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> Just How Hard Is Getting a Hole-in-One?
> Hitting Longer and Straighter
> Tips To Improve Your Short Game
> Perks of a Par 3
> Winter Travel Destinations for Golfers
> Beat The Winter Blues At An Indoor Golf Facility
> Exercises to Improve Your Swing
> 5 Awesome Last-Minute Gifts
Just How Hard Is Getting a Hole-in-One?
August 12th, 2019
By Corey McGinley
It’s every golfer’s dream to one day achieve the most coveted feat in golf, holing out from the tee box without ever having to hit a second shot. While getting a hole-in-one is something that everyone feels they are just one lucky shot away from achieving, the actual odds of making an ace are stacked against you. While the odds of a pro golfer making a hole-in-one are roughly 1 in 2,500, the odds of an average amateur golfer holing out from the tee box are closer to 1 in 12,500. However, even against those odds, thousands of people get lucky every year. Nearly 150,000 aces happen each year out of the millions of rounds played every day.
If that fateful stroke of luck does ever come your way, there are a couple musts that every person should do after an ace. After the initial celebration and pictures, be sure to pocket that lucky ball, as that is a memento worth keeping on the shelf at home (and a nice excuse to bring up your shot when your friends are over). Another must is to follow the time honored tradition of buying a drink for your fellow playing partners after your round, as such a rare event deserves to be celebrated. Even the best golfers can go there whole lives without achieving such a feat, so take pride in knowing you’ve joined the small percentage of people get to check this off their bucket list.
While getting a hole-in-one is one of the hardest tasks in sports, one way to improve your chances is by playing at a par 3 course. If you are looking to have a chance on every hole to make a dream come true, come play a round at Brookstone Park in Derry, and enjoy our 9 hole par 3 course. If you do manage to pull off golf’s ultimate feat, you can be added to our hole-in-one list on our website. Check out who has managed to join the list so far!
Hitting Longer and Straighter
June 19th, 2019
By Corey McGinley
The ultimate struggle for golfers is the battle between distance and accuracy. While many people love to get up to the tee box and swing for all they’re worth, any experienced golfer will tell you that this will ultimately lead to poor results. Here are some tips to help with accuracy without giving up distance.
One of the first steps one must take to improve length and accuracy is maintain a solid sense of balance throughout the swing. This means making sure your weight is correctly distributed from the moment the club leaves the ground to when you finish your follow through. This starts with the way you address the ball. With a driver in hand, your feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width apart and the ball should be placed even with the inside of your front foot. During the swing, it is important to stay behind the ball and not shift your weight forward, as this leads to the club face not being square at the point of contact, and will hurt accuracy and distance. Another keytip to keep in mind is to not “jump” at the ball, which means that you should never be coming up onto your toes. An exercise to help with balance is to see if you would fall over if your playing partner were to push you while swinging.
One of the biggest mistakes golfers make that takes away from distance is not using the whole body when swinging. Relying too heavily on the arms to generate power is a great detriment to creating club head speed. Make sure to turn from the hips, and to fire through on the downswing. Also, try to swing wider, as this will lengthen the swing and create a higher club head velocity at the point of impact.
Once you can nail down some of these tips and improve your swing, the key is to remain consistent with the changes. When going to the range, try to practice consistency by always picking a target and not just swinging to put the ball out there. This can take the form of a flag out in the range, or feel free to practice specific drives you would have on your favorite holes. Just make sure every swing has a purpose so that that practice time is put to good use.
Another important aspect of boosting distance and maintaining accuracy is picking the right ball. The new e12 Soft and e12 Speed golf balls from Bridgestone Golf are a great way to start hitting longer and straighter. These new balls are designed with an All-New ActiveAcceleration Mantle layer that is specially designed to increase carry and for straighter ball flight. Pick up a pack of e12 balls in the Brookstone Park Pro Shop for your next round.
May 9th, 2019
By Jon Breed
The short game in golf is something people struggle with and can always improve upon. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your game consistent, saving you strokes and improving your game every time you’re out on the course.
Stay with your mechanics on the swing
Even though your short game means that you will be taking shorter distance strokes, it does not mean you should forget about your mechanics in your swing. Make sure to start with a proper set up, which means a level, athletic stance facing the ball. On the backswing, let your right wrist hinge a little so the handle stays fairly close to you. Next, make sure you turn your body, then turn toward the target with your hips level at the finish of your swing. Breaking your mechanics will lead to an improper swing and inadequate contact with the ball, which will hurt your consistency in your game.
