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Veterans Day Special

November 11, 2016, Veterans Day special

1 free-Driving Range large bucket.

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“The Last Chance Fall Scramble”


Change in Pro Shop Hours

Staring November 1, 2016 the Pro Shop will be opening at 9am and closing at 5pm.

Iron Horse Cigar Depot Tournament

The Iron Horse Cigar Depot will be holding a tournament today and the course will be closed for regular play until 3pm. Tee times are available online or feel free to call the Pro-Shop at 518-943-0320.

Tiger Woods fell out of the limelight, so did Nike’s golf business.

Why Nike Is Ditching the Golf Equipment Business
As Tiger Woods fell out of the limelight, so did Nike’s golf business.
Jeremy Bowman
Aug 11, 2016 at 11:21AM

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Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) surprised the sports world last week by saying it would no longer make golf equipment. Twenty years after the world’s largest sports apparel company dove headfirst into golf with Tiger Woods, the company said it would stop producing clubs, balls, and bags, adding in a brief press release that it would instead be “accelerating innovation in golf footwear and apparel.” The news seemed unusual considering Nike’s stable of golf stars including Rory McIlroy and Michelle Wie, in addition to Woods, but Nike’s recent performance helps explain why.
Nike’s losing its grip on the game

Golf was the Swoosh’s worst-performing category in its last fiscal year, as sales fell 8% to $706 million, which followed a 2% decline the year before. Golf was also the only segment to lose sales on a constant currency basis last year, and has become Nike’s smallest revenue contributor.

The company does not separate golf apparel and footwear sales from equipment, so it’s unclear how much revenue the company will forego without clubs and balls, but overall equipment sales have also been waning recently. Like golf, they fell 8% last year and 2% the year before.

Nike built its golf business through the late 1990s and 2000s on the back of Woods’ stardom, but his career unraveled following a marital infidelity scandal in 2009, leading Nike’s golf business to plateau and then decline. The company signed Rory McIlroy in 2012 in a $200 million deal, but he hasn’t won a major since 2014 and his star has been eclipsed by Under Armour’s (NYSE:UA) Jordan Spieth, among others.
Nike isn’t alone here

Golf participation has been on a slow and steady decline for two decades. Participation among millennials has been particularly weak, as many have flocked to cities where golf courses are less accessible; they also complain that golf takes too much time and costs too much money.

Nike’s biggest rival, Adidas (NASDAQOTH:ADDYY), said earlier this year that it would sell its golf brand, TaylorMade, which also includes the Adams and Ashworth brands. Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer’s statement on the subject was remarkably similar to Nike’s: “TaylorMade is a very viable business. However, we decided that now is the time to focus even more on our core strength in the athletic footwear and apparel market.”

Under Armour’s golf footwear and apparel have gotten a boost from Jordan Spieth, but that company has said it has no interest in producing golf equipment at this time.
The reality is it’s not a great business

Callaway Golf (NYSE:ELY), the only pure-play golf company on the market, has finally recovered to profitability after several years of losses following the recession. As an expensive leisure activity, golf is one of the first expenses people cut back on in a down economy, and that and declining participation rates have made the post-recession recovery especially difficult.

In addition, brand-centric companies like Nike and its rivals value professional athletes for their ability to sell merchandise. That’s why logos adorn golfers’ shoes, shirts, and hats, but equipment doesn’t work that way. No TV viewer can see what clubs or balls a pro golfer’s using, and even if Nike does make great equipment, it’s much harder to make that sale to the consumer.

Nike has shown in the past that it’s been unafraid to leave faltering businesses. It shuttered its FuelBand division in 2014, and sold Umbro and Cole Haan in 2012. At $706 million, golf makes up barely 2% of total revenue.

Rory McIlroy may be sad his sponsor has moved on, but Nike will prosper with or without his favorite clubs.

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flow and trust

Even after you’ve made it through the learning process with an effective swing, developed a fail-safe pre-shot routine, and consistently applied clear thinking to each shot or stroke, there still are times when getting your club-face squarely back to the ball is very challenging. The swing which worked beautifully last time out, looked tour level on video, yielded positive feedback on the Trackman, just doesn’t seem to work. According to David Leadbetter, somehow, there’s a block or disconnect in the system, interrupting the free flowing movement, which is apparent, when things are going well. Your swing hasn’t disappeared. And by locking-into the Rhythm and Tempo of your swing you can re-connect your system, and miraculously, that flow and trust will return.

'He says it helps keep his swing in the proper rhythm.'Let me tell you how!

