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The Texas Rangers Golf Club has been up and running since 2019. The extensive $24 million renovation of Arlington’s Chester W. Ditto municipal course added another jewel to the City of Arlington’s golf arsenal. Although the course has been open for almost two years, the clubhouse has seen some delays, from torrential rains and freakishly unstable weather, to the COVID-19 …

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When I ask students the shot they dread the most it is almost always the green side bunker shot. This is usually because they don’t have the proper setup to hit the shot. Setup is key to hitting a green side bunker shot, as it sets up the entire swing. One of my favorite quotes about bunker shots comes from …

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If a person were to have charged a dollar for every time someone has, over the past several years, said, “This is the end of the road for Tiger Woods,” that person quickly would  have become quite rich. The chatter has only increased all across social media after Tiger’s latest, unfortunate car accident in Los Angeles. It is always better …

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The word Escondido means “hidden” in Spanish, so it’s no wonder a hidden oasis just three hours south of the Metroplex chose that name for their club. Escondido Golf & Lake Club is a sprawling community in Horseshoe Bay that oozes top notch amenities and caters to those who adore the finer things in life.  Escondido is a private, member …

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The Dallas-Fort Worth area is full of wonderful golf courses – both public and private. They are known for the challenges they offer to golfers, for their esthetic appeal, and for the uniqueness of their designs. One however, has always been known for its history as much as for its visual appeal. Not just some history, but history with a …

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As an instructor, I get this question all the time: “What is the difference between pitching and chipping?” A chip shot is going to stay lower to the ground, carrying less in the air and rolling more, where a pitch shot will carry in the air more and roll less. Now that we have determined the differences between the two …

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Prairie Lakes has long been a favorite of the AVIDGOLFER crew. One of Grand Prairie’s city courses, this property will provide your group with every amenity needed and three nine-hole courses to tee it up.   With 27 holes to play, you could end up playing any combination of the three nines. But if you are fortunate enough to catch the …

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Is it just me, or does this frustrate you too? Let me set the scene for you, I just hit the best drive of my life on a short par-4 and only have a short chip left for eagle or I can get up-and-down for a birdie. What do I do? I skull it across the green or hit behind …

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How can a golfer improve his or her game quickly? Should improvement involve the swing or on-course play? And therefore, should the golfer’s coaching be swing-related or course-management related?  One well-researched sports coaching concept is to prioritize tactical, or strategy-based training over technical, or swing-change-based training. Based on one popular motor control theory, tactical training offers opportunities for golfers to …

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Grand Oaks in Grand Prairie has worn many hats over the years. Originally opening in 1972, it has been Grand Prairie Country Club, a private course for many years, before opening to the public a few years ago.  Over the last couple of years, they have added some TLC and a multitude of upgrades. The course is visually less claustrophobic …

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