Take advantage of the bounce
Utilizing the bounce on the pitch will allow you to ease through your swing and float the ball, rather than excessively overusing power and hitting it fat or thin. You want to slide the club through the grass and hit soft, floating shots but only if your hands are in line with the clubhead at impact. If you press your hands forward, as you would with a chip shot, you effect the angle of the clubface and risk hitting the club into the grass.
Keep your hands softened for your chip
Keeping soft hands while you are chipping is key for a good chip. According to Tiger Woods in a “Soften hands, Save shots” article, he says to use "light grip pressure (about 4 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the tightest) to ensure a lack of tension in your arms and softness in your hands. Then you simply use the basic chipping technique toward the back of a slightly open stance to promote ball-first contact, chin high and back straight."
Pay Attention to your left arm
Your left arm should control your chipping stroke on the course. There are two major things to consider while you are about to chip the ball. One is to keep your head still. A good trick is to focus on the ball or a dimple on the back of the ball. Next, let your left hand and arm start your backswing, and hinge the wrists ever so slightly. Then on the downswing, just let the left arm lead your club into the ball for a chip.
We hope some of these tips will keep you successful on the course and keep you practicing your short game. Brookstone Park’s Golf Course is an example spot to work on your short game. We are notably one of the most well-maintained Par 3 courses in New England. Book a tee time today.
Perks of a Par 3
March 25th, 2019
By Jon Breed
If you’re looking to improve your short game this season, want to try a new challenge, or don’t have time for a full round of 18, then don’t be shy about playing a few rounds at your local 9-Hole Par 3 course. Par 3 golf courses, like Brookstone Park’s course, are great for practicing your irons and your short game. They are time-friendly and some of them, like our course, are surprisingly challenging.
Perks of Golfing at a Par-3
The number one perk of a 9-Hole Par 3 is that it takes just over an hour. Golfers who want to squeeze in a round but have a full schedule can swing into a Par 3 before work or on their lunch break.
The average 9-Hole Par 3 course is definitely less intimidating for female, senior and junior golfers. While there are still some serious golfers at these courses, it may be a little more casual than the big championship courses, making it easier for newbies or novices to feel more comfortable.
The courses can be harder than you think. To an experienced golfer, an easy Par 3 may not be your style. But some of the more challenging courses, like Brookstone, feature forced-carries, water hazards, and sand traps, making it a favorite to some very good golfers looking to practice their irons.
Local Par 3 Courses
Brookstone Park Golf Course is located on Rte 111 in Derry on the Atkinson/North Salem line. Reviews don’t lie, as golfers rave about how well-maintained this course is. Friendly staff, on-site practice area, range, and mini golf are added perks.
Murphy’s Garrison Golf Center is located in Haverhill and is perfect for casual fun. They also include a driving range on-site, allowing you to hit a bucket of balls before going out on the course.
Atkinson Country Club is located in Atkinson and is known for being a great course. Atkinson also offers two restaurants on site if you’re looking to play some quick golf and grab a bite.
Maybe next time you're considering where to golf or what part of your game you could improve, you might think about going to a 9-Hole Par 3. It could surprisingly challenge you if you’ve never tried golfing at one. Hopefully, you find this article helpful and during the season you find yourself at a Par 3 like Brookstone Park.
Winter Travel Destinations for Golfers
February 4th, 2019
By Jon Breed
Are you feeling stuck during this frigid New England winter? Do you miss being out on the course on a warm, sunny day? Do you dream of traveling somewhere exciting and memorable? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, we’ve got you covered. There are hundreds of beautiful golf destinations in America, but we’ve picked a few top-tier courses we would love to visit during the cold winter months.
TPC SCOTTSDALE'S STADIUM COURSE
TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course has been named “One of America’s Best Courses” by Golfweek Magazine and “Top 50 Golf Resort Destinations in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler. They have consistently been named one of the top courses to play in Arizona. The TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course offers three different vacation packages - The Championship Package, Desert Duo Package or Stadium Package - ranging from $750 to $1750 per person. The facility also has on-site seasonal planners, to ensure your stay is both memorable and fun. The two restaurants on-site offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and live music on the weekend. Scottsdale is also a fabulous city to explore during a night out away from the resort. With plenty to do at the resort and around town, TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course sounds like a winner to us.
PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS
Pebble Beach, CA
When you think of a legendary resort and course, Pebble Beach comes to mind for its stunning location between Monterey and Carmel, California. The course is hosting it’s sixth U.S. Open in June, but prior to the tournament, you have the chance to experience the course for yourself. Pebble Beach is offering a Winter Stay & Play Package now thru March 31st, 2019. The property provides award-winning golf courses with complimentary carts. Guests can enjoy a beautiful spa, dozens of restaurants and lounges, plus a gourmet deli and wine shop. Vacation packages will cost you between $2,200-$7,000 for up to 4 people depending on the accommodation selection. If you’re looking to head to California for some golf this winter, check out Pebble Beach.
Kapalua Golf includes The Plantation Course and The Bay Course, located in beautiful Kapalua, Hawaii. The Plantation Course is home of the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. Ranked #1 as the best golf course in Hawaii, with a famous 18th hole on the PGA Tour, this course will surely create unforgettable memories. With accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton, guests can enjoy over eight restaurants that offer oceanfront dining. The hotel also offers many other activities like spa treatments, ATV tours, luaus, hiking, and scuba diving. The possibilities for golfing and exploring here are endless. Rates start at $700+ a night and include breakfast. If you’ve ever wanted to golf in Hawaii, why not try it this winter?
January 29th, 2019
By Jon Breed
As the winter drags on, you may find that you're really craving to get back on the golf course. You know the saying, "Practice makes perfect," but how are you supposed to work on your drive if the Brookstone course is covered in snow? If you can't play golf outside, the only thing you can do is play inside.
One way you can approach practicing your swing indoors would be purchasing a home simulator. Simulators allow you to practice comfortably in your own home and have multiple arrays of program options, including driving ranges, chip simulations and renowned courses from all around the world. An example of a home simulator is the SkyTrak basic practice range package. The program comes with 3D practice range and shot tracer, ball performance data, first-person camera view, replay, set up, theft protection and updates.
If a personal simulator is not an option for you, there are numerous indoor golf courses near Brookstone Park that can help you get ready for the spring. Stocked with swing coaches and masters of golf, these indoor facilities give you professional insight into your swing and how you play the game of golf. With these assets, players can make improvements in their game every day without spending a large sum of money and while avoiding the harsh climates of New England. If you’re looking for some places to try, here are some options:
Club14 Indoor Golf is located in Windham, New Hampshire and offers over 20 golf courses worldwide to get you back swinging. Club14 has six simulators available to use and trainers to help improve your game. You can rent a virtual golf bay for up to four players for as many hours as you’d like. Just pick a course and play a full 18 hole round of golf. Kelli Kostick, an LPGA and PGA Pro, is available on site to give you the opportunity to work one on one. The simulator rental is $35 an hour during the weekday, $45 during weeknights, and $55 during the weekend. They offer a full bar, food and even a function room for private events. Visit their website for more information.
The Game Room at Merrill’s Tavern, located inside the Atkinson Resort & Country Club, offers over 40 courses to play including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, and TPC Sawgrass. You have to be at least 21 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian to play at this site. Availability of booking a tee time includes half/hour rates which vary between 30 minutes to 4 hours of time slots. Monday to Friday rates are $13 for a half hour and $25 for an hour. On weekends, prices are $25 for a half hour and $50 for an hour. Since it’s located inside Merrill’s Tavern, there are plenty of eating and drinking options to accompany your game. Visit their website for more information.
Pure Drive Golf in Woburn, MA offers one-on-one golf lessons with professional Adam Kolloff, simulator rentals, and package deals that include sessions. There are five simulators available for use, fully stocked with clubs and equipment from Titleist, TaylorMade, and Callaway. This facility includes a premium putting area, swing and ball flight data, virtual golf on famous courses around the world and training aids to help improve your game. Rates are $150 per hour with Adam and there are also discount for juniors 16 and under. Lots of package deals are available as well. Visit their website for more information.