When they’re on their game, I’ve heard top golfers say, “I’ve got this one.” You’ve probably had that feeling yourself many times. It is almost inevitably followed by a good, if not great, golf shot. Most players haven’t given much thought to the process that produces this wonderful feeling – they think it just happens. Golfers in my workshops get pretty excited when they realize that they have it within their power to make it happen. In order to allow this speedy integration of psycho-physiological data to merge,  your must practice the blending of internal feedback. Our inner-game drills do just that.

A good practice session for golfers should be as much about these internal process as about technique. Successful players will tell you they practice more on feel, rhythm and tempo than on specific swing techniques.

During the inner-game drills, internal feedback can occur in variety of

forms. It comes as a matter of feel, as a clear image of the ball flight, and/or through the sound and feel at impact.

With every swing each player generates a wealth of information through this intrinsic, sensory-information bank. The more coherent the sensory response, the more synchronized the swing will become.

It is critical that golfers practice accessing their intrinsic information so that it will become automatic during competitive rounds. External feedback can be a motivating tactic of a good coach, and it can lead to important improvements. But, it is internal feedback that provides the self-sustaining lifeblood for all athletes during performance. The wisdom to hit good golf shots resides within each golfer and not in the heads of their instructors.

The better your sense of feel for the rhythm, tempo and motion of the club head, the more effective your swing will be.

Inner Game Drills: Developing Trust

If you’re overly concerned with adhering to the structure of what a good swing should look like, you’ll rob yourself of the freedom and creativity that allow you to make a free-flowing, rhythmic swing.

This is not to say that proper technique and coaching

are not important, rather there must be balanced attention towards practicing accessing your internal network.

Through the inner-game drills you’ll learn to trust your swing, play more fully in your imaginative mind, and swing automatically. You will feel your inner game strengthening almost immediately.

For you to hit your best shots, the club head must flow smoothly, nonstop, from the start of the forward swing to the top of the finish, without the slightest hesitation, interruption, surge, jerk, or pull.

By focusing on swinging this way you eliminate the mechanical-swing thoughts that rob players of rhythm and tempo.

You’ll get to know, kinesthetically, where the club head is at all times, and you’ll become more accustomed to the feel of the shot.

Inner game drills are designed to develop deeply seated trust when play is automatic, internal confidence is high, and you’re firmly centered in the present.

Cryptic exchange: Woods closer to retiring than returning?

By now, you’ve probably seen the video of Tiger Woods rinsing three wedge shots during the media day for the Quicken Loans National, the tournament that benefits his foundation. On a brisk, blustery morning, with no warm-up, Woods couldn’t hit the green from 102 yards away, each timid strike lacking the proper distance, speed and conviction.

Though tempting to draw a conclusion from that clip – the U.S. Open, after all, begins in 30 days – even more revealing was an exchange with Washington Post reporter Barry Svrluga later that day.

As he documented at the end of this story, Svrluga asked Woods whether he still sees himself fulfilling the role of ceremonial tournament host once his playing career is over – you know, like Jack and Arnie and Byron, shaking hands, telling stories.

“Mmmmm-hmmmm,” Woods replied. “Yep.”

Svrluga followed up: Really? Why?

“Ask me that question later this year,” Woods said. “I’ll have a different answer.”

That could mean anything, of course. Over the years, he and his team have run more misdirection plays than a Pop Warner football team. But re-read that cryptic answer, and the most obvious interpretation is that Woods is on the verge of retirement; that six months after conceding any other accomplishments will be “gravy,” not much has changed.

He signs up for majors, but only because it’s standard procedure.

He says he’s getting stronger, but he lacks the endurance to log any substantial practice time.

He says he’s progressing, but he still hasn’t played 18 consecutive holes.

He says he wants to return, but neither he nor his doctors know when, or if, that day will come.

“Whether that’s by next week or that’s a year from now,” Woods said Monday at Congressional Country Club, “I don’t know.”

Deep down, maybe he does, or there would be little use contemplating his life after golf.

Maybe he’s tired of trying to recover, of trying to heal his brittle body. Maybe he knows he’s one swing away from sabotaging his quality of life.

Maybe he knows now that even if he’s healthy, he can’t keep pace with today’s best players – not least his mentee, world No. 1 Jason Day, with his mammoth drives, sky-high irons and silky putting stroke. Maybe Woods knows that he’s set up to fail, his recovery so harshly scrutinized that his three water balls landed on the cover of Tuesday’s USA Today.

It’s not hard to imagine any of those scenarios.

As usual with Woods, there are far more questions than answers. But read those ominous words again – Ask me that question later this year. I’ll have a different answer – and you get the sense that he already realizes how this latest comeback will end.


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