Congrats Bubba Waston on Green Jacket No. 2!

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FilAm TV Charity Golf Classic (May 23, 2014)

The 2nd Annual Filipino American Charity Golf Classic and Dinner Dance will occur on May 23rd at the La Mirada Golf Course  located in South Los Angeles County.    The event proceeds will help support the LA County Junior Golf Foundation and rebuild homes for Typhoon Haiyan victims through Gawad Kalinga.

EVENT DAY INFO:

  • 11:00 AM      Player Registration, Lunch and Putting Contest
  • 12:45 PM      Call to Golf Carts
  •   1:00 PM      Shotgun Start, Scramble Format
  •   6:30 PM      Mixer
  •   7:00 PM      Golf Awards Recognition and Dinner Dance

To learn more go to:  http://www.filamtv.com/golf.html

2014 LPGA Golf Clinics for Women: Empowering Women Through the Game of Golf

With the goal of “Empowering Women Through the Game of Golf” the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women program, run by JBC Golf, Inc., located in Boston, Massachusetts, are “full one-day Clinics in major markets across the nation.”

In 2014, there will be a total of 14 such clinics.  The program commences on April 14, 2014 at the Calabasas Country Club in Los Angeles, California and concludes on November 4, 2014 at the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida.

The 2014 LPGA Golf Clinics for Women schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 14th:  Calabasas Country Club, Los Angeles, CA.

Tuesday, April 22nd:  Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, Charlotte, NC.

Monday, May 12th:  Elmwood Country Club, White Plains, NY.

Monday, May 19th:  TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN.

Monday, June 2nd:  The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, MN.

Wednesday, June 18th: 1757 Golf Club, Dulles, VA.

Monday, June 23rd:  Spring Valley Country Club, Sharon, MA.

Monday, July 14th:   Spring Valley Country Club, Sharon, MA.

Monday, August 4th:  The Ivanhoe Club, Mundelein, IL.

Monday, August 25th:  Crestmont Country Club, West Orange, NJ.

Monday, September 8th:  Palo Alto Hills Country Club, Palo Alto, CA.

Monday, September 22nd:  Westmoreland Country Club, Wilmette, IL.

Monday, September 29th:  Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta, GA.

Tuesday, November 4th:  Seagate Country Club, Delray Beach, FL.

To learn more and to register, visit:  http://www.lpgagolfclinicsforwomen.com/.

Physical Therapy for Golf-Related Injuries – A Q&A with Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy

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Courtesy Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy

Ever wondered how to address injuries that interfere with your golf game?  Golf Rehab might be an option.  Golf Rehab is one of the services offered by Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy, located in mid-town Manhattan, New York. The Fourth Tee conducted this Q&A to learn more!

THE FOURTH TEE:  Thank you for granting this interview with The Fourth Tee.  Describe for us the types of golf-related injuries that can occur, as distinguished from pre-existing injuries, that playing golf can exacerbate.

DYNAMIC SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY:  As a general rule, the #1 predictor of injury is having had a previous injury, and any injury can be exacerbated from playing.

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Courtesy of Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy

TFT:  What are some examples of the types of pre-existing injuries that, if left untreated, can be exacerbated by playing golf?

DSPT:  Any previous injury that resulted in limited flexibility, a reduction in core strength, or a decrease in balance, can lead to compensation and injury during the golf swing.  

 

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TFT:  As a general matter, what is the most common type of golf-related injury you tend to see in your practice?

DSPT:  Low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder and elbow tendonitis are all common.  Tightness in the hips leading to an increase in demand on the soft tissues of the low back, and or the additional demand imposed by the golf swing on a back weakened by previous injury are the most common injuries seen at our practice.

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Courtesy of Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy

TFT:  What types of exercises are most beneficial, as generalized preventative measures?

DSPT:  Flexibility, core, and balance exercises are the most beneficial as part of a regular exercise routine for someone who plays golf.

TFT:  What is micro-trauma, and how does playing golf (recreationally or professionally) contribute to this type of injury?

