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Mark My Words
January 09, 2012

Chipping is simply an extension of the putting stroke, and the rhythm, balance and pace of the motion you develop in a chip shot will carry over into the full shots. Itâs essential for golfers to be skilled chippers because so many shots each round are around the green. You donât need great strength to negotiate the chip shot, you just need to master some basic movements and then practice The basics of the chip shot are ⢠Less air time, more ground time ⢠Trajectory is low and running ⢠One lever stroke that takes the wrist out of the stroke, allowing your arms to swing freely from your shoulders ⢠Always land the ball on the putting surface for the truest roll Hereâs the technique for a successful chip shot: ⢠Choose the club that will allow you to carry…

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Old Palm’s roots go back to billionaire John D. MacArthur
January 06, 2012

Like much of Palm Beach County, the land thatâs now Old Palm Golf Club was once owned by the late insurance magnate and philanthropist John D. MacArthur. At the time of his death in January 1978, MacArthur was one of the three wealthiest men in America. His wife, Catherine, kept the company books and was intimately involved in her husbandâs businesses Together, they founded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, an institution dedicated to âbuilding a more just, verdant and peaceful world.â The foundation eventually sold thousands of acres to developers in Palm Beach Gardens and to the city itself. Old Palm rests on the last large parcel of land, which had always been kept in a pristine state, as MacArthur was passionate about preserving the natural beauty of Florida He surely would have loved Old Palm Golf Club, which has earned the Audubon Societyâ…

Mark My Words
December 30, 2011

By Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction, Old Palm Golf Club Did you know that the height you tee up the ball affects how far you drive it?  It’s true. Research using larger-headed drivers (460 cc) shows that balls fly farther when struck slightly above the center of the clubface. That’s because the ball leaves the clubface at a higher launch angle with less spin, which maximizes distance. When balls are struck below the center, the clubface de-lofts, increasing backspin and producing shorter drives. So try teeing up your ball with half of it above the top of the clubface when the club is soled on the ground. You may need to experiment from this position, remembering the goal is to hit high line drives with your driver.  

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Are you game for a little Mahjongg?
December 28, 2011

The ancient game of Mahjongg is experiencing a rebirth, especially at Old Palm Golf Club. Every Monday and Wednesday, a group meets in the Ladies Lounge to play the popular rummy-like game that uses tiles instead of cards. The competition is fierce but friendly, and anyone who’s interested is welcome to join the fun. Mahjongg, or “Maajh,” as it is often called, originated in China supposedly around the time of Confucius in 500 B.C. When it was finally introduced into the United States in the 1920s, Mahjongg became an instant sensation. It’s still incredibly popular, and whether you win or lose, it’s always a great way to pass the time with friends. So drop by the Ladies Lounge and try your hand at Mahjongg.

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Good times on tap for pub nights
December 27, 2011

Every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the members of Old Palm pour into the Club lounge for Pub Night. It’s a fun-loving, casual get-together where friends can catch up over drinks and just be themselves. It’s the one night of the week where denim is permitted in the Club and as always informality rules The TVs are on, the conversations are lively, and the hors d’oeuvres run the gamut from seared tuna to freshly grilled sliders. Just outside, a golf tee mat is usually set up so members can fire shots at the 19th hole green, trying to win the closest-to-the-pin contest But the good times arenât just limited to adults. Once a month, we also hold a Kids Pub Night on the lawn next to the lounge. The activities change all the time. Recently, the kids were outside bungee jumping while their…


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