rightfully so.  The guy is beyond a doubt impressive.

The Saturday Scramble roared along with over 9 groups.  The weather has been mostly dry and the grounds crew is finally catching up giving the course the good ‘hair cut’ it has needed.

We had enough groups this week to have two flights with 3 teams in each winning prizes.

Flight A

1st Place – Steve, Stuart, Kevin, & Jim -13

2nd Place – Kenzie, Paul, Bama, & Jess -11

3rd Place – Chuck, Peter, Robert, Bob, & Kim -8

Flight B

1st Place – Matt, Johnny, John, & Brian -8

2nd Place – Kevin, Stan, & Jamie -7

3rd Place – Tom, Duke, Marlo, Dave -6

Closest to the Pin was Dan on Team #6

All of the winners have Prize money deposited into their Club Credit accounts and Dan has golf balls behind the counter from the closest to the pin.

The second to last Sunday Scramble started off with and bang and ended with a rather large clap of thunder, followed by some rather large and quite cold drops of rain.  Every team finished at least 9 holes so we did not issue rain checks.  The pot was $48 and that money carries over to next week.  Our next and last scramble of the year will be at 4pm and we are playing the regular 2 person, better ball scramble.  This summer has had a great run with only two cancelled days and two rain outs all season.  Considering all of the weird rain we got I have to say that’s pretty good.

So congratulations to all who came out and played.  I look forward to this coming Sunday Scramble giving it one last hurrah before the days start getting really short.




Two Weeks of Scramble Results 9.8.18 – 9.16.18

Hello Mainlands Golfers!  This weeks post is twice as informative as usual because I quite frankly forgot to do last weeks scores post.

So with out further uh-dew let’s talk about some winners.

The 9.8.18 Scramble Winning Team was . . .

1st Place A Flight : Jim, Whit, Steve, Kevin, and Stuart -10

2nd Place A Flight : Stuart, Frank, Bob, Charlie and Rex -8

3rd Place A Flight : Peter, Chuck, and Mrs.  No last name Given,  -8

1st Place in B Flight : Stan, David, Jamie, Duke, and Kevin -5

Closest to the Pin was Reggie on #6 Team

Congratulations to all of the Winners.  All of you have monies deposited into your club credit accounts and the Closest to the pin has golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.

The Sunday Two Person Scramble was cancelled two hours before it started due to excessive wetness.  Then it rained another inch for half an hour.  Yeah it was wet.  Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez showed up to play and were obviously a tad put out.  This Weeks Honorable Mention goes to Rob and Vaughn, they clinch the MGC Sunday Two-Person Attendance Award.


For the Week of 9.15.18 the Saturday Scramble went off in some of the most dry conditions we have seen in the past two months.  It felt like a rare treat to have no mud in the middle of the fairway.  As such the scores were a bit lower.

And the Winning team was . . .

1st Place A Flight : Chuck Pete, and Robert -12

2nd Place A Flight : Stu, Frank, Rex, Carl, Charlie -10

3rd Place A Flight : Chuck, Jim, Steve, AJ, and Fred -8

1st Place in B Flight was Stan, David, Jamie, Duke, Kevin -5

Closest to the Pin was Al on Team #3.

Congratulations to all of the Winners, the Whiners and the rest of the Players.  All of you (well the winners), have monies deposited into your club credit accounts and the Closest to the pin has golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.

The Sunday Scramble was completely, utterly, unequivocally, righteously, awesome.  It was my personal favorite format the 4 Club Scramble.  The course was dry but daunting with only being able to use 1/3rd of your arsenal.  That being said the scores were rather low.  Mike and I played with Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez.  They whipped us by three strokes and Rob didn’t even bring a putter!  By the end of the round Rob got really good putting with his pitching wedge, while Vaughn just SMASHED his driver to dominate the course.  They were the winning team with a 64.  It is always nice to see good people at the top of the leader board.

1st Place Team : Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez -3

2nd Place Team : Christina & Michael Brogan -2

3rd Place Team : Rob Harris and Leroy Williams Even Par

Closest to the Pin was Stuart Hoff on #17

1st Place got $16.50, 2nd Place $9.90, 3rd Place $6.60 was the prize money.  So Rob and Vaughn got paid to play golf.  That makes them professionals now and they are ineligible for amateur competition.  How is that for an Attendance Award?

Finally This weeks Dishonorable mention goes to those who shall not be named.  But if you have 5 clubs in your bag and we have told you at least twice that it is a 4 club scramble that means you are either cheating, disqualified, or at least should check into some hearing aids.

Two more weeks of the Sunday 2 Person Scramble.  Next weeks format is Stableford Scramble.  I am taking suggestions for the final week format.  Maybe a Skins game?  Maybe another 4 Club?  Maybe we could merge them both into a bris(k) round of golf?



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Scramble Results Weekend of 8.4.18

Hey there Mainlands Golfers! ! ! We have the Scramble Results from the weekend.

This week the Saturday Scramble went off in Shotgun format so that we could accommodate long time friend of the course David Dale and his Bobby J Memorial tournament.  It was the nicest weather we have had in easily two weeks and dare I say it but the course was ALMOST dry.

First place was a new group today, but a group full of familiar faces none-the-less.

Flight A 1st Place – John Green, Wayne Sawa, Steve Hensley, and Cam Burrows!

Flight A 2nd Place –  Stu Hoff, Steve Bevins, Jim Dunham, and Kevin Pilsbury.

Flight B 3rd Place –  BAMA Graham, Jess Falin, Kenzie Witt, Paul Stanley.

Closest to the pin was Steve Hensley on No. 1

Congratulations to the winners, you all have Club Credit deposited to your respective accounts, and Steve Hensley has a bag of golf balls behind the counter with his name on written on that bag for identification purposes.

The Sunday Scramble had a rather robust showing of over 13 goups.  And all 13 groups were unlucky enough to get rained on about half way through the round.  After the 3rd lightning stroke I could no longer ignore the wrath of Zeus and we called it a day.  The prize money in the pot is totaled to $84 going into next weeks round.  That is big money around these parts.  I wanted to play the 4 club challenge this week but Mike pushed for the Shamble.  Personally my game has been in shambles and I don’t like any format that reminds me of that fact.  On the sheet we are scheduled to do the regular Scramble format.  So I ask you the consumer. . . vote for either 4 club or Regular Scramble and we will see what happens.

REMEMBER –  $5 off of your 18 hole greens fee this month, all month, if you book your tee time online.


I’ll see you at the course,