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How To Encourage Your Young Golfer

Tiger Woods’s father, Earl Woods, first introduced his son to golf at the young age of two. At age three, he shot a 48 over 9 holes at the Navy Golf Course. These memorable events marked the beginning of a long and successful career for Woods, eventually leading him down the path of turning pro at age 20.

While many golf parents would love nothing more than their child becoming the next Tiger Woods, that kind of natural talent is rare to find. However, what you can do is encourage your young golfer, who already loves the game, to succeed and grow within the sport.

  1. Focus On Keeping Practice Time Age-Appropriate

As a parent, you know that convincing your child to practice is not without its challenges. And while you want to encourage and motivate them without it being overwhelming, you also want to make sure the money you may be investing in their lessons and time on the course is reinforced with regular practice.

A child in grade school, for instance, should learn that practicing is a continuation of the fun things they did during their golf lesson, and as your child grows, practicing becomes more about fine-tuning skills and game development.

  1. Make A Schedule — And Stick To It

Just as with time for homework or bedtime, practice time should be scheduled each week and adhered to as much as possible. By setting aside time for practicing, it helps make it less likely it’ll get postponed. Try to be specific with scheduled times, too — don’t just say Saturday afternoon or this weekend; instead, try Saturday at 2 pm.

  1. Allow Your Son Or Daughter To Give Their Input

If they’re old enough, allow your young golfer to decide what might be useful to incorporate into their practice routine. If they feel as though they have a role in decision-making, they may be more likely to follow through on sticking to scheduled practice times.

  1. Have Clear Objectives

When you have clear objectives in mind for each practice session, it makes those goals that much more achievable. Whether you’re working on improving your junior golfer’s stance, swing, or their short or long game, having defined goals gives young golfers something they can strive for.

  1. Teach Them The Importance of Mental Toughness

Golf is just as much, if not more, a mental game than it is a physical one. No golfer can succeed without the proper mindset. It’s been said that Earl Woods would do his very best to distract his son while he was trying to focus on hitting his shot, whether that was throwing clubs, yelling, or generally making a ruckus. Whatever he did, it seemed to work, as Tiger’s now well-known for his unique abilities to focus intently during every shot.

While you don’t have to go to such extremes, teaching your young golfer about staying mentally focused is important — there is much to evaluate during every shot, after all. The wind direction, speed, distance to the hole, and what the layout of the hole looks like are just a few things golfers have to keep in mind during every shot, and some of these things, such as mental toughness, will come naturally with time as your child grows.

  1. Let Them Know You’re Proud

All children want to please their parents, and sometimes just letting your young golfer know how proud you are of them is enough to keep them motivated and encouraged. When they make mistakes, show them what they can do differently next time, and share in the joys of their successes when they get that shot just right.

Contact Basking Ridge Country Club

Interested in learning more about our golf academy and what it has to offer young, enthusiastic golfers? Contact Basking Ridge Country Club at 908-766-8200 for more information.

Keeping Healthy with Golf

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From the scenic views to enjoying the great outdoors, it’s hard to find somebody who doesn’t enjoy the game of golf. And believe it or not, many studies have suggested another added benefit to spending a day on the golf course – positive impacts on your physical and mental health. Here, discover the top health benefits of golf that you can experience at Basking Ridge Country Club.

Low-Impact Exercise

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or stay active, golfing is an excellent way to achieve low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Combined with how much you walk and the motion of your swing, the full-body workout you’ll get is one of the greatest health benefits of golf. Plus, after completing our gorgeous 18-hole course, you will have walked approximately six miles, which can burn up to 1,500 calories!

Studies have shown that high-impact exercise can result in long-term damage to joints and muscles. Golf offers an activity with reduced stress and strain on the body when compared to other forms of exercise like running or playing basketball. So go ahead and skip the gym and come out to the course instead.

Enhanced Heart Health

In addition to helping you stay in shape, golfing regularly also provides benefits to your heart health. From walking to swinging to carrying your clubs, you’ll enhance the blood flow to your heart during your outing, as well as elevate your heart rate. The average golfer will experience a heart rate of around 100 beats per minute over the span of a morning or afternoon. And in the process, you can even decrease your risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and dangerous cholesterol levels.

Mental Health Benefits

In a detail-oriented sport like golf, getting in regular practice is a great way to keep your mind sharp. Playing golf has even been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. It’s also linked to improved moods, as the physical activity you’ll get on the course elevates levels of endorphins and serotonin. Plus, on our private and luxurious course, you won’t have to deal with the stress of long lines at the pro shop and can feel more relaxed and at ease simply by enjoying our beautiful surroundings. After a day on the course you’ll likely enjoy a better night’s sleep, where you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake feeling completely refreshed.