DSPT:   When flexibility issues arise in golfers, the golf swing imposes excessive demands on the restricted joint.  In essence, the “end range” comes about too early and is “pushed” as the individual tries to swing the club optimally.  The “push” at “end range” with the intense speed of the golf swing results in “micro-trauma.”  This micro-trauma is essentially small tears and irritations that trigger the body to respond to injury.  The response to injury is most often inflammation and the creation of additional scar tissue resulting in adhesion and further restriction.

TFT:  What are the symptoms of micro-trauma, and how is it generally treated?

DSPT:   Micro-trauma most commonly presents as muscle or joint soreness, joint inflammation, but may result in little more than “stiffening up” a couple hours after play.  Treating the soreness and inflammation with ice and anti-inflammatory medications is common and has its benefits; however, release and flexibility techniques should be part of a golfer’s cool down.  Ideally, recovering from micro-trauma would include regular sessions with a manual therapist.

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Courtesy of Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy

TFT:  What are some of the techniques/approaches used by Dynamics Sports Physical Therapy to address and repair golf-related injuries?

DSPT:   At DSPT we use the SFMA and TPI screens to evaluate limitations in movement and the golf swing, specifically.  The results from these assessments are used to develop an integrated treatment approach that includes manual therapy, exercise, and a home program.  The soft tissue techniques most commonly used by our practice to treat soft tissue overuse injuries are ART and Graston. 

 TFT:  Tell us more about the SFMA and TPI screens that you use in your evaluations.

DSPT:  SFMA is the selective functional movement assessment.  It is a movement screen that allows a clinician to determine the most likely cause of an injury.  This is usually different than the site of injury.  For example, if a golfer has knee pain the cause of injury may be due to lack of mobility in their ankle or weakness in the hips/ core.  If we only treat the knee and don’t treat the underlying cause, the golfer would keep getting reoccurrences of their injury.  The SFMA allows us to determine the cause.  The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) screen is a golf-specific assessment that allows us to see if a golfer has the flexibility and strength to complete a proper golf swing.  Then it is up to them and their teaching professional to actually hit the ball.

 

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TFT:  What is Active Release Techniques®, or Art®, and why use this technique to provide therapy for golf-related injuries?

DSPT:   Active Release Technique is a manual therapy approach that uses specifically directed force to increase tension in fascia while the individual performs active muscle contractions to slide muscles past any fascial tissue or scar tissue formation that may be adhered from the micro-trauma process described above.

TFT:  In addition to Art®, the other soft tissue technique you indicated you use is Graston.  Tell us a little more about this technique.

DSPT:  Graston is also known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).  It is a technique where stainless steel instruments are utilized to help improve fascial movement.  Fascia is the layer of connective tissue that surrounds our muscles.  If there is lack of mobility in this tissue, it can result in loss of motion and flexibility.

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Courtesy of Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy

TFT:  The Fourth Tee thanks you for the opportunity to have this Q&A with you.

Below is a Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy video illustrating physical therapy drills used for someone returning to golf after hip surgery.

To learn more about Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy, visit http://www.DynamicSportsPT.com.

The Blue Monster Golf Course at Doral Golf Resort (2008)

Enjoy these Spring 2008 photos of the The Blue Monster and Doral Golf Resort!

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A SWING YOU CAN TRUST & SPEEDBALL FITNESS FOR GOLF

Roberto Borgatti, Author, A Swing You Can Trust

Roberto Borgatti, Author, A Swing You Can Trust

In the video below, Roberto Borgatti, author of “A Swing You Can Trust” DVD and eBook, along with speedball instructors Maris Madeira and YooSun Park, demonstrate how you can incorporate speedball fitness into your workout routine to improve your golf readiness.  Created by Steve Feinberg, the speedball fitness routine increases strength, agility, balance and coordination.

To learn more about speedball fitness visit:  http://www.speedballfitness.com.

To learn more about Roberto Borgatti and A Swing You Can Trust, visit:  http://borgatti.org

Old South Golf Links – Public Golf in the Low-Country

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Courtesy of Old South Marketing

Located in Bluffton, South Carolina, in the Hilton Head area, Old South Golf Links is a public course, in operation since 1991, which touts “low-country golf at its finest.”

