When you don’t have perfect golf swing 257+ is the answer

When you don’t have perfect golf swing 257+ is the answer

Listen, the chance that many of you reading my post have a perfect golf swing is well… need I say more.  We all can use as much assistance as possible within the limits of the USGA and R&A, right?  Especially when it comes to hitting tight fairways from the tee or trying to get the ball on the green from a distance over 200 yards (175+ for some).  If you can hit more greens in regulation, make more shots with your fairways and hybrids that go longer and straighter toward your target, you will simply score better.  By taking the pressure of our short game and being able to hit shots into greens that give us a chance to two-putt, we will enjoy the game much more.

High Heats Center of Gravity

This shows the CG of High Heat versus other major golf manufacturers

So how is this accomplished?  First, you need a fairway wood that is forgiving, that helps you launch the ball into the air higher and straighter.  This is accomplished with club design that takes the center of gravity of the wood and moves it back and low, something golf club designers call “Deeper CG”.  High Heat 257+ fairway woods have the deepest center of gravity possible within the limits of the USGA and R&A.  No other manufacturer of quality metal woods will have deeper CG or better launch of a golf ball from a fairway wood.  It’s simple physics.

Matched with deeper CG, another thing golf club designers can do is to use better materials that provide more ball speed.  That is why all drivers from leading golf companies use titanium in the face.  However, very few if any manufacturers use this material on 3 or 5 woods and none use titanium on hybrids.  With the 257+ fairway woods and hybrids, all the faces use titanium, so they are truly the hottest face with most ball speed available under USGA and R&A rules.

But what happens to so many of us in search of that perfect golf swing?  We develop pretty good contact, but small changes like getting the club too far inside on downswing or trying to develop a bit more release can cause off-center hits.  It’s not just higher handicappers who mishit the ball on the clubface, especially with the longer hybrid irons and 3 or 5 wood.  If we could have same or similar results when striking the golf ball with the toe and the heel, that could really help everyone. The USGA changed a rule a few years back to allow golf club designers to increase the CT or Characteristic Time that the ball in on the clubface beyond the center or radius of the ball to the toe and heel.  That means any hits on the toe or the heel can have a high CT, and mishits with woods and hybrids happen to many of us consistently.  The longer the ball is on the clubface, the more trampoline effect or what some call a “hot” face.

How did 257+ bring the technology into their titanium face, so that every golfer can get the maximum distance and control with fairway woods and hybrids?  Well, that trade secret won’t be shared, but the testing proves that while the center of a 257+ golf club has a CT of 257 (USGA legal), the toe and the heel tests at 275.  This means when you mishit a 257+ golf club, you will see more distance than any other fairway or hybrid sold in the US.  NO other golf company has this technology and no one is offering golfers more forgiveness, more distance and more control on all shots across the face of the club.

We sell the 257+ direct to you.  Our price is the best you can get and we encourage you to try the fairway and hybrids.  We will take returns within 30 days.  So there is no reason to not improve your game and your search for the perfect golf swing with the best fairway wood and hybrid technology you can buy.

Rickie Fowler Wins Waste Management

Rickie Fowler Wins Waste Management

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Scottsdale, Arizona – For Rickie Fowler, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has been the one that has gotten away. He finished runner up in 2010 & 2016, led after 54 holes last year and once again found himself atop the leaderboard to start a cold and wet Super Bowl Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.

After opening rounds of 64-65-64, Fowler’s lead was five after 54 holes, but after making double bogey on the par 4 – fifth things began to unravel. He righted the ship briefly with a birdie at the tenth, but sloppy execution met with a horrific break on the eleventh (after Fowler’s chip ran over the green into the hazard, he then took a drop. With the ball at rest on the lake bank, he strolled up to the green to take a look at what he was facing. Forces of nature somehow released the ball back down into the water) leading to triple bogey 7. At the same time one group ahead, Branden Grace was making a 50 ft bomb for birdie on the par 3 – twelfth, taking the lead.

Fowler’s malaise continued on the twelfth, where he made another bogey. Never losing composure, Rickie settled down with pars on the next two. He then went to work at the par 5 fifteenth. His tee shot found the shortgrass, and from 252 yards he hit his best approach of the day safely reaching the green in two. An easy two-putt for birdie got him back to -16. A clutch up & down inside the stadium (that is known as the 16th at TPC Scottsdale) proceeded his best tee shot on Sunday. The fan favorite piped his drive onto the center of the putting surface at the seventeenth, his two-putt birdie to seized control. Just moments before, Branden Grace rinsed his tee shot on the drivable par 4 ending any real hopes of winning. Fowler saved par at the home hole to shoot 74 (-17) to win by two and finally capture the one that has eluded him since he turned professional nearly a decade ago.

