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Senior Golfer - On The Green

Fall in love with fall golf

The Putting Green

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting cooler, and both are welcome respites from the triple digit, hot, humid days of this drought-stricken summer. The kids are back in school, which means the courses are less crowded, and it's a buyer's market, so fall in love with fall golf.

The excitement of the Ryder Cup at Medinah is still with us, and we're trying to imitate those wonderful swings and marvelous putting strokes of our favorite golfers, who did well at the Ryder Cup. And, we're just not talking about the U.S. team, as the European team is headed by Luke Donald-a local favorite, a graduate of Northwestern University, who still maintains ties with the Chicago area.

While the leaves may be falling from the numerous trees that dot the golf courses around Chicago, rest assured that the courses are taking great care to rake them up as soon as they fall. And, the weather is perfect for growing grass, so the fairways are in good shape, the greens are rolling smoothly, and now's the time to enjoy golf on the wonderful golf courses in the Chicago area.

The fresh air and magnificent blue sky of a fall day are invigorating, especially if you're on a golf course. Don't just run up and hit your shots. Take time to enjoy the scenery, see the multitude of colors of the trees, smell the clear cool air. Think of your best game of golf, and go out to enjoy a wonderful day on the links.

There are three things I urge you to do to fully enjoy fall golf. The first thing is to pick a course you wouldn't ordinarily play during the summer and make a day out of playing golf, eating lunch or dinner, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of your golfing buddies. And, when you're choosing a course, don't forget to go to the Website and check out special deals for seniors-it makes the day even more enjoyable.

Second, when you're out on the course, relax and enjoy the round and the scenery. Don't think about those swing thoughts that you were working on at the range. No, focus on your swing keys, such as swing slow and hit and go, or keep your head on the ball and watch it fall. When you're on the course, the only thing you need to focus on is the shot at hand. Put a smooth swing that hits the ball solidly and you'll really enjoy fall golf.

Third, remember that the golf ball does not travel as far in the cool fall air as it does during the summer. You simply won't be able to compress the ball like you did during the summer. Make adjustments to your club selection to accommodate for this. Thus, I hit a six-iron from 150 yards instead of a seven-iron, when the temperature falls below 55. There's nothing magical about 55, but I use it as a round figure for determining which club to hit. If you follow these three suggestions, I believe that you'll enjoy fall golf. You'll experience the exhilaration of hitting that golf shot that you didn't think possible in the clear cool air of fall in Chicago. So, play more golf in the fall.

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