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Courtesy of Holger Obenaus

THE FOURTH TEE:  Happy New Year and thank you for granting this interview with The Fourth Tee.  First off, for those of our readers not familiar with the term “low-country golf” explain what “low-country golf” means, especially since Old South Golf Links was selected as the “2011 Low-country Golf Course of the Year.”

OLD SOUTH GOLF LINKS:  The “low-country” generally refers to the area of South Carolina starting at the state line with Georgia up to the Charleston, SC area along the coast that is pretty much at sea level (low altitude).  It is characterized by low-lying areas that include sandy soil, marshland, pine forests, barrier islands and beautiful beaches.  Vegetation includes palmetto trees (our state tree), pines trees, live oaks (many hundreds of years old) (see Angel Oak near Charleston – the oldest tree east of the Mississippi), magnolia trees and numerous varieties of sea and marsh grasses.  Wildlife includes alligators – several are always present in our lagoons, fox squirrels, bobcats, raccoons, wood storks, herons, ospreys, eagles, hawks and many varieties of shore birds.

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Courtesy of Old South Marketing

TFT:  Although Old South Golf Links is a public course, you offer stay and play packages.  Tell us about these and how our readers can obtain more information.

OSGL:  Winter Package Offers (through March 23, 2014):

Old South Weekend Get-Away Package from $195.00 per person

  • One night’s accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn with two rounds of golf
  • One round at Old South Golf Links, second round at Hampton Hall Club or The Country Club of Hilton Head   (Substitute Heron Point or Ocean Course in Sea Pines Resort for a $30/person surcharge.)
  • Your choice of breakfast or lunch at the Old South Restaurant
  • All sales and accommodations tax included
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Courtesy of Holger Obenaus

Old South Winter Escape Package from $295.00 per person with three rounds of golf

  • Two night’s accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn
  • One round each at Old South Golf Links, The Country Club of Hilton Head, and Hampton Hall Club (Substitute Heron Point or Ocean Course in Sea Pines Resort for a $30/person surcharge.)
  • Your choice of breakfast or lunch at the Old South Restaurant
  • All sales and accommodations tax included
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Courtesy of Holger Obenaus

Old South Fabulous Five Package         $575.00 per person

  • Three night’s accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn with five rounds of golf
  • 1 Round per person at:
    •  Old South Golf Links
    • The Country Club of Hilton Head
    •  Hampton Hall Club
    • Ocean Course and Heron Point in Sea Pines Resort
  • Your choice of breakfast or lunch at the Old South Restaurant
  • All sales and accommodations tax included

Personalize your own package and receive a custom quote, contact Bonnie at bonnie@oldsouthgolf.com or call 843-837-2610.

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TFT:  What opportunities are there for golfers to brush up on their game by way of golf instruction when visiting Old South Golf Links?

OSGL:  We have excellent practice facility that includes a driving range, chipping and putting green.  Our golf staff of PGA Professionals provides private and group instruction for all ability levels including “Summer Camp” programs for juniors.  Information is available on our website for “Lesson, Lunch & Play” packages or by calling the Pro Shop and talking with one of our Professionals.

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Courtesy of Holger Obenaus

TFT:  In addition to golf, what other attractions are there for out-of-towners when they’re off the links?

OSGL:  The low-country provides numerous outdoor activities including spectacular beaches, kayaking, an extensive network of bike paths, a zip-line tour, dolphin tours, and great shopping at unique stores and our two outlet malls.  In Harbour Town guests may climb to the top of the famous light house for a view all the way to Savannah, GA and enjoy shops and restaurants surrounding the harbor.  A visit to historic downtown Bluffton is only minutes away while a half hour’s drive will take you to either Savannah, GA or Beaufort, SC for even more history and sight-seeing.

TFT:  The Fourth Tee appreciates the opportunity to have this Q&A with you and is pleased to showcase your course.  Thank you.

To learn more about Old South Golf Links, visit www.oldsouthgolf.com.

