A 19th Hole Aside

Ladies tea at the 19th holeWhen you’re sat at the ever popular nineteenth hole, you get talking to the girls. So after my last post about how the golf course affects your skincare, we had another little discussion. Again about skin, but this time about what you can do when your skin has become quite damaged from spending far too long on those sunny courses. I know, this is turning into a beauty blog instead of a golf blog, I’ll get back to the game next time I promise 🙂

So what do you do when you skin has lots of those sun spots or even nasty UV burns. Stay out of the sun for a while is obviously step 1. But you need to do something to give your skin a little first aid, and TLC. There’s all sorts of remedies you can put on it, with aloe vera creams being great for soothing, and just plain old olive oil for being great for hydration.

Here’s a new one on me though and I’ve got to say I’m not only impressed by how Skinderma Pro feels on your face but also by how the manufacturers have gone all out to make this as natural a product as it’s possible to make!

The lady who introduced me to this product had a quite different use for it. Plagued with minor stretch marks she had been recommended it for that purpose, and was pleased with the results (and no, pregnancy is most definitely not the only reason you get stretch marks as men suffer them too!). Many of us suffer simliar skin marks – although there is some confusion on the difference between stretch marks and scars. They are similar but the causes are of course very different. Both can be reduced in appearance though, depending on the age, severity and your skin type too. We shouldn’t mind them, we should just feel beautiful regardless – but we do mind and can’t help that, so anything that can help improve the appearance of things we’d rather not be afflicted by is worth a shot in my opinion. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Right, now it really is time to get back to the golfing (working on my putt today) – skin protected and all – more from me soon.


The Golf Course Plays Havoc With My Skincare..!

golfwomenA lady knows when she’s spent too long on the golf course because her skin ends up red and dry. They say being outdoors is a healthy pursuit, but it isn’t if you neglect your skincare I can tell you.

So ladies – and gents too really, but you guys hate doing anything perceived as remotely girly, so I’m really talking to the ladies only here – skin protection is important. Especially with an outdoor pursuit like golf because you know you’re going to be out there in the sun and wind for hours.

You don’t need to do anything particularly fancy, just exfoliating, moisturising and using sunscreen should keep you in tip top shape. Although it may be wise to avoid that middle section of the day anyway (depending on where you live) to avoid the harshest UV rays the sun can throw at us.

Now if you’re not an exfoliator, I recommend you rethink. It’s gone out of fashion more recently, but I tell you the results can beat the heck out of an expensive beauty salon session! Don’t overdo it though. But how often should you exfoliate your face? Not too often – because your facial skin in particular is delicate and hacking away with sandpaper is not going to do you any good. On that note, give one of the modern exfoliation mittens a try, because seeing the results from these is kind of gobsmacking – just watch the video at Skin Product Reviewer – seeing dead skin just roll away is a little disturbing! But you’ll be amazed at how bright your skin looks afterwards.

These exfoliator mitts are a little pricey but worth it. The cheap supermarket ones just fall apart quickly anyway. I’ve even seen someone say the results are as good as microdermabrasion – and in your own home too. Just remember to moisturize well afterwards.

And back on the golf course – don’t scrimp on the suncreen. Keep it in your golf bag, and reapply it regularly.

Just Why Is Golf So Popular?

golfpopularGolf is one of those games that has been soaring in popularity for years, and has never really shown any signs of decline. We never think about what makes golf such a popular game, we just play it. But the popularity comes from a culmination of factors.

The excuse to simply get out in the outdoors is one of the main reasons why we love golf. It’s an excuse to get away, without actually going away. As the spread of suburbia has hit most of the nation, it is getting to be harder for people to get outside and really enjoy their area as urban sprawl swallows everything in sight. Golf courses offer large tracts of land where you can enjoy nature again without having to be concerned about running into cars or even other people.

Hanging out with friends and drinking at the house is not something a lot of people do because of kids. However, when they go to the golf course or club, they generally have a chance to sit down and talk with their friends and kick back a few cold ones. So the adults are able to enjoy their time out again and know the kids are going to be taken care of by their spouse (or is that ‘golf widow’?). Without this time with the guys or gals, people start to go stir crazy.

Put the two together, and it’s easy to see why golfing, and many other outdoor sports and games, just continue to grow.

Golfing Tips For Better Putts

Golfer puttingIt’s a high value skill that each and every golfer must acquire and perfect – yet putting is often somewhat neglected, it’s just not as exciting as driving the ball as far as you can.

In fact putting is one of golf’s greatest aspects and it can really help you turn into a better golf player and shoot lower scores more often. Putting is basically some sort of mental challenge thus learning the ideal mindset to have while on the greens can make a huge difference to the success of your putting. However, this doesn’t mean that putting mechanics are of no importance. Practicing the putting stroke regularly is very critical. Here are some tips that can help you improve your putting.

1. Practice More Short Putts

Short putting is very essential and the most ideal way to perfect it is by simply hitting many short putts during the training session. Just hit many four to eight feet putts from different locations around the hole. With constant practice, you will discover that most of the putts you make are successful and increase your confidence levels. A rule of thumb is to ensure you do not leave the training ground without making the final putt you tried. If you are good in short putts, it will transfer into the longer putts.

2. Stick With One Approach

For you to perfect a certain skill, consistency is key. When it comes to putting, there are a wide number of mechanical approaches that you can use when learning how to putt. It is therefore important to pick on one approach, embrace it and stick to it. All you must remember is that your success in putting is basically a function of your attitude and the extent to which you have grooved your putting stroke. If you are occasionally changing putting techniques, then you will never get the opportunity to groove a certain technique.

3. Trust The Stroke You Make

Trust is an important aspect for consistency in proper putting and a great deal of putters get yips when they begin to have doubts in their game. It is imperative to train your stroke and trust it when the time to use it comes, whether in training or competitions. It is also essential to have trust in your abilities to judge distance, line and read greens. However, the truth is that no single individual can perfectly read every putt and it is therefore important to learn as much as possible from the misread putts.

Fears and doubts are the greatest killers of putting and it is therefore important to keep calm and avoid taking things so seriously. Bear in mind that you are supposed to have fun in the game so just let the enjoyment come by itself.