Make a Date with the Driving Range

Perhaps your swing hasn’t been feeling right lately, or you just feel like you need some extra practice, but whatever the case, there’s nothing wrong with getting in some time at the driving range. Spending time practicing is the best way to get comfortable with your swing and brush up on the minute details that can make a big difference out on the course. The driving range is also a wonderful place to practice your mental game as well as your swing so that when you’re out on the course again, you’re even more prepared for that difficult shot. Something to always keep in mind during the game of golf is your mental game. If you are feeling off mentally, it can really disrupt your game out on the course, so while you’re busy taking practice swings, work on how you view your game. Take the time to go through your clubs and feel the difference between each one. Focus your thoughts in an organized and positive way to your mental strength is at its peak while on the course. This is a huge part of any sport, but it’s often overlooked when thinking about the perfect golf game.

Stretch It Out!! It’s very important for your muscles to stretch before you start swinging, whether it’s at the range or at the course because your body will always respond better to practice if it’s loosened up. Take the time to start with smaller swings, and slowly stretch out your muscles. Try just swinging a club back and forth until you feel warmed up enough. Use your remote-control golf caddy to support yourself as you stretch out your leg muscles.

Start Swinging!! After you’ve warmed up, it’s time to work your way through all of your irons. Try starting with your 9 and then continue with your lowest to your highest. Take a variety of shots and you will notice you’ll start to get into a groove. You can always begin with chip shots and then slowly work your way up to take a swing. Taking shots with each one of your irons gives you the opportunity to focus on your swing and realign your stance if necessary. You can watch the way the ball falls, and notice if it’s hooked or not, which will then tell you if you need to adjust the way you are standing. A great drill to try is to pick three different areas of the range and practice hitting the ball there as if it were a hole on the course. Try to get everything right, your stance, your swing, everything. If this is a drill that you can do consistently, it will really start to help your swing motions.

Practice That Putt!! Some people forget how important putting can be. If you’re at the practice range be sure to devote around 15 minutes just to your putting game. We all know that putting can make or break your game, so take the time to practice it, a little bit of practice goes a long way. Routine and consistency are key so make sure you give it the full 15 minutes each time. Try working on your longer putts while you’re at the practice range. Line up 10 balls and try putting them from farther away. You could also try focusing on your technique because that will help with the longer distance putts. With a few reminders, your body will create muscle memory and your putt will become consistent and accurate. So go ahead and make that date with the Driving Range, you’ll be glad you did!

“I’m not lazy. I won’t use a power cart!”

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Today at our Demo Day, I had a conversation with a friendly fellow, who we will call Jay, wanted to debate that a power caddy is for “Lazy” folks. Here at Cart-Tek, we whole-heartedly disagree with that statement. If we were to ask you if you wanted to play better, would you say yes? Jay certainly did. Most people seem to think that new oversized driver, or the fancy new putter developed by engineers from NASA is the only thing that can improve their game. Those same folks may not realize that an electric cart can also help. When do you end up making the most mistakes? Is it near the end of the round, usually when you are tired from carrying or pushing your bag? Stressed from climbing the hills while lugging your heavy golf bag? When you take the load off of your body, you’re able to save both physical and mental energy. Now imagine for a minute that you can focus that energy on your swing. Do you think you’ll be able to improve your game? At the end of the conversation, Jay decided to give our GRi-1500Li a try for a round. Jay was extremely impressed with how fresh he still felt, the ease of use and how much fun the remote caddy added to his game. He even indicated that it was one of the faster rounds that he has played so far this year as he was able to increase his walking pace overall. At the end of the day, Jay decided to place and order with us for a new GRi-1500Li in Black. I’m happy that we were able to educate someone that power carts aren’t only for lazy folks, but for those who would like help increasing their enjoyment of this wonderful game we call golf.
How to Protect Yourself from the Sun on the Golf Course

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun on the Golf Course

There are a lot of positive experiences we can have on the golf course and proper preparation and equipment help to make it so. There are a few simple sun protection tips you can use to ensure your comfort and safety, especially when the sun is beating down on you and you’ve got a long course to play.

