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August 16, 2017

Do You Have Enough Bounce?

I was watching a PGA Tour event a few weeks ago when the announcers mentioned the degrees of bounce on a player’s sand wedge and I wondered if even half the people watching even knew what they meant by “bounce angle”. Contrary to some beliefs bounce is not what you put in your drier to make clothes have less static but the angle the leading edge of the golf club is recessed off the ground at address. Every iron has […]
August 2, 2017

Top Golf… Pros and Cons

Have you ever been to a Top Golf location? There are a multitude of games to play and each gives the player(s) a different experience. Top Golf In our signature game, players score points by hitting balls (assigned using our microchip technology) into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn. Top Scramble Beginner, and experienced golfers compete mano-a-mano on a level playing field. Players are split into teams, and the […]
July 19, 2017

2 Caddie Tips The Will Lower Your Scores

Two tips I received from tour caddies…   They might sound simple, but might well help you lower your score! Throughout my life I’ve had a passion for golf and, for many years I also had an inner drive to improve my game. I practiced, I sought out renowned teachers for lessons and I read books with subject matter covering all aspects of the game. Given all of that and, although profoundly simple, I think the two most helpful tips […]
July 12, 2017

Tom Badys’ Peculiar Diet

Written by Garrett Norris Edited by Doug Alderman Have you ever wondered how to become the Tom Brady of golf? It is not just in the training and practice that makes him great, but as well as his diet. Chances are, you don’t share the same diet as Tom and Gisele, and if you did, that also doesn’t mean that you could be the greatest golfer of all time. Tom just has the right balance of hard work, dedication, practice, […]
June 30, 2017
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Wedding Photography – Does It Get Much Better?

This post is written by Rick Bouthiette of Rick Bouthiette Photography.  You can see more of his work here. Where do we begin? The views and the beautiful backdrop of the golf course? The attentive and professional staff? The phenomenal food? Well, we’ll start with the views and the gorgeous grounds. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities around the property. The Garden’s landscaping is always meticulously manicured and makes an amazing backdrop for beautiful wedding photos. At every turn the […]
June 21, 2017

Putters… What’s Right for You?

When do you need a new putter? If you average more than 2 putts per green in a round, it’s time for something new.  But… Which putter is the right one? Should you get a blade or a mallet? What length should you get? What is the best grip for you? Who should you go to for the answers to these questions? Do you watch Golf on television? The tour players have putting all figured out, right.  Well, not necessarily, […]
June 14, 2017

3 Myths on What Tees to Play

Have you ever played a course for first time and wondered, “What tees should I play from?”   Did you ask the starter/pro shop for advice?   Did you and your group just decide on a tees based on what other groups were playing?   Here are 3 Tee Selection Myths debunked: Myth #1 – Certain tees are for certain genders That’s right, all tees are for all genders.  In fact, the reason certain tees are called ‘Ladies Tees’ are […]
June 7, 2017

The Inaugural PGA Junior Match

This past Saturday, June 3rd, The Oaks Golf Links hosted its inaugural PGA Junior League Match. As the Captain of the team I couldn’t be prouder of our kids and current Junior Golf program. Thanks to our generous Junior Golf sponsors and supportive owners here at The Oaks Golf Links we are taking huge strides towards putting Junior golf on the map here in Somersworth, NH. Meet our u13 players! Team Fowler: Mason – Barrington NH Maeve – Madbury NH […]
May 31, 2017

A Tale From Behind The Bar

Written by: Sarah Cote When working in a golf course bar, we get to know our members very well and a community is created. We share stories, we hear about families and vacations, and we certainly learn what each person likes to drink. This is one of the greatest parts about working at the Candia Woods Clearing. I value the relationships and the people that I have met at the course and that I know will be there week after […]
April 26, 2017

Advantages vs Disadvantages of Club Fitting

First of all there are no disadvantages to club fitting…only advantages! Club manufactures are spending millions of dollars annually to make golf clubs easier to hit, the resulting shots go higher, straighter and longer. A startling article I read quoted “90% of U.S. golfers may be playing with improperly fit clubs”! Another article stated that “golfers who completed a club fitting almost always saw an immediate improvement in their driving distance and scores”! If you have never had a club […]
February 15, 2017

Mindset for Enjoyable Golf

As we approach the upcoming golf season, it is not only important to work on your skillset, to play enjoyable golf; but we must also work on our mindset.  In all sports, what happens first is our mind sees what must be done and then the body reacts.  This is where it gets tough, is our mindset now positive or negative before hitting a shot; are we confident and believe that it can be done; do we have trust in […]
December 7, 2016

Ted’s Teaching Philosophy

Most of you know me as the General Manager/Director of Golf at Candia Woods and not as a golf professional and a teacher. I have actually been a golf professional since the tender age of 22 and a PGA Professional now for the past 41 years. One of the aspects of being a golf professional that I enjoyed the most was teaching the game to a wide variety of people that included men, women, and juniors of all ages. No […]
November 8, 2016

Beginner’s Guide to Breaking the Golf Course Barrier

As a golf instructor for the past 9 years, I have had the opportunity to share my knowledge of the game with many golfers of varying skill.  One question I get asked often by beginning golfers is, “When should we start to play the golf course?” This, in my opinion, is the barrier in golf that is quite difficult to tear down.  There are many fears and anxieties that new and even experienced golfers can endure regarding playing on the […]
May 17, 2016

How to Practice for the Course

When going to the driving range/practice facility and you take a look around.  What is the most commonly used golf club?  That’s right…you guessed it…The Driver!  It is the longest club in the bag…It hits the ball far…it makes that great smash sound when you hit the ball…and best of all, the golf ball is teed up!  Of course, when we play it is important to hit the tee shot well.  However, there are several parts of the game that […]