“It really wasn’t fun there for a couple of holes,” Fowler said. “I had to find a way to get it done, it was a learning experience. I made some good swings down the stretch to give myself a chance to get it done.”

Branden Grace finished solo second after a final round 69. Justin Thomas was third at 14 under par after his 72 on Sunday.

Jason  Bruno

Matt Kuchar Wins Sony Open

Matt Kuchar Wins Sony Open

Honolulu – The final round of the Sony Open didn’t quite start out the way 54 hole leader Matt Kuchar had hoped. Frustrated after making 3 bogeys in his first five holes, Kuchar found himself one down at the turn. But a back nine 30 (5 under par) was the type of rally he needed to right the ship and win pulling away. After a sloppy front side, Kuchar was mistake free the rest of the way. In fact, the 40 year-old former Georgia Tech standout gave himself looks at birdie on the remaining 13 holes, closing with a final round 66 to finish at 22 under par (four shots clear of runner up Andrew Putnam). The win was Kuchar’s ninth career title on the PGA Tour.

With the victory, Kuchar became the first multiple winner on tour this season. He won earlier in the fall at the Mayacoba Golf Classic in Mexico back in November. (After Saturday’s third round, a story began to emerge regarding Kuchar’s alleged paltry payout to a local caddie after the victory in Mexico. Tour player Tom Gillis accused Kuchar of paying the caddie known as “El Tucan” the sum of $3,000 after winning $1.296 million. Kuchar denied the allegation saying, “It wasn’t 10 percent, but it wasn’t $3,000 either. It’s a not a story.”)

Andrew Putnam, who briefly took the lead when Kuchar faltered on the front nine couldn’t help but feel like an opportunity slipped by after finishing with a final round 2 under par 68. “I’m feeling a little let down right now,” Putnam said. “I’m sure when I think about it, a lot of good things happened. Just needed to make some better swings. Kuch was making birdies and played great coming down the stretch. I just couldn’t keep up with him.”

Marc Leishman, Hudson Swafford, Chez Reavie and Corey Conners all finished tied for third at 17 under par. 54 year old Davis Love lll fired a final round 65 to finish solo seventh at -16.



Jason  Bruno



Sentry Tournament of Champions

Sentry Tournament of Champions

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Maui, Hawaii – It took a course record tying 62 to get it done at the PGA Tour’s season opening event at Kapalua, and it was Xander Schauffele who pulled it off to edge out 54 hole leader Gary Woodland by a single stroke at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Woodland started out the day with a three stroke cushion over Rory McIlroy, but it was Schauffele who stole the show on the par 73 Plantation Course. An 11 under par performance (23 under par – 269 total) that was as impressive as it sounds.

Xander Schauffele started the final round five back, and after an opening bogey, winning seemed highly unlikely. Things changed quickly from there, Schauffele ran off three straight birdies and pitched in for eagle at the 9th, then he holed out from 107 yards on the 12th. He stayed hot coming in, making birdies on the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th to tie four other players who had previously shot 62 (on Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw’s first ever design endeavor). 54 hole leader Gary Woodland stood just short of the 18th green only needing to get up & down to force a playoff, but his chip came up about 12 feet short. When his putt to tie broke away from the cup on the low side, it was over. Despite his final round 68, and being the only player in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60’s, Woodland was a stroke short. “This one will sting,” Woodland said.

For Schauffele it was an epic round, and his fourth PGA Tour win of his career. He now leads the Fedex Cup standings and afterward, he realized what it all meant. “It means I get to come back, which is even better.”

Defending Champion Justin Thomas finished third at 18 under par.

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

Jason  Bruno

Pinecrest Golf Club

Pinecrest Golf Club

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I’m a huge fan of Donald Ross-designed golf courses. Many people associate Donald Ross with ultra- challenging courses that feature small domed greens a la Pinehurst #2, but if you study Donald Ross, you’ll find that nothing could be further from the truth. His greens typically have a lot of undulation, but domed greens were definitely not his calling card.

Pinecrest Golf Club in Avon Park, FL is a course that was originally designed by Ross and conveys what I’m talking about. The history of Pinecrest Golf Club is a story all its own. As the story goes, Ross visited Avon Park in 1926 and oversaw the design of Pinecrest Lakes Golf Club, taking full advantage of the topography in the area. As a result, not much earth had to be moved, which in those days was a slow, arduous process done with horses. Once completed, Pinecrest was the perfect amenity for the Pinecrest Hotel and Resort on Lake Lotela.

The clientele of both the golf course and hotel were not exactly strapped for cash; the resort was a desirable destination for the rich and famous of the Chicagoland elite. Among those to grace the grounds of Pinecrest were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Burns & Allen, Grover Cleveland and FDR. In fact, rumor has it that Al Capone frequented the resort to work on both his tan and his golf game. I wonder if he was a gracious loser?