2013 In Review: The Fourth Tee Blog Stats ~by WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Q&A WITH DAVID MUSTY, CREATOR OF THE MUSTY PUTTER

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David Musty, Creator, Musty Putters (Courtesy Musty Putters)

David Musty, Creator, Musty Putters (Courtesy Musty Putters)

The Fourth Tee recently attended a golf trade show and happened upon the most handsome putters it had ever seen.  We had just discovered the Musty Putter.  So taken by the beauty of this putter, The Fourth Tee felt it a blog-worthy item and snagged the following Q&A interview with David Musty, creator of the Musty Putter, to learn more about his beautiful creation.
THE FOURTH TEE:  First, thank you for accommodating our questions.  According to your company’s website, you have a background in “custom homebuilding, circle staircase design, and fine furniture construction.”  What was the precipitating event that led you to design and create putters?  In short, why Musty Putters?
DAVID MUSTY:  The putter company was an accident.  After injures ended my baseball career, I started playing golf with my buddies who are so funny to play golf with … always cracking jokes while you’re hitting, “look out for this lake and that tree.”  Real comedians.  Being a baseball player, hitting the ball was easy.  Putting the ball was hard.  So, I asked a local pro about why my putts could go left on one putt and right on the next, and then straight on the next.  He explained that putters have a “sweet spot” where you’re supposed to hit the ball and then it goes straight.  However, after he tapped the face of my putter for two minutes he said the putter was terrible and that I should invest some $$$ and buy a good one.  Well, $600.00 dollars later, it was worse, not better, and that was when I started working on a putter which would have a larger more forgiving sweet spot.  I raised the weighting system to the center or equator of the ball to make it easier to control distances. See patent, below.  Wood was the only material I could cut in half and drill holes in and add weight.
As to the name, at our final board meeting I had offered several cute wood putter names and was told, “No, it’s always the creator’s name, aka Scottie Cameron Putters, Bobbie Grace putters,” and so on.  So, Musty Putters is my name.
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Patent (Courtesy Musty Putters)

TFT:  How long has Musty Putters been around?
DM:  17 years.
TFT:  Are your putters only created to order via your website?  Or can they be found in retail stores?
DM:  We are the #1 retail item at Pebble Beach.  We are now at Augusta, with the Masters putter. We also can be found at Kolina and Tommy Bahama.
3-line Sonoma CB (Courtesy Musty Putters)

3-line Sonoma CB (Courtesy Musty Putters)

TFT:  Why wooden putters?  Is this simply a function of your background?  Or, is there a real performance value that these wooden putters offer?
DM: It’s performance! When I started working on the internal weighting system, I tried metal, but it only moved 2% of the weight up to the equator of the ball.  With wood, we were able to move it 98% up.
TFT:  Currently, you make putters in six distinctive head designs:  Classic Mallet, Modern Classic, Sonoma, Wingtip, Tiffany and ATS.  Are these simply aesthetic options?  Or are there performance distinctions amongst them?
DM: It is what people wanted.  Some like the Wingtip. We were inspired by outside influences.  The movie Batman inspired the wingtip.
TFT:  In addition to the variety in head design, you offer six options in exotic wood grain:  Bloodwood, Cocobolo, Leopardwood, Maple, Purpleheart, Tigerwood.  Are there significant differences in the performance associated with each wood type, or are these purely for the aesthetic preference of the consumer?
DM: No, we chose these woods because they have the same density.
ATS Maple inlay (Courtesy Musty Putters)

ATS Maple inlay (Courtesy Musty Putters)

TFT:  Would you say the Musty Putter technology is better than the technology associated with metal-based putters?  If so, why?
DM: Way better, steel putters have sole plates and face plates so all the weight is transferred to the bottom of the ball causing back spin and face hop.  We raised the weight to the equator of the ball which causes a forward roll, allowing users better distance control and off center hits go straight.
Modern Classic cocobolo (Courtesy Musty Putters)

Modern Classic cocobolo (Courtesy Musty Putters)

TFT:  Musty Putters is based in California, but will you be at any upcoming trade shows where our readers can see and touch the Musty Putter?  If so, please tell us where and when!
DM: We do winter shows around the country, we do tournaments in summer so call or email to find out where we will be next.  Call 1-800-815-4454, or email: david@mustyputters.com.
TFT:  Thank you for this very informative Q&A.
To learn more about the Musty Putter, visit:  http://www.mustyputters.net/
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