Apply Sunscreen One of the worst things, after a wonderful day on the course, is leaving with a sunburn because you forgot to use sunscreen. Often, golfers miss this step and risk the ultimate consequence of skin cancer. It’s a real concern and typically overlooked when the direct sun isn’t beating down on your skin. Keep in mind, some of the worst sun exposure from UV rays can happen on an overcast day. The longer you are on the course, the more you’ll want to consider reapplying. Sweating is common with this sport and when it’s a warm day, this can’t be avoided. Sunscreen gets washed away with sweat and leaves your skin vulnerable to the UV rays.

Hydrate with H20 Hydration is a non-stop process while on the course. Again, that sweating that happens quickly depletes your body of its ideal hydration and replacing it as you go is a must. Carry water with you because drinking fountains aren’t always available throughout the course and you never want to be caught without water if your body starts to protest the heat.

Carry a Wet Towel This option is a wonderful relief on those sweltering days, especially when you don’t have a hat or tend to overheat. Cover your head with the towel and enjoy the instant relief it brings.

Wear a Hat and Sun-Protective Clothing A lot of golfer’s wear a visor on the course, but visors don’t offer protection for the top of the head, so a wide-brimmed hat is recommended instead of a visor. No matter the style, headwear is an absolute must. Wearing light-colored clothing also helps reduce the body heat and long-sleeves give your skin an extra layer of protection.

Carry an Umbrella or Drive a Golf Cart These two options offer an instant reprieve from the sun and can be a lifesaver on the days where temperatures reach epic highs. Driving a golf cart, whether electric or gas, is also a fantastic way to pack around the other important items for your sun-safety. Shade protection is the best when trying to cool down and an umbrella is an easy option if you are set on walking the course.

Sunglasses Too many times golfers forget the most essential piece of sun protection and it’s almost impossible to complete a course if you can’t see. Protecting your eyes from the UV rays increases your chances of avoiding eye disease and sun damage. Your eyes are always at risk, even on cloudy days, so throwing an extra pair of sunglasses in your golf bag for the days you wouldn’t ordinarily wear sunglasses off the course, is a terrific way to be prepared. Sun protection can be managed with just a few easy steps but the consequences of not protecting yourself can be incredibly harmful. Take a few minutes before you start your game, and lather up, throw a cap on and fill your water bottle, you’ll be glad you did!

5 Golf Gadget Must-haves

5 Golf Gadget Must-haves

These days, technology is constantly changing and with it comes new gadgets for just about any interest. In the world of golf, there are quite a few tech products that have hit the market recently and some of them are downright fascinating. Whether you want the newest gadget, electric caddies or a cool golf training accessory, there is a multitude of options and something for everyone. Golf GPS Several companies make a GPS for golfing that are voice activated as well as a visual display on the unit itself. The GPS is designed to give you the exact distance from where you stand, to the next hole, and it can also help you locate your golf ball so you can use your powered golf caddy to quickly reach your ball and continue the game. There are many options for the various units, including selecting different languages and preinstalled golf courses all over the world. 3D Golf Swing Analyzer This gadget gives you all kinds of statistics and numbers and can even track club head speed. It also tracks swing plane, hip rotation, your hand path, tempo, backswing position and many other features. With most designs, you must attach a sensor to your glove and it talks to an app that you can download on your mobile phone. Pocket Ball Washer Clean golf balls help to maximize distance and minimize air friction. Instead of packing around a towel, consider the option of the pocket ball washer. It’s small, always stay wet on the inside and works great for wiping off dirt. Glow In The Dark Golf Balls Just like a regular golf ball, with the bonus of glowing in the dark! Makes for some fun night-time golf games and you are more likely to locate your ball after your shot. A pack of these balls makes great gifts for the avid golfer in your life. Golf Apps for Mobile Devices Technology has come a long way in the world of golf and there are all kinds of apps that can help you improve your game. Downloading a few apps onto a mobile device can give you the insight needed to fix your swing, find your ball, measure distances to the next hole and give you advice, all at the touch of a small screen. Carrying a mobile phone on the course is very common these days, which makes it easy to use the apps throughout your game. Golf has often been labeled one of the most challenging games of all. Technology can and has helped to improve many aspects of the game and fortunately, there are a lot of golf gadgets and accessories to choose from. Depending on your preferences, you can find the best tools that work for your personal game can be a fun and educational endeavor. You can find things that appeal to both inexpensive and expensive tastes, anywhere from some new balls to electric golf trolleys.
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3 Ways to Continue Walking the Golf Course During Your Later Years

