Dad’s Got a New Pair
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?