Play-a-Round Blog

How Fast Can You Play?

With all the clamor regarding speed of play on professional tours, college matches, and the amateur ranks, one would think there would be more emphasis on how fast we can play rather than measuring how slow we play? It's like telling your children, "Don't jump on the bed." The only thing we hear is we play slow. So, if everyone does it, what's the issue? Rather, what if the focus were on how fast we play? What if we spoke about how quickly certain professionals played a round of 18 holes? ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, July 4, 2019

Work & Play Balance: Where to begin?

Play-a-Round Golf... helping families and friends balance work and play, year-round. Let's begin with Dad. Don't misunderstand, we have no aversion to women and children.  It's just that more men play golf than quite a lot. While children are a growing part of the game, the jury is still out if they'll continue after their parents stop pushing them. Need to think more on this. But back to Dad. First a couple of questions: When he arrives home after a round, is Dad in a good mood ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Know the Distance You Carry Each Club

Learn the distance that you carry the ball with each club. You can always predict total distance depending on ground conditions. Does your 3-wood really carry farther than your 5-wood? Unless you have an 85-m.p.h. clubhead speed, I doubt it. How many yards does each wedge go? Does it have the proper loft configuration? How far do you carry your driver? Can you carry those bunkers on the 4th hole at Downingtown CC? It's best to know the answer before you try. Did you know the simulators ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What is "Indoor Golf?"

Video games have been around for almost 50 years. The release of Pong in 1972 wasn't the first, but it planted the seed for today's booming video industry. Since the advent of Pong, playing video games have steadily increased. Recent studies indicate that young people are playing on average over 1.2 hours per day. New versions of video games immerse the player into the game for real fun. Indoor golf combines video game technology with real golf clubs, balls, and swings to create an exciting, ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, October 25, 2018

Building a Repeatable Shot

Once you can hit shots the way you like, then you need to learn how to repeat it. First thing is to have the same set-up routine each time. Record your routine on video, writing down each step. My routine is grip on, right foot pointing at the ball, club behind ball, set feet, shuffle feet to find balance, waggle club, look at target, second waggle, second look at target, settle in, quiet the mind, and swing. Do yours until you can repeat it without thinking. Next work on the sequence and ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, September 7, 2018