3 Ways to Continue Walking the Golf Course During Your Later Years

As you grow older, you may experience some problems with endurance when walking the golf course. While there are golf carts available, you would rather continue walking the greens to experience the beauty of the course and to provide your body with the exercise it needs. We have gathered 3 tips for walking a golf course into your later years. Lighten the Load It's true that you can carry the full set of golf clubs in your bag. Yet do you really need to? Many golfers can trim down the number of clubs they need to 8 or 9. With less clubs, your golf bag will feel lighter as it will take the load off your back. Your body will feel better as you can keep up your endurance. Use an Electric Golf Caddy If you can't simply do without having all your clubs at the golf course, you can place your golf bag on an electric or remote-controlled caddy. Then you will have none of the bag weight sitting on your back while you walk to each hole. You just have to steer the electric caddy along the path. Walk Shorter Courses Another option is to pick a golf location that still offers 18 holes, yet it has shorter courses. Then you can save your energy and strength while still enjoying the walk along the links in your later years. Before you consider walking the golf course into your later years, always consult with your doctor if you have any medical conditions that could be impacted. In addition, always listen to your body if you experience any aches or sudden pains. Take your time and take breaks while you allow other groups to pass through so you don't hold up their game.
Spring Electric Golf Caddy Prep Checklist

Spring Electric Golf Caddy Prep Checklist

Spring is here and you are itching to get out to the golf course. Yet before you grab your golf bag, you have to get your electric golf caddy prepped so you can have an easier time walking the course. We have gathered together this important checklist to use so your electric golf caddy will be up and running smoothly for all your trips out to the links. Cleaning and Maintenance When taking it out from the storage bag, give it a good cleaning to remove dirt, grass and grime left over from last year. Check all the mountings and tighten screws that may have come loose. You also want to load on your golf bag (with clubs inside) to inspect all restraints and straps.

Checking the Battery

Since the battery was in storage, it may have a lost some of its charge. You want to top off the battery charge. Also, don't forget to change or recharge the batteries for the remote control if you have a remote-controlled caddy. After the battery is charged, you want to inspect the cable connections and tighten them. Then mount the caddy battery to evaluate the retainer and connections for any issues.

Operational Inspection

Take your electric golf caddy outside to check the caddy wheels. You want to listen for any unusual noises, watch for wheel turning issues and check for any wheel mounting problems. It is also a great opportunity to adjust the tracking. With remote-controlled electric caddies, this is your opportunity to ensure all remote control functions are working properly. Getting your electric golf caddy prepped and ready will allow you to notice any problems that need immediate repair. Then you won't have to worry about the caddy breaking down along the golf course as you have to lug everything back to the car.
Don’t Let Golf Carts Spoil a good walk

Don’t Let Golf Carts Spoil a good walk

When it comes to the sport of golf, all players agree that it is game that has a range of challenges. It requires dedication to the craft but also allows people to just get out there and have fun whacking at a ball to see how close you get it to the green. Yet the one highly debated topic is whether to ride a cart or walk the course.

