Dad’s Got a New Pair

Golf Today Northwest - - From the Publisher - by CAMERON HEALEY

Fa­ther’s Day is com­ing up later this month and, like most golfers, I look for­ward with some glee to see­ing what gift might be in the off­ing from my loved ones. Truth be told, my fam­ily knows me well enough to steer clear of golf­ing-re­lated gifts (coz, I’m picky!) and in­stead of­fer up some other tra­di­tional Fa­ther’s Day be­stowal, such as break­fast in bed or a gift card, which I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate. I do know what I like when it comes to golf gear and equip­ment. And with all the other golf­ing dads out there, our reg­u­lar “Gear Guy” and friend from the North, Hal Quinn, has some ex­cel­lent rec­om­men­da­tions in this month’s Fa­ther’s Day Gift Guide. For me, well, af­ter al­most 10 years of faith­ful use and miles and miles of walk­ing and beat­ing up golf cour­ses, it was time to bid my pair of Ec­cos farewell and shop for an­other pair of shoes. I chose Call­away’s new Coron­ado shoe. Light­weight, at only 11.6 ounces and fea­tur­ing the wa­ter­proof Opti-re­pel™ mi­crofiber leather up­per that fea­tures a Op­ti­soft™ EVA mid­sole for nat­u­ral ground feel and com­fort, the Coron­ado feels very light on the foot with its molded sock liner with Opti-vent for breatha­bil­ity and the nine Pivix cleats on the sole makes for an in­cred­i­bly sta­ble and solid pair of golf shoes. Pric­ing is about where you ex­pect for a qual­ity wa­ter proof pair with an MSRP

of $129.95. Call­away also pro­vides Medium and Wide width of­fer­ings that are spot on for guys like my­self who are af­flicted with flat feet and need the wider op­tion. I’ll let you know how I get on! In the in­terim, this month’s reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor, Tony Dear takes you on a jour­ney through some of the Spokane re­gion’s best golf course op­tions for a sum­mer round or two in his story ti­tled, “Those Lucky Spokan­ites!” Let’s be hon­est, the Spokane re­gion of­fers 30+ golf cour­ses, with an av­er­age round of golf set­ting you back around $30, so what’s not to like. In fact, you should make it a week or week­end trip and hit as many

of them as you pos­si­bly can. You will not be dis­ap­pointed! Also, this month, reg­u­lar golf fit­ness ex­pert, “Doc” Harry Sese, Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor at the Wash­ing­ton Golf Per­for­mance In­sti­tute in Belle­vue, WA. re­sponds to a reader’s ques­tion about help­ing re­move the stiff­ness in his hips and back when golf­ing. Doc Harry’s rem­edy? Check out his “Top 5 Stretches You Can Do on The Tee Box to Keep You Mov­ing”. What about im­prov­ing your men­tal game? Port­land-na­tive El­liott Waks­man, au­thor of Waks­man’s Sport Psy­chol­ogy Pro­gram, of­fers some ter­rific tips to help you man­age expectations dur­ing your golf round with his com­par­i­son of two golf part­ners, Choke and Chuck. Which one would you pre­fer to be? On a more lo­cal level, Premier Golf who man­ages Lyn­nwood Golf Club has just com­pleted some much-needed ren­o­va­tions to the park­ing area. Can­didly, find­ing a good park­ing spot has some­times been chal­leng­ing in the past, but Premier has since added 55 ad­di­tional spots bring­ing the to­tal to 135 park­ing spa­ces. Yay! For those of you yet to play Lyn­nwood, it is one of the few places where you can com­plete a round in un­der 4 hours, has some of the dri­est con­di­tions around, with firm fair­ways and ter­rific greens. Of course, hav­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for hav­ing some of the best hot­dogs around com­bined with the 32 beers in the can doesn’t hurt the cause either. Visit www.lyn­nwoodgc.com to book your next tee time. Fi­nally, we look at the LPGA Tour’s first event in New Zealand and their ini­tia­tive to pro­vide two am­a­teur golfers with an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete with the pro­fes­sion­als at the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, set to take place Septem­ber 28th-oc­to­ber 1, 2017 at the Win­dross Farm Golf Course, in Ard­more,

Auck­land. Ly­dia Ko sight­ings, any­one?

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