From the beginning, it is essential to be taught by a good golf teaching professional in order to convert our natural swing into a movement that has no flaws or defects and which allows us to make progress more quickly and effectively to our game.
Unless one has the inherent gift of genius like those have been bestowed on some sporting treasures and unrepeatable figures in world sport, such as Severiano Ballesteros; it will be very difficult in a sport like golf, to forge a career – even a small one – without the help of a teaching professional.
And there are sports in which it is very difficult to be self-taught, especially those which require the use of additional ‘tools’ to develop your skills.
Golf is typical in this sense, although you can also try to emulate Seve and many other great Spanish players from that era and earlier (Piñero, Cañizares, Rivero, Garrido …) who developed their skills mainly from working as caddies and teaching themselves, based on observation and practice and, if they were lucky, some advice from the most experienced golfers. In those harsh economic times in Spain, they had instinct, talent and the desire to build a future in the world of golf.
Their natural swing carried them very far, but those days are far behind now, and it keeps getting harder and harder in Spain, to hire the services of a caddie, simply because they have become a rare and endangered species. And if you do find them, they are so different from those from half a century ago, who were trying to make a living by bringing home a few pesetas to help the struggling family economy.
Times change as does the way in which golf is taught. The number of golf fans in Spain has grown enormously in recent decades and there are now approximately 300,000 amateur federated players. To meet the demand for golf lessons, the presence of golf academies has grown, with many of them now equipped with modern technological swing analysis equipment.
To prevent technical errors and bad body posture that may result at the very least in muscle discomfort, it is best to put yourself in the hands of a good golf teaching professional.
Controversy surrounds the origin of the word spa. According to some scholars of this subject, it comes from the Belgian town Spa, known for its thermal baths and excellent natural baths since Roman times, and as mentioned by Pliny the Elder in ‘Naturalis Historia’ in the first century of our age. According to another version, the term is actually the acronym SPA: salus per aquam or Sanitas per aquam (health through water), as this was a deeply rooted concept in Roman culture, which was famous for its hot springs.
Either way, the ancient Roman & Arab baths have been transformed today into modern spas, those establishments where water works wonders on the body and mind. And it is precisely these two elements that come into play in a sport as complicated and enjoyable as golf.
The benefits provided to anyone by a spa are numerous and irrefutable. Pools, hot tubs, whirlpools, water jets, sauna, steam …, all forms contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing.
Although it could be applied generally to all people, spas have additional benefits to golfers, who, by the very nature of the sport, are forced to adopt awkward postures and make sudden rotations. The repetition of movements always on the same side of the body generates imbalances in the muscle groups. The abruptness of one’s own impact against the ball and the vibration it generates pose a risk to the entire musculoskeletal system. Most injuries in the golf world are caused by overloads affecting especially the shoulder, elbow, wrist, lower back and knees.
Not swinging properly, using equipment that is not adapted to the characteristics of the golfer and not warming up sufficiently are all very important factors in the development of muscle ailments that could eventually result in injury if not treated in time.
Floods have carried sharks to a lake at a course in Australia, which takes advantage of this peculiar visitor as a tourist attraction
There are many more dangerous situations, apart from hitting another player with your golf ball. For example, let’s have a look at the golf course which Sports Illustrated has dubbed “the most dangerous place in the world”. This is the Bonifas Course and it is situated just 400 meters south of the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, in Panmunjom.
This is a unique golf course as it only has one hole, a par 3 of 175 meters, just for the enjoyment of the United Nations Command (UNC) stationed there, and which consists of a few hundred military personnel.
The danger with this peculiar short course, whose name honours an American captain killed by North Korean soldiers when a tree was removed which blocked the vision of two observation posts, does not lie in the threat of a North Korean attack in the event that President Kim Jong-un may wake up in a bad mood one morning … but by the amount of land mines which are situated around the golf course.
“Danger! Do not attempt to retrieve balls from the rough. Active Mines” Players who risk venturing around the golf course know exactly what the risks are. Do not expect to find perfectly presented and well maintained grass, although the green is always a lovely emerald colour, not thanks to the green keeper, but because it is artificial lawn. (more…)
Tiger Woods surpassed the ceiling of $10 million in the money list on 3 separate seasons on the American circuit.
Although they say it is not polite to talk about money, everyone likes gossiping about financial issues, especially if they do not affect your own pocket and even more when it is regarding celebrities.
And in golf there is a huge amount of money moving around, with the celebrated players pocketing most of it.
Apart from boxing, with its enormous purses in the greatest international fights ($300 million for a fight), and Grand Slam tennis (the US Open for example allocates about 40 million euros); golf is one of the sports with large financial awards in prizes.
They will never reach amounts that Floyd Mayweather pocketed, with $180 million, and Manny Pacquiao, with $120 million for his fight in Las Vegas last year for the welterweight world title, but the great golfers cannot complain about their financial gains.
Jordan Spieth is the player who has won the most prize money in a season … $12 million, not counting the prize of $1 million from the FedExCup.
Apart from advertising revenue, that is, for loaning their image rights to the big brands names; the best professionals in the game can earn more than $10 million in a season in tournaments prize money.
Although only 3 players so far have overcome the seven-figure barrier: Vijay Singh (the first to do this, with $10.9 million in 2004), Tiger Woods ($10.6 in 2005, $10.8 in 2007 and $10.5 in 2009) and Jordan Spieth, who last year established the official record for money earned on any golf tour in the world, exactly $ 12,030,465. (more…)
The maintenance and presentation of a golf course are key factors in ensuring the satisfaction of the golfers. Those responsible at La Cala Resort are very aware of this fact and spare no effort to achieve the maximum potential from the golfing facilities that this this sunny coastal resort has.
With this in mind, over the past two years, La Cala Resort has completed the renewal and innovation of its infrastructure to maintain its three championship courses, investing over 350,000 euros in machinery and irrigation systems.
The equipment that has been incorporated is: six manual Toro Greenmaster Flex 2100 machines, five vehicles, a pest control unit, a Greenmaster Triplex 3400, Two Sand Pro 3040, one ProCore® 1298 for spiking Fairways, a Spiker 648 for greens, one Debris blower, a 5010H for fairways, a tipleta ante-green Reelmaster , and two tripletas Sidewinder for the rough.
The maintenance of the resort is carried out by a highly qualified team, led by Head Green-keeper Rafael Linares, a prestigious professional amongst his peers, as shown by the fact that last year he was nominated for the award of ‘Green-keeper of Spain’ in the accolades awarded by the Spanish Association of Green-keepers.
The nomination of the La Cala Resort green-keeper was based on the great work carried out in the hotel and leisure complex. Andalusian professionals valued “the achievements after only two years” of work carried out on the three golf courses, the Academy and the football field which are all found at the resort. Members of the association agreed to stress that “the improvements have been both noticeable and very significant”. On a personal level, they highlighted “the high degree of preparation” of Linares, his “responsibility” and being “a serious and hardworking person”, not forgetting, “the valuable team” that supports him.
The comments and reviews from regular golfers or those who frequently visit la Cala Resort, generally confirm the significant improvements that have been experienced in recent years on the resort’s golf courses.