AUGUST 28, 2013 - Some of
you may know that I did go down to Utah last week and drove through
Mesquite, the site of
the World Finals in September. I was able to hit some drives in similar
conditions to what I will be competing in. Funny story, I went into
the pro shop and went up to the pro behind the counter and asked for
some range tokens. I then ask him how long is your driving range,
he replies "long enough". So I reply "okay, just making
sure, so are we talking about 400"? He chuckles and says no it
is about 340, plenty long. I don't think he was to sure about me as
he felt confident I would not hit it out of the range. When I get
down to the range I see at the end all of their tractors parked and
a couple of cars to the right. I start my warm up with some irons
and then bust out the big boys. I am sure you can imagine what happened
next...I did not break any windows or hit any of the cars but the
tractors were not safe! They finally sent the marshal out to see what
was going on, in all fairness I tried to warn him but as he said the
driving range was long enough.
Last Thursday I was playing in Merchants league and on 14 hit a bomb
down the right side. It caught the ruff about 2 yards off the fairway
and continued to roll out in the ruff. Even though it did not hit the
short grass it still managed to get inside the 125 yard marker. For those
of you who are not to familiar with the course that is a 400 yard drive!
I feel confident that I will be able to manage some big numbers in Mesquite.
Upcoming event: On September 14th we will be hosting a long drive tournament
at the Cedars at Dungeness sponsored by the 7 Cedar Resorts with an added
$500 to the pot. Registration is $50 to join the competition and we are
paying out 100% of the comp fees. Viewers are welcome and if you think
you have what it takes to be a competitor come try your luck. We will
have 2 women divisions, 2 mens divisions and a junior division and yes
I will be competing in the event.
Once again I would like
to thank all of my sponsors and friends who have supported me
as of yet. Of course my wonderfully supportive wife, James
Alcaraz of www.realestateinsequim.com who has been there since before
day one, Jerry Allen and the 7 Cedars for their generosity and support,
Kurt Anderson of DA Davidson and everyone else who has shown interest
and support in me doing well in this venture.
AUGUST 11, 2013 - Yesterday I competed
in my first NW long drive tour event. It was a successful day because
I made it into the finals. It was nice to go out and compete with good
competition before Mesquite. I posted a 350 in the final round to finish
3rd and in the money. 2nd was 355 and 1st was ex UW and NFL LB Cam Cleeland
with a 359.
Yesterday was my first time hitting my new Krank Formula 5 drivers. I
hit them fairly well but during the event I was unable to catch it flush
on the face, so overall I was happy with a 350 cut shot! If I straighten
it out it would have been 365+. Oh yeah and that was driving up hill as
well. I am very confident I will get my 360+ average by the end of the
month. I was not sure I would even be able to compete yesterday because
on Wednesday I popped 3 ribs out in my back. On Thursday I could hardly
walk and it is still very tender and sore, that is the main reason I was
unable to turn though the ball as normal.
Next week I will be in Utah only 50 minutes away from Mesquite. It will
be nice to have the opportunity to hit some drives at that elevation and
see what the ball will be doing. Check back to see how it was.
AUGUST 6, 2013 - Yesterday I hit balls all day
on hole 15 at TPC Snoqualmie, where they will be hosting the Champions
tour in 2 weeks. I was hitting some bombs up to 370 on average I was
still about 350. My new Krank Formula 5 drivers will be in on Thursday
and I will be setting them up. I have 3 different 3X shafts that I will
be testing out to see what will give me the best shot. I hope to improve
my 350 average to a consistent 360 with bombs up to 380. These drivers
are the hottest on the market and I am very confident that I can get
there. I will let you know how I am hitting them when they get here.
A few things that I have been doing to
improve yardage and are also some things that you can do at home are;
Stretches, with more range and a bigger
turn I am able to get the club farther back and with improved flexibility
I can comfortably get the club back on the ball while staying on line.
Next I have been doing lots of reps everyday with 25lb weights. I keep
the weights light so that I am not building up to much muscle but I am
training the muscles for more stamina and quicker motions. Lifts consist
mainly of curls, military press, squats lounges and the ones that I feel
are most important is a rip from one side of the body to the other as
fast as a can (without pulling a muscle), I will do about 20 of those
from inside to out and then another 20 from outside to in and then switch
arm. It is important that when you practice for lifts and stretches that
you do them evenly on both sides of your body. Lastly something that helps
me hit the ball great is concentration and staying loose, this is simple
to do knowing that I have James Alcaraz and www.RealEstateInSequim.com by
my side. When I get up to hit the ball I know that if I need to buy or
sell real estate that
have the best and that is a huge stress relief :)
Saturday I will be taking my new drivers and techniques and putting them
to the test as I compete in the NW Long Drive Tour. The event will be
at Snohomish Golf Course on the first hole for a prize of $1000 for first
and $500 for second. The grid is only about 40 yards wide which I believe
will give me the advantage as I have proven to be one of the more accurate
long drivers. I will be sure to let you know how I do, hopefully you will
see a picture of me holding a large check!!!
Once again I would like to thank my sponsors
James Alcaraz and 7 Cedars Resort. Without Jerry Allen and the resort
this would not all be possible,
from sending me to the Detlef tournament where I was discovered to the
generous sponsor and purchase of my new equipment. A very special thank
AUGUST 3, 2013 - Thank you to James Alcaraz and
being my first sponsor and for creating and hosting this website.
I'd also like to thank Jerry Allen and the 7 Cedars Casino for my
new drivers (Krank Formula 5 - 4 degree/5 degree/6 degree loft with
a 50 inch 3X stiff Fujikura shaft & 2 House of Forged LT2 3X
shafts) that are ordered and on their way. I am really excited and
today with my current drivers. When I hit my new drivers, I'll let
you know how I do. I am saving the best for last, I want to thank
wife Jenna for all of her support and encouragement on my journey
to become the 2013
World Long Drive Champion.