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Golf Not On Life Support - Yet

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 00:43 Monday, 11 August 2014 00:28

by Bryan Outram
 
 

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There has been talk for some time now about the trouble that golf is facing with regard to its growth and participation.
 
Programs such as BC Golf’s ‘Playground To Fairway’ School Golf program or the National Golf in Schools program represent just a couple of the many attempts made around the country to get youngsters introduced to the game in the hopes that it will help stem the decline in numbers of those participating in golf, either because they are leaving the game or just plain never took it up in the first place.

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Learning - To Love The Game

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 09:34 Monday, 05 May 2014 09:22

by Bryan Outram

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Over the last few years a lot of questions have been raised about the state of the game of golf, particularly at the grass roots level. There are fears regarding participation decline for various reasons.

As with any sport or pastime, it’s critical to the ongoing growth and health of golf that each new generation is introduced to the game and hopefully carries on the traditions as well as offering new ideas to help improve and perpetuate the fascination with this most unique endeavour.

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Hindsight is 20/20

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 February 2014 23:45 Thursday, 09 May 2013 23:57

Bryan Outram (iG)

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One of the more engaging elements of celebrating an anniversary is that it affords us the opportunity to look back and reflect on the events that have taken place during the time since that special day.
 
In this the 20th anniversary year of Inside Golf Magazine it seemed only appropriate that we took the time to consider the many memorable moments that have come to pass over the last two decades which have helped shape a most remarkable period in Canadian golf history.

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The Wait Continues

Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 13:48 Monday, 20 August 2012 12:53

by Bryan Outram

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Over the last few years a lot has been written with regard to when we are going to have another top flight Canadian golfer to root for on the world stage. 

Calgary’s Stephen Ames, currently taking a break from the game, has admitted to fatigue of late and at age 48 is starting to seriously eye the Champions Tour.
 
It’s a bit early for Ontario’s 42-year old Mike Weir to consider that option and unfortunately his problems with injury have led to a subsequent inability to compete any longer on the PGA Tour - at least in the foreseeable future.

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The Aasen Project: Lesson Seven - 'Impact Hands'

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:23 Monday, 30 July 2012 12:01

 

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A few years ago Tiger Woods' swing coach Hank Haney took on the onerous task of trying to fix the famously flawed swing of ex-NBA star and current basketball analyst Charles Barkley. 
 
It was with that ideal in mind that your agent decided to embark on the ambitious undertaking of trying to realize improvement in a golf swing that has had the benefit of precisely one professional lesson - albeit from renowned local instructor Jack Westover of Vancouver some 40 years ago - to see if one really can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear (sorry Mr. Westover, probably should have taken more lessons).
 
As this 'project' has moved along there's no doubt that several of the elements which go into putting together a solid golf swing have become far more apparent to me than they were previously.
 
That's not to say that I didn't have a clue as to what constitutes a competent golf swing, but I've definitely been guilty of ignoring the proverbial 'elephant in the room'.

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