PHGA Newsletter
February 2011

Breaking News

PHGA Members receive awards from the Palatine Park District

On February 5 the Palatine Park District held it's annual awards luncheon at the Cotillion in Palatine. Two members of the PHGA were recognized for their many contributions to the organization. Receiving the 2010 Volunteer of the Year award was last year's President Bob Bem, and a lifetime achievement award was presented to Jim Nolan when he was added to the Park District Honor Roll. Please congratulate these outstanding volunteers for their ongoing contributions to the PHGA.  See more pictures on the PHGA Web Site at phgagolf.com.

Upcoming Events

Palatine Hills PRST Drawing

Palatine Hills Golf Course Permanent Reserved Starting Time Drawing for 2011 will be held Thursday, April 7th at 7pm at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood Street. Your 2011 Permanent Tee Time Application will be mailed on March 17 and are to be completed and turned in to the Palatine Hills Pro Shop by March 28. Please deliver the completed application in person starting March 21 to avoid any unnecessary delays.  If you have any questions please contact Dan at the Palatine Hills Golf Course.

PHGA Spring Smoker

The Spring Smoker will be Friday April 8 at 7:00 PM at the Palatine Hills Clubhouse. Food and drink will be provided so please bring an auction item you would be pleased to receive. Please, no experienced golf balls!

Annual Spring Scramble

The PHGA Spring Scramble will be held Saturday April 9. It will be a two-man handicapped event using a combined handicap for the team that is an average of the two players individual handicap. Sign up for the event by emailing Scott Feldmiller - ski_co@yahoo.com.

GAME IMPROVEMENT

Start your Pre-Season Golf Warm-Ups Now

A simple but effective exercise, take 2 golf balls and squeeze them in your hand with the thumb stretched out similar to the position it would be when gripping a golf club. The hand can then be rotated and the exercise repeated. Continue to rotate your hand so that the thumb is pointing up, then to the left, and once more pointing down. Try to crush the balls into powder with your bare hands for extra conditioning. This exercise will help to strengthen your wrist and forearm and can be done while you are watching the start of the PGA season on TV!

Equipment Warm-Up Time

It is a good time to take a look at your equipment to make sure it is in top shape for the upcoming season.  Take a look at your golf grips.  Has the grip worn completely through to the shaft? If so, it just might be time to open up your wallet and spend a couple of bucks on new grips. Proper grip is as important to driving a golf ball as adjusting your car seat so that your feet reach the gas and brake pedals. Replacement times can vary depending on the type of grips you have, but in general you should have your clubs re-gripped after 30 to 40 rounds. Slipping your clubfitter a twenty will put your clubs to the head of the queue so you get quick replacement. It is also important to take into account the amount of practice/range time as this impacts your grip life as well (for most club members this factor can be ignored). A minor slip of the club in your hand can have a large impact on the outcome of your shot. A major slip may mean loss of match or even worse, someone loses an eye. At the first sign of wear or slipping   have your club re-gripped.