Stay Healthy at Basking Ridge Country Club

From basking in nature to challenging your friends or colleagues to some friendly competition, you can take advantage of the health benefits of golf by committing to hitting the course regularly. Basking Ridge Country Club provides a golfing experience to our members unlike any others, from our pristine landscaping and newly renovated clubhouse to one of the best restaurants around. For more information or to explore membership options, contact us today.

Golf – A Sport for Life

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Since the sport’s earliest days, golfing has been enjoyed by people of all ages. And it’s easy to see why – from a fun opportunity to socialize to learning valuable life lessons, the positive effects that golfing has on anyone who plays is enough reason to keep them coming back for more. After all, arguably one of the most famous golfers of all time, Tiger Woods, got his start when he was just two years old, and one of the oldest known golfers ever was still playing at the age of 103! Here’s a deeper look at why golfing is truly a sport for everybody.

Safe Activity for Any Age

Compared to other activities like flag football, soccer, and tennis, golf is a sport of relatively low risk, with low-impact exercise that is safe for all ages. The handicap system levels the playing field, so golfers of all ages, skill levels, and physical abilities can enjoy a challenging day on the course.

Many Different Formats

Your golfing experience is essentially customizable to suit the individual needs of you and your group. For instance, you can play standard 18- or nine-hole games, or choose from a wide variety of playing styles:

  • Medal
  • Stableford
  • Texas-scramble
  • Foursomes
  • Greensomes
  • Match play
  • Stroke play
  • Fourball
  • Kid-friendly variations

Social Affair

Whether you’re serious about your golfing game or are hitting the course for the first time, your experience can turn into quite the social affair. If you’re heading out with your friends or family, you’re in for a memorable few hours. Or, you can capitalize on a great networking opportunity by bringing your business partners and prospective clients out for a morning or afternoon on the greens. And as an added bonus, golfing is a food- and beverage-friendly activity!

Valuable Life Lessons

You’re never too young or old to learn something new, especially when it comes to experiencing the valuable life lessons behind the game of golf. Not only does the sport promote good sportsmanship, but it also teaches golfers to treat their competitors with the utmost respect. Unwritten rules like shaking the hands of your playing partners after every round and never walking on others’ putting lines are just some of the aspects that make golf appropriate for all ages.

Golf is a solo game, and it helps teach you to rely on yourself to get the best score possible. Plus, golfing also teaches you to never take life’s simple pleasures for granted. From enjoying the serene beauty of our private golf course to exclusive opportunities to socialize with fellow members, golfing at Basking Ridge Country Club will instill lifelong memories you’d be hard-pressed to find at other courses.

Welcoming Golfers of All Ages

Golfing isn’t just for the professionals. At Basking Ridge Country Club, golfers of all ages are welcome. We offer child memberships for any member’s children under age 13, as well as junior memberships for ages 14-22 and many options for those over the age of 23. For more information on our memberships or about our exclusive, private golf course, contact us today.

7 Life Lessons Golf Teaches You

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Bobby Jones, the amateur golfer who helped design the Augusta National Golf Club and cofounded the Masters Tournament, is credited with this appropriate quote that reflects the parallels of golf and life:

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots — but you have to play the ball where it lies.”

Golf can teach its players many life lessons, including those listed below.

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff or dwell on a bad shot

We all make mistakes. This sport teaches us that one or two bad shots aren’t going to ruin an entire round of golf. Learn to forgive yourself and move on. The best approach is to laugh at your bad shots and try again.

  1. Concentration and focus are important

Golf isn’t a game where you can multitask. It requires an immense amount of focus and concentration in order to improve your skills. Maintaining your attentiveness for 18 holes is something that’s also useful for life in general, as focusing on any task at hand until it’s complete can help you be a more productive person.

  1. Learn to accept things out of your control

If you play golf a lot, you can probably count a myriad of times when a situation did not go your way. A shot you hit that you felt was perfect ended up in the sand trap or the water, or the ball didn’t carry as far down the fairway as you had planned. Just as you shouldn’t dwell on the result of a bad shot in golf, you have to accept things in life that are out of your control.

  1. Use problem-solving techniques

Succeeding at golf is often about strategy. You find yourself in a certain spot, and you know where you want to end up. The question is, how do you get there? This can manifest itself in many ways. Maybe you need to learn to navigate the course on a windy day, or you need to plan your attack for a series of shots. Whatever it may be, golf teaches you how to solve problems effectively, and this skill is applicable to life in general.

