The Golf Club: August 23, 2014
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Once again Hardy spoke with Michael Antolini, the championship director for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The tournament starts on Friday, August 29th at TPC Boston for what should hopefully be a gorgeous Labor Day weekend.
Antolini guarantees it’s one of the strongest fields of the season, with Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott all expected to participate.
As the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoff series, the Deutsche Bank is a great chance for fans to get up close and personal to the top players in the world.
Golf conditioning has never been out of style, but now it seems more important than ever.
Hardy talked with John McPherson, golf conditioning professional at Harmon Golf & Fitness. He explained what Harmon is all about, then went in to some great tips, including breathing techniques, and what you need to do to stay in your best shape to play — both in season and off season.
He also talked about the range of clients he has, and the challenges he faces as a trainer from whose who need to limber up, to players who are actually dealing with “hypermobility.”
Next up was Steve Show, general manager at Golfsmith in Watertown.
There’s still plenty of summer left, but it’s time to start thinking about the fall and winter seasons and cold weather golf.
Hardy met with Show to go over the latest offerings in waterproof shoes, rain gear and even colored balls, which makes it easier to find in the leaves and in the less-than-ideal conditions we’ll soon be encountering here in New England.
Last to join the show was John Tuffin, director of golf at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth.
If you haven’t played there, it sounds like a real treat. Tuffin explained to Hardy that it’s not just the 36 holes on the course that makes for a great time. Rather, Tuffin tries to create an all-encompassing, pleasant experience for his golfers and it starts as soon as your car is parked.
“We are fully staffed at our bag drop. So you pull right up to the bag drop and our staff will take your clubs out of the car, load them onto the cart and park you right on our practice facility. We have a phenomenal practice facility. Three different putting and chipping greens and a huge grass tee with real targets that you can hit towards.
“It’s the total experience right behind the golf shop. Walk out the door and it’s right there. What we hear from our players is that they like to come down here early because they do have that experience of being at a great practice facility before they play.”
Tuffin went on to say it’s a daily fee course with a country club feel, and their slogan is, “Come be a member for a day.”
There’s two separate 18-hole courses to choose from, and Tuffin explained to Hardy the difference between the two, plus the unique characteristics of each.
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