Thursday, May 17, 2018

Advice for Amateurs

This week, our most recent RSM Classic winner Austin Cook had some advice for players who might be newer to the golf scene. Here’s an excerpt from the recent Newsday article:

“PGA Tour pros and their caddies have been in enough pro-ams to know just where all of us mortals continually go wrong. They offer some kindly advice, which basically boils down to: line it up, take enough club and take it easy.

Overwhelmingly, the experts agreed that amateurs never choose to use enough club. ‘They think that a 9-iron can go 190 yards and they think they can hit it like Dustin Johnson, when really, they hit it more like me, where a 9-iron goes 130 yards,” said Austin Cook, winner of The RSM Classic in this, his rookie PGA Tour season.’”

Thanks for the advice, Austin! This got us thinking about other tips that might be helpful for those of us who aren’t professionals (at least not YET). Fortunately, GolfDigest just put out an article entitled, “Golf for Beginners: So You Want to Play Golf, that provides additional insights:

“We get it. Golf can seem terribly complicated to the uninitiated. So many rules, so many different kinds of clubs. And then there's the lingo: birdies, bogeys, bump-and-runs. At Golf Digest, this may be the language we speak every day, but we also know it's a language that can scare prospective golfers off before they ever pick up a club. That's where this online beginner's guide comes in.”

Whether you’re brand new to the game, or just want to brush up on a few facts, you can find the full article here.

And speaking of newbies, the AT&T Byron Nelson is underway at the tournament’s new home. The Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas, is currently making its public unveiling, and has intrigued many in the golf community: 

“Not everyone will understand how to play this links-like test, let alone succeed, because this is not the typical Point A to Point B golf that the Tour pros see each week. The Pinehurst-like domed greens and beguiling fairway contours will redirect what look to be pretty good shots. Imagination and patience will be critical this week.” –

Past RSM Classic winners Robert Streb (2014),  Tommy Gainey (2012) and Ben Crane (2011) are playing in the tournament. 

Below are their tee times for Thurs., May 17:

Ben Crane
8:00 am
Robert Streb
8:20 am
Tommy Gainey
8:30 am

Best of luck to our Team RSM “family” as they play on this new course!

And in case you missed it, volunteer registration for the 2018 RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) has started! Click the link here to find out how you can be a part of this PGATOUR event this fall!

Check back next week for more on Team RSM, The RSM Classic and other golf-related news.


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