Getting Out for a Good Walk

For many people, getting out to the golf course is the only exercise they get for the entire week. In a society that suggests that people should get out more and get our bodies in better shape, going to the golf course only to ride in a cart feels almost like a cheat -- like a child promising to eat the cup of salad on their plate if they can have two ice cream cones later. Walking the course offers so many benefits to a golfer. Yes, it can start to become tiring once reaching the 17th or 18th hole. Yet this issue happens with any sport that you are playing for several hours, such as basketball, baseball, or soccer. Your body naturally grows tired the longer you engage in the sport during that time period. Yet building up your endurance over time will allow your body to adjust. Your body grows stronger as you don't tire out as quickly. If you hop into the golf cart, the only times you are moving your body is when you walk over to the ball, take a swing, and walk back to the cart. You are no longer challenging your body to become stronger because you are taking away the activities that helps to build more endurance. Instead of only growing tired at the 17th or 18th hole, you begin feeling tired at the 12th hole or 8th hole as you are cutting back on your walking. Don't let golf carts spoil a good walk. Increase your endurance, and check out the great scenery, by hopping out the golf cart and getting your feet walking across the course.
Gear Up to Join the Ranks of Walking Golfers

Gear Up to Join the Ranks of Walking Golfers

Watching people bypass the golf carts and walk the golf course might have inspired you to do the same. Joining the ranks of walking golfers will offer you a range of amazing perks. You'll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery more without watching it whiz by the moving golf cart. You can get your body moving while stretching and strengthening muscles. You also have the opportunity to meet other golfers while sharing in the camaraderie of the game. If you are ready to become a walking golfer, you want to have all the right gear. Check out our advice to make the walk across the course more enjoyable.

Lighten your bag

Ask a walking golfer about the number of clubs that they actually use. Many of them will tell you that they don't have a full set. Instead, they carry from 8 to 10 clubs in their bags. If you can lighten the number of clubs in your bag, this will be less excess weight on your back. You won't tire yourself out while walking.

Use a rolling golf trolley or remote-controlled caddy

If you want to carry all 14 golf clubs yet still walk the course, you can invest in a golf trolley. There are electric trolleys and remote-controlled caddies that will lug the heavy load for you. All you have to do is steer the trolley or caddy in the direction you want to go. You can even have it follow behind or in front of you without having to hold the handles when using a remote control.

Enjoy your day while walking the golf course

Wearing the right clothes, putting on good walking shoes, and finding other ways to carry your heavy golf bag will allow you to walk the golf course while still being comfortable. Join the ranks of walking golfers and gear up with the right items.
Get in Tip Top Golf Shape for Your Spring Season

Get in Tip Top Golf Shape for Your Spring Season

Winter weather can put an end to your golf season as you have to stay at home and dream about the green courses when spring arrives. However, the more you don't play golf, the greater chance that you fall out of practice and will have a poorer game when the weather improves. During the occasional warm days in winter, consider getting out to the golf course and getting in shape for next season so that when the spring flowers arrive, you can hit the golf course in full stride and at the best of your abilities. Practicing golf drills will allow you to improve your swing as well as your concentration. You can also take mental note of performance issues that you want to overcome. Here are several different types of golf drills you can partake in when hitting the green.

Driving Range Drills

Before walking the 18 holes, you can practice some drills at the driving range. You can practice one of the main issues that many golfers face, which is lifting the head when taking the swing instead of keeping it down and focused on the ball. At the driving range, you aren't concentrating on where the ball is going. Instead, you can place your focus entirely on your swing.

Putting Drills

Putting requires hitting the ball at different distances. Yet many golfers have problems because they cut back on how much strength they put into the swing, which can impact how the ball reaches the hole. With putting drills, you learn how to use the same amount of strength while still getting a range of different distances. The only difference is that you are instead adjusting your back swing by increasing or decreasing it to the right amount.

Bunker Drills

Sand traps can be the most frustrating part of the golf course. Instead of hitting the ball out of the sand, it just gets wedged more into it as you start to dig the ball deeper into the bunker. Bunker drills are designed to teach you how to adjust your swing so that enough height and spin is transferred to the ball as it will sail out of the bunker. With these spring golf tips, you will be ready to get your golf game on when spring arrives. Take the opportunity to get out to the course, even in the winter, to practice and improve your swing.