  1. Patience is necessary

Golf teaches its players how to have patience, and if you’re not a patient person, you can learn how to be through playing golf. You can’t win by getting ahead of yourself — you have to take one shot at a time. Patience is a virtue when it comes to both life and golf.

  1. Quiet environments can be beneficial

In order to be productive, most people need a certain level of quiet, just like on the golf course, where there is a certain level of respect players and spectators have for the people around them since the game requires such a high level of focus.

  1. Be honest

Maintaining honesty and integrity is important in our relationships or work tasks, and golf is also a game of honesty. You are your own rules official on the golf course — no one is watching your every shot. Sometimes you may be forced to apply a penalty to yourself, and this can be hard to do, but in the end, those are the rules and you have to follow them. Just as you can’t get ahead in life by cheating, you can’t be the best golf player by being dishonest.

Matthew Southgate, an English professional golfer who plays on the European tour, believes that golf is analogous to life. He says:

“Golf is so like life in general. You rarely get what you want. You have to work hard for everything. And you have to believe in yourself and what you are doing.”

Interested in improving your golf game? Check out Basking Ridge Country Club’s Golf Academy, which offers individual, group and family lessons. Contact Basking Ridge Country Club for more information at 908-766-8200.

Benefits Of Golf Lessons

Whether you’re new to golf or simply want to boost your game, taking lessons from a professional instructor is one of the most effective ways to improve. Signing up for lessons allows you to work with a golf pro who gives you individualized attention. This one-on-one instruction allows your instructor to develop customized lesson plans that meet your specific needs and abilities, which provides the best opportunity for improvement. Get the most value from your lessons by taking full advantage of your instructor’s vast knowledge and work on each of the skill areas you want to enhance. No matter your skill level, golf lessons can help you play a better game.

Golf Lessons For Beginners

Playing golf is much more than learning how to swing a club. If you’ve recently taken up golf, lessons are the best way for beginners to learn to play and improve their game. Learning to play properly from the start keeps you from developing bad habits and teaches you vital basics. From understanding the importance of choosing the right clubs to developing the perfect grip and swing, there are numerous little details to learn. A good instructor helps you:

  • Get to know your equipment
  • Learn the rules of golf
  • Understand golf course etiquette
  • Avoid making simple mistakes
  • Improve your overall golfing technique

Professional instructors use a combination of techniques to help you build your skills, which may include physical conditioning, classroom instruction, mental visualization, driving range lessons, on-course play, reviewing videotaped swings and equipment fitting programs. Your instructor covers every aspect of playing golf and once you’ve learned to play properly, your instructor also helps you build on your basic skills. With plenty of practice and patience, you’ll soon learn to master golf.

Golf Lessons For More Advanced Players

No matter how long you’ve been playing, you probably want to shoot a lower score. If your handicap has been hovering at the same range for an extended period, taking lessons from a professional instructor can help you shave some points off your game. Intermediate golfers can benefit from professional instruction that helps you:

  • Break bad habits you’ve had for years
  • Increase your endurance level
  • Learn the mental game of golf
  • Improve your handicap with simple fixes you’ve missed
  • Fine-tune your technique
  • Sharpen every aspect of your game
  • Improve your overall consistency

If you’ve been playing for a while and don’t seem to be getting any better, taking lessons can be especially helpful. Although practicing more frequently helps, an instructor can better assess what you’re doing right and doing wrong to help break down the barriers keeping you from improving. Go into your lessons with specific goals in mind and receptive to your instructor’s suggestions, and you’ll soon overcome the issues that’s preventing you from achieving the scores you’ve dreamed about.

Gain Valuable Feedback

One of the biggest benefits of golf lessons is gaining access to a mentor who provides valuable feedback. When you’re playing with your friends, you may hesitate practicing shots you’re not very good at due to embarrassment or to avoid holding up the game. An instructor works with you on your flaws, makes sure you understand what you’re doing wrong and offers advice and tips on how to improve based on their vast experience. As a mentor, your instructor may also offer advice on good courses to play and the best new equipment hitting the market.

Take Golf Lessons At Basking Ridge

Basking Ridge Country Club is one of the premier places in New Jersey to play golf. We offer a top-notch golf academy and adult golf clinics. Our PGA and TPI certified golf professionals offer private and group lessons from March through November and club membership isn’t required to participate. Our instructors know how to deliver your lessons in a way you can easily comprehend and lessons are tailored to your specific skill level and style of play.