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Professional golfers discovered Pinecrest In the late 1950s, and Pinecrest hosted the first televised PGA TOUR event: The World Championship of Golf, which was won Dr. Cary Middlecoff. Over the years, a number of A-list touring professionals have tried their luck here as well; names like Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Julius Boros and Kathy Whitworth.

These days, the hotel is nothing but a distant memory and the course was recently sold in July 2018. Pinecrest still remains a semi-private club and is open to guest play year-round. The course has been around for over 90 years and during that time has seen its fair share of renovations. Many of the bunkers have been restored and the greens are overseeded with bent grass. They are the fastest and truest rolling greens in the area.

The wide fairways and straight holes that lead to eighteen, elevated greens give away the fact that this is a Donald Ross design. Many holes feature false fronts and fall off on all sides. In true Ross fashion, a couple of the tee boxes don’t point towards where you need to hit the ball off the tee.

Pinecrest offers golfers 5 sets of tees, making it enjoyable for any level of golfer. From the back tees, Pinecrest plays 6,770 yards with a rating of 71.4 and a slope of 120. Most golfers will find that the Green Tees (6,360/69.4/116) offer an enjoyable distance that will still allow them to leave with some dignity. Seniors have a couple of options: the White Tees (5,830/66.1/111) or the Gold Tees (5,316/64.9/109). Ladies will be challenged from the Reds (4,930/67.2/112). Select the right set of tees and a good time is guaranteed for all!

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The course may not be pristine by today’s standards, but it is after all, a Donald Ross course, and that carries a lot of weight. The course is located amidst beautiful orange groves; in fact, the 6th hole is a short, tight par 5 that maxes out at 478 yards and plays between two orange groves. By the way, golf balls are fairly easy to find in the orange grove, trust me!

Pinecrest has an impressive practice facility, featuring a full-length driving range and a short game area complete with sand trap. There is also a large practice putting green to get the speed down before you head out on the course.

After your round, stop by the Pinecrest Restaurant and Pub for what are surely the best hamburgers in Highlands County. The restaurant also features made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and salads; the homemade soups and chili are also very popular menu items, but the restaurant’s best seller of all time is the ¼ lb. all beef hot dog, served with your choice of toppings. Be sure to check out the daily specials while you’re there too, you never know what you’ll find. The Pub serves up all of your favorite adult beverages and libations.

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Pinecrest Golf Club is located about an hour south of the Disney theme parks; The course is easy to get to but difficult to leave. They have a fully stocked pro shop and a friendly staff that is there to help. In addition to a great golf value, Pinecrest offers affordable memberships and is a great place for outings. They offer a 10-play pass which is very popular among locals and snowbirds visiting for the winter.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a subzero handicap or just learning the game, Pinecrest Golf Club offers players a fun, fair course that is, after all, a Donald Ross design. Big drives can pay big dividends on the par 5s on the front, giving you an opportunity to get on in two. It’s not your typical Florida course either, it’s a traditional course bordered by huge orange groves and naturally wooded area. No fairways lined with homes; just you, Donald Ross and that little white ball!

Whether you're a scratch golfer or a 36-handicapper, you'll enjoy Pinecrest Golf Club. The five sets of tees allow you to select a course length that can either challenge you or just be friendly and fun. For more information or to schedule your next round or group outing, give them a call at (863) 453-7555. They can be reached online at www.golfpinecrest.com.



Deer Run Golf Course

Deer Run Golf Course

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The Sun ‘N Lake of Sebring Improvement District was created by Highlands County in 1974. It occupies about 12 square miles in an area just north of Sebring on Route 27 and has grown from what was wilderness 30 years ago to around 5,000 residents. Although the development was once considered a retirement community, it has evolved into a melting pot of both older adults and younger families. And according to the master plan, there is still plenty of room for growth.

Sun ‘n Lake is home to two championship golf courses: Deer Run and Turtle Run. Deer Run is considered the tougher of the two. The par 72 Deer Run Golf Course at Sun 'N Lake Golf Club was designed by Don Dyer and opened for play in 1976; in 2003 architect Ron Garl redesigned the course, including the conversion of Number 18 to a par three with an island green. Each year this championship layout plays host to qualifiers for the Web.com Tour, the Latin America Tour and the Canadian Tour.

The Deer Run Course has 6 sets of tees with yardages to fit every level of golfer. From the Black Tees, the course plays 6,919 yards with slope 134 and a course rating of 73.7. Ladies can play a manageable 4,446 yards or challenge themselves at 4,992 yards. Most members play from the White Tees which measure 6,170 yards with a slope of 128 and a course rating of 70. A seventh set of tees adorns the scorecard and combines the White and Gold Tees for a distance of 5,847 yards (68.5/118). Out here, there’s something for every golfer.