XGolf New England in Auburn, MA offers 105 virtual full featured domestic and international courses, instruction, swing analysis, and club fitting to everyone. XGolf offers XPlate, a revolutionary invention that focuses on golf course lie. This technology will automatically adjust to emulate realistic golf like on the course, but it can also be turned off. XGolf offers a ball retrieval system that allows you never to have to chase balls and put them back on the tee. Another technology XGolf offers is the XBall system which funnels the balls into an automatic feeding system and then automatically tees the ball for you at the exact height each golfer programs it. All you have to do is press a button with your golf head, and the ball will automatically be teed up. Simulator rates offer an Early Bird special for $36 an hour on weekdays before 4pm. All other times are $50/hour. Visit their website for more information.
Hopefully, you found this article useful and will make plans to try out an indoor facility this winter. If you know of any other indoor golf facilities, we’d love to hear about them.
Enjoy your winter!
Exercises to Improve Your Swing
December 28, 2018
By Nick Gonsalves
For many golfers, trying to improve their golf swing without going to the range or a course can be difficult. Some of you may not have the time to hit the range or have a gym membership to help you get stronger in the off-season, both of which could improve your swing. Here are some easy exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home to deduct some strokes off your game for the upcoming season.
Standing Wood Chops: This exercise focuses on strength and flexibility by integrating hips, back, and shoulder movements. Works best with a resistance band, but a medicine ball or free weights can also be used. First, place resistance band under left foot, then with a slight bend in your knees, pull the band up and over your right shoulder in the motion of swinging an axe. Do 8-12 repetitions, break for 30 seconds and then switch sides. 1-3 sets of these are recommended.
Lateral Lunges: Lunges improves your range of motion, strength, and power of the hips from side-to-side movements. This exercise can be done with or without weights. It is recommended you start without weights to get comfortable with the exercise, and then add weights when you feel ready. To start, stand up straight and take a big step to your left, shifting your weight to that side. Keep your right leg extended as your left leg begins to bend (as if you are squatting), while keeping toes pointing straight ahead. Push back up into standing position only using your left leg, then alternate sides. Perform 8-12 repetitions and then break for 30 seconds. 1-3 sets are recommended.
Glute Activation Lunges: These lunges are used to improve mobility in your hips, resulting in more strength and power in your swing. Start by standing with your feet together and hands on your hips, then take a big step forward, bending your leg at a 90o angle or until your thigh is parallel with the floor. Keep back leg firm and straight, step back into the standing position and repeat 8-12 times then rest. Switch legs and repeat steps. 2 sets are recommended.
Front Planks: This exercise helps activate your core muscles promoting stability and strengthening the torso. Lying face down with your forearms on the floor and elbows directly beneath your shoulders, keep feet flexed by keeping your toes pointing to the floor. Clasp hands in front of your face (still facing the ground), your forearms should create a “V”. Your toes and forearms should be the only thing touching the floor. Your body will hover just above the floor as a straight line is made from your shoulders to your feet. Tighten your buttocks, and keep your back straight. Breathe normally. Hold for 30-60 seconds, break, and then repeat 3-5 times. Increase hold time for greater core stimulation.
Side Planks: Rest one forearm on the ground, having your shoulder directly over your elbow. Raise your hips so your body creates a straight line. Hold for 30-60 seconds, then lower back down. Repeat steps 1-3 on both sides. 3-5 sets are recommended.
Spinal Twists: Spinal twists are a great way to increase core strength and torso mobility, when performed correctly, shoulders will receive a good stretch as well. While laying on your back, position your legs so they are at a 90-degree angle (calves should be parallel with the floor). Extend your arms out to your side, keeping palms face down. While keeping your knees together, slowly lower your legs to one side and hover them above the ground for 20-30 seconds. Return your legs to the center position, and repeat on the other side. Do this 1-3 times per side.
The key to these workouts is to keep doing them periodically throughout the off-season, two or three times a week. Doing these exercises once will not improve your swing, you must keep doing these exercises to see improvements in your swing and golf game. Good luck and see you next season!!
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Great way to spoil the golfer in your life! Membership benefits include: Unlimited Golf Play, Unlimited Range Balls, Advanced Tee Times, 10% off Merchandise, Monthly Member Specials and Member Events. You will receive an emailed gift certificate for Golf Membership that you can print and present as your gift.
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GOLF SUPER PASS
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MINI GOLF PASS
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