Whether you’re a new golfer or looking to improve your game, we work with players of all ages on the driving range, putting green and golf course to ensure each student walks away with a personal plan for improving their level of play. Contact us at 908-766-8200 for more information about our golf lessons from PGA professionals today.

The Basics of Club And Ball Analysis

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Learning to choose the right golf club for a shot and the right ball brand for you takes some practice and a little guidance. At Basking Ridge Country Club, our golf instruction team is dedicated to helping you improve your swing and overall game.

Fitting For A Ball

Ask your Basking Ridge instructor to help you test a variety of short-game shots with different balls. Decide which shot matters the most and pick the ball that performs the best on that shot.

Perfecting Your Golf Swing

The golf swing is perhaps the most critiqued motion in sports. Basking Ridge golf gurus help you break down the swing into components you can analyze and improve.

Improving Your Swing

A swing analysis can be done using the naked eye, a mirror or videotapes of your swing, usually from different angles. In order to make a proper change to your golf swing, you need an expert analysis. Our pro instructors help you evaluate your swing so you can concentrate on improving the positive aspects and breaking any bad habits standing in your way.

Choosing The Right Golf Club

There are two primary inputs for picking the right golf club for a shot: your distance to the target and how far you typically hit with each club.

Learning the distance performance of each club takes time and practice on the driving range. Ask your instructor the best way to estimate your range based on the distance markers, which are set at specific distances, such as 50-yard intervals. As a general rule, our instructors typically find 10-15 yards of difference depending on the clubs students use. For example, if your 8-iron sends the ball 140 yards on average, your 7-iron may land the ball 150-155 yards away.

Having the help of a pro lets you stay confident and gauge the distances more accurately so you can learn to pick the right club.

Contact Us

Basking Ridge Country Club has a Golf Academy that caters to all levels of play, so feel free to check it out online or to schedule time in one of our golf clinics or personal golf instruction opportunities.

New Jersey Golf Course Navigation

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Learning how to plan your shot based on the features and layout of the golf course is key, especially when you’re learning or competing on a new green. Basking Ridge Country Club offers private lessons and group clinics that can help new members learn our course inside and out. Our pro instructors can also provide in-depth tips on how to get the lay of the land on any course.

What Is Golf Course Navigation?

Golf course navigation involves positioning yourself to make your shots easier and keep your scores low. You can learn to read a hole so that you know what angles to use and identify the best hitting areas and target spots.

Basic Course Navigation Tips

Here are some basic tips if you find yourself on a new course.

  • Walk around the green before your first tee time to get an overview of the first few holes.
  • Note how trees, water, mounds, bunkers, slopes and swales impact your shot.
  • Approach each shot strategically and keep a journal so you’re better prepared for future golf games.

Golf Etiquette

Besides learning how to strategize on the different elevations and levels of play, it’s important to know the rules for encountering other golfers on the fairways. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Play through at a reasonable pace or let other parties play ahead.
  • Replace divots and rake bunkers.
  • Pay attention to the rules of the course
  • Let the player the farthest away from the pin go first.

It takes a while to pick up on all the nuances, but as long as you act with courtesy first, other golfers are typically happy to help you learn the basics.

Finding Your Way Around the Basking Ridge Golf Course

Visit our website to take an aerial or virtual tour of the Basking Ridge Golf Course. It’s always a good idea to gather as much information as you can from current members or those familiar with the golf course. The Basking Ridge staff is always happy to answer your questions and help you find your way around.

Contact Us

Basking Ridge Country Club has a Golf Academy that caters to all levels of play, so feel free to check it out online or to schedule time in one of our golf clinics or personal golf instruction opportunities.

How To Coordinate With Your Golf Coach

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Golf lessons are one of the most efficient ways to improve your golf game. If you’re going to invest time and money into golf lessons, it’s crucial to coordinate with your coach to ensure you get the most out of the experience. While every golf instructor has their own format for lessons, coordinating with your coach ensures you know what to expect and lets your coach know what you’re hoping to accomplish with your lessons. Choose classes taught by PGA professionals who know how to work with you, whether you’re a beginner or advanced golfer, to develop the abilities you need to get your game where you want it to be.

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Benefits Of Golf Courses

Benefits of Playing Golf

Playing 18 holes is a great way to soak up a little sunshine, but there are other benefits in store for those who schedule regular visits to their favorite golf courses. Make Basking Ridge Country Club part of your routine and you may see improvements to your mental and physical well-being and social life.

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