At 364 yards, Number 1 is a fairly easy driving hole; hit a decent shot off the tee and none of the trees on either side should come into play. The green is elevated and holds well hit approach shots nicely. Finding the bunker that sits on the front left could prove to be a costly start. Number 2 is a medium length par 3 with another elevated green. Miss the green on either side and you’ll be facing a tough up and down. Number 3 is another straight forward par 4 that plays 385 yards from the White Tees. The water on the right shouldn’t come into play off the tee, however the bunker that guards the left side of the green seems to attract errant approach shots.


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Number 4 is a dogleg left par 5 that is reachable in two if you can hit your tee shot past the large oak tree that juts out into the fairway on the left side. If you need to lay up, try and set up so your approach shot is from the right side of the fairway. This takes most of the large bunker on the front left out of play. The 5th is all about accuracy and distance control off the tee. Many will choose to hit less than driver as a large lake comes into play at about 240 yards off the tee. Water and a bunker guard another elevated green. Favor the right side off the tee. Keeping right seems to be the theme thus far as water guards the left side of the fairway on Number 6 as well. The fairway is fairly narrow, so accuracy is a must if you want to hit an approach shot from the short grass. The green is elevated and smaller than usual and guarded on both sides by bunkers.

The 7th hole is a short par 4 that plays 333 from the White Tees. Keep right to avoid the large waste bunker. The green is long and narrow and guarded on the right by sand. Number 8 is a straightforward par 3 that plays 183 from the Whites with no trouble to speak of. Number 9 is a long par 5 dogleg right, 554 from the White Tees, over 600 yards from the back. Large oak trees protect the right side with one in particular that keeps you honest right at the bend of the dogleg. Favoring the left side off the tee and on your layup shot will go a long way in scoring well on this hole. The green is one of the smallest on the course and guarded by a small pot bunker on the left.

The back nine starts off with an innocent looking short par 4 that plays 316 yards from the White Tees. You may need to hit something less than driver to stay short of the pond straight away. Approach shots can be tricky into this small, elevated green. Miss your tee shot wild left and you may be surprised that you still have a shot into the green. Number 11 is a par 5 dogleg left with a large oak tree sitting on the left side of the landing area and sand to the right, so you’ll need to decide to hit short or go over. Getting past the tree and sand gives you a chance to go for the green in two. The green is well protected on either side and for most, risk outweighs reward. Number 12 is a 377-yard par 4 dogleg left that is best played down the right side and takes many of the hazards out of play.

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Thirteen is a medium length par 3 at 148 yards with sand guarding the front left of this elevated green. A well struck tee shot can help you quickly make up a shot or two on your partners. Number 14 is one of the prettiest golf holes out here. It’s a long sweeping dogleg to the right with trees dotting both sides of the wide fairway. At only 496 yards from the White Tees, it’s tempting to go for in two, however water and four bunkers guard the green. Best to layup and take your chance with a short pitch shot. Number 15 is a narrow par 4 with trees infringing on the fairway on either side. This hole is all about control. The green is small with a little bit of room on the left to bail out if need be.

That bring us to the make or break part of the course; the last three holes. Number 16 is a dogleg right that plays 348 yards from the white tees and requires you to at least make it to the corner. Favoring the left side takes many of the trees out of play and gives you a good look into the green. Be careful of the water and sand that guard the green. Number 17 is the toughest hole on the inward nine and with good reason. From the White tees it plays 389 yards with a pond in the middle of the fairway. Most golfers can hit driver off the tee and should favor the left side off the tee or risk being blocked out by trees. A good drive is still going to leave a long to medium iron into an elevated green protected on either side by sand.

Number 18 is truly a unique hole to end your round; after all, how many courses end with a par 3? From the white tees, the hole plays 145 yards to an island green. Choose your club wisely, hit a good shot and success can be yours. Or else, you’re just another statistic!

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Last Word: The Deer Run Course at Sun ‘N Lake in Sebring FL will challenge golfers of all abilities. For the weekend, casual golfer, there is a lot of room off the tees on many holes. For the skilled golfer, it takes accuracy and precision to hit and hold the elevated greens. Many of them are small and have a good deal of undulation. Finishing the round with an island par 3 is truly a memorable event.

Sun n Lake Golf Club is a proud member of the Citrus Golf Trail, who have done a wonderful job of making the Sebring area a golf vacation destination. The Citrus Golf Trail offers stay and play golf packages that include rounds at a number of local courses and accommodations at The Inn on the Lakes. For more information on any of the members of the Citrus Golf Trail or to book your next stay and play package, visit their website at www.visitsebring.com/citrus-golf-trail/.



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